How to Purchase a Juicer

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Juicers differ in shape, size, cost, yield, juice quality and functionality. The most common juicers which you will find on pretty much any given market will be a centrifugal juicer. Many people tend to think that a juicer is a juicer and why should they pay more for a “Non-centrifugal juicer” (cold juicer under 200 RPMs). Fact is, that centrifugal juicers run at very high RPMs. Many of them between 6500 and there are even centrifugal juicers that go up to 13.000 RPMs. Here are the pros and cons regarding a centrifugal juicer:

Pros: Very fast and normally rather compact in size, cheaper in price.

Cons: The high revolutions mentioned above also have a downside. The high revs will push a lot of oxygen into the juice making it oxidize almost instantly. This can be seen when the foam turns brown or the juice splits into 2 layers after standing for a minute. The high revolutions also of course generate heat which is not the best situation for keeping the vitamins, minerals and nutrients alive. Lastly, for those who are planning to juice leafy greens or berries now or in the near future, you will soon find out that a centrifugal juicer is not capable of juicing these with any results worth mentioning. The long fibers from the leafy greens (also pineapples and celery) will block the knives on the sieve plate requiring you to clean it before continuing. Berries get clogged in the screen. Anyone who has had a centrifugal juicer and then moved up to a cold juicer will probably tell you first hand, that the centrifugal juicer was a pain in the apple to clean 🙂 . Most of the centrifugal juicers are hard to clean because they work with a mesh screen and this is not easy to clean properly. It can be done but you will surely need more time.  Lastly, the juice yield from a centrifugal juicer is not as good as compared to a good cold juicer by a long shot. Reason for this is that the fruits and veggies come in contact with the (stand up) knives or blades and are ejected instantly out of the juicer and into the pulp container. Meaning that the produce being juiced is not able to be processed in order to squeeze as efficiently as possible. Should you still choose to go with a centrifugal juicer, make sure that you compare the strength of the motor!

Some examples of centrifugal juicers are brands like Breville or Jack LaLanne  juicers. They usually start around $99.

A step up would be a masticating juicer, which essentially chews the produce (masticating means “ to chew”), and I recommend the Champion brand, as it’s an extremely reputable machine and it’s also the one I use personally. 🙂  Although they are pricier than a centrifugal, you are not wasting as much fruit and getting more bang for your buck, essentially.

Pros for Champion Juicer: Due to the 1400 RPMs, the champion juicer is quite fast. The quality and durability of these juicers is great and almost impossible to break. It processes hard veggies such a carrots very easily.

Cons for Champion Juicer: Again we are faced with the high revolutions. The champion doesn’t work with the conventional auger, it uses the so called “Cutter”. The cutter has little tiny blades on it and again poses problems with leafy greens and long fiber produce as mentioned above. Same goes for the high revs generating heat  and oxidizing as with centrifugal juicer. Of course the champion has less RPMs than a centrifugal juicer but this will be cleared in the next category of juicers.

Cold Juicers: Cold juicer means under 200 RPM. Cold juicers work with an auger and are either vertical or horizontal. The top quality cold juicers run at about 70-80 rpms. For anyone who is going to take juicing seriously, then this is the way to go. Reason for this is because you are not making any compromises (providing you purchase a quality cold juicer). By that I mean that you are getting maximum juice yield and maximum juice quality due to the low revs. Next point is that you are able to juice everything from hard fruits and vegetables, soft fruits and vegetables, leafy greens and berries. Many of these juicers also come with a blank sieve allowing you to make such things are sorbets, nutbutters… The cleaning with a cold juicer is also easier than the juicers mentioned above. A good quality cold juicer should not take longer than 3-4 minutes to clean.

And for the real serious juicers out there, there are the twin gear juicers. These are the most proficient juicers when it comes to juice quality and yield  Basically they will give you approx. 15% more juice yield compared to a top single auger juicer. The 15% more juice yield should not only be seen as being able to juice and purchase 15% less produce but you are also getting up to 15% more nutrients in your juice and this is what the people who take juicing very serious are looking for. The twin gear juicers also run at 70-80 RPMs. Be careful here though. Some companies produce twin gear juicers claiming to have great results due to the dual gears but at the end of the day, there is really only one twin gear juicer that is worth mentioning and that is the Angel Juicer which is the only juicer made of 100% stainless steel. The Green Star is also a good juicer but it also has its downside. The Greenstar is truly a pain to clean. It has so many parts with so many nooks and crannies that many people get irritated by this. Also the results from leafy greens are not so great.

Pros for Twin Gear Juicers: Best juice yield, best juice quality, able to juice everything imaginable. Able to be cleaned in the dishwasher (stainless steel) what cannot be said for all other juicers.

Cons: They are quite pricey and are larger than single auger juicers taking up more counter space.

Citrus juicers are not recommended to juice greens or other fruits. They are specifically meant for citrus. It’s not a bad idea to have a small hand citrus juicer on hand, and no, a blender and juicer are NOT the same thing. I recommend your kitchen has BOTH, as they are both used for completely different, yet wonderful functions. My favorite high powered blender is the Vitamix. It can make everything from smoothies, to soups to ice cream-really!

When it comes to choosing a juicer, you should take your time and do the research. Hopefully between Dean and myself, we have given you some points to consider. A juicer is an amazing investment to make for your health, so make sure you are getting the very best that you can afford! If you have any more questions, you can email Dean or myself. Also, if you are thinking about doing a juice cleanse, I am here to help! I am currently doing one, and I feel GREAT! How many of you want to feel great too?? Contact me now to get started!

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