Ah… the million dollar question! If you saw how many juicers we’ve gone through in this house, you’d shake your head and laugh! Seriously! So, if someone asks me what’s the best juicer on the market, I have a bit of a quandry!
I’ll show you some videos I’ve made that use a NUMBER of them!
But, I need to figure out how to make this page look decent and uncluttered in order to show you the various ones I’ve had, the ones I STILL have (and use), and one I WANT in a bad way…
So, let me tell you a few of the ones I’ve already got (or had):
VitaMix (still our workhorse!) – This is not technically a JUICER, but a BLENDER of sorts… more on that in a bit
Omega 8005 – Masticating Juicer… I’ll explain
Jack LaLanne Power Juicer – A Centrifugal Juicer. More on that in a bit.
Hamilton Beach little mini blender – again, not a juicer per se, but I use it in conjunction with my eating plan.
Breville bje 200xl 700-watt Compact Juice Fountain (which I DON’T yet have but WANT!!) and also the Breville Juice Fountain Plus (also don’t have – but I’m going between this one and the Compact… we’re still in discussions about this! 🙂 )
I think a short explanation is in order regarding the difference between a juicer and a blender, as well as the TYPES of juicers. Don’t worry, it’s not as confusing as it sounds! Ok… let’s move on!
Juicer vs Blender – and the Difference between “Juicing” and “Smoothies”- Let the competition begin!
Think of the root terms here – “juice” and “blend” and it will become more clear.
JUICER: Used when people are “juicing.” A juicer creates just juice, with all the fibrous materials being left behind. So all you get is a liquid. These machines are often referred to as “juice extractors.” An example of the juice extractor is the Omega, pictured above, the Breville, and the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer.
Pros: The pros of using a juicer is that you’ll get some VERY powerful nutrients, vitamins, digestive enzymes and minerals delivered to your cells that may be difficult for the body to use in their whole form.
Cons: The cons of using a juicer is that you have left-over fibrous material. Some people (myself included) use them to simmer into a stock for sipping during the day. I’ll take the material and boil it in water for a while, then put it in a coffee cup with some cayenne for flavor. Yum!
BLENDER: A blender, on the other hand, is used when people make “smoothies.” It blends ALL parts of the fruits and vegetables – skin, fruit, AND juice. The best example of this is the VitaMix or your typical household blender. Now, blenders are typically used (when we’re talking about juicing or eating for better health) for making smoothies.
Pros: The pros of using a blender (like the VitaMix) is that you get ALL the good stuff – juice and fiber as well as all the nutrients in the skin and the “meat” of the food. So, in other words, the whole food, only pulverized.
Cons: The cons of using a blender is that often you need to include additional liquid in order to get everything to blend correctly. Some people don’t like having “fiber” in their drink. I don’t mind it!
Masticating Juicer vs Centrifugal Juicer
Juicers are pretty straight-forward, and for the most part they fall into one of 2 primary categories – “masticating” and “centrifugal.”
A “masticating” juicer is one where the chamber where you put the produce has a “gear” – like a worm gear – that crushes the food, resulting in it pushing the juice through the spigot at the end of its journey through the gear. Think “chewing.” (chewing = masticating) The process is a little slower than the centrifugal type, and this means it can “push” more juice out of foods like spinach, kale, or wheat grass a little more effectively than the centrifugal type. Now, the Omega in my photo above is a masticating juicer. I’m now bummed out that we traded it for a centrifugal, because I really like getting the green juice. But, really, how many juicers can one household have? 🙂 Anyway, expect to pay a little more for a masticating juicer! Some of the brands, other than my Omega, include Samson, Champion, and Green Star.
A “centrifugal” juicer is just what it sounds like! Just like a centrifuge, the blade that processes the food spins at a high rate of speed, pushing the juice through a very fine mesh filter into the spout that dispenses the juice. At the bottom of the chute that you push your food into is a circular “blade” that has lots of “teeth” that shred the fruits and veggies. From my experience, these don’t work very well to get the juice out of kale and spinach. On the other hand, they are a little less expensive than masticating juicers (as a rule). My Jack Lalanne juicer is a centrifugal juicer. The Breville juicer (used by Joe Cross and Phil Staples in the film “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” is also a centrifugal juicer.
Here is our video that we made a few months go, demonstrating our Omega 8005 juicer. Superb product!
So, the question remains: “What’s better? A juicer or a blender?” The answer? Neither! Why not get one of each and enjoy the variety? I’ll talk more about this in a bit, but for starters, there IS one Breville on the market that does combine the functions. Of course, as you might imagine, it’s the most expensive. (I’ll show it in the Amazon links below)
I am currently making a video where I’ll show you how I integrate both a juicer and blender into a morning meal! 🙂 I promise – this is coming soon! 🙂
Also, I’m gathering some materials to incorporate here to offer you the best juicer reviews that I can muster so that you can make an informed decision as to how you want to proceed.
Finally, even though this page is in progress, you might be wondering why I’ve included it on this site which is primarily about reversing diabetes naturally (or reversing or preventing ANY dis-ease naturally). Well, it’s because as you are going to find out if you pick up a copy of Matt Traverso’s Reverse Diabetes Now! download (it’s an instant download), you’ll soon discover that fresh vegetable and fruit – plant-based foods – are going to become a BIG part of your healing journey.
So, while I’m working on this page, grab Matt’s book here, and if you want to shop a little bit for the best juicers on the market, I’ve added a few Amazon choices for you to begin your search until I get back… See you very soon!