When it comes to deciding which juicer to buy, perhaps the most important thing to consider is what you are going to be juicing most often. Since we are looking at juicers that can handle the tough job of juicing carrots, then that is where our focus will be.
Below are the best carrot juicers available for purchase on the market today.
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|Breville BJE510XL||Centrifugal||9.6 / 10|
|Breville BJE200XL||Centrifugal||9.4 / 10|
|Omega J8004||Masticating||9.4 / 10|
|Omega VSJ843QW||Masticating||9.4 / 10|
|Hamilton Beach 67608Z||Centrifugal||9 / 10|
|Tribest SW-2000-B||Masticating||9 / 10|
|SKG New Generation Wide Chute Anti-Oxidation Slow Masticating Juicer||Masticating||8.8 / 10|
|Hurom HU-100||Masticating||8.6 / 10|
Most juicers tend to squeeze, grind, grate or chop up your produce in order to release the juice. What your juicer will do to produce your juice will depend greatly on the type that you choose to buy: the juicers that are available on the market tend to fall into one of three main categories – centrifugal, masticating (otherwise known as a cold-press juicer) and triturating.
Centrifugal juicers are usually electrically powered and are designed to provide you with juice fast! They are perfect for people who are time-poor, sticking to a budget and/or aren’t overly concerned about getting the maximum level of nutrients into their juice. They are also a perfect first juicer for those who are testing the juicing waters because they tend to be the most affordable types available.
Centrifugal juicers work by chopping or grating the produce, then spinning it really fast in an attempt to wring out as much juice as possible. The produce is usually fed into a chute at the top of the machine and the juice is released through a mesh to ensure that the pulp stays separate from the juice. The whole juicer is usually very easy to take apart and clean, compared to many other kinds of juicers that can be somewhat fiddly to get properly clean.
The downside to centrifugal juicers is that they can be very loud and tend to produce heat during the juicing process, which has been shown to oxidise the juice and reduce the level of nutrients available in it. These juicers are usually unable to juice leafy greens and wheatgrass because they rely on chopping and grating, rather than squeezing, to release juice and these are methods that are not the most effective when it comes to juicing leafy greens and grasses.
Just like electrically powered blenders, centrifugal juicers can become overheated quite easily and therefore might well struggle with regularly juicing lots of hard produce, like carrots. It is also worth noting that with centrifugal juicers, there is a lot more waste compared to other types of juicer because of the way that they extract juice, so you are unlikely to get the maximum possible amount of juice from your carrots when using a centrifugal juicer. That doesn’t mean that these juicers cannot juice carrots easily, they just might struggle with large quantities, as well as the fact that they don’t produce the maximum amount of juice that is possible.
These juicers store the pulp above the shredding device within the main body of the juicer, which means that you have to stop regularly to clean it out, which can be cumbersome if you are trying to make large batches of juice. There is however a type of centrifugal juicer that deals with this problem and it is called a centrifugal ejection juicer. This type of juicer has something called a “hopper” that allows the pulp to be ejected from the side of the machine into a separate container; this allows you to continue juicing for as long as you need to.
Mastication is the process of chewing food, and that is exactly what masticating juicers do in order to make your juice. Produce is fed into the machine via a feed chute that is normally located directly above the auger, which is basically a large screw, normally made from tough plastic or metal, that acts to squeeze and grind your fruits, vegetables or grasses and push them through a screen to produce the maximum possible yield of juice.
This is an effective method of juicing and also ensures that high levels of nutrients are retained because masticating juicers usually work at a far slower pace than centrifugal ones. This is regardless of whether or not they are electric or manually powered, which lowers the risk of heat being produced and therefore greatly reduces or eliminates oxidation. This also means that the juice you produce can be stored for a greater length of time in the fridge.
Many masticating juicers will have a “reverse” option that allows you to reverse the direction of the auger in order to release any produce that has become stuck and is clogging up the machine, something that can happen occasionally with all juicers but is not always easily rectified without taking the machine apart. They are incredibly quiet and you can choose to buy either a manually operated one, which is handy for people who travel a lot, or an electrically powered one, which is ideal for those who make a lot of juice!
