Best Juicer Buying Guide 2017

juicer buying guide

Many people ask me: what is there to know about juicers? A lot! Is what I generally reply to the uninitiated. If you’re reading this guide you’ve probably stumbled upon the great variety of juicers and are looking for a little guidance on which juicer to buy.

This guide helps you through the process, step by step. While juicing is certainly not for everybody I know from experience that it’s at least worth a try – if you’re really looking to improve your health and/or need to control your weight.
However, let me mention one thing right from the start: juicing is no miracle wonder do-it-all diet. There is a little more to become lean and healthy and stay that way your whole life than drinking a glass of juice – I think you know that already but I needed to get this off my chest. That being sad, let’s get started.

Health Benefits of Juicing

Fresh juice has more significant health benefits than we often realize. For example, it can help the digestive system and clear skin that suffers from acne or excessive oils.

It also allows you to add variety to your intake of fruits and veggies. Certain foods are often ignored because of their texture, but now that its all juice, there are no more boundaries to consumption. Store-bought juices rarely contain nature juice straight from the fruit or vegetable.

When we think we’re drinking a healthy liquid, we’re actually just drinking sugar. You can take control into your own hands – now that you are consuming a healthy beverage full of natural, freshly squeezed juice.

If you are thinking about purchasing a juicer, but don’t know exactly where to start – you’ve landed in the right place. Throughout this article I’m going to share with you how to choose the juicer that’s right for you and your needs as well as some interesting facts and information along the way.

Points to Consider before you Buy Juicer Machine in India

Design

Juicers come in different colors, sizes and designs. Compact juicers are ideal for people who have limited kitchen space. Compact juicers are easy to store, and don’t have too many parts to clean.

Pulp Yield

When buying a juicer, one of the important factors that you need to consider is the amount of pulp yield. Cold pressed juicers produce a lot of pulp as it retains the essential nutrients and also enhances the taste of the juice.

Easy Pulp Ejection

When buying a juicer, check the pulp ejection facility of the juicer. Cold press vegetable and fruit juicers have their own pulp collecting containers that are situated either internally or externally. External pulp ejection systems save you from the hassle of stopping the machine, opening it and emptying the basket before you start juicing again.

Motor Power

Before buying a juicer, you need to consider the kind of juice you want to make. If you plan to juice leafy vegetables, look for a powerful juicer. Look for a juicer that has at least 400 watts of power to effectively juice the green leafy vegetables. In addition, you also need to consider how much juice you need in a day and depending on that choose a powerful juicer.

Noise Level

While the noise level may not be a concern for many of us, but it can be quite annoying if you use the juicer for a long time. A centrifugal juicer is generally much louder than a cold pressed juicer. Cold press juicers can perform better juicing function without disturbing your morning conversations.

Speed

Another important factor to consider is the speed at which the juicer operates. Though most of us would like the juicing to be done as soon as possible, the problem is higher speed of the juicer increases the temperatures during the juicing process. As a result, more vitamins and nutrients are lost during the juicing process.

Heat

Heat produced by the juicer is another important factor that you need to consider. Juicers that operate at a higher speed generate more heat than those that operate at a lower speed. High temperatures oxidize the nutrients and fibers present in the fruits and vegetables. Slow juicers don’t produce too much heat, thereby helping to retain the essential nutrients of the fruits and vegetables.

Size of the Feeder Tube

Dicing and cutting the fruits and vegetables that will fit into the feeder tube is a time-consuming task. If you want to cut down on the preparation time, choose a juicer that has a wide feeding tube. The feeding tube needs to be big enough so that it can accommodate large fruits and vegetables such as apples, carrots and beet roots.

Cleaning Time

If you have time constraint, opt for a juicer that is easy to clean. Look for juicers that have lesser parts and a wide feeding mouth to make it easy to clean the juicer. Cleaning the different parts of the juicer takes a lot of time and is inconvenient.

Convenient to use

Look for a juicer that is easy to assemble, disassemble and clean. If the juicer comes with a lot of different parts it will be difficult to clean the juicer. You also need to check the feeding tube of the juicer. The larger the juicing tube the lesser time you will need in cutting the fruits and vegetables for the juicing process. A larger feeding tube also prevents clogging and produces more juice.

Availability of Spare Parts

When looking for a juicer, ensure that the spare parts of the juicer are easily available. If the spare parts and accessories used in the juicer are not available easily, you find it difficult to operate the juicer. Check Juicer dealer locator at your nearest cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Lucknow, Patna, Kolkata, Chandigarh.

Review and Rating

Read the reviews and check the rating of the cold pressed juicer before making the final decision. The reviews will give you a better idea about the pros and cons of using the product, and all the other necessary details that you need to consider when buying a juicer.

Cold Press Juicer Brand

Before making your final decision, do a thorough research to get a clear idea about the brand reputation. There is no use opting for a brand that provides good after sales services but the machine doesn’t function smoothly. Ensure that the company honor all the warranty claims as mentioned and provides good customer support.

