Juicing is amazing! Fresh-pressed juice can help you lose weight, cleanse your system, boost your health, and might even prevent cancer. Juicing virtually guarantees that you hit your daily target for vegetables. It’s a quick and easy way to get the energizing hit of vitamins, enzymes, and chlorophyll in an easily digestible form.
If you want the most delicious, most nutritious juice possible, there is no way around a good masticating juicer. The best masticating juicers give you the highest yield and extract every single drop of goodness.
With the wide variety of juicers on the market in 2019, it can be quite challenging to find the best slow juicer that matches your budget and needs.
So, how do you find the best masticating juicer?
The best slow masticating juicers are easy to clean, easy to use, and efficient. They squeeze out every drop from even the toughest ingredients like leafy greens.
It may seem unimportant at first, but what I really care about is the size of the feed chute.
If you’ve ever owned a juicer with a narrow chute, you learn to appreciate a wider feed chute. A small feed chute means you’ll need to cut your produce into tiny little chunks, so they fit into the juicer. A wide chute cuts preparation time in half, as you can even insert whole fruits without precutting.
Let’s be honest, juicing daily is hard work!
You’ll have to plan your juices, buy fresh fruits and veggies, wash the produce, cut it into chunks, feed it through the chute slowly, clean up the juicer.
Whatever minimizes the work involved with juicing, is a good thing!
The best masticating juicer is obviously the one you will use. I’ve learned during the years; the more convenient a juicer is, the more often it gets used.
All the juicers introduced here are easy to use and more efficient than centrifugal juicers. Most vertical juicers and some of the Omega horizontal juicers in the mid-price range also come with a wide feed chute.
I’ve divided this article into five categories. Each category includes the best masticating juicer within your desired budget.
Now, it’s time to find your perfect slow juicer. Please choose your price range:
Best Affordable Masticating Juicers
1. Aicok Slow Juicer | Best Choice
If you want a good masticating juicer, but don’t want to spend a fortune, this might be the right juicer for you.
This machine costs a fraction of other slow juicers but performs as well as some models that cost three times as much. The juice yield is great and the quality of the juice as good as it can get.
Let’s see how the previous generation Aicok Slow Juicer compares to the $300 Omega 8006:
The Aicok is one of the more compact slow juicers out there. You’ll love it if you’re short on counter space. It’s also quite light, and you won’t have any difficulties moving it around.
No matter if you want to juice fruits or veggies, this juicer handles everything almost as well as the more expensive slow juicers. There’s very little pulp in the juice, and it looks and tastes delicious.
Juice yield from leafy greens is excellent; it’s on par with Omega juicers.
Juice yield from hard produce, like beets or carrots, could be better, though. It yields slightly less than the more expensive masticating models.
The juicer is pretty powerful but operates quietly at only 80 RPM. Motor noise is less than 60dB, that’s about the noise level of a normal conversation.
If you’ve ever owned a centrifugal juicer (yes, the ones that sound like an airplane taking off) you’ll appreciate that you can make your fresh juices in the morning, without waking up your neighbors or family members.
The juice made with the Aicok can be stored for up to 3 days in the fridge, without losing too many nutrients. Juices made with centrifugal juicers only last for up to 24 hours. You can learn more about the shelf life and how to store fresh juice here.
Even if you’ve never owned a juicer, you won’t have any difficulties operating this juicer.
There are only two buttons, an on/off switch and a reverse button. Prepare your fruits and veggies, turn the juicer on, and you can start juicing.
The downside to most masticating juicers is, and unfortunately, the Aicok is no exception, that you’ll need to precut your produce since the feed chute is quite small. It takes some time to juice with a horizontal slow juicer. If you want your juice quicker, vertical masticating juicers or centrifugal juicers are a faster option.
After you’ve finished juicing, it’s time for the cleanup.
Most parts can be rinsed off easily in just a few minutes. With a little experience, you’ll be able to clean everything in less than 2 minutes. The strainer is the only part that takes slightly longer to clean.
The juicer comes with a handy scrubbing brush, but the quality of the brush could be better. You might want to purchase a better one to clean the filter more easily. You can put all the parts in your dishwasher as well.
The Aicok comes with a 2-year warranty, that can be extended to 3 years if you register it with the manufacturer. All plastic parts that come in contact with food are BPA-free.
- This juicer might not be as durable as more expensive masticating juicers, but a 3-year warranty covers you.
- Like most other horizontal juicers, the feed chute is quite small. You’ll have to do some precutting.
- Juice yield from hard produce lacks a bit.
Overall Opinion: The Aicok is the best masticating juicer if you don’t want to spend $300 or more. It’s one of the more affordable masticating juicers but provides similar results as more expensive models. Juice quality and yield are excellent. The juicer is more compact than most others, has fewer parts, and is easy to clean. It might not be as durable as high-end masticating juicers, but it comes with a 3-year warranty.
2. Aobosi Slow Juicer | Built-In Foam Separator
The Aobosi slow juicer is another affordable masticating juicer that works quite well. For those of you who want their juice with little to no pulp, this might be a good choice. It won’t cost you an arm and a leg, and juice quality is decent.
What I like about this juicer is the built-in foam separator in the container.
It works well and removes some foam from the juice. I honestly don’t mind a little foam on my juices, but I know a lot of people who do. It’s definitely a nice feature to have.
The energy-efficient 150-watt motor runs quietly at less than 60 dB. It turns the auger at 80 RPM and slows down oxidation. Juices made with the Aobosi slow juicer last for up to three days in the fridge. You can make large batches of fresh juice days in advance. If you store it in airtight containers, you won’t lose too many nutrients. Always make sure you fill the container up to the top, so it doesn’t have any extra air in it.
When it comes to juice yield, the Aobosi performs quite well. It yields a good amount of juice from leafy greens, but it’s not on par with the Aicok Slow Juicer, as the pulp is still slightly wet.
If you’re juicing a lot of organic produce, I would run it through a second time to really get the most out of your veggies.
Juice yield from easier to juice ingredients is excellent though!
Just one big apple yields enough juice to fill a six-ounce glass. There’s little to no pulp in the juice and almost no foam on top.
Once you’re finished juicing, it’s time for the cleanup.
The Aobosi can be disassembled in just a few seconds. It’ll take you less than 5 minutes to clean all parts by hand. There’s a handy cleaning brush included, and the only part that takes slightly longer to clean is the mesh filter. I would always clean the screen by hand, but you could also toss it in your dishwasher. All plastic parts are BPA-free, so you won’t have to worry about nasty chemicals in your juices.
The Aobosi slow juicer comes with a 1-month trial and a 2-year warranty.
- Like most other horizontal masticating juicers, it has a narrow feed chute. You’ll have to cut your produce into small chunks.
- Juice yield from leafy greens could be better.
Overall Opinion: Good juicer at a great price, it’s definitely one of the better budget masticating juicers. The juice is almost free of pulp, and the foam separator removes some foam from your juices. Juice yield is high, but not on par with more expensive juicers like the Omega NC800 or the Aicok Slow Juicer.
3. Lexen Manual Juicer | The Easy-to-Clean Juicer
Now, this juicer is entirely different than any other masticating juicer introduced here. It’s one of the best slow juicers for wheatgrass and is also very efficient at juicing sprouts, spinach, mint, and parsley.
Where it really excels is the lightweight leafy greens, however. You’ll be surprised how much juice you’ll get. It gets out all the juice and the pulp is super dry.
If you are looking for an inexpensive travel juicer, this is it!
This juicer only weighs three pounds, and you won’t need any electricity to operate it. It juices everything from apples and celery to lemons and kale.
You can watch the Lexen manual juicer in action here:
There is some manual labor involved with this juicer, but you won’t need too much strength to operate it. The long handle provides enough leverage and juicing is surprisingly easy.
Now don’t get me wrong.
I don’t claim you’ll be able to juice for hours every day without getting sore arms, but you won’t have any issues getting a few glasses out of this juicer without too much effort.
