Cold pressed juicers yield better tasting and more nutritious juice than their centrifugal counterparts. However, even narrowing down to the cold pressed variety leaves you plenty of options. Here, we name our five favorite juicers. Need to know more about juicing in general? Check out our Juicer’s Glossary.
Best All Around Juicer
The Omega Nutrition Center is one of the most well reviewed cold pressed juicers online – and with good reason. It has everything you should look for in a juicer – it’s quiet, easy to clean, and produces an excellent tasting, nutritious juice. Moreover, it can take on everything from fruits and veggies to leafy greens, nuts, and herbs. The Omega Nutrition Center is sleek, durable, and comes at an incredibly reasonable price. Our favorite juicer –and we’re not alone – hundreds of people have given the Omega J8004 five out of five stars.
Best Starter Juicer
The folks at Breville want you to understand your juicer and they do an excellent job of explaining just what their line of juicers can do. Straightforward and easy to use, the Breville Fountain Crush comes with a safe start system (all parts have to be in place before the juicer can start), an overload protection system (so no overflow), and an easy auto-clean system (just pour in a cup of water). An excellent cold pressed juicer for those just starting out – the Breville Fountain Crush will ease you into your new juicing lifestyle.
The all stainless steel Super Angel 5500 was made for the most passionate of juicers, and we thus don’t recommend her for everyone. Self-described as the “most advanced living juice extractor…in the world”, the Super Angel 5500 offers a superior tasting juice with a high yield and plenty of nutrition. However, at over $1100 a pop this juicer is certainly a luxury item. Some call it the Rolls Royce of juicers – the Super Angel 5500 is certainly for those who want only the very best parked in their kitchen.
The Hurom HU-100 Slow Juicer is compact, energy efficient, and easy to clean – and thus ranks as our most user-friendly cold pressed juicer. This lightweight model comes with minimal parts and no sharp blades, yet can still juice fruits, vegetables, soy, and leafy greens easily. Simply pour water through to utilize its self-cleaning system when changing to another fruit or veggie. This lightweight and quiet juicer comes with an attractive design that’s sure to look good in your kitchen.
Most Veggie Friendly
Most high quality cold pressed juicers on the market today can handle veggies as well as fruits. However, one of our favorite juicers for taking down the toughest vegetables is the Green Star Elite 5000. This twin gear juicer can take down everything from leafy vegetables (Kale! Wheat grass!) to hard roots (Carrots! Ginger!). The Green Star Elite can also be used to juice fruits, herbs, and vegetables – it can also double as a food mill to prepare nut butters, sorbets and baby foods.
A cold pressed juicer offers juice aficionados the very best in taste and health. Compared to other juicing methods, the cold press keeps more nutrients intact, yields up to 50% more juice, and offers a cleaner and crisper tasting juice. As juicing becomes increasingly popular, more folks are seeing the benefits of the cold pressed juicer and the joy of having one at home.
Types of Juicers
The juicing world offers three main types of juicers:
- Centrifugal Juicers: The most common, uses a fast spinning blade to grind fruit and separate pulp. Typically yields less juice and fewer nutrients, but can be faster and easier to clean.
- Cold Pressed Juicer: Also called low-speed or masticating juicers for the way they slowly press and squeeze fruit to maximize nutrients and juice. This type of juicer offers more juice, pulp, and nutrients. They are generally quieter and are also excellent for processing veggies and nuts, as well as fruits.
- Hydraulic Juicer: For the most die-hard of juicers, hydraulic juicers have an extra press built in to squeeze the very last drop from that last bit of pulp. Linen bags collect chopped up produce, all of which are then squeezed between two stainless steel plates. Lots of juice, the most popular model – the Norwalk Juicer – goes for about $2000.
Benefits of a Cold Pressed Juicer
The cold pressed juicer yields more juice and nutrients than centrifugal juice extractors, but without the hefty price tag of hydraulic brands. Centrifugal juicers have the unsavory problem of using fast spinning metal blades which generate heat, which in turn oxidizes nutrients, thus yielding a less nutritious juice. Centrifugal juicers also tend to yield less juice – leaving a lot of good juice behind in the pulp. On the other hand, as their name suggests, cold pressed juicers do not generate heat. The slow cold press method thus keeps nutrients intact. They also manage to squeeze more juice out of produce – yielding more juice. Many juicers find cold pressed juicers to be more economical for this reason.
Tips on Buying a Cold Pressed Juicer
Wondering what to look for in a juicer? The best juicer for you will ultimately depend on your lifestyle and juicing preferences. Here are a few items to consider:
- Easy to Clean: In the past, cold pressed juicers were more difficult to clean than the centrifugal kind. Newer models now have innovative self-cleaning systems that you may want to look for.
- Noise: Cold press juice extractors are typically quieter than the centrifugal variety.
- Fruits, Veggies, Nuts, Berries: Will you be juicing mostly fruit or do you need a juicer strong enough to cut through tough nuts and vegetables?
- Yield: Are you getting the most out of your produce? Or is your juicer sending all of your precious fruits and veggies into its discard pile? Be sure to get a juicer that will maximize yield.
