Buying a new appliance can be a big deal especially when it comes to the battle of juicer vs blender. They can be costly, yet well worth your investment. Every machine is different and possesses its own unique set of features that sets it apart from the others. Below you will see a chart outlining the best juicers and blenders money can buy as well as why you must start as soon as possible.
Our Top 10 Juicers and Blenders:
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Juicers & Blenders
|1||Blendtec The Professional's Choice 1560-Watt Total Blender||Blender||$$$||7||10|
|2||Blendtec WildSide HP3A Blender||Blender||$$$||7||10|
|3||Vitamix 1300 TurboBlend 4500||Blender||$$$||5||10|
|4||Vitamix CIA Professional Series||Blender||$$$||7||10|
|5||Vitamix Professional Series 500||Blender||$$$||7||10|
|6||Vitamix Turboblend 4500 Countertop Blender with 2+ HP Motor||Blender||$$||5||10|
|7||Omega J8005 Nutrition Center Single-Gear Commercial Masticating Juicer||Masticating Juicer||$$||10||10|
|8||Omega NC800 HDS 5th Generation Nutrition Center Juicer||Masticating Juicer||$$$||10||10|
|9||Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor||Centrifugal Juicer||$$||1||8|
|10||Champion Juicer Heavy-Duty Commercial Juicer||Masticating Juicer||$$$||10||8|
Why I Started Juicing and Blending
Have you seen the ingredients in your favorite bottled juices and smoothies? I was tired of thinking I was consuming something healthy, only to see that most of them contained way too much sugar and plenty of preservatives. When I began to read about natural flavors and xanthan gum, store-bought juices simply became more repulsive than mouth-watering. These are two of the most often used ingredients that you will see although there are many more, even straight sugar or worse– high-fructose corn syrup.
I am not only removing these disgusting ingredients, but feeding my body a more nutrient dense refreshment/meal-in-a-glass, using local produce, and saving money.
Using Local Produce
By using local produce, you can cut down on the exchange of hands and better yet, talk to the farmer directly about how they operate their business.
You may have heard of one of the many parasite outbreaks related to factory farmed produce (Lysteria or E. Coli) and in my humble opinion, local produce reduces the risk immensely. This is important not only to you, but if you plan on giving your children homemade juices and smoothies as well.
Next time you’re at the supermarket, take a look at the unit price of brands liek Bolthouse Farms or Naked Juices. The unit price will actually tell you how much you are paying per unit, per pound, per liter, etc. as opposed to per individual item. The cost to buy your own local organic produce and make a juice or smoothie at home is significantly cheaper over the long term.
What Is Your Reason?
Whether your reason is similar to mine — you want to make a quick and great tasting whole meal supplement chockfull of vitamins and nutrients — or you have something else in mind, understanding the pros and cons of each machine will help make your purchasing decision a bit easier. It will also save you a lot of money in the long-run.
I have spent well over $1000 dollars on my own juicer vs blender fiasco, purchasing lower quality machines only to have them underperform or fail completely. So here’s to you and helping you with journey to a healthy lifestyle.
What Is A Juicer
A juicer extracts the juices from fruits, vegetables, and herbs. It’s not too complicated.
In my own personal experience, multivitamins tend to irritate my digestive tract and making a fresh juice does not. Even better, whether juice or smoothie, I sware it gives me a better boost than any caffiene ever has. Talk about a prolonged metabolic surge.
It takes less time to make one glass of fresh juice than it would to consume the fruits and vegetables necessary for the right amount of nutrients. If you’re not into vitamins (synthetic or plant based), another reason to get on the train.
There are different types of juicers on the market, but the most common are of the centrifugal and masticating types. Many of the masticating juicers we list here double as wheatgrass juicers as well so that’s a bonus to consider.
What You Really Get With Store-Bought Juice
Nutrition FACT: Juice begins to lose its nutritional value within 15 minutes of being extracted.
Think about the process involved in getting a juicer from the grove to the supermarket…
The fruits and veggies are picked by hand or machine, peeled and cored, juiced, packaged, transported via freight truck, and remain on a shelf or in a cooler until you purchase them. It seems minute, but the freshness is virtually non-existent by the time you consume this beverage.
