Friday, July 14, 2017

10 Reasons Why You NEED Kale For Your Life

kale heartKale is great. We all know this. Just look at it. It is leafy green and just has the LOOK of something that is certain to improve our health if consumed regularly.

In an altogether not shocking conclusion, nutrition experts from across the world say that kale is a great food for every person.

Kale has gotten a lot of hype recently. It went from relative obscurity to getting a place high in the pecking order of hipster foods, alongside avocado, spinach and poached eggs.

By the way – if you get a juicer for leafy greens you’ll find it SUPER EASY to get more into ya.

Don’t let the hype deter you though, it is REALLY good for you. We run through a few of the absolute best things about kale and why you should all be incorporating it into your diets asap.

What is kale?

kaleJust a brief bit of science stuff before we get to the good bits. Kale is a member of the cabbage family. Cabbage is its bro. Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts etc are also its bro.

Kale can be curly or smooth, purple or green. It’s most commonly found in curly form.

1. Kale helps you detox

It is full to the brim with fiber and sulfur. These are essential when it comes to detoxifying your body from head to toe but most importantly it aids liver health and helps it get some of the bad stuff out extra fast. Hooray for that.

2. It is literally the most nutrient dense food on the planet

One cup of raw kale contains an absolutely stupid amount of nutrients. It has the following:

  • Vitamin A: 206% of your recommended daily allowance (going above in vitamins is like totes fine)
  • Vitamin C: 134% of your recommended daily allowance
  • Vitamin B6: 9% of your recommended daily allowance
  • Vitamin K: 684% your recommended daily allowance
  • Magnesium: 6% your recommended daily allowance
  • Copper: 10% your recommended daily allowance
  • Potassium: 9% your recommended daily allowance
  • Manganese: 26% your recommended daily allowance

All of that good stuff comes in a THIRTY THREE calorie package. I mean come on. That is ridiculous.

3. Kale Has Very little fat

Kale unsurprisingly has very little fat, but the little fat that it does contain is omega-3 fatty acid names alpha linoleic acid. This is very good fats and something your body will love.

4. High Cholesterol HATES Kale

Kale is high cholesterol’s worst enemy. They are not bros. Cholesterol is important to have in the body as it has lots of great functions (such as the creation of bile) but high cholesterol isn’t great.

Kale contains bile acid sequestrants, which is a brilliant way to lower the level of cholesterol in the body. This can get into the system even faster from juicing. An important study had findings that kale juice consumed daily for 12 weeks lowered high cholesterol by 27%, as well as having an antioxidant effect.

5. It’s the best way to get Vitamin K

Our bodies adore vitamin K. It is one of the most important vitamins, as it is a main provider of blood clotting. It binds calcium from certain proteins, and we need that clotting to live healthily.

Kale is the best way to get more vitamin K into your body, as one single cup contains nearly seven times the recommended daily amount. That’s amazing! So much in such a small amount can only be a good thing.

6. Kale is a weight loss aid

There is lots to love about kale, but it being a weight loss friendly food has to be right up there with our favourites. It has very few calories but it still is quite a bulky food that will help fill you up fast.

It is a great strategy to lose weight to eat bulky foods that fill you up without packing in the calories. Another way is by eating foods with a low energy density, which kale has.

Eating kale will ensure you don’t go hungry and don’t go over your calorie intakes for the day, helping you lose weight. I think we can all agree that is a good thing.

7. Kale is a cancer fighter

We hate cancer. We have all been touched by cancer in varying degrees and it sucks. That’s putting it lightly. Sulforaphane is something that has been proven to fight cancer, and there is lots of that in kale.

Kale and other cruciferous veggies lowers the risk of several different types of cancer, but there haven’t been lots of studies on this as of yet. That being said, it has been shown to contain substances that fight cancer, albeit in clinical and animal tests and not in humans to any great degree YET.

8. Kale makes your brain better

A brilliant book called 50 Shades of Kale (Harper/Wave 2013) shows that kale has the sufficient healthy fats to make your brain healthy. Healthy fats such as plant-based omega-3 ALA is what is needed in your brain, as your brain is mostly fats anyway. It will help with depression and diabetes. The latter causes incredible harm to the brain and kale is a good way to fight it.

9. It will improve your MENTAL health

We mentioned briefly in the point above that kale helps with depression, but let’s look at this in more detail. The reason why kale makes us be more optimistic and happy in our day to day life is because it has a large amount of carotenoids. Carotenoids are vital for brain health, both physically and mentally. But hey don’t take our word for it – Harvard’s recent study also backs it up pretty well.

10. Finally – Kale will help you pee

Kale promotes urinary health in a HUGE way. This will ease the flow of urine, as well as keeping away bladder cancer. This is due to vitamin A, which helps the linings of the urinary tract. We get that it’s not the most luxurious thing, but god damn it is important in your day-to-day lives!

Conclusion

And there you have it. We love kale and you should too. We’re gonna take a risk of getting sued by a fast food company and give you this brief but important message: EAT MORE KALE.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

16 Reasons Why Spinach is THE BEST

green juice in glassWe love spinach here at JuiceTheJuice. It just has SO MUCH going for it. It’s insanely good for you (more on that below), and it also is one of the tastier superfoods. It works amazingly well in breakfasts with poached eggs, and can be cooked into pastas, curries and other meals as a way to immediately make them healthier and to get your five a day boosted. Soups too! Don’t forget soups. That’s the hot equivalent of getting a bit more spinach into you in ‘juice’ form.

Spinach is part of a pretty impressive family. It’s in the chenopodiaceae (say that five times fast) family, which contains beets, chard and quinoa. Basically, it’s an all-out beast.

We wanted to take a quick look at all the ways spinach improve our health and our lives.

1. It has like, no calories

Ok that’s not QUITE true, but a hundred grams has 23 calories, which is basically nothing. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds, substituting a grain for spinach in your meals will definitely get you in the right direction.

2. Flippin' Full of Fiber

It is full of fiber, more specifically insoluble fiber. This improves your digestive system in general, as it aids in food moving through the body quicker. Metabolism boosts are also an occurrence. If you’re constipated…………. Eat spinach.

3. Flippin' Full of Protein

Spinach has more protein than most other vegetables. The exceptions are peas and beans. That means that if you’re a vegetarian or vegan and want to ensure you’re getting enough protein, eating lots of spinach will help.

4. It aids weight loss

spinachIt has a glycemic index of 15. This equates to it being a very good vegetable to aid in weight loss, get rid of cellulite and get rid of the extra flab that you’re DYING to shift.

