Choosing a Juicer: Masticating VS Centrifugal?
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.
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 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?
- 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
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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: