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The best juicer in the test


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04. 02. 2020, 07: 00 | by

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We have tested the best juicers on the market for you. Photo: Wirecutter / Michael Hession

After we almost 40 Pounding various fruits and vegetables through nine juicers, we believe that the Tribest Slowstar is the best and most versatile machine for home use is. It produced more juice than almost any other model, hardly heated up and produced little foam. The test was carried out by Wirecutter.com carried out in America, which is why only products available in Germany can be missing. You are reading the German translation.

Update 4.2. 2020: The product recommendations are still current, we have updated the prices.

Juicer top recommendation: Tribest Slowstar

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    Tribest Slowstar

    The vertical juicer can be both fibrous and also process hard vegetables better than the competition.

In our tests, the Tribest Slowstar the competition through the bank and delivered high yields of delicious with minimal effort Juices from a variety of different fruit and vegetable sorters th. Compared to other juicers we tested, the slow star is quieter, jams less and produces less foam.

Price: round 380 Euro (at Amazon , Stand 4.2. 2020)

Second placed juicer: Omega VSJ 843

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    Omega VSJ 843

    Has the highest juice yield for green vegetables and is easy to clean.

The Omega VSJ 843 is a great option for fans of green juices. The juice from this device is practically pulp-free and flavor-intensive with minimal foam production. The yield of green juice was particularly high. The machine itself has a lower profile than the Tribest and runs with a quiet hum. In addition, the cleaning of the parts of the VSJ 843 – model easier than cleaning other juicers. However, it is not as universal as our top recommendation, brings smaller yields with carrot apple juice and has no attachment for nut butter. In addition, it costs more.

Price: around 410 Euro (at Amazon, status: 4.2. 2020)

Price tip: Omega J 8004 / 8226

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    Omega J 8004 / 8226

    Processes hard roots and fruits good and good yield with green vegetables.

The Omega J 8004 is the cheapest of our top recommendations and matters hard root vegetables, green vegetables and fruits a good juice with little fiber or fruit pulp. The juicer gave us a good amount of carrot and apple juice, but was only in the middle in terms of the amount of juice from green vegetables. It can also stick to sweet fruits such as grapefruit. Since Omega is a 15) – one-year guarantee on parts and motor of the device – the longest in the test field – is the In our view, the machine is a better investment than other devices with similar prices. However, keep in mind that the cost of fruit and vegetables on machines that squeeze out less juice will in the long run eat up the savings of the lower purchase costs.

Note from translators: The model J tested by Wirecutter 8004 is in Germany under the designation J 8224 from import dealers sold. Also identical, but with a chrome instead of a plastic look, is the J 8226 , which is sold directly here by Omega – and is even cheaper than the J 8224. We therefore recommend the J 8226 as price tip.

Price: round 350 Euro (at Amazon, Stand 4.2. 2020)

Why you should trust this test

When researching this guide, we spoke to John Kohler from DiscountJuicers.com and Matt Shook from JuiceLand in Austin, Texas, to inform us about leading juicers and compare similar models. Although we don't usually choose retailers as interview experts, we make an exception at John Kohler because we think he's probably the most knowledgeable “juicer” on the Internet. Since 25 years ago juices and his YouTube videos , in which he compares juicers and talks about the production of juices, have about 27 million views. Wirecutter founder Brian Lam used John's knowledge as a guide for his first version of this juicing guide. Since Kohler sells all brands of juicers and his reviews are objective, we don't think he's biased towards certain models when it comes to ratings.

Although I don't claim to be being the biggest health freak, I regularly enjoy green juices and spicy beet turmeric shots myself. I've owned a few different juicers myself over the years – including models of our long-term tests of the past three years – and also have a lot of experience with a commercial champion juicer in restaurant kitchens

Who is this guide for?

