Congratulations on taking a giant leap for your health!!! The decision to start juicing is one that I can’t recommend highly enough– for a little bit about why juicing is so great, check out this! And this!
Amazon sent me an email earlier this week with the top rated juicers (I had been researching for a friend who is just beginning to juice, and Amazon remembered and is a marketing genius and sent me the list…). According to Amazon consumers, these top five juicers take the cake:
But which one is right for you?
First things first: once you’ve read this, you should continue to read around to pick to perfect one for you! I’ll provide you with some links to other sources, but find some of your own! Read customer reviews on multiple sites, talk to people at juice bars and health food stores. These recommendations are based on the research I’ve done, but may not be right for you.
Here are some things to think about:
— What type of juicer is it?
—– Masticating juicers grind you food up at a slower speed. They break up the cells so you get more complete nutrition. Literally, it chews (hence, masticating!) up your fruits and veggies and then squeezes the juice out. Because they operate at a slower speed, the juice doesn’t heat up as much as with other types of juicers. This is important! Heating up the juice kills some nutrients and the enzymes that your body needs to process and absorb the nutrients! Also, because they don’t get heated up, they don’t oxidize (like when a cut up apple turns brown) as quickly. This is GOOD– especially if you’re a busy bee and will want to juice the night before or something.
—– Centrifugal juicers work at a much higher speed. As you feed the veggie in, it meets with a spinning plate (think flat cheese grater) with fine metal mesh walls. The juice spins around through the mesh walls, and the pulp shoots out the back of the juicer into a special pulpy place. Because of the high speed and friction, the juice heats up and will oxidize more quickly. I personally avoid this by drinking the juice right away…
— How much do you plan to juice?
—– Though it would be great if you could juice every day, that’s not realistic for everyone. If you’re planning to make a big lifestyle change and become a serious juicer, you would be wise to invest in a more expensive, higher quality machine. If not, there are less expensive machines out there that get the job done!
–How much can you afford to spend?
—– This sort of goes with the one above. I bought my first juicer from a target-like store for around $70 bucks. It’s not the best machine, but I was a college student and it was better than nothing. However, I am saving up to buy my first big girl juicer. Hopefully SOON!
— What do you plan to juice?
—– Of course, I recommend juicing lots and LOTS of veggies with a little fruit mixed in for taste. But the veggies are where it’s at, so to speak. For veggies, one of the juicers above would probably be best; however, there are also juicers specific to other purposes, such as citrus or wheatgrass.
Always– any juicing is better than no juicing, but if you’re gonna do it, why not do it right!?!? Right now I have a cheap centrifugal juicer, but I can’t wait until I can buy a new one– one of the omega masticating juicers, for sure. Talking with one of my juiciest juicer friends and inspirations, she told me that she has an Omega masticating juicer– the vertical one. She told me that she used to have a nice Breville juicer that served it’s purpose, but that once she got the Omega, she realized what she’d been missing: the richness of flavor was so much greater with the Omega, and she could taste the different layered favors of the veggies; whereas the Breville just kind of blended them all together and seemed less robust.
She also mentioned the same thing that I did when it comes to cost– if you’re serious about making a major life and health change, it is worth the investment of a quality machine. Here are a couple of websites that give a good comparison of the machines and will help you make the decision:
Good luck! Feel free to be in touch with any questions! And while you’re emailing us anyway, why not try to snag one of Monica’s free strategy sessions this month? Email firstname.lastname@example.org