How to Choose a Juicer

As the Juice Lady, and best-selling author of many books on juicing, people often ask me what juicer I recommend.  How do they choose among all the models on the market?  Having tried almost every juicer made, I have my favorites.  But I always interview people to find out about their needs.

Here are some of the questions I ask:  What do you want in a juicer?  What is your lifestyle–are you busy or do you have more time to spend juicing?  Is juicing a casual thing or part of your daily routine?  Do you want to be able to juice wheatgrass?

If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to email me.

Happy Juicing!

To gain the greatest benefits of juicing, choose a juicer that is right for you. It can make the difference between juicing daily and never juicing again.

I need to distinguish between a blender and a juicer. A juicer separates the liquid from the pulp (insoluble fiber). A blender liquefies everything that is placed in it; it doesn’t separate the pulp from the juice.

If you think it might be a good idea to have carrot, beet, parsley, or celery pulp in your juice for added fiber, I can tell you from experience that it tastes like juicy sawdust. For the most flavorful juice, which is juice you’ll drink every day, I recommend using a true juicer—not a high-powered blender. However, high-powered blenders are great for many other recipes such as smoothies, cold soups, and raw food dishes.

Choose a machine with adequate horsepower (hp).

I recommend a juicer with at least a 0.5 hp. Weak machines with low horsepower ratings must run at extremely high rpm (revolutions per minute). A machine’s rpm does not accurately reflect its ability to perform effectively because rpm is calculated when the juicer is running idle, not while it’s juicing.

When you feed produce into a low-power machine, the rpm will be reduced dramatically, and sometimes the juicer will come to a full stop. Look for a machine that has electronic circuitry that sustains blade speed during juicing.

I have “killed” some machines on the first carrot I juiced.

Make sure the machine can juice tough, hard vegetables and fruits such as, carrots, and beets, as well as delicate greens, such as parsley, lettuce, and herbs.

Make sure it does not need a special citrus attachment.

You will need a masticating type of machine to juice wheatgrass.

Choose a juicer that ejects pulp into a receptacle.

This design is far better than one in which all the pulp stays inside the machine, and has to be scooped out frequently. Juicers that keep the pulp in the center basket rather than ejecting it cannot juice continuously. You’ll need to stop the machine often to clean it out.

A juicer that ejects the pulp is a time saver because you can line the pulp catcher with a free plastic baggie from the grocery store produce section and you won’t have to wash the receptacle each time. When you’re done juicing, you can either toss the pulp or use it in cooking or composting.

The more parts a juicer has, and the more complicated the parts are to wash, the longer it will take to clean your juicer and put it back together.

That makes it less likely you will use your machine daily.

Also, make sure the parts are dishwasher safe.

Cherie’s Top Pick Centrifugal Juicer

Omega NC900HDC Nutrition System

Omega’s Nutrition Systems are “masticating-style” juice extractors and more! A masticating juicer juices at low speeds of 80 RPM minimizing heat build-up and oxidation. The auger system forces produce into a tight chamber, grinding and pressing the food to squeeze out the juice from items as fine as wheatgrass and leafy vegetables. With a Nutrition Center you can also make all-natural nut butters, baby food, soy milk, almond milk, extrude pasta, grind spices, mince herbs and garlic, and more! NC800/900 compared to the 8006: The size of the feed chute is larger so you spend less time prepping before juicing. The adjustable end cap with 5-settings increases juice extraction efficiency. Use setting 1 for citrus fruits and setting 5 for tougher items like wheatgrass.

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 Omega NC800HDS Nutrition System

Omega’s Nutrition Systems are “masticating-style” juice extractors and more! A masticating juicer juices at low speeds of 80 RPM minimizing heat build-up and oxidation. The auger system forces produce into a tight chamber, grinding and pressing the food to squeeze out the juice from items as fine as wheatgrass and leafy vegetables. With a Nutrition System, you can also make all-natural nut butter, baby food, soy milk, almond milk, and a variety of healthy snacks. NC800/900 compared to the 8006: The size of the feed chute is larger so you spend less time prepping before juicing. The adjustable end cap with 5-settings increases juice extraction efficiency. Use setting 1 for citrus fruits and setting 5 for tougher items like wheatgrass.

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Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite

1000-Watt Juice Extractor

Breville Juice Fountain Elite. Commercial performance. Home kitchen convenience. 1000 watts power up to 13,000 RPM for up to 30% more juice than traditional juicers. Over 40,000 filtering pores ensure smooth and delicious refreshments.

Easy-to-clean components allow you more time for enjoyment. The extra-large 3″-wide (7.6 cm) feed-tube maximizes efficiency and cuts down your prep time.

