Juicing fruits and veggies is a refreshing, convenient, and delicious way to get a wide array of nutrients from fresh produce. You can use just one type of fruit or veggie, find your favorite combination, and even mix the juice into cocktails or mocktails. Both traditional centrifugal juicers and slower-speed cold press juicers (also called masticating juicers) can help you whip up a tasty and nutritious beverage, but there are key differences between the two.
The Nama Cold Press Juicer is the best overall pick based on our extensive lab testing, producing the best-quality juices every time and being easier to use and clean than most competitors. If you're looking for a budget pick that also makes high-quality juice, the AMZCHEF Slow Masticating Juicer stood out to our testers as an incredible value.
Centrifugal juicers use high-speed spinning blades, which some studies suggest can create heat that destroys heat-sensitive nutrients found in fresh produce and certain fruits. Cold press models, on the other hand, slowly crush and squeeze produce. Because of the lack of heat and speed, they’re also quieter than their centrifugal counterparts.
We brought some of the best cold press juicers on the market to our Lab to put them to the test. To do so, we made several glasses of three juice combinations: orange-carrot juice, strawberry-pineapple juice, and green juice with kale, cucumber, and apple. Then, we evaluated each juicer based on attributes like design, performance, and ease of cleaning.
Based on data we collected from our lab tests, as well as from the kitchens of our home testers, we compiled a list of the best options to help you decide.
Nama Vitality 5800 Cold Press Juicer
Easy to assemble, use, and clean
Handles leafy greens well
Consistently great performance
Slight squeaking and wobbling while in use
Who else recommends it? Food & Wine and NBC News both picked the Nama Cold Press Juicer Vitality 5800.
This juicer impressed us throughout the entire lab testing process. The assembly instructions were easy, and everything was clearly labeled. The chute was large enough to accommodate whole carrots and tall stalks of celery without chopping, and minimal effort was required to push ingredients through.
Leafy greens, a notoriously tricky ingredient for most juicers, had very few issues in this one and only occasionally needed to be helped along a bit with the plunger. Strawberries, which are another item that can be hard to juice, only needed a little nudge and a little reversing to get beautiful, viscous strawberry juice. The carrot juice came out a beautiful orange with no hints of pulp and a lovely consistency. After all of that, the machine was easy to clean, with only a little bit of pulp stuck in the mesh strainer.
The only downside to this juicer is that there was a little bit of wobbling and squeaking while it was in use, but not enough to be bothersome.
Price at time of publish: $399
Dimensions: 8.8 x 7.1 x 16 inches | Weight: 14.1 pounds | Wattage: 150 watts | Speed: 43 RPM | Warranty: 10 years for the motor, 2 for the other parts
“There wasn't a lot of pulp remaining in the chamber after juicing. It produced high-yielding juice, and all the juices were delicious and smooth.”
AMZCHEF Slow Juicer Extractor Professional Juice Machine (ZM1501)
Yields great juice every time
Sleek design is lightweight but sturdy
Easy to assemble and use
Cleaning brush could be better
Most produce needs to be cut
Despite being significantly less expensive than most masticating juicers, this one's quality proved to be on par with high-end models. Our lab testers noted that all the juices they made (carrot-orange juice, green juice, and strawberry juice) came out beautifully and with a nice consistency. They noted that the instructions for setup and use were very easy and that the machine was not wobbly or overly noisy.
One downside was that most ingredients needed to be pre-chopped more than was needed for other juicers. Because of the juicer's slow speed, some ingredients, like oranges and carrots, needed a little more pushing or reversing to be fully moved through the machine. That being said, nothing got stuck, even for the green juice.
This juicer's design is sleek and space-efficient, with a mess-free spout. The pieces come apart easily for cleaning, but the strainer needs a lot of scrubbing, and the cleaning brush could be coarser to get food particles out more easily. The juicer doesn't come with many extra features but can handle wheatgrass as well as nuts for making plant-based milk.
