Best juicer buying guide
As a rule, buying in the store packaging, which says “Juice” or even “Natural Juice”, we still get a drink consisting of various preservatives, sweeteners, flavors, diluted with water and pulp. Freshly squeezed juice from this drink differs drastically. And you can quickly get it with a juicer. In the event that you are thinking about choosing a juicer, first of all you should decide which fruits or berries you will make juices most often and in what quantities. Most likely you will have to look for a compromise solution, because even after 70 years from the beginning of mass production of centrifugal juicers, only a few models are equally easy to handle any fruit.
The simplest in design are juicers for citrus – they are also called citrus-presses. They are designed for processing oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes and mandarins. The most affordable models are made of plastic or metal containers with a ribbed cone attached to it.
In this case, you have to manually rotate the citrus around the cone. In addition, electric versions of citrus presses are widely represented on the market. This type of juicers is driven by a motor, so to squeeze the juice it is enough to put a half of the fruit on hand or fix it with a special clamp. Some models are equipped with the function of reverse (reverse rotation), when due to the alternate rotation of the cone, then in one direction or the other, the spinning process is simplified. The power of different models of citrus juicers ranges from 20 to 80 watts, the larger it is, the less time you will need to squeeze out a glass of juice. Additional functions also include nozzles for citruses of different sizes and a regulator of pulp content in the juice.
- Simple construction
- Easy to clean
- Low price
- Only suitable for citrus fruits
- Low productivity
- Using the device “manually”
This type of juicer is today the most common. The device is able to process citrus fruits, as well as other types of fruits and vegetables. However, for their spinning, you will need to pre-clean the fruits from the skin and films, and cut into slices, which can be very tedious.
Centrifugal juicers are good at processing hard fruits and vegetables (pears, apples, carrots, etc.), but when processing soft fruits (bananas, tomatoes, and berries) is not as effective – the grid of the centrifuge is quickly clogged skin or small bones. Instructions of some devices also completely forbid the pressing of some kinds of berries – for this purpose it is recommended to use special nozzles-juicers to meat grinders and for food processors. Structurally, the centrifugal juicers consist of a plastic or metal casing with a motor and a separator covered with a lid with a charging hole. The motor drives a disk knife and a centrifuge with a fine mesh structure, to the walls of which, under the action of centrifugal force, the pieces of fruit crushed by the knife are pressed. Then the juice is separated from the cake, then it gets into the inner tank or through the spout merges into the outer glass.
- Versatility (processing citrus fruits, hard vegetables and fruits)
- Automatic cake removal system
- Able to process whole fruits
- Not suitable for pressing soft vegetables and berries
- Short duration of one cycle of operation
- They make a lot of noise when you work
Screw juice squeezers are suitable for squeezing juice not only from vegetables and fruits, but also “whimsical” fruits (for example, pomegranates) and berries with small seeds (currants, raspberries, etc.). Using additional nozzles, you can prepare puree for baby food, minced meat, noodles, fruit ice, walnut paste, grind and get juices and extracts from herbs, roots and sprouts of cereals.
The juices obtained with their help retain a natural color, a homogeneous consistency, and, most importantly, much more useful substances than when processed in centrifugal juicers. Due to the gentle way of squeezing the food fibers of fruits do not undergo destruction, the amount of waste is reduced, and the process of spinning passes practically without heating the juice, therefore it does not oxidize and does not lose nutrients. The output produces more juice, which does not separate into fractions. However, there are minuses in the use of auger devices. Firstly, the juice obtained by cold pressing is very concentrated and it is recommended to dilute it with water in a ratio of one to three. In this case, it contains a large amount of pulp. The second point is that budget models are mostly equipped with a plastic mesh for squeezing, which after a while begins to crumble, and these particles, along with metal sawdust of the reducer, can get directly into the juice.
- Wide functionality
- Squeezes more juice, which has a uniform consistency
- In juice, more useful
- Runs at low speed and quiet enough
- A large amount of pulp in the juice
- Fruits must be cleaned and cut into slices
- A large number of parts and mechanisms that require care (washing)
- High price