5 Best Masticating Juicers

Why buy a masticating juicer (also called a single gear juicer, or single auger juicer)?

If you are not yet certain of the qualities of a masticating juicer, and what they have to offer that centrifugal juicers do not, then read on. Here I will explain why masticating machines produce top-quality juice with the greatest benefits for health. Then I will share my top 5 best masticating juicers list to help you find the best masticating juicer for you.

Masticating Juicers – The Benefits of ‘Slow Juicing’

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Close up of the gear mechanism in the omega 8006 masticating juicer

There are essentially 2 types of electric juice extractor:

  1. Centrifugal juicer machines that operate at very high speeds, typically between 3,500 and 14,000 RPM (revolutions per minute)
  2. Masticating juicer machines that run at very slow speeds, typically about 80 RPM

So why does this matter you may ask?

Essentially this matters because high-speed means heat and a less thorough extraction of juice; this is what you get with centrifugal juicing. Masticating, which means ‘to chew’, is a slow almost cold-press and thorough way to extract juice and nutrients from fruits, veggies, and grasses. Masticating juicer use a gear (also called an auger) that rotates slowly to effectively crush the cell walls of fruits and veggies to release extra juice and nutrients. Breaking through the cell walls is important for greatly increasing the amount of antioxidants and other nutrients in produce. See the pic just above, food goes into the vertical tube and hits the slow-turning gear (the green part) and gets thoroughly crushed.

This is why masticating juicers provide a better juice and nutrient yield, and therefore greater health benefits, than that of their centrifugal juicing counterparts. So if greatest quality of juicer is your priority then the best slow juicer using mastication is the way to go.

But wait, there is more to the picture. Heat also causes some oxidation with kills some antioxidants and creates a frothy/foamy juice. With the slow-press method of the masticating juicer you don’t get this problem, so you get even more antioxidants and foam-free juice.

Let’s move on to my pick of the top 5 best masticating juicers.

And let me just preface by saying that I find it very hard to pick THE number 1 best masticating juicer because there are several of them that are really quite awesome. So in no particular order, well I have slight personal bias for the first one listed here… What is the best juicer machine?


#1 – The Omega 8006 Nutrition Center

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The Omega 8006 Nutrition Center

Not just loved by me, this is the most reviewed and highest rated of masticating juicers at Amazon. Over 700 reviews and awesome rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, no small feat for so many reviews. For some reason out of all the masticating juicers that I own, this is the one I find myself using the most. Is it the nice shiny chrome finish? Maybe. Is it the fact that it does so much more than just make juice? Very likely. Besides juicing, the Omega 8006 also:

  1. Minces and chops
  2. Makes baby food
  3. Makes nut butters
  4. Makes frozen desserts
  5. Extrudes soy milk and pasta
  6. Grinds

So yep, besides juicing, you can make healthy baby food, frozen sorbets, pasta and awesome home-made nut butters among other things.



The Omega 8006 In Action

Watch this juicer make awesome green juice



Read The Glowing Reviews For The Omega 8006 at Amazon.com – CLICK HERE


#2 – The Omega 8005 Nutrition Center

omega 8005 juicerThe previous model of the Omega 8006 juicer, the Omega 8005 is a cheaper alternative if you want to save yourself about $50. It is 99% the same as the Omega 8006, the difference is that you get a longer warranty and a more ‘battle hardy’ auger with the 8006 model. In fact this is 8005 is the actual model I own, and it has been working great for me for the past 2 years. So I have no reason to upgrade yet.

Read The Glowing Reviews For The Omega 8005 at Amazon.com – CLICK HERE



The following 3 masticating juicers reviewed are all a specific type of masticating machine called a vertical juicer. You will notice their difference in shape compared to the Omega 8005 and 8006 reviewed above. The benefit of a vertical masticating juicer is that you just drop the food in the chute and it does the rest, no need for plungers to push down fruit, veggies and wheatgrass. However, the Omega juicers are a little more effective at extracting juice from leafy greens and wheatgrass. There is not much in it, and all masticating juicers are great for wheatgrass and leafy greens, but the Omega 8006 and 8005 has a slight lead.


#3 – Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush

breville juice fountain crush masticating juicer 250pxThis is the first offering by Breville to the masticating juicer market, before now they have produced excellent centrifugal juicers. You can learn more about these Breville juicers at my post compare breville juicers.

This Breville Juice Fountain Crush was released for the first time just this year (2013), thus it does not have as many reviews at Amazon as other masticating. However it still scores an awesome 4.5 out of 5 stars with over 60 reviews. I don’t own this juicer personally and have not tried it first hand, but it does have all the key benefits of the vertical style masticating machines; namely that you don’t need a plunger it just pulls the food in itself.



Breville Masticating Juicer in Action



Read The Glowing Reviews For The Breville Crush at Amazon.com – CLICK HERE


#4 – Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Slow Speed Juicer

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The Omega VRT350

Juicers #1 and #2 on this list are the Omega 8005 and 8006 models, both of what you might term ‘horizontal’ masticating machines. However, Omega has created a vertical masticating juicer that features all the quality we have come to expect from this company. Being a big fan of the Omega machines, I use the Omega 8005 and this Omega VRT350 HD regularly. I have slight bias towards the Omega 8005/8006 because it gets a little extra juice out of leafy greens and wheatgrass.