It’s a good option for those, who want to add more leafy greens to their diet without breaking the bank. If you already own a centrifugal juicer and want an easy to clean juicer for leafy greens as an addition, this a perfect choice.
The Lexen juicer can juice hard produce like carrots, but to be honest, I’d much rather prefer an electric juicer for this kind of job. To juice carrots, you’ll need to precut them into tiny little chunks.
If you don’t slice them finely enough, it’s tough to grind, and it kind of feels like the ends might crack. Pretty annoying.
Now when it comes to cleaning, this juicer is simply the best. It’s probably the world’s easiest to clean juicer!
There are only three small parts that need some cleaning. And the best part about it: no strainer!
Who else hates cleaning strainers after juicing? I sure do!
After you’ve finished juicing, quickly rinse off all parts in the sink, and you’re done. It’ll take you less than 1 minute, and that’s not even an exaggeration. All removable parts are also dishwasher safe if you don’t have 60 seconds to clean it by hand quickly.
How to clean the Lexen juicer:
- The handle is made out of plastic, so it’s not as durable as steel ones.
- It juices hard produce, but please make sure to cut the pieces small and feed them through slowly. It’s a slow juicer, after all.
- If you juice a lot of leafy greens, alternate with fruits, to prevent too much foam from building up.
Overall Opinion: The Lexen Juicer is one of the best masticating juicers for wheatgrass and lightweight leafy greens. It’s incredible how much this small juicer yields! It doesn’t need any electricity to operate, only weighs three pounds, and is super easy to clean. It’s the perfect travel juicer. With this juicer, you won’t have any excuses not to enjoy your healthy green juices every day. You can rinse it off in any hotel sink in no time.
4. Simple Taste Slow Juicer | Budget Pick
The Simple Taste slow juicer is the best masticating juicer if you’re on a super tight budget. It preserves the natural taste and extracts the maximum amount of nutrients. It’s a great juicer if you’re new to juicing and want to start slow.
For me, this white beauty is one of the best looking juicers on the market today. It has a nice clean look and is very compact. It’s lightweight and is easy to store and move around.
How times have changed!
I remember just a few years ago, you wouldn’t be able to get a slow juicer for less than $200. Nowadays there are so many inexpensive models that it’s easy to become confused.
As more people discover the benefits of juicing vegetables, prices drop lower and lower. The Simple Taste slow juicer costs not even one-third of an Omega juicer, but it operates the same way.
It uses an auger that rotates slowly at 80 RPM. It crushes the cell walls of fruits and veggies to extract the juice and nutrients. This way you get a higher juice yield and more nutritious juice, compared to centrifugal juicers.
Centrifugal juicers operate at high speed of up to 22,000 RPM. The high-spinning blades slice the produce instead of grinding it. It causes more oxidation and destroys some of the nutrients.
Centrifugal juicers do have their advantages, but if you really want to get the most out of your veggies, you’ll need a good masticating juicer like the Simple Taste juicer.
This juicer can handle anything you put into it. It doesn’t have any difficulties extracting juice from even the toughest ingredients like kale, wheatgrass, and spinach.
But be careful, just like with every other horizontal slow juicer, you’ll need to give this juicer the time it needs.
Always insert the produce slowly, one after another. If you press too hard and fast, the juicer can start to make weird noises and shaking. It happens especially if you’re juicing a lot of hard produce like carrots or beets.
In the instructions, it tells you to pre-soak carrots, but that’s really not necessary. To get good results, simply slice your hard produce thinner to make it easier on the machine.
You won’t need the instructions to operate your new juicer anyway. It only has a few parts and is easy to assemble and disassemble. It has a one-speed level and a reverse function, that’s it.
After you’ve finished juicing, cleanup is a breeze!
Simply soak all parts in a basket of water for a few minutes, and rinse off all parts under running water. The juicer comes with a cleaning brush that looks like a toothbrush. It works well and helps you clean the strainer more quickly.
Just like other slow juicers, the motor operates quietly. You can talk on the phone standing next to it.
The Simple Taste juicer comes with a 1-year warranty and a 30-day full refund. All plastic parts that come in contact with food are BPA-free.
You can watch the Simple Taste Slow Juicer in action here:
- Please make sure to clean your juicer right after juicing, or it’ll be hard to get the white-colored parts clean.
- The feed chute is small, so you’ll have to precut your fruits and veggies.
- Juice yield is higher than most centrifugal juicers, but not quite as high as other high-end masticating juicers or the Aicok Slow Juicer.
- If you are juicing a lot of hard produce, the juicer can start wobbling, if you don’t precut it.
Overall Opinion: This juicer is one of the cleanest looking masticating juicers on the market. It’s quite compact and easy to move around. Is it the best slow juicer on the market today? No, there are better models out there. However, for beginners on a tight budget, this isn’t a lousy juicer at all. Juice quality is good, but the yield is lower than more expensive slow juicers. There’s no risk involved in giving this juicer a try though, as it comes with a 30-day full refund. If for any reason you’re not completely satisfied, you’ll get your money back.
5. Mooka Slow Juicer | 3-Year Warranty
The Mooka Slow juicer is another good masticating juicer. It runs at a slow 80 RPM and operates quietly. The motor noise is less than 60 dB and on par with the other slow juicers introduced here.
With such a low motor noise, you can make your healthy juices any time without ever having to worry about it. It’s even quiet enough to have a conversation in the kitchen while you’re juicing.
What I like the most about this juicer are the two-speed settings.
One is for soft produce and one for hard produce. For peeled oranges select the soft setting. For hard produce like beets or carrots, choose the hard setting. Both settings work well and squeeze out plenty of juice.
If your juicer ever clogs, don’t worry!
This juicer comes with a reverse function. It’ll remove whatever is caught inside the juicer in no time.
Cleaning is easy and safe.
There are no sharp blades and it’ll take you less than 5 minutes. The juicer comes with a handy cleaning brush that gets the job done. All parts can be cleaned in the dishwasher as well.
What makes this juicer special is the generous warranty and Mooka’s excellent customer support.
A 10-year warranty covers the motor, a 3-year warranty covers all remaining parts. Most other juicers in this price range only come with a 1-year limited warranty.
Their customer service is top notch. If you ever encounter a problem with your juicer, they’ll most likely get it solved.
Cons: Pulp is wetter compared to the Aicok Slow Juicer. You’ll need more produce to get the same amount of juice.
Overall Opinion: The Mooka slow juicer is one of the better budget masticating juicers. It operates quietly and is easy to clean. The juicer doesn’t produce much foam, and the juice is delicious. Juice yield is high, but it’s not quite as efficient as the Aicok Slow Juicer.
6. Eco Pure Slow Speed | Innovative Features
The Eco Pure masticating juicer is a good option if you only plan to use it once in a while. It’s one of the most affordable masticating juicers and does a decent job.
What I really love about this juicer, is the adjustable end cap.
That’s a feature you wouldn’t expect from a budget juicer. It lets you adjust the pulp level, and you can control precisely how much or little pulp you want in your juices.
Another nice feature is the spout plug.
Eco Pure calls it Flow Control Valve. If the juice container is getting full, you just close the plug and stop the juice from flowing out. You can empty the juice container without creating a huge mess in your kitchen.
The juicer also has a built-in anti-jam reverse function. Now, what does that mean?
If you’re pushing too much produce down the chute at once, the motor will automatically stop and reverse for a couple of seconds to unclog the jam. All you have to do is turn it back on and continue juicing.
You’ll also love how easy it is to clean.
The strainer, the most challenging part to clean in any juicer, is relatively small and can be cleaned in just a few seconds.
- The Eco Pure slow juicer is prone to clogging. If you juice a lot of fibrous veggies, make sure to cut it into tiny little chunks. Always alternate hard and soft produce, so nothing gets jammed inside.
- The pulp is not as dry as I would like it to be. You can always run the pulp through a second time to get more juice, but it’ll make juicing even more time-consuming.
