If you are asking yourself, what the best juicer to buy is, then the answer to that question is not that simple. You have to consider many factors in order to find the right one that meets your needs.
Luckily though, here at The Juice Chief we have managed to comprehensively compare the best juicers on the market today, which will hopefully make the decision process of choosing the best juicer for you a little easier.
Now that you have decided you want to make some changes in your lifestyle, juicing is probably right there on top of your to-do list. Juicing can give you a plethora of health and nutritional benefits. But before you rush out to buy a juicer, there are certain things you have to know about juicing and juicers.
We hope that this guide will provide you with the kind of information that you need to make an informed decision and allow you to choose the best juicer for you!
The Best Juicers On The Market in 2016
Below is a table of the 5 best rated juicers on the market today. The rating takes into account our own personal experience as well as by others who have owned these particular juicing machines. If you are completely new to juicing, we advise you read the rest of the post before clicking on any particular juicer for more info.
What Are Your Juicing Needs?
There are several kinds of juicers available on the market today; your juicing needs will partly determine the kind of juicer you should buy.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you choose one that will work for you:
- Will the juicer be effective at juicing skins, peels, stalks and stems of fruits and vegetables?
- How efficient will the juicer be in preserving the vitamins and nutrients as it juices?
- Will it be easy to operate, clean after use, and find the space or storage for it?
- Are the motor and the parts durable?
- How much will it cost?
We recommend the inclusion of skins, stems, stalks, and cores or peels of certain fruits and vegetables (if these can be eaten) because these areas are often where the vital nutrients will be concentrated. Some of these fruits and vegetables include orange, turnip, beet, carrot, sweet potato, cucumber, apple, lemon, celery, and ginger, among others.
Your juicer should have the capacity to juice these mentioned fruits and vegetables in their original forms because according to former Food and Health Forum President Dr. Marilyn Glenville, all fruits and vegetables have this “bio-synergy” in which the nutritional benefits of each part are reinforced by the others. That’s why it’s important to get a performance-efficient juicer that can preserve all these benefits while juicing.
Things To Consider When Buying A Juicer
No Complications: A juicer that is complicated to operate will frustrate you; you might end up not using it at all because of the hassle you have to put up with. Some juicers have so many parts to assemble before they are able to operate. This could be a major turn-off, especially if you are new at juicing. Choose a simple juicer with two to three parts.
Less Parts the Better: Speaking of parts, the more a juicer has of them, the harder it will be for you to clean them. I don’t think anybody would enjoy two to three glasses of vegetable or fruit juice if they have to clean 20 parts of the juicer afterwards. It just isn’t worth the hassle, especially if you don’t really have the time. A juicer that can be cleaned easily and one which doesn’t take up half of your kitchen tabletop is what you should get.
Durability of the motor and the parts is something you should look for in a juicer. Some motors can handle only so much juicing and tend to heat up. Good juicers have good motors and this is because they are manufactured by name brands which translate to a more expensive price tag. But consider this: a cheap juicer will not have a heavy duty motor and you might end up paying more than its original price later on for repairs.
The Power: Incidentally, the more powerful the juicer, the noisier it tends to get, so remember that when buying your juicer. And price is obviously a crucial consideration when buying your juicer. If you have a budget that won’t cover the juicer you want, I say stick to your budget and scour the internet for a simple juicer that meets your juicing needs but won’t bankrupt you.
The Price: And speaking of prices, those of juicers vary widely – from under $100 to over $500 and higher – depending on the available features. To start out, choose a juicer that is affordable for you. And make sure you read the warranty! Warranties can range from a few months to a decade to a lifetime. What you want is a long-lasting warranty that covers the entire machine. Anything over 10 years is very important!
Types Of Juicers
When it comes to choosing the type of juicer, there are 4 different types you need to be aware of. Each of which has it’s positives and negatives.
We have outlined and explained all four below, however the two most popular types that people use are masticating and centrifugal juicers.
