Juicing fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to add more nutrients to your diet. Instead of popping a multivitamin, you can create your own nutritious concoctions by combining your favorite fruits and veggies to create a silky smooth juice.
With so many types of juicers to choose from at a wide range of prices, it’s a good idea to get informed on the different types of juicers available. Certain juicers offer excellent extraction speed while others are easier to clean or provide higher quality juice.
Keep reading to learn the key differences between the two most popular types of juicers on the market in Canada. We’ll also go over the top models on the market this year.
The 5 Best Juicers in Canada in 2022
Best centrifugal juicer for juicing high volumes of juice
The Breville Juice Fountain offers the perks of a cold press juicer in a centrifugal juicer. Breville makes up for the weaknesses of other centrifugal juicers by integrating a noise reduction setting and a Cold Spin technology that reduces heat production, yielding a higher quality juice than most centrifugal juicers. This means you can enjoy some of the benefits of a cold press juicer at the price point and speed of extraction of a centrifugal juicer. That’s right; you can extract decent quality juice quickly and quietly without waking up the neighbors!
The Breville Juicer is perfect if you intend on making large batches of juice. The juice receiving container is significantly larger than most with a capacity of 2 litres. With its very large feeding chute of 3.5 inches, you will also be able to avoid prepping most fruits and vegetables. This means you can produce a high volume of juice more efficiently.
We also appreciate the user-friendliness of the Breville Juice Fountain. It’s very easy to operate with three simple settings: Quiet for a quieter juice extraction, Fast for a quick juice extraction and Boost for extracting the juices of hard items.
While this juicer produces higher quality juice than most centrifugal juicers, it’s not necessarily the best quality juice. Since it operated at a very high RPM, oxygen gets incorporated into the juice, leading to oxidation which reduces juice quality. If juice quality is very important to you, we recommend opting for a cold press juicer instead.
Best slow masticating juicer
The Omega NC900HDC Juicer is one of the best slow masticating juicers on the market. With its slow speed of 80 RPM, little to no heat is produced in the juicing process, producing a high quality, nutritious juice. A low RPM also means that the juicer operates quietly.
With dual functionality, the OMEGA juicer can also be used as a grinder and mincer; perfect for making homemade nut butters, nut milks and pureed foods. You can even grind your coffee beans with it.
The OMEGA NC900HDC is well reputed for its high juice yield. After juicing, you’ll be happy to see that the pulp in the discard bin is dry. If you plan on juicing a lot of fibrous vegetables and leafy greens, the NC900HDC is a great choice.
Best vertical cold press juicer
Looking for a cold press juicer that won’t take up too much space on your counter? The Tribest Slowstar Vertical Cold Press Juicer is a great choice with its compact vertical design. This juicer also scores high in terms of the quality of juice extracted. With a very low RPM of 47, this juicer produces little to no heat during juice extraction, resulting in a high quality juice.
Adding more bang for your buck, the juicer also comes with a mincer attachment that allows you to mince up fruits and vegetables. It also has a built-in cap that conveniently prevents residual juice from leaking from the spout.
The Slowstar juicer is particularly a good choice if you intend on juicing a variety of fruits and vegetables. It’s well-reputed for producing a high yield of juice across a variety of produce items. If you’ll be juicing one particular, we always recommend some research to find the perfect juicer for that item.
A small disadvantage of this vertical juicer is its smaller feeding chute (1.5 inches x 2.5 inches). A chute this size just means you might have to chop up some of your produce before feeding it to the juicer.
Best budget-friendly centrifugal juicer
The Breville Juice Fountain Compact is one of the best centrifugal juicers in the under $200 range. With a large 3-inch feeding chute and a 1L juice container, this juicer is great for producing a large amount of juice quickly with minimal produce preparation required.
And Breville is not lying when they say it’s Compact. The Compact model is significantly smaller than the Juice Fountain, especially in terms of depth and height. This is a benefit if your counter space is limited, but it also means that the pulp container might have to be emptied once or twice if you’re juicing a large volume of produce.
Since it’s a centrifugal juicer, it’s not the most efficient juicer when it comes to leafy greens. It’s also completely incapable of juicing wheatgrass so if that’s something you plan on juicing, we highly recommend getting a cold press juicer instead.
All in all, if you’re looking for a decent quality juicer at a low price point and don’t mind a little noise and a smaller everything, Breville’s Compact Juicer is a great option for you.
Best affordable cold press / masticating juicer
At under $200, Aobosi’s Cold Press Juicer is impressive. With an RPM of just 80, it produces low amounts of heat, yielding a higher quality juice than centrifugal juicers at a similar price point. It’s also a relatively quiet juicer thanks to the low wattage of its motor.
