Slow juicers extract more juice and retain nutrients better than regular ones. RACHEL XIE made apple, carrot, orange and spinach juices with these three new machines.
Hurom Slow Juicer HU500 $798, from www.slowjuicersingapore.com, tel: 8428-0023 PERFORMANCE I did not have to use the pusher to get my fruit and greens into either this juicer or the Omega Vert. But it yielded about 15 per cent less juice than the Omega gadget when I used the same amount of fruit for each machine – I later found small pieces of uncrushed fruit on the auger. Otherwise, the residual pulp was dry. Like the other machines, the juice had bits of crushed pulp in it. USING IT Its easy-to-assemble parts clicked into place easily. It was also easy to wash – I only had to flush out the pulp with water. ACCESSORIES Like the Omega juicer, it comes with a coarse strainer, a fine strainer, two pitchers for pulp and juice, and a cleaning brush. VERDICT As easy to use as the Omega juicer, although it needs slightly more fruit to produce the same amount of juice. 8
Omega Vert VRT420HDS Juicer $699, from Frunatic PERFORMANCE I could pop in spinach leaves, and chunks of apple, orange and carrot without using the pusher. With the coarse strainer, my apple, carrot and orange juices had wisps of pulp in them; the fine strainer reduced the amount of pulp. Both strainers left my spinach juice with tiny particles in it. All pulp filtered out was dry. USING IT It comes assembled, but I could easily take it apart to wash and quickly reassemble it after that. Postjuicing cleaning was a breeze – any pulp stuck in the spouts could be flushed out with water. ACCESSORIES Identical in design to the Hurom juicer, this gadget comes with a coarse strainer, a fine strainer, two pitchers to collect pulp and juice, a straining dish to put over the juice pitcher, and a cleaning brush. VERDICT Extracts juice from both fruit and veggies really well, plus it’s easy to assemble, use and clean. 9
Mistral Naturai SJ-10 $399, from Mayer PERFORMANCE I had to use the pusher a couple of times to get apple wedges through the mouth of this juicer, which was narrower than those of the other two. But carrots, oranges and spinach leaves went in easily. The auger operates at a higher speed (85 revolutions a minute) than the others (80 revolutions a minute), but the residual pulp was a tad more moist. It yielded about the same amount of juice as the Hurom machine, using the same number of fruits. There were bits of pulp in the juice, like with the other juicers. USING IT The parts were easy to assemble, disassemble and wash, except for the food chute (the topmost part), which took some tugging to detach from and reattach to the juicing bowl. ACCESSORIES One strainer, one pitcher for pulp, and a cleaning brush. VERDICT A pocket-friendly choice, although it’s harder to take apart and put together. 7
KEEP IT FRESH Drink fresh juice right away – exposure to air changes its taste and causes oxidation, which destroys nutrients. If you absolutely must, store the juice in small, airtight glass containers, leaving as little air space as possible, for no more than 24 hours.