Juicer FAQ

Jul 3, 2010 by

What is the difference between the various type of juicers?

Knowing what different types of juicers are out there is important when buying a juicer. The correct juicer will give you many benefits and can truly be an investment in you health. There are three main types of juicers: Centrifugal, Masticating and Triturating (twin gear).

Here are the main differences between the Centrifugal, Masticating and Triturating juicers:

The Triturating (twin gear) juicer, which turns at a slower rpm than most juicers, has a two step process. The first step crushes the fruits and veggies while the second step presses the juice. This process gives you more fiber, enzymes, vitamins and trace minerals. Some of these juicers also have magnetic and bio-ceramic technology which  is said to slow down the oxidation process. This is good if you want to store your juice to drink later. These juicers are excellent for juicing leafy greens, wheatgrass, sprouts, root vegetables like beets and most water dense (non-pulpy) fruits. Juicing time is longer with twin gear juicers due to the slower juicing process which gives you a higher quality juice. It also takes more strength to push down the fruits and veggies, so if time and convenience is your first consideration, this might not be the type of juicer for you. Some people buy a twin gear machine and realize later they take too much time to juice with and clean up.

The Centrifugal juicer first grinds the fruit and vegetables then pushes the extracted juice through a strainer by spinning at a very high rpm (similar to your washing machine on the spin cycle). The pulp from the produce is disposed of out the back of the juicer into a container in pulp ejecting versions. The centrifugal juicer is usually the fastest juicers to juice with. More oxidation occurs with this type of juicer, and it is best to drink juice from this juicer right away. With the centrifugal juicer, less juice is usually extracted from the produce and the pulp tends to be fairly moist with moderate juice waste. Most juicers sold on the market are centrifugal.

The Masticating juicer uses a single cutter. It chews the fibers and breaks up the cells of produce in a spiral rotating motion. The masticating juicer gives a high quality juice due to the masticating juicing process. Like the twin gear juicers, the masticating juicers can also homogenize making baby foods, sauces, nut butters, banana ice creams and fruit sorbets.


  1. Johan de Villiers

    which Triturating juicer will you recomend?

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