The Different Types of Juicers
Juicing, at this point in time is becoming a household “thing” and thus we need to understand the different types of juicers. I predict by the year 2030 that having a juicer in your kitchen will be as common as having a microwave. Studies have shown how amazing juicing is at preventing and fighting disease. As well as being a great detoxing agent. So that leaves us with getting to know the 4 most popular juicers. They are Centrifugal, Masticating, Triturating and Hydraulic Press.
Comparing the 4 Different Juicers
"Single Gear or Auger"
|Juice Output||4th (Least)||3rd||2nd||1st|
|Nutrients Output||4th (Least)||3rd||1st||2nd|
|Fridge Life of Juice||12 Hours||48 Hours||72 Hours||72 Hours|
|Versatility of Juicer||4th (not versatile)||3rd||1st||1st|
|Speed of Juicer||1st (Fastest)||2nd||3rd||4th|
|Noise of Juicer||Very Noisy||Not Very Noisy||Pretty Quiet||Can be Noisy|
|Foam of Juicer||Very Foamy||Little Foamy||Hardly Foamy||Almost No Foam|
|Prepping for Juicer||Hardly any Prep||Minimal Prep||A lot of Prep||Minimal Prep|
|Cleaning of Juicer||1st (easiest)||2nd||3rd||4th|
|Size of Juicer||4th (smallest)||3rd||2nd||1st|
|Price of Juicer||$40-$250||$100-$450||$500-$800||$2,500 and Above|
Why the Centrifugal Juicer is for You!
If you like speed and easy to clean juicers with little to no prep work then the centrifugal juicer is for you! This type of juicer is very popular because it is the fastest juice bearing juicer on the market. It is very simple to use. You put the food down into the chute and the food meets a blade that moves, in most cases, over 5,000 RPM. Breaking that down by the second is a blade spinning around 83 times in only 1 second! How incredible does that sound? The other positive about centrifugal juicers are that they will save you money compared to all of the other juicers. Some centrifugal juicers only cost around $50.
So what’s the catch? The catch is the quality of the juice. Slow and steady wins the race, in some races. In the race of juicing, the slower the juicing process generally results in a higher quality of juice. That is not to say that the centrifugal juicer does not have a lot of nutrients and minerals in its juice. You still gain a good amount of nutrients and health benefits from this style of juicing. The other downside to the centrifugal juicer is the shelf life when storing juice in the fridge. Since there is a lot of oxidation (the meeting of oxygen during the juicing process), this type of juice can spoil more quickly then the other 3 juicing machines.
If you want instant juice then this is the way to go. Although you miss out on a lot of other cool functions that the other juicers can do, you are still getting what you want in the shortest amount of time. Juice! It is easy to afford, use, prep, clean and juice. If you do not care about the quality of juice then go all in on a Centrifugal Juicer.
Why the Masticating “Single Gear or Auger” Juicer is for You!
First off, a masticating juicer uses a “single gear or auger” that pushes produce up against a steel mesh plate at a very slow rate. Usually these single augers spin around at 60 RPM. It could be a little slower or faster depending on the model you purchase. These machines can either have an auger that is vertical or horizontal.
Quick Pros & Cons of Both
- Vertical Masticating = Faster, easier to use, easier to clean but not as Versatile.
- Horizontal Masticating = Not as fast but is better at juicing greens (like wheat grass), can make nut butters, pasta, ice cream and preserving juice longer due to less oxidation.
I prefer the horizontal masticating juicer because of the quality and versatility that you can not find with vertical masticating juicers. Vertical masticating juicers are generally considered a high end, slower juicing centrifugal juicer. You can still do a lot of things with vertical masticating juicers but not at the quality of the horizontal style.
With all of that said. The masticating juicer is for you if you want all the bells and whistles of a high end juicer but are willing to settle in some cases for a little less quality. That isn’t to say that the quality of a masticating juicer is bad. That is very far from the truth. Based off of my research within the juicing community, I would say that a horizontal masticating juicer is a staple in most die hard juicer’s kitchens. I say this because it yields a great amount of juice and the quality is not too far off from a high end juicer like the Triturating or Hyrdraulic Press juicers. Not only is it not too far off in quality, it is not too far behind in versatility. In fact, the horizontal masticating juicer is probably the best at making baby food, salsa and wheat grass juice.