5. Rich in Potassium

100g has 558mg of potassium. This is LOADS and is actually more than bananas, which is always mentioned in the same sentence as potassium. Potassium does many fine things, such as help bone density and maintain muscle mass. It is also really good for gut health, and prevents kidney stones.

6. It can slow the onset of Alzheimer’s

It has loads and loads of vitamin K. This slows and prevents neural damage in the brains of patients with Alheimer’s. It’s really great for brain health in general, and can even prevent Alzheimer’s if eaten regularly.

7. Will Give You Energy

You will get a lot of energy from spinach. This comes primarily from the B vitamins. It will help to keep your energy active and fluent throughout the day and is a great moderator of energy.

8. It’s an antioxidant

Feeling gross? Well, some spinach will boost your immune system quite soon after consumption, and helps fight infections and colds & flus.

9. It Regulates Hunger

The chlorophyll in spinach means that it helps to regulate hunger, but also blood sugar levels, and it can make you feel fuller after eating. There are numerous studies that have backed this up and therefore it adds to the claim that it is brilliant at regulating weight and aiding weight loss.

10. It helps asthma

It has beta-carotene. This lowers risks such as developing asthma. If you were to consume it regularly enough then you could prevent asthma entirely! Now that’s kinda cool.

11. Useful for Pregnancy

Spinach contains a high amount of folate, which encourages normal development of the unborn’s nervous system. It is fantastic for tissue growth and will also encourage proper functioning of cells in the baby. There is no bad thing about adding spinach to your diet if pregnant.

12. You going bald? Eat spinach!

As spinach is super rich in iron, it will prevent hair loss. Iron deficiency is a core factor in hair loss, and so the consumption of more iron in your diet will strengthen your hair follicles and will ultimately help you keep those luscious locks for longer.

13. Spinach and thyroid problems

Loads of people have issues with their thyroid gland. Spinach has loads of iodine, which helps the cells in the thyroid, as they are the only ones who can absorb iodine efficiently.

14. Easily Absorbed

As we mentioned above, it will help with constipation. This is because it is easily absorbed into the system, and it will never leave you feeling bloated or stuffy.

15. It is a natural anti-inflammatory

It has lots and lots of anti-inflammatory properties. Dentists regularly recommend it to treat inflammation in the mouth.

16. Spinach and eye health

It really reduces cataracts risks, because of the high amount of lutein and zea-xanthin, which are fancy named antioxidants.

Convinced?

And so there you have it! We are sure that we have convinced you (not that you needed much convincing… you ARE on a juicing website) that spinach is the bomb. It is a natural plant that nourishes us more than anything processed ever can.

It is only ever going to cause benefits and therefore go to your local store, get some spinach and add it to all of your juices to improve your life just that little bit more.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Best Juicer for Leafy Greens – The Winners & Losers

Leafy greens are probably the absolute best thing that you can put into your body. These dark veggies have everything that your body and metabolism needs. It is incredibly healthful and you can literally eat as much leafy greens as you like at any time.

Unfortunately for us, these aren’t always the easiest to eat. You don’t necessarily come home after a long day at work and think to yourself “jeez I cannot WAIT to get home and eat some steamed kale and spinach!”

If you do genuinely think that, TEACH US YOUR WAYS! What a frickin cool thing it would be to enjoy kale and spinach and other greens that much.

Unfortunately, that is not most people, and that is why we search for the best juicer for leafy greens. Juicing these ingredients make them a LOT easier to consume and will fill you up with nutritious healthful goodness.

Juicing these guys is a brilliant way to consume them in theory, but in reality they are some of the most difficult things to juice, because of their bulk and toughness. That is why different juicers are best for greens and perhaps not for citrus fruits, and vice versa. When you think about it, they are very different beasts for a machine to deal with. It would be very impressive if a juicer was equally as good at citrus fruits as it was at kale and spinach.

For complete and utter juicing nerds, it is not uncommon to have more than one juicer. That might sound INSANE to the ‘normal’ person, but my fellow fanatics can hear me preach I am sure. I have (I can’t believe I’m going to write this) three juicers. Three. I love them all but use them for very different things.

For the purposes of this article, we are going to talk about juicing greens. If you are planning on making a lot of juices from leafy green vegetables, then I think it is fair to say that you will NOT be looking for a centrifugal juicer.

You will read some websites online that have centrifugal juicers in their top juicers for greens articles, but this is NOT advisable.

Does the double capitalization of NOT bring the point home? We hope so!

But why, you ask? Well, let us tell you.

Why Masticating Juicers are the ONLY Typf of Juicer for Leafy Greens.

Centrifugal juicers work under the principle of putting the food down a chute and onto a very fast-moving blade which rips and shreds the fruit or vegetables to a juice. That is fine for lots of ingredients, but not so for leafy greens.

In order to get the goodness, enzymes and antioxidants out of spinach, kale, broccoli etc you need to really press and grind them out. Otherwise the leaves just get shredded and you don’t retrieve much of what makes them so healthy and good in the first place.

Grating the veg into tiny fragments and then whizzing them around at an incredibly high speed can work for lots of stuff, but the leaves just disintegrate and you won’t be left with much juice. Moreover, what is left will have less of the ‘good stuff’ that we all want to get the most of.

The reason that we recommend the pressing motion is that they are bulky but lightweight. The actually leaves are fragile full of health, but shredding it won’t do much good. The pressing motion also helps to do the juicing process in a slower (and therefore colder) manner. Centrifugal juicers gain heat as the blades move so fast, which bubbles up your juice (this process is called oxidation) which does a few things…

What does oxidation do to juice?

  • It lowers it’s shelf-life. You will need to consume within a day or so.
  • It lowers the enzyme level of the juice itself.
  • It results in a warmer, more bubbly juice.

It isn’t going to cause you any harm at all, and drinking an oxidated juice is much better than no juice at all, but if you have the choice, always go for a cold press juicer (also known as a masticating juicer, twin gear juicer or slow juicer).

What constitutes as a leafy green?

leafy greens

When we talk about the terms ‘leafy greens’, ‘greens’, ‘green veggies’ etc we are essentially talking about green leaves.

A list of leafy greens:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Endive
  • Lettuce
  • Beet greens
  • Chard
  • Arugula
  • Baby greens
  • Rocket
  • Collard
  • Mustard greens
  • Romaine

This list goes on and on, but there are some of the most popular.

Why are leafy greens so good for you?

They are AMAZING for your health for a myriad of factors. We will try to go through a few of them here for you.

