One of the biggest trend in juicing today is the cold press juices. As a respond to this new demand, juicer manufacturers such as Omega has rolled out its line of slow juicers (Check out my list for the best omega slow juicers for 2015). For those who are as tune in to this trend as I am, you might be wondering what are the big differences between a centrifugal juicer vs slow juicer. In this article, I will am going to list the major things you should be aware of in case you are thinking about buy a cold press juicer.
In general, a centrifugal juicer has a more vertical design whereby the ingredients are pushed through the top to the blades section which then then perform all the dicing and slicing. A slow juicer, on the other hand, has a more horizontal design. Food is pushed through a tube that has an auger which then squeezed the ingredients. This fundamental design difference is what separates a centrifugal juicer from a masticating one.
More juices from lefty greens
Due to the horizontal design mentioned above, one of the benefit of cold press juicing is the ability to extract juicer from healthy greens. The traditional centrifugal juicer simply chops them into shreds to extract the juices, which is not the most efficient. Slow juicers, on the other hand, usesthe back pressure to force the juice out from the lefty greens and extract a higher juice amount.
However, for traditional fruits, a centrifugal juicer will work better. If you are not making any vegetable juices, you can do without the slow juicers entirely. Don’t believe a lot of marketing hype about getting more juices get. It does not work for every type of ingredient!
More preparation time
The preparation time between a a centrifugal and a slow juicer differs greatly. With the former, you can dump the ingredients into the chute without much problems. With theslow juicer, you need to cut them into slower pieces as their chute size is usually much smaller.
Longer juicing time
As the time implies, slow juicers take a longer than average time for its juicing. Using pressure, rather than the blades for the juice extraction is a slower process that can’t be rushed. Again, for leafy greens, it makes perfect sense. However, for fruit juice drinkers, you might just skip the slow juicers and go straight for the a centrifugal ones instead.
The difference in cleaning time is not a lot but it does differs. Besides the type of juicer, the specific models can determine whether it is easier to clean. Overall, I would call this equal.
If you are new to both types of juicers, just remember that for centrifugal juicers, all you need to do is to remove the lid, take out the blades and wash everything under the tap. For a slow juicer, you might need to remove certain parts of the chute before being able to wash them, depending on the brand you are buying.
This is where the centrifugal juicer really shine as their prices are really low compared to a cold press juicer. A centrifugal juicer has been around for a long time which means competition and standardization has lowered this product cost to something that is very affordable. A slow juicer is relatively new so there will likely to be some price resistance below it can be lowered.
I hope you are now clearer on what is the difference between a centrifugal juicer and a slow juicer. Whether you think these differences are worth the price increase is entirely up to you.