Choosing a juicer can seem like a daunting task at first. How does a juicer work? What is the best juicer on the market for your family? What is the best juicer for the money you have available? What are the different types of juicers?
I made some mistakes when I started to juice. I went for the really small, low-cost juicers at first and they were simply not up to juicing for a family of four. Now I have one of the Breville Juice Fountain juicers. This machine does the job beautifully, quickly and is easy to rinse clean. Let me see if I can help you to find the best juicer on the market for your needs.
Buying a juicer is a very personal decision. It depends on a whole range of issues, such as the quality of the extracted juice, the noise level of the juicer, how easy it is to use and to clean and the types of fruits and vegetables you would like to be able to juice.
How Does A Juicer Work?
You need to understand that juicers and blenders don't work in the same way. A blender is superb for smoothies, but simply chops up the produce. A juicer on the other hand, extracts juice from the fiber of the fruits and vegetables in a number of different ways. A centrifugal juicer, for instance, does so by spinning the produce. Other juicers do this by 'chewing' the produce via a gear system.
The main benefit of a juicer is that, by extracting the juice from the fiber, it gives your body access to much more of the nutrients in the fruits and vegetables. These become super-easy for your body to take up, as it has been pre-digested in a sense. Juicing recipes allow you to rev up your intake of fruits and vegetables big time!
What Is The Best Juicer On The Market For Your Family?
Let's take a quick look at some of the factors you might want to consider. You may also want to look at some juicer comparisons before making your choice.
1. How Easy Will It Be To Use Your Machine?
For me, this is one of the most important aspects. If the juicing process isn't quick and fairly painless, I know I won't be doing it regularly! So, I opted for a Breville Juice Fountain Elite that is really simple to use. I wanted one with a generously sized feeding chute, in order to minimize preparation time. I don't want to waste precious time cutting veggies into smaller chunks. Feeding the produce into this ravenous juicer machine, is also super fast.
Also check that the machine is light enough to handle with ease and that you will be able to assemble it on your own without any trouble.
2. Cleaning Your Juicer
For me, how easy it is to clean the juicer is another crucial issue. I am sure that, like me, you don't have time to spend an hour scrubbing finicky nooks and crannies every time you use your juicer. You probably want to know that the machine's parts only require a quick rinse and brush. If you choose a machine with a white housing, stains may be more noticeable over time. However, remember that build-up of mineral deposits on your juicer's surfaces is a given. It is just part of juicing and you won't be able to clean it all off every single time you juice. Then the process will become much too time-consuming.
3. Your Juice Extractor And Nutrient Retention
The higher the RPM's of your machine, the more heat will be generated, leading to loss of nutrients. With a centrifugal juicer, such as the Breville Juice Fountain Elite, this is an unfortunate drawback. Juicers like the Norwalk and the twin gear Greenstar juicer claim to create 'healthier' juice. However, the juicing process is much more complicated and cleaning is more involved. So, I chose to opt for a simple, easy-to-use centrifugal model. Daily juicing is more important than a few enzymes lost here and there...
4. Doing A Comparison
A centrifugal model comes with a type of shredder that spins at a high speed. The spinning forces the juice out of the fiber and into a container. At the same time, the pulp is separated into a basket. These juicers have fewer movable parts, can manage most fruits and veggies and are generally easier to clean. However, while they allow you to come up with some of the best juicing recipes, they don't have other functions.
The masticating juicers (twin gear models like the Greenstar or single gear machines) operate at lower speeds and are therefore often better for nutrient retention. They have a 'chewing' kind of action. The juicing process is usually slower and cleaning can also be more difficult. They can also be more expensive. A benefit is that many of them come with other functions such as making pasta, baby food making and nut butters. So, they are more versatile.
Of course, you can also opt for citrus juicers, sugar cane juicers and manual wheat grass juicers.
5. Juicing For A Family
If you only have to juice for yourself, you can probably get by with quite a small juicer at first. For a family of four you need something that has a bit more bite. When juicing for a family, feeding tiny chunks of veggies into a small juicer will take forever and you are likely to discover that the motor isn't tough enough to cope with the load. In the long run it will be more cost-effective to opt for a larger model. Even if you plan to juice only for one person, a more robust machine may give better value over time.
6. Types Of Juicing Recipes You Want To Prepare
You need to consider exactly what you want to juice. Some of the centrifugal juicers don't do so well with leafy greens, although the stronger models can usually handle these with ease. If you plan to prepare wheatgrass juice recipes, you will need a dedicated wheatgrass juicer. Did you know that you can even get a sugar cane juicer for sweet sugar cane juice?
7. Your Juicer's Noise Level
Some of the centrifugal juicer machines may be very noisy during use. Ask for a demonstration of the machine, in order to find out if this will bother you.
8. Warranty Period
Juicing can be tough on the motor, so make sure that you get a juice extractor with a satisfactory warranty period. The warranty often is an indication of the quality of the juicer.
What is the best juicer on the market for your family? It will be the one that has you juicing frequently! Take your time and make sure that the one you choose will be one you want to leave on a counter, to be used daily.
Juicing should never become a chore you find excuses to avoid. Your juicer should be so inviting that you feel like experimenting with juicing recipes often! Have fun while doing it!