Price at time of publish: $140
Dimensions: 14.57 x 7.32 x 11.42 inches | Weight: 8.98 pounds | Wattage: 150 watts | Speed: 90 RPM | Warranty: 1 year
“It doesn't come with any extra features, but the strainer it comes with works well. All the juices were good-quality, and it’s a great value for the money.”
Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer EVO820 Series
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, and champagne, it’s designed to be displayed on countertops. It operates quietly at 50 RPMs, and one of the most notable features is the extra-wide two-way feed chute, which allows you to juice whole fruits and vegetables with less pre-cutting.
This juicer comes with strainer attachments to make juice, smoothies, frozen sorbets, nut milk, and baby food. There’s also a citrus attachment sold separately that transforms the juicer into a motorized citrus reamer. Our lab testers were impressed by how well ingredients went through the juicer without needing to use the plunger.
Cleaning was mostly easy thanks to the tools included to clean the strainer, although the lid was a bit tricky to remove. The juicer is heavy but extremely sturdy, with no wobbling or dripping.
Price at time of publish: $595
Dimensions: 8 x 9.5 x 19 inches | Weight: 24.9 pounds | Wattage: 240 watts | Speed: 50 RPM | Warranty: 10 years
“It's incredibly easy to use and intuitive with a really hands-off experience and fabulous quality of juice.”
Best for Quiet Juicing
Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer
Includes frozen dessert cone
Good with all types of produce
Labor-intensive to clean
The Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer is a high-end machine worthy of its price tag. It's a very powerful juicer that churns out juice efficiently yet is still very quiet during operation. If you or others at home have sensory difficulties with loud appliances or like to make juice while others are sleeping, this is a great choice.
Our lab testers noted that the design is sturdy and that most ingredients went through the machine with no issues. The quality of juice from our tests was mostly very good—two out of three juices didn't separate, which was rare—though testers also noted that the machine was difficult to assemble and clean.
Our home tester noted that this juicer worked well with hard, soft, and medium-density produce, from apples to carrots to kale to watermelon, and it also did well with making frozen desserts. She noted that the feed tube was small and felt that some of the included accessories weren't useful, but highly recommended the juicer overall.
Price at time of publish: $373
Dimensions: 7.1 x 8.8 x 16 inches | Weight: 13.4 pounds | Wattage: 150 watts | Speed: 43 RPM | Warranty: 10 years for the motor, two for the other parts
“The machine felt sturdy and produced sufficiently good juice. It was easy to feed and process—very quiet, with no wobbling.”
Omega Cold Press 365 Masticating Juicer
Extra juice strainer included
Some wobbling and dripping
The Omega Cold Press 365 Juicer breaks the mold for masticating juicers by packing a good amount of power into a smaller, lighter machine with an affordable price tag to match. It has enough power to juice everything from carrots to apples to leafy greens, and it's user-friendly. This juicer doesn't come with many additional features, which keeps things simple and efficient.
In our Lab tests, testers noted that they did need to cut ingredients like oranges and apples to fit into the small feed tube but that it could handle most whole carrots and celery stalks. Apples and berries needed to be pushed through more aggressively, but other ingredients, including greens, went through with no problem. The juices all came out very well, although the pulp could have been dryer and the carrot-orange juice we made had a tiny bit of pulp in the finished product.
The setup was very easy, other than one piece that wasn't mentioned in the manual and remained a mystery to our Lab testers. Our home tester agreed that the process of setup, use, cleaning, and storage was simple and that this model is a winner for casual juicers and those with space or budget constraints.
Price at time of publish: $130
Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.5 x 11.4 inches | Weight: 8.76 pounds | Wattage: 150 watts | Speed: 90 to 110 RPM | Warranty: Limited one-year warranty
“The strawberry-pineapple juice was great—thick but not smoothie-like. It also produced one of the better green juices; it had a nice drinkability.”