Definitely go horizontal over vertical. Only choose the vertical style if you want a faster juicer that produces a higher quality juice then the previously mentioned centrifugal juicer. With that said, I am all about the horizontal masticating juicer. Although it might be a little more work to get your end result, this style of juicer produces a great quality end product with out having to spend big money on the high end juicers. The horizontal juicer also stores in the fridge for up to 2 days. This juicer really is the jack of trades for a really good bargain.
Why the Triturating “Twin Gears” Juicer is for You!
Okay. I really do like the horizontal masticating juicer but I completely adore the triturating “twin gear” juicer. The reason is because my opinion leads me to believe that it produces the highest quality juice. I can not find any hard evidence supporting this but the color of the juice and taste of the juice is just a notch above the hydraulic press juicer. It just has to have more nutrients and minerals compared to the hydraulic press juicer. The reason being is because of the stainless steel twin gears that first spin and grind up all of the produce at a slow RPM. After it is done grinding up the produce, the twin gears funnel the produce down into a steel mesh where it presses the juice out of the produce. The slow RPM’s allow the produce to barely have any oxidation which is the main reason for the quality of juice.
There are not many downsides when it comes to this juicer. The only one that come to mind is that it is not as easy to make nut butters, ice cream and baby food compared to the hydraulic press juicer. I would still say that this juicer is really good at making nut butters and ice cream but the hydraulic press juicer is great at producing high yields of nut butters and ice cream at a quicker rate. The other drawback of this juicer is that it is probably the most tedious and time consuming to clean. There are a lot of different parts to take off and you have to brush and scrub the metal attachments to ensure they are properly cleaned. It isn’t too long or difficult to clean but definitely more time then the first 2 juicers I mentioned above.
The triturating juicer is a top shelf juicer. Cream of the crop in terms of quality. The price really is a steal when you compare it to the hydraulic press. I say this because the quality of juice is the same, if not even better. It also is the best at storing juice in the fridge compared to any other juicer. The triturating juicer is also as versatile as any other juicer on the market. I would strongly suggest looking into this style of juicer if you are thinking about getting into juicing. These types of juicers also have around a 15 year warranty for non commercial use. It has around a 3 year warranty for commercial use.
Why the Hydraulic Press Juicer is for You!
Now we get to the most advanced juicer. These types of juicers became very popular in part to the Gerson therapy program. That program was centered around cancer patients that switched to raw, cold pressing of produce as their main diet. These machines first grind up all of your produce and then dump them into a breathable cloth. Once in the cloth, the pulp and juice is put under a hydraulic press that puts a couple tons of pressure onto the shredded produce. This releases every drop of juice from the produce, that is inside the cloth bag, into a catching bowl. This type of juicer is number 1 when it comes to the yield of juice. It is also great at mass producing nut butters and ice creams.
If you love juicing root vegetables, fruits, nut butters and ice creams at the highest quality and efficiency than this machine is for you. I know it is very pricey but there is no other machine that can match its effectiveness when it comes to juicing those foods listed in the previous sentence. The only thing to be wary of when it comes to this machine is how effective it is in juicing leafy greens and is the quality of juice any better then the triturating juicers. This style of juicer does not grind and shred leafy greens very well during the first part of the juicing process. This is why when it is pressed under 2 tons of pressure that it has problems yielding as much juice as the triturating juicer. Overall, this juicer is a clear step above the other juicers in pretty much every all categories except leafy greens.
Hydraulic Press Conclusion:
It is the most expensive juicer for a reason. That is because it produces probably the highest quality of nutrient dense juice while being able to produce other functions like nut butters and ice cream at a very high level. It does take a lot of prep and cleaning to use this machine and when it comes to purely juicing, this machine does take the longest. However, if you want to be very serious about juicing and especially making your own nut butters at home, than this machine has to be for you.