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Juicer Buying Guide

With many types of juicers available on the market, it can be a daunting task to know which one is right for you. As the price and features will vary widely, knowing what to look for is key toward making an informed buying choice. Centrifugal vs masticating, quality of the juice, and the types of foods they handle are but a small subset of things to consider. Here’s a look at the different types of machines, and what features and options you should look for.

Type:

There are two main types of juicers: centrifugal and masticating. Both have their pros and cons. What’s the difference between the two?

Centrifugal juicers are generally less expensive and are typically geared toward the entry-level market. They use a spinning blade to cut and extract the juice using centrifugal (centripetal) forces. The main points in their favor are reduced cost, ease of use, faster time to produce juice and the fact that they tend to accept larger portions of fruits and vegetables. The downside is that they usually don’t accept small greens very well, and the heat they generate reduces the overall quality of the juice which tends to be foamy.

Masticating juicers, sometimes referred to as cold press juicers, are higher-end machines that use a chewing method to pulverize foods. While more expensive and requiring more food preparation time, overall they produce a higher quality of juice.

Performance:

When looking at performance, a juicer should have the power to handle a wide variety of foods. Some do well, for instance, with small grassy greens while others only handle large items well. It will depend on what your juicing needs are, so it’s best to determine in advance what you’ll be using it for. As well, look for a unit that produces a low noise level.

Ease of use:

A good juicer should primarily be easy to use and easy to clean. It should be powerful enough to accept juicing material into the receptacle with a minimal amount of pressure, and the resulting pulp should be properly gathered, or at least easily directed, in order to minimize the mess.

Price:

As juicers can typically range anywhere from $30 to over $700, make sure you take the price into consideration when looking at overall features. Some higher-priced machines may offer more bells and whistles, but may in fact not represent value for the dollar.

Special Features:

– Pulp container. Most units will have some type of container for the ejected pulp to make cleanup easier.

– Dishwasher safe parts. Ideally, you’ll want a machine that has some parts which are safe to put in the dishwasher, increasing the overall ease of use.

– Multiple speeds. Good juicers will have variable speed settings to be used based on the type of material being juiced. Consequently, this will improve the range of foods it can handle.

– Large feeder tube. The larger the feeder tube, the larger the food that can be inserted into the unit. This makes for reduced preparation time as fruits and vegetables don’t need to be cut down to size.

– Wheatgrass. Aficionados of wheatgrass juice are typically limited in the available types of machines that will process it, and generally higher-priced machines will feature this option.

– Cord storage. When stowed away after use, the machine you purchase should ideally offer storage space for the cord, reducing clutter and making storage easy.

What are the best juicers?

Breville JE98XL Review

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Breville JE98XL

Type of Product

Electric Juicer

Manufacturer:

Breville

Experts Rating:

Specifications

  • Type: Centrifugal
  • Weight: 13.8 lbs
  • Motor Speed: 65000-12000 RPM
  • Motor: 850W
  • Wheatgrass: No

The Good

  • Fast, efficient operation
  • Low cost
  • Multiple speeds
  • Large feeder tube

The Bad

  • Noisy
  • Our Report

The Breville JE9XL is a centrifugal-type juicer perfect for introducing yourself to the world of juicing. Its lower price tag along with a host of features makes it an excellent value-added machine for either the novice or those looking to juice on a budget.

Performance:

The JE9XL features a dual speed 850-watt motor, excellent for controlling the cutting speed of fruits and vegetables. It has a low speed of 6500 RPM for softer items, and a high speed of up to 12000 RPM for harder foods, making it easy to juice even the toughest ingredients. It also features a direct central feed system for precision juicing, maximizing the amount of juice dispensed. It should be noted, however, that being a centrifugal type machine, it is noisier than many models available on the market. Despite this fact, it is also one of the faster and more efficient juicers.

Ease of use:

Cleanup is a breeze with the Breville JE9XL. All removable parts are dishwasher safe, and the unit comes complete with a cleaning brush. But most exciting about the JE9XL is its large feeder tube, which is wide enough to take most fruits and vegetables without cutting them up, and can even handle whole apples.

Special features:

– Pulp Container
– Dual Speeds
– Safety locking arm
– Cord container

This juicer sports a large capacity pulp container, ideal for catching ejected pulp and minimizing the mess. Its dual speed setting (low and high) makes it easier to manually control fruit and vegetable processing while the safety locking arm will prevent the unit operating in an unsafe manner. Finally, the cord container ensures that storage is a breeze, keeping the cord conveniently out of the way.

Price:

This machine is a bargain. Considering the features it offers, as well as its fast, easy and efficient operation.

