Things To Consider Before Buying a Juicer
So you’ve decided to follow the way of the juice.
It’s no surprise. After all, the benefits of adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet are clear to everyone. If you’re like most of us, you want to start right now.
Hold on! Don’t rush out and buy anything before you read this article.
There are many important things to know before you start juicing.
The first question anyone should ask before adding a new appliance into their kitchen is about SAFETY.
We’re families. We have children, curious pets, and clumsy adults. Any juicer you buy needs to be safe for everyday use.
A juicer is a powerful tool that should not be used as a toy. Most juicers today have blades that are capable of speeds over 14,000 RPM. In addition, there are two main styles of juicer.
Centrifugal juicers are the most common. They’re what you think of when you imagine ‘juicer’ in your head. Centrifugal juicers spin sharp metal blades at high speeds to shred even the toughest plant material. Faster RPM means greater juice extraction at greater speeds.
Masticating juicers are more expensive. They operate at much lower RPM – 80 is common. Instead of spinning sharp blades at high speeds, they use an ‘auger’ or masher to squeeze ingredients together, keeping the juice as fresh as possible. The juice from a masticated juicer is considered less processed than centrifugal juice.
No matter what juicer you choose, you should look for these safety features.
- Automatic shutdown when blades are exposed.
- Sturdy, tight lid
- Tangle-free discreet wiring
- Protection against overheating
- Speed control
User ratings and reviews on a product provide accurate and reliable information about the strengths and weaknesses of a particular product.
Before purchasing a juicer you can read on internet customer reviews on different juicer brands and types. Firsthand experience from the people who have used the juicers can give an accurate image of the performance of juicer you are intending to buy.
However, for correct reviewed information don’t rely on a single customer review to make your decision. Always consider several opinions about the same product from several different people.
Top brands make their products with confidence – and it shows in the quality of their work. If you have used a particular brand other appliances and you have been fully satisfied, the chances are high that their juicer will live u to the same standards. The brands I Mentioned above are trustworthy.
It takes quite some time to chop vegetables or fruits. In order to reduce the time used in preparation, it is advisable to choose a juicer with larger chute commonly referred to as big mouth Juicer. This is because it is able to take larger chunks saving on the time needed to reduce them to small pieces.
There also juicers with auto pulp-ejection feature which enables juicing to take place continuously without being forced to pause to clear the pulp. If you are schedule is tight with little time available, selecting a juicer with this feature can help you save time.
The produce type you intend to juice
Before deciding on the type of juicer to buy you to know the kind of produce you will be juicing. It good to choose a juicer which can juice a variety of produce so that you won’t be limited to one type of juice. This is because even though a fresh juice has various benefits, drinking one type of fresh juice for a long time may have its own health issues.
A versatile juicer gives you the chance t have a balanced juice with a full range of minerals and vitamins from different fruits. These are some of the juicers you can choose from; Fruit and vegetable Juicers, Vegetable Juicers, Citrus Juicers and Wheatgrass Juicers.
The beauty and space required by the juice
Some juicers require more space than other therefore it is important to consider space available in your house. Also if you are into aesthetics some juicers look more colorful than others
Juice: Pulp ratio
A juicer is said to be effective if it produces a dry pulp. This is because dry pulp implies that almost all juice has been extracted from the veggie or fruit. When the pulp is heavy and wet you will be forced to re-juice again to collect juice still in the pulp. This means the juicer is not performing its function well.
A juicer that saves you this extra step is said to be good. Manual juicers have poor juice: pulp ratio compared to electrical ones, so if you looking for more efficient juicer an electrical type would be more appropriate.
Ease of cleaning
Juice is delicious – but messy. Fruits and vegetables produce a lot of pulp. Regular cleaning is mandatory – bugs love fresh juice as much as we do!
Any juicer that’s difficult to thoroughly clean will be a juicer you use less and less. That’s sad, because the benefits of juice are powerful and should be a part of your diet every single day. Therefore, you will often be cleaning your juicer.
Because of this, quality juicers allow for easy disassembly. You can take out the filter, juice cup, pulp bin, and blades to soak in your kitchen sink. All materials should be safe for hot water so they can be sterilized. Look for things like
- Dishwasher Safe
- Stainless steel
- Removable blades
- Easy to disassemble
There’s no substitute for power. The stronger the motor, the more fruits and vegetables your juicer can extract at one time. More powerful motors also produce juice faster, and tend to jam less.
If you try to save money and buy an underpowered motor you WILL regret it. Don’t settle for anything less than 800 watts. This is enough power to let you juice easily for a long time.
Different juicers have different requirements, however. Don’t assume that just because one motor produces more power that it’s making better juice. Masticating juicers need fewer watts. Safety issues are also a concern.
Bottom line? Unless you’re wanting to produce commercial amounts of juice, 800 watts is plenty of power.
Spend a lot of time in your kitchen? Then you’ll understand this – no one wants a juicer that sounds like a lawnmower. Some juicers are specifically designed to run as quietly as possible. If you have a lot of stress in your life, quiet machines make the juicing process calm and relaxing. Fresh juice makes you feel healthy in body and mind.
One advantage of masticating juicers is that, since they’re slower, they operate more quietly than centrifugal juicers. A cheap juicer is going to be extremely loud and can damage your hearing over long periods of time.
Top rated juicers have found the right mix of power and comfort, so you should search for reviews that emphasize quiet operation.
If you’re going to juice every day, you’ll need to learn how to do it in a hurry. Luckily, trusted brands make modern juicers that fit the busiest schedule. Less time = you’ll do it every morning for breakfast, and every night for dinner. Juice is all about speed – it’s the quickest way to get your daily serving of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Certain juicers allow you to choose how fast the blades will spin. Different ingredients need different speeds. The best extraction isn’t always the quickest – sometimes you want to slow down the speed to get better results. Quality matters.
Always look for brands that stand behind their products with warranties.
1 year warranties are common, and some can be as high as 15 years. Make sure the warranty covers parts, accessories, and shipping.
Any brand that doesn’t offer a warranty of some kind should be avoided. There are too many brands to choose from to take a risk on an unknown product. This is true for all products you buy, not just juicers!
Okay, so you’ve decided on the kind of juicer you want. You’ve found a juicer with built-in safety features, quality engineering, dishwasher safe materials, and quiet operation. Now comes the final question – how much should you pay?
To start, you should evaluate your commitment to juicing seriously. The more seriously you take the health benefits of fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables – every single day !– the more you will appreciate a high quality juicer.
So what should you aim to buy? It depends on which type of juicer you want.
First choice are centrifugal juicers. They’re more common and less expensive. The best brands offer long-lasting juicers that cost about $100 to $200. You should be wary of any centrifugal juicer for less than $100 – build quality can be a problem.
The other option is masticating juicers. These claim to preserve more antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in your juice. Tastier, healthier juice costs extra – top brands run $400 or even more.
Whichever you choose, remember: just because something is more expensive doesn’t mean it’s better suited to your needs. Be sure to consider all the factors mentioned in this article before worrying about price.
When you find the juicer that fits your lifestyle – go for it! You’ll be glad you did.