So, the time has come to choose the best juicer you can and you want to know more.
What is the best juicer UK/US wide?
Blender vs Juicer – what’s the difference?
Is expensive really any better?
Remember, the best juicers for someone else may not be the best juicers for you. First you have to know how and where you are going to use it. This article will give you the info you need.
When it comes to which juicer to buy for you there are several considerations:
- Do you really want a juicer or will a blender do what you need it to do?
- What are all these things? What’s a masticating juicer, a cold press juicer and a centrifugal juicer?
- If I don’t buy one of the best juicers on the market but go for a budget option how bad is that?
Which juicer to buy can be tricky as when you start looking at the top 10 juicers available you can see the prices can get pretty high!
You want the best juicer you can get without making a mistake you’ll regret. In light of this make sure that wherever you buy your juicer from is not only a reputable company but also has a decent return policy if you find your wonderful new, best kitchen friend doesn’t actually do what it says on the tin!
Best Juicers Question Time
So, how to decide? Well, first ask yourself the following questions:
- When am I going to juice? – do you want to do it more than once a day? At home? At the office? which brings us to…
- Where am I going to be making the juice? – will this be at home and will you then need to take some saved juice with you to work?
- Am I following a particular plan? – for example are you using one of Jason Vale’s diet plans like 7lbs in 7 Days: The Juice Master Diet?
- How much do I need to juice? – is a one cup machine OK for me or am I making it for the family or enough to take to work?
- How much of a hassle is it going to be to clean this thing? – Can I put all the parts or blades into the dishwasher or is there some manual cleaning out I will have to do?
Well, stick with me and let’s cover these and more!
Blender vs Juicer – What’s the difference?
A blender does just what the name says, it blends things together. Blenders mix all the ingredients together by breaking them down. This can give you a ‘smoothie’ or a pulp consisting of the whole of the fruits and vegetables you put in the blender. The fact that you get all of the goodness of the fruit and vegetables together with the fiber and pulp is one of the benefits people often tout about juicers.
Blenders can be very versatile and with many of them you have the option of the speed you choose and, of course, how long you leave the mix in. This can give you a smoother, creamier mix or a rougher one depending on your preference.
Another benefit of blenders is that you can mix more than just easily pulped fruit and vegetables. You can add in nuts, seeds, milk, oils, other powders and supplements and even ice can be crushed in the more powerful blenders.
When you are looking for something to make your juice or smoothies be aware some products will have more confusing names like ‘extractors’ (the NUTRiBULLET range for example) but as long as they are mashing up and including the whole of what you put in I consider them all blenders.
Juicers are a different proposition. A juicer extracts only the juice, the liquid, from fruits or vegetables. The juice and nutrients in the juice are extracted and the pulp is discarded. Be aware that there are some fruits and vegetables that will require pre-preparation before you can juice them.
One consideration with juicers is how easy it will be to clean them and remove the pulp from either the filter or storage of the unit.
There is a current fad for juicing and lots of articles available promoting it and the expected benefits of juicing. Some of the benefits I have seen listed include easier absorption of the nutrients as there is less fiber or pulp to slow the digestion of them and more ‘bang for your buck’ in terms of getting maximum vegetable nutrition into the smallest volume.
In terms of juicing and juice diets there are certainly plenty of books and resources out there to guide you and help you choose.
There are 3 main types of juicers. Masticating juicers, centrifugal juicers and manual juicers. Yes, there are manual ones and in today’s high tech society I think it will be a shock ‘oh yeah’ reminder when you see them.
What is a masticating juicer?
Masticating juicers crush or squeeze the fruit or vegetables down to extract the goodness. this may be against a sieve to prevent the fiber, skin and pulp from getting into your juice. They are also sometimes referred to as ‘slow juicers’.The left over pulp tends to be drier than in centrifugal juicers.
What is a centrifugal juicer?
Centrifugal juicers work by spinning the fruit and vegetables against a strainer forcing the liquid through. The pulp is left behind and either left in the main body of a machine or directed into a dedicated pulp container for easier removal and cleaning.
What is a manual juicer?
Remember these? There are also variants with handles and built in juice jars.
My best juicers choice
So, the best juicers available to my mind?
I personally use the Kenwood TriBlade Hand Blender
You can talk of the best juicers for this and the best juicers for that but I am most worried about convenience and ease of use for my lifestyle.
For me the actual ‘juicers’ involve a bit too much work and restrictions about what you can and can’t use. Also some of the recipes I’ve seen mean I’d use the juicer and have to clean it and then use something else for non juiceable stuff that has to go into the same recipe! Nope, doesn’t work for me I’m afraid.
I do use a few juicing recipes but am happy to just use all the pulp of apples etc. and find it does not detract from my enjoyment and I still get a buzz from feeling a little bit healthier and more virtuous. It also means it’s a one stop shop for me for my juicing needs as I’m usually just creating for myself.
It also gives me the chopper container and blades so I feel I get really good value from it.
If you are looking for a more specific juicer or want to review some of the types and what others say about them there is a table below you can use to compare:
|Russell Hobbs 18980 Desire||Blender||Hand held||4||$|
|Kenwood True Tri Blade||Blender||Hand held||4.5||$|
|Andrew James Professional Masticating||Juicer||Masticating||3.5||$$$|
|Philips HR1895/74 Micro||Juicer||Centrifugal||4||$$$|
|JR Ultra 8000||Juicer||Masticating||5||$$$$|
|Kenwood Food Processor FPP225||Blender||Free standing||4.5||$$|
Of course there is the whole question of whether to juice or not and I’ve addressed that in my blog about the pros and cons of juicing.