Different Types of Juicers in 2017 (Pros and Cons)
Getting into juicing can feel a bit like entering a sect. While I promise juice-fans are not fanatics that will gradually strip you off all self-sufficiency while your poisoning your mind and soul (ah, sects), the beginnings are equally confusing. There are so many different types of juicers, so many tips, so many articles to be read, and things to be considered.
One thing is certain, though. To get juice you need a juicer. But articles that recommend juicers usually already use the ‘juicing jargon’ that you are not yet comfortable with.
This is why we created this guide to the different types of juicers with their pros and cons.
You get a simple and understandable explanation of all the terms plus recommendations for a juicer to get depending on your needs.
Starting out with the basics. What do you need in a juicer?
A juicer is simply an appliance that extracts juice. That includes your handy manual press juicer that you use for squishing lime juice into your Mojito as much as it does the fancy, cold press juicers. If you are new to juicing what probably drew you to it are the incredible health benefits.
Juicing allows you to consume more fruits and veggies (emphasis on veggies) without burdening your digestive system with excessive fiber. Not only that but you are actually making it easier for your body to absorb all of the nutrients. Plus you are more likely to consume raw celery and spinach in the form of a juice.
One important factor to consider is oxidation.
Oxidation And Why It Matters
We love the juices because they are full of antioxidants.
Antioxidants react with free radicals and prevent them from damaging your cells. Unfortunately, they can’t do their job if they have already reacted with something before you consume them. Oxidation is when the antioxidants in the juice react with oxygen from the atmosphere before they get a chance to even come close to your mouth.
This always happens to some extent (you will not be preparing your juice in a vacuum).
However, faster juicers drive more oxygen in the juice and thus increase oxidation. Juices produced in this way are best consumed within 15 minutes of preparation.
Some say you could guard them in the fridge. While the low temperature will slow down oxidation the oxygen is still in there and the longer the juice spends the fewer health benefits it will have.
Thus, it is important to consider whether you have the time to prepare your juice every morning or you would rather have it ready and waiting for you.
The Different Types of Juicers in 2017 (& Beyond)
Centrifugal Vs. Masticating Juicers
There are three main types of juicers. Yes, I said three.
We will first look at the two most common though. The masticating and the centrifugal juicers. The difference as you will see is speed.
And because speed has to do with oxidation I want you to keep in mind the explanation on why you don’t want your juice to oxidize in mind while you are reading 🙂
Centrifugal juicers are the most common.
Unless you live in a really fancy area, they are what your local gym uses to make juices and also what most cafés use (if they serve fresh juice). The reason is price.
Centrifugal juicers are very accessible and they are also quite quick. If you grab one with a bigger chute this will also reduce the chopping and prepping time for the fruit.
Overall, you can enjoy a fresh juice in less than 10 minutes with washing up included. Unfortunately, the high speed comes at the price of oxidation. Since these juicers extract in less than a few minutes, a lot of oxygen is being driven into the juice.
If you don’t drink it right away you will miss out on nutrients.
The way centrifugal juicers work involves two main elements. The metal blade on a spinning disk and the mesh filter. You shove the fruits and vegetables through a chute. They get shredded up at at least 6,000 rpm.
Not only does this make the juicer a bit noisier (hey, angry neighbors) but it also means that inevitably there will be some heat. Of course, this is nowhere near to the heat of cooking but it does destroy some of the enzymes and vitamins. Thus, although you are drinking the fruit or the vegetable in a raw form and you don’t get the full benefits of the raw product. And there is oxidation as well.
The pros include time and efficiency.
Centrifugal juicers are great for busy people. Get one with a pulp catcher and you will be able to make larger batches in a super short time.
Besides, centrifugal juicers work amazingly well for hard vegetables. Carrots, celery, and even raw cabbage get juiced up very easily. On the contrary, leafy greens are pretty hard to juice through a fast juicer like this one. The fiber in the leaves simply needs more time and effort.
Centrifugal juicers are a good choice for beginners especially if you are tight on time in the mornings.
They might not be the best choice if you really dislike loud noise (or if your roommate does) and they are certainly not the way to go if you are going to be preparing your juice ahead for the next day/week.Get the Breville JE98XL for one of the best juicers at an affordable price.
