Choosing the Best Juicer for the Money
Have you got your juicer out and all ready to go? What? No juicer? Oh. Well, ok…me either. At least not a good working one. We will need the best power juicer we can afford. Lucky for both of us I’ve been doing some searching and investigating of juicer comparisons and juicer ratings and reviews. 😉
I quickly learned when I was searching that there are lots of juicing machine types available. Boy, how times have changed! We started out with the little cheap plastic, lightweight, manual juicers. Remember those? I actually still have one of those…sort of. They added electricity to it to make it a little easier. This type of juicer is generally slow and doesn’t produce a lot of juice.
Types of Juicers
The manual type of juicer and its similar counterpart just isn’t going to do what we need it to do. We need a juicer that is going to produce quality juice, and not just a few drops. It will also need not to take a lot of strength and manual labor from you, nor should it take a lot of time to juice your fruits and vegetables.
Other kinds of juicers that I’ve found are a masticating juicer and a centrifugal juicer.
Centrifugal juicers shred the fruits and vegetables then spin and strain it to produce the juice. If you are not particularly fond of the pulp in juice, this type may be a good option because it strains the juice giving you less of the pulp. This type of juicer will make more noise because of the high centrifugal force but because of its speed, you will have your juice ready quicker. So I’m not convinced that noise would be much of an inconvenience because of its quickness.
There’s also one more possible drawback (some folks may think so) to the centrifugal juicer. The fastness of this juicer means there is some heat involved. Heat can destroy some of the nutrients in fruits and vegetables. As quick as this type of juicing machine is, I wouldn’t think it would have time to heat up that much. Minimal nutrients would be lost if any at all.
A masticating juicer is slower but quieter than the centrifugal machine. It produces juice from the “chewed up” pulp that it makes from the fruits and vegetables. This is a single gear juicer, meaning they work slower than the fast speed masticating juicers.
Some folks may be annoyed at the slowness of this machine. Others won’t mind at all waiting for their juice to be made if they think there is a chance the heat would destroy nutrients in their juice if they were to use the faster masticating machine. Purely a matter of preference here.
Both centrifugal and masticating types of juicing machines will generally produce about an 8 ounce glass of juice from a pound of fruits and vegetables. This will vary though depending on the type of juicer you choose and how powerful it is.
I’ve read a lot of reviews of the different machines. I do plan on sharing those with you. 😉 But what I’ve found is that most people seem to prefer the centrifugal juicers. They simply will give you more juice and less pulp.
I think I’ve decided which type I want. What about you? Which type of juicer do you have? Or are you like me…needing to choose?
I’d love to hear your experiences and thoughts about juicers before I go buy mine.
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