How to: Pick the right juicer

Regardless of how extensive or exotic your drink is, the first step to successfully juicing at home is choosing the right juicer. The two leading juicer types are centrifugal, the most affordable option, and cold press, the best quality option.

When selecting a juicer consider:

• Budget

• Versatility

• Quality

• Style

CENTRIFUGAL MODELS

Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor ($49)

This juicer is a good for beginners. It doesn’t extract all juice from fruits or vegetables, but it gets the job done. The Big Mouth has a powerful motor and a container to separate the pulp from the juice.

Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain Multi-Speed 900 Watt Juicer ($194)

This juicer is affordable and does its work quickly. Most parts are dishwasher safe, including the large feeding chute. On the down side, it does take extra time to clean, and the juice comes out slightly foamy. For most greens, this juicer works great, but those who lean heavily on leafy greens should consider another option.

COLD-PRESS MODELS

Breville Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer ($229)

This juicer is a great starter model. Unlike some juicers of its grade, the Fountain Crush extracts juice from kale easily, and it has easy direction control and easy cleaning.

The Omega 8006 Nutrition Center ($269)

This juicer does more than juice fruits and vegetables. It can also make baby food and nut milk with ease. The Omega 8006 fully extracts vitamins, minerals and enzymes from all fruits and vegetables, and the juice is extracted foam-free thanks to the unit’s low rotation speed.

Read more of Chef Judi's juicing tips here.

As the Culinary Director for ABC 7, I whip up cooking segments on ABC 7 News at Noon, along with recipes, cooking tips, reviews and great food finds on MySuncoast Dining at www.mysuncoast.com