2013 Juicer Buying Guide!
Filmmakers “FOOD MATTERS” &
“HUNGRY FOR CHANGE”
Since launching Food Matters and Hungry For Change we continue to get many questions on juicers such as “What juicer should I buy?”, “Are some juicers better than others?” and “What juicer do you recommend?”.
We normally answer with “The best juicer is the one you have or the one you’re using” because if you are already juicing, you’ve already begun making a difference to your health.”
There are however many different types and models of juicers available and it can become quite confusing and overwhelming when you’re in the process of deciding which one to invest in.
If you’re looking to upgrade your current juicer or you’re new to juicing, then you’re in the right place!
Having experimented with many different types of juicers ourselves over the past 10 years, we can now give you some answers and guidance to help make your decision easier. After all, purchasing the right juicer is a big decision and one of the most important investments you’ll ever make for your health.
But first, let’s get to the reasons why it’s important to juice…
We believe there are three main reasons why you should consider
incorporating fresh juice, especially vegetable juice, into your lifestyle.
Many of us have impaired digestion which reduces our body’s ability to absorb nutrients from vegetables. Fresh juices go directly into your bloodstream and are therefore considered a 15 minute nutrient express to health. Unfortunately store bought juices contain virtually no nutrients due to the pasteurization process.
Many of us eat the same vegetables and fruits every day or worse, don’t even eat any on a regular basis! With juicing, you can enjoy a wide variety of vegetables that you don’t enjoy eating whole. Juicing is also the perfect way to consume the recommended daily serving of vegetables.
After regularly consuming freshly pressed vegetable juices, which are highly alkalizing, you will experience improved energy levels, digestion and mental clarity, clearer skin, and an overall sense of wellbeing.
Types of Juicers
So, you know about the amazing health benefits of juicing and you’re ready to get started. Now you’re wondering what type of juicer is best for you.
There are many types of juicers available, varying in both quality and price. A cheaper centrifugal juicer may be an appropriate start for beginners and certainly preferable to not juicing at all, if other models are unaffordable.
However, a cold press juicer (also known as a masticating or slow juicer) will definitely produce a superior quality juice and allow you to extract more from your fruit and vegetables, saving money in the long-term.
Centrifugal juicers are commonly available in retail outlets and are the cheapest type to purchase. These machines initially extract juice by pulverizing fruit and vegetables against a round cutting blade that spins very quickly against a metal strainer. The centrifugal force generated by the spinning motion of the cutting surface separates the juice from the pulp.
• PROS •
- Fast juicing time
- Cheaper to purchase
- Easy to use
- Reduces food preparation time as many accept larger fruit and vegetable pieces
• CONS •
- Not well-suited to juicing leafy greens, grasses, sprouts and herbs
- Yields less juice (produces a wet pulp)
- Reduced juice quality due to fast spinning blades producing heat that destroy beneficial enzymes
- Higher juice separation and foaming
- Noisy because of the grinding and cutting action
Cold Press Juicers
These machines operate via a masticating (chewing) or cold press method to produce a superior juice to their centrifugal counterparts. In contrast to the rough extraction and high speeds of centrifugal juicers, cold press juicers operate at lower speeds and gently compress fruit and vegetables to ‘squeeze’ out their juice. While more costly, their slower and more thorough extraction rates produce a higher-quality juice, and more of it.
• PROS •
- Well-suited to juicing leafy greens, grasses, sprouts and herbs
- Higher juice yield
- Juice lasts longer with enzyme integrity keeping for up to 72 hours
- Lower speeds means less heat is generated, preserving more nutrients and enzymes
- Minimal juice separation and foaming
- Some models offer other food processing functions, such as being able to make nut milk, nut butter, sorbet, pasta and ice cream
- Pressing action is quiet.
• CONS •
- Higher initial cost
- Longer food preparation, as smaller food pieces are required for their narrow chutes
- Slightly higher pulp in juice
What Should I Look For
In A Juicer?
When WE are looking for our perfect juicer here is what WE look for:
- Able to easily juice all greens, herbs and grasses (with a high yield)
- Good to juice fruits, including soft varieties
- Cold pressed, to produce a superior juice
- Low speed (rpm), to minimise oxidation and produce a longer lasting juice
- Able to make nut milks
- Easy to clean
- Low noise!
This led us to vertical cold-pressed masticating juicers as the most superior type of juicer!