Best for Juicing Greens
Tribest Greenstar Elite Jumbo Twin Gear Slow Masticating Juicer
Fantastic for green juice and wheatgrass
Instructions are hard to follow
Cleaning takes a while
This incredibly versatile machine can make nut butters, pâté, sorbet, sauces, and more, in addition to delicious fruit and veggie juice. This juicer was designed to handle leafy greens and wheatgrass better than the competition, so if you're a fan of green juice, this could be for you. It has a large countertop footprint, so it's best for people with a lot of kitchen space or who like to make juice on a regular basis.
Our lab testers noted that some ingredients needed more force to go through the juicer, and many required pre-cutting. There was a decent amount of foam, a slightly wetter pulp, and a little pulp in some of the juices, but all of the juices came out with great flavor and consistency. This juicer does not come with a pulp collection container, so you can use any bowl or glass measuring cup you have on hand.
One downside to this machine is that it takes a long time to clean; our testers noted that pulp can get on the machine and cause staining. The instructions can also be hard to follow and are printed in a small font, but once you get the hang of setup and use, this juicer is a great choice.
Price at time of publish: $373
Dimensions: 18.6 x 6.8 x 12.4 inches | Weight: 27 pounds | Wattage: 200 watts | Speed: 110 RPM | Warranty: Limited 12-year warranty
“This thing is BIG! But it can do everything: make pasta, breadsticks, frozen desserts, nut butters, juice, etc. If you are looking to invest in juicing and have the counter or storage space to spare, this is for you.”
Hurom HP Slow Juicer
Cute color options
Easy to use
Relatively expensive for the size
Tricky to assemble and clean
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. Our testers were impressed by the low-pulp, high-juice yield and said it juiced both hard and soft produce, along with leafy greens, equally well. Our lab testers noted that although it was not the easiest to clean and the setup instructions were vague, it was easy to use once put together and produced high-quality juice. They also enjoyed its quiet operation.
This vertical-style juicer can hold a maximum capacity of just under 12 fluid ounces—if you want to make larger quantities, you’ll have to do it in batches. But if you’re looking for a quick way to make a glass 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.
Price at time of publish: $379
Dimensions: 20 x 11.5 x 8.5 inches | Weight: 17.26 pounds | Wattage: 150 watts | Speed: 43 RPM | Warranty: 10 years for the motor, two years for the other parts
“It was very easy to feed food through this machine. There was no struggling or wobbling, and the juice it produced had a good consistency.”
Dash Deluxe Compact Masticating Slow Juicer Deluxe Compact Masticating Slow Juicer
Easy to assemble, disassemble, and clean
Convenient and great for beginners
Also makes nut milk and frozen desserts
Only makes small batches
Not very sturdy
If you like to make small batches of juice at a time with a machine that takes up minimal counter space, the Dash Deluxe is perfect. If you want to make larger batches, you'll have to empty the pulp basket, which fills up quickly. The machine is very intuitive to put together, use, and take apart, and suction cups help hold it to the table.
Our lab testers had good results with each juice they made in this juicer; the pulp was fairly dry overall, and there was minimal foam in the finished product. They noted that you need to pre-cut your produce and that the juicer is not one of the quieter ones on this list. It does better with softer fruits than harder veggies overall (kale stems struggled a bit to go through), so if you like juices made of watermelon, pineapple, cucumber, and berries, this may be a good option for you.
This juicer is pretty easy to clean and comes with a compact frozen dessert attachment.
Price at time of publish: $90
Dimensions: 4.9 x 3.9 x 14.23 inches | Weight: 3.4 pounds | Wattage: 130 watts | Speed: 80 RPM | Warranty: Limited 2-year warranty
“This was the smallest and most convenient of the juicers—it was quick to assemble and disassemble, though it’s not the most sturdy machine. It also didn’t take long to clean.”
