When it comes to buying a juicer, there is no such thing as ‘universal.’ By this we mean that there is not a single juicer, which is suitable for juicing every single kind of fruit and vegetable (as handy as that would be).
Each fruit and vegetable is different, which is why there are a variety of different types of juicers available. To make sure you choose the right juicer for you, it’s important to write down your requirements and choose a juicer that satisfies your needs accordingly.
Here we’ve shared our tips on how to write down a requirements list for a juicer.
What types of fruit, vegetables and other ingredients are you likely to juice?
The first thing you need to think about is what you intend on juicing. Different types of fruit and vegetables require different juicing methods, so it’s important to choose the right one. Below we’ve outlined some different types of fruit and the type of juicer that is most suitable for them.
Tropical fruits – Mangos, kiwi fruit, pineapples and other tropical fruits tend to be the most problematic ingredients and require a high power juicer. A single augur vertical masticating juicer, like Hurom or Omega Vert will therefore meet your requirements best. These juicers are also suitable for juicing berry fruits like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
Green vegetables – If you’re hoping to make some healthy green juices then you are better off considering a horizontal single augur (e.g. Samson 6 in 1 & Advanced, Omega 8004/8006 and Omega Sana EUJ-606 & EUJ-707) or horizontal twin gear juicers (Green Star and Angel). Whilst single auger type juicer models will do the job, they won’t produce as high a yield as with twin gear juicers.
Root vegetables and citrus fruits – Both root vegetables and citrus fruits can be used, however differences in the yield are to be expected. You will also find that root vegetable juices can be made purer with some juicers and citrus fruit juices can vary in pulp content depending on the type of juicer you use.
What kind of juice do you like?
Next you need to write down your requirements for the type of juice you like. There are two main juicer types, centrifugal and masticating, each of which produces different kinds of juice both in relation to taste and storage and nutritional content.
Juicers with a low RPM such as masticating juicers, produce juices that are stronger in taste with a very dry residual pulp.
Centrifugal juicers produce juices that are more watery in consistency and their taste. You should consume juices pressed by centrifugal juicers straight away. Unlike masticating juicers, they tend to create foam at the top and the residual pulp is quite wet.
What quantity of juice will you make?
The quantity of juice you are looking to make at one time will also affect your choice of juicer, so write down your requirements.
Centrifugal juicers are great for preparing a big amount of juice in one go and are fairly speedy. Low RPM juicers will be considerably slower. They can usually produce around 2 litres of juice in a single go.
How much do you want to spend?
Juicer prices vary depending on their quality and features, so you need to carefully consider your price requirements. If you plan on using a juicer daily, it’s worth spending a little extra.
High quality juicers (which tend to be more expensive) will also provide a higher yield and have a longer lifespan, making their price easily justifiable.
Got your list ready? Now it’s time to get shopping! Take a look at our range of fantastic juicers. We’re sure you’ll find one that ticks all of your boxes.