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December

What Juicer Should I Buy? – A Simple Buyer’s Guide!

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It’s Time To Get Juicing!

Ok. You’re convinced. You are ready to start juicing, but you don’t have a juicer yet. Or you have a juicer, but you aren’t sure if it’s a good one. Juicers are easy to find. You can buy them online easily. You can even find them at big box stores. But there are dozens of different brands and types to choose from. You’re going all in so the last thing you want to do is buy a juicer that doesn’t work for you! In this article, we’re going to show you how to choose the best juicer!

What's The Best Juicer For YOU?

Juicers are a lot like shoes. Depending upon the type of activity that you are engaging in, you’ll select an appropriate shoe that fits for the demands of the activity. For example, if you are going to a formal dinner, you probably won’t wear your insulated hiking boots. Or conversely, if you’re going for a run, you won’t wear your sleek dress shoes.

So depending on what your goals are for juicing, you will want to select a juicer that is perfect for what goals you have in mind.

What Is Your Goal With Juicing?

This is a question that you should ask before you start your search for a juicer. There are various goals that you might have depending on what health situation brought you to juicing in the first place. Here are some points to consider when making your juicer selection.

  • Nutrient extraction.
  • Speed.
  • Noise level.
  • Suitability for travel.
  • Will it make nut butters.
  • Best juicer for juice yield.
  • Top juicer for juicing greens and herbs.
  • Easiest juicer to clean.
  • Juicer that will make the best juice to heal a disease.
  • Juicer that will make nice cream (frozen fruit ice cream).
  • High pulp in the juice vs. low pulp in the juice.
  • Longest juicer warranty.
  • Are repair parts available.

I encourage you to think about which characteristics above are most important to you. What might be a great juicer for me, might not be a great juicer for you and your needs! Rank them each on a scale of 1 to 10. This will help you prioritize which juicer is best for you as you look at juicer reviews.

Types Of Juicers

Let’s break it down into the three main types of juicers: centrifugal & slow masticating & hydraulic press.

Centrifugal

Centrifugal juicers use fast spinning blades to cut the produce that you are juicing and spin the juice through a screen to separate the juice from the fiber. These juicers typically allow you to make your juice faster than a masticating or slow, cold-press style juicer. That can be a benefit if you are always on a busy, super crazy schedule!

However, the advantage of speed can offset by what happens nutritionally when you use a centrifugal juicer. Centrifugal juicers oxidize the juice through the high-speed cutting and spinning motion that they utilize to extract the juice. Why is that bad? Well, as soon as you juice your fruits or vegetables, the clock starts ticking in regard to the nutritional content of the juice. The more oxygen that is incorporated into the juice, the faster the juice will lose its nutritional value.

Centrifugal Juicer Blades And Screen

Centrifugal Juicer Blades And Screen

If you plan on consuming your juice very quickly after you consume it, you’ll still be getting a lot of the nutrients. If you plan on making your juice and storing it until you are ready to drink it, you’ll be missing out on nutrition that might be otherwise retained if you were using a juicer that didn’t oxidize the juice. If you feel like the benefit of speed of juicing outweighs the nutritional aspect, you can simply juice more frequently. Juice 4-6 liters once per day and you can usually have enough juice to last you for the day.

Due to the oxidation and nutrient loss with juices made with a centrifugal juicer, I recommend that you keep juices topped up and sealed in the refrigerator for no longer than 24 hours. Personally, I don’t enjoy the flavor as much from centrifugal style juicers as much as I enjoy the flavor of juices made with slow, cold-press, masticating style juicers. But that is my personal experience and preference.

Centrifugal juicers tend to be better at juicing fruits and veggies OTHER than greens. They will juice greens, but not with the efficiency of a masticating style juicer. I personally feel that juicing greens is key to optimal health. If you don’t care too much about the reduced ability to juice greens, than a centrifugal juicer can work just fine.

