Hello! I’m Stephanie Fox, a certified clinical nutritionist who lives in Portland, Oregon. I created this website to share my honest juicer reviews and ratings. Each juicer here has been personally tested by me extensively. I know it can be really difficult to choose a juicer because there are so many of them out there… hopefully I’ll be able to help!
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Can You Tell Me What Types of Juicers Are There?
There are two main types of juicers – masticating juicers and centrifugal juicers. That’s all you need to know. Masticating juicers are best for leafy greens, vegetables and wheatgrass. They also extract the most amount of juice from the same amount of produce. Centrifugal juicers are not as good with vegetables although they are much faster and easier to use because you don’t need to prepare food in smaller chunks. They excel with watery fruits and stuff like carrots and celery.
Masticating juicers work by crushing and grinding the produce to obtain the juice from the pulp. Because of their low extraction speed, little to no heat or foam is generated. This prevents oxidation and allows juice to be stored longer. The enzymes from food are better preserved and the resulting juice also has higher nutritional value.
Centrifugal juicers use knife blades to quickly chop up the produce and the force of the blades turning extracts the juice from the pulp. The biggest selling point is how quickly they make a cup of juice, only a few seconds is needed. They produce foam and generate more heat, which may affect the nutritional value of the juice.
If you’re ONLY interested in juicing citrus fruits like lemons, orange, pomelos and grapefruits – you can choose a Citrus Juicer instead. They are much cheaper but are only limited to citrus fruits and nothing else. I would go for a centrifugal or masticating juicer instead because they can handle a lot of types of fruits. But if citrus fruits matter to you, a citrus juicer is worth considering. Check out my list of recommended citrus juicers.
When looking at the different types of juicers you will want to select the right type for your budget as well as your needs. Once you have decided on what type of juicer, the next thing you need to look at is the features.
What Are Some Important Features of Good Juicers?
- Removable Parts – Having removable parts with a juicer is important because it will aid in clean up. Being able to remove the parts ensures that the pieces can all easily be washed. Not to mention that being able to take them off to clean them you can rest assured that no bacteria is growing inside the juicer due to hidden pulp stuck somewhere.
- Dishwasher Safe – Many juicers have removable parts that are considered dishwasher safe. This is important because it allows you to sanitize the parts as needed. I personally wash my juicer by hand and about once a month throw it in the dishwasher and run it through a sanitize cycle just to ensure it is as clean as possible.
- Large Chute – The larger the chute the better because that means you don’t have to cut the fruits and vegetables up into small pieces. Some juicers have chutes up to 3 inches wide, which is wide enough to juice small to medium fruits and vegetables whole.
- Auto-Pulp Ejection – The pulp should be automatically ejected from the juicer when full. This allows you to perform continuous juicing without interruption.
- Pulp Regulator – This is important because it allows you to choose how much or how little pulp is placed into your drink. This is nice because it simply allows you to have control over your drink choices. Not to mention you can also make one glass with pulp and the rest without or even just add a small amount of pulp.
Do I Really Need to Spend Over $200 for a Juicer?
Juicers can be expensive. You think that you should probably save some money and get something cheaper. I understand how you feel. While some juicers may be considered too pricey, I highly recommend that you consider buying them because they perform SO MUCH BETTER than the cheaper $50 to $100 juicers out there.
There is just no point in buying a cheap juicer which doesn’t juice well. You’re literally leaving money on the table if you buy good organic fruits and vegetables but don’t get all the nutrients out from them! It’s a real waste of money in the long run.
For economic and nutritional reasons, always go for a juicer that gives you a high yield.
Well-built and high quality premium juicers can last for several years, at the very least. This averages out to a monthly cost of less than 8 dollars. Is this really too much to pay for good health, robust energy and fat loss? Not just for yourself but your loved ones? No, of course it’s not! Take it from me: Invest in a good juicer and use it regularly. You will never regret it.
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