Centrifugal juicers might work instantaneously, but cold-pressed juice has triple the shelf life. Here are the slow masticating juicers worth your money.
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Raw. Organic. Superfood. Buzzwords that would have been roasted in an early 2000s episode of Sex and the City have turned into the pillars of modern wellness. The green juice trend is one that has really taken off, and drinks made with nothing but fruits and veggies can be a really good thing — when done right.
For people who don’t buy produce regularly (or who simply don’t want a side salad for every damn meal), juicing is a way to keep up with vitamin intake in a few swigs. Consistent supplement takers might switch their loyalty to raw juice after finding out that their vitamin C capsules probably aren’t doing much. Though juiced fruits and veggies are *not* a meal replacement and can’t take the place of eating a regular old carrot, they’re still a healthy, refreshing drink with less sugar than a smoothie or orange juice from the carton.
A bottle of green juice also makes a great prop for an Instagram photo with serious Bushwick hipster energy, just saying.
But bar-bought or store-bought juice isn’t the best you can do. Grabbing a spinach-apple-whatever from Pressed Juicery might save time in the morning, but green juice ain’t so green when it comes in a single-use plastic cup with a plastic lid and straw, which is the norm over the few places that use glass. The habit doesn’t make for responsible spending, either: A from Juice Press is around $10, which can add up to $50 per week depending on how often you go.
If you’re going to drink juiced fruits and veggies, we ask one thing: Skip the daily juice bar grind and buy yourself a cold-press juicer. Even an expensive $400 model would pay for itself in a few months of skipping the bar.
Is cold-pressed juice better for you than juice from a centrifugal juicer?
Both types of machines allow you to control the ingredients in your juice, which is a step in the right direction. But the meticulous juicing process performed by a cold-press juicer is probably the better choice for anyone on a hardcore quest to keep up with daily nutrient values. Cold-press juicers (also referred to as slow juicers or masticating juicers) use an auger that chews up and wrings out produce, releasing juice from one spout and pushing pulp out another. This slow and steady extraction process typically derives cleaner, better-tasting juice. (This is why the cold-pressed section of the menu is always more expensive.)
Spinning centrifugal juicers can fill a glass in seconds rather than five minutes, but that spinning creates heat that potentially destroys water-soluble vitamins along the way. You know, kind of defeating the whole purpose of juicing in the first place. A few food scientists argue that there’s not enough evidence to assert that centrifugal-made juice has less nutrients, and no one is saying that centrifugal-made juice isn’t healthy at all. Of course, juice of any kind is loaded with sugar and the best way to ingest your vitamins is alongside some insoluble fiber. (Thus this Vox article that asserts cold-pressed juices are a waste of money.)
But if juicing is your thing, a cold-pressed juicer is where it’s at.
How long does cold-pressed juice last?
One difference that’s hard to ignore is how fast a centrifugal juicer’s juice loses its natural color. The heat produced by the spinning breaks down enzymes and speeds up oxidation, lightening the color and giving it a not-so-fresh taste. Many people who use a centrifugal juicer are planning on drinking that juice within the hour, as separation of the ingredients due to oxidation can happen in as little as 20 minutes.
Cold-pressed juice doesn’t oxidize nearly as quickly and has a shelf life of up to three days, which makes much more sense for a serious juice drinker who would like to do some meal prepping.
The money and plastic that you’d be saving are pretty obvious, but if you’re on top of your juicing game enough to make it ahead of time, you’ll also be saving yourself a few mornings of not having to wait in line at Whole Foods. However, cold-press juicers typically have smaller chutes that will require some extra prep time for chopping.
Here are the best cold-pressed juicers on the market right now:
Can also make butter, pasta, and frozen desserts • Automatic pulp ejection • 15-year warranty • All parts are dishwasher-safe
Small chute can only take diced/chopped produce • Takes up more room than a vertical juicer
Omega’s most capable juicer makes up for the awkward size with a high yield and versatile attachments.
1. Omega Slow Juice Extractor (J8006)Choosing between a juicer and a blender? This Omega can make anything from wheatgrass juice to butter or ice cream.