  • 1000-watt juicer with 2 speed controls, high (13,000 RPM) and low (6,500 RPM)
  • Die-cast steel housing; stainless-steel micromesh filter; titanium-plated cutting disk
  • Circular 3-inch feed tube accommodates whole fruits and vegetables
  • Pulp container, juicing pitcher, and manual/recipe book included; dishwasher-safe parts
  • Locking arm bolts move up to 1/4 in all directions to ensure a snug fit in the locking arm

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Omega Vertical Juicing System Silver VSJ843RS

  • The tighter fit tolerance of the new dual-edge auger strains more juice and breaks down fiber to a palatable level for a smoother, nutrient-dense juice. This gentle squeezing action keeps healthy enzymes intact, reduces heat build-up, delays the oxidation process, and increasing the juice’s shelf life. Squeeze juice from fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, even wheatgrass or make nut milk. Automatic pulp ejection, so you can juice continuously.
  • The AUTO-CLEANING system keeps the screen clear, increasing the machine’s efficiency. After you are finished juicing, the AUTO-CLEANING system minimizes the clean-up process.
  • The vertical design is compact, contemporary, and productive. With the Omega VSJ843RS, form and function combine to give you the highest degree of extraction and the healthiest possible juice.
  • The VSJ843RS, Juicer is the newest, lowest speed vertical masticating juicer in Omega’s offering.
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Omega VERT Slow Juicer VSJ843QS, Square Version, Silver

  • http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81G7iyhIhhL._SL1500_.jpgThe *NEW* Omega Vert, Model VSJ843QS Juicer, low speed 43RPM squeezing juicer system.
  • The new motor rotates at 43 revolutions per minute (RPM), approximately 50% the speed of the original vertical masticating (low speed) juicers.
  • The tighter fit tolerance of the new dual-edge auger strains more juice and breaks down fiber to a palatable level for a smoother, nutrient-dense juice.
  • This gentle squeezing action keeps healthy enzymes intact; reduces heat build-up, delays the oxidation process, and increasing the juice’s shelf life.
  • Squeeze juice from fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, even wheatgrass. Make nut milks.
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Champion Household Juicer 2000 PLUS

G5-NG-853S – BLACK MODEL

  • Heavy Duty Juicer for Fruits and Vegetables
  • Includes – Instruction Manual, Juicing Screen, Sieve, Blank Screen, & Tamper
  • Powered by a full 1/3 horsepower, heavy-duty General Electric motor
  • Large 1.75″ Diameter Feed Tube, 1725 RPMs, 540 Watt Motor, 110V 50HZ
  • 10 Year Limited Manufacturers Warranty (1 Year on cutter blade and screens)
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Champion 2000 Household Juicer G5-NG853S, White

  • Heavy Duty Juicer for Fruits and Vegetables
  • Includes – Instruction Manual, Juicing Screen, Sieve, Blank Screen, & Tamper
  • Powered by a full 1/3 horsepower, heavy-duty General Electric motor
  • Large 1.75″ Diameter Feed Tube, 1725 RPMs, 540 Watt Motor, 110V 50HZ
  • 10 Year Limited Manufacturers Warranty (1 Year on cutter blade and screens)
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Champion Household Juicer 4000 Masticating Juicer, Red

  • Powered by a full 1/3 horsepower, heavy-duty General Electric motor
  • Large 2.25″ Diameter Feed Tube, 1725 RPMs, 540 Watt Motor, 110V 60Hz
  • Heavy Duty Juicer for Fruits, Vegetables and Leafy Greens
  • Includes two separate augers (grinding auger and greens auger)
  • 5 Year Limited Manufacturers Warranty (1 Year on cutter blade and screens)
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Cherie’s Top Pick for a Juicer Under $100

Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor 67601

  • Makes up to 24-percent more juice than a leading competitor

  • Fits whole foods for fast, easy juicing
  • Powerful 800-watt motor
  • Extra-large pulp bin lets you juice longer and add nutrient-rich pulp to any recipe
  • All removable parts are dishwasher safe

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Creating a Healthy Kitchen with the Vita-Mix

The products I recommend in addition to a juicer include the Vita-Mix and the Excalibur Dehydrator.

The Vita-Mix™ is my Top Pick in High-Powered Blenders.  Many people ask me if they can make my juice recipes in the Vita-Mix™.  You can.  But when using the hard veggies, you will have a mushy concoction that you may not find palatable.  I use my Vita-Mix™ nearly every day to make green smoothies, but I first make juice and then pour it in my Vita-Mix™ and add avocado, softer greens, and supplements. This is my breakfast.  You can also use the Vita-Mix™ to make soups, purees, and grind nuts.

People ask me all the time if they can use the Vita-Mix™ to make my juice recipes.  It won’t work for that.  It won’t make juice.  It will make smoothies, but not juice.  When you use soft fruit and veggies, this works okay.  But when you add in high-fiber veggies such as carrots, beets, broccoli stems, asparagus stems, kohlrabi, and some of the heartier greens, you can end up with a mushy concoction that most people do not find very tasty.  One lady emailed me to say she had spent an hour straining it through cheesecloth and was more than frustrated.  You need a juicer to make juice.

I highly recommend the Vita-Mix™ for green smoothies.  I have 100 recipes in my book The Juice Lady’s Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies.  The Vita-Mix™ is fantastic to make those recipes.  Choose the Vita-Mix™ as part of your healthy kitchen appliances.

Vita-Mix 1300 TurboBlend 4500

  • Heavy-duty, 2+ peak horsepower motor with 2-speed control
  • Virtually unbreakable, 64-ounce, polycarbonate container
  • All stainless steel enclosed blade assembly with sealed ball bearings
  • Metal-to-metal driver, thermally protected motor for optimum performance
  • Measures 20-1/2 by 7-1/4 by 8-3/4 inches;
  • 5-year warranty

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Vita-Mix CIA Professional Series

  • Countertop blender with laser-cut stainless-steel blades
  • 2+ peak hp motor generates blade speeds of 240 MPH
  • Durable construction; variable speed control
  • 64-ounce jar; recipe books, instructional DVD, and manual included
  • Measures 8-3/4 by 7-1/4 by 20 inches; 7-year warranty

PRICE: $498.95

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