Juicers fall into two main categories….. centrifugal juicers and masticating juicers.
Centrifugal juicers basically shred produce, then spin it to extract the juice.
Masticating juicers squeeze the produce to extract the juice, and can deal better with soft fruits.
Centrifugal juicers tend to be cheaper and have a smaller footprint than masticating juicers.
If you do your research, there are folk out there who will tell you that masticating juicers are ‘better for you’, in terms of the juice they produce. However, they are no good for you at all if you don’t use them!
If you are just getting into juicing then I would recommend a juicer such as the Philips HR1867
It’s sensibly priced and takes up very little room on your work surface. If you leave it out all the time you are much more likely to use it. It has a wide chute to take things like apples whole, saving on prep time, and it’s a doddle to clean.
The centrifugal juicers are excellent at juicing hard produce such as apples, pears, carrots and celery. However, they do not handle ‘soft’ ingredients well, for example raspberries, banana or avocado.
If you would like to include these in your drinks, juice your other ingredients first, then blend your juice with your soft ingredients using your Nutribullet
or stick blender.
Next up, what should you juice?