Masticating Juicer Reviews – Ultimate Buyer’s Guide
- 1 Introduction
- 2 What is a masticating juicer?
- 3 What are the differences between different types of juicers?
- 4 Why did I choose a masticating juicer?
- 5 Who should buy masticating juicers?
- 6 Price of the juicer
- 7 Features of the Juicers
- 7.1 Price
- 7.2 Position (Vertical/Horizontal)
- 7.3 Space on the Counter
- 7.4 Motor Power
- 7.5 Chute Size
- 7.6 Prep Time
- 7.7 Yield
- 7.8 Pulp
- 7.9 Noise
- 7.10 Ease of Assembling/Disassembling
- 7.11 Warranty
- 7.12 Ease of Cleaning
- 7.13 Dishwasher Safety
- 8 Pros and Cons
- 9 Conclusion
One of my favorite parts of traveling in other countries is the different types of fresh juices I have the opportunity to try. It’s like tasting a tiny sip of their culture. I remember sitting in a tiny cafe in Istanbul, Turkey. It was a freezing cold day, I was bundled up in my warmest coat, trying to decide between getting something hot or cold to drink. It wasn’t a hard decision. Juice has always been my natural leaning. Both for the nutrients it provides as well as the delicious flavor it imparts. In that little Turkish cafe, I decided on pomegranate juice. It was tart! A few weeks before that I was sitting in a high-end restaurant in Mumbai, India, having my first taste of fresh sweet mango juice.
I always end up coming back home and missing all the fresh juices I had overseas. But, what’s to stop us from making our own juice right inside our own kitchen? You don’t have to be in a back alley cafe halfway around the world to have fresh juice. Make your own! As I’ve searched for my own juicer, I’ve discovered through reading both masticating juicer reviews and reviews of centrifugal juicer that there are some notable differences between the different types of machines. For me personally, I’ve decided a masticating juicer is my preference so that is what the focus will be in this article. However, you should decide for yourself. The following information will help explain the differences and similarities in the different types of juicers.
Before going any further, we ought to define what we are talking about.
A masticating juicer, also known as a cold press juicer almost acts as if it is chewing the fruits and vegetables for you. It crushes and presses the ingredients to provide you with a high yield of juice.
Since the machine produces juice in this way, it doesn’t produce heat as some other types of juicers do. The lack of heat means the juice will retain more of the ingredients’ nutrients. More nutrients definitely sound like a plus to me!
Also, the “chewing” motion the juicer has gives it the ability to provide you with nut milk.
For example, you could make your own almond nut milk rather than buy it from the store. This not only means you can make it fresh whenever you want, but it also helps you control what is in the milk rather than blindly accepting whatever you find available in the grocery store.
Also, masticating juicers provide juice very quietly. If you want to make an early morning cup of juice while members of your family are still sleeping, this juicer isn’t likely to wake any of them up.
What are the differences between different types of juicers?
Centrifugal juicers are in many ways similar to a blender. There is a fast-spinning metal blade that quickly (and rather loudly!) chops up the fruits or vegetables into very tiny pieces. The blade is spinning against a metal filter that ends up separating the juice from the pulp.
The ways of producing juice
One of the differences between masticating and centrifugal juicers is the way both machines produce juice.
The fast spinning blade in the centrifugal juicer produces heat.
True, it’s not generally a huge amount of heat (no cooking eggs on top of it!), however, the amount of heat it does produce is enough to break down some of the nutrients in the ingredients. Since the cold press juicers only chew the food, cutting down on heat, more nutrients are preserved for you to consume and use.
Since the cold press juicers only chew the food, cutting down on heat, more nutrients are preserved for you to consume and use.
The noise level
As I already mentioned, masticating juicers are quite quiet. On the other hand, centrifugal juicers are generally as loud as blenders. Different varieties are quieter and louder than others, but in general, you won’t want to turn any of them on while family members are sleeping.
The speed of the centrifugal juicers adds a bit more air into the juice being made.
This means the juice from centrifugal juicers generally tends to have a shorter shelf life than the juice made from masticating juicers that don’t have that same level of oxidation.