How We Tested
We tested 19 juicers side by side in our Lab and evaluated their ease of use, durability, performance, design, versatility, quality of juice, ease of cleaning, and overall value. Our testers used each juicer to make a carrot-orange juice, a green juice, and a pineapple-strawberry juice. They took note of details like whether they had to pre-cut the produce, if anything got stuck or needed a lot of hands-on effort to go through the machine, and how long the process took. Afterward, they checked to see how much juice was extracted, how dry the pulp was, how much foam (if any) was present in the finished juices, and if there was any mess involved. They also took note of whether or not there were any issues with assembling the juicer, taking it apart to clean, and re-assembling it to store.
We also sent several cold press juicers to our home testers, who evaluated them with the same criteria.
Other Options We Tested
- Omega Ultimate Juicer and Nutrition System: This juicer claimed to have many functions but consistently produced juices that were very thick and pulpy—more like a purée. It has a 15-year warranty and was very easy to assemble, but there were issues such as juice coming up the chute as the plunger was being pushed down. Our testers found this machine to be quiet, sturdy, and easy to take apart (and it also produced very dry pulp), but we couldn't get past how chunky all of the juices were.
- Nama j2 Cold Press Juicer: Our testers remarked, "If you want to spend the big bucks, this is a great option. [It's a] top-of-the-line product." They noted that it's incredibly hands-off to operate and produces great juice and bone-dry pulp, but it costs about $150 more ($550) than our Best Overall pick from the same brand. It's easy to assemble, take apart, and clean, and you can pre-load the basket before starting the machine, which is unique. It's a lightweight, compact machine, but it's got a fairly small capacity and small chute as a result. Overall, this was a close contender for Best Splurge.
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, 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 extract less juice and leave less moisture in the 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. That being said, they're often more expensive.
Quality of Juice
Some juicers allow lots of pulp and foam to get into the finished product, while others produce juice with a smooth consistency. The flavor of your juice will also be impacted by the quality of your juicer, as some juicers don't work as well with certain types of produce and will give you less juice (and therefore less flavor) from those ingredients.
Ease of Cleaning
Juicers can be notoriously labor-intensive appliances to clean, so choosing one that's easier to clean will likely impact how much you'll end up using it. Often, juicer parts are not dishwasher-safe, so if a machine comes with a cleaning brush that works well on its strainer, that can be a big help. When there are lots of complex parts and places for pulp to get stuck, or when the juicer doesn't come with a drip catcher or pulp catcher, things can get a lot more chaotic. Dry pulp is also a lot harder to clean, so cleaning your juicer immediately after use can make a huge difference.
Juicers can take up quite a bit of counter space, 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, so see which one is easy to store in your kitchen setup.
Another consideration when buying a cold press juicer is the amount of wattage the model offers. If you're making juice with leafy green vegetables, you need a juicer that has at least 400 watts of power. Also, consider how much juice you're making at a time. For larger batches, 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 you'll have to do to make your produce fit. 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.
Another factor to consider is versatility; some juicers are designed to be able to make frozen desserts, smoothies, nut milks, nut butters, and more, whereas others are intended to just make juice. Whether a more versatile model or a basic model is the right choice for you will depend on what you're looking to make.
Does cold-pressed juice taste different from juice from a centrifugal machine?
The taste is similar, but the 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-pressed 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, nutrition communications at the International Food Information Council, “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?
You can, but it's better to make an amount you can consume within a couple of days because the freezing and thawing cause oxidation that can deplete the nutrient content of the juice.
Why does cold-pressed juice separate?
It's a natural process for cold-pressed juice to separate. It's good 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?
Your options are wide open on what fruit, veggies, and herbs to cold press. Produce with less water content, such as leafy greens, can be more tricky to juice, but some juicers manage to get a surprising amount out of juice a handful of kale or a bunch of wheatgrass. 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.
This roundup was updated by Katya Weiss-Andersson, a writer and editor who has nearly a decade of experience as a professional vegan chef. Katya is a big fan of green juice and once juiced one large bunch of celery every morning for 45 days as an experiment for her podcast.
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