Why You Should Buy a Cheap Juicer

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Published Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

by Alex Ortner


I imagine you’re a bit puzzled, maybe even a little shocked by that headline.

Before we address the apparent blasphemy of that declaration, I need to tell you about my love affair with juice: I cannot live without it. It may sound like an exaggeration, but it certainly feels true. I juice in the morning, and I juice in the afternoon. Sometimes I juice when I’m bored. I most certainly juice Every. Single. Day.

I simply love it.

Whether you’re already a devoted juice-head or you’re considering buying your first juicer, know this: it’s one of the healthiest habits anyone can hope to have. Because so many of us grew up on the Standard American Diet (S.A.D. for short), the conversion to a healthier diet full of fresh vegetables is sometimes challenging, and one that’s easy to temporarily ditch every now and then when you’re busy or stressed.

Admit it: how many of you have that regrettable pizza night from time to time when you’re too busy to prepare a meal?

With juicing, you’re engaging in one of the easiest and quickest ways to get a tremendous bounty of vitamins and nutrients on a daily basis. It only takes a minute or so to juice some celery, ginger or kale and not much longer than that to drink it all up. In that smidgen of time, you’ve pumped yourself full of so much of the good stuff you would have gotten from a delicious veggie meal – whether raw or cooked – that probably would have taken a lot longer to prepare and eat. As such, juices are a perfect way to ease into or maintain a wonderfully healthy diet.

If that’s the case, why would you ever want a cheap juicer?

Know Your Juicers

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had friends come over, see my juicer and tell me how much they want one. The problem? They just haven’t had time to do the proper research into which type they should buy. See, juice bars and juicer makers have spent an amazing amount of time studying the juicing process, and have determined that certain processes damage some of the enzymes, minerals and nutrients of the veggies you’re juicing. Here’s a quick explanation of the different juicers available to you.

Centrifugal – These are the most common juicers on the market, the ones you’ll find at your nearest department store. They process juice by grinding your vegetables and fruits into a pulp and pressing them through a strainer. For speed, they can’t be beaten, but the heat involved in this process can damage some of the nutrients in your juice, and also fills it with a more than desirable amount of oxygen, which results in juice that spoils quicker. They also don’t extract as much juice from your fruits and vegetables as the other types of juicers. These generally cost between $50 and $200.

Masticating – These juicers are good for both quantity and quality. By slowly grinding your fruits and vegetables, you can rest assured that you’re getting as much juice as you possibly can from your food. Also, because the aeration and heat process is minimal, you’re getting a great deal more nutrients in your juice than you would if you used a centrifugal juicer. The only downside is that they take quite a bit longer to produce a cup of juice. These generally cost between $200 and $400.

Twin-Gear – These are absolutely the best types of juicers on the market. While they are even slower than masticating juicers, the two-step process of first crushing your veggies then pressing them for juice produces such a high quantity and quality of juice that it’s understandable why they’re so desirable. The juice they produce can be stored with confidence, and the only downside is that clean-up can be quite a bit more involved and time-consuming, adding to the already-lengthy juicing time. For most serious juicers however, it’s all entirely worth it for the immaculate, fiber and nutrient rich juice they produce. These generally cost between $400 and $1200.

Why a Less-Expensive Centrifugal Juicer Might Be the Way to Go

Here’s my stance on all of this: although it is very important to know the different types of juicers and how they affect the nutritional value of your juice, I’m of the firm belief that regular juice is better than little or no juice at all; unfortunately, many people can’t afford a $500 juicer, especially in these tough times. In my opinion, if you’re delaying a purchase of a juicer because the ideal one is too expensive, or if you’re not buying that cup of juice from your local health food shop because you can’t afford it, then there’s a serious problem. You need your juice!

That’s why I believe most people should buy an inexpensive, centrifugal juicer, one under $200. For many people, that’s already a pricey purchase, but one that’s entirely worth it.

If you end up going this route, the most important thing you can do is to read the reviews of the juicers before you buy them. Centrifugal juicers are not that great when it comes to juicing leafy greens, some of the main vegetables you want to be juicing. However, there are a few out there that can handle them. That’s what you want: a centrifugal juicer that can handle kale, spinach and other greens in addition to whatever else tickles your fancy. In fact, no matter what kind of juicer you buy, don’t forget to read the reviews first; you really do want to know what other consumers have to say about them.

To some, buying a centrifugal juicer might seem a waste of time, but they’re probably immensely dedicated to their health and devote a lot of time, energy and money to this cause. Unfortunately, a lot of people haven’t gotten quite there yet, and time or financial constraints may have led them to believe that they can’t afford to eat healthily. That’s not acceptable, and any progress should be seen as a step in the right direction.

