Best Juicer for Greens: Ultimate Buying Guide
If you’ve tried green smoothies and your thinking of trying out juice made from leafy greens, you might be surprised when your expensive centrifugal juicer like a cold press juicer or a citrus juicer doesn’t work very well with greens. Centrifugal juicers basically chop things up really fast with blades that spin at about 3,000 to 16,000 rpm. While this might be an effective way to get juice from fruits and vegetables, it’s generally not the right way to get the best juice from leafy greens that are as tough as old carrots or rock-hard beets.
So, what does work?
Try a twin-gear juicer or a masticating juicer! Masticating juicers work in a completely different way from centrifugal juicers and are much more effective at getting high-quality juice from greens. How do they work? Every masticating juicer has an auger. It resembles a large screw or drill bit. The fruit and vegetable you’re juicing move down into the chute where the auger slowly turns, crushing the food and extracting the juice. This is precisely why they’re perfect for extracting green juice. They’re able to “chew” the long fibers, extract more green juice from tough leafy greens like celery and spinach and produce drier pulp. This also means that they extract more vitamins and nutrients. Believe it or not, juice from a masticating juicer even has a longer shelf life.
Let’s take a look at some of the best masticating juicers available. Whichever, type of juicer you go fro from this list, you’ll be one step closer to a well-balanced diet and a whole range of tasty green juice recipes.
One of the reasons that we love this Aicok juicer so much is the slow speed of the auger. It rotates slowly at 80 rpm. Slow masticating juicers like this preserve more of the vitamins and nutrients when compared to centrifugal juicers. Plus, there’s less oxidation and foam so you just get a better glass of juice. Clogs in the system are rare and the process is very quiet. This juicer is designed with decelerating gears that help reduce vibration and noise. It’s actually less than 60 decibels, which is about as loud as normal conversation. In other words, if you’re juicing for breakfast, you don’t have to worry about waking up the whole house. Clean-up is a breeze because of the dishwasher-safe parts and don’t worry, once everything is cleaned, it’s easy to put it all back together.
Tribest makes this really awesome cold press juicer that gets impressive results when it comes to juicing greens. This is a cold press juicer, which is just another name for a masticating juicer. Since masticating juicers don’t go very fast, they don’t produce much heat so cold press is a perfect name for them. This one goes at 110 rpm so there’s not a lot of oxidation and the enzymes, vitamins, and nutrients are preserved. Juice from a cold press juicer has a longer shelf life because these natural ingredients remain intact.
The design is really modern looking and has fewer parts. Fewer parts mean less to clean. Plus, they include cleaning brushes and a scraper tool to help make it even easier. They also include homogenizing accessories so you can also use this as a food processor. Attach the pasta nozzle and you get even more versatility.
One of the best things about this juicer is the warranty—one of the best in the industry at 12 years!
This is a great choice if you’re looking for a great juicer for greens that takes up a little less room on your countertop. Breville designed this juicer with the auger going vertical instead of horizontal which makes for a much smaller footprint.
We were impressed with the safety features on this juicer. It won’t start until all of the pieces are properly locked in place. There’s a reverse direction control to prevent anything from getting stuck in the auger. Plus, the overload protection system stops the machine from operating is there’s too much in the chute.
Cleanup is really easy, too. You don’t even have to take the machine apart. Just pour 1 or 2 cups of water through the machine while it’s running! It also comes with a cleaning brush that can easily remove pulp from the mesh basket and chute.
This Omega masticating juicer runs at 80 rpm and produces juice with more nutrients and vitamins than other kinds of juicers. Because the natural enzymes in the juice are maintained, you can keep the juice in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours without losing any of the good stuff.
This auger is made of special plastic that is 8 times stronger than similar materials. Not only does it make amazing juicer but the 2 hp motor is powerful enough to make nut butter, extrude pasta, grind coffee, and even make baby food.
One of the things we loved the most about this one is how many color options there are. You can pick from 8 different colors ranging from white and silver to bright colors like aqua and pink.
Flexzion’s masticating juicer works by first grinding the fruit and vegetables and then separating the liquid from the pulp. There’s minimal oxidation, less frothing, and more retains vitamins and minerals. One of the great things about this is that you can actually control how much pulp you want by using the finer strainer that’s included. The feeding chute is extra wide and can accommodate most produce whole. This means less prep work for you because you don’t have to worry about cutting anything up into small pieces before you begin.
We really like the look of this juicer, too. It has a smaller footprint than some of the other masticating juicers we reviewed. That’s because it’s designed with the auger in a vertical position rather than a horizontal one. It has 2 spouts, one to collect juice from and one where the pulp is expelled. It comes with a collection container for each so there’s no mess. Cleanup is easy, too, because the removable pieces are all dishwasher safe.