What to Consider When Purchasing a Juicer

If you are considering purchasing a juicer, there are many things you need to take into consideration, these include the following:Juice Extractor and Produce

• Juicer Types
• What type of produce you would like to juice
• Juicer cleaning
• Power output
• Noise Levels

Juicer Types: There are six types of juicers available; Citrus Juicers, Centrifugal Juicers, Manual Juicers, Single Gear Masticating Juicers, Twin Gear Triturating Juicers and Wheatgrass Juicers.

Citrus Juicers: A citrus juicer comes in two varieties, a manual citrus juicer and a automatic juicer, there function is basically the same except the automatic juicer does the work for you.

Centrifugal Juicers: Centrifugal juicers are the best juicers to buy if you are looking for something inexpensive.  Centrifugal juicers work by shredding the fruit or vegetable with a very sharp blade then the bits are spun at a very high speed to extract the juice.

Manual Press Juicers: These juicers work by pressing the fruit or vegetable with a great amount of force.  A cheesecloth is used when pressing the juice and eliminates all the pulp.  Manually pressing is a slow process compared to the automated machines.

Masticating Juicers: These are one of the more expensive juicing options, but produce more juice and less foam.  They also don’t heat up the juice as much as other processes so retain more of the essential elements contained in the produce.  They can also be used for nut butters, baby foods and sorbets.  Masticating juicers work by using a slowly turning single auger or gear to smash the produce into a wall or screen.

Triturating Juicers: These juicers have two gears that smash the produce between the gears extracting the most juice possible . Triturating masticating juicers are usually the most expensive, but are also the most efficient and produce the most juice from the same quantity of vegetables and fruits.

Wheatgrass Juicers: Wheatgrass juicers are efficient at extracting juice from blades of wheatgrass. Wheatgrass is a great source of many vitamins and minerals plus enzymes and chlorophyll.  Usually these are a type of masticating juicer.  Most masticating juicers juice wheatgrass well.

Produce most likely to be juiced: If you are going to be juicing fruits and vegetables, a centrifugal juicer will probably be adequate, however if you are planning to juice leafy vegetables, then you will want to look at one of the masticating type juicers. If you are mainly going to be juicing citrus fruits, then a citrus juicer or centrifugal juicer will work for you.  For overall flexibility, I would recommend getting a masticating juicer, or multiple juicers.  Then you will have the opportunity to juice a wide range of fruits and vegetables.

Cleaning: When juicing, cleaning the juicer needs to be taken into consideration, usually between 4 and 7 parts on a juicer requiring cleaning. This means that the more functionality a juicer has, the more work it will take to clean. You should also make sure the parts that need to be cleaned are dishwasher safe, as this can save you some time unless you enjoy washing by hand.

Power: Depending on the fruits and vegetables and type of juicer you plan to buy will determine the power you need.  Usually the least amount of power you need for a centrifugal juicer is 400 watts.  You can get away with much less power on a masticating juicer, usually less than 200 watts.   Also, the stronger the motor, the longer the motor should last.  Be sure to check the warranty on the juicer you plant to purchase.  A quality juicer will have a warranty of five years or more.

Noise Levels: This is determined by the type of juicer and the power of the motor.  Usually the more power, the more noise.  Masticating juicers run slower, but more efficiently and have smaller motors and produce less noise.  centrifugal juicers have larger motors, because they spin at thousands of RPMs and make much more noise. It’s up to you how important the noise levels of your juicer produce.  If you aren’t adverse to noise, then this won’t be a factor in your purchase.

Cost: The prices of juicers vary widely.  Usually the higher the cost of the juicer the better the quality and the longer it will last.  If you’re new to juicing, you may want to start out with a less expensive model to make sure that you can work it into your lifestyle over the long term.  Your personal preferences will ultimately determine the best juicers available for you to buy. Read more at juicemissions.org.