Best Fruit Juicer

How to Choose a Fruit Juicer

The first important decision to make is what the main purpose of the juicer machine will be. If it will be largely a morning juice maker, a citrus juicer machine is sufficient. If fruits and vegetables other than citrus will be used, a centrifugal juicer (or extractor) is required. There are machines on the market that can handle seeds, stems and produce like broccoli and pineapple. On the other hand, if one wants wheatgrass juice, the choice should be a masticating juicer machine with one or two gears. These mechanisms slowly ‘chew’ the produce, thereby conserving nutrients lost in faster, hotter machines.

When thinking about how much to spend, consider how often the machine will be used, in addition to its purpose. Keep in mind that an extractor is pricier than a juicer machine. List must-have features before shopping.

Is it important that the juicer machine looks good on the counter and store away easily? Some machines use high-quality materials to achieve a modern, sleek look that will grace any kitchen.

Some more expensive extractors may pay for themselves in terms of the reduction in food waste. A quality allows the user to consume the pulp, and also extracts as much as 33% more than rival models. So the reduction in food waste should be factored in when deciding how much to spend. Masticating machines can’t be beat when it comes to maximum juice extraction. If one only needs a juicing function, the Super Juicer from Sharper Image claims to eliminate waste with its over-sized pulp container and large feed chute. If one is willing to use the extracted pulp, even more waste is eliminated. Baked goods, soups and sauces can be made from the pulp.

How important is speed? Some faster extractors do not squeeze the last drop of juice from the produce, so they do not save as much money for the consumer. The faster machines can extract a standard glass of juice in about five seconds. If speed is of primary importance, look for a greater number of revolutions per minute (ranging between 3000 rpm and 7000 rpm) and a higher watt motor. The fastest machines may heat up to the point where they are killing antioxidants and enzymes, thereby negating the beneficial properties of juicing! Also bear in mind that more powerful motors tend to make more noise. Read reviews to find machines that don’t clog. A larger feed tube also facilitates fast and easy extraction, and minimizes prep time. If one hates dicing fruit, a wide feeder is a must.

Fewer moving parts equal faster and easier clean up. Make sure that the machine is stainless steel. Look for pulp receptacles and filter screen that are easy to remove—some require tools to get them out for cleaning. The smaller the holes in the filter, the less vegetable matter flying around the kitchen at high speeds. Likewise, rounded surfaces are easier to wash than sharp angles. And make sure that the juicer’s components are top rack dishwasher safe.

There is a wide variance in warranty packages for juicers. Warranty length does not necessarily correlate with price. The pricey Breville Juice Fountain Elite is only guaranteed for 12 months, and the Omega J8005 Juice Extractor carries an astonishing 10-year warranty.

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