Juicers 101: Which Type of Juicer Should I Choose?

centrifugal juicer

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