- Another downside is that the juicer automatically shuts off after 20 minutes of usage to prevent overheating. You can turn it back on after a few seconds, but it’s still somewhat annoying.
Overall Opinion: The Eco Pure slow juicer is an inexpensive alternative for those, who only want to juice once in a while. It operates quietly and the juice it produces is delicious. It comes with some nice features like the adjustable end cap and spout plug.
Best Mid-Priced Masticating Juicers
1. Omega NC800 | Best Choice
Omega has been around for ages, manufacturing juicers for over 50 years now. The Omega NC800 is their latest generation model and one of the most efficient and best masticating juicers on the market today.
The NC800 is basically the same machine as the Omega NC900, and the only difference is the color of the base unit. The NC800 is usually more affordable than the NC900 and a good choice for those who don’t want to spend more money than necessary.
The latest generation comes with lots of innovations, the one I like the most is the new adjustable end cap.
With this end cap, the juicer keeps the pulp in longer and helps you extract more juice. The end cap has five positions on it and increases the yield 10-25% depending on what you’re juicing.
I have to admit the end cap has a slightly higher learning curve, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll never want to miss it again. The pulp that comes out of this machine is super dry, so you know you’re not wasting any fruits or veggies.
The flavor and texture of the juice are simply amazing! It tastes delicious, has little to no pulp and only minimal foam.
Just like the other Omega horizontal juicers, the NC800 is a pretty versatile machine.
It comes with four attachments that turn this juicer into a decent food processor. No matter if you want to make soft ice cream, nut butter, nut milk, pasta, sorbet, baby food or grind coffee beans; the Omega NC800 can do it.
Like you would expect of a premium juicer, this machine has plenty of power.
The juicer comes with a powerful two horsepower motor. It extracts juice from even the toughest ingredients and really grinds out the last drop. It extracts 25% more juice from leafy greens than older Omega models like the Omega J8004. That’s pretty impressive since the previous models were already very efficient juicers.
You can watch the comparison between the NC800 and the J8004 here:
The two horsepower motor rotates at a slow 80 RPM, giving you the most nutritious juice possible with the least amount of oxidation. The juice made with this slow juicer lasts for up to 3 days in the fridge. You can make large batches days in advance without losing too many nutrients. You can learn more about the shelf life of fresh juice here.
What I really love about this juicer is the wide feed chute.
It has an 80% larger chute compared to older Omega models and most other horizontal masticating juicers. Now, you still can’t shove a whole apple inside at once, but at least you won’t have to cut it into sixteen pieces.
If you’ve ever owned a juicer with a small chute, you know how annoying it is to cut everything into tiny little chunks before you can finally start juicing. Once you’ve owned this kind of juicer, you learn to appreciate a wider chute. It’s a huge timesaver.
With a centrifugal juicer, you can’t wait to turn it off finally. It sounds like an airplane taking off right in your kitchen.
The Omega NC800 isn’t anything like it. The noise is very minimal. You can run it any time of the day and don’t have to worry about bothering anyone.
Once you’ve finished juicing, it’s time for the cleanup.
The juicer is easy to take apart, and each part can be cleaned reasonably quickly. It’ll only take you 5 minutes or less to wash all pieces by hand.
The more you can reduce the preparation and clean-up time, the more often you’re going to juice. If a juicer is inconvenient to use, it won’t get used.
When it comes to warranty, nothing beats Omega. The NC800 comes with the most extended warranty in the juicing industry, a whopping 15 years.
Cons: The adjustable end cap and the different attachments have a slightly higher learning curve. It might take you a while to learn everything you need to know about its features and functions.
Overall Opinion: The Omega NC800 is an excellent all-around juicer. The key to juicing is doing it every day, and the latest generation Omega makes it so much easier. It’s quick to clean, and the wide feed chute cuts preparation time in half. The Omega NC800 gives you a higher yield than most other masticating juicers and the juice is delicious. Omega juicers come with the most extended warranty in the juicing industry. You’ll have an excellent juicer for at least the next 15 years without ever having to worry about it.
2. Omega Cube 300S | The Modern Beauty
The Omega Cube 300S looks like no other juicer on the market. It comes with a stunning modern cubic exterior. For me, it’s the most beautiful juicer money can buy, love at first sight.
The Cube 300S is basically the same machine as the NC800/900. The main difference is the new design. It takes up less countertop space due to its cube form.
All removable parts fit inside the cube, even the tamper and cleaning brush. Now all parts are in one place, and you’ll never have to wonder where you left them.
Take a look at how the Omega Cube is build up:
With all four sides roughly 10 inches long, this juicer will fit even in small corners of your kitchen. Even though it’s a compact juicer, it doesn’t exactly qualify as a lightweight.
The Cube 300S weighs a whopping 20 pounds!
That’s a lot heavier than most other juicers. There’s a good chance, however, that you won’t want to move this beauty anyway. It looks gorgeous! Its heaviness also makes it very stable when in operation.
The feed chute is wider compared to older models. At 1.5 x 1.75 inches, it still isn’t what I would consider a wide feed chute, but at least you won’t need to cut your produce into tiny little pieces.
The Omega comes with a modern, transparent body. You’ll never have to wonder if the juicer is working properly or not. You can see what’s going on inside at all times while juicing.
Operating the Cube is quite simple. It works the same way as traditional juicers and only has one speed and a reverse function.
The 2-horsepower motor powers through anything you throw at it, including tough ingredients like leafy greens and wheatgrass. It runs at a quiet, slow 80 RPM and preserves all the nutrients of your fruits and veggies.
The motor runs very quietly and smooth, just like you would expect of an Omega. The juice yield is high, but it’s not quite as efficient as the latest generation horizontal Omega juicers. So, if you’re a heavy juicer and don’t care that much about design, the NC800 might be the smarter choice.
You’ll love the versatility that comes with this machine. It can do so much more than just juicing!
The Cube is a complete food processor; Omega calls it Nutrition Center. You can make healthy nut butter, nut milk, sorbets, baby food, pasta dough and even grind coffee beans and spices. All parts to turn your Cube into a food processor are included in the box.
Once you’ve finished juicing or creating healthy foods, it’s time for the cleanup.
You could toss all parts in the dishwasher, but I would always recommend to clean it by hand to keep it in good condition. In total this juicer comes with nine removable parts. That’s a few more parts to take track of and clean than other traditional juicers, but it shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes to clean everything by hand. With a little bit of experience, you might get it done in less than 5 minutes.
Just like the other Omega modes, this juicer comes with a 15-year warranty. All plastic parts are 100% BPA-free.
- It comes with nine removable parts. That are more parts to keep track of and clean compared to traditional juicers.
- Juice yield is slightly lower than with the Omega NC800.
- Although the design is compact, the Omega Cube is heavier than traditional horizontal juicers.
Overall Opinion: What a beauty! The Omega Cube looks like no other juicer on the market. Its compact design fits even in small corners. If you need a powerful, aesthetic juicer, the Omega Cube is a great choice.
3. Omega J8006 | The Best Seller
The Omega J8006 is the best selling model from Omega. It has been around for ten years now and is still selling strong. It has endless positive reviews all over the internet and is a great juicer. At roughly the same price as the Omega NC800, however, the Omega J8006 isn’t the best option out there. Prices fluctuate however, and if you can get it at a huge discount to the NC800, it still might be a good choice.
Let’s start with the feed chute.
Compared to the latest generation Omega NC800, the chute is small. It’ll take you longer to make juice with this machine, as you have to cut your produce into smaller pieces. The 80% wider feed chute on the NC800, on the other hand, cuts your preparation time in half.
Another major difference between these two models is the new adjustable end cap.
The end cap on the NC800 lets you fine-tune and keeps the pulp in for longer. Now, I have to admit, the new end cap has a slightly higher learning curve, but you can always choose to use the NC800 without the adjustable end cap in place. This way you’ll get the same yield as with the J8006, but benefit from the wider feed chute.
If you learn how to use the end cap, however, it’ll give you up to 25% more yield from leafy greens. It’s well worth the time and effort you put in.
