What Is The Best Juicer?
The first question any juice enthusiast asks “what is the best juicer?” The simple answer is one that you will use consistently. The real answer is that there are various types of juicers on the market, priced from $40-$2000+. My motto is quality over quantity. This also doesn’t mean that the $2000+ juicer is the way to go; there are many options for beginners to elite juice heads. A juicer is a serious investment and deciding which one is best for you can be difficult. Below is a guide to the varying types of juicers, their purposes, and their price range.
Types of Juicers
Juicers can be broken down in to two main types, the centrifugal and mastication juicer.
This is the most popular and affordable juicer on the current market. It’s also readily available at local department stores worldwide. Centrifugal juicers work by spinning at a very high rpm (revolutions per minute, generally 13,000+ range), grating the fruits and vegetables into a pulp. The pulp gets expelled in the back chute and juice is released into the front glass.
- Fairly inexpensive, ranging from $40-$300
- Can process lots of whole fruits and vegetables in whole pieces. (Little chopping is required)
- Makes juice quickly
- Easy to clean and use (Takes max 15 minutes to setup, make juice, and clean up)
- Very loud
- The high speed of the spinning blade cause lots of oxygen to enter the juice. This causes the juice to oxidize destroying a portion of the enzymes and nutrients.
- Does not process leafy greens and sprouts (wheatgrass) well, very little juice is produced.
- Lots of wet pulp is produced, means not all juice is extracted, and equals wasted juice
- Short shelf-life, must consume immediately for most nutrition.
- Limited warranty about 1 year
So who is this style of juicer for?
Anyone looking for an affordable juicer and/or a juicer that doesn’t take up much time
Some popular centrifugal juicers
Masticating juicers are the most effective and efficient juicers, producing nutrient-dense juice. These juicers are more efficient because they can extract more juice from the same amount of produce used with a centrifugal juicer. Masticating juicers also run at a much slower rpm (average 80 rpm) than the centrifugal juicer. Masticating juicers can juice fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, and grasses extremely well.
There are two types of masticating juicers: the single auger and twin gear. The single auger is a single gear that chews/crushes and breaks down the fruit/vegetable fibers and cell walls. The twin gear juicers operate by crushing food through two interlocking gears. This style of juicer runs at a much slower speed than the single auger. Much more juice is produced, releasing more enzymes, nutrients, vitamins, and trace minerals.
- Efficiently juices fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, and grasses
- Produces much drier pulp, resulting in more juice, nutrients, vitamins and minerals
- Can store juice up to 3 days
- Runs at slow rpm, thus little to no foam produced and minimal oxidation
- Other functions, create nut butters, sorbets, pasta, and more
- Long warranty 10+ years (varies with brands)
- Pricey $230+
- Runs slower than centrifugal, thus requiring more time to make juice
- Heavier than centrifugal juicer
So who is this style of juicer for?
Those seeking highly mineralized juice, those wanting to rebuild their health, and those suffering from health challenges
Some popular masticating juicers
- Omega 8006
- Omega Vert
- Super Angel Juicer 5500
- The Champion Juicer
- Norwalk (The best juicer on the market)
Please note: Be aware that to begin your green juice and juicing journey, you’ll need the right juicer, one that will process both fruits and greens effectively. Invest in a good-quality juicer. Cheaper, centrifugal juicers introduce heat and oxygen and destroy some nutrients in your fruits and vegetables. My recommendation would be to select a masticating juicer. Masticating juicers are the best juicers for processing fruits, greens, and sprouts such as wheatgrass. I am currently using the omega 8005 juicer. Omega makes a great line of affordable masticating juicers.
My Personal Juicers
I bought the breville first, since purchasing the omega 8005 juicer, I rarely use the breville juicer. The omega juicer extracts more juice, which is highly recommended when organic food cost more than conventional.