The Juicy Details: Choosing a Juicer
If you have made the decision to buy a juicer, congratulations! Juicing can be one of the simplest, most refreshing ways to get fresh, raw nutrients into your body without the need to prepare, consume, or clean up an entire meal. Now it is time to get started with your juicer research.
What Kind of Juicer Do I Need?
Once you start shopping for a juicer, the amount of information you will find can likely be overwhelming. You will need to confront terms such as centrifugal, masticating, triturating and more. While you don't need to become an expert in juicer terminology, these are some important factors and features you should become familiar with when determining the type of juicer that is right for you.
Basically the most important thing you need to think about is the majority of how you intend to use the juicer for the most part. Here, we've outlined several types of juicers and their particular uses.
These are the original, classic juicers for making orange juice and lemonade. If you are only looking to make fresh citrus juices in small quantity, or use a lot of citrus juices in your cooking, you might want to try a manual citrus press, such as this classic, manual Citrus Juicer by Metrokane. I have a warm glass of lemon juice every morning, and this looks like a great item to have for that. If you plan to make larger quantities of citrus juice on a regular basis however, you may want to look at the slow juicer, or masticating juicer in the next category. These juicers produce more juice, and retain the pulp and nutrients of the citrus.
Slow Juicing/Cold Press Masticating Juicers
This is the juicer you need if you will be making juices from leafy greens and nut milks. To make some of the most highly nutritious juices requires "supergreens" like kale, spinach, parsley, and wheatgrass, which need to be juiced using a masticating or "slow" juicer to fully extract all the juice and nutrients. Slow juicers basically squeeze vs. chop, producing little heat, which helps to retain the nutrients. Take a look at our Hurom Slow Juicer with BPA-free parts, as well as the brand new Omega Nutrition Center Juicer, that also has the ability to make nut butter, crush coffee beans, make sorbets, and make pasta using the different included tools.
If you are mainly interested in making wheatgrass or barley grass juice, you definitely need a a masticating juicer. A manual wheatgrass juicer is an affordable and practical option to consider, perhaps just for the pure simplicity of it. If you plan to juice other vegetables though, for twice the cost you can have it all with the Hurom or Omega Slow Juicers.
Centrifugal Juicers- The most commonly known type of juicer, and, up until now, has been the most affordable. Centrifugal Juicers typically utilize a metal blade that quickly spins the fruit or vegetable against a mesh filter. Unfortunately, this process generates heat which destroys enzymes in the fruits and vegetables you're juicing and renders less nutritious juice than a cold-press juicer. Because of this, and that we are able to offer masticating/slow juicers at a such a low price, we have chosen to only sell slow juicers on our site.
Other factors to consider for your juicer:
- Does other stuff- Some of the masticating juicers, such as the Omega, feature additional functions such as the ability to make nut butter, crush coffee beans, make sorbets, and extrude pasta using the different included tools, so you can really get the most bang for your buck.
- Feed tube size- The Omega J8007 has a much larger feed tube size than many juicers, which is something to consider when you want to save time- larger vegetables require more cutting prior to feeding into other models we offer such as the Hurom.
- Warranty- Every manufacturer's warranty policy varies. The Omega juicers offer a full 15-year warranty on the entire machine, while the Hurom offers a 10-year warranty on the motor, and one year on the parts. While we include warranty information on our site for all the products we sell, please check on the manufacturer's website for further warranty information om models not listed here.
Don't see a brand or model you are specifically looking for on our site? Have questions about our juicers? Let us know! We have access to many models of juicers and have only chosen a selection to feature on our site.