Juicer Buying Guide for 2017

There is no better way to guide someone to the best product than to walk them through all the specs so that they make more informed decisions based on correlating their specific needs with what different products have to offer. Juicers are no exception to this rule. Since there are actually different types of juicers, the need to know what one prefers best is crucial in not making regrettable decisions.

A lot can be said of these variations, but again, the best way to show which is which is by picking one of the many different types, going through all it has to offer, how it goes about doing what it does, and presenting a conclusion that leaves readers with a solid idea of whether or not it is the right pick for them. Though there are, strictly speaking, two categories of juicers, the variation found in either of the two is enough to warrant splitting up these two types into further sub-categories.

The list of juicers below best exemplifies the different types of centrifugal and masticating juicers and why one would be better suited for some more than another.

The 6 sub-types

  1. Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain

Main category: Centrifugal

For those looking for a quick juice extraction, this juicer’s processing speed of 14000 revolutions per minute is the ideal pick. It gets the job done in record time. It is also fairly easy to use, with the straightforward design allowing for straightforward use. It also includes a portable jug with a large holding capacity.

The way this works is that the ingredients to be processed are fed through a shoot and down into a chamber, where once the 700w motor is switched on, a number of blades rapidly rotate until solids are turned into pulp. Once this is done, the second stage of the processing kicks in by filtering out the liquids from the pulp with a mesh basket, after which the dry pulp can easily be dealt with.

Advantages:

As previously mentioned, this is best suited for those who want to juice quickly. This machine has a large 3-inch tube that can fit large pieces so that users don’t have to waste time slicing ingredients into little pieces as they would have to with other types of juicers.

Disadvantages:

The quick processing means that it compromises on the efficiency of the juicer, producing a lower yield of juice and not retaining as high an amount of nutritive benefits as slower processing juicers.

  1. Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain

Category: Centrifugal

Though pertaining to both the same category and brand as the above listed juicer, this particular make has one distinct feature that some might find attractive. While Breville’s BJE200XL was restricted in speed, albeit a rather high speed, the JE98XL model’s processing speed can be adjusted. Though it reaches a maximum 12000rpm, it can easily be set to process foods at only 6500rpm. This makes it especially ideal for those looking to juggle between time and efficiency.

Advantages:

It retains all the features one can come to expect from a centrifugal juicer, such as the convenient design, efficient filtering, easy cleaning, large feed chute, and built-in safety measures. It offers a unique flexibility that many will find most useful.

Disadvantages:

It does not specialize in either one of the two needs tries to meet, so while it is a high-quality product, it can never be the fastest or most efficient extractor.

  1. Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer

Category: Masticating

This is the first of the slow-masticating type. This particular make processes at a speed of 80rpm, slowly and meticulously turning solid foods into pulp, which is then sifted to produce natural juice. Because of this slow process, not much heat is generated, and not much is passed on to the juice. All of the healthy vitamins and enzymes are preserved in the final product. Pulp is automatically ejected, dry, for easy disposal. It also operates in a pleasantly quiet way, something that is greatly appreciated considering the fact that the juicing process may take a while.

Advantages:

Despite being slow processing, its rate of 80rpm is actually among the highest to be found in masticating juicers, making it the fastest slowest juicer. It is also really easy to use, making it suitable for first-timers.

Disadvantages:

Its compact size, including the rather small feed chute, means that some effort and time is needed before the processing actually begins.

  1. SKG Slow Masticating Juicer

Category: Masticating

Just as the second product on the list attempted to bridge the two different categories of juicers together, this juicer attempts to incorporate qualities found in centrifugal juicers, while being a low masticating type. Its very design, which involves a vertical approach, can cause unsuspecting buyers to confuse it for a centrifugal juicer. Once its processing speed is known, a mere 60rpm, it becomes clear what category it fits in.

Advantages:

It actually does manage to successfully blend much of what is attractive in centrifugal juicers while still firmly remaining a slow masticating juicer. The 3-inch-wide feed chute allows for users to quickly and easily get the extraction process going, and despite this, the end results are about as efficient as they come. It’s also durable enough to withstand all the demands it invites.

Disadvantages:

Everything comes with a price, and with something that attempts as much as this juicer does, one should expect the rather large size and heavy weight, making it a difficult fit where space is lacking.