  • ​They are full to the brim with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals
  • They aid in lowering blood pressure
  • They aid lowering of cholesterol
  • The control blood sugar levels, as they slow the absorption of carbohydrates after eating.
  • They contain loads of water, which is good for hydration
  • Most are very rich in calcium, which as fantastic for bones, teeth and bone marrow and fights off arthritis and osteoporosis
  • They contain vitamin C, zeaxanthin and lutein, which are all antioxidants
  • Most are a great source of carotene, which helps the growth of the body's tissues and also aids in the repairing of these tissues
  • They contain lots of vitamin E - makes you look younger for longer!
  • They are incredibly rich in fibre, which aids weight loss and maintaining your weight, because they make you feel very full for longer.

This list could be bullet-points for days, so we will leave the benefits here, but you get the point that they are very VERY good for you and everyone should be trying to get a bit more greens into their diet.

Now that you’re fully schooled on how AMAZING leafy greens are to your health and how much they can improve your life in general, let’s move on to the actual juicers that make these seemingly bland and boring foods into tasty and easy to consume juices!

The Top Juicers for Leafy Greens in 2017 - Editor's Choice

1. Omega NC800

Omega NC800

This is a wonderful machine and the best on the market for juicing leafy greens such as kale, spinach etc. It is a slight upgrade on the Omega 8004/8006 (remember that those two models are the exact same only in white and chrome).

It has a wider and larger chute for feeding in the foods, meaning it is a complete weapon when it comes to properly juicing the leafy veggies.

The thing that sets the NC800 apart as the absolute best in the business is the adjustable end cap. It’s incredible. It has 5 settings that allow you to control and monitor how much pressure is put on the pulp. You will get the best yield from the NC800, and we don’t say that lightly, as the 8004 has a crazy good yield also.

One thing that we will say about the NC800 is that the adjustable cap (which really gives you control over how the juice turns out) does have a learning curve. Lots of people want a fantastic juicer in their kitchen, but don’t want to spend a lot of time learning the ins and outs. If that’s the case, you’re better off going for the 8004 or 8006.

There is a downside to the Omega NC800 and that is the price. It isn’t as expensive as the absolute top of the line masticating juicers, but it will still set you back a princely sum of $300. That isn’t that much for something you will use various times throughout each week for years and years, but I do understand that it is quite an initial investment.

If you have $300 to spare and want the best juicer for leafy greens in your kitchen, pick up the NC800 on Amazon, where the best prices usually are.

2. Omega 8004/8006

Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer

This is the best-selling machine on Amazon these days, and a lot of the reasons why is that it is very easy to maintain and clean. It is one of the more affordable masticating juicers on the market these days, and it is a really a steal.

It can produce so much more yield than other similar juicers. I mean watch this (or just skip to the end) and see how much better the 8004 is to the VRT in the amount of juice it produces and how little foam comes out. It’s actually very very impressive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htFPKcxIdXE

This is the best-selling machine on Amazon these days, and a lot of the reasons why is that it is very easy to maintain and clean. It is one of the more affordable masticating juicers on the market these days, and it is a really a steal.

It can produce so much more yield than other similar juicers. I mean watch this (or just skip to the end) and see how much better the 8004 is to the VRT in the amount of juice it produces and how little foam comes out. It’s actually very very impressive.

It is also one of the most reliable models out there, made from GE Ultem which is able to withstand a HELL of a lot of wear and tear, and you almost definitely won’t need to take Omega up on their 15 year warranty (which in itself is a ridiculously long warranty time!).

As mentioned above, the NC800 can be a bit tricky to get a handle of, particularly the adjustable cap. If you want a ‘plug in and play’ juicer that’ll work straight off the bat. The settings are minimal, and the only thing you really need to worry about is not to overstuff the augur or it’ll be forced to stop and you’ll have to unclog it.

IF you are careless enough to overstuff (it happens to the best of us!) then the 8004 has a neat little reverse section button, which sets the system into reverse and is usually successful in unclogging. UNREAL!

Let’s get back to the foam levels. I mean it REALLY is great how little foam comes from the 8004 and that is because of its low speed and very complex masticating system. It’s just great if you want to preserve and store your juices for a while. Remember, the more foam, the more oxidated the juice is and this is NOT good for storage.

The chute is smaller than the NC800 but you still won’t need to cut any of the greens apart before it goes into the chute. The ease of use here is perfect. It’s an easier to maintain machine than the NC800 and it’s an absolute beast of a machine, so get yourself one of these bad boys if you intend on juicing a lot of leafy greens (which you should be).

3. Samson 9005

samson 9005

This is going to be a controversial enough choice, because you won’t see a Samson on every single shelf in stores like Omegas and Breville models, but that does not make it any less worthy of a spot on this list.

If you are looking for a juicer that is particularly handy at spinach, kale and other leafy greens, then the Samson 9005 is as good a choice as any.

It is particularly good for wheatgrass and greens because it has a larger screen area than most models. It has actually been shown to generate a larger yield than the 8004 in tests due to the presence of an adjustable cap (much like the NC800).

This is a cheaper alternative than the NC800. It retails at about $280 in stores (it’s almost always cheaper on Amazon, however), and it can also make pasta, nut butters and other cool things (pun intended) like sorbets.

I know. That was terrible.

The 160w motor is a powerful beast, and this also has a 15 year warranty, which is pretty sweet.

The downsides are that the feeder is smallish, but that’s the case with lots of cold press juicers, and that means that you’ll be pre-cutting lots of veggies. For the leafies though, you should be ok to throw in whole.

4. Tribest Green Star Elite GSE-5000

Green Star Elite GSE-5000 Jumbo Twin Gear Juice Extractor

This would be 1 or 2 if you had the budget, but because most of our readers like to see cheaper models higher up, this is sitting at 4. It is a dual gear juicer and so is a big ol bertha of power. You won’t have to worry about a lack of it.

Again, the Green Star has a pressure cap that is adjustable. It is there in order to essentially squeeze out more juice than would normally be possible, and that is why this bad boy has one of the best yields in the industry.

As with those adjustable caps though, it will require a bit of trial and error, and patience to get it just the way you want it, but it’ll be worth it to the final yield. The yield is better than any other juicer when it comes to leafy greens, BUT it will produce a bit more foam than some. Although it does produce foam, tests have shown that juice from the Green Star has minimal nutritional loss and degradation for up to 3 days after juicing. That’s incredible stuff.

This juicer has no downsides really, but there are a lot of different parts that need to be assembled, although they’re not difficult to work out.

Also, the warranty is a MEASLY 12 years!!! We’re obviously joking, 12 years is great, but it is lower than its competitors. Still, 12 is still pretty damn good.

Finally, the price is a little steep, with it coming in at over $500, but if you’re looking for arguably the best juicer for EVERYTHING, then this will be right up there.

