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Juicers

 

There are many juicers that can meet your specific needs. The basic kinds are centrifugalsingle auger masticating (there are both vertical and horizontal models), twin gear masticating, and hydraulic cold-press juicers. The following table summarizes the strengths of each type, with 1 being the least preferable and 5 being the best.

 

 

Juice Quality

Yield

Ease of Cleaning

Speed

Cost

Centrifugal

1-2

1-3

4

5

3-5

Single Auger

2-3

3-4

1

1-2

3-4

Twin Gear

4-5

5

2-3

3-4

2

Hydraulic Press

5

5

2 (traditional)

5 (Juicero)

3 (traditional)

5 (Juicero)

1

 

Centrifugal              

These juicers use a spinning bowl-shaped mesh metal blade to grind produce and separate the juice from the pulp. These juicers are the fastest to use and the easiest to clean. They can often take in whole fruits and vegetables, and work best on hard produce, such as apples, beets, cucumbers, celery, and carrots. However, they tend to be loud and do not work as well on leafy greens or herbs. I recommend that first-time juicing newbies get a centrifugal juicer to start off (they’re quick, easy, and fun) and then get a masticating juicer. Here are some good centrifugal juicers. 

  1. Breville juicers are the best centrifugal juicers on the market. They are rugged, high-powered, and will last years. They also have higher extraction efficiencies than other centrifugal juicers. Breville juicers range in price from around $80 for their smallest model up to $400+. I recommend this juicer as a solid all-purpose juicer that is great to start off on. 
  2. If you're on a budget, the Hamilton Beach juicers are excellent for value. As a college student, I owned two. Each one lasted about two years. These do burn out, but they will give you good use and yield for your money and are of relatively high power. 

 

Single Auger Masticating

These juicers use a single rotating screw to crush fruits and vegetables and squeeze them through a strainer blade. They are quiet, work well on greens, and have a much higher efficiency than centrifugal juicers for softer produce. The downsides are that they are slower, more difficult to clean, require more chopping, and tend to jam the most easily. Single-auger juicers can be horizontal or vertical. The latter can even juice berries.  

  1. Tribest has an excellent vertical juicer that is high-efficiency and produces smooth juice. This is one of the best on the market of this kind and is efficient for counter space.
  2. Omega has the most durable and highest-yield single auger juicers. In my experience, their juicers are more resistant to jamming than many other companies. I recommend this popular and time-tested horizontal juicer

 

Twin Gear Masticating

These juicers are pricier but have the highest yield and produce the most nutrient-dense juice. They are fast and quiet. These are the absolute best juicers for green leafy vegetables and herbs. If you can afford it, go with this option. 

  1. The Super Angel juicer is, in my opinion, the best juicer on the market, period. This is the juicer that I have owned for the last four years and in my ten years of extensive juicing, nothing has come close to this juicer in terms of speed, ruggedness, yield, and most of all, quality of juice. Its full stainless steel construction makes it resistant to breaking or cracking, and it crushes almost any produce with ease. Most other twin gear juicers are plastic, and are therefore flimsier and tend to get jammed frequently. However, the Super Angel’s chute is large and the gears are specially designed to extract the most juice from your produce and pull the vegetables into the juicer on their own without you having to jam them in. Lastly, it is quiet and easy to clean (because it's metal, you can put the parts in the dishwasher). If you can afford this, choose it.

 

Hydraulic Cold-Press

These juicers take in ground or finely-chopped produce and crush using extremely high pressures to release juice. They have extremely high yield and produce the smoothest (least fiber leakage) consistency.

  1. The Norwalk juicer is a classic, premium juicer that has been used for many decades for therapeutic purposes. It is relatively large and might be too cumbersome for someone new to juicing, but the quality of juice is extraordinary. The cost is high, but this juicer will last more than a lifetime. You can often find this juicer for a reduced price on eBay.
  2. The Juicero juicer is the newest and most novel addition to the juicer market. It uses pre-cut produce that is packaged in plastic packets, which can then be squeezed by the machine in a matter of seconds. This juicer produces excellent juice, is sleek and compact, and requires no cleanup. However, there are some major drawbacks: (1) you cannot choose your own mix of fruits and vegetables; (2) since the produce has already been cut, you will not get the same level of freshness as using fresh produce; (3) each packet only yields 8 oz. at a time; and (4) the produce packets are sold exclusively through a subscription service, which will run you up a fair bit of money. At this price point, you might as well head to your local juice bar for fresh juice on-demand.