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Juicers VS. Blenders: What’s The Big Difference?

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Blending and juicing both have health benefits depending on the ingredients and routine you have. To see the difference, let’s check out the pros and cons.

Blending

Pros:

  • You can get more vegetables in your system. With blending, you can mix vegetables, fruits, milk, nuts, seeds, oils, protein powders, and other supplements.
  • The cost is minimal. Having a blender at home is almost so ordinary.
  • Kids can drink smoothies. And it’s a great way to get vegetables in their body. They prefer a veggie-based juice instead of chewing them.

Cons:

  • It gives fewer nutrients per serving when compared to juicing. You need to drink more smoothies than juice in order to avail of the same load of vitamins and minerals because the fiber remains in the drink.
  • Some produce shouldn’t be blended. For instance, carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes don’t taste great when blended. They end up bitter and therefore are better juiced.

Juicing

Pros:

  • It offers more vegetables per serving. The fiber is removed in juicing, and therefore more vegetable juice can fit in a glass.
  • It works well as an energy booster. Thanks to the high concentration of veggies slash nutrients, you can absorb more nutrients when compared to smoothies. Juice from produce is even more pre-digested than smoothies.
  • Juiced produce is easier to digest. It extracts the water and nutrients, unlike blending. It leaves behind fibers found in peels, skins, and seed hulls. Because of this, the digestive system won’t have trouble breaking down the nutrients.
  • It releases less heat damage. Because juicers don’t use fast-spinning blades like blenders, it won’t kill off the beneficial enzymes. Smoothies need ice to counteract this.

Cons:

  • Juicers require you to have more refrigerator space. They need more fruits and vegetables per serving than blending, demanding more fridge space for storage.
  • They are more difficult to clean. Juice machines have a higher number of parts compared to blenders, therefore they take more time to clean.
  • They can cost more because you need large bunches (especially vegetables) per serving.

To make it easier for you to remember, here are the main differences:

When you juice, the pulp (insoluble fiber) and juice are separated. When you blend, everything you put in the blender will be pulverized, including the pulp, which actually slows down digestion and keeps you full for longer.
Juicing allows your digestive system to break down and absorb the nutrients faster. The nutrients in the juice are concentrated, which means there’s a quick release of nutrients. In smoothies, there’s a slow release.
You can consume more produce when you juice. However, you cannot juice bananas and avocados; you can only blend them.

You don’t actually have to choose between the two. Both can be very beneficial for the health and they also have drawbacks themselves. Some people will urge you to juice and some will encourage you to blend. The best thing to do is to check your lifestyle or the lifestyle you’ll be ready to commit into.

Juicers 101: Which Type of Juicer Should I Choose?

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Juicing has a lot of health benefits and I’m certain you’re already aware of that. But what type should you have? Let me discuss the most famous ones and after you read this, you can decide what you need.

Centrifugal Juicer

This type of juicer works like a washing machine, only that a blade is added. The motor spins and uses the blade to separate the pulp from the juice. This type is recommended for those who don’t juice a lot since the shredder and the pulp catcher is in the same spot, occupying the same space. If you juice a lot, you need to empty it before preparing another batch.

Advantages:

  • Perfect for hard vegetables like celery
  • Doesn’t take up much space
  • Juices fast
  • Ideal for those who juice for themselves only
  • Easy to clean because it has few parts
  • Easy to store

Disadvantages:

  • Cannot extract much juice from leafy greens
  • Cannot make large batches because it fills up quickly
  • Oxidizes the juice fast unless placed in the refrigerator immediately
  • Makes a lot of noise

Masticating or Slow Juicer

This type of juicer uses a slow rotating auger in order to crush the fruits and vegetables against a stainless steel mesh screen. There is minimal oxidation, of course, and the juice and pulp are separated from a container and a catcher. There are two types of masticating juicers.

A. Horizontal Single Auger
This juicer, as the name implies, has an auger that’s horizontal. The auger will crush the produce and the juice will run down the bottom to a cup and the pulp will go at the other end of the auger and into a hopper. This type of juicer won’t require pre-cutting because the pulp ejector is wide and clogging is almost impossible. This is perfect for someone who juices a lot of greens.

Advantages:

  • Perfect for juicing leafy greens, even wheatgrass
  • Doesn’t require pre-cutting of leafy greens
  • Great yield
  • Doesn’t oxidize juice because of its slow rpm
  • The juice can be stored up to 72 hours.

Disadvantages:

  • Costly
  • Takes time to juice
  • Has a large footprint
  • Juice is pulpy (which can be an advantage for some)

If you’re interested in a juicer specifically made for leafy greens, we have a leafy greens juicer buying guide.

