If you haven’t heard of juicing you must be living under a rock but more importantly you’re seriously missing out!
One of the best ways to get your five a day (or, is it seven now?) in a truly delicious and easy way, is to juice up your favourite fruits and vegetables and enjoy them as a yummy drink on the go.
Of course, the great thing about juicing is that you can tailor-make it to your personal choices, with as many of your favourite ingredients as you like. On top of this, juicing improves your overall wellbeing and health, because we all know and understand just how nutritious and vitamin-rich those precious fruits and vegetables are, however sometimes it’s not so easy to enjoy them in their original, raw form. If you can find a way to chow down on your favourites in the easiest and most delicious of ways, without the stress of chopping and chewing, why not go for it?
There are a few of the big questions when getting into juicing and we'll attempt to answer those; they include: What is the best juicer? What are the best juicers on the market? What is the best juicer for the money? So many questions right?
It's important you make an informed decision before buying your centrifugal juicer to ensure you get the best use out of it.
What is a Centrifugal Juicer?
The name sounds complicated, but the process is actually easy; a centrifugal juicer is one of the most common juice extractors seen on the market. They are sometimes called a citrus juicer, juice maker, power juicer, fruit juicer, vegetable juicer, and juice extractor. Whatever you call them a centrifugal juicer grates up your produce and then spin the pulp at high speed extracting the juice from the pulp. The great news is that they are also quite easy to clean, which will save you time in the long run.
Pros and Cons of Centrifugal Juicers
As with anything in life, there are of course pros and cons.
- Fast – Centrifugal juicers are fast, which means they are great for those who don’t have much time to spare, and want to grab a delicious drink on the go.
- Easy to clean – Especially if you opt for a model which has an extractor feature, these particular centrifugal juicers are easier to clean than the slower juicing versions.
- No need to chop – Again, the best centrifugal juicers don’t require chopping before juicing, which saves time and hassle.
- Cost effective – You can easily find a cheap centrifugal juicer to suit your budget, with a large range on offer. You won’t break the bank when it comes to investing in a centrifugal juicer.
- Easy to use – If you are new to juice extracting then this is the best option to go for first.
- Noise – Because of the high speed needed to extract the juice, centrifugal juice extractors can throw out a little noise.
- Reduced juice life span – Because of the heat which these type of juicers generate, the lifespan of the juice extracted does not last as long as that produced by a masticating juicer; you can expect a lifespan of around 5-7 hours.
- Not suitable for Greens – Many recipes include ingredients such as wheatgrass and kale, but centrifugal juicers are generally not suitable for these ingredients; basically anything flimsy, like leafy greens, isn’t going to work so well.
- Juice Quality – The heat has the result of creates a chemical reaction which can damage the enzymes in the fruit or vegetable; this can mean that you don’t get 100% of the health benefits, as you would with a slower juicer.
- Results can be mainly water – The juice extracted from the produce is generally water, because of the speed involved in the process.
- Less Juice - Centrifugal juicing is not as efficient and extracting juice as a slow juicer. You end up with less juice from the same amount of produce.
What to Consider When Buying a Centrifugal Juicer
Buying the correct type of centrifugal juicer to suit your lifestyle is absolutely critical. If you buy the wrong type of juice extractor you simply won't enjoy using it and consequently won't use the centrifugal juicer.
- Size – You will need to shop around to find the best juicer which suits the space you have in your kitchen. Large juice makers will take up a lot of room on your kitchen counter, and you simply may not have
the spacefor it.
- Frequency of use – How often are you going to use your juicer? If you are only dabbling with juicing, go for a cheap juicer, until you feel you are going to stick with it after which, you can upgrade to a top juicer.
- What you are juicing – If you are looking to juice leafy greens, a centrifugal juicer isn’t the best option for you, and in that case you would be better with a slow/masticating juicer. If however you are wanting to juice hard vegetables or you want to avoid chopping, a centrifugal juicer option is great for you.
- Ease of use and cleaning – A centrifugal juicer is easy to use and easy to clean, making it perfect for beginners. Some high-end models have a pulp extraction function, which again makes things easier in terms of cleaning.
- Noise – Because of the speed at which this juicer works, they are much noisier than slow juicers. As technology improves there are some top centrifugal juicers now which have reduced their noise levels.
- Price – One of the things that
makescentrifugal juicers so attractive is that they are much cheaper than masticating juicers. They do however offer a wide range from very cheap juicers to top rated juicers meaning you can find something for any budget.
How Does a Centrifugal Juicer Work?
Now for the scientific bit.
A centrifugal juicer uses, you guessed it, centrifugal force, to extract juice from fruit and vegetables. Your fruit and vegetables are fed down the chute of the centrifugal juice extractor where a sharp blade rotating at high-speed chops, slices, and shreds up the produce. From there the fruit and vegetable pulp is caught inside a mesh case while everything is spinning at high speed. This spinning causes the juice to be extracted from the pulp and passes through the mesh, collecting the pulp in an attached compartment.
