What To Look For

The juice extractor you choose to buy
is an important factor in determining
the success of your journey to health.

Spend some time here to understand more
before you take out your wallet.

 

What Is A Juicer?

Juicer“, “juicing machine” or “juice extractor“— they all mean the same thing, but they are more commonly simply called, a “juicer“.

For one who is unfamiliar with juicing, a common misunderstanding is that a juicer and a blender are the same. They are NOT.

Briefly, a JUICER extracts juices without pulp.  A BLENDER blends whatever you put into it into a puree-like drink that includes all the pulp.  They both give you different RESULTS.

Read on to have a better understanding before you head out to buy a juicer or a blender.  Even if you know what a juicer is, there are so many TYPES out there, which one is the best?

 

The differences between juicing and blending

What to look for when you shop for a blender

What to look for when you shop for a juicer

Juicer recommendation for a beginner

 

Types Of Juicers:
         
Functional
Juicers
Centrifugal
Juicers
Single-Gear
Juicers 
Twin-Gear
Juicers 
Hydraulic Press
Juicers 
   
Juicing Or Blending

I often get asked if blending is as good as juicing. Some insist that blending is better because it includes the fiber. There is no straightforward answer because I cannot compare the two methods. They both give you different results.

I’m not in favor of either blending or juicing. Both have different benefits. I do both, but I personally tend to do more of juicing for HEALTH reason. After all, this IS a website on juicing for health, which is why more emphasis will be on juicing.

Go to this page to learn about the differences between juicing and blending.

And what to look for when you shop for a blender.

On this page, I will talk to you about WHAT to look for and considerations when you’re shopping for a juicer or a juice extractor. A juicer extracts only PURE juice without pulp.

 

What To Look For When You Shop For A JUICER

There are many types of juicers out there in the market. Firstly, you need to understand how each TYPE works. When you have identified the type of juicer that you think would be appropriate for you, check out the models to see which suits your budget, considering all the other factors appended below.

Not all juicers are built equal. The cost of a juicer can range from under US$100 right up to more than a whopping US$1,000+! Depending on how serious you are or intend to be with a juicing lifestyle, you may want to invest accordingly.

The cheaper type juicers may be suitable for beginners with a low budget. They may not be the best juicers, but it’s better than not juicing at all. I first started juicing with a centrifugal juicer because that was what I could afford at that time.

I may have saved on the price of the juicer, but in actual fact, I spent more on the produce to juice the required amount of juice. In the long run, it did not work out to be economical.

Some say that if you invested on a good gear juicer (versus a centrifugal juicer), you gain back in savings by paying less on produce due to the high juice yield.

If you juiced daily and saved 25-35% on higher juice yield, within a month or two you might make back what you’ve paid upfront for a better quality juicer. More on that later.

When you have the right juice extractor, juicing would be such a breeze and a fulfilling/rewarding experience which would encourage you to continue on your juicing journey. It would be something to look forward to each day.

But, if you bought the wrong juicer, not only would you regret the money spent, you would be frustrated with juicing as a whole as it would not yield the results you set out to achieve in the first place.

 

Two main TYPE of juicers to be discussed here, to give you a quick understanding, if you’re new to juicing.

 

Centrifugal Juicers

This is the most common type of juicers that are easily available at any departmental stores or retail outlets.  It chops up your fruits and vegetables into fine pieces and simultaneously spins them at very high speed (at about 3,000 rpm to 16,000 rpm) to separate the juice from the pulp.  You’ll recognize this type of juicer by the strainer basket that has blades at the base.

To read more about centrifugal juicers, go to this page.

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Less expensive
  • Easy to use
  • Fast with wider chute, so you save time on cutting fruits and vegetables
  • Noisy operation
  • May cause rapid juice oxidation
  • Not effective for juicing leafy vegetables, wheatgrass and herbs
  • More foam and juice separation
  • Less juice yield — means you spend more on produce
  • Enzymes destroyed due to the high-speed spinning
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Masticating Juicers

This type of juicer is also known as “cold press” or “gear” juicer. It works by grinding to break up the fruits and vegetables, then press them through the strainer.  It spins at a very low speed of only between 40 rpm and 160 rpm. This method of juice extraction preserves the enzymes and nutrients, producing very concentrated and wholesome juice.  You’ll recognize this type of juicer by its “spiral auger”.

