There are so many types of juicers to choose from it can become quite confusing.
It can take a lot of hard work and research before making sense of all the information just to buy one small kitchen appliance.
Hopefully this information we have reviewed and gathered will make the process easier.
Years ago not much thought was needed when purchasing a juicer because the only style I remember back then was the centrifugal type.
Jack LaLanne’s juicer became quite popular in the 1990’s due to the wide exposure they received from their infomercials.
But today there are many models and types of juicers you can choose from along with a wide range of prices to go along with them. All that information can be quite overwhelming.
Many models aside there are basically three types of juicers available which are centrifugal, masticating and triturating.
This type of juicer grates the fruits and vegetables up with a flat cutting blade. Then it spins around at high speed separating the juice from the pulp.
The high speed destroys some of the nutrients and enzymes in the juice (but still makes a really healthy beverage).
Centrifugal units are not suitable for juicing leafy greens and wheat grass.
These units have a large mesh filter screen making cleaning time a little longer.
They are the least expensive of all the juicers and certain models can be found in local department stores often making it easy to make a same day purchase.
Though this may sound convenient the internet provides a much larger selection of juicers to choose from.
If you are new to juicing a centrifugal unit may be a good way to start.
Reason why? If you try juicing but don’t stick with it for whatever reason at least you didn’t spend a lot on a unit that won’t really get used.
Masticating Juicers (also called single gear or single auger juicers)
Masticating juicers use a single gear or auger that chews, grinds and kneads produce into pulp while extracting their juices.
Triturating Juicers (also called twin gear juicers)
These types of juicers work in a similar fashion by pressing the fruits and vegetables between two interlocking gears which crushes and grinds the produce into pulp while extracting their juices.
Twin gear juicers are the most expensive and are believed to produce the healthiest juice.
Some triturating units such as the Green Star Elite or Green Power juicers even come with a magnetic system which pulls out more enzymes and essential minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium adding more nutrients to the juice.
After years of juicing this is the unit I use and here is my review on why it's my top pick:
The following applies to both masticating and triturating juicers:
Both are more expensive than the centrifugal models and are extremely popular with die hard juicers and raw food enthusiasts for the following reasons:
These units work at a much lower speed producing little heat which helps preserve the nutrients and enzymes leaving you with a healthier glass of juice.
They are able to juice leafy greens and wheat grass with ease.
The amount of juice that these two types of units produce is higher than the centrifugal models.
Depending on what you want your juicer to do both the single and twin gear units can homogenize foods to create baby foods, nut butters, sauces, frozen desserts and some even offer attachments to extrude pasta.
What have we learned about the types of juicers listed above?
Not suited for juicing leafy greens and wheat grass
High speed makes juicing faster
High speed destroys some nutrients and enzymes (but juice is still very healthy)
Cleaning time is longer
For Both Masticating & Triturating Juicers
Takes longer to make juice because machines runs at slower speed
Slower speed preserves more nutrients and enzymes producing a healthier glass of juice
Because the juice is healthier and less oxidized it has a longer shelf life in the fridge
Juices leafy greens and wheat grass well
Units are more expensive to buy
Units can do more than just juice such as making nut butters, baby foods and desserts
Believed to produce the healthiest juice
Knowledge is power when it comes to purchasing the right juicing machine so here is more information about centrifugal juicers,
single gear juicers and twin gear juicers including a review on The Green Power to help you choose.
Eating and drinking more healthy foods has become so critical in preventing disease and maintaining good health so choose your weapon wisely.
Wishing you health and happiness