Does it really matter if you choose to go with masticating or centrifugal juicers? Can you just choose whichever one looks the nicest to you and fits within your budget?
Of course you should stick with your budget, and naturally, you’ll want something that looks nice.
However, as you read through cold press juicer reviews and compare cold press juicers to centrifugal juicers, you’ll see that the amount of differences between the two, as well as the varieties of both types, begs for much more to be put into your decision than just the price and the look of the machine.
Think through what you want it to do, do you want the best juicer for greens?
Or perhaps the best wheatgrass juicer?
Or are you thinking more along the lines of hard ingredients and perhaps are on the hunt for the best juicer for carrots?
Think through why you want a juicer. Have you been looking for juicing recipes for weight loss and are hoping for the best juicer for producing the most efficient juice as the best fat burner possible?
Are you looking more for vegetable juicing machines or ones more for fruit? There’s a lot to think through!
The amount of top of the line juicers can be staggering, and it can be tempting to just choose the first one you find with decent reviews, but don’t cut yourself short.
As you read through all this information, consider what you really value in a juicer. After you have a clearer idea of what you want, reference the chart I’ve made for you comparing different types of juicers.
Armed with your new knowledge and the information available, choosing the best juicer for you will be a walk in the park!
Why did I choose a masticating juicer?
To give you an example of what to think through here is why I decided to choose a masticating juicer is what’s best for me and my lifestyle.
I wanted a juicer that would give me a lot of nutrients and wouldn’t cut back on any of the potential benefits I could get from juice.
I’m an early riser so I also wanted to go with an option that would be quiet so as not to wake anyone.
I love nut milk, so the ability of a machine to make those for me as well as my delicious juices definitely was a priority!
I also considered it important for me to choose a masticating juicer because if I make a large amount of juice I don’t want it to go bad very quickly. I knew if I chose a centrifugal juicer, the juice it produced would spoil more quickly than one from a masticating juicer.
For me, masticating juicers were the most obvious choice.
What about you?
Who should buy masticating juicers?
I realize, not everyone thinks the same as me so not everyone will want a masticating juicer.
How do you know what is best for you?
What do you want to juice for?
One thing you can do is think through what you want the juice for.
Do you want it for drinking?
Or, are you mostly planning on using the juice in some form of cooking or baking?
If you are planning on using the juice in some way that will apply heat to it, it’s not going to be as important for you to choose a masticating juicer. If heat is going to be applied to it anyway, you don’t need to focus on saving all the nutrients you can in the juicing process.
Also, if you are planning on drinking the juice but you don’t mind getting the nutrients then frankly it won’t matter if you get a masticating juicer either. If more nutrients aren’t important to you, then you don’t need a juicer that saves those. In that case, perhaps a centrifugal juicer is best for you.
On the other hand, if you are hoping to get a lot of nutrients from your juice, then, in that case, a centrifugal juicer wouldn’t be your first choice. If you’re into juice cleansing, making nut milk, or simply having good healthy fresh juice available you should probably be seriously looking at masticating juicers.
Price of the juicer
If you are trying to save money, centrifugal juicers are cheaper in general.
However, if you have your heart set on a masticating juicer, don’t think being on a budget has to keep you from getting one.
As with any product, there is a range of prices within the varieties of masticating juicers.
Also, sales will come up during different types of the year (think Black Friday or around Christmas). Shop around and don’t necessarily rush into getting one. If you have a little time to wait before getting one, watch the prices and let yourself get what you truly value in a juicer.
You don’t want to save a few dollars only to end up being disappointed in the product you got.
Features of the Juicers
To help you with your big decision, let’s take a closer look at the different features of juicers, particularly masticating juicers, to consider before choosing which one to buy.
As I mentioned before, masticating juicers tend to cost more than centrifugal juicers. In general, they cost two to five times as much as the more traditional centrifugal juicer.
But, don’t take that automatically as meaning they are that much better or worse depending on their price. When a juicer is priced that much higher, you need to make sure you’re understanding what the extra cost is for before you choose to either buy or not buy that product.