Masticating juicers also tend to be very tough and hardwearing and because they normally operate at a lower speed they are less likely to overheat during long juicing sessions. Despite these positives, masticating juicers do have some negatives: they take longer to produce juice than centrifugal juicers, are sometimes quite fiddly to take apart & clean and are usually more expensive than centrifugal juicers. So they are perhaps most ideal for people who are serious about juicing and are ready to move on from their beginner’s juicer.
Triturating juicers are essentially masticating juicers, but with a difference. Instead of a single auger that crushes produce, they have two gears that interlock with each other when the machine is on. It is through these gears that the produce is forced, thus squeezing out every last possible drop of juice from the fruit, vegetables or grasses. Triturating juicers operate at an extremely low speed, therefore very little heat, if any, is produced and almost zero oxidation occurs.
The downside to these juicers is that they are just as fiddly as regular masticating juicers to clean and they come with a hefty price tag, making them accessible only to those who can really afford them, or those who are truly dedicated to juicing.
Regardless of the pros and cons of the different types of juicer, it is clear that they all share a number of benefits when it comes to juicing carrots and they include:
– The best possible quality juice. Even if you use a centrifugal juicer that produces some heat and therefore encourages oxidation, you are still going to have far more nutrients in your homemade carrot juice than most varieties that you can buy in the shops. Fresh juice on the shelves has been pasteurised with heat to maximise shelf life and remove bacteria; even the seemingly posher brands of freshly pressed juice will have been pasteurised in order to maximise shelf life.
– You know exactly what’s in your juice! This might seem like a bit of an obvious one, but by making your own carrot juice at home, you can be sure of exactly what is in it. Some fresh juices can have things added to them, again to try and maximise shelf life and/or improve flavour. Even if there is nothing ‘nasty’ in the shop-bought juice, you might not like some of the ingredients the juice company has put into it, so by making your own juice, you can decide whether or not you want apple in with your carrot, or if you want to leave it out. You also get to decide if you will use organic or non-organic produce to make your juice, perhaps even using carrots pulled straight from your garden!
– Making your own carrot juice at home is probably the cheapest way to get carrot juice into your daily diet; it’s made even more affordable by using carrots you have grown yourself. Carrots are possibly one of the cheapest vegetables around (even if you buy organic), so if you are on a budget, you can still afford to drink the goodness that is found in carrot juice – maybe even jazzing it up occasionally with small amounts of other, but more expensive, good-for-you ingredients.
Pretty much any juicer will be good for juicing carrots; although if you do intend to do a lot of juicing, it might be best to opt for an electrically powered one rather than a manual one, due to the labour-intensity required by manual juicers. Of course, if you are concerned about the environment, live off-grid, travel a lot and/or don’t mind the workout that accompanies using a manual juicer, then, by all means, go ahead and buy one!
Perhaps you are new to juicing and simply want to see if it’s for you, in which case it is probably best to opt for an affordable centrifugal juicer. Sure, you will experience some oxidation and will very likely get less juice from your carrots, but it is better to spend a small amount of money on a juicer to see if you like it, and then save up for something a bit more special, than to blow a load of cash on a swanky machine that will gather dust. Once you buy your better quality machine, you can either pass on your old one, keep it as a back-up, or use it on days when you are time-poor.
If you are someone who already knows that they enjoy juicing, then it really is up to you to decide which juicer to buy, but that decision will likely be based on a variety of factors that are individual to you and your needs. Some of the things that you might think about when buying a juicer for juicing carrots include:
Nutrient quality – chances are that if you are serious about juicing, then you are going to be serious about ensuring that the maximum level of nutrients possible is present in your juice. As previously discussed, there are some juicers that are better at preventing oxidation and nutrient damage than others. So when choosing your juicer, it is worth factoring this into the equation.
Affordability – for most people, affordability plays an important role in helping them to decide which juicer to buy. Centrifugal juicers are generally the cheapest on the market, whilst masticating juicers are usually more expensive, although some manual machines can be quite affordable.
Ease of use – this is something else to consider. If you are someone who is time-poor, or who prefers not to spend ages dismantling and cleaning your juicer after every use, then you might not want a masticating juicer, especially if the parts cannot be safely put in the dishwasher; centrifugal juicers do, on the whole, tend to be a lot easier to clean.
That said, there are more and more masticating juicers entering the market that are designed to be incredibly simple to take apart and to clean, so it is worth doing your research before making a decision. Another important thing to think about is how easy the juicer is to actually use. Some are very straightforward, with simple instructions for certain types of produce, whilst others can be a bit more complicated.
