Buying a commercial juicer is always a little more complicated than we initially think due to the large selection currently available to choose from. Not only are there different designs and models but there are a few different technologies used and it is important to purchase the right one depending on the type of juicing you want to do. We have extensive experience with these products and our aim is to save you time by limiting the options available and only showcasing juicers that offer the best quality and have excellent feedback. Keep reading to learn a little bit more about the options available and the styles to choose from.
Common Technology used in Modern Juicers
These days there are three main commercial juicer types to choose from depending on the products you wish to process. Some will do a better job with citrus whereas others are designed to juice up vegetables which are a little tougher in their consistency.
As you can see from the image this style of juicer comes in a slightly different shape to traditional models and will best suit harder substances such as vegetables. The Masticating Juicer almost has a two stage function with the first “chews” food rather than a “chopping” motion to successfully break down the structure and fibers into a pulp. Once the first stage is complete the juice is extracted by compressing the pulp which in turn forces out the fresh juice. This type of machine works really well for any applications that need vegetables juiced as their structure tends to be a little bit tougher than normal fruit and this machine will ensure a better result. Masticating Juicers have another major health benefit over competing products due to the lower blade rotation speeds. In comparison to a Centrifugal Juicer which often runs close to 1000 rpm you will find most Masticating models run around 80 rpm. Machines running at lower speeds create less heat preventing damage to important and healthy nutrients like vitamin or minerals. Finally, Oxidization can be a problem causing damage to the nutrients and introducing lots of air into the final juice (the bubbles you will normally find on the surface after juicing with a high speed machine). Masticating juicers ensure this is kept to a minimum ensuring you end up with a healthy product after processing. Prices depend on the quality of the machine as well as the number of blades/gears in the design. Generally, the more blades the better the result as well as the better results from harder to juice items like wheat grass.
Probably the most common type of juicing machine the Centrifugal juicer contains a basket in the center which spins around at high speed. The edge of the basket is generally serrated ensuring the fresh produce inside the machine is broken up as the high speed spinning action forces everything against the surface. The high speed action coupled with the sharp edges of the basket force the juice out of the plant cells with ease. Once releases the juice flows easily through the small holes in the basket and the remaining waste is trapped behind for disposal. There are some negatives as discussed above due to the high speed rotational force of the basket. Centrifugal Juicers also tend to need a little bit more work as the basket requires emptying after each glass is juiced as you will always have a build up of pulp.
You may have seen this type juicing machine around, especially in smaller coffee shops and restaurants as they enable customers to squeeze fresh juice from either Oranges or Limes. These machines are also used in commercial applications such as food processing plants, juice companies and I even installed one at a freeze drying plant (where the juice was extracted and the remaining pulp was dried for use in pudding mixes!) which comfortably ran over 24 hours per day! This style of machine works extremely well and can handle large volumes of citrus without the constant need for cleaning. Occasional, the oranges and peels do get stuck as the top needs continually loading so if this machine is intended for a commercial application then a staff member will be required as an operator.
Which Commercial Juicer Should I Buy?
I am often asked this question and it does depend on a number of factors and the type of application required. Masticating Juicers have a fair amount of advantages over Centrifugal models but they run much slower and may not suit a busy coffee shop or juicing production plant where speed comes into play. Centrifugal machines are quicker and more suited to fast juicing but the quality is lower and they can be tougher to keep clean. Please check out my recommendations and juicer reviews on the website as it will help you to see pro’s and con’s and make the right decision when it comes to purchasing your commercial juicer.