Freshly squeezed juice has become more and more popular. Everybody wants to be healthier and people are now drinking freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices all through their day instead of just at breakfast time. Juice from a home juice extractor is definitely less expensive, more healthful and tastes better as well.
But how should one choose from all the different machines? So many.
Cant decide? Here are our 4 favorite machines:
1. Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus
The Breville JE98XL Juice Extractor gives you the power to make 8 ounces of juice in five seconds. It is an 850 watt professional extractor that features a top of the line computer-controlled motor.
This juicer been designed to juice under heavy loads. With an Italian steel micro mesh filter, it separates the juice from the fiber and seeds from the fruit so that the maximum amount of juice is produced.
The unit also has a nice wide centrifugal feed chute so you can add whole fruits and vegetables without chopping them into pieces, for even faster juice making.
A two speed electronic control offers a lower speed, for reducing softer fruits and vegetables. These types of food normally bind up in other centrifugal juicers. The higher speed is used for fruits and vegetables that have more texture.
For quick and easy cleanup, the parts are dishwasher safe (except for the motor obviously). If you are new to juicing you will find that the unit is easy to take apart, clean and put back together again.
That is important when you’re first learning about and experiencing the health benefits of juicing.
The Breville juicer also has a foam separator which makes it unique from other juicers. During the centrifugal process, the fruits and vegetables are spun at high speeds in order to extract the juice from the solid pieces of fruit and vegetable. This spinning process can often produce foam at the top of the juice which will alter the taste of the final product.
The Breville juicer is a good step up from the Jack Lalane centrifugal juicer. While it may be just a bit more expensive when it makes up in efficiency helps it to pay for itself.
Making the juicing more cost-effective, easier cleanup and easy to reassemble has increased and improved the number of positive reviews for this machine.
A tip for being able to drink the juice immediately without waiting while you take the machine apart to soak: have a bowl of soapy water waiting so that after the juicing is completed the basket can be placed into soapy water while you enjoy the benefits of the juice you just produced.
The Breville juicer is able to chop and juice beets, ginger, cucumbers, grapefruit, oranges, watermelon and whole Bosc pears as well as whole Granny Smith apples and rolled up collard greens with no problems. If you have a dog, one way to make use of the leftover pulp is to add it to your dog food on a daily basis to give your pet the added benefit of the raw fruits and vegetables.
The Breville juicer is not loud and can be used around individuals who have a sensitivity to noise. The typical low cost blender is much louder than the Breville juicer.
The juicer also comes with a special brush that makes cleaning the leftover pulp easy. For those who like their juicers spotless an electric toothbrush does the trick even faster.
The only real negative aspect to using the Breville juicer is that it is a centrifugal type juicer. Many experts and nutritionist believe that the act of centrifuge will kill the living enzymes which are an essential part of juicing.
In fact, fresh raw juice is only effective in the first 24 hours after being produced. Once that 24 hour span of refrigeration has expired the enzymes are usually dead and unavailable to the body.
2. Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Pro
The Jack Lalanne juicer has become of the most well-known juicers on the market. The fact that is frequently advertised on infomercials has undoubtedly helped it become such a widely known juice extractor.
One of the biggest selling points of this particular model is the fact that it has a wide feed chute. That means that the vegetables and fruits which are placed in the juicer do not have to be prepared by chopping into little pieces.
In fact, the chute is large enough to be able to pass whole apples. You can also place in numerous carrots at one go.
This feature is advertised as a timesaver in the preparations for juicing and many people find it handy. One of the drawbacks of passing fruit down whole before chopping it up is that you never know if there is a rotten core.
The Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Pro also sends the pulp out of the machine which means that you can juice constantly without having to stop and empty the basket as you would on other juicers. This model is termed a centrifugal juicer which means that it extracts the juice from the fruit and vegetables by spinning at high speeds.
The juicer first grinds the fruits and vegetables into a pulp and then spins it for single liquid and small particles through a mesh. The remaining particles are then dumped into awaiting receptacle where the pulp is extracted.
The preferred method of extracting juice from fruits and vegetables is a single or double cylinder extractor. This is because the machine does not have as much chance of destroying the valuable enzymes from the juice.
Cleaning this juicer is not all that easy. You have to release a bar and take the top of the unit off. Then you flip the top upside down and wash the pulp out that stuck to the top of the unit. You then wash the pulp out of the basket and the measuring cup and then use the key to unscrew the blade.
Once the blade is washed and scrubbed you can take out the basket and scrub that down. Depending upon the type of food sent through the juicer this can take anywhere between 10 seconds or two minutes. If you let the power juicer sit then the material will be much harder to clean. It takes between three to five minutes to clean the entire machine properly, although it is dishwasher safe.
Like the Breville, this model is also surprisingly quiet for a centrifugal juicer. Quality of the current motor is better than in previous generations.
The extractor blade is made of surgical stainless steel and looks a bit like a cheese grater.
Although the advertising says that the pulp is very dry, it is not as dry as other centrifugal juicers. While this has nothing to do with the quality of the juice being produced it is important to note that it decreases the amount of juice produced by a specific amount of vegetables and fruits.
Some people who use the juicer have said that after using it for about 10 minutes, the machine would shut itself off. Whether this was because the motor was too hot or there was too much pulp in the filter is not known. After the pulp is removed and the machine cool it as alwas able to begin operating again.
The Jack Lalanne juicer also comes with several safety factors and interlocks which must be assembled correctly and aligned or it will not power up. Also, the unit must be allowed to come to full speed before using it or inserting any fruit.
Another factor when considering the purchase of a juicer is the warranty that comes with it. This juicer motor has a lifetime warranty but all the other parts have only a 90 day warranty. Since the motor is the most important and expensive piece of equipment, lifetime warranty on all the parts is not that important a factor.
