Benefits of having a top-notch carrot juicer
Unlike other types of juicers, carrot juicers bring you the benefits of consuming juice made from one of the healthiest vegetables in the world. Carrots are rich in multiple vital means such as A, C, D, E, and K, as well as in various minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium. From boosting metabolism to helping digestion, carrot juice has multiple health benefits. By choosing a juicer that can handle carrots and other healthy hard vegetables such as beets, you can enjoy the benefits of this juice right in your kitchen.
Features to consider when choosing a carrot juicer
From the amount of juice extraction to price and motor power, there are numerous features you need to take into account before purchasing a juicer for carrots. Below are the most important features to consider when shopping for this type of juicer. We selected them according to the needs of both experienced and newbie juicers.
Type of juicer
The main types of juicers that can handle carrots are centrifugal and cold press or masticating models. The type of juicer you should go for is often determined by how much you’re willing to spend. Centrifugal juicers may not be perfect for all types of hard vegetables, but they are the most popular and widely available option, mostly because they are also the more affordable choice. On the other hand, masticating juicers, also known as cold press juicers are more expensive but they may tend to be better at handling hard vegetables.
Centrifugal models work by shredding your ingredients with two thin blades on the bottom of a sieving basket that is rapidly spinning. Because of the spinning force, the juice gets separated from the pulp and it filters through to a jug or container while the pulp goes into the pulp bin. Most centrifugal models have two speeds for soft and hard fruit and vegetables, and more expensive models may come with a high-quality commercial grade motor.
Masticating juicers crush vegetables with slowly rotating gears that press out the juice through a perforated screen. They are often quieter than centrifugal models and are also suitable for juicing leafy greens and for other food preparation tasks. The main downside is that they are more expensive than centrifugal juicers and that there may be more parts to clean.
As mentioned above, masticating juicers are slower than centrifugal ones, but speed is not something desirable when it comes to juices.
Lower speeds are actually better, because this process retains more nutrients in the juice.
Most centrifugal juicers only have two speeds so you can select one for soft fruit and vegetables and another one for harder items such as carrots. In most cases, you can expect a masticating juicer to have a reverse gear that comes in handy when clearing up any blockages.
More motor power is generally better for juicers used for harder vegetables such as carrots and beets. However, keep in mind that if you want a juicer that doesn’t make a lot of noise, your best option is to go for a model that uses up to 150W of power.
Size and weight
The size and weight of your new juicer are important because a model that is too large may not fit well in your kitchen. As such, consider how much space you have on the kitchen counter for your new appliance, and also think about its weight, especially if you need to take it out of cupboard and take it out every time you use it.
If you don’t want to spend too much time prepping your vegetables, look for a juicer with a large feed chute. One example is the SKG Cold Press Juicer reviewed above. With a juicer that has an external large feeding chute, you can fit apples, carrots and other items whole, so you don’t have to pre-chop everything in small pieces. Keep in mind however, that some models may still require some preparation, such as peeling vegetables or coring apples before popping them into the juicer.
What other fruits and vegetables can it juice?
Depending on what kind of juices you would like to obtain with your new machine, consider whether it can choose other fruits and vegetables besides carrots. Some models do a better job than others at juicing soft vegetables and leafy greens, so if you are particularly interested in this aspect, look for a model that is up to the task.
Some models come with a reverse function and its main purpose is to prevent jams. This is mainly an option you get with masticating juicers.
Ease of cleaning
Many people are apprehensive about getting a juicer because they don’t want to spend too much time cleaning the different parts every time they use the machine. Fortunately, some models come with an inner spinning brush that rotates between the strainer and chamber simultaneously. Most of the models we review can be quickly assembled and disassembled, and some of them are also dishwasher safe.
Extra accessories and attachments
Some juicers come with a variety of attachments and extra accessories such as juice and residue cups, extra jugs, strainers, or various attachments that transform the appliance in something more than just a juicer. For example, the Tribest Juicer comes with an attachment that transforms it into a mincer, whereas the Omega NC800HDS has a nutrition centre for all your healthy living needs.
It is rather difficult to find a powerful juicer for carrots that is not noisy, but you can reduce the amount of noise it makes by shopping for a model that has a motor that is less than 150W.
Make sure you check the noise level rating in dB provided by the manufacturer, which is generally described in the information pack and manual.
What else can you use it for?
Many of the best juicers for carrots we reviewed above can be used for more than just vegetables and fruit. For example, you may use it for soft foods or leafy greens, or even go beyond that to purchase a model that can make various plant milk and nut butters such as coconut, soy, almond and more. Other models come with various accessories that transform your appliance into a mincer for extra versatility.
Unlike in the case of other kitchen appliances, you can get an extended warranty for your juicer, which goes up to 15 years in some cases, such as the Omega Juicer VRT400HDS, for example. In most cases, the warranty covers the motor and some of the parts, which means that you can get your appliance repaired at no cost should it fail during the warranty period.