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Whether you appreciate a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice with breakfast, are considering giving a juice cleanse a try, or want to create nutrient-packed 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 can create heat that destroys heat-sensitive nutrients found in fresh produce. 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 and believed to produce juices with higher nutrient content than centrifugal models.
Here, we’ve done the homework for you and compiled a list of the best of cold press juicers, including options for those who want to prioritize storage space, price, or noise level.
The Hurom Elite Slow Juicer (model HH-SBB11) has been recently redesigned with good looks, convenience, and efficiency in mind, making it worthy of our top pick. The juicer is vertically designed, and the overall appearance is sleek, modern, and more compact than competitors. It runs on Hurom’s patented Slow Squeeze Technology at an ultra-low speed of 43 RPMs. Buyers praise it for being whisper quiet while producing high juice yields and exceptionally dry pulp.
If you’ve used juicers that continuously release juice while juicing, you know you often have to give the liquid a stir to blend ingredients before enjoying. Not the case with the Hurom. We love this model because it offers the ability to make a larger quantity of pre-mixed juice before pouring into a cup or pitcher from the locking pour spout.
This feature also makes cleaning a breeze. You have the option of giving the unit a quick rinse between batches of juice by pouring water into the chamber and releasing through the spout or disassembling parts for more thorough cleaning in the sink. While clogs are inevitable in most juicers, Hurom’s design features a spinning brush that rotates within the chamber during juicing to continuously sweep away pulp and help prevent slow-you-down clogs.
Health nuts will appreciate that safety and reliability haven’t been overlooked. Safety sensors prevent the juicer from running if parts are not properly assembled and locked together and the motor is backed by a 10-year warranty while remaining parts are covered by a two-year warranty.
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 is quiet and produces some of the freshest juice we’ve tasted. It features a dual-extraction process that works by crushing produce and then squeezing the remaining pulp to maximize juice extraction. You’ll know the Omega is squeezing every bit of juice it can when you feel how dry the ejected pulp is.
There are a few downsides, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and ideal for keeping heat-sensitive nutrients and enzymes found in greens intact.
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 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.
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.
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.
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Sharon Lehman is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, author of this roundup, 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.
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 destroys heat-sensitive nutrients. They tend to produce less juice and wet pulp.
Slow speed 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. They're also believed to produce juices with higher nutrient content.
Size: 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.