types of juicers

Picking the Right Juicer to Fit your Needs

 

Do you know there are 3 types of juicers on the market today? Below is an explanation of the juicer types.

Masticating Juicers

Masticating Juicers / Single Gear / Single Auger Juicers use a single gear or auger that literally chews fruit and vegetable fibers and breaks up the plant cells, resulting in more fiber, enzymes, vitamins and trace minerals. They are generally more efficient than Centrifugal juicers because they can extract more juice from the same amount of food (i.e., the pulp comes out drier).

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Omega J8006 Nutrition Center

These juicers are very capable at juicing virtually any fruit and vegetable, and single gear juicers will also extract juice from leaves and grasses, like wheatgrass, spinach, lettuce, parsley, and other leafy greens and herbs. (Note: the Champion Juicers are the exception and do not juice wheatgrass or greens very well).

Another benefit of masticating juicers is that they operate at slower speeds (RPMs) than centrifugal juicers. Resulting in less foam and heat, which means more nutrition in your glass. The low speed also increases the shelf life of the juice so that you can generally store your juicer for a few days.

Masticating juicers are also more versatile than centrifugal juicers. In addition to extracting juices, these juicers also homogenize foods to make baby foods, pates, sauces, nut butter, banana ice creams and fruit sorbets. Some of these juicers can even extrude pasta and make breadsticks and rice cakes!

Masticating Juicers/Upright

Upright Masticating Juicers are a revolutionary new patented design juicer with all of the high yield, low-speed qualities of a standard Single Auger Masticating Juicer. Its upright design is space-saving.

With these juicers, the juice is first extracted through a crushing stage and, before the pulp is ejected, it is then squeezed during a second pressing stage; resulting in more juice, and extremely dry pulp. The low RPMs of these juicers ensure high yield and low waste.

Twin-gear Juicers

hurom hz slow juicer
Hurom HZ

Twin-Gear (Triturating) Juicers are the most expensive type of juicers, but they offer the most benefits. Twin gear juicers turn at even slower speeds (RPMs), resulting in even less oxidation from foam and less destruction of nutrients from heat. The low speeds also decrease the aeration and oxidation of the juicer, meaning you can refrigerate and store your juice for a few days.

Twin gear juicers are the most efficient type of juicer available and can extract higher yields of juice from fruits, vegetables, wheatgrass, pine needles, spinach, and other greens and herbs. The pulp that comes out of twin gear juicers is the driest of all the types of juicers. These juicers extract as much juice from wheatgrass as the wheatgrass-only type of juicers.

Twin gear juicers operate by pressing food between two interlocking roller gears. This juicing process yields a larger volume of juice. The high pressure squeezing force of the twin gears breaks open tough cell walls and releases more enzymes, vitamins, and trace minerals.

Twin gear juicers do more than just extract juice. They can homogenize to make baby foods, nut butter, fruit sorbets and many have optional or included attachments for making pasta, breadsticks, and rice cakes.

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a twin-gear juicer

Centrifugal Juicers

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a centrifugal juicer

Centrifugal Juicers are the most popular and generally the most affordable type of juicer. Most juicers available in department stores are centrifugal juice machines but beware warranties less than one year.

Centrifugal juicers are great at juicing most any fruit or vegetable and get the job done very easily and quickly. However, centrifugal juicers have a more difficult time effectively extracting high yields of juice from grassed and leafy foods like wheatgrass, spinach, lettuce, parsley and other greens and herbs. Centrifugal juicers will extract some juice from these greens, but far less than single or twin gear juicers.

Some Centrifugal juicers are available with large feeding chutes. It allows whole foods to be juiced without the need to cut and prepare food into smaller pieces. Most, centrifugal juicers, however, have oval shaped feeding chutes that are large enough for a half or at least a quarter of an apple.

Centrifugal type juicers first grate the fruit or vegetable into a pulp. Then it uses centrifugal force to push the pulp against a strainer screen by spinning it at a very high RPM.

Advantages/Disadvantages

The advantages of centrifugal juicers are the speed at which a juicing job can be done. There are several disadvantages as well. As mentioned above, centrifugal juicers are not effective grass and leaf juicers.

