Get the low down on the best juicer to buy this year!
Cold Press, Centrifugal, Nutrient Quality, Easy To Clean, Low Noise & more...
Since launching Food Matters and Hungry For Change we continue to get many questions on juicers such as "What juicer should I buy?", "Are some juicers better than others?" and "What juicer do you recommend?".
We normally answer with "The best juicer is the one you have or the one you’re using” because if you are already juicing, you've already begun making a difference to your health."
There are however many different types and models of juicers available and it can become quite confusing and overwhelming when you’re in the process of deciding which one to invest in.
If you’re looking to upgrade your current juicer or you’re new to juicing, then you’re in the right place!
Having experimented with many different types of juicers ourselves over the past 10 years, we can now give you some answers and guidance to help make your decision easier. After all, purchasing the right juicer is a big decision and one of the most important investments you’ll ever make for your health.
But first, let’s get to the reasons why it’s important to juice...
We believe there are three main reasons why you should consider incorporating fresh juice, especially vegetable juice, into your lifestyle.
Fresh juice is the 15 minute nutrient express to health.
Many of us have impaired digestion which reduces our body's ability to absorb nutrients from vegetables. Fresh juices go directly into your bloodstream and are therefore considered a 15-minute nutrient express to health. Unfortunately, store-bought juices contain virtually no nutrients due to the pasteurization process.
Juicing lets you add a wide variety of fruit and vegetables to your diet.
Many of us eat the same vegetables and fruits every day or worse, don't even eat any on a regular basis! With juicing, you can enjoy a wide variety of vegetables that you don't enjoy eating whole. Juicing is also the perfect way to consume the recommended daily serving of vegetables.
Fresh juice offers incredible health benefits.
After regularly consuming freshly pressed vegetable juices, which are highly alkalizing, you will experience improved energy levels, digestion and mental clarity, clearer skin, and an overall sense of wellbeing.
The Differences Between Centrifugal Juicers & Cold Press Juicers
So, you know about the amazing health benefits of juicing and you’re ready to get started. Now you’re wondering what type of juicer is best for you.
There are many types of juicers available, varying in both quality and price. A cheaper centrifugal juicer may be an appropriate start for beginners and certainly preferable to not juicing at all, if other models are unaffordable.
However, a cold press juicer (also known as a masticating or slow juicer) will definitely produce a superior quality juice and allow you to extract more from your fruit and vegetables, saving you money in the long-term.
Centrifugal juicers are commonly available in retail outlets and are the cheapest type to purchase. These machines initially extract juice by pulverizing fruit and vegetables against a round cutting blade that spins very quickly against a metal strainer. The centrifugal force generated by the spinning motion of the cutting surface separates the juice from the pulp.
- Fast juicing time
- Cheaper to purchase
- Easy to use
- Reduces food preparation time as many accept larger fruit and vegetable pieces
- Not well-suited to juicing leafy greens, grasses, sprouts and herbs
- Yields less juice (produces a wet pulp)
- Reduced juice quality due to fast spinning blades producing heat that destroy beneficial enzymes
- Higher juice separation and foaming
- Noisy because of the grinding and cutting action
Cold Press Juicers
These machines operate via a masticating (chewing) or cold press method to produce a superior juice to their centrifugal counterparts. In contrast to the rough extraction and high speeds of centrifugal juicers, cold press juicers operate at lower speeds and gently compress fruit and vegetables to ‘squeeze’ out their juice. While more costly, their slower and more thorough extraction rates produce a higher-quality juice, and more of it.
- Well-suited to juicing leafy greens, grasses, sprouts and herbs
- Higher juice yield
- Juice lasts longer with enzyme integrity keeping for up to 72 hours
- Lower speeds means less heat is generated, preserving more nutrients and enzymes
- Minimal juice separation and foaming
- Some models offer other food processing functions, such as being able to make nut milk, nut butter, sorbet, pasta and ice cream
- Pressing action is quiet.
- Higher initial cost
- Longer food preparation, as smaller food pieces are required for their narrow chutes
- Slightly higher pulp in juice
What Should I Look For In A Juicer?
When WE are looking for our perfect juicer here is what WE look for:
- Able to easily juice all greens, herbs and grasses (with a high yield)
- Good to juice fruits, including soft varieties
- Cold-pressed, to produce a superior juice
- Low speed (rpm), to minimise oxidation and produce a longer lasting juice
- Able to make nut milks
- Easy to clean
- Low noise!
This led us to vertical cold-pressed masticating juicers as the most superior type of juicer!
"But aren't cold pressed juicers more expensive?"
Yes they are! Up front you're typically looking at something in the $299-$700 range which is a big investment.
But it's where you save in the long run that might surprise you! Cold-pressed juicers extract 35% more juice out of your fresh produce meaning real savings from the first day you use it!!
Which juicer is the best value for money?
Let's use an example. If you juice $100 a week worth of fresh vegetables and fruits through a cold press juicer vs. a centrifugal juice you can extract 35% more juice meaning $35 saved!
So, if you're juicing for a year with a cold press juicer you can save up to $1,820!!! (Meaning you’ll pay for your juicer many times over with the savings alone!)
