If you are truly and honestly interested in juicing, the best type of juicer you can get is a masticating juicer. Masticating juicers are somewhat more expensive than centrifugal juicers, and they are notoriously more difficult to clean. However, when it comes to the quality of the juice you get they are many times better than centrifugal juicers. That is because the juice in a centrifugal machine is very well aerated, basically every molecule of juice comes into direct contact with the air and that tends to break down the enzymes in the juice, and reduces its shelf life dramatically. To give you an idea of the huge difference in the quality of the juice, with a masticating juicer, you can store for up to 4 days the juice and it will still be very good and delicious, while with a centrifugal juicer you need to drink it within half an hour of making it. The conclusion is simple: if you plan to go through a juice fast, you need to use a masticating juicer; if you want to be able to give your children a glass of freshly squeezed apple juice every day and that is it, you will be better served by a centrifugal juicer. There are of course a lot of intermediate steps between those 2 phases and there are some masticating juicers that will fit even the tightest budget restraints. So make sure to scroll past the following list where we give you only the barest details about each juicer, and check out the in depth reviews we have prepared for you just below the list.
1. Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer
We are going to start with one of the most famous masticating juicers on the planet, the Omega J8006. If you check out most videos about the difference between a centrifugal and a masticating juicer, you will often see the Omega going up against a host of different centrifugal juicers. It has earned the spot of the best masticating juicer on the market because it is priced very competitively and there simply is no other product that is better or that has any significant differences. It has a 1/3 horse power motor that rotates the ogre at 80 rotations per minute. That is actually as slow or slower than an average human’s chewing speed, so the juice does not over heat, it does not even increase in temperature at all, and much of it does not come in contact with air at all. You can actually see a huge difference in color between the juice you get from the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer and anyone of the centrifugal juicers on the market. The pulp comes out almost perfectly dry and, although you could, we do not really recommend making anything else from it because the juicer really does not leave anything in it except dry fibrous material. We are going to talk about several other Omega juicers so let us also mention here that the J8006 is also the most presentable of them all, perfectly fit for any kitchen cook top.
2. Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer
Besides the horizontal ogre masticating juicer, there is an even newer technology that uses a vertical crusher, that is closer related to a grain mill than to a juicer. As a result it is even more effective than a regular ogre powered juicer, but not significantly more so, and it is, in general more expensive. The Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer is one of the more affordable versions, and it still is somewhat more expensive than the Omega J8006. The juice itself comes very little in contact with the air so you still get all the benefits you would expect from a masticating juicer. The Breville uses a 240 watts motor, and it has a smaller foot print than the Omega. We also found that the filter basket was easier to clean, and that feature alone should get a lot of people to switch to a vertical masticating juicer even though you have to pay a little bit extra.
3. KitchenAid KSM1JA Masticating Juicer
Provided you own or are also willing to buy a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, you have an extremely affordable and yet high quality alternative to almost any other masticating juicer on the market. The KitchenAid KSM1JA Masticating Juicer is actually powered by anyone of the Kitchen Aid stand mixers on the market, so, as a standalone product it is much cheaper than even most of the centrifugal juicers out there. Its power output depends on the mixer you attach it to, but we were very happy with the results. The juice comes out looking very fresh, the greens and the oranges are strong, and even our 3 day refrigerated test sample, came out of the fridge looking almost as it did in day one. It comes with 3 different types of screens so you can use the KitchenAid KSM1JA Masticating Juicer not only to make fresh juice but also to make delicious sauces like tomato and basil sauce for the perfect pizza.
4. VonShef Slow Masticating Single Auger Juicer
The VonShef Slow Masticating Single Auger Juicer is the most exciting juicer on our list because, we believe, this is the juicer that will allow every doubting Thomas out there to give juicing a try. It is a vertical masticating juicer priced well below even regular centrifugal juicers. It uses a relatively slow 150 watts motor, and it is just a little bit noisier than the more expensive masticating juicers, but it is still a lot less quite than any centrifugal juicer. Even more importantly, it is the one juicer that you can get even if you are not sure if you are going to use it for more than a month. Still, it is so well built and put together that we are sure you will be get to use it for many years to come.
5. Omega NC900HDC 6th Generation Nutrition Center Electric Juicer
At the exact opposite end of the consumer market from the VonShef, you have the Omega NC900HDC 6th Generation Nutrition Center Electric Juicer. It is a pricy juicer, even when compared with the Breville we have already talked about, but there are certain advantages to it that simply cannot be ignored. On the one hand it uses a dual stage masticating system, so it gets the most juice it possibly can, and, on top of that, it has 5 different adjustable settings for different types of leaves, fruits and vegetable. This is the Rolls Royce of juicers, and we have to admit that, although it is somewhat more expensive, you do get a lot for your money.
6. Omega J8003 Nutrition Center Single-Gear Commercial Masticating Juicer
As we head into the second half of our list, let us first tell you that we believe you should make your choice from anyone of our top 5 best masticating juicers we have already given you. The products in the second half are quite good on their own, and they do deserve to be here, but you could probably find something better in the first half. The Omega J8003 Nutrition Center Single-Gear Commercial Masticating Juicer for example is almost the same product as the Omega J8006 we have already talked about, but it has a plastic casing which allowed them to price it well below the original. However, if you are looking for a better price why not go with the VonShef we have already introduced. Of course, you may want the guarantee of a great brand like Omega, but at a better price, and that is why we have decided to feature the Omega J8003 here.
7. Big Boss Heavy-Duty Masticating Slow Juicer
An affordable alternative to most other juicers here except the VonShef is the Big Boss Heavy-Duty Masticating Slow Juicer. We decided to feature it not because of the price, or the quality of the built since the VonShef is cheaper and somewhat better, but because it has a large feeding tube. One of the most frustrating things about using a slow juicer versus a centrifugal one is the fact that the feeding tube is quite small. Here, you have a feeding tube that is much closer in size to a centrifugal juicer, and it can still handle those bigger pieces with ease.
8. Chef’s Star Slow Masticating Juicer
There is an even cheaper masticating juicer than the VonShef, and it does a pretty decent job of squeezing the juice out of anything from leaves to vegetables. The Chef’s Star Slow Masticating Juicer also has a more modern feel due to its predominantly brushed aluminum body. Still, if you look close at the edges you can tell the manufacturing quality was not the best so, even though the motor is just as powerful as on the VonShef, we still believe that the Chef’s Star should only be your second choice for the best, affordable masticating juicer on the market today.
9. Hurom HU-100 Masticating Slow Juicer
Hurom was one of the first companies to come out with a masticating juicer so they have a lot of credibility built behind their products. For that reason they can afford to ask a lot of money for a 150 watts masticating juicer. The quality of design and manufacture is obvious when you unpack and start using this thing, but we still believe that it is matched and even improved on by the first Omega or the Breville, so go for the Hurom only if you value the brand.
10. Kuvings NJE-3580U Masticating Slow Juicer
The last slow masticating juicer on our list, the Kuvings NJE-3580U Masticating Slow Juicer, only made it on here because it is actually a very modern looking device. They changed the classic shape of a masticating juicer just enough to give it a fresher look, but the parts inside are just as efficient and as reliable as those on an Omega. The price itself is quite competitive too, so we really have nothing bad to say about it except for the fact that we have plenty of other products on the market that are either slightly better, cheaper or, tastes differ, better looking than it.