Like many people, I have decided that this year I am going to work harder to get healthier. I already eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day. But, I also know that cooking them removes many of the nutrients that make them healthy. So, I am going to jump on the juicing bandwagon. I made it my mission to learn everything I could about juicing and what the best masticating juicer is on the market.
- Top 10 The Best Juicing Blenders to Buy
- Best Masticating Juicers
- 1. The Editor's Pick: Omega J8006 Nutrition Center masticating Dual-stage Juicer Juice Extractor
- 2. The Alternative Pick: Champion Juicer G5-PG710 - BLACK Commercial Heavy Duty Juicer
- 3. The Best Budget Masticating Juicer: Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer Extractor
- 4. The Highest Quality Masticating Juicer: Tribest GSE-5000 Greenstar Elite Cold Press Complete Masticating Juicer
- 5. The Masticating Juicer for Timer: SKG Wide Chute Anti-Oxidation Slow Masticating Juicer
- 6. The Best Multipurpose Masticating Juicer : Omega NC900HDC 6th Generation Nutrition Center Electric Juice
- Best Centrifugal Juicers
- 1. The Best Centrifugal Juicer: Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor
- 2. Alternative - The Best Centrifugal Juicer: Breville BJE820XL Juice Fountain Duo Dual Disc Juicer
- 3. The Best Budget Centrifugal Juicer: Cuisinart CJE-1000 Die-Cast Juice Extractor
- 4. The Centrifugal Juicer: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor
- What Can Juicing Do For You?
- Healthy Benefits of Juicing
- Risks of Juicing
- How to Prep your Fruits & Veggies before Juicing
- Masticating Juicers vs. Centrifugal Juicers
Top 10 The Best Juicing Blenders to Buy
To help you find the Best Masticating Juicer, I have tested the 10 “best” (both Masticating juicer and Centrifugal) on the market. Here is what I found, you can use this information to help you decide which model best fits your needs.
Best Masticating Juicers
The Omega J8006 is my first choice for a number of reasons. The first thing I noticed when buying the juicer is it comes in different colors. I know this is not important for some people, but I like my appliances to match my kitchen. The second thing I love about this juicer is how quiet it is. I get up quite early, it is the only “me” time in my day, so I am really happy that I can make my juice without waking my son. And the third thing I love about the Omega is the pulp is very dry, so I know I got all of the juice out of whatever produce I put into it.
This Champion Juicer might be the one for you, if you are looking for a kitchen tool that does more than just make juice. I really liked the fact that this machine can make sorbets, frozen fruit whips, my homemade nut butters and even baby food. One of my favorite guilty pleasures is ice cream. With this machine I was able to make healthier versions of my favorite treat, without all of the sugar and calories. By processing frozen fruit you get a cold treat that resembles soft serve ice cream, even my son loves it.
One of the other great things about the Champion Juicer is the sturdy construction, I just know this machine was built to last.
I included this juicer on the list for those who may have to watch their budget. What I liked about this juicer is how easy it was to assemble. This also makes cleaning it a breeze as there are only four main components, most of which are dishwasher safe. I also liked the compact size. Compared to some of the others I tested, this one takes up much less counter space. If that is a concern for you, this may be a good model to consider.
I did find the chute to be much smaller than others, so I spent more time having to cut the fruits and vegetables into smaller pieces.
If cost is not a concern, this is one of the best masticating juicers on the market. At first I was a little wary taking it out of the box. It looks like it would be a pain to assemble, but I found that was not the case. What I loved best about this juicer is how dry the pulp was, it resembled sawdust, so I knew I was getting every drop of juice out of what I put in.
This model is also excellent for making my nut butters, I love those. Cleaning up was quite easy, I liked the included brushes for cleaning the screen. It is a bit larger than other models mentioned here, so you might want to take that into consideration.
