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How to Choose a Juicer
As the Juice Lady, and best-selling author of several books on juicing, people often ask me what juicer I recommend. How do they choose among all the models on the market? Having tried almost every juicer made, I have my favorites. But I always interview people to find out about their needs.
Here are some of the questions I ask: What do you want in a juicer? What is your lifestyle–are you busy or do you have more time to spend juicing? Is juicing a casual thing or part of your daily routine? Do you want to be able to juice wheatgrass?
Based on your answers, here are my recommendations:
- If you want a centrifugal juicer under $200, I would recommend the Omega 330 Mega Mouth Juicer below;
- If you want a masticating type of juicer that cold presses the juice and one that will juice wheatgrass, the best model I’ve found is the Omega 8005 Juicer, below;
- If you are looking for a juicer under $100, my top pic is the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor 67601 below.
If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to email me.
To gain the greatest benefits of juicing, choose a juicer that is right for you. It can make the difference between juicing daily and never juicing again.
- A Juicer is not a blender.
- Should I get a juicer that keeps all the fiber in the juice?
- Get a machine with a good motor that can sustain blade speed.
- Choose a juicer that can juice all types of produce.
- Make sure the juicer ejects the pulp.
- Choose a juicer with only a few parts to clean!
I need to distinguish between a blender and a juicer. A juicer separates the liquid from the pulp (insoluble fiber). A blender liquefies everything that is placed in it; it doesn’t separate the pulp from the juice.
If you think it might be a good idea to have carrot, beet, parsley, or celery pulp in your juice for added fiber, I can tell you from experience that it tastes like juicy sawdust. For the most flavorful juice, which is juice you’ll drink every day, I recommend using a true juicer—not a high-powered blender. However, high-powered blenders are great for many other recipes such as smoothies, cold soups, and raw food dishes.
I recommend a juicer with at least a 0.5 hp. Weak machines with low horsepower ratings must run at extremely high rpm (revolutions per minute). A machine’s rpm does not accurately reflect its ability to perform effectively because rpm is calculated when the juicer is running idle, not while it’s juicing.
When you feed produce into a low-power machine, the rpm will be reduced dramatically, and sometimes the juicer will come to a full stop. Look for a machine that has electronic circuitry that sustains blade speed during juicing.
I have “killed” some machines on the first carrot I juiced.
Make sure the machine can juice tough, hard vegetables and fruits such as, carrots, and beets, as well as delicate greens, such as parsley, lettuce, and herbs.
Make sure it does not need a special citrus attachment.
You will need a masticating type of machine to juice wheatgrass.
Choose a juicer that ejects pulp into a receptacle.
This design is far better than one in which all the pulp stays inside the machine, and has to be scooped out frequently. Juicers that keep the pulp in the center basket rather than ejecting it cannot juice continuously. You’ll need to stop the machine often to clean it out.
A juicer that ejects the pulp is a time saver because you can line the pulp catcher with a free plastic baggie from the grocery store produce section and you won’t have to wash the receptacle each time. When you’re done juicing, you can either toss the pulp or use it in cooking or composting.
Cherie’s Top Pick Centrifugal Juicer
Omega BMJ330 Commercial 350-Watt Stainless-Steel Pulp-Ejection Juicer
Cherie’s Top Pick for centrifugal juicers above $100.
The Omega 330 Mega Mouth is a great centrifugal juicer with a produce shoot wide enough for whole apples, lemons, and cucumbers. This means you don’t have to cut things in small pieces to juice. That’s a big time saver. This is a very good quality juicer for under $200.
- 350-watt commercial pulp-ejection-style juicer in a compact, portable size
- 1/2-horsepower induction motor for 12,000 RPMs; stainless-steel blade, basket, and cover
- Oversized chute accommodates whole produce; juice dispenses directly into glass
- Automatic pulp-ejection system; large-capacity pulp collector; UL-approved
- Measures approximately 12-1/2 by 8 by 15 inches; 10-year limited warranty
Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite
1000-Watt Juice Extractor
Breville Juice Fountain Elite. Commercial performance. Home kitchen convenience. 1000 watts power up to 13,000 RPM for up to 30% more juice than traditional juicers. Over 40,000 filtering pores ensure smooth and delicious refreshment.
Easy-to-clean components allow you more time for enjoyment. The extra-large 3″-wide (7.6 cm) feed-tube maximizes efficiency and cuts down your prep time.