Juicers are expensive machines that take up a lot of space on a counter. For juice lovers, they are still a good investment. If you drink a lot of juice, the price of the device is quickly back in, since you can do without buying expensive boutique juices. If you drink green juice five times a week, you save several hundred euros over a longer period of time. However, since vegetables can make money in the amounts needed to make juice, an efficient juicer that allows you to produce more juice for your money is the best choice. If the yield of your current juicer is not very high or you have a model that is more geared towards soft fruit than tough green, we recommend an upgrade.

Our top selection, the Tribest Slowstar, produces juice with less foam than the competition. Photo: Wirecutter / Michael Hession

There are several different types of juicers between which you (you can find more on this in the section “How we chose”) and even within the same type, different machines do not always process soft fruits, hard roots and leafy vegetables equally well. Ultimately, we found that slow juicers with only one screw are the best on the market, which also reflects our recommendations. Which type of juicer is the best choice for you depends, of course, on what type of juice you want to make. Our top recommendation is the best juicer for versatile use, but our runner-up closes, for example green juice softer.

Even though many people appreciate fresh green juice as an excellent way to get a daily boost of vitamins and nutrients , juice is not a potion. Doctors of the Mayo-Klinik emphasize: “Juicing is probably not healthier than eating whole fruits and vegetables. … whole fruits and vegetables also have healthy fiber, which is lost in most juicing. ” But at least they also say: “The resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that are found in the whole fruit.”

Juice is the most colorful and has the most nutrients when fresh. Photo: Wirecutter / Michael Hession

How we chose

In order to find the best juicers for testing, we read editorial reviews about juicers from Good Housekeeping , Real Simple and Top Ten Reviews and watched video reviews and comparisons of new models , We also looked at the offerings from the four largest juicing companies at the forefront of juicing technology: Tribest, Kuvings, Omega and Hurom. John Kohler told us that these companies are innovative and continue to improve their technology, while the cheaper versions, in contrast, are often only Chinese imitators of these models. In order to reduce our selection from the range of the individual brands, we watched side-by-side comparison videos and reviews for hours.

In general there are three types of juicers to choose from:

Juicer with a snail: A snail is like a large threaded screw that is fruit or Pull vegetables into the juicing chamber and squeeze out the juice. The snail can move between 43 and 80 Rotate rpm, which leads to slow-produced, low-foam and nutrient-tight juice with low temperatures and high yields. Single-screw juicers can be aligned vertically or horizontally and are very versatile. For example, they are good for green stuff and hard roots. Although vertical and horizontal juicers work on the same principle, vertical juicers have a smaller footprint and a slightly higher yield. But these models are usually also more expensive, so they are not suitable for the occasional juice drinker. They are best for those who include fresh green juice in their daily routine and who care about low oxidation and maximum yield. Certain models, such as our top recommendation, offer the possibility of producing food and processing frozen fruit. Our first two places in this test are examples of vertical single-screw juicers.

• Centrifuge juicer: Centrifuge juicers are by far the most popular type of household juicer because they are quite cheap. A centrifugal juicer uses tiny teeth on a rapidly rotating basket to grind vegetables and then squeezes the juice out through a fine-mesh sieve. This system tends to produce a lot of foam and does not deliver as much end product as a single screw juicer. Centrifugal juicers are best for carrots and other hard fruits and vegetables. If you are not juicing soft vegetables or soft fruits, this juicer is definitely suitable for you. Since centrifugal juicers are more affordable than other types, they are a good entry-level option to test whether your own juice making is for you. If you want to make juice frequently, it is still worth upgrading to a single-screw juicer because these models compensate for the price difference over time with a higher juice yield.

• Double gear juicer: For green vegetables such as kale, spinach and wheat grass, a double-gear juicer extracts most of the juice. Two-speed juicers are also the most expensive models and often cost several hundred euros. As the name suggests, two gears work together to shred the cell walls of the vegetables and extract the juice. They are best suited for green vegetables and other tough fibrous vegetables and not good for fruit.

