In case you missed it, we started juicing with the family again. When you start looking into a juicer it can be overwhelming with the number of juicers on the market. So we decided to share about the two we've tried and what we like and don't like about them.
Now for those who don't know, there are many different types of juicers on the market. We have tried a centrifugal juicer (Breville) and a low-masticating juicer (Omega). There are also other more expensive ones out there, but we needed something that fit our family's budget and lifestyle (i.e. time efficient).
Type: low-masticating juicer
We did our research when we bought this and found that cold press juicers don't produce the same heat as centrifugal juicers do. Apparently the low masticating juicers like the one we have slows the oxidation of the enzymes and nutrients of the juice. Resulting in better tasting and better for you juice.
The way this works is that the fruit and vegetables go down the chute and get crushed up in an auger. These Omega juicers have really strong augers, so chewing through a carrot won't break it. Now for those who don't know, an auger is not sharp and does not work like a blade. This was one of the things I liked about the Omega machine. No worries about cutting myself when washing and less concerned about a blade when the machine is on. But don't be fooled, the auger is powerful, so you still want to be careful and make sure nothing gets caught down into the chute (that you don't want there) while it's on.
The other bonus about this machine is that it has additional attachments. So we can make our own nut butters, pastas, and I think it even acts like a meat grinder. We have yet to use any of those functions though so I don't know how well it works in those areas.
One thing that I didn't like was that the chute of this machine is small. So apples need to be cut into slices and even some big carrots need to be cut in length to fit. More prep time.
Cost of the Omega Juicer: around $400
BREVILLE JUICE FOUNTAIN
Juicer type: centrifugal juicer
We actually started juicing with the Breville Juice Fountain. This is a centrifugal juicer, which means there is a spinning blade in the machine that grinds up the fruits and vegetables. After the food goes through the blade it get sifted through a mesh strainer. This strainer has to be brushed (included in the box) because a film of fruit/veggie pulp gets stuck to it. So clean up is a bit more than the Omega juicer.
This juicer is easy to use with a big chute so you don't even need to cut up small apples. The cost is also a great bonus as it was less than $200 if you could find it on sale. There was less prep for this machine because it could even take small apples whole, less cutting required than the omega.
The blade on this machine always scared me. It spins quickly and you never know with machines and malfunctioning parts. Also we found that cleaning this machine was bit more work than the omega because of the brushing of the mesh strainer. This juicer also tended to create more foam in our juice. The pitcher had a little lid to reduce the foam from getting into your cup, but I still found juice more frothy when we used this juicer.
Cost of the Breville Juice Fountain: around $200
THE WINNING JUICER IS....
In the end, I really like our Omega. The idea of getting better quality juice and a better clean up with no blade outweighs the fact that this machine can be almost twice as much in price.
Let me know what kind of juicer you have and what you love or don't love so much about it. Always open to learning about the latest and greatest out there.