What Juicer Should I Buy? I am asked this question almost daily. Truthfully, there is a lot to consider when buying a juicer. Here is some basic information. There are two common types: Centrifugal and Masticating.
Centrifugal juicers are sold in most stores these days. They are affordable, $50-300. I have seen them at Goodwill for $10. Centrifugal juicers make juice by spinning the produce at very high speeds. The juice is separated from the fiber with this action. Juice should be consumed within 20 minutes of making it to get it’s full nutritional value. Centrifugal juicers make juice quickly without much labor. The food chute is generally, not always, large and whole apples can be put in it. They can be more work to clean up than a masticating juicer.
Masticating juicers are often sold at health food stores, but primarily purchased online. Price starts around $200 and can go up to $400. These juicers make juice by grinding the produce and squeezing the juice from the fiber. The motor turns a grinder at a fairly slow rate, which allows the cell wall of the fruit or vegetable to be broken open, thereby releasing maximum nutrition. Juice can be consumed up to 48 hours later with maximum nutritional value if refrigerated in an airtight glass container. Masticating juicers do require more labor: pushing the produce through the chute takes some arm strength, and the chute is generally smaller. Apples, for example, must be quartered. These juicers are easier to clean up when finished juicing.
I once did an experiment with juicing the same amount of produce with both types of juicers. I did this at one of my classes. We were amazed to find that the masticating juicer made 2X the amount of juice from the exact same amount of produce.
Buying a juicer is a personal decision. This information is what I have learned from researching juicers and from teaching people about the benefits of juicing.
I offer Juicing for Wellness and Vitality classes periodically. I have both types of juicers for the participants to use. People definitely have a preference of one juicer over the other after using both of them. See my Juicing Classes page for information about upcoming classes.
Feel free to write comments or questions. I hope this answered your questions.