I will be going into great detail about each juicer that I review. Although many websites only list the good things about the products, I will be telling you about the pros as well as the cons for each juicer. I have owned a few juicers in my lifetime and know a significant amount about these products. For every juicer that I review, I will also summarize what others on the web have been saying so that you don’t have to jump from site to site trying to get quality information. If I find juicer performance testing data, I will be sure to post it on the site.
In each review, some of the questions that I will answer are:
- 1. What type of juicer is it?
There are several types of juicers for you to consider. The types are centrifugal, citrus, masticating and twin gear.
Centrifugal juicers such as the Jack Lalanne power top juicer on the market uses a cutting blade with a fairly flat profile to juice fruits and vegetables. The cutting surfaces of the blade work similar to a manual grater that many of us are familiar with. The cutting surface sits at the bottom of a plastic basket with holes for the juice to pass through into your glass or cup. Centrifugal forces get their name because the spinning of the blade by an electric motor exerts high outward or centrifugal forces to the fruit or vegetable pulp which is collected in a separate pulp container or pulp bin. These types of juicers tend to be reasonably priced and they produce juice very quickly. One downside is that they add a lot of oxygen to the juice during the extraction process thereby reducing the juice shelf life. Another downside is that these juicers do not juice leafy vegetables like wheatgrass as well as masticating juicers which I will discuss next.
Masticating juicers operate a little differently than centrifugal juicers. They actually crush and break down the cell structure of the fruit or vegetable before crushing the pulp to extract the juice. The masticating action is similar to how our teeth operate. For the same amount of fruit or vegetable, a masticating juicer will extract more juice than a centrifugal juicer. The motor inside the juicer turns slowly, so the juice is not aerated as much during the juicing process. This results in juice with a higher concentration of nutrients, enzymes and fiber. Wheatgrass and other leafy green vegetables are easily juiced using these types of juicers and they can also be used to make foods like applesauce and nut butters. One design that is very common is the horizontal single auger design. Auger is just a fancy word for a drill bit. The auger presses and crushes the item being juiced against the walls of the juicer to extract the juice.
Twin gear juicers operate at even slower speeds when compared to masticating juicers. They also have a higher juice yield when compared to masticating or centrifugal juicers. The quiet operation of twin gear juicers means that you won’t wake your neighbors up when you use it early in the morning. One of the popular brands for this type of juicer is Green Star.
Citrus juicers are specially designed for citrus. There are manual as well as electrically operated models. Both types only require you to cut the citrus fruit in half before juicing. You should not that the other types of juicers mentioned above are typically not good at juicing citrus which is why this category of juicer exist.
- 2. What can it be used to juice?
As mentioned above, there is no one size fits all juicer so it is important to know what is its capability in juicing before you make a purchase.
- 3. What is the power usage and how fast does it juice?
This is important because you don’t want your juicer to result in a high electric bill especially if you will be juicing a lot. In addition, if your juicer is too slow, it may not fit your lifestyle.
- 4. How big is the juicer and how much does it weigh?
Juicer are dimensions are good to know so that you can determine if it will fit in your cabinets when not in use. Also, if the thing is like a ton of bricks, you won’t want to use it.
- 5. How much juice can the juicer store before it needs to be emptied?
Juice capacity will tell you if the juicer will be convenient for you especially if you will be juicing for your entire family.
- 6. How easy is the juicer to use and clean?
You will most likely want to stay away from complicated juicers. Also, if it is a pain to clean, it is unlikely that you will use the thing.
- 7. Does it have a clear container for the juice?
A clear container is really helpful while you are juicing so that you know when to stop putting fruits or veggies down the chute.
- 8. Does it have a long cord and is there adequate storage for the cord on the unit?
Juicers with short cords can sometimes be a problem. Also, if there is no storage compartment for the cord, the product will take up more space in you cupboard than it needs to.
- 9. Is the product dishwasher safe or do you need to wash it by hand?
Dishwasher safe products is the way to go in most instances.
- 10. What are the quality of the materials of the product?
Some juicers have cheap plastic housings while others have strong die cast housing. Some juicer even have heavy-duty stainless steel components which are very durable.
- 11. How is the juicer rated by customers and what are they saying about the product?
It is important for you to see how other customers have rated the juicer that you are interested in. Each juicer will have both good and bad reviews. The perfect juicer does not exist.
- 12. Does the juicer have an adequate dust cover?
The dust cover is especially important on centrifugal juicers to prevent the pulp from flying all over the place.
- 13. Can it accommodate large chunks of vegetables and fruits?
Juicers with a small food chute can be a problem. It results in more work for you preparing the fruits and vegetables before you start juicing.
- 14. Does it have a feature for regulating the amount of pulp that ends up in the juice?
Some juicers have this incredibly awesome feature. You can adjust the pulp level to your particular taste.
- 15. What are the pros and cons of the juicer?
The advantages and disadvantages of each juicer will be discussed. You will know exactly what you are getting into before you buy.
- 16. How much does it cost and where is the best place to buy it?
Juicers vary pretty significantly by price. You can find juicers under $100 and some that are over $300. As you will learn on this site, more expensive is not always better. Juicers can be purchased at places such as Amazon.com, Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond and many other places.
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