The best part is that most of the juices are stored in plastic bottles. It’s highly likely that this plastic also leeches into what little nutrient content is left from all of the processing in the store-bought juice — that is — the bottled stuff.
Additionally, when fruit and vegetable juices are concentrated this essentially means that they are pasteurized to remove excess water contained within the fruit and vegetables for longer preservation.
Not only does heating raw juice destroy the important nutrients and enzymes contained within it, but also removes the water, which is vital for its mineral content.
There are some perishable brands of juice that are often stored in coolers, however, most juices are typically loaded with sugar and other artificial “additives”. Even the cold-kept juices lose their oomph by the time they are purchased and consumed.
So one side of the the juicer vs blender argument can be said to prefer the juicer. If you want pure juice and the flexibility to extract most fruits and vegetables, a juicer is certainly the first appliance you should purchase.
Every juicer is different and can perform a variety of amazing functions, but the most important thing and probably the most use will come from making juice.
Pros of Buying A Juicer
- Make a much more nutrient rich juice
- Use fresher local, organic produce
- Save money by buying locally and reducing costs associated with the manufacturing process
- Create your own unique blend of fruits and veggie juices
- Juice items that cannot be blended, such as beets, to include in smoothies
- Some juicers (including the Omega) can be used to make pasta
Now onto the two main types of juicers you will see:
A centrifuge moves in a circular motion at high speed.
Likewise, a centrifugal juicer blade spins at high speed, quickly chopping the contents up, extracting juice on one end, while discarding the pulp on the other.
On the plus side, juicing takes mere seconds. You can have a great tasting juice in under a minute.
The downside of a centrifugal juicer is that the high speed of the blade creates heat, which results in more rapid oxidation of the juice. As juice oxidizes, the vitamins and minerals begin to lose their potency.
To masticate is to grind or chew food with your teeth.
Much like your teeth, a masticating juicer crushes produce at a slow speed, extracting the max juice volume out of your produce while not producing any internal heat within the finished product.
There are many advantages to owning a masticating juicer including very little to no foaming, no clogging of the machine, and as stated before, and minimal heat production. Additionally a masticating juicer such as the Omega 8005 also functions as a wheatgrass press, make extruder, homogenizer, and grinder!
Every machine varies so it’s best to get the product description from the actual manufacturer to be sure it does everything that you want it to.
As you can see, we did include the Omega 8005 on our chart, as I do own it, and it is a personal prized possession.
A great thing about juicing is that you can make crackers from the pulp. There are plenty of recipes on the web. It helps to have a dehydrator, but you can bake them as well. They’re not bad actually!
What Is A Blender?
A blender, unlike a juicer, chops and blends all contents together. It is a much more versatile machine.
The advantages of a blender vs a juicer are that you can throw whole foods in and blend them together, thus creating a meal in a glass. While a juice may be a refreshing treat or a boost to your metabolism, it’s not very filling nor caloric, but still extremely beneficial to your health.
What’s even greater about blending is that you can include supplements and foods that you can’t actually juice including, bananas, avocados, various types of nuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, and so much more.
Basically if you think it will taste good when added to the combination of foods, toss it in and blend it up!
Pros of Buying A Blender
Besides the fact that you can make so many types of foods quickly with a high quality blender such as the Vitamix or Blendtec, most are very easy to clean. Consider it your all-in-one appliance.
Lower grade blenders often don’t hold up to the wear and tear of using it as a food processor, but higher quality machines most certainly do. The best brands even include great warranties to prove it.
Check out just some of the things that you can make with a well made blender:
- Milks (Almond, Soy, Coconut, and Rice)
- Nut Butters
- Dips and Spreads
- Frozen Desserts
What other appliance can do all of this stuff? You can make your own peanut or almond butter, nut milks, and so on!
Juicer Vs Blender Comparison Video
What Will You Choose?
Honestly, you can’t go wrong with either choice, but my suggestion is to buy the juicer first.
You can use the juicer to extract produce you might not want to chop in a blender such as beets. Another great benefit to buying a good juicer first is that it will typically be cheaper than a good blender.
Later on, when you have your juicer, you can use the fresh squeezed, pulpless juice to add to your blender for smoothies or other tasty treats.
When the blender vs juicer debate comes up, there really is no clear cut winner. It’s a matter of preference and chances are, you will probably purchase both of them eventually so go with the good stuff.