Types of Juicers

choosing the best type of juicer

Types of Juicers

Juicing has become one of the hottest trends of the health market these days and there’s a good possibility that you’re looking at buying your own juicer. Deciding that you want to juice is already a great first step. But now you’re probably left wondering what the best type of juicer is. There are so many on the market and they all have different features. So which one is right for you?

Before buying a juicer, you’ll want to ask yourself a few questions.

  • How much time are you willing to put into juicing?
  • Will your juice be a quick healthy snack or a health ritual that you’re looking to put your effort into?
  • Is extracting the most juice from your fruits and vegetables and obtaining the highest amount of nutrients important to you? Or does convenience trump all?

There are four different major kinds of types of juicers. A centrifugal force juicer, masticating juicer, twin gear juicer, and a juice press.

Centrifugal Force Juicer

A centrifugal juicer, also known as a fast juicer, is the most popular type of juicer. The biggest selling point is the fact that they are quick. It saves you a lot of time and work. So how does it work? It takes the fruits and vegetables through a feed tube and directly into contact with a blade that shreds them at 12,000 RPM. The juice is thrown by the centrifugal force of the spinning basket towards the sides and pushed through into a jug or glass.

centrifugal juicer choosing best juicer
Centrifugal juicer

Pros

  • They have a few number of parts which make assembly and cleaning easy and quick
  • They are fastest at extracting juice from fruits and vegetables, especially if you have one with a tube that is wide enough to take on full apples, cucumbers, or oranges
  • They handle softer fruits better
  • They stand upright so they take up less space on your kitchen counter
  • They tend to be the least expensive juicers since they are cheap to make

Cons

  • The speed per rotation dilutes the quality of juice produced
  • More oxidation takes place, creating a foam on top of the fresh juice
  • They can be quite noisy
  • They don’t handle leafy greens or wheatgrass very well
  • The juice won’t stay fresh for very long, separating in a matter of minutes
  • Juice contains a high amount of solids or “pulp”
  • Nuts and seeds are not recommended to be juiced in this type of juicer

This juicer is best for people who don’t need large batches of juice and want to drink their juice as soon as it is made. It’s also for people who want to juice for the nutritional benefits but want to do it with as little effort and time as possible. They’re also cheaper than other options out there, making them great for beginners.

Masticating Juicer

Masticating juicers are also known as the slow juicers. They use a slow auger (gear) to crush fruits and veggies against a stainless steel mesh or plastic screen at only 80 to 100 RPM rather than shredding with blades.

slow juicer
Masticating or ‘slow’ juicer

Pros

  • They have a high juice yield (compared to centrifugal)
  • Can juice greens such as spinach, kale, and wheatgrass
  • Less oxidation
  • Juices tend to last longer than centrifugal
  • They can function as grain mills so you can make nut butter or baby food
  • Can be used to make nut mylks
  • They can process frozen fruits for instant frozen treats

Cons:

  • There’s a smaller chute so they require more prep work
  • They’re more expensive than centrifugal
  • They’re slower because they take more time to extract the juice
  • Takes up more counter space & can be very bulky
  • Juice contains a high amount of solids or “pulp”

This juicer is ideal for the person who’s looking to maximize the nutrients of their juices and are willing to spend a little more time doing it.

Twin Gear Juicer

Twin gear juicers have two augers (gears) and it separates the juice in two stages. First, it crushes the fruits and vegetables and then it presses the juices the juice out of them. This releases more enzymes, vitamins, and soluble fiber, making your juice extremely rich in nutrients.

twin gear juicer
Twin gear juicer

Pros

  • Believed to extract more nutrients than centrifugal or slow juicers
  • They can make baby food, nut butter, sorbets, and pasta
  • They’re quiet

Cons

  • They’re more expensive than centrifugal or slow juicer
  • They’re slow
  • They take up a lot of counter space
  • They’re harder to clean than single-gear machines
  • The juice contains a high amount of solids or “pulp”

Juice Press

A hydraulic or pneumatic juice press is the best type of juicer you can buy. Juice Presses are also commonly referred to as two-stage juicers since there are two stages: First the produce is ground up into pulp, then the juice is slowly extracted by pressing the pulp under thousands of pounds of pressure. A juice press is where the term “cold-press” juicer came from, even though it’s now used for other types of juicers as well. A juice press is the only type of juicer that actually contains a press, and therefore is the only true cold-press juicer.

Goodnature X-1 Mini Cold Press Juicer system
Goodnature X-1 Mini Cold Press Juicing System

Pros

  • Extracts the most nutrients possible from fruits and vegetables
  • Longest shelf life – store juice in a refrigerator for 3-5 days with minimal separation or breakdown of nutrients and taste
  • Creates little to no foam in the juice
  • Minimal oxidation
  • Can achieve the highest yield out of hard-to-juice items like leafy greens
  • Creates the most pure juice with 99% liquid, and less than 1% solids or “pulp”
  • Can be used to make dairy free milk beverages from nuts, hemp seed, oats and soy
  • Can be used to make nut oils

Cons

  • The most expensive type of juicer
  • Current home / consumer juice presses are somewhat cumbersome to use and clean. Commercial machines like Goodnature brand are much faster and easier to clean, but are usually too expensive for home users.
  • Require the use of reusable or single use press bags to hold the pulp

If you’re interested in juicing and you want to look into a high-quality commercial juice presses, you can find Goodnature’s juicers here!

 

 

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4 Responses

  1. Amazing information! I feel as though I learned from an online webinar! I pray that you continue sharing life changing and life inspiring inspiration!

    I believe God created everyone for a purpose and you are definitely living on purpose!

    I’m continuing to learn as much as I can about the juicing industry to prepare myself to open a juice/smoothie bar that will make an impact in a food desert!

    Thank You
    Terry Garrett

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    1. Thank you Terry, that means a lot. We feel very fortunate to be able to share our experiences with the benefits of juicing to help inspire others:) Best wishes on your juice and smoothie bar endeavor, let us know if we can be of assistance!

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  2. Wow, this is such a comprehensive post along with the rest of the site as well actually! It really helped me out with some research I was doing. When you say cold press juicers are slower than centrifugal, how much slower are we talking? What is a rough estimate of the average time I should expect a slow juicer to make a glass of juice? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Sophie,
      The difference in time it takes for the centrifugal to process a glass of juice vs. a slow juicer is very minimal…there is maybe a minute, minute and a half difference (I have both types of juicers at home). The big reason people talk about the speed in which the produce is processed when making juice is because of the heat and oxidation (which is said to damage some of the nutrients in juice) that is caused by centrifugal juicers using higher speeds and friction.

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