Cold press juicers way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet. But the juicer you use can have a huge impact on how nutritious your drinks are. Traditional juicers (like the one in your kitchen) rely on fast-spinning blades to tear apart the produce and extract the liquid, but cold press juicers use a hydraulic press to slowly squeeze out every drop of nutrition. They’re also known as masticating juicers.
Unlike juicers with spinning blades, cold press juicers don’t heat their components, which means the juice you drink is as fresh and healthy as possible. And because they operate at lower temperatures than centrifugal juicers, cold press juicers can also extend the shelf life of your juice.
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A good cold press juicer will have a wide range of attachments and a large hopper so you can make lots of juice at once. Look for models that let you choose between different sized strainers, so you can control how much pulp is in your juices. You can also make sauces, sorbets, and even nut butters with some cold press juicers.
Look for models that are dishwasher-safe, and include cleaning brushes to keep your machine hygienic and reduce the time you spend juicing. And don’t forget to look for a warranty, especially if you plan on investing in a high-end juicer. Register dietitian Sharon Lehman is a longtime advocate of getting more servings of fruits and veggies in the form of homemade juice. She’s been juicing for more than a decade and has tested many juicers, including the Cuisinart Cold Press Juicer.