Many of you have asked us about which juicers we recommend and why. There are a few things to consider when looking at juicers, and so we are here to clear up any confusion!
How many types of juicers are there?
There are two basic types of juicer, a Masticating juicer and a Centrifugal juicer.
The centrifugal juicer uses a type spinning blade, which spins at a very high-speed. This will basically grate the produce you are feeding through it into tiny pieces. The machine will then strain these finely grated pieces through a strainer, and in doing so, will separate the pulp from the juice.
These styles of juicers do better with heartier fruits and veggies. Some can do greens moderately well, and some not well at all. The juice that comes from these machines will start to break down and oxidize within 15-60 minutes, so they are best consumed in a timely fashion.
A Few of Our Favorite Centrifugal Juicers:
The Champion or the Green Star – These juicers use “gears” to grate the produce, and can do a pretty good job with leafy greens. You can also use these juicers to create frozen fruit ice creams!
The Breville Juice Fountain – This juicer uses a spinning grater, and does well with heartier veggies. If you want to use this juicer to juice greens, the best technique is to bunch your greens up into tight balls before you pass them through. This juicer is one of the best out there if you are new to juicing and are not ready to spend a large amount of money.
The masticating juicer presses the produce, rather than grating it finely with a spinning blade like the centrifugal juicer does. This means that the process is generally called “cold juicing” or “slow juicing” because it is much slower! This method of juicing introduces far less oxygen into your juice than a centrifugal juicer does, and thus there is much less heat and oxidative damage. The juice made in these juicers will last far longer before they start to degrade. The masticating juicer is also the type of juicer you will need if you want to get the most juice out of your leafy green veggies.
Our Favorite Masticating Juicers:
Below are 3 of the top juicers we have come across recently, but keep in mind that there are many different types of models and prices that you will find with each brand. It’s important to remember that if you’re on a budget, something is better than nothing, so don’t feel like you have to spend hundreds of dollars or not juice at all.
What Type of Juicer Should You Start With?
If you’re an experienced juicer (as in you have tried juicing many times at juice bars or had a juicer in the past and loved it), then making an investment into a high quality juicer can be a great choice for you. If you’re brand new to juicing and still on the fence, it’s wiser to start with a lower priced, more inexpensive juicer to start out with and see if you’ll really use it. Even a lower priced, “fast” juicer, is better than not juicing at all. As time goes on, you may want to consider investing a bit more into a juicer that has a good warranty and can last you a long time. Many of us over here at Young and Raw own the Hurom juicer and love it for its diversity (it makes ice cream as well). It’s also easy to clean and doesn’t take up as much counter space as other juicers. Just in case you’re confused about whether you should buy a juicer or a blender, and what the difference is between a juice and a smoothie, click here and we’ll fill you in!
What type of juicer are you using? Share your reviews in the comments below.
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