New to juicing – Best juicer on the market?


New To Juicing

This is a re-make of the article that I had posted a long time ago on my site.  The original post had information about each type of juicer to give advice to those who were new to juicing and in the market for a new juicer to consider.  And seeing how I’m picking and choosing which articles need to be re-posted on the site again, I figured this one was well worth typing out again for you all.

Types of Juicers on the market:

There are many different styles and types of juicers out on the market these days, and each company claiming why their model is the best for you to spend your hard earned money on.  But really there are 4 main “types” of juicers, which are the following:

  • Centrifugal Juicers
  • Masticating  or Auger-style Juicers
  • Twin-gear or Triturating Juicers
  • Hydraulic Press Juicers
  • Manual Juicers

Each juicer has pro’s and con’s to consider when deciding which will be the best for you.  Let me give you a better description of how each juicer works along with the pro’s and con’s for each.

Centrifugal Juicers
New to Juicing

Centrifugal Juicer

This is a common look or style of many centrifugal juicers that you’ll find out in the marketplace and is likely the more popular version purchased by those who are new to juicing.  This model is by Breville, but honestly, without a name, you probably couldn’t tell it from many others out there.  This juicer works, as you can imagine, based on centrifugal force.  This means that the produce is placed into a chute, where it is then cut down by a blade that is generally affixed to a plate that spins at very high RPMs to use the gravity and force of the spinning to extract the juice from the pulp.   The excess pulp that is separated from the juice is then held off on the side in a reservoir, or extracted into a trash bin section of the juicer.

Pros:

  • Fast at juicing large quantities of veggies and fruits
  • Often the chute will accept large pieces at once, cutting back on your prep work and time
  • Easy to Use and relatively easy to clean
  • Works great with hard produce like beets and carrots
  • Mid-Range Pricing – Depending on brand and model, you can find these at very affordable prices, or on the higher end if you’re looking to splurge on a really top of the line model.

Cons:

  • Extremely loud.  These babies will kick up to over 6,000 RPM.  So if you’re in an apartment, everyone is gonna know when you’re on that detox diet, lol.  And if you’re making a little juice for your hangover…well, you’re not gonna be doing it w/ this machine, that’s for sure.  (Is that a plane taking off in your kitchen?  It’s…loud)
  • Because of the high speed centrifugal spinning, the enzymes in your juice tend to be denatured and of lesser quality, shall we say.  The spinning also results in highly oxidized juice.  You’ll notice the juice of centrifugal juicers tends to be darker in color than the slower counter parts, as the juice is not heated up or oxidized as much as the juice of the centrifugal machine.
  • They tend to work poorly at extraction from leafy greens and similar types of produce, like beet tops.  You’re often left with little juice extracted, and a lot of damp pulps from the greens.
Masticating & Auger-Style Juicers
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Omega Vert 350HD

These juicers will often be shown in a vertical model like this Omega Vert350 HD, or it will be found in a flatter horizontal version, but regardless of looks, they function the same.  A masticating, or auger-style, juicer will utilize an very slow-RPM (usually, less than 100RPM) auger in the machine to slowly break down the produce into smaller and smaller chunks, effectively grinding it down into pulp to then be fed into the machine where the pulp is pressed through a metal screen.  As the juice is pressed from the pulp, the juice is moved out to one extraction chute, where the drier pulp is moved slowly out into a collection bin outside of the juicer.

Pros:

  • Slow RPM, allowing for better juice enzyme retention.  Will avoid denaturing of the juice and oxidation of the juice.
  • Quiet.  These juicers are much more quiet than the previously mentioned centrifugal juicers.
  • Highly efficient at juicing leafy vegetables and greens.

Cons:

  • Generally, more expensive than other juicer options on the market
  • Much more clean up involved; has more components to wash
  • Juice tends to be very pulp-filled; often will require to be strained if you prefer less pulp
  • More pre-work involved with cutting of produce
  • Can sometimes produce a lot of foam in the juice when juicing.
Twin-gear or Triturating Juicers
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Twin Gear & Triturating Juicer

Two are better than one.  In the case of this juicer, the two interlocking gears will do great with leafy greens and vegetables but can often struggle with soft, fleshy fruits like citrus, pineapple, and tomatoes.  The triturating juicers utilize both the pressure of gears like an auger-style juicer and separate screen, however, because the gears are so close to maximize extraction, it can often take a lot of pressure to get the fruits/veggies through the machine. They work great at making nut butters as well.

