• Optimum 400 Slow Juicer

1. Optimum 400 Slow Juicer

Cold press juicers like this tall-standing model run more slowly than their centrifugal counterparts and, in so doing, extract more juice and quite a few more nutrients and enzymes. The Optimum 400 uses a slow masticating technique to extract every last drop of juice, leaving much drier pulp in the process. Sure it comes with a lot of parts to assemble – which all need cleaning – but the proof is in the results and, in this instance, the Optimum shone through with a smooth, deliciously sweet apple and carrot juice that went down a treat. The Optimum 400 comes with three mesh screens – fine for hard veg like lemongrass and beans, coarse for soft fruit and blank for nuts and coffee – and a reassuringly lengthy ten year warranty. Keen price, great juicer.

£199 | Froothie

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If you're looking for the best juicer to give your mornings a fresh lift, we've got you sorted. From Dualit to Magimix, these are the best fruit juicers to help you whizz up anything from delicious cocktails to healthy smoothies.

Firstly, let’s not confuse a juicer with a blender – they couldn’t be more different in both operation and results. A blender basically liquidises the entire fruit while a juicer extracts only the juice, leaving behind a pile of dry pulp.

There are two types of juicer: centrifugal and masticating (also known as cold press). Centrifugal juicers spin really fast (around 10,000rpm), which tends to introduce more oxygen and heat into the juice, supposedly destroying some nutrients and enzymes in the process. Cold press models, on the other hand, use a more gentle method by grinding the fruits and vegetables at very slow speed (usually around 80rpm). Cold press juice can usually be stored for up to 72 hours in a fridge while juice from a centrifugal model is best consumed immediately.

The main caveat with all juicers is that they’re comprised of many different parts that all need a good rinsing afterwards. This goes some way to explaining why the juicer is often considered the least used kitchen appliance of all. You buy one, use it once and then leave it in the cupboard rarely to be seen again. So, if you can’t be arsed with cleaning up afterwards (cold-press models are the most fiddly to wash), perhaps consider a blender instead which is easier to clean and probably just as healthy.

So, your juicer is sorted. But there’s probably still a long way to go until your kitchen if a fully tech-ified haven. Check out our best kettle to buy feature for the ultimate water heating appliances, along with our top list of the best slow cookers.

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