The Omega Slow Juice Extractor is not only one of the best masticating juicers you can get, but is also a complete nutrition center. Included attachments can whip soy butter, extrude pasta, mince garlic, grind coffee, or make thick frozen desserts like ice cream. If you prefer juicing over making smoothies, you may consider this powerhouse over a high-end blender.
That versatility also applies to the ingredients that it can juice. CNET’s reviewer found that it extracted more juice from oranges (a yield rate of just under 77%) than all other machines tested at the office, and kale was decent, too. High-speed juicers (and even a few cheap slow juicers) will get caught up on high-fiber foods. Wheat grass is one of the most challenging, but the Omega J8006 manages to do so and proves it via super dry pulp.
Self-cleaning feature • Durable, antibacterial stainless steel body • Slowest RPM in the list • Can make ice cream • Motor is extremely quiet
Parts aren’t dishwasher safe • Extremely pricey
The most expensive juicer on the list also features the slowest RPM, quietest motor, and coolest tech features.
2. Hurom HZWe stan a juicer with brawn and brains. The Hurom HZ is the slowest on the list, can clean itself, and comes in rose gold.
The prettiest juicer in the bunch also features the slowest speed. At just 43 RPM, this juice-optimizing technology mimics the motion of squeezing produce by hand. Depending on your preferences, the control lever and the fine or coarse strainer can be used to achieve your desired level of pulp and dryness. When the rare-yet-inevitable jam happens, use the reverse button to switch from extract to reverse mode. LED indicators will show which direction the machine is moving in.
It’s probably no surprise that this pretty juicer is also the most expensive in the list, but at least it can make ice cream, too.
The high-tech aspect extends to post-juicing with a, wait for it, self-cleaning feature. One of the main reasons that people want to replace their juicer is that it’s too hard to clean. Many juicers don’t have dishwasher-safe parts, and the ones that do are hard to disassemble. The Hurom HZ cleans itself with an interior spinning brush that scrapes the sides of the chamber and unclogs the strainer. The body is still relatively simple to take apart if you do prefer hand-washing.
Dual chutes for whole and chopped fruits and veggies • Reverse button is great at unclogging • High juice yield with long shelf life
Parts aren’t dishwasher-safe • Hard to open after juicing • Louder motor than competitors
Minimize prep time with Breville’s dual chute juicer, which can take leafy greens and whole fruits at the same time.
3. Breville Big SqueezeThe locking issues can definitely be overlooked when Breville’s cold press provides such a high yield of gloriously clean juice.
Compared to the measly 1.5-inch chute of the Omega Juice Extractor, the Big Squeeze’s dual chutes can chop a lot of time off of your prep. The 3-inch one can swallow whole tomatoes and pears. The 80 RPM process manages to squeeze every last bit of juice out of greens and tough-fibered veggies like carrots, and it’s especially good for celery juice. You’ll still have to cut those stalks to avoid pieces getting stuck, but the handy reverse button efficiently clears the pipes almost every time.
This beloved juicer sees one glaring negative comment: It can be tough to open after juicing. The locking issue seems to be a pretty commonly-experienced thing, but most Amazon reviewers are able to look past it due to how thorough the actual juicing process is. What’s a little extra elbow grease when your juice has 72 hours of shelf life?
Duoblade auger does more work in less revolutions • Juice cap to pre-rinse before cleaning • Mincing attachment can make salsa, butter, and more
Steep learning curve • Model hasn’t been updated in a few years
Make perfect cold-pressed juice when you want it, switch to the mincing attachment, or easily store it in the corner.
4. Tribest SlowstarMake perfect cold-pressed juice when you want it, switch to the mincing attachment, or easily store it in the corner.
Because the body of a vertical juicer is literally turned sideways, that auger is typically three or four times larger. The Tribest’s Duoblade auger can process more ingredients in less revolutions, increasing juice yield while decreasing time and production of foam. According to the listing, it produces two to four times the crushing force of other masticating juicers. This exceptionally high torque, in tandem with the three-stage gear reduction, also helps to prevent jamming.
The included mincing attachment expands your options tenfold, turning your compact juicer into a sorbet, nut butter, paté, and sauce maker.