Additionally, the pulp generated by a centrifugal juicer is still relatively wet, meaning that some juice goes to waste. Single gear juicers and twin gear juicers have higher yields (drier pulp) than centrifugal juicers.

Another disadvantage is the shelf life of the juice from a centrifugal juicer. Because of the high speed required to extract juice, the juice gets aerated. A great deal of oxygen is dissolved in the juice. The oxygen bubbles in the juice cause the juice to oxidize (spoil) quickly. The juice from a centrifugal juicer should be consumed right away. It can’t be effectively stored for any length of time without loss of nutritional value. If you wish to store juice, consider a low-speed juicer like a single or twin gear juicer.

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38 thoughts on “Picking the Right Juicer to Fit your Needs

  1. Wow I sure didn’t know that there were so many different types of juices. I just thought a juicer was a juicer. After reading this I think I will go for the Centrifugal juicer, sounds like this fits my needs.

    1. Hello Scott, drinking fresh juice every day is a great way to get required nutrition, vitamins, and minerals. If you are serious about juicing this article has helpful information about the different types of juicers.Thanks for joining in, Robert

  2. Finally a trustworthy review on finding and picking the right juicer! I’ve been having problems on choosing so it’s good to know that this article is around! Thanks for the informative article! I love this!

  3. I like the Twin-gear juicer because of its efficiency. You can store the juice longer compare to the centrifugal juicer and also, you can do more than just extract juice.

  4. I like to drink fresh fruit juice everyday but my juicer is very hard to clean. It is very time consuming. That’s why sometimes I’m buying ready to drink fruit juice. I think, that Masticating juicer is what I need.

  5. I noticed that you didn’t compare the juicers according to prices in the market. It would have increased the value of your review if you did so.

    1. Hi Olimdavid, my article was for telling our readers about the different types of juicers and helping them to decide which one is best for their use. When you know which type of juicer you need check out our product reviews. The prices and links for purchasing are included in the individual review. Thanks for joining in, Robert

  6. Your article on the types of juicers in the market was very well done. I can now be able to compare a juicer whenever I have to buy one from the market.

  7. I own an Upright Juicer and the store clerk told me that it is not the best nor the worst. Just in the middle of the scale. It works great and at the same time, it’s affordable.

  8. I didn’t know this information until now. Thanks for this. I thought the juicers are just getting expensive depending on the brand. Now I know what kind of juicer I want.

  9. Thank you so much for this article. I am not aware that there are actually different types of juicers that brings different benefits. This is very helpful and next time I buy a juicer, I will consider your advice.

  10. I bought a masticating upright juicer a couple of years ago. Don’t even remember the brand but good god has it changed my life haha.

  11. Masticating juicers might be the one for me.First I love me some fresh juice not only fresh but I want every bit of it..and second I love its chic and space saving design it’ll look good on my countertop.And I love this article too it has some fresh juice recipes I would love to try.

  12. My mom is obsessed with juicers.So glad I came across this article I found it very informative and useful I might get her one that I know she’ll definitely love!

  13. It’s good to know how to differentiate juicers. I don’t need to wonder if they indeed have difference from each other. Thanks!

  14. Hey, love the knowledge. I’ve been meaning to pick up a juicer at the store. Since its my first time, do you have any recommendations about brands? I want something to last long.

  15. With your informative post, I need not bother any salesclerk for answers on what makes this juicer different from that! Believe me, asking them uninspired blokes is a real chore. Thanks for this in-depth comparison, you kind sir. 🙂

  16. I’m not too sure if you’ve heard of them but do you recommend portable juicer blenders, Robert? Saw friends bragging about their own handy juicer but I kinda like conventional like the ones you’ve featured in this post.

    1. Hi Priscilla, yes I’ve heard of portable juice blenders before. You’ve given me an idea for a product review. Sign-up for email notifications and I send you an email when the review is done. Thanks for sharing, Robert

  17. Great comparisons on juicers. But I am actually more interested to know which juicer is more efficient at reducing waste from juice,

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