Table of Contents
- 1 Table of Contents:
- 2 The 5 different types of juicers explained:
- 3 6 things that make a Masticating Juicer better than a Centrifugal Juicer?
- 4 3 reasons I prefer Twin Gear Juicers over Masticating Juicers:
- 5 What type of person is each juicer is best for?
- 6 Investment Required to Purchase Each Type of Juicer:
- 7 What kind of Juice is each juicer best for?
- 8 What are Enzymes and why do they matter when juicing?
- 9 Does Juicing Destroy Enzymes?
- 10 What type of juicer is best for Enzyme retention?
- 11 How well does each type of juicer Extract Nutrients?
- 12 How loud is each type of juicer?
- 13 Assembly and Cleaning:
- 14 How long does it take to make a cup of juice?
- 15 Cost to make a cup of juice (aka juice yield):
- 16 Juice Storage length:
- 17 What is the most reliable type of juicer?
- 18 Final thoughts on the 5 different types of juicers:
Table of Contents:
- The 5 different types of juicers explained
- 6 Reasons a Masticating Juicer is better than a Centrifugal Juicer
- 3 Reasons I prefer Twin Gear Juicers over Masticating Juicers
- What type of person is each juicer type is best for? (Find Your Match)
- How much does each type of juicer cost? (See my chart)
- What kind of juice does each juicer work best with?
- What are enzymes and why they matter when juicing?
- The 2 ways juicing can destroy enzymes
- What type of juicer retains the most enzymes?
- Nutrient extraction (Who does it best)?
- What is the quietest juicer & which one sounds like a chainsaw?
- Assembly and Cleaning
- How long to make a cup of juice (Who does it the fastest)?
- Which juicer produces the highest yield? (Cost per Cup Comparison)
- How long can you store the juice from each juicer?
- What is the most reliable juicer? (Longest Warranties)
- Final thoughts on the 5 different types of juicers (My Favorite)
The 5 different types of juicers explained:
1. Masticating Juicers:
Masticating juicers, aka slow or cold press juicers use a single auger to slowly crush and masticate produce. This slow process extracts high amounts of nutrients and helps retain the juices natural enzymes by keeping the heat from friction low. Oxidation is also limited as the slow juicing process does not force much oxygen into the juice.
Find out how a masticating juicer can pay for itself in 1 year in this post.
Check out the best masticating juicers on the market today!
Vertical Masticating Juicers:
Vertical Masticating Juicers use basically the same process to juice as horizontal masticating juicers. They are designed in a vertical fashion which saves counter space. Vertical masticating juicers also have large feed chute that allows you to toss in full sized fruits and vegetables, allowing you to reduce prep time.
If you are unsure if a horizontal or masticating juicer is best for you, see when you should choose a vertical masticating juicer.
See my picks for the Top 10 Best Vertical Masticating Juicers.
Centrifugal juicers are one of the most popular types of juicers on the market, behind masticating juicers, see the differences between Centrifugal and Masticating Juicers here.
Centrifugal juicers use high speeds and centrifugal force to separate juice from pulp. The produce is cut with a steel blade and then spun very quickly against a mesh strainer to extract juice.
The juicing community usually speaks badly about centrifugal juicers, as it is believed that they destroy nutrients and enzymes due to the fast speed at which they spin.
While it may be true that centrifugal juicers extract less nutrients than masticating juicers, they take less time to assemble, juice, and clean, there are also more entry level pricing options.
For these reasons it makes sense for some to purchase a centrifugal juicer, as the faster speed and ease of use will have you juicing more often, juicing more often with a little less nutrient density is a much better option than juicing less often.
Twin Gear Juicer (aka Triturating Juicer):
Twin gear juicers look like masticating juicers, the difference between masticating and twin gear juicers is that twin gear juicers have 2 gears that the produce is fed into, and masticating juicers only have one single auger.
Twin gear juicers are best known for their exceptional nutrient extraction, juice yield, and enzyme retention. This increased yield and extraction is due to the mastication process of the twin gears.
Twin gear juicers will cost more on the front end than some other types of juicers, however; you will save in the long run due to the higher juice yield. See how to save $150-$300 per year with a twin gear juicer.
