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