You have decided that it is time to purchase a juicer. Maybe this is because you would like to occasionally go on a juice fast to cleanse your body of all its impurities, to drop a few pounds, or both. Perhaps you intend to add juices to your regular diet on a daily basis. I suppose that you have made your way to this particular web page in hopes of learning more about the different types of juicers before purchasing one. Maybe you have already purchased a juicer or two and are baffled as to why they are unable to meet your needs. Whatever it is that brought you here, my goal is to help you find answers to your juicer questions.

It is important to not only know how different juicers work, but also what it is you want from your juicer. To learn more about the different types of juicers available on the market and how they work, visit our information page about centrifugal, masticating, and citrus juicers. I will summarize some of that information here as we move forward, but remember that more in-depth information is available in those articles.

This article will focus on helping you select not only the right type of juicer but also the juicer with the correct features necessary to meet your needs. As we move forward, I will ask you to ask yourself a series of questions. When you have finished reading this article, you should be able to go through your answers to these questions and determine the key qualities your juicer should have.

Will You be Juicing More Than Just Citrus Fruits?

Citrus fruits include those such as lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits. They have soft peels and no pits, and are extremely juicy fruits. Since all citruses have these qualities, juicers have been made which optimally extract juice from them with little or no hassle.

Many people purchase citrus juicers to create lemonade and orange juice, or to add flavor to water or other beverages. If this will be your primary use for your juicer you should focus your attention mostly on citrus juicers – there’s no sense spending two to four times as much money on a centrifugal juicer or four to eight times as much money on a masticating juicer. Low-cost citrus juicers may not seem like the best option in the world if you believe the adage, “You get what you pay for,” but sometimes what you pay for is just enough to fit your needs. The extra money you would spend on a centrifugal or masticating juicer would simply be buying you functions you will never use.

However, if you foresee yourself using your juicer to extract juices from a wider range of foods, a citrus juicer may not be the best choice for you after all.

Buy a Citrus Juicer for Drinks

Do You Plan to Juice Leafy Greens?

As you know from above, a citrus juicer is unable to process leafy greens. If a centrifugal juicer claims to be able to do so, approach this claim with skepticism. Centrifugal juicers may extract some juice from leafy greens but will leave most of the juice behind and shoot the greens out into the pulp collector. A quality masticating juicer will be required if you plan to extract juices from leafy greens (especially fine, delicate greens) on a regular basis.

Purchase a Masticating Juicer for Leafy Greens

Are You Concerned About Enzymes?

A major concern many people have raised about centrifugal juicers is the possibility that they may break down the enzymes in the food, destroying part of what makes it so nutritious for our bodies. It is believed that the high speeds utilized by centrifugal juicers cause a buildup of heat and that this heat is responsible for breaking down enzymes.

Part of the reason many people choose to juice at home instead of buying prepackaged juices is so that they can drink fresh, live food. Store-bought juices often go through a pasteurizing process which heats the juice so that it will have a longer shelf life. The reason heating the juice gives it a long shelf life is because it destroys the enzymes and, essentially, kills the juice. Pasteurized juice is believed to be harder for the body to break down, as well as to contain fewer of the vitamins and minerals which are actually useful to the body. The heat created in the centrifugal juicing process is, essentially, pasteurizing the juice.

Are You Often In a Rush?

This section is dedicated to those people who would like to use their juicer for more than just citrus fruits. The speed with which you need to process your juices isn’t very important for citrus juicers, as most are quite quick. The question of speed only becomes relevant when you are hoping to create juices with other types of fruits and vegetables as well.

Centrifugal juicers are much quicker than masticating juicers. Not only do many of them allow you to place entire fruits and vegetables in their large feeder tubes, they also work much faster at breaking down the food once it makes its way into the machine. Masticating juicers require that you cut food into tiny pieces, and take considerably longer to extract juice from the food.

If you are interested in creating juices quickly and easily, a centrifugal juicer may be the way to go. However, if you recall, centrifugal juicers often have a difficult time breaking down leafy greens and may destroy the enzymes in your food. It will be up to you to decide which of these factors is most important to you as you decide between purchasing a masticating or centrifugal juicer.

Do You Plan to Use Your Juicer Often or For Extended Periods of Time?

If you are planning to purchase a centrifugal juicer, this question should be one which you consider long and hard. Centrifugal juicers come with a wide range of motor wattages, from 600 to 1200 watts. The different levels of wattage and the quality of the motor itself will determine how well your juicer is able to stand up to extended periods of use without overheating or breaking down.

Additionally, some companies also offer safety features such as Breville’s overload sensors, which turn the machine off if they suspect that it is beginning to overheat. Although it may be a bit of a pain to reset your machine after switching an overload sensor, it can also save you a lot of money and hassle by protecting your motor against overheating.

Wrapping It Up

Based on your answers to these above questions, select information about juicer type, motor wattage, pulp cup size, and other important features; use that information to make a list of the features which are most important to you. As you read through the product reviews on this website and possibly continue your research elsewhere, use this list to help you narrow down your choices and select the best juicer for your needs.

Now that you have considered each of the questions listed above and read the information concerning them, you should have an idea of what type of juicer would be best for you. Not only should you know whether you need a masticating, centrifugal or citrus juicer, you should also know what special features will be most beneficial to your juicing experience. For more information about extra features read our informative article about the extra features often found on the three different types of juicers.

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