Diversity – this is perhaps one of the most important considerations when it comes to purchasing a juicer: do you want something that can simply juice carrots, and other fruits and vegetables, and juice them well, or are you looking for a machine that can also juice wheatgrass, make pasta and grind coffee beans? It is worth thinking about the potential uses that you might have for your juicer and then decide if the one you want to buy can fulfill those needs.
Time – here, we are talking about two kinds of time: the time taken to produce the juice and the amount of time that the juice can be safely stored for. Centrifugal juicers produce juice in no time at all, but this process leaves the juice full of oxygen, which encourages bacteria to grow and, therefore, means that the juice won’t last as long when stored in the fridge. Masticating juicers, on the other hand, are slower, but the juice they produce can be stored for a few days. You have to think about the amount of time you have on a daily basis to make your juice and then decide which juicer is for you: would you rather spend some time each week making juice for the coming days, or would you prefer to take five minutes each day to produce that day’s juice?
Quantity – all juicers can provide a pretty good amount of juice, but masticating juicers do tend to extract more juice than centrifugal juicers. They are usually better equipped to run for longer periods of time, thanks to their low speed, which is perfect for anyone who wants to produce large batches of juice. Most centrifugal juicers have to be switched off and have their pulp emptied regularly from inside the machine, plus they can run the risk of overheating if they are on for a long period of time whilst running at high speed.
Carrot juice is famously consumed as part of the Gerson Therapy regimen, which is purported to cure cancer, and other conditions, through the consumption of up to thirteen glasses of juice per day – either carrot and apple, or green juices.
To this end, there has been much scientific interest in the health benefits of carrots and more specifically carrot juice. There are a number of heirloom varieties of carrot available alongside the regular orange carrot, that produce yellow, white and even purple carrots!
In fact, it is beneficial to your health to regularly consume purple carrots if you can get hold of them because, whilst they contain similar levels of nutrients to orange carrots, they have much higher levels of anthocyanins than the regular carrot.
Anthocyanins are flavonoids that tend to be found in large quantities in fruits and vegetables that are deep red, blue and purple in colour; they are shown to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, can help to prevent cancer and can help improve the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
Carrots are powerhouses of nutrition, being very rich sources of carotenoids that are converted into vitamin A, as well as vitamin E and vitamin K. An average cup of freshly made carrot juice contains around 17% of the recommended intake of vitamin E, over 100% of the daily allowance of vitamin A and nearly half of the daily intake of vitamin K. Carrots and carrot juice also provide pretty good levels of vitamin C, potassium, manganese and vitamin B6.
Some people worry about drinking carrot juice because they are under the impression that all of the fibre has been removed, but it is simply the insoluble fibre that has been removed – the stuff that helps push things through your digestive system.
The soluble fibre dissolves in the water that is present within your digestive system, becoming gelatinous and acting to help clear away things like cholesterol. It is also important for helping to keep your stools nice and soft. The other thing to remember is that, unless you are going on an extended juice cleanse, you will be getting insoluble fibre from other areas of your diet. By juicing, you are simply speeding up the absorption of all those health-improving nutrients in the carrots because you won’t have insoluble fibre getting in the way.
You will undoubtedly hear and read a lot of anecdotal evidence from people who claim to have cured various illnesses by juicing carrots, particularly cancer. But in this article we are interested specifically in looking at the scientific studies that have been conducted that help support the idea of carrot juice being a superfood.
As previously mentioned, carrot juice is combined with apple juice as part of the Gerson Therapy regimen that claims to cure cancer. Numerous studies have been conducted to see if carrot juice is beneficial in the fight against cancer. In 2012, a study was conducted on sixty-nine female participants who were all survivors of breast cancer. They were given an 8oz glass of one of two types of fresh carrot juice every day for three weeks.
The conclusion was that regular consumption of carrot juice could help to reduce the risk of oxidative stress and therefore the risk of recurrence of breast cancer in survivors thanks to the increased carotenoid levels in the blood. The idea of carotenoids being linked to lower risks of developing or experiencing complications from cancer have been further investigated in studies relating to lung cancer and colorectal cancer.
