August 10, 2016

Looking For The Best Masticating Juicer? Read This Review.

Green Juice from a Slow Press Machine

Juicing is a fun and fast way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. If you are like me and have kids, juicing is sometimes the only way that I can get any vegetables into their diet. It’s one of mom’s most sneaky ways to do so.

If you are ready to juice, the most pressing question becomes “What kind of machine” should I buy?

Hopefully, this review will help you decide which juicer is perfect for you.

Juicing allows you to pack an enormous amount of fresh produce into one glass and rapidly flood your body with amazing micronutrients.

This article covers the main differences between a masticating and centrifugal juicer and gives several suggestions for purchasing a masticating juicer. I also suggest my favorite centrifugal juicer from Breville because that is what I have and I know it well.

Continuing reading or skip to your most pressing question in the Table of Contents below.

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What is a masticating juicer aka cold press juicer?

Another name for masticating juicers is cold press juicer or slow press juicer.

In a nutshell masticating juicers crush and press the juice out of fruits and vegetables. This keeps the juice fresh as the unique process doesn’t damage the enzymes.

They are more expensive, and many old-school juicers will say that this is due to their superior performance.

Unlike with a centrifugal juicer, a masticating juicer extracts juice from the fruit and vegetables by squeezing and crushing them. That is why the whole process is much slower  than with a centrifugal juicer. But patience is a virtue, right?

Masticating juicers overall extract more nutrients and eliminate the problem of oxidation. They also don’t make as much noise as their counterpart. Juice made in a masticating juicer will last longer than in a centrifugal juicer because there is no enzyme loss due to heat.

One con is that this process takes longer and the machine cannot handle whole pieces of fruit or veggies. You will spend more time chopping your fruits and vegetables.

“Hardcore” juicers favor masticating juicers because they are very concerned about the nutritional value of their juice.

What are the main differences between a masticating and centrifugal juicer?

Masticating juicers crush the liquid out of fruits and vegetables.

Centrifugal juicers rapidly spin to extract juice from your fruits or vegetables after they are pushed through the top of the juicer and enter a meshed chamber with razor-sharp teeth on the bottom of the floor.

The meshed chamber with teeth shreds the fruit or vegetables into pulp. Then the spinning at high speeds separate the pieces of fruit from the juice. The pulp goes into a separate chamber than the juice which flows out of a spigot into a container.

This shreds the fruit or vegetables into pulp and then the spinning at high speeds separate the pieces of fruit from the juice. The pulp goes into a separate chamber than the juice which flows out of a spigot into a container.

Here is a photo of the meshed chamber with razor-sharp teeth from my Breville.

Breville

Cold press juicers crush the liquid out and then separate the juice into another container.

Masticating juicers retain more nutrition in the juice than centrifugal juicers.

Oxidation of enzymes is virtually eliminated with a masticating juicer due to the extreme pressure from crushing the fruit and veggies. The spinning process from a centrifugal juicer allows more oxygen to enter into the process.

Personally, this is something that I have never worried about.

Juice from a masticating juicer will last longer than that from a centrifugal juicer.

The crushing process allows less oxygen to enter and this protects the enzymes from being damaged. Many cold press juicing companies say their juice will last up to 3 to 4 days. If you are a busy mom with little time to juice this could be an important selling feature for you.

This has been my experience as well. Juice from my centrifugal juicer is only good the first day.  As I juice daily, I don’t mind this.

Masticating juicers are close to silent or completely silent.

Crushing doesn’t produce noise, like that of a spinning and shredding machine working at around 10,000 RPMs.

Centrifugal juicers yield less juice from the fruits and vegetables.

The crushing process from a masticating juicer literally squeezes every drop of liquid out.

Masticating juicers press more juice out of leafy greens.

If you want to juice greens a cold press juicer is definitely superior. You will not get as much juice from green leafy vegetables from a centrifugal juicer, but you will get some.  If you want to use a centrifugal juicer on leafy greens you will need to buy a higher end machine like my Breville Juice Fountain Elite.