John Kohler and Matt Shook both recommended that we should use a couple of different vertical single screw juicers for testing. All vertical and horizontal single-screw models we selected for the tests promised low speeds, minimal oxidation and high juice yields. We also used two centrifugal juicers to compare yield and quality. These did not do well in our tests and ultimately we only recommend single-screw juicers.

Here are a few of the juicers we've tested over the years. Photo: Wirecutter / Michael Hession

After we reduced our test pool to centrifugal and single screw juicers , we searched for the following properties:

High juice yield: If If you bother juicing fruit and vegetables, you want to get the maximum possible yield. Fruits and vegetables can be, so it's important to get as much juice out of them as possible. When deciding which juicer to test, we compared reviews and videos to see how much juice each machine produces.

• Easy to handle: In our experience, the size of the feed tube of a juicer makes the biggest difference when it comes to usability. The smaller the feed tube, the more time it takes to prepare the ingredients. Kale has to be cut into thinner, more manageable strips, large apples cannot be cut into simple wedges, and thick carrots must be quartered lengthways instead of simply halving them. During a busy morning, these minutes can really add up, so we looked for juicers with larger pipes.

• Easy to clean: We have found that all juicers have one thing in common – they are difficult to clean. The parts are not dishwasher safe, so you have to clean the components by hand. And they have lots of little nooks and crannies where remnants can collect. We looked for vertical juicers equipped with special brushes to make cleaning easier and for horizontal models like those from Omega. These are a bit easier to clean because the juicing screens are not that big.

• Low foaming: The foam that accumulates on your juice is a good indicator of how much air the machine has brought into your juice. More exposure to air means more oxidation. Oxidation is a controversial issue. Like Harold McGee in On Food and Cooking: The standard work of kitchen science explains: ” Because juicing mixes the contents of living cells, including active enzymes and various reactive and oxygen-sensitive substances, fresh juices are unstable and change quickly. ” So the prevailing theory among juicers is that if less oxygen is smashed into a juice, the valuable nutrients and enzymes will remain intact. But as Kohler told us, there isn't a lot of verified research on how or whether oxidation affects your juice's nutritional content. “It's mostly manufacturer data,” he said, “which I'm a little skeptical of.” However, we still prioritized machines that produce less foam, because at least the oxidation can cause your green juice to turn brown and often result in a slimy consistency or a muddy taste.

A slow, cold juicing process can also occur help minimize oxidation. “The enzyme is switched off at temperatures above about 45 degrees Celsius, “says Kohler. In our tests, none of our juicers heated the juice more than 12 degrees above the temperature of the raw materials. Using cold vegetables from the fridge can keep temperatures low.

• Appropriate footprint: Depending on the size and noise level, juicers can be rather annoying, eye-catching devices. The small footprint of the vertical juicer is ideal for smaller kitchens with little counter space. The oval bases measure approximately 17 to 20 centimeters in diameter. You can easily place a vertical juicer in a corner, but they are generally quite high (approx. 40 to 45 centimeters) and you need a closet with enough space. Since horizontal juicers can take up a lot of space, we preferred vertical juicers.

How we tested

The size of the feed tube can make a big difference when it comes to the preparation of the ingredients. Photo: Wirecutter / Michael Hession

We have since 2014 13 Juicer tested to see how well they can juice vegetables, hard and soft fruit and fibrous root vegetables.

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In our tests we focused on making green juice from 230 to produce grams of kale and green grapes. This test showed us how each machine can handle both soft fruit and hard green. Fibrous green is difficult to disassemble, and a high-quality juicer squeezes more juice out of the leaves than cheaper models. Soft fruit, like seedless grapes, is a challenge for juicers for the opposite reason – it lacks the fiber that helps the juicer pull the fruit all the way through the chamber, and this can make the de-juicing process tough.

