What is a centrifugal juicer?
The centrifugal juicer works – as the name suggests – with the help of centrifugal force. The fruit and vegetables are chopped up by an integrated knife or grater disc. In the meantime, the container rotates around itself at a speed of up to 15,000 revolutions per minute. The resulting centrifugal force squeezes the juice out of the pieces of fruit and vegetables and then drains them off through a spout. The remaining pomace is collected in a separate container.
What is a slow juicer?
The Slow Juicer, however, uses a different technique. It is a slowly rotating juicer. In contrast to the centrifugal juicer, the slow juicer does not have a cutting knife, but works with press shafts. When juicing, the fruit and vegetables are gently crushed and crushed, pressed against a sieve and the juice is thus obtained. The press screw is arranged either horizontally or vertically, depending on the device. Finished juice and pomace also flow into different collecting containers.
Some slow juicers have both a fine and a coarse sieve or can even regulate the content of the pulp. So you can make a very fine, or even thicker juice with a higher pulp content.
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Centrifugal juicer vs. Slow Juicer – which is better?
Below we have compared the advantages and disadvantages of the two devices. Who has the edge in which point? FITBOOK has an overview.
Speed and handling
The biggest advantage of a centrifugal juicer is the speed of the juice extraction. In no time at all, you pressed a fresh juice with it. Not least because thanks to the wide filling opening, the ingredients for the juice hardly ever have to be cut into small pieces. For example, you can even add whole-sized apples whole. The device is particularly suitable if you want to process large quantities of fruit and vegetables quickly, for example because you want to make juice for the whole family.
The Slow Juicer is inferior in terms of speed. Due to the lower number of revolutions, usually less than 100 revolutions per minute, it works much slower. The preparation effort is also higher because the juice ingredients have to be cut into small pieces beforehand.
Juice nutrient and vitamin content
A clear disadvantage for the centrifugal juicer is the nutrient content of the pressed juices. The high speed of rotation creates heat on the one hand, and on the other hand oxygen gets into the juice, which favors oxidation. Both lead to a loss of nutrients, especially heat-sensitive vitamins, Antioxidants and enzymes. Here the slow juicer can show off. Due to the slower and gentle cold pressing process, more of the good and healthy ingredients are retained in the juice.
The loss of nutrients is also noticeable in taste. A juice from the centrifugal juicer tastes less full-bodied than that from the slow juicer.
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The juice yield
Another advantage of the Slow Juicer is not only the preservation of nutrients but also the higher yield of juice. The slow and powerful squeezing allows you to get more out of the juice ingredients than with the centrifugal juicer. This aspect is a good decision criterion, especially for those who drink large amounts of juice, since the ingredient costs for juice production in the Slow Juicer are lower in the long run.
Green juices from leaves or grass
Green juices made from ingredients such as celery, spinach, cabbage or wheatgrass are an absolute trend drink and super healthy. However, the technology of a centrifugal juicer is not suitable for this at all. The slow, powerful juicing process of the slow juicer is the ideal method for demanding ingredients, some of which consist of large fibers.
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Volume and cleaning effort
The basic pragmatic aspects should also be considered before buying. Firstly, the volume of the devices. At this point, the centrifugal juicer has to admit defeat to the slow juicer. Due to the high rotation speed and wattage, it causes significantly more noise.
But the Slow Juicer also seems to be more practical when it comes to cleaning. The individual parts of the device, especially the sieve, are significantly smaller than in the centrifugal juicer and can therefore be cleaned better. The pressing plant is also easier to clean than the knife and grater discs of the juice centrifuge.
In terms of price, however, the centrifugal juicer can convince. Good quality starter models from popular brands can be bought for as little as 150 euros.
For a good slow juicer you have to dig a little deeper into your pocket. If you want a really good device, you have to expect 250 to 550 euros.
Conclusion: which juicer should you buy?
If you look at the list of advantages and disadvantages as a whole, there seem to be many arguments in favor of buying a slow juicer. But you don’t have to write off the centrifugal juicer. Ultimately, it depends on your own personal needs. The device with centrifuge technology is particularly suitable if you only want to drink fresh juice every now and then and consider the vitamins more than a pleasant side effect. A juice centrifuge is also the right choice if you value speed of manufacture and low preparation effort. Of course, the lower price is also convincing.
Real juice fans who regularly enjoy fresh juices and want to get the maximum of vitamins from fruits, vegetables and greens, on the other hand, will probably have more fun with a slow juicer.