Echolife Australia Juicer Buying Guide
Author: Sabine Mordini-Pound
Juicing is a popular practice that requires an investment of time once you have purchased a juicer. This four-part guide will tell you what type of juicers are available on the market, and explore what's involved in juicing for good health.
Juicing has been getting a lot of attention lately regarding its place and usefulness in our diets. We've sold juicers almost since our online beginnings 10 years ago, so we wrote this four-part guide covering the types of juicers available, whether a juicer would be a good fit for you, what to look for in one and an overview of the brands we stock. At the end of the guide you will find a handy checklist you can return to us so we can pair you with the best machine for your needs.
Let's get started!
- Part One: some background on juicing
- Part Two: which model is right for me?
- Part Three: a quick overview of our range
- Part Four: a simplified summary
- Checklist and contact
Why use a juicer?
A juicer breaks down fruit and vegetables to separate liquid from pulp. As part of a balanced diet, drinking juice is a good way to increase your nutrient intake and introduce a greater variety of fruit and vegetables into your eating habits, especially those you may not otherwise enjoy eating (leafy greens like spinach and kale, or beetroot are a few examples).
The various types of juicers available
If you are in the market for a juicer it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with a few terms you will hear, understand what technology they use and what type of results you can expect.
- Centrifugal: we don't stock or recommend this type of juicer as we find the juice it produces of inferior quality. A centrifugal juicer shreds produce at very high speeds and this creates a lot of friction, oxidation, and separation in the juice. The colour and taste of juice made by a centrifugal juicer will change quickly, even if it is refrigerated shortly after it has been made. Having very high RPMs, centrifugal juicers are also very noisy.
- Masticating: masticating juicers have an auger (also called a juicing screw), which breaks down and presses produce against a screen to extract the juice. Masticating juicers are calibrated at very low speeds and will be relatively quiet to operate. The auger will exert the most force during the extraction process so it is important to choose a masticating juicer with an auger made from a long-lasting tough material.
- Triturating (or 'twin gear'): triturating juicers have twin gears that rotate inwards. The closer the gears, the higher the yield. These juicers are generally the most expensive and most twin gear juicers come with the ability to vary the internal pressure exerted by the gears, to adapt to the type of produce you are juicing (soft or hard fruit for example).
You may also come across the terms 'slow' or 'cold-press juicer': these terms don't actually refer to technologies as masticating and triturating juicers can both be called 'slow' and 'cold-press' (their RPMs are very low and they minimise friction and heat during the juicing process).
Similarly a 'nutrition centre' doesn't refer to a technology but to a horizontal juicer sold with extra attachments or nozzles that expand the juicer's capabilities to making frozen desserts, baby food and nut butters. Some nutrition centres can even extrude pasta, grind coffee beans and grains to make flour. A nutrition centre is great for someone looking for a multi-tasking kitchen helper.
The benefits of juicing at home
Juices are readily available but to be sold commercially and have a long shelf-life, they often need to be pasteurised and/or contain added preservatives or sugar. Some juices will also be made from concentrate which is high in sugar and because of its high processing temperature, poor in nutrients.
Having your own juicer is an easy way to control exactly what you will be drinking and make sure no questionable or undesirable ingredients go into your juice. You can also make your own recipes based on what you feel like or what produce is in season or on special.
A juicer will be an investment but depending on how often you are drinking juice, it may be a more cost-effective and healthful solution than store-bought juice, especially the cold-pressed higher-end variety.
Why juice and not blend?
We don't recommend one over the other - both have their place. Juicing breaks down and separates juice from fibre, whilst blending liquefies your ingredients whole. A good blender can be more affordable than a juicer and is definitely one way to go if you want to increase your fresh fruit and veg intake.
Because juicing does discard some fibre from your produce, we recommend keeping the pulp once you have finished juicing and incorporate it into sweet or savoury muffins or breads: a great and tasty way to add that fibre back in your diet.
A word on safety
Juices can be very high in calories depending on the ingredients used and the quantity consumed. This can be problematic for people who are tracking their calorie or nutrient intake such as diabetics. We recommend speaking to your healthcare professional to make sure juicing is right for you, and which fruit or vegetables you may need to avoid.
It is also very important to clean your juicer regularly, ideally immediately after you are finished juicing. If pulp and build-up is left behind it will spoil and start harbouring bacteria and mould, stick and make your juicer hard to take apart for cleaning. It will become a health risk as well as lead to your juicer not functioning as it should and potentially breaking down.
