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After rigorous testing, the Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer is our top pick. It's efficient yet quiet and is the perfect tool for serious juicers offering a high level of performance. For a less-expensive option, try the Omega 365 Cold Press Juicer, which packs a powerful punch in its motor, despite its lightweight construction.
While a conventional centrifugal juicer can process fruits and vegetables quickly, some studies suggest that masticating juicers may help retain more nutrients for certain fruits. Masticating juicers operate at a slower speed, so heat is kept to a minimum. Masticating juicers also have higher juice yields, the ability to handle leafy greens, and quiet operation. Some are even capable of processing ingredients beyond fruits and vegetables—say, if you wanted to make nut butter, non-dairy milk, ice cream, or even pasta.
There are a few things to consider before you buy a masticating juicer, however—like how much storage space is available in your kitchen, whether you're looking for any extra functions, and whether you're looking for something that's easy to clean. With that in mind, we tested some of the most popular, top-rated masticating juicers on the market. We sent some to our home testers, and the rest to our Lab, to take for a spin. They made various types of juices and evaluated the quality of pulp, consistency, and flavor. They also made observations on each juicer's design, ease of setup and cleaning, and more.
Based on our testers' feedback, here's our list of the best masticating juicers.
Best Overall: Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer
Includes frozen dessert cone
Takes time to clean
The flagship model by Hurom is a pleasure to look at, thanks to its clean lines and stylish finishes, but it also performs beautifully. With a speed of just 43 revolutions per minute (meant to mimic hand squeezing), this slow process ensures that your juice retains its nutrients and squeezes every drop from fruits and vegetables. You can tell by the dryness of the resulting pulp, according to our home tester.
This juicer is also incredibly quiet during operation, our lab testers observed while making green juice with the machine. It's also versatile: You can make traditional juices, various nut milks, or tofu. The machine features two separate strainers that let you select the amount of pulp you prefer.
Hurom’s footprint is fairly small, with a base that measures just nine inches wide and has a modern silhouette that looks great sitting on the counter when not in use. Though this model is on the pricier end, the motor has a generous 10-year warranty.
The only real qualms that our home and lab testers had with this product were that there were a bunch of included accessories to store (some more useful than others) and many parts to wash after use. While the cleaning process itself isn't particularly difficult, it does have a lot of small spaces that need attention (which is why it comes with both small and large bristle brushes). The parts are not dishwasher-safe and should not be cleaned with hot water or harsh or abrasive cleaners.
All in all, our testers concluded that this powerful machine is a solid juicer. "The pulp was barely damp, so I knew I was getting as much juice as possible," raved home tester Donna Currie. "If you're willing to spend a good amount of money, it's a decent choice," the lab testers agreed.
Body Style: Vertical | Speed: 43 RPMs | Construction: Plastic | Dimensions: 7.1 x 16 x 7.1 inches | Power: 150 watts | Warranty: 10 years for the motor, 2 years for the remaining parts
Hurom currently offers five other masticating models, some of which include features the H-AA does not, such as a self-feeding hopper, tofu press, citrus squeezer, stainless steel finish, and easy cleaning strainers (fine and/or coarse). Of note: Some don't have some of the features that the H-AA has, though, like the control lever, drying rack, and ice cream attachment. For people who have less space or are only making juice for a single household, the HP model is much smaller with a 350-milliliter capacity as compared to the larger 800-milliliter models.
Best Budget: Omega H3000D Cold Press 365 Masticating Juicer
Easy to assemble
Helpful measurement markings
Relatively compact and lightweight
Makes great green and berry-pineapple juices
Feeding chute is a bit narrow
Can't choose pulp level
Our home tester crowned the Omega 365 Juicer as being great for casual juice fans for a reason: While this budget-priced, compact machine doesn't have any extra attachments or features, the basic juicing function it does have is powerful, processing everything from kale to carrots. Because of its simplicity of function, intuitive design, and clear instruction manual, both our home and Lab testers found setup extremely quick and easy. "There were lots of labels on the boxes as you go to assemble the parts," one of the latter says.
In both our home and Lab tests, our testers noted that while some of the ingredients needed to be chopped or manipulated to fit into the small feed tube, average-sized carrots, celery stalks, and other similarly shaped items fit into the tube easily enough. Once the ingredients being pushed through are caught by the machine, they can pass through easily with no struggle. Furthermore, ingredients like leafy greens go through without a hitch. There is, however, one caveat from our home tester: Don't rush the feeding process. "When I tried to feed greens a little too fast, they tended to get hung up inside the feed tube as I tried to push them in with the included pusher," she explains.