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During juicing and cleaning we also took care how easy it is to use and clean the machines. To see how efficient each model was at extracting, we measured the juice yield by weight. We also checked how much pulp was left, checked for foam (which can be a sign of oxidation) and noted whether the juicer got stuck during juicing. We also measured the temperature of the juice and compared it to the temperature of the initial product. Finally, we tried each juice, paying attention to freshness and pulp, and deducted points from machines that supplied juice with unpleasant amounts of fibers. The taste is also an indicator of how much of the greens actually made it into the juices, they mostly consisted of grapes, the juicer didn't do a good job with the greens.

Then we repeated our tests with hard fruit and vegetables, whereby we each 230 grams of carrots and apples, 115 grams of celery and 30 grams of ginger used. In the year 2015 we tested our top three selections against new competitors: the Kuvings Silent Juicepresso, Juicepresso Platinum, Tribest Solostar and Omega NC 800. For this update we have new and remarkable models from the years 2017 and 2018 searched, but no significant tests found

Detailed test report: Tribest Slowstar

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    Tribest Slowstar

    The vertical juicer can be both fibrous and also process hard vegetables better than the competition.

Photo: Wirecutter / Michael Hession

The Tribest Slowstar , one Vertical single screw and slow juicer, is the most versatile juicer we have ever found and efficiently processes thick greens, fruits and root vegetables. In our tests, it gave the highest amount of green juice and the second highest amount of hard vegetable juice with little effort. There was no engine jam and he generated minimal amounts of foam. It also has a generous opening on the supply hose, which enables faster preparation and easier juicing.

The Slowstar has a “Duoblade” snail , which has two cutting edges to cut and shred more with each revolution than is possible with only one edge. The engine uses a three-speed system that allows it to turn slowly but with a lot of torque; In our tests we could see that juices are produced at low temperatures but with maximum yields even from dry green vegetables such as cabbage.

The Tribest was able to handle a constant addition of kale and very soft grapes without making the process tough or broke off. In the year 2015 the yield from a pound of green and grape harvest was grams of juice, which represents the highest yield from all the juicers we tested. When we saw the Slowstar and the Omega VSJ 843 (our second place) in direct comparison with 450 Feeding grams of spinach, the slow star produced about 30 grams more juice than the VSJ 843.

The taste of the Tribest juice was as fresh as ever the juice I've tried in chic juice bars so far, with a nice balance between kale and grapes. The hue was a bright green. The head of foam was also minimal, measuring just half a centimeter above the surface of the juice; worse juicers produced up to four centimeters of foam on the surface. The Tribest also processed 600 grams of hard and fibrous vegetables and fruit like a champion. In our tests 2015 was the yield of carrot-apple-celery-ginger juice 430 grams and thus delivered the second best result of all tested models.

The Tribest Slowstar could process both leafy greens and hard vegetables. Photo: Wirecutter / Michael Hession

Its efficient design allows the slow star to drink a large amount of juice on a small one Base area of ​​16 times 20 To produce centimeters. The opening of the feed tube is relatively wide with 6 by 4 centimeters, which means that you have less effort in preparing the vegetables in advance. The solid waste collects neatly in the waste container supplied. The Slowstar has a back button on the back in case you need to remove stuck plant parts, but I've never had to use them before.

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Like all slow juicers, the Tribest does not overheat the end product. Assuming production at room temperature (approx. 22 degrees Celsius) we never produced juice that was warmer than 29 degrees Celsius, similar to the other single screw juicers we tested. The juice had a small but pleasant amount of pulp. If you don't like pulp, the Tribest contains a stainless steel sieve to catch solid pieces. The Tribest is not dishwasher safe, but fairly easy to clean with a bit of practice – there are five parts to rinse out and no teeth to tear a sponge apart. John Kohler from DiscountJuicers.com names the Tribest also as one of his favorites.

The Tribest Slowstar can not only do juice. It also comes with a “homogenizing” chop attachment that grinds without extracting liquid – this is useful for making sorbets, nut butter and more. I only used the device to make juice, so I can't confirm its food chopping and frozen fruit sorbet capabilities, but you can use these features in this See DiscountJuicers.com video in action. The separate bowl attachment fits on the floor and pulverizes the food with the snail and pushes it through a large slide without a sieve.

