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Centrifugal juicers are the most common type of juicer on the market. It has a sharp metal blade that spins extremely fast against a mesh filter to extract the juice of fruits and vegetables. The juicer uses centrifugal force to extract the juice from the pulp.
There is concern around the heat that it produces with the fast spinning of the metal blade.
Many believe this heat reduces the amount of nutrients and enzymes in the juice. On the other hand, masticating juicers are believed to retain more nutrients and enzymes.
I tested the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor for centrifugal juice extractor.
The mechanism of juicing used by masticating juicers is quite different from centrifugal juicers. Firstly, the extract the juice from fruits and vegetables by crushing it. Secondly, it presses the crushed produce through a screen at a low speed.
The low speed that masticating juicers, aka slow juicers work at is believed to reduce heat and oxidation, leading to better nutrient extraction and enzyme retention. For more on this read my post on Why Masticating Juicers are Better than Centrifugal Juicers.
I used Omega NC900 HDS Nutrition Center Juicer as the masticating juicer to compare masticating vs centrifugal juicers.
Check out my review of the best masticating juicers on the market.
Below are the main differences between Centrifugal Juicers and Masticating Juicers.
|Centrifugal Juice Extractor||Masticating Juicers|
|Nutrient Extraction||The high-speed spinning blades are believed to generate heat. This heat is believed to destroy the enzymes of the fruit. The high speed also oxidizes the juice, causing less nutrient retention and shorter shelf life.||Masticating juicers juice slower, producing less heat while crushing and pressing the fruits. As a result, the nutrition content of the juice is believed to be higher.|
|Processing Leafy Greens||These juicers are not efficient for extracting juice from leafy greens.||Masticating juicers are very efficient for making juice from greens.|
|Processing Nuts||It will not make nut milks.||Highly efficient in making nut milks and nut butters.|
|Noise||Noises like blender during juicing.||Limited noise when juicing, won’t wake the family.|
|Speed||The faster spinning blades do not produce juice any faster than the masticating juicer.||Takes the same amount of time to juice as a centrifugal juicer.|
|Juice Storage||Storage time of up to 24 hours, best if consumed immediately.||Can be stored up to 72 hours depending on the model of masticating juicer used.|
Is a Masticating Juicer as Loud as a Centrifugal Juicer?
No, a masticating juicer is not as loud as a centrifugal juicer. A masticating juicer is about half as loud as a centrifugal juicer. In my in-depth guide to 5 different juicer types I cover the noise levels of each, along with 3 other types of juicers, in more detail.
Does a Masticating Juicer Yield More Juice than a Centrifugal Juicer?
Yes, masticating juicers yield more juice than centrifugal juicers in most scenarios. How to save money on groceries with a masticating juicer.
Buy a Centrifugal Juicer if
- You want the most budget friendly option, don’t forget to consider juice yield, see my juice yield comparison
- You are not as concerned about the potential degradation of nutrients and enzymes due to high speed of the juicer
- You will be drinking your juice immediately after juicing
- You will not be juicing leafy greens
- You are not looking for a juicer with a long-term warranty
Check out these 10 Vertical Masticating Juicers for a space saving option.
Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite (read our review here)
Buy a Masticating Juicer if
- You will be juicing leafy greens
- You are concerned with how much yield you will get from your produce
- You are a believer that masticating juicers produce less heat and oxidation and produce a more nutrient dense juice
- You will be storing your juice for longer than 24 hours before consuming
- You want a versatile option that can make nut milks, nut butters and many other dishes
The Omega NC900 HDS Nutrition Center Juicer (read our review here)
In the end, there is no right choice to the type of juicer that you purchase, each of us has different priorities when it comes to juicing and therefore will pick a different option.
I hope this comparison of masticating vs centrifugal juicers was helpful in pointing out the differences between the two. If you are still not sure on whether to purchase a masticating or centrifugal juicer read my post that covers why a masticating juicer is better than a centrifugal juicer.
If you are not sure what type of juicer to purchase, see my ultimate guide to the different types of juicers, here I cover each different type of juicer on the market and why they may or may not be the right choice for you.
Investing in a juicer is a difficult choice and you should spend time upfront to make the right choice, because you will likely have this juicer for 5-15 years to come.
Leave a comment below on if you chose a masticating or centrifugal juicer and why, I would love to hear from you.
Until next time, Happy Juicing!
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