Cold Press Juicers vs Centrifugal Juicers
Hey guys, today we are talking cold press juicers versus centrifugal juicers. If you are in the market for a juicer, or doing a bit of research into the types of juicers which are available, then this article is for you!
When laying out money for a juicer, you want to make sure that you are purchasing the right juicer for your needs. Juicers vary widely in terms of price, quality, and what they are good at. Centrifugal and cold press juicers are the two categories into which most juicers fall. Knowing what the characteristic and pros and cons of each are, will jump start you on the road to figuring out what type of juicer to buy for your needs.
Let’s get started.
Cold Press Juicers
Cold press juicers, are considered the ‘good’ juicers. They generally have a higher price point, but this can be justified, depending on what your juicing needs are. Cold press juicers are also known as masticating juicers.
How Cold Press Juicers Work
Cold press or masticating juicers extract juice from fruit and vegetables using a crushing action. They have either two or three augurs, which grind and crush up the produce that you put into the juicer, squashing the juice out.
The process is slow speed thanks to their low rpm motors.
Cold Press Juicers Produce the Best Quality Juice
The reason why cold pressed juicers are considered to be good juicers, is because of their slow and gentle extraction of juice. During extraction, the juice of the produce does not come into contact with hot moving parts. This can have a denaturing effect on fresh juice, killing off live enzymes – which is what most of us want from our fresh juice.
The other factor that ensures juice from a cold press juicer is super fresh, not denatured, and of a high quality – is this. During extraction, juice is exposed to the minimum level of exposure to air. This is very important for maintaining freshness in the juice. Imagine when one slices an apple and leaves it on a plate or in the refrigerator. The cut surface exposed to the air turns brown quickly. This is called oxidization, and it is the process of the cells of the fruit and the enzymes in them, dying.
Juice which is exposed to a high amount of air will oxidize faster than juice which is not. Of course all juice will oxidize and lose its ‘rawness’, no matter which juicer you use. This is why it is recommended that you consume your juice as soon as possible after extraction. With a cold press juicer you can know that right after extraction the juice will retain most of its enzymes and freshness, and you won’t already be missing out on many.
This reduction in the rate of oxidization is why cold press juicers are generally preferred among those juicing for health.
Pre buying a juicer, this may seem like an arbitrary consideration. But noise levels is an important point to keep in mind when scoping out juicers. On this point cold press juicers score an all time win, because they are super quiet.
This is absolutely ideal for situations where you will be juicing when family members are asleep, or in a shared living setup.
As mentioned above, cold press juicers are slow working. This is good for the juice, as it keeps it from denaturing. However it may not be so good for your schedule. You have to stand and feed the juicer, it is not a set and forget operation. If you have a super tight schedule, with 1o minutes to spend in the kitchen before getting out the door, then this is not ideal. But, as we said before, this is great for the juice, so its a bit of a toss up.
Cold press juicers tend to be very efficient when it comes to the amount of juice that they can extract from produce. Triple augurs juicers have the highest extraction efficiency rates. They have two sets of twin augurs, and do a kind of double extraction where the produce is crushed, and then the pulp is squeezed again to maximize the yield. Regular double augur cold press juicers, even though they do not do this double extraction, also have a decent rate of yield efficiency.
This is an area which will pay back over the long term if you choose to go with a cold press juicer. You will get more juice out of your produce, and thereby – more bang for your buck when it comes to the produce haul.
What They Juice Best
Cold press juicers tend to be able to juice most produce well. They do a very good job on leafy greens, which is awesome if you are wanting to make green juices. The only thing they can struggle with is a lot of soft fruit, especially the horizontal models.
It is however best not to juice too much fruit, as this will lead to a juice which is very high in sugar. When fruit is eaten whole, the sugar is buffered with the fibers that are in the whole fruit. With juicing, this fiber is removed, so you need to be careful of the sugar content.
This is another super important area to take into consideration. Before buying a juicer, we tend to just have visions of ourselves gracefully feeding produce into the juicer, and then sipping the extracted juice, all the while emanating a healthy glow…
In reality however, one generally spends more time on cleanup and prep than on drinking the juice. And you can’t side step this, as juicers need to be cleaned after each use.
