What type of juicer? And which is best? Today it has become so important to people around the world to get the best juicer whenever trying to implement their health rituals. Without further or do you should know that there is nothing like an all in one best juicer. Thus, you are forced to choose base on your lifestyle, and what you intend to juice.
At the end of the day with some extra effort put in surely, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The goal in every juicer is to achieve ease of cleaning, speed, efficiency, high nutrition and quality juice in the end.
This article will help you to understand different types of juicers and what makes them better.
5 Common Juicer Types
There are various juicer types available based on your lifestyle with certain advantages and disadvantages. The most important thing here is juicers mainly differ in three stages; shredding, the method of juice extraction, and their speed.
All these factors affect the nutrition, amount of juice extracted, and how long you can store it.
1. Manual Press Juicers
The function of the manual press juicers directly comes from the name of the juicers themselves. Which means they are manually handled juicers which do not utilize electricity.
At first, it will be a very big mistake to think that you can juice a whole bunch of fruits and vegetables using only your hand. That will take hundreds of hours with tons of pressure to apply, almost impossible right?
So let’s face it; manual press juicers are domestic juicers that usually come as a whole body with no parts. They have a single function of pressing fruits to squeeze the juice out of the fruit by hand.
Manual press juicers do a great job of juicing citrus fruits. Some manual press juicers are modeled with a cone or hollow shape to fit the sliced fruit on top of the cone and press to squeeze out the juice. You are always required to cut the fruit into smaller pieces before pressing. You should also know that there are electric manual press juicers available.
The main idea behind manual press juicers is for domestic juice extraction activities. They are considered very easy to handle and carry around. A great advantage is the minimized risk of injury, silent operation, and being very inexpensive. On the other hand, they are unable to extract as much juice as other juicers.
2. Centrifugal Juicers
By far one of the most commonly used juicers. As we have said earlier juicers differ in three stages and so do they function in three stages. A great tip here is that most of the juicers are named after their method of juice extraction and so is this one. They function to extract juice from the fibers of the fruit using a centrifugal force after shredding the fruit with a blade.
Let’s start with the shredding process. A spinning blade spins clockwise like that of a blender to shred the fruit or vegetable into pieces. During the shredding process, the juice is separated using a centrifugal force created by the fast-spinning blades.
Most centrifugal juicers operate at a speed of no less than 6000 RPM which creates a lot of friction between the blades and the fibers of the fruit. A phenomenon called oxidation is known to occur when the heat is created during the spinning process as a result of the friction.
The main disadvantage of the centrifugal juicers is oxidation caused in fruits. On the other hand, they are the fastest.
Oxidation comes as a result of the bursting of the plant cells by the fast-moving blades making air to overflow the cells. When this happens the nutrients stand a low chance of staying natural and can’t be stored for as long. These juicers can be the most affordable and save the most time juicing.
3. Cold Press Juicers (Masticating Juicers)
Masticating juicers are increasingly becoming the face of juicing around the world. Although they are high up the chain people usually go for the quality they offer. Just take a masticating juicer as a choice of investment for great quality with a little sacrifice on the time and money end.
Unlike the centrifugal juicers, the masticating juicers function so much slower and follow a different method of juice extraction. In the case of a masticating juicer, the fruits and vegetables are crushed against the auger and screen into finely ground pulp. The breaking down of the fibers thoroughly releases more nutrients providing a richly nutritious voluminous densely colored juice.
Masticating juicers are capable of extracting fiber, enzymes, and vitamins from plant cells. The shredding nature of masticating juicers makes them good for juicing leafy greens, grasses, and other vegetables.
One of the major difference between masticating and cold press juicers is the speed. Masticating juicers operate at about 80-120 RPM making them much slower.
Their slow nature is what prevents oxidation occurring in plant cells unlike in the case of fast centrifugal juicers. A downfall on the part of cold press juicers is that they are heavy, costly, and take more time.
4. Triturating Juicers (Twin-Gear Juicers)
Let not the name triturating confuse you or become a shadow that will turn into a monster and hunt you at night. Triturating also means to grind materials into fine particles, this can include the processes of cutting, shredding and grinding which gives the name of this kind of juicer.
Triturating juicers function with two gears that rotate opposing each other with little space left to allow the finest grounded produce (pulp) to pass through. That is why these juicers also are known as a twin-gear juicers.
This technique of shredding ensures that the highest amount of juice is extracted which contains the highest nutrients possible. And of course, to maintain the standard of nutrition triturating juicers function at a low speed ranging from 80-160 RPM.
At the end of the day, the cells are not busted to oxidize and keep nutrients natural for healthy preservation lasting for up to 36 hours.
Likewise, triturating juicers are ideal for vegetables and can self-feed themselves. Another amazing story about triturating juicers is that you can make use of attachments to the motor to perform other special tasks. No, this is a great bonus for those who choose to make pasta and turn grains into powder.
Due to the low speed that triturating juicers operate at they exhibit a low sound pressure (quietness) phenomena while in use. Additionally, you can adjust the amount of pulp you can extract. Triturating juicers cost the most among popular kinds of juicers and sometimes are the heaviest.
5. Hydraulic Press Juicers
Unless of course if you happen to be a juice master at heart you may not find yourself wanting to have a date with one of these babies. The cost of acquiring and maintaining a hydraulic press juicer is at the very end.
Apart from the time they were first invented they are now among the rarest forms of juicers. Although they are constantly underestimated because of their big nature as apparent they can produce some of the best results.
Instead of using a centrifugal force or gears to extract the juice they use a pressure of about 6,000 PSI. Now, this is a lot of pressure that can extract the most juice, give the best flavor and quality among all other juicers.
