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Our Guide For Buying A Juicer

by Nicko Ferroni

If you like the idea of preparing your own juice from fresh fruits and vegetables, you're going to need a reliable juicer that can get the job done. Here at budook! we know that there's a lot to consider when buying a new juicer. There's citrus, centrifugals, and masticating (AKA cold press) juicers, and each type has its own pros and cons. The following buying guide will sum up all the different variation you'll need to consider before buying your new juicer, and it'll help you take another step towards a healthier lifestyle.


Why Juice?

There's little argument that eating fresh fruits and vegetable is good for your body and mind, but how many of us actually consume the right amount of them on a daily basis? Many of us eat the same vegetables and fruits every day or worse, don't even eat any on a regular basis at all. Juicing lets you add a wide variety of fruit and vegetables you usually don't eat to your everyday diet. The best solution for most of us is to squeeze the properties of fruits and vegetables into a single drink rather than ploughing through a plate of veggies at every meal.

Type of juicers

As we mentioned before, there are mainly three types of juicers, citrus, centrifugals, and masticating. Since everbody knows what's a citrus juicer, we won't elaborate on that type too much. Citrus juicers get to job done as long as you only want to juice citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, but other than that you're going to need a more versatile juicer, this is where the centrifugal and masticating juicers step in.

Centrifugal juicers

Centrifugal juicers are very common, and we imagine that when 99% of us think of a juicer, it'll be a centrifugal juicer we have in mind. In a nutshell, they operate by crushing the fruits and vegetable on a high velocity spinning blade that splash the juice through a metal strainer. The centrifugal force generated by the spinning motion of the cutting surface separates the juice from the pulp, hence the name - centrifugal juicer. Centrifugal juicers are very common, and there are several reasons for that. First of all, they're much cheaper from the more professional and heavy-duty masticating juicers. The high velocity of the cutting blades of most centrifugal juicers make the juicing process very fast, and they're wide chute that accepts larger fruit and vegetable pieces makes them easy to operate and reduce preparation time.

Unfortunately the long list of pros of centrifugal juicers is followed by an equally long list of cons. If you're looking into juicing wheatgrass, kale, and other leafy greens, you should look elsewhere, since centrifugal juicers are not well-suited for juicing them. Centrifugal juicers generally yield less juice than masticating juicers, so if you plan to use your juicer on a daily basis with high quality ingredients, you should consider a more expensive masticating juicer since it's going to save you money on the long run. In addition, centrifugal juicers' fast spinning blades reduce juice quality since its producing heat and oxidizes the juice. This process destroys beneficial enzymes, thus reducing its nutritious values and some might even claim it damages the taste. The other effect of the heat and oxidizing process is that it reduces the juice's ability to preserve its nutritious values while being stored, unlike masticating juicers which allow you to store your juice for up to 72 hours without losing most of its health benefits.

Masticating juicers

Masticating juicers, also known as slow juicers or cold press juicers, are more expensive than centrifugal juicers, but offer numerous benefits for dedicated, health driven juice consumers. Masticating juicers come in two forms, horizontal and vertical. While horizontal masticating juicers have been with us for decades, vertical juicers are relatively new, and offer slightly different functionality, while also saving precious space on your kitchen counter. Remember all the upsides and downsides of centrifugal juicers? So turn them all upside-down, and you'll get a masticating juicer. It's well-suited for juicing leafy green such as wheatgrass and kale and produces up to 30-40% higher yield than centrifugal juicers. Its slow masticating process means less heat is generated, which preserves more nutrients and enzymes, and the juice lasts longer with high nutritious values up to 72 hours. In addition, some models offer high functionality, such as being able to make nut butter, nut milk, sorbet, pasta and ice cream. Last but not least, unlike centrifugal juicers' high noise level, masticating juicers are relatively quiet to operate.

As for the downsides. We already mentioned that the initial price for a masticating juicer is much higher, starting at about $200 and can climb up to $400. Also, it's feeding chute is generally narrower, which makes the preparation time longer since you'll have to cut the food into smaller pieces.


Summary

As you can clearly see, juicers come in different shapes and types, but knowing which one is right for you does not have to be complicated. If you see yourself as a dedicated health junky we’ll highly recommend getting a masticating juicer. It might be more expensive but will save you money on ingredient on the long run, while providing you high quality juice. On the other side, if you’re new to juicing and not sure about you commitment to daily juicing, you may find a centrifugal juicer more suitable.