What's the Best Juicer for Overall Health?

It may be that you're having difficulty deciding upon which fruit and vegetable juicer is best for you. We don't all have the same requirements. You may prize speed highly, then again, you may not. Therefore the best juicer for you could well be entirely different to your neighbor. Fortunately, there are all sorts of different machines on the market these days. So it's really just a question of finding one that's suitable. Some of your options include citrus juicers, centrifugal juicers, masticating juicers (horizontal and vertical) and twin gear juicers (another kind of masticating juicer).

Juicers for Speed

When it comes to speed, the centrifugal juicers are the top dogs. They operate at thousands of RPMs and are great for making juices from harder fruits and vegetables. So things like carrots, apples, beets and so on are juiced very well. Where they fall down, in my opinion, is that they are poor at juicing leafy green vegetables. I think it's important to eat (and drink) my greens. So this is a feature I like to have. Another gripe I have with these machines is their speed, which is also their strong point. I see it as a double edged sword. The negative aspect is that juices made at such high speeds tend to separate much more quickly than those made by masticating juicers. In their favor though, there are a number of centrifugal juicers on the market for less than $100. So they do make a good choice if you're looking for a low priced machine.

Juicers for Quality

When it comes to making the most attractive and delicious juices, I always reach for my masticating juicer. The reason being that these machines operate at lower speeds than centrifugal juicers. Their crushing and squeezing action produces a superior drink that doesn't suffer from the separation problems of the faster machines.

The other thing that I love about them is that it doesn't matter what kind of fruits and vegetables I want to juice, whether I'm making an apple, carrot and ginger juice, an orange juice or a green juice, these juicers are able to cope with a wider range of produce than centrifugal juicers. So overall, their versatility and the fact that they make a "better" juice is why, for me, masticating juicers are the best option.

Why Vertical Masticating Juicers are the Best

The best juicer in my opinion are vertical masticating juicers such as the Omega VRT350HD and Hurom Slow Juicer. The reason is that they can make juices fairly quickly (faster than their horizontal counterparts) and they can juice hard vegetables, soft fruits and leafy greens equally well. The only caveat to buying a juicer like this is their price tag. But if money is no object, this is the type I'd recommend. In fact, even if money is an object, saving up for this style of juicer is an option to consider. Can you really put a price tag on your own health?