In today’s hectic world… exercising, eating healthy, doing cleanses is getting more and more important. If you are health conscious, there is a major chance that you may have found a diet that requires you to drink a lot of fresh juices. The best thing about fresh juices is that they really are as beneficial and healthy as everyone makes them out to be. The only challenge that you face is that you may end up having to make the juice yourself at home which may leave you wondering which types of juicers are good.
When you go online, there are so many choices of juicers. Some of them may look vaguely similar but have a variety of different components. This is when things get complicated. You don’t know which one you need. Is the expensive one worth spending money on and a million other such questions?
What you may not be aware is that there are several different types of juicers on the market, each of which has their pro and cons. To reduce the amount of research you have to do, I have listed out the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of juicers here. You can read all about it and then pick the one that best suits your needs.
Broadly speaking, there are three main types of juicers:
1. Masticating Juicer
Best known for producing high-quality juice, masticating juicers are the best if you drink vegetable or leaf juices. Rather than slicing the vegetable or fruit, masticating juicers “crush” the fruit or vegetable slowly. Not only does this result in a high quality of juice being produced, it also makes it easy to extract juice from leaves such as spinach or kale. However, like everything else the masticating juicer also has its advantages and disadvantages. I have provided both in the following:
Can be used to extract juice from anything from fruits and hard vegetables to leafy vegetables.
The amount of juice produced is more than most other juicers.
The juice tends to stay fresh for longer if made from a masticating juicer due to the lack of oxidization.
Since the machine is easy to take apart and put together, it makes it easier for you to clean it.
It is among your best options if you have to juice a hard vegetable.
Masticating juicers can be costlier than other juicers.
They are slower than other juicers therefore if you need to make juice quickly in the morning before work, then the masticating juicer is probably not a good option for you.
2. Centrifugal Juicer
The centrifugal juicer is the most common type of juicer and probably the one you will see in most homes. They are fast and far less complicated than most other juicers. The centrifugal juicer slices the vegetable or fruit into minuscule pieces, thus releasing the juices. While they release a high amount of juice, the centrifugal juicer also has its advantages and disadvantages:
It’s very fast. All you have to do is peel and slice up the vegetable or fruit and place them in the juicer which does everything else for you. It is ideal for rushed mornings.
As the simplest type of juicer, centrifugal juicers are very simple to clean and have only a few simple parts.
They are cheaper than most other juicers.
They are very noisy, and the sound can be quite irritating.
Unlike masticating juicers, juice made by centrifugal juicers are unlikely to stay fresh for too long. This is because of oxidization.
Juice made from centrifugal juicers also have far more pulp. Depending on your preference, you may or may not like this.
3. Twin Gear Juicer
A relatively new type of juicer, the Twin gear juicer or the triturating juicer is a cold press juicer. They can extract more juice than any other types of juicers. They have two augers that increase the efficiency of juicing. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of the twin gear juicer:
Juice will last longer as it is not oxidized.
It is far more efficient than other juicers.
It has drier pulp.
Because of the two augers, they can be very difficult to clean.
They are far more expensive than the masticating or centrifugal juicers.
As we have already mentioned, the masticating juicer and twin gear juicers are cold press juicers while the centrifugal juicer is not. Some of you may find yourselves asking the difference between the two. Let me recap below…
The main difference between cold press juicers and centrifugal juicers is how they extract the juice. While centrifugal juicers slices up the vegetable or the fruit, cold press juicers crush them. The different method of juicing the fruit and vegetable can result in a major difference in the nutrient retention as well as the longevity of the juice itself. As mentioned above, masticating juicers and twin gear juicers prevent the juice from being oxidized. This results in higher nutrition value of the juice and allows it to last longer. On the other hand, the centrifugal juicers are cheaper and the juice made from it has a lesser amount of pulp in it.
If your needs are far more specific or you just require a simple juicer, there are more options for you. The following juicers that we are going to mention are cheaper and can be easier to use. However, unlike the juicers we have mentioned above, they are unlikely to be multipurpose.
Here are a few more of your options:
4. Citrus Juicer
If you need to make lemon juice, grapefruit juice or orange juice, the citrus juicer is ideal for you. There are also multiple types of citrus juicers including one without a motor a manual press, or a citrus juicer with a motor. The manual press is the best to squeeze out some lemon juice. While the other two can be used to extract juice from grapefruit, oranges, clementine and etc. It is better to go for a citrus juicer with a motor as it requires less effort and is faster.
5. Champion Juicer
Another great type of the juicer, the champion juicer is convenient and easy to use. All you have to do is slice up the fruit or the vegetable and feed it into the mouth of the juicer. Ideal for the harder vegetables such as carrot, bitter gourd or even leafy vegetables. The champion juicer makes life very easy. It also automatically separates the pulp from the juice. Unlike manual juicers, the champion juicer is very fast. However, the problems crop up in terms of oxidization of the juice. If you are drinking the juice immediately, this type of juicer is a good option for you.
6. Wheatgrass Juicer
If you are strictly into drinking wheatgrass juice, then forget about all the types of juicers that have been mentioned above. As the name suggests this juicer is mainly used for wheatgrass. Available in both electric as well as manual versions, the wheatgrass juicer also automatically separates the pulp from the juice. As is true with all manual juicers, the manual wheatgrass juicer will require a bit of effort. However, if you are not in the mood to put in the additional effort and don’t mind spending a little extra, then you can easily go for the electric wheatgrass juicer.
The above is all the relevant information on different types of juicers. You can choose which type of juicer best fit your needs as well as your budget and purchase one accordingly. I hope that this helps you choose the juicer that is most suitable for your lifestyle and allows you to become fitter and healthier from juicing.
It’s never too late to go healthy and juicing is among the best ways to do so. Juices typically have high nutritional value and is very easy to make. Plus, they allow you to consume fresh fruits on a regular basis without getting too messy. Wishing you all the best with your new healthy lifestyle!