There are various different types of juicer available on the market, each with their advantages and disadvantages. Here I will outline the different types so that you can make a wise purchasing decision. After all, buying a juicer is a significant investment and one that you want to get years of service from.
There are 3 main types of types of juicer: Twin-gear juicers, masticating juicers and centrifugal juicers. Here are some details on each of them.
Twin gear juicers work by pressing the fruit/vegetables between two moving gears. Believed by many juicing enthusiasts to be the best type of juicer, they are in the upper price range. This makes them suitable for experienced and/or serious juicing enthusiasts.
Some people also refer to these machines as triturating juicers. As triturating literally means to ‘crush or pulverise to pulp’, this is quite an apt description of how the machine works.
Examples of twin gear juicers include the Green Star. The prestigious Norwalk juicer also comes into this category – it has a unique 2-stage process whereby the produce is first put through a triturator and then a hydraulic press squeezes the juice out.
Masticating juicers is the term that is used to describe a range of high quality machines that are capable of producing healthy juice at an affordable price. For these reasons they are very popular among people that want to enjoy a healthier lifestyle and value the nutrients that are retained in their food.
This group includes the American-built Champion juicer, which has been a long-time favourite with many households. It contains small teeth that ‘chew’ through the produce that is placed into it.
Single-gear juicers such as the Samson and Omega models are often also referred to as masticating juicers. They work by the gearing mechanism pressing the produce against a strong mesh, which extracts the juice.
In common with twin-gear juicers, the masticating juicers work at low speed. These are typically around 80 rpm. This means that there is less chance of oxidation of the juice, which in turn retains the nutritional value.
Centrifugal juicers work on a different principle. Juice is extracted by spinning the produce at high speed inside a strainer basket. These types of juicer are what is commonly seen in high street shops and are generally lower in cost.
Due to the high speeds, oxidation of the juice may occur and there may be more foam produced. On the plus side, they are typically designed as attractive kitchen appliances and are available to suit almost any budget.
Other Types of Juicers
If you do not like the idea of any electric powered machine, you can opt to use a manual juicer. There are specialist manual machines to extract juice from wheatgrass and citrus fruits. I still use my manual citrus juicer even though I have a lovely masticator!
If you are trying to decide on the type of juicer to buy, be sure to have a look through some of the juicer reviews that I have put together.