There are lots of juicers out there, and I can’t pretend to have tried them all.
Thanks to the fact that I lived in New York for a while and got to know a bunch of different people committed to living a healthy lifestyle, I did get to experience quite a number of different juicers in person.
On this page, I’m going to share my experiences with some of the better known juicers on the market to give you a little guidance in the quest for the perfect juicer for your needs.
Ultimately, you will need to balance a few things when you decide which juicer is the best for you:
- ease of use
- ease of clean-up
- whether your juicing needs match up with a given juicer’s strengths
We’ll look at each of these qualities relative to some of the best juicers on the market.
But first, a quick rundown of the different styles of juicers and what kind you’ll need based on what you’re trying to do.
The big juicer divide comes down between two major styles: centrifugal and masticating.
Centrifugal juicers juice through a central spinning mechanism. This mechanism contains a cross between a blade and a sieve. You push whatever you’re juicing into that spinning mechanism, and the spinning plus the design of the blade/sieve disintegrates the fruit or vegetable.
The result is juice. The juice goes through the tiny openings in the whirling blade/sieve while the pulp stays behind.
The juice is then channelled into a receptacle while the pulp is ejected into a separate receptacle.
Centrifugal juicers do a better job of juicing firmer more uniform fruits and vegetables like apples, beets, celery and carrots.
However, centrifugal juicers tend to be weakest when presented with leafy greens. Not all centrifugal juicers are the same, of course. The higher-end ones will still be able to do a fairly good job with greens.
Lower end centrifugal juicers–say, the ones that cost under $100–are usually pretty bad at juicing greens.
The cheaper your centrifugal juicer, the more inefficient it’ll be at extracting juice. The pulp left over after you juice something will tend to be wetter due to the unextracted juice that remains.
Masticating juicers typically have one or two spinning gears through which fruits and vegetables are pressed. These gears and their attendant teeth grind and mash the foods and extract the juice. The liquid juice falls directly down out of the masticating mechanism while the pulp extrudes out the front of the juicer into a waiting container.
Masticating juicers excel at juicing tougher things like the dark leafy greens. They do a solid job on all juicing fronts.
They are typically more expensive, slower to operate and harder to clean than centrifugal juicers.
Consider your centrifugal juicer to your quick and easy appliance that’ll whip you up a juice in no time without requiring much in the way of assembly or clean up. Masticating juicers tend to be a little more complicated to set up and get going, and cleaning up after them can take some time.
However, if you’re committed to juicing greens, then you really should consider getting one of the better masticating juicers like the Green Star.
Specific Juicers Reviewed
Follow the links below to go to my individual review pages for these juicers.
I’ve given them a test drive so you can bypass the bad ones and go with the juicer that is most suited to what you’re trying to do.
Also, check out my article on the best juicer for you.
Here are the juicers I’ve reviewed:
Which Juicer Gets Your Vote?
I’m just one guy, and while I am extremely avid about health and juicing, I can’t possibly test every single juicer model that comes out.
That’s where you come in.
Which juicer is your favorite? Which juicers have you used that you don’t recommend? Share your hard-earned juicing experience with us here so we can keep compiling the best juicer reviews on the ‘net!
And if you’re raring to get going and you just want to go grab your juicer today, you can head straight over to Amazon to pick up one of my top recommended juicers: