Quality juicers have been on the market for quite a while now. They are stylish, elegant and a great addition to any kitchen not only as a piece of equipment, but also as a way to improve the general health of the entire family. There are 2 main types of juicers, a centrifugal juicer and a masticating juicer. A centrifugal juicer uses a grater and high speed spinning to extract juice from produce; the heat causes friction that destroys vital enzymes and vitamins in the juice. Masticating juicers on the other hand mimic the chewing process and operate at a very slow speed, resulting in juice that retains all the needed nutrients and enzymes without heating .
For this reason a masticating type juicer is recommended for juicing that provides maximum health benefits to the body. Most masticating juicers are horizontal in design but there is a new design available, the vertical juicer. A company in Korea, first introduced the vertical juicer, to the world in 2007, the first juice had a large motor base and worked well enough. In 2008 it was introduced to big companies like Hurom, Omega and others, that is how the vertical juicer became mainstream. Over the years the design has been adopted by various companies and improved in appearance and efficiency.
What is a vertical juicer?
A vertical juicer is a masticating ‘slow’ juicer with an upright design. This type of juicer has the same single auger as an Oscar but being shorter and fatter it is also positioned vertically in the juicer, which uses the dual method of crushing and pressing. This gentle motion extracts liquid from, vegetables, fruit, green leaves and wheatgrass. Milks can be extracted from soaked nuts and soya beans when juiced together with water. This method of extracting juice produces a very dry pulp while the juice retains all the minerals, vitamins and enzymes, anti-oxidants and phytochemicals found in the produce. In addition, the vertical juicer can be used for crushing vegetables and for making frozen desserts with the blank ‘strainer‘ (if supplied). The vertical juicer has a few more additions to the horizontal juicer. It has a larger feeding tube so more produce can go through at one go, making it more efficient and time savvy. Masticating juicers are also quiet in operation like their horizontal counterparts, they are child friendly with no sharp parts. In order to clearly understand the difference between a vertical and a horizontal juicer, the table below shows exactly how they differ.
|Vertical Juicer||Horizontal Juicer|
|Weight||The weight of the juicers is plus or minus the same|
|Quality of Juice||Both juicers retain all the nutrients and enzymes in the juice so the quality of juice produced is similar, with some horizontal models offering adjustments|
|Size||Upright design takes less counter space||Horizontal design takes slightly more counter space|
|Juicing time||Due to the larger feeding tube a vertical juicer takes less time to produce juice||A horizontal juicer has a small feeding tube so it takes a little longer|
|Versatility||Vertical juicers are better designed and operate more efficiently with fruit and some vegetables and wheatgrass has to be cut into small sections.||Horizontal juicers are very versatile, juicing fruit, vegetables and grass with equal efficiency, and crushing and doing frozen desserts.|
|Cleaning||Vertical juices have a self cleaning system making cleanup minimal.||A horizontal juicer facilitates being flushed while in operation.|
|Accessories||Depending on the make, supplied with 2 juicing strainings and one blank screen and a tap||One juicing strainer, one blank screen, pasta nozzles and some models offer an optional oil extractor and vegetable slicer.|
|Auger||Short and fat- juices produce quicker but limited functions of what it can do||Thinner- juices produce slower – slightly more time but more flexible|
How do you juice?
Slow vertical juicers are aligned to work with gravity, with a vertical juicer, you don’t have to push food onto an auger, cutter, spinning grater etc. Vertical ‘slow’ juicers are quick and easy to use. Simply feed the produce into the feeding tube and the vertical auger pulls it down, there isn’t even need to hold a tamper down and wait for the produce to become juice. Most vertical juicers have two outlets, one release the juice and the other the pulp.
Even though vertical juicers have the same capabilities as a horizontal juice it is important to note that vertical juicers are more suited to fruit than leafy green vegetables and grasses. Firm produce like carrots can cause jamming if not handled correctly, just make sure you feed them through the juicer one at a time and give the machine sometime to work through the first carrot before adding the next one to avoid this.
For a vertical juicer I highly recommend the Greenis juicer. The features of this juicer are ahead of its time. It is designed with versatility of being more than a juicer, it also makes nut butters, baby food and nut milks. My personal favourite feature is the tap option for ‘blended’ juice. You can make juice cocktails or make juices according to the individual tastes in your family. To learn more about the Greenis Juicer click here.