Twin gear juicers do take longer to juice and clean than other types of juicers, but the increased yield and nutrient extraction offsets this drawback for me.
Twin gear juicers are my favorite type of juicer, and if you are going to be juicing on a regular basis it will make the most sense.
See my picks for the Top 5 Best Twin Gear Juicers.
Manual juicers require you to manually crank the juicer until juice is created. Manual juicers are great for wheatgrass specifically, but also work well for other types of produce, keep in mind, the harder the produce the more difficult it will be to juicer.
These types of juicers are great if you will be off the grid, on a road trip, or traveling/camping. They allow you to easily juice a cup of juice with minimal effort and no need for electricity.
Other benefits of manual juicers include lack of noise, and the slow process reduces heat and oxidation.
See my Best Manual Juicer picks.
Slow juicers are juicers that juice at a slow speed, this does not mean that the juice production is slow, it just means that the auger or gears in the juicer turn slowly. The slow turning of the juicing gears minimizes oxidation to the juice and can lead to a more nutritious juice that will last longer.
A slow juicer is not necessarily a type of juicer, but rather a category that different types of juicers will fall into based on how fast their components spin.
Most masticating and twin gear juicers fall into the slow juicer category.
Cold press juicers are juicers that produce juice with limited increases to the temperature of the juice, it is believed that the slower the juicers components spin the less heat is created and transferred to the juicer.
Limiting heat transfer to juice is important as enzymes degrade with heat. Enzymes are an important part of the juice as they help digestion/absorption of the vitamins and minerals within the juice and also help the juice stabilize to maximize storage time.
Masticating and twin gear juicers fall into the category of cold press juicers, however; Breville has developed a technology on some of their centrifugal juicers that is claimed to limit heat transfer, check out the Breville Juice Fountain Cold Plus to see for yourself.
6 things that make a Masticating Juicer better than a Centrifugal Juicer?
- Less heat is created, which helps retain more natural enzymes
- Nutrient extraction is superior, due to less oxidation
- Juice can be stored up to 3 times longer
- They are quieter than centrifugal juicers
- You will save on groceries due to the higher juice yield
- Versatility, my main reason for opting for a masticating juicer
3 reasons I prefer Twin Gear Juicers over Masticating Juicers:
- Higher juice yields (save $150-$300/year on produce)
- Increased nutrient extraction (50-200% higher in some models)
- Longer juice storage time (Store your juice for 72 hours)
What type of person is each juicer is best for?
A masticating juicer is best for you if you:
- Will be Juicing a variety of produce – Masticating juicers are best for those that will be juicing a variety of produce, as masticating juicers perform well with all types of produce. While other juicers perform better with specific types of produce a masticating juicer will do a good job with all types.
- Are concerned about juice quality, but also price conscious – Masticating juicers are also the best choice for those that are concerned about limiting oxidation and heat in their juice, but are also price conscious, a twin gear juicer will do a better job of these things, but a masticating juicer does nearly as good of a job for half the price.
- Are Looking for versatility – If you are looking for more than just a juicer, a masticating juicer is best for you. Masticating juicers can do far more than just juice, some make nut butters, nut milks, baby food, sorbets, and even pasta.
A vertical masticating juicer is best for you if:
- You want to SAVE TIME without losing the benefits of a masticating juicer – Since vertical juicers have large feed chutes you can often toss in full sized fruits and vegetables. This will save considerable amounts while still reaping all the benefits of a masticating juicer.
- You want to SAVE SPACE without losing the benefits of a masticating juicer – The vertical layout of these juicers will save you quite a bit of counter space when compared to a horizontal masticating juicer, but again offer the same benefits of their horizontal cousin.
A Centrifugal juicer is best for you if:
- Speed is your main concern – Centrifugal juicers are going to be your friend if you are interested in pure speed. Some models can make an 8-ounce cup of juice in 5 seconds, and all are quick and easy to assemble and clean! Centrifugal juicers tend to get a bad rap in the juicing industry, however, it is much better to buy a juicer that you will use daily, rather than buy a juicer that is believed to extract higher nutrient levels, but never use it.