A masticating juicer does exactly what its name says: it masticates your fruits and vegetables when it juices them, meaning it chews, mashes, munches, grinds or crunches everything you put in it with the use of an auger, a spiral-shaped tool that rotates liquid or solid material by moving it along the spiral to the desired location.
A masticating juicer will squeeze out every drop of any fruit or vegetable in it and separate this from its dry pulp.
This type of juicer can plow through greens and soft fruits and vegetables without difficulty, making it twice as effective and efficient than its centrifugal cousin, albeit at a slower rate.
This juicer however, takes a little longer to clean as most models will have a few more parts.
The centrifugal juicer is what you will find in most retail and online stores. The word “Centrifugal” means the generated force of the juicer’s blade comes from its spinning motion which separates the juice and the pulp.
This juicer pushes fruits and vegetables down its feed chute to pulverize them with the use of cutting blades which can spin at extremely high speeds against the juicer’s metal strainer.
This juicer is user-friendly, inexpensive, and, most importantly, will help you cut down your preparation time because of its incredible speed. A juice like this, however, will be ineffective in processing leafy greens, wheat grass, sprouts, and herbs because these foods yield little juice.
Additionally, this juicer’s high RPM is likely to destroy some, if not most, of the nutritive enzymes in food; it also causes a lot of foam while juicing.
With bio-ceramic and magnetic technology, the triturating juicer’s twin gear machine will crush your vegetables and fruits first before it presses their juices. This process actually yields more fiber, trace minerals, vitamins, and enzymes from the foods you put in the machine.
Like the masticating juicer, triturating juicers run at a slower RPM (Revs Per Minute), meaning the food’s oxidation process slows down so you can store any remaining juice without it spoiling.
The pulp from a triturating juicer comes out very dry because the gears interlock while inwardly rotating and crushing everything between them. This juicer is perfect for juicing wheatgrass, leafy greens, sprouts, beets, carrots, and other root vegetables, and non-pulpy or water-dense fruits.
This juicer has a slower and longer juicing process, something that you might find inconvenient if your schedule is usually a tight one.
You don’t use electricity with a manual juicer, making it a relatively inexpensive appliance to own. They are the easiest and fastest to clean among the other juicer types, portable and convenient to bring when travelling, and.
Moreover, they operate with less noise and preserve more of the nutrients from juices because they don’t use high speed spinning action that can induce heat which destroys the nutrients.
It has no engine and few parts which make this juicer easy to assemble, if at all, and store. The disadvantages of a manual juicer include its limited capacity for certain amounts and types of fruits and vegetables which it can juice, the extra patience and effort required to use it, and the relatively long time it takes for making only a small amount of juice.
The Best Juicers To Buy
Okay, we hope you’re still with us here because this is where the fun part starts. Now that you have an understanding of the different types of juicers and their functionality, it’s time to select a branded model.
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the info, but you have a rough idea as to which juicer type you’re after, perhaps we can help you make the right call, by providing you with some recommendations.
The following juicers have been hand picked by us as the one’s we believe to be the best on the market today for its category.
Best Masticating Juicer
The Omega VRT350HD Juicer
The Omega VRT350HD yields nutritious juices that taste delicious because you get all the flavor of the fruits or vegetables which you put in it. The upright design of this masticating juicer makes it stand out from many other juicers available.
It takes up less room on your kitchen counter top and provides you with a wider feed to free up your time which would otherwise be spent cutting your juice ingredients.
It’s no surprise that here at the Juice Chief we highly recommend this juicer, and is in fact my favourite. You will notice I use this very juicer in my demonstration videos.
When it comes to juice quality, the Omega produces vegetable or fruit juices that are nutrient-rich because of the way it extracts the liquid.
It uses a dual process to first crush the fruits or vegetables and extract the juice and then administers a pressing action to squeeze every last drop of liquid in the food items being juiced; this results in an extremely dry pulp.
What is It Best For?
This juicer is best for juicing practically everything including leafy greens, wheatgrass, and fruits and vegetables including their stalks, skins, cores, stems, and peels. The Omega is regarded as one of the most efficient of all single auger-type masticating juicers.
