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What Juicer should you buy?

What Juicer Should you Buy?

What Juicer Should you Buy?

In this article I will present you with the facts for what juicer should you buy. As things stand there are two main types of competing juicers:

Masticating juicer | Centrifugal juicer

Within the masticating juicer range you also have a ‘twin gear’ or ‘single auger’ juicer (I’ll explain these later). Below is an outline of the major points to consider when purchasing a juicer.

Masticator Juicer
Centrifugal juicer

Juicing speed

Juicing speed

Juicing speed

Noise

Noise

Noise

Preparation time

Preparation time

Preparation time

Price

Price

Price

Nutrient extraction

Nutrient extraction

Nutrient extraction

Froth/Foam

Froth/Foam

Froth/Foam

Leafy greens

Leafy greens

Leafy greens

Wheat grass

Wheat grass

Wheat grass

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits

Cleaning

Cleaning

Cleaning

Warranty

Warranty

Warranty

The major difference between a masticating juicer and the centrifugal juicer is the way they extract the juice from the pulp or fibre of the fruit/veg.

Masticating juicer

A masticating juicer uses a slow screw device (this is called an auger) that squashes the fruit/veg against and through a sieve structure. This forces juice out through the sieve and keeps the dry pulp in. It uses significantly less speed to do this. As a result you have longer waiting times for it to juice.

Also you have to cut up the fruit and veg into smaller pieces to allow for the mastication to work efficiently. The spout for putting the fruit/veg in is significantly smaller than that of the centrifugal juicer. You cannot put in whole apples or oranges.

However it is designed like this on purpose because the mastication process uses a lot of squeezing power and can only handle small pieces of fruit and veg at a time (otherwise you will have a poor extraction of liquid from the pulp). This therefore means more preparation time is needed.

Further to this the cleaning of the juicer takes more time because it has more parts, but more so because the sieve has to be cleaned with a toothbrush (since the holes are quite small).

Therefore this juicer scores a big negative on the time aspect. However this is, in my opinion, a small negative as I’ll explain later.

The twin gear or single auger juicers basically are describing a juicer that uses either one or two augers to squash and compress the fruit and veg. They still function as a masticating juicer and have the same pros and cons.

Centrifugal juicer

The centrifugal juicer uses high speed circulation and a cutting system. Basically you have a big rotatory grater which grates the fruit and veg down into shreds. This is then spun at high speeds pulling the liquid from the solid substance.

This is then separated into juice and pulp. It it very quick and it also means you can add whole apples, carrots or pears without lots of preparation time needed before hand. However the machine is often very noisy because of the high speeds involved.

Usually these juicers have fewer parts and so it is easier to clean. It is a much better system to use if you want a juice quick and easy.

Due to the nature of spinning the fruit/veg to extract the juice from the pulp you will never get as high a return of juice than you would from a masticating juicer. Because this juicer only cuts it down into shreds or small pieces the cells within the fruit/veg are largely left intact.

This is where this juicer scores poorly because the quality of juice and nutrient value is reduced. The idea with juicing is to not only to get the juice but also to get the nutritious substances within the cells.

The masticating juicer gives a much higher return for this because it crushes and splits the fruits/veg down at a cellular level and as a result will have a much higher cell wall breakage (which obviously releases the nutrients inside).

The centrifugal juicer is nearly always cheaper than the masticating juicer and in some cases, significantly cheaper. So that is a big plus for those wanting to start out and see if juicing is for them. These juicers will provide a fail safe without a huge investment if it isn’t for them.

So what juicer should you buy then?

If you want a quick and easy juicer, with low maintenance and for simple tasty juice, then a centrifugal juicer is probably for you.

If you want a juicer that gives a better yield and can juice leafy vegetables and herbs. If you are serious about juicing and want the full benefits of juicing, get a masticating juicer. Yes it is more pricey but it is worth the long term investment.

I personally own a Omega SANA juicer, which is a masticating juicer. I spent months researching juicers before I purchased mine, since it was expensive. It is a brilliant juicer. This juicer is very quiet, not too bad to clean and brilliant at grinding out juice.

What juicer should buy - an Omega Sana
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