The Jack Lalanne juicer is cost-effective and people have found that it lasts for up to two years or more with daily use. It’s a great juicer for first time users.
3. Champion Household Juicer
There are two types of juicers currently available on the market. There is a centrifugal type juicer which extracts the liquid by spinning the products at such a high rate is that the juice actually separates from the fiber. The second type juicer uses a masticating process.
Masticating juicers are either single bore or double bore which means they contain either a single core or a double interlocking core through which the vegetables and fruits are passed as the juices extracted.
One the best masticating juicers for the price is made by Champion.
The Champion Household Juicer’s double core masticating process gives more fiber which is usually drier, indicating that you have extracted more juice from the vegetables and fruits as they pass through the machine. The double core also results in darker, richer color of the juice and a sweeter more full-bodied flavor.
Most people say that they are able to see and taste the difference in juices which are passed through the Champion juicer. Since more juice is taken from the vegetable there are more pigment that are also extracted. This accounts for the darker richer color when compared to a conventional centrifugal type juicer.
Users have reported being even able to make sorbet and nut butter because the machine is so versatile and durable. The company reports that the Champion juicer is also able to make coconut milk, baby food, fruit sauces and ice creams.
The parts are guaranteed for five years and the motor carries a three-year warranty. This is an interesting factor since most other juicers carry a longer warranty on the motor than they do of the parts.
If space is an issue that this particular juicer model may be too large to be on your countertop. The large piece of equipment made from heavy-duty metal and not plastic.
If it must be stored in the cabinet remember that it is large and bulky and will take time just to get it out on the counter again. However, for those who can leave it out on the counter it is quite attractive and very functional.
Fans also say that the Champion Juicer is able to be assembled and cleaned fairly easily. The metal screen comes clean with just a rinse and a wipe.
Champion has been making juicers for several decades now and their powerful one third horsepower motor drive spinning cutter will demolish the fruits and vegetables to release the juice.
This juicer has a relatively larger chute than other masticating juicers but definitely a smaller one than most centrifugal juicers. That means that most vegetables have to be cut smaller pieces.
It is possible to feed the produce at a relatively quick rate during the juicing process. Like other twin gear models, Champion juicers do not handle soft fruits such as oranges or pineapple as well since the screen becomes clogged and parts need to be disassembled and cleaned before continuing. Sometimes this can be avoided by running both soft and hard vegetables together.
The cutting shaft in the Champion needs be lubricated between uses, since the high RPMs create friction. Some owners found that the plastic housing may stain but other owners agree that the juicer is built to last.
4. Samson 6 in 1 Juicer
Every juicer has different abilities and different uses. Some are better at juicing hard vegetables and others are more versatile and can grind grain.
The Samson 6 in 1 Juicer is a product that has a lower RPM on the motor which makes it ideal for juicing wheatgrass and leafy greens but, on the other hand, makes the process slower. It is another masticating juicer and has either single gear or twin gear options.
The Samson is actually one of the most versatile extractors on the market. It’s able to juice green leafy vegetables, mince fish or meat and act as a food mill while still retaining the flavor and nutritional value of the food. It is rugged too, now coming with a 15 year warranty.
Another plus to using the Samson Extractor is that it doesn’t force air into the juice, which makes it last longer than juice from a centrifugal juicer, when bottled. The juice has a better flavor, less foam and can be bottled and still have enzymes up to 24 hours later.
Because the juicer is masticating it also produces drier pulp, so that more juice is extracted from the original vegetables and fruit. This makes the process more cost effective and increases the amount of juice per product.
Most Samson models come with a pitcher that has a slit below the top so that any foam that does form on the top of the juice isn’t poured out when the juice is poured from the pitcher.
Occasionally this juicer will back up if softer fruit is run through the juicer continuously. That can be remedied by running a softer fruit through and following it with a harder vegetable. In this way the pulp appears to get cleaned out quicker.
The juicer also comes with separate filters for fruits that must be changed when juicing grapefruit or oranges. This can add time to the preparation process and a bit more time in the cleanup.
Another factor in the purchase of a Samson Juice Extractor is that they are usually a bit more expensive than a centrifugal juicer or some of the other lower end gear juicers.
On the other hand, because the juicer is more cost-efficient it also makes more juice for each of the products sent through the machine. This means that the machine will actually pay for itself in just a couple of months.
The Samson Juice Extractor has several attachments for other uses that come in handy for the cook interested in making their own pasta or mincing their own fish. Clean up is simple with a toothbrush type of utensil provided with the machine. The average time to clean up is about 3 minutes and most of the attachments are dishwasher safe.
For the cost the Samson Extractor is a great buy. The company has wonderful customer service and honors their warranties without question.
Juice Extractors in the Kitchen
A juice extractor is relatively complicated kitchen appliance. It does just that, extracts juice from fruits such as oranges, limes, grapefruits, lemons and more. You do need to care for it a little more than the usual kitchen gadget.
That being said, a juice extractor is definitely a useful tool for the home of a juice lover who enjoys staying healthy and indulging in the freshness of a great glass of juice.
To use a juice extractor you simply cut the fruit in half, place the cut side down, and turn a handle to press down on the fruit and thereby extracting its juices.
The fruit itself is disposed of afterwards with seeds and pulp intact leaving just the juice of the fruit itself. Juice extractors also work well with vegetables to get vegetable juices. The leftover pulp is used by some for compost or to add to other things such as breads and cakes.
The majority of the juice extractors are electric, but a manual juice extractor is also available. However, the electric juice extractors are easier and require less effort from its user.
Top photo by Phil and Pam Gradwell, Orange pinapple juice photo by Rob Bertholf