The kitchen appliance required to extract juices out of fruits is surely an amazing addition to the kitchen’s shelf. The awareness regarding leading a healthy life has amplified the importance of juicers by leapfrogs. Statista revealed that in 2019, almost 1.49 million juice extractors were purchased in the US. The huge number manifests the need for this apparatus in this era.
However, the craze of juicers leads to an ultimate question mark i.e. how do juicers work? I had this big question mark in my head, which hammered me to grind out this mini guide against the query.
Let’s get straight to the point, and let me help you with the question.
Honestly, each type of juicer comes with a separate way to churn out the liquid. To make you understand, I’d divide the blog into 4 different sections, so you can learn how each type of juicer works.
How Do Centrifugal Juicers Work?
This type of juicer functions by utilizing a cutting disc that is a disc-shaped grater used to tear and granulate the added ingredients to effectively extract maximum juices out of them. The released liquid is then pulled by centrifugal force to the sides of the machine. The sides had a fine mesh wrap, which filters the liquid against any tiny pulp before it falls into your receptacle.
Oh, btw – this type of juicer is categorized as a “fast juicer”.
As a beginner, I started using Centrifugal Juicers to practice my hands on it. I liked it because it’s easy to use, requires less prep time and doesn’t cost an arm and leg. Sadly, on the flip side, I realized that being a faster juicer, it heats up the produced liquid and can lose nutrients in the juice.
Also, the amount of juice produced is ideal for one person only. If you have many appetites to feed, consider other options.
How Do Masticating Juicers Work?
The reason I switched to masticating juicer was that it is known as a “slow juicer”, which means it functions at 40 to 100 rpm on average and doesn’t heat up the liquid, resulting in preserved nutrients and vitamins.
This type of juice separator works by slowly crushing the ingredient and chewing it for a longer time through a screen so the maximum liquid is achieved through the pulp. The produced liquid passes through the strainer to hurdle any leftover residue. And finally, the result trickles from a separate outlet, and you have a glass full of your favorite juicer.
I noticed that Masticating Juicers produce a higher yield if compared to centrifugal juicers.
After I consumed it for some time, the foam on the top surface of the liquid caught my attention. When I researched, I found that foams are pretty normal as a result of masticating juicers. The annoying foam led me to bring another type of juicer home.
And yes, it was expensive too.
How Do Twin Gear Juicers Work?
Until now, Twin Gear Juicer is the only option that had manage to produce the highest yield. Belonging to the family of slow juicers, twin gear juicers possess the ability to protect maximum vitamins of the liquid. The efficiency is extremely unquestionable.
After you feed the machine through the top, the ingredients are pushed down and go through slowly spinning twin gears, which are rotating towards each other. After the crushing stage, the liquid moves down to another length of the gear. All the squeezing of the product happens here.
The squeezed liquid and pulp then go through a screen for further extraction, to achieve exceptional liquidy juice. And then, the juice finally seeps down the outlet.
I had a great time using it and experienced no downsides with its functionality. It’s just that cleaning the juicer is a bit difficult for the product. The only threat I experienced was to my wallet. It is so damn expensive! But the outcomes are worth each penny.
Although this type of juicer is the best among the rest two, one downside all of these 3 juicers share is that the ingredient has to pass through a sharp screen, which results in suboptimal outcomes. Hence, in my opinion, the best type of juicer is the one that works through “pressing”. Despite many brands’ claims of the existence of “pressers”, very rare of them actually have it!
Hence, I decided to give a try to “Press Juicers”.
How Do Cold Press Juicers Work?
These type of juicers makes use of pneumatic press technology. As you feed the chute with the ingredients, it turns it into chunky salsa. The machine has stainless steel spinning blade, which performs the role of grinding ingredients into the tiniest chunks. Through thousands of pounds of pressure, the juice is then extracted from the chunks and is finally filtered through a press bag. This results in super-smooth juice, without any foam or chunks.
Frankly, this juicer has no technical downsides except for the price tag it comes with. It might bludge out your eyes at first, but of course – you get what you pay for.
Make The Decision
Now you have learned about the different types of juicers available in the market, it’s time to make the final decision about picking the right type of juicer. I’d made this phase easy for you.
You can buy a:
Centrifugal Juicer, if you are a newbie, and trying your hands on juicers these days. I won’t suggest to people are very nutrient-conscious. Since it is a fast operating juicer, the chances of losing vitamins are very high. But, it’s budget-friendly. If you are looking around for some quick options, Centrifugal Juicers are your call.
Masticating Juicer, if you need something that produces healthy juices, you are not impatient and you are not tight on budget. Also, if you are more than 1 person, I would suggest you, get your hands on it. But, be mindful, the produced liquid generally has a foam over it, which you will have to overlook.
Twin Gear Juicers, if you have finally decided to upgrade your kitchen appliance family. This is a modernized juicer, which produces the highest yield. I agree the pricing will make you scream but the results are worth each penny. It has no technical downsides, except for the fact that all 3 types of juicers make ingredients pass through a sharp screen. The passage through a sharp screen makes the liquid lose all its nutrients.
Press Juicers, if you are willing to invest in your health, aren’t short on money, and aren’t very nervy while the processor does its job. The best part is that this juicer doesn’t make the ingredient go through sharp screens, instead, it exerts extreme pressure to extract the juice. The output has no foam or chunks over it.
I tried my best to compose down all the facts, and unfiltered reality checks within this article. I have also shared a decision-making guide, which can help you to pick the right type of appliance.
There are several other factors too that impact the final decision of the buyer like the prep time, processing time, cleaning feasibility, noise, and more.
To cut long story short, every appliance comes with a set of boons and downsides. It banks upon your need, and budget which one you choose. Do let us know in the comment section which type of juicer is your favorite, and why.