Juicers for beginners vs. juicers for pros
The significant difference in juicers for beginners and juicers for pros is the sophistication of the features and the ease of use. A juicer will be easy to use if it has a one-touch operating button and parts which can be easily removable for cleaning. Manually operated juice extractors are also recommended for beginners. You only need to cut the fruits to size and use the provided crank lever. Some other models, like the Drizom Citrus Lemon Orange Juicer, doesn’t even require the use of a lever. You just have to cut the citrus fruits into two, open the flip top, close, and then press it down for the juice to extract. For the lovers of electric appliances, slow masticating juicers like the AOBOSI AMR520 and the AMZCHEF ZM1501 are also easy to use. They also help you learn how to operate juicers in general.
Features to consider before you buy a juicer for beginners
For this part, we will limit ourselves to the essential points to be able to meet the expectations of a large number of consumers. Without further ado, let’s find out the essentials to consider before purchasing an easy-to-use juice extractor.
Each type of vegetable or fruit is different (soft, hard, dry, herbs, etc.). You have to be clear about what type of fruits, vegetables, and foods you are going to use your device to blend the most. In the end, you have to choose it based on the planned use to guarantee satisfaction in the purchase.
Are you a lover of everything citrus? There are models with a groove press, and a design specially made for citrus fruits. An example is the Drizom Citrus Lemon Orange Juicer. And if you want a model that can blend and juice various types of fruits and foods, choose a centrifugal model with a powerful motor. An excellent option to consider is the Mueller Austria SD80A. With a 1100 watts motor, it can juice at the rate of 21,000 rpm.
The power required for hard fruits like carrots or nuts is not the same as extracting juice from watery citrus fruits.
For you to quickly distinguish the types that exist, there are three broad categories of juice extractors.
This is perhaps the most recognized juice extractor ever. They are perfect for extracting citrus juice such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, grapes, etc. The principle of their operation is elementary. You only have to cut the citrus in half and press it in the juicer. Today there is a wide range of models that ranges from the most classic (manual juicers) to the most comfortable (electric juicers).
- They are inexpensive
- Some do not require electricity or consume little
- Easy to clean and use juicer
- Preserves the quality of the juice
- Manual effort (in some)
- Limited in capacity
- Limited in variety of fruit
You have to differentiate between a centrifugal juicer and a regular blender. Centrifuges are considered juice extractors since they separate the pulp from the juice. Standard blenders, like mixers and grinders, mix everything inside. This is the most common and sold type of extractor due to its speed and ease of use.
On the mode of operation, it cuts fruits into small pieces, and simultaneously, a cylindrical grater spins in a centrifugal manner. It performs the task of separating the juice from the pulp at high speed. It generally runs at speed ranging from 3,000 rpm to more than 20,000 rpm.
Typically, it retains the pulp, and the juice falls into a separate tank ready for removal. Some models have the function of automatically ejecting the pulp when it reaches its maximum capacity. This saves a lot of time by not having to stop and remove the accumulated pulp. Generally, if it does not incorporate this function, you have to stop after every two glasses of juice approximately to empty the pulp and then continue.
We have four centrifugal types of juicers in our review of the most recommended juicers for beginners. Among these are the Mueller Austria SD80A and the Breville BJE200XL. If you are looking for a quick and easy-to-use juice extractor. Any of these is your model.
- There is a wide variety to choose from.
- They are less expensive than cold pressing, perfect for getting started.
- Simple to use
- Quick use even with hard foods (carrots, apples, etc.)
- Some can juice whole fruits.
- They can be somewhat noisy.
- Not very effective on leafy foods.
- Oxidation and reduction of enzymes due to the speed that the motor reaches.
They are known as “cold juice extractors.” They stand out for the way they process food and the minimal loss of nutrients and flavor when extracting juices. By not having any parts that rotate quickly, it does not create any heat that causes any type of nutrient to evaporate or oxidize. This is the huge difference between a cold pressure juicer and a centrifuge. Unfortunately, not everyone knows about it. Centrifuges have a process of blades rotating at high speed that produces greater oxidation of the fruit and vegetables. After that, it has a second phase that consists of the separation of the juice and the pulp. That is why a blended juice is obtained but of much less quality and flavor than that obtained with a cold press juice extractor.
Cold press juicers are divided into 2 main types:
a) Single-gear or masticating juicers: These are single-gear pullers. They are called so because they chew fruits and vegetables with a serrated screw that rotates on an axis and grinds food. Approximately, it has a speed between 40 and 160rpm. In this way, the juice is extracted, preserving all the nutrients and enzymes. This ensures the juice has an incredible flavor, setting aside the dry pulp. A good example is the AMZCHEF ZM1501.
- Versatile, with the ability to extract the juice from all kinds of fruits, vegetables, herbs
- It preserves all vitamins and enzymes.
- More juice than a centrifugal extractor
- Less foam than a centrifugal extractor
- Juice is less perishable
- They are heavier.
