Updated November 25, 2019 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Masticating Juicers

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This wiki has been updated 28 times since it was first published in April of 2015. Sometimes the best things in life take a bit longer to make. These slow masticating juicers promise to turn fruits and vegetables into delicious drinks while retaining all the flavor, vitamins, and nutrients by minimizing heat buildup and oxidation. You'll get more out of the produce you put in, and you can taste the difference. Many help you with other foods, too, such as nut butter or soy milk. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best masticating juicer on Amazon.

10. Kuvings Silent SC Series

9. Tribest Greenstar Elite

8. Mueller Austria Ultra

7. Omega VSJ843Q

6. SKG A10 Big Mouth

5. Breville Fountain Crush

4. Omega J8006HDS Nutrition Center

3. Kuvings Multi-Purpose

2. Hurom HP

1. Tribest SW2000

Special Honors

Goodnature X1 The Goodnature X1 is a serious commercial cold press machine that offers businesses the ability to produce up to 1,000 bottles a day. It's made in the USA with high quality components and conforms to a range of industry standards for your safety and peace of mind. goodnature.com

Sana Horeca EUJ-909 The Sana Horeca EUJ-909 offers commercial-grade quality for juice bars, health clubs, and more. A relatively quiet choice, it won't bother customers while in operation, and the smooth, foam-free product should please even the pickiest of palates. sana-store.com

Editor's Notes

November 19, 2019:

Anyone with even passing familiarity with juicers won't be surprised to see some of the names on this list, including Kuvings, Hurom, and Breville. These masticating options offer good results with cleanup that isn't too burdensome. The exception to this is the Kuvings Silent SC Series, simply because it can be a bit of a pain to disassemble. You'll also find two options from popular maker Omega. These are the Omega J8006HDS Nutrition Center and the Omega VSJ843Q. The former is known for an occasional issue where the screen can crack, but it's possible to replace this, so there's no need to junk the whole machine. We removed the very similar Omega NC900HDC because it also suffers from this screen problem and is less powerful than the J8006HDS.

We've also opted to remove a couple of lesser-known choices because of both long-term quality and availability issues, including the Aicok Cold Press. In their place, you'll find the top-notch Tribest Greenstar Elite, which is admittedly pricey, and the Mueller Austria Ultra, a budget-friendly option. It is a good starting point for those moving from a centrifugal juicer to a slow, masticating version.

Chew Or False: Mastication Is The Way

And if you did put forth that much effort in chewing, well, your jaw would be in shambles.

Chew. Or true, regarding that mastication question.

Mastication, it turns out, means chewing! Each and every one of us is actually born equipped with our very own masticating juicer: the mouth. A twofold problem arises here, though.

First off, our mouths are particularly bad at separating the juice from the pulp, despite their excellent masticating abilities.

The other fold of the problem is that we have a tendency to work our food over like an industrial vacuum cleaner, allowing nowhere near enough time to truly extract the nutrient potential of our fruits and vegetables. And if you did put forth that much effort in chewing, well, your jaw would be in shambles.

Enter the masticating juicer, with its ribbed auger and simple but effective pulp ejection system. This shape and design creates an environment in which food material gets chewed up and pushed outward toward the front of the juicer while the juice falls down toward a catch basin of your choosing. Or your...chewsing. Huh?

Other designs you'll see combine a vertical auger system with a built in catch basket, which is more convenient at the outset, but does make the unit a little harder to clean once you're done juicing.

Whether Tis Nobler To Juice Or To Blend

Juicing and blending get compared to each other a lot. There are countless videos online, nutrition blogs, and forums all dedicated to the comparison between and among juicers and to the benefits of juicing over blending, a lot more videos, blogs, and forums, in fact, than there are scientific studies comparing the methods.

Still, if you take a little time to think about the basic truths and common sense knowledge revolving around food, you can get a good idea of what each method offers the consumer.

Blenders and centrifugal juicers whip more oxygen into their juices and mixes.

The one thing we need to talk about is enemy numero uno: Oxygen. Sure, we need it to breathe and all, but it has the unique ability to diminish the nutrient content of your fruits and vegetables.

Here's a thought experiment: What happens to an apple when you cut it in half and leave it out on the counter? It starts to turn brown on the inside, right? This is called oxidation, and it kills a lot of the live enzymes you want to consume to maximize your health.

That doesn't mean than an oxidized apple is bad for you in any way. It's just not as good for you as a perfectly fresh apple.

Now, if you don't cut that apple at all, but you leave it on the counter for, say, two months, it'll still shrivel up and die, just a lot more slowly. It's a process that's constantly going on, you see, so you can never get at 100% of the available nutrients of anything. They're in a constant state of flux. Again, this is about maximization.

Blenders and centrifugal juicers whip more oxygen into their juices and mixes. It's that simple. So, for the maximum enzyme content and, arguably, the highest nutrient count, you're going to want a masticating juicer. Or you're going to want to start exercising those jaw muscles like crazy.

Juicing Through Time

As we mentioned earlier, mastication has been around since the the first identifiable chewing mechanisms were evolved among species. So, in that sense, we've been juicing for a while.

As we mentioned earlier, mastication has been around since the the first identifiable chewing mechanisms were evolved among species.

But as far as any record of human beings using their heightened capacity for tool development to separate the liquid elements of their food from the solid, well, that has to go back to the invention of wine. After all, you can't have wine without grape juice, and wine goes back at least to 7000 BCE.

There's even a history of mastication with the human mouth, like in Brazil, where Cauim is traditionally brewed only after its roots have been chewed and spit out by the women of a tribe.

The kind of juicing we're focused on here had its birth at the turn of the 20th century, when dietary sciences first began to promote vegetable juices as part of a substantially healthier human diet.

Early juicers were press-based, using direct force to crush the food in a machine rather like a vice, which was messy at first, but refined over the years.

Later texts in the field lead to the development of the Norwalk juicer, the Champion juicer, and other early brands in the 50s and 60s.

Nowadays, there's no shortage of brands and styles for your juicing preference, but cold-pressed mastication is the highest combination of the healthiest techniques and most powerful technology.

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Melissa Harr
Last updated on November 25, 2019 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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