If you feel like a centrifugal juicer is for you, here is the best centrifugal juicer that I recommend: Breville Juice Fountain Plus

Breville Juice Fountain Plus

Breville Juice Fountain Plus

To summarize, here are the pros and cons of the centrifugal styles of juicers:

Centrifugal Juicer Pros
  • Very Fast Juicing
  • Less Produce Prep
Centrifugual Juicer Cons
  • Very Loud
  • Low Juice Yield (Especially With Greens, Celery, Ginger, etc.)
  • Oxidises The Juice
  • Short Juice Storage Window (Only 24 Hours)
  • Cannot Make Nut Butters, Sorbets, Nice Cream or Nut Mylks
  • Not A Great Travel Juicer
  • Hard To Clean

No matter which type of juicer you use, it is best nutritionally to consume juices as soon as possible. That said, one of the tricks I like to use to make sure that I don’t succumb to cravings when on a Solid Food Vacation or Juice Feast is to make A LOT OF JUICE! By making more juice than you need in a day, you’ll be WAY less tempted to give into cravings and eat solid food or worse yet, solid junk food! By A LOT OF JUICE, I mean enough juice to get you through 3 days. When on a Juice Feast or Solid Food Vacation, that can equate to 10 – 20 liters of juice. How can you make this much juice and be sure that you are still getting great nutrition? Enter the slow, cold-press, masticating style juicer……

Cold-Press / Slow / Masticating Juicers

The masticating juicer works through a slow chewing and pressing motion. The auger / chewing mechanism spins very slowly. Way more slowly than the centrifugal style juicers. Because of the method of action, the masticating juicer is my preferred type of juicer for the following reasons:

Slow Masticating Juicer Pros:
  • They are slow, cold-press in nature meaning they do not heat or oxidize the juice like a centrifugal juicer.
  • Nutrition, enzymes and phytonutrient extraction in the juice is much higher from a slow masticating juicer as compared to a centrifugal juicer that heats and oxidizes the juice during the juicing process.
  • They juice greens WAY better than centrifugal style juicers. This scores high marks with me as I feel juicing greens is vital for anyone looking to improve their health with juicing!
  • The juice yield is higher from slow masticating juicers.
  • They oftentimes can make nut butters, fruit sorbets, nice cream or nut milks.
  • Usually more quiet operation.

As with every style of juicer there are also reasons why you might not like the masticating style:

Slow Masticating Juicer Cons:
  • Slow Masticating Juicers are usually, you guessed it, slower.
  • They require more produce prepping and chopping as the feed chute size is usually smaller.
  • They sometimes have more parts to clean.

Within the masticating juicer category, there are three types. They are pretty self-explanatory…the single auger, the twin gear and the vertical juicer.

Horizontal Single Auger

Horizontal Auger

Horizontal Style Juicer Auger

The horizontal single auger juicer has one corkscrew shaped auger that pulls the produce down and into the pressing chamber. As the produce is pushed forward into the pressing chamber, the juice is squeezed by force of the auger pressing the juice on the downstream end of the pressing chamber. These juicers don’t have the benefit of the “teeth grinding” effect that the twin gear juicers possess, but they still press the juice without oxidation. They typically don’t have quite as high of nutritional yield, or juice yield as the twin gear style. Compared to centrifugal style juicers, however, they are definitely better in juice and nutritional yield.

Tribest Solostar

Tribest Solostar

My two top picks for the horizontal single auger style juicers are the Tribest Solostar and the Sana 727 Supreme.

Sana 727 Supreme

Next, let’s move on to the twin gears…

Twin Gear

The twin gear horizontal juicers, in my opinion, are the best option based on quality of juice, nutrient extraction, juice yield and durability in their price range.

The twin gear juicers are very similar to the single auger juicers. The main difference is that instead of one auger serving as the press, there are two gears that actually masticate ( or chew up ) the produce being juiced before pressing it with the front end of the auger.

With the twin gear mastication, the cell walls of the produce are opened to a larger degree than with the single auger juicer. This allows greater extraction of the vital nutrition that we are seeking to bring into the juice through juicing. Vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and beneficial phytonutrients all get extracted at a larger rate with the twin gear juicers.

Greenstar Elite 5000

Greenstar Elite 5000

My favorite twin gear juicers that I recommend are the Greenstar Elite and the Greenstar Pro.

Vertical Juicers

The vertical juicers take the slow RPMs of the single auger horizontal juicers and put it into a more compact, vertical, space saving package!

Vertical juicers utilize the same concept of a single auger pressing mechanism. The difference is that the juicing auger spins vertically with a cutting edge on the top of the auger. As the produce is fed in through the top of the feed chute, the leading edge of the auger cuts the produce and pulls it vertically down into the juicing bowl. The juice is collected in the juicing bowl while pulp is ejected out a side pulp chute.

These juicers tend to require less pushing of the produce down into the feed chute. They tend to be a bit more moveable and portable than their horizontal counterparts based on their size.

