Why make juice from leafy greens?
Although juicing in itself is a great way to incorporate a variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet, juicing with leafy greens is even more recommended. Leafy greens are amazing sources of amino acids so they can provide you with protein and they help battle insomnia, colds, and other deficiencies. Because we can find many vitamins and antioxidants in leafy greens, drinking green juice will improve your overall health by removing toxins from your body. Other added benefits include weight loss, healthy skin, and improved energy.
What to look for in an ideal juicer for leafy greens?
There are numerous key features you should look for in an ideal juicer for leafy greens to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your juicer as well as your greens. You want to make sure that you’re not only getting the maximum juice with minimal effort but also that the juicer is squeezing every single drop out of your leafy greens. To take care of all that, you should consider the following features.
Type of juicer
When looking to juice leafy greens, you should be looking at masticating juicers and not centrifugal juicers. While centrifugal juicers are fast, convenient and easy to use, they are quite inefficient at juicing leafy greens. Centrifugal juicers use a blade which rotates at a very high speed to separate the juice from the pulp. It basically spins the juice out of the pulp. This works for harder and dense produce but because leafy greens are light and need to have the juice pressed out of them, a centrifugal juicer would just fling the greens around without extracting any juice.
A masticating juicer uses an auger to separate the juice and the pulp and rotates at a very low speed to slowly extract juice. In doing this, it also retains the nutrients. Thus, masticating juicers are a better option as they can easily process leafy greens.
Masticating juicers are also some of the best juicers for wheatgrass, as their slow motion preserves all of this superfood’s beneficial nutrients and live enzymes.
The juicing speed for leafy greens is usually quite low as it takes a while to thoroughly break down the produce. Most masticating juicers are low-speed juicers. Apart from the lower noise level, there are many advantages to using vertical slow juicers. The lower the speed of the machine, the better the juice will be as lower rotational speed gives juices that are higher in nutritional value. Higher speed juicers tend to destroy enzymes and other nutrients like fiber due to friction, heat production, and oxidation. When you use a low juicing speed, there is fiber retention which aids in digestion. Slow juicing also gets you a juice with a much higher yield which can last up to 72 hours as opposed to having to be consumed immediately.
Conventionally, masticating juicers come with a low RPM to ensure the highest possible yield without compromising on the taste or the nutrient value. However, if you are someone who juices frequently, you can opt for masticating juicers that have different juicing speed options or that come with a slightly higher RPM than others such as Tribest
, which has an RPM of 110.
Ease of cleaning
Generally, everyone prefers juicers that are easy to take apart and clean. Masticating juicers use a slow juicing process and produce less pulp while doing so, which is one of the main reasons why they are easy to clean.
While considering the ease of cleaning for the juicers, you should also keep in mind ease of assembling and disassembling, whether or not they are dishwasher safe and if these juicers have additional accessories. Because of the way they are designed, most masticating juicers are easy to take apart for cleanup while cleaning centrifugal juicers can take quite some time. Most of our picks from the table are also dishwasher safe so if you have a busy schedule, you can save a lot of time by not hand washing them and just popping them in the dishwasher. If your juicer comes with additional accessories, then we advise purchasing a cleaning brush to clean the screen properly. Some models of masticating juicers like the Hurom HH-SBB11 Elite even have innovative self-cleaning systems that prevent pulp build up and some models like the Omega VRT350 have an auto cleaning system.
Build and durability
Masticating juicers for leafy greens can be made out of stainless steel, plastic or even carbon components. If you plan to regularly use your juicer for an extended period of time, we recommend getting a juicer that is mostly metallic as it is sturdy and will be more durable because plastic isn’t as durable and can also contain harmful chemicals. But you should keep in mind that stainless steel juicers are generally on the higher end of the price range so if you want something that is of a good quality and is also cost effective then you can get one with a ceramic exterior or plastic finishing. A tough and durable masticating juicer will also be able to power through harder vegetables, making this a great juicer for carrots.
Many juicers these days use different types of materials and substances, all of which may not be healthy or safe. A certification is a seal or document that attests that the set standards and requirements have been met for that product. So, we recommend purchasing juicers that are certified as it means that the product has met the set standards and you won’t have to worry about your health. If your juicer is certified by FDA, UL, ETL, or other similar certifications, then you can be assured that you’re purchasing a quality product.
Price and warranty
The typical price range for the best juicer for leafy greens is between $200 to $1000 although it also depends on the durability, the number of features, and the quality of materials used. Most masticating juicers have a very long warranty period, often 10-15 years. This is because they are much more expensive than regular juicers so the longer warranty period acts as a reliability to protect the product.