A Twin Gear Juicer is best for you if:
- Maximum yield and nutrition are your main concerns – Twin Gear juicers extract more yield than any of the other 4 types of juicers mentioned here, some studies also show that nutrient extraction is superior. While you can get a masticating juicer at a lower price point, twin gear juicers can extract up to 20% more juice, and increase nutrient extraction by 50-200%. You can quickly begin to offset the higher purchase price of a twin gear juicer with grocery savings and considering you are drinking a more nutritious juice.
A Manual Juicer is best for if you:
- Juice infrequently – If you do not juice daily but enjoy a glass of juice once a month or so a manual juicer is best for you, as they are inexpensive and take up little space.
- Primarily juice wheatgrass – If you are only juicing shots of wheatgrass a manual wheatgrass juicer should suit your needs. You get a quiet juicer, that takes up little space, is affordable, and will quickly and efficiently juice your daily intake of wheatgrass.
- Juice on the run – If you travel a lot and want to take your juicing regimen on the road a manual juicer would be a good addition. You can stock up on some veggies when you get to your destination and spend 5 minutes in the morning cranking out a fresh juice.
Investment Required to Purchase Each Type of Juicer:
|Type of Juicer||Entry Level Pricing||Mid Range Pricing||High-End Pricing|
|Twin Gear Juicers||$450||$700-$850||$1,000+|
How much do Masticating Juicers cost?
Masticating juicers can be purchased for as little as $100, as you move up in the market you can get a reliable and quality middle of the road model for around $300, high end masticating juicers can cost as much as $2,000, usually at this price point you will be getting a commercial grade model with unsurpassed quality and warranties.
If you are purchasing a masticating juicer, I suggest purchasing a middle of the option for around $250-$400, this type of juicer will do a great job with all types of produce, create nutritious juice, and will last for years. I purchased this Omega juicer in this price range nearly 7 years ago and still use it regularly without issue.
Purchase on the low end of the market and you will sacrifice quality, purchase on the high end and you will end up with overkill for you at home juicing needs.
Check out my post on the best affordable juicers, if you are looking for a budget juicer.
How much do Vertical Masticating Juicers cost?
Vertical masticating juicers start out around $100, middle of the road options range from $300-$500, high end vertical masticating juicers offering self-feeding options or commercial certifications can range from $600 to nearly $2,000.
If you are looking for a space and time saving alternative to a masticating juicer a vertical masticating juicer is a great option. I suggest sticking to the middle of the road pricing, Hurom and Kuvings have some great offerings that fall in this price range.
How much do Centrifugal Juicers cost?
Centrifugal juicers can be had for as little as $50, middle of the road options range from $150-$300, and high-end commercial grade models can reach close to $2,000.
Centrifugal juicers offer many options in the middle of the road pricing, you will be hard pressed to not find what you are looking for in this price range.
How much do Twin Gear Juicers cost?
Twin gear juicers have the highest entry cost of the types of juicers we have looked at so far. Entry level pricing for a twin gear juicer is around $450, middle of the road pricing ranges from $700-$850, while the high-end gets up to $1,700.
Twin gear juicers are clearly more expensive than masticating or centrifugal juicers, however; given the increased amount of juice that they produce you can quickly see a return on your investment. Here I show you how to save $150-$300 per year with a twin gear juicer.
I suggest purchasing a twin gear juicer that falls in the middle of road pricing, the nice thing about twin gear juicers is that you can get a commercial grade juicer with stainless-steel gears in this range.
How much do Manual Juicers Cost?
Manual Juicers can be had for as little as $20, and the high end should not exceed $100. There are great options between $20 and $50.
Since the investment is so low for manual juicers I suggest purchasing one for when you are traveling or purchasing a manual wheatgrass juicer so you don’t have to pull out your large juicer just to get a shot of wheatgrass.
What kind of Juice is each juicer best for?
Masticating juicers are best for:
Masticating juicers perform well on all types of produce, while they will not yield as much juice as some other types of juicers, having the flexibility to juice anything with one juicer is worth it for me. Read more about what juice a masticating juicer is best for here.
Vertical Masticating juicers are best for:
Vertical masticating juicers excel when juicing softer fruits and vegetables, however; they will also handle harder fruits and vegetables like carrots and beets.
The major benefit of juicing with a vertical masticating juicer is the large feed chutes that can handle full sized apples without chopping, making prep time non-existent.
Centrifugal juicers are best for:
Centrifugal juicers do best when juicing hard produce like carrots and beets, while they can juice leafy greens, they do not perform as well when compared to masticating or twin gear juicers.
If you will be mostly juicing hard dense fruits and vegetables a centrifugal juicer is a fine pick, however; if you will be focused on leafy greens and wheatgrass, you will want to opt for either a masticating or twin gear juicer.
Twin Gear juicers are best for:
Twin gear juicers excel at juicing dense fruits and vegetables, these dense vegetables are a bit difficult to feed into the juicer, and you may have to chop your produce a bit smaller to make it easier to feed, but, the reason it is more difficult is because it is crushing and chewing the produce more than other types of juicers. The added effort required is worth the additional yield you will see in your cup.
Twin gear juicers also do a fine job of juicing leafy greens.
Manual Juicers are best for:
Manual juicers are best for juicing wheatgrass. While manual juicers will juice other fruits and vegetables, I would not suggest using one for your daily intake of juice unless you are only juicing wheatgrass daily.
What are Enzymes and why do they matter when juicing?
What are enzymes, anyway? The definition of enzyme is “Enzyme, a catalyst that regulates the rate at which chemical reactions proceed in living organisms without itself being altered in the process.” (source)
So, what does that mean and how does it have anything to do with juicing? Let me try to answer that.
Enzymes are needed to break down and digest food, if the food we are eating is lacking natural enzymes it is more difficult to digest, requiring our body to produce enzymes and thus slowing the digestion process.
The benefit of drinking fresh, cold-pressed juice, is that the enzymes are still present in the juice, these enzymes help us digest the juice with little work from our bodies.
Basically, high amounts of enzymes in your juice equate to a more digestible and quickly absorbable juice, meaning you will absorb the vitamins and minerals within the juice without your body needing to produce additional enzymes, and thus speeding the absorption process.
Does Juicing Destroy Enzymes?
To answer this question, we need to understand what destroys enzymes. There are two ways enzymes can be denatured, aka destroyed, while juicing.
- Heat – Heat is the main way enzymes are destroyed; as heat increases enzymes are denatured (destroyed); due to this you will want to ensure the juicer you are selecting does not transfer too much heat to your juice. It is important to note that enzymes are heat sensitive, however; the temperature that they fully deactivate at is 117 degrees F. While less heat is better, I doubt any juicer will heat juice to this temperature. The second way enzymes are destroyed by juicers, oxidation, is probably more relevant than heat.
- Oxidation – Oxidation occurs when the cell walls of produce are broken down during the juicing process and then exposed to oxygen. You have witnessed oxidation before if you ever cut a piece of fruit and noticed that it turned brown after it was left out (exposed to oxygen). All juicers will break down cell walls, which means all juicers will cause some level of oxidation. Juicers that work more slowly are believed to reduce this amount of initial oxidation as they do not force as much oxygen into the juice, thus allowing the enzymes in your juice to last longer.
With all that out of the way, let’s talk about the enzyme retention abilities of the different types of juicers.
What type of juicer is best for Enzyme retention?
Since I could not locate any specific studies regarding enzyme retention, I will use heat generation and oxidation produced by each juicer to give an idea of how well each may retain enzymes.
Masticating Juicers and Enzyme Retention:
Masticating juicers use a slow process, somewhere between 50-100 RPM’s to crush produce and extract juice. Since the single auger in masticating juicers spins at such a slow speed it generates little heat and does not introduce much air into the juice when it is being juiced.
For these two reasons it leads us to believe that masticating juicers will retain a good amount of the natural enzymes found in fresh juice.
Vertical Masticating Juicers and Enzyme Retention:
Vertical masticating juicers use a similar process as masticating juicers, however; you can find vertical masticating juicers that spin slower than horizontal masticating juicers.
For this reason, we would believe that vertical masticating juicers are just as good, if not better at retaining enzymes compared to masticating juicers.
