Whole Fruit Juicer

The whole fruit juicer is a popular design of centrifugal juicer that comes with a wide feed tube enabling you juice a wide range of whole fruit and vegetables with minimal chopping.

Centrifugal juicers have a high speed motor that spins a mesh bowl with toothed blades at high speed. This tears up the fruit and/or vegetables to extract the pulp.

Small Centrifugal Juicers

Smaller budget models of centrifugal juicers are lighter with much smaller feed tubes. These require fruit and vegetables to be chopped up first.

The Pros and Cons of Centrifugal Juicers

Pros of centrifugal juicers:

  • Small models are cheap to buy. In the U.K. they start at around £10 ($16).
  • Larger models such as the Breville juicer can take your fruit and vegetables whole, or in large pieces. These tend to be more expensive, but still cheaper than masticating juicers, with prices starting from around £50 ($80).
  • They make juice fast.
  • If you don't have room to leave a juicer out on your kitchen counter, then smaller models can be easily stored in a cupboard when not in use.

Cons of centrifugal juicers:

  • They don't juice wheat grass, or soft leafy greens.
  • Tend to be annoyingly loud - the more expensive juicers are usually quieter.
  • Somewhat tedious to clean - but a dishwasher helps.
  • They don't extract as much juice as masticating juicers.
  • The juice is best drunk straight away, as it starts losing nutrients and may oxidize and turn brown.

My first ever juicer was a whole fruit juicer made by Breville, and it was fab. I've also had a couple of budget centrifugal juicers, the latest being a £10 job from Tesco's. It was surprisingly good, and a great way to discover if juicing is for you.

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