Juicers such as electric manual citrus press juicers are juicers created to handle the seeds, segmentation and thick outer skin that characterize citrus fruits. Using a citrus juicer is convenient because using certain types of citrus juicers allows you to extract the juice from these fruits without removing their skin. But which of the two types of citrus juicer is the better juicer? We will discuss several factors in deciding whether an electric citrus juicer or a manual citrus juicer is more suited to your personal needs by evaluating the automation, preparation time, operation, quality of juice, and cleaning and storage properties of each.
The notable feature of a manual citrus juicer is the fact that it does not require electricity. Instead, these juicers use leverage to extract juice from the fruit by squeezing it in between two handles of an appropriate size, much like a pressing machine. Electric citrus juicers, on the other hand, are automatic and (obviously) powered by electricity which is a significant advantage, especially when juicing large quantities of fruit.
Using a manual citrus juicer requires little to no preparation time due to the fact that the piece of fruit does not have to be peeled before it is juiced. By contrast, while some electric citrus juicers like the electric reamer allow you to put in an unpeeled piece of fruit, most electric citrus juicers require that you peel the fruit before inserting it into the juicer, which can be a definite disadvantage.
Manual citrus press juicers operate by having a person manually squeeze the fruit in between two handles until the juice is extracted. Because it is done by hand, the process can be tiring and time consuming if large quantities of fruit are being juiced. Electric reamers require you to press down on the reamer unit, causing it to spin. Other electric citrus juicers allow you to simply insert the peeled fruit into the juicer and juice with the push of a button.
Quality of Juice
Manual citrus press juicers are highly effective at squeezing out the pure fruit juice without mixing in pulp or the bitter oils from the skin of the fruit. On the other hand, electric citrus juicers, particularly electric reamers, squeeze pulp directly into the juicer, meaning it must be strained if you do not like pulp and/or the juicer does not come with a strainer. Moreover, some feel that it brings out too much bitterness in the fruit because some of the bitter tasting oils get scraped off the inside of the peel and are blended with the juice.
Cleaning and Storage
Because manual citrus press juicers are so simply designed, they are easy to clean and keep in good repair. They are easily stored as well because most are quite small in size. Electric citrus juicers, on the other hand can be tougher to keep clean and in good repair because of their motors and additional moving parts. They can also be harder to store as they tend to be bigger than manual citrus press juicers.
If you do not intend to do much juicing, prefer a higher quality, sweeter juice, or do not mind squeezing large quantities of juice by hand, then a manual citrus press juicer is probably for you. Advantages: little to no preparation time, simple to operate, high quality juice, easy to clean and store. Disadvantages: it may take time to make larger quantities of juice.
If you are simply looking for overall convenience and speed from your juicer and do not mind having to peel fruit before juicing (in the case of a normal electric juicer, not an electric reamer) or having a less sweet-tasting, pulpier juice, then you might consider either an electric reamer or a regular electric juicer. Between the two, an electric reamer is probably more convenient overall. Advantages: reasonably easy to operate, easier to make large quantities of juice. Disadvantages: longer preparation time, lower quality juice, harder to clean and store.