Centrifugal juicers produce more froth.

Pulverizing creates more froth than squeezing. If you want clear liquid you should go with a masticating juicer.

Generally speaking, masticating juicers cost more than centrifugal juicers.

Hardcore juicers believe the additional cost is worth-the-while because the machines are superior.  If you want more juice, juice that lasts longer as the enzymes are more intact, and want to juice leafy greens more efficiently than this is true.

Centrifugal juicers are among the most common type of juicer that you will see in the market. Overall they are the less expensive of the two. You can usually find these kinds of juicers for as a little as $50. However, you get what you pay for and to get one that is worth-the-while and is constructed well you are going to want to spend at least $100.

I have a Breville Juice Fountain Elite that I purchase for around $300. It is a higher end centrifugal juicer that does not heat up while it works, and thus I did not worry about potential enzyme loss due to heat. I also like it as most of the components are metal rather than plastic. The plastic parts are BPA free.

Many hard-core juicers don’t like centrifugal juicers due to the concern that this process causes oxidation which in turn causes the enzymes in the fruit and veggies to break down. Less expensive centrifugal juice machines also can overheat. Raw foodies find this concerning as well.

If you get a high-end centrifugal juicer like my Breville Juice Fountain Elite you do not have to worry about the machine heating up. Mine has never gotten hot or ever overheated.

Click here if you want to go to Amazon to check out the Breville Juice Fountain Elite.

Many reviewers claim that this kind of juicer can’t handle softer fruit and veggies or greens. I have not had this problem with my Breville Juice Fountain Elite. It has a button to process harder fruits and veggies versus softer ones. Again, this is a higher-end machine and that is probably the reason I don’t have this problem. In any case, a masticating juicer will give you more juice from leafy greens than mine.

Breville Juice Fountain Elite - Centrifugal Juicer

Here are a few of its highlights:

  • It has two-speed controls: 6,500 RPM for softer fruits and veggies and 13,000 RPM for harder fruits and veggies.
  • It has a titanium-plated cutting disk with a stainless-steel micro mesh filter.
  • The housing is die-cast steel.
  • Due to its speed, you can add whole pieces of apples, carrots, and more that easily fit into the 3-inch feed tube.
  • The arm locks to make sure that the machine is tightly closed.
  • It comes with a one-liter juice jug with a lid that separates the froth from the juice.
  • All the plastic areas that touch food during any part of the process are BPA free.
  • It is easy to clean up as long as you don’t let it sit around for several hours. All of its parts can go into the top rack of the dishwasher except the mesh filter/basket, food pusher, and the actual machine with motor.
  • The product dimensions are 17 x 11 x 20 inches. It weighs 14.6 pounds.
  • It has a one-year limited warranty.

Click here to read a full review of the Breville 800JEXL Juice Foutain Elite.

Here is a summary of a masticating juicer versus a cold press juicer?

Pros of Centrifugal Juicers

  • Cost less.
  • Don’t require you to chop up your fruit and veggies as much.
  • Handle very hard fruit and veggies like apples and carrots very easily.

Cons of Centrifugal Juicers

  • Cheaper models do not process leafy greens and soft fruits and veggies as well as cold press juicers (Exceptions include higher end models, but they are better and still not as good as masticating juicers.)
  • They are noisy.
  • They oxidate the juice faster as the spinning of the machine allows more air into the process.
  • The juice won’t last as long. You should drink it right away.