For example, here are some things to think through:
Higher quality materials
A good thing about the masticating juicers having a higher cost is that generally things that cost more are made with higher quality materials. True, this is not always the case. However, it does tend to be the trend.
Read through masticating juicer reviews (as well as centrifugal juicer reviews if you are interested in those) to determine for yourself how high the quality is on the different juicers you are considering.
Look for sales, coupons, and discounts
Obviously, a disadvantage to the price for masticating juicers being so high is the fact that you have to pay more money. Usually. Remember, shop around! Look for sales, coupons, and discounts.
Try to avoid impulse buying (buying something right when you decide you want it, rather than waiting a bit to consider if you really should get it). If you can wait and not buy something right when you first hear of it, that will give you more time to watch prices and look for discounts or other ways to save money when you end up buying the juicer.
Automatically putting an extra bit of importance on the juicer
One other benefit of masticating juicers having higher prices is that if you spend the money on it, that should automatically put an extra bit of importance on the juicer for you than if you had paid less.
When you spend more money on something, you tend to value it more and take care of it better.
In the case of juicers, you’re also likely to want to make sure you are using it more and, perhaps, would end up using it more than a cheaper juicer simply because when you purchased it you valued it high enough to spend the extra money to get that specific one.
When you spend more money on something, you tend to value it more and take care of it better.
What exactly do I mean by “position?”
In this situation, I’m referring to the either vertical or horizontal position your juicer sits in.
In the past, most masticating juicers were horizontal, however, more and more vertical masticating juicers have started being produced.
How should you decide which is best for you?
Yes, centrifugal juicers are usually faster than masticating juicers. However, that does not mean that masticating juicers are all juicing at the same leisurely pace.
Why? In the case of position, the simple fact of gravity works in speed’s favor.
Vertical juicers not only have the machine working on turning your products into juice, but these specific juicers also have gravity pulling on the fruits or vegetables down toward the “teeth” of the machine to be turned into juice faster and easier.
Another interesting point is that horizontal machines tend to have a more difficult time juicer berries.
The horizontal masticating juicers often throw the berries back out the feeder before they can all be turned into juice.
Be careful! If you decide to use a horizontal machine to juice blackberries, for example, and if you don’t cover the feeder, I wouldn’t do so with your favorite white shirt on. If you do, you may find yourself with a purple rather than white shirt by the time the juice is made!
Vertical juicers, thankfully, do not tend to have this problem.
More juice faster
Vertical juicers also tend to produce more juice faster than horizontal cold press juicers.
In order to get the same amount of juice from a horizontal one, you likely will have to pass the ingredients through the juicer twice, potentially making the machine last half as long as a vertical juicer that needs only do have the work for the same amount of juice.
A benefit to horizontal masticating juicers is that they can more easily double as a coffee grinder, baby food maker, and nut butter maker. If you are more interested in those features, you likely should consider a horizontal one.
One little note on using a juicer for baby food:
If you choose to go with a horizontal masticating juicer in order to make baby food, in particular, you can save both time and money. My own parents used a similar method to make my baby food. They would take whatever food they were having for dinner that night, as long as it didn’t have anything too spicy in it, and they would slip it inside the machine to be ground into baby food for me.
Hardly any extra work for the parents, happy baby, and no extra machines to buy!
Vertical masticating juicers not only have the machine working on turning your products into juice, but these specific juicers also have gravity pulling on the fruits or vegetables down toward the “teeth” of the machine to be turned into juice faster and easier
Space on the Counter
Like many machines, juicers come in many different shapes and sizes. Make sure you consider how big it is and how much space it will take when you choose which juicer to buy.
The size of your kitchen
If you choose a mini juicer, you’ll obviously have more space for other things.
If you have a small kitchen, or simply really value having lots of counter space, a mini juicer might be best for you.
It can be helpful to remind yourself of how often you use your counter space. Do you cook large amounts of food often that need prep work on your counter? Or, do you often make cookies or some other similar baked good that needs a lot of space to cool, spread out on your counter? In that case, perhaps you should get a mini juicer.
