Buying a new juicer can be an intimidating experience, especially if you are not sure of what type of juice extractor you are looking for. There are always a few things to look for when
shopping for a new juicer. While getting any type of juicer is better than not having
one, we will lay out what exactly you should be looking for when shopping for a new juicing machine.
Types of Juicers
For juicing vegetables and fruits, there are two main types of juicers you may have come across. Centrifugal juicers and masticating juicers both offer a way to get a delicious and nutritious glass of juice, they just go about it in different ways. Let's look at some of the differences. The difference between juicing and smoothies is something you should be aware of as these machines produce just straight juice.
These are usually going to be the most expensive of the two. They work by pushing food through a tube that narrows. A screw like mechanism, called an auger, slowly grinds up fruits and vegetables and pushes them along the tube with tremendous force. This force presses the juice out from the pulp. The juice is deposited and the pulp is moved along to be collected in a pulp catcher. It is a very simple, and deliberate process that is very efficient and produces a lot of juice yield. This is the best juicers for juicing leafy vegetables.
These are extremely fast juicers that use centrifugal force to extract juice. The cutting disc spins at super high speeds and the pulp is pressed up against a mesh filter by the high spin rate which forces the juice out from the pulp. These types of juicers are great for anyone who needs their juicing to be done in a hurry. They are powerful but they are also loud. These are excellent for anyone that wants to juice a lot of hard vegetables like carrots and apples.
There are several different models that will accommodate those on any kind of budget, but the experts at VeggieFiles.com encourage anyone looking to get into juice to be willing to spend at least $100. Anything below that and you will not get anything that will keep you interested in juicing for long as the quality of the machine will make it too much of a hassle.
Breville makes a couple of models perfect for those that do not want to spend a lot for their first juicer. The BJE200XL is a great starter juicer and it can usually be had for $100. The JE98XL is a nice step up and it can be bought online for around $150
For those with a larger budget, Omega juicers are worth considering. They have the best rated masticating juicers and they are a pretty safe investment as they come with 10 to 15 year warranties depending on which machine you buy. We use the NC800 HDS and have been blown away with its performance.
Some of the other cost of juicing are, of course, buying fresh produce to use in the juicer. You may be surprised with just how much fruits and vegetables that you have to run through the machine to get a glass of juice, but the other way of looking at that is if you didn't juice you would have to eat that amount to get the same benefit. This is why juicing is so powerful, and time efficient. This is also why you want to invest in a quality juicer. With all the money you will spend on food, you want to make sure that you get the most out of what you run through the machine and not waste any of it.
Hopefully, some of these basic of what to look for in a juicer will help you find a juice extractor that is perfect for your needs. Aspects like speed, noise, juice yield, and price are important factors to consider. There is no best machine for everyone, but you should be able to find one that is right for you.