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Cold-Pressed Juicer vs Centrifugal Juicer: Which One is The Best?

Not all juice is created the same. So first, let's weed out the non-juice "juice." We're not talking about Naked, Odwalla, or any number of "smoothies" or super sugary drinks masquerading as healthy juice. We're talking about 100% pure fruit and veggie juices, made with stuff you'd get at a farmers market. Now, let's see how we make yummy juice.


You need the right juicer to turn all that fresh, yummy produce into delicious juice. There are two basic types of juicers: centrifugal and cold-press (aka masticating).

Centrifugal Juicer

centrifugal juicer This is what you see prominent juice advocates like Joe Cross use. It uses a very fast spinning disc to extract juice.

Good for: trying out juicing

Juicing: more fruits, less greens

Volume: a few juices a week


• Easy prep. the intake hole is really wide, so you don't need to cut very much

• Fast. The machine grinds up produce really fast, so you make juice really fast

• Easy clean up. Parts are easily rinsed

• Cheap to get started. A good entry-level machine will cost $100


• Highly Perishable. High Speed = High Oxidation. The juice you make needs to be consumed immediately.

• Produce Waste. High Speed = more wasted produce and less juice yield 

• Less nutritious. Heat and oxidation destroys nutrients

Cold Pressed (Masticating) Juicer

cold pressed aka masticating juicer

Most high end juice bars and cold-pressed juices come from this type. Home versions use an auger (screw) to cut and juice.

Good for: juicing large quantities

Juicing: more greens, less fruit

Volume: a least a juice a day


• High juice yield. with the biggest difference being soft leafy greens

• Max nutrition. Cold-pressed juice is at least 10% more nutritious than juice made from a centrifugal juicer

• Max storage. Cold-pressed juice will keep for at least 3 days refrigerated. You can store large batches of juice at a time.


• Lots of prep. You have to cut produce much smaller, so prep time is longer.

• Slow. The process is deliberately slow. You have to wait for the produce to be slowly smashed and pressed into juice.

• Expensive. An entry level machine starts at $200


We'll have to go with a cop-out answer here.

The best juicer is the one that will fit your lifestyle.

If you like making juice every day, with a mix of fruits and veggies, then a centrifugal juicer will work well for you.

If you like to drink juice daily, but only have time a couple times a week to juice, then a cold-press (masticating) juicer will work well for you. Or if you want to make a lot of dense leafy green juices, a cold-press (masticating) juicer will give you the best juice.

Whatever juicer you select will be a good choice as long as you keep up you new habit.

Happy juicing!

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