When you start out on your juicer shopping journey, there are so many questions. What’s the difference between a cold press juicer and a centrifugal one? How does RPM matter? How wide is the feed chute? What happens when produce gets stuck in the machine? What’s the best juicer for leafy greens or celery?
Before purchasing any juicer, it is worth learning a little more about how they work, what to look for, and the different types of juicers that are now available for home use. My favorite is a cold press juicer. I’ll tell you why and give you all the important details on my top five.
It literally took me days to wade through dozens of different juicer manufacturers and models. I almost got crossed eyes trying to figure out the sometimes tiny differences between units, even by the same maker! This article aims to make things super clear and practical for you.
What is a Cold Press Juicer?
One of the first things that totally confused me was all the juicer names! This should clarify things for you:
Cold Press = Masticating = Slow Juicer
Centrifugal = Traditional Juicer = Fast Juicer
Cold press masticating juicers have become much more popular in recent years, due in part to the fact that they reduce food oxidation levels, which results in juices that last longer, and are able to retain more of their natural nutrients.
Cold press juicers are also called slow juicers because the gears rotate slowly, and you are able to process more ingredients per revolution through the press action of the juicing augers. Other advantages of cold press juicers include less foam, dryer pulp, more juice, and these machines tend to last longer than centrifugal juicers.
RPM = revolutions per minute
Traditional juicers, on the other hand, use centrifugal force as a way to extract juice from foods, which can be a faster and more efficient way to make juice. These types of juicers tend to create a higher level of oxidation which means that the juice you extract will not last as long as cold-pressed juice.
What To Look For When Buying a Cold Press Juicer
Perhaps your first consideration when shopping for a juicer should be determining what types of foods you will be juicing and whether you want to be able to do more than just juice, such as making pasta. Yes, the fancy juicers can do all kinds of cool stuff!
If you plan on juicing more than once or twice a week, you will want to invest in a high-quality juicer that is made by a well-respected brand. Not all juicers are built to last, and because they are forced to do some pretty hard work, you will want to buy one that has a long warranty, high-quality parts, and good customer service.
Here are some important consideratons:
- SPEED – measured in revolutions per minute and determines how fast your juice is extracted, as well as how much the juice gets heated through the process.
- POWER – the greater the motor power, the more juice you can extract from your produce.
- ATTACHMENTS – enable you to make a whole bunch of things in addition to juice, such as sorbet, nut butters and pasta!
- SIZE – a heavy-duty juicer may take up a fair amount of kitchen real estate, but there are decent compact juicers available if space is an issue for you.
- HORIZONTAL OR VERTICAL – vertical juicers tend to have a more sleek, compact design, though may not have the extraction power or extra functionality of the larger, horizontal juicers.
- WARRANTY – it’s only commonsense that a longer warranty is the best policy when it comes to appliances you plan to use regularly.
To make sure the juicer way is clear, now let’s get into some of those frequently asked questions about cold press juicers…
FAQs About Cold Press Juicers
What’s the difference between a cold press juicer and a traditional (centrifugal) juicer?
In a nutshell, a centrifugal juicer chops the produce and extracts the juice by spinning at high speed, while a cold press juicer slowly grinds and presses the produce to squeeze out the juice.
Is a cold press juicer better?
Since a cold press juicer slowly “chews” or masticates the food like our teeth do, more nutrients and enzymes are able to be preserved through this more natural extraction process than with a centrifugal process.
The pressing action of the juicer augers breaks down fruit and vegetable fibers very thoroughly, and thus greater amounts of nutrients are released into the juice.
In addition, the cold-press process doesn’t heat the produce like centrifugal force can, so there’s a greater chance of keeping the nutrients and enzymes from losing quality (effect of oxidation).
So, if the best quality and quantity of juice is your goal and you don’t mind a slower juicing process, go cold press.
However, if you want your juice fast, with less chopping, perhaps centrifugal is the way forward for you.