The Omega has been exclusively designed for juicing purposes so expect excellent performance.
How long does it take for the Omega VRT350HD to produce juice? It depends on the type of food that you are juicing.
Fruits and vegetables that have high water content –grapes, tomatoes, apples, cucumbers, celery, cantaloupe, grapefruit, spinach, and broccoli, – will yield larger amounts of juice in a much shorter time than those with low water content such as potatoes, carrots, green peas, avocados, and bananas.
Power and Noise
The 80 RPM power which the Omega produces is directly proportional to the relatively quiet manner in which it operates (you can have a conversation without having to yell).
The slow processing action of this masticating juicer makes it less noisy than most centrifugal juicers.
Most centrifugal juicers will operate with the sound of 88 decibels.The Omega operates at a relatively low 68 decibels.
Ease of Use
This juicer is as easy to assemble, use, and clean. Its feeding funnel is large enough to accommodate nearly all types of fruits, albeit it is highly recommended that you first cut your vegetable or fruit into small chunks or pieces for it to pass more easily through the funnel.
Its Automatic Wiping System (ATS) ensures the juicer’s screen is free from excess pulp.
As you would expect from a premium juicer, the price of the omega VRT350HD isn't cheap, but the quality of the juice as well as the machine as a whole more than makes up for it.
Best Centrifugal Juicer
The Breville BJE200XL Juicer
The best centrifugal juicer in our opinion is the Breville BJE200XL with its powerful motor that operates at the awesome speed of 14,000 RPM for juicing efficiency.
Because of its compact design, which doesn’t even take all that much kitchen countertop space, this juicer is still able to accommodate top-of-the-line features such a centered-assembly dual knife blade and micromesh filters made of stainless steel.
The extra-fine mesh filter of this powerhouse juicer produces juice that is creamy, fine-textured, and free of sediments from the food item it juices.
In fact, the juice created by the Breville BJE200XL is indistinguishable from that extracted from more expensive juicer models.
What is It Best For?
You can pop carrots, cabbage, apples, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, and celery into it,skin, core, seeds, and all and still get velvety juice with all the nutrients intact.
You can turn hard and fibrous vegetables and fruits such as oranges, lemons, bok choy, and pineapple into silky-tasting juice in no time at all with this juicer.
This is especially important if your favorite juicing ingredients happen to be stringy and tough foods.
Because of the powerful 700-watt motor that can spin the juicer’s filter basket, it isn’t surprising that the Breville BJE200XL can extract eight ounces (or 250ml) of juice in just five seconds.
Its titanium cutting discs, surrounded by a filter made of Italian micro mesh, can extract juice from small apples in only three seconds.
The juicing speed of the Breville 200XL is capable of extracting 30% more juice than other juicers can.
Power and Noise
You would expect such a powerful juicer to emit an equally noisy sound, right? You couldn’t be more wrong. For all its intense juicing performance, the Breville 200XL,surprisingly, is less loud than most centrifugal juicers in its class.
The kind of noise it makes is common with juicers that have powerful motors but you can still hold a conversation while juicing with the Breville 200XL if that’s what you want to know.
Ease of Use
This centrifugal juicer is easy to assemble for use, disassemble for cleaning, and reassemble for storage.
A brush is included with the purchase of the Breville 200XL with which you can clean both the filter and blade.
The price of the BJE200XL is very affordable, and considering we rated it as the best centrifugal juicer to buy, we highly recommend it on price point alone. It won't disappoint.
Best Twin Gear Juicer
The Tribest Green Star Elite GSE-5000 Juicer
The Tribest Green Star Elite GSE-5000 is such a dependable and versatile workhorse that anybody will be pretty hard pressed to get anything better than this juicer.
The Tribest GSE5000 is for hardcore juicers whose juicing menu includes wheatgrass and nuts. Its 110 RPM motor drives its twin jumbo gear system so efficiently and effectively that there is practically nothing that you can put in this juicer which it will struggle with.