Masticating (a.k.a. Slow) Juicers
Slow juicers use an entirely different technique to extract nutrients.
They have a slow rotating auger that moves at around 80-100 rpm against a mesh filter. The fruit and vegetables are crushed against the filter until the juice comes out. As you might guess, there is much less oxidation taking place here. What is more, the yield is actually improved.
You could say that a masticating juicer gets every last droplet out of the fruit or the vegetable. This is why masticating juicers are so efficient with leafy greens. There is much less water and much more fiber in a leaf of spinach and a centrifugal juicer just chops it up and throws half of the goodness away with the pulp. Masticating juicers, on the other hand, crush the leaves over and over until all of the nutrients get extracted into your glass.
Surprisingly, the chopping time for masticating juicers is not that large.
This depends on the size of the chute, of course. It is always a great idea to pick a juicer with a larger chute, regardless of the type of juicer you get.
Depending on the placement of the auger, you can get a vertical or a horizontal auger masticating juicer.Hands-down the best masticating juicer is THE OMEGA 🙂
(Read the full review of it here)
Vertical Vs. Horizontal Auger Masticating Juicers
Vertical auger models are relatively newer in regards to the different types of juicers.
They do require a bit more cutting and chopping things, otherwise, the auger or pulp outlet clogs. This is mostly true for leafy greens, other veggies can be used in larger chunks. Almost all vertical auger juicers are smaller compared to horizontal auger models. They are perfect for people with limited kitchen space.
Horizontal auger juicers are the more popular type of masticating juicers.
The pulp ejector is usually larger so you can spend less time chopping things without risk of clogging it. Unfortunately, those models are larger so you need to think about where you are going to put it.
The Cons of Masticating Juicers
The biggest downside of masticating juicers is the price.
As a general rule, those juicers are at least twice as expensive as centrifugal ones. They also take up more time, although this is debatable. If you are someone that likes to meal prep and to have your juice ready and waiting for you in the morning, then a slow juicer would definitely be the way to go.
This is probably the hundredth time I am saying this—but fast extracted juices are not great for storing.
In terms of juice quality, this will probably be a bit pulpier than what you’re used to. Vertical auger juicers also tend to make green leafy vegetables into very foamy juice. Some people apparently don’t enjoy the texture.
Finally, we will talk about the priciest of them all.
The Triturating Juicer
Depending on the masticating juicer you are comparing it with, a triturating juicer can cost as much as three times more.
On top of that, these are ‘heavy duty’ machines that are literally heavy and also take up a lot of space. Cleaning them up is tougher and you have to physically shove the produce inside.
Their biggest advantage, of course, is the yield and the nutrition.
Out of all three, triturating juicers have the optimal yield. Thanks to that you are also getting the maximum amount of nutrients. Still, due to the price and to how user-unfriendly these machines usually are, triturating juicers are best left to the juicing super-junkies.Go with the Breville 800JEXL if you want a really high-end juicer.
Some More Tips on Choosing a Juicer
If you are a cheapskate like me, you would probably be tempted to get the model with the lowest price as long as it meets your requirements. There is nothing wrong with, that just make sure you are considering a few extra factors:
Many people don’t even think about the warranty and they really should. If you are paying more than $100 for a juicer it should have at least a 2-year warranty or otherwise if it breaks the repairs might cost you the same as the appliance.
Keep in mind that most manufacturers cover at least a year or two on their own warranty—never buy the extended warranty through the retailer like Amazon or Best Buy.
The Ease of Use
We touched upon this one in the juicer type descriptions.
Basically, you want to look for something that doesn’t have a lot of parts to clean. Trust me, even if you have all of the time in the world to spend on juicing (and you surely don’t), cleaning up is not fun and if it takes a lot of time it might drive you to stop juicing altogether.
A juicer might be great on paper. Copywriters make a living out of making product descriptions irresistible. However, nothing quite beats unbiased reviews. Always check what other buyers had to say about the different types of juicers before getting it. It will save you a lot of headaches.
Good luck in your hunting through the different types of juicers on the market! If you have any questions, drop them below and one of the Biology Boost team will get back to you, ASAP.
PS: The best different types of juicers in their respective categories are…