Where do I start when looking to buy my first juicer?
I don’t think there is one “best” juicer out there. This is because everyone has different needs-and different juicers do different things! There are a lot of factors including budget and what types of produce you will be juicing.
First, decide what exactly you will be juicing the most and that will help you to decide what type of juicer is going to best fit your needs.
For me personally, I juice mostly soft-skinned produce and a lot of leafy vegetables.
There are 3 Kinds of Juicing Machines
1. Centrifugal Juicer
Quick Summary: A centrifuge is for people on a budget, new to juicing, large families, or those who do not want to juice a lot of leafy greens but prefer to juice soft fruits & hard vegetables (carrots, apple, tomatoes, celery etc.)
These juicers have a fast rotating blade & strainer that instantly shreds the produce. The centrifugal force of the blade then ejects the pulp into a container
Pros: These juicers are normally budget friendly and a good tester for beginners who want to “try it out” before they invest a lot of money. Because of the fast moving blade, hard vegetables and fruits aren’t a problem and take only seconds to get extracted. You can also use the plastic produce bags to put in the pulp container, like I do, for easier and faster clean-up.
Cons: These juicers tend to be loud and do not juice leafy vegetables very well. You can definitely add leafy veggies but you’ll usually find wet pulp in the pulp container (and we want to get as much juice as possible from that pulp). It is also argued that the fast shredding of the produce quickly oxidizes the juice (where more nutrients and anti-oxidants are lost). Cleaning the strainer after every juice can also get very tedious.
I started out with this $40 Hamilton Beach juicer and it’s still working fine 2 years later.
2. Masticating (Horizontal Single Auger) Low Speed Juicer
Quick Summary: This juicer is for someone who wants a higher quality of juice, plans on juicing mainly greens, wheatgrass, and hard vegetables, and does not plan on juicing many soft fruits. (Think green juice: celery, greens, carrots, beets, wheatgrass, firm apples etc.) It also can be used as a food processor to mince vegetables and nuts.
Single Auger juicers have one slow rotating horizontal auger that actually crushes produces and squeezes out the juice.
Pros: These are excellent at juicing leafy greens. The crushing motion gets the best yield from leafy greens and wheat grass & they also can juice other types of produce such as hard root vegetables, celery, and apples. They are quieter than the centrifugal juicers and because of their small screen size they tend to be the easiest to clean of all the juicer types (and if you plan on juicing regularly, you’ll want the cleaning process to be as quick and easy as possible). Also, unlike the centrifugal juicer, they can make frozen sorbets out of a wide variety of frozen fruits.
Cons: They juice slower than the centrifugal juicers and because of the horizontal auger they tend to take up more counter space than other types of juicers. Although they do greens and wheatgrass wonderfully, they aren’t made to do a lot of soft fruits.
A good model is the Omega 8004/8006 (the 8004 is white and the 8006 is chrome).
Omega is a long time trusted juicer company and the Omega 8004/8006 is one of the easiest to clean juicers.
3. Masticating (Vertical Single Auger) Low Speed Juicer
Quick Summary: If budget is not an issue, this is the most versatile juicer that can work for anyone. It will juice any type of produce from soft fruits to hard vegetables and any type of leafy produce.
The upright is a new style of juicer that uses a single auger model where the auger is larger, thicker and is turned upright. The single auger crushes the produce and extracts the highest yield of juice.
Pros: This style of juicer has many of the pros of the masticating juicer and is the only type of juicer that can easily juice both hard and soft produce, leafy greens & wheatgrass. You don’t have to constantly push the produce into the juicer since the vertical style juicer pulls the produce in. The vertical design also take up a lot less counter space.
Cons: The vertical style juicer has a larger strainer to clean compared to the horizontal masticating juicer. The clean up can still be pretty quick as long as you run water through the juicer before disassembling. It’s also recommended to buy a separate strainer to strain your juice as the juice will contain a bit of pulp.
A great model is the Omega Vert HD 350.
Omega is a trusted brand and this juicer comes with a 10 year warranty.
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, I hope this article helps you!