First you don’t need a juicer to go raw. A blender is more important. Second juices can be a way to dump a lot of sugar into your body, that is sugar without the fiber to slow its absorption into your system (see Eat To LIve). Drinking lots of sweet juices is not helpful for weight loss. Some juices are higher in sugar than others. Used well juicing can also be a tool for weight loss, digestive problems and for fasting. Drinking green juices is a way to add high levels of live enzymes into your body. If you can not find a way to take in whole greens every day, taking in their juices can be a vital alternative. It adds one more tool to your toolbox for creating better health and foods. The blender is the one raw foodists use all the time. Blenders do not remove the fiber, which slows sugar absorption. My Cuisinart does great. Renee Loux likes Cuisinarts too. Going for the best blender? People REALLY like the K-Tec blender and the Vita-Mix apparently they blend the nuts into nut milk so thoroughly there is no need to strain. Wow, I guess you would be saving some money on that if you drink alot of nut milks. I love my home made almond milk with organic vanilla extract and maple syrup. My Cuisinart has a terrible time with making a kale banana smoothie, it just won’t get smooth at all. Also hummus and other pates are just not as smooth as I would like so I am looking into a more expensive blender.
This is a comparison chart, it seems like more people like the vitamix than the ktec so I like this chart because it focuses on Vitamix and Blendtec info. Because there are so many people who prefer the Ktec, you can’t miss that option: here is another chart.
Cheap juicer motors will quickly burn out doing carrot/beet juice (high sugar). I have lost two this way in a period of months. A juicer that will last and be worth your time will cost 200-400. Many people say get a Champion however it’s reported many people don’t like the Champion because the parts break and need replacing, cleaning is lengthy, they don’t juice greens well, and the motor gets very hot compromising the nutrients. If you are interested in making lower calorie, lower sugar, higher nutrient green juices, nut butters, sorbets you would be much happier with a single or twin gear type of juicer. The gear juicers produce less heat and use a very low RPM. Of these I have heard good things about the Samson single gear and the Green Power. The Green Power machine is supposed to be more work to clean and costs twice as much (400). I recently settled on the Samson single gear to save money, counter space, and cleaning time. Compare prices online and save money, prices change.
The Living Foods website has the best consumer reviews and information online that I found about juicers (and incidentally the saladacco, a noodle maker that may require reading their excellent how-to article to use it effectively).