  1. Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer

Category: Masticating

This juicer serves to show what is best represented at the end of the vertically designed masticating juicers spectrum as, despite appearances, it is as slow as they come. With a 43rpm processing speed and a rather narrow feed chute, it comes as no surprise that its yield is as high as its ability preserve nutrients.

Advantages:

With streamline design that makes it easy to use, and made from the same reliable build as the previous juicer, this one can last a while. The greatest thing about it is, of course, that it is best suited for those more concerned with extracting juice in a way that retains all the elements that make natural juice healthy.

Disadvantages:

It isn’t very flexible, and as such, it restricts itself to being ideal only for those entirely concerned with their health, rather than speed and convenience.

  1. HUROM HU-100SB Juicer

Category: Masticating

Fitting into this list more as an honorable mention than something entirely different, this juicer is one example of how versatile these appliances can be, featuring the ability to process fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, wheatgrass, nuts, and soy. Versatility of this kind can be found in both slow masticating and centrifugal types, though the former do the job better than the latter, as exemplified in this particular case.

Centrifugal and Masticating Juicer Comparisons

The differences between centrifugal and masticating juicers is undeniably substantial, despite both sharing the same very simple purpose of extracting juice from raw material. For those first looking to get into the whole juicing business, this variation may at first seem a little daunting. Having already gone through 6 different cases, one’s mind should be more or less made up, but if any uncertainties remain, the following briefings should prove helpful.

Centrifugal Juicers – These have a straightforward design that is especially accommodating and conveniently quick in performing its principal function. They operate at a wider range of speed than masticating juicers, starting from around 6000rpm and going as high as 14000rpm. Strictly vertical in shape, they are easy to use. They fit any one of a number of different food types in the system for processing. With sharp blades rotating at high speeds, the internal suitability to a number of different foods matches that of its very design, which means there is a greater demand from their motors.

These also have to include more safety measures than masticating types, something that is important to look for when reviewing the specs of any centrifugal juicer. These include ensuring the motor cannot switch on if the piece isn’t fit properly or if the juicer is overloaded. Since most people are concerned with getting juice out of a natural product in the quickest and easiest of ways, centrifugal juicers are the more popular of the two types, and it helps that the health value is still there.

Masticating Juicers – Despite being the lesser purchased type of juicers, slow masticating types prove not only to be the most efficient juice extractors in both the quantity and quality they produce, but they come in greater variations than centrifugal types. These include both horizontal and vertical designs that can serve advantages both in use as well as suitability in blending in with the rest of a kitchen’s design.

As a result of the different shapes, sizes may also vary, which is something a user can look at to determine which is best suited for their space. Speeds can vary from 40rpm to 80rpm. This contributes to the greater health benefit of using masticating juicers, which is the biggest reason why some choose these over quicker types. There is more detailed care given in the different features of a masticating juicer’s design, and depending on how enthusiastic or concerned you are, a closer look will allow you to delve into all the specifics and gain a greater appreciation for the ingenuity that goes into their designs.

For those with clear intentions leaning either towards efficiency or convenience, the choices are clear, and one shouldn’t have a hard time selecting their ideal juicer. But for those who would like to get a little bit of everything, it becomes a little trickier, though there are certain products that attempt to appease such demanding needs. A single juicer that can process in either a centrifugal or masticating way is yet to be designed, but when such a time comes, it will no doubt make life much easier for those who want it all.

Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer Extractor

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M9GDTPJ

It is almost as if the colors of this juicer were some indication of the sentiment that one feels the first time using it, where the mostly black and silver exterior somewhat symbolized the anxiety and nervousness that the time-consuming juice extraction takes, and where the single light green piece positively symbolizes the relief felt when seeing the final product.

All romantic descriptions aside, the 80-rpm work rate is slow enough to ensure that juice extraction is as efficient as possible, preventing heat from building up, foam from developing, and oxidation that would prevent the nutrient-rich juice from being stored after extraction. It also comes with an automatic function to filter out pulp to extract as much pure juice as is possible. Furthermore, the detachable parts can easily be washed, including being suitable for dishwasher washing.

Pros

  • Highly efficient juice extractor
  • Easy to clean
  • R button for reverse anti-clog function

Cons

Plastic build

Summary

As a final bit of information that all interested buyers should find useful, the Aicok juice extractor is suitable for a wide range of raw produce, including fibrous vegetables, barley grass, and leafy greens, apart from all the standard fruits it can chew. In other words, this juicer is as complete as they come.

Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001L7OIVI

From one of the most trusted masticating juicer manufacturers, this particular make is efficient enough to make it onto the list as easily as it is to use it. With a processing rate of 80 rpm, the 110V motor is both powerful and precise, and there is an element of flexibility to it. With a dual stage juicing system, this extractor gets the most out of what is put into it, through both separating nutrient-rich juice from the raw material and extracting the remaining pulp from what remains.

As usual, heat and froth are also held off from what is extracted, and the design of the juicer makes sure oxidation isn’t a part of the mix either, allowing extracted juice to be stored for up to 72 hours. Its durable design, including all the interior parts, allows this juicer to be used for a number of different fruits and vegetables, going beyond that to turn out to be a great coffee grinder, chopper-and-mincer, and pasta extruder.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Durable build
  • Efficient extractor
  • Versatile use

Cons

Feed chute small

Summary

The Omega J8006 juicer also comes with feet that ground the entire piece while it pushes the ceiling of how much quality can be expected from something so simple.

Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003R28HWQ

Unique on this list, especially since it is able to attain a speed rate of up to 12,000 rpm, is a juicer that can be set to process at a much lower rate of 6,500rpm, which is indicative of the type of extraction efficiency that defines masticating juicers rather than centrifugal types. What it is able to do, that isn’t so common of the relevant types of juicers, is process large chunks of raw produce in the quantities that it can handle. Able to produce a full liter of juice, rid pulp and foam as expected, this clearly handles more than usual. It also comes with a number of protective features that extend its lifespan, such as the safety lock and overload protections features.

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Adjustable speed setting
  • Large processing and storage capacity
  • Safety features

Cons

Centrifugal design

Summary

The ability to find middle ground between masticating and centrifugal juicers means that this particular make could easily find itself onto any list, but though its place may be categorically disputed, it is without a doubt one of the best juicers available.

Omega J8004 Masticating Juicer

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001RLYOEE

Once put together from the various detachable pieces that can be easily mounted, this juicer goes on to prove just how much it can handle as a single operating piece. Its main purpose is efficient extraction, and at a masticating standard speed rate of 80 rpm, the juice produced can be assured to be as nutrient rich as possible. The dual stage processing, involving extraction and pulp ejection, makes for the best quality juice.

Made from a strong and durable plastic, the precise operating capabilities, combine with the durable build. This allows for efficient extraction of just about any type of fruit or vegetable, extending that functionality to extruding pasta, making butter from nuts, and chopping and mincing various other ingredients such as garlic. The vary same parts that make up the whole can easily be taken apart for easy cleaning.

Pros

  • Versatile functionality
  • Dual stage processing
  • Durable design and easy reassembly

Cons

Standard small feed chute

Summary

There really is no finding fault with the Omega J8004 juicer, such as the single con, if it can be described as such, one that is really just a matter of preference and a lack of even more convenience that what is already offered.

SKG Masticating Juicer

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P8UHWE4

From the get-go, this masticating juicer promises to be something that all the others are not, as is made clear by its blender-type design and attractive piano varnish. The first of its unique features to be noticed is the 3” large feed chute, something other masticating juicers do not typically feature, allowing for greater convenience in the flexibility of what goes down the pipe and into the processing.

Regarding its core function, the high amount of juice it manages to extract, with as high a yield as 90%, in no ways compromises on the quality of what is produces. The slow chewing process retains all the nutrition from the raw material being processed, while preventing as much heat as possible. Though made from a number of different materials, including stainless steel and silicone, every inch of the juicer is certifiably safe to use.

Pros

  • Large feed chute
  • Efficient extractor
  • High juice yield

Cons

No anti-clog feature

Summary

At 16 lbs., expecting the SKG juice extractor to perform at a high level is understandable, and it doesn’t disappoint. At least in this case, a larger than normal size proves to be a winner, and it also isn’t a bad looking addition to the kitchen.

 

SKG Premium Masticating Juicer & Multifunction Food Processor

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F5258DG

For a slow masticating juicer, 65 rpm is a speed rate that falls right in the middle of the acceptable range, and with yield ratings reaching up to 90%, this juicer is clearly doing something right. The first of its two functions includes being able to extract juice, and apart from what has already been shown, it shows how good at this it is by retaining nutrients and enzymes, resulting in the best quality juice that is safe to store.

