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#1 – Juicer – Why and What I Recommend

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Looking to ramp up your daily intake of fruits and veggies? Looking to cleanse your body? Juicing feeds us with high concentrations of antioxidants, antimicrobials, chlorophyll, and many other wonderous nutrients. Owning a juicer is a wonderful tool for saturating your body with nutrients. I recommend that you invest in a juicer at some point in your healthy eating journey. You won’t regret the effects that it can have on your body!


Two basic types of juicers: masticating and extracting.

Masticating Juicers

These are also called cold-press juicers. These devices have an auger that grinds the produce, breaking down cell walls and releasing the juice, which is then squeezed through a steel screen. They take longer than extractors to produce your cup of juice, but they produce a larger yield and leave more of the nutrients intact. Great for all veggies, fruits, and especially green leafy veggies.


  • They are quieter than extracting machines.
  • They produce more juice, leaving behind a drier pulp (good for juicing kale, spinach, and other green vegetables).
  • They extract juice that retains more of the nutrients and enzymes. This makes masticating juicers the best choice for those who put a premium on nutrition.


  • Tend to be a bit more expensive.
  • They take longer to produce the juice.
  • Prone to jamming when used on tough greens.
  • Produce needs to be cut into small pieces before juicing.

Centrifugal Juicers

Centrifugal juicers are probably the most common juicers due to their lower cost. A centrifugal juicer extracts juice by means of a metal blade that spins at high speeds against a mesh filter. Centrifugal force is what brings about the separation of the juice from the flesh. The pulp spins into a separate basket, while the juice runs out the device’s spout.


  • Less expensive.
  • Juices quickly.
  • Suitable for most fruits and vegetables.


  • They tend to be noisy.
  • Typically not suitable for leafy greens.
  • Juice has less fiber and nutrients than juice from a masticating juicer.
  • They have lower yields than masticating juicers since they are not as efficient in terms of generating yield.
  • The pulp that comes out of centrifugal juicers is still relatively wet which means that less of the juice is extracted.

What to Consider When Buying a Juicer

Ease of Use

You want a juicer that is simple to assemble, disassemble, and clean. If your juicer is made up of too many parts that it is a headache to put together and clean, chances are that you won’t feel inspired to juice.

While the ease of a simple machine is desired, the main focus of juicing is the quality of the juice once made. With this in mind, look for a masticating juicer which will produce juice that is of higher quality and nutrients.

I also prefer a juicer that has a large feeding tube, so you can put in large chunks, enabling a person to skip the time-consuming chore of chopping all of the produce into small pieces.


If you are new to juicing, you may find yourself hesitant to spend money on a higher priced model. However, it’s not only the price of the juicer that you should consider but the cost of the whole juicing process over time. Cheaper juicers are not as efficient as the masticating ones. Therefore, they yield less juice and waste produce which all equals money.

Noise Level

In our household, we don’t like to wake up to jarring noises. If you rise before others, you do not want your morning juicing to wake up the rest of the family. You would want a juicer that works quietly so as to keep the peace in your home. In general, the cheaper, high-speed centrifugal juicers are the noisiest while the slow-moving masticating and triturating ones are the quietest.


It is imperative that your juicer comes with a warranty to cover any unfortunate factory defects that may not be evident at the outset. Lack of a warranty is often associated with cheaper brands and models of juicers. Always check to see what the warranty is on each juicer that you are considering to purchase.


When it comes to extracting the juice of highly-fibrous leafy greens such as wheat-grass and spinach, only the more powerful juicers can do the job. In general, a minimum of 400 watts is needed for extracting the juicy goodness of tough vegetables.

I hope you found this helpful. I laid out a pretty basic outline of what to look for as you aim to ramp up the nutrients in your day to day life. Below I have listed the two juicers that I have in my kitchen. I have owned the Omega since 2009 and the Champion since 2013.

Let’s Go Shopping

My Recommendations:
 Masticating Juicers
  • Champion Juicer G5-PG710 – Commercial Heavy Duty Juicer 
    • Powered by a full 1/3 horsepower, heavy-duty General Electric motor.
    • Use as a homogenizer to make frozen sorbets, baby foods, fruit sauces, juices, and nut butters.
    • Large 1.75″ Diameter Feed Tube.
    • 10-Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty.
    • All parts 100% FDA nylon, stainless steel shaft.
  • Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Dual-Stage Vertical Single Auger Juicer
    • Low speed, masticating style juicing system.
    • Juicer processes at 80 RPMs, squeezing instead of grinding. This allows the juice to maintain its pure color, natural taste, vitamins, and nutrients.
    • Small, vertical footprint takes up less space in your kitchen.
    • The low-speed system limits froth and foam preventing oxidation.
    • Three settings: On, Off and Reverse. Reverse is an option to use when something is stuck or you need to unclog.
  • Hurom Slow Juicer (I used this one every single day!)
    • Stainless steel: The HZ slow juicer comes with a stainless steel finish and LED indicators
    • Slow Squeeze Technology: The HZ slow juicer rotates at a speed of just 43 revolutions per minute to mimic the motion of hand squeezing juice
    • Taste & Pulp Control: Juice created with a Hurom slow juicer is fresh, unprocessed and pure. Cord Length: 4.6 feet, Standard Usage Up to 30 minutes continuously
    • Yield: Our unique low-speed auger squeezes every drop of juice, resulting in bone-dry pulp. Chamber Capacity: 16.9 fluid ounce
    • Works Quietly: A near-silent AC motor works efficiently using just 150 watts of power which means you can enjoy cold-pressed juice at home without the noise caused by traditional juicers and blenders

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Thank you for your support! amie sue

7 thoughts on “#1 – Juicer – Why and What I Recommend

  1. Mirian M Yurth says:

    Hi Amie What is the difference of Huron juicer and MANA

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Mirian. To be honest, I am not sure without researching it. I have the Huron juicer but I haven’t read up on the MANA juicer.Can you share a link with me to the exact juicer you are looking at so I can research a bit? blessings, amie sue

  2. JBerry says:

    I owned and used a Champion juicer — bought new, for more than 30 years. It always performed like a champ. I didn’t bring it here to Bali, because it is so heavy and not designed for the electricity here. I have not yet bought a new juicer. No quality juicers are available in Bali. It would be a trip to Singapore. I might get another Champion, but I researched juicers extensively for hours on the internet and concluded that the Tribest SW – 2000 – B Slowstar Vertical Slow Juicer would be my first choice. The Champion would heat things up a bit and was not the best for juicing green leafy vegetables. Back in the states, I used a wheat grass juicer for that.

    • amie-sue says:

      I have a Champion juicer as well. I enjoy both but tend to gravitate to my Hurom. Thanks for sharing what you found works for you over there in Bali. I can imagine that it was quite an adjustment. I have heard of the Tribest but haven’t owned one personally to comment on it. Have a wonderful day, amie sue

  3. Mirian M Yurth says:

    Hi Amie this is the link
    @namawell.com Or
    @namawell juicer

  4. FrieFrie says:

    It’s a “Nama” juicer, not Nana.

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