Remember, the Green Star can deal with salsa, pasta, nut butters, sorbets and many other things, and is a wonderful tool for incorporating more healthy raw foods into your diet.

5. Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer

Breville BJS600XL

The first thing you will be blown away by is how quiet this machine is. The 240w motor is a quiet hum and it’s an absolute dream to listen to. Although this obviously isn’t the most important part of a juicer, we’re incredibly impressed with that for a start.

The vertical design of the Breville means it is good for storage space in the kitchen, but it actually doesn’t particularly help when it comes to masticating leafy greens. It is still a fantastic juicer for leafy greens, but if it were a horizontal model, it could have gotten the top spot.

Again, this will work for nut butters, sorbets and other such things, and it actually works faster than most cold press juicers without producing a large amount of foam. It’s interesting as Breville work primarily with centrifugal juicers (at the time of writing this is their only masticating model), which is why this probably works faster than others. It also probably is the reason why it is vertical as opposed to the more traditional horizontal juicers.

Conclusion

So there you have it. We’ve been juicing leafy greens for a long time and these five juicers are the ones that get a whol-hearted recommendation from us all here at JuiceTheJuice Towers.

What you will find are that they are all masticating juicers (as pointed out above), they’re all extremely well built machines that can do much more than just juice, and they’re all made of the highest quality materials that enables them to get the absolute most out of leafy greens. These types of vegetables can be difficult to consume, and yet they are SO DAMN good for us. Consuming them in juice form is a great way to make sure that your health improves on an ongoing basis.

Happy juicing!

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

What’s the Easiest Juicer To Clean?

easiest juicer to cleanHere is what you will learn in this article:

  • The easiest masticating juicer to clean (Tribest Green Star Elite GSE-5000)
  • The easiest centrifugal juicer to clean (Breville BJE200XL)
  • Why centrifugal juicers aren’t as easy to clean as masticating juicers
  • Why these are all great juicers in every aspect, not just in ease of maintenance.

When we pick up a juicer, we intend to be using it most days. Of course, this will increase and decrease throughout the year, but you will be hoping to use it regularly.

If this is the case, you definitely do not want to get stuck wasting long minutes each day trying to get all the gunk out of your juicer. Aint nobody got time for that. The effort involved will turn you off juicing, your juicer and in the end, improving your health. NO!

I know that I learned this the hard way, as my first juicer was an absolute pain in the butt to clean.

Finding the easiest juicer to clean actually isn’t as easy as you may think, as there’s very little online pitting juicers up against each other in terms of ease of cleaning.

I personally have yet to find a juicer that is super easy and chill to clean. Some are without a doubt a tad easier, but in the end you will always be required to put in a bit of elbow grease. The goal here is to tell you which ones are the best to clean.

Here are our easiest to clean juicers (masticating)

Masticating juicers are the easiest of all to clean. Because it is a slow juicing process, it produces less pulp and therefore is quite easy to get rid of all excess materials after juicing.

With centrifugal juicers, the fast pace means more pulp and a wider area of pulp, which will also be wetter than masticated pulp, and that’s why masticating models are easiest.

  1. Tribest Green Star Elite GSE-5000

tribest green star elite gse 5000 reviewAll of the parts in this machine are dishwasher friendly (although we would always say that in order to get maximum longevity you should handwash). There are fewer little nooks and crannies than others and therefore the Tribest Green Star is the best masticating juicer to get if you’re looking for ease of maintenance.

As always, run it under some running water and you will see that it is good as gold in a matter of seconds. Perfecto! We can’t recommend the ease of this model more. Oh, and it juices pretty well also.

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  1. Omega J8004/J8006

Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating JuicerThis is also a very easy juicer to clean. It’s a total walk in the park. Now, this model (and the J8006 which is identical but in chrome) has more parts than other similar models on the market, but they are easy as pie to take apart and throw under some running water.

Rinsing will clean this machine 90% of the way, but dragging a sponge through it will make it sparkle. NICE. You don’t need any tools to put the juicer together or apart, and that makes it easy to clean consistently.

You get a brush to clean it with which is great, and as we mentioned in the review it has a great yield and will be the perfect juicer for your kitchen.

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  1. Omega NC800 HDS 5th Gen

Omega NC800This is a slightly newer version of the J8004 model, but it actually isn’t as well produced as its older sibling. It still is a fantastic juicer, but not worth the price increase. That said, it has a wider chute/augur and the easy to disassemble parts are very easy to clean and get back looking and working as good as new.

The wider chute does take marginally longer to clean, but there are fewer parts overall. The disassembly process is basically the same as the J8006/4 and you’ll soon get the hang of it.

We timed ourselves cleaning the NC800 and it took us 110 seconds, so under 2 mins, which isn’t too shabby at all!

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  1. Super Angel 5500 Twin Gear Juicer

This is probably the absolute best juicer you can buy for your home, and the price tag says it all. It is bloody expensive, but will provide you with a lifetime (yes, a lifetime) of juicing. You will only need to clean four parts, and three of which are just in need of a quick rinse. One of the parts is a bit more complex, but still a breeze.

All of the parts are stainless steel, and you get a pulp removal tool which is a nice touch. That said, because it is stainless steel, you should really clean it soon after use, because if it dries it will be an awful pain to remove.

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Easy to Clean Centrifugal Juicers

As mentioned above, masticating juicers are traditionally easier to clean than centrifugal juicers, because centrifugal juicers work at a fast pace, traditionally have more parts, and will have a wetter, messier and larger pulp after the juicing process.

  1. Breville BJE200XL

breville bje200This is probably the easiest centrifugal juicer to clean. It has no separate pulp catcher, which means that it cannot yield as much as some of its competitors but it means that the clean up is made a hell of a lot easier.

You can simply remove the cover and then take out the main parts, which are the cutting disc and the pulp catcher. A quick scrub of the blades is all that you’ll need to clean them (watch your fingers! The blades are sharp, so use a brush of some sort). You will then have to scoop out the excess pulp from the pulp catcher and voila, it’s clean as a whistle.

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Breville JE98XL

Breville JE98XLThis is a step up from the BJE200XL in that it can deal with a higher yield and has a separate container for the pulp.

It’s similar to the BJE200XL in terms of parts, and ease of assembly. The parts are easily disassembled and can be ran under water to clean. It should take about 3 minutes overall to get from just after use to ready for next use, which isn’t too bad for a centrifugal juicer.

The pulp catching bin does save time but you will have a wet pulp to scoop out after each use. That’s just one of the things that comes with the territory when you buy a centrifugal juicer!

