What is the difference between a fast juicer and a slow juicer?

by Best Juicer on June 13, 2013

Thanks to celebrity advocates, health practitioners, and word of mouth, juicing has become a popular trend in the recent years. With health-consciousness being a buzzword these days, the number of people who would rather drink fruit or vegetable juice than a soda or smoothie is increasing. Advocates of juicing say that fruit and vegetable juices are good ways to make sure that one gets his or her daily dose of nutrients, to lose weight, to boost one’s mood, and to fight free radicals. Juices are also more fun and more appealing to people - especially children - who dislike eating fruits and vegetables.

There’s no need to always spend money at a juice bar, for it is easy to get into the practice of juicing. In fact, it is highly encouraged to juice in the comforts of one’s own home, for in doing so, one can get more value and less ice and/or sugar in his or her juice. One can also have more control over the quality and freshness of the fruits and vegetables used for juicing. Lastly, one can spread the joy of juicing to other family members and motivate them to pursue wellness. However, to maximize the benefits and enjoyment of juicing, it is important to choose wisely and invest in a good juicer.

Juicers can cost anywhere between US$50 to above US$1,500, and generally come in two kinds: the centrifugal, or ”fast” juicer, and the masticating, or ”slow” juicer. Which juicer to pick depends on the type of juice that one is looking for.

“Fast” juicers, in general, are known to be more common than ”slow” juicers, and are the traditional type of juicer. With a vertical orientation and sharp blades that can grate fruits or vegetables at a high speed, ”fast” juicers use centrifugal force to separate the juice from the pulp. The high speed means that ”fast” juicers cannot extract juice from greens and wheatgrass well. The end result is an extremely thin juice, which, according to juicing enthusiasts, no longer contains as many nutrients as the fruit or vegetable due to being exposed to heat. In order to maintain the juice’s quality, one has to drink the juice right away lest it oxidize - that is, lose even more nutrients and enzymes. Furthermore, centrifugal juicers are also known to be rather noisy, which is also an important thing to consider for those who prefer quiet environments. Some known examples of ”fast” juicers include Hamilton Beach, Breville, Juiceman, L’Equip, and Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer.

“Slow” juicers, on the other hand, are usually pricier than ”fast” juicers. Making virtually no noise, they usually have a horizontal design, although some ”slow” juicers may also have an upright design similar to centrifugal juicers. They extract juice by crushing fruits or vegetables to a pulp, resulting in juice with a thicker consistency. In contrast to ”fast” juicers, “slow” juicers can handle greens and wheatgrass better. Juice produced by ”slow” juicers, which some people refer to as “cold-pressed” juice, is said to be 20% more than juice from centrifugal juicers. It also supposedly contains more nutrients - specifically, more fiber and protein, because this kind of juice contains more pulp. Juice from the upright type of masticating juicer is said to contain even more nutrients than usual. Unlike juice from centrifugal juicers, juice from ”slow” juicers need not be consumed immediately, and can even be stored for up to a week. Known brands include Hurom, Omega, Champion, Bella NutriPro, and Green Star.

In terms of price, a centrifugal juicer is generally the better choice. It is also a good choice for those who lead an on-the-go lifestyle and need their juices immediately. But clearly, if the aim is to get the most out of a fruit or vegetable, it is more advisable to get a masticating juicer. Advocates of the masticating juicer would even say that it actually is more cost-effective in the long run, because the higher amount of juice extracted means less spending on produce. A masticating juicer can even be used for non-juicing purposes, as it can be used to make baby food or making fresh pasta.

In other words, a centrifugal juicer may have the upper hand when it comes to affordability, but in all other aspects, the masticating juicer seems to be the superior choice due to its having more advantages.

Ultimately, which juicer to pick depends on which factors one considers to be more important. Either way, both types of juicers enable consumers to drink healthy, fresh juices; it’s merely a matter of which type of juicer produces juice with more nutrient content. For those who are still undecided, one suggestion is to start with a budget-friendly ”fast” juicer, and then, eventually, to move on to a more efficient ”slow” juicer to serve as a long-term investment.

Remember to pick the right choice for a more fruitful juicing experience!



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