The juices also came out well across the board, but because there is no foam separator nor an option to choose how pulpy you want your juice, you'll have less control over the consistency of the final product, depending on what type of juice it is. For instance, our home tester's juice had little body to it because of pulp, though it wasn't excessively pulpy. "When I wanted a clearer juice, I pulled out the trusty strainer again to capture more of the pulp and get a clearer juice," she says of her workaround.
Our lab testers also saw mixed results when it came to consistency. The carrot-orange juice, for instance, had a balanced flavor, but was very chunky, though it had no foam. The green juice, on the other hand, didn't have any pulp to speak of, and it actually turned out quite thin, but it had a nice flavor, they observed.
Body Style: Horizontal | Speed: 90 to 110 RPMs | Construction: Plastic | Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.5 x 11.4 inches | Power: 150 watts | Warranty: Limited one-year warranty
"This made one of the better green juices: it was on the thinner side but not watery, and it didn't have any noticeable pulp. The juice was well balanced, with a nice drinkability."
Best Multipurpose: Omega J8006HDC Ultimate Juicer and Nutrition System
Very easy to assemble and take apart
Operates very quietly
Sturdy while processing
All juices turned out purée-like in testing
Small feed chute
If you're looking for the opposite of basic—that is, if you're looking for a machine that does more than juice—this nutrient extractor by Omega will have you covered. While it's not as slow as our best overall, with an average speed of 80 RPM, it still has what you want in a good-quality slow juicer: It's still slow enough to preserve all of the good nutrients without sacrificing the taste. In fact, "all the juice I prepared tasted so good, I drank it on the spot," our home tester says.
Its motor is powerful but quiet, making easy work of both hard and soft fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens. It also produced very dry pulp for both our home and Lab testers, which was "very impressive," according to one of the latter. This is due to the machine's unique dual-extraction process, meaning that it extracts juice both during the crushing process and then from the pulp.
What really helps this masticating juicer stand out from the competition, however, is its versatility. Yes, you can juice anything from citrus fruits to wheatgrass, but thanks to its included attachments, you’ll also be able to use the Omega Ultimate Juicer for extruding pasta, as well as for making nut butter and nut milks, baby food, sorbet, and more. Yes, it has a large footprint—it measures about 15 inches wide and weighs 20 pounds—but if you have the space and are serious about looking for a multi-purpose, high-quality juicer, this is worth the investment.
Our home tester loved the freshness of the final results as well as the dryness of the pulp. "We knew the Omega was extracting the maximum amount of liquid it could when we felt how dry the pulp was," she notes. But our Lab testers had a different experience, which we're including here as one of the potential downsides of this machine. All three juices they made had a chunky, "purée-like" consistency, though they offered a balanced flavor.
Body Style: Horizontal | Speed: 80 RPMs | Construction: Plastic | Dimensions: 14.5 x 6.5 x 15.5 inches | Power: 200 watts | Warranty: 15 years
"The carrot-orange juice turned out really pulpy and chunky, although it had a balanced flavor. It operated very quietly, as well."
Best Splurge: Nama J2 Cold Press Juicer
Easy to set up and clean
Almost hands-off operation
Lightweight and compact
Pulp is very dry
Relatively small capacity
"If you want to spend the big bucks, this is a great option," our Lab testers raved after putting the Nama J2 through its paces. One of the biggest reasons why is how little hands-on work they had to put in to produce quality juice and bone-dry pulp.
That's not the only highlight. Our Lab testers also found assembly to be super-simple, thanks to pieces that required minimal twisting and merely needed to be popped into place. They were also able to preload the feeding basket before starting the machine—something that was unique to the Nama. That means you can prep for another recipe, do your chores, or even make coffee, as one reviewer says.
The juices didn't disappoint, either. Both the carrot-orange juice and the green juice had very minimal foam and pulp, very smooth texture, and balanced flavor. The strawberry-pineapple juice was quite pulpy but had a pleasant, smoothie-like texture. All required very minimal manipulation of the produce, which caused one of our Lab testers to rave that it was a "lovely experience."
Body Style: Vertical | Speed: 50 RPMs | Construction: Plastic | Dimensions: 9 x 9.8 x 17.7 inches | Power: 200 watts | Warranty: 15 years for the motor, 2 for the other parts
"This was super-hands-off. A little piece of orange got stuck on top blade, but it was easy to remove—very impressive."
