With the health benefits of juicing becoming better known, you may be ready to take the plunge and purchase a juicer. There are two main categories of juicers: centrifugal juicers or masticating juicers.
Their names come from their method of operation. Simply put, a centrifugal juicer grates or shreds fruits and vegetables inside a spinning area. Centrifugal force separates the juice from the pulp. On the other hand, a masticating juicer does what it sounds like – it “chews” or crushes the fruits and vegetables as you push the cut-up pieces through a tube. Juice pours out one area while the pulp is pushed out through another.
Centrifugal juicers tend to be the less expensive option. While they can handle most fruits and vegetables, they do not tend to do as good a job on greens. So if you are looking for health benefits from spinach, kale, or other dark greens, you may want to forgo a centrifugal model.
The masticating juicer tends to do a better job of actually extracting the juice. The pulp that gets pushed out will perhaps be drier than you expect because so much juice has been extracted.
That’s something to bear in mind if you’re concerned about the higher price tag of the masticating juicer. While it may cost more than a smaller centrifugal model, it’s more efficient at extracting juice.
There is also some consensus that the juice it extracts will have a longer shelf-life because it was made at a lower speed with less heat. The general understanding is that the centrifugal juicers’ higher speeds cause more foaming and oxidation in the juice that’s produced, which can cause damage to the enzymes and nutrients. Thus the juice may have slightly less nutritive value and a shorter shelf-life.
Let’s look at a full breakdown of the Pros and Cons for each type of juicer.
- Fast juicing, takes less time than masticating juicers.
- Easy to clean. Mostly dishwasher safe.
- Handles large fruit chunks easily.
- The compact vertical design takes less counter space.
- Cheaper than masticating juicers.
- Excellent for busy/large families, events/parties — faster juicing and less food preparation time.
- Not too good with leafy greens and wheatgrass.
- Extracts less juice than masticating juicers.
- Less nutritional value. High speed and speed affect the quality of the juice.
- Juice may have more foam.
- Higher noise level. The high-speed motor results in more noise.
- Shorter juice lifespan. Juice from centrifugal machines needs to be consumed immediately.
- Better at extracting juice than centrifugal juicers. Higher juice yield.
- Very good at juicing leafy green vegetables.
- Higher nutritional value due to slow-speed mastication.
- Can be used for herb mincing, coffee grinding, baby food preparation, etc
- Juice has less foam.
- It is less noisy because it has slow grinding motors, due to which the noise level is very low.
- Longer shelf life. The juice can be stored for more than 72 hours as there will be no oxidation.
- Slow. Takes longer to juice than centrifugal juicers.
- More expensive. Prices can be much higher than centrifugal juicers.
- Needs more effort. Fruit and vegetables must be chopped into smaller pieces before putting them in the juicer.
- Bulkier. Their larger lie-flat design occupies more counter space.
So What Type of Juicer Should I Choose?
It’s simple. Consider the pros and cons of each juicer type and make a decision based on that. I will make it, even more, easier for you.
Are you going to be mostly juicing leafy vegetables and grass? Is it very important that you juice greens every single time you use a juicer? Is the nutritional value of vegetables of greatest importance to you?
If the answer to all three questions is yes — pick a masticating juicer.
Are you mostly juicing watery fruits and only occasionally adding in vegetables? Do you like to get your juice fast without waiting too long?
If the answer is yes — choose a centrifugal juicer.
If you can afford it, buy both types of juicers. Get a centrifugal AND a masticating juicer. There are obvious pros and cons to each and they can complement each other very well. For example, if you’re doing fruit juice for a large gathering or party… use a centrifugal juicer. If you’re doing a hardcore vegetable-only juice and have more time to spare, bring out the masticating juicer and work with that.
But if you can only buy ONE juicer, look at the pros and cons above and then make your decision based on that.
Convenience Of Using Juicers
Masticating, centrifugal, and triturating juicers are the three main types of electrical juicers that can be purchased at various stores around the world.
Owning and using any of these different types of juicers in your home is a very convenient way to obtain the maximum amount of nutrients from all sorts of raw vegetables and fruits as well as wheatgrass.
By taking a few minutes to use your electrical juicer to produce fresh juice in your own home, you can save yourself some money, especially if you grow some of the foods on your property, even if it means just having a few plants in a window garden.
It may not seem like you are saving money when you have to spend a hundred or more dollars to purchase your juicer, but once the juicer is purchased you will be saving money on the price of fruit and vegetable juices that you would have been buying at the store.
You will not be paying for the processing, packaging, storage, and display of containers of fruit or vegetable juice that are inferior to the juices that you are capable of producing with your juicer.
Whether the product is acquired from your garden or a store, you can still save money by making all sorts of nutritious drinks in the comfort of your kitchen.
Using and cleaning a juicer does not take much time from your day. In just a few minutes, you can supplement your diet and the diet of your family members with a glass of homemade juice. Some people claim that certain vegetable juices have curative properties for physical ailments.
Whether or not that is true, the juices that you make are more nutrient-rich than those that can be purchased at a store. Drinking a glass of homemade juice will give your body a boost of vitamins and minerals and other essential nutrients that it might not get from your regular diet.
Just having those vitamins daily will help you feel better and be healthier. Most of the juicers that are sold today are quite easy to clean so there is no worry of having a huge mess to deal with when the juicing session is completed.
Another way that using a juicer is convenient is the fact that you can make the juice whenever you want to have a very healthy drink. As time goes by, the juice that you make will slowly lose some of the nutrients through oxidation which occurs when the juice is exposed to the air.
Although some homemade vegetable juices can be stored in the refrigerator for a limited amount of time, it is best if they are consumed immediately after being made. If it is necessary to store the homemade vegetable juice, the container needs to be filled to the brim and tightly sealed so that there is no access to air that would leach out the nutrients and the juice should be consumed within a few hours of processing.