Centrifugal Juicers and Enzyme Retention:
Due to the high speeds at which centrifugal juicers spin they will create more oxidation within the juice as they are forcing oxygen into the juice. You will notice that juice from a centrifugal juicer looks lighter in color and has more foam than juice from a masticating juicer, this is due to the air that was forced into the juice.
Secondly, the high-speed centrifugal juicers spin at can also cause more heat buildup due to friction.
The increased oxidation and potential heat increase would suggest that centrifugal juicers do not do as good of a job retaining enzymes as masticating or twin gear juicers.
Twin Gear Juicers and Enzyme Retention:
Twin gear juicers are slow juicers like masticating juicers are, for this reason they produce little heat and oxidation.
Some twin gear juicers, Tribest specifically, have embedded technology into their gears to support event further enzyme retention.
Twin gear juicers are my top pick if you are considered about enzyme retention.
The Greenstar Pro is my favorite for maximum enzyme retention due to the magnetic and bio-ceramic technology that Tribest has embedded into the stainless-steel twin gears.
Manual Juicers and Enzyme Retention:
Since manual juicers are turned by hand, they will produce limited heat and oxidation. For these reasons manual juicers should retain enzymes quite well.
How well does each type of juicer Extract Nutrients?
Masticating Juicers and Nutrient Extraction:
Masticating juicers extract high amounts of nutrients due to the slow juicing process combined with the force that the auger crushes the produce. Studies have shown that masticating juicers extract more nutrients than centrifugal juicers.
One study that I reviewed compared nutrient levels of broccoli juice from a masticating juicer, a centrifugal juicer, and a blender.
The study concluded that juice from the masticating juicer contained more polyphenol and flavonoids, had a higher level of nutrients that inhibit cancer cell growth, and had higher potential to have a positive impact on blood sugar. Check out my full breakdown of this study.
Vertical Masticating Juicers and Nutrient Extraction:
I could not locate any studies to show the nutrient extraction levels of a vertical masticating juicer, however; since vertical masticating juicers use a similar process to juice as a horizontal masticating juicer, vertical juicers should also extract a high amount of nutrients.
Centrifugal Juicers and Nutrient Extraction:
Centrifugal juicers are believed to extract less nutrients and or destroy some level of nutrients during the violent juicing process than a slow juicer. I searched high and low for studies to confirm this belief and I found the following.
The first study that I reviewed compared nutrient extraction of masticating juicers and centrifugal juicers. The results surprised me, showing that centrifugal juicers do just as well as masticating juicers when it comes to certain nutrients.
Secondly, I reviewed a study that showed masticating juicers produced higher levels of compounds that have inhibitory effects on cancer cells when compared to centrifugal juicers.
In the end, one study shows that centrifugal juicers do just as well at extracting some nutrients as masticating juicers, but the second study shows that some compounds are much more pronounced in juice from a masticating juicer. Make sure to review both studies and decide for yourself.
Twin Gear Juicers and Nutrient Extraction:
The process twin gear juicers use to extract maximum juice yield, also extracts maximum amounts of nutrients.
Tribest, a maker of twin gear juicers completed a study showing that their twin gear juicers extracted 50-200% more essential vitamins and minerals than masticating juicers.
Twin gear juicers win the nutrient extraction category.
Manual Juicers and Nutrient Extraction:
I could not find any studies that show the level of nutrients extracted when using a manual juicer. However, manual juicers are like a masticating juicer in the way that they extract juicer from fruits and vegetables. For this reason, I am led to believe that a manual juicer does a fine job of extracting nutrients.
How loud is each type of juicer?
To determine how loud each juicer is we will use the term decibel (dB), which is a relative unit that measures sound, each decibel corresponds to one tenth of a bel (B).
Decibel measurements do not follow a linear increase in sound. For example, a noise that is 100 dB is 8 times louder than a noise that is 70 dB.
|Juicer||Decibel Level||Example of Decibel Level|
|Twin Gear Juicers||70 dB||Inside a car at 60 MPH|
|Masticating Juicers||90 dB||Running Garbage Disposal|
(4 X as loud as 70 dB)
|Centrifugal Juicers||120 dB||Chainsaw |
(32 X as loud as 70 dB)
How loud are Masticating Juicers?
Masticating juicers operate at around 60 dB; 60 dB can be compared to the sound of a running dishwasher.
Masticating juicers are on the quieter end of the spectrum when we are comparing noise level of different juicers. A masticating juicer can be used in the morning and will not wake the family.
How loud are Vertical Masticating Juicers?
Some vertical masticating juicers spin as low as 43 RPM’s, this extremely slow spinning will only generate a hum while juicing. Decibel range will come in at or just under that of a horizontal masticating juicer.
How loud are Centrifugal Juicers?
How loud is a centrifugal juicer, you ask? The answer to that question is, LOUD!
Centrifugal juicers produce up to 120 dB of noise, this is 32 times as loud as 70 decibels, which is more than your average masticating juicer will produce.
To give you an idea of how loud 120 dB is, it can be compared to the sound of a running chainsaw.
How loud are Twin Gear Juicers?
Twin gear juicers are a bit louder than masticating juicers, twin gear juicers produce around 70 dB of noise, which is equivalent to traveling in a car at 60 miles per hour.
How loud are Manual Juicers?
A manual juicer will produce almost no noise, you will be manually cranking by hand rather than having and electric motor running. Depending on how much juice you are making, you will probably be making more noise than the juicer by the end.
Assembly and Cleaning:
Assembly and cleaning are often overlooked when purchasing a juicer. These are important considerations, if the juicer you purchase is too difficult to assemble/clean you will end up juicing less.
The reason to purchase a juicer is so that you can juice daily to get the optimal benefits from juicing, if you have an easy to clean juicer it will make daily juicing much easier.
How easy is it to assemble and clean Masticating Juicers?
Masticating juicers are one of the easiest types of juicers to assemble and clean, as they only consist of 6 different parts that can be assembled and disassembled in around 1 minute. Cleaning will take around 4 minutes.
In my step by step guide to cleaning a masticating juicer I show, with photos, how to clean my Omega J8006 masticating juicer. This will give you a good overview of what cleaning a masticating juicer takes.
How easy is it to assemble and clean Vertical Masticating Juicers?
Vertical masticating juicers are a bit more complicated to assemble and clean than horizontal masticating juicers. Due to the added complexity it will take 50% longer to clean than a horizontal masticating juicer, total clean time of around 6 minutes.
How easy is it to assemble and clean Centrifugal Juicers?
Centrifugal juicers are the easiest type of juicer to assemble and clean, as they are only made up of 3 parts that need to be assembled/cleaned.
The benefit of quick assembly and cleaning is great if you are short on time, it may be a reason to consider purchasing a centrifugal juicer.
How easy is it to assemble and clean Twin Gear Juicers?
Twin gear juicers are more complex than masticating juicers, this added complexity will increase assembly and cleaning times slightly.
How easy is it to assemble and clean Manual Juicers?
Manual juicers consist of few parts, for this reason they are a breeze to assemble and clean.
How long does it take to make a cup of juice?
To answer this question, I will break down how long it takes to make a cup of juice. Secondly, I will show how long it takes to fully assemble, make a cup of juice, and clean each type of juicer.
|Type of Juicer||Time to make a cup of juice |
|Total time to make a cup of juice|
(Includes prep and cleaning)
|Centrifugal Juicer||5 Seconds||5 Minutes|
|Masticating Juicer||2 Minutes||10 Minutes|
|Vertical Juicer||3 Minutes||8-10 Minutes|
|Twin Gear Juicer||3 Minutes||10-15 Minutes|
Masticating Juicer – How long to make 1 cup of juice?
Masticating juicers can produce a cup of juice in around 2 minutes.
To assemble, make a cup of juice, and clean a masticating juicer you will need 10 minutes total.
Vertical Masticating Juicer – How long to make 1 cup of juice?
Vertical Masticating juicers take a around 3 minutes to produce a cup of juice.
To assemble, make a cup of juice, and clean a vertical masticating juicer you will need 8-10 minutes total. Although, vertical juicers take longer to juice and clean than a horizontal masticating juicer, you will save time on prepping produce due to the larger feed chute.
Centrifugal Juicer – How long to make 1 cup of juice?
The time it takes to make a cup of juice is one of the areas that centrifugal juicers shine. If you are looking for a quick cup of juice, look no further.
The Breville Juice Fountain Plus can produce a cup of juice in 5 seconds! That is 24 times faster than it takes to produce juice from a masticating juicer!
Twin Gear Juicer – How long to make 1 cup of juice?
Twin gear juicers require more prep time than centrifugal and vertical juicers, and take more effort to feed produce than other types of juicers.
For these reasons it takes longer to juicer with a twin gear juicer. See more detail about how long it takes to make a liter of juice with a twin gear juicer here.
Manual Juicer – How long to make 1 cup of juice?
To get a cup of juice using a manual juicer it will take 5 minutes and a bit of work on your part. Manual juicers are great for juicing shots of wheatgrass, or ginger shots but are too much work for more than that. However, if you are traveling a manual juicer can help you keep your juicing routine on the go.
Cost to make a cup of juice (aka juice yield):
In this section we will review the juice yield abilities of each type of juicer. Juice yield refers to the amount of juice the juicer will extract from the produce you are juicing.
I broke down juice yield by showing how much each juicer yields, I will also show the cost per cup of juice for each juicer. This metric of cost per cup will help you decide on what juicer is best for you.
Note: Cost per cup calculated using cost of organic produce, annual cost assumes 1 cup consumed daily
|Type of Juicer||Cost to Make a Cup of Juice||Annual Cost of Juicing|
(Assumes 1 cup/day)
|Twin Gear Juicer||$1.30||$474|
Cost to make a cup of juice – Masticating Juicer:
Masticating juicers produce a good amount of juice yield and are in the middle of the road between a centrifugal juicer and twin gear juicer. They will produce more yield than a centrifugal juicer, but less yield than a twin gear juicer.
Average cost per cup of juice from a masticating juicer is around $1.62.
Cost to make a cup of juice – Vertical Juicer:
Vertical masticating juicers are known to produce a bit more juice than horizontal masticating juicers, I have seen around 5% more juice yield from a vertical masticating juicer. The 5% increase in juice yield is reflected in the cost per cup below.
Average cost per cup of juice from a vertical masticating juicer is $1.54.
Cost to make a cup of juice – Centrifugal Juicer:
The comparisons I reviewed for my research showed that centrifugal juicers produce around 18% less juice than masticating juicers on average. Obviously, this will change depending on what juicer you are using and what type of produce you are juicing. I will be using the 18% difference for the cost per cup below.
Average cost per cup of juice from a centrifugal juicer is $1.91.
Cost to make a cup of juice – Twin Gear Juicer:
Twin gear juicers are the winner of the juice yield competition. Twin gear juicers can yield anywhere from 13-50% more juice than masticating juicers. I have averaged the range of increased juice yield to determine the cost per cup below.
Cost per cup of juice from a twin gear juicer is $1.30.
Final thoughts on Juice Yield:
You will notice in the cost per cup comparison that a twin gear juicer is the cheapest to juice with. This is one of the main reasons that I recommend twin gear juicers, they will cost you more on the front end, but if you will be juicing for years to come a twin gear juicer will more than pay for itself.
Juice Storage length:
There are 2 main factors to determining how long you can store juice from a juicer, number 1 is how much oxidation occurs in the juicing process.
The less oxidation that occurs during the process allows you to store juice longer.
Secondly, proper storage is important, if you put your juice in the refrigerator without a lid you will get much less storage time than if you safely store it in an airtight container.
For this comparison of how long you can store juice from each type of juicer I will assume you are following proper juice storage recommendations.
|Type of Juicer||Juice Storage Length|
|Twin Gear Juicer||48-72 Hours|
|Vertical Juicer||48-72 Hours|
|Masticating Juicer||48 Hours|
|Centrifugal Juicer||24 Hours|
How long can you store juice from a Masticating Juicer?
Due to the slow juicing process that masticating juicers use, juice from masticating juicers can be stored for up to 48 hours.
How long can you store juice from a Vertical Juicer?
Most vertical masticating juicers produce a juice that can be stored for up to 48 hours, however; Hurom juicers have a very slow turning auger and added technology that allows juice from their juicers to be stored for up to 72 hours.
