Which household appliance is better to use for making fruit and vegetable juices? Let's look at the pros and cons of juice extractors and centrifuges. Centrifuges and juice extractors are small electrical appliances that are used to prepare fresh and natural fruit and vegetable juices.
Through these appliances you can get juices from almost all varieties of fruit and vegetables, allowing the consumption of raw vegetables that are usually eaten only cooked, as in the case of broccoli.
There are substantial differences between centrifuges and juice extractors to be evaluated, depending on your needs.
Advantages and disadvantages of the centrifuge
1. Centrifuges exploit precisely centrifugal force and, by means of high-speed rotations, are able to remove fruit or vegetable juice from the pulp.
2. The centrifuge is an electrical appliance that does not occupy much space and it is composed of a motor, a steel component that includes very small blades placed in a circle and a very narrow mesh filter in the middle. The machine then has other plastic components including a container to collect the waste pulp.
3.The fruit and vegetables are inserted into an opening after having cut them roughly, without having to peel them (with the exception of citrus fruits). By operating the machine and pushing the fruit and vegetables towards the blades and the filter, you obtain the juice and the waste pulp.
4. In just a few minutes, thanks to the centrifuge, you can make fruit and raw vegetable juices. The juice should be consumed at the moment and immediately after it is advisable to disassemble and wash the machine. The waste pulp is a good source of fiber and it can be reused by adding it to cakes and biscuits.
5. Centrifuges are easily found for sale in home appliance stores and they are often low-priced.
Advantages and disadvantages of the juice extractor
1. The extractor is a household appliance of a size similar to the centrifuge but unlike the centrifuge allows you to obtain juices from fruits and vegetables by grinding them with similar movements to chewing. The pulp and the juice are divided thanks to a rotating hard plastic auger; this auger is placed inside a tightly meshed filter; the pulp and the juice are expelled from the machine separately, as it happens with the centrifuge.
2. Compared to centrifuges, juice extractors work at lower speeds, they are quieter and they are able to extract larger amounts of juice producing less waste.
3. In addition to being more efficient than a centrifuge, one of the extractor's main advantages is to be able to extract juice even from leafy vegetables, such as spinach, aromatic herbs, wheat grass. Furthermore, the extractor cleaning is simpler and faster than that of the centrifuge.
4. Many argue that extractors juices are richer in vitamins and enzymes than juices obtained with the centrifuge.
5. The drawback of the extractors is undoubtedly the price, being more expensive than the centrifuge.
6. Also, another “drawback” is the fact that, as already mentioned above, the extractors take more time than the centrifuges to extract the juice. A centrifuge takes about 2 minutes, compared to 5/10 minutes of an extractor.
In conclusion, the cold juice extractor makes it possible to obtain better quality juices but it has a decidedly higher price than the centrifuge. Given the smaller fiber waste of the extractor compared to the centrifuge, however, it is possible to save on the long term if it is used frequently; if you plan to use the appliance often, it may therefore be convenient to choose an extractor, perhaps choosing one of the cheaper ones, whose price does not differ much from that of a centrifuge.