The NC800 costs only a few dollars more than the J8006, yet gives you up to 1/4 more yield. If you juice a lot of organic produce, this can add up quickly!
Let’s see a comparison between the J8004 and the Omega NC800. The J8004 is exactly the same model as the J8006, and they only differ in color. The J8004 is the white-colored, usually less expensive version of the J8006:
What a difference in yield!
I don’t want to bash the Omega J8006. It was one of the best masticating juicers when it came out in 2008, and it’s still one of the better slow juicers on the market even up to this date. I know many people, who have been using this juicer daily for many years and it’s still going strong.
Ten years have passed since its release, however, and there are better options out there. The price gap between the Omega J8006 and the Omega NC800 isn’t huge, and I would always go for the latest generation Omega NC800.
If you still choose the J8006, it does much more than just juice fruits and veggies. You can turn nuts into healthy nut butter, make baby food, grind coffee beans and spices and even extrude pasta.
Just like the NC800, the J8006 is easy to clean and use. It’ll take you only a few minutes to take it apart and clean all parts by hand. All removable parts are also dishwasher safe. Unfortunately, the Omega J8006 is not free of BPA, which is unacceptable for me in this price range.
- Small feed chute compared to the Omega NC800.
- Extracts less juice than the latest generation Omega juicers.
- The end cap isn’t adjustable.
- Price is almost the same as the latest 6th generation Omega juicers.
- NOT BPA-free.
Overall Opinion: The Omega J8006 came out ten years ago, and is still one of the better masticating juicers on the market. The Omega NC800, selling at roughly the same price, has all the advantages of the J8006, plus a wider feed chute and adjustable end cap. You get more bang for your buck with the NC800.
4. Omega J8007 | 5th Generation Omega
By now you should have realized that the mid-price range is all covered by Omega juicers. Omega is unbeatable when it comes to value for the money. They provide you with the highest yield and best juice quality possible.
The wide variety of Omega juicers can be daunting, but it’s really not as confusing as it first seems to be.
The Omega J8007 is the follow up to the best selling J8004/J8006 model. You might remember that the J8006 is the same machine as the J8004; they only differ in color and price.
The Omega J8007 and J8008 are also the same devices, and the only differences are again color and price. The J8007 is silver, and the more expensive J8008 is chrome-colored. I would always go for the cheaper J8007 version, although I have to admit the chrome-colored J8008 looks gorgeous!
Just like the other horizontal Omega juicers, the J8007 spins at a slow 80 RPM. The juice quality it delivers is excellent. Almost free of foam and very little pulp.
Just like the previous models, the Omega J8007 operates quiet, and you can juice at any time of the day. The juice made with the J8007 is delicious and can be stored for up to 72 hours in the fridge.
Now, you might be wondering what the difference between the Omega J8006/8004, the J8008/8007, and the NC900/800 is?
Difference between Omega J8008/8007 – J8006/8004 – NC900/800
The plastic parts of the J8007/8008 and the NC800 are BPA-free, the J8006/8004 parts are not.
The screen design has also changed.
The mesh filters of the J8008/8007 are all stainless steel and more durable, mesh filter of the J8006/8004 are mostly plastic. Other than that there’s not much difference between the 5th generation J8008/8007 and the 4th generation J8006/8004.
The difference between the NC800 and the J8008/8007 is huge though!
The NC800 has an 80% wider feed chute and an adjustable end cap. You’ll need less time to prepare your produce, and you’ll get a higher yield with the NC800.
To sum up:
- 4th Generation: Omega J8004/8006 (small feed chute, no adjustable end cap, plastic screen, not BPA-free)
- 5th Generation: Omega J8007/8008 (small feed chute, no adjustable end cap, stainless steel screen, BPA-free)
- 6th Generation: Omega NC800/NC900 (80% wider feed chute, adjustable end cap, BPA-free)
- The Omega J8007 yields less juice than the latest generation Omega models and the small feed chute can be annoying.
- The price Omega charges for its older models are way too high compared to the more effective 6th generation models.
Overall Opinion: The J8007 is still a great juicer up to this date, but isn’t worth the price it’s currently selling for. You can get the latest generation Omega NC800 for a few more dollars, which is better in so many ways. If you can get the J8007 used cheaply, or at a huge discount, the J8007 is still worth it though.
5. Champion G5 | Heavy-Duty Juicer
Champion manufactures this heavy-duty juicer for over 60 years now with only minimal changes. It’s made in the US and is built like a tank. I know some people, who have been using it for many decades and it’s still going strong.
Now, this juicer works differently than other masticating juicers. It’s somewhere in between a centrifugal juicer and a slow juicer.
The 540-watt motor spins the blades at 1,700 RPM. It shreds the produce instead of grinding it. Because of the higher speed, it produces a good amount of pulp and foam. I don’t mind a little pulp in my juices, but if you do, this juicer isn’t for you.
The Champion juicer is one of the best masticating juicers out there to make healthy frozen sorbets and ice creams.
The relatively high speed incorporates air and creates perfect, fluffy sorbets. You can control exactly how many calories and sugar find its way into your desserts.
The juicer handles most fruits and veggies well and yields a good amount of juice. It struggles somewhat with leafy green vegetables, though. You could buy an additional attachment for leafy greens, but it’s not worth the money it sells for. Even with the attachment in place, the juice yield from leafy greens isn’t nearly as high as with slower masticating juicers like the Omega NC800.
You can watch this video on how to make green juice with the champion juicer the right way:
Compared to other heavy-duty masticating juicers, the Champion juicer is a lot easier to clean. It shouldn’t take you more than 6-7 minutes to clean everything by hand. I would recommend you also lubricate the stainless steel shaft with oil after every use to keep it in perfect condition.
The Champion juicer comes with a 10-year limited manufacturers warranty. The warranty on the cutter blade and the screens are only 1 year.
- Produces a good amount of foam and pulp.
- Juice yield from leafy greens isn’t as high as with slower masticating juicers like the Omega NC800.
- Feed chute is small at 1.75 inches and requires a bit of prep time.
Overall Opinion: The Champion G5 is a heavy-duty juicer. The juicer is made in the US and can last you for many decades to come. It’s probably the best among all juicers when it comes to homemade, healthy sorbets and ice creams. It yields a good amount of juice from most fruits and veggies but struggles with leafy greens.
6. Kuvings NJE-3580U | Runner-Up
If you’re looking for a good starter juicer, this Kuvings juicer might be worth looking at. It doesn’t cost quite as much like an Omega juicer, but to be honest with you, it isn’t as good either.
At first glance, you might think this juicer is just another Omega. It’s obvious where Kuvings got its inspiration for the design of this model.
Just like an Omega, the Kuvings comes with a juicing nozzle, as well as six other nozzles for food processing.
I especially like the pasta nozzles.
They work great, and you can easily create delicious pasta. The plastic isn’t quite as durable as the Omega nozzles, however, and can break more easily.
The Kuvings is a pretty versatile machine given the relatively low price it sells for. The seven nozzles turn it into an all-around device. Mince fresh herbs, grind coffee beans, and of course, make delicious and healthy ice creams and pasta.
Compared to centrifugal juicers, the pulp this juicer produces is dry. Compared to the latest Omega generation, there is still room for improvement though.
The juice quality is also not on par with more expensive Omega juicers. It can get quite foamy, especially if you juice a lot of leafy greens. With every masticating juicer, you can always reduce foam, if you wrap your leafy greens around harder produce like carrots.
Another downside to this juicer is that it doesn’t come with a strainer. So, if you’re a fan of pulp-free juices, this might not be the right juicer for you. Of course, you can always sieve your juices, but I would rather go for a latest generation Omega juicer instead and not bother with it.
When it comes to the feed chute, it’s comparable to the older Omega models. You’ll have to precut your veggies and fruits into smaller chunks to get it down the chute. It’s not the right juicer for you if you want your juice fast before you go to work in the morning, but then again most masticating juicers aren’t. There’s a reason masticating juicers are also called slow juicers after all.
