Thinking about drinking a juice once or twice a week but worried about the financial impact on your wallet?
If you are buying a juice once a week or more then I’m confident buying a juicer is going to be worth the cost. If you’re buying a juice three times a week or more, then you’ll save an average of $540 in a year by investing in a $150 juicer, spending $10 on ingredients each week and juicing at home.
Not all juicers are created equal. In my research, I’ve found that juicers beyond $150 in value are rarely better in size, quality and performance.
Meanwhile, juicers which are priced at the lower end of the price point (around $30) see significant improvements as you move through the pricing barriers of $50, $75 and $100.
What Can A Juicer Do?
A juicer is a piece of kitchen equipment which extracts juice from fruits, herbs and vegetables in a process known as juicing. The machine will either crush, grind or squeeze the juice out of the pulp and leave you with the ingredient in a liquid form.
The major benefit of juicing is the great concentration of nutrients from fruits and vegetables. Which is why it’s a popular machine for those looking to increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables.
How Much Does A Juicer Cost?
Juicers range significantly in price. The I could find at the time of writing is $33, with the most expensive being upwards of $300.
Much like any kitchen appliance the form and function don’t improve significantly past the $150 mark. Buying one around this price you’re likely to get the best value for money.
The difference in price between a $33 and a $300 juicer is based on a number of factors including;
- Manufacturer / Brand
- Processing Speed
For example, looking at the cheapest juicer I could find the $33.99 Hamilton Beach you can see it’s not great looking, it looks plastic and cheap.
No accessories are included with this juicer and it only has a 400W motor which will likely struggle to process large chunks of food.
For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend buying this juicer. When we look at the next price bracket of around $70 we can see significant improvements in the manufacturing quality and design.
A great example of this is another juicer from the same brand, Hamilton Beach. This time at $60 with an RRP of $70. At this price, you can clearly see a significant improvement in the quality, structure and materials used in the construction of the machine.
The juicer has an increased capacity both in the shoot and in the extractor as well as a bigger motor to support this at 800w.
Then if we jump up again to the $125 mark we can see again a significant improvement in all the features we’d expect (as listed above).
This Breville juicer has a 3″ shoot, an 850-watt motor to support this and two jugs; 1 litre and a 2.5 litre. The machine also has two speeds that can be adjusted depending on the size and concentration of the ingredients you’re juicing
As I mentioned earlier it’s around this price point at which the major advancements to the construction and capacity of the machine fail to make leaps when compared to the price.
Examples of this include the Philips Micro Juicer Elite which is currently on sale for $329.95.
As well as the Deloghi Kenwood Apex Technology Juicer which is on sale at $221.39.
The capacity, accessories, manufacturing, style and warranty of these machines is little or no greater than our example at $150.
Can A Juicer Save You Money?
If you’re someone who enjoys buying a juice once a week then you can most certainly save money buying a juicer and making some of your favourite combos at home.
While juicing at home may be slower and less convenient than buying juices from the store, it’s certainly a great way to save money!
During my ‘is juicing expensive‘ research I found that those making juices at home would save an average of $540 when compared to those buying juices from juice prep stores. This saving includes the purchase of a juicer at $150.
An, of course, these are just the financial benefits of owning a juicer. There’s also the benefits to the environment as the majority of these juice stores sell their products in plastic bottles and containers.
How To Save Money When Buying A Juicer
There’s a couple of ways you can get a great juicer without breaking the bank. Here are some of my favourite tried and tested methods;
Buy During The Sales – Black Friday, Memorial Day, Boxing Day they are all great times to grab a discount on an otherwise expensive juicer. I’ve found that you can get older models which are being phased out and replaced with newer models by the same manufacturer for up to 60% off.
Buy Using Coupon Codes – When shopping online you can save money using the Honey browser extension. This browser extension will prompt you when saving can be made at a store (it has coupons for more than 5,000 stores worldwide) and allow you to apply the code to your basket in one click. I’ve managed to get savings of up to 35% as a result.
Buy Second Hand – Given the high cost of juicers, it’s no surprise that they sell for good money on the second-hand market. You can save up to 75% buying a juicer from a second-hand store such as Goodwill or online through Craigslist and eBay.
Buy A Lower Model – You could opt to save money on a new juicer by buying the model down from the one you had planned to buy. Simply going from the latest model to the model below is likely to save you around 35% and will often be little to no compromise in the terms of features, size and benefits.