If time is a factor for you, this could be the model to check out. Unlike the other juicers I tested, this one has a large feeding chute, so I spent way less time chopping up my produce. Since it is a vertical design, the chute is also longer, I could easily add whole carrots and have it juice them with ease. I like that it took very little counter space and while the red color does not match my kitchen, it is pretty cool.
In most cases you need to drink your juice immediately to keep it from oxidizing, but with this juicer you can make it and store it in your refrigerator for up to two days, with little to no oxidizing. This was another time saver for me as I could juice enough for a couple of days at a time.
If you are like me and want more bang for your buck, this might be the juicer for you. Not only does it make delicious juice, with very dry pulp, it comes with attachments that make the machine a multipurpose kitchen appliance. I love that. Not only can you make sorbets and nut butters, but this juicer comes with an attachment to make your own pasta.
Another great option on this juicer is the choices of settings. A lot of other juicers won’t do citrus fruits or softer produce, but this Omega has a multipurpose setting, so I could juice all of my ingredients at one time.
I found it a little tricky to take apart for cleaning the first time, but I’m sure after a few uses that will no longer be the case.
Best Centrifugal Juicers
After testing a few of the centrifugal juicers I would definitely recommend this one. What I loved most about this Breville is the wide feeder chute, saves a bit of time on chopping up my produce. Otherwide, like many other centrifugal juicers, Breville have motor that make juice faster than Masticating Juicer. I also thought the two speeds, for doing both soft and hard ingredients was nice. This juicer will handle harder items, like ginger and beets, which is nice since many of them get clogged when adding these ingredients.
Fair warning, this machine is quite noisy, so no getting away with early morning juices without waking the whole house. The compact design is nice as it takes up very little space on the counter.
Yes, my second pick is another Breville, but these guys do know how to make a great centrifugal juicer. This one is a little more expensive than the one above, why it came in my “runner up” position. Again, it has a large feeding tube, I was able to put a whole apple in it, so I love how much time this saves me on prepping my juice ingredients. I really liked the dial for the speed setting, instead of the usual toggle switch, made it easier for me to get the right speed. And the cleanup, awe how easy, just a couple of parts to take off and throw in the dishwasher.
One thing I didn’t care for is the weight on this one, not as easy to move around the kitchen as most of the other juicers I tested.
I checked out this Cuisinart so I could review a juicer for those on a budget. The first thing I noticed about this juicer is the noise. Compared to most centrifugal juicers this one is definitely a lot quieter. If you are an early morning person this may be the one for you. Second thing I liked about the Cuisinart is the price, around $150. The motor has more watts than the Breville’s making extracting juice super-fast.
I did notice that it does not work as well as some others for the softer produce, like cucumbers, and the juice did have a small amount of foam. The motor has a handy shut-off feature so you won’t overheat it when making large quantities of juice.
Yep, it’s another Breville, but I wanted to include this one as it is a little more budget friendly than the other two I mentioned. For the money, this is not a bad juicer. I liked how fast it worked, I got about one cup of juice in only 5 seconds. And I also loved that it has a separator on the juice pitcher to cut back on the amount of foam. With a nice, sturdy base so it isn’t “moving” around the counter.
One drawback is that it does seem to extract as much juice as others that I have tried. The pulp tends to still be quite wet, especially when juicing softer fruits. Taking it apart to clean it is pretty easy so that is always a plus.
What Can Juicing Do For You?
Before setting out to buy the best juicer, I wanted to know more about juicing. What I learned is that there are both benefits and downfalls to this trend. If, like me, you are just starting on this journey I thought I would share what I have learned with you.
Healthy Benefits of Juicing
- Juicing is a great way to make sure you are getting the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day. According to the dietary guidelines. I am not getting the proper daily amount.
- Consuming fruits and vegetables in liquid form makes them easier to digest. Your body is better able to extract the vitamins and nutrients it needs.
- Juicing gives you more energy to power through the day. Rather than drink those trendy energy drinks that use caffeine and sugar, your body will be able to produce more natural energy through vitamin and nutrient intake.
