Best Masticating Juicers 2018 – Top Picks & Reviews
You might have come after gasping at the price of a top of the line masticating juicer to find out what makes them so special. They are more expensive but specialized products command a premium. A masticating juicer solves many of the previous problems that juice aficionados face in their quest for great juice. They are quiet instead of sounding like a train, reduce rather than increase oxidization and get the very most out of produce when it comes to yield.
What is the best masticating juicer out there I hear you ask! Read our top 5 masticating juicer reviews to find out!
5 Best Masticating Juicers 2018
#1 Omega NC900HDC – Top Pick
The best masticating juicer on the market right now is the Omega NC900HDC. This is almost identical to the Omega NC800HDS, with the only difference being the color. If you prefer chrome over silver (as I do!), go with our pick. Either one will work however.
Omega didn’t reinvent the wheel with this line but instead refined their model and made mostly small beneficial changes. They crucially kept all the same things that made the earlier Omega masticating juicers such big hits. You still get the fantastic 15-year warranty and it is easy to assemble and disassemble.
The key upgrades are in yield and the increased size of the feed chute. In essence, you will get more juice out and it is easier to feed more produce in. Like most horizontal masticating juicers, the Omega NC900HDC works fantastically with leafy greens. The adjustable cap and new larger screen facilitate larger juice yields from leafy greens. However, this juicer is more adaptable than that and can also be used for sorbets, nut butter and of course the usuals – fruit and veg.
The two main downsides are possibly unavoidable in this category. Firstly, it takes up space as it is a horizontal juicer. If counter space is at a premium, then this might not be the pick for you. Secondly, it is expensive. Again however, any juicer optimized to extract from greens and to do so at a slow speed (so as to reduce oxidization) is expensive. It kind of comes with the territory.
We have no hesitation recommending the Omega NC900HDC as best in class. It has fantastic yield and the juice can be stored for a long time (up to 72 hours). It is also easy to clean and assemble. It is a slam dunk as long as you have the space and the cash needed.
- Fantastic yield
- Easy to assemble and clean
- BPA free
- Takes up space
#2 Omega J8006 – Best Masticating Juicer for the Money
Our second juicer is another Omega, the Omega J8006. We consider the Omega J8006 the best juicer for the money on the market right now. This model is two generations below our top pick (Omega NC900HDC) which explains its relative price. The Omega NC900HDC only had to make small changes to achieve excellence because the Omega J8006 broke so much ground in the first place. It is still up to the job and quite the bargain.
The Omega 8006 is a horizontal masticating juicer ideal for leafy greens, although it also can juice fruit and vegetables as well as making nut butter and sorbet. Like its successor, it is easy to clean and easy to assemble. It boasts the standard 15 year Omega warranty (which you must think of when pricing juicers – Breville for example only has one year warranties) and spins slow enough to reduce oxidization and increase storage time.
Its downsides mirror the Omega NC900HDC. It takes up precious counter space and is still more expensive than a centrifugal juicer. However, it also has a few faults that were ironed out by the newer model. The feed chute is smaller, requiring pre cutting and making it less easy to feed. It also has a smaller screen which means less juice extracted. Finally, it isn’t BPA free unlike the Omega NC900HDC.
These are relative faults as it still compares well with other juicers on the market and blows similarly priced contenders out of the water. That’s what makes it such value for money earning it our strong recommendation when it comes to this (very important) criteria.
- 15-year warranty
- Easy to assemble and clean
- Takes up space
- Small feed chute
- Not BPA Free
#3 Omega Slow Vertical Masticating VRT330S
Keeping up the trend, our next pick is surprise surprise, also an Omega. The clue is in the name, because unlike our first two picks, the Omega Slow Vertical Masticating VRT330S is a vertical auger juicer.
There are minuses to this as horizontal auger juicers are usually better at extracting leafy greens but that comparison is not entirely fair. If you are buying a vertical auger juicer, then space is a concern for you. In that sense, then, the fair comparison is with other vertical juicers and those are primarily centrifugal juicers. In this competition, the Omega Slow Vertical Masticating VRT330S is hard to beat.
Compared to a typical centrifugal juicer, the Omega Slow Vertical Masticating VRT330S is quieter, produces a higher yield and also produces higher quality less oxidized juice. This juices can be stored for up to 72 hours. Juice from a centrifugal juicer can typically only be stored for a day tops.
