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If you are reading this post you are most likely one of those people who is either embarking on the journey of juicing or are already quite there :). Well if you belong to the first category then let me tell you it can be quite a daunting task to select a juicer. I’ve had a couple of friends who have been wanting to enter the juicing bandwagon and hence I thought I should share my thoughts, experience and knowledge to make this task a little easier.

There is lots of information that will be provided in this blog post so I will categorize this into four sections.

A)   Parameters to be considered while buying a juicer

B)   Types of Juicers

C)   My user review of Breville Vs. Omega (Centrifugal vs. Masticating juicers)

D)   Summary

A) Lets begin with listing some parameters you can consider while buying a juicer-

1)   Price – Prices of juicers can range anywhere between 50$-500$. What determines these prices will be explained in the points below. If you are really serious about juicing and making it a way of life, it is absolutely worth it to invest in a good juicer that will be anything above 200$. If you are still apprehensive and do not want to jump into the deep end right away, you can consider an inexpensive juicer. What matters is, you got started!

2)   Ease of use / Installation – A juicer, unlike a blender consists of multiple parts that you have to assemble before using it every time. Try and make sure your juicer is easy to install and does not have too many parts.

3)   Capability/Performance of the juicer – Juicers have varying capabilities to juice ingredients. Some juice leafy greens very well, some juice hard vegetables really well, some juice soft fruits etc. It is important to ensure that a juicer does not leave out a major part of the fruit/veggie as pulp. You can come gauge its performance if you feel the pulp left out by the juice. It should NOT be wet or have a moist feeling. This means the juicer has expelled pulp that can still be juiced. The yield of such a juicer is low. An inexpensive juicer will typically leave out wet pulp behind. In this case it is best to re-juice the pulp. A good juicer is one that can juice green leafy vegetables well. You don’t want those greens going into your waste basket.

4)   Time taken to juice – This is an important parameter if you are hard pressed on time. The time taken typically depends on three factors i) how easy is it to assemble the juicer each time you juice ii) how large is the size of the chute which will determine how much time you will put into chopping the vegetables iii) clean up time.

5)   Size of chute – The chute is what you put your fruits and vegetables into, for juicing. If the chute size is small you will need to end up chopping your vegetables and fruits much more, than for a larger sized chute.

6)   Size of juicer – A large juicer with too many parts takes up too much of counter space in the kitchen. If you do not have space issues this aspect should not be a problem.

7)   Quality of the juice / Oxidation – Oxidation of juice takes place depending on how the juice has been extracted from the juicer. There are typically 3 types of juicers:

a)    Centrifugal Juicers – These juicers have a basket which spins at a very high speed by virtue of which juice is extracted out of the fruit/vegetable. Not very effective for leafy greens. Oxidation of juice in this type of juicer is high and this juice cannot be stored for long. It must be consumed within 15-30 mins of being produced.

b)   Masticating Juicers – These juicers have a rotating auger, which rotates at a much slower speed and chews and squeezes the fruit/vegetable to extract the juice. Oxidation in this case is very low and the juice can be stored for a day (juice must be filled up to the brim of the bottle and covered with a tight lid in the refrigerator).

c)    Twin Gear Juicers – These juicers have twin gears, which meet each other from opposite ends to crush the fruit/vegetable and extract the juice. Oxidation in this type of juicer is the lowest.

C) My user review for Breville and Omega juicer

When my husband and me decided to get onboard the juicing bandwagon, we spent quite a bit of time researching on what juicer to buy. We zeroed in on Breville Compact Juice Fountain 700 Watt. This was a centrifugal juicer.

Pros –   Easy to install and easy to use

Large chute

Good at juicing soft fruits and vegetables

Not very large sized juicer

Cons –  Not very good at juicing leafy greens and hard vegetables

Clean up time was significant because of the basket, which had to be cleaned with a brush

Pulp was fairly wet and had to be re-juiced

High Oxidation of juice

 

Because we were fairly serious about juicing and enjoyed the benefits we got out of it, at the end of three months of using the Breville juicer we decide to upgrade, owing to the cons listed above. We then bought the Omega J8004. This is a masticating juicer.

Pros –   Easy to install and easy to use

Not very large sized juicer

Very good at juicing leafy greens and hard vegetables

Clean up time is minimal

Low oxidation of juice

Cons –  Small sized chute

Not so good at juicing soft vegetables and fruits. I have however, worked a way around this. I wrap a green leafy vegetable around the piece of orange/strawberry and it gets juiced pretty well.

Speed of juicing is low as the auger slowly squeezes out the juice, but it’s totally worth it. At least I’m not wasting my time re- juicing or cleaning the juicer.

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So as you might have guessed, I am pretty happy with my Omega Masticating Juicer. Please note – this is no way a comparison aimed at pointing out the negative points of Breville vs. Omega or vice versa. This is more so a comparison of centrifugal juicer vs. a masticating juicer. Breville has some really awesome juicers in its high price range and this brand is endorsed heavily by Joe Cross, which was the primary reason we ended up buying it as our first juicer.

D) Summary – I know this is too much information to digest so I’ve created some tables to summarize this discussion.

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In the long run it is optimal to buy an expensive juicer as it yields much higher amounts of juice than an inexpensive juicer. You will end up spending more money to buy a larger produce of fruits/vegetables to get a better yield out of the inexpensive juicer.

I hope this post was helpful! Please reach out in case of any questions..

Stay Healthy..

Cheers