Which juicer is right for you?
July 3rd, 2011
Submitted by raw chef, Stephen Hauptfur
During Brad’s Raw 7 day juice fast challenge, there were quite a few questions about juicers and which one is best to get. Depending on where you are at with juicing, if you are new to juicing, curious and want to try it out, or if you know for sure that you will be juicing for a long time to come, there are a few things to consider and I have different suggestions.
If you are new to juicing and want to try it out at home, there are quite a few less expensive juicers that work very well. Some extract juice better than others but in general, they are all pretty comparable. Keep in mind, with the lower end of the juicers you will not have many options to expand later on but they will get the job done and hopefully will become a bridge to a more active juicing routine and another, more qualified juicer purchase in the future.
If, however, you are pretty sure already that you will be juicing quite a lot and for some time to come, I would seriously recommend thinking about other longer term options, such as, the quality of juice you really want along with how much juice and how frequently, you will be making juice..
Centrifugal vs Masticating juicer:
Choose a Centrifugal or Masticating style juicer based on what you will be juicing. A Centrifugal juicer uses a spinning motion to grind the fruit or vegetables into pulp and then push the juice out from the center of rotation. Masticating juicers use a slow grinding-kneading motion to squeeze out the juice. So, something to consider, will you be juicing more fruits or greens? If greens are your thing with smaller amounts of fruits, a Masticating juicer would be better for your needs. If the opposite, more fruits and less greens, then a centrifugal juicer is ok for your use.
Centrifugal or Masticating style juicer based on the quantity of juices you will be producing, meaning, is it just you or a whole household that you will be making juices for.. If it’s just you, a Masticating juicer is fine, however, if you will be making 4-5 or more juices each time and especially multiple times a day, you may want to go with a Centrifugal juicer as they are much quicker equaling less time spent making the juice..
Another thing to consider, here in the raw world especially, the quality of the juice or Nutrient value you are getting from the fruits & vegetables you are juicing. A Centrifugal juicer spins very fast and it is said the high speed can produce too much heat which can damage the enzymes in the juice. I cannot confirm or deny this statement, one thing that is for sure though, a Masticating juicer will definitely not create the same friction that a centrifugal juicer does.
Centrifugal juicers tend to cost less in the short term, however, they operate less efficiently while Masticating juicers work much more efficiently, requiring less vegetables to create more juice. As a result, you spend less on vegetables over the long term than you would with a Centrifugal juicer.
A Masticating juicer is much more versatile than a Centrifugal juicer, as a Masticating juicer squeezes the items you put into it, you can also use a Masticating juicer to(with blank plate attachment) make baby food, grind nuts and seeds into butters, process ice creams and with a bag attachment, grains into flours..
Finally, there is what many consider to be the ultimate in juicing health, or if you will, the Rolls Royce of juicers: the Norwalk hydraulic press. Originally made in 1934, according to their own site, it produces 50-100% more juice than other juicers from the same quantity of produce with little to no heat or oxidation, minimizing loss of enzymes & nutrient value.
Centrifugal (At the low end $40 – 100 or so) the Jack Lalanne series is good, Cuisinart and Waring all make good in-expensive Centrifugal models as well.
Commercial Centrifugal juicers can be as expensive as the Norwalk press, but they are designed for high out put hours and hours a day.
Masticating juicers ($200 – 600) are more expensive but more versatile. Champion, Greenstar and Omega all make great juicers.
The Norwalk hydraulic press ($2,500) would be a serious commitment for many but definitely an investment in your overall lifetime of good health.