If you are just starting out juicing, I am sure you are pretty confused right now. What with centrifugal juicers, single gear juicers or twin gear juicers, wheatgrass juicers, citrus juicers etc., there are a lot of things you probably think you need to know before you could possibly make that decision.
Usually when I want to buy something, I’ll ask an opinion from a friend how knows a little more about it than I do. That is where I can help you with juicing. I can tell you what I think is the perfect juicer for YOU, and I can do it in just a couple of minutes.
NOTE: After watching the video, you can see our recommended juicers for beginner at the end of this page.
I only need you to answer a couple of questions.
Here is a brief overview of the questions I need to ask. We’ll go through each of these points in detail below.
I’ll make one assumption here. The assumption is is that as someone new to juicing, you want the most versatile juicer you can afford. You want a juicer that will give you the best experience juicing fruits, vegetables and other fresh produce. A juicer that will give your health a big boost.
You see, there are juicers that are specifically for juicing citrus fruits (lemons, oranges, limes, etc). I’ll assume you don’t want one of those.
There are also juicers that are specifically for juicing wheat grass and I guess you don’t want one of those either. These types of juicers are just too limiting for those just starting out. You need a multipurpose juicer.
So, let’s find you the perfect juicer for a beginner.
First question is about budget.
If your budget is is over $100, skip to the next section on “How Much of a Hurry are you in”.
If your budget is under $100, then this is an easy one to answer (and don’t worry, there are excellent juicers in your price range).
If you have less than $100 to spend, you need to get a centrifugal juicer. Below $100 there won’t be too many differences between the centrifugal juicers but I do recommend looking for one with a large feed chute.
If you want my specific recommendation, go for the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth juicers. The large feed chute on these models are big enough to allow whole apples in at a time. Certainly a big time saver as smaller chute juicers require you to cut up the produce into smaller pieces.
How much of a Hurry are you in?
OK, now we have established you have a budget above $100 and we can look for a better juicer.
There is another choice though.
You can buy a good quality juicer that is faster to make the juice, but you’ll be balancing the speed at which you make the juice with the quality of the juice produced.
e.g. For a faster juicer, you need a centrifugal juicer. However, the quality of the juice will not be as good as a masticating juicer which preserves more of the nutritional elements.
A masticating juicer, while producing better quality juice, will take a little longer because all of the fruit and vegetables need to be chopped up into smaller pieces, and fed into the juicer at a slower rate.
Your next choice then, is do you want the fastest juicer, or the one that makes the best juice?
I have used both types of juicers and there is a notable difference in the taste, with the masticating juicers not only producing better tasting juice, but also higher yields of juice.
My personal recommendation would be to go for the better quality juice and a masticating juicer, but you know your schedule better than I do .
So it’s decision time…
Answer the question in the diagram above, and you have chosen your ideal juicer. Either a high end centrifugal juicer (faster, time-saving) or a single/twin gear juicer (for better quality juice, though longer preparation time).
Below you can see my recommendations for both types of juicer.
Best Centrifugal Juicer
For those that have finally decided on the faster juicing of a centrifugal juicer, the best one around the $100 mark in my opinion is the Breville BJE200XL. While that one usually retails a little over $100, Amazon usually have it around the $100 mark. Even cheaper, I like this Hamilton Beach juicer because of the wide mouth, making it easy to put produce down the chute without having to chop everything up small.
Best Single/Twin Gear Juicer
For those that have gone with the better juice quality over preparation time, congratulations. You won’t be disappointed.
I will recommend two juicers here. The first will be a reasonably priced juicer that is perfect for beginners (in fact I have one too), and the second juicer is the one I would buy if money was no object.
My recommendation for best gear juicer for beginners is the Samson GB-9001 Wheatgrass Fruit and Vegetable Juicer. This is a really versatile single gear juicer that will make all types of juices, including leafy vegetables, grasses, herbs as well as nearly any fruit and vegetable you through at it. It can also be used for making nut butters, frozen fruit deserts that my kids love, paste, bread sticks, salsas, etc. I use mine as an all-round food processor, but the juice is what I use it for on a daily basis, and I love this juicer. Don’t worry if you do not know what a single gear juicer is. This one comes with full instructions and even beginners will be up to speed in no time, benefiting from the wonderfully rich, nutritious juice it creates.
If money is was no object, there is only one juicer that I would buy. It’s the Super Angel 5500 Stainless Steel Living Juice Extractor. It’s a beautiful twin gear juicer made entirely of stainless steel. It will juice just about anything and will last a very long time, while also looking great in your kitchen.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask them. There is a comment form below, and I’ll answer every question to the best of my knowledge. Maybe other people will benefit from your question too.