Juicer Styles Explained
1) High Speed Centrifugal Juicers
Most centrifugal juicer blades spin at between 10,000 and 15,000 RPM (revolutions per minute) so can take and process whole pieces of fruits and vegetables very quickly in turn producing juice very quickly (albeit with a lot of waste and less nutritional value).
• Can process whole pieces of fruit
• Can make a juice very quickly
• Good Value
• Large amount of waste with quite wet pulp
• Very poor at juicing leafy greens, giving very poor yield
• Typically only comes with a short 1-5 year warranty
• Very noisy
• Juice is oxidized and starts to deteriorate very quickly, juice made in a centrifugal juicer needs to be consumed immediately
For under £150 the E’quip XL Juicer is an excellent choice with an excellent warranty and motor. Over £150 the Sage range of Juicers excels, with the Sage Nutri Juicer Pro 820 being the best domestic centrifugal juicer we have tested in terms of juice yield and design.
2) Single Gear Horizontal Masticating Juicers
By far the most popular Juicers we sell, single gear masticating juicers produce a raw cold press juice at an affordable price and they often come with an array of extra food processing features. Masticating juicers slowly squeeze and press the juice using an augur in a masticating process with the augur spinning slowly at 50-120 rpms.
• Produces a high quality raw cold press juice
• Give a high juice yield with dry pulp (only twin gear masticating juicers are better)
• Very good at juicing leafy greens (only twin gear masticating juicers are better)
• Best value masticating juicers
• Most have 10 year+ warranties
• Many have extra food processing features such as making oils, nut butters, soya and nut milks, ice creams and sorbets, pasta and grinding coffee and ice
• Juices have a 24hrs to 72hrs shelf life
• Excellent all round juicers for juicing fruits, vegetables and greens
• Very quiet operation
• Tend to be the slowest masticating juicers
• Have the smallest feed chutes (normally 4cms in diameter)
• Most have quite a few parts to clean
• Can only make 1-2 litres max per cycle before the juicer needs to be cleaned and reassembled
For under £200 the Samson 6 in 1 at £179 has been the most popular juicer we’ve sold in the past 10 years, it is reliable, gives strong yield and is excellent for wheatgrass. In the £200 to £250 range the Samson Advanced is the clear winner with its extra durable parts and extended warranty. From £250 to £300 the Omega Juicer Total nutrition centre 8004 in white for £259 and 8006 in chrome for £279 is our top selling juicer with gives an excellent juice yield and features strong ultem parts. In the £300 to £350 range the new Omega Sana juicers 707 and 606 come with larger feed chutes, coarse juicing screen (606) and stunning designs.
3) Twin Gear Horizontal Masticating Juicers
Twin gear masticating juicers give the highest yield of any juicers on the market. Twin Gear juicers have two augurs that break the produce down in a triturating process. Famous for juicing leafy greens and harder root vegetable; twin gear juicers have their pros and cons, they tend to be quite expensive and are poor at juicing soft fruit like oranges & pineapple compared to vertical masticating juicers.
• Give the highest yield for leafy greens and vegetables of any juicers on the market
• Excellent for wheatgrass
• Come with good warranties
• Faster than single gear juicers at juicing; they can break down produce quicker and the twin gears rotate a little faster between 90 and 150 rpms
• Very expensive - £395 - £1000+
• Some can be quite large and not so easy on the eye
• Average at juicing soft fruits, some juicers such as the Angel require a separate soft juicing screen to effectively juice soft produce
For under £500 the Greenstar Elite GSE 5000 is an excellent juicer and very popular for those who juice leafy greens. Over £500 the Angel Juicer is the best juicer we have ever used, pulp comes out as dry as sawdust and the juicer is very easy to use due to only a few parts that need to be assembled and cleaned, also the fact that it is fully stainless steel gives it a superior look and feel to any other domestic juicer on the market, highly recommend where budget is no obstacle and quality is paramount.
4) Vertical Masticating Juicers
Introduced first in 2010 vertical masticating juicer have taken the juicing world by storm and many would say have contributed greatly to the growth of cold press juicing in popular culture. Vertical Masticating Juicers were developed with a simple premise; to make cold press juicing quicker and easier, in summary vertical masticating juicers can be summarised in one word; convenience. Vertical masticating juicers have mimicked the vertical feeding design used in high speed centrifugal juicers and as a result have increased the masticating surface area allowing more produce to be juiced quicker but still using a masticating process.
• Ideal for those with a busy lifestyle - the fastest way to make a cold press raw living juice
• Can make large quantities of cold press juice quickly; ideal for families
• Very easy to assemble and clean
• Very small footprint due to the upright design, ideal for smaller kitchens
• Most come with a coarse juicing screen for juicing soft fruits like oranges and pineapple
• Can also make sorbets and milk drinks
• Very quiet operation
• Juice yield is not as good as traditional horizontal masticating juicers
• Poor at leafy greens
• Stringy produce like celery needs to be chopped into inch sized pieces
• Juice needs to sieved to remove excess pulp in some cases
For under £300 the Hurom HU/HH 700 at £269 is an excellent juicer from the brand that invented this technology, the Hurom 700 produces very high yield and comes with both fine and coarse screens for optimal performance. Under £400 three Juicers stand out; the Kuvings whole fruit juicer, the Omega VSJ and the Hurom HH 2nd Generation. The Kuvings offer the ability to juice whole fruit however both the Omega VSJ and Hurom HH 2nd Generation produce higher yield. While the Omega VSJ is produced in the Hurom factory and copies many of its features, the Hurom HH 2nd Generation has a number of additional features not on the Omega including a pulp adjustment valve on the juice bowl, a drying and stacking rack for the parts and a Hurom juicing recipe book to get the most from the Juicer.
5) Manual Juicers
For those looking to juice wheatgrass only, manual juicers are good cost effective fit.
• Good for small amounts of leafy greens especially wheatgrass
• Requires no electricity
• Good for those on a budget
• Only suitable for small amount of juice
• Only suitable for leafy greens
• Quite laboursome
The Lexen Manual Juicer at only £29.95 is hard to beat for those on a budget while the BL-30 Stainless Steel juicer is excellent for wheatgrass and gives a very high yield.
6) Juice Press
A juice press is an effective way to extract even more juice from your pulp and is highly recommended by the Gerson Institute. Used in conjunction with a juicer such as the Samson/Omega or Champion juicer, a juice press will allow you to squeeze an extra 10-20% more juice from your produce.
• Squeeze an extra 10-20% more juice from your produce
• The Gerson Institute recommends juice pressing as the most effective way to extract nutrients from your produce
• You need a juicer first to produce the pulp
• Time consuming process
We recommend the Welles / Peoples press juice press for £395, this is recommend as the best alternative on the market to the Norwalk juicer which retails for over £2000.
7) Citrus Juicers
Citrus Juicers as their name suggest are a one trick pony. They are designed to extract the maximum about of juice from Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Grapefruits and Pomegranates, no other juicer type previously mentioned comes close to the performance of citrus juicers on these items. Due to the shape and skin texture of Citrus fruits they use a rounded cone to press and squeeze the juice from the produce when chopped in two half’s.
• The best way to extract juice from Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Grapefruits and Pomegranates
• Easy to clean
• Only suitable for Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Grapefruits and Pomegranates
The manual Orange X juicers are the best citrus juicers we’ve used. They are very fast at juicing, give high yield, are very robust and require no electricity!
Well that’s it! From this guide we hope you’ve been able to short list the type of juice most suited to your needs, if you need any further help please don’t hesitate to call us on 0208 80995175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Juicers.co.uk team