Juicer Machine Review and Comparisons

One of the most fundamental actions that you can take to significantly improve your vitality and that of your family also, is to increase the amount of living foods that you consume. An easy and quick way to consume a larger quantity of these very such foods is to juice them.  Consuming both juiced fruit and vegetables couldn’t be simpler when you use a professional juicer.  Buying a juicer machine can be a big decision, so before you buy, it is essential to compare juicers to ensure that you have made the right choice for your needs, so check out this juicer machine review.

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The best advice I can give you when you’re looking to buy a juicer, is to do your research.  But, I hear you say, you’ve come to

this site to find the results of that research.

The juicer machine review published on this site, will help you in your selection of an appropriate juicer machine to best suit your needs and budget.  The information and reviews provided on this site are independent ones, to help you collate unbiased information about the relevant product and to aid in your well informed buying decision.  If you learn about the different types of juicer first and can compare them, your initial purchase will be right for you and you will undoubtedly be financially better off.  Learning about juicers and all of their relevant features can help you compare them in order to purchase the best juicer machine for your needs.

For example, if you plan to juice whole fruits and vegetables on a regular and daily basis, you will need to purchase a very different type of juicing machine than someone who is only planning to juice occasionally.  Whether you have recently started juicing and are a complete beginner, or are an experienced juicer, and want to juice regularly and incorporate fruit and vegetable juices into your daily diet, then there are some things you can learn about the different types of juicers and the specific features of each.  Other factors you may wish to consider could include ease of cleaning, the noise level and level of power.

Juicer Machine Review:

Main Types of Juicer

Unfortunately (some would say) there is a confusingly wide range of juicing machines available from retailers, so it is no surprise that people get confused when they want to buy a juicer – there are six main categories of juicers and obviously many more manufacturers, resulting in a massive range of juicer machines to choose from!

Clearly each manufacturer will claim that they make the best juicer and each sales outlet will claim that they sell the best juicers, so it is no wonder that we can get easily confused when we try to compare juicers.

Some quick and simple research to compare juicers initially is useful.  When you understand the various features and functions, everything will seem so much clearer.

The six main types of juicers are: centrifugal juicers, citrus juicers, manual or hand press juicers, single gear or masticating juicers, twin gear juicers (also known as triturating juicers)  and wheatgrass juicers. Each category has its own specific features.

Centrifugal Juicers

Centrifugal juicers are generally the cheapest of all the types of juice machines available and are a popular choice for people new to juicing.

These juicers operate in a very similar manner to the spinning cycle of a standard washing machine, in that the juice is extracted by the high speed spinning just as water is extracted from wet washing.

Centrifugal juicers are excellent for extracting juice from fruits and vegetables, but not for herbs, leafy greens or wheatgrass. The food is treated in a manner than emulates a grating process and then it is spun to extract the juice.

The juice produced from a centrifugal juicer should generally be consumed as soon as it is made as the oxidation process here is pretty quick.


Citrus (Citrus Press) Juicers

breville citrus press

breville citrus press

Citrus juicers are designed to juice specific citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, grapefruits, oranges, clementines, tangerines, etc.

Many juicers cannot handle citrus components such as pips, their membrane or pith and tough skin or peel, but citrus juicers are designed with this in mind.

These juicers work by half of the fruit being pressed down onto a rotating, ribbed cone which pushes the juice out of the fruit. Some models require the fruit to be pressed down by hand, whilst others have a component part which holds the fruit in place over the spinning cone for you.

As you learn more about juicing, you will discover that a citrus juicer is a good way to optimize extraction of nutrients available from within the fruit, such as for example: pectin, which is a soluble fibre and which can aid the reduction of high cholesterol.


Manual or Hand Press Juicers

The manual or hand press juicers require no electricity, they are very simple to operate but the fruit does need to be chopped into small sized pieces and vegetables again, need to be either chopped up small or shredded. This is a slow process as the juice is squeezed out of the produce, through cheesecloth, under pressure.  The juice is virtually pulp free and the resulting pulp is usually very dry.


Masticating (Single Gear) Juicers

Masticating juicers, sometimes referred to as single-gear juicing machines or single auger juicers, are very efficient for juicing most fruits (including citrus fruits), vegetables and even wheatgrass and tend to yield better quality vegetable and fruit juices than centrifugal juicers.  A good masticating juicer can juice wheat grass and and other leafy greens, too.

This type of juicer, as its adjective name suggests, chews, grinds and crushes fruits and vegetables into a soft pulp through its slow and mechanical process. So allowing the cellular structure ie, the fibrous cell walls, of the produce to be crushed, and the fibre broken down, ensuring all the nutrients are protected and released into the juice. This is one of the better types of machine for those of you who intend continually heavy use involving a large range of fresh foods. These juicers have a tendency to clog however when processing fruits alone. The machine needs the type of fibre contained within vegetables to help push the pulp forward so this type of juicer is excellent when juicing a combination of fruit and vegetables.

For this type of juicing, I would recommend cutting the produce into relatively small sized pieces before juicing and alternating between the fruit and vegetable pieces.

