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What to Know Before Buying a Juicer

Before You Buy: What to Consider When Choosing a Juicer

More and more people are turning to the juicing trend to get more fruits and veggies into their diet. While the ingredients alone are fairly inexpensive, some juice bars charge almost $10 a pop for just a few sweet sips. If you're considering doing the dirty work in your own kitchen, make a well-researched decision before the splurge.

What to juice: The types of produce you plan on juicing make a big difference in the purchase. The two types of juicers primarily used in homes are centrifugal and masticating. Centrifugal juicers are great for someone who is looking to juice fruits and vegetables, but not leafy greens. Once produce enters the chute, a centrifugal juicer spins at a very high speed to separate the pulp from the juice. If you're trying to get more greens in your diet through juicing, a masticating juicer (while pricier) is most likely your better buy. Just as the name implies, this kind of juicer grinds (or chews) the produce at a low speed to remove the juice from the pulp.

Beyond price point: A juicer with a hefty price tag doesn't make it the best buy. Be sure to do research, and figure out your juicing budget. Remember the equipment can be cumbersome — especially for a small kitchen. If you're not going to be using it every day, do you really need the top-of-the-line model? Consider how powerful the juicer is, how noisy it will be, and how easy the juicer will be to take apart and clean efficiently. Don't get blinded by flashy designs or pushier salespeople.

It takes time: Juicing offers plenty of healthy benefits, but it's also a huge time commitment! Healthy people find they start spending more time at the grocery store, but if you're going to start juicing, get ready to shop, chop, and shop some more. Keeping a stocked refrigerator with a bounty of fresh produce is necessary, and you need more than you may expect for each glass. Cleanup time also needs to be included in this time equation!

Have you recently purchased a juicer or started a cleanse program? What do you wish you would have known before you made the purchase?

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eniamsaj eniamsaj 3 years
@PolishedMichelle Use an old toothbrush! My juicer came with a little brush to clean the grater and it works like a charm to get all the bits and pieces out with a little soap & water :) If anyone has suggestions on what to do with the leftover pulp, let me know! I looovveeee my juicer, I usually make one glass at a time but maybe I should look into making more juice to store in the fridge. How much/how long can you store?
pvhike pvhike 3 years
I waffled on buying a juicer for MONTHS, and finally pulled the plug last week. We bought the Jack LaLaine juicer at Costco, figuring it would be an easy return if we didn't like it (and it was a good entry level purchase). But, I have to say, I LOVE IT. I find that I can juice enough for 2-3 days at a time, which is good due to the time involved (which I don't mind at all). As far as easing the clean up ritual, one thing a friend suggested (and works very well) is to line the waste receptacle with those produce bags you get at the market. It's a huge help, and then we just take that outside, and add it to the compost bin :)
PolishedMichelle PolishedMichelle 3 years
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PolishedMichelle PolishedMichelle 3 years
The clean-up! Argh! So. many. pieces. I just stick most of the pieces in the dishwasher (though they take up a ton of space). I have a centrifugal juicer, and the piece that spins is covered in tiny, grater-like holes. The dishwasher can't get all of the food out of the little holes, so I have to wash it by hand. Either way, getting out all of the little particles is surprisingly difficult. Any tips for quicker cleaning? I've resorted to juicing a bunch at one time and storing the juice in the fridge for a few days rather than juicing a little each day. Unfortunately, I'm sure I'm losing a lot of antioxidants that way which defeats one of the big reasons I bought a juicer. Aside from the negativity, I do enjoy my juicer, and it's held up well. I have the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor 67650. It's supposed to be one of the best under-$100 juicers.
Emily-Bibb Emily-Bibb 3 years
Almost bought a juicer at Costco this past weekend....Thank goodness I waited at read this!
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