Omega J8006 Review

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Omega J8006

Type of Product

Electric Juicer

Manufacturer:

Omega

Experts Rating:

Specifications

  • Type: Masticating
  • Weight: 17.6 lbs
  • Motor Speed: 80 RPM
  • Motor: 170W
  • Wheatgrass: Yes

The Good

  • Low price for masticating juicer
  • Handles a wide range of foods
  • Relatively low noise

The Bad

  • Narrow food induction tube
  • Lack of variable speeds
  • Our Report

The Omega J8006 masticating juicer is a stylish and easy to use entry into the marketplace. It employs a dual-stage juicing system to ensure the maximum amount of nutrients are extracted. It’s also at the lower end of the masticating juicer price range, although it can be prone to jamming with food material. Let’s take a look at some of its features.

Performance:

The J8006 is of a durable design, with a steady base for a fast and efficient operation. It operates at a lower-speed 80 RPM in order to reduce friction and, therefore, preserve nutrients and enzymes. While this is beneficial to the quality of juice, some have complained that the unit feels underpowered. It handles a wide variety of foods, from fruits and vegetables to leafy greens, and even grinds coffee beans, minces herbs and extrudes pasta. Its noise level is lower than that of a typical centrifugal machine, but still at a fairly audible level and is comparable to that of other masticating juicers.

Ease of use:

On the plus side, many of the parts of this juicer are dishwasher safe. On the other hand, the relatively narrow induction tube means more preparation is required as it won’t handle large fruits and vegetables. It does, however, feature a reverse speed to remove pulp stuck in the auger. Overall, cleaning and use are fairly straightforward.

Special Features:

– Dual stage juicer
– Dishwasher safe parts
– Juices wheatgrass
– Low-speed motor

The low, 80 RPM motor is definitely an advantage when it comes to juicing, as the resulting liquid is much healthier than from those of higher speeds. This juicer uses a dual stage system, in which foods are first pulped, then the juice is extracted in the second stage, resulting in many more nutrients being retained and a dryer pulp. It handles wheatgrass as well and offers dishwasher-safe parts for easy cleanup. It does notably lack variable speeds, as well as a dedicated receptacle for pulp.

Price:

The J8006 is at the lower end of the masticating juicer price range. This goes in hand with its relatively limited range of features, although the fact that it handles a wide variety of food does add considerable value to it.

Black & Decker JE2200B Review


Black & Decker JE2200B

Type of Product

Electric Juicer

Manufacturer:

Black & Decker

Experts Rating:

Specifications

  • Type: Centrifugal
  • Weight: 5.6 lbs
  • Motor Speed: N/A
  • Motor: 400W
  • Wheatgrass: No

The Good

  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy cleanup

The Bad

  • Not very durable
  • Noisy
  • Struggles with some fruits and vegetables
  • Our Report

You get what you pay for, and the Black & Decker JE2200B juicer is no exception. This budget centrifugal-type juice extractor is appealing to those considering entering the world of juicing, yet this machine’s low price comes at the cost of durability and features.

Performance:

The 400W motor is adequate for most juicing, yet noticeably struggles with firmer fruits and vegetables. Carrots are handled with relative ease, however, the juicer tends to struggle with apples and other fruits. On the plus side, it’s a relatively fast juicer, as long as you don’t have your sights set on more exotic juices. The plastic frame lacks durability and may be in danger of wearing out faster, and the unit is considerably noisier than its contemporaries.

Ease of use:

Most parts of this machine are dishwasher safe, making clean up relatively simple. However, the feeder tube is fairly small, so whole fruits and vegetables are unlikely to fit, leading to more preparation time. Finally, pulp has been noted to fly out of the feed tube based on customer reviews.

Special features:

– Pulp container
– Cord container
– Dual Hi/Low speed
– Safety locking mechanism

The juicer comes equipped with a pulp container, especially important on low-powered centrifugal juicers as the pulp tends to be more watery. The onboard power cord storage makes stowing it easy, and the safety locking mechanism ensures the unit only operates when it’s safe to do so. The unit features two speeds, high and low, although even on low power it doesn’t seem to be as effective as other models.

Price:

They don’t get much cheaper. Considering the unit struggles with basic juicing of some types of fruits and vegetables, it’s worthwhile considering a higher-priced unit.

The Final Verdict:

Breville JE98XL

Buying a juicer should involve striking a balance between features and price. While the Omega J8006 offers the power and benefits of a masticating juicing system, the Breville JE98XL packs almost as much of a punch at a significantly less cost. The large feed tube alone makes for a convenient and efficient operation, and there’s no matching the speed of its juicing. Safety locking arm, dual speed operation to handle a wide variety of fruits and vegetables as well as pulp and cord containers makes it a worthy and value-added addition to any kitchen.