What Types of Juicers Are There?
When I first started juicing, I had no idea there were so many types of juicers to choose from. As I got more and more into juicing, I learned that the type of juicer that you use makes a real difference in the quality and quantity of the juice that you are extracting.
The first thing that you need to decide on is what is really important to you. Are you pressed for time all the time? Is ease of clean up important? What kinds of things are you going to be juicing the most? Do you care if you have to chop everything up to fit into your juicer? These are important questions, because what you don’t want to happen is that you STOP juicing because it’s a pain in the butt!
I used my fast juicer for years, and boy it was fast. But I HATED cleaning it up, there were so many parts and I would just let it sit around because I started to avoid cleaning it. But that’s just me. Then I bought the new love of my life, my Omega Juicer, and I fell back in love with juicing again because the juicer was so easy to clean. But the downside of it for some people (not for me) is that you have to cut the produce up because the juicer opening is small.
There are basically two types of juicers, fast and slow, or masticating and centrifugal. Here is an explanation of the two different types of juicers, and the pros and cons of each.
With a masticating juicer, the fruits and veggies are pressed or squeezed through the juicer… slowwwwwwly. As they are pressed the juice is strained through a very small screen. The screen is small so the process is slow. Also, with a slow juicer, the opening where you feed the produce through is smaller, so you have to chop things up to fit. This is necessary because in order for it to do the right job, and juice slowly, you have to feed through smaller bits. Now the total benefit of the slow masticating juicer is that because it’s slow it extracts more nutrients from the juice because it generates less heat and friction, and therefore more enzymes are preserved. Masticating juicers are really good for leafy greens because they are slow, and therefore, you get more juice out of the greens.
After doing A LOT of research into masticating juicers, I settled on the Omega (after actually trying two others and returning them!). This is an awesome juicer, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a slow juicer, that’s so so easy to clean!
The centrifugal juicer uses a fast spinning basket that shreds up the produce and then pushes it through a large strainer using a centrifugal force. The pulp is ejected into a large container. The process is FAST and therefore, you can make a lot of juice in a short amount of time. Also, these juicers have a larger opening, so you can put a whole apple, cucumber or like three stalks of celery in at a time. Now the downside of these juicers is that cause slight oxidation of the nutrients in the juice because they add more air to the juice. Also they heat up the juice slightly because it spins to fast, destroying some of the enzymes. Also, they are harder to clean up, taking a longer time to clean up, because the pulp gets into all the parts and it all needs to be scrubbed and cleaned up.
For years I used this centrifugal juicer, and it really did the job, and I got a lot of return on this juicer, for spending very little money. So if you are looking for an entry juicer, just to see if you actually like juicing, this would be a great buy for you. For $60 bucks you can’t go wrong if you want to see if juicing is for you!
Criteria for Sifting Through The Types of Juicers:
- How easy is it to use? What is the cleanup like?
- How large is the opening (are you okay if you have to chop things up)?
- How much juice will you get out of the juicer? What is the juicing yield?
- What is the warranty on the juicer (look for a 5 to 10-year warranty – some are longer)?