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Choosing a Juice Extractor: Which Juicer Machine Should You Buy?

When buying a juicer, you should ask yourself, what considerations are important to you, when making your choice.

The important thing to keep in mind when choosing a juice extractor is that – while there are several types of juicers and hundreds of different brands and models of juice machines available on the market today – there is no “perfect” juicer that will perform every juicing operation with equal quality.

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The following are some factors that you may want to consider:

1. Ease of Use and Juicing Speed

The best juicer of all is the juicer that you will actually use often.

That is why the ease of cleaning and speed of juicing can be the most important factors for many people.

It does not matter what quality of juice you can produce with a juicing machine and what other virtues it touts if it keeps collecting dust in your kitchen cabinet.

2. Types of produce you will be juicing

Different types of juicers are better suited for juicing certain kinds of produce than others: leafy greens, soft fruits, vegetables.

There is no “perfect” juicer that will perform every juicing task with equal quality.

While a centrifugal juicer may be able to juice the rind of a pineapple more efficiently, in most situations, the low speed action of a masticating juicer allows you to juice more vegetables with greater efficiency.

A masticating juicer is especially good at juicing the green leafy vegetables such as wheatgrass, spinach, parsley, cilantro, kale, Swiss Chard, etc. While a centrifugal juicer can do a decent job juicing leafy greens, the centrifugal juicer is certainly not as efficient as a masticating juicer in this regard.

3. Type of juicing machine

Read my post explaining all the different types of juice extractors Buying a Juice Extractor: Centrifugal, Masticating, Triturating, and Wheatgrass Juicers Review for detailed explanation information.

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4. Size of opening

Some juicers have wide feeding chute allowing you to put whole fruits and vegetables without the need to cut them. With other machines, you will need to cut every piece of produce before being fed. The larger the opening, the less preparation is required.

5. Quality of Juice

If you are juicing for health, should you purchase a centrifugal or a mastication type juicer?

There are some claims that mastication juicers are superior because centrifugal juicers leave most of the nutrients in the pulp, which then gets thrown away, while the mastication-type juicer leaves very few nutrients in the pulp. Also, it’s possible that the heat produced by high speed action of a centrifugal juicer can be damaging to the enzymes in the juice.

While I cannot confirm or deny these statements, one thing is for sure, a masticating juicer definitely does not create the friction that a centrifugal juicer will produce. So, I’d say, if you are juicing to help recover from some serious medical condition – then perhaps you should do more research on this subject.

For the majority of people – especially those who seem to be always pressed for time – I’d say the quality convenience of use is probably the most important factor.

6. Oxidation

The twin-screw juicers use lower speed and therefore incorporate less air in the juice. However, because it takes so long to make the juice, by the time you are finished, the first part of the batch may be 20 minutes old.

So, if you are planning to drink most of your juices immediately after extraction, then a centrifugal juicers is still a good choice, in my opinion.

If you want to store your juices to be consumed hours or days after extraction, then you may want to consider a single gear or twin-screw juicing machine. Keep in mind that it is usually recommended that vegetable juices be consumed within 15 minutes of their preparation, since enzyme activity in juice 30 minutes old is one-half that of freshly made juice.

7. Yield

How much juice is extracted versus how much juice is still left in the pulp after juicing. The goal is to extract the most juice from the fruit or vegetable as possible. In general, centrifugal juicers that eject the pulp outside the machine yield less juice than juicers that keep the pulp in the basket. However, with continual ejection, a larger quantity of juice may be made without stopping to clean out the basket.

8. Noise Level

Masticating and triturating juicers are more quiet that centrifugal juicers, but manual juicers are the sure winners in this category.

9. Versatility

If you want to use your juicer for more than juicing, then masticating juicers masticating and triturating juicers can be used to make baby food, pasta, grind meat and to make nut butter. You may also consider getting a blender.

