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 juiceris particularly easy to clean, though some are easier to clean than others.
3.How important is it that my juice retains 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 accomplish 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 the Breville Big Squeeze juicer or Kuvings Juicers. This juicer is a 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 Breville Big Squeeze juicer is their newest model. This is a slow-juicer model which only rotates at 80 RPM but can extract more juice from your foods and will not heat your juice from high-speeds - heat can destroy some nutrients in your juices. The Breville Big Squeeze works great with wheatgrass and leafy greens.
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.
Kuvings Juicers are available in several centrifugal and masticating models, each of which has 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 without 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.