After all the negatives, let’s get to the positive aspects of this juicer, and there are quite a few of them!
The 170-watt motor is powerful, it can juice anything you throw at it without ever heating up. This juicer also features a self-feeding mechanism. It basically means you won’t need a tamper to operate it. You still have to make sure you feed it slowly and alternate soft and hard produce, so it won’t clog, but it’s a nice feature to have.
To get the full 5-year warranty, please make sure you register your model with the manufacturer.
- The Kuvings is not as durable as an Omega juicer.
- The juice it produces can get foamy and is not free of pulp.
Overall Opinion: The Kuvings NJE-3580U is a pretty versatile machine. It looks like an Omega, comes with similar accessories as an Omega, but isn’t quite as good as the original it tries to imitate. If you’re beginning to juice and looking for a decent starter machine, the Kuvings still might be a good choice if you can get it for a decent price.
Best High-End Masticating Juicers
1. Tribest GSE-5000 Greenstar Elite | Best Choice
So, you are serious with juicing and want to get the maximum amount of juice out of your produce, the most delicious juice possible? Then it’s time for one of the best masticating juicers money can buy, the Greenstar Elite.
This heavy-duty machine is the perfect juicer for leafy greens, the motor powers through even the toughest ingredients. If you’re a fan of fresh wheatgrass juice in the morning, look no further.
Why does this juicer handle even tough ingredients so well?
The Greenstar Elite comes with triturating twin gears, three-stage twin gears to be exact. They mimic the way our teeth crunch. The first stage crushes the produce. The second stage grinds the produce together and pulls out more nutrition out of your fruits and vegetables. And in the last stage, the juice is pressed out.
It extracts the last drop out of everything you put into it. You won’t ever have to run your pulp through a second time; this juicer always does it right the first time.
Stringy vegetables will be cut short without having it precut into tiny little chunks. This juicer just won’t clog, no matter what you put into it! Because of the special three-stage twin gears, this juicer gets one of the highest yields for leafy greens.
If it fits through the feed chute, this juicer will handle it like a champ. The only downside to the twin gears is that you have to use some force and a tamper to push hard produce like carrots into the machine.
The juicer comes with four different screens, and you can decide exactly how much or little pulp you want to have in your juices. You can use the breadstick screen to make delicious breadsticks or the homogenizing blank for basic food processing. Unfortunately, a pasta maker screen is not included with the GSE-5000 and has to be bought additionally.
- It’s a high-end masticating juicer and has a higher learning curve than cheaper masticating juicers. However, once you’ve figured out how to operate this beast, you will be rewarded with the most nutritious and delicious juice possible.
- Quite honestly this juicer can be a pain to clean, especially if you’re in a hurry. I would recommend to make larger batches in advance and store it in the fridge, so you won’t have to clean it every day.
Overall Opinion: The Greenstar Elite is one of the best masticating juicers money can buy. If you’re serious with juicing and care about taste, yield, and quality, there aren’t that many good masticating juicers that can rival the Greenstar Elite. The only competitor that exceeds this juicer is the Super Angel Deluxe, which costs three times as much.
2. Greenstar GS-P502 Pro | The Beast
The Greenstar Pro is the improved version of the Greenstar Elite. It comes with commercial certifications and is made with juice bars in mind, but it’s also available for home use.
This commercial model has the same motor and works exactly in the same way as the Elite model. The major difference between the Pro version and the Elite are the improved twin gears. The twin gears of the Pro model are now 100% stainless steel instead of the half plastic Greenstar Elite gears.
The Greenstar Pro also has a built-in cooling system and comes with a 15-year warranty instead of the 12-year warranty on the Elite model. Finally, the Pro model comes with a built-in tamper holder, which gives you easier access to it.
Is the Pro model worth the extra cost?
Well, it depends. The all stainless steel twin gears alone retail for $200!
However, the twin gears of the Elite model are already very durable, and the Elite model comes with a warranty that lasts longer than some marriages. The improved cooling system of the Pro model is necessary for commercial use, but for home use, it might be an overkill.
The cooling system may be beneficial if you juice for hours straight, but who else than juice bars does that?
I have used the Greenstar Elite many times to make large batches for up to three days in advance, and I never had any issues with overheating.
I would love to have the built-in tamper holder and the stainless steel twin gears in my Greenstar Elite, but for me personally, it’s not worth the extra cost.
Cons: This juicer might be an overkill for home use. The Greenstar Elite already has everything you’ll ever need.
Overall Opinion: The Pro version is an excellent juicer for restaurants and juice bars. However, for home use, I would always go for the more affordable Greenstar Elite. Both juicers produce exactly the same excellent results.
3. Super Angel Deluxe Premium | Best Masticating Juicer
The Super Angel Deluxe Premium is the best masticating juicer money can buy. If you always strive for the best of the best, this is the juicer for you!
The entire juicer is made of stainless steel, surgical grade stainless steel to be exact. You won’t find any plastic on this juicer whatsoever. In fact, it’s the first and only 100% stainless steel juicer there is.
The Super Angel looks and feels gorgeous, just like you would expect of a premium juicer in this price range.
Like the Greenstar, the Super Angel is a three-stage twin gear juicer. It’s twin gears are more effective than any other juicer on the market today.
It yields on average 16% more juice than the Omega NC800 and the Greenstar Elite. Both the Omega and the Greenstar are already some of the most effective juicers, but still, the Super Angel tops them easily!
Most masticating juicers are great at juicing leafy greens but have difficulties juicing softer produce like fruits. The Super Angel handles even the softest fruits like a champ and squeezes out every drop. Even the tiniest pomegranate seeds get juiced effectively.
You’ll never have to worry if your juicer can do it not. There is really nothing this powerful juicer won’t juice:
This juicer rarely clogs, but if it does, it’ll beep like a truck and automatically go into reverse mode.
The 3 horsepower motor runs at a slow 82RPM, so your juice is less prone to oxidation. It retains all its nutrients for longer, and you can make large batches in advance.
Although the Super Angel is the most powerful juicer you can get, it’s also one of the easiest to clean. Let me show you how quick and easy it really is to clean this juicer:
- This juicer costs a multiple of its twin gear competitor, the Greenstar Elite.
- Its all stainless steel body looks gorgeous, but it’s heavy and difficult to move around.
Overall Opinion: This shiny angel is the best masticating juicer there is. It’s perfect in any way. If you’re serious about juicing and can handle the price tag, go for it.
Best Affordable Vertical Masticating Juicers
1. Aicok Slow Vertical Juicer | Best Choice
Vertical juicers take up less space than horizontal juicers and are a great solution for small kitchens. When it comes to speed, they are somewhere in between centrifugal juicers and horizontal masticating juicers.
Unfortunately, there are a few downsides to the smaller size and faster speed compared to traditional masticating juicers.
Most vertical juicers struggle somewhat with leafy greens. So, if you’re only juicing kale and other greens, I would go for a horizontal juicer. If you’re a fan of fruit juices, a vertical juicer might be the right choice for you.
You’ll still be able to juice greens and veggies with a vertical juicer, just make sure you feed it slowly and alternate it with harder produce so that it won’t clog.
Vertical juicers are faster than traditional masticating juicers, but still, give you the same excellent juice quality. They tend to be more expensive than horizontal juicers, but there are some noteworthy exceptions.
When it comes to value for the money, nothing can beat Aicok in my opinion. Their newest model, the Aicok Slow Juicer is a decent vertical juicer that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. It comes with a wide feed chute that can handle whole apples without precutting.
With most lower-priced vertical juicers, you’ll have to precut fibrous vegetables, because the small auger can’t handle them all at once. The Aicok comes with a larger auger and handles even whole celery stalks very well.
Just like some more expensive high-end vertical juicers, the Aicok has two feed chutes. The smaller feed chute is excellent for carrots or celery. The bigger chute has the perfect size for whole apples or oranges. A tamper is included, so you won’t have any difficulties getting the produce down the chute.