Pros of Cold Press Juicers

  • Crush and press to extract juice from vegetables and fruits. They can handle hard or soft fruit and veggies as well as leafy greens and wheatgrass.
  • Do not heat up and thus do not damage micronutrients.
  • They are virtually silent machines. You can run them while the baby naps and not worry about waking him up.
  • There is less oxidation and the juice lasts much longer even several days.
  • They produce more juice from leafy greens.
  • You can do lots of other things with them like make nut butter, sorbets, and even baby food.
  • They last virtually forever. So while you pay more for them initially in the long run you will probably not need another machine for at least ten years. Omega has a 15-year warranty. Champion has a 10-year warranty but consumers have reported using them for 30 years.

Cons of Cold Press Juicers

  • The machines are significantly more expensive than centrifugal juicers. A good one costs upwards of $250. You can say it is worth the upfront investment however as their warranties are much longer.
  • They usually weigh more. It is not the best juicer to carry around with you.
  • They are slow – only around 80 RPMs so you will need to chop up the fruits and vegetables which causes you more work.

Is a masticating juicer easy to clean?

Once you familiarize yourself with your machine and know how to put it back together these machines are fairly easy to clean. You just have to be careful to get all of the fruit and vegetable pieces out of the nooks and crannies.

If you let the machine sit around for several hours the pieces will dry and stick to the components and this is definitely not fun to deal with.

So for the easiest cleaning, clean immediately after use.

Why do you want a masticating juicer?

Many people prefer a masticating juicer for the following reasons:

  • Since the fruit is crushed and squeezed more juice comes out of the fruit. Most machines claim 35 to 50% more than its centrifugal counterpart.
  • The crushing and the squeezing process does not allow oxygen to enter into the process and this prevents oxidation and the loss of enzymes.
  • The machine is silent while a centrifugal machine is loud.
  • The machine does not produce heat like some centrifugal machines. This too prevents the juice from experiencing micronutrient loss.
  • The juice lasts longer due to the lack of heat produced and the absence of oxidation throughout the process.

What can you juice with a masticating juicer?

You can juice any fruit or vegetable as long as you chop up the pieces beforehand. (Some people do not want to do this and if this is you then you should consider a centrifugal juicer.)

Juicing leafy greens and soft fruits and vegetables are easier with a cold press juicer. Some centrifugal machines will just spit out the leafy greens and softer fruits and veggies without extracting much juice from them at all.

What are some recommended masticating juicers?

Tribes Green Star Elite GSE-5000

Tribest Corporation sells some of the best masticating juicers on the market as well as other small appliances that help people led a healthy lifestyle. The company was founded in 1988 in Los Angeles, California.

Their Green Star Juicers are featured on Raw Food Made Easy, a DVD created by Jennifer Cornbleet, a raw food chef, and author, to help people incorporate more healthy raw foods into their diet.

This juicer was also given the Gold Award of Excellence in 2007 at the Canadian Health Food Association’s (CHFA) trade show.

After reviewing the Tribest Elite GSE-5000 Jumbo Twin Gear Cold Press Juice Extractor you will easily see why so many people like it. Here are a few things about it:

  • It is easy to clean.
  • The machine easily extracts juice from most fruits.
  • You can grind herbs, veggies, nuts, and grains.
  • The snap and close latching system allow for easy cleaning.
  • The feeding chute cover/assembly can be turned upside down to allow it to easily drip dry with all the parts contained within.
  • You can use it as a food mill to make fresh baby food, nut butter, and sorbets.
  • It’s magnetic and bioceramic technology keeps nutrients in your juice.
  • It has a 12-year warranty.
  • Its height top to bottom is 12.5″
  • It is 18.5″ wide
  • Its depth is 7″
  • It weighs 29 lbs.

You can find the Tribest Elite GSE-5000 Jumbo Twin Gear Cold Press Juice Extractor by clicking here to go to Amazon.

SKG New Generation Wide Chute Anti-Oxidation Slow Masticating Juicer

Click here if you want to skip directly to Amazon to check out the SKG New Generation Juicer.

This is another juicer that you will be sure to love. The company is so convinced that you will love it too and that’s why they give a free month trial for anyone who purchases it on Amazon.