Think through how many people you want to feed with the juicer
If you’re hoping to make a lot of juice regularly, then, in that case, a mini juicer might not be worth the extra counter space.
Think through what you value.
Do you prefer extra space, or the ability to make a large amount of juice faster? Neither is right or wrong. Choose what is best for you and your lifestyle.
If you have a large family, perhaps it would be helpful for you to ask your family members if they would be interested in drinking the juice you’ll be making.
If you’re the only person in your family who enjoys drinking juice, then even if you have a large family getting a large juicer probably wouldn’t be necessary.
On the other hand, if members of your family do want juice, perhaps you should get a bigger juicer. And, if you get them as excited as you are about the juicer, maybe you can get them to help in the juicing making process. A win-win! You get a kitchen helper, they get freshly made juice.
Another thing to consider is motor power. Just like there are all different sizes of juicers, there are also many different types of motors. How strong should your juicer’s motor be?
How strong should your juicer’s motor be?
At first glance, you might think the stronger the motor, the better, right? Yes and no. It depends on what you want it for.
If you have a strong motor, the machine can juice faster and give you a high quantity of juice easily. If you want the most juice for the shortest amount of time, choose a stronger motor. However, make sure you run through all that having a strong motor means.
Decide for yourself what you value most, high quantity of juice made quickly, or the benefits of a slower motor.
What are the benefits of less powerful machines?
The faster the motor makes the juice, the more the juicer will have the potential of heating up. The strength of the motor is helpful in many ways, but the extra heat it produces can destroy some nutrients before you even have the chance to taste the juice being made.
If you’d rather have a juicer that produces juice with the most nutrients possible, your best bet isn’t to go for the fastest strongest motor.
Remember, make the decision for yourself what you truly value most. Either kind is good, only one is best for you.
When you’re deciding which juicer to buy, keep the chute size around when you’re shopping around. The chute, if you’re not familiar with the term, is the part of the juicer where you insert the fruit or vegetables.
Chopping up the fruits and veggies
Some benefits of having a large chute are that, depending on the fruit or vegetable, you could potentially juice the ingredient by directly putting it into the machine whole, without having to chop it up at all. This saves on preparation time, and also saves you from having to wash any extra knives or cutting boards– definitely a win!
Bigger chute, bigger juicer, more counter space
Before you run off to buy a juicer with a large chute, do remember that if a juicer has a large chute size, that means the juicer itself has to be big enough to accommodate that chute. This goes back to the issue of counter space.
If you want a small juicer, chances are you’re going to have to sacrifice your big chute in order to have your extra counter space. It all comes back to what you value most; counter space, or a bigger juicer (or in this case, chute).
Think through what kind of juice you want to make
For example, if all you’re really hoping to make is different types of berry juice, then a juicer with a smaller chute wouldn’t be a problem at all. No need to cut up berries that are already small! But, if you’re hoping to regularly make juice from larger fruits or vegetables, then do keep in mind the amount of prep time the chute will cause you to use.
Some benefits of having a large chute are that, depending on the fruit or vegetable, you could potentially juice the ingredient by directly putting it into the machine whole, without having to chop it up at all
This ties directly into the last issue. The bigger the chute, the less preparation you’ll need to do in order to make juice. If you want to save on preparation time, choose a juicer that doesn’t require you to chop up food first.
Who are you making the juice for? Is it just for yourself? Do you want to make enough to last for more than one cup of juice?
Is it just for yourself? Do you want to make enough to last for more than one cup of juice?
Do you want to make enough to last for more than one cup of juice?
The bigger the juicer, the more potential juice you can make
Again, think about the size of the juicer. The bigger the juicer, the more potential juice you can make. If you get a large juicer, you have the benefit of more juice for less work. Just make sure you’re prepared to drink a large amount of juice if that’s what you decide to make. That feat is easy if you have a large family drinking it with you, but if you are the only person drinking it, be careful to not waste a lot of juice simply because you couldn’t drink it fast enough before it went bad.
