With the health benefits of juicing, more and more people are purchasing juicers. Just what should you consider before buying one of these and do you really need one? Here are a few things you should consider;
- Do you actually need one?
You might think you do but perhaps you actually don’t. Think of it this way, juicers turn a lot of fruits and vegetables into a very small amount of juice. Basically, means you will have to do way more shopping than you used to. Besides this, the fructose content in juice made from juicers is very high and may be a risk to your heart. Lastly, with all the loss of fiber by the juicer, you will still have to eat vegetables and fruits to obtain the required nutrients. Do you still need a juicer?
- Type of juicer
Juicers come in the centrifugal or the masticating variety. The centrifugal juicer has a blade that grinds the ingredients and separates the pulp through a mesh. Masticating juicers on the other hand crush the ingredients slowly and thus produce less heat. The masticating juicer costs more but preserves more nutrients by producing less heat. Centrifugal juices on the other hand have the cost benefit.
Centrifugal juicers are the most common and thus tend to be the cheaper ones. You can get one of these for as low as $100. Masticating juicers on the other hand are more expensive and cost up to $400. Price differences could also be brought about by the specific manufacturer and materials used.
- Additional equipment
Some juicers come with additional equipment that makes it easier to dice or slice ingredients. In most cases however, this comes at an additional cost. If you feel that you require the added equipment, then some juicers will fit your particular needs more than others.
Blenders are much cheaper and healthier alternatives to juicers. This is due to the fiber retention of smoothies produced by blenders. Perhaps prior to purchasing a juicer you could consider buying a blender instead. It will save you money, will be faster and will definitely be healthier for you.
Juicers take quite some time to work with. This includes the actual juicing process, cleaning and maintenance. Masticating juicers for example utilize the cold press extraction process which can seem to take forever especially if one is in a hurry.
Like every other type of equipment out there, you might want to consider the reputation of the manufacturer whose juicer you are interested in buying. You do not want a juicer with sub-standard internals since this may pose a health hazard to you.
Juicers are of different capacities. The size you choose will depend entirely on you. For large families with frequent usage, purchase a high capacity juicer.
- Nutritional requirements
Juices with high nutritional density can only be made using juicers due to the absence of fiber. If you have specific high-density needs, then a juicer will suit you perfectly than a blender would. However, if you have no such specific needs, then you could very well be better off with a blender.
- Aesthetic appeal
This one goes without saying. You definitely don’t want a juicer that looks like it left the manufacturing plant in the early 1600s.