And this is where cold press juicers lose a couple of points. Their cleanup is generally a little more involved than with centrifugal juicers, as their interior is more complex.
However, they do tend to put out drier waste pulp. This is great because the dryer the pulp is, the less messy it tends to be.
Before being able to juice your produce you may have to prep it a little. How much prep you will need to do depends on the type of veg or fruit, but also on the chute size on your juicer. Larger chutes will allow you to feed in bigger pieces, meaning you don’t have to spend too much time chopping everything up. Small chute sizes will mean that most produce will have to be chopped to size.
Cold press juicers tend to have smaller chutes that centrifugal juicers. However this is by no means across the board, and chute size ultimately comes down to individual design.
Although cold press juicers are generally pricier than centrifugal juicers, this does not guarantee that they are all high quality and durable. Some cheaper models can be inferior in terms of quality than a middle of the range centrifugal juicer.
However that said, with most recognized and well known brands of cold press juicers, the quality should be of a pretty high standard and the models durable.
The price point on cold pressed juicers will invariably be higher than on centrifugal juicers. The reason for this is that they run on low rmp motors, which are generally a more costly component.
+ Juice is of a high quality, not denatured
+ Quiet operation
+ Extracts most of the juice from produce
+ Waste pulp is dry and compact, not sloppy
+ Processes leafy greens well
+ Can processes soft fruits and vegetables well
+ Processes hard fruits and vegetables well
+ Juicers tend to be durable
– Can be more costly than centrifugal models
– Slow in operation (and requires you to feed the machine during extraction)
– Feeding chutes can be small
– Cleanup can be time consuming
Best For: The Serious Juicer
If you are serious about juicing and the potential health benefits of it, then a cold press juicer is definitely the best bet for you. You want to know that you are getting the freshest juice, which still retains high levels of live enzymes and is not denatured.
For this you will have to pay a bit more, and spend a bit more time on cleanup and vegetable prep. But if you are obsessed with micro nutrients, nutritional therapy, or simply eating the healthiest way you can, then one of these machines will probably suit your needs most.
Now that we have a had a detailed look at cold press juicers, let’s examine the centrifugal juicers. Centrifugal juicers are considered entry level juicers, and can be a good buying choice if you are looking to try out juicing, but do not want to commit to a machine that costs a few hundred dollars right off the bat.
How Centrifugal Juicers Work
Centrifugal juicers extract juice from produce in the following way: A serrated disk spins at a very high speed, which acts to shred the produce. At the same time, the spinning action of the disk flings the matter outwards against a sieve. The juice can pass through the sieve, and the pulp stays behind.
Centrifugal Juicers Make Lower Quality Juice
The way that centrifugal juicers extract juice causes the liquid to be exposed to a lot of air. More of the surface area of the juice comes into contact with air during the centrifugal and high speed extraction. As explained, this causes fast oxidization of the juice, which denatures it and renders it a lot lower in live enzymes.
If you are juicing specifically to get in all of these micro nutrients and enzymes, then this is the last thing you want to have happen. However, if you are someone you just wants some great tasting fresh juice, fast, then this probably won’t matter as much. Many people juice to use up excessive fruit yields, or simply to have some homemade juice. Not everyone is looking to bio hack or place their bodies on nutrient therapy.
Okay, moving on to the noise level.
Thanks to their high speed motors, centrifugal juicers tend to be very loud. Their noise levels make them a machine which you can only use when everybody is awake in a household. And if you are living in an apartment building where sound travels, you may only want to use these juicers when you think everybody in your building is awake as well!
In this department centrifugal juicers really excel. They are super fast at processing veg, and you really won’y have to stand that long feeding in produce. Or wait long for your juice!
This is great for the impatient among us, who just want to juice and run.
Centrifugal juicers do not have as efficient yield rates as cold press juicers. The centrifugal action of flinging the pulp does not extract all of the liquid, meaning you get less juice out of your produce, and the waste pulp contains more liquid and is therefore sloppy.
This is a bit of a bummer, because buying produce for juicing can be expensive. You need a lot of fruit and veg to make a few glasses of juice. So it would be nice if one can get as much juice as possible out of what you buy.
However, if you only juice occasionally, then this may not be so much of a concern.