If you fall into that category, think about this: if you had a juicer, even a less fancy, relatively inexpensive one, you’d be more likely to use it on a regular basis, meaning you’d be getting a more consistent intake of the nutrients, minerals and enzymes that you need. Even if you’re not getting every last nutritious iota that your carrot, kale or spinach offer, you’re still getting a daily dose that you might not get otherwise, and that can make such a fantastic difference in your health.

Imagine how awesome it would be if the juicer became as common a kitchen tool as a can opener or cheese grater. Imagine children whose parents aren’t health nuts getting fresh vegetable juices every morning before they go to school. Imagine households across America having juicers on hand to juice the spoiled vegetables that they throw out every week. According to a study done by the University of Arizona in 2004, the average American family throws out 14% of the food they buy each year. Imagine how much of that could have become tasty, delicious, life-boosting juice!

By all means, if you can afford a high-end juicer, go for it. I’m in no way scoffing at them. However, if that’s out of your price range, please don’t hesitate to get a simple, inexpensive and effective juicer and teach your family how to use it. Adding this one magnificent tool to your kitchen can have an incredible impact on the health and lives of your family members.

To your health,

Alex Ortner

P.S. – Don’t throw away your pulp after you juice! It can be used in all kinds of baking recipes, and can even be mixed into your dog’s food. It sounds crazy, but you can make use of every last bit of vegetable in your fridge. At the very least, toss them in your compost bin. Don’t have one? Well, more on that in a later post  ;)

Do you own a juicer? If so, what are your favorite juices, and how often do you juice? How much of a difference has owning one made in your diet? Let us know in the comments below! 


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  1. james says:

    This is an excellent article :simple and truthful.I recently started t juice and i could not believe that raw food could taste that good!!

  2. Linda says:

    Wouldn’t a VitaMix be better than a juicer? Then you get both the juice AND the fiber. I really would like an answer to this question if possible.


  3. Katrina says:

    Great blog, but it would also help people jump starring their holiday gift giving (of juicers) if you suggested a couple brands that work. Even at each price point or type. Not endorsing, just aiding with the time-consuming research part to which your article referred.

  4. Cliff Stockamp says:

    I am an avid juicer and juice daily. I owned a Champion masticating juicer for 15 years and wore it out. I loved it but it did make allot of foam and heated up the juice quite a bit which does kill enzymes. In researching many different juicers I decided in July 2012 to get an Omega J8006 and I love it. It is one of the few juicers that can do wheat grass and fibrous vegetables and juicy fruits. It is very easy to clean up a big plus and only cost me 300 with free shipping from amazon. It does not heat up the juice at all and keeps the auger moving at less than 90 rmp so there is no foam and no degrading of juice. It is build like a tank and is stainless steal and has a 15 year warranty. I researched all juicers and there is no juicer that for the money can compare. Get the 8006 model, its a little more but worth it. Hope this has helped.

  5. Lili says:

    I totally agree with you. I bought a cheap centrifigul juicer. Clean up discourages me from juicing everyday, and I have also noticed the heat coming out of the top. I’m planning on buying a masticating juicer as soon as possible.
    I really like juicing. Lemon ginger blast is a great recipe.

  6. Max says:

    I mix garlic (4-5), cucumber, parsley, dill, 1 tomato, 2 avocados, a bit of salt, lemon juice, and it is the best juice you ( I) can have. Sometimes I make it thicker, so it is used like quacamole. Yumi….

  7. We use the Champion Juicer and works great for me. I would love to know Alex, if you do have the money to buy the best juicer which juicer would you buy?


  8. abby gilad says:

    what is your opinion of the jack lalane juicer? that’s the one i have.

  9. krisi says:

    How about the already prepared juices from Trader Joe’s? does it lose all of its potency by being bottled? I’m even more stapped for time and I’ve been drinking that for awhile now. Am I doing any good?

  10. fred says:

    Just purchased the Omega 8006 juicer and love it! Juicing 2-3 times a day. Very good machine, not noisy and easy clean up!

  11. Art Martin says:

    I started juicing years ago, but the problems led me to finally quitting: Lot’s of left over pulp that to me was a great waste of money. Juiced fruit puts too much sugar into your system, you need the whole fruit with pulp. Too time consuming, peeling, cutting up, and the cleanup is just ridiculous.This led me to finally giving up on juicing, being a vegetarian, and being healthier,,, till 3 weeks ago. I came across the Waring Commercial XTREME Hi-Power MX1050 blender. The blender of ALL blenders, so big and powerful I named mine Burtha. 3 1/2 hp, 4500 peak rpm,64 oz working capacity, doesn’t “blend” food it liquefies the “whole” food in 2 to 4 seconds. If it’s “food”, you can drink it. Expensive by no body’s standards…..$239.00. There is no comparison.
    Peace, Joy, and Love forever,
    Art Martin

  12. Ludia says:


    an interesting, and good, idea about having a centrifugal juicer.