The main downside is related to its verticality and thus can’t really be avoided. Leafy greens and produce need to be precut before feeding. Otherwise the auger will become clogged. The user has to make a choice here between space, quality and convenience.
In short, the Omega Slow Vertical Masticating VRT330S is located right at the sweet spot for the person who has little space but wants high quality juice that can be stored for up to 72 hours. If that is you, then this juicer is all that you need.
- Easy to clean
- Relatively inexpensive
- Takes up little space
- Requires pre-cutting
- 10-year warranty (rather than the normal 15)
#4 Champion Juicer G5-PG710
Number 4 is the Champion Juicer G5-PG710. Not an Omega! This flexible American made horizontal auger juicer can even deal with grains providing it has the right attachments. Its excels as a slow juicer however.
The G5-PG710 is sturdy or heavy – depending on whether you are a glass half full or empty kind of person (hopefully it is juice in that glass!). It weighs in at 26 pounds which means it won’t move much when juicing. Like the Omega masticating juicers, it spins slowly enough to reduce oxidization, improving juice quality and extending shelf life. On a more personal note, I also think this is just a good-looking machine. Especially in black. It also comes in white, silver and brown to match almost any kitchen.
The G5-PG710 is upgradeable with special attachments for the aforementioned grain and also for greens and specifically wheatgrass. I say ‘upgradeable’ because they do not come as standard. This is a pretty big downside for what is an expensive machine. As it is a horizontal auger juicer, it also takes up quite a bit of space.
Unlike the Omega models above, the Champion Juicer is more suitable to produce other than greens. This is a great juicer for someone who uses fruit (hard and soft) rather than leafy greens as their primary ingredients. This is especially so, because it is quicker than the average slow juicer – saving you time.
- Great for veg and fruit
- BPA free
- Very adaptable with attachments
- Faster than your average slow juicer (but not your average bear)
- Not all attachments are not included
- Not great for leafy greens
- Takes up quite a bit of space
#5 Breville BJS600XL
The Breville BJS600XL is our fifth entry. You might have done a double take at a Breville juicer being on a list of the top 5 masticating juicers. Breville dominate the centrifugal juicer market but this is their first real forays into the slow juicer field – and it is a good one.
Like their line of centrifugal juicers, the Breville BJS600XL is a vertical juicer, taking up very little counter space. This is extremely important to some users (including myself!) but there are some things to keep in mind. You save space with a vertical juicer but generally they can be harder to feed (because of a smaller chute) and thus require precutting of produce (especially leafy greens). The Breville BJS600XL is no exception in this regard. However, unlike centrifugal juicers, the BJS600XL spins at a slow 80rpm reducing oxidization and allowing longer storage of juice.
The BJS600XL is ideal if you are interested in primarily juicing fruit and vegetables. It does not perform as well with leafy greens as the primary ingredient. However, if you juice a mix of produce, this is a fantastic price point to get a masticating juicer.
- Come at a great price
- Not noisy at all
- Saves counter space
- 10-year warranty on the motor but only one year for parts
- Can clog easily
To masticate is to chew and masticating juicers are juicers that almost ‘chew’ their food. Whatever you feed into the juicer is slowly crushed by the auger (or single gear) against the surrounding wire/mesh screen to squeeze out the precious juice. This is done slowly (around 80rpm but some go even lower than that) enough so that the juice remains cold. Because of this, masticating juicers are also sometimes called either cold press or slow juicers.
There is some controversy on whether every slow juicer is automatically a masticating juicer. Some manage to run at slow rpms but without using a crushing action (like the Breville BJS600XL). The effects and benefits are more or less the same however.
And what are those benefits you speak of?
Masticating juicers have several benefits compared to other types of juicers. These include:
- Reduced oxidization
- Higher nutrient retention
- Quieter action
- Longer storage time
- Greater yield
- More efficient juicing of leafy greens
The low speed of the masticating juicers reduces the large amount of oxidization introduced into the juice by faster moving juicers. This has three main benefits that underlie the appeal of the masticating juicer – quality and convenience.
Firstly, the juice that is produced is of higher quality: it retains more nutrients as the produce isn’t totally oxidized and shredded apart.
Secondly, it means that the juice can be stored longer. Juice from a masticating juicer can be stored for up to 72 hours. Typically, juice has to be consumed in a much shorter time than that. This is a god send for someone whose time is precious in the morning (or just precious at all!)
