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Before You Juicers - Juice Extractors

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Because there are so many different models of juice extractors on the market to choose from it can be fairly confusing to know which one to purchase. Below I have outlined specific things to consider before deciding which juicer is right for you.

Ease of Use and Clean Up

A kitchen appliance is of little value if it is complicated to use or requires the the user to spend too much time for set up and clean up. If clean up is messy, forget it! Juicers are used on a daily basis, and if it isn't easy and quick to use then it will have little value in your life.

Percentage Yield

Look to the product specification to see what percentage of juice Vs pulp/waste it yields to get the maximum juice. Juicers that eject the pulp outside the machine yield less juice than juicers that keep the pulp in the basket. How important is it to you to have pulp-free juice?

Type of Appliance

Centrifugal Juicers: Create oxidation that degrades nutrients over time. Juices need be drank right away. Masticating Juicers: Low speed units produce a higher quality juice because they produce less oxidation. High speed units can produce too much heat that can destroy nutrients. Hydraulic Press Juicers: Produce very little oxidation and are touted to make the highest nutrient juice.

Reliability / Warranty

Check to see what type of warranty is offered. A good juicer is usually guaranteed with warranties of 5 to 10 years. Inexpensive juicers are not built for daily use and are typically warranted 90 days to 1 year. The cutting blade typically wears out after 2 to 4 months of use, and the motor burns out shortly after your warranty expires.

Horse Power

A motor rating of 450 watts or greater is recommended. The heat from a more powerful motor will destroy the produce with oxidation. A less powerful unit will strain the motor and your juicer will eventually break down.

Availability of Replacement Parts

Look to buy a juicer whose brand name is well known. Finder replacement parts for lesser known brands can be difficult if not impossible. You do not want to be juiceless for a prolonged period awaiting delivery of replacement parts.
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