We all want to keep our bodies healthy, right? According to U.S dietary guidelines, we need anywhere from 5 to 13 servings of fruits and veggies a day. That is a lot of servings! Though it may seem impossible, it is actually easy to get your daily nutritional needs, especially if you own a slow masticating juicer. Continue reading to learn all about these juicers and find out which ones are the best of 2018.
What is it?
A masticating juicer (also known as a cold press juicer) is a type of juicer that creates liquid by squeezing and grinding fruits or vegetables. The remainder of the fruit (the pulp) is essentially useless after this process. This is a good thing because all of the nutrition and delicious juice is squeezed from the pulp, which leaves it dry and unusable. Unlike other juicers, a masticating juicer does not feature any sharp, spinning blades. Instead, it uses augers and a cold press that squeeze and chew through fruits, vegetables, nuts, or leaves until every last drop of liquid is out of the product. The augers move at very slow speeds (60 – 100 rounds per minute) so the produce is barely exposed to air and heat, meaning your juice will have a lot of enzymes and nutrients. This type of juicer is perfect for anybody who wants to get the most out of their fruit or other produce.
How to choose?
Though many of them look the same, most of these juicers are different in their own way. Before spending your money, find out if you want:
Single or Double Augers – The augers are what extract the juices. Obviously, more is better. If there is only one auger, you will not be able to make a large amount of juice, as the single auger cannot juice large quantities of fruit on its own. Double augers will extract juice simultaneously and will be able to work with heavy loads.
A High Speed – Of course, many people would rather have a fast than a slow masticating juicer. Unfortunately, they are all slow. The highest speed is going to be around 100 rpm. Surprisingly enough, slower is better for this type of juicer. This is because the slow speeds produce a more nutritional juice. The slowest rpm is going to be around 60 rpm. If you would like a slightly faster juicer, look for one that goes to 100 rpm.
Easy Cleaing – Because of the interlocked components, this type of juicer is typically not easy to clean. Look for a juicer that can be easily taken apart and assembled for cleaning. If you cannot find one, look for a juicer that features reverse motion. The reverse motion will make cleaning the gears much easier.
Plastic, Metal, or Ceramic – This all depends on how long you want your juicer to last. If your juicer is made out of metal, such as stainless steel, it is going to last for years without a problem. Ceramic is also a great material. Juicers made with plastic, however, will be much easier to break and may not last as long as juicers made of steel.
A Large or Small Juicer – A large juicer is going to be, well, large. They can take up a lot of space and can be hard to move. A smaller juicer is ideal so it can be cleaned easier, it will take up less room, and it can be moved from place to place without hassle. You may also prefer a vertical masticator, as it will take up less room compared to a horizontal one.
A Juicer That Can Make More Than Juice – Many juicers can create nut butter, baby food, pasta noodles, sorbets, and more. Horizontal masticators commonly feature attachments that can make these types of things. Always read the labels and find out what the juicer can and cannot make.
High Price or Low Price – Masticators can be quite expensive. There are juicers that can cost as much as $900. Find out how much you are willing to spend. You typically cannot find a good quality juicer for under $200. Remember, you will be saving money from this juicer because you will be getting the most out of your produce. So even though you may spend a lot of money on this juicer, you will be saving money in the long run.
The Top Juicers
1. Champion Juicer
If you are looking for a heavy duty juicer, look no further! The Champion juicer is engineered for the motor to stay cool, which is good for the juicer in the long run because this increases durability and shelf life. It features a floating cutter that separates fruit and pulp simultaneously while extracting juices. It can make cold press juice, coconut milk, fruit or vegetable sauces, ice cream, and sherbert. The powerful electric motor is built to last for years to come. This machine will make a deep colored juice full of flavor and nutrients. The stainless steel shaft is designed for continuous use. The 1.75″ chute saves you time because you will not have to chop the fruits or vegetables before they enter the juicer. It is 23 pounds which is pretty light-weight for this type of machine. It is easy to assemble and disassemble, which is a convenient thing for individuals who drink juice before starting the day. It reaches maximum RPMs with the heavy-duty front and rear ball bearings. There is a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty, a 5-year limited warranty on the juicing parts, and a 3-year warranty on the motor.
