What’s the difference between a Centrifuge and Masticating Juicer?

It can be difficult, getting all 7 recommended servings of fruit and veg a day, and whether you've resolved to eat cleaner or just more nutritiously, juicing can be one way to literally 'squeeze' in all those vitamins, nutrients and minerals your body is craving without having to work past the fiber.

But where to start? If you've done any shopping for a juicer you may have come across several options, styles, and designs which can make selecting the right one for you a challenge. One frequently asked question in this process is "What's the difference between a centrifugal or masticating juicer?"

The first and major difference is the method of creating the juice. A Centrifuge juicer has a blade with sharp 'teeth' that essentially grind the fruits and vegetables and, with the force of the spinning basket, the juicer flings the pulp against the screen which in turn only allows the juice to flow out, into your glass.

There are also some minute differences across brands for this style of juicer. Speed is one. For example, the Breville Elite Juice Fountain rotates at speeds up to 13,000 RPMs to maximize juice production. Additionally, there are variations in the size of the chute, which can mean more or less prep time, and whether the pulp is extracted or left in the basket, effecting both cleaning and batch size. Most centrifuge juicers simply have the one function, but the Novis Vita Juicer has additional attachments that allow 3 other functions like a citrus juice press, citrus juice with no pulp and a puree function that creates a smoothie like texture with soft fruits so you can add texture and flavor from bananas or strawberries without employing a second small appliance, like a blender.

The second style of juicer is a masticating, or chewing, juicer. This style uses an auger and screen to first slice the fruit or veg, and then press the juice out by forcing the pieces against a screen with great pressure.

These are known as 'slow' juicers and rotate at only 80 RPMs, reducing oxidation. This process preserves the nutrient content of the juice longer, up to 72 hours in the fridge. These juicers can be either lie down, or horizontal style, depending on the design of the unit. The the Nutrition System juicer by Omega is a lie down dual masticating juicer and again, with its many attachments and screens, can do more than just juicing including pressing nut butters, sorbets, extruding pasta and even grinding coffee beans. This style is also effective in juicing leafy greens or wheat grass.

Each choice has its own appeal, depending on how you intend to use your juicer. Other things to think about and compare as your making your selection include motor size, warranty, and certainly cleanability. One of our favorite tips, no matter which  juicer you choose, is to do the clean up right after you juice. There are quite a few parts and pieces to clean and the sooner you get the juice and pulp off, the less sticky, dried on bits you'll have to scrub. Also- use a sink drain strainer when rinsing pulp from your machine parts, because though it seems like fine mooshed particles, that's concentrated fiber folks and can clump and clog faster than you think. Trust us.

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