Which juicer is best – results from a home trial

Comparing Juice production from 3 different Juicers – results from a home trial

I recently conducted a trial to compare the three main types of juicers. The purpose of this trial was to demonstrate the differences between the types of machine, not the specific models used.

The juicers I trialled included: Centrifugal juicer (Philips HR1854), Single auger vertical slow juicer ( Nutri-Squease Max ) and Twin gear masticating juicer (Green Star).

The same set and quantity of ingredients was put through each juicer.

Those ingredients were:

  • 2 sticks of celery
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 apple
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/3 large cucumber
  • 2 handfuls of chopped kale

And I chose these because they are fruits and vegetables that are widely used in juicing and represent different types e.g. hard fruit, hard vegetable, green leafy vegetables etc.

The parameters measured were:

  • Time to juice ingredients
  • Quantity of juice produced
  • Quality of juice produced
  • Residue

The table above shows the results.

The Philips centrifugal juicer was quickest to operate but produced less juice and more waste. It also had difficulty processing material like the leafy greens and more fibrous material like celery. The juice produced was thick and pulpy and left a residue in the jar. An independent taste tester described it as being like “a pulpy orange juice which leaves you something to chew on”.

The advantages of this machine though, is the speed of operation and of cleaning up afterwards. Also you can put in large pieces of produce so less preparation is required. Generally they tend to be much cheaper than other types of juicer, although not quite as robust.

The Green Star twin gear masticating juicer produced the best juice. The juice from these machines is nutritionally superior, which can be important if you are juicing as part of a health recovery program. An independent taste tester described this juice as being “smooth, refined and clean tasting”.

The quantity of juice was 25% more than that from the centrifugal juicer, and if you are juicing regularly then this could be significant over time, especially if you are using expensive organic produce. As you might expect there is much less waste and the machine could easily handle all types of produce.

The disadvantages of this juicer are the high cost of the machine, and the time taken to produce juice. There is more preparation involved as the produce needs to be chopped prior to juicing.

But the machines are more robust – I have had mine for over 10 years.

As you might expect the Nutri-Squease Max single auger slow juicer falls somewhere between the other two types, both in terms of quality and quantity of juice produced. These types of juicer often provide a good compromise in terms of cost, efficiency and nutritional quality.

I am lucky enough to have all three types. Each has their use but I find I am drawn to use my Green Star machine the most frequently.