Juicers

Juicers

Do you want to get more healthy fruits and juices into your diet? The best way to do this is to make homemade juice yourself. What do you need to do this? The equipment required is simple. Read below to find out which of the many juicers available is the best one for you.

Juicers - Picture of glasses filled with different kinds of juice

Types

Juicers come in 3 main types, centrifugal, masticating and press, all of which extract juice from fruits and vegetables as opposed to blenders that liquefy solids. They are primarily used to make juice but some are great at making things like sorbet. There are also variations of each that improve on some of the basic types.

There are differing opinions on the pros and cons of blending vs juicing which are discussed elsewhere. Here we will concentrate on how the different types work, their pros and cons, and examples of each type.


Centrifugal and Pulp Ejecting Type

All juicers separate juice from the pulp of the fruit and vegetables put into them. Centrifugal types work by spinning the produce that is inserted into the chute where a shredder plate at the bottom shreds it. The shredded pulp is then spun into a basket. Juice is ejected by the spinning force into a separate container.

Centrifugal pulp ejecting juicers are similar in the operation whereby a shredder plate separates the pulp from the juice. The difference is that the pulp is collected in a separate hopper that can be emptied without disassembling the machine so juice making is more continuous.

Pros:

  • the process is very quick, great if you’re in a hurry
  • can be used on harder vegetables such as carrots
  • generally smaller than masticating types, easier to store
  • good for small, one or two glass portions
  • pulp ejecting centrifugal juicers: separate pulp hopper prevents clog up and increases the capacity of the juicer

Cons:

  • noisy
  • cannot be used for bigger batches due to internal storage of pulp
  • oxidized product must be consumed soon after being made, around 30 minutes, or it will spoil
  • centrifugal juicers: the pulp stays inside a basket where it can clog up and limits capacity

Examples of Centrifugal Juicers:

Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth Juice Extractor
Cuisinart CJE-1000 Die-Cast Juice Extractor
Breville BJE430SIL The Juice Fountain Cold

 

 

 

 


Masticating Type

Masticating or cold-press types squeeze and press food items dropped into the top of the feeder tube at a slower rate than centrifugal juicers. The juice drops out at the bottom while the pulp is pushed out at the end of the tube.

Pros:

  • less heating so prevents nutrient loss, healthier
  • juice lasts longer due to less oxidation, around 72 hours
  • most can act as food processors for things like nuts and meat
  • make bigger batches because masticating juicers extract pulp to external containers

Cons:

  • more expensive than citrus and centrifugal types
  • slower than centrifugal models
  • cannot handle large whole pieces of fruit

Variations:

  • Horizontal single auger
  • Vertical auger
  • Twin gear, best for leafy veggies

Examples of horizontal single gear masticating juicers:

Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer, Chrome & Black
Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer Extractor
Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Juicer, White

 

 

 

 

 


Examples of vertical masticating auger juicers:

Tribest Slowstar Vertical Slow Juicer and Mincer SW-2000, Cold Press Masticating Juice Extractor
SKG Wide Chute Anti-Oxidation Slow Masticating Juicer
Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Dual-Stage Vertical Single Auger Low-Speed Juicer Silver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Examples of twin gear masticating juicers:

Super Angel PREMIUM DELUXE Model .316 SS Screen/Auger
Omega Juicers TWN30S Twin Gear, Silver
Juicers - Tribest GS-P502 Green Star Pro Jumbo Twin Gear Twin SS Gears, Silver
Tribest GS-P502 Green Star Pro Jumbo Twin Gear Twin SS Gears, Silver

 

 

 

 

 

 


Champion Juicers

The Champion juicer is a different type similar to the single stage masticating juicer but it runs at a much higher speed, shredding items with stainless steel blades.

Pros:

  • fast
  • very well built with a 1-year warranty on blades, 3-year warranty on motor and 10-year warranty on the rest
  • excels at making sorbet

Cons:

  • requires regular maintenance and lubrication of stainless steel shaft after every use
  • fast spinning blades produce oxidation – consume juice within 30 minutes
  • not good for lighter produce like leafy greens

Examples of Champion Juicers:

Champion Household Juicer 4000 Masticating Juicer (Red)
Champion Juicer Reviews - Champion Commercial Juicer G5-PG710 - BLACK
Commercial Heavy Duty Juicer – Champion Model G5-PG710 BLACK
Champion 2000 Household Juicer G5-NG853S, White

 

 

 

 

 

 


Citrus Type

Citrus juicers come in manual or motorized models. Manual models extract juice by rotating on a reamer. Motorized models squeeze the fruit between two surfaces, one surface having holes.

Pros:

  • least expensive
  • easiest to use and clean, manual models require no maintenance
  • no loss of nutrients due to heat
  • longest lasting juice, no spoiling due to oxidation

Cons:

  • can get a little messy
  • more manual effort required than other types

Examples of Citrus Juicers:

Prepworks by Progressive Dome Lid Citrus Juicer
Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer, Brushed Stainless
BLACK+DECKER CJ625 30-Watt 34-Ounce Citrus Juicer, White

 

 

 

 

 

 


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