5 April, 2020

Learn about different types of juicers

Consuming homemade juices is a great way to give your body the energy, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants. This will help build your immune system and improve your overall well-being.

Therefore, investing in a high-quality juicer could be your New Year’s Resolution.

But it’s easy to get confused with all the types of juicers on the market and choose the wrong product.

That’s why you have us though – today we’re going to give you types of juicers pros and cons. The goal here is for you to learn what each type of juicer offers and what it doesn’t hence you’ll know what juicer to buy for you and your lovely family.

Types of juicers and their pros and cons

Centrifugal juicer [fast juicer]Best for fast juicing

A centrifugal juicer is the most popular type of juicer, mainly due to its price and simplicity. Since it works at a very high speed, it extracts juice from fruits and veggies in a pretty short time. This makes it a great choice for use in the morning if you want to give your body an energy boost right before you go to work. Buy a model with a wide chute, and you won’t even have to cut fruits or veggies, saving more time!

A centrifugal juicer usually comes with few removable parts so you shouldn’t have any trouble assembling or cleaning it up. Just remember to leave the juicer parts to dry completely before storing them in the box.

The most obvious reason this juicer is so popular lies in its low price tag. Not everyone can afford to buy a slow press juicer which can cost up to $1000. This unit, on the other hand, can cost anywhere between $50 and $300, which gives you plenty of options to choose from, even if you’re on a budget. Also, if you want to start juicing, buy one of these to see if this is something you will actually use on a regular basis.

A centrifugal juicer stands upright so it doesn’t take much space. This is definitely a bonus.

A centrifugal juicer can work at up to 13,000 rpm which is pretty fast. For comparison, a cold press juicer has 50 – 90 rpm. High rpm means that produce being extracted will lose some of its nutrients.

High rpm has an influence on one more thing – oxidation. So, your juice will be more prone to spoiling and will develop bacteria faster than the juice you get from a cold press machine. You will have to drink it as soon as it’s made.

Another thing to have in mind is that this type of juicer isn’t suitable for juicing leafy greens. Though it works great with soft fruits.

The Good:

  • They work fast
  • A breeze to clean
  • Affordable
  • Great for starters
  • Models with a wide chute don’t require cutting produce
  • Take less space

The Bad:

  • High speed kills some of the nutrients
  • High speed also speeds up the oxidation
  • Can’t handle leafy green

Masticating juicer [slow juicer or single gear juicer] – Best for high yield

A masticating juicer uses a single auger to extract juice from veggies and fruits. RPM is only 80 – 100, which means produce will be juiced nice and slow, producing a high yield. It also means less oxidation will take place, prolonging juice’s life up to 2 days. Moreover, low RPM means that more nutrients from the fruits and vegetables will be preserved.

This type of juicer does a great job of juicing spinach, wheatgrass, and kale, so you will be able to enjoy all kinds of juice recipes! Not to mention the health benefits of incorporating these vegetables into your diet.

Apart from juicing, this appliance can also be used for making butter, baby food or grinding coffee beans. On top of all, it can handle frozen fruits!

Since this appliance works at a significantly slower speed than its centrifugal counterpart, juicing takes more time. In addition, you will have to cut produce prior to juicing because this type of juicer usually comes with a smaller chute.

Obviously, this model is far more expensive than a centrifugal one, but it’s such a great investment for those who prefer getting more nutrients despite taking it longer to get a yield.

A masticating juicer is bulky and not so easy to assemble and clean. We suggest finding a spot in your kitchen for it, so you don’t have to store it away every day.

Pros:

  • Works at a low speed, preserving more nutrients
  • High juice yield
  • Less oxidation
  • Works as a juicer, coffee grinder, butter, and baby food maker
  • It handles frozen fruits as well
  • Great investment

Cons:

  • Comes with a smaller chute
  • Takes some time to go through all phases of getting a glass of juice – assembling, precutting, juicing, and finally, cleaning
  • Expensive
  • Bulky and takes quite a space on the counter

Twin gear juicer [triturating juicer] – Best for juice rich in nutrients

When talking about different types of juicers, a twin gear juicer is one of the best out there. As the name implies, this machine features two augers that enable 2-stage juice extraction. As a result, more enzymes, fiber, and vitamins are being preserved. So, you’ll get juice rich in nutrients. This is perfect if you want to make a big change in your diet and lead a healthier lifestyle. This type of juicer can make sorbets, pasta, butter, and baby food. Compared to the previous two types, this one is really quiet.

But, it does come with a few downsides. Namely, it’s very slow so you’ll have to get used to that. It also takes much space and it’s even harder to clean than its single auger friend.

On top of all, it’s quite expensive.

Pros:

  • Produces more nutrient juice than a single auger juicer
  • Great if you want more vitamins, fiber, and enzymes in your juice
  • Perfect for making other types of food
  • Operates quietly

Cons:

  • Very slow
  • Bulky
  • Hard to clean
  • Expensive

Juice press [best type of juicer] – Best for highest yield with most nutrients

Juice press is arguably the best type of juicer, and here’s why. It features a real press that helps produce clear juice with the highest percentage of nutrients, minimal oxidation, and very little to no foam. All this means the juice has the longest shelf life, so you can store it in the fridge for a maximum of five days!

This is where the term cold-press came from. So, although other types of juicers are called cold-press, they aren’t truly cold press.

This juicer does the best job of juicing leafy greens. It can also make nut oils and milk beverages from soy, oats, nuts and hemp seed.

As one can imagine, this is the most expensive type of juicers out there, being available for both home and commercial use. However, those designed for home use are really bulky and difficult to use and clean.

Pros:

  • Highest yield with most nutrients
  • Minimal oxidation
  • Very little to no foam
  • Juice can be stored up to 5 days
  • Highly versatile

Cons:

  • Most expensive juicer type
  • Bulky
  • Difficult to use and clean

FAQ

  • What is the best type of juicer?

The best juicer is a juicer press.

  • Is there a difference between juicer and extractor?

Yes, there is. Namely, a juicer comes with a cone-shaped unit that we press against one half of orange, lemon or other kinds of citrus fruit. This juicer is only designed for use with citrus fruits. When the cone is pressed against the fruit, the juice will come out, leaving the pulp in the upper part of the juicer. You can either throw the pulp away or add it to the juice if you like. The juicer can be manual or electric and is a great and affordable way to give your body a boost of vitamin C.

A juice extractor, on the other hand, is a powerful appliance used for extracting juice from all kinds of fruits AND veggies. This one is a great choice if you want to make juices on a daily basis.

How does it work? It cuts the produce into tiny pieces and then spins them at a high speed while separating the juice in one container and pulp in another. The result is pure juice with a full body and flavor.

  • What juicer should I buy?

The one that fits your nutritional needs and your budget. And the one that won’t sit in some dark corner of your home for years!

  • Are some nutrients lost during juicing?

Yes, if we’re talking about centrifugal juicers. But if we’re talking about single auger and twin auger juicers, they will preserve more nutrients. A juice press offers the most nutritious juice.

The bottom line

And there you have it – a list of different types of juicers that will help you decide which model would best work for you. Whichever one you opt for, be sure to clean it meticulously and care for it to prolong its life. Is there a better way to give your body a vitamin boost than with fresh, homemade juice? We don’t think so!

Joseph Patrick

Joseph is the founder and Chief Editor of "Indoor To Outdoor". He is an entrepreneur with experience in sales of household products. He also travels a lot, takes pictures and loves to ride a bike.

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