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What to Know Before Purchasing a Juicer
There are several things to consider when choosing a brand and model of juicer. Start by asking yourself the following four questions:
1. What kinds of food will I be juicing? It's important to consider what types of produce you plan to juice with your juicer. Most models are built for specific tasks and won't juice everything equally well. Common types of juicers are wheatgrass/leafy-green juicers, vegetable-and-fruit juicers, and citrus juicers. Though many juicers are equipped to handle all three processes, none will handle all three equally well. So decide which group is most important to you, and find a juicer built for that type.
2. How much time do I want to spend juicing? The next thing to consider is ease of use. Some juicers are harder to use than others, take longer to clean, and have inflated prep times due to small-width chutes which require produce to be cut up before inserting. The quickest juicers we sell—lumping prep time, cleaning time, and juicing time together—are our Breville Juicers. Keep in mind that virtually no juicer is particularly easy to clean, though some are easier to clean than others.
3. How important is it that my juice retain its full nutritional content? All juicers produce heat and, to some level, oxidize the juice they extract: two byproducts of the juicing process which, some insist, can destroy the nutritional content of the juice extracted. And unfortunately, a general rule of thumb is that speed juicers produce more heat and oxidation, while slower ones produce the lowest levels. Not a juice on the market today can accomplishes both of these. Everything Kitchens is quick to point out that, by starting with cold produce, none of the juicers we sell will heat the juice to the 107°F temperatures required to destroy enzymes in the juice. Even still, if less oxidation and lower heat levels are important to you, you may be interested in a juicer like Omega 8003 and 8005 juicers, Samson Greenpower juicers, or Tribest Green Star juicers. These juicers are all low-RPM, create less heat and oxidation during the juicing process.
4. What is my price range? Bottom line: better juicers are more expensive. But a more economical juicer may still fit your needs. The reviews below should help you decide which juicer is best for you.
Reviews and Opinions
Breville Juicers are some of our easiest to use, and are within a sensible price point. With a 3-inch-wide feeding chute, you can juice small- to medium-sized apples whole without having to cut them up, thus greatly reducing prep time. These juicers also have pulp ejection, reducing time wasted having to stop and empty the pulp from the juicer. Our three (3) models of Breville Juicers are as follows:
- The BJE200XL Breville Juicer is the entry-level model, and has one speed. This juicer is excellent for crisp fruits and vegetables.
- The JE98XL Breville Juicer is the mid-range model that replaces the JE95XL. This juicer is excellent for crisp fruits and veggies on the High setting, and soft fruits (such as peeled oranges, strawberries, and kiwis) on the Low setting.
- The 800JEXL Breville Juicer is the high-end model. This one is quite a bit pricier than the other two, but the plastic parts are replaced with stainless steel. This model also has 2 speeds and performs just as well as the JE98XL, but with the added durability of steel.
All three Breville models are some of the easiest-to-clean juicers we stock. With quick juicing times, low prep time, and easy cleanability, Breville juicers are understandably popular among our customers. Some of our personal favorites.
Omega Juicers is another popular brand among Everything Kitchens customers. They have many models to choose from, covering a variety of uses:
- The Omega 1000 Juicer and 9000 Juicer are centrifugal-style juicers, and are excellent for juicing most crisp fruits and vegetables. The models are the same except for the 9000 has more stainless-steel parts. These juicers do not have pulp ejection, so are not recommended if you are juicing large amounts at a time (more than 16 ounces at a time) as you will have to stop to empty the pulp. These are high quality but are a little tough to clean unless you use the optional filters, which make the task much easier and quicker.
- The Omega 4000 Juicer is pretty much the same as the above models, but with pulp ejection for juicing large quantities as once. This one does not use filters, though its filter basket is shaped differently than models above for easier cleaning.
- The Omega 8003/8005 Juicers are the same except for their color. These juicers are excellent for juicing leafy greens, and adequate for juicing crisp or soft fruits/vegetables. The 8003 and 8005 were designed with wheatgrass and kale and mind, but it can juice just about everything. Low heat and low oxidation production make this among our healthier juicers, but the drawbacks are its slow speed and small feeding chute, meaning large produce has to be cut up beforehand.
Samson GreenPower Juicers are an excellent option for those wanting to juice wheatgrass and other leafy greens. These are comparable to the Omega 8003 and 8005 above, but are of a higher quality, and are thus more expensive. They can juice crisp and soft fruits and vegetables, to boot, but are best at leafy greens. Low heat and oxidation levels pose no risk to the nutritional content of your produce.
- The Citristar Citrus Juicer is a low-cost option for juicing citrus, good-quality option for juicing citrus. In fact, for the price, it is one of the best juicers on the market today. Easy to use, functional, and exceptionally easy to clean, this model has a flip-up juice spout to keep excess juice from dripping onto your countertop.
- The Green Star Juicer line contains several fine options in leafy-green and wheatgrass juicing. Available in several models tailored to many common green-juicing tasks, the Green Stars have power to spare, and are low-RPM so as not to harm the nutritional content of your food. They are fairly expensive, but the quality of these units is evident in their housing and performance.
The Champion Juicer is high-quality and fairly easy to clean. This unit is available in many colors options, in case matching your juicer to your kitchen decor happens to be a selling point (though keep in mind that lighter colors [like Almond] will stain more easily than others). The Champion is excellent for juicing crisp fruits and vegetables, and does an admirable job on soft produce. Bonus: This juicer can also be used to make soft ice cream by processing frozen fruit and dairy through the included screen. And unfortunately, unlike the Brevilles we keep gushing about, the Champion's small feed tube means pre-cutting produce is a necessity.
Hurom Slow Juicers
Hurom Slow Juicers use the innovative Low-Speed Technology System to extract juices while preserving the most vitamins, nutrients, flavors, and enzymes from food sources. This patented Hurom process, a combination of both masticating and pressing, keeps the cellular structure of fruits and vegetables intact, stopping separation and slowing oxidation. Hurom low-speed juicers can juice all kinds of food: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, wheatgrass, nuts, and even soybeans.
Kuvings Juicers are available in several centrifugal and masticating models, each of which have been designed to maximize juice content and minimize pulp production as they work through fruits and vegetables. Kuvings's Silent masticating juicers are a good solution for front-of-house and low-noise applications, while its low-RPM, horizontal multipurpose juicers are specially purposed to process leafy greens like kale and wheatgrass withouth damaging their nutrients.
We hope this article has been informative and helpful as you decide which juicer is right for you. To see a comparison chart with a larger selection of the juicers we sell, click here.