How we picked and tested
Vertical slow auger juicers, from left to right: Breville Juice Fountain Crush, Omega VRT 400, Hurom HH Elite, Tribest Slowstar, Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer.
We put 10 juicers through two tests. We noted ease of use, yield, foam production, flavor, ease of cleaning, and amount of prep required. First, we tested their abilities with greens and soft fruit by making a kale-grape juice with 8 ounces each of curly kale and Thompson green grapes. We then tested each juicer for their ability to juice hard fruits and vegetables, using 8 ounces each of carrots and apples, 4 ounces of celery, and 1 ounce of ginger. All yields were measured by weight. For more detail on our research and testing methodology, check out our full guide at The Sweethome
Who should buy this?
Anyone who is serious about juice or looking to take their juice game to the next level would benefit from a high-yield slow juicer. Even though the initial cost of a juicer seems steep, the return on savings is worth it, especially if you regularly buy a $9 juice from your local boutique juice bar. If youre interested in incorporating fresh juice into your daily routine to boost vitamin intake, this is a great investment.
The results from our Omega horizontal juice comparison. The 8004 produced higher yields than the newer NC 800.
The Tribest Slowstar
($380), a vertical single-auger, slow-press juicer, aced all of our tests. While it isnt the fastest juicer we tried this time around, it is one of the most efficient with greens, ejecting very fine, dry, almost sawdust-like pulp after extraction. The quiet, BPA-free machine is backed with a 10-year warranty that covers the motor and parts, one of the better guarantees among the juicers we tested. The motor uses a three-gear system that allows it to turn slowly but with plenty of torque; in our testing, we found that this translates to low-temperature juice with maximum yields from even low-moisture greens like kale.
The Tribest handled a constant stream of kale and super soft grapes without gumming up or stalling out, unlike some of the other juicers. The yield from 1 pound of greens and grapes was 11.1 ounces by weight, the second-highest yield of all the juicers.
One of our many juice tastings.
Flavor was a good indicator of how much of the greens actually made it into the glass; juices that were sweeter had extracted less kale and more grape. The flavor of the Tribest juice was as fresh and bright as any Ive had at boutique juice bars, with a nice balance between the kale and the grapes. The hue was a vibrant green, like Technicolor in a glass. The foam was minimal, too, measuring half an inch off the top of the surface of the juice; lesser juicers had up to 4 inches of foam at the top.
The Tribest also handled 21 ounces of hard and fibrous vegetables and fruits like a champ. The carrot-apple-celery-ginger juice yield was exactly 16 ounces, the third-best result of all the models tested. Again, this was a well-balanced juice with great, even flavor and very little foam. The Tribest is a multitasker as well, it comes with a separate attachment that makes frozen fruit sorbets, nut butters, and pates.
Flaws and dealbreakers
Even though we love this machine, nothing is perfect. I had a bit of trouble navigating the tall feed tube underneath my low-hanging cabinets. Its not a big deal, and I have a small apartment, so I understand that this is not a problem for all. Its also slow, but thats the point, right? Slower juicing retains nutrients.
One of our primary tests was to see how much juice each machine extracted from 8 ounces each of curly kale and Thompson green grapes.
We were impressed with the Omega VSJ843 ($445), which gave us the highest and a virtually pulp-free green juice yield. The machine itself has a lower profile and runs at a quiet hum. It has a full 15-year warranty, for which Omega is famous, that includes motor and parts, and the newer design is streamlined for easier cleaning. However, it is a less versatile machine than our top pick, with lower yields on carrot-apple juice and no nut butter attachments, and it costs $65 dollars more.
Our previous pick, the Omega 8004 ($225) is still a fantastic machine. Its larger size and lower juice yield are the reasons it didnt beat our other picks. This commercial-grade juicer is a perennial favorite with juice expert John Kohler of DiscountJuicers.com, a 25-year juicing enthusiast with extensive knowledge about these machines. If youre on a budget and have some extra counter space to spare (the machine measures 16 by 7 inches), this is still a great choice. Though its not the cheapest of the juicers we tested, the Omega 8004 represents the best value, especially considering the excellent 15-year warranty on the motor and parts.
Our favorite juicer is powerful enough to squeeze fibrous greens and hard root veggies into nutrient-dense juice without producing excessive foam and aeration. While the initial investment may seem steep, the Tribest Slowstar ($380) will give guaranteed service for 10 years, producing fresh juice in the comfort of your home kitchen.
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