2. Omega Juicer
Omega juicers have a very good reputation, and we can see why. The auger system works by extracting juices at a low speed (80 RPM). The low speed prevents the produce from being heated, which also prevents the juice from oxidizing. This machine features 5 settings. The lowest setting is for soft produce, and the highest setting being for hard produce. The automatic pulp ejection allows the pulp to be easily removed from the juicer. With this juicer, you are able to make almond milk, all-natural nut butter, soy milk, and other healthy creations. It features a feed chute that is quite large compared to other omega juicer chutes. The large feed chute is clog resistant and allows big fruits and vegetables to be put inside this machine. Many people complain that this type of juicer is noisy. This machine is engineered to be quiet while it is operating. It has a really strong handle so you can have peace of mind knowing the handle will not break while you are moving the juicer. It comes with a 15-year warranty in case your juicer breaks or you are not satisfied with your purchase.
3. MeyKey Juicer
This juicer is perfect for people on a budget but need a high-quality juicer. The low speed helps this machine preserve nutrients and make the juice taste fresh. It runs at 60 RPM which is a preferred speed for this type of juicer. It can extract juice from various types of fruits and vegetables, whether it be a tough fruit like a pear or a soft vegetable like a tomato. Many people do not like vertical juicers because they are typically hard to take apart. The sleek design allows this machine to be taken apart and cleaned in as little as 3 minutes, which is great for people who like a glass of juice in the morning before going to work. You do not need to chop or slice your produce before putting it in this machine, as the large chute can accommodate fruits of various sizes and the size also prevents clogging. It also features reverse rotation incase clogging does happen. Every part is BPA free and made of food grade materials. The MeyKey juicer is backed up by a 2-year warranty.
4. SKG Juicer
When buying a juicer, you should always go with one that’s built to last; and that is exactly what this one will do. Every component of this machine is made of high quality, antioxidant materials. The sturdy handle makes it so much easier to move this 17 lb juicer from place to place. When it comes to this machine, slower is better. The motor runs at 60 RPM, which means the juice will be more nutritious and delicious compared to juice made by a centrifugal juicer. The 3″ chute allows the juicer to accommodate large fruits and vegetables, and also means it will not become clogged as often as juicers with a small chute. It has high juice yields (Orange 85-90%, Apple 65-75%) which will give you the most out of your fruit and vegetables. After the juice has been made, it gets held in a sealed space to prevent oxidation, giving you fresh juice even hours later. The included cleaning brush makes it easy to clean the gears on the machine. The SKG juicer comes with a 2-year warranty for all parts and a 10-year warranty for the motor and main body. Even after the 2-year warranty has expired, you can still purchase parts at a discounted price.
5. Tribest Juicer
This is the perfect juicer for anybody wanting a heavy duty machine without breaking their wallet. You can adjust the pressure depending on what you are juicing. You can use high pressure for hard items, such as apples, and a low pressure can be used for softer products, such as strawberries. The double gears make this juicer able to process whole fruits and vegetables, meaning you do not have to take the time to slice the fruit before you put it in the machine. It also features 3 different types of “teeth” for breaking down fruit and removing juice. One unique thing about this juicer is as the gears are turning, they create a powerful magnetic field that stabilizes enzymes and vitamins, leaving your juice fresh for up to 72 hours. The gears extract fruit at a rate of 110 RPM. You can make more than just juice; this machine includes homogenizing accessories, allowing you to make baby food, salsa, nut butters, fruit sauce, sorbets, pasta, and more. All components are BPA free and stain resistant. In case you are not satisfied with your purchase, the Tribest juicer comes with a 15-year manufacturer’s warranty for household use and a 3 year warranty for professional use.
Though these are the top cold press juicers of 2018, only one can be the winner. The winner of this roundup is the Tribest Juicer. There are many unique things about the machine. It has a large chute, 3 types of teeth, a powerful magnetic field, and comes with many accessories. The juicer that came in second is the Omega juicer. The Omega juicer is built to last and give you nutritious drinks for many years.