B. Vertical Auger

The position of the auger in this type is, of course, vertical. Because of this, it has a smaller footprint. It’s perfect for those who have small kitchens. However, they require pre-cutting of leafy greens like celery because of the placement and the narrowness of the pulp outlet.

Advantages:

  • Has a larger feed chute
  • Saves much kitchen space
  • Above average yield
  • Works well with fruits and vegetables

Disadvantages:

  • Has a steep learning curve
  • Fibrous greens should be pre-cut or they’ll clog the pulp ejector or wrap around the auger
  • Expensive
  • Produces a pulpy juice (again, this may be an advantage for some)

Masticating juicers are recommended for those who juice a combination of fruits, hard vegetables such as carrots and beets, and leafy greens. They don’t require you to have a food pusher, which is also practical.

Twin Gear Juicer

This type of juicer makes use of two gears which interlock. It actually resembles the transmission gear of a car. These gears shred and squeeze out the juice from the produce. They’re perfect for green leafy vegetables because they can really extract the juice from these vegetables. It doesn’t work well with wheatgrass, however. Also, it struggles with juicing soft fruits. This juicer is for those who want optimum yield from leafy greens. And if you don’t mind cleaning several parts.

Advantages:

  • Works great with leafy greens
  • The juice can last up to 72 hours
  • Great yield
  • Can make baby food, sorbets, and even peanut butter
  • The twin-gear design and adjustable know will allow you to adjust backpressure and yield the most out of the produce.

Disadvantages:

  • Costly
  • Takes longer to clean because of its several parts
  • Needs effort to push the produce through the feed channel
  • Juicing leafy greens will produce loads of foam

Champion Juicer

This type of juicer doesn’t actually crash. What it does is more of “shredding” the produce using stainless steel blades. It spins at about 1725 rpm, which is quick. It’s great for fibrous and hard vegetables like carrots, beets, and pre-cut celery. If you want to juice leafy greens, it can also do the job with the help of an attachment which is sold separately. It’s perfect for making homemade sorbets. It’s not that efficient in the yield aspect and you have to pour coconut oil on the shank.

Advantages:

  • Sturdy and dependable
  • Has a 10-year warranty
  • Quick
  • Perfect to pair with a manual press juicer
  • Great for making sorbets

Disadvantages:

  • The rapid-spinning blades oxidize the juice
  • Takes time to juice leafy greens
  • Requires maintenance (lubricating the shaft every after use)

Hydraulic Press Juicer

This type of juicer has two steel plates that clamp down on the pulp. It exerts great pressure that releases more juice than other juicers. The juices it produces are filled with nutrients. You can be sure of this because the pulp that it leaves behind in the press is dry. This juicer is for those who want to get the most nutrients in the produce they’re juicing and for those who can actually afford it. If you’re committed to a raw lifestyle, this may be the right one for you. They’re even recommended for cancer patients.

Advantages:

  • Provides a higher yield than any other juicer
  • Juice contains more enzymes because it is not subject to heat or oxidation
  • They can chop salad ingredients.
  • Can make nut butter

Disadvantages:

  • Heavy
  • Difficult to transfer and store when not in use
  • Extremely expensive

Manual Juicer

This juicer is operated by hand. It’s perfect for those who want a juicer that’s easier to clean and inexpensive.

Advantages:

  • Inexpensive
  • Doesn’t require electricity
  • Excellent yield
  • Easy to use
  • Has almost zero oxidation
  • Juice from this type last the longest
  • There is no foam
  • Can grind ingredients such as peanuts and coffee

Disadvantages:

  • Can be expensive
  • A little difficult to clean
  • High running cost (requires you to replace linen cloths over time)
  • Has a steep learning curve

Choosing a Juicer: Masticating VS Centrifugal?

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Confused whether you should buy a centrifugal or a masticating juicer? This post will sort things out for you. To help you out we’ll present the differences between them, and their pros and cons.

Centrifugal Juicers

centrifugal juicerLet’s begin with the centrifugal juicer. This type depends on centrifugal force to operate. You might be familiar with this type since it has the famous high-speed spinning blades that grind the food and turn it into pulp. The juice is then separated and poured into a cup. The word “centrifugal” means moving or tending away from the center. This type is usually the one you see on television. They’re typically more affordable. In fact, with $40, you can buy yourself a centrifugal juicer. However, if you want to invest wisely, then opt for those priced between $100 to $250. Don’t throw away your money by spending it on something that won’t even last for a year. It may be cheap, but that usually also means that it has an extremely short lifespan. Depending on the quality, this type of juicer can even cost more than $400. But if you have that much to spend, then I suggest you get a masticating juicer instead. I’ll explain the details on the latter in a while. But first… what are the pros and cons of a centrifugal juicer?