A hydraulic press juicer both cuts and grinds the produce before applying pressure to extract the juice. It breaks down the fibers by cutting, shredding, and grinding just like in the case of triturating juicers.
The consistency of a hydraulic press juicer can be as smooth as that of applesauce. The steps to carry out juicing in this juicer is more complicated than others and takes time. A hydraulic press juicer can cost anywhere around $2,500.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Juicers
Now let’s come back to add some juice to the whole story of juicers. Juicers, of course, are like any other types of machines that frequently come with certain difficulties fully understanding how they function.
With currently most specialty machines trending in the market certain juicers come with unique features to better fit the competition. As a result of this questions are constantly being asked to differentiate these machines tending to resemble each other.
For example, in the case of a triturating juicer, there is a vertical model and a horizontal model. And in the case of a centrifugal juicer, there is another model called the centrifugal ejection juicer. The new innovations put all together can either make a big difference or serve as a teaser for the juicing market.
Should I let you in on some amazing advice that will prove useful? If you look at the whole range of juicers available there are other unclassified juicers among popular categories. In the sense that they are named differently not using the words; masticating, triturating, or centrifugal.
This niche of juicer’s try to step out of the competition to prevent themselves from being compared to other top juicers. And of course, it makes sense in the sense that they can now place themselves in a safer position to attract every customer out there looking for a juicer.
The back side of the story is that they are unclassified among the three major kinds capable of causing some debate or portraying themselves to serving more than one purpose. If you are not a seasoned juicer it is better that you don’t jump onto this juicers and even if you have to go for them then go for the top brands.
Below we will go further to unlock some of the mysteries that have to do with juicing speed, cold press juicing, and clarify the differences between a centrifugal and a masticating juicer.
Slow vs. fast Juicers – Is a slow juicer better than a fast juicer?
Speed, speed, speed those it really matter? We have before understood that the major factors that affect anything that we consume are temperature, time, and method of cooking.
In this particular scenario of juicing can speed really upset the odds? For speed to bring in any upset it should then have the ability to alter one of the three major factors listed above.
And clearly, we know that speed can cause a change in timing without a single doubt. But let’s not forget that time also has another factor which influences it which is temperature. The higher the temperature the faster the food is prepared.
But unfortunately speed is not the central goal for high nutrition, temperature and cooking method happens to be. In this case, we know that speed is the least factor affecting nutrition.
So now let’s see how speed affects nutrition in juicing. As it turns out to be the method of juicing is more important in terms of quality than the speed. Take note that the nutrients are gotten from the plant fibers and the more finely crushed they are the more nutrients they release. And this all comes down to the different processes of grinding, chewing using gears, and shredding using a blade.
We know that the more finely the pulp is the more nutrients can be extracted. Therefore chewing and grinding gives better quality than shredding using a blade. As a result, triturating and masticating juicers give better quality than centrifugal juicers because of the method of juicing rather than speed.
What does cold pressed juice mean?
Cold press juicing! What does it really mean? Remember before we mentioned that; different kinds of juicers are named after their methods of juicing. So how does the name cold press really apply? It all comes down to the method of juice extraction.
Cold press juicing is the method of using a hydraulic force to extract the juice from plant cells as opposed to other methods such as centrifugal juicing. Less heat is produced during the juicing process keeping the nutrients more intact and fresh.
A masticating juicer is also referred to a cold press juicer because it uses hydraulic force to move the motor which grinds the produce.
An ideal form of cold press juice is gotten from the mighty hydraulic press juicer. A cold press juicer follows the steps of crushing, chewing, grinding, and pressing using a hydraulic force to extract the juice.
There is not much mystery behind cold press juices. It is evident that the method of juicing produces a richly colored nutrient packed juice. Cold pressed juice is known to last longer than any other juicing method.
What is the main difference between masticating juicers and centrifugal juicers?
We have outlined above that masticating juicers offer better nutrition as a result of the method of juice extraction. However, with many preferring convenience over quality its game on as these two juicers face each other yet again.
There are always two differences to look out for in a juicer namely the method of shredding the pulp and how the juice is extracted. When it comes to the shredding part a centrifugal juicer uses a blade to shred the produce while a masticating juicer chews the fruit or vegetable using an auger.
A centrifugal juicer then separates the juice continuously using centrifugal force while a masticating juicer compresses the juice out using hydraulic force.
This all explains the difference in terms of method of juice extraction leading to different results. The masticating juicer has a powerful motor that forces the produce against the walls of the juicer through a grinder that further grinds the pulp. As a result, a masticating juicer has a smaller opening for pushing the fruit or vegetable into the grinder.
In terms of a centrifugal juicer, a plunger is might not be required to feed the juicer meaning it can self-feed itself. As both machines use different techniques to extract the juice different results are delivered.
A masticating juicer produces more yield than a centrifugal juicer because of the shredding process that results in higher nutrition. With all the advantages of a masticating juicer yet a centrifugal juicer is more convenient because it has a low number of parts.
To bring an end to this let’s then shine a light from the top down to the rest of the body. With close to five different juicers available it has to come down to something else that has to do with you.
We’ve before mentioned that there isn’t an all in one best juicer and so you have to choose base on your lifestyle. Your lifestyle will tell you whether you can be patient enough to use a masticating juicer or go for the fast centrifugal juicer. As said by Jason from Juice Master “the best juicer in the world is the one you’ll use yourself.
A great thing to take note of is that different kinds of juicers have different ideas/concepts of juicing and so different techniques have to be utilized. A centrifugal juicer is fast because it depends on speed to build up enough force to extract the juice.
A masticating juicer has a low RPM (speed) because it depends on applying pressure instead of speed to extract the juice. Just remember whenever you see a wet pulp instead of dry and froth formed on top of a discolored juice you have the right to sound the alarm. With this, we come to the end of the juicer story.