Do not buy a juicer that will produce more juice than you can drink at once
If you don’t really want more juice than enough for one or two cups, then you may want to downsize. Not only do smaller juicers usually cost less, but as we mentioned, they also save on space. If you value having variety in what kinds of juice you drink, for example, you want to have a berry juice today, but a different type tomorrow, then a smaller juicer would likely be a smart choice for you.
If you don’t want your juice to last until tomorrow, then why buy a juicer that will produce more juice than you can drink in one or two sittings?
The drier the pulp, the more juice there will be for you to drink
Also, the drier the pulp is that’s produced by the juicer, the more juice there will be for you to drink. And, not only that but the drier the pulp is that is produced, the more easily you can use the pulp in other ways. How can you use pulp? Read on to find out.
The drier the pulp is that’s produced by the juicer, the more juice there will be for you to drink
Do you want pulp in your juice?
Do you know what it is?
The pulp is the leftover insoluble fiber left from the fruits and vegetables after you take the juice out of them.
Some people want more pulp than others in their juice. I know some people who ask for extra pulp in their drinks, while others can’t stand to even have a bit of it in theirs.
The benefit of choosing a juicer that includes some pulp in your juice is that that includes extra fiber for you along with the nutrients you’re getting from the rest of the ingredient.
You can feel it when you’re drinking
A con to having a juicer that includes fiber in your drink is that you can taste and feel it when you’re drinking. Many people don’t mind it at all, and some people prefer it.
I’ve been told it feels more “natural” to drink it with some of the pulp. It’s definitely healthy! I, however, dislike having pulp in my juice so I’d prefer a juicer that does not include pulp in my juice.
You can include your leftover pulp in your salads, soups, etc.
The dryer the pulp is that the juicer has left over after it makes the juice, the more juice you’ll have to drink. Also, if your juicer has left over pulp, you can include it in other things you are making and eating. Some people like to sprinkle the leftover pulp on salads, soups, or include it in their morning smoothies.
Some people like to sprinkle the leftover pulp on salads, soups, or include it in their morning smoothies.
Noise is definitely a factor to keep in mind!
Do you have any young children who might be sleeping when you’re wanting some fresh juice?
Or do you live in an apartment with thin walls and fear a loud juicer early in the morning or late at night might not be the best way to make friends?
Or, do you have a dog or cat who is terrified of loud noises?
As minor as these things might seem to you right now, they likely will seem much more important to you when you have the juicer and have your hand hovering over the on button, considering whether the noise is worth the fresh juice.
Even if you don’t usually care about noise, think about the reality of what happens in life.
I don’t usually mind loud machines, but at the moment one of my family members is home, sick with the flu. I’d love to be able to make some juice at the moment (for them and me!) but sleep is a valuable medicine and I don’t want to risk waking them.
If you choose a juicer that is loud, you likely will use the juicer less.
Chances are, there will be several times when you’re wanting juice but also dearly would like to be quiet. Or, you may start making juice and then get a phone call.
Wouldn’t you rather be able to answer the phone call without stopping the juice making process, rather than stopping the machine to talk for however long the conversation takes, then start juicing all over again? Definitely keep in mind the noise factor.
Are there any benefits to having a noisy machine?
Not unless you want to announce to everyone you’re about to drink juice! If you are hoping to advertise to your family and neighbors your healthy habits of juice drinking, then perhaps in your case a loud juicer isn’t such a bad idea. Otherwise, I would search for quieter machines.
Wouldn’t you rather be able to answer the phone call without stopping the juice making process, rather than stopping the machine to talk for however long the conversation takes, then start juicing all over again? Definitely keep in mind the noise factor.
Ease of Assembling/Disassembling
Another thing to keep in mind is the ease (or lack of ease) of assembling and disassembling the juicer.
The harder a juicer is to assemble and disassemble, the less likely you are to use it.
When you first get it, the excitement of having a new juicer will likely override any feelings of disappointment over how long the juicer will take to assemble, helping you to put it together in the first place. However, after the initial assembling of the machine, you are likely to come upon days when you’ll go without juice in order to avoid assembling and disassembling the machine. True, you don’t have to take it apart each time before you use it, but after you use it when it’s time for cleaning it you will need to do just that.
