Are you sick and tired of purchasing expensive juices from the store? If so, you have come to the right place. In this post we will walk you through the most important features to look for when purchasing a juicer.
Before we dive in we will talk about the different styles of juicers and what each of them means.
Not All Juicers Are Created Equal
For the most part, there are two main types of juicers. You have masticating and centrifugal juicers.
Masticating juicers (aka cold press juicers) work by squeezing vegetables and fruits slowly to yield as much juice as possible. These juicers are less messy and much quieter than centrifugal juicers. These benefits come at a cost though. Masticating juicers are generally more expensive than their centrifugal counterparts.
Centrifugal juicers work much differently. These work by grinding vegetables and fruits at a high level of speed. Centrifugal juicers are faster than masticating juicers, but they are louder and messier.
Topics to Consider When Purchasing a Juicer
There is a lot to consider when purchasing a juicer. Below we lay out what we think is most important when making your juicer buying decision.
1.) How Much Are You Willing to Spend?
All juicers are not created equal. This is to be expected and this also means most juicers have different price tags.
When it comes to the world of juicing, you generally get what you pay for. This means more expensive juicers generally:
- Yield more juice
- Are less noisy
- Come with more features
- Keep nutrients intact
Cheaper juicers usually:
- Yield less juice
- Are noisy
- Have less features
- Can leave more nutrients behind
2.) What Will You Be Juicing?
Will you be juicing fruits? If so, which kinds of fruit? Centrifugal juicers tend to work better with fruits, but it can sometimes depend on the fruits you are juicing. Oranges are a soft fruit and easy for this juicer to handle. Apples are a harder fruit and tougher for some centrifugal juicers to handle.
If you decide to juice leafy greens instead of fruits a centrifugal juicer may not be the best choice for you. Masticating juicers are best to use with leafy greens like spinach and kale.
3.) How Often Will You Be Juicing?
If you are juicing once in a while, you may not need an expensive juicer. Juicing is expensive because you need more fruits than you think. To produce a lot of juice, you have to use large amounts of fruits. Just take a look at the back of a bottle of Naked juice to get an idea.
So, if you will only be juicing once in a while a cheaper juicer can be worth it. If you are juicing one or more times a week, a more expensive juicer may be the better choice for you. Expensive juicers can yield more juice and nutrients.
Most people with juicers will complain about the cleaning process they endure after juicing. Most juicers are tough to clean. Think about it… You’re squeezing and mashing all kinds of fruits and vegetables.
This is not a clean process. If you value cleaning as little as possible, look for a juicer with few parts and one that is dishwasher friendly. Being able to rinse and throw parts of your juicer in a dishwasher is a big help in the cleaning process.
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Many juicers are big and bulky machines. So, you need to make sure the juicer you buy will fit in your cabinet, or somewhere on your counter top. If you store it in a cabinet, you should make sure your cabinet is capable of holding the weight of your juicer.
Sizing will also affect how much juice you can render. A bigger juicer generally yields more juice and vice versa.
Also, some juicers have a short power cord. This can make it extremely difficult to use in some kitchens.
These are some of the most important topics to consider when purchasing a juicer. This isn’t everything you should consider, but they are some of the most important aspects.
If you would like more help on choosing a juicer, here is a guide with tips to choose the best juicer for leafy greens.
If you are looking to juice fruits instead of greens, here you can find an in depth guide to help your buying process.