Do you like to live healthily, eat well, and generally take good care of your body? If so, there is a good chance that you already know about the health benefits of drinking freshly made fruit and vegetable juice. You may already know that juice is high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, and can be a good alternative to artificial supplements. So if you are interested in juicing, here are some tips for choosing the best juicer machine to suit your purpose.
First off, there is no perfect juicer – different applications require different machines. If you want to juice your fruits and vegetables as fast as possible, you will want a centrifugal juicer, which is the most common sort. Centrifugal juicers are the kind you see in department stores, and are quite affordable, from as little as about $60. Some very popular, fast centrifugal juicers are the Breville juice fountain, the L’equip XL, and also the Jack Lalanne Power juicer (this is the one you have probably seen on late night TV infomercials). All of these are very quick, and will make a glass of juice in about 10 seconds. They are ideal juicer machines for a family who needs large batches of juice at one time. The limitations of these centrifugal juicers are that they cannot juice some ingredients very well. This includes anything that is fairly dry and fiberous, in particular things like wheat grass or similar herbs and leafy vegetables. If these are on your list of things to juice (and with good reason, they are very healthy, especially rich in anti oxidants) then you need a different juicer, that actually physically crushes and squeezes the liquid out.
Juicers that operate this way are called masticating juicers, and while they tend to cost a bit more they are the best juicer for wheat grass and other hard to juice things. They are often sold by health food, and specialty stores as well as online of course, and some of the most popular models are made by Angel, Greenstar, and Samson. Of these the Angel Juicer is quite expensive, but built of solid stainless steel and definitely the best machine you could buy for juicing absolutely anything. The Greenstar and Samson juicers are quite similar in their capabilities but come with a more reasonable price tag. This is probably due to the fact that they are made more of plastic than steel, but this does not mean they are of inferior quality – you still get a very good juicer, suitable for all home applications. The trade off with this type of machine, the masticating juicer that is, is slower speed. You will take a good 20-30 seconds longer to make a glass of juice than you would with a centrifugal juicer. However, you do get higher quality juice. The slower speed avoids air being mixed in, and the stronger crushing action releases more nutrients and goodness from the fruits and vegetables you are juicing.
When you are weighing up your options, consider also the warranty arrangements, and build quality of the machines you are comparing. Part of the reason why masticating juicers, like the Angel and Greenstar units are more expensive is that they are built far more solidly to be able to handle tougher ingredients. They do not wear out as fast, and this is reflected in longer warranties, of up to 10 years in the case of the Angel juicer. You need to decide whether you prefer to buy an appliance that lasts a long time, or prefer to replace a cheaper on every few years.
So while there might not be a perfect juicer for every application, there are some basic guide lines you can follow. If you want fast – buy a cheap, basic centrifugal juicer.
If you want better quality juice, and like greater versatility such as juicing your own wheat grass, then you need to choose a more expensive masticating juicer. And remember, shop around before you buy – many online stores offer far better prices than retail, because they are able to cut out associated costs.