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Conclusion

We hope that the list of both masticating and centrifugal juicers above give you an idea of the easiest juicer to clean available on the market right now. Aside from the ease to maintain, they are all very solid juicers in their own right and whether you have the budget for the masticating or the centrifugal model, you’ll be getting a good product for anything that needs to be juiced!

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Nutri Ninja vs Nutribullet: The Ultimate Showdown

nutri ninja vs nutribullet

The Lowdown

If you’re committed to a healthy lifestyle, then you know how important it is to get the most nutrients with the fewest calories. Gone are the days of dry, chalky protein powders, and greens that tasted like grass. These days, we have smoothie recipes that taste like desserts but won’t pack on the pounds. You can’t make your morning smoothie without the right blender, so we picked the two best designs and ran them up against each other, so you can make the right pick for you and your family. That’s why we’ve put together this Nutri Ninja vs Nutribullet showdown, so you can know which suits you best.

Nutribullet are the market leader for sure, and you have definitely heard of them before. They must have spent a lot on PR and marketing but it definitely seems to have worked! They have dominated the majority of the market nowadays by being a commercially pleasing mini blender that does delivery and it delivers very well. The popularity of the Nutribullet has inspired other manufacturers to launch similar products into the market thus breaking the monopoly, and this is where the Nutri Ninja comes in.

We’ve thoroughly tested both the Nutri Ninja vs Nutribullet, and broken down the benefits of each one. Both of these are personal-sized countertop blenders that are designed to handle smoothies, and even nuts, nut kinds of butter, seeds, dips, and other foods. They are smaller than traditional blenders and are far more affordable than the high-powered Vitamix or Blend-Tek blenders. By the end of this article, you’ll have all the information you need to pick between the Nutri Ninja and the Nutribullet to get the blender that’s best for you.

Blade Design

Nutri Ninja Blades

Nutri Ninja Blades

The blade design is the core of any good blender, and it makes all the difference in making the smoothest of smoothies or a chunky disaster. GROSS CHUNKS (I actually like chunks but I’m a weirdo that way). Designers have to remember that it’s not just soft and fresh berries that are going in the blender cups, but sometimes ice, almond butter, and protein powders that need to be thoroughly broken down to make the right texture.

This last point is no joke people.

The Ninja blades are longer and sharper, and they tend to do a really good job of slicing through everything we blended, making a well-blended, even textured smoothie. When we took it apart for cleaning, it felt solid, and those blades were definitely sharp! The blades are bent so 2 of them point up while the other 2 point down, preventing ingredients from getting stuck in the bottom in a big chunk.

nutribullet blades

nutribullet blades

The Nutribullet blades are shorter, almost stumpy in comparison, and they feel less sharp to the touch. When we made smoothies that included leafy greens like kale and spinach, it took a little longer for the leaves to blend up, but softer fruits and protein powders blended up just as quickly. In addition, there are replacement blades available on Amazon that might have a bit sharper of an edge, but we did not test these out.

Power

nutribullet vs nutri ninjaThe power on both of these models is no joke. While neither will be blending avocado pits successfully, the aim is to blend softer, wetter ingredients into a smooth consistency without lumps, chunks, or floating bits of kale to worry about. So how do they stack up?

The Ninja has historically had the most powerful motor. When it was first introduced, it had a 900-watt motor, which was the strongest of the personal blenders. It still shines in this category. The various models of Nutri Ninja range from 1200 watts to 1700 watts. Beastly. This translates to blades that can go faster, and break down your smoothie ingredients thoroughly. It’s enough to make whipped coconut cream or make homemade nut kinds of butter from fresh nuts.

Wattage

The Nutribullet recently increased its wattage to 900 watts, which was a significant jump from the 400 and 600-watt motors that it had used previously. This is an improvement and helps to make more well-mixed smoothies, even with harder ingredients like ice or frozen berries. Their inspiration to increase the wattage on the motor has gotten a lot of positive reviews since it creates a far better-finished product than previously. It might take a little bit longer to pulse through certain ingredients like celery or ginger, but it gets it done.

Controls

The controls on both of these machines are similar, but not exactly the same.

The Ninja comes with two-speed settings, as well as a pulse setting. The regular speed is for your average ingredients like bananas, strawberries, protein powders, and anything not too hard. Easy peasy.

Power Controls

The turbo setting is for the leafy greens, skinned fruits, and harder to blend ingredients. The pulse setting is perfect for liquefying frozen fruit and other thick smoothies and butter, so it can create that vortex of motion to catch every lump. With the Ninja, you have to keep the blender canister pressed down manually for the entire time you want your blender to be turned on.

The Nutribullet has only the one-speed setting, and it seems like it’s right between the regular and turbo speeds of the Ninja. It does one thing and it does it well: make good smoothies, and this is a great speed for the vast majority of ingredients you’ll use for your morning (or any other time of the day) drink. The other thing is that the Nutribullet has a locking mechanism. When you press the container down to blend, you can twist it to one side to lock it down. This means that you don’t have to stand there and hold it down the entire time, you can walk off for the time it takes to make your smoothie to get the rest of your morning errands together.

Blending Performance

juicing machinesBoth of these blenders make some pretty good smoothies. So what are the differences in how well they perform?

The Nutribullet was the first one we put to the test. We first made a banana smoothie with frozen strawberries, protein powder, and a little bit of almond milk. As we eagerly watched our ingredients spin, they quickly turned into an even mixture.

Performance

After a taste test, we could detect no lumps or unevenness, but the tiny strawberry seeds were still there. Next, we tried a greens smoothie with ice. We used fresh kale and spinach, ice, some celery, and some apple, with a little orange juice. This time, the Nutribullet struggled just a little bit. It took a bit longer for all the ingredients to get blended, and when it was finished, we still had a few stringy fibers and leafy bits to chew through. Otherwise, the smoothie was great!

We used the same recipes with the Ninja. The first one, with the banana and strawberries, protein powder, and almond milk, was, to our senses, exactly the same. There was no difference in taste or texture, and the small strawberry seeds were, as we expected, still present. When it came time for the greens smoothie, there was a noticeable difference in the end product and the blending time. Since the Ninja is a slightly more powerful blender, the leafy greens and the celery were pulverized completely, leaving no chunks or bits we had to pull out of our teeth. It also was just a little bit faster in finishing the task, and in the morning, every second counts…. Every. Second. Counts. Guys.

We then tried both of the blenders for a broccoli soup recipe. While the recipe called for steamed broccoli, we wanted to really test these blenders out and used it straight from frozen. We suspected that the Nutribullet would leave behind a few chunks and the Ninja would blow right through them, but we were pleasantly mistaken: both blenders gave us a perfectly smooth result, leading to a delicious and creamy soup.

