“Okay, so what are the differences between different types of juicers? Is one kind better than another?”
Who are we to say one juicer is better than another? “A restaurant supply company,” you say? Fair enough. The truth is, no one juicer is truly superior–otherwise there’d only be one kind of juicer, and we’d probably all be wearing grey jumpsuits, living in our single-juicer dystopia. Each variety of juicer has its own advantages, and the one that’s best for you will depend on what you want your juice to do.
Centrifugal juicers, like the Omega Centrifugal Juicer Model No. J1000, take their name from the way the juice is extracted from the fruit or vegetable. These units utilize a metal blade that spins against a mesh filter, which separates the juice from the flesh through centrifugal force. You know that one carnival ride that spins you around so fast that you get pinned to the wall? Centrifugal juicers work much the same way, except no one gets nauseous.
Upside: Fairly easy to use and easy to clean. Also, a lot less pulp in your juice due to it being separated out.
Downside: The spinning of the metal blades generates heat which can destroy enzymes and oxidize nutrients within the fruit and vegetable juices. These units also tend to be a little noisy.
Masticating Juicers (aka Cold Press Juicers)
Masticating Juicers, or Cold Press Juicers, work by using a single gear (called an auger) to press and smoosh fruits and vegetables. This crunching actions works great to break down the fibrous flesh on hard fruits like apples and nuts to create the highest possible juice yield. These units work a little slower than a centrifugal juicer but the results are worth the wait.
Upside: These units use no heat and retain all the nutrients and enzymes direct from the fruits/vegetables. They’re also great if you plan on using them with leafy greens!
Downside: Pricing on these units are usually always higher. They also create a lot of pulp, which may be an upside for some.
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As you might expect, manual juicers are units that are operated by hand. The most common manual model you’ll come across is the classic citrus press like the Easy Juicer from Nemco. Manual juicers are great options for a customer who is new to juicing or for the restaurant owner who doesn’t require a large juicing unit.
Upside: Generally speaking, these units are easier to use, easier to clean, and are usually more cost-effective than their electric counterparts.
Downside: They require a bit of elbow grease and don’t provide as much juice as the electric units.
For more information on juicers, see our post on Juicer Warranties.