How to Pick the Best Juicer!
At FoodTherapyMD, juicing is an important part of how we use food as medicine. But picking a juicer can be difficult if you are new to juicing. So which is the best juicer? The simple answer is any juicer you can afford and that you will use. But there are different types, with pros and cons to each. Here are a few simple guidelines to help start you on your juicing journey.
There are two major types of personal juicers: Centrifugal and Cold Press
Centrifugal juicers are the “old school” type, although there are newer, more spiffy models. These juicers use a metal blade that spins at high speeds and separates the juice from the pulp via centrifugal force. These juicers produce heat, which is a problem because the heat oxidizes the phytonutrients in the fruit or vegetable, making them less nutrient dense. Heat also denatures and destroys the beneficial enzymes in the plant food. Remember that we juice in order to consume concentrated doses of health-promoting phytonutrients, so these juicers, although better than nothing, are not great for this purpose. Centrifugal juicers also do not extract juice from leafy greens very well, and you cannot use them for juicing wheat grass or making nut milks.
One pro of centrifugal juicers is that they are typically less expensive than cold press juicers, so if you are on a strict budget, this may be an option for you.
Cold press juicers (also called “masticating” juicers) extract the juice by crushing the fruit or vegetable. There is no blade, and no heat is produced in the extraction process. This is why the juice from a cold press juicer is more nutrient dense. In addition, cold press juicers extract significantly more juice, especially from leafy greens and wheat grass. This actually saves you money because less vegetable is needed to make more juice. You can also make nut milks (like almond, cashew, or soy) with a cold press juicer but you cannot with a centrifugal juicer.
Cold press juicers are usually more expensive (around 250$ and up), although you can grab one on ebay for around 150$ and there are newer brands like Rakuten and Aicok that have cold press juicers starting at 100$.
Personally, I currently use the Huron H-AA slow juicer. It is remarkably easy to clean, and the clear, non-foamy quality of the juice is amazing. It also makes nut milks without having to strain it in a bag. The mouth is a bit small, so you do need to cut up your produce. Yes, it’s pricey (around 450$), but if you are a juicing pro and use your juicer every day, it may be worth the investment. I have also used Kuvings juicers (has a wide mouth so you don’t have to cut stuff up as much), Omega juicers, and Breville juicers.
So if you are new to the juicing game, I suggest starting out with a lower priced cold press juicer. If your budget calls for a juicer at 100$ or less, then look into the less expensive models from Rakuten and Aicok. I would not recommend a centrifugal juicer unless there is simply no other option for your finances, or someone graciously gives you one.
But of course, ANY juicer is better than NO juicer!