You’re interested in a Masticating juicer eh?
A fine choice!
And the fact you already know to look for a masticating juicer tells me we’re going to get on like a house on fire. Because it means you’ve already done some research to find out what type you need, now I can help you find the specific juicer you need.
In this article I’ll take you through some of the things to be aware of when you’re looking to buy a masticating juicer, a few tips on how to use it properly so you get the best juice, then I’ll share my top picks of the best masticating juicers with a few bonus recipes at the end so you know what to make once yours arrives.
All my recommendations are available on Amazon so it’s nice and easy for you to order yours today!
Masticating vs Centrifugal
If you already know why you should want a masticating juicer over a centrifugal one then you can skip this section but if you don’t then keep reading.
What’s the Difference?
Masticating juicers have a slow spinning auger which grinds up the fruit that goes into it, meanwhile centrifugal juicers have very fast spinning blades more similar to a blender.
Centrifugal juicers work faster but they have the disadvantage that they tend to oxygenate and heat up the juice because of the speed and friction of the blades which can kill some of the enzymes inside making it not as healthy.
Masticating juicers, on the other hand, work slowly to squeeze out (masticating means chewing) any and all of the juice that’s inside the fruits and veggies. They work well with all fruits and vegetables but they work particularly well with leafy greens to get a lot more juice out than the centrifugal counterparts.
But they actually do more than that and work hard to get more juice yield out of any fruit or vegetable you could put inside it.
Can you tell I’m a big fan of masticating juicers?
What To Look Out For
So we’ve established masticating juicers are the best, but you know that right? That’s why you’re here to buy one of course. Now we need to take a quick look at some of the different factors to consider before you buy one.
Is it Easy to Clean
No one wants to spend all of their time cleaning up their juicer after they’ve used it, so when it comes to finding a juicer that’s easy to clean you want to have a minimal amount of parts involved. Because the fewer parts involved, then the fewer parts that need to be cleaned after.
Masticating juicers will have nothing on their centrifugal counterparts in terms of rpm, with masticating juicers having around 80 rpm while centrifugal ones can have up to 15,000 rpm, which is just madness in comparison.
But for what we want around 80 rpm is a good benchmark, a little lower or a little faster is fine just anywhere around the 60-100 rpm mark is good.
I like stainless steel as the base for the main body, but BPA free plastic can work just as well, it’s just a personal preference of the look and feel an all-metal body gives. Plus it works towards using less plastic which is always a good thing in my mind.
Tips For Using Your Masticating Juicer
Now a couple of tips so you can make the most of your juicer when you get it, because there are a couple of common pitfalls people do when they use it for the first time and it can be a pain to sort.
Chop Everything Up
I’m not talking about dicing thing down like an onion you’re about to fry but roughly chopping down into small pieces before you feed into the chute. Why? Because this will stop it jamming, and it will jam if you don’t do this, trust me.
Juice Leafy Greens And Herbs First
They can get sort of trapped inside, they won’t jam it, but they sometimes don’t fully juice so if you put them in first they’ll get pushed through by whatever you’re adding after.
Use Cucumber For Bulk
Cucumbers a great low sugar way to add some more liquid into your juice if it’s come out a little sparse, they’re nice and wet and still have some goodness inside.
Best Masticating Juicers Reviewed
And you’ve made it to the main event! The part you’ve all been waiting for, the review of all the best masticating juicers that are available. I’ve stuck to all the most important info so you can get a quick idea of what one you’ll like then linked through to Amazon where you can check out the price, read some more reviews, and order yours today.
- 80 rpm
- 15 Year Warranty
- Stainless Steel Body
The Omega J8006 Nutrition centre seems to keep makings it’s way to the top of my best juicer lists, it comes up again and again and do you know why? That’s right, because it’s that damn good!
It’s got a stylish stainless steel body which you know I’m going to love, a nice slow turning 80 rpm augur (the things that actually does the juicing) and the augur has been upgraded from the old model to be 8 times stronger. Which makes sense given that massive 15-year warranty, so while this is a little more expensive than some of the other juicers on this list but this one is built to last and definitely gives you the most value over time.
I will say that the one drawback to this juicer is the feeding chute is quite small, you have to chop up your vegetables more so than you would with some of the other juicers here BUT like I said you want to do that anyway otherwise it will jam and you’ll find yourself spending time taking it apart and clearing it out to unjam it. Best do it once and do it properly I think.
