The Best Masticating Juicers, According to Our Test Kitchen
For most people, a juicer is a nice-to-have, not need-to-have kitchen appliance. But if you're looking to save money on buying prepared juices at the store or coffee shop, investing in a masticating juicer can help your budget (and your health goals) in the long run. Masticating juicers, also known as slow juicers or cold-press juicers, use a crush-and-press method to extract juice from fruits and vegetables. Although they tend to be more expensive than other juicers, many of these models come with add-ons that can work like blenders or food processors, which turn your juicer into a multifunctional appliance. To help you find the perfect juicer to fit your needs, we've pulled together a list of the best masticating juicers.
Masticating Juicers vs. Centrifugal Juicers
There are two main styles of juicers: masticating juicers and centrifugal juicers. Masticating juicers are often considered "better" because they can handle leafy greens, wheatgrass and even soaked nuts more efficiently than a centrifugal juicer. The main difference between the two styles lies in how they extract the juice from produce.
A centrifugal juicer uses a blade to shred and cut produce, spinning it at high speed to separate the juice from the pulp. This process is fast, but centrifugal juicers can be loud and won't produce as much juice, since some liquid will be left in the pulp.
In contrast, a masticating juicer "chews" the produce by slowly grinding it and pressing it through a metal mesh strainer or filter to extract the juice from the pulp. While it's not quite as fast as a centrifugal juicer, the slow juicing process doesn't take an exorbitantly longer time. Masticating juicers also have quieter motors because they don't need to spin a cutting disc at high speed.
Because of the delicate parts and the tendency for the filter and strainer components to clog, all masticating juicer manufacturers recommend hand-washing immediately after making juice (though some models may also be dishwasher-safe). This shouldn't be seen as too much of a hindrance, though. For most masticating juicers, cleaning shouldn't take more than a few minutes.
Benefits of Masticating Juicing
While masticating juicers tend to be more expensive than centrifugal juicers, the slow grinding mechanism makes these juicers more thorough and efficient at extracting juice from fresh produce—especially leafy greens. You'll get more bang for your buck in the produce section to make one glass of kale, apple and celery juice.
A common claim is that juice made in a masticating juicer retains more nutrients and vitamins than juice made in a centrifugal juicer. This has not been proven in recent studies, though. Neither a centrifugal juicer nor a masticating juicer will retain fiber in the juice—if that's what you want, try a green smoothie!
Best Masticating Juicers
This is our list of the best masticating juicers to make it easier for you to pick one. Each juicer was tested with 2 ounces of kale, 3 ounces of celery and two small apples. If a juicer had additional accessories and capabilities like being able to make nut milk, those were tested as well. In each test, we noted how much juice and pulp were separately extracted and how foamy the juice was.
- Best Overall Masticating Juicer: Hurom H101 Easy Clean Slow Juicer
- Best Masticating Juicer for Large Fruit: Kuvings EVO820 Whole Slow Juicer
- Best Masticating Juicer for Crushing Ice: Tribest Slowstar
- Best Budget-Friendly Masticating Juicer: Dash Cold Press Juicer
- Best-Selling Masticating Juicer on Amazon: Aicook Slow Masticating Juicer
Read on for details on what makes these masticating juicers the best.