10 best juicers
Avoid sugary shop-bought drinks, and instead whip up a healthy, delicious concoction with an efficient machine
January is the time of year when fruit and vegetables come into their own: we’re sick of roasted meat and all its trimmings. Instead we want all things fresh and vibrant.
Even though your resolution may wane, there’s always a place for juicers, from using up leftovers to avoiding reaching for a sugary shop-bought version.
And as with any kitchen gadget, you need to make sure it’s worth it’s worktop space and find one that works for you.
“The key difference between juicing and blending comes down to the extraction. A juicer will separate the juice and the pulp from your produce so that the insoluble fibre is removed while the soluble fibre remains, while a blender includes everything from the produce, meaning nothing is removed and as a result, the liquid is usually a lot thicker,” say Kira Bray, marketing and communications at Magimix.
She adds: “There are two main types of juicers on the market, centrifugal and masticating. The first is the most common type and uses a fast spin cycle (high rpm). It quickly grates the produce, separating the juice from the pulp, and are better with harder produce because of the more powerful motor.
“Masticating juicers – also known as slow juicers because it uses a slow rotation to crush the produce (low rpm) – means there’s little oxidation so the juice is fresher for longer and are better with leafy greens.”
We’ve tested a selection of centrifugal and masticating juicers, as well as citrus juicers and blenders, which were compared on how easy they were to assemble, sability, appearance, ease to clean, size, noise, cost, guarantee and effectiveness at doing the job. During testing each model was used a minimum of three times, with a variety of fruit and vegetables.
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The verdict: Juicers and blenders
If you’re willing to invest then the brilliant Kuvings EVO820 Cold Press Juicer is essentially the Rolls Royce of juicers, making juicing an easy and enjoyable experience and the add-on options eliminate the need to buy lots of other kitchen appliances. For a more cost-effective option, the Sage The Nutri Juicer Plus is sturdy, stylish and fast, while the Nutri Blitzer: Nutrition Extractor Superfood Smoothie and Juice Blender is small, cheap, and brilliant for quick hassle-free smoothies on the go.
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