    Which one(s), in your experience, work(s) well and you would get if you were buying one?



  13. Cirsten says:

    You’re making a great point! The most important part must be that you’re getting your juice at all!
    My all time favorite juice is a fruit juice made from watermelon, ginger, raspberries, orange and banana. And I don’t use a juicer but a blender. That way I get all the fibers as well. Yummie!

  14. Denise B says:

    I don’t have a juicer. I have been thinking about getting one for some time – but I am in the camp I want a good one but can’t afford it so I haven’t bought one. Maybe this is the push I need to just buy a decent one with good reviews and start the effort! Thanks!

  15. Ronni says:

    I have been without a juicer for a few years and have really noticed the difference in my sense of well-being. Since economic times have changed and challenged, I haven’t the money to invest……BUT…. I DO have a great osterizer and have discovered that leafy and softer veggies grind up really well.
    I happen to love the thick substantive quality of the pulpy juice.
    So thanks very much for the inspiration to get back with my most wonderful healthful habit.
    And, oh yeah, my belly girth has begun the desired shrink!!!!!!! How much better than that?!!!!!!
    With love and gratitude.

  16. I use an ordinary blender, nothing fancy. Works fine for me.

    I also use the part of produce that most people throw away: outer stalks of celery, bottom of celery, cauliflower core and leaves, etc. I chop it up and freeze it to later add to my shakes. The frozen vegs added to my shakes add nutrition to my shakes and makes them thicker.

    I also chop up Kale coarsely and the last thing I add to a Smoothie in my blender is a bunch of frozen Kale. I like the small green chunks.

  17. Jane says:

    I bought my first juicer back in 78 when I was 17. A General Electric Juice Factory ( written on it in a groovy 70′s font) made in Japan and still working! Sits in the cupboard now because I finally updated to the Breville that Joe Cross was promoting last year which is great, big shute so you don’t have to cut everything up. Use my Vitamix everyday too.

  18. Barbara says:

    I use a Champion Juicer…it’s a big one…but really love it and the blank plate that I use for frozen fruit dessert.

  19. Lori says:

    I have a breville ikon juicer and use it everyday! My favorite juice is carrot (lots of them), beetrroot, green apple, broccoli, kale, cucumber, celery, parsley and orange. Enjoying one right now.

  20. Olga says:

    When it comes to juicing I find that the Peruvian approach works best for me. The juice there comes from a blender: a glass of pure water, papaya cubes (almost to the top), a spoonful of honey, 1/2 spoonfil of bee pollen, and a little bit of beetroot. It solved the problem of hypertension for me. So why juice when blending with added water works better? For mango: the same as above without honey/bee pollen/beetroot. For pineapple: I’ve seen them blend it with water then strain and do something I don’t like (add sugar)… I add honey.

  21. Deb Cox says:

    Love this article! My husband asked for a juicer last Christmas. He wanted a Breville so I got him the Juice Fountain Elite. I can’t tell what type that is though…centrifugal? masticating? both? When he juices he’s very happy with it. I tend to use my Vita-Mix more as I like to incorporate the fiber of the fruits and vegetables.

  22. Marie says:

    I also use a blender, with water. That way, I ingest the fiber as well as the juice. I agree with Ronni : the pulpy texture is delicious. It’s a liquid meal.
    Cost of my blender at a second-hand store : $15

  23. David says:

    I have been juicing and have been a juicing consultant since the 1970′s. I buy high end juicers at Good Will
    and garage sales whenever I see them. I sold a house in Fl.
    in 2007 and sold and gave away 30 juicers from my garage,
    mostly Acme, Champion and VitaMix.
    I have taught people how to get rid of cancer, arthritis
    and multiple other chronic and degenerative diseases with
    juicers and juicing.
    This one combination seems to cure just about everything,
    or at least it is a good start:
    Carrots 5-7 organic
    Beet 1/4-1/2 raw
    Celery, 1-2 stalks
    Ginger root, 2-4 slivers

    The rest are optional:
    Green Pepper 1/4-1/2
    Cucumber 1/3-1/2
    Parsley, one handful
    and apple, 1/2-1 for taste

    Also buy red hard wheat and sprout this to eat or juice
    and learn to sprout other seeds. You can drink some of the sprout water too.

    How much to do? That depends on your health or any conditions of the body. Generally, drink juices fresh as you make it, 1-3 glasses/day.
    Don’t mix veg’s and fruit(NWWalker). Fruit juice in the morn., veg. juice morn.,noon and evening.

