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Whether you appreciate a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice with breakfast, are considering making more smoothies, or want to create on-the-go beverages for your family, an at-home juicer is a required kitchen appliance.
The difference between a cold press juicer and a traditional centrifugal juicer is that the latter uses high-speed spinning blades, which some studies suggest can create heat that destroys heat-sensitive nutrients found in fresh produce in certain fruits.
“Drinking cold-pressed juices gives more nutrients and enzymes than eating them," says Stacy Davis, RD LDN, at Flavorful Lifestyle. "It also provides more nutrients and vitamins since it isn’t heated or pasteurized—and it tastes delicious.”
Slow-speed juicers, also called cold press or masticating juicers, slowly crush and squeeze produce. Because of the lack of heat and speed, they’re quieter than centrifugal models.
Here, we’ve done the homework for you and compiled a list of the best cold press juicers, including options for those who want to prioritize storage space, price, or noise level.
Best Overall: Omega J8006HDS Ultimate Juicer and Nutrition System
Easy to clean
Juices leafy greens well
Not the quietest
Small feed chute requires more food prep
The Omega Nutrition Center is a solidly built workhorse that handles greens and soft and hard produce with ease. It includes several attachments that allow it to be used for other functions like grinding coffee beans, making nut butter, extruding pasta dough into noodles, making baby food, and churning out frozen desserts.
Thanks to its ultra-low speed of 80 RPMs, the Omega produces some of the freshest juice our reviewer had ever tasted. It features a dual-extraction process that works by crushing produce and then squeezing the remaining pulp to maximize juice extraction. Our product tester knew it was squeezing every bit of juice it could because of how dry the pulp was.
We did find a few downsides during our testing, though. The Omega takes up more space than vertical juicers and has more parts to store. You might want to consider a drawer organizer to keep parts contained. The feed chute is on the narrow side, so you’ll have to cut your fruit and vegetables into smaller pieces to fit. The pulp and juice collection containers are on the smaller side, so if you’re juicing for a crowd, be prepared to pause and empty these containers as you juice. While not the most expensive juicer on this list, the Omega is on the pricey end, but it’s backed by a 15-year warranty.
There is a similar model, the NC1000HDS Premium Juicer and Nutrition System (which we have not tested), that's lighter, comes with six nozzles instead of five, and features a convenient handle that makes moving it around easier. However, its power and functionality are largely the same so we would hesitate to spend more money on those extras. Although the Premium model has a higher list price on the manufacturer site than the Ultimate we tested, you can find it for around the same price as the Ultimate on other retailers.
Dimensions: 14.5 x 6.5 x 15.5 inches | Capacity: 3.5 cups | Wattage: 200
"The dual extraction process resulted in a high volume of juice and very dry pulp—no matter what I threw at it." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
Best Budget: AICOK Slow Masticating Juicer
Reverse mode prevents clogging
Some users say they have issues with clogging
If you’ve got a budget to stick to or you’re new to juicing and not quite ready to invest in a high-end juicer, you’ll want to check out the AICOK Juicer. Consumers who own it claim its juicing function is super quiet and just as good compared to the more costly masticating competition. Operating at a slow speed of 80 RPMs, the AICOK produces juice with little foam and a dry pulp so you can be sure it’s squeezing out as much juice as possible.
The juicer is operated with an on/off switch, which also features a reverse mode to help prevent clogging and keep food moving efficiently through the juicer. Parts are minimal, made from BPA-free Tritan material, and easy to put together and take apart. They’re also a cinch to clean since they’re dishwasher safe, but if you’re not about to run the dishwasher, we’d recommend handwashing to prevent food from drying on.
Dimensions: 16.1 x 7.9 x 11.6 inches | Capacity: 20 ounces | Wattage: 150
If you plan on juicing leafy greens, like spinach, swiss chard, and kale, you’ll want to master the right technique for maximum green juice extraction. Because leafy greens are lightweight, they tend to be one of the hardest foods to pack into the feed chute of a juicer. The trick is to stack your greens, then bundle tightly by rolling them up much like you would a stack of fresh basil leaves before chopping. These neat bundles of greens will fit better into the juicer’s feed and be easier to press through.
