What is the Best Juicer?

What is the best juicer? That’s a rather complicated question, which depends on what you’re looking for and how much you have to spend. What you’re looking for means several things like:

  • What type of produce will you be juicing?
  • Will that change over time as you become an advanced juicer?
  • How important is the quality of your juice?
  • Are juicing time, and ease of juicing and clean-up a strong consideration for you?
  • Is buying a juicer from a company with good customer service and a long warranty important?
  • Would the physical size of a juicer be important to you?
  • And to what degree is price a factor in choosing a juicer?

 

In the next few paragraphs we‘ll attempt to help you sort through these considerations to figure out what you’re looking for and then recommend some models we feel are the best juicers in the industry in their categories.

It’s important to note that when many people first start juicing they are drawn to sweet juices containing fruits and or lots of carrots, but over time they realize that more savory juices may indeed be healthier. However, even though carrot juice has lots of sugar, the well-respected Gerson regime for healing cancer includes lots of juice from carrots and granny smith apples along with plenty of greens. So when purchasing a juicer you may want to think long term and choose a juicer that will continue to work for you as you change your juicing habits.

Best Juicer - Slow or Fast?

Different styles of juicers tend to take different amounts of time to clean, and some take longer to juice than others. These days a juicer that goes slowly and does not oxidize the nutrients is favored over the older style centrifugal juicers that juice in a snap at about 10,000 revolutions per minute (RPMs), when oxidation starts immediately.

These centrifugal juicers are still quite popular because they are so fast and relatively inexpensive. They are great for juicing carrots, beets celery, apples, cucumbers, and soft fruit, but do not juice leafy greens very well at all. These tend to be less expensive juicers with quicker juicing and easier cleanup. Although these are considered to provide lower quality juice because of the oxidation that takes place at high RPM’s, it’s certainly better to use one of these juicers than not to juice at all. I think the important thing with these juicers is to try to drink the juice immediately after making it. So for some people this may be the best juicer.

The centrifugal juicer we found to have the highest yield and driest pulp was the Omega BMJ330 Commercial 350-Watt Pulp-Ejection Juicer . As noted in several reviews elsewhere we also found that you have to be very careful when putting it back together correctly after washing so it operates properly.

The Best Juicers

Today there are three main styles that are accepted as the best methods of juicing. The vertical single auger juicer, the horizontal single auger, and the twin gear juicers. Tribest, Omega, and Champion are all good time tested brands that are at the top of the pack when looking through the stats. If you’re juicing to fight disease like cancer then high quality juice would be very important for you.

One last thing before we move on to the juicers. We personally think that green juices are the key to excellent health and so always purchase juicers with that in mind. Several carrots or an apple may be added, but the mainstay is greens. Greens for health, and greens for life.

Not only will the slow juicers we cover produce a higher quality of juice than a centrifugal, but they will all do a much better job at juicing leafy greens too.

Best Juicers - Vertical

The vertical juicers take up less room on the counter and are fun and easy to use. They excel with fruits, and also do greens and hard vegetables although not as well as the horizontal or twin gear styles. These juicers tend to juice almost anything pretty well, so if you’re not sure what you’ll be juicing, they are a great choice.

The vertical juicers range in RPMs from about 47 to 80, with most experts agreeing that slower is better for preserving nutrients. Vertical juicers take the produce in much easier without as much effort as the horizontal juicers. You usually do not even have to use the plunger at all, and you can clean and prepare your produce as the juicer works. We do recommend chopping anything with long strings or fibers like celery and kale up into small pieces first.

Vertical juicers are easy to clean except the large screen can take extra time to clean, and it is imperative that you clean the screen well after each use. These juicers also tend to put more pulp in the juice so we recommend pouring your juice through a strainer before consuming if you’re not fond of pulp in your juice.

These two vertical juicers are in our humble opinion the best on the market, with perhaps the Tribest SlowStar Juicer having the edge over the Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Dual-Stage Vertical Juicer . 

The Hurom HU-100 Masticating Slow Juicer is also a good juicer, which we put many miles on, but a product upgrade means replacement parts don’t fit our 6 year old juicer. We thought this was not very good in the customer service department, but were very happy with the juicer.

Best Juicers - Horizontal

Horizontal juicers are better suited for hard vegetables, greens, and even wheat grass. They vary in RPMs from about 110 to 47, although the Champion single auger is about 1000 RPM’s. They come in two versions, either single auger or twin gear.

Horizontal juicers will give typically give higher yields for greens than vertical juicers, but they require more physical exertion to juice hard vegetables like carrots. Also, they’re not as good at juicing fruit as the vertical juicers. There are more parts, which require cleaning, although the screens are smaller so not as much time needed there as with the large screens on the vertical juicers.

Our favorite juicer is the Tribest Green Star Elite GSE-5000 Jumbo Twin Gear Juice Extractor because it makes high quality juice with a very high yield, especially when juicing hard veggies with leafy greens. The Green Star also has magnetic and infrared technology that helps to preserve the nutrients in the juice at the time of extraction and for an extended period of time. That detail alone is huge to me; after all, why are we juicing in the first place if not to get great nutrition. That should be an important consideration for those who want to juice only once a day and provide juice for the next 24 hours.

This juicer is more expensive than the other juicers, but in our opinion it’s well worth it. There are a lot of other things that you can read about at the link above that show why we think this is the best juicer.

The Solostar 4 SS-4200-B Horizontal Slow Masticating Juicer is a single auger juicer with only 57 RPM’s that gives great yields and has very good reviews. It’s another juicer by Tribest, a company with a great track record and great customer service. It comes with a 15 year warranty. Horizontal single auger juicers, like the Solostar 4 or the Omega NC800 HDS 5th Generation Nutrition Center Juicer, are best if you want to do only or mainly leafy greens.

The Champion Juicer G5-PG710 - BLACK Commerical Heavy Duty Juicer was the original masticating juicer and is still good for hard vegetables like carrots, however technology has come a long way and the Champion has not really changed since it came to the market in the 60’s. Its yield is not the best and it can become warm running at 1000 RPM’s for an extended time. It does clean up fairly easy though. We have found that the Champion takes the same time as a centrifugal juicer, taking more time to juice, but less time to clean, so it’s good for quick juicing. It’s a workhorse and should last for decades with only an occasional replacement of the cutting blades.

There are some really high end juicers like the Super Angel Deluxe and the Norwalk Press, which some people would say are the best juicers, but I think for most they are just too far out of reach financially, although I wouldn’t mind having one to play with.

Juicing is perhaps the best way to take in more produce in a form that is very easy for the body to absorb. As you can see, what really is the best juicer depends on what works best for you, and ultimately the juicer you will leave out on the counter and use often is the very best juicer for you. Happy Juicing!

 




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