- Nutrients: A juicer shouldn’t just give you a lot of juice – it should give you nutritious juice!
- Taste: Many cold pressed juicers offer a cleaner and crisper taste than centrifugal juice extractors. Be sure to read reviews and find out what people thought of the juice coming from their juicers.
One of the biggest problems that occurs when using a juicer, regardless of the brand, is how to stop the juicer clogging. Although masticating and triturating machines will provide you with delicious cold pressed juice, if the juicer clogs, the whole operation slows or stops. Understanding why your juicer is clogging is the best way to prevent it from happening in the future.
Keep It Clean
This, of course, is the most obvious solution to keeping your juicer running smoothly. After every use, the juicer must be dismantled immediately and cleaned thoroughly. It’s all right to let it soak for a while, but never allow produce residue to harden on any of the parts. Some of the chutes can be difficult to clean, particularly the one that goes to the pulp container, but make sure you remove every bit of pulp from this area.
How to Juice Properly
Keeping your juice clean will certainly help to stop the juicer from clogging, but very often the way you juice contributes to clogging. Not only is the size of the produce that you put through the juicer important, but also the consistency. Soft fruits and vegetables, as well as leafy vegetables have a tendency to clog up the juicer, either in the auger or at the pulp chute. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to prevent this from happening so that you can enjoy your cold pressed juice without problem.
- Leafy vegetables can easily clog up your juicer, regardless of the brand. However, by mincing them fine, in pieces no longer than about 1/8 of an inch, these vegetables will pass through the juicer much more easily.
- When you’re juicing, and using multiple items, cut everything up, and then leave it in separate piles.
- In order to help leafy vegetables go smoothly through the juicer, don’t put them all in at once; throw in a handful and then put through a harder vegetable such as carrot or parsnip – this will help to clean out the residue of the leafy vegetables.
- Soft fruits have a greater ability to clog the juicer, so be sure to follow them with a firm vegetable.
- Don’t rush the juicing process. Many people try to cram everything in as quickly as possible. However, masticating and triturating juicers work fairly slowly, so letting them take their time to properly grind up the produce will make it less likely that your juicer will clog at all.
- Use the freshest fruits and vegetables. As these age, they tend to become soft and ‘flabby’ and will be more likely to get stuck somewhere in the machine.
- Celery is a popular vegetable for juicing, but it’s important to cut it up before adding it. Simply feeding in a whole stalk, which has very tough, long fibers in it, is a sure recipe for clogging up the juicer.
- Check the pulp outlet chute to make sure that the waste pulp is being ejected. You should see a fairly steady output here, and if you don’t, it means that there is some kind of backup somewhere.
- Alternate the produce you put into the juicer – soft, hard, soft, hard – and finish up the juicing session by running a hard vegetable through the juicer to clean it out.
Preparing the produce in the correct way before putting it into the juicer, alternating the different items, feeding the produce in slowly, and cleaning the juicer completely after each use will help you prevent the aggravating problem of a clogged juicer.
The Hurom HU-100 has a strong juicer following due to its ability to juice fruits, vegetables, soy, and even wheatgrass quietly and efficiently. Moreover, this cold pressed juicer has one advantage that many others of its kind do not – it’s fast. The motor runs at 80 RPM so no heat is introduced into the system yet this single auger, dual stage system has the ability to juice produce powerfully quickly. This quick and quiet cold pressed juicer is one of the most user-friendly on the market and would be an excellent choice for beginner and experienced juicers alike.
- Juices virtually everything: citrus, carrots, kale, grapes, soy, wheatgrass, and so on
- Dual-stage Juicing means juice is extracted after the first crushing stage and then squeezed again before the pulp is ejected, resulting in the most juice and driest pulp
- 80 RPM Motor means this cold pressed juicer doesn’t heat up and destroy important nutrients
- Easy to clean this juicer has a self-cleaning mechanism, simply pour water through when changing to another fruit or veggie. Once your done juicing, quickly rinse and scrub – you’ll be done in 3-5 minutes.
- Quiet at only 30-55 dBA, as compared to 80-110dBA for blenders.
- Easy to store this juicer has a small footprint making it easy to put away once the juicing is done.
- Fast perhaps its most standout feature, this juicer is twice as fast as other cold-pressed juicers on the market
- 10-year warranty makes this juicer practically risk free
The best way to know if a juicer is any good is to ask folks that have used it. The Hurom Hu-100 has been reviewed by hundreds of viewers on sites like Amazon.com where it gets a solid 4 out of 5 stars. Here’s what juicers have to say about this cold pressed juicer:
- “The Hurom is a fast juicer, SUPER EASY cleanup, fun and easy to use, and I love it.” – Kristen Suzanne
- “I am so impressed with how much juice the Hurom juicer is able to extract and how little pulp left over. So far I’ve used it every day, and sometimes more than once a day”-Knerq
- “Fantastic machine and does everything and more than you would ever want from a juicer. I’ve owned two other juicers in the past, but the Hurom clearly gets the most from veggies and fruit and is a wonderful addition to our home- and health.” – Odyssey
- “It’s quiet, it’s simple to use, and it’s easy to clean. It works like a champ, and if you don’t like pulp in your juice, a simple strainer will take you the rest of the way.” – Douglas D Manley
The Super Angel 5500 is a luxury juicer with a sleek, all-stainless steel chassis. It runs on a twin gear impeller press system with a motor that rotates at the ideal speed of a low 86 rpm. This ultimately means that the Super Angel squeezes out more juice from your produce, retaining more nutrients, and a fresher taste. This cold pressed juicer can juice the toughest produce from leafy greens to hard root vegetables. However – at over $1100 a pop, is this wonder juicer worth it?