The 150-watt motor of this juicer spins at a very slow 60 RPM. When it comes to slow juicers, less is more. Aicok claims the slow speed can help you extract up to 30% more juice and 40% more vitamins than centrifugal juicers.
The juicer comes with a drip-free spout plug.
It lets you pre-mix your juices and keeps your kitchen clean when you remove the juice container after juicing. You can also use the spout plug to let the juicer clean itself. Close the plug, pour some water in and turn the juicer on for a few seconds. Although the self-cleaning feature does a good job, you’ll still have to rinse off all parts under running water afterwards.
Cons: Although the juicer takes less counter space due to its vertical design, it’s quite tall at 19 inches.
Overall Opinion: The Aicok Slow Vertical Juicer costs only a fraction of other vertical juicers, like a Kuvings or Omega. It extracts juice faster than a horizontal juicer and gives you more nutritious juice than a centrifugal juicer ever could. The low price, self-cleaning feature, and wide feed chute makes it an excellent juicer for juicing beginners.
2. Argus Le Slow Masticating Juicer | The Quiet One
Now, this juicer got me really excited. It’s one of the slowest vertical juicers there is!
When talking about juicers, slow speed is a good thing. The slower a juicer is, the less is your juice prone to oxidation and the longer it keeps its nutrients.
The Argus Le Slow Juicer operates at only 40 RPM. That’s slower than any other vertical juicer I know of.
Because of this, it operates at less than 50 decibels. That’s only half as loud as other slow juicers, and these are already pretty quiet!
The juicer is more compact than most other vertical juicers and looks gorgeous on any countertop. A downside to the compact design is that its feed chute is quite narrow. You’ll have to cut your fruits and veggies into smaller chunks to get it down the chute.
- The reverse function doesn’t work quite as well as with other juicers.
- You have to be somewhat careful with hard produce like beets, as well as stringy vegetables. Always precut those to avoid clogging!
- This juicer works best with smaller amounts of juice. If it’s used for too long, it might overheat and shut off.
Overall Opinion: The Argus Le Vertical Juicer is a compact, light and amazingly quiet vertical slow juicer. It’s easy to set up and clean. If you don’t mind the narrow feed chute, this juicer will serve you right.
3. Caynel Slow Masticating Juicer | Great Budget Juicer
The Caynel Slow Masticating Juicer is a good masticating juicer for those who don’t want to spend a fortune on a vertical juicer, but still, want the best results.
It features an energy-efficient 150-watt motor that operates at a slow 75 RPM. It cold presses fruits and veggies with very little oxidation, preserving all its natural taste and nutrients. There is minimal heat involved and the juice looks and tastes great with very little foam on it.
This juicer can extract juice from various vegetables and fruits, but where it really excels is juicing soft fruits and berries. The large auger squeezes every drop out of it, and the pulp is as dry as it can get.
Once you get the hang of it, this juicer is easy to disassemble and clean. It comes with a cleaning brush that makes cleaning even hard to reach areas a breeze. All removable parts are dishwasher safe as well.
Cons: Like most affordable vertical juicers, the Caynel Slow Masticating juicer can sometimes get clogged. Precut your fibrous veggies and feed them slowly to prevent clogging.
Overall Opinion: For the low price this machine sells for, you’ll get excellent value. The juicer comes with a wide feed chute, and juicing is quick and easy. The compact vertical design will fit in most kitchen cabinets and doesn’t take too much room.
4. SKG Wide Chute Vertical Juicer | The Beast
SKG is a major player in the vertical juicer market. They mostly sell premium juicers, but this model is more affordable and deserves a place on our budget juicer list.
The SKG Vertical Juicer comes with a generous 3.15-inch wide chute, that’s one of the bigger chutes you’ll find on a juicer. You can insert most whole fruits with minimal preparation. It also has a smaller feed chute that is perfect for carrots or celery.
This juicer is more effective than most of the cheaper vertical models. The pulp comes out super dry. It even juices leafy greens very well if you feed them slowly.
Unfortunately, the juice this machine produces is not completely free of pulp. So, if you’re a fan of pulp-free juice, you’ll need to use a strainer.
Once you’re done juicing, cleanup is a breeze. Simply rinse off all parts under water, it should take you less than 5 minutes. It also comes with a handy cleaning brush to keep the harder to reach areas clean.
Cons: Sometimes the juicer shuts down to prevent overheating, and you’ll need to wait for a few minutes to turn it back on.
Overall Opinion: The SKG wide chute is a great vertical juicer that handles even leafy greens well. Juicing, taking it apart and cleaning is very easy, and the wide feed chute is a huge timesaver. It’s more compact than most other vertical juicers and fits in the smallest kitchens.
5. Mueller Austria Ultra Juicer | Runner-Up
The Mueller Austria Ultra Juicer is another affordable vertical masticating juicer. It’s one of the bestselling budget models right now and is very well built.
Although there are some positives about this juicer, let’s start with what I don’t like first.
Like many other vertical juicers, this model doesn’t handle tough ingredients like celery or kale very well. If you feed it too fast and don’t precut it, this juicer will clog rather quickly. Whenever that happens, you’ll have to disassemble your juicer and clean it before you can continue juicing. It’s pretty annoying.
Although it’s a slow juicer, it’s still louder than most other masticating juicers. If you want to make your juice in the morning, while your family is still sleeping, there are better options out there.
The juice it produces can get quite pulpy. This is especially true if you don’t cut your produce into small chunks and feed it slowly, one after another.
When it comes to cleaning, this juicer doesn’t make it on the top of my list either. It does take some time to disassemble and clean the mesh filter. The brush that comes with the juicer is too soft and doesn’t clean the filter very well.
Now let’s get to the fun part, what I actually like about this juicer.
The Ultra Juicer looks gorgeous! It’s very well designed and feels solid. It also comes with a 4-year warranty, if you register it with the manufacturer.
If you know how to use this juicer right and have some patience, it works really well. I recommend you watch this tutorial on how to minimize clogging. The juicer in this video is a more expensive Omega juicer, but the tips also work great with the Mueller Austria Ultra Juicer:
The Mueller Austria comes with two feed chutes, including one three inches wide chute. You can shove whole medium-sized apples inside at once without any issues. If you give the juicer the time it needs, it juices just like a more expensive model. It yields on average 20-30% more juice than a centrifugal juicer.
- This juicer is prone to clogging. You’ll need to precut stringy, fibrous veggies like celery or kale and feed it very slowly.
- The spout plug sometimes falls off, when trying to open the spout.
Overall Opinion: The Mueller Austria Ultra Juicer is a decent juicer for the low price it sells for. If you treat it right, it will reward you with delicious juice and a good yield. However, selling at roughly the same price, the Aicok Slow Vertical Juicer might be the smarter choice.
Best High-End Vertical Slow Juicers
1. Breville BJS700SIL Big Squeeze | Best Choice
If you’ve ever owned a centrifugal juicer, you’re probably familiar with Breville. They manufacture some of the best and most effective centrifugal juicers.
The BJS700SIL Big Squeeze is Breville’s latest vertical slow juicer. It’s very powerful with its 240-watt motor, yet it’s one of the quietest vertical juicers on the market right now.
It’s a premium juicer and is larger than most vertical juicers. With its 19 inches height, it probably won’t fit under most kitchen cabinets.
If you want to juice leafy greens and not feel like you’re wasting your produce, this juicer should be on your list. It’s one of the more effective vertical juicers for kale, spinach, and other greens. It yields significantly more juice than a centrifugal juicer ever could.
The taste of the juice is excellent!
You can literally taste every single ingredient you put into it. The juice does have some fiber and pulp in it, but it’s significantly less than most cheaper slow juicers. The fresher your produce, the less pulp this juicer produces.
What I really like about this juicer is the extra wide 81mm feed chute. You can juice whole apples or oranges with very little preparation. The 240-watt motor doesn’t have any difficulties getting every drop out of them. If you’ve ever wondered if you can juice apple seeds, I recommend you read this article: Is It Safe to Juice Apple Seeds?