A powerful blender such as Vitamix or Blendtec can be used for making juices and perform various other blending and grinding functions.

10. Durability and Reliability

Most centrifugal juicers come with the limited warranty period (1-3 years), but many higher end juicers provide warranty periods which go as long as 15 years. Look for companies that supply replacement parts at reasonable cost.

11. Price

I know price is important for most people, however, the most expensive juice extractor isn’t necessarily the best juicer for you.

If you are still wondering whether juicing will fit into your family’s diet and nutrition program, an inexpensive $90 juicer may suffice. If you are still not sure how often you will use your juicer, don’t spend more than you absolutely have to.

The main factors to consider when buying an inexpensive juicer is the power of motor – many lower cost juicers have really weak motor that will not last for someone that is serious about juicing.

12. Warranty

Many cheap juicers may only have a 90 day year warranty. It’s best to buy a juicer with at least 3 year warranty; and the quality of the juicer – many of the lower priced juicers are made of mostly plastic (it will tend to stain over time), versus stainless steel construction of the more expensive machines. Most of the low cost juicers available in department stores are centrifugal ejection juicers.

Think about a juicer as an investment in your health, and as any investment – it should last.

 



Read my post explaining all the different types of juice extractors Buying a Juice Extractor: Centrifugal, Masticating, Triturating, and Wheatgrass Juicers Review. Read more articles on this Juicer Recipes blog. Some of my favorite recipes include Fresh V8 Juice Recipe, Watermelon-Grape Delight and Apricot-Mango Ambrosia. If you still don’t have a juicer and are considering getting one, read my review of my favorite juicing machine: Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor and read How to Make Juice Without a Juicer Using a Blender?


8 Comments

  1. Monica Juicer

    It is important to consider all of the factors that are listed on the article but personally, the first and important thing I probably will consider is its versatility. I would like to have a juicer which can perform a lot of functions because I want to have a machine that can produce a variety of products. But actually, there are many available juice machines in the market that can really excel in different aspect, like the champion juicer and the blendtec juicer.
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  4. karen mansell

    Hi, Just started juicing. I have a champion juicer, what do you think of this one?
    Thanks, karen

  5. Joanna

    Karen,
    It’s great that you are juicing!
    I haven’t used Champion, but I always say that you should use what you have the important thing is to do it.
    I’ll be doing reviews on more juicers, and Champion is on my list, but I need to do more research first.

  6. Jack Weakley

    I have had a Beville Juice Fountain Plus on order for some time, and the wait appears to be at least another month. The Beville Juice Fountain Multi-Speed is in stock and ready for shipment at a modest increase in cost. Has anyone had experience with the Multi-Speed model, and, if so, would you recomment upgrading? I am anxious to get started juicing, and the backorder is delaying my start.

  7. Roger menshew

    I have a old juice juiceman 2. it walkes all over, i start again use juiceman about a week ago I am looking at the omega with augar. i wont as much juice out of the green parsly collard greens so on i put with it apple like 2 and 3 carrots green 20 per cent. do i wont to spend the money will it be worth, or stay with the old juiceman 2. thank this is help. undiced. I wonnt to get the best for the money.

  8. D Kelley

    Very good article. I myself did not want to spend $100.00 or more on a juicer and find out that I didn’t want to juice. So I went on ebay and found some machines that were claimed to be new. I got a Juiceman Jr for $42.00 and a Jack LaLane for $36.00. These prices include the shipping. I decided that I liked the Jack LaLane better as it extracts more juice leaving the pulp drier. I found another great deal on another Jack LaLane juicer and it being black I use it for veggie juicing as veggies, especially carrots stain worse than fruits. I use the other which is clear and white for fruit juicing. Well to finish my story I liked juicing so much that I found another Juiceman Jr on ebay and am sending both of the Juiceman Jr’s to my daughters. I have decided when my Jack LaLanes give up the ghost that I am going with a masticating juicer, hopefully one made in USA.

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