Bigger, Stronger, Better?
Folks often say ‘You get what you pay for’ – so what do you get with the Super Angel 5500?
- Stainless steel design: Not only is it shiny, but stainless steel is easier to clean and less susceptible to breeding microorganisms.
- 86 RPM motor: The ideal speed for preserving nutrients. Faster motors can oxidize nutrients, yielding less healthy juice.
- 2-Stage Juicer: A two stage juicing system effectively juices your produce twice to gain the most yield. First, produce is crushed and ground down by the juicer’s augers. Second, added pressure is applied to the mix, resulting in the driest pulp.
- Twin Gear System: This juicer has not one but two augers – the gear bits that do the crushing. A twin gear system is more powerful and will yield more juice.
- Automatic Pulp Ejection: This allows for continuous juicing without you having to worry about clogs or build up.
- Super Quiet: The Super Angel utilizes a high wattage motor with a unique cooling system that puts less strain on the motor which in turn makes less noise.
- Wide Juicing Range: Carrots, apples, wheat grass – this juicer can take on almost anything.
- Easy to Clean: Only four parts to clean – the Super Angel can be disassembled and rinsed out in just a few minutes.
So do all these features make it better than the average juicer out there? Without a doubt, the Super Angel has its devotees and there are plenty of rave reviews for this cold pressed juicer.
Super Angel Reviews
The Super Angel is highly regarded in the online juicer community. On Amazon.com the Super Angel ranks 4.6 out of 5 stars with juicers giving the following high praise:
- “This quality juicer is a beast of a machine that squeezes every last drop out of anything you want to juice.The Angel is a pleasure to use, easy to clean and creates delicious drinks with 2-3 times more juice (and nutrients) than any juicer I have owned.” –MarleyCat
- “Green juice is where this machine shines and does a better job than every other juicer including the Norwalk or Champion combo; Very fine low pulp juice; Very low amount of foam shows little oxidation; Juice stores longer than other juicers without going bad” – P. MacDonald “Ponch”
- “It’s a lot of money. But, the juice this thing makes is incredible. In fact, I had mine for three days and loved it so much that I bought one for my dad.” -Levi501
So Is It Worth It?
Undoubtedly, there are plenty of people who think investing in the Super Angel pays off well. The payback on such an investment will ultimately depend on what kind of juicer you are however. Folks that want to focus on greens and get the absolute most out of their greens may very well find the Super Angel to be the cold pressed juicer they need. However, for those looking to juice mostly citrus fruits and are more relaxed in regards to their juicer needs may find another model to be worth looking at.
The most important aspect of caring for your juicer will be keeping it clean. Whether you have a centrifugal juicer or a cold pressed juicer, it is extremely important to keep it clean. Some juicers offer ‘self-cleaning’ systems and are easier to clean than others, however all juicers require at least a little attention.
If you have been using and cleaning your juicer every day, but still notice discoloration in hard to reach areas or, even worse, ‘gunk’, then you are not cleaning it as well as you should. When gunk builds up, it can provide a place for bacteria to grow. This is generally considered unhealthy.
Assemble Your Cleaning Tools
Some of the parts of the juicer can be difficult to clean, but if you have the proper cleaning equipment, cleaning your juicer will change from being an onerous and time consuming chore into a simple, fast operation. Remember to unplug the juicer before you begin taking it apart for cleaning.
- A scrubbing pad that has a sponge on one side and a somewhat abrasive scrubbing surface on the other can be used to clean most of your juicer.
- A tough nylon brush is good for cleaning out the filter basket. A brush will work much better than a scrubbing pad, and you can use a toothbrush with stiff bristles, too.
- You will also want something to clean out the pour spout or other such difficult to reach areas, and a pipe cleaning brush will be perfect for this.
- Because you will not want to scratch up the plastic parts of the juicer, have a large plastic spoon on hand to remove pulp and other residue.
How to Clean Your Juicer
Your cleaning task will go much quicker if you have everything at hand before you start cleaning the juicer.
- Fill your sink with warm, sudsy water and place all the parts of the disassembled juicer in the water.
- If there seems to be any ‘gunk’ in crevices, it would be a good idea to soak the part to soften for a while for easier removal.
- Be sure to get all the particles of fruit or vegetables out of the filter basket screen with your nylon brush or toothbrush.
- Once all the parts have been cleaned, allow them to dry, and finish up the drying with a clean towel.
- Assemble the juice once everything is clean, and it will be ready for the next time you want a pitcher of fresh cold pressed juice.
Keeping your juicer clean will not only prevent bacterial contamination of your juice, but it will also help your juicer last longer.