Three best juicers
Although drinking juice can't replace eating whole fruits and vegetables, it's a quick and easy way to boost your nutrient intake, especially for those who need to follow a low-fiber diet. Using a juicer to produce your own homemade juice is much better for you than drinking store-bought juice and allows you to experiment with different fruit and vegetable combos for optimum nutrition.
This quick guide to juicers goes through the basics of juicing and what you need to know to find the right model to fit your needs.
Considerations when choosing juicers
Masticating vs. centrifugal
Juicers fall into one of two categories: masticating or centrifugal. Masticating juicers use rotating gears, known as augers, to squeeze or press juice from the fruit. The resulting juice is often superior in flavor, and more micronutrients from the produce are retained. Masticating juicers can also carry out other tasks, such as grinding and mincing. However, they produce juice more slowly and are more expensive than centrifugal juicers.
Centrifugal juicers shred ingredients with blades while spinning them around in a fast-rotating chamber to extract juice. While they're quick and affordable, they're not as versatile as masticating juicers.
Ease of cleaning
Juicers can be a pain to clean, but a few handy features can turn cleaning into less of a chore. Models with external pulp bins are much easier to empty than internal pulp bins. Also. check if your chosen juicer has dishwasher-safe parts. This is much easier than washing each part by hand.
As a rule, the more power a juicer has (expressed as watts), the more effective it is, especially when attempting to juice hard produce. That said, you can't compare the wattage of a centrifugal juicer to the wattage of a masticating juicer. Masticating juicers don't need as much motor power to extract juice, so a 400-watt masticating juicer could actually be just as effective as, or more effective than, an 850-watt centrifugal juicer.
The larger the chute on your juicer, the less chopping you'll need to do to fit fruit down it. Some juicers have chutes wide enough to fit a whole apple. This makes the juicing process much quicker and easier.
Masticating juicers only work at a single speed, but centrifugal juicers can have multiple speed settings. Slower speeds are best for extracting juice from soft fruits, whereas high-speed settings are best for extracting juice from harder fruits and vegetables.
If your juicer comes with a juice container, it should be clear. The reason: it's easy for overflow to occur if you're not watching carefully, but with a clear container, you can prevent spills. A foam separator is another nice feature for a juice container to have, giving you smooth, foam-free juice.
Basic but decent centrifugal juicers start as low as $50 to $60, whereas higher-end centrifugal juicers can cost as much as $100 to $150. Masticating juicers are more expensive. While you can find some basic masticating models for $100 to $150, the best options cost between $250 and $350.
Q. What type of juicer is best for juicing greens?
A. Masticating juicers are better at juicing leafy greens and herbs than centrifugal juicers. In fact, centrifugal juicers don't manage to extract much juice at all from leafy greens.
Q. Are juicers noisy?
A. Juicers can be extremely loud, especially centrifugal juicers. However, they don't take long to extract a glass or two of juice, so they shouldn't cause much disturbance to your household.
Q. What's the easiest way to make orange juice in a juicer?
A. You generally need to peel oranges before juicing them, as the oils in the skin can quickly turn juice bitter. However, if you want to regularly make orange juice, opt for a juicer with a citrus press attachment, so you won't need to spend precious time peeling and prepping.
Juicers we recommend
Best of the best: Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Masticating Dual-Stage Juicer
Our take: It might be expensive, but this high-end juicer makes seriously tasty juice that retains the majority of the ingredients' nutrients.
What we like: We love that it's multifunctional and can also grind nuts, coffee, and spices, produce nut butter, extrude pasta, mince herbs, and puree baby food.
What we dislike: The large price tag.
Best bang for your buck: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor
Our take: Taking just five seconds to produce an eight-ounce glass of juice, this speedy juicer is perfect for busy users.
What we like: Two juicing speeds, extra-wide chute, durable stainless steel cutting disc, excellent value for money.
What we dislike: Not suitable for juicing leafy greens.
Choice 3: Hamilton Beach 67650A Juicer
Our take: This inexpensive juicer is basic, but it's great for occasional use or for people who aren't looking for the fanciest juicer on the market.
What we like: Wide chute equals less chopping and prepping. Extra-large pulp bin. Easy to clean.
What we dislike: Too basic for serious juicing advocates.
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