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How to Buy a Juicer

by Lindsay Champion


A juicer is a convenient appliance for a healthy lifestyle. A home juicer makes it fast and easy to get all your recommended servings of fruits and vegetables each day in one delicious beverage. Purchasing a juicer that fits your lifestyle is the most important factor when choosing a juicer. If you're not sure which type of juicer will fit your lifestyle the best, check out the following information to help narrow down your search.


  1. Types of juicers. There are two main types of juicers: centrifugal and masticating. Masticating juicers knead and grind the fruit or vegetables until the juice is released. Centrifugal juicers take anything you place down a chute and grind it up by spinning it quickly over sharp blades. Although both have their pros and cons, masticating juicers tend to be quieter than centrifugal juicers, while centrifugal juicers work faster.

  2. Types of juice. Determine what types of vegetables and fruits you will be juicing in your new juicer. If you will be juicing mostly leafy vegetables like kale, wheatgrass and spinach, which are popular ingredients in green drinks, a masticating juicer will get more juice from fewer vegetables. If you will be juicing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, consider a centrifugal juicer, which will more evenly blend any consistency of fruit or vegetable.

  3. Easy clean-up. Centrifugal juicers tend to require a more thorough cleaning than masticating juicers. Masticating juicers require removal of the unused fruit and vegetables that could not be pressed into juice, but they require only a thorough rinsing after removing this matter from the device.

  4. Establish your price point. The least expensive juicers are hand juicers that use the pressure of your hand to squeeze out the juice. Moderately priced masticating or centrifugal juicers are designed for home use and are usually made of plastic. Commercial juicers are usually more expensive as well as more durable. They can process the largest amount of juice at one time. Frequency of use and ease of use are both important things to keep in mind when you decide how much money you will spend on your new juicer.

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