Although they are good all the year, now in summer is when they want more juices: for breakfast, to snack, for a light dinner and even to help mitigate the hangover. Of course, there is nothing better than homemade juice, but the question is, what blender do I buy?
Currently there are two types of blenders on the market: "whole life", which are centrifugal, and cold pressing , which technically are not blenders, but juice extractors, and have become fashionable during The last years (especially in the United States) with the promise to be a system of obtaining of juice that conserves better the properties of the fruit, especially the vitamins.
We have had the opportunity to test and compare a blender of each type , specifically a Omega cold press juicer and a Philips Advance Collection HR1869 / 70 , and then expose our experience.
A very attractive design
As you can see in the photo, both have a pretty attractive design . The siQuri bet for a look a little more daring, with a very striking green, while Philips has that modern, sober and elegant line usually presented by the appliances of the brand French Dutch Both are made of plastic, but with very good quality finishes.
One point that would be important to emphasize in this section is that the cold-pressing blenders are usually smaller than the centrifugal blenders, which for technical reasons need to be a little bulky. On the other hand, the cold pressing ones are a little heavier, but this is a positive thing, since they do not move during the preparation of the juice. However, the two are "a mess" on top of the counter, so think well if we are so "zumeros" before we get one.
Differences in juice preparation
The essential difference between these two types of blenders is that one uses a helical mill (known as a cochlea) that presses the fruit to extract the juice, while the other crushes the fruit and then centrifuges the pulp to obtain the juice.
This difference has certain consequences for the juice, because in the pressing the cold, not having cuts or spin at high speed, is not exposed to the fruit to oxidation (which makes the apples brown) nor to the Heat (the main responsible for the loss of vitamins).
COLD PRESSING PREVENTS OXIDATION OF FRUIT AND LESS VITAMINS ARE LOST
Another positive aspect of cold pressing is that it requires less powerful motors (in this case 150W versus 900W) so they spend less electricity and make much less noise.However, not everything is good, because this type of blenders require that we cut the fruit into smaller pieces, while in the centrifugation can fit larger pieces and even whole pieces of fruit.
The theory is fine, but you know that what I like is to experiment and compare by myself.So I have prepared a couple of juices to be able to check if the differences between both blenders are noticeable .
First I prepared an orange juice, apple and carrot, for this I have used two oranges, an apple and a carrot for each juice, trying to have the same weight to be able to compare the amount of juice that each blender produces .
The result is the two glasses of juice you see in the image below. In total, with Omega cold press juicer I have obtained 450ml of juice, while with Philips just 500ml. However, the juice of the cold-pressed blender (left) has a much more attractive orange color and, if we wait just a couple of minutes, we will see how the centrifuge blender (right) separates, while The cold-pressed juice easily withstands more than half an hour as freshly squeezed.
But the most important thing is not the appearance, but its flavor. Trying both juices with eyes closed and not knowing which was which, my palate has preferred the cold pressing , with a softer texture and a more delicate taste, like hand squeezed, while the one of the centrifuge blender is a little More mashed and touch a bit earthy, but come on, it is also very good.
With the second juice I have prepared, apple and kiwi, the issue of separation of the different ingredients has become extremely obvious. The centrifuged juice separates almost immediately , in a matter of seconds (the first photo is 20 seconds after removal), while the cold pressing only begins to separate slightly after the 20 minutes (second photo), while in that time Centrifuged juice has begun to rust and catch a not very attractive brown color.
In terms of taste, the differences are again small, although again the juicer Omega cold press juicer has achieved a juice tastier, rich in nuances and delicate on the palate , while the Philips is a bit coarser, with a texture More rugged.
Another very important aspect when valuing a blender is the ease of cleaning . Surely many have suffered a blender that has ended up forgotten in a closet because it was a pain to clean it. In that sense things have improved a lot in recent years, and these two models are quite comfortable to clean, with small differences.
In favor of Philips would have to emphasize the quick rinse system that includes , and thanks to which we can quickly clean the blender by pouring a glass of water while centrifuging at maximum power. That does not clean it in depth, but it is very useful if we want to prepare a different juice without having to clean the whole apparatus.
On the other hand, the Omega cold press juicer is easier to clean completely . There are only two jars, a small plastic body and the helical mill, four small pieces that lighten quickly and are also suitable for the dishwasher. Also, as the pulp comes out into a pitcher, it is easier to throw it away.
It is not that the Philips is very complicated to clean, but there are more pieces (the tank, the filter, the lid, a plastic ring and the jug) and these in turn are larger, so it gives a little more sloth. In return, as I say, we do not need to clean it so many times, since the pulp deposit gives to prepare more than one juice, and with clarifying it with the mentioned system when finished using it is enough. Then when the tank is filled and cleaned thoroughly.