Accessories

Fruit juiceAccessories can really make or break the usefulness of one of these blenders, and both have a variety to choose from. From fun color coding bands or lids to larger pitchers for refreshing summer drinks, let’s take a look at what both blenders offer.

The Nutribullet has lots of options to choose from, and they’re pretty smartly designed. This is another advantage of a personal blender over one of the super-powered ones: all the accessories will fit on the kitchen counter, under the cabinets.

Cups

The first and most obvious accessories are the cups. They come in two sizes, so you can make smoothies for kids (or baby food!) and smoothies for the adults in the house.

The Nutribullet also has designed two different pitchers. One pitcher is for cold drinks and larger batches of smoothies. The other one is for hot blended mixes, such as soups or sauces. All their accessories come with lids, and can store your mixes in the fridge.

It also comes with a flip-top lid for drinking your smoothie on your morning commute, or on the way to the gym. There is even a blade remover to keep your hands safe while disassembling, and an optional redesigned blade.

The Ninja has two sizes of cups available, which is the same as the Nutribullet, but instead of a flip-top lid, they designed a sip lid similar to what is seen on many travel coffee mugs. There is an additional extra large cup, too.

Blades

They also have a redesigned blade assembly, called a Pro Extractor, which can handle all the hard and heavy blending even faster than the regular blade. Be careful, it’s super sharp.

There is a blender pitcher that is available that can handle hot or cold mixes, and even a food processor bowl if you want to make things like salsa, guacamole, or hummus quickly and easily.

Recipe Books

When pitting the Nutribullet vs Nutri Ninja, both come with recipe books, and they are great starters when it comes to making your own smoothies and soups, though they are far from comprehensive.

They are meant to give you a starting idea of what’s possible. In this case, the internet is your friend, since there are so many recipes online for both. You’re only limited by your imagination, and what’s in a season.

Warranty

juiceThere are some differences in the warranties as well. If you choose to get your blender on Amazon, they offer a standard one year warranty. When you visit each website, however, you have different options you can choose.

Nutribullet Warranty

The Nutribullet comes with the normal one year warranty, and you can purchase an additional 4 years of warranty for $15. (If you want a pro tip, Amazon offers an extended warranty for 3 more years, for just $7, so you could pay a little less if you can handle a little less protection. It’s worth it in our books).

Nutri Ninja Warranty

If you purchase a Ninja on their website, you have two choices. You can pick the 5-year warranty, or you can pick the VIP Lifetime Warranty. Personally, I like knowing that a company will back up its product for literally ever since I’m such a fan of customer service.

Overall, buying it on Amazon won’t bring up any issues.

Price

The Nutribullet and the Ninja are fairly well matched at price. Depending on the package you choose, it can be pretty affordable in just about any budget.

The Nutribullet, for the most budget-friendly choice, is right around $70. It comes with all the basics you need right out of the box and is plenty to get you making smoothies immediately.

The Nutri Ninja, for the most basic set-up, will run you about $85. Again, this is everything you need to get started. No bells and whistles, just some great basic equipment.

These are VERY cheap options though guys, and we would always recommend getting a better one than the most basic offering.

When you want to look at the various accessories, you’ll want to take a careful look at what’s available in each package. It pays to purchase everything together since the accessories separately will cost more.

It’s a good idea to get everything all at once, so you have the tools on hand to make all the recipes you want, and you don’t have to wait for shipping or pay more than you have to.

Which One is Best for Your Needs?

Here’s the thing about choosing between the Nutribullet vs Nutri Ninja. You have to look at what each one offers, the power, the accessories, and the price, and compare that to what you plan to do with it.

How They Compare

To be perfectly honest, these two are so neck and neck, you could pick either one and be happy with it. They both make great smoothies, they’re small and powerful, and they fit the budget. Both of these compact blenders are fast and easy to operate and will tackle pretty much anything you put in them.

They are both totally dishwasher safe, even the blades (just not the motorized base) and are easy to take apart and clean.

What we liked most about the Nutribullet was the ability to lock it in to blend, and not have to stand there holding the canister down for the whole blending time. I could pour a coffee or grab my tablet while it was blending, which was impossible with the Ninja.

nutri ninja

nutri ninja

What I liked most about the Nutri Ninja was that it could blend the heck of out everything just a little bit better than the Nutribullet, because its motor had just a little bit more power. Sometimes I like going heavy on the veggies, so the Nutribullet might be a better choice for me.

I have used a Vitamix and a Blend-Tek, and neither of these little guys is quite at that level, but you don’t need a blender that’s measured in horsepower to make a morning smoothie. More than that, you don’t need to spend $400 on a giant piece of equipment in order to have a healthier lifestyle.

Those big boys are speciality items that are just too much for a lot of people (although with juicers you REALLY do get what you pay for). In addition, those large blenders are quite loud and can be heard running through the entire house. Who wants to wake everyone up with the sound of a blender?

The Nutribullet and the Nutri Ninja are both very quiet to operate. While you may still be challenged to have a conversation while using them, they’re both hard to hear outside of the kitchen, so the rest of the house will be undisturbed.

The Nutribullet and Nutri Ninja are both easy to use and will last a long time. They can make smoothies, soups, baby food, dressings, even dips like guacamole or salsa.

Value

For under $100, you have a multi-function machine that will get used not once or twice a week but once or twice a day, and you’ll be able to create healthier foods for your whole family since you’re starting with fresh, natural ingredients.

Both of these will also save you money in the long run, since buying ingredients is far cheaper than buying ready-made products full of additives, gums, and artificial flavors. This is a benefit for both of these blenders all by itself since so many people “fall off the wagon” because eating healthy is inconvenient, difficult, time-consuming, or just doesn’t satisfy their tastes.

With a personal blender, you can make delicious recipes that are healthy, and it’s fast enough for everyone to get a morning smoothie, and it’ll be clean and ready to make sauces for dinner.

Nutribullet

Nutribullet

We compared both of these blenders head to head, and found that the differences were close enough to not matter. The Nutribullet and the Ninja are both excellent for their tasks, and you would be happy with either one of them. They are both an amazing value for their functions, and we found them to be reliable, dependable, and efficient. They both make great smoothies, soups, and sauces, they are both easy to use and will do the same jobs for you.

Another benefit is that both of these blenders use cups and blender pitchers that are made of safe, toxin-free plastic. While some people may still shy away from plastics in general, these are specifically chosen to resist cracking, breaking and shattering. The blender pitchers of previous generations were made of heavy glass, and if a spoon fell in while blending, you could have a glass explosion.

