Juicing your fruits and vegetables is a good way to detox your body and give your digestive system a much-needed break. Juicing helps your body absorb nutrients without having to chew through lots of fiber. If you’re the type of person who isn’t particularly fond of vegetables, that’s a good thing. 

When you choose to juice at home, you have more control over the ingredients. This can mean less sugar and more antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in your diet. 

In all honesty, choosing the “best” cold press juicer is almost impossible to do. The juicer that’s best for you depends on a lot of things, like your budget, and if you want to do more than just juice.  

That said, in the juice extractor category, best type of juicer will be the masticating or cold press juicer.

Unlike less expensive centrifugal juicers, cold press juicers are quieter, and produce a higher yield of nutrient-rich fruit and vegetable juice. Some can also make nut milks, baby food, sorbet, and nut butters.

In this roundup, I have put together a list of some of the best cold press juicers on the market. I’ve also prepared a buying guide below to help you understand how juicers work and which features to look for when you’re ready to buy.

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Cold Press Juicer Roundup Reviews

Omega J8006HDS Nutrition Center Quiet Dual-Stage Slow Speed Masticating Juicer 

The Omega J8006HDS is a quiet slow juicer that is very efficient at extracting the most juice from your fruits and veggies while maintaining micronutrients. The evidence is the very dry pulp expelled in the catch tray. It can handle everything from spinach, kale, bok choy, and lettuces to beets, carrots, celery, oranges, apples and cucumbers.The chute is very narrow so chopping things up into smaller pieces before juicing is a good idea. 

This juicer is quiet. It runs at a very slow 80RPM so there is minimal vibration. The four stabilizer feet also help keep the unit from wobbling while in operation. The motor in the end cap can be adjusted to aid in squeezing more juice out by narrowing the exit chute.

Celery poses the biggest challenge because it is so fibrous. Those fibers tend to clog the screen so expect to spend time cleaning the auger filter. But for the most part the J8006HDS is easy to assemble and disassemble for cleaning. If you’re into making nut butters or nut milks, this is the one for you. It can also grind coffee and mince herbs.

Pros

  • The pulp is very dry 
  • High yield
  • Very quiet. 
  • Clean up is easy
  • Minces, grinds, and makes nut butters and milk

Cons

  • You have to chop vegetables and fruits quite small in order to fit through the chute.
  • The hardest part to clean is the auger filter

Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer B6000S


The Juvings B600S slow juicer has a 3 inch extra wide chute, which means you will spend less prep time chopping and cutting up your fruits and veggies. However, you will have to pay attention to fibrous stuff like celery, ginger and pineapple. That have to be chopped into smaller pieces or their fibers will clog the pulp spout. 

If you like making your own frozen desserts you can switch out the juice strainer for the blank strainer. It can also make baby food and nut milks. The sieve gives you control over the amount of pulp in your juice.

Keep in mind that leafy greens will produce a lot of foam. Slow masticating juicers will not remedy this. However, when you juice your leafy greens with other fruits/vegetables and rotate the input of each, you can minimize the foam output.

Kuvings has been around for a while and has a good reputation. The B600S comes with an impressive 10 year warranty.

Pros

  • Small counter footprint
  • Motor is powerful but quiet
  • Handles juices baby foods and nut milk
  • Extra wide feed chute

Cons

  • Produces a  lot of pulp
  • Must pre-soak hard veggies
  • Exit chute gets blocked with stringy/fibrous foods

KOIOS Masticating Slow Juice Extractor

The KOIOS slow juicer is one of the most affordable slow juicers on the market. It is a no-nonsense, lightweight unit that is easy to operate, clean, and disassemble. When taking it apart to clean, be sure to push the unlock tab or you’ll struggle a bit.

The unit comes with dry/wet settings,  depending on the type of fruit or vegetable you plan on juicing. It operates at 80RPM and has forward/reverse motion. The reverse function comes in handy when trying to unclog fibers that wrap around the auger. It has a small countertop footprint and operates very quietly.

