In case you aren't familiar with what a masticating juicer is it's really pretty simple.
There are two basic types of juicers. A centrifugal and a masticating.
You probably already know that when something is masticated it is 'chewed'. It's how your own jaws work to break down food matter. Well, when you juice something through the traditional method of juicing it can leave many of the nutrients still in the fruit or vegetable. This is especially true with tougher fruits and vegetables like wheatgrass.
Hence, the invention of the masticating juicer that 'chews' through the pulp and is able to increase the amount of glyconutrients that are released through the cell walls of the plant. Hence the name.
It also operates at a much slower speed compared to the regular centrifugal juicer.
Now that you know what a masticating juicer is let's try to break down some of it's other pro's and con's to find out if it is the right type of juicer for you and your needs.
Masticating Juicer Positives
Longer Shelf LifeRemember, the masticating juicer runs at a much slower speed. Because of that less oxygen gets into the material as you are juicing it. Now, while having less oxygen in something may sound like it's not healthy. But, when it comes to juicing the more oxygen you get into the juice and pulp the shorter the shelf life becomes of the finished product.
That's why someone who is on the go all the time and who needs a quick juicer may not find a masticating to their liking. But if someone is juicing for a family and has left overs and wants to save them in the fridge a masticator may be the way to go because the product will stay fresh, longer.
Gear ChoiceLike almost any product on the market today juicers come in a variety of styles and speeds. A masticating juicer is no different and you can generally break them down into two general gear choices. A single auger may get the job done to your liking for softer fruits and vegetables but once you get into something with a harder outer shell or something like wheatgrass you'll thank yourself for purchasing a two gear masticator.
More NutrientsThe fact of the matter is that a masticating juicer gets more nutrients out of the fruit on a pound for pound basis than a centrifugal juicer. If your goal is to get the most nutrients out of your fruits and vegetables then this is the way to go.
Easier to CleanIn a centrifugal juicer the high speed blades are generally at the bottom of the unit. The material is dropped in and works it's way down to the blades which then chop it up. In the process it can send material all over the place. Eventually, the pulp is seperated out and sent through a chute either out of the unit or two another area in the unit.
In a masticating juicer the material is slowly chewed, often times with an auger. While you still have cleanup afterwards the less violent action of a masticating juicer is an advantage when it comes time for clean up.
Uses Less MaterialYou've already read about how the masticating juicer gets more nutrients into the final product. Well, as a byproduct of that action, masticators also use less material. Meaning lower long range operating costs for you in the form of grocery bills.
Personally, that is my biggest gripe with older, less efficient centrifugal models is the amount of 'unusable' material and pulp that is mindlessly thrown in the garbage when there are plenty of nutrients still in there.
A masticating juicer shines in this environment.
Downsides of a Masticating Juicer
SlowerAs I mentioned above, if you are the type of person who is constantly on the go and needs a quick 'juice and go' you'll be disappointed and frustrated with the mastication juicer because...well, they are just slower.
Most models operate at around 80 revolutions per minute. That's slower than molasses running up hill compared to your old centrifugal unit. But remember, your patience and health is rewarded with more nutrients.
ExpenseMasticating units are more expensive. Period. However, remember that you'll be using less material and over the course of the life of the juicer you'll purchase fewer fruits and vegetables and not only get more nutrients out of the material you do juice which benefits your health and wallet.
Of course, you won't recoup those costs immediately, but maybe run some calculations with your food cost to see how long that might take.