    Do not try a juice fast without
    medical advice and supervision of a health professional.

    Become a real lush.
    Drink yourself to health!!

    David Levy, Fl.

  24. laurence says:

    i like the nutri-bullet hat u all think

  25. laurence says:

    What u all think about its performance . the Nutri -Bullet

  26. Cynthia says:

    Put me down for the list of people who prefer to use a blender and a juice bag… or as I call it, a JuicerLESS bag… I’ve had 4 or 5 juicers and like my fancy-schmancy current one (a Korean take on the Omega)but it rarely comes out of the pantry– ALL juicers have to be set up, the fruit and vegs have to be chopped up and/or organized for the juicing, and then there is the take apart, what-to-do-with-the-pulp thing, and the clean-up. A Vitamix (or even a cheap second-hand store blender), some water and a juice bag is faster and just as effective. Just my opinion :)

  27. Penelope says:

    We have been juicing for about 3 years now and its the best thing I have EVER done for my health and the bonus was I lost 20kg … Juicing is the way to go … we do a 7 leaf green a red detox and good old carrot/apple … MMmm try to never miss a day and also do the veg that is in season … TRY it you will never look back … thanks for all the great info …

  28. Ildi says:

    I have held off buying juicer as earlier info was that a cheap type simply destroys all the goodness you shuld be getting out of your fruit and vegies. Thanks Alex for this article, I am inspired to get on with it, starting with he blender I already have. Where has all the time gone!

  29. Mary says:

    I have purchased and used many juicers including a Norwalk and have even used the blender. My current favorite way – food processor. You don’t have to add water, it doesn’t add the air like a high speed blender and doesn’t heat the veggies. Then put it through the mylk bag. I have a small manual press I can press it with, or just use my hands. I can even store the pure soup that comes out of the processor and just quickly press a bag full later on.

  30. Pierre says:

    Vita-Mix – Have had it for 10 years. Never had a problem with it. Not cheap but the best rarely is. A juicer/blender/whatever you want to make in it! Not a promo, no affiliation with the company. Buy it once, use it everyday. Incredibly powerful motor. Don’t think I will replace it for many years, maybe never!

  31. Penelope says:

    I own a blender a make smoothies. In which case I use the whole vegetable or fruit… Would I be better off just using the juice, and eating the pulp seperately?

    Good article, by the way!

  32. Boy, this is is so true! I’m a victim of perfectionism too many times as well – not taking any step from fear of doing something wrong. When i *do* know, that anything is better than nothing, in the natural arena at least. I have one more recommendation for people on a budget, the way i started: Instead of a cheap, new juicer, buy a used one! So many people get caught by infomercials but then don’t use their expensive toy! And sell for little money – in a garage sale or “somewhere” on the web!
    I wrote a post on my blog about this as well, linking back to you!

  33. Robyn says:

    My husband and I have been juicing for 6 months now, and he has lost 44 pounds, and I have lost 25 pounds! I am almost to my goal, and he is there. I make 5 different juices a day, two fruit juices in the morning, and 3 veggie juices in the afternoon. I will be upgrading to a masticating juicer as I love wheat-grass juice and I have to buy it occasionally now and I want it every day. Right now I’m thinking of the Kuvings, as it is BPA free. I’m still not sure whether a horizontal or a vertical one is best.

  34. Miko says:

    My partner is a healthholick. He has osteoporosis. I am diabetic and had a partial mastectomy two months ago. We have a cheap juicer and Vita-Mex. We make juice everyday and we use Vita-Mex for smoothies and soup. They are awesome. Thanks for your information.

  35. BRIE says:

    Excellent post Alex!

    What do you think about the Master Cleanse? I’ve done it a few times with good results but am now concerned about all the maple syrup it requires.

  36. asha says:

    i been juicing for more than 10 years now and people do not believe i am 63 years old.
    i feel healthy and the day i dont juice i miss it.
    my only concern is i use the same vegatable everytime like spinich, celery carrots, apple, ginger and sometime beetroots.

    i used to wear reading glasses since the age of 40 and suddenly i was reading something and noticed oh i am not wearng my reading glasses and that is teh power of juicing.

  37. Dave says:

    Hi, Alex!
    I like your article. I have an Omega VRT350HD juicer and I like it very much. As you said, this is masticating type of juicer. I like the feeling that I don’t waste my fruits and vegetables with it, I get all the juice. It’s a little bit expensive (approx 380$) but it’s worth it. I’ve bought it for 36 payments. I know that every cheap product that I bought in the past- I had paid much more for it at the end. I like my simple recipe with it: apple, carrots, ginger and little bit of lemon juice. Very well for your immune system.