Advantages of using a juicer
Juicing has a variety of health benefits for both adults and children, starting with the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and offering greater concentration of nutrients per ounce. Starting your morning with a glass of freshly squeezed juice is a good way to consume some of five a day and a very pleasant and hassle free manner.
Even though you may be missing out on important fiber when you decide to consume fruits and vegetables in juice form, every glass of freshly squeezed juice is packed with a wealth of vitamins and minerals as well as other essential nutrients that are required for optimal health. Juicing is also an excellent alternative for those who are not be into fruits and vegetables but want to take advantage of the benefits they have for health.
Features to consider before you buy a juicer under $100
When buying a juicer under $100, there are multiple things that you need to consider, ranging from the type of juicer you are interested in (centrifugal, manual, motorised) to features such as type, capacity, power, speed, dimensions, materials and more. You should also make sure that you are happy with the warranty provided by the manufacturer before buying a juicer.
There are three main types of juicers you can get for under $100 and you should base your choice on your particular requirements and the amount of juice and quality you are interested in obtaining.
The three main types of juicers are:
Centrifugal juicers — these are generally the most popular option when it comes to affordable juicers and they have the advantage of being able to blitz its fruit and vegetables with a high-speed spinning blade. These juicers also do a great job at separating out the juice from the pulp.
Motorized juicers — these juicers can chew through various fruit and vegetables by using a large screw that crushes the produce. The juicer has a sieve tool separate the pulp from the juice. These juicers are generally a bit more expensive than centrifugal models, but they are also great at delivering consistent results every time.
Manual juicers — finally, manual juicers are the perfect choice for those who are only interested in obtaining juice from citrus fruits. These appliances squash or spin citrus fruits that you have previously cut in half.
The capacity of the juicer generally refers to the size of the jug container where the juice is stored after pressing the produce. Many juicers under $100 have jugs that are on the smaller side, such as the Juicer Machines Bagotte, for example, which comes with a 350 mL jug. However, you can opt for a model with a bigger capacity if you want to be able to make more juice in one sitting. Our editor’s choice, the Breville BJE200XL, has a larger 800 mL jug and a pulp collector that can contain up to 1.5 L of pulp.
A powerful motor is important especially if you are looking for a juicer that is capable of handling large loads and whole produce without breaking a sweat. Our editor’s choice, the Breville BJE200XL has a powerful 700-watt motor that allows you to know through large loads of produce without overheating. Other models, such as the Eurolux Electric Orange Juicer, have less power, but they are an excellent choice if you only need one or two glasses of juice every day.
Many of the centrifugal juicers we have reviewed have more than one speed, which means that you can select a higher speed for harder produce such as carrots and a slow speed for soft fruits such as grapes in order to prevent them from bouncing out. If you’re opting for a masticating juicer, such as the Cuisinart CCJ-500, you may usually get a reverse gear that comes in handy when you need to clear up any blockages.
The dimensions of the juicers are very important if you don’t have enough room in your kitchen to store a full-sized appliance. If you are looking for a very compact model that doesn’t take up a lot of space on the countertop, the Cuisinart CCJ-500 is an excellent choice.
When looking to purchase an affordable juicer, you should make sure that all the plastic parts are BPA free.
Many models have a stainless steel body for extra liability and BPA free removal components that are generally also dishwasher safe.
Most of the juicers under $100 available on the market come with at least one year of limited warranty so you are protected in case something goes wrong. However, if you want extra peace of mind, you can choose a model that comes with prolonged warranty, such as the AZEUS Juicer, which has a 15-year limited warranty as well as a three-year limited exchange or return.