When it comes to choosing a juicer, it can be a confusing and complicated process. The first step is to figure out whether you want a masticating or a centrifugal juicer. So the big question is...What is the difference between centrifugal and masticating juicers?
Centrifugal juicers are more commonplace, and in general, more affordable. They typically have an upright design in which food is pushed into a rapidly spinning mesh chamber with sharp teeth on its floor. The teeth shred the food into a pulp, and the centrifugal motion pulls the juice out of the pulp and through the mesh filter, where it is funneled out of the juicer via a spigot. In most centrifugal juicers, the pulp, once most of the juice has been pulled out, is ejected into a separate collection chamber. Centrifugal juicers work best with soft and hard fruits and vegetables, but not quite as well with leafy greens like kale or spinach, or with wheat grass.
Masticating juicers, meanwhile, typically have a horizontal design in which a tube containing the auger extends out of motorized base. Pieces of fruits and vegetables are pushed into the top of the tube, and they are crushed and squeezed by the auger. Juice drains out of the underside of the tube, while the pulp is squeezed out at the end of the tube. Because of the slower crushing and squeezing action, masticating juicers can process leafy greens and wheat grass, and the juice that they produce will last much longer than juice made in a centrifugal juicer, which should be consumed right away as it starts losing nutrients nearly immediately. Masticating juicers are pricier than centrifugal models; starting at around $230 for most models.
I assume that most people purchase a juicer for the health benefits. So if you are going to go through the process of extracting juice, you might as well purchase a juicer that yields you the best quality juice...and that is the masticating juicer. It takes a little longer than a centrifugal juicer, but, hey, we're talking a few extra minutes.
By the same token, juicing does you no good if you let your juicer collect dust. If you are a busy person and will be inclined to fore-go juicing because you are in a hurry, then the centrifugal juicer will probably work better for you. All-in-all, it is better to juice than not to juice.
See for yourself
Watch this Youtube video that demonstrates the differences between using a masticating juicer and a centrifugal juicer.
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