The Best Juicers In 2013

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Best Juicer

What is the Best Juicer?

This is a question that I get asked all the time.

Having been an avid juicer and nutrition buff for the past 15 years, I have tested and owned many brands and models of juicing machines. Over this time, my opinion and experience about what I think the best juicer is based on several factors.

So is there really 1 best juicer?

Yes - kind of.

However, the real question to ask is what is the best juicer machine for you?

The truth is, the best juicer machine is one that you will use on a regular basis.

After all, you may have the top juicer on the market today, but if you don't use it because it doesn't conveniently fit in with your lifestyle, then the machine is effectively useless. Then, you might not make fresh juices at all and go back to buying nasty store-bought juice, or expensive juices at the juice bar. So, it makes the most sense to purchase a juice machine that you are confident you will use regularly for many years.

This brings to a quick discuss about the 2 main types of juicing machines:

1. Centrifugal juicer machines
2. Masticating juicer machines


Centrifugal Juicer Machines

A centrifugal juice extractor is definitely the type of machine you want if you lead a busy lifstle and you are pressed for time. These machines are the fastest of the electric juice machine, often by a long way. The Jack LaLanne Juicer Machine is a prime example of a centrifugal juicer (although I would avoid it, there are much better machines). Centrifugal machine have high-speed motors that power a shredding disk at ultra-fast speeds. Quality brands and models can make a juice in 8 seconds or less. The two best centrifugal juicer machines that we recommend are the "Breville 800JEXL" and the "Breville BJE200XL". Two great juicers that fit different budgets.

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice ExtractorBreville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor

This machine is one of the most-rated and top-rated juicers at amazon.com and I can concur that juicer rocks.

Of all the centrifugal machines I have tested there is no stronger, more powerful, faster, well-built centrifugal juicer machine. This is the cream of the crop. Admitted, it is the most expensive centrifugal machine available, but you do get what you are paying for in this case. The 14,000 revolutions per minute motor can turn fruits and veggies into juice in seconds. You can actually make a pure 8oz apple juice in 5 seconds flat. So, this machine truly is the choice for those short on time.

However, there is more to saving time than just the speed of a juicer - how easy it is to clean up after is also an important factor. This Breville juicer is also great in that respect. Once you have cleaned it a few times and you are familiar with taking apart and reassembling a few parts, it takes just 5 minutes to wash by hand. The detachable parts are also dishwasher safe. So you can conveniently make a morning juice, put the parts in the dishwasher and run the cycle and you are all set. However, make sure you do not let the parts sit in the machine for a few hours before running it, the bits of pulp will harden and be difficult to clean off. This actually applies to any type of juicer machine, and whether you are washing by hand or using the dish washer.The power of this machine is also contained by a beautiful, super-solid-crafted stainless steel design. Think Mercedes. Not just beautiful, this machine is built for longevity and functionality.


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A Few of the Downsides of Centrifugal Juicer Machines

Don't get me wrong, quality centrifugal machines are great, and can make healthy awesome juice, and do it fast. The main downside is the high-speed power and shredding disk method of extracting juice from fruits and veggies produces heat and some oxidation. This does kill some antioxidants, enzymes and other nutrients. You still get nutritious juice with lots of nutrition, but there is a type of juicer that does an even better job - a masticating juice extractor.

Masticating Juice Machines

Masticating machines extract juice by a different mechanism to centrifugal machines. They make use of a "gear" (also called an auger) that slowly and thoroughly squeezes and crushes the juice out of fruits and veggies. They are also great for juicing really thin produce such as wheatgrass, herbs and leafy greens. Such thin produce cannot be adequately juiced in the high-speed mechanism of a centrifugal machine. So, this slower more thorough method of a masticating juice machine produces very little heat -- so nutrient damage by oxidation is not an issue -- and actually squeezes more juice nutrients out of produce. In the long run this saves more time and money.

The con with these machines is that they take longer to make juice than centrifugal machines, and you need a little (not much) arm power to push some of the harder veggies through the machine.

In essence here, masticating machines are the choice who have the time and interest to create an ultra-nutrient-rich juice.

Two of the best masticating juice extractors that I have used and recommend are the "Omega 8006" and the "Hurom Slow Juicer"