The Differences Between a Masticating Juicer and a Centrifugal Juicer

March 13, 2014

When it comes to juicers, you’ll mostly be talking about centrifugal or masticating juicers since they are the two most common styles. The centrifugal and the masticating juicers are both functional and different people have their varying preferences but you can only come to a conclusion once you understand the pros, the cons, the functions and the design of each type.

CENTRIFUGAL JUICER
This is the most common type of juicer and is what you will find in most stores and is the cheaper option. A quick look at it will help you determine which type you are looking at. The word centrifugal means away from the center. One of the major differences between the two types of juicers is the positioning of the feeding tube.

In this case, the feeding tube is located away from the center, hence its name. It has an upright position that is designed to push food the down the chamber of rapidly spinning teeth mesh on the base. The centrifugal design then mashes the food and shreds it thoroughly whereby the juice is separated from the pulp and separated. Each goes into a separate direction. The juice passes through the mesh filter and is ejected through the sprout on to the collecting jar while the pulp remains on the mesh then pushed to a separate collection chamber.

The centrifugal juicer works best with hard and soft fruits, vegetables but not leafy ones with fiber for instance kale, wheat grass or spinach. The strands of fiber tend to get caught and disrupt the flow or even make it dysfunctional all together. The centrifugal juicers range between $40 to $500 depending on the brand.

MASTICATING JUICER
This one has a horizontal design and gets it name from its function which is to chew and grind into a pulp. It spins the food in a slow speed and extracts the juice after enough grinding has been done. It is due to this fact that the masticating juicers can easily process high fiber foods as well as green leafy vegetables. The juice is also known to last longer than the one produced by the centrifugal juicer.

The feeding tube extends outwards where the auger is located underneath. The food to be juiced are pushed on the tube to where the auger grinds them to produce the juice which is then spills out through the sprout on to the collecting jar. The pulp on the other hand is pushed to the other side where the pulp collector is located.

Masticating juicers are pricier than the centrifugal juicers. They also are less common in local stores with their price going above $200.

The difference between the two is that the centrifugal juicer works at high speeds and is more noisier than the masticating juicers. The slow juicing process of masticating juicers allows you to get more juice from fruits and vegetables while the centrifugal one might need you to juice the food twice to completely get the juice out of the pulp. This means that you’ll need less fruits and vegetables with the masticating juicer hence saving on the cost. The masticating juicer is easier to clean as well. The masticating juicer is therefore superior as it; produces a lot of juice with less fruits hence cost effective, is quieter, can grind any type of fruit and vegetable including the ones with high fiber and is also easy to clean.

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