When researching different types of juicers, you’ve probably seen the terms masticating, centrifugal and cold press, but what do they mean when it comes down to deciding on what juicer to buy?
Maybe you want to start juicing, open a juice business, or upgrade your equipment, but you aren’t sure what the differences are between masticating, centrifugal and cold press juicers.
Whatever your intention is, understanding the best juicers on the market is critical to your juicing success – keep reading to help determine which juicer type is right for you!
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Quick Juicer Comparison
Quick Juicer Comparison
Because of their relatively low price points and accessibility, masticating and centrifugal juicers have been the most common types of juicers used in homes over the years. The main difference between these two popular types of juicers is the method that is used to extract the juice when produce is placed inside the machine. Centrifugal juicers have one metal blade and work at a very fast rate. Masticating juicers utilize an auger or gear(s) instead of blades and extract juice at a much slower speed.
A much better alternative, and becoming more and more accessible to juice businesses and consumers, is the juice press, which produces cold pressed juice, done in a two-step grinding and pressing process. This method produces the highest quality, most nutrient dense juice.
Centrifugal Force Juicer
The centrifugal force juicer, which is also known as the “fast juicer”, is one of the most popular juicers on the market. This machine is typically used in households because it provides the user with juice instantly.
So, how does it work? This juicer takes fruits and veggies through a feeding tube and forces them against a fast spinning metal blade where they will be cut and spun against a mesh filter at a high speed around 12,000 RPM.
This juicer is great for people who are just getting into juice at home, don’t need large batches of fresh juice, are not really concerned about getting all the juice extracted from the produce, and want to drink their juice as soon
These juicers are also known as slow juicers, gear, or auger juicers, and the produce is crushed at a slow speed. When using this juicer, the produce is crushed at around 80-100 RPM, then pushed through a static stainless steel filter.
Since the juicing process is much slower and does not introduce as much heat and oxygen as with a centrifugal juicer, it provides you with a more nutritious juice. Masticating juicers typically have a high juice yield which is great for the pocketbook (get more out the produce you are purchasing) as well as the planet (reduces waste).
A hydraulic (or sometimes pneumatic) cold press juicer is the best type of juicer on the market that you can buy . These are commonly referred to as two-stage juicers since there are two stages in the juicing process:
- The produce is ground into a pulp that has the consistency of chunky salsa. This is just cutting the produce into small pieces, and is not where the juice extraction occurs.
- The juice is slowly extracted by pressing the pulp under thousands of pounds of pressure.
You may see the term, “cold-pressed juice” thrown around in the juicing industry. A traditional juice press is where the term “cold-pressed” came from. A juice press is the only type of juicer that actually contains a press, therefore, it’s the only true cold-press juicer. A real juice press makes the smoothest, best tasting juice you can make with the least amount of separation.