It’s so convenient when you have a good juicer on your countertop. You can make any juice you want, with the taste you like, the garnishes that please your aesthetic eyes, and at an overall pretty low cost.
But juicers can be pretty expensive upfront, and even having a fancy juicer doesn’t automatically make you healthier. It’s in the same way owning a great running machine doesn’t automatically make you more fit. It requires your work.
Therefore, it’s best to buy a juicer and get into juicing only when you know you really need it, and will commit to it.
Are there real benefits to juicing, or is it just a fad? And what are the potential drawbacks? Will juicing really “transform your body and mind”, and bring you the radiant skin and the silky hair that so many people have claimed it does them? Will juicing make you lose or gain weight?
Before splurging on an expensive juicer and taking on juicing, it’s important that you thoroughly understand all the benefits and the risks of juicing.
You will see on ads and influencers’ Instagram videos and pictures of a slim guy or girl smiling next to a shiny juicer or drinking a seemingly exotic cup of juice.
But there are downsides to juicing that you won’t see from the ads.
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As PBS argues, not all juices are created equal, and the juice quality depends largely on the type of juicer you use. Juicers come in different types, each work best for a certain kind of fruits and vegetables. Currently, juicers are categorized into three types: centrifugal, masticating, and twin gear machine.
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These fast, powerful, and yet very compact centrifugal juicers are the best equipment for the beginner. Less prep time, less cleaning work, and most importantly, they don’t cost an arm and a leg.
A single-gear masticating juicer, also called a slow juicer, is a must-have item for most serious juice fans. If making nutrient dense fresh juices with high yield is your priority, definitely consider these.
Priced at at least half a grand each, you will still see one of these bulky triturating on your health-conscious friend’s kitchen countertop. What makes the twin-gear masticating juicers worth the investment?
Detailed reviews of the features of the most popular juicers on the market, their pros and cons, and whom they would best serve.
If you’re new to juicing and want to start with mainly fruits and thick vegetables, equip yourself with the Breville JE98XL centrifugal juicer.
Centrifugal juicers are known for their high speed. With a dual speed control (6,500 rpm and 12,000 rpm), this Breville is among the fastest juicers on the market. To withstand the brisk spinning, the machine is made extremely firm and sturdy. The parts, put in together and locked, stay as one solid piece.
To ensure the health and safety of the user, all materials that come in contact with the materials and the outcome are BPA free. The blade disk and the mesh filter basket are both made of stainless steel for safety and durability.
The machine comes with a feeder chute of 3 inches in diameter. While this is not extremely large, it can easily accommodate a big carrot or a medium-sized apple. That means a lot less work (cutting and chopping) to do, especially compared to the slow juicers which require you to pre-cut almost everything.
One concern about centrifugal juicers is that due to the high speed, the machine can get heated up and the heat could then be transferred into the juice, damaging some of the enzymes and nutrients. While that theoretically makes sense, in reality, the heat only increases by 1.8F on this machine, and it is not going to boil the juice up. The juice does have a thin layer of foam, which can be filtered using the lid of the juice pitcher. As you pour the juice into your glass, there will be hardly any foam at all.
The cool thing about the juicer: it has an LED to indicate if the machine is heating up too much. If it senses the motor is overloaded, everything will be shut down immediately.
This juicer is not a pain to clean. Most parts can be washed with your dishwasher. The package includes a brush for you to clean the mesh, the nutri disc, and the food pusher. It should not take you more than 4 minute to clean one by hand.
Now to the parts I did not find convincing enough to buy the product.
First, it is a little louder than I’d like. While this is typical of centrifugal juicers, it is something you should seriously put into consideration before buying one.
Second, the yield tends to reduce over time. In the first few months, the machine works very well and the pulp comes out fine and dry. Then gradually, there are chunks of fruits and veggies in the pulp container, which means a part of the material is wasted. Leafy greens become very hard to be juiced with this machine.
As the chunks go off the mesh, they fly in quite impressive a speed and I would worry about the machine getting broken. Of course that never happens, but it nevertheless feels unsafe.
Overall, compared to other centrifugal juicers, this is by far the best one we’ve ever used. It has its drawbacks, but is still a very good machine for the price.
This Omega juicer ranks number one among Amazon’s list of the best masticating juicers, with thousands of positive reviews. All for its amazing features.
The Omega J8006 juices just about anything. Apples, pears, carrots, ginger, and all the greens, and even nuts. Unlike centrifugal juicers which mostly work with soft fruits, you can use this masticating juicer for leafy greens like kale, celery, and even things as hard as wheatgrass. It does an excellent job with the softest fruits too - some reviewer used it to make their grape juice and it was admitted that was the best grape juice they had ever had in their entire life.