And lastly, another morning benefit, it is wondrously quiet. Your roommates or family will not be woken up to the house being shaken by your juicer every morning. They will thank you, especially as there will be delicious juice in the fridge when they awake. Everyone is happy!
Masticating juicers’ slow process also produce a greater yield. In fact, masticating juicers can yield up to 20% more juice than other juicers. This is especially true for leafy greens. They excel in this area, one where centrifugal juicers are particularly weak. This has to be taken into account when comparing differences in price – less produce is required to make the same amount of juice. We also have a leafy green juicers buying guide, if you’re on the look for a solid juicer in this field.
Sounds wonderful! But, are there any downsides?
Well, the major downside is price. Masticating juicers are quite a bit more expensive than centrifugal juicers. The price difference can be mitigated by a few of the benefits above in that you will have higher yield from your produce, a higher quality juice, longer storage and an ability to extract efficiently from greens. You have to decide how important these factors are. For example, if you have very little time and make juice in bulk from leafy greens – then the price will probably be worth it to you. If you drink juice immediately, don’t care about noise and juice mainly fruit and vegetables – then it might not be for you.
Additionally, the main slow juicer brands tend to have fantastic warranties. Omega has 10-15 year warranties. Breville (the main centrifugal juicer producer) usually only has one year warranties. Again, factor that into the price.
Another obvious downside is that they are slow. I know that is the whole point, but if you have a need for speed, I’d look elsewhere.
Finally, the last downside is counter space. Most masticating juicers feature horizontal augers. These require a larger footprint than a vertical centrifugal juicer. There are vertical masticating juicers but they have their own pluses and minuses compared to the horizontal ones.
And they are?
They both have many of the same benefits, in yield, storage time and quality. The main difference is, of course, counter space. The vertical masticating juicer takes up less space and if space is at a premium, it could be the better option. However, the horizontal models do hold the edge in that they are superior for juicing primarily leafy greens. This is their real strength. Vertical slow juicers will tend to clog more and require pre-cutting of greens.
Vertical masticating juicers are also usually more expensive. The difference in price may drop as more and more vertical masticating juicers enter the market.
Who should get a horizontal masticating juicer?
You have the counter space and you want the yield, storage and quality of a masticating juicer. Also, you primarily juice leafy greens. Horizontal masticating juicers are really the best consumer option for juicing leafy greens. There are industrial options that are better but for the average person, this is where it’s at.
Who should get a vertical masticating juicer?
You don’t have a lot of counter space or you just prefer to own leaner appliances. You juice leafy greens but you also juice a mix of fruits and vegetables. This is the option for the generalist who wants high quality juice that can be stored. You will pay more for the added counter space, however.
Who shouldn’t get a masticating juicer?
You are new to juicing, you primarily juice fruit and vegetables and you drink the juice immediately. Generally, you don’t need a masticating juicer if quality is not your highest priority. Centrifugal juicers are quicker and produce great juice, just not as good as a masticating juicer. For a lot of people, that is a better choice.
I’m sold! What kinds of options are there out there?
Well, check out our top 5 list above! Otherwise, there are many companies who make masticating juicers with a few big hitters. Omega are generally considered the cream of the crop here but Tribest, Kuvings, Champion and now even Breville also produce great masticating juicers.
Masticating juicers often come with attachments that allow you to make sorbets, nut butter and even grind coffee beans. They can be versatile machines so keep an eye out for what your chosen juicer can do – and what other kitchen appliances it can make redundant. Also, keep in mind that these attachments sometimes have to be bought separately. If you intend to use the juicer for that purpose, factor it into the price.
Masticating juicers have come a long way. They are becoming slower and slower as well as becoming more and more sophisticated. We believe that right now there are a ton of extremely high quality slow juicers on the market as exemplified in our top 5 list. The juicer for you is out there and for most discerning users the masticating juicer is the optimal choice. They simply produce the most quality juice on the market. You will taste the difference each and every day, even if you did not make the juice on the same day. Not only that, but you can use them for so many other specialized tasks. Their unique ability to efficiently process greens is not sacrificed for versatility. Masticating juicers extract the most and create the most nutrition juice from leafy greens, making them the obvious choice for any ‘greens dominant’ juicer out there.
The bottom line is that any one of these juicers would be a great addition to your kitchen countertop – depending on your individual needs. There is so much choice out there with a wide range of prices and products available – so I hope we have made it easier for you to decide.
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