What if I said there were plenty of differences? Not only that, what if those differences swung your decision eiher way?
In this post, I will run through the main differences between Masticating vs Centrifugal, the two types of juicers, along with a few benefits!
You need to be well informed when you are deciding which type of juicer to go for.
Centrifugal? Or Masticating (Sometimes known as a Cold Press Juicer)
In the past, I have been guilty of making a decision based purely on price. This is something I usually regret after a few months when weird things start to happen.
This is something I am actually going through at the moment. I decided (around 8 months ago) that my favourite hot drink is a flat white (It still is, by the way).
I needed a coffee machine that made real coffee (ie, not instant) and had the ability to steam milk.
After looking around at the options, I went for the cheapest. It looked good, the review were ok, oh, and did I mention it was cheap too?
I bought it, got it delivered and made my first coffee - exceptional! Over the last couple of months, I have noticed that the milk is taking longer and loger to steam.
Today, I have a coffee machine that no longer steams milk.
You Get What You Pay For
The saying 'you get what you pay for' is a saying for a reason!
Sometimes you get lucky, and buy someting cheap that works for years! Sometimes you buy something cheap and it breaks in a few months.
Anyway, put the violin away, I am not here for sympathy. After all, it was me being a cheapskate! Let's get back to the point of this article.
Masticating vs Centrifugal Juicer: Differences
1. Juice Extraction Process
2. Speed Of Juicing
3. Quality Of Juice
4. Noise Volume
5. Price Difference
Juice Extraction Process: Comapared
- Slower Extraction Process
- Juice Is Squeezed
- Reduced Oxidisation
- Juice Is Spun Out
- Fast Extraction Process
Juice Extraction Process
to grind or crush (food) with or as if with the teeth
to soften or reduce to pulp by crushing or kneading
I am sure you can deduce from that exactly how a masticating juicer works! It crushes the fruit or vegetable to produce two things:
1. A juice-less pulp
The slow masticating process ensures you are left with a dry pulp and a fuller glass.
The juice is extracted by a auger, which 'chews' and 'grinds' the juice out of the fruit, passing through a strainer before ending it's journey in the juice collector.
What about a centrifugal juicer? How does that extract the juice?
Let's start with the word centrifugal:
a force, arising from the body's inertia, which appears to act on a body moving in a circular path and is directed away from the centre around which the body is moving.
These juicers have small blades, kind of like a blender. The blades spin at a very high speed and the juice is extracted using centrifugal force. Very similar to the way a washing machine spins out the water from your clothing.
As the fruit spins, the juice is passed out of a strainer in to the collection jug and the pulp is left behind (Or passed out via another method, depending on the juicer).
Speed Of Juicing: Comapared
- Between 40 and 150 RPM
- Between 18,000 and 25,000 RPM
Speed Of Juicing
RPM = Revolutions Per Minute
There is a vast, VAST difference between the two juicers when it comes to the speed of operation.
The result of this is a much quicker juice from the centrifugal juicer, along with a much noisier operating volume.
This is a downside for the quicker juicer, and that is the reduced life expectancy. Don't panic, this isn't your life expectancy.....this is the life of the juicer itself.
A quicker juicer means more chance of the hardware burning out and breaking. This is reflected in the warranty on offer for each option.
Quality Of Juice: Comapared
- Drier Pulp = More Juice
- Fuller Pulp = Less Juice Extracted
Quality Of Juice
The quality is very important.
We all know that drinking freshly extracted juice is good for you, right? Take beetroot for instance. In this clinical trial, the results were conclusive:
Based on the available data, beetroot appears to be a powerful dietary source of health promoting agents that holds potential as therapeutic treatment for several pathological disorders. The powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and vascular-protective effects offered by beetroot and its constituents have been clearly demonstrated by several in vitro and in vivo human and animal studies; hence its increasing popularity as a nutritional approach to help manage cardiovascular disease and cancer. In the human studies to date, beetroot supplementation has been reported to reduce blood pressure, attenuate inflammation, avert oxidative stress, preserve endothelial function and restore cerebrovascular haemodynamics. Furthermore, although beyond the scope of this review, several studies have now established beetroot supplementation as an effective means of enhancing athletic performance [96,97].
It is obvious to me that when juicing, you want a high quality juice, and more of it!
For me, the obvious choice is to go for a masticating juicer!
The extraction process has been shown to produce between 20-30% MORE JUICE! That alone gives you a much better quality juice.
What about the taste?
Well - here is an experiment for you. Take a bite of a piece of fruit (Enjoy the taste!) and then put the rest of the fruit down.
Give it 20 minutes.
Check the fruit....what do you see? It has started to go brown, right?
That is oxidisation. Now taste the fruit. Does it taste the same?
Masticating juicers have been shown to reduce the oxidisation of fruit as it extracts the juice, and if you have followed my little test, you will already know the juice will taste better.
Noise Volume: Comapared
- Low RPM = Less Noise
- Less Friction = Less Noise
- More Friction = More Noise
- Faster Motor = More Noise
There is nothing worse than someone juicing a few apples when you are trying to sleep*
*Let us take a minute to think about how stupid the statement above is! There are so many worse things if you actually think about it.
The noise is annoying, there is no doubt about that. Imagine laying on a sun bed, it is early evening, and you get a Knat flying around your ear.
That to me is the sound of a juicer. I am trying to relax man, do it later!
A centrifugal juicer is louder that a masticating juicer, and for good reason. As you have read above, the blades spin at a ridiculous RPM, which is obviously going to create more noise than the slower, more placid masticating juicer!
Why is it important? Well, it opens up more juicing opportunities. With a masticating juicer, you can juice when your kid is in bed, you can juice when your other half is watching TV.
The only disappointing thing about my juicer is, when my other half is hungover, I can't use the juicer to remind her of the tender state she put herself in, which sucks.
Price Difference: Comapared
- Price Can Be Very High
- Longer Warranty
- Reduced Oxidisation
- Cheaper Option
- Quicker Wear and Tear
If you were looking at buying a juices a few years ago, you would have seen quite a difference in price between the two.
Masticating juicers would have been a great deal more expensive that a centrifugal juicer.
The good news is, the gap in price has gone from the Grand Canyon to a medium crack on my kitchen ceiling that I still haven't fixed.*
*This crack was not caused by a juicer.
There is a difference though. To put it bluntly, a masticating juicer is more expensive.
But not by as much as you may think!
Take a look at the best masticating juicer options. I am certain that some will be in your budget, and why settle for less?
If you are making a decision on which juicer to go for, I hope this article has helped you be more informed on the differences.
In my opinion, the price and speed difference does not put me off going for the masticating juicer.
In fact the additional benefits, including better quality juice, a longer warranty and a quieter juicing process make the masticating juicer the clear winner.
The question is, will your decision be based on the cost, or the quality of the juice?