- Juicing the proper fruits and vegetables, like grapefruits and garlic, can help remove harmful toxins from major organs. This is another way that juicing will give you more energy.
- You can create juice recipes tailored to how you want to feel. Certain combinations of ingredients will work to give energy, help you lose weight and can even relieve stress.
Risks of Juicing
- The biggest downfall to juicing is that most machines extract the juice and leave the pulp behind, but the pulp has fiber in it which the body needs.
- If you are using mainly fruits in your recipes you are likely to gain weight and not lose it. Fruit has more calories than vegetables. So they can add up quickly.
- If you are trying a juice only diet for weight loss, or to detox, you are missing out on much-needed protein. Protein helps to “fill you up” so you are less likely to eat that donut on your break at work.
As you can see, there are some great benefits that come from juicing. But we also need to plan out our recipes to make sure we are doing more good than harm. To make sure you get enough protein add a protein powder, or use almond milk in your juices. Our next step is to learn how to prep our fruits and vegetables before throwing them in our blender.
How to Prep your Fruits & Veggies before Juicing
If we don’t prep our produce before juicing it, we are likely going to negate the healthy benefits we are trying to meet. All of the produce you buy in the supermarket has pesticide residue on it. And I’m sure that you know pesticides are quite toxic. So the rule of thumb is wash it or peel it. One easy way to wash your produce is to fill your sink with tap water. Then add 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of fresh lemon juice. Add the produce and let soak for up to 5 minutes. Rinse everything off and you are ready to go.
With many fruits most of the vitamins and nutrients are in the skin. But farmers, and other produce sellers, coat fruits, like apples, with a wax covering. They do this to help preserve the fruit, but mostly to make it look more appetizing. So soak the apples in your veggie wash and use a soft scrub brush to remove that waxy coating.
We also want to cut larger fruits and vegetables into smaller pieces. By doing this we can cut down on the time it takes to extract the juice and cause less wear and tear on our juicers. Also be sure to remove the seeds, like those found in apples and oranges, before juicing them. For more quick tips you can check out this video I found on Youtube:
Masticating Juicers vs. Centrifugal Juicers
Before we get started, let’s take a quick look at the two major types of juicing blenders. These juicers extract juice differently and knowing the difference will help you to decide which one is right for you. So here are the pros and cons of each:
Pros of Masticating Juicer:
- Masticating juicer extracts juice by “pressing” the fruit or vegetable. They leave behind less pulp so you are getting more of the vitamins and nutrients out of your produce.
- Masticating juicers are quieter than the centrifugal kind, so you can juice in the morning without waking the household.
- They are able to break down leafy vegetables, like kale and spinach, easier.
- They are more cost-effective as you get more juice for your buck.
Cons of Masticating Juicer:
- Masticating juicers can be pricy, usually costing $250 or more.
Pros of Centrifugal Juicers
- Centrifugal juicers cost less than masticating ones. Just remember the adage, you get what you pay for.
- Centrifugal juicers use high-speed motors so you can make your juices quicker.
- This juicer is ideal for those just starting out on the juicing journey.
- They are usually easier to take a part and clean.
Cons of Centrifugal Juicers
- These juicers use a high-speed action that can actually cause your produce to lose many of the nutrients and vitamins you are trying so hard to extract.
- Due to the high-speed blades, these juicers are quite loud. So if you are an early morning person, like me, this would not be the best option for you.
After all of my research the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center masticating Dual-stage Juicer Juice Extractor is the best option, in my opinion. Since my whole goal is get healthier, I am opting for the masticating juicer as it keeps all the vitamins, nutrients and enzymes in my juice. Since I also get up early in the morning, I chose this one as my top pick because it is quieter than the rest. I can get my morning juice in without waking up my son. As time is a factor for me, I love the easy cleanup with only four parts to remove and wash. And although it may cost more than some of the others, I do believe it’s true that you get what you pay for.
So I’m sure that I will continue to love my Omega for years to come. I hope this guide helps you to choose a juicer that you too will love for many years to come.