Buyer’s Guide for Juicers
In recent years, juicing has become synonymous with healthy lifestyle choices. Nutritionists, fitness coaches and even some spiritual teachers have been touting juicing as the perfect way to get nutrients into your body fast and incorporate a large amount of healthy fruits and vegetables into your diet. Juicing has been hailed as the perfect way to lose weight, detox, prevent or even recover from illness, as well as being a miracle cure for many other conditions.
Unsurprisingly, the market is now flooded with a whole range of juicers to suit all budgets and needs. However, with so much hype surrounding juicing in general and the makings of the best juicer in particular, it’s hard to navigate the sea of products and decide which of the many options is for you. One thing most people seem to agree on is that the most efficient juicers for extracting the most nutrients and preserving their value are cold press juicers. In this guide, we’ll walk you through what you should be looking for when choosing one for your home.
The different types of juicers
But first, let’s look at the different types of juicers available on the market today. Cold press juicers form one half of the market and include masticating juices, twin gear (or triturating) juicers and, of course, manual citrus presses.
The other half of the market is composed of the common centrifugal juicers They are often cheaper, but rely on fast spinning to extract the juice, thus generating both heat and oxidation. Heat and oxidation are factors that negatively affect the level of nutrients in the juice produced. To put it simply – juice extracted by a centrifugal juicer is likely to be less nutrient rich and needs to be consumed much quicker if you want to get the most benefit out of it.
On the other hand, the masticating and twin gear juicers, the juice is extracted slowly by using either a two or three stage process. Unlike centrifugal juicers, the RPM is kept to a minimum, thus preventing oxidation as much as possible. The process also produces less heat, thus preserving more nutrients. This gives juice a shelf life of up to 72 hour. We do however, still recommend drinking it as soon as possible to get the most benefits.
The benefit of cold press juicers over other juicers
Cold press juicers are considered the superior choice for those who are serious about juicing as part of a healthy lifestyle. While it’s true that they are more expensive than the basic centrifugal juicers, they are more likely to preserve nutrient levels so that you can enjoy the full benefit of the fruits and vegetables you juice. They are also better suited for juicing wheatgrass, herbs and greens effectively, which is something most consumer centrifugal juicers are not very good at. If you’re interested in vegetable juices and greens, you will pretty much have to invest in a cold press juicer of some sort, even if It’s a cheap manual press.
Although they are more expensive than your average centrifugal juicer, we feel their benefits far outweigh their cost, especially when you consider the wide range of prices and options available on the market today. Cold press juicers, and in particular masticating juicers, come in various sizes, suitable even for a small kitchen.
What to look for in a cold press juicer
Price vs Efficiency
If you’re serious about juicing, you’ll want to get the most efficient model you can afford. Unsurprisingly, this is often a function of price. The cheaper models won’t be as efficient in extracting nutrients as the more expensive ones, so it’s worth doing your research and buying a quality machine from a reputable, popular brand.
If you’re going to spend a lot of money on a juicer, you want it to last you a lifetime, or at least a very long time. Strong, durable construction of the engine, body and parts is an important factor to consider. It doesn’t matter how efficient a juicer is if it’s going to die after a few months of regular use.
One thing that often puts people off using their juicer is how difficult it is to clean. Companies often assume that juicer owners are likely to have dishwashers. If that’s you, you’ll want to ensure your juicer is as dishwasher friendly as possible. If you don’t own a dishwasher, you’ll want to consider how easy it is to clean the juicer’s various parts yourself.
Ease of use
Although cleaning is often the most annoying part of owning a juicer, if the juicing process itself is fiddly and confusing, you’re less likely to want to use it every day. Look at things like the size of the feeding tube, the pulp elimination process (is there an external basket you can empty, or will you need to open up the juicer periodically to get rid of stuff) and any other factors which may detract from your enjoyment of the juicing process.
Depending on the size of your kitchen and the available space you have, you’ll want to check the dimensions of the juicer to make sure it will fit. Juicers, whether cold press or not, need to be placed on a level surface and some include an external waste basket which will extend their overall space requirement beyond their stated dimensions.
Accessories and peripherals
Check things like the length of the power cord, as well as the attachments that come with the juicer. Some juicers come with attachments for producing other healthy things like nut butters, etc. which may mean you can save on buying a dedicated food processor and invest more money in a quality juicer.
Some juicers are noisier than others. Noise is not too much of a problem if you’re going to only juice for a few minutes a couple of times a day, but if you’re going to juice large quantities at a time, you might not want your kitchen to sound like a construction site. So, make sure to see the noise reviews of the juicers you are looking at.
Customer care and Brand stability
A juicer is (hopefully) for life. If anything goes wrong, you want to be dealing with a reputable, well-established company that will fix what’s wrong or be able to send you replacement parts. Check the warranty – some companies may offer a better deal than others. Also, check how easy it is to get replacement parts if you happen to lose or damage any of the included attachments. Looking at customer reviews should give you an idea of how any particular company handles situations when things go wrong.
You may have heard of BPA in relation to plastic bottles and utensils. This toxic substance is reputed to cause all kinds of health problems, including cancer. If this concerns you, invest in a juicer with low BPA content (less plastic) or a stainless steel one with zero BPA content.
The best cold press juicer for you is always going to be the best one you can afford and the one you are most likely to use on a regular basis. Invest in one that’s easy to use and clean and is durable, versatile and manufactured by a reputable company with good customer service.