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Juicers: What You Should Know Before You Buy

noni-juiceCitrus Juicer – uses a reamer that extracts the juice into a trough. Electric citrus juicers usually have two easily cleanable parts – the reamer and the basket. Non-mechanical citrus juicers are one solid piece.

Cold Press Juicer – crushes and compresses produce with an auger to extract juice. These work on the same principle as the old hand operated carnival juicers but with much more power.

Centrifugal Extractor – uses a high speed bladed disk to separate the juice from the pulp. They may also create low grade heat which may compromise sensitive enzymes and fragile proteins.

Here are some features to look for:

– See through containers with visible measurement markings

–       A juice cup that sits well against the machine

–       Cord storage area

–       Dishwasher safe removable parts

–       Dust cover

–       Large chute to accommodate larger pieces of produce

Some of the Popular Brands

NutriPro – The Bella NutriPro uses bladeless cold press technology – one single auger presses the juice out instead of spinning it out. It has a sleek modern design but it’s still a bit large.

List Price: $359-99 but can be found for $199.95 at http://nutriprojuicer.com/

NutriBullet – Technically not a juicer, the NutriBullet uses high speed centrifugal force (cyclonic action) and a patented blade technology to rupture cell walls, crack seeds, extract juice and break down plant fiber. There’s no roughage left outside the machine. It’s all contained within the NutriBullet’s cup. The machine is a very compact countertop size with only the cup and the self contained screw on blade to wash.

You won’t get clear juice from this machine but a thick bio-available blend of the entire plant.

List Price: $119.94 at http://wvw.nutribullet.com/

Jack LaLanne Power Juicer – This brand of juicer comes in Classic, Express, Express Deluxe, Deluxe, and Pro models all using the extraction process. Power Juicer offers a lifetime warranty on its motor but most of the machines are a bit bulky’.

List Price: $99.98 to $149.97 at http://www.powerjuicer.com and at Amazon, Best Buy, Lowes, Overstock, Bed Bath and Beyond, EBay, and Wal-Mart.

Black and Decker JE2200B – Smaller and easy to dismantle but tends to leave a good amount of leafy material behind along with the fiber.

List Price: $59.99 at Macy’s.

Cuisinart CJE1000 – Claims to be very quiet and has a patented filter basket that reduces foam, 5 variable speeds, and a large fiber catch.

List Price: $270.00 but can be found for $149.00 at http://www.casa.c0m/p/cuisinart-cje-1000

Omega – Omega has a full line of juicers – centrifugal, citrus, slow speed, masticating, and pulp ejector – that range in price from $79.95 to $429.95. The styles vary by model with some sleek and compact and others large and bulky.

Their VRT400HDS is a masticating juicer that boasts a low speed to prevent oxidation, an automatic screen cleaning system, and a juice tap (just like a faucet) that allows you to juice all your ingredients and then fill your glasses. This juicer will even juice wheat grass and the juice can be left in the juicer for up to 72 hours, a real bonus for committed juicers.

List Price: $429.95 at http://www.omegajuicers.com/