Centrifugal vs Masticating vs Cold Press Juicers

  • by Robin Frey

If you’ve been researching different types of juicers, you’ve probably seen the terms masticating, centrifugal and cold press.

In this article, we’ll cover the pros and cons of these juicers. By the end, you’ll know exactly which one best fits your needs.

Maybe you want to start juicing at home, open a juice business, or upgrade your equipment, but you aren’t sure what the differences are between masticating, centrifugal and cold press juicers.

Whatever your intention is, understanding the best juicers on the market is critical to your juicing success. Keep reading to help determine which juicer type is right for you! 

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Types of Juicers - Top Juicing Technologies Explained
Types of Juicers – Top Juicing Technologies Explained

Quick Juicer Comparison

Because of their relatively low price points and accessibility, masticating and centrifugal juicers have been the most common types of juicers used in homes over the years.

Here’s how these common types of juicers work:

Both of these juicers extract juice from produce by forcing it against a sharp screen. A centrifugal juicer uses centrifugal force (by spinning very fast). Masticating juicers use a slow turning screw to force the produce against the screen.

centrifugal and masticating juicer graphic

A much better alternative, and becoming more and more accessible to juice businesses and consumers, is the juice press. These juicers produce cold pressed juice, done in a two-step grinding and pressing process. This method produces the highest quality, most nutrient dense juice.

Centrifugal Force Juicer 

The centrifugal force juicer, which is also known as the “fast juicer”, is one of the most popular juicers on the market. This machine is typically used in households because it provides the user with juice instantly and is cheap to buy.

So, how does it work? This juicer takes fruits and veggies through a feeding tube and forces them against a fast spinning metal blade where they will be cut and spun against a sharp screen at a high speed of 6,000-14,000 RPM.

This juicer is great for people who are just getting into juice at home, don’t need large batches of fresh juice, are not really concerned about getting all the juice extracted from the produce, and want to drink their juice as soon as it’s made. This option is typically the cheapest on the market and provides consumers with the great benefits of juice, without the extra cost of higher quality methods.  

Masticating Juicer 

These juicers are also known as slow juicers, gear, or auger juicers, and the produce is crushed at a slow speed. When using this juicer, the produce is crushed at around 80-100 RPM, then pushed through a sharp screen.

Since the juicing process is much slower and does not introduce as much heat and oxygen as with a centrifugal juicer, it provides you with a more nutritious juice. Masticating juicers typically have a pretty decent juice yield which is great for the pocketbook (get more out the produce you are purchasing) as well as the planet (reduces waste).

goodnature cold pressed juice vs masticated juice
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Although these juicers are a step above centrifugal, they aren’t the best solution for those who are trying to make very high quality juice. Similar to a centrifugal juicer, the juice made from a slow juicer contains a lot of “solids” and separates quickly. It should be consumed soon after making it.

Additionally, the overall taste and mouthfeel of the juices made on a slow juicer leave a lot to be desired. The action of crushing the produce between two hard surfaces and then pushed through a very small space through a screen results in much of the produce getting broken down so small that it makes it way into the juice as part of the juice, resulting in a thicker, pulpier juice than produced on a real cold press juicer (one with an acutal press).

This forcing through a screen action also has a lot to do with the flavor of the juice not being the same or as good as when I make the same recipe on a cold press juicer. 

If you’re looking for a piece of equipment that will create great tasting, nutrient dense, longer-lasting juice that can be sold over time or stored in your fridge for several days, the cold press juicer is what you’re looking for. 

Juice Press 

A hydraulic (or sometimes pneumatic) cold press juicer is the best type of juicer on the market that you can buy . These are commonly referred to as two-stage juicers since there are two stages in the juicing process:

  1. The produce chopped (also referred to as grinding) into the consistency of chunky salsa. This is just cutting the produce into small pieces, and is not where the juice extraction occurs.
  2. The juice is slowly extracted by pressing the pulp under thousands of pounds of pressure.  

