Centrifugal juicers

  • These are the practical juicers. If you get one with a wide chute, then all you have to do is wash the produce and put it into chute, either whole, or just chopped up enough to fit. It's best to switch it on with the chute full and the plunger held over the top ready, else you might get splattered.
  • They're great at producing green drinks and fruit juices almost on tap, and they're relatively easy to clean.
  • They juice at a high speed so you can rapidly juice a lot of fruit.
  • You can easily juice apples, pears, celery, carrots, beetroot, peeled oranges, peeled pineapple and similar.
  • You can juice the softer stuff like tomatoes or melons too, in fact they're quite good at this.
  • You will get less juice overall than you would with a masticating juicer. In fact you can take the pulp from a centrifugal juicer and put it through a masticating juicer to extract quite a bit more juice.
  • For the softer fruits use the lowest speed setting.
  • For juicing harder things like root ginger you need to use the highest speed setting.
  • You can juice all your green stuff like cabbage, broccoli, spinach and so on, but the yield is never as much as it would be from a masticating juicer. If you have a good supply of green stuff to juice, then this is just academic. From a practical point of view, all you have to do is wash it and shove it down the chute. Can't get any easier.
  • You just can't get anything from wheatgrass. The juicer just chops it up and throws it around, but, alas, no juice!
  • Features to check for when considering a centrifugal juicer.
  • It's good to go for a wide chute - one large enough so that a whole apple can be juiced.
  • Check there is sufficient power - from about 750 watts should be enough.
  • A selection of two speeds is useful. Typically a lower speed setting is for softer fruits like grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers and raspberries, and a higher speed for all kinds of fruits and vegetables.
  • Go for a well designed appliance that extracts as much juice as possible. The designs do vary a bit in this respect, and you won't find the answer to this in the technical details either. Read the reviews and see what other people discovered, or check with somebody who already owns one.
  • You can't believe everything you read in the reviews but they do give you a good impression. Incidentally, one of the reviews about the Phillips machine says it doesn't have the suction feet to keep it from moving about on the work surface. This is not correct - I have owned one for years - and it's fine.
Philips HR1861 centrifugal juicer

Philips HR1861 centrifugal juicer