The “Cliff Notes” – updated November 4, 2016
Masticating juicers yield more juice and extract more nutrients than centrifugal machines. They cost more but the 8006 from Omega is an insane value at this price and easily delivers the best bang for your buck.
There are all a lot of myths and misinformation surrounding the topic of juicers and it’s time to get them cleared up. There are various types of juicers available on the market but the most common by far are the centrifugal and masticating juicers.
These are the types of juicers that we’re going to take a closer look at in order to show you why masticating juicers outperform the other type and why they are worth paying a bit extra for.
Defining the 2 juicer types
The word “masticate” means to knead, grind or chew a substance into a pulp. When you chew you are masticating your food and this pulls some of the juice from the food. With a masticating juicer, this type of chewing action is done at a very low speed and there is no type of spinning action involved. It’s an efficient way of extracting the juice from food.
Centrifugal, on the other hand, means directing or moving away from the center or the axis of an object. With a centrifugal juicing machine there is a high-speed spinning action occurring that grinds the food into pulp and then the juice is poured into a cup for your enjoyment.
These are the type of juicers that you’re going to see advertised on TV and being promoted in the department stores at an affordable price. You can pick one up for about $40 at a local store or on the Internet but you’ll want to be looking at the models that range in price from $100 to $250 to make sure that you end up with a decent juicer sitting on your counter at the end of the day.
Some centrifugal juicers can cost a lot more but if you’re seriously considering paying a lot of money for a juicer, for example $400 or more, you’re much better off looking at a masticating juicer instead.
These are higher-end juicers and it will be extremely difficult to find a good one that’s priced less than $250 and many units sell for $500 or more. There really is quite a price jump when it comes to masticating juicers and the centrifugal juice machines.
You’ll want to be certain that you are making the right choice before laying out the extra money for the masticating type that will cost, on average, significantly more.
The best masticating juicers
The top 20 best-selling juicers in this category according are the:
1. Omega J8006 Nutrition Center – You’ll get super dry pulp which means your getting maximum nutrition in every glass. The plastic parts easily breakdown into four parts that fit right into the dishwasher. 4.6/5 stars
- Omega J8005 Nutrition Center 4.4/5 stars
- Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Commercial 4.7/5 stars <~ I own this juicer. Would buy again!
- Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Juicer 4.2/5 stars <~ I also own this one. Great if space is an issue.
- Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush 4.1/5 stars
- Omega BMJ330 Commercial 3.6/5 stars
- Hurom HU-100 Slow Juicer 4.0/5 stars
- Green Star GSE-5000 Elite Jumbo 4.3/5 stars
- Omega VRT330 Dual-Stage Vertical Juicer 4.2/5 stars
- Hurom HU100S Slow Juicer, 4.0/5 stars
- Chef’s Star Slow Masticating Juicer
- Champion Heavy-Duty Commercial Juicer 4.3/5 stars
- Omega J8004x Factory Reconditioned 4.9/5 stars
- Fagor Slow Juicer 4.1/5 stars
- Hurom HU100B Slow Juicer 4.0/5 stars
- Omega NC800 HDS 4.7/5 stars
- Omega VRT350X Factory Reconditioned 4.6/5 stars
- Hurom Premium Slow Juicer Model HU-700 4.4/5 stars
- Omega J8003 Nutrition Center 4.6/5 stars
- Hurom HU100B Slow Juicer 4.0/5 stars
Other companies that also produce top-of-the-line masticating products include:
Why should I pay more for a masticating juicer?
It all comes down to nutrition and taste. The goal and the ultimate reason behind purchasing a new juicer is to give your body the vitamins, minerals and enzymes that it desperately requires on a day-to-day basis for maximum performance. Like a car, the better you maintain your body the better performance you will see from it.
With a vehicle, bad maintenance can leave it sitting at the side of the road waiting for a tow truck. With a body, lack of nutrition can leave you sitting on the couch wanting to get up and move but just not having the energy to get into motion. You need a lot of nutrition to keep that body rolling and the best way to get it is through juicing.
More flavorful juices
Taste also plays a very important part in your juicing offers. If you don’t like the drinks that you are juicing, there’s a good chance that you simply won’t put in the effort to make your juices every day. The combination of a nutritious drink with one that tastes wonderful is the end goal when you’re searching around for a juicing product.
With a masticating juicer, you will definitely taste the difference with the juices that you are concocting. If you ask around or read through reviews on various juicers, you’ll see a common trend throughout them.
People that have switched over from a centrifugal juicer to a masticating one have been quite surprised to see the difference in taste. For just this one point, we believe that anyone that can afford a masticating juicer should invest in one simply for the taste factor alone. It really does make a huge difference and great tasting drinks will keep you motivated to keep juicing.
Nutrition wise, there has been considerable debate about the nutrition levels in masticating and centrifugal juicers.
One of the biggest points being made has to do with the enzymes that are contained in the raw fruits and vegetables that you are juicing. In order to address this point we’re first going to have to look at the juicing method used by both types of machines to determine whether both juicers provide adequately nutritious drinks.
The slow press
Masticating juicers squeeze the juice out of the food very slowly so there isn’t a lot of friction created. Since it is done so slowly, there isn’t a lot of heat built up either. Many juicing enthusiasts are quite concerned about the heat and friction factor since they believe that this can kill the enzymes in the food.
The quick spin
A centrifugal system uses a spinning force and friction so many consumers are wary of them. The truth is, however, that there isn’t enough force and friction occurring to destroy the enzymes.