The same is true if you or one of your little ones dropped a pitcher. Instead, this equipment is tested to be safe not only because it doesn’t leech chemicals into your smoothies, but also because it won’t create dangerous and sharp pieces if it falls. It’s also far lighter than the glass models, so it’s easier for everyone to handle.

As far as the blender base goes, it comes down to your personal style. Both of them are quite compact, and the design of both blenders is modern and clean-looking, with neutral colors that will blend in with any kitchen d├ęcor.

Just to show you how creative you can be, let me give you our protein pancake recipe. This is easily made in the pitcher and poured onto your griddle, which has been oiled with coconut oil. You can top these with maple syrup or strawberry jam. You can switch up the recipe by adding some almond butter and chocolate chips for a weekend treat.

Protein Pancake Recipe

Ingredients:

3 whole bananas, in large chunks or slices

3 whole eggs

2 scoops of your favorite protein powder

Directions:

Place all ingredients into your blender cup or pitcher, and blend until smooth. This will only take a minute or two since all of your ingredients are soft. If your batter is too thick, add a little almond milk. If it’s too thin, add a little more protein powder.

After it’s blended, heat up your griddle to medium high and apply a light coating of coconut oil. Once it’s hot, pour out your batter in evenly six discs, about 4 inches across.

When the bubbles start to form on the top, carefully and quickly flip them, for another minute or two on the other side, until just toasty.

Serve your banana pancakes fresh and hot! You can also double or triple the batch since they keep so well in the fridge. Just pull out a couple each day and lightly toast them for a hot breakfast.

Conclusion

Taking all these factors into consideration, the Nutri Ninja vs Nutribullet is a tough choice. They are pretty close in features, performance, reliability, and value. With either one of them, you can’t go wrong, and you’re sure to enjoy your new blender. Stay committed to your healthy lifestyle, and make the best foods you can, for the health of yourself and your whole family. In the end, health is wealth, and you will get a good contribution to health with either machine.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Vitamix 5200 vs 5300: Is There a Difference?

We all know the importance of having a solid and sufficient counter top blender for your juicing needs. That said, it’s not only for people who are into healthy juices and refreshing beverages but for anyone who loves cooking and meal preparation. It can be used in more ways than one, depending on the specific product that you have knocking around.

If you are having a hard time deciding which one to purchase, then I presume you’ve been doing some reading on the Vitamix 5200 vs 5300 models. We will give you a detailed look at the similarities and differences between the two models, which will hopefully be instrumental in making a well-informed decision (if, of course, you end up liking one of these enough to add to your kitchen!).

A lot of you may assume that the 5300 and 5200 are just the same. After all, the numbers are close to each other right? They look almost identical, right? I mean, what could be that different! However, as you will learn in the rest of this post, they have numerous differences. Which is the better option? I will let you know at the end of this post! THE SUSPENSE MUST BE KILLING YOU.

What's The Deal?

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vitamix 5300

The Vitamix 5300

Since these models are so close in the model number is there a significant difference between these two blenders?

In the box these blenders ship in you’ll find their respective motor bases, a Classic 64-ounce Container (Vitamix 5200) or a Low-Profile 64-ounce Container (Vitamix 5300), Classic or Low-Profile Tamper and Getting Started Guide. The Vitamix 5200 also includes a Chef-inspired Cookbook and a Getting Started DVD.

Even though both of these machines are Classic C-Series, the Vitamix 5300 is the only blender that uses a Low-Profile Container, which is commonly used on the newer Next-Generation G-Series models. Both of these machines are backed by Vitamix’s Full 7-Year warranty with free two-way shipping if you should need to use it. The Vitamix 5200 is older than the Vitamix 5300, but it doesn’t mean it’s not a good machine. In this comparison, let’s find out if the upgrades to the Vitamix 5300 are worth the extra cost.

The Vitamix 5200One of the most noticeable differences between the two is the fact that 5300 comes with an instructional DVD, which will make it friendlier for beginners. Also, the cookbook contains more recipes compared to the guide that is included in Vitamix 5200.

Containers, Lids & Blades

vitamix 5200Even though these are both C-Series blenders, they have 2 different containers that are not compatible with each other.

The containers are the easiest and most obvious visual difference to spot between these two blenders. Although they are both from the same Classic C-Series of machines, the Vitamix 5200 uses the Classic Container while the 5300 uses the Low-Profile container. The Low-Profile Container is usually only found on the Next-Generation G-Series making this the only blender from a different series to use it. This is helpful to keep in mind if you have low hanging cabinets and would like to be able to add ingredients to the container or use the tamper while the machine is running.

The Blades are made from hardened stainless steel and are dull to the touch. The perk of having the ‘dull’ blades is ensuring a consistent blend that relies on tough blades and brute motor strength instead of razor-sharp blades.

Noise Levels

Vitamix 5300 and 5200 have a noise level of about 98 DB, which is standard for juicers of this type really. Nothing really to report. It’s not quiet, but it sure as hell won’t blow the ears off you either.

The Vitamix 5300

vitamix 5300 frontThis is a best-selling C-Series (CLASSIC). The 5300 model differs from other C-Series Blenders in the following aspects: it’s a low-profile blender that gives consistent processing every time and makes perfect meals for families and hosting guests, Hi/low switch, and slightly higher HP.

How does it work?

It has a laser-cut, stainless steel hammermill and 4-inch diameter of cutting blades that give a consistent blend every time.

What is it good good for?

Chopping vegetables, blending, creaming, grinding, heating, churning, pureeing and doing a lot more with just one blender.

Features

It has a 64-ounce container, the high-performance 2.1HP motor that propels blades through tough ingredients to create the highest-quality blends. It has a pulse feature that chops, purees variable speed control tamper with a special collar design that fits the container processes for thick blends. It prevents the container from hitting the blades.

Benefits

It fits under most cabinets thus saving kitchen space. It gives high-quality blends with great consistency every time and adjustable speed control gives the variety of textures. You can be in complete control by dialing the speed at any time during the blend. It is great for thick recipes like peanut butter and frozen desserts. It is simple to clean.

Design

64-Oz container is sleek enough to fit under a cabinet and its design features the radial cooling fan and thermal protection system.

Motor

The Vitamix 5300 has a brilliant High-Performance 2.1 HP motor.

Blades

The stainless steel cutting blade is laser-cut and measures 4-inch diameter along with the hammer mill gives consistent blend. The Official Vitamix websites mention “3-in diameter” blades which seem to be a “copy-paste” error.

Pitcher

Has a new re-designed 64-ounce container that is perfect for making meals for families and for entertaining guests. It fits under cabinets easily.

