Difference between Masticating and Centrifugal Juicers

In Ayurveda by Marvin Francis

Centrifugal means moving or directed away from a center or axis. Centrifugal juicers are the most common type of juicers you can see in the market. They are designed with an upright look in which produce is pushed into a rapidly spinning mesh chamber with sharp teeth on its floor. It works by spinning at high speeds and during this spinning motion, the vegetables and fruits that you have shoved down the chute get grounded to a pulp. The spinning motion forces the juice away from the pulp and pours it into a bowl.

They best with soft and hard fruits and vegetables, but not quite as well with leafy green like kale or spinach, and also cannot juice Wheatgrass. Centrifugal juicers are generally inexpensive, ranging from 100$ to $150. Popular centrifugal juicers are Brreville, Hamilton Beach, Jack Lalanne’s Power.

Advantages of a centrifugal juicer:

  1. It is fast
  2. It has a large chute and you don’t need to cut up your fruits and vegetables to small pieces
  3. It yields lower quality juice in terms of taste and texture and is not good for storage. Also the juice is slightly warmer as the spinning tends to raise the temperature and produce a lot of foam in the process.

Disadvantages of a centrifugal juicer:

  1. It is loud
  2. It wastes some of the juice in the process and produce wet dripping
  3. It is relatively inexpensive compared to its masticating counterparts

Masticating means to chew, to grind or to knead into a pulp. Your teeth are an excellent example of mastication in action. A masticating juicer grinds your produce and has no spinning action; it works at very low speeds and yield highest quality juice.

Masticating juicer uses a part called an auger. This auger turns at 80 to 100 RPMs, which is a lot slower than the centrifugal juicer that turns at 10,000 to 15,000 RPMs. This slow auger works like a screw. As it turns, it crushes the fruits and vegetables. It squeezes them against the outside wall of the juicer. The auger motion then forces the juice out one way and the pulp the other way. Since it does this slowly, it does not heat up the juice in the process. This keeps the enzymes and nutrients at a temperature that they can survive. Then you get the benefits of drinking them. They generally have a horizontal design. Because of the slower crushing and squeezing action, they process leafy greens and wheatgrass, and the juice that they produce will last much longer then juice made in a centrifugal juicer, so if you want to store your left-over juice, then a masticating juicer is your best bet. Masticating juicers are pricier than centrifugal models. Some of the brands to look out for are Champion, Omega and Green Star

Advantages of Masticating Juicer

  1. It produces highest quality juice and highest amount of juice you can extract from your produce
  2. It is quiet
  3. It does not waste any juice and your pulp is extremely dry.

Disadvantages of masticating juicer

  1. It has a small chute and you need to take the time to cut up your fruits and vegetable
  2. It is slower and takes longer to juice the same amount
  3. It is generally more expensive