What is the Best Juicer to Buy?

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This is Andy Cowan from Juice Fiend dot com. Today I’m going to be talking about my opinion on the best juicer. I’m going to do my best to try and objectify why I think this guy in the middle the Omega 350HD is the best out of the three I’ve got here or the three different styles even.

On the right, my right your left, we’ve got a Breville Juice Fountain Elite centrifugal juicer. This is the fastest out of all these different styles so if you are looking for pure speed, this is what you should go for. Over here we’ve got the Omega J8006. If you’re looking for the most versatility with regards to making different kinds of foods, nut butters, baby foods and frozen desserts, you may want to go for this style of machine.

But for a nice blend of the two we’ve got the vertical masticating juicer style which is basically just a development of the horizontal style. It combines the speed of the centrifugal juicer with the versatility and the kind of high quality juice you can make of the horizontal style.

Today I’m going to be making one of my favourite juices, a carrot orange and ginger juice. As you can here it’s not really that noisy. It operates at a slow 80RPM. What I love about this juicer is that unlike this guy where you have to push everything through, vertical masticating juicers are self feeding. You don’t want to force things through, it is best just to let it juice at the speed it juices at.

As you can see, the carrots that I’m putting in are relatively large and it can deal with them no worries. You can see the pulp coming out and the juice coming out here.

Because it’s a masticating juicer, the Omega VRT350HD can deal with almost anything you throw at it – leafy greens, you can even juice wheatgrass with this guy as well. And any kind of fruits and vegetables, you can do that with this machine.

Some of the other cool things you can do are make nut milks. It does really well with watermelon as well.

As you can see, it didn’t take too long as well. You know this juicer is finished when the pulp stops coming out. As far as I’m concerned this is the best juicer I own.

For those of us who love eating fruits and vegetables, deciding which style of juicer to buy is a really exciting process. The aim of this guide is to help you work out which kind of juicer is most appropriate for you. The three main types of multi-purpose juicers, listed below, are the ones I’ll be discussing here. You can also get citrus juicers, which are great, but as the name suggests can only be used for citrus juices.

    1. Centrifugal Juicer
    2. Horizontal Masticating Juicer
    3. Vertical Masticating Juicer
    4. Citrus Juicer

The different styles of juicers available today means that whatever your particular needs, you can find a machine that’s right for you. Each style of juicer has its own strengths so the most important point is to match your personal requirements to the appropriate kind of juicer.

Centrifugal Juicer

There are plenty of different centrifugal juicers on the market. You can find a number of models for well under £100. Even though I’ve got a Breville Juice Fountain Elite at my juice bar, I hardly ever use it. For me, it’s a bit too noisy and even though it is great at juicing harder produce, like apples, carrots, beetroot and so on, it doesn’t do very well with leafy green vegetables.

Reasons to pick a centrifugal juicer include: wanting to make juices as quickly as possible; needing a juicer that is easy to use and easy to clean; and not being too interested in green juice; makes non-pulpy juices.

WARNING: noisy and doesn’t do very well with leafy green vegetables.

As you can see in the video below, centrifugal juicers make more noise than the other styles. The operating speed is much faster. For instance, the Breville Juice Fountain Elite, on high speed, spins at 13,000 RPM. Not all centrifugal models spin quite this fast though. The beauty is that it can rip through produce really quickly.

Horizontal Masticating Juicer

I’m a big fan of the Omega J8006. I use it in my juice bar for making kale shots. In my opinion, it’s the best horizontal masticating juicer (or at least it was when I bought it). It’s the “top” one in the Omega J800x range. The newer version appears to be the Sana EUJ-606 from Omega. This style of juicer uses an auger to bite off and chew fruits and vegetables fed into the juicer. The pulp is pushed through the juicer and the liquid is squeezed out. The auger in the Omega J8006 is made from hard wearing GE Ultem plastic.

This style of juicer is perhaps the most versatile of all. They’re great for juicing leafy green vegetables and wheatgrass to make green drinks. Then there’s a whole range of non-juicing functions including making nut butters, frozen fruit deserts, homogenizing homemade baby foods, grinding coffee and extruding pasta. To be honest, I’ve not tried the last two.

Reasons to pick a horizontal masticating juicer include: versatility, versatility, versatility. If you want just one juicer to satisfy all your juicing needs (and more), this is a good choice.

WARNING: prep time can be a bit longer with this kind of juicer.

The only drawback is that the feed chute is only about an inch in diameter. If you have lots of time to chop your produce then it’s less of an issue. But if you want to make juices quickly but have the high quality juice that masticating juicers produce then you might like the follow type of machine.

Vertical Masticating Juicer

When I lived in Japan, I got my first ever vertical masticating juicer, a Hurom Slow Juicer. Back in Scotland I got the Omega VRT350HD. These two juicers are exactly the same except for branding. Hurom is the company that manufactures them and they allow Omega to sell them in certain countries.

More recently I have been using the Froothie Optimum 600. It’s similar to the first two. It is great for juicing. In fact, I’d be tempted to say that it’s “better” for juicing than the Omega J8006. However, it doesn’t have as wide a range of functions as horizontal masticating juicers. If you’re after the best juicer, and have no need for the food processing functionality of a horizontal style machine, then a vertical unit is probably a better idea.

Reasons to pick a vertical masticating juicer include: top quality juice as you would expect from any masticating juicer; fast (not in RPM but due to wide feed chute and large auger); can make nut milks; with the Froothie Optimum 600 can also make nut butters and “ice cream”.

WARNING: there are faster juicers (centrifugal) and there are juicers that might be better for leafy greens (horizontal masticating).

Even using the fine mesh screen, vertical masticating juicers still makes quite a pulpy juice. For orange juice, I find the amount of pulp just right. But for some other drinks I prefer to pour the juice through a sieve to make it smoother.

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