Enzymes are killed when they are exposed to a heat of 118°F. Below this heat level they remain intact. In order to destroy the enzymes in the raw food you’re preparing they would have to reach a heat level of at least 118°F and this does not occur through regular juicing methods with either type of juicer.
Yes, there is a lot of friction and spinning going on with a centrifugal juicer but the food doesn’t come anywhere close to this high heat range. Most of the fruits and vegetables that you will be depositing into the machine are going to be coming directly from your fridge and will actually end up cooling off the blade in the juicer. Basically, when all is said and done, you will still get the enzymes needed from both kinds of machines.
But oxidation may be ruining your juice made in a centrifuge
There is a difference, however, when it comes to the oxidation process. Enzymes and other nutrients start deteriorating once they are exposed to oxygen. Think of an apple with a bite taken out of it. Once the inside is exposed to air, the apple starts to turn brown. Changes are noticeably occurring.
The masticating juicer slows down the oxidation process preserving the important enzymes and nutrients found in the food. This gives the juice a more natural taste and a higher nutritional value overall. The motor in a masticating product is extremely powerful yet operates at a low speed to help eliminate oxidation and to maintain the integrity of the nutritional value found in the food.
Masticating machines produce more juice and dryer pulp
The best masticating juicers are going to give you about 20% more juice than a centrifugal juicer. This means that you’ll have less fruits and vegetables to purchase and will save money on your grocery bills. If you’re planning on juicing for many years to come, a masticating juicer will pay for itself over time by providing more juice from the same amount of fruit or veggies.
The pulp that is left over in a masticating machine is a lot drier and you’ll be able to see for yourself that this machine was able to get out every last drop of liquid from the processed food.
Low speeds can handle the leafy greens
Most people that are looking at adopting the juicing lifestyle are looking for more than a fruit smoothie type of drink. In order to get the most nutrition out of your drinks you’re going to have to juice leafy greens and make them a part of your diet.
Masticating juicers are able to press the juice out of the vegetables easily so that you can enjoy a wholesome drink that takes into account all of the rich vitamins, minerals and enzymes that make up these green veggies.
If you want to juice wheatgrass, all types of lettuce, and any other green leafy vegetable, you’ll completely bypass even the best centrifugal juicer because they will simply tear these types of vegetables apart with very little to no juice extraction taking place.
Quieter and an easier clean-up
If you have a busy lifestyle and find yourself running day and night to get things done, you’ll want a fast and easy machine to clean up. In general, masticating juicers are easier to clean. As well, they generally tend to have a quieter operation. This can vary from one unit to the next though so be very careful to research the noise level and ease of cleanup before making a purchase.
Flexible and versatile
If you want to create sorbets, nut butters, baby food and a whole lot more, these are the juicers you’ll need. Many come with separate attachments so that you can make these types of foods plus many others!
The disadvantage of using a masticating juicer
There is only one real disadvantage that really stands out with the masticating type of juicer other than the higher price point on it. These juicers usually come with chutes that are quite narrow, which means that you’re going to have to do more chopping and cutting of your fruits and vegetables before adding them into the unit. Most centrifugal juicers have a wider chute for adding the food, which makes them easier to work with.
Masticating machines outlast centrifugal juicers
If you’re just playing around with juicing and don’t know whether you’ll get serious about it, you may want to just buy a cheap juicer and see how you like the experience.
Masticating juicing machines are built for long-term use by serious juicers that are committed for the long haul. These machines cost a lot more but they are also better built and come with warranties that last for years. In fact, once you own a masticating juicer, you may just find that you won’t have to replace it for another 20 years!
Choosing the right juicer
Now that we have gone over the centrifugal and masticating juicers, it’s time to find the right one that fits into your lifestyle. If you have opted for a masticating type, you’ll want to look over the different features that are available and read through some reviews. Be forewarned that most of the reviews that you are going to read about these juicer models are going to be good because the machines are built to be strong, durable and perhaps last a lifetime.
When looking through the reviews, you’ll want to make sure of course that the reviews are strong and that there is general consensus that this is a good machine. Next, you’ll need to figure out what type of juicer would best fit into your lifestyle and your kitchen!
If you have 4 children at home and you leave the house at 5 o’clock in the morning to get to work, you’ll want to have the quietest juicer available so that you don’t wake up the rest of the household when you’re juicing at sunrise. If you are the type of person that gets up at 7:25 in the morning and needs to leave the house by 7:30 a.m., you’ll need the fastest juicer and one that has parts that are safe for the dishwasher.
It’s all about your lifestyle and what’s important to you. The reviews can tell you that the machine works well but you’ll also want to explore a bit deeper to make sure that you find the right one that has the exact features you need the most.
The right fit in the kitchen
The juicer needs to fit onto your kitchen counter and this is something that a lot of people don’t take into account before placing their order. Measure the distance from your countertop to the bottom of your cupboards first to make sure that the unit will fit properly. Some people have had to return their juicers because the kitchen countertops couldn’t accommodate their size.
Juicing isn’t just about creating drinks it’s about adopting a brand-new lifestyle. Whether you are choosing a centrifugal or a masticating juicer, you’re placing yourself on the road to better health. If you only have $50 that you can afford for a juicer right now, go ahead and buy the cheaper kind and enjoy the drinks you make.
You’ll have still taken a step forward and your body will definitely appreciate the influx of vitamins, minerals and enzymes you are providing. If you have $500 to invest, don’t be afraid of laying out this type of money for an appliance. This is one of the true investments that you can make in yourself, your family, your health and your entire future. There is no better way to get the most nutritional value from food than by juicing.