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Juicing may seem like it’s just a fad, but this trend is here to stay, so you might as well jump on the bandwagon. Though the juicing craze we know today may have increased in popularity thanks to celebrity endorsers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Martha Stewart, there’s more to the story: People have been touting the benefits of juice since the 1930s, when author, businessman, and inventor Dr. Norman W. Walker, D.Sc. designed the Norwalk 280 Hydraulic Press Juicer to maximize the health benefits of juicing. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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How we picked these products
We turned to our friends at the Good Housekeeping Institute to help narrow down the best juicers on the market. Their team of on-staff experts—which includes all types: engineers! data analysts! registered dietitians!—rigorously put everyday products to the test (and then more and more tests) in their New York City-based labs to determine which ones you can trust. They juiced everything from carrots and kale to apples and oranges to see which models yielded the sweetest, smoothest juices. We then identified our favorites based on the Good Housekeeping Institute’s tests of performance, cleanability, and consistency.
Is juicing actually good for you?
According to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, juicing doesn’t replace eating whole fruits and vegetables, since many of their nutrients, like fiber, can only be consumed in their solid form. That being said, adding juice to your diet in addition to eating your daily servings (2.5 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit for a 2,000 calorie diet) can positively impact your health, and making your own juice cuts out unnecessary sugars, additives, and most importantly, extra cash spent at juice bars.
But there’s more to owning a juicer than just the potential health benefits: many professional chefs utilize their juicers to reduce waste in their kitchens and add depth of flavor to their cooking. But which is the best juicer to buy? Whether it’s for your health, your palate, or maybe a bit of both, if you want to give juicing a try, we’ve got the facts, as well as tips for getting the most out of your juicer.
What are the different types of juicers?
You may be wondering what makes a good juicer—to choose the best kind, you’ll first need to know the three different types of juicers. We’ve broken it down:
Centrifugal: Fast and affordable, centrifugal juicers are a great basic option if you don’t need a lot of frills or are a newbie to the juicing craze. As their name would suggest, these models push ingredients through a cutting screen and then pull juice out of the pulp by spinning the mixture anywhere from 6,000 to 14,000 rpm. However, as we all learned in science class, these rapid revolutions produce heat and cause oxidation, meaning your juices will see a bit of a dip in nutritional value and have a shelf life of about 24 hours.
Masticating: Masticating, or “slow” juicers are great for everyone who loves to get their daily doses of green, leafy vegetables and roots from their juicer. Though it’s slower than a centrifugal juicer and you’ll need to cut your ingredients into smaller piecesWhat are the different types of juicers? before they go in, these quiet models can effortlessly grind up fibrous produce like apples, kale, and celery before filtering out any solid bits with a fine-mesh screen. Slow juicers can also make other foods, including frozen desserts, nut milks, and even baby food—but, this versatility also drives up their price, making them the most expensive of the three juicer types.
Hydraulic Cold Press: There’s a reason why all the fancy juice bars advertise cold-pressed juice: It’s the best of the best. Using two metal plates, these machines utilize hydraulic pressure to crush ingredients, thus resulting in less friction, heat, oxidation, and fiber content. Because these models don’t generate heat like centrifugal juicers, the end result is highly nutritious, fresh, and delicious. The catch? If the less intuitive interface isn’t a deterrent, the hefty price tag might be. Unless you’re super serious about your juices, we don’t think they’re worth the extra cash or effort. (But if you must have one, you can check out our favorite cold press juicers.)
Kaitlin Mahar is a California-based freelance writer covering the shopping and lifestyle beats. When she's not sharing her passion for the Oxford comma with anyone who will listen, she is a proud cat parent, avid yogi, tea enthusiast, and co-host and co-producer of the podcast "Crime Culture".
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