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Choosing a Juicer
The most important thing for us is that you get the right juicer for your needs. We are often asked the question 'What is the best juicer?' Surprisingly, a good choice of juicer for one person could be totally wrong for another. For example, busy parents trying to get more fruit and vegetables into their kids with juicing will have different priorities than someone using juicing as part of a nutritional therapy to combat poor health. We have juicers to suit everyone and our information pages will answer most juicing questions. If you need further help with choosing your juicer we are always happy to hear from you. We have the knowledge! Before we go into detail below, here are a few quick links that will help you browse fruit and vegetable juicers with particular strengths:
Best Value Juicer
For fast and convenient access to juicing most ingredients the L'Equip XL Juicer
is the best value model in our range.
Best Juicers For Leafy Greens & Wheatgrass
Horizontal Single Auger Juicers
are the best choice if you need a juicer that is particularly good for leafy greens and wheatgrass and they do a good job with most other ingredients too.
Best Juicers For Hard Fruits & Vegetables
and also in particular the Champion Juicer
offer the best juicing experience for these, but they perform less well on greens and soft fruits and they don't do wheatgrass.
Best Juicers For Soft Fruits
Vertical Slow Juicers
have revolutionized juicing soft fruits and berries - it used to be very expensive but these give a very good juice yield.
Best All Rounder Juicers (for all ingredients)
Again, Slow Juicers
win hands down because they juice all of the above well and are very convenient and user friendly.
Lower down the page you will find detailed information on choosing fruit and vegetable juicers, citrus juicers and juicers that are capable of juicing wheatgrass. There are some general points to be made first that are relevant to making your choice.
About Juicer Comparisons
In 2002, UK Juicers was one of the first companies to offer a comparison of the main contenders in the world of specialist juicing machines. We published test results from controlled juicer tests with uniform batches of juicing ingredients in table form, to try and give our customers an objective view of how each machine performed. As more online sellers started offering specialist juicers we noticed quite a few other juicer comparisons started to appear online and we read them with interest. After reading some of the claims being made, we realised that offering this type of consumer information was beginning to suffer some serious credibility issues. Some of the information on juice yield testing out there is downright misleading. All our juicers are at the forefront of performance when it comes to efficiency but of course there will be diferences. We want to help you cut through the nonsense and get straight to the facts and what follows is designed to inform your choice rather than sell you a particular product.
About Long Product Warranties
Manufacturers seem to be engaged in a competition to see who dares to offer the longest guarantee on their products. This is a marketing activity designed to create the impression that the longer the guarantee, the more reliable the machine will prove to be. Sadly, this is not always so. The honest answer to the question of 'How long will my juicer last?' is not the same as stating the length of the guarantee period. Lifespan depends on how often you use your juicer and how good the build quality is for a particular machine. We recommend that you ignore the warranty period as an indicator of quality.
Any manufacturers guarantee is only as good as the service you get if you are ever unfortunate enough to need to ask for product support. Here at UK juicers we take pride in dealing with almost all our warranty support at our own workshop. Occasionally we may refer you to a manufacturer but we will always be here to help with any product issues you may have in the future.
I don't recall if I have already emailed you about this but I just wanted to say a big thank you for the replacement part you sent recently. I was fully expecting to pay for it but you sent it free of charge! I only wish all companies had your fantastic customer service ethos!
J.Praill - London
It is also important to understand what is being offered in a manufacturer's warranty. Products are usually only guaranteed against manufacturing defects and not against general wear and tear or accidental damage. Genuine defects will usually appear very early in a product's lifespan, so having a 20 year guarantee on a juicer motor becomes a little irrelevant when a manufacturer can simply say that you have worn it out. Some juicers are extremely reliable and others less so but unfortunately you can't tell this simply by the length of guarantee being offered. We choose the juicers that we offer very carefully to ensure you receive value for money. [TOP]
About Juice Yield Testing
Some of the claims being made for certain brands of specialist juicers on the internet would be laughable if they weren't so seriously misleading. We would advise that any claims being made that clearly promote a single juicer above all the competition are possibly false. We would also advise you to ignore any juicer comparison that presents a particularly negative view of certain products.
There are some bizarre claims being made on the internet about how much more juice you will get if you choose certain models. In reality, apart from some notable poor performers in the world of centrifugal juicers, there is not a massive difference in the juice yield you will get across the entire range of juicers on offer. If you were juicing very expensive ingredients it would be an important consideration, but a few percent difference in the amount of juice you get from a kilo of carrots is not as important for most people as the quality of that juice, or how user-friendly the juicing process is. So juice yield is important, but the differences between some machines is not as great as some information might lead you to believe.
