A juicer is a machine that separates juice from the pulp of leafy greens, fruits, herbs and many vegetables. During the separation process, the nutrition naturally present in the produce is concentrated in the juice, allowing our bodies to easily absorb it. Before you set off to buy a juicer, you must consider your needs, because some are multifunctional, allowing you to make nut butter and even pasta, while other are designed only for citrus fruits. By learning about the 4 main types of juicers, you avoid buying something that’s under qualified for the job you’re looking for.
4 Types of Juicers and Their Advantages Picture
The Centrifugal juicer
This is one of the most popular types of juicers, due to the fact that is is easy to use and fast. This machine grinds the vegetables and fruits and then spins at a very high rpm, pushing the extracted juice through a strainer. The pulp is disposed into a container in the versions with pulp ejecting. Although this juicer is the fastest, more oxidation occurs and if you do not consume the juice right away, it may lose its nutritional value. Moreover, they do not perform well when juicing leafy greens, especially wheat grass. Because it generates more heat, some of the nutrients are destroyed. The advantages of a centrifugal juicer is that it is fast, cheap and can juice almost anything. They usually have a large tube, allowing you to add larger pieces. Sometimes they are easier to clean than other types of juicers.
The Masticating juicer
Masticating juicers use a single gear to chew fiber in a spiral rotating motion. Because the process is slow, the juice has a higher quality. You can use a masticator to make sauces, fruit sorbets, baby food, ice cream and even wheat grass juice. They do better at juicing leafy greens and vegetables than centrifugal juicers, producing less heat and drier pulp. Moreover, they last up to 10 years longer. However, there are some disadvantages of these types of juicers. First of all, masticators have smaller mouths, so you must cut the produce into small pieces. Second, it takes longer to make the juice and clean up the machine. The price is another disadvantage, but if you do some research you might find a mid-range masticating juicer at the same price as a high-end centrifugal.
The Triturating juicer
The Triturating (twin gear) juicer has a two step process and turns at a slower rpm than other juicers. The first step involves crushing the vegetables and fruit. Next, the pulp is pressed and the juice extracted. Compared to other types of juicer, in this machine you can add even leafy vegetables. Because of the movement, you will get more juice and more enzymes, trace minerals and fiber out of any ingredient. Although the juice is high-quality, if time is a consideration this may not be the best option. They also come with a high end price tag. However, if you have a health challenge like cancer, it is important to get more out of every ingredient. The price range is around $20 to over $100.
This is the simplest and cheapest juicer for extracting juice from citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, limes and grapefruit. However, you cannot make green juices with this machine. Citrus fruits can also be juices in the other three type of juicers, so consider a citrus juicer if you intend only to juice citrus fruit. The price range is around $20 to over $100.