This is a low speed masticating juicer. Compared to centrifugal juices this machine makes juice with virtually no oxidation, larger quantities, and last longer.

Click here for a full review of the SKG New Generation.

Here is some more info about it:

  • The 3” wide chute can accommodate larger pieces of fruit saving you chopping time.
  • It has a drip free smart cap which makes clean up a breeze.
  • It is constructed of stainless steel and silicone components which are anti-oxidation and TRITAN food grade materials.
  • For Amazon customers you get a one-month free trial with a 2-year warranty on all parts PLUS a 10 year extended warranty, on the body and the motor. You can get discounted parts after the 2-year warranty expires.
  • It comes with a 240W AC motor with low speed of 60 RPMs. The low RPMs helps reduce oxidation.
  • It boasts an incredibly high juice yield: Pear 78-83%, Orange 85-90%, Pear 78-83%, Carrot 42-47%, Apple 65-75%, Celery 65-70%, Carrot 42-47%
  • It can make sorbet and tofu. Yum!
  • Its dimensions are 21.8 x 13.2 x 10 inches and it weighs 19.2 pounds.

 

SKG is also known for another masticating juicer.

SKG Premium 2-in-1 Anti-Oxidation Slow Masticating Juicer & Multifunction Food Processor - Vertical Low Speed Masticating Cold Press Slow Juicer (150W, 65 RPMs) - Electric Food Slicer & Food Shredder

I added this cold press juicer to the list because you can’t beat the price for the value. It’s 2 in 1 as it functions as both a juicer and a food processor. It can even slice potatoes, carrots, sausages, and cucumbers in 0.08 inch slices. The package includes a stainless steel slicer and shredder blades.

  • It is a low speed masticating juicer of only 65 RPMs that is powered by a 150W AC motor.
  • It’s ability to keep oxidation away from the juicing process makes your juice last up to 3 days.
  • It is made of silicone and stainless steel components that prevent oxidation and are TRITAN food grade.
  • It is only 14.2 pounds and its sleek design will take up less space on your counter tops.
  • Amazon customers get a fantastic deal of a one month trial and a 2-year warranty plus a 7 year extended warranty on the main body and motor and discounted replacement parts after the warranty expires.
  • It will give you a very high juice yield from 42 to 83% depending on the fruit or vegetable.
  • 15.7 x 15 x 11 inches are its dimensions.

Sadly this juicer seems to have disappeared from Amazon. I’ll keep checking and update this post if anything changes.

Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer

You can’t talk about juicers without mentioning Breville.

There’s no doubt in my mind that with Breville you get quality. While I don’t have the juicer recommend below I have had another one of their centrifugal juicers for three years with no issues what so ever.

Click here if you want to go directly to Amazon to check out the Breville Fountain Crush.

Breville is an Australian company that was founded in 1932. They make a large variety of small appliances including smart ovens, blenders, juicers, coffee makers, and more.

Here are a few quick facts about their Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer

  • It has an ultra quiet 240-watt motor. It won’t wake up your family.
  • Their filter basket has “auto purifying” which makes it both easy to clean and allows a higher yield as it moves crushed materials away.
  • It has an unusual “flush feature” which you can use without taking the entire machine apart to clean it out between use. Just poor one to two cups of water in it while the motor is running. This is a great feature for kids who don’t want their fruits and veggies mixed together.
  • Its “start safety” feature requires you to “lock” the machine in order to operate it. This is a very nice feature to have with little children around.
  • Measures 8-1/2 by 7-1/2 by 16-inch. It weights 14 pounds.
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Con – It is NOT BPA free.

Hurom Elite Slow Juicer Model HH-SBB11 Noble Silver with Cookbook

This is Hurom’s newest juicer and it already boasts 4.5 stars on Amazon. While its overall rating is fantastic there are some very negative reviews on Amazon. When assessing products I don’t necessarily discount one if it has negative reviews IF the overall reviews are good and there are many with detailed positive reviews. Despite a few negative reviews, the overall rating and feedback on this juicer is very positive.