Unlike constantly-evolving models from Breville and Hurom, the Slowstar has been on the market for quite a number of years without change. You’re not wrong for feeling iffy about the lack of upgrades, but there’s a reason that food bloggers and publishers are still calling out the Tribest Slowstar in “best juicers of 2020” lists.
Quieter than most • Squeezes leafy greens relatively well • Very easy to clean
Might have issues with overripe tropical fruits • Auger gets backed up
It’s not a mincer or an ice cream maker, but this inexpensive juicer handles greens and hard fruits well.
5. Aicok Slow JuicerJuicing newbies will like this budget juicer’s straightforwardness and pros might just be impressed with how well it handles greens.
Aicok is a budget-friendly Amazon favorite that teaches the basics without a steep learning curve. Though it’s half the price of a Hurom or Breville, some Amazon reviews say it’s better than their previous, more expensive juicer. The Aicok takes on the same clunky horizontal design that the Omega does and runs at the same 80 RPM, but might actually be quieter thanks to the 150 watt motor versus Omega’s 200 watt one. Just on’t expect it to make ice cream or nut butter.
Skepticism about a cheap juicer’s ability to handle leafy greens like kale and red cabbage or firm vegetables like carrots or beets is inevitable. However, this Aicok’s seven segment spiral seems to do a decent job of thoroughly squeezing produce that needs more attention instead of shoving it through with big chunks still left. It handles apples surprisingly well and doesn’t really require celery to be chopped beforehand. In less than five minutes, it can produce a full 16-ounce glass without heavy foam.
The Jamba Juice name speaks for itself • Stainless steel reamer • Extremely straightforward • Doesn’t require electricity or much physical force
Expensive for a manual juicer • Limited to citrus fruits
Ditch the high sugar content of store-bought citrus juices and squeeze anything from oranges to limes and more at home.
6. Jamba Juice Citrus PressJamba Juice ain’t new to juicing, and now you can achieve that authentic, freshly-squeezed feeling at home.
Strongest press force:
Though manual juicers technically require more oomph on your part, Jamba Juice made sure that this ergonomic handle and heavy-duty metal construction would do the heavy lifting for you. The rack and pinion design unleashes 550 pounds of press force, extracting every drop possible from even the most stubborn fruits like pomegranates. The stainless steel reamer separates seeds and pulp while the juice pours out of the spout and directly into your container. (Many smaller, triangle-shaped citrus juicers gather juice in the bottom and require disassembling to pour.)
The lack of a motor also eliminates the need for electricity, so making hand-squeezed margaritas at your outdoor bar won’t require a plug.
Hand-squeezing juice is obviously an older method of juicing that was used before motorized juicers came along, but these simplistic juicers are far from fragile. One Amazon reviewer, who wrote his review in 2019, mentioned that his Jamba juicer is still holding up after five years of daily use.
Parts are easy to clean and take apart • You get to control the speed • Technically for leafy greens but shred carrots and fruit • Less than half the price of other slow juicers
Even slower than motorized slow juicers • Juicing multiple batches is physically tiring
This hand-crank juicer is one of the best ways to turn leafy greens like kale, spinach, and wheatgrass into nutritious juice.
Squeezing leafy greens takes a special amount of care. If you want it done right, the Lexen GP27 lets you manually grind your wheatgrass or kale while controlling the speed.
There’s no reason to pay hundreds for a whole masticating juicer if you’re set on a specific category of green juice. The manual crank and spiral auger create the pressure necessary to really wring out stubborn greens and grasses that are typically too fibrous for cheaper juicers. The dry pulp that comes out the other end is the real tell-all here, proving how much juice has truly been squeezed out of your veggies.
As the folks at The Healthy Juicer say, this thing was designed to be “simple, mobile, versatile, and easy to clean.” Simple is right. To use, just put a juice cup under the spout, place your greens into the chute, and start churning.
Cleaning this thing is much less of a hassle than more intricate machines, too. Just unscrew the handle from the chamber, rinse the parts in the sink, and clean-up is finished in 30 seconds. Wheatgrass and other similar greens don’t need a screen, so you won’t have to scrub one of those — but no screen also means that most other fruits and veggies that produce big chunks are off the table.