Which is the Best Juice Extractor?
My quest to find the best juice extractor did not start out with that intent. I started this site initially because I knew I needed to take better care of my health. I needed a way to get more fruit and vegetables into my diet since I knew I wasn’t eating enough of them. Using a juice extractor seemed like a good idea. Unfortunately, as it turns out, I waited a bit too long to do this. A series of health issues put me through the ringer this year(2008-2009). See the short video below for my story.
While I do eat fruit and vegetables, there is no way I eat enough of them. From all the articles I’ve read on maintaining health, I now feel the benefits of using juice extractors are too great to pass up. Juicing just makes sense to me. It is a good way to get more nutrients from vegetables, fruits and leafy greens like wheatgrass into my diet. I haven’t planned on juicing to replace these foods but it will supplement them since I know I just don’t eat enough of them. And who knows, maybe it will keep me out of going to the hospital again. (Read my About page for more info on me.)
I’ve wanted a new juice extractor for quite some time and I wanted the best juice extractor I could afford. In my hunt to find which is the best juice extractor I’ve read a lot of juicer reviews.
I started buying a bunch of different juicers and testing them. That’s how these juice extractor reviews started taking shape. I try to video review them and talk about the points I like or don’t like. I’ve learned a lot and I have my own opinion about some of the big selling points manufacturers use to market juicers. There seems to be a fair amount of hype. Some of it seems like down right BS and I say so when I feel that way about it.
I’m hoping I can offer visitors to this website, like yourself, some help in making your own decision about finding the best juicer to buy for you be it a Breville, Omega, Braun, Champion, Jack Lalanne, Green Star juice extractor or whatever juicer machine you choose. By sharing with you my acquired knowledge and answering the questions I had, it should answer most of the questions you have too. Or at least you’ll hear how I solved the problems I ran into that were created by all the juicer information out there.
The process of picking the best juicer that would suit my needs has been confusing for me and it probably is for you too. There are advantages and disadvantages of juice extractors depending on the type. However, I did figure out what would work best for me as you’ll see in my recommendations, videos and juicer reviews.
This was my starting list of concerns, wants and needs for the best juicer:
First off from experience; I knew the best juice extractor had to be easy to clean. People, me included, just don’t use things that are a hassle to use. Cleaning just couldn’t be a long process which also meant that I was looking for a juicing machine that didn’t have a lot of parts or accessories I didn’t need.
I also knew I didn’t want to spend all day pushing vegetables into a machine and having them get stuck. Then I’d have to take apart the machine and pull the pulp out. So I needed a machine that was powerful enough to handle juicing larger chunks and not get backed up with pulp all the time.
Juice extractors in general can be loud. A centrifugal juicer can sound like a jet engine. Because I tend to juice first early in the morning and I have neighbors upstairs, I needed a quiet juice extractor.
The main point to juicing is to get more nutrients into your body and thereby create better health. In order to get more of these nutrients, I knew I needed to make the best quality juice I could. This was a big issue for me but as I researched juicer reviews I found that maybe there was more hype than substance to it. Read more about heat destruction of live enzymes and oxidation here.
The more I read about the benefit of drinking wheatgrass juice the more I knew I wanted to add it to my juicing program. However, I also found out that it is one of the harder things to juice. Not all machines are able to be a wheat grass juicer. So I needed a juicer that could handle wheatgrass, spinach and other leafy greens but not get bogged down with any leaves. And I knew I did not want to buy a wheatgrass juicer that was a separate juicer machine all by itself. At least not until I evaluated how much wheatgrass I would be juicing.
It was also important that I had a juicer machine that I could make carrot, ginger and apple juice with easily because I like the energy I get from those kinds of juice recipes. I learned some juice extractors don’t handle carrots in bulk very well.
I wanted a more versatile fruit juice extractor too. This meant the machine had to juice fruit like peaches, berries, pineapple, and mangoes. It was also important to me too that I could use the citrus fruit from the orange and lemon tree in my backyard. I also love lime juice and am starting to use it in everything from salad dressing to beer. So I wanted a machine that was a good electric citrus juicer as well as being able to juice vegetables and wheatgrass. .
The money thing was a big concern for me too. I couldn’t afford $500 or more for a juicer. If I had the money, I would probably have spent more and maybe picked up one of the Green Star juicers. (Update: I did buy a Green Star to try out and it is excellent!) But then I found out that some of these more expensive machines could be more to clean up. I still wanted the easiest juicer to clean. So I was conflicted with that as well.
Having had different products break down on me over the years, I have come to the realization that getting a good warranty for any item over $100 is a good idea. And the longer the warranty the more secure I feel in my purchase. So if I could get a long warranty, I wanted that as well.
And last but not least, I needed a juice extractor that I could get parts for if I needed them. Some products nowadays only last a little while on the market. Then the company goes out of business or decides not to make them anymore. Finding juicer parts for a machine you really like can be a pain so I knew the best juice extractor for me had to have replacement parts that were not hard to find.
In conclusion, which is the best juice extractor?
I picked the dual screen single auger Omega 8003 juicer as the best juicer to buy. I felt it was the best all around juicer for my needs of being able to juice vegetables, some fruit and to perform the difficult wheatgrass juicing. It was quiet, gave high quality juice, super easy to clean, fairly compact, had a killer warranty and was not too expensive. It is by far my favorite and I believe it to be one of the best juicers on the market. See my video and complete juicer review of the Omega 8003 juicer. Here is a good place to get one.