Best for Quiet Juicing: Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer
Includes frozen dessert cone
Lots of places to clean
Similar to the now-discontinued Hurom Elite Slow Juicer (which we previously featured on this roundup), the Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer is a high-end machine worthy of its price tag. Despite the fact that it's recognized as a slow speed juicer, it's powerful and speedy. The “slow” designation is all about the fact that the auger turns slowly. One of our favorite traits about this juicer is that it's quiet during operation, despite how quickly it works.
When our reviewer tested the device, she noted that the pulp from her fruits and vegetables was barely damp, so she knew she was getting as much juice as possible. The juice container has measurement markings in ounces, up to 35, and in milliliters up to 1,000. This machine also comes with several accessories, including a juicing chamber, coarse and fine juice strainers, an ice cream strainer, a spinning brush assembly with silicone “brushes” that swipe the container to make sure everything is getting processed, an auger, and a hopper with a pusher and a lid.
Hurom's Alpha series includes a very similar, slightly more expensive stainless steel model that features the same "practically silent" motor as the H-AA that we tested. The Hurom HZ also comes with a tofu press and citrus squeezer if you're looking to make even more with your juicer.
Dimensions: 7.1 x 8.8 x 16 inches | Capacity: 16.9 ounces | Wattage: 150
"Two different juice strainers gave me the ability to decide how much pulp I wanted in the finished juice." — Donna Currie, Product Tester
Best Basic: Omega H3000D Cold Press 365 Juicer
Extra juice strainer included
No foam strainer
No option for more/less pulp
Small collection cups
The Omega Cold Press 365 Juicer breaks the mold for masticating juicers. It packs a good amount of power into a smaller, lighter, more nimble machine with an affordable price tag to match. The juicer has enough power to juice everything from carrots to apples to leafy greens and it's user-friendly. Our tester was impressed with its power, calling it "small, but mighty."
This juicer doesn't come with many additional features, which keeps things simple and efficient, given the price. You won't want to shove large quantities of food down its maw and small feed tube, but it can handle most whole carrots and celery stalks. For casual juicers and those with space constraints, this model is a winner.
Dimensions: 16.6 x 12.5 x 12 inches | Capacity: 28 ounces | Wattage: 150
"Everything about this juicer is petite, both inside and out. But it’s still well-built and very sturdy." — Donna Currie, Product Tester
Best for Juicing Greens: Omega VSJ843QS Vertical Square Low-Speed Juicer
Vertical, compact design
Built-in cleaning system
Can't make nut milks
Pricier than some options
You'll love this Omega model for getting high yields of smooth, pulp-free juice out of leafy greens and their stems, like kale and wheatgrass. If you’re jumping on the celery juice trend, this juicer also handles those leafy green stalks with ease. It operates at just 43 RPMs, which is a slower speed than its horizontal cousin.
The vertical design takes up less space than Omega’s horizontal slow juicer. Like other vertical juicers, it’s capable of pre-mixing juice before dispensing, which is helpful for making tasty green juices. This juicer also has a built-in cleaning system that helps keep the filter screen clear to reduce potential clogs and the amount of scrubbing you’ll need to do after juicing. It can be on the pricer end, but it’s backed by the same 15-year warranty.
If you want a larger feed chute, more power, and greater versatility in the vertical design, Omega's MegaMouth Vertical Low-Speed Juicer features increased speed (60 RPMs compared with 43 ) and power (240 watts compared to 150) and comes with a blank cone so you can make all-natural nut milks, nut butters, frozen fruit sorbets, baby food, salsas, and more.
Dimensions: 7 x 8.5 x 15.5 inches | Wattage: 150
If your green juice tastes a little too, well, “green,” try adding a bit of tart fruit, like green apple or a wedge of fresh lemon or lime to the juicer. Acidic citrus juice tends to brighten up the flavor and make the juice more refreshing.
Best for Citrus Juice: Cuisinart Pulp Control Citrus Juicer
Not as versatile as it juices only citrus
Need to clean out after each piece of fruit
This Cuisinart juicer is top in class for juicing lots of citrus fruit fast. If you’ve attempted squeezing your own orange or grapefruit juice at home before, you know it takes quite a number of citrus fruits to get a glass of fresh juice. Juicing all that fruit with a handheld wooden reamer or press can be time-consuming, messy, and wear on your hands.