Cleaning

Cleaning the blender is quite simple. You need to add a drop of dish soap and warm water and run on High setting for 30 seconds.

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The Vitamix 5200

vitamix 5200This model is comfortably the bestselling Vitamix bender that falls in the C-SERIES (CLASSIC) released in the year 2007. That may seem like an awfully long time ago, but this machine is far from dated.

It is a high-performance and versatile kitchen appliance that lets you make healthy meals easily without any attachments. You have total control with the variable speed control dial. This in particularly is a great touch.

How does Vitamix 5200 work?

The super powerful motor blends toughest ingredients, special blade design efficiently grinds grains and prepares the dough. Ten variable speeds give you texture ranging from smooth purees to healthy vegetable soups.

What is Vitamix 5200 good for?

It has a 64-oz container does everything from blending, pureeing, creaming, and a lot more and the 32-oz dry grains container grinds whole grains into bread, cereals, and baked foods.

Features

It has a 64-oz container for blending and 32-oz container for grinding dry grains, 10 variable speed, stainless steel laser-cut cutting blades and hammermill, radial cooling fan, thermal protection system, accelerator tool with a special collar design so that the blades don’t hit the tool, and durable hideaway safety cord.

Benefits

You can get better nutrition at your fingertips so that you get healthier meals made at home quickly and easily. Get everything from blended, pureed, and thicker mix

Design

64-Oz and 32-Oz containers are easy to store and have a radial cooling fan and thermal protection system.

Motor

Efficient 2 peak HP, low-friction ball bearing motor to blend the toughest ingredients and last a lifetime.

Blades

Stainless steel laser-cut blade measuring 3-inch diameter and hammer-mill. Dry Grains container has a specially-designed blade that grinds grain and makes the dough.

Pitcher

64-oz container lets you blend medium to large batches of ingredients and the 32-oz container grinds whole grains.

They are different when it comes to height. Vitamix 5300 has a low-profile pitcher, which makes it space-efficient. It can easily fit even in shorter cabinets. It has a wider base, which also allows it to accommodate the bigger size of its blade.

Cleaning

It has a self-cleaning feature. Add warm water and a few drops of dish soap and run the blender on High for 30 seconds and rinse the parts out with water.

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The Main Differences/Similarities

Pulse Button

One of the main significant difference between the two is that there is a dedicated pulse button in Vitamix 5300, which can be found on the left side of the control panel. When activated, it will deliver a quick speed burst, which is perfect if you want the outcomes to be more consistent, making sure that there will be no chunks from the ingredients used.

Cord

Both Vitamix 5300 and 5200 are corded models. The length of the cord is 6 feet, which is pretty much more than enough for most kitchens. This will allow you to work even without having to be near the socket or source of power.

Warranty

To provide their buyers with peace of mind, the manufacturer is offering a 7-year warranty for both Vitamix 5300 and 5200. Parts and labor will be covered, which means that repair can be availed for free within the warranty period. Also, it is a good thing that they will even shoulder the shipping costs.

Variable Speed

The two blenders are also the same when it comes to the speed settings. There is a dial in front of the unit, which will allow you to choose from ten-speed settings, with one being the slowest and 10 being the quickest.

Control Speed

From the first look, it is easy to be confused with the design of the control panel as they are nearly identical. They have three main parts. For both models, the one at the middle is the knob for speed and the one at the right side is the button power. In 5300, on the other hand, the left button is for the pulse. For 5200, on the other hand, the button is only for choosing high or variable speed.

Tamper

It is a good thing that both models have a tamper. This will make it easy to add ingredients and to make sure that they are evenly crushed. Vitamix 5300, however, can be asserted as being slightly better because of its low-profile design and also space-efficient tamper.

Safety Features

The two blenders are also similar when it comes to their safety features. They both have a radial cooling fan. When the blender functions, especially at the highest speed, it will most likely produce heat. The cooling fan allows the heat to be blown out of the motor, and hence, preventing it from getting too hot.

They also have thermal and overheating protection. The latter will minimize electrical hazards and will also be instrumental in prolonging the functional life of the motor and other internal components.

Cleaning Up

Both of these Vitamix machines are able to “clean themselves”, by adding warm water and a small amount of dish soap to the container and turning the machine to low then gradually increasing the speed until the container is clean. Some Vitamixes have a “Self-Cleaning” preset that makes this easier, but I’d still advise giving it a quick scrub with a sponge. While running this preset or running the machine is a good way to break up large leftover contents in the container, it also could lead to the container becoming cloudy from minerals latching to the side of the container over time. The best way to prevent this is to simply use a sponge and clean the inside of the container like you would anything else.

The Pros & Cons

Vitamix 5300

Pros

• Slightly more space-efficient compared to 5200

• Comes with a powerful motor for varied applications

• Pulse button for a quick burst of speed

Cons

• More expensive compared to 5200

• Can be prone to overheating

Vitamix 5200

Pros

• Comes with an affordable price

• Also, has variable speed settings

• User-friendly design and features

Cons

• Blade has smaller diameter compared to 5300

• Can produce a loud sound when blending

Parts & Accessories

When you purchase the Vitamix 5300 Blender, here are what you will find in the box:

• New generation motor base

• 64-ounce low-profile container

• Getting Started Plus

• 6-foot cord

• Low-profile tamper

• Instructional DVD

On the other hand, in the case of the Vitamix 5200 Blender, here are what you can find in the box:

• Old generation motor base

• 64-ounce classic container

• Getting Started Guide

• 6-foot cord

• Classic tamper

Conclusion

Vitamix is the clear winner because it came up with two of the best blenders that are available in the market. Go them!

Both the 5300 and 5200 are amazing in terms of their performance and features. They can effectively tackle a wide array of recipes and can be friendly even for beginners in blending.

If you were to ask for my personal opinion, however, I believe that the Vitamix 5300 is the better option. It just slightly edges it.

It is an improvement from 5200, which is an older model. They are the same in terms of their pitcher capacity, warranty, and control panel, among others.

When it comes to differences, on the other hand, the 5300 comes with a more powerful 2.2 HP motor. It also comes with a slightly larger blade, which has a diameter of 4 inches. The container comes with a low profile, making it space-efficient.

They are also different when it comes to height. The 5300 has a low-profile pitcher, which makes it space-efficient. It can easily fit even in shorter cabinets. It has a wider base, which also allows it to accommodate the bigger size of its blade.

I must say though, that I had a 5200 for YEARS and really really loved it. You aren’t going to be lacking for features or quality if your budget will only allow for the 5200.

Hope you enjoyed our Vitamix 5200 vs 5300 review guys, happy juicing!

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