Overall my favourite choice for the top masticating juicer.
Basic Masticating Juicer
- 80 RPM
- Easy To Clean
- 2 Year Warranty
This is basically the more basic version of the Omega juicer above, because in principle it does a lot of the same things for a lower price but the result is you have a plastic body, and a 2-year warranty. So although it’s half the price the long-term value might not be the same. But if you can’t afford to fork out for the Omega above then this is a good runner-up.
One of the biggest wins of this juicer is how dry the pulp comes out at the other end, you don’t want your pulp to feel very wet because it means it’s still got a load of juice in it, and while you can put the pulp through again it’s nice only having to do it once.
It also runs nice and quietly at 60 DB so you can run it without causing too much disturbance unlike trying to make a smoothie first thing in the morning where the blender sounds like it’s trying to tear the house down.
Overall, a really nice basic model of masticating juicer, exactly what you need if you’re just starting out or not sure about juicing.
Budget Masticating Juicer
Brand: Hamilton Beach
- Dishwasher Safe Parts
- BPA Free Plastic
- Easy To Clean
Another basic and budget model, Hamilton Beach have been producing budget yet quality goods for years ranging through every appliance around the kitchen, so you’ll be pleased to hear they’ve done it again with their masticating juicer.
Again it doesn’t have all the features the Omega has but it’s also a lot cheaper so you have to take the ups with the downs. It is nice and easy to assemble, all the parts fit together easily enough and you can take them apart, and they go into the dishwasher so it’s nice and easy to clean up after you’re done.
A nice easy to set up and cheap masticating blender.
Commercial Grade Masticating Juicer
- Heavy Duty Juicing Mechanism
- Stainless Steel Shaft
- Easy To Use
This is definitely one for the “serious juicer” and reading that should have made it clear whether you are one or not, if you quickly agreed and thought “Yes” then you my friend are a serious juicer and ready for the Champion.
It’s got a plastic body which is a little disappointing for the price, but it does feature a stainless steel shaft which is what drives the motor which more than makes up for it. That’s where all the power is needed so to have that packing the punch of metal is what we want.
Where this does struggle more is with delicate leafy greens, you’ll likely need to put them through twice to get a thorough juicing, but it won’t get stuck on Kale stalks, or anything else for that matter, and the pulp comes out quickly on the other side of the motor so it doesn’t tend to jam which is excellent news.
Overall if you’re looking for something more heavy duty then this is the juicer for you.
Vertical Masticating Juicer
- 3” wide feed chute
- Anti-Drip Cap
- BPA Free
What’s quite cool about this juicer is the cleaning function it’s got in it. You just close the anti-drip cap on the juice nozzle, fill it up with water and reverse the juicer to clean it. It’s definitely not spotless after you do this but depending what you’re juicing this can be enough to clean it.
But the best thing is really the price, it’s a lot more affordable than the top of the range models and can handle anything you want to juice, ginger can cause it to get a big clogger but if you just make sure you chop it up more (as you should be doing anyway) it’ll get on just fine.
You also get a 3-year warranty which is cool, just adds that little piece of mind to a solid product, that and the plastic it’s made with is BPA Free. The final thing to note is it’s quite tall at about 19.5” so it may not fit under some kitchen cupboards, for most people, it’ll be fine though.
Elite Slow Juicer
- Slow Squeeze Technology
- 10-Year Motor Warranty
- Minimal Parts To Clean
The Hurom masticating juicer is another top of the range model, it’s got slow squeeze technology that means the motor only turns at 43 rpm while providing maximum juicing capabilities. This also means it runs nice and quietly so it won’t vibrate the house you down while you use it, you could even have it running while your family is still asleep!
It’s cleaning function is quite good, you can set how much pulp comes out the juicer and you fill it with water with that valve shut so it pushes all the pulp through and then you open up the cap and it all gets cleared out. But if you’re wanting a deeper clean you have to do the usual of taking it apart and getting the parts into the dishwasher.
The pulp comes out nice and dry which is good, you don’t need to put it through twice, and the yield from the actual fruit you put in is top notch, loads of juice for the amount of fruit you’re putting in. Just be aware that the Slow Squeeze Technology, of course, means that it’s going to take a little longer to get the juice!