Do I need a juicer?

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It wouldn’t be an over exaggeration to say that in the past year, we’ve all become a lot more concerned about our health than ever before. Thanks to Coronavirus, the strength of our immunity systems is now part of day-to-day conversations – and even once we’ve all received the vaccine, will most likely continue to be.

And whilst there is no way to prevent ourselves from catching COVID-19, we’d all like to do what we can to boost our health. Exercise, getting enough Vitamin D and of course ensuring we get our five a day (or more), all go *a long* way to improving our overall health and well-being – and we are here for that. Increasing your fruit and veg intake might sound like an easy step towards this but whether it’s always achievable is another story. We may have all the right cookbooks and even the grown-up cookware sets, but getting your enough fruit and veg in can often elude even the most well-intentioned of us. The solution to this problem? Investing – and yes, we’ll admit it is an investment – in one of the best juicers on the market.

Besides being one of the quickest ways to up the number of fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, a fresh-squeezed juice is a pretty delicious way to start the day. And whilst the initial cost might take your breath away, consider all the takeaway green juices you’ve bought in your lifetime (and how quickly those add up) and you’ll soon realize that it’s a bit of equipment that will pay for itself. The world of juicers can be a rather overwhelming one though, so if you’re looking to take the plunge, but have no idea where to start, GLAMOUR has compiled everything you’ve ever wanted to know about juicers – and the best ones to buy now.

Do I need a juicer?

No, they’re not an essential piece of kitchen equipment, but if you’re trying to get more potassium/vitamin C/iron into your diet or if you’re someone who craves green juice daily, then yes. Even the very best store-bought juices won’t be as fresh as the one you whip up yourself, plus you’ll know exactly what’s going into it – as a general rule, the fewer fruits and the more veg, the better. Plus, you’ll be more likely to make a fresh juice part of your daily routine when you have your own device to shred your favourite fruits and veggies with ease. Plus the juicers on the market these days aren’t only equipped to mix you up your morning OJ or green juice – many are able to also extract nut milk for your morning latte and mix you up your afternoon smoothie. Yip, these bad boys know no bounds.

What are the different types of juicer?

When it comes to shopping for a juicer, there are two main types which you can buy:

  1. The centrifugal juicer which will work best on hard fruits like apples and carrots. This type is powerful and fast.
  2. The masticating juicer which will chew softer fruits on a slower speed: it’s slower and better and locking the nutrients into your fruits (perfect for superfoods like spinach and berries).

What is the best juicer to buy in 2021?

If you’re serious about your new juicing venture, the best juicer for durability and overall effectiveness is the JR Ultra 8000 S2 Whole Slow Juicer, which will happily whizz through any size fruit or veg you throw at it. Rotating at just 37rpm, it’ll extract the maximum amount of juice whilst keeping the nutrients of your fruit and vegetables. The result? Juices that are less likely to oxidise and separate meaning less waste. Oh and did we mention the minimal chopping required to use this baby? That’s our kind of juicer.

If aesthetics are your priority (no judgement) the best juicer for style is Smeg’s Retro Style Juicer – possibly the chicest looking juicer out there (*all* the 1950s retro vibes). This juicer process all kinds of fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds – slowing juicing to preserve vitamins and nutrients. You can get super creative with this juicer – plus, it’s quiet when operating and you won’t have to battle your machine to remove the juices.

If you’re looking to get a juicer that sneaks in under the £100, let us point you in the direction of the Nutribullet 1000 Series Blender. At £89.99, it may be one of the least expensive juicers in our edit but it’s still able to break down ingredients into a pulp free drink – plus it’s easy to use and even easier to clean. Now that’s what we’re talking about.

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