Juicer buying guide

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Juicing has become extremely popular over the last few years as it's a quick and easy way to get all of your five a day as well as being a tasty drink! However when I set out to buy a juicer I realised how many different juicers were out there and how confusing it is to find the one that's right for you. So in this guide I will try and explain the different options in juicers.

Firstly it's important to know there are 3 main types of juicer:-

1)  Centrifugal
This is the most common juicer where you  push the fruit or veg down a chute into a fast spinning bladed filter.

2) Masticating
In this method the fruit and veg is pushed down a chute into a slow-moving screw style blade.

3) Citrus Press
This is for citrus fruit such as lemons. You cut the fruit in half horizontally and put the cut half face down and 'press' out it's juice either with a motorised button or a leaver. 

So which is best for juicing? In my opinion a healthy juice needs to contain more vegetables than fruit as fruit is high in sugars so for me that ruled the citrus press out.

The decision between choosing a centrifugal juicer and masticating juicer wasn't as easy. I will try and give you the pros and cons to each below...

Centrifugal juicers 

Pros:- 
- The juice comes out within seconds
- They are reasonably easy to use 
- Some models have wider chutes so you save time not having to chop the produce
- Can be less expensive to buy
- Are available in a lot more stores so are easier to purchase 

Cons:-
- They tend to be quite noisy 
- It's argued that the high speed spinning produces too much heat which then can damage the enzymes in the juice.
- The juice that comes out tends to have lots of foam on top because the high speed spinning traps more air which causes froth
- Not as effective at juicing leafy vegetables and herbs
- The extracted juice is mainly water content and so it separates easily (so you'll need to keep stirring it or put it in a bottle which you can keep shaking up)
- The juice has to be consumed right away and cannot be drunk at a later date due to the rapid oxidation

Masticating juicers

Pros:- 
- They tend to be a lot less noisy
- Can make juices from leafy vegetables and wheat grass 
- Typically produces more juice
- Produces less heat since it moves at a slower speed and therefore less enzymes are damaged

Cons:-
- They take a lot longer to produce the juice
- They tend to be more expensive
- It's argued that as they take a lot longer to produce the juice the expose time increases oxidation and damages the enzymes equally as much as the heat does in centrifugal juicers


So as you can see there is no right answer and either can work well and give you all the benefits of juicing, it's just down to personal preference.

I ended up buying the "Sage nutri juicer plus" which is supposedly a top of the range centrifugal juicer designed by Heston Blumenthal and RRP is around £199 here in the UK (although the cheaper model is £150 and is extremely similar). I choose it because it was easy to clean (just pop the parts in the dishwasher) and it was quick. I also liked that I could put whole apples and other produce in without having to chop it up. I have noticed the negatives in that the pulp can come out a bit soggy so clearly not all the juice is being extracted. The juice also separates quickly so you have to keep stirring it. Would I buy it again? Probably not as I'm not convinced it gets enough juice out judging by the pulp. But the benefits I've had from juicing have been great so I'm glad I bought one.


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