Juicing is the process of extracting juice from fruit, vegetables or tubers, using one of juicing machines including masticating juicers, twin juicers, hydraulic press juicers, centrifugal juicers or hand juicers. The two most popular types of juicers are centrifugal and masticating juicers, as mentioned in my blog post “Why is Juicing Good for You.” Read more HERE….
CENTRIFUGAL VS MASTICATING JUICER
1.CENTRIFUGAL JUICER – Centrifugal juicer is a type of juicer that many people are most familiar with and the most common one. It also tends to be one of the most affordable juicers. It utilizes a special kind of force called centrifugal force.
This juicer produces juice by using a cutting blade to first chop up the produce and then spin the produce at a very high speed. The problem with centrifugal juicers is that the fast-spinning metal blade generates heat, which destroys some of the enzymes in the fruits and vegetables you’re juicing. The heat also oxidizes those nutrients, rendering less nutritious juice than a cold-press juicer.
– Easy-to-use and great for beginners and people who are short on juicing time
– Less prep time – Takes in bigger chunks of fruits and vegetables than any of the other juicer types.
– Can make juice from a variety of fruit and vegetables
– Quick and easy juicing – it’s easy to feed in even harder vegetables thanks to the cutting blade action. The juicing process is really quick, due to high-speed spinning
– The compact vertical design takes less counter space
– Easy to assemble and clean
– Affordable and cheaper than many other types of juicers
– Less nutrient value/lower quality – High speed affects the quality of the juice.
– More waste & less juice (especially if you buy cheaper centrifugal juicer models)
– Not too good for leafy greens – Leafy vegetables, wheat grass or sprouts are not suitable to juice with this type of juicer.
– No ability to process nuts
– Juice may have foam
– You don’t get the option to store juices made with centrifugal juicers for a few days, like you do with masticating or triturating juicers (which can last up to 72 hours). Juices made with centrifugal juicers should be consumed immediately.
– Not-so-great at juicing soft fruits and vegetables (except some models, like Breville).
– Higher noise level – The centrifugal juicer can extracts the juice really fast but can be loud, too. The high-speed motor results in more noise.
– Warranty – 1-2 years
Best Centrifugal Juicers (for leafy greens, too!) – Read more…
2. MASTICATING or COLD PRESS JUICER – Masticating juicer is a machine that uses a hydraulic press to crush and press the fruits and veggies to extract juice and get the maximum yield without losing out on its essential nutrients. It is high on enzymes, vitamins and minerals, resulting in a glass full of healthy, fresh juice.
Masticating juicer is also known as the cold press /or slow juicer.
As the name suggests, masticating juicers slowly crush and chew the produce and fruits instead of just cutting and chopping them. The crushing and squeezing action results in more juice yield with dry pulp. This low-speed action makes sure that the ingredients are not heated or oxidized which can destroy its nutrient quality. This makes sure that the juice remains fresh for longer…
– Higher quality juice – Nutrients are preserved due to slow, low heat action.
– More juice extracted & less waste
– Option to store your juice (juice that can last multiple days)- Slow action makes sure that your juice remains fresh for a longer period of time.
– More economical in the long run, due to ability to extract more juice
– Multipurpose – It works great for preparing baby food, sorbet, nut butter, your favorite almond or cashew milk, sauces, ice cream, etc. Some versatile masticating juicers also allow making bread dough and pasta.
– Leafy greens (including wheatgrass, celery, and kale) can be easily juiced.
– Less loud – Running at low-speed these juicers are much quieter than the centrifugal ones.
– Easy to clean – With a limited number of parts, they are easy to clean as they can be easily taken apart, cleaned, and joined again.
– Higher warranty period – up to 15 years (!)
– More expensive – Prices can be much higher than centrifugal juicers. However, they prove to be more cost-effective in the long run.
– Little heavier in comparison to the centrifugal ones.
– Slow – Takes longer to juice than centrifugal juicers.
– Needs more effort. Fruit and vegetables must be chopped into smaller manageable chunks before juicing.
– Bulkier – It occupies more counter space.
– Some models are not dishwasher friendly.
Best Masticating Juicers – Read more…
CENTRIFUGAL VS MASTICATING JUICER – Which one to choose?
In order to answer this question, you should consider the PROS AND CONS of each juicer type and make a decision based on that. Let ’s make your decision much easier!
If your goals are:
To produce juice & keep it fresh for multiple days
If the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables are of the greatest importance to you
If you regularly add vegetables to your juice/leafy greens, too.
If you need multipurpose juicer: for baby food, nut butter, sauces etc