Juicer Buying Guide
How to choose the best juicer
There’s no question that fresh, homemade juice will put you on the fast track to a healthier life. Packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients and antioxidants, raw juice cleanses your body and has been shown to boost the immune system, protect from cancer, fight diabetes and cardiovascular disease and aid weight loss.
But which juicer is the best? With such a huge range of styles and price ranges, determining what kind of juicer to purchase can leave you with your head spinning as fast as a high speed juicer. Don’t go running for the juice aisle at the grocery store yet! You can rest easy, because we’ve done the research for you.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a juicer. In fact, after extensive research into a variety of juicing models, we discovered that while there are many different styles of juicers, none of them are perfect because fruits and veggies have such different properties. However, depending on your personal needs, we can help you find a juicer that is best for you.
Price and warranty
You get what you pay for. There are plenty of cheap juicers on the market, but the quality varies greatly. More important than price is whether or not the juicer comes with a long-term warranty. Many brands like the Omega, Champion and Tribest come with warranties for 10 years or more. This is critical because juicing can put a lot of wear and tear on a machine, so the warranty will safeguard your purchase over the long haul.
Noise level and speed of juicing
Centrifugal ejection juicers like the Breville Juice Fountain are the most common model. They are very fast, but also very loud. The benefit of this style is that they typically have very wide feed shoots (approximately 3 inches) so you have to do minimal chopping before you start to juice. The downside is that they are very loud, so if you are juicing early in the morning you might wake up the entire neighborhood while you fix your breakfast drink.
Food preparation time
Single auger juicers like the Omega 8006 Nutrition Center, Omega VRT 350HD or Tribest Solo Star are excellent juicers that crush the produce rather than grind it. This produces a higher quality juice with more nutritional value, but they are much slower and require you to chop your produce into small pieces before you juice. The feed shoot for this style juicer is much smaller (1-1/2 to 2 inches), so the juicing process overall is much slower but it is also very quiet because the juicers spin at much slower RPMs.
Type of produce you want to juice
Different style juices work best for different types of produce. Champion is a masticating juicer and works well for both fruits and veggies. However it does have some trouble with leafy greens. If you like to juice hard root veggies like beets and carrots, most centrifugal ejection juicers (including even the cheaper varieties like Juiceman or Jack LaLane's Power Juicer) are a good bet. For leafy greens, the single auger juicers like the Omega VRT 330HD are the best match. They crush the leaves and extract the most juice and nutrition. The Green Star Elite is an all-star juicer that (while pricey) is very versatile and does well with hard veggies, soft fruits and even leafy greens.
Quality of juice and extra perks
If you want to maximize your nutrition, go with a slower juicer that crushes the produce at slow speeds, rather than grinding it at high speeds. Squeezing the produce allows you to keep more nutrition and reduce oxidation of your juice. Champion, Omega 8004 and Green Star Elite also have the extra advantage of making nut milks, nut butters, baby food, frozen desserts like sorbet and even pasta.