There are many different kinds of juicers available for many different prices. When I began researching juicers, I was stunned to see that juicers could range from $20 to well over $400. I wasn’t sure if I should purchase a low-priced juicer simply because it was more affordable, a high-price juicer because it would likely be built better, or a mid-priced juicer. I knew it was time to learn more so that I could make an educated decision. I didn’t want to spend $400 if I didn’t have to, but I also didn’t want to purchase something which wasn’t going to work for me. I began to learn about things like wattage and RPMs – you can read more about those terms on other pages of this website.
The two words which confused me most as I began researching juicers were “centrifugal” and “masticating”. I even looked it up on Wikipedia (here and here) but that didn’t really explain it to me.
I remember seeing the words come up again and again though. On the outside, most of the juicers I found looked similar to one another, yet they were still referred to as different types (centrifugal or masticating). I didn’t understand how they could look the same but be considered different. Then someone decided to throw a citrus juicer into the mix. “Hey, maybe you just need a citrus juicer,” someone said. “What’s the difference?” I asked myself.
Some juicers claimed to be the best two-speed centrifugal juicers in the world. Others claimed that, as far as masticating juicers are concerned, they reigned supreme. Some juicers were named with words such as Elite, Fountain, Big Mouth, and Nutrition Center; I knew it was time to figure out what those two words meant. Clearly, I thought to myself, these must be important to my research.
I am very happy that I learned their meanings, because they are extremely important to the performance of your juicer. What your juicer is able to do, and how well, quickly, and quietly it is able to do it, are all determined by which type of juicer it happens to be. For those reasons, I decided to gather all the information I could and present it to you in one easy-to-read package.
In this article, we will discuss the similarities and differences between centrifugal and masticating juicers in terms of how they work, how much food waste they produce, the amount of prep time involved in using them, how fast they work, and how that affects their overall performance, how much noise they make, things they may be used for other than juicing, and what they cost.
How They Work
The main difference between centrifugal and masticating juicers is the primary method by which they break down the food you place inside them to extract the juice. Centrifugal juicers have one blade which rotates at a high speed to slice and dice food, allowing the juices to flow free. In essence, it works a lot like a blender.
Masticating juicers make use of gears instead of blades and grind food instead of slicing it. Some masticating juicers have only one gear and simply grind food against nearby hard surfaces, while others grind food between two gears much like a meat grinder.
Citrus juicers are very different in terms of how they work. Instead of cutting and dicing or squeezing and grinding, they work by spinning reamers into your citrus fruits. If you have ever used a manual reamer you will know how that that process normally works. You cut your citrus fruit in half and twist the reamer into it to squish out juices and break down the fibrous interior, turning it into pulp. Essentially, citrus juicers work the same way; they simply take the effort out of the process by doing all of the hard work for you.