Juicing used to be only popular with hard core health nuts (like me :-) but more and more folks have realized that juicing is an answer to many physical problems. That’s good news because that means you can get much more juicer for the money than before. But I made mistakes when I first started juicing and so these juicer reviews are to help you avoid my errors.
5 Critical Clues For Choosing A Juicer
#1: PRICE: When doing juicer reviews we must always begin with the most important point: cost. But price is the tricky part, a delicate balancing act between the cost of the juicer and the cost of the fruits and vegetables that you use for the juice. Produce is expensive and you want as little waste as possible. Cheaper juicers are much more wasteful than the more expensive ones.
All juicers work in the same way: you push in your fruit/veggie and it is directed into two separate containers: one for the juice and the other for the leftover pulp. My first two juicers were cheapos and when I picked up some of the waste in my hand, juice dripped and run down in rivulets. This meant that I was wasting money on produce because lots of the juice was NOT being extracted.
With my 3rd juicer, I invested my money in a Green Star GS-1000 and when I pick up the pulp, it’s almost completely dry which means that I get more juice from less produce. That’s why choosing the best juicer for your situation is tough.
#2: CLEANING: Your juicer should be easy to clean. If it’s a Big Deal to get the darned thing clean, chances are you won’t do it.
#3 PREPARING PRODUCE: It should be easy to prepare your produce for juicing. Cutting every fruit and veggies into tiny slivers is a drag so consider how much you have to peel and how small your produce pieces have to be.
#4 POWER: The power of the motor is critical. Weak juicers will either just spin or push a lot of the produce through ‘un-juiced’ because it can’t cope.
#5 WARRANTY? If your juicer doesn’t have a warranty, don’t buy it. You may not like it and just because their advertising says it can handle anything and everything doesn’t mean that’s true.
The Two Technologies Of Juicers
All juicers are one of two kinds: centrifugal and masticating.
* Centrifugal juicing machines are the most popular and they separate the juice from the fiber using a grater and a spinning action. Centrifugal force caused by the high speed spinning action pushes the pulp or fiber against a fine strainer and squeezes out the juice. The juicer’s motor can spin at 3,600 RPM up to 14,000 RPM.
This is the faster of the two kinds but the juice has more exposure to air which causes the juice to ‘froth’ and the oxygen destroys some of the nutrients. With any juicer, the faster you drink your juice, the healthier it is but that’s especially important with a centrifugal juicer.
* A masticating juicer machine works at low RPM and masticates or chews the food to squeeze out the liquid through a screen. Masticating juicers can be used to juice leafy greens such as spinach, parsley, and wheat grass. Many centrifugal juicers cannot be used to juice vegetables that contain leafy greens. A quality masticating juicer can usually extract more juice than a centrifugal juicer machine.
You can see our review of the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Pro Review here because it’s an inexpensive machine that fulfills most of the requirements listed above.