WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT JUICERS?
You need the right juicer to turn all that fresh, yummy produce into delicious juice. There are two basic types of juicers: centrifugal and cold-press (aka masticating).
This is what you see prominent juice advocates like Joe Cross use. It uses a very fast spinning disc to extract juice.
Good for: trying out juicing
Juicing: more fruits, less greens
Volume: a few juices a week
• Easy prep. the intake hole is really wide, so you don't need to cut very much
• Fast. The machine grinds up produce really fast, so you make juice really fast
• Easy clean up. Parts are easily rinsed
• Cheap to get started. A good entry-level machine will cost $100
• Highly Perishable. High Speed = High Oxidation. The juice you make needs to be consumed immediately.
• Produce Waste. High Speed = more wasted produce and less juice yield
• Less nutritious. Heat and oxidation destroys nutrients
Cold Pressed (Masticating) Juicer
Most high end juice bars and cold-pressed juices come from this type. Home versions use an auger (screw) to cut and juice.
Good for: juicing large quantities
Juicing: more greens, less fruit
Volume: a least a juice a day
• High juice yield. with the biggest difference being soft leafy greens
• Max nutrition. Cold-pressed juice is at least 10% more nutritious than juice made from a centrifugal juicer
• Max storage. Cold-pressed juice will keep for at least 3 days refrigerated. You can store large batches of juice at a time.
• Lots of prep. You have to cut produce much smaller, so prep time is longer.
• Slow. The process is deliberately slow. You have to wait for the produce to be slowly smashed and pressed into juice.
• Expensive. An entry level machine starts at $200
WHICH JUICER IS THE BEST?
We'll have to go with a cop-out answer here.
The best juicer is the one that will fit your lifestyle.
If you like making juice every day, with a mix of fruits and veggies, then a centrifugal juicer will work well for you.
If you like to drink juice daily, but only have time a couple times a week to juice, then a cold-press (masticating) juicer will work well for you. Or if you want to make a lot of dense leafy green juices, a cold-press (masticating) juicer will give you the best juice.
Whatever juicer you select will be a good choice as long as you keep up you new habit.