What They Juice Best
Centrifugal juicers tend to do best juicing harder fruit and veg such as carrots, beets, apples, cabbage etc. They can also process soft fruits relatively well. However they do not do so well leafy greens. Often leafy greens put through will not get juiced at all!
So if you are wanting to do a lot of green juices, and leafy greens extraction is a core reason for you getting a juicer, then a centrifugal model may not be the best option.
Cleanup on centrifugal juicers can be a little more convenient that on cold press juicers. Their construction is simpler, and it is usually easier to get at the different components.
On the downside, the waste pulp is a little sloppier. However this does not increase the cleanup too greatly. As long as you do not spill it!
Prep time is also reduced with centrifugal models. This is because the spinning serrated disk will annihilate most of what ever you throw at it. Whereas the double augurs need smaller produce pieces in order to be able to crush them up.
So, if you hate prep time, a centrifugal juicer will eliminate some of it for you.
Centrifugal juicers are considered to be ‘cheaper’ juicers than cold press models. However this does not mean that you cannot find a good quality one that is durable. A good rule of thumb when looking for a centrifugal juicer which is going to last, is to examine models which are middle of the range and upwards in terms of price point. The very cheapest models may be made of inferior materials and therefore end up being less long lasting.
In general centrifugal juicers are less pricey than good cold press models. There are models out there with higher price tags, but over all you can expect to pay less when buying a centrifugal juicer. This is great if your budget does not extend to a laying out a few hundred dollars just on a juicer. Or if you feel that you are not going to be using your juicer frequently enough to warrant forking out a large sum on it.
If you simply want to try out juicing, and see how it fits into your schedule and diet, then going for a less expensive centrifugal juicer can be a great option.
+ Fast extraction
+ Ability to process hard fruit/veg
– Juice loses nutritional value from oxidation
– Uses more produce
– Leafy greens can be hard to process
– Soft fruits can be hard to process
– Models can be less durable
Best For: The Beginner Juicer
(Or, if you are juicing for taste more than nutritional elements)
Centrifugal juicers do not produce as high a quality of fresh/live juice as cold press juicers. However if this is not of substantial concern to you, then a centrifugal juicer may be all that you really need. Some people may just want a juicer to be able to have fresh juice for its superb flavor. Or perhaps you live in a farm and have an overabundance of fruit fall regularly that you need to process. In either case, a centrifugal juicer can suit you just fine.
Also, as mentioned above, if you are dabbling with the idea of making juicing a part of your diet, but are not 100% sure that it is for you – then why not start off with a cheaper centrifugal juicer to dip your toes in the juicing lifestyle. And if you find that you love juicing, and want to gain the maximum benefits from your juices, you can always upgrade to a cold press model and gift your centrifugal juicer to an keen friend.
Overall Winner: Cold Press
In terms of juice quality and appliance quality, cold press juicers are the superior juicer type. Their motors are generally better quality, and are by and large the quietest. They are designed to do a good job of juicing, and they can handle all types of produce including leafy greens. They also have a better yield efficiency rate.
However the best juicer for you, will always be the one which suits your needs most. So just because the cold press types of juicers win the specs race – this doesn’t mean that a centrifugal juicer cannot meet somebody’s requirements. The best juicer for you really depends what you want to get out of it.
We hope you enjoyed this article, and are now equipped to go juicer buying like a pro. Selecting the right juicer is half the race. Once that is done you are ready to take the juicing scene by storm!
If you would like to check out a buying guide, head on over to this post where we discuss different juicers models available on the market. There is something in there for everyone, so go take a look.
Juicing is great for one’s health. It provides your body with concentrated nutrients, and loads of live enzymes. It also can work as a hack to get more vegetables and leafy greens into one’s diet. Eating everything one should be consuming in a day can be tricky, but with the help of a juicer you may just find getting your kale requirement in just got a whole lot easier. If you want to learn more about juicing for ones health, take a look at our beginners guide for juicing for health.
Besides the nutritional benefits, juicing is also fun! There are numerous flavor combos that you can come up with and experiment with. You can try out adding herbs and spices to your juices, or even, kombucha! If you want to learn how to make a kombucha and juice power mix, check out this post for tricks and tips.