Now that you’ve read through the individual product descriptions as well as the pros and cons, it is essential to know how the different features of each of these juicers can determine the right type of juicer for you. With this buying guide, we are going to help you understand the thought process behind the research, shed light to clear confusions you may have and make your overall decision-making process easier.
Why do you need a centrifugal juicer?
Are you eating 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day? Yeah, we don’t blame you. You’re not the only one to not abide by this recommendation. In fact, according to the results of a study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 1 in 10 adults is actually getting enough fruits or vegetables per day. We understand how difficult it is to fit all of that in your daily diet. We’re struggling too. A great method, however, to fulfill this dietary need and to change your eating habits is juicing. Drinking fresh juice daily not only detoxifies your body and strengthens your immune system but also increases nutrient absorption by letting you add a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to your diet. It helps in digestion, weight loss and reduces cravings.
What’s different about centrifugal juicers?
To understand centrifugal juicers in general, you have to know how they work before we dive into any other features. Centrifugal juicers use a flat cutting blade on the bottom of a rapidly spinning strainer that rotates at over 3000 RPM. The flat cutting blade spins the produce at high speed. With the use of centrifugal force, the cut produce is forced against the juicing strainer and juice is extracted. The tiny holes in the juicing strainer separate the juice from the pulp. You can even compare a centrifugal juicer to a washing machine in terms of its spinning motion. To use it, you just have to place the produce inside the chute.
It’s different from other juicers because it is ideal for personal use and requires very little preparation before the actual juicing process. This juicer produces very little pulp and can even juice harder produce.
Although they’re tough enough to handle pretty much any food product you throw at them, centrifugral juicers work best with fruits and vegetables that have a higher water content. If you’re looking to juice things such as kale or spinach, you’ll be better off going for a juicer for leafy greens or even a juicer for wheatgrass, if that’s what you’re into.
What to look at when choosing an ideal centrifugal juicer?
Understanding your needs is a key to the successful decision. Now let’s make clear what centrifugal juicers available on the market today can offer.
Speeds and motor
The speed and motor of the centrifugal juicer will vary depending upon the type of juicer and the model. While traditional centrifugal juicers only provided two speeds, most of the latest models feature multiple speeds in order to optimally break down different types of produce. Speeds range from 6,000 to 16,000 rotations per minute (RPM). Lower speeds work well with soft fruits and greens and higher speeds with hard fruits. You should opt for a juicer with adjustable variable speed if you want more control over the juicing process.
Power of a juicer determines its speed as well as its ability to handle a heavy load. Most motors in these juicers range from 400 to 12,000 watts. Higher watt motors are more powerful. They are more efficient at breaking down harder foods because when dealing with the same type of fruits and vegetables, lower watt motors could overheat. A higher power motor ensures that the juicer isn’t going to break down under pressure.
Size of the chute
If the chute is large enough, with a centrifugal juicer, you could even fit an entire fruit in it. It is recommended that the chute be at least 3 inches wide. The idea behind the size of the feed chute is that the larger the size of the chute, the less is the preparation time. Despite having a large chute, sometimes, you might need to use a pusher to get the produce flowing smoothly through the juicer.
The chute size may seem like a trivial matter to many, especially in comparison to the price, weight, and others, it will matter down the line eventually. Sometimes you might be in a hurry or sometimes you might be trying to juice a variety of fruits and vegetables at once. A feed chute that is of a decent size will cut down preparation time by a large margin.
Most companies make centrifugal juicers out of plastic because it is cheaper. Generally, use of plastic for the exterior isn’t such a big deal; it just has to be sturdy and durable. Even if the feed chute, power knob, and base are made out of plastic, it doesn’t really matter as long as it is made of durable hard plastic that can withstand shearing and bending forces. But the straining basket and the shredding disc cannot be made of plastic at all.
Plastic isn’t very durable and can also contain harmful chemicals so if you are looking for a long-lasting juicer then you would be better off finding options that are made out of metal. However, stainless steel juicers are generally on the higher end of the price range so they might not be within everyone’s budget.
Ease of cleaning
Usually, masticating juicers are easier to clean than centrifugal juicers. Because of the way centrifugal juicers are constructed, there are fewer parts to clean. But, some of these parts, like the feed chute and the screens, are slightly messier and take longer to clean. While most of the juicers have dishwasher-safe parts, we recommend that you clean the filter screen by hand as it doesn’t clean easily in dishwashers.
Since most centrifugal juicers have high RPM operation, produce is getting shredded at a rapid rate. Because of this, these juicers are prone to making a lot of noise. If noise is a deciding factor for you or if you are someone who likes juicing late at night or early in the morning while everyone is asleep, this is something you might want to seriously consider. Some high-end centrifugal juicers use latest innovative design to mask the noise so by listening to the noise created by the juicer, you can also tell how well designed it is or isn’t.
Price and warranty
Centrifugal juicers are the most cost-effective juicers in comparison to other types. They typically cost between $50–$300 whereas for other types of juicers, $300 would be the starting range.
However, these juicers usually have a very short shelf life. They run at a very high power and speed and generate a lot of heat. Because of this, they are more prone to defects. Most of these juicers only come with 1 or 2 years of warranty. Some have up to 3 years but any juicer that has more than 1-year warranty is a pretty good deal.