Choose a juicer depending on the fruit you want to juice
A dedicated citrus juicer is ideal for those who simply want freshly squeezed orange or lemon juice with breakfast
A wheatgrass juicer is mainly for wheatgrass, leafy greens and soft fruits such as grapes
A multi-purpose juicer can juice most fruits and vegetables, even hard-to-juice greens, and offers more versatility
A great juicer is one that is easy to use and clean and operates at a slow speed, thus keeping oxidation at bay and retaining vitamins and enzymes from the produce
Juicing is considerably a small step, but done continuously, it makes a big difference when it comes to healthy living. By extracting concentrated juice from fruits and vegetables, you can enjoy all the essential nutrients and live enzymes from the produce and allow these to be absorbed immediately into the body. Aside from the beverage, you can also use the juice for salad dressings, marinades and sauces as well as desserts.
The best juicer for you isn't gauged by price but your needs – do you need a simple citrus juicer, a slow juicer or would you prefer a more advanced multi-purpose power juicer that's designed to juice just about anything? Make an informed choice by reading below and see what type of juicer best suits your lifestyle.
In choosing among the types of juicer, your most important consideration is the type of fruit you want to primarily juice. For citrus fruits, a dedicated citrus juicer will do the job; the same goes for the wheatgrass juicer, which is mainly for wheatgrass, leafy greens and soft fruits. However, for carrot or vegetable juice, it's better to opt for a unit that offers more versatility – a multi-purpose juicer.
A citrus juicer works for lime, lemons, tangerines, oranges, grapefruits and even pomegranate. A manual citrus juicer features a simple design and is easy to clean, while an electric citrus juicer is much more efficient, quicker and less messy to use.
In general, a citrus juicer has fewer parts and entails easy use and clean-up; it also doesn't accumulate pulp in hard-to-reach corners and crevices. A citrus juicer is ideal for anyone who simply wants a glass of freshly squeezed juice in the morning.
Just like the citrus juicer, a wheatgrass juicer comes in manual or electric models. It is designed to juice wheatgrass, sprouts and leafy greens and soft fruits such as grapes, blueberries, strawberries and the likes. Other vegetables are not suited to this type of juicer.
A wheatgrass juicer may be constructed out of plastic or stainless steel, but the important thing is to ensure that the blades are made of stainless steel.
A wheatgrass juicer has a slow pressing process, which retains the nutrients in the juice. It is available at a low cost, is easy to clean and takes up little space on your bench.
A third type of juicer is the multi-purpose juicer. It can juice a variety of fruits and vegetables, including the skins, seeds and stems. Some are even capable of making sorbet and ice cream, pate and nut butter. A multi-purpose juicer can be further categorised into three types.
A centrifugal juicer is perhaps the most popular and the most affordable type of multi-purpose juicer and can juice most fruits and vegetables (e.g., tomatoes, carrots, celery or ginger), except for greens. It works by grating the fruit or veggie into a pulp and then using centrifugal force to push the pulp against a metal strainer by spinning it very quickly. Some models have a wide chute, making it easier to insert large pieces of produce, and a citrus attachment for more versatility. However, its fast spinning process creates heat and oxidation that degrades over time, so health benefits are diminished and the juice needs to be consumed right away.
A centrifugal juicer makes use of a quick juicing process to generate a large quantity of juice. It is easy to use and has fewer parts than other types of juicers, making it easier to put together and take apart. A centrifugal user is the perfect choice for busy individuals who want a healthier lifestyle.
Meanwhile, a masticating juicer or single-gear juicer is a mid-range juicer that works just like our teeth. Pretty much like chewing, an auger or gear grinds up fruits or veggies into a pulp, which is then squeezed up against a mesh strainer, thereby extracting the juice. While heavier and more expensive, a masticating juicer, also called a slow juicer, is much more efficient than a centrifugal juicer because it is quieter, yields more juice with the same quantity of food, can extract from hard-to-juice produce such as wheatgrass, leafy greens and herbs and operates at a lower speed, resulting in less foam and heat and more nutrients in the juice. Oftentimes, it can also perform food processing functions such as making nut butters, pasta and sorbet or ice cream and may come with attachments for making pasta, breadsticks or rice cakes. The downside with a masticating juicer is its narrow chute, which calls for longer food preparation.
A masticating or slow juicer is ideal for those looking for excellent-quality juice.
Finally, a triturating juicer or twin-gear juicer is the most superior and therefore most expensive type of multi-purpose juicer. It is built with twin interlocking gears that grind up raw food. A triturating juicer works with any fruit or vegetable, including wheatgrass and leafy greens. Same as the masticating juicer, it can homogenise food to create sorbet or ice cream, pate, baby food and nut butters and may also come with similar attachments. It is the most efficient juicer and runs at the lowest speed, which means it does a better job at retaining vitamins and enzymes. It produces large amounts of juice and leaves the pulp very dry. Furthermore, juice extracted using a triturating juicer has the longest shelf life, up to 72 hours in the fridge.
When it comes to cleaning, a triturating juicer requires more effort since the twin gears must be properly aligned when the unit is being re-assembled. A triturating juicer is especially designed for juicing vegetables and higher-density type of fruits.
Features of a juicer
The main features you should look for in a juicer are those that make the machine easy to use and clean. It's also a great help if the machine can accommodate the type of fruit you wish to juice without requiring too much prep work. Here are other useful features you should look for in a juicer:
It's best to choose a juicer with fewer parts, since it makes the unit easy to dismantle and clean, and preferably that without corners and crevices where food can get stuck and bacteria can accumulate.
The pulp container should be of practical size, so you can use the juicer without repeatedly stopping to empty the container. Another essential consideration is the chute size. A narrow chute size is perfectly capable of juicing carrots and celery, but for larger produce such as apples, a larger chute is preferred as it cuts down on prep time.
For the juice container, choose a see-through one or that with visible markings in millilitres so you can see the juice level. Some models don't come with a juice container; if so, check that the spout rightly fits over a modest-sized jug.
One must be careful in checking the horsepower of the juicer, since too great a wattage produces oxidation, which destroys the nutrients in the juice. The recommended horsepower range is 400-500 watts.
Another helpful feature is a pulp regulator, which gives you the choice of whether you want the juice to be more or less pulpy.
Safety and Storage
Check that the blade assembly can't easily be touched through the chute, especially by children's fingers.
Cords four feet or longer in length allow more flexibility in terms of where you can place the machine. It's convenient if juicers with a long cord also have a cord storage to keep your counter uncluttered when you're not using the juicer.
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