There are certain kinds of juicers available for certain kinds of fruits and vegetables. Basically, a juicer can be of the following types:
If you are juicing thick and hard vegetables and fruits, this type of juicer would be the best option. It has a long chute that can take in big chunks of the ingredients and can make juice in less than a minute. This can also minimize the prep-work which is needed to cut the long and hard vegetables to make their juice. It consists of a mesh chamber that has sharp teeth and can spin very fast to tear down the ingredients to separate the juice. They are very fast, motorized juicers. However, they are not suitable for green leafy vegetables, they are very noisy. and heat is emitted which causes the burning of nutrients and antioxidants in the juice that is extracted. As commented by Nina Ginty on Quora: “the high-speed action of Centrifugal Juicers causes friction which tends to create more heat which can damage or destroy essential nutrients and enzymes in the fruits or vegetables.”
How can you juice hard fruits and vegetables, like apples, or softer ones like strawberries, or leafy green vegetables? And get the same quality of juice? The solution lies with the masticating juicer. In contrast to the centrifugal juicer which is fast, a masticating juicer is termed as a slow juicer. It takes longer to extract juice from fruits and vegetables. Despite this fact, there is little to no heat emission that may destroy the enzymes and antioxidants in the juice. Therefore, the quality of the juice is excellent!
A masticating juicer consists of an auger that is used to crush the ingredients and squeeze them against the chamber to get the juice out. Such types of juicers have a small chute, therefore, the vegetables or fruits need to be cut into small pieces in order to be fed in the chute. This means the vegetables need to be prepared before being fed into the chute which equates to longer preparation time. They are also multipurpose machines as they not only extract juices but can also be used for making sorbets.
If you are looking for something multipurpose that can grind leafy green vegetables, extract the juice of hard or soft fruits and vegetables, and even grind hard roots, then look for a triturating juicer. In addition to this, some of these machines have a separate kit that can be used for making noodles, grinding nuts and seeds or dicing vegetables.
These juicers have a two-gear assembly so they are also called twin-gear juicers. The two gears are placed quite close to each other and they rotate slowly to grind, squash or squeeze juices from different ingredients. These machines make energetic drinks that are smooth and rich with nutrients.
Unfortunately, triturating juicers are huge and heavy, so they are mostly used for commercial purposes.
If you are fond of having fresh orange juice without making a mess and without tormenting yourself with the clean-up afterward, it’s best to look for a citrus juicer. They come in many types like the vertical hand press, the pressed bowl, the spinning bowl, etc. Similarly, they come in different shapes, sizes, and materials as well. Some are manual and some electric, at a varying cost.
Citrus juicers are basically used for extracting orange juice but many can also extract lime, lemon, grapefruit, and even pomegranate juice. There is no heat generation, even in the motorized juicers, so the juice can be termed as ‘cold-pressed’.
These juicers are a lifesaver for those who do not have the time or energy to clean the juicer after use. Parts of most of the juicers are detachable so they can be easily assembled and disassembled, which makes them easy to clean.