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Centrifugal V.S. Masticating Juicers

POSTED BY: Samson Brands on Friday, February 25, 2011

Here at SamsonBrands, our customers come to us with all sorts of questions while theyíre in the research process of buying a juice extractor. Whether you're looking to juice fruits & vegetables, or wheatgrass and dark leafy greens, we know that there are a great variety of juicers out there. One of the most common questions that we're asked is the difference between Centrifugal Juicers and Masticating Juicers. In this blog entry, we'll go over the differences between the two different types in an effort to help you make a more informed decision about your investment in your health.

Centrifugal juice extractors operate by placing the fruits and vegetables into a feed chute where it is greeted with a round spinning blade that looks akin to a standard household cheese grater. The high-speed of this disc then grinds and grates down the produce with rapid succession. The Centrifugal force then created by the high RPM's, separates the pulp from the now extracted juice, in turn allowing the juice to run out into the collecting container.

While this sounds great on paper at first, there are some glaring draw backs of using Centrifugal juice extractors. Firstly, they are quite noisy because of the sheer power at which they require to operate successfully. Because those RPM's are spinning at such a high rate of speed, they generate a lot of heat that will kill off many of the enzymes and antioxidants that are in the raw fruits and vegetables. Because of this fact, it essentially makes juicing not worth your time and money because those beneficial enzymes are one of the most major health benefits that you want to be getting out of it in the first place. Another item to note, is that Centrifugal juicers are not very good at juicing leafy greens, and cannot juice wheatgrass. This is a problem for many health conscious people that want to incorporate all things natural into their diet and routine, and the benefits of wheatgrass especially is growing ever popular by the day.
 
Masticating juice extractors, like the Samson GB-9001 and Samson Advanced models run at a slower speed than centrifugal juicers and they work to extract the juice by a completely different mechanism. The Masticating juicers use a single gear, called an auger which essentially looks like a large screw. The auger breaks the produce down slowly and extensively to ring out a considerable amount of juice. So the juice yield, and therefore the nutritional value, is higher than that of a centrifugal juicer. The slow speed of operation does not generate heat and actually preserves the living enzymes and antioxidants in the juice, just saw raw as they were before being put into the juicer . The low speed also makes masticating juicers very quiet machines, coupled with the fact that it comes apart easily, and cleaning takes no less than a minute, itís a VERY good investment!


COMMENTS

marylou steinfeld at 2011-04-26 21:31:33

Hi, any chance you are the same company that made the old "Samson" cheese grater, I recently purchased on ebay. The only info on the unit says "Samson" above the crankshaft and "Made in USA" below the crankshaft. The body is green metal with an aluminum body and a wooden block to push the cheese onto the grater. If this was your company, we would be interested in knowing how old the grater is and what year it was made and how much it originally sold for. Thank you.
Samson Brands at 2011-04-27 09:36:14

Hi Marylou - There are a few varying companies bearing the Samson name manufacturing products in various fields. Unfortunatly, the company that you're looking for is not us as we have never manufactured a cheese grater. Just out of my own curiousity I looked into it - What you have is an antique fine cheese grater. I have no way of knowing what it was originally sold for - however if you take a look at EBAY you can see that they're valued between $20 and $70.00 Best of luck Marylou! SamsonBrands
krista Randall at 2012-02-16 20:08:19

Breville Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor: its on Amazon for a good price http://amzn.to/vZGpa9 This is my third juicing machine. My first was a Champion which served without problems for years. On the plus side it was powerful and durable. On the down side it was rather noisy, vibrated a lot and left a lot of juice in the pulp and was hard to clean. My second juicer was the omega screw machine which I still have. I bought it because it also did wheat grass. On the plus side it is quiet and juices anything, makes nut butter and extracts a lot of juice leaving very dry pulp. On the down side it is slow and worst of all the feed tube is really small. You have to do a lot of cutting to get things small enough to get into the feed tube. I pretty much only use it for wheatgrass now. The Breville is the best juicer I have had. It is an example of good product design in that it is simple, practical and attractive. It is powerful, has a feed tube large enough to take large whole carrots, beets and small apples. It is quiet, comes apart easy and cleans up quickly. The capture pitcher which nests into the machine has a nice cover so you can store the juice for later. If making juice is a hassle you're going to put off doing it. This juicer makes juicing easy and not a hassle.
Find a Juicer at 2012-08-16 10:45:21

Thanks for the helpful article! I love masticating juicer above all. :)

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