This is because cold press juicers produce a much drier pulp than centrifugal juicers, meaning that the highest possible amount of nutrients are extracted and there is less overall waste.
What about the best juicer for nutritional value?
We believe this is the most important consideration when buying a juicer.
When you’re serious about your health, consuming the highest quality, nutrient dense foods should be your first priority and something not to be compromised.
Cold pressed juicers operate at lower speeds (usually around 40RPM’s), keeping heat generation to a minimum. This not only produces a superior tasting juice with minimal foam and separation, but it also means that the beneficial enzymes and nutrients are retained. This is where all the goodness is!
Nutritional tests* (between a cold press and centrifugal juicer) revealed that cold press juicers extract up to 42% more vitamin C, up to 60% more vitamin A and yield between 35 - 50% more juice.
* Test results from Michelson Laboratories,Inc., Korean Food Research Institute (KRFI), and internal labs
How long will cold pressed juice keep for?
There are many variables which can affect shelf life (including the type of produce juiced and storage methods) so there’s no definite answer to this!
Our recommendation would be to drink your juice as soon as possible after juicing to enjoy maximum taste and nutritional benefits.
But don't worry, freshly prepared cold pressed juices can be refrigerated! Fruit juices can last 24-48 hours and vegetable juices 12-24 hours.
I’m busy and need a juicer that practically cleans itself!
Most of the newer, vertical models of cold press juicers have innovative self-cleaning systems that keep the juicing screen clear and prevent pulp build up while in use. Some even have brushes that clean the screen while you’re juicing, so the hard part of cleaning is done for you!
In between juicing you can run some water through the juicer to rinse it. We would always recommend that you rinse and clean your juicer as soon as you’ve finished using it. When you get into a routine of cleaning your juicer it's quite easy to keep clean and ready to use.
I want to make green juices, citrus juices, vegetable juices, and make fresh nut milks without a blender!
Most of the newer, vertical models of cold press juicers are perfect if you want to juice leafy green vegetables, grasses, herbs, sprouts and soft fruits. You can also make nut milk, without having to spend money on two different juicers or a blender as well.
Nut milk made in a cold press juicer typically lasts much longer than when made through the nut bag/blender method.
So What Juicer Do We Recommend?
(and personally use)
There are plenty of amazing juicers on the market, and lots of new cold pressed juicers. But when asked what juicer do we personally use and recommend then the answer is Hurom.
Hurom are the global leaders in slow juicers and are the original creators of the vertical cold pressed juicer technology. They actually make many of the cold pressed juicers for other juice companies in the US. Their juicers naturally press fruit and vegetables without heat or friction to produce the healthiest, freshest juice that tastes simply amazing! They are the original and best slow juicer on the market!
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT HUROM JUICERS
A Review Of The Hurom Juicer Benefits:
- Award-Winning Design:
Hurom Slow Juicers feature Good Design, iF, Red Dot, and IDEA award winning designs. A pleasure for the senses, their compact size slips beautifully into the space and decor of any countertop.
- Slow Squeeze Technology:
The slow juicers rotate at a speed of just 43 revolutions per minute to mimic the motion of a hand squeezing juice. Our patented Slow Squeeze Technology ensures your juice stays fresh and retains all of its natural nutrients.
- Taste & Pulp Control:
Unlike blenders with high speed blades and centrifugal juicers that heat up and quickly break down ingredients, our slow squeezing process ensures that your cold pressed juice comes out gently without reducing nutrients.
Our unique low-speed auger squeezes every drop of juice, resulting in a greatly increased yield.
- Easy to Clean:
During juicing, the inner spinning brush rotates to clean the chamber and strainer simultaneously, reducing clogging and increasing juicing efficiency. The Hurom slow juicers can also be quickly disassembled and assembled, making cleaning a breeze.
Made with a BPA-free, impact resistant ABS plastic body, our slow juicers are extremely durable. The heavy-duty Ultem strainer and auger are 8x stronger than traditional plastics allowing our slow juicers to handle years of daily use.
Works wonderfully on fruits (even ripe bananas and soft, delicate berries), cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, nuts and soybeans to create nutritious juices, milk, tofu, and more.
- Works Quietly:
A near-silent AC motor works efficiently using just 150 watts of power, which means you can enjoy cold-pressed juice at home without the noise caused by traditional juicers and blenders.
Duplicate safety sensors allow the unit to operate only if the chamber is completely and accurately assembled on the base. A built-in cooling system with integrated heat vents prevents overheating. The chute is sized to keep even small fingers out. Most importantly, no blades are used in our products.
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We hope this updated 2017 juicer buying guide has helped you make a better decision on the type of juicer you wish to buy or upgrade to. We're here to help so please so do contact us by replying to one of our emails if you have any further questions and we'll get back to you :)
Here's to juicing your way to better health today!
James Colquhoun & Laurentine ten Bosch
Filmmakers 'Food Matters' & 'Hungry For Change'
Click here for 3 of our favorite juicing recipes that will tempt your taste buds and love your body.
Or try the Perfect Green Juice to kickstart your cleansing naturally.
PS: To all of our European supporters: We would love to ship these juicers to you also however cannot due to customs and import regulations. Please contact us and we can provide you with some of our preferred suppliers in these countries.
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Last Updated: January 18th, 2017.