What Kind of Juicer is Best for Me?

If you are asking yourself the question, what kind of juicer is best for my kitchen? Then I hope to be able to shed some light on the subject for you. As you may have already discovered by looking through the abundance of juicer reviews that you can find online, there are a vast number of styles as well as brands to consider. To be honest, the brand that you pick of actually of secondary concern, the most important point that you have to think about is the design of the juicer that will suit you best.

The two most popular types of machines are called centrifugal and masticating juicers. No one can tell you which you should choose for your home. That is entirely up to yourself. What I certainly can do though, is outline how these two types of machines function and highlight why you may pick one instead of the other. Hopefully this will help you make the most informed purchasing decision.

Centrifugal Juicers

This style of juicer is perhaps the most widely used today. They are the most accessible because we can find them for well under $100. Of course, there are premium models too such as the Breville Juice Fountain Elite, which is a stylish stainless steel juicer and costs around $300.

I myself started off with a centrifugal juicer many years ago and to be honest, I still use it today. If you’re in a rush but still want to get some fruit and vegetable juice inside you, a centrifugal juicer makes a good choice. They operate at high RPMs. This translates into making juices in very little time.

The vast majority of these units only have a few pieces that we have to clean up afterwards, so not only is the juicing very quick, but the washing up doesn’t take very long either. In my own experience, I was very happy with my Hamilton Beach juicer for many years.

Reasons to choose a centrifugal juicer:

  • Suitable for those of you who have never juiced before.
  • They make juices faster than other types of juicer.
  • Easy to operate and clean.

Masticating Juicers

Masticating juicers are often regarded as slightly more advanced than the centrifugal machines discussed above. Many people I know started off with a centrifugal unit and then buy a masticating appliance a few years later. It is not necessarily that they are better, in fact both styles of machine have different advantages. To be honest, if there is space in your kitchen, and you can afford it, there is a lot to be said for having one of each.

Masticating juicers do take longer to produce a juice. However, on the plus side, they can actually juice a greater range of fruits and vegetables. Particularly if you want to be making green juice. This is a drink that contains the juice from leafy greens such as spinach, chard, collard greens and so on.

Reasons to pick a masticating juicer:

  • These machines make a higher quality juice in terms of taste and nutrition.
  • Often have other functionality, e.g. food processing.
  • Able to juice a wider range of produce