So which Juicer should you consider, Centrifugal Juicer or Masticating Juicer?
We have long-term users of Centrifugal Juicers who love it and swear by it, and then we have the new school of thought, the ultra-health conscious consumers who prefer Masticating Juicers. So what is the Difference?
Centrifugal Juice Extractors are the most common type of juicer. A centrifugal juicer cuts up the fruit or vegetable with a flat cutting blade, that are fed into the juicer via the open feeding tube. It then spins the produce at a high speed to separate the juice from the pulp by straining it through a mesh basket.
Masticating or Cold Press Juicers
Masticating means to chew, to grind or knead into a pulp. This is a slow, yet thorough way to extract juice and nutrients from fruits, veggies, and greens. Masticating juicers use a gear or auger that rotates slowly, yet effectively to crush the cell walls of fruits and veggies to release extra juice and nutrients. The gear works by squeezing the fruits or vegetables onto a solid wall. This causes juices to flow out freely and for the pulp to be extracted into a separate container. Hence they are very efficient in extracting juices especially from low-yield greens like wheat grass, spinach, parsley, cilantro and kale. So in other words it requires less vegetables or fruits, in most situations, to create more juice.
Pros and Cons of Centrifugal Juicer
- Centrifugal juicers can produce juice very quickly as they typically operate at very high speeds, between 3,500 and 14,000 RPM (revolutions per minute)
- They are ideal when you have large batches of fruits or vegetables to juice.
- They are relatively lower-cost when compared with Masticating Juicers. (>$80)
- Fast spinning can result in high heat generation and frothing, both of which have a negative impact on the nutritious value of the juice. Heat can destroy heat-sensitive nutrients while the oxygen introduced during foaming can oxidize and destroy nutrients like anti-oxidants and enzymes.
- Not well-suited for juicing leafy greens, grasses, sprouts and herbs as it extracts noticeably lesser juice from them. (the pulp comes out rather still wet)
- More noisy to operate (80-90 dB).
- More effort required for cleaning, as the mesh filter has to be cleaned manually after every use.
Pros and Cons of Masticating Juicer
- Since they operate at slow speeds, they can extract more juice and do not produce a lot of heat, so they offer higher health benefits and are more economical in the long-term.
- The juice is less frothy or foamy.
- Quieter operation (40-50 dB). Don’t have to wake up the entire house, for your morning juice.
- Easy to clean as pulp is extracted into a separate container.
- Higher initial cost (>$220)
- Masticating juicers operate at very slow speeds, typically about 80 RPM. Not ideal for crushing large batches of fruits.
- You need to cut-up the fruit into smaller pieces so that they fit into the juicer
- They take up more horizontal counter space.
So which one should you choose?
If money is not a concern and if you want the maximum amount of nutritious juice and also prefer making juices in small batches, then I would recommend Masticating Juicers. However if you require a fast juicer to juice a large quantity of seasonal fruit that you grow yourself then I would recommend the Centrifugal Juicer.
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