If you’re interested in buying a juicer, the way to go initially is to buy a centrifugal juicer. This variety, as opposed to a masticating juicer, generally costs less than $100. The masticating juicers generally start at prices above $300. Particularly if you are new to juicing, buying an inexpensive centrifugal juicer, otherwise known as an extractor, is a great way to get started.
There are many extractors available. Three of the most popular are the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer, the Breville Juice Fountain and the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor. These are all great starters for your juicing adventure.
The main benefit of a centrifugal juicer over a masticating juicer is pricing. The masticating juicer slowly grinds the content and uses the entire fruit or vegetable in the juice produced. The extractor has blades that spin very fast and the juice is separated from the solid material through a strainer, which solid material becomes waste in a container attached to the juicer. In addition to the waste from an extractor, it takes more time to clean one after juicing thanCredit: wikipedia.org photographer Cliff Riddle, Hollywood after using a masticating juicer. Nevertheless, if cost is important, the centrifugal type is still the way to go.
Jack LaLanne Power Juicer
This type of juicer was my first. I bought it off the shelf at a Target store. The LaLanne brand is probably the most well known of the extractors. It comes with an extra blade unit, which is helpful because the blades seem to wear out in a couple months. As you continue to use the juicer, you may need to order a replacement online. I had the motor wear out on one of these when I was using it. You cannot push down on the vegetables very hard as you feed them into the chute at the top. Pushing hard puts a strain on the electric motor and it will burn out if strained. I had a Jack LaLanne motor burn out on me. It was quite smoky and quite dead.
Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor
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This brand is more forgiving in terms of how you push the vegetables in the chute. You don’t have to worry whether you are pushing too hard or not. At least for me, the motor never showed any signs of burnout or punishment. This brand was more durable for me. With the LaLanne juicer, making the juice would sometimes be a time consuming task as you slowly allowed the vegetable to grind up. Like the old Timex commercial, it takes a licking and keeps on ticking. I used this type for quite a while and never had to replace the blade unit. The Big Mouth is one tough hombre.
Breville Juice Fountain
Credit: Wikipedia commons - US Air Force/TSgt Samuel MorseSimilar to the Hamilton Beach model, the Breville was very kind to me as well. The juicer motor never burned out and the blades remained sharp enough for continued use. The Hamilton Beach was also a durable brand for me. I also found the Breville quieter to operate than the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer. Noise is not an issue for me because I live alone, but for others the loudness of the juicing could make a difference. None of these brands could be described as quiet, but the Breville does get some points for not being quite as noisy.
Out of the three juicers described, I prefer both the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer and the Breville Juice Fountain. I found the Jack LaLanne model to be noisier than the other two and more temperamental with respect to motor burnout. Each model is available for less than $100 and is a good deal.
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