What are the pros and cons of a cold press juicer?
|Can produce a greater juice yield||Is a slower juicing process, 5-6 minutes|
|Preserve more nutrients||Generally more expensive|
|Tend to produce less froth||Some horizontal models can be large|
|Can handle leafy greens||May have small feed chutes, requiring more chopping|
|May have more functionality than just making juice||Need to be cleaned right away to avoid getting gunked up|
|Top models have longer warranties|
What is the benefit of cold pressed juice?
A big benefit is that you get to drink your veggies in delicious juices that are packed with essential vitamins and minerals! If you’re not a big fan of chewing lots of veggies and getting annoying fibers stuck in your teeth, then this is the way to go.
Juice from juicing is quickly and efficiently absorbed by the body, and the nutrients quickly enter the bloodstream. These concentrated nutrients can help in the detoxification process, as well as boost your immunity and overall health. Check out some delicious juice recipes here.
How long does cold pressed juice last?
Cold pressed juice can last for up to 3 days in the fridge.
Be aware that some store-bought juices may last longer due to additives or pasteurisation methods. So if you’re not keen on that, check your labels, or just make your own juice at home.
Does cold pressed juice need to be refrigerated?
Yes, cold pressed juice should be kept in the fridge at or below 41° F (5° C). That’s the recommendation of the FDA.
Top 5 Best Cold Press Juicers
Assuming that you have decided on a good quality, cold press juicer, then here are a few that might meet your needs. Whether you are looking for a high-yield one, a long-lasting one, or a heavy-duty one, you should be able to find one at a price that you can afford.
Buying a juicer and getting started with the whole “juicing thing’ can be pretty intimidating at first, so it is worth taking your time to research and determine just what features are going to be important to you.
If you’re pressed for time and need a quick snapshot of my top five cold press juicers, take a look at this comparison table:
Quick Comparison Table
|#1. Omega |
|#2. Greenstar |
|#3. Kuvings |
|#4. SKG A10||35rpm||250W||none||2 yrs|
|#5. Hamilton |
Now for my top five cold press juicer recommendations in detail:
#1. Omega J8006HDS – Best All-Round Juicer
It goes without saying that one of the leading brands in high quality, low speed juicing is Omega. This juicer is top of the range, with a fairly slow processing rate of 80 rpm. The result of this is that your juice will be slower to oxidize, will last longer, and will maintain more of their natural nutrients.
The Omega J8006HDS (full review) is able to do a lot more than just produce juice – you can create nut butters, baby foods, soy milk, grind coffee and spices, mince garlic, herbs, and even extrude pasta. You just couldn’t do any of that with a simple juicer. That’s why I’ve named it the best all-round – it’s so versatile.
The benefits of this juicer far exceed its simple ability to extrude slowly. It is made with a high-quality GE Ultem Auger that is eight times stronger than regular plastic augers. It also has a motor that operates at the equivalent of 2HP.
This is also a dual-stage juicer, which means that it extracts juice first by crushing the food and then by pressing the food. Because of this, you will get much more juice and extremely dry pulp. Also, for a masticating juicer, it is very quiet.
If there is a downside to this machine, it is that the feed tube is somewhat small and that it has a rather large footprint – 14.5” x 6.5” x 15.5”. It weighs 18 pounds. But it comes with a 15-year warranty, which certainly says a lot about the high-quality parts that this is made from.
Among the reviews that you will find online for this juicer, many proclaim just how powerful this juicer is. In fact, many commercial entities use this juicer and have found that it is capable of holding up to some serious use. Other reviewers mention how amazing it is that the juice that is extracted is virtually free of pulp, with no chunks at all.
This juicer is number one on this list because it can really do it all. It’s versatile, robust, and can handle most produce really well. If you’re a regular juicer and want to make a whole variety of healthy foods in addition to fresh juices, go for it! You’re purchasing a healthy lifestyle, not just a juicer, and that’s worth the investment in my book.
#2. Green Star Elite GSE-5000 – Best Heavy Duty Juicer
Tribest, the company which manufactures the Greenstar juicer, has been in the business of making high-quality cold press masticating juicers for quite some time and is considered to be one of the leaders in cold-press technology. This particular juicer comes with a 12-year manufacturer’s warranty for household use, and a three-year warranty for professional use which certainly says something about the quality of this product.
