I recognize for some of you this may be obvious, but for some of us not so much. The question, what is the best juicer for 2017 comes down to 5 key things, and really something I cant fully answer for you. When I think about what is likely to be the most important factor(s), I usually think of cost. It seems that the cost of an item frequently plays the determining role, however I would suggest the most important thing to consider is..
What is your primary purpose?
I hope you’re not thinking “um juicing der!” 🙂 If you are that’s ok, it just means you are likely new to juicing, and actually now that I think about it that is good news!! 🙂 Yes juicing is the overall primary purpose but what I am getting at here is are you going to be a casual juicer, like a juice drink here and there on occasion, or hard core juice fasting for the next x number of days, and juicing everything from kale to oranges. Their are a few reasons this is important to consider. The main one would be which type of juicer will you want. Durability would also be a key factor.
Types of juicers
Masticating or Auger: This type of juicer produces juice by using a gear or gears that smashes the produce at a low speed. These types are considered to be the best for extracting the vitamins and nutrients most efficiently. A key factor here is it more effectively juices wheat grass, and leafy veggies like spinach. It will also take care of apples and pears, etc. Where this style of juicer struggles a bit is with softer fruits such as oranges.
The other most common juicer is the Centrifugal Juicer. It is generally the most widely used. This one works by inserting fruit or veggies which it grinds into small pieces and then spins at high rpm, much like a washing machine on the spin cycle! These are quick and easy but not as efficient, (pulp that is extracted is more moist), and this machine will struggle with wheat grass and leafy greens such as spinach. Many have learned methods to deal with wheat grass and leafy greens by wrapping them with something like an apple slice or carrot, etc.
As you can see your purpose will play a role in what style of juicer you will want. I do favor the Centrifugal even though there are some down sides, and recently did a review on the Breville JE98XL
Cost ~ Is cheapest best?
Fairly obvious but hey it is something to think about. I think it really depends on your intent. If you are not sure about juicing as a whole but want to try it out I think cheap is the way to go. The only downside to that thinking is perhaps the cheapest models wont have key features that make juicing more of a pain that it really is. You can get an idea of what you think overall with a cheap juicer, I wouldn’t necessarily go with the cheapest, which is why when I bought one just recently I went with the Breville I did the review on. Over all juicer prices range from high $40’s to up to $400. I think there’s a juicer for everyone in that range!
Features ~ Think convenience
Everything from a large chute for putting your fruits and veggies in, think less prep time, to Cord storage. Seriously you might be like cord storage really? Yes I am thinking of other small kitchen appliances that have the cord out and about, and you’re setting some over-full cup of something delicious down, and oops you set it on the unplugged toaster cord and over it goes!!
A clear juice container with markings in ounces is a nice plus, is that or is that not going to fit in my regular cup!? You get the picture on features I am thinking.
Brands ~ Just a few
WOW there are so many so I will just list a few of the top ones by Type. I mention this simply because there are many many different brands and I wanted you to be aware of the most common and easily found.
- Masticating (Auger/gear)
- Kitchen Aide
- Hamilton Beach
- Centrifugal (masticating, Auger)
- Hamilton Beach
- Jack Lalanne
Power and Durability
This is one of those areas where you are pretty much going to get what you pay for. That is of course not 100% always the way it is, but it is pretty universal. Up above I mentioned cost. I would suggest if you are really not sure what you want or how much your going to use it, I would trend towards the lower end of the scale in price, under $150.00
Oh Definitely check out the warranty they vary widely among brands as far as length and what is covered.
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