This Cuisinart juicer (model number CCJ-500) is specially designed with a universal BPA-free plastic reamer that can fit smaller lemons and limes and larger navel oranges and grapefruits with ease. The reamer features a built-in pulp management system. Simply choose between low, medium, and high settings to control how much pulp passes through with the juice. The reamer automatically reverses direction to maximize juice extraction. And, to ensure you’re not wasting any juice, there’s also a “Final Spin” feature—simply remove the fruit rind, place a plastic cover over the reamer, and press down to get every last drop of juice out of the collected pulp.
Other perks include a flip-up spout to avoid countertop drips, dishwasher-safe parts, and a stainless steel design that looks great on countertops.
Dimensions: 6.75 x 7.88 x 12.25 inches | Capacity: 36 ounces | Wattage: 300
Best Splurge: Kuvings EVO820 Whole Slow Juicer
Easy to clean
Extra wide chute
The extra accessories take up more storage space
Kuvings is known for its line of high-end juicers and blenders. This model is the most expensive on our list, but if you value luxe and innovative features, you’ll appreciate the finer details of this juicer. With a leather-like finish available in black, gunmetal, rose gold, or champagne, it’s designed to be displayed on countertops. It quietly operates at 50 RPMs. One of the most notable features is the extra-wide two-way feed chute. The increased chute size allows you to juice whole fruits and vegetables with less pre-cutting.
Like other vertical juicers, the Kuvings has a pour spout that allows juices and other creations to be premixed before dispensing from the bowl. It comes with strainer attachments to make juice, smoothies, and frozen sorbets. The strainers can also be used to make nut milk and baby food. There’s also a citrus attachment sold separately that transforms the juicer into a motorized citrus reamer.
Luckily, it's pretty easy to clean thanks to included cleaning tools, a self-cleaning feature, and a pulp outlet that’s been redesigned to be wider and more open so fine particles don’t get trapped. Kuvings backs its appliances with a 10-year warranty so you can be sure your investment is protected for years to come.
Dimensions: 8 x 9.5 x 19 inches | Capacity: 13.5 ounces | Wattage: 240
Best Personal-Size: Hurom HP Slow Juicer
Easy to clean
Different color options
Relatively expensive for the size
Technically any juicer on this list can be used in households of all sizes, but we couldn’t help but be charmed by this individual-sized model from Hurom. It works like a miniature version of our top pick, the Hurom Elite Slow Juicer. It operates at the same 43 RPMs, and the motor is backed by the same 10-year warranty. Customers are impressed by the low-pulp, high juice yield and say it juices both hard and soft produce, along with leafy greens, equally well.
This vertical-style juicer can hold a maximum capacity of just under 12 fluid ounces, which is an appropriate single serving size of juice. If you want to make larger quantities of juice, you’ll have to do it in batches with this juicer. But if you’re looking for a quick way to make a morning cup of juice for one, it’s perfect. It’s got a compact size that should fit easily in a small kitchen and is available in three fresh, fun colors including mint, pink, and white.
Dimensions: 20 x 11.5 x 8.5 inches | Capacity: 12 ounces | Wattage: 150
“In principle, cold-press juices last longer than juices made with a centrifugal juicer because the fruits and veggies have been pressed naturally instead of being shredded apart, which can cause excessive oxidation,” says Chef Lentine Alexis. “Store them in the fridge for up to three days, but consume as soon as possible."
Best Compact: Philips HR1897/34 Micro Masticating Juicer Avance Collection
Includes recipe book
Not a quiet operation
Small feed chute means more prep work
Shoppers in the market for an ultra-compact masticating juicer will appreciate the convenient space-saving design of this juicer (model number HR1897/34). Measuring only 4.5 inches wide, it has one of the smallest footprints of any cold press juicer you’ll find.
We like that although the juicer itself is small and lightweight, the pulp and juice collection containers are decently sized. The smaller parts of the juicer are designed to fit into the pulp container for extra convenient, space-saving storage. Potential drawbacks include a noisier operation than other juicers on this list and a small feed chute, which buyers noted took more prep time and physical effort to press fruits and vegetables through. But cleaning is as easy as a rinse under warm water or a run through the dishwasher; the parts are free from fine mesh strainers and filters so no special cleaning brushes or scrubbing are required.