You can find the Hurom Elite Slow Juicer on Amazon by clicking here.

This juicer includes:

  • It uses its second generation patented Slow Squeezing Technology™ (SST) to extract 35% more juice than a high-speed centrifugal juicer.
  • Its super slow squeezing technology eliminates heat which breaks down enzymes.
  • It can handle soft and hard fruits and vegetables, wheatgrass, leafy greens.
  • The NEW auto pulp feature only ejects pulp if all the juice is squeezed out.
  • You can make baby food, fresh soy milk, tofu, nut butter and even sauces and marinades.
  • It has an advanced locking system that will prevent you from turning on the machine if it is not locked properly into place. A great safety feature if you have kids.
  • You get a 10-year warranty on the motor. They cover the other parts for 2 years.
  • It is BPA-free.
  • The package includes a cookbook.
  • It is 9.8 x 6.4 x 15.7 inches.
  • It weighs 13.8 pounds.

What is the current number one masticating juicer on Amazon?

The Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer - Black and Chrome

If you want to know more about this juicer now, click here to go to Amazon.

Omega juicers are efficient and reliable. They have produced juicers since opening in 1985. They offer masticating, centrifuge, and pulp ejection style juicers.

Super healthy juicers will like this brand as it can handle wheatgrass as well as other leafy greens due to its 80 RPM “low speed” system. This also ensures that enzymes will stay intact and thus juice made from this machine will provide more benefit.

It is easy to see why their Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon. It is a great price and it’s 15-year warranty is unbeatable.

Click here if you want to read a full review on this juicer.

Here are some of its features:

  • It is low-speed at only 80 RPMs. You can squeeze out a lot of juice with this very slow speed. This is also very important as it protects the enzymes from breaking down too quickly. This will also allow you to store juice for up to 72 hours. This is very convenient if you only have time to juice a few times a week.
  • It is great for leafy greens and even wheatgrass.
  • It extracts a high juice yield.
  • There is no clogging, foaming, or heat that builds up.
  • It has an added bonus of allowing you to make fresh nut butter, whip soy milk, grind coffee and spices and mince garlic and herbs. If you have a baby you can make fresh, yummy, and nutritious baby food.
  • Clean up is easy once you master all of the parts.
  • You can chose from a variety of really cool colors.
  • It has a fantastic 15-year warranty.
  • It measures 14-1/2 by 6-1/2 by 15-1/2 inches.
  • Its voltage is 110V.

Cons:

This machine is not noiseless. To prevent this problem you can place the juicer on a thin towel to keep it from moving and making noise.

You will have to take the time to chop up your fruits and veggies. But you will save time as with less oxidation your juice will last longer and thus you can make larger batches.

Which one should you buy?

Any one of these juicers would do a fantastic job on getting you on the road to overall health and I don’t think you could go wrong with any of them. Therefore like all choices in life, it all boils down to your personal preferences.

The Best Warranty

The Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer – Black and Chrome is 15 years!

Best Juice Yield

SKG and Hurom boast the highest juice yield.

Easiest to Clean

With Tribest you can take the feeding chute cover/assembly and turn it upside down with all of the parts contained within to easily allow it to drip dry.

Best Unusual Deal

SKG offers an unusual one-month free trial for anyone who purchases their product on Amazon.

Best Cleaning Feature

Breville Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer. Just pour 1 to 2 cups into it when the motor is running to flush it out between running different kinds of fruits and veggies.

Best Safety Feature

You can not turn on the Hurom Elite Slow Juicer Model HH-SBB11 unless you “lock” the machine. This is a great idea for those of us who have small children.

The Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer has a similar feature but its warranty is not nearly as good.

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I'm a stay home, homeschooling mommy of three little boys. One of my goals it to normalize natural living to bring us closer to mother earth.

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