Another nice feature is the smart cap.
It’s a spout plug that allows you to pre-mix your juices. The juice comes out perfectly blended into the juice container and you won’t need to stir it up.
You can also use the spout plug to clean your machine in between juices quickly. Simply close the plug, pour some water in and turn the juicer on for a few seconds. Open the spout plug, and you’re ready for the next juicing session.
Cons: If you’re juicing stringy vegetables like celery, please make sure to cut it into 1-inch pieces, so it won’t clog.
Overall Opinion: The Breville BJS700 SIL is one of the best vertical masticating juicers. The wide feed chute and the quick cleaning makes it easy to enjoy healthy juices every day. Horizontal juicers are more effective at extracting juice, but for a vertical juicer, it does an excellent job juicing even tough ingredients like leafy greens. It’s well built and comes with a generous 10-year warranty.
2. Tribest Slowstar SW-2000 | The Best Seller
The Tribest Slowstar SW-2000 has been around since 2013. Although it has been on the market for a few years now, it’s still one of the best selling vertical juicers. It’s available in red and black color.
The Slowstar is both a juicer and a food processor. The included attachments transform this machine into an allrounder that can create healthy sorbets, sauces, and even nut butter.
The efficient 200-watt motor spins the auger at a slow 47 RPM. The gears produce 2-3 times greater torque than most vertical juicers and the auger yields a good amount of juice. The juicer performs best with hard produce but also does a decent job juicing leafy greens.
You can control the juice flow during juicing with the juice cap and easily switch containers without creating a mess in your kitchen. The Slowstar comes with a 10-year warranty.
- The narrow feed chute makes daily juicing more difficult. You have to chop up the produce to make it fit the chute and prevent clogging.
- The juice has more pulp than the other vertical juicers introduced here.
Overall Opinion: Even after all those years, the Slowstar is still a decent juicer. If you don’t mind the narrow chute and the somewhat outdated looking design, it will serve you right for many years to come.
3. SKG A10 Cold Press Juicer | Solid Premium Juicer
If you have been researching vertical juicers for a while, you probably heard of SKG. They’re a major player in the premium vertical juicer market.
Once you’ve tried an SKG juicer, you’ll know why these juicers are so popular.
They look great, are durable and very efficient. Their customer service is one of the best in the industry. If you ever encounter a problem with your juicer, your personal assistant is sure to help you out.
SKG’s latest model, the A10 Cold Press Juicer is exceptionally well made. It’s a pretty heavy machine, and every part fits perfectly together.
It comes with two feed chutes. One extra wide chute for whole fruits and the other opening is for longer produce. Regardless of size or shape, the powerful 250-watt motor handles everything you put into it like a champ.
This juicer lets you decide exactly how much or little pulp you want to have in your juices, both a rough strainer and a fine strainer are included in the box. It takes only a few steps to disassemble this beauty, and most users love how easy it is to clean.
- Just like other vertical juicers, you’ll need to precut fibrous vegetables to prevent clogging.
- Unfortunately, there aren’t any instructions or recipe books included with this juicer. If you’re in need for delicious juice recipes, try my juice recipes for more energy, or best-tasting juicing recipes for beginners.
Overall Opinion: The SKG Cold Press Juicer comes with a high price tag, but it’s worth it. It’s a reliable machine and produces excellent juice. The pulp is dry, so you know it’s really getting the last drop out of everything you put in.
4. Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer | Versatile Luxury Juicer
This modern, stylish beauty is Hurom’s latest innovation. It’s quieter and more efficient than older models, and the juice it creates is so delicious! You can really taste every ingredient you put into it; it almost tastes the same as eating the fruits directly.
The large auger rotates at a slow speed of 43 RPM keeping all the goodness of fruits and veggies intact. It minimizes oxidation and retains your juice’s natural taste and colors for longer.
The Hurom H-AA is a pretty versatile machine!
It comes with different accessories and gadgets. You can create delicious ice cream, healthy nut milk, and even press homemade tofu. The included strainers let you control the amount of pulp in your juices.
Now let’s get to what I don’t like about the juicer.
Compared to other vertical juicers the opening is way too small! You’ll have to spend more time to prepare your produce to get it down the chute.
This juicer also struggles with leafy greens. Compared to the latest generation horizontal Omega juicers it extracts less than half the juice, which is unacceptable for a juicer in this price range.
Cleaning is an easy and quick process, though.
You won’t even need to take this juicer apart for quick cleaning in between juices. Simply close the spout plug, fill in some water and let the machine clean itself.
- Compared to other vertical juicers, the feed chute is quite narrow.
- It’s very effective when juicing hard produce, but struggles with leafy greens.
Overall Opinion: I love the design and versatility of the Hurom H-AA. The juice tastes amazing! However, a juicer in this price range should perform better with stringy vegetables and come with a more convenient, wider feed chute. Overall, it’s still a decent juicer, but it won’t give you the most bang for your buck.
5. Kuvings C7000S | Excellent Vertical Juicer
This juicer features a low-speed motor with quiet 60 RPM that allows you to juice while others in your house are still sleeping.
The C7000S comes with a sorbet maker attachment to make healthy frozen desserts with your favorite fruits. The juicer also has a large feed chute, so you can minimize preparation time and enjoy your juices as soon as possible.
This juicer handles everything from soft fruits to hard produce well. The 240-watt brushless motor and large auger yield a good amount of juice and powers through even tough ingredients. It juices wheatgrass very well with very little foam and no pulp.
There are also some downsides to this juicer. It basically has the same issues as most vertical juicers.
The chute where the pulp goes out is quite small and jams easily. Sometimes when the juicer gets clogged, the top won’t come off, which can be really annoying.
To prevent jam, you’ll need to cut fiber-rich vegetables into smaller pieces and feed them gradually. I would always juice fibrous vegetables at the very end to prevent clogging.
Once you’ve finished juicing, cleaning is a piece of cake!
The Kuvings comes with three cleaning tools. The included strainer tool works great and gets the strainer clean in seconds. Since the strainer is the hardest-to-clean part, I really wish every juicer would come with this tool.
Cons: The Kuvings C7000S juices faster than horizontal juicers, but it’s not on par with centrifugal juicers when it comes to speed. If you don’t overload it and alternate hard and soft produce, it works fast and reliably though.
Overall Opinion: The Kuvings C7000S is a good masticating juicer. It’s a versatile machine and easy to use and clean. The juicer operates quiet and comes with a non-drip spout, so you can juice without creating a huge mess.
What Does Masticating Juicer Mean?
Masticating juicer, twin-gear juicer, cold press juicer, centrifugal juicer, slow juicer – it’s easy to get confused with all these different names. But don’t worry, it’s easier than it seems at first.
Basically, there are only two types of juicers – masticating and centrifugal juicers.
Masticating juicers come with slow rotating augers that gently grind the produce and squeeze out every drop. Centrifugal juicers, on the other hand, have fast-spinning blades that slice the produce. Masticating juicers work at roughly 80 RPM (revolutions per minute), while centrifugal juicers spin at up to 22,000 RPM.
Because of the low speed, masticating juicers incorporate less air and heat into the juice. The end result is a more nutritious, more delicious juice that lasts for longer.
Is Masticating Juicer the Same as Cold Press?
A cold press juicer is exactly the same as a masticating juicer. It’s just a different name, and both refer to the same thing. Cold press juicers or masticating juicers are also called slow juicers, because they process fruits and veggies slowly, compared to faster centrifugal juicers.
How Do Masticating Juicers Work?
Most masticating juicers come with a feed chute at the top and single gear, also known as a single auger. When you put the fruits and veggies into the chute, the auger crushes the produce into smaller pieces and squeezes out its juice. The juice is strained through a mesh filter and the pulp is expelled through the pulp chute.
Because the entire procedure is done very slowly, masticating juicers won’t heat ingredients as much, and you will benefit from all the nutrition of freshly squeezed juice.