Also, if the juicer is large you will likely at some point need the extra counter space.
Perhaps it’ll be when you’re having some neighbor children over to make Christmas cookies and need room to roll out the sugar cookie dough. Or, perhaps you’ll realize you need extra space as you crank out a batch of homemade pasta in your pasta rolling machine (the dough gets a lot longer than you usually first realize!). Or maybe, you’ll come upon a day when you simply want to deep clean everything and need to clear the counter of extra machines.
In any case, if you need to put away the juicer, you’ll likely want to disassemble it in order to use up less room wherever you end up storing it. If it’s difficult to disassemble, you may end up foregoing whatever plans you originally had simply to avoid the chore of taking the machine apart. Or, you may go ahead and disassemble it, only to keep from reassembling it when you are done in order to avoid the hassle of all the repeated work.
- If you want to easily and frequently use the juicer you are so eager to buy, be careful in your review of the different machines in order to choose one that won’t give you a headache to assemble and disassemble in your juicing future.
A very important but easily overlooked aspect of juicers is that some come with warranties while others do not. Does it really matter if you get one with a warranty?
If you buy a juicer with no warranty, all your hard work researching juicers and thinking hard to decide which one to buy will come to a crashing end if the day ever comes when a too large apple or too hard carrot jams the juicer and ends up delivering irrevocable damage. And trust me, that day will come.
It may not be a carrot or an apple; it could be your niece or nephew who accidentally threw a ball a bit too hard inside your lovely kitchen. But regardless how your juicer breaks, at some point it will fail you.
If you have a warranty on your juicer, you’ll be able to keep on juicing with only a brief pause to get your machine fixed or a replacement machine shipped to you.
If you don’t have a warranty, let’s hope you have the needed money sitting around and free to use to fix or replace the machine!
The different types of warranties
Another thing to think about is the different types of warranties available.
Some warranties will only last for a year or two, while some last for your lifetime.
How long do you want to use the juicer? Try to find a juicer with a warranty that will cover the amount of time you want the juicer for. If you want it for the rest of your life, try to find one with a warranty that will cover it that long.
If you only plan on needing or wanting it for a few years, then a smaller warranty should cover you.
Or, if you know you’re going to want to upgrade to a different type of juicer in a few years, you wouldn’t need a warranty going past those years.
Although, if you are wanting to upgrade, wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to sell your current juicer to help you cover the cost of that upgrade? If that’s what you’re hoping for, then perhaps you should choose a longer warranty to make sure this juicer lasts long enough for you to sell it in exchange for its replacement.
Read the warranty stipulations very carefully
Also, make sure you read the warranty stipulations very carefully.
I had a friend one time who had a sewing machine break. Now obviously, a sewing machine is completely different from a juicer. However, what’s similar is that sewing machines can be covered by warranties very similar to the warranties covering juicers. This friend of mine called her sewing machine’s company, explained how hers broke and asked for it to be replaced since it was covered by a warranty. The company replied that they would replace it completely free of charge because of the warranty if, and only if, she had followed the rules of the warranty.
In that case, the rules were that she needed to have kept the original box the sewing machine had been sold to her in. She had bought the sewing machine nearly ten years before, but thankfully for her, she is one of those people who hold on to everything “in case I need it sometime.” Happily for her, that day did come! She told the (very surprised) company that she did indeed have the original box. Shortly thereafter, she had her own new sewing machine complete with a new warranty, thanks to her having held onto that box.
The moral of the story? Read warranty rules! If they say to hold on to the original box, or if they have any other rules, make sure to do it. There very well may come a day in the not too distant future you’ll be grateful you did.
Ease of Cleaning
This is another very important thing to consider. Some juicers are a lot harder to clean than you might first realize!
Similar to the ease (or lack of ease) in assembling and disassembling juicers, if a juicer is difficult to clean, you are likely going to want to use it a lot less than if it were easy to clean.
