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’There are essentially 2 types of electric juice extractor:
- Centrifugal juicer machines that operate at very high speeds, typically between 3,500 and 14,000 RPM (revolutions per minute)
- 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.
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 CenterNot 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:
- Minces and chops
- Makes baby food
- Makes nut butters
- Makes frozen desserts
- Extrudes soy milk and pasta
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
#2 – The Omega 8005 Nutrition Center
The 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.
#3 – Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush
This 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
#4 – Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Slow Speed JuicerJuicers #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
#5 – Hurom HU-100 Slow JuicerI 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 🙂