Today, people prefer to start the day with a glass of freshly squeezed juice rather than guzzle litres of canned juice. Canned juices bring in a lot of convenience for those who don’t have time, but then the preservatives and artificial sweeteners used in them force one to reconsider their use.
If you opt for freshly squeezed juices, getting the right juicer is half the battle won. But, before that, you must understand the two main types of juicer machines namely centrifugal and cold press models.
The centrifugal design is the oldest on the market. The juicer gets its name as it uses centrifugal force generated by the rotating blade to extract the juice from the fruits. It is fitted with a central blade that rotates at high speed against a mesh chamber. The blade breaks up the fruit into tiny bits, after which the juice is filtered by the mesh and collected into a cask or jar via a vent located on the side of the juicer. The dry pulp collects in a separate chamber.
The centrifugal juicer machine is good for juicing soft fruits and vegetables, but not so good for leafy greens such as spinach and kale. In terms of price too, this juicer machine is the cheapest making them the most affordable. Budgeted models start at $40 while high-end models are priced as high as $600 – $1,000.
Cold Press Juicers
Cold press juicers are also called masticating juicers. It is powered by a slower speed motor compared to the centrifugal model. They have single or dual augers or gears that operate it. Unlike the other type of juicer machine, cold press juicers mash the fruits and vegetables to extract the juice. Along with soft fruits and vegetables, cold press juicers do a great job juicing high fibrous vegetables such as kale, spinach and wheatgrass.
Which is healthier?
The rotating action in a centrifugal juicer generates heat. The heat oxidizes the nutrients and enzymes in the fruit or vegetable while it is being juiced. This reduces the nutrient value of the juice considerably. On the other hand, the slow speed of a cold press juicer makes sure the naturally occurring nutrients remain intact in the final juice. So, it is obvious that juice made in the latter is healthier of the two. The other benefit of a cold press juicer is that it is less noisy in its operation.
Which one should you buy?
While it might seem that cold press juicers are your best bet, you can still opt for a centrifugal juicer. Here are the factors to consider when you go shopping.
1. The quality, texture and nutritive value of the juice influence your choice of a juicer machine. Also, think about what you will use the juice for.
2. Second, consider operational noise. You don’t want one that will create a racket in your kitchen.
3. Third, there’s the ease of maintenance. Detaching, cleaning and reassembling the parts should be an easy process.
4. Finally, consider if you can add more parts to the base juicer to raise its functionality.