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.

Click to learn more about my FAVORITE Juicer…

the Nama Vitality 5800!