Best Vertical: Tribest Slowstar Vertical Slow Juicer and Mincer
Vertical design saves counterspace
Can be difficult to clean
Efficient is the best way to describe this juicer from Tribest—the Slowstar Vertical Slow Juicer comes with the Duoblade double-edged auger that does twice the work of a typical single-auger machine. Operating at the ultra-slow speed of 47 RPM, this quiet juicer generates virtually zero heat, extracting juice that is not only full of nutrition and flavor but also will keep fresh for up to three days.
The BPA-free auger is made of Ultem, so it’s incredibly tough, compared to cheaper plastic models. This model also comes with a mincing attachment that converts the machine into a multi-purpose tool you can use to make pesto, frozen fruit sorbets, nut butter, and more. The juicing body comes apart for easy cleaning (hand-washing is recommended) with the only slight difficulty being debris-removal from the screen. Tribest backs this machine with a 10-year warranty, so you can be confident that the price point is well worth it.
Tribest makes one other vertical-style masticating juicer under the brand name Shine Kitchen Co. It's smaller (5.5 x 5.25 inches), simpler, and nearly $200 cheaper, with a low 35 RPMs and 200 watts, allowing for up to 10 minutes of continuous juicing daily.
Body Style: Vertical | Speed: 47 RPMs | Construction: Plastic | Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 18 inches | Power: 200 watts | Warranty: 10 years
"This machine performed well on all our tests. It's a good, basic, reliable juicer."
Best for Wheatgrass: Tribest Greenstar Elite Twin Gear Masticating Juicer
High juice yield for wheatgrass, leafy greens
Design prevents tangles and jams
While hand-crank machines are the most common for juicing wheatgrass, you can also opt for a more versatile appliance like the Greenstar Elite. Rouse likes horizontal juicers for extracting juice from greens like wheatgrass and speaks highly of Tribest units, which he says are well-made and come with great customer service.
Tribest makes this horizontal juicer that features “complete mastication”: While many juicers rely only on a crushing action, the Greenstar’s twin gear, double-auger design was made to crush, cut, and grind. These three steps allow for trouble-free processing and will help prevent pulp or fibers from tangling around the gears. The Greenstar Elite also allows you to adjust the juicing pressure according to what produce you’re using—just use higher pressure when processing wheatgrass to best preserve its chlorophyll and other nutrients.
Cleaning the Greenstar Elite requires hand-washing, as it is not dishwasher-safe, but it comes with a cleaning brush and scraper to aid in removing debris. Like other horizontal juicers, it takes up a bit of space (more than 18 inches in width) and weighs about 18 pounds—moderately heavy but not impossible to pick up and store under the counter. Overall, it is a durable and top-performing machine backed by a 12-year warranty for household use.
Tribest makes three additional horizontal-style masticating juicers. All are basically the same size and use the same wattage, but they vary aesthetically and include certain features that others do not, like a safety feeding chute lid, strainer, and bread stick and pasta maker set. Most of these add-ons are available for purchase if not included with the juicer itself.
Body Style: Horizontal | Speed: 110 RPMs | Construction: Plastic | Dimensions: 18.6 x 6.8 x 12.4 inches | Power: 200 watts | Warranty: 12 years
"The juice was a little lower in yield than some others and had some of the highest-yielding foam, but the juice itself was a great texture and wonderful flavor."
The Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer is our top pick, thanks to its outstanding performance. It operates at an ultra-slow speed of 43 revolutions per minute and produces high juice yields with very dry pulp. If you don't want to spend a ton on a masticating-style juicer, we recommend giving the Omega 365 Cold Press Juicer a try. It's affordably priced and a breeze to assemble and clean.
How We Tested
We tested a grand total of 19 juicers our Lab. Our testers made three types of juices with each juicer, including a carrot juice and a green juice. They noted how much the produce had to be pre-cut or manipulated, whether anything got stuck and needed some elbow grease to move through the machine, and how long the juicing process took. The testers also measured how much juice was extracted, how dry the pulp was, and how leaky or messy it was. They also took note of how easy it was to assemble, take apart, and clean.
Lastly, we had our Lab testers evaluate each masticating juicer's ease of use, durability, performance, design, versatility, quality of juice, ease of cleaning, and overall value. We also sent several cold press juicers to our home testers to evaluate under the same criteria.
