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If you are thinking about adding celery juice to your morning routine or simply prefer homemade juice to store-bought, a juicer is a smart addition to your kitchen. While a conventional centrifugal juicer can process fruits and vegetables quickly, that speed combined with metal parts results in heat which can destroy heat-sensitive nutrients. "Fresh juice can be a great way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet," says Registered Dietitian Sharon Lehman. But she warns they're not a nutritional cure-all. "Be wary of juice-only diets and cleanses which lack fiber and protein that help keep you full and satisfied."
Masticating juicers operate at a slower speed so heat is kept to a minimum for juice thought to have maximum nutrition. Masticating juicers might also be preferable thanks to higher juice yields, the ability to handle leafy greens, and quieter operation.
With so many options to choose from, we’ve compiled a selection of the best masticating juicers, also known as cold press juicers, on the market.
Best Overall: Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer
Includes frozen dessert cone
Includes accessories you may never use
Lots of places 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.
It’s also fairly versatile, allowing you to make traditional juices as well as various nut milks and tofu. This machine features two separate strainers that let you select the amount of pulp you prefer. Once you’re finished, cleaning up will take just a few minutes thanks to intuitive disassembly (that's just as easy to re-assemble).
“Personally, for home use, I like masticating juicers with vertical augers,” says Atlanta-based chef Calvin Rouse, III of EDC Kitchen. “They take up less space.” The 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, it delivers a quiet, efficient juicing experience, and the motor has a generous 10-year warranty.
"There’s no doubt about it, this is a powerful machine. The pulp was barely damp, so I knew I was getting as much juice as possible." — Donna Currie, Product Tester
Best Budget: Jocuu Slow Masticating Juicer Extractor
Small food chute require foods to be pre-cut
The Jocuu Slow Masticating juicer performs well and won’t break the bank. This single-auger, horizontal juicer has two speeds so you can adjust to work your way through a variety of produce, and it features a reverse function to avoid jamming. This model is also armed with an automatic shutoff every 20 minutes to protect the motor from overheating.
The smaller chute size does require that you take a little more time to prep your fruits and vegetables, cutting them into smaller pieces and removing seeds and harder peels. The juicing body detaches with the touch of a single button and can be cleaned easily with the included brush or placed in the top rack of the dishwasher after rinsing off debris.
It is considerably lighter than other models, weighing in at just over 10 pounds. Since the machine is inexpensive, there might be some concern about its durability in the long term, but the motor has a 10-year warranty (other parts are covered by a three-year warranty).
Chef Rouse recommends preparing fruit and vegetables in advance by cutting them into smaller pieces that easily fit in the feeder chute. The juicer takes no time to extract, so you want to be ready to go.
Best Multipurpose: Omega Premium Juicer and Nutrition System
Juices leafy greens well
Small feed chute requires more food prep
The brand Omega boasts a number of top-rated juicers, but this particular extractor is a true workhorse for those who want a machine that does more than juice. It has an average speed of 80 RPM, which is faster than the Hurom but still slow enough to preserve nutrients and enzymes and produce juices with superior taste.
“[This juicer] feels well made, it’s easy to clean, and gets a fair amount of juice out of each item,” says Rouse. The motor is quiet but powerful, and this model has five adjustable settings to maximize output depending on what you’re juicing, from citrus fruits to wheatgrass. But its features don’t stop there—you’ll be able to use the Omega NC900HDC Nutrition Center for extruding pasta, making nut butter, making baby food, and more.
The only caveat is that as a horizontal juicer, it takes up quite a bit of space on the counter—it measures nearly 15 inches wide—but if you have the space, it’s well worth the investment. Omega also has an industry-leading 15-year warranty that covers parts and performance.
Best for Wheatgrass: Tribest Greenstar Elite Masticating Extractor GSE-5000
High juice yield for wheatgrass and leafy greens
15 year warranty
Not dishwasher safe
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, which he says are well-made 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 15-year warranty for household use.
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, then do, but don't let debris dry as it will be difficult to remove.
Best Vertical: Tribest Slowstar Vertical Slow Juicer and Mincer SW-2000
Vertical design saves counterspace
Can be hard to clean (hand wash recommended)
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 (like the Omega), 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.
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 comes into contact with the juice since the flavor and nutrition may 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.
Best For Celery: Omega CNC80S Compact Slow Masticating Nutrition System Juicer
Generous 15 year warranty
Easy to clean
Lots of accessories to store
If you’re an avid fan of celery juice, you’ll appreciate the capacity and efficiency of this Omega Compact Juicer. It is lighter and has a smaller footprint than the Omega NC900HDC model, but it offers a similar performance while juicing, including its ability to make homemade nut butter and frozen fruit sorbets, grind coffee, and mince herbs.
Celery strings are no match for the heavy-duty auger made of Ultem, which is eight times stronger than other plastic single augers on the market. You can easily process up to two full heads of celery before having to clean out the strainer. It operates at 80 RPMs, a low speed that will help preserve the nutrients and enzymes that are vital to the benefits of juicing and also help the juice stay fresher longer.
It is smaller than other Omega models, so it is great for anyone who is limited on space or wants to bring a juicer along while traveling. Parts and performance are covered by Omega’s generous 15-year warranty.
Since juice is raw, the FDA recommends thoroughly washing and drying fruits and vegetables before juicing to help reduce any bacteria that could potentially cause a food-borne illness.
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 Jocuu Slow Masticating Juicer Extractor a try. It's affordably priced and the motor is covered by a 10 year warranty.
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 more counter space, but vertical units might be too tall to fit under kitchen cabinets.
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 juicers have additional functions, making them more versatile. If you know you’ll be juicing regularly, the extra functions may not be of interest, and would just add extra cost and extra attachments to keep track of.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
The author of this piece, Bernadette Machard de Gramont, specializes in global food and wine content. She owns the Hurom H-AA juicer and can attest to its excellent performance. She also 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, including the horizontal masticating style Omega 8006 Nutrition Center, for The Spruce Eats.