The lung cancer study, which was conducted in 2014, was essentially a review of all the data collected by NHANES III up until that point on carotenoid-rich foods and lung cancer. Over ten thousand participants were followed and the results found that smokers who had high levels of carotenoids in their blood were between 39% and 54% less likely to die from lung cancer. This data is only relevant to current smokers however, as there was no link between non-smokers or former smokers with high carotenoid levels and their risk of death from lung cancer.
The colorectal cancer study also examined how high levels of dietary carotenoids affected the development and overall risks associated with colorectal cancer. Between July 2010 and October 2013, 845 participants were followed and their diets scrutinised in order to establish how high their levels of carotenoids were from their diets. The results found that consumption of carotenoids were linked to a reduced risk of developing colorectal cancer.
Interestingly, although males and females benefitted from the various types of carotenoids, only males were found to benefit from beta-carotene. A recent meta-analysis has also found that regular consumption of carrots may be beneficial to males in reducing their risk of developing prostate cancer. however, the studies are limited and the researchers concluded that further studies needed to be conducted in order to confirm these findings.
Another study has examined the role that carrot juice can play in killing the cells that cause leukaemia. The cells, alongside regular cells that acted as controls, were treated in vitro with carrot juice for up to 72 hours. The leukaemia cells that were treated with carrot juice experienced an increase in programmed cell death, otherwise known as apoptosis; the rate at which the cells progressed was also slowed.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Of course, carrots and carrot juice aren’t only thought to be beneficial in fighting against cancer, they have also been shown to have numerous other benefits to health.
In fact, in 2015 a review of the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study found that high levels of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which are found in very good levels in carrots, helped to significantly reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration – which is a condition that usually affects a person’s eyesight as they age.
Metabolic syndrome is a condition that is essentially a combination of diabetes, hypertension and obesity that can cause serious, long term damage to your health.
A 2014 study examined more than two thousand Chinese adults, aged between 50 and 75 years of age, who underwent a variety of tests. The researchers found that the adults who had a higher level of carotenoids in their blood were at a much lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome than those who had low levels.
For a long time, it was believed that the vitamin C in fruits and vegetables was responsible for a healthy immune system, however numerous studies have been conducted in the last couple of decades that suggest that this is not the case. In fact, it is generally understood now that, whilst vitamin C does help to support the immune system in some ways, it is the other nutrients in fruit and vegetables that keep the immune system fit and strong.
In 2003, a study was conducted on male participants who had low levels of carotenoids in their blood. For two weeks they consumed either 330ml of tomato juice or carrot juice. The effect on the immune system was measured by looking at the number of natural killer cells and secretion of cytokines (which are substances that are secreted by cells linked to the immune system). The results showed that the increased levels of carotenoids, from both sources, helped to improve immune system function.
In 2011, a pilot study was conducted that assessed the effect of regular carrot juice consumption on cardiovascular health. The results found that, whilst the juice didn’t seem to affect cholesterol, body fat, triglycerides or insulin levels, it did help to increase antioxidant status and reduce peroxidative damage to lipids.
Lipid peroxidation is when free radicals steal electrons from lipids, whilst antioxidants hunt down and destroy free radicals, so this shows that carrot juice can help protect the cardiovascular system.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is basically the build-up of fatty tissue in the liver that is not caused by overconsumption of alcohol, although alcohol can contribute to it. This disease is usually a consequence of a poor diet that is high in fat and sugar, often being linked to diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome.
A 2015 review of numerous studies concluded that high levels of carotenoids had a positive effect on liver health, even managing to help treat the symptoms of or prevent non-alcoholic liver disease.
From the scientific data mentioned above, it is clear that carrots and carrot juice, in particular, are extremely beneficial to health. The cancer studies, especially, seem to support the theory behind the Gerson Therapy treatments.
However, whilst there is clearly quite a lot of evidence to support the notion that carrots and carrot juice can help reduce the risk of developing certain diseases, or at the very least can help to manage or reduce the severity of the symptoms, it is important to be very careful before refusing conventional treatments in favour of juicing.
Risks and Warnings
Some people worry about the levels of sugar that are present in carrot juice and, yes, it is sensible to consider your overall sugar intake, but a one cup serving contains around two and a half teaspoons, or 9g, of naturally occurring sugar, which is usually far less than the natural sugar present in fruit juice, or even a cup of milk!
If you’re quite happy to drink either of those beverages, then the sugar in carrot juice shouldn’t be your top worry. If it is consumed in sensible amounts, there is nothing to worry about.