The Aobosi Cold Press Juicer is efficient at juicing a variety of fruits and vegetables, including wheatgrass! Aobosi claims a 90% juice yield, but that depends on the produce that you’re juicing.
In terms of disadvantages, this is obviously not the most durable juicer. It’s made primarily from plastic, making it more susceptible to premature wear and tear. Cleaning the filter can also be a pain, but the manufacturer includes a cleaning brush to help facilitate the cleaning process.
Overall, if you’re looking for a decent affordable cold press juicer and don’t care too much about brand names, the Aobosi juicer is a great choice.
Centrifugal juicer vs. Cold Press Juicer
Centrifugal juicers and cold press juicers (or masticating juicers) are the most popular household juicers on the market in Canada. Find out which type of juicer is right for your juicing needs.
Due to the speed at which they produce juice, centrifugal juicers are the most popular juicers found in households. The technique is known as centrifugal force basically sends fruits and veggies down a chute where they are sliced and pushed through a high-speed spinning sharp screen. Most of the liquid gets sent through the screen while the remaining fibers and liquids end up in the pulp container. Centrifugal juicers are amongst the most affordable juicers.
They’re also loved for their ability to quickly make juice but are definitely not the most effective in doing so. The juice tends to be less thick than other juicing methods and users tend to complain about the high amounts of waste produced. Higher amount of waste means less fiber and nutrients are getting delivered to the final product so generally speaking, centrifugal juicers produce a less nutritious juice.
If you’re looking for an affordable juicer that produces juice quickly without much preliminary prepping, a centrifugal juicer could be the right choice for you. If you’re willing to pay more for higher quality juice, consider the options below.
Cold Press Juicers
Cold press juices, also known as masticating juicers, are another popular choice for household juicers. They are known for producing higher quality juices and generally come at a higher price point. Instead of slicing and crushing the items through a spinning screen, the items are sent down a feeding chute that slowly squeezes the items until the pulp and juice is separated. Next, the juice is strained through a mesh and the pulp gets sent to the pulp container.
Unlike centrifugal juicers that are quick and require minimal fruit and veggie preparing beforehand, cold press juicers tend to require more prepping and the actual juicing process is much slower. While slow might sound like a bad thing, in this case a slower juicing process actually just means that a better quality juice is being made. Also, cold press juicers produce much less heat than centrifugal juicers, which helps preserve the nutritional value of the items being juiced. A cold press juicer’s resulting juice will be thicker, higher in nutrients and less foamy than the juice of a centrifugal juicer.
If you’re willing to pay more to produce a higher quality juice and don’t mind the extra work and time involved in the juicing process, a masticating juicer is a fantastic option.
How to choose the best juicer for your needs
There are many factors to consider when shopping around for a juicer. At the end of the day, it all comes down to your budget and the quality of juice you expect out of the juicer. Here are some key factors to consider:
Type of juicer & its juice quality produced
The most popular types of juicers are centrifugal juicers and cold press juicers, but if you have the budget for it, a triturating juicer (twin-gear juicer) is an even better option. If juice quality is an important factor, look into the differences between these three types of juicing processes before making a purchase. In general, cold press juicers and even more so, triturating juicers, will produce higher quality juices than centrifugal juicers.
Size of the juicer’s feeding chute
The size of the feeding chute is an important detail if you want to minimize fruit and vegetable preparation time. Smaller feeding chutes will require you to dice up the items so that they fit through it, while larger chutes can require little to no preliminary prepping.
Ease of cleaning
It’s no secret that juicers can be annoying to clean. How many pieces must be assembled and disassembled everytime you want to clean or store the juicer? If it’s a centrifugal juicer, how difficult is it to clean the screen blade after every use? If cleaning is not your strength, a simpler juicer with less components might be ideal for you.
Design & size of the juicer
Some juicers are bulky while others are lean and require less counter space. Juicers with a vertical design will generally take up less counter space. Design is important if you plan on leaving your juicer in eyesight in the kitchen. It’s easy to forget about your juicer if it’s tucked away in a cupboard. So if you plan on juicing daily, take a good look at the dimensions of the juicer you’re interested in. Also, don’t forget about power cord length!
This is tricky since you can’t normally test out a juicer before buying it (especially when shopping online). In general, centrifugal juicers tend to be louder while cold press juicers are more on the quieter side. Juicers with lower RPMs tend to operate more quietly. If you’re buying a juicer online, take a look at the reviews to find out how noisy a juicer is — if it’s noisy, you’ll hear about it in the reviews!