Most of these vertical juicers will juice at the same speed as a horizontal juicer. There is one juicer that is an exception to this, however, and that’s the Nama J2.

Nama J2

The Nama J2 is the fastest, most convenient vertical juicer that I’ve ever used and trialed. Its batching hopper allows you to add whole or minimally chopped ingredients, close the lid and walk away. It chops, feeds and juices your ingredients on its own!

Check out my full review of the Nama J2 and see why it’s one of the top juicers that I recommend.

Another great feature of vertical juicers is that they can be quite compact. If you travel for work or leisure and you don’t want to miss your juicing habit while you are traveling, a compact vertical juicer can keep you on track!

My favorite travel juicer is the Tribest Shine. Not only is the Shine my go-to travel juicer, it’s a great juicer for its price.

Let’s move on to the 2-stage hydraulic press juicers!

Hydraulic Press

If nutrient extraction is your ultimate, number one goal coupled with high juice yield, then the hydraulic press model is a type of juicer that you should consider. For the home juicer, this is the creme de la creme of juicer styles!

Pure Juicer

Pure Juicer

The juicers are essentially a three stage process.

  1. Produce is milled into a pulp through a hammer mill.
  2. The pulp is placed in a single use or re-usable pressing cloth and positioned on a pressing platform.
  3. A hydraulic press squeezes the pulp firmly with an incredible amount of pressure to press out the juice.

These juicers are tremendously amazing at pressing the highest amount of juice in terms of yield while also extracting a very high level nutrition. These juicers are one of the best choices if you have a severe health condition and need to be guaranteed the highest level of concentrated, medicinal level of nutrition.

A downside to these juicers is that they are larger and require a designated area. They are more involved to clean. They are also the most expensive option for a home juicer.

The best hydraulic press juicer that I recommend is the Pure Juicer. 

Citrus Juicers

If you’re like me, you’ll love to consume A LOT of fresh citrus juice. Especially in the winter time, I drink a ton of fresh orange juice and grapefruit juice. If you have one of the juicers described above, you can certainly make citrus juice with it. The downside is that you have to remove the peel of the citrus prior to juicing it. Not a big deal, but that takes some time. One way to speed up the process if you plan on juicing lots of citrus is to get a juicer specific for oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes. Lets take a look at a few citrus juicer options.

There are two electric citrus juicers that I recommend, the Breville 800CPXL and the Tribest Citristar. I personally have both of these models and have run many, many cases of citrus through both with no complaints whatsoever.

Breville 800CPXL Citrus Juicer

 Breville 800CPXL Citrus Juicer

The Tribest Citristar is very similar to the Breville with the main difference being a lack of the overhead press arm and cup. This means that you have to physically hold the fruit on the reamer while it juices the fruit. Not a real big deal, just a little less convenient. It’s also quite a bit less expensive than the Breville model.

Tribest Citristar Juicer

Tribest Citristar Juicer 

If you’re looking for a manual, non-electric model, I recommend the Tribest MJP-105 citrus juicer.

The Tribest MJP-105 juicer is the best manual citrus juicer that I have ever used and trialed. Not only does it juice all sizes of citrus from limes to large grapefruits, it is also designed to juice pomegranates!

It has an ergonomically designed handle with heavy duty gearing to allow 200 lbs of pressing power with very little force needed from the operator. In other words, it’s a cinch to get all the juice with very little effort!

Also, since it’s manual, no electricity is needed!

Tribest MJP-105 Manual Citrus & Pomegranate Press

And The Winner Is…..

The choice is up to you! No matter which juicer you select above, they will all do an awesome job! I always like to say, however, that the best juicer is the juicer that you use EVERY DAY! Hold that vision of health in mind every day. Use your juicer as if your life depends on it. It will pay health dividends for you and your family for many years to come!

What juicer did you pick? If you already have a juicer, which one do you have? What do you like or dislike about it? Let me know in the comments below!

Also, If you have any specific juicer questions, post those as well. I am happy to help in any way that I can!

Stay juicy!!!

About the Author

Brett leads the Juicer Test Kitchen. Utilizing his 25 years in the juice production and formulation industry, he brings you expert information on the wide world of juicing. From hands-on juicer reviews, tasty juice recipes, and real-world insights, he helps you get the most out of your juicing experience.

Brett not only has a career background in the juice world, but he is also a lifelong juicing advocate who has personally transformed and maintained his health using the magical powers of juicing and raw living foods.

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