Pros:

  • It’s affordable
  • Juices fast—the blade spins at typically 10,000 rpm, shredding your produce in a matter of seconds
  • Doesn’t require cutting of produce before juicing

Cons:

  • Blade generates heat and therefore oxygenates the juice, preventing the produce to retain 100% of its nutrients
  • It’s a little noisy.
  • It’s not ideal for juicing leafy greens.
  • It has a short life span because the motor quickly burns out (most warranties only last for a year).

Masticating Juicers

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masticating juicer

On the other hand, a masticating juicer, also known as a slow juicer, doesn’t involve any spinning act. The word “masticate” means to chew or grind. Similar to when you chew, a masticating juicer also separates the pulp from the juice of the food. This juicer, however, chews at a much lower speed. On the bright side, masticating is an efficient way to extract the juice from the produce while still keeping the nutrients.

The price of masticating juicers start from $250 and may cost more than $500. They are expensive for a reason, four reasons to be exact. Let’s check them out.

Pros:

  • It’s quiet, making it ideal to juice early in the morning or late in the evening.
  • It can extract 2-3 times more juice from leafy green vegetables compared to centrifugal juicers.
  • It’s much easier to clean, making them perfect for daily use.
  • It has a longer life span since warranties last up to 15 years.

Cons:

  • It is expensive.
  • It juices slower and the produce typically needs to be cut first.

The best thing to do is to check your budget. Consult your wallet before making a purchase. Also check the brand, the warranty, the capacity, and the reviews. We also highly recommend that you check this video:

The Best Juicer Brands Out There

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Are you confused with various brands claiming to be number one? I’m certain you’ve heard the following claims already:

Brand A: The best juicers are from us!
Brand B: We’re the top sellers of juicers!
Brand C: We bring you the most innovative juicers!

Isn’t it puzzling? The claims of different companies are all enticing. That is why for your sake, we’ve alphabetically listed the most trusted—proven and tested—brands that offer the best juicers on the market. Simply put, these are the best juicer brands out there.

  1. Breville – Dubbed as the Australian Innovation established in 1932, Breville has been one of the best providers of small kitchen appliances until today. Known for their bread toasters, coffee makers, blenders, and juicers, this brand has a natural tendency to attract customers with their excellent products and services. The Breville 800JEXL, Breville BJE820XL, and Breville BJS600XL are the most famous and highly rated juicers from this company. Their Juicer Fountains Series is definitely qualified for your attention. Not only do they create great juicers. They also make some very high-quality personal blenders.
  2. Cuisinart – In a search for kitchen accessories and small appliances? Cuisinart is the answer. From mixers, waffle makers and juicers to slow cookers and microwave ovens, Cuisinart can help you savor the good life®! They are indeed one of the best brands on the market. They have everything you need in your kitchen and more! Their Juice Extractor CJE-1000 is one innovative and classy juicer ever—it’s durable, easy to operate, and quiet.
  3. Hamilton Beach – Committed to making your day easier, Hamilton Beach brings you premium quality from their blenders, coffee makers, juicers, grills, ovens, and cookers. Their products are found in American, Canadian, and Mexican homes. Their juicers, backed by a 3-year limited warranty, are ideal for whipping up fresh, delicious fruit and vegetable juices. Their most popular juicers are the Big Mouth Pro Juice Extractor (67650), Big Mouth Juice Extractor (67601), and HealthSmart Juice Extractor (67801). If you are in dire need of an efficient and reliable juicer, just pick one from Hamilton Beach and you won’t regret the investment. They make some really good blenders for making smoothies.
  4. Hurom – Having been in the industry for over 40 years, Hurom has been going to great lengths to make sure their products are safe. Their juicers are 100% BPA free. Plus, they come without any blades or sharp parts, making it possible to use even by your children. Their innovative Slow Squeeze Technology uses an auger to squeeze out juice instead of shredding the fruits and vegetables with high-speed blades. They’re known for their juicers that are of quality and are safe.
  5. Ninja – Ninja is one of the several housecare brands developed by SharkNinja Operating LLC and they are a pioneer in small household appliances and cleaning solutions that fit the lifestyles of busy people. They are recognized for their well-crafted products that offer praiseworthy performance and durability. The Nutri Ninja® 2-in-1 QB3000, Ninja Fit QB3000SSW, and Nutri Ninja® 2-in-1 QB3004 are among the juicers that can help you complete your meals and bring you the most healthful juices. They are also known for making some fantastic blenders.
  6. Omega – Operating since 1985, Omega is one of the brands that can offer the best juicers. The company, as of today, is the only juicer brand that offers a line of centrifuge, pulp ejection and masticating style juicers. Isn’t that awe-dropping? Their juicers are trusted for the quality, reliability, and performance they bring. The top three juicers from Omega are the Omega VRT350, Omega J8003, and Omega NC800. These three are quiet, efficient, and undeniably good-looking!