However, this Omega VRT350 is still great for leafy greens and wheatgrass (and other veggies and fruits of course!), with the upside of being a little easier to use. A plunger is not needed, so you don’t need to any pressure to push food into the machine. Just drop your produce in the chute and let the Omega do the rest. Heaven.



The Omega VRT350 HD in Action


Read The Glowing Reviews For The Omega VRT350 at Amazon.com – CLICK HERE


#5 – Hurom HU-100 Slow Juicer

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The Hurom Slow Juicer

I cannot put together a best masticating juicer list without adding the Hurom Slow Juicer. An excellent vertical juicer that echos the quality of the Omega VRT350. In fact, I would go as far as to say they are practically the same machine. Both produce great juice yields and nutritious juice free from foaming. They both produce the same amount of juice.

So, how to choose between them?

My advice – they are both great, so just get the one that you like the look of best. Simple 🙂







The Hurom Slow Juicer in Action



Read The Glowing Reviews For The Hurom Slow Juicer at Amazon.com – CLICK HERE



This article was written by Tony Williams. Husband, father and a lover of all things kitchen. He has been juicing avidly for the past 10 years and is a major proponent of the health benefits of fresh juice.

16 Comments

  1. hi tom. thanks! i’m just getting into this juicing thing. rather confusing world of equipment out there! essentially i want to be able to throw kale etc and skinned veggies into a cold / pressed juicer. it doesn’t need to be the fanciest or super quickest just a reasonably compact machine at an affordable price? Any specific recommendations of one of the above?
    thanks!
    e*

    • Hey Elana – if you want cold-pressed and to juice leafy greens such as kale, then you will definitely need a masticating machine. This means spending $200 at least. Centrifugal machines are much cheaper, but they are totally ineffective at juicing leafy greens.

      While I really like all the masticating machines on this page, if I personally had to pick a favorite, I would choose the Omega 8006. It’s a classic, does an awesome job and I love the shiny metallic finish.

  2. We have ten or so Apple trees and five or so peach trees, so we are looking for a reasonable price juicer that will last for years to come. Will any of these work or would suggest something else.

    • Hi Mark – Of all the juicers on this page, I would recommend the Omega 8006. Mainly because it has stood the test of time and is one of the longest standing and respected of masticating juicer machines. I have the 8005, the previous model, and have been using it for years and it is doing great.

      Something else to consider, since you are going to be juicing mainly fruits, and lots of them with your fruit trees, is getting a centrifugal juicer. I have written a post about these juicers at this link: – Best Centrifugal Juicers. Although centrifugal machines don’t squeeze quite as much juice and nutrition out of fruits and veggies as masticating juicers, they juice at lot faster and with less effort, something you will probably appreciate when you got a big batch of fruit to juice. Check out the Breville 800JEXL on my centrifugal juicers post, it is a SERIOUS juicing machine. Makes juice in seconds, and is a solid as a tank – but much prettier!

      Best
      Tony

    • In a masticating juicer, anything soft like a peach, grape, or an apple that is overripe will tend to fall into the juice container rather than out the front with the garbage. Because of this you will end up with something more like apple sauce than juice.

      I would consider a centrifugal juicer unless you plan to juice mostly leafy greens.

      I own an Omega J8006 and a generic centrifugal juicer.

  3. How about giving the technical specs on each item? Thanks.

  4. hi…i make dryfruit milkshakes and hummus and other sauces on a regular basis and i want to start making vegetable juices soon. can u please recommend me a cold press juicer that suits my requirement. thanks.

  5. I love juice generation and am moving abroad. So, which machine would you recommend for a busy mom that wants something that will produce lovely green juices, be reliable, be easy to clean and comes in 220v?

  6. Thank you for the reviews of the juicers! This was very helpful in my decision to purchase the Omega 8006. You provided all the information anyone needs to make a purchase. Specifications and other information can be found on the company websites. Your site was the only one I found to review more than one juicer and not try to sway someone to purchase a particular brand by only reviewing that one juicer. THANK YOU!!!

  7. Thanks for the recipes too, can’t wait to start juicing 🙂

  8. Hi Tony,
    I do not usually believe in reviews of any kind as they are very subjective. And often times, I find the very opposite of a review to be true when I experience whatever is being reviewed.
    I am looking into getting a juicer and I find your work (don’t want to call it a review) on juicers very objective, informative and helpful.
    Thanks a million!!!

    Freddy

  9. hello am thinking of opening a juice bar.Are there any like industrial juicers or they are all standard

    • I am not to sure about industrial masticating machines, I have never seen one in action. Any of the juice bars I have been to have used industrial centrifugal machines, because they make juice so much faster than masticating machines but don’t squeeze as much juice and nutrients out. I did see the Omega 8006 at one juice bar, but you would have to request to use that one specifically for your juice, otherwise they would default to using the industrial centrifugal machine. Of course, those who really know their juices would ask for the masticated juice.

  10. What’s the difference between a “cold press” juicer and a “masticating” juicer? And which is better?

    Are the ones above cold press or just masticating?

  11. hi tony
    thank you for this great review. would you be so kind to recommend me one out of all those model above?
    thank you so much

    • Well -my personal favorite is the Omega 8006 🙂

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