How to Choose the Best Juicer for You
by Juliette Pickup
There are many factors that determine which one of the many food juicers out there is the correct juicer for you. Some of the factors that you need to consider:
- Juicer Type
- What produce you are most likely to juice
- Noise Level
- Juicer Types: There are six main types of juicers that are available today. They are:
- Centrifugal Juicers
- Citrus Juicers
- Manual Press Juicers
- Single Gear a.k.a. Masticating Juicers
- Twin Gear a.k.a. Triturating Juicers
- Wheatgrass Juicers
Centrifugal Juicers: Centrifugal juicers are the pretty much the most affordable and popular choice available to people looking to buy a juicer these days. These juicers use a shredding disc to spin out the juice and a strainer basket to hold the pulp in the machine.
Citrus Juicers: A citrus juicer provides the convenience of juicing citrus fruits at home so you can enjoy the benefits of fresh-squeezed citrus juice any time.
Manual Press Juicers: Since the juice is pressed through cheesecloth, the juice is virtually pulp free but can be a slow process. Requiring produce to be shredded in order to be pressed, the juicer squeezes the juice out of the produce with pressure.
Single Gear a.k.a. Masticating Juicers: These juicers produce less foam and can be utilized to make baby food, sauces, and sorbets. A slow turning single auger is used by these types of juicers to crush the produce into the walls or screen of the juicer.
Twin Gear Juicers a.k.a. Triturating Juicers: These juicers have two gears that shreds then presses the juice out of the produce. These types of juicers are liable to be more expensive than other types of juicers, but twin gear juicers are the most efficient and can extract larger volumes of juice from fruits and vegetables.
Wheatgrass Juicers: Wheatgrass juicers can extract the juice out of the blades of wheatgrass either manually or automatically. Wheatgrass is a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and enzymes. This is a specialized type of juicer since normal fruit and vegetable juicers will not juice wheatgrass. If you are likely to be juicing fruit and vegetables in equal quantities, then a centrifugal juicer is your best option and some models also feature citrus juicing attachments as well. However, those juicers do not juice leafy vegetables well. If citrus or wheatgrass are going to comprise the majority of what you are juicing then buying a juicer designed for those products is your best option. For juicing mainly vegetables, a single auger juicer would be the best, but they produce rather thick juice from fruit, almost sauce-like since they are designed for juicing stalk-like vegetables.
Cleaning: The time it will take to clean a juicer after you used it will depend on the complexity of the juicer. The average juice has between 4 and 7 parts requiring cleaning. this means that while a citrus press can be cleaned with a quick wipe down, a juicer with more functionality will take longer to clean. Also, a check should be made as to whether the components are dishwasher safe or not unless you are happy to hand wash the parts.
Power: The amount of power you need depends on the hardness of the produce you are juicing. The harder the produce, the more power you will need, but anything over 400 watts should be more than sufficient. The stronger the motor is, the longer it is likely to last. Also, a check should be made as to whether the motor is guaranteed by the manufacturer.
Noise Levels: This is dependent on the power of your juicer's motor. The more powerful the motor, the higher the noise levels produced. The importance of this factor is guided by personal preference and your situation; however, bear in mind that, in general, a quieter motor means less power.
Cost is not seen as a factor when buying a juicer because there are so many juicers available at so many different prices, but the higher quality juicers are likely to cost more than average. Ultimately, your personal preferences will determine which juicer you buy.
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