So, you have joined the juicing movement? Eh? Good for you. (Round of applause) You are on track towards living a better quality of life, even if you think your life is already awesome, a top-notch juicer will make it even better. Or, perhaps you are simply doing your research, after listening to a handful of vloggers candidly discuss the benefits of juicing. You probably didn’t expect to sort through so many different types of juicers before making a purchase. Nevertheless, more folks are educating themselves on juicers to extract the most nutrients out of their fruits and veggies.
Now, you are probably wondering, “how many different types of juicers are on the market?” “What is the difference?” Most blogs will only vaguely discuss two broad categories of juicers: slow and fast. However, this blog post will discuss the various types of juicers within those two categories in more detail. All juicers are uniquely different in how they extract juice, and you need to understand the pros and cons of each to make wise investment. However, the key takeaway from this blog article is that slow juicers are superior to fast juicers. Keep reading to find out why.
The Different Types of Juicers
Let’s start with slow juicers because they are simply the best ones. Slow juicers are also called cold press juicers, masticating juicers, or single gear juicers. Each name embodies a specific aspect of the extraction process, which is significantly differs from a fast juicer. Slow juicers “masticate” fruits and vegetables, which simply means to chew, or grind to a pulp. These juicers usually have a single gear that looks similar to an oversized screw, which drives the produce and squeezes it through a screen. The squeezing and grinding action tears open the cell membranes of the produce and releases its deepest nutrients and enzymes. Slow juicers also extract more phytochemicals from the fruits and vegetables, resulting in a richer-colored juice, and more densely packed nutrients and minerals.
Fast juicers chop up produce before spinning it at a high speed. Slow juicers are designed to operate at much lower revolutions per minute (RPM) when extracting juice in comparison to fast juicers. Typically, a slow juicer operates at speeds between 80-120 RPM, but fast juicers perform at speeds between 3,000 to 16,000 RPM. The slow juicers use little-to-no-heat, hence the name “cold press”, which also means that the juice will not be warm or frothy. Juice extracted through mastication will be saved from the oxidation process, which is beneficial for storing juice for longer periods of time without losing the nutritional value.
Slow juicers generally yield better quality juice, and are excellent for juicing dark, leafy greens such as kale and spinach. There is a sub-category for slow juicers, the vertical slow juicer or the horizontal slow juicer. The better juicer between the vertical and horizontal is really contingent upon individual preferences. Some folks may choose to focus on incorporating more leafy, green vegetables into their diet, while others may be more concerned with time.
Vertical Slow Juicers Vs Horizontal Slow Juicers
So, let’s take an even closer look at slow juicers, because there are vertical slow juicers and horizontal slow juicers. You are probably wondering if there is a big difference between the two, and honestly there are some significant differences worth discussing. The vertical slow juicer stands upright just as its name suggests, while the horizontal design is wider and a little bulkier, taking up more space. Below is a comparison of both:
Horizontal Slow Juicers
- These juicers are the pioneer of the juicing world and operate at slower speeds to extract juice.
- They are better at juicing leafy green vegetables such as: kale, spinach, chard, and wheatgrass.
- The juice from this juicer does not oxidize as quick as a vertical slow juicer, therefore the juice does not separate as fast.
- These juicers came along in 2008, and extracts juice at a faster speed than the horizontal slow juicer, but still not nearly as fast as a centrifugal juicer.
- The extraction process is faster due to the design of the juicer not the speed.
- The gear or auger is 3 to 4 times bigger than a horizontal slow juicer’s gear. The bigger gear means more produce can be fed into the juicer at one time, and it takes less RPM to process more produce.
- The vertical masticating juicer yields more juice given the same amount of produce as the horizontal slow juicer due to the size of the auger.
- These juicers generally take up less counter space in the kitchen when compared to the horizontal juicer.
Twin Gear Juicers or Triturating Juicers
We have discussed masticating juicers which includes horizontal slow juicers and vertical slow juicers. So, let’s briefly talk about twin gear juicers which are also called triturating juicers, these juicers operate at the same speed as masticating juicers. Triturate means to rub, or crush into fine particles, which is precisely what this juicer does to fruits and vegetables. This juicer uses two gears, hence the name “twin gear”, and the two gears rotate inwardly leaving a hairline gap of 0.1mm to crush and grind produce into pulp. This action tears open the produce’s cell membrane when crushed to release the produce’s deepest nutrients and enzymes just like a slow juicer. The RPM’s are slow which again can be likened to a masticating juicer, yielding high-quality juice.
The extracted juice usually has no foam which means less air is in the juice, and this juicer does not make much noise. One con is that the feeding chute for a twin gear juicer is usually smaller, so chunky vegetables such as carrots do not work well with this juicer. On the other hand, green leafy vegetables process very well, and the juice may even taste a little on the sweet side, due to the higher quality of the juice. Another couple of disadvantages: the juicer is very heavy, which makes it difficult to mover around. It is also very expensive, and not ideal for beginners who are new to juicing.
Fast Juicers or Centrifugal Juicers
Now, what about fast juicers? Fast juicers are also called centrifugal juicers, and are generally less expensive than slow juicers, but a bit more popular mainly because they available at virtually any department store. Centrifugal juicers extract juice by using a blade to chop up produce, before spinning the produce through a strainer which separates the pulp from the juice. The spinning system combined with the blade system differentiates these types from the slow juicers, especially in the areas of time and juice quality. One advantage of the centrifugal juicer is that it usually has a larger feed tube, so whole fruits and veggies can be fed into the chute. This feature is beneficial for those trying to save time, because it eliminates time spent prepping produce.However, the juice is of lesser quality than that of slow juicers.
The high-speed, blade system is a catalyst for the oxidation process, which destroys the much-needed enzymes and nutrients in the extracted juice. The spinning system which operates at a much higher RPM than a slow juicer causes the juice to be warm and frothy, because it traps more air. The blade destroys the cell membrane which yields more water than juice, which is evident from the pulp. The pulp from centrifugal juicers is wet, but the pulp from slow juicers is dry. The juice from the fast juicer has to be consumed immediately due to the oxidation process, which is yet another disadvantage of this juicing system. These juicers tend to be a bit loud, relative to the masticating juicer.
Kuvings’ Cold Press Juicer Is Superior
So, why should you choose a Kuvings Juicer? Firstly, Kuvings has been around for over forty years and is at the forefront of the juicing world. This company has won multiple international awards due to its innovative technology and sleek designs. However, the main attribute that set these juicers apart from its competitors is the use of their patented screw. Kuvings’ patented screw is a part of a unique technology that enables Kuvings’slow juicers to get the most out the squeezing process. The traditional juicer system operates at higher speeds, yet the Kuvings’ patented screw slows the squeezing process down significantly to get the highest quality of juice from its produce.
The advanced technology allows these juicers to extract 100% of the juice from its fruits and veggies, and the company offers versatility. Kuvings has it all: vertical slow juicers, horizontal slow juicers, as well as juicers with wider feeding chutes, and juicers that easily process nuts for milk. Some of their cold-press juicers have feeding chutes wide enough for whole apples to fit through, which saves a ton of time when it comes to prepping. Kuvings’ juicers have elicited rave reviews from those in the plant-based and juicing community, which can be found on platforms such as Amazon.
Kuvings is selling globally because it extracts 100% juice without breaking down any nutrients, which preserves the nutrition level. All parts are BPA free, which yet one more attribute that sets it apart from its competitors. If you are contemplating making investment in a high-quality juicer, then any one of the Kuvings’ cold press juicers is the way to go.