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The Best Juicers For The Money In 2016

Top budget juicers of 2016

As advocates of juicing, we realize that not everyone will have the budget to jump with both feet into this form of diet improvement.  There are a lot of expensive juicing machines out there, plus buying fresh fruits and vegetables can really put a dent in the pocketbook.  So we have decided to put together a list of the top 3 juicers that won’t completely break the bank.  Hopefully one of these extractors will fit your needs to a tee and let you save a little in the process.

Types of Juicers

There are two main types of juicers used today to handle fruits and vegetables.  Masticating juicers typically produce a slightly better result with a higher quality juice, but they tend to be a little more time consuming as well as slightly more pricey.  If getting one of the top juicers possible is your primary concern and price is not that important, then this is the type of juicing machine that we would recommend every time.

Centrifugal machines, on the other hand, are still going to deliver you with a nice quality juicer, at a faster speed, and they normally are a little more budget friendly.  These are still very capable juicers that will give you a fast way to juice.

Breville BJE200XL

This is perhaps the best budget option out there as it delivers great options and features at a good starting price point of around $100.  You really should avoid going below this mark if you can help it as cheap machines will usually give you what you pay for.

The BJE200XL is a one speed centrifugal machine that is pretty fast.  It has a pulp catching bowl incorporated into the juicer to take up less countertop space.  It is great for hard foods, but not so great at leafy foods.  It is also somewhat loud.  However, for the price, this is one terrific option for beginners or those who don’t want to spend that much.

Breville JE98XL

This is another centrifugal juicer that takes a nice step up in features and flexibility.  This can usually be found online for around $150.  This model features two speeds, high and low, to let you better customize the machine for hard and soft fruits and vegetables.  With a wide feed chute, which all Breville juicers have, lets you drop in big chunks which reduces the time needed for food preparation.  It is reliable, powerful, and one of the most popular juicers that Breville makes.  If you can afford to stretch the budget a bit, this is a worthy contender.

Omega J8004

This is probably the top masticating juicer option for those looking to save.  It has been out for years and it continues to be a solid performer for owners.  This is going to run somewhere around $200 and it is perfect for anyone hoping to juice a lot of kale, spinach, wheatgrass, and other leafy vegetables.  It does have a smaller feed chute which means you have to take the time to cut up your produce, and it does come in a not so modern white color.  But these two minor drawbacks don’t take away from what a workhorse this model is and how good of job it will do at juicing.  It is very efficient and it produces a tasty, and somewhat pulpy, glass of nutrient packed juice.

Worthy Investment

Unfortunately, getting into juicing does take some money.  Both the juicer and the regular purchase of ingredients to run through the machine will leave you a little bit lighter in the wallet.  However, can you really put a price on a quick and simple means to improve your diet?  With an almost endless variety of recipes available, and the tremendous health benefits that it can provide, juicing is a worthwhile activity that can have a positive impact on the way that you look and feel.

 

Why We Prefer Masticating Juicers

yummyjuicesTo juice, you require a juice extractor. Juicing enthusiasts can choose between centrifugal and masticating juicers. Centrifugal juicers use a fast-spinning metal blade and a mesh filter to separate juice from the flesh. Masticating juicers crush fruits and vegetables before pressing them for juice. Each of these extractors has its advantages and disadvantages. Here are the pros and cons of masticating juicers also known as cold press juicers.

Pros of Masticating Juicers

There are several advantages that masticating juicers can give you when juicing your favorite fruits and vegetables.  If you are new to juicing, then this is a great juicing machine to start with.  Below are just some of the reasons you should consider buying one.

High Nutrient Retention

Masticating juicers are slower than centrifugal juicers. Due to their slow turning, they produce less heat. The process, therefore, maintains more nutrients. The nutrient retention is because there is minimal heat inactivation of nutrients. With less heat, the heat-labile nutrients are preserved. Moreover, the slow process does not encourage mixing of ingredients and air. Therefore, there is less oxidation of nutrients. Less oxidation translates to nutrients preservation.

Longer Shelf-life for the Produced Juice

Due to the slow turning, there is less frothing and oxidation of nutrients. No air means no oxygen. Without oxygen there is no oxidation. No oxidation leads to less spoiling. No spoiling equals long shelf-life.

Greater Efficiency and Versatility

You can use a masticating juicer to make nut milk, green juices, pasta, and baby food. You can still use it to grind coffee and spices. Masticating juicers also have a higher juice yield. You can notice this by examining the pulp they eject out. The pulp is very dry compared to the wetter pulp from centrifugal juicers.

Quiet Operation

Masticating juicers are very quiet due to their slow RPM. Typically, the faster, the juicier, the noisier it is and the slower the juicer, the quieter it is. Masticating juicers are the natural choice for someone who does not want a juicer that sounds like a blender.

Ease of Use

masticating juicer benefitsMasticating juicers are very easy to use. Their simple one step process eliminates the need to use a food processor or blender when your ingredients include vegetables and fruits.
Masticating juicers are usually safer and easier to clean. However, this advantage varies with models. Masticating juicers have no sharp edges that can pose danger when cleaning. They also lack a strain or mesh, and this makes cleaning easier.

Longer Warranty

Masticating juicers usually have longer warranty than centrifugal juice extractors. While most plastic based centrifugal juicers carry one or two year warranty, some masticating juicers come with10- 15-year warranty.

Cons of Masticating Juicers

Nothing is perfect, and there are a few drawbacks to using these types of juicers.  Some of these include:

Masticating Juicers are Expensive

Normally, masticating juicers are more expensive than centrifugal juicers. The cheapest masticating juicers cost more than the most affordable centrifugal juices. However, you will pay more for a high-end centrifugal juicer than a mid-level masticating juicer.

Masticating Juicers are Bigger and Heavier

Masticating juicers can be quite heavy. They can be up to 26 pounds. They also occupy more counter-top space.

Generated Juice Lacks Fiber

Masticating juicers eject a lot of pulp. They, therefore, produce juice devoid of fiber. If you are on a juice fast, the juice nutrients can get instantly absorbed making you hungry sooner.

All in all, having a masticating juicer is a great way to get all of the vitamins and minerals that you need on a daily basis into just one easy to consume glass.  Despite some of its drawbacks, it is excellent at delivering a potent juice that will serve your body well, which is why we always recommend these types of juice extractors.