So, you have discovered juicing, or you have been juicing for a while and you want to get yourself a new juicer. So you ask yourself, what juicer do I want or need?
The first question you need to ask is, what do I want to juice? What do I need my juicer to do for me?
For example, if you want to juice mostly green leafy vegetables and herbs then you would be better off buying a slow masticating juicer.
Whereas if you want to just juice in general then you can easily get by with a centrifugal juicer.
You also have to consider cost, a masticating juicer in general is going to be more expensive than a centrifugal juicer.
Next you need to decide how much time you’ll have to spend juicing. Depending on how much time you have you might want to get a juicer which is very quick to clean. Also you want to get a juicer with a wide feeding shoot so as you don’t have to cut up your produce as much, preferably a juicer which you can fit whole apples into.
Masticating juicers tend to be more time consuming than centrifugal juicers, however they do usually give you more juice in the end.
Another thing to consider is that some people complain that the spinning blades of a centrifugal juicer can heat up the juice therefor killing some of the enzymes in your juice, but the slow masticating juicers stay cooler and keep most of the enzymes intact.
I would recommend if you’re new to juicing or on a budget to get a centrifugal juicer which is easy to clean and has a wide feeding shoot. This will be the best machine to introduce what juicing can do for you. Also I think centrifugal juicers are more fun.
This Breville would be a great juicer to start off with, click the image to check it out. It's a good option because it has a nice wide feeding shoot, it's easy to clean, dishwasher safe and has several different speed settings which are labeled so as you know what speed you'd need for citrus fruits as apposed to hard root vegetables and everything in-between. If the price is too steep for you then don't worry, there are loads of cheaper juicers which will get the job done too.
If you are a juicing veteran then you might want to spend a bit more money and get yourself a nice masticating juicer. There are upright slow juicers which have wide feeding shoots which give you a lot of bang for your buck. Plus they are generally easy to clean and easy to use too.
This is a good example of an upright slow masticating juicer, click the picture to check it out. It's a bit more expensive than a centrifugal juicer but you really do get what you pay for in terms of quality with your juices, it has a wide feeding shoot which is rare for slow juicers. I have a juicer very similar to this one and they are very quick and easy to clean. There is also an attachment to this juicer which will allow you to make frozen fruit sorbets, absolutely gorgeous in the summer
But at the end of the day, the best juicer for you is the one that you use regularly.
I hope this helps answer any questions you might have had, if I missed anything you wanted to know about juicers please feel free to leave a comment or visit me on my facebook page ‘Juicing With Dan’.
Thanks for reading and as always, have a nice day
Daniel Carton (Juicing With Dan)