A juicer can be a big investment and it is important to choose a model you know you will use. There are several points you will need to consider.
How often will you be juicing?
Juicing takes time - if you are trying to develop a new habit, it's best to look for a juicer with a small footprint that you will be able to leave on the counter. You may not juice as often if you have to take the juicer out of a cupboard each time.
Vertical juicers have the smallest footprints and are quick to clean, making them a good 'first juicer' option for kitchens with limited counter space.
How much will you be juicing?
Will you be making small amounts to drink immediately or larger amounts you will store? If you are planning of juicing a lot at once, you will need a vertical juicer with a large juice bowl and smart cap. You will be able to make several glasses at once and by keeping the smart cap closed you will get a perfect blend if you mix different produce.
The following vertical juicers have a smart cap on their juice bowl:
You will also need to keep in mind that if you want to store juice, you need to have adequate containers that are as air-tight as possible.
Which feeding chute size should you look for?
The smaller the feeding chute, the smaller you have to cut produce and the longer the prep time. If you plan to juice large quantities at once, a larger feeding chute will save you a lot of time.
All the juicers in the Kuvings range have the patented 'wide-mouth' chute, which ranges from 75 to 88 mm in diameter depending on the model. You will be able to cut your produce in larger pieces if you choose one of these models - one exception being celery which is notoriously difficult to juice and that we recommend you always cut into small pieces, no matter the size of the chute.
If the size of the feeding chute is not an important factor, more options will open up with horizontal 'nutrition centre' juicers from brands like Omega and Angel. These will be preferable if you are looking for more than a juicer, to help with food prep and other recipes.
What will you juice?
Are you a creature of habit with a favourite fruit, veg or recipe you go back to again and again? Or do you like to juice a wide range of produce (stringy, soft/citrus, hard)?
Refer to the table below to see where your favourite ingredients fall:
|Soft||Berries / Citrus / Pineapple / Mango / Kiwis / Melon / Peaches / Cherries / Grapes / Cucumber / Tomato / Spinach / Kale / Herbs|
|Hard||Apple / Pear / Pomegranate / Carrot / Beetroot / Broccoli / Cabbage / Fennel|
|Stringy||Celery / Ginger|
A good rule of thumb is that if you are juicing mostly soft fruit, a juicer with a slower RPM will be a better choice. The Omega VSJ843RS is the slowest of the range with 43 RPM, and all Kuvings juicers are calibrated between 50 and 55 RPM.
If you are also juicing harder fruit and veg look for a juicer with a higher RPM like an Angel or most of the Omega models. To contradict this rule we will also recommend a Kuvings juicer for harder produce as they perform excellently across the board, including with herbs and grasses!
One model in our range, the Omega NC800/900, is designed with an advanced feature normally only seen in triturating twin gear juicers: an internal pressure adjustment so no matter what you juice, you can get optimal yield - this is ideal if you want an all rounder and you like to have fine-grain control on the process and result.
Finally, another option to deal with different textures is to purchase an extra housing or attachment specifically designed for certain types of produce like the Kuvings Citrus Squeeze Attachment or the Angel Soft Fruit Attachment.
Do you want to make nut milk?
Most vertical and horizontal juicers can make nut milks, but make sure it is mentioned in the product description if this is one of the features you absolutely require. If you see nut milk mentioned in the description, you will be able to make it with the components that come with your juicer out of the box - no other attachments or screens will be necessary.
Within the same range some models can perform better than others with nut milks: for example the Kuvings Commercial models don't produce nut milks as fine as the Professional/Domestic use models.
It is very important you read through the instruction manual before making nut milk as some brands will void the warranty if you juice certain ingredients - for example, coconut usually appears on the 'Do not juice' list.
What about nut butters, frozen desserts, food prep?
Frozen desserts are no longer the exclusive domain of the horizontal nutrition centre models: the most recent Kuvings juicers can all make baby food, frozen desserts and thick smoothies with the help of two additional screens. These come as a free gift with the C7000, but are sold separately for all the other models).
Ease of assembly and cleaning
Juicing is not just an investment of money but also of time, and cleaning is an integral part of the process. Your juicer needs to be free from leftover pulp or produce, every time - otherwise you could be looking at mould and bacterial growth inside the juicer and contamination.
