How To Choose The Right Juicer For You
For those of you who have never heard of juicers, or have heard but aren't sure what they are, juicers are amazing tools that can extract minerals, enzymes and nutrients essential for your health, nutrients which are usually lost in the packaging of store bought juices, directly from the ingredients. They are also 100% pure juice and as you decide exactly what ingredients go into the juicers, you can create the exact flavor of juice that you want, without having to accept any additional unwanted ingredients that you would be forced to accept with shop-bought juices. This also means that parents can provide children with juices that appeal to their sweet tooth without giving them any of the additional refined sugar, present in sodas or shop bought juices, which is so bad for their bodies (especially their teeth). For elderly people a juicer enables them to extract the nutrients from fruit and vegetables which they may have trouble eating or digesting, thus enabling them to intake more of the valuable nutrients that will enable them to have healthier bodies. This will naturally improve the condition of their body and give them a better quality of living.
There are many factors that determine which of the many juicers out there is the correct juicer for you. Some of the factors that you need to consider are:
? Juicer Type
? What produce you are most likely to juice
? Noise Level
Juicer Types: There are six main types of juicers that are available today. They are Centrifugal Juicers, Citrus Juicers, Manual Press Juicers, Single Gear a.k.a. Masticating Juicers, Twin Gear a.k.a. Triturating Juicers and Wheatgrass Juicers.
Centrifugal Juicers: Centrifugal juicers are the pretty much the most affordable and popular choice available to people looking to buy a juicer these days. These juicers use a shredding disc to spin out the juice and a strainer basket to hold the pulp in the machine.
Citrus Juicers: A citrus juicer provides the convenience of juicing citrus fruits at home so you can enjoy the benefits of fresh squeezed citrus juice any time.
Manual Press Juicers: Since the juice is pressed through cheesecloth, the juice is virtually pulp free, but can be a slow process. Requires produce to be shredded in order to be pressed and squeezes the juice out of the produce with pressure.
Single Gear a.k.a. Masticating Juicers: These produce less foam, and can be utilized to make baby food, sauces, & sorbets. A slow turning single auger is used by these types of juicers to crush the produce into the walls or screen of the juicer.
Twin Gear Juicers a.k.a. Triturating Juicers: These juicers have two gears that shreds then presses the juice out of the produce. These types of juicers are liable to be more expensive than other types of juicers, but twin gear juicers are the most efficient and can extract larger volumes of juice from fruits and vegetables.
Wheatgrass Juicers: Wheatgrass juicers can extract the juice out of the blades of wheatgrass either manually or automatically. Wheatgrass is a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and enzymes. This is a specialized type of juicer since normal fruit and vegetable juicers will not juice wheatgrass.
Produce most likely to be juiced: If you are likely to be juicing fruit and vegetables in equal quantities then a centrifugal juicer is your best option and some models also feature attachments that will allow you to juice citrus as well, should you wish to do so. However those juicers do not juice leafy vegetables well. If citrus or wheatgrass are going to comprise the majority of what you are juicing then buying a juicer specifically engineered to juice those products would be your best option. For juicing mainly vegetables a single auger juicer would be the best option, but they produce rather thick juice from fruit, almost sauce-like, since they are designed for juicing stalk-like vegetables.
Cleaning: The time it will take to clean a juicer after you used it will depend on the complexity of the juicer as the average juice has between 4 and 7 parts requiring cleaning. This means that while a citrus press can be cleaned
with a quick wipe down, a juicer with more functionality will take longer to clean. Also a check should be made as to whether the components are dishwasher safe, unless you are happy to hand wash the parts.
Power: The amount of power you need depends on the hardness of the produce you are juicing. The harder the produce, the more power you will need, but anything over 400 watts should be more than sufficient. The stronger the motor is the longer it is likely to last. Also a check should be made as to whether the motor is guaranteed by the manufacturer.
Noise Levels: This is dependent on the power of your juicer's motor. The more powerful the motor, the higher the noise levels produced. The importance of this factor is guided by personal preference and your situation. If you have no one around to complain about the noise and you don't mind the noise then it is unimportant but if you mind a loud noise or people around you do, then it is a consideration, but it must be weighed up against the effectiveness of your juicer.
Cost is not seen as a factor when buying a juicer because there are so many juicers available at so many different prices, but the higher quality juicers are likely to cost more than average. Ultimately your personal preferences will determine which juicer you buy.
About the Author: Juliette is a web developer for http://www.costplusjuicers.com and an avid promoter of the benefits of natural juices, after seeing first-hand how they can improve one's health.