The juicer faithful pretty much agree that the Masticating Juicer is superior to the Centrifugal Juicer. You don't need the masticating juicer for everything. But when it comes to leafy greens -- the sweet spot of the juicing lifestyle -- the masticating juicer reigns supreme. Juicers generally agree that the slower chomp --the cold press -- of the masticating does less damage to the natural nutrients in your raw materials.
Masticating juicers don't get as hot or invite as much air as the centrifugal style -- and heat and air are the nutrients' enemies. Only problem is, the masticating juicers are usually far more expensive than their spinning counterparts. Here are three that offer great value, and keep you under that $500 range.
1) Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer
The Omega J8006 is the #1 bestseller at Amazon in the masticating juicer category, where it has over 2,600 customer reviews. Listing at under $300, the good news is you can buy one refurbished for around $200. It's easy to use and also produces little foaming -- that's because there's little damaging air whipped up to oxidize nutrients. The company says there is "no clogging or heat build-up." (But if you are a juicer you know one thing: clogging does happen. It just does.)
2) Hurom HU-100 Masticating Slow Juicer
Another choice at less than $300 is the Hurom H-100. This elegant machine has a small footprint and even has a patent on its "slow squeezing technology." Users say it's satisfying. "The best juicer on the market is the one that you will use everyday and this is the one for me," says one reviewer. EBAY looks to get this price down under $200.
3) Hamilton Beach 67950A Slow Juicer
Hamilton Beach is a familiar name to American consumers, especially those who like value. You can get this handsome, quiet Hamilton Beach masticating juicer for $160. It's probably only the #22 bestseller in the masticating juicer category because so many customers are willing to pay the higher prices. Certainly a very good starter machine. Doesn't have the 15-year warranty of the Omega or the 10-year warranty of the Hurom but an excellent way to begin. Best Buy doesn't have this in stock but Walmart does and also Amazon.
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