There are so many different kinds of juicer out there that knowing which one to buy can be an absolute nightmare. Should you go for a cheap centrifugal juicer, a more expensive single gear juicer or invest in a top end twin gear juicer?

At first, the choice can be confusing and it's hard to know if paying a little more money gives you a better quality of juice.

Centrifugal juicers are the most common type of home and commercial juicer. Used in homes around the world and on a larger scale in juice & smoothie shops, the benefits of these are price, speed and availability. A centrifugal juicer can be bought very cheaply in many high street stores, including the large chain supermarkets. You can get a good quality one for around $50 and can usually make a juice in minutes. With some models, you don't even need to chop the fruit as you can drop in whole apples, meaning none of the fruit is wasted.

The downside is that these can be a bit noisy and tend to make a whirring noise as they work to extract the juice from fruit or vegetables. They are not great for juicing leafy greens, such as spinach or kale, as they produce hardly any juice. They're much better on hard fruits and vegetables such as apples and carrots. The biggest drawback is that as centrifugal juicers work at such high speeds, a lot of heat is produced when making a juice and this combined with the high speed produces oxidisation of the juice, which is a deterioration of vitamins and minerals, meaning that these juices need to be drunk immediately otherwise their nutritional content will be seriously diminished.

On the other hand, if you use a single gear juicer you can keep your juice for up to 48 hours without losing any of the nutritional value. As most people drink juice not only for the taste, but also for the health benefits this is a big plus point. Single gear juicers are also much quieter as they move at a much slower speed. They may not produce a juice as quickly as a centrifugal juicer, but you get much more juice out of each and every piece of fruit or vegetable. They are also excellent for juicing leafy greens and can be used to juice wheatgrass, which is full of health benefits.

Although they are a bit pricier, they will save you money in the long run as you will buy less fruit and vegetables to produce each juice. They are also usually very robust and will last you for years. A cheaper centrifugal juicer tends to break more easily and is a lot less sturdy.

Of course, it comes down to personal choice as much as it does to budget, but my final suggestion is to taste a juice made from each. There is a world of difference in flavour and quality, so yes, it really is worth paying just a little bit more, to get a great quality juicer.