You may see the term, “cold-pressed juice” thrown around in the juicing industry. A traditional juice press is where the term “cold-pressed” came from. A juice press is the only type of juicer that actually contains a press, therefore, it’s the only true cold-press juicer. A real juice press makes the smoothest, best tasting juice you can make with the least amount of separation.

Juice presses are able to extract the most nutrients possible from your fruits and vegetables. It also provides the longest shelf life (around 3-5 days, depending largely on the recipe ingredients) with minimal separation or breakdown of nutrients and taste. It creates the purest juice with around 99% liquid and less than 0.3% pulp. Our commercial machines at Goodnature require a lot less produce prep time and have a much faster and easier clean up compared to other consumer-focused juicers.

It is the most expensive type of juicers on the market, but if you’re looking for the best juicer that produces the highest quality, best tasting juice, this is the one for you. To learn more about how to choose the right juicer for your business, read our blog here. If you’re interested in learning more about our industry-leading juice presses, view the Goodnature juicers here!

It’s important to understand the different types of juicers on the market before making a decision for your household or business. Regardless of what you’re looking for, juicing is a great way to cleanse your body and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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About The Author

As marketing manager for Goodnature, Robin gets to work around her favorite thing—juice. Growing up, Robin's parents introduced her to fresh juice made at home and the health benefits juicing provides. She continues to be passionate about health and wellness—juicing at home is still part of her daily routine and she recently earned her holistic health coach certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.

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  1. Hi Robin. First let me tell you, this article was very informative. I was able to get all the information I needed in a quick read. So, thank you for that! I do have a question for you… I am looking for a good juicer for my home and while I would LOVE to have your M-1 or X-1 mini, the reality is I can’t afford it. What juicer do you use in your home and what do you recommend I look for for the best quality juice? My husband and I are in our late 30’s and trying to eat healthier. I would also like to use the juicer for my grandson who is currently only a month old but will eventually be able to partake in our juicing. Thank you in advance for all your help.

    Sincerely,
    Angela

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    1. Hi Angela,

      So glad you found this article helpful! I totally understand, the M-1 is on my wish list as well 🙂
      I’ve had an Omega slow juicer for over 8 years now, and it is still going strong. In fact, for the last year and a half my Mom has used it every day to make the carrot juice she drinks to help battle her chronic leukemia. After I gave it to her, I purchased a Kuvings slow juicer. The nice thing about the Kuvings is that it has a big hopper so you don’t have to cut up the produce as small as you do with the Omega, however, the clean up takes forever. I don’t know about you, but I would rather spend more time cutting produce than scrubbing a screen that is so hard to get clean. I believe that we should enjoy the process of preparing our food and that the love we put into the process comes through in the end result. I also find that the quality of juice is better from the Omega. I am not sure why, but it seems to taste better and is less pulpy. That being said, there is no comparison in the quality of juice from a slow juicer to that from a true juice press machine. Making juice on a Goodnature press at work has me spoiled now so it’s tough for me to be satisfied with the juice from my home juicer. It is so smooth and the taste you get from each ingredient is so much purer and not bitter, it’s as if you were eating it (this is due to the technology in our extraction process, which gently chops then presses, keeping the plant cell walls intact). Sorry for the long winded explanation!
      All in all, from my experience I personally recommend the Omega. It produces a decent juice (although I filter it twice to remove the suspended solids) that can last up to three days in the fridge (depending on your recipe), it is durable (I’ve had mine for years and never needed to have it fixed or replace any parts), and it won’t break the bank. This is newer version of the model I have: Omega Juicer

      If your budget allows, you could also look at the Norwalk or PURE juicers, they are presses that produce good, quality juice for the home but run $2k+ (IMO I would put that money in a piggy bank for a Goodnature juicer down the road once you have some juicing experience under your belt, but that’s just me) The cleaning process is extensive and juicing is slow going, but they do produce good juice.

      Oh, and also you can make baby food for your grandson with a slow juicer until he’s ready for juice (maybe by then you will have your Goodnature juicer 😉 ) Happy Juicing!

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