8 things to know to choose your juicer

Here are a few things you should know to help you make the best choice of juicer for your home. You can also consult our buying guide of the best juicers directly here, presenting you with a comparative table of the best models available on the Canadian market, focusing on those with the best quality-price ratio.

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1 – Horizontal or vertical? Two types of juicers

First of all, it is important to know that juicers fall into two main categories: horizontal and vertical.

Vertical juicers are often smaller and take up less space on a kitchen counter, and are also often more affordable in terms of budget.

However, it is important to note that a vertical juicer will be used almost exclusively for juicing.

If that’s your use then it won’t be a problem, but if you’re looking for a more versatile juicer to also make sorbets or other types of mixtures, fruit purees, then you’d be better off with a horizontal machine.

Even a horizontal juicer is often larger and more expensive, it is often more powerful, especially in terms of possibilities, but also in terms of rotation speed and motor quality.

2 – Different mixtures and recipes = different extraction processes

What kind of recipes and mixtures are you interested in?

Even though the word juicer is sometimes used, juicers are not exclusively reserved for making fruit or vegetable juices: there is a wide variety of recipes and possibilities for making soups, smoothies, vegetable juices, herbal juices, vegetable milks, sorbets, fresh pastes or vegetable purees.

So depending on your intentions, you may prefer a more versatile and multi-functional juicer model rather than a simple juicer.

You may want to be able to use and recover the pulp to make other recipes, to be able to adjust the speed and type of grinding to nuance the textures for example.

There are different types of juicers that use different juicing and extraction processes.

From the simple manual juicer to be able to squeeze a simple juice with pulp, sometimes with a hand crank to literally squeeze by hand, to the big sophisticated and multifunctional juicer with an ultra fine sieve to filter the pulp and collect it in a tank.

The masticating type is often recommended, a slower process but one that allows for more juice to be recovered, more nutrients to be retained, as well as more pulp to be recovered, in short, to optimize a better yield thanks to the slow rotation.

The mastication type machines would be more efficient to keep the enzymes of the food to obtain even healthier preparations. Double screw juicers also allow to recover as much juice as possible.

3 – How often will you use it

A criterion that will change your choice of juicer: is it to make fresh juices every morning and evening, therefore a daily and intensive use, or to make a recipe occasionally on weekends?

You have to think about the size of the machine, for example.

If you take it out occasionally, a large size and weight will not be a problem, while if you handle the juicer every day, you will certainly prefer something more practical, light, that takes less space on your worktop, and that may also be more attractive and design, if you have to see it every day in your kitchen and integrate it as a permanent appliance in the house.

Some types of appliances are complicated machines that take a lot of time and space to use: taking out the juicer and making a recipe is not something you can do in 5 minutes before leaving for work.

While other small juicers will be easy to use, clean and store for a fresh vegetable juice on the edge of the counter.

However, you also have to think about the long term if you use it every day for fresh juice, and think about the quality and durability of your juicer if it is going to be used daily or almost daily.

4 – Cleaning time

This is an aspect that you should not forget.

It’s all very well and good to make recipes with the juicer, but once you’re done, you have to clean it up, and in some cases, it’s not a matter of a few minutes.

With some types of large juicers and centrifuges, you can end up with a veritable mess of fruits and vegetables to pick up, debris and juice everywhere and sometimes difficult to clean depending on the complexity of the machine.

This will not necessarily be a problem if you are in occasional use on weekends while taking time with your family for example, but in a daily rhythm with work, children to manage and other tasks of the week, it is an aspect to consider.

Think also about the ease of cleaning, if it is dishwasher safe, and the number of parts to be assembled and washed after use, the tank, the pitcher, the pusher, the spout, the sieve, etc.

Some of them come with cleaning brushes to make it easier to wash certain parts and containers.

5 – The budget you are willing to put in

From entry-level juicers around 80 CAD to high-end juicers that can sometimes go over 1,000 CAD, there is a variety of prices in juicers.

Again it will come down to your personal use, you might be satisfied with a simple small vertical juicer with for example a manual pusher for morning juices.

