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Purchasing your First Juicer - What's the best?
by John Kohler   

One of the most common questions I get is, “What’s the best juicer to purchase?”.  I usually respond by asking a few questions, and giving the person a few  recommendations on the  juicers that I would suggest.  In most cases, I recommend people to read the article – best juicer, which explains that each persons needs for a juicer varies, and the right juicer for you, may not necessarily be the right juicer for your neighbor.

Hopefully this article will give my insight on juicers, and suggest the juicers I would recommend for a person who is purchasing a juicer for the first time.

Being in the business for almost 10 years, offering information and juicers to the public, I would definitely say I do have my favorite juicers.  This article will share some of these juicers with you.   Infact, the juicers that I will recommend sit on my personal kitchen counter.  I'm a believer in the health benefits of juicing fresh fruits and vegetables and juice often.

I would break down the first time juicer into two categories:

1.  Someone that just wants to juice.  In many cases,  a person that saw an infomercial on TV and got interested in juicing for the benefits of juicing.  They just want to juice, and not worry about “all the other features” a juicer can offer.  This is how I got started in juicing.    This person usually wants to juice a variety of fruits and vegetables.  With no specific emphasis on any particular type of produce.   For this person, I would recommend a centrifugal ejection style juicer.   My favorite model is the Lequip Mini 110.5 Juicer for a few reasons:

  • Cleanup in under 2 minutes.  This juicer is the easiest to  clean centrifugal ejection juicer (only 4 parts) – Bowl, Juicing Screen/Blade Assembly, Clear top and pusher. (Be sure to line the pulp catch bin with a plastic bag)
  • Juices a variety of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables. Many first time juicers have no idea what they will be juicing.  The Lequip mini allows them the flexibility to juice mostly any juiceable fruit or vegetable, and does a good job at juicing most produce.  This juicer will not juice wheatgrass.  While it will juice leafy green vegetables (Kale, Chard, Collards, Spinach, Lettuce, etc) its not the most efficient at juicing this type of produce.  It will juice harder produce such as: celery, carrots, beets, apples and pears really well.
  • It juices fast- This Centrifugal Ejection juicer runs at about 10,000 revolutions per minute and is faster than most other types of juicers.  This is good for the busy person, as many of us are in this day and age.  Sometimes its good to slow down and smell the roses. J
  • Has a long 10 year warranty.   Other juicers may have a short 90 day or even 1 year warranty.  The Manufacturer warranty protects your investment in your juicer, which is an investment in your health.  In my opinion, your health is the MOST important investment in your life!
  • Larger Feed Chute- accepts most standard produce (carrots, celery, etc) without cutting.  Although it doesn’t have the wide 3” feed chute (which is good for speed, but can be bad for yield.
  • BulletProof design – we have been selling this juicer for many years now, and have had a very low incidence of returns and/or defects reported.
  • Low Cost.  Priced at under $100.00, its affordable with a long warranty.

2. Someone who is looking more for a lifestyle change.   This type of person recognizes that juicing is good, and that they want to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into their diet.  Maybe a doctor has recommending making a lifestyle change or a friend or relative has recommended eating diet including mostly fresh fruits and vegetables. This type of person may want to juice most fruits and vegetables along with processing other things (such as frozen fruits, nuts, seeds or grains through the juicer).  For this type of person, I would recommend the Omega 8003/8005 Juicer (or the new 8004 or 8006 model) for a few reasons:

  • Cleanup in under 2 minutes – This juicer is the easiest  to clean single auger style juicer (only 6 parts to clean – Funnel, Auger, Auger Housing, Screen, End Cap and Pusher.
  • Juices a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.  This juicer will juice most kinds of produce as well, and does a really good job at juicing wheatgrass.  It also is much more efficient than the lequip mini at juicing leafy greens obtaining a much higher yield out of these produce items.  I was impressed on how well it juiced fruits such as: pineapple as well as tangerines.  While this juicer will juice carrots, I do not reccomend it for someone that wants to juice mostly carrots since it is not as efficient as the Lequip Mini when juicing carrots.
  • High Quality Juice.  This type of juicer operates at about 100 revolutions per minute, which is much slower than other kinds of juicers.  In general, the slower the speed, the higher quality juice that is created.
  • Has a long 10 year warranty.  A juicer is an investment.  There should be a long warranty.  There should no need to purchase an “extended warranty”
  • Excellent Design –  The Omega 8003 design basically took the single auger design to the next level by making it easier to clean, and obtaining higher yields.  We have had very few after-sale service issues with these juicers.
  • Quiet – We have had customer comments on some juicers that,  “It sounds like an airplane taking off in my kitchen”.  Well no need to worry, the Omega 8003 is one of the quietest juicers we offer.   So if you juice early in the morning when others are sleeping, this juicer will probably not disturb them.
  • Best  Value for the Money – Although the Omega 8003 and 8005 are priced in the $200 range, the 8003 is one of the least expensive single auger style juicer, and offers the easiest clean-up and one of the highest yields.

I hope that my suggestions will help you choose the juicer that is right for you.  Of   course, these are my two favorite juicers, which is based largely on cost of the juicer and ease of cleanup.  There are more expensive juicers, but unless your really serious about juicing, I would recommend getting a juicer that is easier to clean.  A juicer that is easier to clean, will be more often than a juicer that is harder to clean.  If you purchase a juicer that is hard to clean, might not get used, since it is harder to clean.  What good is a juicer that is never used?

Juicer Lequip Mini Model 110.5 Omega 8003
Picture The Lequip Mini 110.5 Omega 8003
Extraction Method Centrifugal Ejection Dual Stage
Single Auger
Horsepower 1/3 HP 1/3 (1.5 - 2 hp w/gear reduction)
RPM 10000 80
Juice Speed Faster Slower
Ejects Pulp Yes Yes
Size of Feed Tube 2.75" x 1.5" 1.5" x 1.5"
Shape of Feed Tube   crescent.gif (234 bytes)  Circle
Construction
of Juicing Screen and Grinding Plate
Stainless Steel Grinding Plate & Mesh Screen on plastic base
(no plastic frame)
PLASTIC HOUSING, MELAMINE (plastic) auger, STAINLESS STEEL SCREEN
Continuous Juicing Yes Yes
Juices Wheatgrass No Yes
Replacement Parts Available Available
Warranty 10 years 10 years
Your Price $99.99 $229.00
Retail Price $139.99 $299.99
You Save $40.00 $70.00
Comments Easiest  to clean ejection juicer.  Good for Juicing a variety of Produce. Not very efficient at juicing leafy greens.  Better for juicing hard vegetables. Does a good job at juicing wheatgrass and leafy greens.   Will juice fruits, but not recommended if you want to juice mostly fruits.  Dual Stage single auger juicer yields more juice than single auger juicers.  Easiest to clean single auger juicers.

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