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I am looking to start juicing, but I can't decide which juicer to get.

Since I am a beginner, I am thinking of taking a citrus juicer, but yet again maybe it is better to take masticating juicer because I heard it is better and it can juice more than just citrus fruit.

I particularly love this masticating juicer:

NC800HDR Nutrition System

And I really like what I read and saw about this citrus juicer:

Breville 800CPXL

On another hand maybe citrus fruit is good enough for a beginner.

What I want to know is can I juice citrus fruit in the masticating juicer? And what are the main benefits of owning a masticating juicer?

Also if anyone owns any of the juicers I mentioned, please let me know are they good? Will they suffice for a beginner? :)

Thank you everyone!! :)

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    Welcome to Seasoned Advice! You need to decide first what you want to juice and how many juicers you want. No one juicer is the best for all juicing, as far as I'm aware. Here's a good beginner's guide to juicers that might help you. As written, most of your question is very broad. If you have a more specific answer, we may be able to help with that. As a note, I doubt you'll want to limit yourself to citrus only so I personally wouldn't recommend a citrus juicer. – Catija Nov 25 '16 at 23:22
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I have owned both a citrus juicer, a masticating juicer, and a traditional centrifugal juicer, for a few years now.

My feedback:

Citrus juicer

I have an industrial strength one (this one: http://www.israel-catalog.com/houseware/hadarit-zaksenberg-citrus-juice-squeezer). It's large and heavy, but it is sturdy, and withstands the weight of a "proper" pull to press oranges. I owned a number of cheaper smaller models like what you linked before, but never used them much because they would tip over, or didn't provide enough leverage to really juice an orange.

Pros: I love my citrus juicer - I use it to make fresh orange juice a few times a week, or anytime anyone in my family is sick. From setup/juice/breakdown time is probably 3-4 minutes without trying - and all I have to do is halve my oranges (or grapefruits, pomegranates, etc), which I can do to 6 oranges in a minute.

Cons: It's only good for juicing citrus! Also, if you are going to store it high up, it requires some strength to move. I would prefer to leave it on my counter all the time, but my wife requires I cabinet it when not using it :)

Masticating Juicer

I use an Omega model (http://www.omegajuicers.com/juicer-8006.html). I use this juicer to make Apple, Carrot, Beet, Celery and many other vegetable variety juices. I also use(d) it to make Almond Milk, before I got a Vitamix, and have used it to make Almond, Peanut and Hazelnut Butter, and Banana/Blueberry "ice cream" by freezing the fruit then running it through the mastication a few times.

Pros: I love that this juicer is quiet. Unlike my centrifugal juicer, which is extremely loud and I was having trouble with using after my kids went to sleep, I can use this juicer while people are watching TV! It also allegedly makes better juice because it doesn't heat the juice as much because it's moving slow? I haven't really seen a quality difference. Also, the pulp comes out quietly and slowly, so it doesn't make a mess on the counter/cabinets of juice pulp spray.

You certainly CAN make orange juice here, but you will need to slice off the outside skin around the whole orange, and then segment into chunks (see Cons), so for each orange you're making 6-8 cuts, instead of 1 for the Citrus juicer

Cons: You have to cut all your veggies into small enough pieces to fit down the chute - which is especially a pain for carrots. It also has a significant number of parts and takes 3-4 minutes to break down, clean and store, IMO.

Centrifugal Juicer

I have used a variety of Breville models from the juice fountain series (here: http://www.brevilleusa.com/beverages/juicers.html) I've burned through 3 of them over about 5 years.

Pros: It makes juice REALLY fast (relatively speaking), and you don't really have to prep veggies and fruit, and just drop whole apples and carrots in there. Also, these can be found on amazon for as little as $59, so a great entry juicer for someone who doesn't want to make a larger financial commitment.

You certainly CAN make orange juice here, but you will need to slice off the outside skin around the whole orange, and then segment into chunks (see Cons), so for each orange you're making 6-8 cuts, instead of 1 for the Citrus juicer

Cons: Oh wow, there's a few: The pulp goes into a canister, but at the high speeds of the juicer, it sneaks out and ends up with a fine pulp-mist everywhere. Also, the juice comes out a bit foamy because of the way the blades are setup, which can be a turn off. Also, these things are very loud, and cleanup is a pain too (multiple parts, and over time the blade/basket assembly will build up sediment).

Summary:

If you just want to own ONE juicer to do it all, and don't have a big budget, get a centrifugal juicer. If you want to own one juicer to do it all and have a bigger budget, get a masticating juicer. If you have budget, a masticating/or/centrifugal + a good citrus juicer provides best of all worlds to juice the right stuff the easiest way.

Don't waste money on a cheap citrus juicer unless you don't plan to use it much, IMO.

  • I went with option 4, a modern high speed blender; one of the Nutri Ninjas. It's fast, doesn't heat things up too badly, and does not contain any of those delicate shredding or sieving parts which I've found prone to blowing out under pressure, no matter how well the thing looks reinforced. It is loud, but that's what noise cancelling headphones are for. I like the lack of pressure buildup that you get with the "force the fruit through tiny holes" machines. – Wayfaring Stranger Nov 29 '16 at 22:54
  • @WayfaringStranger - good call - the high powered blender has a very special place in my kitchen! I like the blender because you can make really smooth smoothies, or almond/hazelnut "milk", as well as soups. What I find it lacking for is extracting juice from veggies vis-a-vis a juicer - I sometimes really like the consistency of thin juice! – Shamir Colloff Nov 30 '16 at 17:41
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A citrus juicer is only going to work for citrus fruits. When it comes to juicing you typically will be juicing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables not just citrus fruits.

A masticating juicer, also known as a cold press juicer, is considered to be one of the best types of juicers to purchase. Similar to a masticating juicer, a triturating juicer is also considered to be a high end juicer and is usually much more expensive than either a masticating juicer or centrifugal juicer.

The Omega NC800HDR juicer you are considering is a very good juicer and often makes best juicer lists.

You will be able to juice citrus fruits with a masticating juicer such as the Omega NC800HDR as well as just about any other fruit or vegetable that is typically juiced.

Some of the advantages to a masticating juicer is the fact that they work at slow speeds. This means no heat is created and no air is forced into the juice such as the case with centrifugal juicers.

Heat and air cause oxidation which destroys nutrients and vitamins.

Another benefits of a masticating juicer is the fact that they work very well when it comes to juicing virtually any fruits or vegetable that is normally juiced. This means you can juice all they healthy leafy greens and items such as wheatgrass.

If you want to get serious about juicing and the health benefits of juicing then I would highly recommend a masticating juicer.

You can learn more about how a masticating juicer works and why they are considered to be some of the best juicers with this article. http://www.coldpressjuicerhq.com/juicers/how-does-a-cold-press-juicer-work

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