How long can you store juice from a Centrifugal Juicer?
You can store juice from a centrifugal juicer for up to 24 hours, but it is best to drink it immediately after juicing as degradation happens more quickly in juice from a centrifugal juicer.
Juice storage length is one of the things you give up when you purchase a centrifugal juicer. Since a centrifugal juicer pushes more air into the juice during the fast spinning/juicing process, the juice has a higher level of oxidation meaning it will degrade much faster.
How long can you store juice from a Twin Gear Juicer?
Juice storage length is a strong point of twin gear juicers, minimum storage time is 48-hours, maximum is 72-hours.
If you get a juicer that allows you to save your juice for up to 72-hours with little degradation, you will save time overall with a twin gear juicer even though it will take you more time to juice and clean up, you will need to do it less often than with other types of juicers.
How long can you store juice from a Manual Juicer?
I am not sure exactly how long you can store juice from a manual juicer, but what I am sure of is that you will not be storing juice from a manual juicer. It will take long enough to just get the glass of juice you are wanting to drink.
Manual juicers are not meant to be used to make large amounts of juice to be stored, manual juicers are best used for juicing small amounts of wheatgrass juice or using when traveling or on vacation.
What is the most reliable type of juicer?
The most reliable type of juicer is a juicer that offers a long warranty, long warranties are most common in masticating and twin gear juicers. My top picks for the most reliable juicers are the Omega 900 that offers a 15-year warranty, and the Greenstar Pro which is a commercial juicer, with stainless-steel twin gears and a 15-year warranty.
Reliability will range within each type of juicer that you choose, for example there are exceptionally reliable companies that make multiple different types of juicers, and there are reliable and not so reliable options within each category.
For this reason, I will use warranty as a gauge, along with company history and reputation.
Masticating Juicers – Reliability and Warranties:
Masticating juicers are offered with a range of quality, at the low end you can expect low cost, with limited warranties, and questionable reliability. However, as you approach the middle to upper end of masticating juicers, you will find extremely high quality with warranties up to 15 years long.
I personally have owned an Omega masticating juicer for around 7 years at this point and have yet to have a problem, if I do ever have an issue, I am covered by their 15-year warranty.
If you do your research and purchase the right masticating juicer, you can get one of the more reliable juicers on the market.
Centrifugal Juicers – Reliability and Warranties:
Not to say that centrifugal juicers are not reliable, but they offer some of the shortest warranties of any type of juicer.
Breville, the most popular brand of centrifugal juicers, only offers a 1-year warranty on their juicers.
Twin Gear Juicers – Reliability and Warranties:
Twin gear juicers can be some of the most reliable juicers on the market, this Greenstar Pro has stainless-steel twin gears that will last you for years if maintained appropriately, this Super Angel juicer is fully stainless-steel, the whole juicer.
Warranties range on twin gear juicers between 5 and 15-years.
Manual Juicers – Reliability and Warranties:
Manual juicers are so affordable that I will not be diving into the reliability. I would read reviews and purchase one with good reviews, you can get these for $20, so I wouldn’t worry too much about needing to replace one every few years.
Final thoughts on the 5 different types of juicers:
I hope this ultimate guide to the 5 different types of juicers explained all you needed to know about Masticating, Vertical Masticating, Centrifugal, Twin Gear, and Manual Juicers.
My favorite type of juicer is the Twin Gear Juicer as it extracts more juice and nutrients than the other types of juicers. If you are looking to start juicing it is more than likely to get additional nutrients, that is why I suggest purchasing the type of juicer that extracts maximum nutrients.
If you are not ready to spend the amount a twin gear juicer will cost, I suggest purchasing a masticating juicer. A good masticating juicer can be had for around half the price of a twin gear juicer and performs nearly as well.
Lastly, if you are solely concerned with juicing quickly because you are short on time or are sure you won’t juice daily unless your juicer can be used quickly, I suggest purchasing a centrifugal juicer. As I stated earlier, centrifugal juicers get a bad rap in the juicing industry, but it comes down to usage, if you will use a centrifugal juicer everyday because it’s easier to use, that is much better than the alternative of not juicing at all.
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