The juice this magic machine extracts is thick with nutrients and fiber to help detox and nourish your body. On the other hand, it produces almost no froth or foam. This is thanks to its UL-approved low speed juicing program (80 RPMs), which produce little to no heat (hence also called the cold-pressed juicer) and thus minimizes the oxidation of the nutrients in the juice.
If you have ever used a so-so juicer, I believe you have at least once looked at the wet pulp that comes out and feel like you could have made another glass of juice out of it. After going through a grinder and an auger, the pulp comes out from this Omega juicer almost as dry as sand. You can be confident you have made the most of the pricey organic fruits, never wasting any precious vitamins or other nutrients.
But this machine is so much more than a simple juicer. It fits nicely and stays quiet on your countertop, but it is much more powerful than you think. It comes with a food processor attachment to chop and mince, saving you time when preparing meals for your elderly parents or four-toothed baby. Also in the package is a pasta nozzle for your perfect homemade spaghetti. The juicer can even grind the nuts to make you coffee powder!
If you have a busy lifestyle and are planning to use your juicer regularly, seriously consider short cleanup time as a criteria.
Too many people have bought a juicer or coffee maker thinking they were going to use it every day, only to realize that the nuisance of cleanup eventually wears their passion out. If you have to spend a good 10 minutes on cleaning the juicer for a glass of carrot juice every morning, it will be less than a month before it sits quietly to collect dust in your cupboard.
This Omega masticating juicer is one of the easiest to assemble and disassemble, and to clean up. With the help of a brush, it takes about three minutes to wash it - reasonable time for a busy bee.
The good thing is, you don’t even have to juice and wash the machine every day. Prepare your fruits and veggies, juice once and you can store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. The juicer produces thick, fine juices that won’t degrade or separate in 72 hours.
The only possible downside you may find about this item is that its chute is a fairly small tube. A big carrot won’t go pass the tube, and it can get clogged if you try to push in big batches of fruits at once. The solution is simple: have the large pieces chopped before you juice it.
If clogging ever happens, though, there is a “reverse” function. When in this setting, the auger spins in the opposite direction, setting free the fruit or veggies.
If you are serving juices as a business and are determined to satisfy the most difficult-to-please juice fans, a good heavy-duty commercial masticating juicer will be a great investment.
This Tribest Green Star Elite GSE-5000 beast produces the thick, tasty juice that have conquered the hearts of the most hard-core juice lovers.
Let me tell you how it has created such fandom.
The Tribest Green Star Elite has a jumbo twin gear which various parts that make up a complete three-stage juicing system. As the fruits or vegetables are fed through the chute, the pocket recesses slice them up. The cutting points meanwhile work to cut any sinewy pieces of the veggies (you don’t have to cut your celery into short pieces anymore - they fibers won’t clog up like in causal juicers). The strong gear teeth then crush them, squeezing the juice out.
As opposed to single-gear juicers which have only one auger to squeeze the materials against the shell, this double gear masticating juicer, as its name suggests, has two gears. As the cut pieces of fruits/veggies go in between them, they are slowly squeezed to the very cells. Meanwhile, its magnetic technology works to maximize the amount of the valuable vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients the water can latch.
That means you will make the most out of what you feed the machine with. You can even choose between the screens to have pure juice with no pulp, or with more fiber mixed in for various nutritional and digestive effects.
The Greenstar Elite juicer comes with an adjusting knob. It can be used to increase pressure required for pulp ejection, especially when you are juicing carrots or hard fruits. You can take the knob out when juicing softer fruits and the leafy greens.
It is often the case, however, that we make juices out of a mixture of veggies and fruits. My favorite is carrot with apple and some ginger. When using casual juicers, I have to carefully feed them in an order so that the outcome will be somewhat mixed. Other more diligent juice lovers tend to stir their juices with a spoon or a mixer wand.
In this Greenstar Elite juicer, however, as the materials go through the stages of mastication, they will also be mixed. This help the nutrients interact and activate, thus maximizing their nutritional values. This is an advanced stage that distinguishes the Greenstar Elite from casual juicers.
Because almost no heat is generated in the process, oxidation is minimized. The delayed oxidation is also a result of the bioceramic material in the gears.
The result is thick, tasty high quality juices with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. (The manufacturer claims this Green Star juicer produces juices with concentrations of essential minerals 50%-200% higher than other brand’s juicers do). The fresh juice can go directly into the bloodstream, leaving the drinker immediately refreshed and energized.
But the beast does not only know how to juice. It can also serve a hard-working versatile food processing assistant in the kitchen for you. It can help prepare the onion and herbs, make the nut butters, and grinds the black pepper you’re mixing onto your salads.
At 6.5 x 19 x 12.5 inches and 24 pounds, the beast is not too big for a commercial heavy-duty masticating juicer. Be prepared, however, that it is going to require a little space on your countertop. It will produce some normal gear noises, but is pretty quiet given its size and functions.
If you are going to make a lot of high quality juice every day, this is the exact masticating juicer you need.
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