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:
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.
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
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
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"