The Tribest GSE-5000 squeezes out between 50% and 100% of minerals in your juicing ingredients to give you unparalleled nutrition. How many juicers can boast of that?
What is It Best For?
Designed to excel at juicing leafy vegetables, wheatgrass, pine needles, nuts, and just about any soft or hard fruits and vegetables that you can think of (stringy and fibrous vegetables like corn, sweet potatoes, ginger, celery, Brussels sprouts, mango, and asparagus).
This juicer also allows you to process frozen berries and bananas and make sorbets and nut butters.
It really depends on what you are juicing. Expect a reported time frame of 30 minutes for 12 cups of leafy greens; that’s one cup per 2½ minutes of juice extraction which isn’t bad at all if you think about it (brewing coffee using a French press actually takes longer with a total brewing time of four minutes from beginning to end).
Power and Noise
The Tribest GSE-5000 does produce noise, like all juicers do, but the relatively slower speed capacity of its motor – 110 RPM -- helps to keep the noise level down.
Even under the heaviest of usage, the Tribest GSE-5000 is not likely to wake up anybody. And although it isn’t as quiet as a refrigerator when in operation, you can still hold a conversation while the Tribest GSE-5000 is juicing.
Ease of Use
The ease of use of this juicer has been made possible by the unique system design of its two gears: they operate like teeth. The gears are of class-A stainless system toensure they never come into contact with each other.
And to guarantee your control over the juicer, it has been equipped with a pressure adjustment system that lets you choose your fruits and vegetables without the typical hassle of internal clogging.
Yes, this juicer is expensive. Consider the amount you will spend on this juicer to be a good long-term investment for a high performance and durable kitchen appliance.
Best Manual Juicer
The Tribest Z-Star Z-510 Manual Juicer
Wheatgrass juicing disciples, rejoice: the versatile, lightweight, and portable Tribest Z- Star Z-510 Manual Juicer has come to fulfill your dream to drink wheatgrass juice whenever you want to.
The Z-510’s design uses a single auger to gently but efficiently extract the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from each and every blade of wheatgrass without using electricity (how’s that for being eco-friendly?).
There is no doubt that the quality of the juice produced by the Z-510 is top rate because it retains the important nutrients and essential vitamins and minerals of the juice.
While there is no motor power to operate this juicer, there is also no threat of juice oxidation, keeping the nutritive values and health benefits of the juice intact.
The only downside is that you have to work the juicer to extract the juice, literally.
What is It Best For?
The Z-510 works well with wheatgrass, as mentioned, leafy greens such as kale,spinach, and celery, herbs, barley grass, and soft vegetables and fruits.
Because you control how fast or how slow you want to go in extracting the juice, you can control how much or how little pulp you want to have. Because this juicer is operated manually,you can have your juice smooth and velvety or full-bodied and creamy.
Unfortunately as the Tribest Manual juicer has no engine, the speed of the juicing is dependent on you and how quickly you can extract the juice.
If you are the sort of person to make juices in large batches then the time frame could become quite long as your arms start to tire.
Power and Noise
The sound emitted by the Z-510 is, for all intents and purposes, not like centrifugal or masticating juicers which are easily recognizable as motor power is whirring away.
The noise a Z-510 makes, like any other manual juicer, is the cranking kind which you get from the rotating motion of a crankshaft.
Ease of Use
Here’s the catch: operating the Z-510 will require arm strength. Hard, tough or fibrousvegetables and fruits will also need a lot of muscle to be able to extract the amount ofjuice that you need.
But don’t let the “manual” aspect turn you off if only for one thing:with a manual juicer like Z-510, the nutrients in your juice will not degrade, meaning all the hand cranking would have paid off tremendously in the long run.
The price of the Tribest Z-Star Z-510 is very affordable. More expensive than some very entry level motorised juicers, however you certainly won't break the bank with this juicer.
Well there you have it. We hope that this article was useful for you in your quest to learning more about the various types of juicers on the market today.
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