Read more about masticating juicers here.

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Runs on lower speed thus preserving enzymes and nutrients
  • Juice is more stable and can be stored for longer
  • Juice has less foam and does not separate
  • Very suitable for juicing leafy vegetables, soft fruits, wheatgrass and herbs
  • Higher juice yield — more economical in the long run
  • Easy handling, easy to wash-up
  • Some models are multi-functional
  • Initial cost is higher
  • More preparation time due to smaller feed chute

 

 

Considerations

If you’re new to juicing or looking to upgrade your current juicer, then here are some things to consider before you go out and buy that new juicer:

Of course there is no “perfect” juicer out there.  The perfect juicer is one that you WOULD use every day.

In order to look for that juicer, consider these few important points. Some factors/features you may want to weigh more than the cost. Remember, the “perfect” juicer is one that in the long run — is easy to use, saves time, saves cost, and produce nutritious juices.

 

If you asked me, MY perfect juicer should be all these:

Able to juice leafy green vegetables, hard and soft fruits, wheatgrass, herbs, etc. 
Low speed (40 to 160 rounds per minute) to preserve the nutrients and enzymes.
Minimize oxidation so that juice can be stored for longer (up to 72 hours).
Able to minimize agricultural chemicals and pesticides. 
Produce high juice yield (dryer pulp — savings of up to 35% each time I juice).
Produce high quality, concentrated, rich, nutritious juice each time.
Easy to assemble, operate and wash up — very important!!
Not noisy.

 

Important read about juicer efficiency and safety.

 

So where can you find this type of juicer?
Go to this page on masticating juicer to find out more.  There are also some recommended models that I’ve personally used.

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Juicer Recommendation For A Beginner

Many beginners don’t want to spend very much as they’re “not sure if juicing is for them”.

I usually recommend anyone to invest in a good gear/masticating juicer right from the beginning. I believe in doing things right the first time. These are my reasons for investing in a good juicer:

  • You’re not sure if juicing is for you. If you got a cheap centrifugal juicer, it doesn’t do much convincing for you as a centrifugal juicer is difficult to wash and doesn’t produce nice tasting juices. For these poor reasons of getting an “inferior” juicer, you conclude that “juicing is not for you”.
  • If you got a good masticating juicer, I promise you would be hooked for life. A good gear juicer gives you such a wonderful juicing experience that you would want to continue with it. It is easy to operate and extracts such tasty, concentrated juices.  I may sound like I’m prejudiced, but I’m saying this only out of my own experience.  I’ve used many types of juicers and currently own four different masticating juicer models so I know what I’m saying.
  • Although you want to buy a cheap juicer to start with, the cheap juicers actually may cost you more in the long run. The juicer pulp from the cheap juicers are usually still wet, producing low juice yield. This means more fruits/vegs are required to get a glass of juice. With a good gear juicer, you get maximum juice yield and high quality juice. Read more about gear juicer, also known as masticating juicer, here.
  • A gear juicer has many advantages and usually come with a 10-20 year warranty. Of which the price would have been worth it already.
  • Ok, so you really cannot afford to spend so much to get a good gear juicer. Two options:
    (1)  SAVE for it
    (2)  Buy a reasonable juicer that you can afford for now, and set a goal to SAVE enough for that gear juicer, not too far in the future.

 

Types Of Juicers

If you have never owned a juicer before, just a quick overview: There are basically these few main TYPES of juicers. Click on the following to learn more about each type of juicer and the popular models currently in the market. My personal preference are the single and twin-gear juicers:

         
Functional
Juicers
 Centrifugal
Juicers
Single-Gear
Juicers 
Twin-Gear
Juicers 
Hydraulic Press
Juicers 

 

Come see what juicers I have and use, and then you tell me about the juicer YOU use, if you have one.

 

Related Links
Juicing versus blending
Buying a blender
Juicer efficiency and safety
Minimize chemicals in your juice
Centrifugal versus masticating juicer
Single versus twin-gear juicer
Compare technical specifications of 3 quality juicers
Optimizing your gear juicer

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