This juicer operates at 110 RPM. It’s not as slow as the other juicers on this list, but you can’t just judge according to speed. The produce is crushed in a similar way to what your teeth do to food when you chew. The juicer has what is called a “human mastication system” whereby the food is ground and chopped before the juice is extracted. The result is that you will have less trouble with hard fruits and vegetables such as apples or carrots, and extracting butter from seeds or nuts is easier than ever before.
This three-stage masticating system also helps to ensure that food does not get trapped in the gears or the pulp ejection system. This makes cleaning up a lot easier and you can rest assured that you will be getting the most juice for your money. It has also been shown that this method of extraction is the best way to maintain high levels of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, too.
The Greenstar GSE-5000 measures 18.6” x 6.8” x 12.4” and weighs 24 pounds. Many of the online reviews of this juicer mention how easy it is to assemble, how sturdy and heavy it feels, and how quiet it is during operation. Cleaning this juicer may take longer than other smaller, less complex models (up to 10 minutes), but most people say it’s worth the trouble.
When you purchase this Greenstar juicer (full review), in addition to full instructions you will also receive cleaning brushes and a proprietary scraper tool to help with cleaning.
You can do basic food processing (salsa, sorbet, nut butters etc.) with this juicer, and you’ll also get a bread knob for making breadsticks, rice cakes, and mochi. If you are interested in making pasta, you’ll have to buy the pasta attachment separately. A lot of people who enjoy juicing also find that making their own soy milk, almond milk, or experimenting with homemade nut butters can really be worthwhile.
In a nutshell, this juicer is a work-horse and can handle the widest variety of fruits and vegetables. While juicing, you can adjust the pressure on pulp ejection to reduce clogging. No other juicer on this list can compare in this regard. If you’re a regular juicer and want to make sure you’re getting the best, look no more.
#3. Kuvings B6000s – Best Value
One thing that you will find when you start looking for high-quality masticating juicers is that they can get pretty expensive. Both home and professional models are significantly more expensive than traditional centrifugal juicers, but they are healthier, last longer, and certainly worth the expense. One of the juicers known for being both extremely sturdy and great value is the Kuvings B6000S.
This vertically oriented juicer measures 9” x 8.2” x 17.6” and weighs just over 14 pounds. Finding enough benchtop space won’t be an issue with this juicer, which is the most compact unit on this list.
With a wide feed chute of 3 inches, you will have less pre-chopping to do and can quickly make juice from larger pieces of food – something that many experienced juicing fanatics appreciate.
The Kuvings B6000S operates at a low extraction speed of 60 RPM. This helps to ensure that all of the possible nutrients are extracted from the food and that oxidation is kept to a minimum. This low extraction speed also means that it operates quieter than other juicers. There is very little noise or vibration which is important if you are making juice in the morning while the rest of your family is sleeping.
This juicer comes equipped with a 240 W motor that is one of most powerful of all the masticating juicers and should pose no trouble to even the toughest, most fibrous fruits and vegetables. You will also get a sorbet attachment, a cleaning tool, a smart cap for combining juices, and full instructions.
In addition to making fresh juices, you’ll also be able to whiz up sorbets, smoothies, baby food and nut milks. Pretty versatile for such a compact machine.
This best-selling slow juicer is well known for how easy it is to make juice out of whole carrots, without the need for even chopping them up. Cleaning is also fairly easy, due in part to the included cleaning tool – and if you have ever tried to clean a juicer, then you know how important this is!
#4. SKG A10 Slow Masticating Juicer – Best High-Yield
When shopping for a juicer, some people are looking for one that is quiet, while others are looking for one that is affordable. But for those who are intent on getting the most juice out of each piece of fruit or vegetable, the SKG Slow Masticating Juicer will do the job, and sit with style on your kitchen counter too.
With a 250 W engine, this is the most powerful and the slowest juicer on this list. It operates at a very slow speed of 35 RPMs, which is how it is able to extract so much juice. The obvious benefit of a juicer that operates at such a slow speed is that not only will you get more juice per piece of food, but that oxidation will be at a minimum. With less oxidation, your juice is going to last longer – usually up to three days in the refrigerator.
