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The 5 Best Juicer Machines
Buying a Juicer to Make Your Life Healthier?
One of the best ways to eat healthier is to buy a juicer. The juicer machine has been around for years, but recently it seems like everyone wants one. There's nothing better than drinking fresh juice, and it's a great way to get all your veggies and fruits into your diet in a clean and tasty way. Don't like to eat leafy greens, but know how important they are? Throw them in the juicer, add some sweet fruit, and no one is ever the wiser! Your kids will be asking for seconds!
However, the juicer machine is an easy decision to get wrong. Some make a mess of the juicing, some can't handle the different fruits and veggies you will be using. Some are loud and don't extract enough juice. It's important to get one that has enough strength to juice everything you need. This Breville Juice Fountain Juicer is one of the best-selling juicers right now. Read on to find out why, and what the other best juicers have to offer.
Breville Juice Fountain Juicer
One of the most respected names in juicers is Breville. They have really cornered the market on the juicer market. At the time of this article, 4 of the 5 best-sellers on Amazin are Breville juicers.
The Breville Juice Fountain Juicer ranges from a motor with 700 watts to a high of 1000 watts. Obviously, the higher wattage will extract juice faster and better, but even the compact 700 watt juicer has over 1,000 great reviews on Amazon. The compact Breville juicer will cost about $100.
Once you upgrade to the Breville 1000-watt Juicer, you have two speeds in addition to the stronger motor. You can use a low speed for soft fruits and a higher speed for harder fruits and vegetables. Both are centrifugal juicers, which is the standard juicer. (There are also masticating and single auger juicers, which work well for items like wheat grass). The 1000 watt juice extractor will cost quite a bit more than the 700 watt one, at about $300.
The other big name in juicers is the Omega. Omega makes both the traditional centrifugal as well as the masticating and single-auger type of juicer, and they have a great reputation.
The masticating juicer, also known as a slow juicer, is perfect for leafy greens, but you can also make nut butters with it, grind coffee, shape pastas, and make baby food. The Omega J8006 is one of the best. It is priced at about $300, with almost all positive reviews on Amazon. If you are juicing a lot of leafy greens, you will definitely want to consider a masticating juicer extractor like this one.
For a little more money, at about $360, you can get an Omega Vertical Single Auger Low Speed Juicer. The primary difference is that this is a vertical masticating juicer as opposed to the more common horizontal low speed juicer. Both of these masticating juicers process at 80 rpms instead of a centrifugal's much higher speeds (often up to 15,000 rpms). Though expensive, keep in mind that these juicers extract more than their centrifugal siblings. This means that you will be utilizing much more of your organic (high-cost) fruits and vegetables. If you plan to juice every day, you really can't go wrong with a appliance like this.
Another great brand of juicers is the Hurom Slow Juicer. People love these because they are upright slow juicers, and they are very quiet. The cost is similar to the Omega upright at about $350. You can juice wheat grass as well as leafy vegetables, and the Hurom will extract every possible vitamin and enzyme out of anything you can throw into it. In addition, it is self-feeding and easy to clean up.
There are a lot of Hurom fans in the juicing world, and it's no wonder. The design is fantastic and the juicer is quiet and produces a lot of juice. So what's the catch? Not much, aside from being on the pricey end. You do have to cut some of your vegetables smaller than with other juicers. That's the only complaint I've seen, and people are usually happy to make a few extra slices on a carrot to use this Hurom.
Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer
If you can't spend the money on an Omega or Hurom, you should consider the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor. You can buy various Hamilton Beach juicers for as low as $45 and as much as $70.
Are these juicers as good as their $300 counterparts? No, but if you are only planning on juicing a few times a week, or you aren't sure how much you will use one, this is a great investment to see if it works for you.
The Big Mouth Juice Extractor is a centrifugal juicer, so it is not as efficient at extracting all of the juice as the Omega or Hurom. However, it is much faster to juice because of its higher speed.
Cuisinart Juice Extractor
At the time of this article, the Cuisinart Juice Extractor is on sale at Amazon, for only $130, less than half of its original price. If you're looking for a great deal on a juicer, take a look at this centrifugal Cuisinart. It's quiet, high-powered, and priced right. Like with other centrifugal juicers, there will be some wetness wasted, but its speed and quiet make it very convenient.
It's also easy to clean, which is a key point if you plan on using it a lot. It averages 4.0 stars on Amazon, making it a popular and dependable choice. It's also very attractive, and has five speeds, so it can juice a variety of different textures. It has a big "mouth," so no need to cut up carrots and apples into small pieces.