How to compare juicers so you get the best juice machine for your needs.
When you start to compare juicers, it is best to first start out with a list of your needs and how you plan to use it. If you want to start juicing for health reasons or for weight loss you will have a different set of needs than if you just want fresh orange juice when you wake up in the morning. Also, if you have a large family or plan to make a large quantity of juice, you will be better suited to a different machine than if you are single or only want to make a glass of juice per day. Lastly, when comparing juicers, think about your time, budget and physical arm strength. Some of the more effective machines require some strength to use.
When I first began to research juicers, I was amazed at the different technologies available. A juice machine can be based on one of 3 main technologies. First are manually operated crushing or auguring types. These are mounted to a flat surface with a clamp or suction cup. They are good for juicing wheat grass and other heat sensitive living foods. When you use these, a lot of arm strength is required so be ware. They are also only good for small amounts of juice making because they are slower to operate. Next are the electric juicers.
When you learn about juicers that are electrically operated, you are going to come across in 2 distinct technologies. The first is the centrifugal type. These juice machines have a spinning basket the cuts up the produce into tiny tiny pieces. They spin very fast to separate the pulp from the liquid. The newer models have an automatic pulp ejection system. If you are juicing more than 1 pint at a time, make sure to invest in this feature. If not, the drawback is you will have to stop the machine to clean the basket. The other technology is the masticating type. These juice extractors chew and grind the produce through a set of gears and augers to extract the juice from the plant. The advantage to them is higher quality juice, a dryer pulp (when juicing tough vegetables like wheat grass and broccoli), and more juice from the produce. The disadvantage is they are usually more expensive and operate slower than centrifugal models.
When you compare juicers, think about ease of use and reliability.
No matter which type of juicing technology you choose, there are 2 more features you should consider. First is the warranty. This will range from 90 days to over 5 years, depending on the manufacturer you choose. It addition, find out the size of the feeder tube on the machine. If you plan on juicing apples, carrots, and other large living foods or fruits, you will want to get the largest feeder tube possible. The reason is the convenience factor. If you have to cut up each and every carrot or apple you want to juice, it can be very laborious. You will have to decide which is right for you. If you take all these things into consideration, you will be much more informed when you decide to purchase a juicer you should be able to make the best choice for your circumstances.