What’s The Best Juicer?
The answer to the question, “What’s The Best Juicer?” depends on you. There are several types of juicers on the market and several variants of each. Each has its pros and cons and there are those that specialize in one thing or are better than others in certain ways but worse in others.
What Is A Juicer?
Merriam-Webster defines a juicer as:
“an appliance for extracting juice from fruit or vegetables”
Types of Juicers
There are several basic types of juicers, centrifugal, single screw masticating, twin gear masticating, and citrus. The Champion Juicer looks like a masticating single auger type uses blades that spin at a much higher speed than other masticating types. Other specialty juicers on the market are the dedicated Wheatgrass juicer and juice pressers like the Norwalk press juicer.
There are centrifugal juicers, for example, that are fast but only good for small quantities due to the build-up of pulp. Then there are centrifugal juicers that eject the pulp into an attached, easily emptied bin. They also come with large capacity juice containers to make enough juice for the whole family at mealtime.
Due to their high speed, centrifugal juicers have the disadvantage of causing temperature rise and oxidation thereby decreasing the storage life and health benefit of the juice.
An exception to this is the Breville BJE430SIL Juice Fountain Cold, that uses a patented process that keeps heat transfer to a minimum to increase the storage time for up to 72 hours.
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Masticating juicers, on the other hand, operate at much slower speed, around 45 to 60 rpm. Oxidation and nutrient removal is much reduced. There are several types of masticating juicer i.e. horizontal single auger, vertical auger and twin gear, each with their pros and cons but all similar in operation. The pulp is separated from juice and is ejected allowing masticating juicers to produce larger quantities. In most cases masticating juicers are more efficient, producing a higher percentage of juice than centrifugal juicers. Although slower than the centrifugal type, the juice is healthier and longer lasting.
Twin Gear Juicers
Another type of juicer is the twin gear type with two gears that mesh to squeeze the juice out. It works great with green leafy vegetables and softer, juicier fruits, not so well with drier (wheatgrass) and harder (carrot) produce. The twin gear design yields the highest, most efficient production of juice but is complex and difficult to assemble for use and disassemble for cleaning.
A unique type of juicer is the Champion Juicer. It looks like a single auger juicer but uses high-speed rotating stainless steel blades. This makes it the fastest juicer in the pack but the high-speed blades cause oxidation reducing the life of the juice. Drink immediately after making.
The citrus juicer is the least expensive type, it comes in both manual and motorized versions and produces juice with the least nutrient loss and zero oxidation. The yield is very small compared to other types and manual effort, with non-motorized juicers, is the highest. It can also get messy.
Or perhaps the question should be rephrased as:
What’s the best juicer for:
nutrition and health?
To maintain the most nutrients and avoid oxidation, use a citrus juicer. To make more juice with less effort, use a motorized model. Avoid loss of nutrients and enzymes to heat with a slow speed masticating type juicer.
a variety of fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens without nutrient loss?
Masticating juicers minimize oxidation thus extending storage life while producing the most juice from a large variety of fruits and vegetables.
leafy greens and soft, juicy fruits
Twin gear juicers do the best job on leafy greens and soft, juicy fruits but not on wheatgrass or hard veggies like carrots.
speed and convenience
Centrifugal mixers are fast and with a separate, removable pulp bin easily make enough juice for the whole family with a minimum of effort.
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