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4 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Juicer

April 23, 2015
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Settling on any product to purchase can be difficult — but even more so when you don’t know which features to look for. If you’re a first-time juicer purchaser, here are the top four things you should know before buying.

1. They’re not all the same

Look through product specifications on a handful of juicers and you’ll soon realize that not all juicers are made alike. What with all the details about speed settings, wattage and accessories, how do you really know which features you should be zeroing in on?

For starters, there are two major divisions of juicers: masticating and centrifugal. Masticating juicers (also known as cold press juicers) squeeze fruits and vegetables slowly for a higher juice yield. Centrifugal juicers, on the other hand, grind fruits and vegetables at higher speeds for a faster turnaround time. Masticating juicers are quieter, but also generally more expensive.

Other aspects to look out for? Products with multiple speed settings allow users to juice different types of foods at different speeds. Large feed chutes, another possible feature, can accommodate bigger fruits and vegetables and thereby reduce any pre-juicing prep.

2. They can be expensive

You should know that juicers can be a costly kitchen investment. Depending on the juicer style, type and features you choose, your purchase could cost you upward of $200. With such a substantial price tag, you’ll want to keep an eye out for sales.

To ensure you’re getting the best possible price on your kitchen addition, check out our top tips for how to get the best deal on a juicer.

3. They can do more than juice

Contrary to their name, juicers aren’t reserved just for juicing. If you want to get the most functionality out of your new appliance, opt for a multipurpose model.

The Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer, for example, includes attachments that allow users to chop garlic, grind coffee, create frozen desserts, extrude homemade spaghetti and more.

Another model, the Kuvings NJE-358OU Masticating Slow Juicer, comes with six different food processing nozzles, including a rice cake nozzle, mincing nozzle and multiple sizes of pasta nozzles.

Keep in mind that multipurpose machines are generally more expensive than their more basic counterparts. The Omega is sold for $231.70 (regularly $390) at Amazon, while the Kuvings is listed at $229.99 from the online marketplace.

4. They need to be cleaned

Finally, as with any other household device, shoppers should consider not only what a juicer is capable of doing, but also how it must be maintained. Convenience-minded consumers should keep an eye out for appliances with removable, dishwasher-safe parts. Also helpful: Some devices come with a cleaning brush.

Now that you’re ready to start shopping, take a look at our Juicer Buying Guide. It’ll help you prioritize the juicer features that are most appealing to you.

Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer covering personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyNerd and on Google+.

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