Choosing a Juicer: Masticating VS Centrifugal?

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Confused whether you should buy a centrifugal or a masticating juicer? This blog will sort things out for you. We’ll present the description of each as well as their advantages to help you decide.

Let’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 can be usually seen on television and advertised to be affordable. In fact, with $40, you can already own 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 it may be so because of its extremely short lifespan. Depending on the quality, this type of juicer can even cost more than $400. But if you have that much, 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 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).

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 tested to be an efficient way to extract the juice from a produce.

The price of masticating juicers start from $250 and may cost more than $500. They are expensive for a reason, five 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 can save money every week.
  • 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 needs the produce to be cut.

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.