You will get a dry pulp output but the juice tends to be pulpy overall. However this can be solved by straining before drinking.

Pros 

  • 10 year warranty on motor
  • 3 year warranty on remaining parts
  • Minimal noise
  • Good customer service

Cons

  • Auger gets easily clogged with vegetable fibers
  • Doesn’t play well with celery

AMZChef Slow Masticating Juicer 

The AMZChef is a good blender for the money. It is easy to assemble and has a one button disassemble feature to aid with the dismantling process for cleaning. However, you will have to remove the 5 other parts to do that. No biggie.

It can handle almost all types of fruits and vegetables — hard, soft, and leafy. Since most manufacturers advise against juicing for long periods of time, the AMZChef has a built in intelligent protection chip that automatically stops the unit after 20 minutes of operation. If/when you get a clog, there is a reverse function.

The biggest issue is related to cleaning (as with most juicers). The AMZChef’s cleaning brush is made of soft bristles and can’t reach all areas of the mesh. Using hot water tends to soften and dislodge left behind food fibers. Oh, and if you like to juice turmeric, be aware that the stains are hard to get rid of.

Pros
One button disassembly
Reverse function for clogs
Quiet motor (less than 60 decibels)
Inteligent protection chip

Cons
Cleaning brush inadequate for job
Mesh hard to clean
Only a 1 year warranty

Tribest GSE-5000 Greenstar Elite Cold Press Complete Masticating Juicer

The Tribest GSE-5000 is at the top of the pyramid of masticating or cold press juicers. The Greenstar brand is the original twin gear juicer and is trademarked as such by Tribest. It will have a learning curve you’ll have to overcome, but if your personal health goal is to make the most nutrient rich juices for you and your family then read on. 

The GSE-5000 should arrive already assembled. However, you will need to know how to assemble/disassemble it yourself in order to clean it and for diagnostic purposes. 

One of the first things you’ll need to know is how to properly align the gears. To help you, Tribest has printed dots on the gear parts to help you with alignment. This is important because they are responsible for all the crushing, mixing, and squeezing stages of the juicing process. 

Included are two screens that control the amount of pulp that will make it into your juice. One screen allows for a complete grind while the other screen is used for making sorbets or nut butters. There is a spring activated output adjustment knob to keep tension on the unit in order to hold the pulp until it is fully wrung out. The knob for juicing fruit has a gentler tension. It’s up to you to adjust it according to how much pulp you want in each batch.

You will have to learn certain techniques to get the best results, such as rotating your produce input so as to give the juicer a variety of textures to handle during processing.

The other thing to note is that you’ll always want to have leverage to apply gentle pressure when pushing certain items down the chute. You will have to push hard things like carrots down. This can be overcome by placing the unit on a short table. Expect to hear gear noises and squeaking sounds. This is normal. 

All in all, this is a good investment for the serious juicer. 

Pros

  • Only 3-stage juicer on the market
  • Minimal nutrient degradation
  • Delivered already assembled
  • Includes strainer
  • Great wheatgrass juicer

Cons

  • Steep learning curve
  • Expensive
  • Many parts to disassemble/reassemble
  • Doesn’t come with pulp catching container

Cold Press Juicer Buying Guide

Which Juice Extractor is Right for You?

If you’re wondering which juicer is best for you, the first step is to determine how you will use your juicer. The second step is determining which category type of juicer – centrifugal or cold press – is the best option. Here are some bullet points to help you decide:

centrifugal vs. cold press juicer chart

How Cold Press or Masticating Juicers Work

In the simplest terms, cold press juicers work the same way old-fashioned hand crank extractors used to when they were popular. The technology back in the day involved squeezing fruits, veggies or nuts between metal plates in order to extract the juice or milk. 

