Juicing is a great way to get your daily servings of fruits and vegetables, particularly when you’re on the go, but popular juicers can run upwards of $500. Luckily, the best budget juicers can offer you the same health benefits of their more expensive counterparts — at a fraction of the cost.
Three of the most common types of motorized juicers are centrifugal, masticating, and citrus juicers, and they all function in slightly different ways.
- Centrifugal juicers are similar to blenders in that they have a blade that spins and shreds the fruit and veggies. But unlike a blender, the juicer filters this through a strainer to remove much of the pulp the pulp from the juice. Centrifugal juicers are designed to churn quickly and are great at breaking down tough fruits and vegetables.
- Masticating juicers, also known as slow juicers or cold-press juicers, don’t chop up the ingredients; instead, they crush them. An advantage of this process is that masticating juicers typically don’t heat up as much as centrifugal juicers, and some people believe that this lower temperature means it maintains more of the nutritional value of the ingredients. These juicers also usually produce less pulp because they keep much of the fruit intact. But masticating juicers can take longer and tend to be more expensive than other types of juicers.
- Citrus juicers are designed to be used only with fruits like oranges, limes, and lemons. They’re essentially electric versions of the manual juicer tool you’re likely familiar with.
No matter which kind you have in mind, juicers don’t have to cost an entire paycheck. So snag one of these budget juicers and enjoy (in juice form) the delicious flavors of everything from celery and carrots to apples and oranges. And if you’re short on space, you may want to check out these compact juicers instead.
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