Types of Juicers

Finding the best Juicer for you.

So, you’ve decided to embark on the path of “healthy living,” and you need a juicer.

Great decision! Well done!

But what type of juicer should you buy?

Before deciding on any juicer, you need to know that there are various types of juicers and, in order to find the juicer that will work best for your particular lifestyle, requirements and circumstances, you have to do some research on juicers.

Various Types of Juicers:

Three types of juicers separate the juice of fruit and vegies from the pulp, thereby rendering a drinkable juice that can be used as a refreshing drink or a meal supplement.

Centrifugal Juicers

Basic info and some background:

This type of juicer is by far the most popular variety of juicer and most affordable on the market, simply because it gained a valuable head-start during the times when Jack Lalanne was a well-known and popular health guru who used to push his name-branded Centrifugal Juicer onto the market, using a bit of “healthy tactics.” He was bound to succeed, since there was hardly anything to watch on TV besides the infomercials that were trending in those days.

Although the “Jack Lalanne Centrifugal Juicer” doesn’t rate very high in our modern times, it remains the first significant pioneer in the juicing world.

The Centrifugal Juicer is also the most affordable type of Juicer and therefore, most likely, the type that will find its way into almost every household that are looking for an effective, yet affordable, solution to their health needs.

This type of Juicer works by forcing your fruit or vegie into the rotating blade, which chops it up. Then, using “centrifugal force,” the pulp is separated from the juice by flinging it into a pulp container which is specifically designed to keep the pulp away from the juice. The pulp can be used for a different purpose, such as cooking, or it can be disposed of. The juice flows downward past the blade, through a drain opening and into a pitcher that stands next to the Juicer, ready to catch the juice.

Centrifugal Juicers work fast and are affordable. However, they do have some demerits

  1. It doesn’t work very well on leafy vegies such as Kale or Spinach, and Wheatgrass juice totally fall by the wayside when using this type of Juicer. So, for the health fanatic who prefers to use a lot of Kale juice or Wheatgrass juice in their diet, the Centrifugal Juicer won’t work;
  2. This type of Juicer doesn’t spate all the juice from the pulp, causing you to waste a lot of juice, unless you plan to use the pulp for cooking. You may also drain the remaining juice from the pulp by straining it using cheesecloth or similar;
  3. As far as nutrients go, because of the speed of the motor generating heat that warms the juice, the Centrifugal Juicer loses a whole lot of nutrients, meaning that you have to consume the juice almost immediately to benefit. I this regard, this type of Juicer pales by comparison to the Masticating Juicer. More about the Masticating Juicer in the next section below.

Masticating Juicers

Basic info and some background

Masticating Juicers use a single gear (auger) to break down all fibre and cells in the produce that goes in the receptacle. This type of Juicer has a nickname, “Slow Juicer.” This is because it works a lot slower than the Centrifugal Juicer. It is also called a Cold Press Juicer.

The word “masticating” means “chewing,” meaning that this type of Juicer takes care of all the chewing that we would usually do when eating raw fruit and vegies. It is effective on all fruit and vegies, which includes the Kale, Spinach and Wheatgrass that the Centrifugal Juicer cannot process.

Masticating Juicers render a lot more juice than Centrifugal Juicers and some of them can even make nut butter such as peanut butter. There are also Masticating Juicers that can make pasta. The most logical reason for getting a Masticating Juicer, although it will cost more than a Centrifugal one, is the quality of the juice it produces. It uses hardly any heat and very little Oxygen gets involved, therefore the nutrients are conserved. Juice produced by this type of juicer can be saved for up to 72 hours without losing any nutrients.

The only real disadvantages:

  1. It takes very long to prepare your juice before you can enjoy it, but this comes with the advantage of being able to extract every last bit of juice from your produce;
  2. It is more expensive than the Centrifugal Juicer, but there are very little limitations as to what you can do with it. Some can even make baby food!