The central part of a masticating juicer is the auger and it is this that pushes the produce forward, whilst tearing and grinding it into a paste before pushing it through a fine-mesh stainless steel strainer to separate the juice from the pulp. The end result is a denser, pulpier and more fibrous juice than that achieved from a centrifugal juicer.

One of the main differences between masticating juicers and centrifugal juicer machines, is that the masticating machine works at a lower speed of between 80 and 120 rpm so it generates significantly less heat throughout the juicing process.

Masticating juicers can ultimately be a little more time consuming, however the slower operation ensures a quieter process and ultimately the juice has a longer shelf life with maximum nutritional content due to less oxidation.

Twin Gear (Triturating) Juicers

A twin gear juicer is also known as a triturating juicer.  It is designed to crush and grind the produce to extract not only the juice, but all of the enzymes and nutrients contained within.  Oxidation of your juice will be virtually nil and when this type of juicer is used properly, the foam produced is pretty much non-existent. The resultant juice is richer in color because the mechanism breaks up more of the phytochemicals from within the produce.

triturating-twin-gears A twin-gear juicer is named exactly that because it has two gears.  These gears are interlocking and are aligned very close together (see image right).  They rotate inwards at a fairly slow speed of between approx. 80 and 160 rpm (so it is relatively quiet compared to a centrifugal juicer), crushing and pressing the fruit and vegetables as they do so, tearing open the cell membranes to release the juice and nutritional content from within the fibres.

This differs from both centrifugal and masticating juicers where the action shreds the produce inserted.  Because twin gear juicers run at a relatively low speed, less heat is produced, reducing oxidation, and the result means that more enzymes and nutrients remain closer to their original and natural form.

With some twin gear models the juice produced can be stored overnight and still retain its high nutritional content.eeding leafy and softer produce into a triturating juicer is generally quite easy because they tend to self-feed as the gears rotate inwards. However, harder produce might require a little manual force.

A twin-gear juicer has a slightly higher juice yield than that of a single gear, masticating juicer.Some twin-gear juicers have extra attachments for various non-juicing uses, however, they can be fairly cumbersome when used as a food processor.

Wheatgrass Juicers

A wheat grass juicer will extract juice from this specific grass, slowly, using a press method. The slow press action is preferable to high speed extraction as it prevents damage to enzymes which can also be destroyed by the heat produced at the higher speeds of alternative juicer machines.

Wheatgrass juicers turn relatively slowly – at 80-120 rpm, whereas high speed juicers, which turn at approx. 1000 rpm, are not recommended for grass juicing, firstly due to clogging of the machinery due to the high fibre content of the grass, and secondly that the heat can be damaging to the natural juices extracted from wheatgrass.

– Manual Wheatgrass Juicers

If you are a serious wheatgrass juice drinker then you will need a manual wheatgrass juicer which is designed specifically for juicing wheatgrass. These machines cannot cope with vegetables other than delicate ‘grass-like’ plants and they don’t juice fruits. So if you drink wheatgrass juice, this is the machine for you.

– Electric Wheatgrass Juicers

There are two types of electric wheatgrass juice machines:

1. the dedicated wheatgrass juicer – which is designed specifically to juice wheatgrass and similarly delicate greens.

2. the multi functional / multi-purpose electric juicer – which is designed to handle many types of vegetables (such as beetroot (soft), celery (fibrous), carrots (hard) and leafy greens (stringy)) along with fruits (including citrus, apples, pineapples, etc) and extracts the juice from these various types of produce by a slow, mechanical process, protecting the nutrients from oxidation as it juices.

This electric juicer, able to handle wheatgrass, is a masticating type of machine, and can be either single auger or twin gear.With all of this information in mind, you will now be able to make a better informed buying choice.

You may find however, that a few more factors will be of importance when choosing your new juicer.

For example:

Cleaning – the time involved in washing a juicer’s parts after you have used it can vary, depending on the complexity of the juicer. An average juicer can have between 4 and 7 parts, all of which require cleaning. Whilst a citrus press can be cleaned with a quick rinse under the tap, a juicer with higher functionality and more features will take a lot longer to wash. Some component parts may be dishwasher safe and it is always best to check this before purchasing, unless you are happy to wash the parts by hand.

Noise level – this much depends on the power of the juicer’s motor. A more powerful motor will produce a higher noise level. The importance of the noise level factor can only be lead by your situation and personal preference. If you don’t mind the high volume of a powerful motor and and you have no-one to complain about it, then it is not important, but if you and others find the loud noise annoying, this factor must be assessed when considering the effectiveness of your new juicer.

Power – the amount of power required much depends on the type of produce you wish to juice. The harder the produce, such as carrots, the higher the power needed. Anything over 400 watts should be more than adequate.

Cost – not necessarily seen as a main factor when looking to buy a juicer because there are so many available at a hugely differing prices, however the higher quality, higher functionality juicers, will be more expensive.

Ultimately, your personal preferences will determine which juicing machine you purchase, however, I do hope that you have found this juicer machine review information useful and that it has helped to clarify a few basics to assist you with your purchasing decision.  Happy Juicing!

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07. August 2010 by Sue
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