As you decide whether you really want that cup of juice or not, the image of all the little parts of the machine to clean will pop up in your head. You’ll think of all the pieces of food that get caught in the nooks and crannies of the juicer. And, like it or not, many times you’ll likely forgo that cup of juice simply to avoid the work. If that happens, I don’t blame you! Some juicers really are a big chore to clean.
But, juicers don’t have to give you that much of a headache. In fact, some juicers can be cleaned in only a few short minutes! Read through reviews and try to choose a juicer that won’t need a large amount of time or materials to clean it.
It is safer for your health to choose a machine that is easier to clean
Also, it is frankly safer for your health to choose a machine that is easier to clean.
If a machine is difficult to clean, you may not clean it as thoroughly as you should every time you use it.
If you make yourself a cup of juice right before you run out the door to go to work, you may just rinse off a few of the dirtiest looking parts of the juicer before heading out the door. When you get back home, tired from work, you won’t likely be wanting to clean the juicer, and chances are by then you’ll have forgotten all about it! The next morning as you reach to make a fresh cup of juice the thought may finally cross your mind that you haven’t cleaned it yet, but if you’re running late yet again then you’ll likely either skip that cup of juice, or tell yourself that it’s not really that bad to use a lightly used juicer. And, sipping your cup of fresh juice, you’ll run out the door after giving the machine an only slightly better rinsing….and the cycle continues.
Of course, this doesn’t have to happen and you may be one of the best dishwashers out there! But let’s face it, we’re all human and sometimes we simply run out of time and then forget to do things we normally would do.
If you get a juicer that is quick and easy to clean, you are much less likely to run into this problem, and much more likely to have the ability to have a clean healthy cup of juice whenever you want it.
This absolutely ties in directly with the previous point. If you’re wanting a juicer that is easy to clean, one of the easiest ways to clean it is to find one that can be washed in the dishwasher!
Not only will a juicer that has parts that can be washed in the dishwasher save you time, but it will also take a time to thoroughly wash the parts that you may have had to rush through cleaning. In the end, you’ll likely have a cleaner machine.
Make sure thought that you only wash parts of a juicer that say they are dishwasher safe. If you choose to wash something in the dishwasher that’s not meant to be washed in there, it may melt the piece, depending on its material. Or, you also may dull the blade if it is the sharp part of the juicer that you put in the dishwasher. Make sure you are washing the pieces in the way they were meant to be washed.
Well, that certainly was a lot of information! Do you remember it all? If you’re like me, chances are you may have forgotten a point or two. In case you don’t remember everything we’ve talked about, let’s go over a few of the main pros and cons of masticating juicers.
Pros and Cons
First, the pros:
- Take more nutrients – Cold press juicers give you lots of nutrients! Since masticating juicers don’t produce heat like centrifugal juicers, all the nutrients possible to extract the juice will be available for you to consume. If you read slow juicer reviews, you’ll notice many users of the juicers commenting on how they feel better after having gotten in the habit of drinking fresh juice, along with eating other healthy food. Nutrients really do affect your health!
- Quieter – Also, if you read masticating juicer reviews, you’ll notice how users of this type of juicer love how quiet they are. Centrifugal juicers are too loud to use if family members are sleeping or if you’re talking on the phone. Masticating juicers can be run while you are in the middle of a conversation without causing any problems (Unless of course you count the problem of being distracted during the conversation because all you can think about is the delicious fresh juice you’re about to drink!).
- More yield – Another pro of masticating juicers is how they produce more juice. They are able to extract more liquid from the fruit, making the pulps left behind drier. Which, of course, brings us back to the pulp! If you have a good, dry pulp, it’s easy to sprinkle it on top of salads, incorporate it into homemade crackers, or include it in other recipes. You can even include it in green smoothies, rather than using the common green powders mixed in to give nutrients– use your fresh fruit and vegetable pulp instead!
- Multi-purpose – Another nice aspect of masticating juicers is that you can use them for more than just juicing. They can be used to grind coffee beans, make baby food, or even make nut butter!
- Less Oxidation – Also, since cold press juicers are slower than centrifugal juicers, they produce less air while the juice is being made. This cuts back on the oxidation in the juice and means the juice can last longer.