Others We Tested
Jocuu Slow Masticator Juicer Extractor: The Jocuu's performance impressed our Lab testers for several reasons: It's affordable, looks great on the counter, and feels sturdy and well made despite being so lightweight. "[I also like the] soft and hard buttons, and the spout pours neatly. There are nice measuring markings on the juice container," one of our Lab testers says. It also has two speeds to accommodate various types of produce, as well as a reverse function. One of its downsides, though, is that its narrow chute meant taking a relatively longer amount of time to prep fruits and vegetables, and even small pieces had to be forced a bit into the opening. Still, the juices ended up "quite good," the testers say.
What to Look for in a Masticating Juicer
Vertical or Horizontal
Masticating juicers come in two basic body styles—vertical and horizontal. The horizontal units are slightly more efficient, because the food is fed directly into the auger, but as the technology has gotten better, the difference may not be noticeable to the average user. Horizontal units take up more counter space, but vertical units might be too tall to fit under kitchen cabinets.
“Personally, for home use, I like masticating juicers with vertical augers," says Rouse. "They take up less space."
A larger chute will let you add larger pieces of fruits or vegetables to the juicer, so there’s less prep work before juicing. However, larger chutes can be dangerous for curious children. Smaller chutes are safer, but you’ll be cutting your food to smaller sizes to make it fit.
Most juicers have just one function—turning fruits and vegetables into juice and pulp. However, some have additional functions, making them more versatile. If you know you’ll be juicing regularly, the extra functions might not be of interest, and they would just add and extra attachments and cost to keep track of. But if you're interested in also processing foods like nuts and seeds, or making homemade ice cream, some machines will do.
Reduce cleaning time by lining your pulp receptacle, Rouse says. For an eco-friendly option, use a biodegradable/compostable bag. If your machine has pieces that can go in the dishwasher, place them in there, but don't let debris dry, as it will be difficult to remove.
How does a masticating juicer work?
A masticating juicer, also known as a "cold press juicer" or "slow juicer," functions by crushing and pressing ingredients via a slow-rotating auger, which looks like a screw, instead of blades. The juice is then pushed out of a tiny hole (or many tiny holes) into a container, while the pulp is pushed out of a larger opening into a separate container. Because of the slow pace, this process extracts the highest amount of juice with the best possible taste and texture, retaining most of the nutrients for certain fruits, and leaving bone-dry pulp. It's done quietly, too, so early risers can get their morning cup without disturbing late sleepers.
What is the difference between centrifugal and masticating juicers?
In place of the slow-rotating auger, centrifugal juicers have uber-fast spinning blades. This process is quick but loud, and the fast spinning may create heat that could destroy certain nutrients for certain fruits. While that isn't always the case, a masticating juicer ensures the quality of the juice (and a full extraction) by crushing and pressing instead of shredding.
Centrifugal juicers also tend to introduce oxygen, creating slight discoloration and a shorter shelf life (about 24 hours in an airtight container in the fridge). That happens at a much lower level with masticating juicers, allowing for more vibrant juice that lasts longer (up to 72 hours). Centrifugal juicers are usually less expensive, easier to clean, and best for hard fruits and vegetables, but masticating juicers can juice almost anything, including leafy greens and soft fruits, and they will give you the best-tasting, highest-quality yield.
Most juice tastes best when consumed right away, but it can be stored in the refrigerator for two to three days. Sharon Lehman, RD, recommends filling storage containers so minimal air will come into contact with the juice, since the flavor and nutrition can be impacted the longer you store it: It's common for fresh fruit and vegetable juice to taste less fresh with duller flavors with exposure to air.
How do you clean a masticating juicer?
If you're making multiple different recipes in one sitting, taking apart your juicer piece by piece might not seem like the most convenient way to wash it down before moving on to the next batch. Some models allow you to simply run water through the juicer to rinse-clean. Once you're finished for the day, it's best to then carefully take apart your machinery to wash it with soap and warm water thoroughly, using a bristled brush to scrub any buildup and hard-to-reach crevices, so grody gunk from previous uses won't get into your next yield.
For even easier cleanup, find out whether the parts to your juicer are dishwasher-safe by checking the owner's manual or manufacturer's website. You'll also be able to find out whether your product is sensitive to high temperatures or harsh or abrasive cleaners.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
The author of this piece, Bernadette Machard de Gramont, specializes in global food and wine content. She owns a Hurom H-AA juicer and can attest to its excellent performance. For this article, she interviewed Chef Calvin Rouse, III, an Atlanta-based chef and founder of EDC Kitchen.
This roundup was updated by Sharon Lehman, a registered dietitian nutritionist, who enjoys fresh juice and has reviewed several juicers, and Katya Weiss-Andersson, a writer and professional chef who juiced one bunch of celery every morning for 45 days for her podcast.
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