What to Buy: Centrifugal or Cold Press Juicer?
Are you feeling confused about buying a juicer? After reading about the advantages and disadvantages between a centrifugal and cold press juicer, your confusion will be gone and your mind will be clear!
What is a Centrifugal Juicer?
A centrifugal juicer is the common type of juicer. It is widely popular but now consumers are discovering that the fast spinning cutting process deployed in this conventional type of juicer destroys some of the enzymes from fruits and vegetables when you are juicing and there are some other disadvantages aswell. It is often seen as the beginner juicer for the people who are starting their journey into the healthy kitchen and are at the beginning phase of learning to take better care of their health through natural means. Sometimes the first mistake they make is to buy a juicer without knowing all the facts!
Similar to a cold press juicer, the centrifugal juicer separates both juice and pulp into different containers, but the extraction process that's used to get to the end result is very different, and the outcomes of the resulting juice and the juicing experience as a whole also differ greatly.
Now let us see the advantages and disadvantages of a centrifugal juicer...
Advantages of a Centrifugal Juicer
1. Low cost
2. Faster juicer that needs minimal effort to push the produce down the chute
3. Less problematic for fruit juicing (floury apples are ok)
4. Limited chopping
5. Lightweight & easy to move around
6. Easy to use for beginners
7. More sturdy for juicing horse carrots (dry, woody carrots)
Disadvantages of a Centrifugal Juicer
1. Difficult to clean the centrifuge basket which might deter some users from making the juice regularly
2. Juicer is noisy
3. Destroys some of the enzymes & nutrients from fruits and vegetables
4. It is very tough to juice green leafy vegetables
5. Juice is less tasty from the faster, heated extraction process
6. Juice yield is lower which means some herbs and produce can't be juiced effectively and you need to buy more produce to make the same quantity of juice
7. Over time what seems like a cheap buy ends up more expensive because motor & parts may be non-replaceable and have a shorter lifespan
8. Juice must be consumed immediately as juice separates and oxidises more quickly, so you need to juice more often
9. No multi-functions such as baby foods, sorbets, and other healthy living foods can be made in the centrifugal juicer
In summary, here's what to expect when you buy a centrifugal juicer...
A centrifugal juicer is cheaper to buy, it's a quicker juicer than any of the cold press juicers, its easier to get your produce down the chute but its also alot more noisy and the spinning basket is difficult to clean.
Because of the cutting method deployed in the centrifugal extraction process, you will get a lower yield from the produce you put through the juicer and therefore, you will spend more money on produce over time and if you use your juicer every day, this will add up to alot of extra money over the years.
Its easier to juice fruits in a centrifugal juicer, but as you become more knowlegeable about natural health, you will quickly learn that drinking alot of fruit juice is not good for you and vegetable juicing is where it's at, especially the green vegetables which are largely problematic to juice using a centrifugal juicer.
If you have a problem with your centrifugal juicer, you may not be able to get replacement parts and you might discover your juicer is a throw-away item as the models may change quickly and parts become obsolete or the parts may be too expensive compared to buying a new one.
You may become deterred to using your juicer as often as you intended to because the juicing process is noisy and cleaning up the spinning basket is hard work.
If you continue to look at natural methods to improve your health, you will at some point no doubt learn more about the benefits of living juice and you may well regret that you didn't buy a cold press juicer. You may likely feel compelled to buy a cold press juicer in the future. The late Dr. Norman Walker was a pioneer in the field of natural healing through living juice, living foods, pure water and colon hydrotherapy. All of his books including his famous juicing book "Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juices" is available from Vitality 4 Life.
What to expect from a Cold Press Juicer
A cold press juicer is also known as a slow juicer. The cold press juicers are generally more costly than centrifugal juicers and prices amongst the cold press juicers vary depending on several factors...
1. the type and lifespan of the motor
2. the length of the warranty
3. the durability & replaceability of all parts to match the lifespan of the motor
4. the type of cold press extraction method used
5. the repairability of all parts of the juicer
6. country of manufacture
Overall, the cold press juicing experience is quite unique from start to finish. Firstly, you need to buy quality fruits & vegetables as the cold press juicers don't take well to horse carrots and floury apples. You will need to cut the width of your produce to fit down the chute and widths amongst cold press juicers can vary quite significantly, especially with the introduction of the new whole slow juicers onto the market. No matter which cold press juicer you buy, you rarely need to cut the length of the produce as any length is usually fine.
The cold press juicers need a little more pressure to press fruits and vegetables through the chute, but this problem has been resolved to a great extent with the introduction of the Whole Slow Juicer. The Whole Slow Juicer is the latest technology that has been developed in regards to cold press juice extraction methods and has made juicing alot easier.
The major technological breakthrough in the Whole Slow Juicer is the move from the horizontal axis of previous designs to the vertical axis. This allows for the Whole Slow Juicer to take advantage of the same gravitional force that was previously only available to centrifugal juicers. This gravitational advantage combined with the much wider, larger auger and juicing screen/spinning basket, has led to a much quicker extraction via the cold press method and a much easier juicing experience with more successful juicing of fruits than the horizontal cold press juicers which preceded this new development.
The horizontal cold press juicers have other advantages over the vertical whole slow juicers and horizontal cold press juicers can be divided into 3 types, single gear juicers, twin gear juicers and masticating juicers. For more information on the different types of cold press juicers, please visit these informative articles...
No matter which cold press juicer you decide to purchase, you will find it's much more convenient to make juice once per day or once every second day as a juice which is made in a cold press juicer can be easily stored in a refrigerator for 48-72 hours. Juice storage time depends on the type of cold press juicer that was used because there are several types of cold press juicers which use a variety of cold press extraction methods.
If you happen to taste cold pressed juice, you will quickly start to prefer the taste of the juice made in a cold press juicer as it really is much more delicious than the taste of juice that's come from a centrifugal juicer. The mortar & pestle action used to extract the juice in a cold press juicer extracts the juice from deep in the cellulose wall of the fibre, so more of everything found in the fruits, herbs and vegetables will make its way into the juice and that includes taste!
The blade system used in a centrifugal juicer means that more of this "everything" remains with the pulp, which can be seen from the wetter pulp of a centrifugal juicer and also cold press juicers can vary alot in regards to how dry the pulp is and therefore how much is extracted from deep within the cellulose wall of the fibres of the produce used.
Due to the greater extraction process of the cold press juicer and therefore the improved retention of nutrients and enzymes compared to centrifugal juicers, you will without a doubt feel more vitalised throughout each day that you consume the living juices. If you partake in a routine of 1 litre of vegetable juice per day, after 30 days of such a routine, you will surely be thankful for the results.
In Summary, here are the advantages and disadvantages of a cold press juicer
Advantages of a Cold Press Juicer
1. Better value over the long term
2. Quieter juicers
3. Easier to clean so less cleaning time needed
4. Cold press extraction = better taste, more juice, more enzymes & nutrients
5. Juice remains fresh for longer
6. Suitable for green leafy vegetables
7. Long lasting product, fully repairable and long warranties
Disadvantages of a Cold Press Juicer
1. More expensive in the short term or if you don't end up using the juicer very much
2. Some cold press juicers have a narrower chute so more chopping is required
3. Heavier in weight, some cold press juicers are more bulky and not glamorous
4. Juicing takes longer than a centrifugal juicer
Now that you have read our article, we hope your confusion is gone and your mind is clear.
All in all, you can see it's a completely different juicing experience if you make juice using a centrifugal or a cold press juicer and the results are different too. Now which juicer would you like to purchase, a centrifugal or cold press juicer? We would love to hear your comments below or any questions you may have!