Vertical juicers are the easiest to clean: once you are finished juicing, leave the juicer running and pour a few jugs of water through the chute until the water runs clear and does not contain anymore pulp. This will significantly speed up the cleaning process. You can then remove the top-set (bowl, lid and chute) and rinse all parts thoroughly. If any small fibres are still attached to the juicing screen use the included cleaning brush to loosen these.
Horizontal juicers need to be disassembled to be washed: you will need to take the front-end apart and rinse and scrub all parts under water. The process does not take very long so we do recommend doing it each time you juice, to avoid any pulp sticking and making the juicer more difficult to take apart and more difficult to clean as well.
All of the juicers in our catalogue have long motor warranties starting at 10 years for Angel and going up to 20 for Kuvings and Omega (for domestic use). All the service centres for the brands we stock are located in Australia and are proactive with providing timely and thorough assistance.
You can view a comparison table of the three brands we stock including the warranty periods at the end of this guide, in the Simplified Summary.
We only stock masticating and triturating juicers as we believe they deliver the highest quality of juice at a price range more affordable than the famous Norwalk Press! The juicers in our catalogue can all be called 'slow juicers', which means they have a low RPM and slow moving parts, which in turn means a smaller chance of breakage.
All our juicers also share another feature: continuous pulp ejection. This means you will not have to start and stop while you are juicing, and can keep feeding produce down the chute. Continuous pulp ejection saves a lot of time.
Each brand approaches juice extraction with different technologies and materials: some specialise in vertical axis juicers, some horizontal only and one brand (Omega) does both.
Angel juicers are the most expensive domestic juicers in our catalogue and are constructed entirely from stainless steel. Angels are a horizontal axis juicer with extra capacity as a 'nutrition centre'. Attachments specifically designed for soft fruit and nut butters are sold separately.
Kuvings juicers are the only models in our catalogue that have been rated by Choice Australia. Kuvings is a brand that takes performance seriously: it makes its own motors in-house and has patented its technology. Kuvings is very proactive in making sure that every new release incorporates design improvements. It was the first brand to release a wide-mouth juicer, an innovation that cuts down dramatically on time spent preparing and cutting ingredients.
Kuvings is also the only brand in our catalogue with a commercial juicer rated for 24 hours of non-stop use. Free training is offered when you purchase this model.
Omega is an American brand which manufactures almost every of its models in Korea. Omega designs both vertical and horizontal juicers and has been frequently included in best juicer guides for the ease of use and performance of its machines.
Every juicer we sell comes with an Australian warranty and spare parts are available through special order:
- Order form for Angel spare parts
- Order form for Kuvings C7000 spare parts
- Order form for Kuvings CS600 spare parts
- Order form for Kuvings EVO820 spare parts
- Order form for Omega 8226 spare parts
- Order form for Omega 8227/8228 spare parts
- Order form for Omega NC802/902 spare parts
- Order form for Omega VRT352 spare parts
- Order form for Omega VSJ843RS spare parts
It bears repeating that juicing is an investment of your time as well as your dollars: from shopping for fresh ingredients to preparing and cutting, to the actual juicing process to cleaning.
Take a look at this simple table - it gives a quick recap of each brand’s range (you can also download the table in PDF form here).
All models: 10 year (Motor), 1 year (Parts)
All models: 20 Year Motor (Domestic Use, 5 Year Commercial Use)
5 Year Parts and Labour (Domestic Use, 12 Months Commercial Use)
|All models: 20 year (Motor) and 10 year (Parts)|
|RPM||82||50 to 55||43 to 80|
|Feeding chute size||
75 to 88 mm
|35 to 38 mm|
|Power||150 W||200 to 248 W||150 to 250 W|
|Echolife's price||Save up to 3%||Save up to 10%||Save up to 21%|
|Shipping||Free standard delivery||Free standard delivery||Free standard delivery|
If you aren't prepared to make that investment of time and money but still want to incorporate more fruit and veg in your diet, consider looking at a blender to make healthy smoothies. And you're in luck because we sell some great blenders too!
We’ve put together a short checklist to help guide you through your requirements: you can fill it out here and we will get back to you to confirm which model we think suits you best!
As always, we are here to help so don’t hesitate to email or call us for further advice or questions.
All the best on your juicing journey!
Buying Guide contributed by Ivy & Hoot Digital Marketing Services