But if you are looking for a more elaborate and versatile use, you may have to consider a higher budget.

On the economic side, we can also mention here the importance of a better performance.

Some types of juicers, especially slow spinners like the so-called masticators, or even twin screw juicers, will allow you to optimize the yield, i.e. to extract as much juice as possible from your food, while recovering the pulp to eventually use it.

Thus, by investing a little more, you will gain in the final product to be consumed, because you will produce more juice from the food, and you will not waste the extracted pulp.

Better quality = better health: Obviously the general quality of the juicer will go with the price, but it is also the quality of your health on some side. More powerful machines will allow you for example a better quality of extraction, and thus to better preserve the nutrients of the fruits, vegetables, oleaginous and other foods used, to better benefit from their benefits on health. We can also mention the materials used in the manufacturing of the centrifuges, especially those of better quality that are made without BPA, Bisphenol A, a plastic that does not have a very good reputation, especially because of the presence of endocrine disruptors. Thus, the budget of a juicer should never be neglected, it must be seen in the long term for your well-being too.

6 – Speed and power of the motor

Contrary to what you might think, a powerful motor will not necessarily mean a better juice or a better quality of extraction.

Indeed, it is important that the number of rotations per second is not too high to preserve and conserve the nutrients present in the food and even more freshness.

This process is paradoxically referred to as slow speed, or slow spinning centrifuge.

However, the power of the motor is still necessary depending on the uses and the type of pressing of the food you need.

For example, if you want to be able to grind more foods, including harder things like ginger, or even oilseeds like nuts to make vegetable milks, it will be essential to have a machine with a minimum of power.

This will be less of a criterion if you only want to make simple homemade juices.

Decibels: Beware, a powerful motor can also mean a noisy machine! Some brands put the emphasis on quieter motors and extractors. Because you have to be aware that a juicer at full speed can make a lot of noise. For some people this is not a problem at all, but if you want to make a fresh juice before leaving for work early in the morning without waking up the kids or your spouse, it is better to consider this aspect when choosing your juicer model.

7 – Size: chute, collector and pitcher

Here is another criterion to consider depending on your intentions of use and your recipes.

If, for example, you intend to make orange juice or berry juice, a machine with a small chute, the place where you put the food, will not be a problem.

What you may want to consider is the size of the pitcher so that you can make more fresh juice, and serve it directly after squeezing to get the full flavor.

But if you are making recipes involving more ingredients, including larger and harder fruits, then you will need to consider larger machines.

It’s also a matter of time: the smaller the capacity of your machine, the smaller the pieces of fruit and vegetables you have to cut, which means more preparation time.

Whereas with a large container, you can quickly process your fruits and vegetables.

Depending on your recipes again, you’ll want to consider the size of the pulp catcher, because depending on the food, it’s a component that can fill up very quickly, and you have to constantly pull it out to empty it.

If you use your juicer intensively, it is better to have a large container that fills up less quickly.

8 – Quality and variety of accessories

Depending on the model, juicers come with several accessories, some of which may be indispensable for your use.

For example, depending on the type of fruit or vegetables you want to blend, or if you want to be able to grind oilseeds such as almonds or walnuts, some will come with different sieves or blades. The holes and teeth will be more or less small, and of different shape, and it will be much easier to succeed in pressing or crushing certain foods with these accessories.

And you can also have a better versatility of result according to your recipes, some sieves being better for making juice, or a thicker mixture.

Pay attention also to the receptacles that are sometimes not provided on some models, whether it is a pulp collector on a horizontal juicer or a juice jug on a vertical juicer, essential elements that you might miss.

If you want to produce a lot of juice, you’ll want a fairly large pitcher, and why not an extra pitcher or two.

On a vertical juicer, a good suitable pusher is also essential, or other tool to be able to press the food into the bottom of the chute so that it is properly squeezed and ground.

And you should always think about cleaning, which can quickly become a hellish task if you are not well equipped, especially with some powerful juicers that have several parts that can be difficult to access and clean after use.

You will have to pay attention to the quality of the components and the ease of assembly and disassembly, but also rely on accessories such as cleaning brushes to make the task easier.

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