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Metal or stainless steel juicers vs plastic juicers for better wheatgrass juice

Updated on February 21, 2011

Why a stainless steel juicer

If you are interested in a juicer machine then you probably already know how healthy fresh juice is. It is without a doubt one of the best things you can possibly put into your body - rich in vitamins, nutrients, living enzymes, and dissolved minerals, juice really is a superfood. It is better than any supplement or drug you can buy.

When we discuss the advantages of a stainless steel juicer, we are referring to more than just the cosmetic aspect - yes, stainless steel is very popular now for product finish (just look at all the refrigerators, toasters, and assorted kitchenware that now is steel rather than plastic), but more important is what is on the INSIDE. Stainless steel is used in many upmarket juicers for the actual juicing mechanism, and is far superior for several reasons.

Stainless steel is super resistant to corrosion, and will not react with anything you throw at it. It is also totally taste neutral, and there is no danger of toxins being leeched into foods that may come in contact with it. All up, it is the ultimate food grade surface, outperforming plastics and other metals in every aspect.

So how do you know if the juicer machine you are looking at uses a stainless steel mechanism? The manufacturer will usually advertise it because it is a big selling point, but all you need to do to find out is open the machine up (if you can locate one on display, or look at one elsewhere) as you would for cleaning purposes - are the parts inside shiny polished metal? That's stainless steel, and that's what you want to see! Some machines use a combination of plastics and steel, and this is often a good thing to - although steel is hard wearing, some components need to be able to flex and move over one another, so plastic can be more appropriate.

Some of the most popular stainless steel juicer machines on the market today are the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer (very fast, quite affordable) and the Angel Juicer (Made by Angel, a slow speed machine that is designed to make juice out of ANYTHING including wheat grass). Both machines are solid stainless, and look fantastic too.

Will a stainless steel juicer cost more? Probably. Is it worth it? Yes - it will look better for longer (ever notice how white appliances turn yellow after 12 months?) and will stand up to more use and abuse. As a final note, you can also find manual juicer machines built out of stainless steel. These require you to turn a handle to squeeze the juice, and can be ideal if all you want is a quick and no fuss way to make wheat grass or herb juices.

What and where to buy

1. Decide what you prefer - fast or slow juicing (read about the two basic types of juicers).

2. Angel, Jack Lalanne, Lexsun, Green Star and Breville are probably the best respected brands. All make great stainless steel machines.

3. Do you need a brand new one? Maybe eBay can offer a good deal on a used juicer that is good as new.

4. Online stores - shop around and you will eventually find excellent deals, especially when older stock is being cleared for new stuff.

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