“But aren’t cold pressed juicers more expensive?”
Let’s use an example. If you juice $100 a week worth of fresh vegetables and fruits through a cold press juicer vs. a centrifugal juice you can extract 35% more juice meaning $35 saved!
So, if you’re juicing for a year with a cold press juicer you can save up to $1,820!!! (Meaning you’ll pay for your juicer many times over with the savings alone!)
This is because cold press juicers produce a much dryer pulp than centrifugal juicers, meaning that the highest possible amount of nutrients are extracted and there is less overall waste.
“What about nutrient quality?”
(Especially if I’m spending lots of $$$ on organic produce)
We believe this is the most important consideration when buying a juicer.
When you’re serious about your health, consuming the highest quality, nutrient dense foods should be your first priority and something not to be compromised.
Cold pressed juicers operate at lower speeds (usually around 70-80 RPM), keeping heat generation to a minimum. This not only produces a superior tasting juice with minimal foam and separation, but it also means that the beneficial enzymes and nutrients are retained. This is where all the goodness is!
Nutritional tests* (between a cold press and centrifugal juicer) revealed that cold press juicers extract up to 42% more vitamin C, up to 60% more vitamin A and yield between 35 – 50% more juice.
* Test results from Michelson Laboratories,Inc., Korean Food Research Institute (KRFI), and internal labs
“How long will cold pressed juice keep for?”
There are many variables which can affect shelf life (including the type of produce juiced and storage methods) so there’s no definite answer to this!
Our recommendation would be to drink your juice as soon as possible after juicing to enjoy maximum taste and nutritional benefits.
But don’t worry, freshly prepared cold pressed juices can be refrigerated! Fruit juices can last 24-48 hours and vegetable juices 12-24 hours.
“I’m busy and need a juicer that
practically cleans itself!”
Most of the newer, vertical models of cold press juicers have innovative self cleaning systems that keep the juicing screen clear and prevent pulp build up while in use. Some even have brushes that clean the screen while you’re juicing, so the hard part of cleaning is done for you!
In between juicing you can run some water through the juicer to rinse it. We would always recommend that you rinse and clean your juicer as soon as you’ve finished using it. When you get into a routine of cleaning your juicer it’s quite easy to keep clean and ready to use.
“I want to juice herbs, grasses, exotic greens and make fresh nut milks without a blender!”
Most of the newer, vertical models of cold press juicers are perfect if you want to juice leafy green vegetables, grasses, herbs, sprouts and soft fruits. You can also make nut milk, without having to spend money on two different juicers or a blender as well.
Nut milk made in a cold press juicer typically lasts much longer than when made through the nut bag/blender method.
So What Juicer Do We Recommend?
(and personally use)
There are plenty of amazing juicers on the market, and lots of new cold pressed juicers. But when asked what juicer do we personally use and recommend then the answer is Hurom.
Hurom are the global leaders in slow juicers and are the original creators of the vertical cold pressed juicer technology. They actually make many of the cold pressed juicers for other juice companies in the US. Their juicers naturally press fruit and vegetables without heat or friction to produce the healthiest, freshest juice that tastes simply amazing! They are the original and best slow juicer on the market!
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT HUROM JUICERS
“It juices virtually everything perfectly! Peel the rind off a lemon and it juices better than a citrus juicer! It does greens VERY well, almost all pulp comes out dry without so much as a drop to wring out from it, and it looks gorgeous in a glass.” – E. Tam
I have had a few juicers in my lifetime and I can say with all honesty that this is hands down my favorite. It’s quiet, quick and really produces a good juice. This juicer would be good for anyone. You should tell people that.” – Jason Dover
“Absolutely worth the money. I was nervous to spend this much at first, but this juicer turned out to be a great choice.” – Monica D.
“I’m extremely happy with my Hurom juicer. To me, it’s the best of both worlds between the fast juicing Breville and the slow juicing Green Star. The Hurom is a fast juicer, SUPER EASY cleanup, fun and easy to use, and I love it. I get plenty of juice in one session, which is great. It quickly and efficiently juices greens like kale and romaine while flawlessly juicing cucumbers, apples, and other “watery” fruits. The pulp varied from dry (hearty leafy greens, like kale) to semi-moist (romaine, apples, etc). The juice typically had little foam, but it would depend on what I juiced to determine that. I love the warranty, too.” – Kristen Suzanne