There is some waste involved with any juicer and the machine that extracts all the juice from fruit and vegetables has yet to be invented. The quality of the juice is directly related to how well the produce is broken down in the machine and the quantity is determined by the pressure or force used to separate the juice from the pulp. This can vary depending on machine type and the ingredients that you are juicing, so there is no 'one size fits all' approach to choosing the right juicer. Some may have particular strengths over others so our juicer section is broken down into appropriate sub categories. There's a section devoted to juicers that are best for leafy greens or wheatgrass, the new format of slow juicer offers the best performance for soft fruits which are difficult to juice in other juicer types and they are also the best 'all rounders' in our opinion. Slow Juicers (Also Known as Cold Press Juicers) have quickly become the most popular choice in our range for health conscious customers looking for a premium choice. Specialist Twin Gear Masticating Juicers give a slightly better yield overall for all vegetables. They do take a bit longer to use but offer the most nutritious juice so these are for well motivated juice enthusiasts and are often recommended for people combatting illness. Centrifugal Juicers are great in the busy household where you want the juice faster, although they aren't so good on leafy greens and soft fruits. We also have a Whole Fruit Juicers section dedicated to juicers with larger feed chutes that cut down on ingredient prep.
We promise not to make any unscientific claims about anything we sell. You may have read on the internet that centrifugal juicers 'destroy enzymes' because of their high speed. There is no scientific evidence whatsoever to support such a claim. In fact, enzymes are abundant in the juice from most centrifugal machines. You may also have read that 'bio-ceramic magnets in gears preserve vital nutrients in juice for longer'. There isn't any objectively verifiable scientific evidence to suggest that it is true either. It may be so, but there is no proof. There is plenty of other information out there that can be misleading, but on this website we try to stick with common sense and claims that can be independently verified.
We know that some of our juicers represent a significant investment and we want you to be happy with your purchase. If you need any further information when deciding on your choice we are happy to talk you through the choices if you call the number at the top of the page.
Choosing a Fruit and Vegetable Juicer
Juicers capable of juicing fruits and vegetables generally fall into two main categories – Masticating
Juicers using the masticating process (which effectively "chew" the vegetable up, releasing more nutrients) have been shown to produce juice with a slightly higher nutritional content and they incorporate less oxygen, giving juice with a slightly longer nutritional shelf life. Masticating Juicers subdivide into several sub categories that can be confusing to people new to the world of juicing. Vertical Slow Juicers are the most popular and the most user friendly models. Horizontal Single Auger Juicers are best for leafy greens and wheatgrass and good for everything else too. Twin Gear Juicers take longer to use but offer the best juice quality but the price you pay is also in patience. Here's some detail on some of our best sellers...
Recently there has been a very exciting development in the world of single auger masticating juicers that really should be treated as a separate type called vertical auger juicers or vertical slow juicers. An issue with some low speed masticating juicers is that they do take a bit longer to use and clean. Until recently, that is the price that all juicing enthusiasts have had to pay to get a juicer that juices everything, including wheatgrass and greens. However, the new vertical auger juicers are still 'low speed' but they actually juice very quickly because the augers and filter screens are much bigger. This is a massive step forward in juicer design. This type of juicer is so revolutionary that if we decided to award the title 'Best Juicer' to any one model, The Omega VERT VSJ843 Slow Juicer is definitely a strong contender, because for the first time even the more difficult juicing ingredients can be juiced quickly and conveniently and the cold pressing action offers a highly nutritious juice. The VSJ843 is also the highest yielding slow juicer we have, giving you the most juice with the least amount of pulp, so it's easy to see why it's quickly becoming a leader.
Horizontal Single Auger Masticating Juicers use a slowly rotating screw that crushes produce against a stainless steel filter by a process similar to a mincing machine. The single auger juicer that will give a slightly higher juice yield than most models is the Omega 8006. This is also identical to the Omega 8004 except for colour. Our best value juicer in this section is the L'Equip Omni Juicer. Horizontal single auger juicers are generally a more economical alternative choice to a Twin Gear juicer for those juicing greens, harder produce and wheatgrass. We regard them as 'best for greens' because they are a bit easier to live with than a Twin Gear model. They all have homogenising functions for making purees, nut butters, frozen fruit ice creams and for extruding noodle dough, although these functions are generally more popular in their country of origin, Korea. The juicing process is also a little slower than in the Champion or a Centrifugal Juicer.
The Champion 2000+ Juicer is a unique masticating juicer that uses a single cutter. This is cylindrical in shape and tapered to the end, with tiny stainless steel teeth running across the length of the cutter. These teeth effectively shred and chew up produce inside a stainless steel chamber and juice is squeezed through a strainer below. For convenience and long-term value, The Champion is the one of the best general purpose juicers and rattles through the task of juicing for the whole family. This is one juicer where you can be confident that it will outlive the warranty period - it may even outlive you! The Champion Juicer has a blanking plate so it also crushes nuts to make nut butters, grinds frozen fruits to make instant 'ice cream' and with the optional grain mill attachment you can also make healthy wholegrain flours and meals. We would call the Champion a 'fast masticator' because it is still very quick and convenient to use. The Champion however is not great with greens and won't do wheatgrass. For wheatgrass and great results with greens you need either a single auger or a twin gear masticating juicer.