- 1000-watt juicer with 2 speed controls, high (13,000 RPM) and low (6,500 RPM)
- Die-cast steel housing; stainless-steel micromesh filter; titanium-plated cutting disk
- Circular 3-inch feed tube accommodates whole fruits and vegetables
- Pulp container, juicing pitcher, and manual/recipe book included; dishwasher-safe parts
- Locking arm bolts move up to 1/4 in all directions to ensure a snug fit in the locking arm
Cherie’s Top Pick Masticating Juicer
Omega Model 8005 Nutrition Center
The Omega Model 8005 Nutrition Center is our dual stage-single gear, masticating juice extractor that will serve all of your juicing needs and much more. The two-stage gear is Exclusive to Omega. This unit is a “multiple use” appliance that actually does all of its uses very well. Most appliances that are built for more than one use tend to compromise one task or another. The Omega 8005 will juice wheatgrass and other leafy greens as well as all other vegetables and fruits. It will also make frozen fruit “ice cream,” nut butters, and pasta. It is very quiet, compact, and easy to clean. Of all the juicers than can juice wheatgrass, this is my favorite. The Model 8005 is chrome/black. It is also available in white as the Model 8003 (price is $239.00). The Model 8005/8003 carries a 10-year warranty.
The Omega 8000 series has a smaller opening at the top–about the size of a small lemon. It requires cutting produce in smaller pieces.
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The Model 8003, above, is all white. The only difference between the 8005 and 8003 is the color. Keep in mind that it will show stains. It has a 10 year warranty.
Model 8003- $239.99BUY NOW!
The Model 8004, above, differs only from the 8003 by having a reinforced auger. It has a 15 year warranty.
Model 8004 – $259.99BUY NOW!
The Model 8006, shown above, differs only from the 8005 by having a reinforced auger. It has a 15 year warranty.
Model 8006- $299.99BUY NOW!
Cherie’s Top Pick for a Juicer Under $100
Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor 67601
Makes up to 24-percent more juice than a leading competitor
- Fits whole foods for fast, easy juicing
- Powerful 800-watt motor
- Extra-large pulp bin lets you juice longer and add nutrient-rich pulp to any recipe
- All removable parts are dishwasher safe
Creating a Healthy Kitchen with the Vita-Mix
The products I recommend in addition to a juicer include the Vita-Mix™ and the Excalibur Dehydrator.
The Vita-Mix™ is my Top Pick in High-Powered Blenders. Many people ask me if they can make my juice recipes in the Vita-Mix™. You can. But when using the hard veggies, you will have a mushy concoction that you may not find palatable. I use my Vita-Mix™ nearly everyday to make green smoothies, but I first make juice and then pour it in my Vita-Mix™ and add avocado, softer greens, and supplements. This is my breakfast. You can also use the Vita-Mix™ to make soups, purees, and grind nuts.
People ask me all the time if they can use the Vita-Mix™ to make my juice recipes. It won’t work for that. It won’t make juice. It will make smoothies, but not juice. When you use soft fruit and veggies, this works okay. But when you add in high-fiber veggies such as carrots, beets, broccoli stems, asparagus stems, kohlrabi, and some of the heartier greens, you can end up with a mushy concoction that most people do not find very tasty. One lady emailed me to say she had spent an hour straining it through cheesecloth and was more than frustrated. You need a juicer to make juice.
I highly recommend the Vita-Mix™ for green smoothies. I have 100 recipes in my book The Juice Lady’s Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies. The Vita-Mix™ is fantastic to make those recipes. Choose the Vita-Mix™ as part of your healthy kitchen appliances.
Vita-Mix 1300 TurboBlend 4500
- Heavy-duty, 2+ peak horsepower motor with 2-speed control
- Virtually unbreakable, 64-ounce, polycarbonate container
- All stainless steel enclosed blade assembly with sealed ball bearings
- Metal-to-metal driver, thermally protected motor for optimum performance
- Measures 20-1/2 by 7-1/4 by 8-3/4 inches;
- 5-year warranty
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Vita-Mix CIA Professional Series
- Countertop blender with laser-cut stainless-steel blades
- 2+ peak hp motor generates blade speeds of 240 MPH
- Durable construction; variable speed control
- 64-ounce jar; recipe books, instructional DVD, and manual included
- Measures 8-3/4 by 7-1/4 by 20 inches; 7-year warranty
PRICE: $498.95BUY NOW!