Choosing a juicer that’s right for you and your family isn’t difficult. There are a lot of different brands but very few types. The most common are centrifuge and cold-press juicers. Both have their own merits and set-backs but the most notable are related to the initial cost, ease of use and the set-up.
A centrifugal juicer is fast, easy to use, relatively affordable and commonly found in local stores. They normally have openings that can handle larger pieces of fruit and vegetables but do not perform well when juicing green, leafy vegetables. It works by spinning and chopping the produce against a blade and the centrifugal force or spinning motion extracts the juice from the fruit or vegetable.
A cold-press juicer is slower and considerably less easy to use. This is primarily because the opening to feed the fruit or vegetable through is much smaller. The device has a masticating motion that squeezes the juice out of the produce and therefore, can produce more juice than a centrifugal one. Further, this device works well with juicing leafy, green vegetables.
Cold-press juicers retain more vitamins and minerals compared to a centrifugal juicer. This is because the heat generated by the spinning motion of the centrifugal juicer damages some of these nutrients. Juices from centrifugal juicers also have a shorter shelf life since the high speed required to extract them causes a great deal of oxygen to be dissolved into them.
While the cold-press juicer may seem to be superior, it isn’t always so. They are usually more costly and require the user to cut produce into very small pieces. If buying it is not in the family budget or time constraints will limit its use, the centrifuge is a better option. The right juicer for a household is the one that will be used most often.