The choice of an extractor I know very well is not easy, since there are many brands on the market. I still have my first extractor somewhere. I got it secondhand from a friend who didn’t use it, he sold it to me for $40. I hadn’t done any research at the time and hadn’t been informed at all.
I immediately took it home, ready to try it. The car was noisy and chaotic (the pulp was literally “shot out” in the back), but for better or worse it did its job. I used it little and did it every now and then when I was whirling some pretty tasty juices.
In hindsight, I should have done a little more research, but considering what I paid, it was a cheap way to try if I would get used to drinking the juices (I don’t recommend going this route because trust me you’ll get used to it. DEFINITELY drinking the juices!).
Now it is much easier to get information, tips, and reviews on juicers, and below you find a list where I have summarized the 8 important things to consider when buying a juice extractor to make your decision much easier.
The motors of the extractors do several revolutions per minute (RPM: Rotations per minute), this affects the quality of the juice extracted. Generally the slower the speed, the better the extractor.
An extractor with low revolutions produces a thicker juice that is more nutritious as it is able to squeeze and “chew” the food slowly, emitting very little heat. The juice that does not undergo heat changes retains the enzymes and vital nutrients.
The price of an extractor can range from $100/150 that you find in any appliance store up to $500+ for top-of-the-range lines. Since the investment is definitely worth the candle, if you have “serious intentions” towards the splendid world of juices I suggest you spend at least $200 ( by clicking here you can read the article where I recommend the 5 best extractors by type of band).
If you want to make yourself a juice from time to time, then you can opt for less expensive juicers. I advise you to think about it, however, before “throwing away” $100/150 because I am sure that then you will not be able to do without juices and you will have to spend more money on a good juicer.
Some extractors require fruit and vegetables to be cut into very small pieces in order to enter the loading mouth. This can be annoying and slow down the time you go to make your juices (and trust me .. fewer complications in preparation = more predisposition to make juices). Then check the size of the food inlet channel.
Yield of juice
The amount of juice that is extracted from fruits and vegetables is the key. You have to try to maximize the amount of juice you get as organic fruits and vegetables can be expensive and wasting is always wrong. A dry waste pulp is a proof that the extractor is efficient.
For most people, the main reason they drink extracted juices is to improve overall health by drinking the key nutrients that are absorbed directly by our body (eating fruits and vegetables is not the same as drinking them – see why ).
If this is also your goal, then it is very important to consider how well the extractor stores vital nutrients and how efficiently it extracts them. Again, a faster juicer typically produces less fruit juice, heats and oxidizes the juice, giving you a lower quality juice.
Not everyone takes this into account but many extractors are large, heavy and can take up a lot of space in the kitchen. Pay attention to the size of the machine. Usually, the more expensive extractors are also the bulkier ones.
Therefore, consider that you will have to dedicate a space in your kitchen to the extractor (do not even take it into your head to put it away once used because you will make the juices every day!).
My first extractor was extremely loud .. it sounded like a lawnmower!
If the noise level matters to you, then consider a more expensive model. I don’t want to wake up my whole family just for a glass of fruit juice in the morning.
Some extractors have many parts to assemble and take off when it’s time to clean up. If your time is always as short as mine, then you should take this into account.
My current extractor only has a couple of parts that take off and wash quickly. I can then make my own juice a few minutes and then go to the office!
Finally, I give you some advice that may seem trivial but it is important! Choose an extractor that has as few complications as possible! Don’t try to save those $20/30 when then maybe you have to waste 15 minutes every time to clean it! Mentally you will be much more predisposed to using it if things are quick and easy!
In the Reviews section of the blog, you can see my opinions on the main extractors on the market, so you can get an idea of which is best for you based on the indications I have given you.