Centrifugal vs. Cold-Press Juicers

Earlier this year, our Jack LaLanne juicer made a trip to the happy hunting grounds. It was a great starter juicer, but I don’t think it could handle us using it as heavily as we did (2-4 times a day, 365 days a year). On our journey to find a new juicer, we discovered that there is more to choosing a juicer than just choosing between brands; there are actually two different types of juicers!

Instead of doing a single review on our new Omega-3 VRT350 juicer, I’m going to switch it up a little and do a comparison of centrifugal and cold-press juicers.

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COLD-PRESS JUICERS

The Omega-3 juicer is a cold-press juicer. What does this mean? It is as the name says: it presses the fruits and vegetables instead of chopping them up like a centrifugal juicer.

Pros:

  • The pressing motion takes longer to press the juice from fruits and vegetables, which results in more juice produced, and a drier pulp leftover.
  • Because there is no blade, less heat is generated, therefore preserving more nutrients in the resulting juice
  • As such, the juice remains good for a longer period of time before consumption
  • Much quieter to operate

Cons:

  • Much like the Vitamix blender, cold-pressed juicers are very expensive (~$250-500)
  • The initial prep takes longer, because the produce must be cut into smaller pieces to accommodate the small chute
  • As the chute is smaller, it takes longer to feed all your produce through
  • The resulting juice is SO pulpy, I either have to strain it or blend it, which I hate. I know it’s quick to throw into a blender and blend, but I just want my juice to come out as juice and be on my way. 
  • Leafy greens do not juice well. I find the pressing mechanism leaves a lot of pulp, which in my mind is a waste of the leafy greens. I much prefer to blend them into my juice with a blender. 

CENTRIFUGAL JUICERS

A centrifugal juicer, such as my Breville, has a blade, which chops up the fruit and vegetables.

Pros:

  • Cheaper (~$100-400)
  • Little prep needed due to a wider chute
  • Faster juicing time
  • Produces a little-to-no-pulp juice (Juices do tend to be quite foamy though, which means having to stir or shake them before drinking)

Cons:

  • Very noisy due to the grinding and cutting of food
  • Resulting pulp is moist, which means less juice is produced
  • Leafy greens do not juice well. Contrary to the cold-press juicer, I find the centrifugal juicer eats the leafy greens so quickly that it barely produces any juice, which I again feel is a waste of the leafy greens. I feel it is much more nutritious to blend them into your juice with a blender, therefore utilizing the entire leaf and also reaping the benefits of fibre. 
  • Lower nutrient quality of juice due to the cutting of food, thus damaging nutrients
  • The nutrient quality of the juice deteriorates the longer it sits before being consumed

*I have heard people complain about their juice separating with a centrifugal juicer and say that it doesn’t with a cold-press juicer. From my experience, the resulting juice separates in both types of juicers. However, I don’t think this is a huge negative selling point, it just requires you to stir, shake or blend your juice before drinking, which I often end up doing anyways to add in “extras” like chia seeds, spinach, flaxseed oil, etc. 

My verdict?

I really love my Breville. It is fast, the resulting juice is a good consistency and the preparation and clean up is easy. On the other hand, I do love the pressing action of the Omega-3, and the higher volume and nutrient concentration of the juice produced. It also seems to be a hardier juicer than a centrifugal one. That being said, I will probably go for an Omega-3 juicer when my Breville decides to bite the dust (which is hopefully not anytime soon!)

The reality is that juicing is SO nutritious, I think either option can be a great choice!

Which brand is the best?

Now that juicing is becoming more popular, there seems to be a new brand pop up every week. From what I know and personal experience, the top brands are Omega-3, Breville and Jack LaLanne. Cuisnart or Hamilton Beach would probably get the job done too, they just might not have the quality or lifespan that the other brands do.

Where can I find good juice recipes?

I can NOT say enough good things about The Funky Fresh Juice Book by “The Juice Master” Jason Vale. I use it daily and have not made a bad recipe yet! There are also some tasty recipes on Joe Cross’ (from the movie Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead) website. I love his Mean Green

Hopefully this information helps you pick the right juicer for you!

2 thoughts

  1. Excellent comparison of the two basic types of juicers. Even grumpy old guys get it now… but since I can handle the pulp, I think I will stick to my Vitamix for the vast majority of my juices – it’s quick & easy to clean too. I know, lazy, lazy, lazy but that’s what grumpy old guys are!

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