I am a firm believer that green juicing (using a juicer) and green smoothies (using a blender) are both important in one’s quest for health and wellness. I drink both types of green drinks often but for different reasons. I drink juice to deliver as many nutrients to my body as possible at once and I drink green smoothies for the beneficial fiber and as a meal replacement.
Choosing the right juicer and blender is essential. Though they’re not cheap, the one-time investment is priceless in regards to your overall health. Here are my suggestions for quality juicers and blenders. Click any of the links below to be taken directly to Amazon or other retailers (prices listed are subject to change)*.
Juicepresso Cold Press Juicer
This is a masticating juicer which preserves more of the vital nutrients in your juice since there is no heat being added during the juicing process. Juicepresso also offers a 7 year warranty on their juicer. Juicepresso is small enough to live on your counter (perfect for college room dorms or small kitchens) and is extremely easy to clean as it is made up of a couple of parts.
Breville Slow Juicer
Works by grinding the vegetables/fruits against a filter instead of spinning them around quickly. Quiet and easy to clean and preserves nutrients and enzymes much longer than centrifugal juicers (a big plus).
Tribest Green Star Elite Twin Gear Juicer ($549.75)
This is a great masticating juicer, which means that it works by squeezing the juice from the pulp instead of spinning it like the centrifuge juicer. Masticating juicers are proven to make higher quality juices. With this machine, there is less potential for oxidation during juicing because it doesn’t have any airflow.
Breville Juice Fountain Elite ($299.95)
This centrifuge juicer spins vegetables until they separate into juice and pulp. Slightly less expensive than a masticating juicer. It’s easy to clean, with mostly a stainless steel finish and can be put on the top shelf of the dishwasher occasionally.
Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Pro
This is a good machine for the beginner juicer as it is similar to the Breville, but only costs a portion of the price. It is not as heavy duty as the Breville, but will do the job!
Norwalk Juicer ($2,595)
This is a powerful juicer with a hydraulic press that produces more juice from less produce than other types of juicers. The juicer uses the least amount of heat, cold-pressing the juice to maintain the highest amount of live enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. A huge benefit of this juicer is the fact that you can store its juices for up to 72 hours, depending on the fruits and vegetables you are juicing. As juicing is typically a 20-minute time commitment, this will save you quite some time in the long run. This juicer is highly recommended for the Gerson Therapy, a natural treatment to heal one’s body through organic raw juices, a vegetarian diet, and specific guidelines.
Blenders for Green Smoothies
Blendtec Designer Series Blender
This is a high powered blender that is very good at pulverizing ice, seeds, and nuts, without leaving any chunks. It also comes with a 7-year manufacturer warranty.
Vitamix Professional Series Blender
This blender works well even when it’s filled to capacity, and does an excellent job at blending green smoothies and liquefying frozen fruit and veggies. It has a 2-piece lid with a removable plug for adding ingredients while blending. Also comes with a 7-year manufacturer warranty.
Waring Professional Bar Blender with Glass Jar
An economic option for blending up basic smoothies, with a 390-watt motor.
Kitchenaid Diamond Blender
This inexpensive blender comes with 5 settings to stir, chop, mix, puree and liquefy, plus pulse and ice crush modes. The pitcher and base don’t need to be taken apart to clean, which makes cleanup quick and easy.
Bormioli Rocco Quattro Stagioni Jars
Perfect inexpensive solution for juice and smoothie storage.
Bodum Presso 20-Ounce Glass Storage Jar
These airtight containers are great for storing green smoothies and juices. They stack easily in the fridge too.
Glass Dharma Beautiful Bends 5 Piece Glass Drinking Straw Set with Cleaning Brush
These straws are super eco-friendly, especially when you drink a lot of green juice!
Polder Stainless-Steel Sink Strainer
It’s essential that you wash all produce thoroughly before preparing a juice, and this hanging strainer makes it easy.
Bamboo Cutting Board Set
These eco-friendly cutting boards are perfect for prepping veggies for smoothies and juices.