Selecting your Juice Maker
The first and probably the most difficult part of juicing is choosing the right juicer.
With the hundreds of different kinds of juicers available on the market today, there’s bound to be one out there that’s perfect for your needs.
The problem is narrowing down the search. In order to do that, you need to know exactly what you’re looking for in selecting your juice maker.
Asking yourself these questions can help you find the right one
- How much are you willing to pay for your juice maker?
- What type of juices are you planning to make?
Juicers can cost anywhere from $90 to $900. That’s a pretty wide price range.
If you’ve never tried juicing before and aren’t sure if you can commit to it in the long run, you might be better of purchasing a juicer from the lower range.
However, if you’re serious about using juicing for health, you might want to consider investing in a top of the line model.
There are generally 4 types of juicer makers out there
Each one specializes in something and has its own pros and cons.
- Citrus juicers are good for… well, juicing citrus fruits, obviously. With a citrus juicer, you have to press the fruit halves onto a reamer which extracts the juice. Citrus juicers are easy to clean and perfect if all you’re looking for is a glass of fresh-squeezed OJ with your breakfast, but they can’t do much else, so these juicers would definitely limit your options.
- Pulp-ejecting juicers can only juice pulpy fruits and vegetables. Not ideal for leafy greens, sprouts or wheatgrass. These machines also produce more heat when you use them.
- Centrifugal juicers are the most common type available in department stores. Centrifugal juicers grate fruits into tiny pieces and spin them around at high speeds. The spinning motion forces juice out while keeping behind the pulp. These machines are great for making virtually pulp-free, watery juices. They’re usually faster than other juicers, too. The downside is that their high-speed spinning force is known to cause damage to the enzymes found in the fruit. They also do not perform well when it comes to juicing greens, so if you’re looking to make green juices, you’re better off skipping this one.
- Masticating juicers are low-speed juicers that use a screw-type auger to “chew” and juice pretty much anything: citrus, most types of fruits and vegetables, sprouts, and even wheat grass. They work quite slower than other types of juicers, but “low-speed” can actually be a good thing. This is because juicers that operate at faster speeds also produce more heat, which can ruin some of the delicate nutrients and enzymes in the juice. If you want to make the healthiest juices possible, choose a juicer with the lowest number of “rotations per minute” or RPM. Some juicers can go as low as 80 RPM. This tends to produce a thicker juice with more fiber in it.
If you’re looking for more than just juice
Some masticating-type machines are able to make nut butters, tofu, baby food, soups and dips, and even grind coffee beans.
Although masticating juicers might be the healthiest, they also cost more compared to other types of juicers.
They also have smaller “mouths” so you might have to cut up the ingredients into smaller pieces before you can put them in.
All juicers, no matter what the type, need to be cleaned immediately after use
So if you’re planning on juicing every day, choose one that’s easy to clean.
Look for juicers that are dish-washer safe and don’t require a lot of dismantling.
It might be better to get lower quality juice from a centrigual juicer every day than none from a masticating juicer that you hardly use because you don’t want to clean it up.
Lastly, please keep in mind that a blender is not a juicer
Since blenders don’t extract the fiber from fruits and vegetables, you cannot make good quality pulp-free juice in a blender. There’s no way you can use a juicer to make a smoothie, either.
Have fun shopping for your Juice Maker!