Twin-gear masticating juicers such as the Green Power Kempo Juicer and Green Star Juicers use two cylindrical gears which fit very tightly together. Produce is crushed and pressed between the gears with juice being pressed out and passed through a screen. These juicers are often recommended by nutritionists to their clients because they offer the very best quality of juice from a domestic juicer. They achieve this because fruits and vegetables must pass through a tiny gap between the gears and get thoroughly broken down. The juicing and clean up process is a little slower than other juicer types so they are not much fun if you have a hectic lifestyle. Twin Gear juicers are however, the optimum machines for getting the best possible results from wheatgrass, leafy greens and all other vegetables. They also usually offer other functions in addition to juicing. When making your choice of Twin Gear Juicer we recommend that you choose on the basis of the features that appeal to you most. It is very difficult to tell the difference in results from any particular model – they are all excellent and all have very reliable low speed induction motors.
work by using a flat cutting blade on the bottom of a rapidly spinning basket. Food is shredded by the cutter and flung out to the sides of the basket. Due to the high centrifugal force, juice then passes through tiny holes in the basket and through a spout. In the case of the L'Equip XL Juicer
and the Sage by Heston Blumenthal
range, pulp is spun off and collected in a separate container. The juice produced by centrifugal juicers is not quite as rich as juice from a masticating juicer
but it is still excellent. The extraction process and higher revs do incorporate more oxygen and therefore reduce shelf life, so it is best to juice to order with these machines (we think it is best to drink juice fresh anyway). If you are only making a litre or so of juice in one go, there is an advantage to considering juicers that don't eject the pulp but instead spin it continuously until the juicer is full ad needs to be cleaned. The Omega 9000 Juicer
does this and gives a slightly higher juice yield, with less pulp. By the nature of the cutting process, centrifugal juicers do not break down leafy green vegetables quite as well as masticating units. However, they are a quick and convenient way of getting a healthy juice boost, so they make a great choice if you have a busy lifestyle and time is at a premium. Unfortunately with centrifugal machines, there are a lot of examples out there that don't perform brilliantly. It's worth investing a little more to get a tried and tested model with higher juice yields.
All these types of juicers can be found in the Fruit and Vegetable Juicers section of the site.
Choosing a Wheatgrass Capable Juicer
You may be wondering what wheatgrass juice is and whether it is something you are interested in if you are new to juicing. Wheatgrass juice is extracted from young shoots of grass grown from wheat grain and it is extremely nutritious. It is usually only drunk in shot-glass measures because of its concentrated nutritional values. You can find out more on our wheatgrass page.
Centrifugal juicers and also the Champion 2000+ masticating juicer don't do a very good job of juicing wheatgrass. Twin Gear juicers and Single Auger or Screw Type juicers are very good for wheatgrass and other leafy greens because they operate at the lower speeds needed to deal with fibrous leaves.
The important choice here is to decide if you want your main fruit and vegetable juicer to be able to do wheatgrass too. Low speed masticating juicers like the L'Equip Omn Juicer and the Green Power Kempo Juicer will do a great job of wheatgrass and all your other fruits and vegetables but they do take a little longer to use than most non-wheatgrass juicers. It is a small investment of time to get excellent juice but for some people it is preferable to have a quicker juicer for the main fruit and vegetable machine and a separate hand operated juicer for wheatgrass. A great example of a good quality hand-operated wheatgrass juicer is the Z Star Juicer. If you want a 'do it all' juicer for wheatgrass that is also very quick and convenient to use, the Vertical Slow Juicers in our range are rightly the most popular.
All the juicers that are capable of juicing wheatgrass are in our Wheatgrass Juicers section.
Choosing a Citrus Juicer
If you want the regular antioxidant benefits of a daily glass of freshly squeezed orange juice it is better to have a separate machine for oranges. Fresh is always best and vitamin C is needed for all repair and regeneration of tissues in the body. Your body can't manufacture vitamin C and fresh orange juice is one of the best ways to get it. Beware of so called 'freshly squeezed' orange juice from the shelves of supermarkets. Usually it has been pasteurised and the heat involved in this process inevitably destroys some of the goodness in the juice. You can juice oranges in any fruit and vegetable juicer but they are one of the few fruits you have to peel before juicing because of the bitter oils in the skin. If you don't fancy the hassle of peeling a pile of oranges before you start juicing, a dedicated citrus juicer
means all you have to do is cut the fruit in half and off you go.
You have two groups of orange juicers to choose from; manual citrus presses and electric citrus juicers.
With the hand operated type you pop the half orange on the pressing cone and pull down a lever to squeeze out the juice. The OrangeX
is by far the best example of a manual citrus press we have encountered. In fact the OrangeX is so powerful it is one of the few juicing machines that can juice pomegranates. Pomegranates are even more rich in vitamin C than oranges and a cocktail of fresh OJ and pomegranate juice is lip-smackingly gorgeous.
If you want electricity to do the work, we have a great selection of motor powered citrus juicers to choose from starting with the stylish but economical CitriStar ranging right up to the professional quality Sage Citrus Press with commercial grade components and gorgeous styling. With electric citrus juicers the half orange is pressed either by hand or by a levered top cone onto a spinning reaming cone. This extracts the juice and passes it through a strainer. For those of you who like their orange juice with 'bits' don't worry, these machines are designed to filter out the pips and leave a little texture in the juice. All the electric citrus reamers where you grip the half citrus fruit by hand deliver the best juice yield because you juice right down to the peel.