Which Juicer Is Best For Me?
First of all, work out what fruit and vegetables you’d be using, how much space you’d have to use it and the timings and efficiency of the machine. If you are sticking to citrus fruits, then a press could work out cheaper, but for more solid ingredients such as carrots and celery then a centrifugal could work out the best.
You’ll also have to consider cost, and style may also be important if you’re fussy about the look of your appliances or want to stick to a colour theme or brand such as Smeg.
There are also three broad categories which all work differently:
What Is A Masticating Juicer?
Also known as a slow juicer, cold press, auger or gear juicer, they work by basically drilling and crushing the fruit to squeeze the juice out, and then pass this through a screen mesh to separate the pulp.
Because of this, they work quite slowly. But this also translates into a higher yield of juice, a quieter operation and a more smooth process.
It also means more nutrients and vitamins are present in the juice, as they aren’t crushed and damaged in operation. There are three types of masticating juicer; horizontal, vertical and twin gear.
They’re pretty easy to clean as the juice is squeezed as opposed to pureed, so not many bits stick in the mesh filters. Most people see them as the best all-round juicer.
What Is A Centrifugal Juicer?
These juicers typically have spinning blades which will spin against a filter and split the pulp and the juice into two separate containers.
They’re the most popular, often the cheapest and are the easiest to use as they’re a bit more accommodating regarding the size of fruit and vegetable you use, because they almost mash the fruit as opposed to squeezing it.
They’re seen as the quickest machines too, but with this comes a lot of noise and a lower yield than slower machines, so you could end up saving money on the machine cost but spending more on produce to make a definitive amount of juice.
What Is A Press Juicer?
Also known as a citrus press, these are your traditional juicers but with a twist.
Gone are the days you had to manually press and squeeze your oranges, lemons and grapefruits to get the juice out, and then strain the liquid to remove pulp and pips. These newer cold press machines we have featured are all electronic, which saves your arms from a lot of hard work.
Some may argue that they aren’t strictly juicers as they’re restricted to citrus-style fruit, but we have included some anyway as they’re still an easy, practical and space-saving alternative.
The power basically lets you know how fast it will be at doing its job. Slow juicers will likely have a wattage of around 200-500, and centrifugal upwards of 500 as they need a bit more force to work.
Centrifugal juicers are generally cheaper than masticating options, but the latter could perform better saving you money on produce in the long run.
When reviewing, we found that the most expensive wasn’t necessarily the best. We also thought that there wasn’t much difference in the prices across each subcategory, so it is best instead to look at the specifications and design.