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Best Juice Extractor - Reviews And Recommendations For 2012

Updated on October 6, 2012

Why would you need a juicer?

There's no doubt about it; freshly squeezed juice is better than store-bought. One reason for this is that store-bought juices are usually processed and pasteurized, which can kill important nutrients. Many store-bought juices are also full of sugars and preservatives, all of which are eliminated when you make your own juice. Finally, fresh-squeezed juice just tastes better. The longer juice is stored, the more quickly it loses its flavor.

Studies show that raw fruits and vegetables are healthier than the cooked variety because the cooking process destroys vital nutrients. Since most of us don't include nearly enough raw fruits and vegetables in our daily diet, home juicing provides a valuable way to include these items in a delicious, nutritious way. By creating your own fruit and vegetable drinks, you can control exactly what goes into your glass, and you'll know exactly how fresh the ingredients are.

Three kinds of juice extractors for various needs

See what is the difference between Centrifugal, Twin-Gear and Masticating extracor

Most of the juicers on today’s market are either citrus juicers, which use a motorized mechanism to ream fruit, or juice extractors, which use a motorized rotating disk to mash the produce first and then extract the juice. Among juice extractors, these are the types most commonly used:

Centrifugal Juicers: These are the most readily available and affordable juicers on the market. A centrifugal juice extractor uses a grating action to pulverize the produce, then utilizes centrifugal force and pushes the pulpy fibers through a straining screen while rotating at a high rate of speed. Centrifugal juicers are popular because they can usually handle any type of fruit or vegetable very quickly.

Twin-Gear Juicers: Twin-gear juicers press the produce between rolling gears that interlock and squeeze the pulp. They also work at a lower rate of speed, which creates less heat and ensures that fruits and vegetables retain more nutrients. Because of the complicated mechanism, twin-gear juice extracors are highly effective, as well as expensive.

Masticating Juicers: Masticating juice extracors come in two types, single gear and upright. Single gear masticating juicers operate at a low speed, using a single gear mechanism that chews and breaks up the fibers of the produce. Upright masticating juicers do the same thing, but are housed in a compact, space-saving upright design. Masticating juice extracor are efficient at juicing just about any type of fruit or vegetable, and can also be used as a food processor to make sauces, nut butters, baby foods, pasta and bread products and sorbets.

Important Features of the best juice extractor

With so many juicers available on the market, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you and your family. Do you really need one that has high wattage and food processing capabilities, or would a simpler machine work just as well? Even if you don't need a juicer that's loaded with high-tech accessories, there are some basic features that every good, dependable juicer needs to have. When you're shopping for a juicer, be on the lookout for the following:

Power and Speed of the juicer

If you want your glass of juice in less than a minute, you should get a juicer that has at least 700 watts of power. Likewise, you'll also want a juicer that offers dual speed functions for masticating both soft and hard produce. Most top juicers range between 13,000-16,500 rotations per minute. Dual speed is also handy when you're processing watery produce such as watermelon and tomatoes, because you'll want to reduce speed to mitigate spillage.

Warranty

No matter which brand you get, make sure that your juicer has a manufacturer's warranty. Most good juicers carry a one-year limited warranty, which should cover the unit in case the mechanism burns out.

Easy Cleanup

Juice extractors can be a mess to clean unless you have one that's ergonomically designed for quick cleanup. Most quality juicers today are made with removable parts that are dishwasher safe. A quality juice extractor should also come with its own specially-designed cleanup brushes.

Cord Length and Storage

The best juice extracors have a storage section where you can coil the cord when not in use. Likewise, if your electrical outlets are limited, you'll want to look for a juicer that has a longer cord for optimum reach.

See-Through Container

A clear, see-through container will enable you to see the juice level as it's being processed. Some containers also have measurement markings on the side, which is a plus if you're measuring your quantities.

Chute Size

The larger the chute, the less time you'll have to spend chopping, peeling and coring fruits and vegetables.

Pulp Control and Straining

If you like to control the size of the pulp in your juice, you'll want a juicer with a pulp regulator. Likewise, better juicers also have fine mesh accessories that strain out the larger pulp and fiber segments

Juice Yield

Better juice extracors will extract more juice from produce, so if you spend a bit more on a quality juicer, you'll end up saving by having to buy fewer fruits and vegetables. Find out if the juicer model you're considering has a juice yield chart from the manufacturer.

Most popular juice extractor on the market - time for reviews

One of the most popular centrifugal juicers on the market is the Breville Compact Juice Fountain Extractor, model BJE200XL. The reason for its popularity is that it manages to combine all the best features of a top-quality juicer, yet it sells at an affordable price. Being excellent value for money, the Breville is a top choice for those who are looking for a powerful, compact juicer that processes quickly and is durable enough for everyday use. See the in-depth review of Breville BJE200XL below.

Breville BJE200XL Juice Fountain Review

See why Breville BJE200XL is the best selling juice extracor

The Breville Juice Fountain has a 700-watt motor that spins at 14,000 rotations per minute, so juice is extracted at optimum levels. The Breville’s highly-powered system will process a full eight ounces of juice in as little as five seconds, thanks to the ultra-fast cyclone movement of its dual-knife cutter. For more effective juicing, the unit has a stainless steel fine mesh which filters out pulp and fiber. In seconds, fruits and vegetables are centered and minced through the cutting system, then forced against the micro-mesh filter. This cutting/straining mechanism yields more juice — as much as 30 percent more, according to the manufacturer — than other similar juice extractors, at a rate of speed that’s 10 times faster. In fact, the system is so powerful, you can even juice a pineapple with the rind still on.

Be aware that, because of the power of the motor, you should always juice with top on. Otherwise, the cyclone movement may propel the fruit and vegetable pulp clear up to the ceiling; that’s how mighty this motor is.

Another plus is that the Juice Fountain has a large feeding chute that can accommodate whole produce such as carrots, apples, beets and other fruits and vegetables.

For all of its power, this is one of the quietest juicers you’ll ever find. Most juicers have a loud, grating rumble, but the Breville does its job smoothly and quietly, with no jumping and vibrating across the counter.

The Breville Juice Fountain is ergonomically designed, with everything in one tall, compact unit. In spite of its size, however, it has a bigger capacity than other compact models. The clear, see-through container holds 1.5 quarts and has a cover so you can store the juice as well. There’s also built-in cord storage, with a molded loop on the plug to hold it in place.

The Breville is also designed for easy cleanup. Its removable parts are dishwasher safe, and the unit includes a specially-made cleaning brush.

The Breville Juice Fountain comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty. You probably won’t need it, judging by other online reviewers who say that their Breville juicer has gone through years of daily usage without a single problem.

If you plan to use your juicer on a regular basis, you may want to consider investing in a Breville Compact Juice Fountain Extractor. With its high-powered motor for speedy, optimum juice extraction, its ergonomic, easy cleanup design and its moderate price, you’ll find yourself juicing more often than ever before.

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      thewafflingprem1 

      5 years ago

      I have to agree with you. fresh juice is the best. Very informative lens. I wasn't aware of all the different types of juicers and what there best uses are.

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      thanks for your comment on my lens

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      thanks for your comment on my lens

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      5 years ago

      My wife and I did a juice fast earlier in the year, and we bought a Breville Juice Fountain Elite because we wanted a juicer that would last and was easy to use. We've owned other juicers and this juicer is by far is the best we have used. Great lens!

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