Customer Service (After Sale)

The customer service provided by the manufacturer should be one of your main priorities when looking for a juicer. Ensure that the brand that you have selected provides prompt after sales services and also replies to all your questions when looking for a cold press juicer.

Cold Press Juicer Price

Lastly, when buying a cold pressed juicer, ensure that you check the price of the juicer. An expensive juicer may not always provide you with top quality service. If you have just started using a juicer, you can opt for centrifugal juicers. If you have been using a juicer for quite some time, you need to opt for a slow juicer.

There are two main types of juicers (also called juice extractors) on the market:

Centrifugal juicers are the least expensive and the best value.
Masticating juicers are the next step up in quality/power.
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The Differences Between Centrifugal Juicers & Cold Press Juicers

So, you know about the amazing health benefits of juicing and you’re ready to get started. Now you’re wondering what type of juicer is best for you.
There are many types of juicers available, varying in both quality and price. A cheaper centrifugal juicer may be an appropriate start for beginners and certainly preferable to not juicing at all, if other models are unaffordable.
However, a cold press juicer (also known as a masticating or slow juicer) will definitely produce a superior quality juice and allow you to extract more from your fruit and vegetables, saving you money in the long-term.

Centrifugal Juicers

Centrifugal juicers are commonly available in retail outlets and are the cheapest type to purchase. These machines initially extract juice by pulverizing fruit and vegetables against a round cutting blade that spins very quickly against a metal strainer. The centrifugal force generated by the spinning motion of the cutting surface separates the juice from the pulp.

PROS

  • Fast juicing time
  • Cheaper to purchase
  • Easy to use
  • Reduces food preparation time as many accept larger fruit and vegetable pieces

CONS

  • Not well-suited to juicing leafy greens, grasses, sprouts and herbs
    Yields less juice (produces a wet pulp)
  • Reduced juice quality due to fast spinning blades producing heat that destroy beneficial enzymes
  • Higher juice separation and foaming
  • Noisy because of the grinding and cutting action

Cold Press Juicers

These machines operate via a masticating (chewing) or cold press method to produce a superior juice to their centrifugal counterparts. In contrast to the rough extraction and high speeds of centrifugal juicers, cold press juicers operate at lower speeds and gently compress fruit and vegetables to ‘squeeze’ out their juice. While more costly, their slower and more thorough extraction rates produce a higher-quality juice, and more of it.

PROS

  • Well-suited to juicing leafy greens, grasses, sprouts and herbs
    Higher juice yield
  • Juice lasts longer with enzyme integrity keeping for up to 72 hours
    Lower speeds means less heat is generated, preserving more nutrients and enzymes
  • Minimal juice separation and foaming
  • Some models offer other food processing functions, such as being able to make nut milk, nut butter, sorbet, pasta and ice cream
  • Pressing action is quiet.

CONS

  • Higher initial cost
  • Longer food preparation, as smaller food pieces are required for their narrow chutes
  • Slightly higher pulp in juice

What about the best juicer for nutritional value?

We believe this is the most important consideration when buying a juicer.
When you’re serious about your health, consuming the highest quality, nutrient dense foods should be your first priority and something not to be compromised.

Cold pressed juicers operate at lower speeds (usually around 70-80 RPM), keeping heat generation to a minimum. This not only produces a superior tasting juice with minimal foam and separation, but it also means that the beneficial enzymes and nutrients are retained. This is where all the goodness is!
Nutritional tests* (between a cold press and centrifugal juicer) revealed that cold press juicers extract up to 42% more vitamin C, up to 60% more vitamin A and yield between 35 – 50% more juice.

Everything You Need to Know About Water Purifiers

Water Purifiers

Water is the essence of life on earth. It makes up to 75% of the human brain and 75% of the trees. About 97% of the world’s water is either salty or undrinkable, 2% is frozen in ice caps and glaciers, and only 1% is available for humans.

But, due to its solvent nature, this 1% water also becomes contaminated and leads to many health problems. Dirt, germs, and chemical solvents are the major pollutants which make water polluted and render it unfit for human consumption. Hence, the need for a good water purifying system that can treat water and make it suitable for drinking.

There are three water purifying mechanisms – RO, UV and UF available in the market today. Let’s explore them, understand how they are different from one another and find out which is the best option to provide safe and pure drinking water.

Types of Water Filters

If the only problem with your water is grit, dirt, sediment, rust, or other such particles, a screening filter may be sufficient. Made of fiber, fabric, ceramic, or another screening medium, these simply catch particles—including, in some cases, small organisms like cysts and some bacteria. But don’t rely on them to handle disease-causing organisms, VOCs, metals, or the like.

Carbon Water Filters
If your water tastes, smells, or looks bad, a filter containing activated carbon (AC) may solve the problem. If you want to remove chlorine, pesticides, herbicides, radon, trihalomethanes (THMs), and some inorganic chemicals, carbon may do the trick.

Some, but not all, carbon filters are effective at reducing lead content. Solid-block and pre-coat absorption filters trap lead. Check the certification of the unit you’re interested in buying and, if claims are made regarding lead removal, ask for proof.

