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)
- Great for beginners
- 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. Also if you’re not sure if juicing is for you, select a centrifugal style juicer. You can always upgrade to a masticating juicer later on if you end up enjoying this healthy habit.
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.
Essie Smith Ware says
I have a nutria bullet juicer and just just purchased a nutra bullet rx. It works fine but I do get a lot of pulp and I just drink it. I would like to know more about green veggies.
Viridiana Toledo says
Hi, I am a new jucer, and i was wonderi g What is the difference between makinga juice in a blender and a juice maker?
Jammie Lou Walton-unger says
I have the Omega 8006, I purchased this after having the Breville centrifugal machine. The Omega is much more efficient, less waste equals more product and money saved. Also, the juice last 48 hrs longer. A tip, always put your leafy greens in first and I mix in any citrus to help work it through the channel. I also use a vitamix to mix entire foods…for fiber and puréed items
Jessica Anne says
Check this video out… The breville beats the Omega on Lafy greens! http://youtu.be/_SKbNRGvZ7I
Deyon Anteko Pitter says
What are your thoughts on the Jay Kordich Juicer, I see its a hybrid of both masticating and centrifugal at half the cost.
hi.. do we have to keep the peel for fruits and vegetables? example!! cucumber?
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Green Juice A Day says
No where in the article do I tell people to get a centrifugal juicer. I share the pros/cons, so that people can decide which type of juicer they would like to go with. In fact I've always recommend masticating juicers to my subscribers, as you can see above its what I use.
Robert Pugh says
(Centrifugal) So who is this style of juicer for? Beginners who are interested in adding some juice into their diet. — I find this misleading.
Masticating juicers are just as much for beginners as advanced juicers. In fact centrifugal juicers just may turn some away from juicing before they even learn about masticating juicers, due to the extra cost of produce to get the same juice yield as they would with less produce and a masticating juicer.
The price difference between a mid-grade centrifugal and a quality masticating juicer is minimal, when considering that you would get your money back within a few weeks of juicing by saving money on produce. I'd never recommend a centrifugal juicer to anyone. They are mostly hyped because Joe Cross used one in Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. If he would have used a masticating juicer, they would be the most popular.
PRIME Juicers says
I use an Omega J8004 juicer and love it. I agree with you, the best juicer is the one that you'll use. If you love it you'll use it and if you use it you'll love it!
How about nutribullets? I just recently ordered this machine. Any feed backs regarding this popular product?
Mariam Turay says
The nutribullet is essentially the magic bullet. A mini blender.
I have a nutribillet. Its not a juicer. It makes smoothies. Its a great gadget. You throw the whole produce in add water and it emulsifues it, doesn’t extract anything leaving all the fiber in. Some peoples stomachs can’t handle all that fiber…. opposed to juicing, where there is extraction…. not as much pulp and not as much fiber… I have a juicer and a nutribillet. Love em both. Had a masticating omega 350vrt and my kids hated all the pulp. So I sold it and got a centrifugal one and they love the juice so much more. I prefer masticating, but I want to get raw juice into my kids… they hated the texture from my masticating one. They drink it right away now from the centrifugal… so I’m happy 🙂
Mariam Turay says
With the vertical masticating juicers, you’ll need to strain the juice through a fine mesh strainer. However, I really like the omega 8006 (or any of the 8000s series) masticating juicer. It comes with a strainer and the juice is always smooth and pulp free. You can find it here and check out the reviews –> http://amzn.to/16sjCQh
Glad to hear your kids love juicing.
i’ve been doing some research after watching some documentaries, and am about to buy a juicer and get to it! but my question is this – my main issue would be how easy/fast it is to clean. how many parts have to be removed to clean it, etc. could anyone give me some info on that?
this is great site, btw. answering a lot of my outstanding questions – thanks very much!
Mariam Turay says
Depends on the juicer. Cleaning my Omega 8005 juicer —> http://amzn.to/T0LEf1 takes less than a couple of minutes, maybe 60 seconds. It’s always best to wash your juicer after use, it’s much easier to clean.
Tim Sumner says
Nice post Mariam. I’ve used the Hurom juicer and the Omega masticating juicers. I have to agree with Lillian though the Hurom is the best currently out there for doing leafy greens as well. The centrifugal juicers can’t get as much out of leaves.
Lillian Davenport says
I have owned both a Breville and Hurom juicer, the latter costing approx. $100 more. However I think I am getting so much more juice from the Hurom, the Breville wasted greens like crazy. If you’re going to put the effort and money into juicing regularly, I think it makes sense to get the most out of each veggie!
I’m really glad I didn’t foot the bill for a Norwalk (I was tempted), I mean, I hear they’re amazing but they take up soooo much counter real estate and I they’re pretty temperamental.
David Benjamin says
Great stuff Mariam! My brother has a omega juicer and that is the juicer that i’ve used most! Love the omega juicer.
Keep up the great work! You are changing lives more than you know and you will continue to be blessed and rewarded for that 🙂
Have a great day!
Mariam Turay says
Thank you so much David for your comment. It’s great to hear others feedback. Just here to do my part in bettering the world 🙂
Another of God’s Angel’s, Mariam Turay as I was born to do my part also in bettering the world, one juice convert at a time. Love your web site. Love your philosophy and gentle, guiding touch.
I have “Invested” in my Total Nutrition Center. Several juicers, Air lock fermentation Pickl-It’s for predigested nutrition. Veteran gardner that grows organic veggies for Veteran’s front of the VA Clinic.
Grow & juice my own wheat grass…sprout millions of God’s Organic seeds of which I also juice. Live close to the soil. Ferment my own Beet Kvass.
Entire meaning of life is in your giving through your web site. I love you!!!
Mariam Turay says
Thank you Thomas.