Some particular models, usually the more expensive ones like a commercial centrifugal juicer also have an inbuilt feature which ejects the pulp when the basket is full, so less time spent having to empty the basket manually.
Centrifugal Juicer Reviews
Omega BMJ 330
A mid-price range juice maker, Omega juicers are impressive in appearance and in terms of functionality.
Made of stainless steel with an inbuilt ejector for pulp, this is the ideal model for those who don’t enjoy cleaning equipment after juicing. In addition, this particular choice is quite compact, which makes it ideal for smaller kitchens with less space, and the oversized feeding chute gives you flexibility in terms of what you want to juice, including whole fruits and vegetables, cutting down on preparation time. The ½ horsepower motor doesn’t create as much noise as some other models, and the 10 year warranty also gives you peace of mind.
Pro: Lower price range gives you the ideal beginner juice, without spending a fortune to get started.
Con: Like most centrifugal juicers, this particular model is not effective at juicing leafy greens, which reduces your options.
Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain
Another mid-price range power juicer, the Breville Juice Fountain boasts an extra wide chute for feeding in your fruit and vegetables, and within five seconds you will have an 8oz cup of your favourite juice blend.
You know you are working with a brand you can trust here, which gives you confidence. In addition, the model’s steel cutters and mesh filter are designed to give you around 30% more juice than similar models, which equates to around 40% extra vitamins and minerals to pack into your diet. If you need more to consider, the safety lock means you won’t be sprayed with content as you press ‘go’ and the pulp collector is large, so you won’t be cleaning up the mess at the end either.
Pro: A good choice for both hard and soft ingredients, with quick juicing time to boot.
Con: Not the smallest of choices, which may be difficult if you have limited kitchen counter space.
Breville BJE820XL Dual Disc Juice Processor
You do get what you pay for, so don’t let the price tag put you off.
Another Breville juicer, however, this is a top juicer and is a little pricier, coming in at around the $400 mark. The model has an electronic five-speed control, which will allow you to juice leafy greens, as well as soft and hard fruits and vegetables. The feeding chute is a wide 3”, which means whole fruits can easily be juiced, with no need to chop up first, saving you time. Again, easy to clean, with an ejector for pulp, and the other need to clean parts come away without stress or strain.
Pro: This particular model is great for those who want to be able to juice a large range of different produce, including leafy greens, which many centrifugal juicers don’t work so well with.
Con: The price. Not the cheapest model on the block, but this centrifugal juicer is certainly a quality one.
Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite
This centrifugal juicer comes with two speed settings – high and low, so you can control your juicing effectively.
Not quite as expensive as our previous Breville juicer, but still a little more than some of our lower cost models, at around $300. The feeding chute is a large 3” again, which means no chopping of whole fruits are needed, and the pulp catcher means less mess too. The model also comes with a recipe book and a pitcher to serve your juice cutting down on washing up.
Pro: The serving pitcher means you cut down on extra kitchen appliances and means you can use it on the go too.
Con: Again, the price. There are cheaper models out there which do the same kind of thing for less cash.
If you’re looking for a cheap juicer then this is a fantastic choice to go for.
Working out at around $100, it a great entry level juicer without spending a fortune. This juicer comes with the usual 3” feeding chute, so no need to chop your ingredients prior to juicing and the micro mesh filter means less mess at the end of it, as well as a cleaning brush included for extra cleanliness! The stabilising knife means you can juice without concerns for safety, and this is especially good for beginners.
Pro: The price. If you want to see how you get on with juicing, without having to spend a small fortune on a piece of kit you might not get a lot of benefit from, this is a great investment.
Con: The noise. Cheaper doesn’t mean quieter, so do bear this in mind, and perhaps rest the machine on a towel to minimise.
Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Metallic Juice Extractor
You can opt for one of two speed settings, and if you go for two then you will pay more, so do bear this in mind.
If you thought our previous juicer was cheap, this one of the best cheap juicers! Hamilton is a very good name in the electrical juicing world, so you can be assured of a quality product; coming in at around $60, this is our cheapest choice. Overall, the container which you use to do the juicing can double up as a serving cup, and you can easily juice whole fruits and vegetables without chopping. There is an extra large pulp basket, so no mess, and the machine is also easy to clean, with a reliable motor too. The machine has the ability to juice an apple in around three seconds.
Pro: Price again. As a beginner machine, this is ideal. Best juicer for the money.
Con: If you want to go for the two setting option, you will pay a little more, however, this is still minimal compared to some of the more expensive models on the market.
Breville BJE430SIL The Juice Fountain
This machine has three-speed settings, which gives you control over your juicing, as well as an extra wide chute, which accommodates whole fruit, with no need for pre-chopping, saving you time and energy.
Pro: A big name you can trust, at a low cost. A great option for beginners to juicing.
Con: This isn’t the smallest machine, so again, if you have limited space, you might struggle.