Do Masticating Juicers Remove Fiber?
Yes, it doesn’t matter if you use a centrifugal or masticating juicer, they both remove fiber.
Juicing extracts the juice from fruits and vegetables and the juice contains most of the enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
Juicing allows you to receive the benefits of more greens than you could possibly chew in one day. You can get up to 5 cups of greens in just one cup of green juice!
Because the fiber is removed from the fruits and veggies, your body can absorb all the vitamins, minerals more quickly and when you drink your glass of liquid goodness you will feel it almost instantly.
Why Are Masticating Juicers Better Than Centrifugal Juicers?
Masticating juicers spin at a slow speed, it reduces the air incorporated in the juice and prevents your juice from heating up.
This way your juice is alive and bursting with nutrients and is less prone to oxidation. You can store your juice for up to three days in the fridge. Juice made with a centrifugal juicer only lasts for up to 24 hours, even if you keep it refrigerated.
The juice made with a masticating juicer is not only more nutritious but also looks and even tastes better. Cold-pressed juice contains its texture and color for many days, while centrifugal juice breaks down quickly.
When it comes to leafy greens, nothing can beat a masticating juicer!
My first juicer was a centrifugal juicer, it was just awful at making green juice. I always felt like I was wasting most of the produce. Leafy greens are very lightweight, the fast-spinning blades on centrifugal juicers are just not designed for this kind of job. They barely tear the leaves and extract almost no juice before they shoot them in the pulp container.
What a waste!
Masticating juicers, on the other hand, slowly grind and crush the produce and extract on average 20% more juice out of leafy greens than centrifugal juicers. Some of the better masticating juicers, especially twin gear juicers, extract even way more than that.
Compared to a centrifugal juicer, you will hardly hear a masticating juicer working. The noise level is very low, and most slow juicers operate at less than 60dB, that’s about the sound level of a normal conversation.
Centrifugal juicers operate at more than 100dB, and it sounds like a jet is taking off right in your kitchen. So, if you want to make your juices late at night or early in the morning, I would always choose a masticating juicer. Your neighbors and family members will thank you for it.
Masticating juicers are also more versatile and useful for many purposes. With a centrifugal juicer, you can just extract juice. Most masticating juicers, especially the more expensive ones, come with different nozzles to make pasta, nut butter, ice cream or even grind coffee beans, spices or herbs.
Just a few years ago you wouldn’t be able to get a good masticating juicer for less than $200, and most juicing beginners went for a centrifugal juicer, just because they were widely available and more affordable.
Nowadays, the market is flooded with cheap, good masticating juicers. There are so many models that it’s hard to have a clear overview. Some masticating juicers cost the same as the cheapest centrifugal juicers, and you can get a decent one for just a little over $100.
If masticating juicers are affordable, quieter, and extract more nutritious, longer-lasting juice, why would anyone choose a centrifugal juicer?
Centrifugal juicers are fast! You put in your fruits and veggies, and the juice comes out immediately. Masticating juicers, especially horizontal juicers, take a while to squeeze out all the juice. I own both centrifugal juicers and masticating juicers, and I don’t want to miss either one of them.
I use a centrifugal juicer whenever I’m in the mood for a quick juice with very little greens in it. I turn to my masticating juicers when I juice leafy greens or make large batches of healthy juice for days in advance.
In the end, it doesn’t even matter all that much, which kind of juicer you’ll choose. As long as you use it, it’ll be well worth the investment.
How Long Does a Masticating Juicer Take?
Well, that’s a tough question to answer, as it obviously depends on how much produce you’re juicing.
For a single-serving juice recipe, it takes me about 15-20 minutes to juice everything with a masticating juicer. That includes preparation time, getting the produce down the chute, and even clean up.
If I make juice for many days in advance, I juice for up to one hour. It takes some time to prepare everything. You also have to feed masticating juicers slowly to prevent clogging.
If you want to cut your preparation time in half, I would always go for a wide feed chute, so you don’t have to cut everything into tiny little pieces. It really is a huge timesaver!
Most centrifugal juicers, as well as most vertical juicers, come with a large feed chute. When it comes to horizontal juicers, their chutes tend to be more narrow. However, the Omega NC800 has an 80% wider chute than most other horizontal juicers.
Which Masticating Juicer Is the Easiest to Clean?
Definitely the Lexen Manual Juicer. However, this isn’t a juicer I would recommend as your primary juicer. It’s a good masticating juicer for lightweight leafy greens but struggles with harder produce. You’ll need an electric juicer for this kind of job.
When it comes to electric masticating juicers, Omega juicers are pretty easy to clean. Also, most vertical juicers come with a spout plug, that lets you clean your juicer, which means less work for you.
How to Clean a Masticating Juicer?
Cleaning a masticating juicer is not rocket science.
- You first have to unplug your juicer, then disassemble it completely.
- Dump the pulp into the bin container or create something delicious out of it.
- Rinse each piece under running water.
- Clean the strainer and more hard to reach areas with a brush.
- Set all parts on a drying rack.
- Reassemble your masticating juicer.
You’re ready for your next juicing session.
What’s the Difference Between Horizontal and Vertical Masticating Juicers?
Vertical juicers stand upright and have a smaller footprint compared to horizontal juicers. They’re ideal for smaller kitchens and a good alternative to centrifugal juicers, as they juice at a faster speed than horizontal juicers.
Most vertical juicers come with a convenient, wide feed chute, and it’ll take you less time to prepare your fruits and veggies. With a vertical juicer, the produce goes directly into the auger, which rotates in a vertical manner. You can insert more produce faster and won’t have to use a tamper quite as often as with a horizontal juicer.
Vertical juicers often come with a spout plug, that prevents dripping and lets you premix your juices. The spout plug also makes cleaning so much easier!
Just close the juice cap, pour some water into the feed chute and turn your juicer on for a few seconds. The water rotates inside the juicer and once you open the spout plug and allow the water to drain out, your vertical juicer is almost ready for your next juicing session. Quickly rinse off all parts under running water to wash out any remaining pulp and you’re done.
If vertical juicers have so many advantages, why would anybody choose a horizontal juicer?
Easy! There are also some advantages to horizontal juicers.
Most horizontal juicers perform better with leafy greens, so if you’re juicing a lot of greens, a vertical juicer might not be the best choice. Especially the mid-priced horizontal juicers often come with different attachments to turn your juicer into a food processor for making pasta or sorbets.
Horizontal juicers also tend to be somewhat cheaper in price, even though during the last few years, many affordable vertical juicers entered the market.
So, which one is better?
It all depends on your personal preferences. Both vertical and masticating juicers process fruits and veggies slowly, incorporate very little heat and air and extract nutritious juice. Whether you decide on a vertical or horizontal juicer, they both give you more delicious, healthier juice than a centrifugal juicer ever could.
Which Omega Juicer Is the Best?
The Omega NC800, there’s no question about it. It yields up to 25% more juice out of leafy greens than previous Omega models. That’s huge!
The 80% wider feed chute also makes juicing so much easier. It literally cuts preparation time in half. The Omega NC800 is so much easier to use, yields more juice and costs almost the same as older Omega models. I would always choose this model if I would go for an Omega at all.
Which Is the Best Masticating Juicer on the Market?
If money isn’t a concern for you and you want the absolute best that money can buy, the Super Angel Premium Deluxe is your juicer. It’s top of the line when it comes to built quality and efficiency. It extracts more juice than any other juicer on the market and is completely made of surgical stainless steel.
This shiny beauty is the only juicer that has no plastic on it whatsoever. It comes with three-stage twin gears and the incredibly powerful 3 horsepower motor powers through everything you throw at it.
Now, if you don’t want to spend a fortune on a juicer, the Omega NC800 and Greenstar Elite are both efficient juicers that cost only a fraction of the Super Angel Premium Deluxe.
These were some of the best masticating juicers in 2019. Hopefully, this post has given you a good place to start your own research. No matter which juicer you’ll decide on in the end, as long as you use it, it’ll be well worth the investment.