Defects but no deal breakers

Despite the small footprint, I had difficulty moving the machine's tall feed pipe under my low-hanging cabinets.

This machine is slow but luckily not painfully slow. It still takes more time for preparation and cleaning than for the actual juicing.

We also know that about 300 Euro is a lot of money for such a small device, but we have found that it is worth paying a little more in advance for your machine. Juicing is a costly habit, no matter how you do it. Although the initial investment in our recommendation is high, you will not throw away money in the form of only partially extracted, moist pulp. For example, you can also search for used juicers on eBay, especially the Omega and Hurom brands, as they have been around for a while. Many people sell their equipment because they realize that they are unwilling to spend the money, counter space, or time needed to produce juice on a regular basis. You won't be able to take advantage of the guarantee, but you can find really good deals (or resell your juicer if you're tired).

Long-term test results

After three years of use and a second test round, the Tribest Slowstar is still producing high-yielding, aromatic juices. We are convinced that it is still the best juicer for its price. The machine itself shows little wear and tear, and all juicing parts – screw, juicing sieve and feed pipe – are perfectly functional. The key to longevity is to let the machine work at its own pace and cut vegetables into small pieces that easily fit through the feed tube. If you impatiently stuff vegetables and fruit through the feed pipe, this leads to congestion and wear.

Detailed test report: Omega VSJ 843

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The Omega VSJ 843 is one of the slowest and quietest devices we've tested, and it produces low-foam juices. The VSJ 843 produced almost as much green juice like our top selection, the high-yielding tribest. So if you are an enthusiastic drinker of green juices, you could prefer this omega juicer to our top recommendation. For most people, however, it's the higher price, the slightly lower yields of carrot apple juice, and the lack of versatility that only make it the second choice for the best juicer.

This quiet, flat juicer, which is about 40 measures centimeters in height, fits under low-hanging cupboards and is easier to store in a cupboard than juicers with a larger footprint. Although all slow single-screw juicers are quieter than centrifugal juicers, the VSJ 843 even a little quieter than our first choice.

The VSJ 843 produces almost pulp-free juices and thus the softest juice that I have ever produced in a domestic kitchen. It also delivers a high yield. It produces a little less carrot apple juice than the Tribest and was around 440 grams in the middle of the field among the machines we 2015 have tested. But for that he had the second-largest juice yield of all the juicers we tested for green juices and produced 340 grams of kale apple juice.

The Omega VSJ 843 has a double-edged worm that almost identical to the snail of the Tribest Slowstar. The space on the underside of the snail is large enough that trapped plant remains can be wiped out with your finger. In his video report about the Omega VSJ 843 Kohler mentions that the device got stuck a few times when he 900 Juiced grams of carrots but we did not experience this in our tests.

The individual parts of the device have smoother surfaces than those of the older Omega VRT 400 , which makes cleaning the machine easier. When cleaning the device, I did not have to work with the supplied cleaning brush, but simply sprayed the parts onto my sink with the spray nozzle. Our top recommendation requires a little more effort when cleaning, since it has small recesses at the bottom of the juicing screen that require the use of the brush supplied to get all the pulp out.

In contrast to our top recommendation, the Omega VSJ 843 no additional articles for Nut butter and pies. I can make nut milk, frozen fruit sorbets, and smoothies, but that's the end of the story. However, the most important task of a juicer is the juice, and in this area the VSJ 843 from.

Although some buyers complained about the difficult assembly, I had no problems with the VSJ 843 to disassemble or reassemble. None of the parts were loose or stuck together; everything was snapped into place and easy to open.

Omega VSJ 843 order from Amazon

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    Omega VSJ 843

    Has the highest juice yield for green vegetables and is easy to clean.

Detailed test report: Omega J 8004 / 8226

The Omega J 8004 (which in this country as J 8224 or in chrome look as J 8226 is sold), comes best with hard fruits and vegetables, and was more efficient than some of the more popular juicers. It is ideal for people on a budget – and thanks to its 15 – year guarantee a long-term purchase.

