What's the difference between a cold press juicer and a normal juicer?
Fancy waking up to a refreshing glass of OJ but not sure which juicer to buy? From cold press to centrifugal juicers, we’ll show you what they do and what to look out for.
23 Dec 2019
If you’re used to buying fruit juice from the supermarket, choosing the right juicer can be a little tricky. Some are great for making vitamin-packed breakfast drinks, while others are better at whipping up dips and spreads.
There are two main kinds of juicer; cold press and centrifugal. We’ll take you through the similarities and differences to help you make the right decision.
Cold press juicers (masticating juicers)
Cold press juicers work very differently to their centrifugal counterparts. You might need to chop your fruit first, but cold press juicers slowly squeeze fruit with great results. You may have to wait longer, but the slower system means that cold press juicers can extract more from your ingredients. So, fewer nutrients going to waste.
Speaking of nutrients, cold press juicers are cold for a reason. Because of heat and oxidation, enzymes and vitamins in centrifugal-made juice break down much faster. Your cold press juice is likely to be more nutritious and have a longer shelf life. You’ll also get a deliciously appetising opaque colour that makes you want to dive right in. It’s worth remembering that cold press juicers can extract more from leafy ingredients like kale, which you’ll easily be able to tell from the bright, bold colour of your juice.
Centrifugal juice extractors
Having a centrifugal juicer in your kitchen is great when you’re in a rush to head out. One of the major benefits is that there’s virtually no prep time needed. Because centrifugal juicers have a fast-spinning blade, you don’t need to focus on chopping ingredients. Some are even powerful enough to juice a whole apple!
Because these juicers quickly slice your ingredients instead of grinding them, they’re considerably faster than masticating juicers. They’re also easier to clean. Many centrifugal juicers feature detachable dishwasher safe parts, while the pulp is often filtered through an easy-clean micro-sieve. So, no scrubbing needed.
Juicing: What are the health benefits?
Making your own fruit and vegetable juices is a great way to sneak more vitamins into your diet. It’s not easy keeping a balanced diet when you’re busy, and juicing is a fast way to get all the nutrients you need. It’s also a brilliant alternative to junk foods and fizzy drinks, giving you an instant boost of energy.
If you’re picky with your fruit and veg, making juice is perfect for getting your recommended 5-a-day in one go. Try adding kale to your juice – it contains plenty of fibre, calcium and antioxidants, giving you all the health benefits without being the prominent flavour.
That glass of grapefruit juice in the morning is much better when you know it’s come straight from a grapefruit. Pasteurised and concentrated juices are almost always drained of their nutrients and high in sugar, while fresh juices retain all their goodness. And they taste better too!
How do I pick the best juicer?
Picking the right juicer is all about knowing what features each juicer has, and their benefits. If you’re making big batches of juice rather than a single glass, look out for the capacity. Most juicers have a half-litre capacity, but many bigger juicers can produce up to two litres.
If the clean-up process is your biggest hang-up, choose a juicer with dishwasher safe parts. This will save you bags of time scrubbing pulp and you’ll be more likely to stick to your homemade juice regime. Many juicers feature a pre-clean system that works by pouring water in. This removes residue from the lid and sides of the juicer, making cleaning easier.
Finally, look out for the extraction rate to avoid wasting too much of those beautiful ingredients. The best juicers can extract over 80% of the juice from ingredients. They may be slightly higher in price, they can save you money in the long run.
If you’re still struggling to find the perfect juicer machine, check out our handy guide to finding the right juicer or blender.
What is the best juicer for home use?
Unfortunately, there’s no straight answer for this question. The best juicer for your home really depends on whether you intend to make big batches of juice or quick, on-the-go energy boosts.
For peace and quiet before you start your day, go for a cold press juicer. Centrifugal juicers may make your drink faster, but that high speed blade can make for a noisy kitchen.
Whichever you choose, we’d recommend a juicer that makes little mess and can be cleaned quickly. The Philips Viva HR1832/01 Juicer has an anti-drip spout to keep your kitchen counter sparkling, and dishwasher-friendly parts to make washing up as easy as plates and glasses.