Today’s cold press juicers use an auger to crush foods, then push or squeeze them through a screen. The pulp is pushed through to a separate outlet for collection. Slow juicers are much quieter than their centrifugal cousins and will take longer to extract the juice since it is operating at a lower RPM (revolutions per minute). The slow speed:

  • Protects and maintains healthy enzymes
  • Prevents oxidation
  • Allows longer juice storage without degradation (up to 72 hours)

The major benefits of using a cold press juicer is the quietness at which the unit operates, the quality of the juice and yield, and the versatility it offers. In addition to making juice, you can also make nut butters, sorbets, baby food, and use it as a meat grinder.

The major benefits of using a cold press juicer is the quietness at which the unit operates, the quality of the juice and yield, and the versatility it offers. In addition to making juice, you can also make nut butters, sorbets, baby food, and use it as a meat grinder.

Types of Cold Press or Masticating Juicers

Horizontal Single Auger

These types of cold press juicers align the auger horizontally. The unit will be ‘long’ with the pulp exiting the unit out the front barrel while the juice flows downward for collection under where the auger is positioned. The benefits of using a horizontal auger juicer are:

Pros

  • Delivers a good juice yield
  • Requires minimal pre-cutting
  • Friendly to leafy greens such as wheatgrass
  • Very dry pulp

Cons

  • Will take up a considerable amount of counter space
  • Small feed chute means you will have to do more chopping of fruits and veggies
  • Time consuming juice extraction
  • Juice tends to contain a lot of pulp

Recommendation: Most slow juicers are more expensive than centrifugal juicers so expect to pay more. However, with Horizontal augers you get more versatility since they can also be used to grind meat, make baby food, and nut butters. This is a good option if you plan on juicing lots of leafy greens like wheatgrass.

Vertical Single Auger

These types of cold press juicers align the auger vertically. The unit will be ‘tall’ with the pulp exiting the unit at a 90 degree angle (usually) from the juice port. They will do well juicing mostly fruits and vegetables. The benefits of using this type of slow juicer are:

Pros

  • Delivers a good juice yield
  • No oxidation so juice can be stored up to 72 hours
  • ‘Self-feeding’ chute means no need to push food through (mostly)
  • Very dry pulp
  • Small countertop footprint.

Cons

  • Juicer height may pose storage challenges
  • Fibrous vegetable strings may clog and must be pre-cut
  • You will need to rotate fruits/veggie sequence to avoid clogs
  • Cleanups can be time consuming
  • Feed chute may be small

Recommendation: As with the Horizontal auger, these juicers tend to be on the pricey side. They are worth it if you juice hard fruits and vegetables along with a mix of leafy greens. Because of the height, cabinet storage may be an issue.

Twin Gear or Triurating

These types of cold press juicers are called twin gear juicers because they use two interlocking gears to first shred then press out the juice through a screen. It handles green leafy vegetables with ease but will struggle with soft items like pineapples or oranges. The gears turn slowly with a very low RPM.

Pros

  • Delivers a very high juice yield
  • Excellent with handling leafy green vegetables
  • Good for making baby food, sorbets, and nut butters.

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Very heavy (usually weighting over 20 pounds)
  • Time intensive cleanup
  • Pressure needed to push fruits and vegetables through chute

Recommendation: Get this type of juicer if you have deep pockets and want very high quality leafy green juices. 

 

Final Thoughts

I have owned three centrifugal juicers over the years. While they get the job done in terms of delivering healthier juices (compared to bottled juices you find in stores), the quality of the juice yield and the versatility can’t compare to cold press juicers. They’re also very noisy.

When you’re doing your research, think about these things before buying a masticating or cold press juicer:

  • Will the juicer handle the amount of juicing you plan on doing?
  • If the chute is small, are you OK with doing a lot of chopping/cutting?
  • What type of warranty comes with the unit?
  • Are you OK with the cleaning process?
  • Do you plan on doing more than just juicing, such as making nut milks and butters, baby food, sorbets, and the like?
  • Is maintaining nutrients quality (bioflavinoids, vitamins, minerals & enzymes) important to you?

I hope this roundup review has helped you with your purchasing decision.