There are many factors to consider when selecting a juicer. Let’s look at the pros and cons of using a masticating juicer in comparison to centrifugal juicers and juice presses.
When we chose our juicer, the main considerations were:
- Quality of Juice
- Juicer Versatility
- Ease of Use
Here’s a breakdown of our reasoning behind selecting a masticating juicer.
Quality of Juice
Masticating juicers are a one-step process for the user. The machine does the grinding and juice extraction through a process that applies little heat to the juice. This low RPM process leaves valuable enzymes intact and reduces oxidation. Masticating juicer quality is the same as what you would get from a juice press. However, masticating juicers produce much higher quality juice than centrifugal juicers can offer because centrifugal types apply quite a bit of friction in the extraction process.
The juice press probably gets a greater quantity of juice out because of the tremendous force applied to the pulp. However, I am quite pleased with the mildly damp pulp that our juicer leaves behind. Great for compost! Quantity of juice extraction is the main area where I feel like our masticating juicer could use some improvement.
We really wanted to juice dark and leafy greens. That completely eliminated centrifugal juicers for us. Juice presses and masticating juicers both produce excellent juice from leafy greens.
In addition, our masticating juicer can be used to make nut butters, pasta, and baby food. It can also grind coffee and spices with ease. We frequently use our Omega J8004 masticating juicer to make banana ice cream. It’s simply a smooth, delicious puree of frozen bananas. It’s delightful and much easier than getting out our ice cream maker.
Ease of Use
Our juicer had to be easy to store, use, and clean. We knew if it wasn’t easy we just wouldn’t do it. We have very little cupboard space in our home, so the more compact the apparatus the better. Our masticating juicer takes up a small footprint in our cupboard (or counter) and the disassembled parts are easy to store as well.
The juicer is very easy to use. It’s all done in one step and our kids love to help (with supervision, of course). We juice as a family and even our 4 year old can operate the simple juice maker. Again, I’ll emphasize that there is only one step involved as the masticating juicer eliminates the need to use a blender or food processor to prepare the veggies and fruit for juice extraction. That simplified process was a plus for us.
Cleaning is easy because everything gets disassembled and washed with a special brush which was included with our juicer. With only one machine to wash, I am sure this cleanup is at least a little easier than a juice press and blender combination for juicing.
Our 2 year old juicer has some plastic parts that do have minor staining from the intense juice colors that are produced. Following manufacturer guidelines, we use water without soap to clean the parts on a daily basis. Only if there is major staining do we use mild dish detergent to scrub the parts. Even using lemons to help “bleach” the parts doesn’t get all the stains out of the plastic.
A masticating juicer usually falls in the middle of the juicer spectrum when it comes to price. Centrifugal juicers are least expensive and the least appropriate for our needs. Juice presses are the most expensive option especially when you consider the requirement of a quality blender/food processor for the first step of the juice extraction process.
All in all, we are thrilled with our Omega J8004 masticating juicer. It juices all the vegetables and fruits that we love. It gives high-quality juice with little impact from being heated in the production process. It’s a one-step process that requires little effort in storing and cleaning. The masticating juicer is moderately priced and simple to use.