Dimensions: 5.75 x 17.05 x 14.13 inches | Capacity: 1 liter | Wattage: 200
If you're a serious juicer who wants a multitasking machine that produces fresh-tasting juice with minimal froth, go with the Omega Ultimate Juicer and Nutrition System, which performed solidly in all our tests. For beginners to juicing, we recommend the AICOK Slow Masticating Juicer (view at Walmart) because it is both affordable and efficient.
What to Look for in a Cold Press Juicer
Method of Extraction
This is the first thing to consider when selecting a juicer. As mentioned in our introduction, centrifugal juicers use high-speed spinning blades to quickly chop produce and extract juice, but they can create heat that some studies suggest destroys heat-sensitive nutrients. They tend to produce less juice and wet pulp.
Slow juicers, also called cold press or masticating juicers, work at much slower speeds to crush and squeeze produce. They result in higher juice yields, drier pulp, and smoother, less foamy juice. This slower speed and lack of heat make them quieter than centrifugal models.
Juicers can take up quite a bit of real estate, and some models include extra parts and accessories that need to be stored separately. There are horizontal and vertical models depending on how much free counter space you have.
One consideration when buying a cold press juicer is the amount of wattage the model packs. If you're making juice with leafy green vegetables, you need a juicer that has at least 400 watts of power to blend. Another consideration in the power area is how much juice you're makinng at a time. If you make a larger load, a juicer with higher wattage would be a good choice, especially since cold press juicers work at slower speeds.
An important design point for consideration is the width of the feed tube. The wider the chute, the less chopping of fruits and vegetables. Not only does this cut down on your work, but cutting up the ingredients exposes more of the surface to air and increases oxidation, which brings the nutritional value down.
Does cold-pressed juice taste different than juice from a centrifugal machine?
The taste is similar, but juice from a centrifugal machine separates more quickly because of the oxidation resulting from the higher speeds. It also yields less product than a cold press juicer.
How long does cold-pressed juice last?
Generally, cold press juice can last three to five days if refrigerated properly in an airtight, glass container. The acid in the juice can degrade plastic containers, and air will oxidize the juice, degrading the nutrients. Juice from centrifugal models lasts only 24 hours.
According to Alyssa Pike, RD, Manager, and Nutrition Communications at International Food Information Council, “Cold-pressed juice is made with a hydraulic press that uses thousands of pounds of pressure to extract the maximum amount of liquid from fresh fruits and vegetables. Cold-pressed juice in its raw form only has a shelf life of three to four days before microbes begin to spoil it. To solve this problem, most of the [packaged] cold-pressed juices on the market have undergone a method known as high-pressure processing (HPP). In HPP, already-bottled juices are submerged in cold water under high pressure, which kills pathogens and increases the shelf life from three to five days to 30 to 45 days.”
Can you freeze cold-pressed juice?
According to Chef Lentine Alexis, you can, but it's better to make an amount you can consume within a couple of days because the freezing and thawing causes oxidation and can deplete the nutritious vitamins and minerals in the juice.
Why does cold-pressed juice separate?
It's a natural process for cold-pressed juice to separate. As long as you have kept it refrigerated, and it is not past its expiration window (three to five days for homemade cold-pressed juice), just give it a shake and enjoy.
What ingredients can you cold press?
The field is wide open on what you can cold press. Include any of your favorite foods from veggies to fruits to herbs and spices. Check out some of these tasty juice recipes for inspiration.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Sharon Lehman is a registered dietitian nutritionist, who encourages everyone to maximize their fruit and vegetable consumption. She’s a longtime fan and advocate of getting more servings and a variety of products through fresh fruit and veggie-packed smoothies and juices. She has owned and used juicers from Breville and Omega and tested the Omega Ultimate Juicer and Nutrition System for The Spruce Eats.
Carrie Honaker, who updated this roundup, is a food writer who has bought an embarrassingly large amount of bottled cold-pressed juice over the years. As a restaurateur and avid home cook, she recognizes the value of crafting these tasty beverages at home with fresh ingredients and control over process. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Bon Appetit, Allrecipes, and Wine Enthusiast.