Advice on juicers
1. Which kinds of fruit and vegetables do you want to juice?
There are different kinds of fruit and vegetables you can juice. For example, hard fruits and vegetables, such as apples or carrots, require a different speed than soft fruits and vegetables, such as oranges or tomatoes. For leafy vegetables, such as wheat grass and spinach, there's another type of juicer that's much more suitable: the slow juicer. Below, we'll explain the differences between a juicer and a slow juicer.
A juicer grates fruit and vegetables by rotating at a high speed; this is known as spinning. The pulp is collected in a container, and the juice goes out through a different outlet, giving you freshly squeezed juice quickly. Juice from a juicer doesn't keep very well, so it's better to drink the juice right away.
Number of settings
- 1 setting: mostly for hard fruit and vegetables
- ≥2 settings: for hard and soft fruit and vegetables
Do you think it's important to get as many vitamins as possible and would you like to make wheat grass juice, too? In that case, you should choose a slow juicer. A slow juicer functions differently than a juicer. It squeezes fruit and vegetables by slowly and gently squashing them. Because a slow juicer presses cold, a large amount of the vitamines, enzymes, and minerals from your fruit and vegetables are retained. Apart from hard and soft fruit and vegetables, a slow juicer is also suitable for squeezing wheat juice, unlike a juicer.
2. How intensively will you be using the juicer?
If you're choosing a juicer, the power is important. A juicer's power is expressed in watts. This is the amount of power the juicer uses. In general, the more power, the quicker and easier fruit and vegetables will be juiced. If you plan to make a small amount of juice now and then, you won't need that much power. If you want to make a large amount of juice and use a lot of hard fruits and vegetables, more power will be more suitable. This doesn't apply to slow juicers, however; because they squeeze in a different way, slow juicers extract more juice from fruit and vegetables at a lower power.
- 0-500 watts | 501-1,000 watts | >1,000 watts
All juicers and slow juicers come with pulp collection containers, but they don't always come with a juice pitcher by default, and when they do, its capacity may vary. You won't need a juice pitcher for one or two glasses of juice, since you can just put your glass directly underneath the juicer. When making larger amounts of juice at once, a juice pitcher is rather convenient. You'll then need to choose the juice pitcher's capacity. If you're not planning to make more than 3 or 4 glasses of juice at a time, a juice pitcher up to 1 liter will be fine. If you want to make more than 4 glasses at a time, a juice pitcher between 1.1 and 1.5 liters will be better.
- Juicers with a juice pitcher
- Juice pitchers with a capacity of <1 liter | juice pitchers with a capacity of 1.1-1.5 liters
3. What else can you pay attention to?
After you've made your choice for either a juicer or a slow juicer, there might still be various models left. Prices can also vary quite a bit, which can have several explanations:
- The material of which the machine is made may differ, as well as the accessories. An aluminum or stainless steel juicer will stand more stably than a plastic model.
- Some juicers have pitchers with foam separators: the foam is separated from the juice, preventing a layer of foam from forming.
- Some juicers have a drip stop, which prevent the last drops of juice from dripping when there's no container underneath it anymore. Because of these reasons, you should carefully read the text, the pros and cons, and perhaps watch the video review for a juicer or slow juicer that interest you to make sure you'll choose the juicer that's best for you.