Pros:

  • Slower RPM than a centrifugal juicer resulting in better juice enzyme retention and avoidance of oxidation.
  • Does not produce much foam compared to the single-auger style juicers
  • Yields very dry pulps meaning less waste of juice from extraction process

Cons:

  • Very expensive.  Easily can cost 2 time or more than that of an auger-style juicer…and that is on the low end of costs for twin-gear juicers
  • Takes longer to juice due to the slower movement gears, but also due to smaller size of a feed chute which also means:
  • More prep work involved to cut down produce into sized manageable by the juicer.
  • Also requires much more clean up time due to multiple parts
  • Large size and weight.  This may not necessarily be a con for most people once you’ve setup your juicer.  But I don’t see it as an advantage to being more bulky and heavy so I’m chalking it up as a con.
Hydraulic Press Juicers
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Norwalk Juicer

This juicer is one of the best juicers you can get in terms of the quality of the juice.  And that comes at a hefty price, literally, as this bad boy pictured, the Norwalk Juicer, starts at around $2500.  So not only will you pay a high dollar to obtain one, but you’ll also pay the price in terms of clean up time and prep.  Will that be enough to say it’s worth it?  Well, that is going to depend on you.  Again, if you’re new to juicing, you’re probably going to give this option a pass, and I will totally understand your reason to do so, however, if you ever get the chance, try one; more importantly, try the juice it makes.  Let me know what you think.

This juicer simply works as a two-step process: 1) the produce is put through a chute where it is ground up by a stainless steel gear spinning at a relatively high RPM (2000-3000RPM) and it collected into a mesh baggie.  The bag is then folded in a particular way to avoid bursting, and it placed onto the hydraulic press plate.  This removable plate has a forged spout that will allow the juice to flow down into a collection container placed near the juicer.  The pulp filled baggies are then raised by hydraulic power to the top of the juicer to be pressed at extremely high PSI pressure, ensuring that all the juice has been extracted from the pulp.  This process will give you some of the driest pulp possible from a juicer.

Pros:

  • Very impressive yields of juice, some pulp comes out like sawdust, it’s that dry.
  • There is no foam and no pulp in the pressed juice
  • Because there is not a lot of masticating/spinning involved, the juice enzymes will stay living in a fridge for up to 3 days without any problems.
  • The juice quality can be seen.  The juice from a hydraulic press juicer is often brighter and more vivid in color, as well as sweeter and better in taste than the auger, centrifugal, or twin-gear counter parts.
  • Can be used for other things like making nut butters, grinding foods
  • Long term quality build with a substantial warranty of approximately ~10 years.

Cons:

  • Very expensive; this price point can be hard to justify for many people and it is likely you’ll only see this machine owned by very serious juicers or possible cancer/degenerative disease survivors or patients.
  • Large machine, can be bulky and in the way for most kitches
  • Two-step process requires patience, time, and can be messy
  • Messy; can shoot food out of the chute and onto your ceiling; mesh baggies can drip around the juicer sometimes
  • Heavy, which can be a problem if you plan to store this juicer until ready to use and will plan to move it often.
Manual Juicers

manual juicer - wheatgrass manual juicer - citrus press

These juicers, as you can imagine, are very inexpensive, which is part of their appeal to many consumers; however, as you may notice by looking at them at first glance.  They are very specialized for what they do.  These juicers are not a “one fits all” type of juicer.  You will be limited into which kinds of produce can be juiced.  As you see on the left photo, this hand-crank, manual operation, juicer is great for wheat grass.  But try putting many other fruits or veggies in there and I think you’re going to have problems pretty quick.  Another popular type and juicer shape, as you see on the right photo, is a citrus juicer.  Now I’m not against having one of these, in fact, I have a plastic hand citrus juicer in my pantry right now,  Having a nice and fancy one like that is shown is more of a luxury item to have in your kitchen,  But again, very specialized in how they operate, which is also a limitation.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive.  Without a doubt some of the cheapest options in the juicing world
  • Light weight, often easy to store
  • Easy to clean
  • Lesser carbon footprint (debatable if made of plastic?) since the devices do not use electricity.

Cons:

  • Specialized; cannot be used for all produce and fruits
  • Usually constructed of cheaper materials which can often result in less reliability or breakage.
  • Has to be manually operated.  While this is probably the reason you purchased the item, I’m listing it as a con for lazy people like me, lol.
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