You can’t rely on a conventional carbon filter to remove salts, nitrates, nitrites, and some metals. And you shouldn’t rely exclusively on one to remove organisms. In fact, be aware that a carbon filter will accumulate the contaminants removed from water, and bacteria may even breed in it, so you must replace filter cartridges religiously, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

A carbon filter that contains pesticide silver may be registered—but, remember, is not endorsed—by the EPA. Studies show that these are not fully effective at eliminating bacterial growth or microbiological contaminants. Again, be sure any such claims are substantiated.

Effectiveness of a particular carbon unit is a factor of the amount of activated carbon it contains. You can buy whole-house, under-counter, countertop, and faucet-mounted styles, but the $30 faucet-end models are only marginally effective. Known as point-of-entry (POE) systems, whole-house units are recommended where a contaminant such as radon poses a threat to the entire household.

Reverse Osmosis Water Filters
If you must remove inorganic chemicals such as salts, metals (including lead), minerals, nitrates, asbestos, and some organic chemicals, consider a reverse-osmosis (RO) water filter.

Actually, most models include carbon pre-filters and post-filters, which will catch sediment, pesticides, herbicides, THMs, and radon. RO filters remove lead, but some don’t remove chlorine (if this is claimed, request proof of performance). The carbon post-filter is used to improve the water’s taste. Pre- and post-filter cartridges should be replaced annually.

Most RO filters are connected directly to plumbing and are located beneath the sink. A small tank stores clean water until needed, and tainted water drains out through a line connected to the sink trap. Drinking water flows through a special, separate sink-top spout. Some models have an automatic valve that eliminates the waste typically associated with RO filters—conventional models waste about 3 gallons for every gallon of water they produce. They generally cost from $200 to $400.

Water Distillers
If you just want a portable, sink-top appliance that will rid water of most dissolved solids, such as salts, asbestos fibers, metals, minerals, particles, and some organic chemicals, an inexpensive water distiller may be just the thing. Distillers heat water until it turns to steam and then condenses the steam back into water in a separate chamber, leaving behind anything that won’t travel in the steam.

Unless coupled with a carbon filter, they will not remove all chemical pollutants and all bacteria. Most have to be filled manually, they use a considerable amount of electricity to operate, and they may take several hours to produce 1 gallon of water. Prices range from about $80 to $400—most popular models are about $200.

UV Water Purifiers
Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection water filters, which typically cost $150 or more, may kill bacteria and viruses, and clear the taste and odor of water, but they are not effective against chemical pollutants and may not work against cysts and spores. UV may be combined with carbon filters to kill bacteria; these units tend to cost from $300 to $700.

Pointers to help you select the best purifier

1.    Water Quality: Asses the quality of water and accordingly choose a filter which can purify it the best.

2.    Electric/ Non-electric: If the place you live in has erratic power supply then you may consider an RO purifier or a UV with storage.

3.    Storage: Not all purifiers have storage option. If you wish to collect purified water or your locality has power supply issues, you should opt for a storage type. The capacity of the storage tank may be an important factor too.

4.    Purification technique: Each purification method has its limitations in eliminating all the impurities present in the water. Different purifiers use different methods of purification. Depending upon the type of water, impurities and contaminants the purification method has to be chosen accordingly. Modern purifiers use two or more purification technique to ensure better quality of water.

5.    Stages of purification: No single technique of purification works good so water is purified in stages. Each stage uses a different purification technique. More the number of stages more cleaner the water.

6.    Quality of purification: Purified water should be potable, odor free and free from all hazardous elements.

7.    Ease of Operation: The operation should be simple and easy. It is not worth a struggle for just a glass of water

8.    Quality of material used: The material should be food grade, non-toxic, rust proof and durable. Aluminum reacts with salts and minerals and poses health hazardous. ABS plastics are testified.

9.    TDS: Water has some elements essential for our body. During purification process these are also eliminated completely at times. Some purifiers have TDS management where the essential minerals and salts are retained. TDS control adds the minerals at the last stage of purification.

10.  Capacity: It’s the quantity of pure water the filter can purify in an Hour(L/hr).

11.  Maximum duty cycle: Maximum water that can be purified in a day.

12.  Purification capacity(life of the filter): is the total quantity of water it can purify. A filter change is recommended after that.

13.  Wall mounting: You can choose from over the counter or wall mounting. Some purifiers have both the option.

14.  Aesthetics: Some models have very sleek design. You can choose one matching your kitchen décor.

15.  Annual Maintenance Contract(AMC): The filters need replacement after their life or time period. Its better if you opt for the AMC.

Special features

Auto shut off : Once the storage tank is filled up, the auto cut off valve cuts off the water inflow into the RO purifier.

Purity indicators: shows the purity of input and output water.

Voice Alerts:   Alert for UV fail and filter change etc. If not changed then the purifier does not function ensuring the safety of your family.

Auto-Flushing System: The filter membrane is flushed and cleaned automatically. This enhances the life of the filter.

Hot & Cold Water: advanced purifiers come with this options with the program on touch panel.