If you’re reading this post then chances are that you’re looking to get information regarding juicers.
If you are asking yourself “what is the best kind of juicer” – whether masticating, centrifugal or citrus – then we definitely have information here that will help you decide!
Let’s get started so you can learn everything there is to know about juicers.
There Are Two Main Types of Juicers: Centrifugal and Masticating
The two main types of juicers are masticating and centrifugal.
Masticating juicers break down your food and press every last ounce of juice out of them reducing the oxidation and maximising the amount of juice you get.
Centrifugal juicers tend to shred the food apart more quickly, deliver juice more quickly but ultimately add more air into the mix making your food spoil more quickly.
Check out this quick video on the differences:
Which one will suit your needs best will come down to various factors including:
- How much time do you have to invest into juicing everyday?
- Do you want to get the most amount of juice possible?
- Vitamin and mineral retention will always be better with masticating juicers, albeit at the expense of taking more time.
- Centrifugal juicers will whip up your juice much quicker but at the expense of not getting as much juice out of your food and destroying vital nutrients.
Centrifugal Juicers: The Good, The Bad and the “M”ugly
Getting juice into your mug is undoubtedly going to be so much faster with this type of juicer, however, you’ll be spinning the blades so fast and creating so much heat that the nutrients can and will break down.
For this reason, we’d recommend you snap up a great centrifugal unit if time is your number one priority in the kitchen and getting things done as quickly as possible.
The thing about this type of juicer also is that the blades spin very quickly to shred up your food and produce the juice that a lot of air gets introduced making your juice more likely to spoil quickly.
We know that air is the culprit for your food spoiling, and keeping it to a minimum is ideal.
The unit featured on the right here (or below if you’re on a smartphone) is the
Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain acting as an example of what they look like.
It’s a high quality unit, and can still produce pretty impressive juice at a very reasonable cost.
If you’re interested you can check it out here.
PROS OF CENTRIFUGAL JUICERS:
- You can make juice very quickly and hassle-free to save yourself time
- Only a small amount of food gets wasted during the process
- Units in this category are usually cheaper than the masticating counterparts
- The large feeder tubes means you don’t have to chop down your food a lot saving even more time
- Blades spin very fast introducing heat which breaks down nutrients
- The added air makes your food spoil faster
- Some juice gets wasted because of the design ultimately wasting a bit more of your money on more fruits and veggies
Masticating Juicers: The Juice “Master”
We truly believe that masticating juicers are the best option for those willing to spare some more time to make high-quality juice.
See, in our minds, if you’re already going to invest some money and your time into making great juice at home, why not choose a machine that will deliver the best possible juice quality for you, your family and your friends to enjoy.
Masticating juicers deliver juice by first shredding it up and then pressing it out with the use of an auger.
Generally speaking, you get much more juice out of your food, less air is introduced and your juice will taste better, retain more nutrition and also last longer.
The unit we’ve featured to the right is one of the most popular masticating juicers available.
It’s the Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer and you can learn more about that here.
PROS OF MASTICATING JUICERS:
- More nutrition gets preserved thanks to the use of a “pressing auger”
- Juice tastes better
- Your juice will last much longer because no additional air gets introduced
- Low-spinning motor does not generate heat meaning the nutrition does not get as broken down as it does with centrifugal juicers
- Higher quality units with BPA-Free materials means you’re getting the best possible experience available
- Juice takes a little bit longer to make
- Some masticating juicers have smaller food chutes meaning you may have to chop down your food a little bit
- Some units are pricier than centrifugal units but for the most part you can find a pretty great deal
Citrus Juicers: Oranges, Limes, Lemons, Grapefruits and More…
Citrus juicers are a special type of juicer and as you can imagine their speciality lies in juicing your favourite citrus fruits.
Reasons you might consider juicing citrus fruits include:
- Making orange juice (obviously…)
- Using lime juice in a variety of recipes including
- aiolis or dips
- mixed drinks
- A lot of Greek food uses lime and/or lemon juice so that could be a great thing for you if you’re into Greek food (like I am since I grew up with it)
- Making lemonade
- … so much more (check out these awesome lemon recipe ideas)
If you find yourself having the requirement to frequently juice a lot of citrus fruits then getting a specialised citrus-only juicer will be the best way to go.
You’ll get more juice out of your foods and therefore have less waste and spend less money in the long run.
It’s a win-win situation in our minds!
The Breville 800CPXL Die-Cast Stainless-Steel Motorized Citrus Press is one of the best citrus juicers on the market used by hundreds of pro chefs and hundreds of highly satisfied online shoppers!
Alright Mike, I’ve Heard Enough… Let Me See A Sample Recipe Already!
This is probably one of our favourite juice recipes from AllRecipes.
It’s a great way to get a very nutritious and delicious snack into your daily diet routine whether you’re losing fat, building muscle or just maintaining!
Juicing sometimes takes the monotony out of eating boring fruits by allowing you to consume them in a different fashion.
Toss the cucumbers and the watermelon into one of your favourite juicers.
Stir in the lime and serve over ice if you choose – and serve!
Nutritional Information per Serving (4 Servings Total):
You Have to Decide How Much You Want to Spend
It doesn’t really matter which unit you decide on because most of the time they’re very similar in price.
However, if you truly want a high quality device we always recommend spending as much as you can afford because that way you will get the most for your money.
For the most part, we recommend using masticating juicers as you will get the best experience this way – but again, it’s going to depend on the pros and cons that we talked about above.
You will have to decide what course of action is going to be best for you and make your decision accordingly.
For an in-depth guide on how to choose the best juicer for you based on your needs, the space you have and your budget, check out our handy Juicer Buyer’s Guide here:
Michael and Co.