Another huge benefit is its 3.15-inch turn-over chute, which is larger than most juicers and can save you a lot of preparation time. In addition, it has a separate 1.75-inch chute specifically for feeding in long, thin items such as carrots and celery.
All parts are made from high-quality Tritan food-grade anti-oxidation materials. The juicer also comes with a handy carry handle so moving is easy.
At 21 inches tall and about 9 inches wide, it’s almost as compact as the Kuvings juicer. With only four pieces to put together and take apart, assembly and cleaning does not have to be a struggle. Plus there’s a special brush included for scrubbing out the strainer.
You get two types of strainers with this unit – one fine, for purer juice, and another rough, for when you want juice with more pulp. A second filter removes the foam, before the juice is ready.
Stringy produce such as celery can tend to get caught in the strainer, but feeding in shorter pieces reduces this problem. Also, the Reverse button will spin the motor in the opposite direction to help release anything that’s stuck.
A lot of people mention just how quiet it is able to operate, and how the high juice yield is quite impressive. By being able to extract 70% from oranges, 81.3% from pears, 78% from apples, 80.5% from celery, and 55% from carrots, you’ll end up saving money on your fruit and veggie bill.
#5. Hamilton Beach Masticating Juicer – Most Affordable
Chances are that you probably already have one or two Hamilton Beach appliances in your home. This company is known for making high quality, long-lasting kitchen appliances for people who love cooking. So, it should come as no surprise that Hamilton Beach has also moved into the juicing market with their slow-action masticating juicer.
Among the high-end juicers, the Hamilton Beach is certainly one of the most affordable. This juicer comes with a three-year warranty and US-based customer support. It operates on 150 W of power which means that it is also very quiet. It measures 7.4” x 12.6” x 13.5” and weighs just under 10 pounds, making it one of the smaller and lighter masticating juicers.
This juicer comes with a recipe book, instruction manual, and everything you need to get started including a strainer, container, and cleaning brush. It has a Tritan auger that crushes and squeezes the juice in a masticating fashion, allowing you to get more than twice as much juice as a centrifugal juicer. All surfaces that come in contact with food are completely BPA-free and dishwasher safe.
One thing that should be noted about this particular juicer is that the processing speed or RPMs are not noted on the product description. Some reviewers have stated that they believe it to be approximately 50 RPMs, which is about right for a juicer in this price range.
When you read the reviews for this cold press juicer, one thing that you will see is that this is often the first juicer for many people. Because it is affordable, it is a less threatening way to begin juicing yet it has all of the features that you would normally find in much higher priced juicers. A lot of people have said that it is quite effective with hard foods such as carrots and apples and that the recipe book that comes along with this is a good benefit, too.
What’s the Best Cold Press Juicer for You?
As you can see, there are excellent options available when it comes to low speed, masticating juicers. It is not necessary to go “top-of-the-line” in order to get something that works for you.
For example, if you are new to juicing, then choosing a more affordable one, such as the Hamilton Beach Juicer, might make you feel a little better about experimenting with juicing to see if it is right for you.
On the other hand, if you already know what you’re doing and you’re looking for a high quality, heavy-duty, or high-volume juicer, then it is certainly worth investing the money in a juicer like the Greenstar Elite.
Some features are important to almost everyone, including the ability to clean the juicer quickly and easily, and having a juicer that operates quietly without vibration. Having a wide or large feed chute may not be that important to you right now, but if you are working with large pieces of food on a regular basis, then it might be worth investing in a juicer with a larger chute.
Both the Kuvings and SKG juicers are compact and have good-sized feeding chutes. The Kuvings B6000s has greater functionality (think sorbets and nut milks) and is easy to clean; while the SKG A10 is the slowest juicer, easier on your purse and extracts a higher juice yield.
My favorite is the Omega J8006. Although it’s not the slowest juicer on the list, it’s versatile and robust, and very reasonably priced considering all it can do. Plus you get 15 years warranty!
Ultimately you must choose the juicer that is best for your own circumstances. Have fun on your juicer journey, and I hope I’ve been able to assist you along the way 😊