Juicer reviews: FAQs
What type should I buy?
Think about how often you are likely to use your juicer. If you have the space and are serious about juicing, a masticating model is probably best.
They're generally too heavy to carry to and from a cupboard each time you use them, so are likely to stay on the worktop. Centrifugal juicers are usually much smaller and lighter so easier to store.
You can take a look at our guide to buying the best juicer for more tips and advice.
Are manual juicers worth looking at?
You can buy manual juicers where you turn a handle to squeeze the juice out. They're slow and quiet but if you're lacking electricity, don't mind waiting for your juice and have strong arms they might be worth a look.
We haven't tested manual juicers as they are a niche market and far less popular than the major types, even though they can be a more eco-friendly solution.
Does the nutritional quality of juice depend on the juicer?
Aside from tasting good, the main objective of drinking juice is to take advantage of all the nutrients within your fruit bowl and vegetable basket. However, the way you juice may affect what makes it into the glass.
Centrifugal juicers spin fast, which can introduce more oxygen and heat into the juice, whereas masticating models are much gentler.
The Australian consumer organisation, Choice, analysed carrot juice from both types of juicer and found masticating machines generally gave a much higher amount of calcium, although there was little variation in the levels of potassium or vitamin C.
It’s always best to drink freshly prepared juice as even when it’s stored in the fridge it can turn brown, which shows the nutrients are oxidising.
Do juices count towards my 'five-a-day'?
Juices and smoothies are a great way to help you get your five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
A glass of fruit and/or vegetable juice (150ml) counts as a portion but juice can't make up more than one portion a day. This is because you don't get the same nutritional benefits from juice as you do from whole fruit and vegetables.
What can I do with all the leftover pulp?
Don't forget to make the most of fruit pulp - it needn't be wasted. Pulp is often of nutritional value and is a good source of fibre. It can be used to thicken soups, sauces or minces, or in baking.
When buying a juicer, think about what you're likely to want to juice.