What to look for when shopping
for a juicer
Although you may not realize it now, making the decision to
purchase a juicer is one of the most important decisions of your life. A
juicer is an investment. It is an investment in your health, it is one of
the most important investments you will ever make. No amount of money can replace
Nothing that you can do will alter and improve your health
and lifestyle as much as getting into the habit of making your own fresh fruit and
vegetable juices every day right in your own kitchen. The decision to get involved with
juicing can be a confusing one when you enter the marketplace and discover the price range
of juicers goes from $30.00 to $2,000.00! What in the world is the difference
between a thirty dollar juicer and one that costs several hundred dollars? After all,
don't they all make juice? Well yes and no. There are several factors to consider.
- Ease of operation and clean up - If
juicing is a hassle you won't do it. Or you won't do it as often as you should or would
like. You need a juicer that is easy to use and easy to clean, so that when the mood to
make juice hits you, you don't think, no I don't want to go through all that work for just
one glass of juice.
- Juice Quality - A good juicer makes juice of
a high quality. A high quality juice has a high nutrient and enzyme content.
- Will it last? - Quality juicers have quality
warranties. A 30 or 90 day warranty is not a good warranty. A one or two year warranty is
good, while a five or ten year warranty is excellent. Many of the juicers
under $100.00 have cheap brush motors that are not horsepowered and can not handle seeds,
rinds, stems or cores. You have to slice every piece of produce into tiny pieces so the
motor does not burn out. Most purchasers of these inexpensive department store machines
ignore the directions and use their juicer like Jay the Juiceman on TV uses his. Doing so
will burn out such a juicer in less than a month and there are cases where such machines
have burned out in as little as three weeks. This leads us back to #1. If preparing the
produce is a big hassle because your juicer can't accommodate it, you won't do it as often
as you should. A $69.95 juicer is not a bargain if it only lasts 3 to 9 months.
- Yield, or ounces of juice per pound of produce
- This is what really separates the bargain basement juicers from the quality
machines. A good juicer can get extract much more juice per pound of produce than a cheap
one. You may save $100.00 by buying a cheap juicer now, but every time you make juice you
are throwing money away in lost juice. How much money? A lot! A good juicer gets 17% to
25% more juice than the bargain basement models. It's easy to waste 25 cents worth
of juice or more a day with a cheap machine. So in one short year your $100.00 savings
goes down the drain - literally!
- Power -You need a machine with a horsepower
motor of 1/4 horsepower or higher.
As you can see there are many factors that are involved in
purchasing a juicer. We have provided several articles
and an online comparison chart of all the major juicers to help
you with your decision.