- Slower process
- They are more expensive than centrifuges
b) Dual-gear juicers: These are also called “tritutaring juicers” and cataloged within cold pressure extractors. This type acts in a slightly different way than single shaft machines. They are mainly designed to get the juice out of all kinds of herbs, grains, juices, vegetables, leafy greens, etc. That is, they are for those who aspire the maximum versatility. They operate much slower than centrifugal juicers. Just like single-gear juicers, they retain all the nutrients and enzymes. But the juice is more concentrated by putting more pressure on the food due to the two screws that rotate on parallel axes. This is because they trap less air in the juice. The juices can be kept refrigerated for up to 48-72 hours with hardly any loss of vitamins or properties. If you seek the highest quality in your juices without taking into account the cost and processing time, this is the juice extractor you need.
- The most versatile (used for fruits, vegetables, wheat herbs, and grains)
- It preserves all vitamins and enzymes.
- More juice than any other.
- They are used to make pasta, purees
- Long-lasting and less perishable juices.
- They are heavier.
- Slow processing.
- More difficult to clean.
- They are usually the most expensive.
When we talk about capacity, we are talking about the size of the juicer itself as well as that of the container where the pulp is poured.
The higher the capacity, the better. However, note that this will determine how compact or bulky the device can be. It’s better if the extractor has enough capacity to add the ingredients and mix them at the same time as they are extracted. This way, the mixture will be much more homogeneous than if you have to empty each juice of each ingredient that you add.
If you want a balance (compact, yet large enough), you can choose one with a 34 oz jug capacity and a 68 oz pulp collector. You can find this capacity in the Mueller Austria SD80A
For machines that run on electric current, the power of the motor is an essential criterion to take into account. Therefore, be aware that the power of such a device can vary between 40 and 160 watts for masticating juicers. This range will provide optimal juice extraction in a fast and easy manner. Centrifuges require more power. Between 800 to 1500 watts, you’ll have an efficient model with high rotations per minute.
The power provided by the lever is important in manual models. Metal and heavy-duty cranks will provide efficient operation.
The important thing is to choose a more or less powerful juicer depending on the use you want to make of it. If you only plan to use it occasionally, 60 watts of power will be sufficient. On the other hand, do you plan to deploy it for intensive use, to prepare fruit juices for the whole family every morning? It is better to opt for a slow chewing electric juicer of 120 watts to avoid the motor overheating. For commercial uses, choose models with more than 1000 watts.
Most juicers have the cone that allows the fruit to be positioned appropriately once it is split in half. However, the number of this cone that can differentiate some models from others. Indeed, the purchase of an electric double-cone citrus juicer can be more advantageous if you want to extract a large quantity of juice at one time. It is much faster and more efficient, especially when there are several people in a house. And in addition to the speed side, the presence of several interchangeable cones on a single device can also mean that it can squeeze fruits of different sizes. Small, medium and large cones will allow you to squeeze lemons, oranges and grapefruits easily.
Ironically, high speed isn’t always a good criterion to use for all juicing machines. The exceptional quality of cold-pressed or slow-chewing extractors must be taken into account. That is, for these models, the slower it is, the better. Why? Well, this is because, at higher speed, there’ll be greater friction, greater heat generated in contact with food, and greater oxidation. Hence, manufacturers are continually striving to reduce rotational speeds as much as possible. In the first generation of models, they rarely went above 65rpm. In the second generation, they managed to decrease to 40 rpm. Technology continues to advance for health as far as the masticating models are concerned.
However, if you’re not worried about the oxidation risks and want the juice extracted faster, choose centrifugal models. These can offer speed as high as 20,000 revolutions per minute, as for example the AICOOK GS-336
does. These are, however, recommended for use if the extracted juice will be consumed immediately. This is because their extracted juice are more perishable.
Remember that buying a juice extractor means having one more appliance in the kitchen. And before purchasing it, we recommend that you think about where you are going to put it and what approximate dimensions it occupies. This is essential so that it does not become bulky later. A vertical one is not the same as a horizontal one, and one that is 45 cm high is not the same as 35 cm. Some juicers like the Little Bees USB Electric Safety Juicer Cup have very compact dimensions that they can be taken out on a trip. However, are you going to place the juicer on your kitchen counter permanently, want more functionality, and have enough space? Then the dimensions shouldn’t be a problem for you.
From an aesthetic and qualitative point of view, check out the materials of the proposed juice extractor. In today’s market, you can choose between steel or plastic. The first option is more resistant. It is particularly suitable for daily and intensive use. For occasional use, you can limit yourself to a plastic model. Whichever model you choose, ensure you stay away from BPA-containing materials.
Logically, a juice extractor has to come with a warranty. However, in order not to have a disappointing purchase, be sure to check this information carefully. It will show you, in particular, the reliability of your model. In terms of warranty coverage, the Hamilton Beach 67601A is the best as it is covered for 3 years. The BLACK+DECKER CJ650W Juice Extractor has a 2-year warranty. Ditto for the AICOOK GS-336, like many other machines, by the way.
How to use a juicer
Using an electric juicer remains very simple. Pick a place where it won’t be bothered by other devices and not too far from an outlet, either. Then check that it is correctly plugged into the power outlet. Clean your fruits, then cut them in half crosswise for more efficient extraction.
Place half of an orange or lemon on the cone, and replace the lever or the lid of the device. Turn it on, and be sure to squeeze the lever or the fruit to get as much juice as possible.
Do not forget to place a glass under the spout if it is not a model with a collection reservoir.
When you are done, stop the extractor and unplug it.