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Which Type of Slow Juicer is Right for You?

If you’re looking to buy a cold press slow juicer, it’s worth knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each type to make sure you buy a suitable model. Therefore, if you’re a juicing beginner or even a seasoned expert, it’s probably worth scanning through this breakdown to make sure your preferred juicer style matches your needs.

At a Glance

If you’re short on time, let’s start with a quick summary of some key points.

Firstly, if you plan to juice a lot of celery or leafy greens we recommend picking a horizontal or twin gear juicer to avoid unnecessary hassle. Vertical juicers can struggle with juicing these ingredients as they are very fibrous and and can block the small pulp outlet, preventing further juicing until the blockage is cleared.

However, if you plan to juice any quantity of soft fruits such as ripe apples, oranges or berries, the opposite is true, and we recommend picking up a vertical juicer instead. As these soft ingredients typically form a large backlog in horizontal and twin gear models.

Now, let’s go into a bit more detail on the 3 most common types of slow juicer.

Vertical Slow Juicers

An incredibly popular juicer style, vertical juicers are a type of masticating juicer renowned for their compact builds, sleek designs and easy to use juicing mechanism. However, like any juicer, they do have some drawbacks, and some may surprise you.

Strengths:

  • Soft Fruits
  • Hard Fruits
  • Root Vegetables

Weaknesses:

  • Celery
  • Leafy Greens (On their own)

Yes, you read that correctly, much to the surprise of many, vertical juicers are not ideal when juicing celery. This issue arises as a result of the firm fibres found within celery sticks clogging the juicer, preventing correct pulp discharge and causing issues ranging from jamming to the extreme of parts cracking.

Generally, if you plan on juicing large quantities of celery, it’s best to not choose a vertical juicer. However, if you’re still interested in a vertical model or have already purchased one, then our best advice is to juice celery along with other ingredients, cut each stick into small chunks and remove any pulp build-up inside the juicer manually every 5 to 10 minutes or when a notable blockage has formed.

Additionally, vertical juicers are not best suited to juicing leafy greens. However, as you may have noticed, this only applies if leafy greens are the only ingredient type being juiced. As part of a wider juice containing other ingredients such as root vegetables, vertical juicers can process leafy greens to an acceptable standard.

Although, as with celery, if you’re planning to juice a lot of them, a different style of juicer will probably suit you better.

Horizontal Slow Juicers

Matching vertical juicers for popularity, horizontal juicers are best known for their expansive accessory selections and ability to extract good yields from tough ingredients. Therefore, it comes as little surprise that they succeed where their vertical counterparts struggle. However, that doesn’t mean they are without any flaws.

Strengths:

  • Celery
  • Leafy Greens
  • Hard Fruits
  • Root Vegetables

Weaknesses:

  • Soft Fruits

As a mirror of vertical juicers, horizontal juicers shine with ingredients such as celery and leafy greens. However, instead, they fall victim to soft fruits. An ingredient type that most assume any juicer should be able to handle with ease.

Alas with horizontal juicers this is not the case, and they tend to struggle with shifting pulp build-up from any soft ingredients, but ripe apples, oranges and pineapples pose the greatest threat and typically result in a large mushy backlog that the juicer is unable to clear without assistance.

Twin Gear Slow Juicers

Rounding out the 3 most common slow juicer styles are the twin gear juicers, which work in a similar method to horizontal juicers but use 2 gears to crush ingredients instead of a single augur. Therefore, as you’d expect, they share the same strengths and weaknesses as their horizontal siblings.

Strengths:

  • Celery
  • Leafy Greens
  • Hard Fruits
  • Root Vegetables

Weaknesses:

  • Soft Fruits

Effectively, twin gear juicers suffer in the same way as horizontal juicers with soft fruits, although the backlog is somewhat mitigated in comparison. The greatest difference between both types instead lies within their strengths, as twin gear models can extract larger yields and press juice more effectively, increasing its quality.

Finding Your Fit

Now, if you’ve read to this point you may feel unsure as to which juicer type is most suitable for your needs. Therefore, to find the juicer that’s best for you, it’s very important to prioritise the ingredients that matter the most.

If you plan to use your juicer for juice fasts and cleanses, then it’s likely that you’ll have a focus on ingredients such as celery, ginger & spinach as they offer a variety of health benefits. As a result, a horizontal or twin gear juicer is much more likely to help you in your journey.

However, if you’re planning on juicing a wider variety of ingredients and are willing to steer clear of celery, then the easy to use vertical style is more likely to fit your needs.

Quick Recommendations

Hopefully, by this point, you’ve been able to find a juicer style that meets your needs. However, that is only the first step, as you’ll need to select a single model of that style and there are many different models to choose from.

It’s tough to recommend any single model that is perfect for every individual situation. However, to provide a solid starting point here are some models you can consider for each style.

Vertical Juicers

Horizontal Juicers

Twin Gear Juicers

Ingredients to Watch out For

Now, before you go ahead and buy a juicer it is worth noting that there are some ingredients we advise being wary of or avoiding altogether.

The first, and often most surprising of these, is pineapple. This ingredient can be a pain for all juicers to deal with, and while it can be juiced with reasonable success it is important to be careful, or the tough fibres can cause problems and damage parts.

Alongside pineapple, turmeric is another ingredient to be wary of, as it’s very dense and if an overly large chunk of it is dropped into the juicer it can lock the parts and possibly break them. So, we advise taking extra care when juicing it.

Finally, it should be noted that some ingredients can’t be juiced at all, as they don’t have any juice within them. This includes banana and avocado, and if you try juicing them, you’ll quickly find your juicer struggling with a heavy backlog that will have to be removed manually.