I truly hope that juicing isn’t just a “fad” because drinking fresh juice daily can do wonders for your health, vitality, and longevity, especially in a world where many of the foods we eat are highly processed, calorie dense, and nutrient deficient.
I know one thing – I’ll be juicing for the rest of my life! I know, firsthand, what juicing can do for one’s health.
So, how do you choose a good juicer?
First off, you must understand the different types of juicers available and their benefits.
High Speed Juicers: Also known as Centrifugal Juice Extractors. High speed juicers use their high speed spinning blades to quickly pulverize the fruits and vegetables. The blades spin twenty to thirty thousand times per minute, crushing and juicing very quickly. As a result, the juice can become oxidized, which may cause you to lose some of the nutrients very quickly from the juice. With this type of juicer, it is best to drink the juice immediately after making it. These juicers are the more common juicers that you see in many major retail stores.
Slow Speed Juicers: Also known as Masticating Juicers. These juicers use a slow masticating or “chewing” technique to extract juice out of fruits and vegetables. The ingredients are first crushed and then pressed further to yield more juice. This process yields quality juice without losing the nutrients. With this type of juicer, you can make juice ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for a few days without losing much of the nutrient value.
Pros & Cons: The biggest pro of high speed juicers is the low pricing. While the con of high speed juicers is the fact that you must drink the juice right after making it due to the continual loss of nutrients (oxidation).
Side Tip: You can add lemon to your juices to preserve the nutrients for a longer period (if using a high speed juicer).
The biggest pro of slow speed juicers is that they don’t oxidize the juice, which allows you to prep/store juice for a few days without losing much of the nutrient value. While the con of slow speed juicers is the high pricing.
What type of juicer do I have?
I have a high speed juicer – a Breville Elite. I chose this juicer MANY years ago before I even knew the difference between high and slow speed juicers. I can, personally, attest to the fact that this juicer did wonders for my health even though it’s high speed. Now, I will say that I work from home on many days and am able to drink the drink within an hour of making it. I do intend on purchasing a slow speed juicer, especially for extracting juice for my green drinks.
What type of juicer do I recommend?
If I could only choose one type of juicer, I would go with a slow speed juicer. But, it really depends on your finances and lifestyle. If you can’t afford a slow speed juicer, then by all means, definitely start with a high speed juicer that’s within your price range because you will still get dramatic results (as I did and still am with my Breville). I‘ve seen many people bashing the high speed juicers as though they don’t provide any results at all – that’s absolutely untrue. I’ve never used a slow speed juicer and my health has taken a 180 degree turn thanks, in most part, to juicing daily – YES, with a high speed juicer. However, I do plan on upgrading to a slow speed juicer soon to take my health to the next level.
Here are a few juicers I recommend based on experience and/or reviews…
Remember, just like with any product you buy, you get what you pay for – But, I have researched the best juicers in each price range based on experience and/or reviews.