What Types of Juicers are there?
You are looking to buy a juicer. Then you discover not only are there many different brands to choose from, there are also several different types of juicers.
This can really leave you feeling unsure in going ahead with a purchase. Let me remove the uncertainty for you and explain the different types of juicers and what their differences are as well as how to select the best one for your needs and that of your family.
Types of Juicers
There are generally 3 types of juicers available on the market. They are the centrifugal juicer, the masticating juicer and the lesser known triturating juicer, also known as the twin gear – so much complexity over a juicer! There are also other specific types of juicers, that we won’t discuss in this post (that’s for another day) but there are WheatGrass Juicers for juicing WheatGrass and there are also Citrus Juicers, some of these are manual ones and others are fancy electric ones. The world of juicing really has come a long way. But for today let’s take a look at what each of the main 3 types of juicers have to offer.
The centrifugal is a common juicer that is generally lower priced and is the most popular type of juicer. They are known as the fast juicer, as they really do pump out a lot of juice in a short time frame. You could call them workhorses!
Centrifugal juicers produce large yield amounts from produce and this is done by a spinning motion of a metal blade, similar to that of a blender and a bit like a washing machine motion, separating the juice from the pulp and ejecting them into 2 separate containers.
The biggest issue and concern with centrifugal juicers is that the fast spinning metal blade produces heat and this is known to kill off some amount of the naturally occurring enzymes in fruits and vegetables.
Pros of Centrifugal Juicers
- High yield of juice
- Fast to produce juice
- Generally easy to clean
- Handle hard produce such as carrots with ease
Cons of Centrifugal Juicers
- Noisy to use
- Juice doesn’t last long due to oxidation
- Non-versatile appliance, cannot be used for anything other than juicing.
Roundup on Centrifugal Juicers
Centrifugals are a great common and easy to find juicer at a great entry price if a noisy appliance is not of concern to you and you are not needing to make large batches of juice in advance as the juice won’t last long due to oxidation. If you’re a first time juicer and not looking to make juice often, on a daily bases then a centrifugal such as the Cuisinart CJE-1000 Die-Cast Juice Extractor maybe right for you.
Also known as slow juicers. Masticating juicers crush produce with an auger (looks a bit like a corkscrew) against a steel mesh screen to produce the juice. No blades are used with a masticating juicer. This is done at slow speed hence the name slow juicer and very little heat is produced. The lack of heat assists in making the oxidation process take place slower than with a centrifugal juicer. Giving you a nutritious juice with a longer lifespan.
Pros of Masticating Juicers
- Generally very quiet to use
- No blades, so no chance of cutting yourself accidentally when cleaning or assembling the machine.
- Longer juice life as no oxidation occurs with masticating juicers due to the slow speed of juice extraction.
- You can make larger batches of juice and store them in a glass bottle in the fridge for up to 72 hours.
Cons of Masticating Juicers
- Generally more expensive than centrifugal juicers.
- Can leave juice with a bit more pulp.
- Slower to extract juice.
Roundup on Masticating Juicers
Masticating juicers are the best for the serious juicer. A bit more expensive than the centrifugal and a bit more time consuming to juice but the actual juice can be stored and lasts longer, enabling you to not have to juice each day if you choose.
This type of juicer is far less common than the centrifugal and masticating juicers. It is also known as a twin gear juicer as it operates with 2 augers instead of one, like the masticating juicer. It works by the gears interlocking with each other and spinning inwards, crushing all produce that is placed between them. The Triturating Juicer works well with all fruits and vegetables, no matter hard or soft. Leafy greens do particularly well with this type of juicer due to the interlocking gear system extraction method.
Pros of Triturating Juicers
- Long juice shelf life
- Quiet to operate
- Blade-free juice extraction
- Top quality nutrient dense juice
- Foam free juice
Cons of Triturating Juicers
- Can be costly
- Longer to clean due to having more removable parts
- More time needed to learn to assemble
Roundup on Triturating Juicers
If you’re looking for a complex juicer that will give the most nutrient dense juice, then consider a triturating juicer. As long as the extra cleaning time and learning curve for assembly are not issues for you as well as the larger entry price to buy one of these juicers this could very well be suited to your needs.
Each juicer type has it’s pros and cons as you have read. My choice hands down is the masticating juicer. I love fresh juice that has a reasonable shelf life and totally love the quietness a masticating juicer provides. Not to mention the blade free juice extraction.
Until next time,