The second function, that of a food processor, includes being able to effectively and efficiently slice and shred a number of different fruits and vegetables. In order to make this multi-functionality possible, different materials are used in the making of this juicer, all of which are as safe as they are effective. It comes with a number of accessories as well, such as the stainless steel slicer, shredder blades, and an adjustable food juicer.

Pros

  • High juice yield
  • Anti-oxidizing extractor
  • Effective slicer and shredder

Cons

Slightly bulky

Summary

A number of reasons can be given to convince you to opt for this juicer extractor, though that may not be necessary, since simply and accurately stating that the multifunctional SKG juicer is as complete as they come should prove to be enough.

SKG Wide Chute Anti-Oxidation Slow Masticating Juicer

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P8UHWE4

Despite coming from a manufacturer that has already established itself on this list, this particular model has something different to offer, as do all the listed products. With a 240-watt AC motor, this juicer is something special right from its core, assuring users its features are dependably grounded. As soon as produce is fed into the 3” feed chute, a size that comfortably accommodates large chunks of fruit and vegetable, no matter how soft or hard, processing begins at 60 rpm. Yielding numbers anywhere between 42-90%, depending on the texture of the produce, such impressive numbers continue to crop up with equally impressive results that prevent oxidation, resulting in the production of long-lasting juice. The design and parts used mean that this juicer can also be used as a sorbet and tofu maker.

Pros

  • High yield percentages
  • Wide feed chute
  • Certified safe materials

Cons

Build not very durable

Summary

By attending to the details of this juicer’s functions, and comparing them to your needs and preferences, this could turn out to be the perfect juicer, considering how unique it is.

Omega 8008 Masticating Juicer

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CM9RHUI

Returning to the traditionally shaped masticating juicers, this compact masticating juicer weighs just over a pound, and it can be easily and effortlessly picked up with the handle included in its design. Yet despite this, the chrome-coated kitchen appliance has a strong build, all the way to its commercial-grade motor. When put to use, the dual stage process slowly and efficiently extracts juice from products placed in its feed chute, while ejecting pulp through the front end. It has a large holding cup at the top of the mouth to ensure channeling grains and the like is made easy, and with suction feet at its bottom, it holds steady even when in use.

Pros

  • Low amount of foaming
  • Dual stage processing
  • Adjustable pulp output dial

Cons

Noisy

Summary

Though being much the same in both design and function as many other masticating juicers, especially of the Omega brand, the 8008 model makes one or two changes that users are sure to take note of.

Omega – Silver (VRT330S) Slow Vertical Masticating Juicer

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009RUWVE2

Though it is the last product on the list, just as the brand name is the last letter of the Greek alphabet, this certainly isn’t the least greatest masticating juicer, all things considered. At a speed of 80 rpm, this processes at a slightly faster speed than most others, though that isn’t to say it isn’t an efficient juicer, working to produce a high yield that is as charged with nutrients and as a rise in temperature is minimal. The pulp it extracts also comes out dry, whatever the nature of the produce it is fed, whether soft or hard. The entire piece can be easily detached into several pieces, and with the customized cleaning brush that is provided, cleaning the juicer is easy. Also included in the purchase are juice cups.

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Dual stage processing
  • Fastest masticating mastication

Cons

  • Feed chute hard to clean
  • No anti-clog measures for exit spout

With regards to getting the job done, the Omega VRT330S does that just fine, making it the ideal product to complete the list.

Conclusion

In being caught up with all the technicalities of what a good juicer involves, it is almost easy to forget that taste is also something that needs to be factored in, and if there is anything that unites all of the above, it would be just that.

Benefits of Juicing

All juicers boast health benefits in their use because juicing allows one to extract all of what’s good in a fruit or vegetable, despite what some may think. Although masticating juicers retain more nutrients than centrifugal juicers, the fact that the latter performs faster means that its use can fit into a tight schedule, allowing users to easily get at least one glass of 100% fresh juice on a daily basis, something a more efficient but also more time consuming masticating juicer wouldn’t allow. In summary, having either one can only work to improve healthy habits.

Conclusion

The first and most essential steps to successfully picking the right juicer is understanding how they work, all the differences, and all the positives one can get from using them. By now, prospective buyers should feel confident enough to make informed decisions, and with a suggestion or two, making a choice you can comfortably spend the next few years with is almost guaranteed. One thing that hasn’t been mentioned is that all of the aforementioned products are of the highest quality and represent the best of their categories, so basing one’s standard on these examples will serve as a guide when looking for the right juicer.