Which Juicer?

Getting a juicer is the first step in juicing. Deciding which juicer to buy can be confusing given the vast options available in the market. Before you make that final purchase decision, it is advisable to first consider your usage pattern and budget. Whether you’re juicing fruits or vegetables, there will surely be a juicer or blender that is perfect for you.

Citrus juicer for juicing lemons, limes, grapefruits and orangesMost people would have a citrus juicer or lemon squeezer in their kitchen. This is one of the simplest forms of juicer and is ideal for extracting juices from citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes. However, it is perfect only if you want to add a small amount of citrus juice to another liquid or salad. If you want to extract bigger quantity of juices, you will need a more powerful juicer machine.

Juicer Machines

The centrifugal juicer is the most commonly used juicer machine in most households. Ease of use and affordability are some of the reasons for its popularity. In using a centrifugal juicer, the fruits and vegetables are fed into a grater with high speed spinning blades to separate the pulp from the juice. The juice runs into a separate jug while the pulp is ejected into a separate container. Some centrifugal juicers have the pulp retained within the machine.

The second most expensive type of juicer is the masticating juicer. This type of juicer operates at a slower speed than a masticating juicer. Fruits and vegetables are pushed through a wire mesh with immense force, thereby extracting juices in the process. Due to the slower speed and the absence of blades, overheating is avoided, hence the nutrients and goodness of fresh juices is better preserved.

The press juicer is the most expensive but also, the most efficient juicer in the market. It works by crushing the fruits and vegetables, followed by pressing them for juice extraction. The press juicer runs at the slowest speed among all juicers; little friction is created; hence no heat is applied to the fruits and vegetables. This translates to high quality juices where live enzymes, fiber, vitamins and other trace minerals are best preserved.

A blender is all you need if you only want to make smoothie. As the name suggests, blenders blend fruits and vegetables; it does not extract juice. With a blender, you can add ice, water, milk and other ingredients to make a pulpy, thicker textured drink. Blenders are not suitable for juicing fruits; with watermelon being the only exception. Generally, blenders are cheaper than juicers and they require less cleaning.

Deciding on the juicer type should not be a rushed process. Investing in a good juicer is akin to investing in your long term health, which is priceless. Take your time to research on the options available, read juicer reviews and choose a juicer that you feel comfortable with your budget.


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