Choose the Machine That Is Right for You


When beginning juicing, the selection of different machines can be downright intimidating. Some juicers are very expensive, while others are much less costly, and juicers can be found in many shapes and sizes. While the saying “you get what you pay for” is certainly apt in some cases, it can be misleading when it comes to juicers. Different juicers have different specialties and features, so it is important to do your research to choose the juicer that performs exactly the functions that you are looking for.

Centrifugal vs. Masticating Juicers

One of the biggest differences in juicers is whether the juicer is a centrifugal or a masticating juicer. Centrifugal juicers are comprised of a spinning blade with a screen, and are renowned for the ability to juice very quickly, and for being easy to clean. Centrifugal juicers are also typically much less expensive than masticating juicers. While all of these features make centrifugal juicers ideal for beginner juicerheads, these juicers do have drawbacks. The speed of the blade and the way that the produce is shredding leaches nutrients from the juice and results in less juice than with masticating juicers.

Masticating or cold-press juicers juice much more slowly, and are sometimes called slow juicers. This type of juicer works by slowly tearing and pressing the flesh of the produce until all of the juice is extracted. The juice that is produced is noticeably thicker and darker, and typically does not separate. The juice holds more nutrients and stays fresh longer because of the way it is extracted. However, these juicers are much more expensive in most cases, and may not be ideal for those wishing to juice in a hurry.

In addition to the major differences, juicers come with a variety of different features. Those wishing to juice in higher quantities may wish to purchase a more expensive commercial model juicer, or one that has a separate pulp container and juice catcher, for continuous juicing. Juicers may also be more attractive or easier to clean, or contain other features that make the particular juicer more suited to your needs. So before buying a juicer, be sure to investigate all of the options available.