Benefits of Juicing
The world of juicing is exciting! As you may know, the many benefits of juicing include:
stronger immune system
prevention of diseases
easier intake of nutrients
faster nutrient absorption
increased mental clarity
improved skin and hair
Choosing a Juicer
Choosing the right juicer can feel overwhelming. Here are some important questions to consider when deciding what juicer is right for you as well as some tips about juicers that may help you answer each question:
What type of juicer are you looking to purchase?
Juicer Tip: There are three major types of juicers: Centrifugal, Masticating, and Hydraulic (Cold Press). See our comparison chart for more info.
Juicer Tip: Centrifugal juicers tend to be the least expensive. They cost on average $50 to $200. Popular centrifugal brands include Breville, Hamilton Beach, Black & Decker, and Cuisinart. Masticating juicers are more expensive. They cost on average $200 to $400 but can cost as much as $1500. Popular centrifugal brands include Omega, Hurom, and Green Star. Hydraulic juicers are the most expensive type of juicer. They cost on average $2000 to $3000. The most popular hydraulic juicer is made by Norwalk.
How dedicated are you to juicing?
Juicer Tip: Centrifugal juicers are generally faster, easier, and less expensive, but you sacrifice the quality of the juice. Most centrifugal juicers allow you to juice entire fruits or very large pieces so there is less prep time than with masticating juicers. You may be more likely to stick with juicing with a centrifugal juicer if you are short on time or motivation. They produce a better quality juice for more of an expense (cost and time). Hardcore juicers or professional businesses tend to purchase hydraulic juicers. They produce the best quality juice but are also the most expensive juicers on the market.
How important is a long warranty?
Juicer Tip: Centrifugal juicers come with a more powerful motor and therefore a shorter warranty. Usually these warranties are limited and last one year. Masticating juicers are slower and require less horsepower. They last longer. Similarly so do the warranties associated with these juicers. Usually these warranties are limited and last 10-15 years.
How important is that factor of noisiness to you?
Juicer Tip: Centrifugal juicers are the noisiest because they have more powerful, faster motors. Best masticating juicers under $200 operate at much slower speeds and make less noise. Hydraulic press juicers also tend to make less noise.
How important is the quality of the juice you produce (froth, yield, nutrient retention)?
Juicer Tip: Centrifugal juicers expose juice to higher speeds and temperatures and that creates a juice with more froth, less yield, and less nutrient retention on average. Some argue that taste also suffers. Alternatively, masticating juicers operate at much slower speeds and therefore produce more juice with less froth and more retained nutrients. The consensus seems to be that hydraulic press juicers produce juice with the least amount of froth, the biggest yield and the most nutrients.
What types of foods do you want to be able to juice?
Juicer Tip: In general, all three types of juicers enable you to juice fruits, vegetables and leafy vegetables. Centrifugal juicers don’t often enable you to efficiently extract juice from wheat grass or to process nuts for nut butters or milk. Both masticating and hydraulic press juicers are generally well suited for these types of products.