- Better on leafy greens – Masticating juicers are better at extracting juice from certain vegetables– especially green leafy vegetables! The slower speed helps get the most juice out possible. The rapid speed of the centrifugal juicers tends to rip the leafy vegetables without producing much juice.
Now, the cons:
- Longer juicing time – Masticating juicers take longer to produce juice than centrifugal juicers. As mentioned this extra time means the machine does not have to heat up as do centrifugal juicers, protecting the juice from any heat damage. However, if you want the juice to be made quickly, the fastest way to make your juice is not with a masticating juicer. Just keep in mind if you choose a centrifugal juicer over a masticating one because of the difference in speed, there is also a difference in the quality of the juice produced.
- Higher price – Another con is the price of masticating juicers. Unfortunately, masticating juicers do usually cost a fair amount more than centrifugal juicers. However, do keep in mind just because a product is usually sold at a certain price, that does not mean you may be able to find it for a discount at certain times of the year. Also, keep in mind what you are paying for. Masticating juicers do cost more, but they also give you a greater quality juice. You have to ask yourself if you are willing to pay for that quality.
- Struggling for soft fruits – One last con I would like to mention is that masticating juicers tend to have a harder time juicing soft fruits such as soft apples, bananas, and strawberries. One way to try to get around this is alternating between feeding soft fruit and harder fruit into the juicer. It may help the machine perform more efficiently with those specific fruits.
To conclude, I would like to leave you with some thoughts about why juicing can be so beneficial to you. As I’m sure many of you are aware, the majority of people do not have enough fruits and vegetables in their diet to provide their bodies with the recommended amount of nutrients needed for living a healthy lifestyle. What did you have for dinner last night? Or lunch yesterday afternoon? Did you have breakfast? Chances are, whether you ate all three meals or not, you did not include very many fruits and vegetables. If you did, then great! Keep up the good work! Most people struggle though with being able to eat all the nutrients they need.
Instead of feeling guilty about not eating enough healthy nutrients, or not giving your children enough fruits and vegetables for them to get enough nutrients, think about what you can do to make your diet better in the future. One reason why it’s so difficult to eat enough fruits and vegetables is because those foods have quite a bit of fiber in them. Fiber is not only filling, which makes us simply not want to eat more of it, but it also can cause our digestive system to struggle to take it all in and use it all. Juice is a wonderful way to get around this problem.
You do need to make sure you are getting enough fiber into your body, but once you’ve had enough, you can take whatever fruits and vegetables you still need to eat for the day and turn it into juice. The pulp that is left over after the juice is made is the fiber that your body would have otherwise had to use. Drinking juice is an easy, delicious way to provide your body with needed nutrients without making struggle through digesting large amounts of fiber that your body is not used to dealing with.
Whatever kind of juicer you decide to get, I hope this article has been a help to you in helping you understand a bit more about the different features of juicers, and why you may want your juicer to be built one way or another.
For me personally, I value what a masticating juicer can give me and my family so that is the type of juicer I have chosen for myself. True, it does cost more. However, I see a purchase like this as an investment. I am choosing to invest in my own future health as well as the health of my family. I do value our health more than money. But, it’s also true that there is a good chance I will be saving on future health bills by making this juicer’s purchase now. If we are able to build up our bodies and help ourselves be healthy in the present, it can keep us from having a host of health problems we’d have to pay for the in future.
And, at the end of it all, I love juice! Wouldn’t you like to wake up to being able to choose what kind of juice you want, then make it easily fresh from your kitchen? No more grocery runs for juice, or in my case, traveling around the world to find a cafe that will sell me a glass of it. Although I have to admit, my next trip will undoubtedly find me slipping inside a new little-known shop, in a part of the world I’m not yet familiar with. I’ll skim the menu, finding the drinks, and slowly search through the words until I find what I’m looking for. Juice. Whether at home or abroad, I’ll always enjoy the delicious nutritious drink. I’m grateful that now I can make the drink right inside my own cozy kitchen.