In our tests, the J 8004 a solid amount of green and carrot-apple juice and ended up in the middle of both tests. As a horizontally constructed juicer with a screw, it takes up more space and produces a little less juice than vertical models. As with the vertical juicers with a snail, the J 8004 at a slow pace to keep the temperatures low and the yield high.

The Omega J 8004 was the easiest and quickest to clean of all nine models tested because its juice strainer was smaller than the others you have to scrub less holes. With the 15 – One-year warranty on the engine and parts is available with the Omega J 8004 in our opinion the best value, compared to cheaper models with a shorter guarantee period.

For the cheaper price compared to the top -The recommendation from Tribest, however, has to be cut back. Firstly, the J 8004 quite large, it needs around 40 x 18 centimeters of space. In addition, he doesn't get along well with soft, juicy fruits, they can stick and block the juicer. You should therefore always add other fruits or vegetables to keep the machine running. In addition, its filler tube is around 2.5 centimeters narrower than that of the Tribest, which is why you have to do a bit more preparatory work here and cut the fruits and vegetables smaller.

With the J 8004 you save some money when buying, but you could partially lose these savings again, because more pulp is produced here and you get a little less juice. But it still delivers more juice than most of the other juicers we tested.

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    Omega J 8004 / 8226

    Processes hard roots and fruits well and achieves good yield with green vegetables.

Maintenance and Care

All juicers must be washed by hand immediately after juicing to allow easy cleaning, otherwise you will have to scrub dry pieces of fruit later. Most juicers come with special brushes to clean the corners and edges that normal sponges cannot reach. John Kohler said that while you can sterilize your juicer parts in boiling water, he does not recommend it as it can cause these parts to break faster.

Be patient with your juicer. Do not try to push large bundles of material into the feed tube at once, even if you are in a hurry to get out of the house in the morning. Slow juicers are just so slow. If you let your juicer do its job, you will have fewer traffic jams and downtimes and the parts will last longer.

Other juicers in the test

Hurom led 2017 one and 2016 two new juicers, but we don't think ours Recommendations to be surpassed by these. The Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer is part of the company's newer Alpha series. The only differences we noticed with the H-AA compared to previous models like the Hurom Elite are the shape of the juice outlet and a slight adjustment of the blades on the screw, both changes that do not significantly improve the juicing performance. In the year 2017 brought Hurom the HZ on the market that has the same design and the same technology as the H-AA, but in a different stainless steel case (which costs significantly more). In our tests, the Hurom Elite could not handle different types of products well and got stuck. The Hurom HP is a compact vertical juicer with a smaller footprint than the H-AA (19 times 17 times 40 centimeters against 22 times 19,5 times 40 centimeters) and less capacity in the juicing system. Hurom has a loyal fan base, including Oprah, and we can't deny that these machines are good juicers. But Hurom juicers are also not sufficient in terms of guarantee, parts availability and customer service.

The Tribest Solostar 4 is a horizontal juicer from the same manufacturer as our top recommendation. The Tribest Solostar produces a soft juice but is very slow. The entire juicing arrangement on the Tribest wiggled in a tight circular motion while the engine was running and gave a little bit each time we pushed the products through the feed tube (we tested two different units of the same model).

Remarks

The contribution “The best juicer in the test” is the German translation of the article “The Best Juicer” from thewirecutter.com . The test was conducted in the United States and was first published in English on the Wirecutter website. The translation is based on the version from .) 3. 2019. The CHIP-test Center was not involved in the investigation. We removed products that were not available in Germany at the time of the translation. These are the juicers: MMV 700 MegaMouth Juicer, CUBE 300 S Juice Cube, Omega CNC 80, Maximum Extraction Juicer, Juicepresso, Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer (B 6000) and Kuvings C 7000, Omega VRT 400 HDS, Breville Juice Fountain Plus.

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