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Why Are They Considered Better than Centrifugal Juice Extractors?


According to most juicer experts masticating juicers, also known as single- or twin-gear juicing machines (or auger type juicers), yield better quality vegetable and fruit juices than centrifugal juicers do.

Why it is absolutely true regarding vitamin and enzyme content of the juice, some might find this type of machines unsuitable for their lifestyle.

This article overviews the benefits of owning a single- or dual-gear juicer, and provides recommendations for the best masticating juicers.

How Masticating Juicers Work

As the adjective “masticating” suggests, these type of juicers chew and grind vegetables and fruits into a pulp through a slow, mechanical process.

The heart of a masticating juicer is the auger that pushes the produce forward, while tearing and meshing it into a paste then pushing it through a fine-screen stainless steel strainer to separate juice form pulp. The end product is denser, pulpier and contains more fiber than juice gained from a centrifugal juicer.

The main difference between masticating juicers and centrifugal juicing machines is that the masticating type works at a lower speed (cc. 80-120 rpm) generating less heat during.

The slow, rotating motion of the auger effectively breaks down the fibrous cell walls of vegetables and fruits, while protecting their nutrient content. A good masticating juicer can juice wheatgrass and and other leafy greens, too.

While juice prepared with a centrifugal juicer such as the Breville models (Breville Juice Fountain) is still a delicious and vitamin-rich drink compared to bottled, conserved fruit drinks, the high-speed extraction will get more oxygen into the juice resulting in the oxidation of vitamins and enzymes thus accelerating the degradation process of the juice.

Oxidation of the nutrients contained in the fruits and vegetable cells reduces the nutrient value and health benefits of the juice made with a centrifugal juice extractor.

Considering the number of stages during juicing, there are single auger style and twin-gear dual stage masticating juicers.

What Can Masticating Juice Machines Juice?

A masticating juicer can juice vegetables and fruits, leafy greens including wheatgrass (with the exception of the Champion juicer), as well as citrus fruits. One of the drawbacks of auger juicers is that they don’t handle fruits well.


If you want to juice mostly fruits then the Champion juicer is the best option. The Green Star juicers are also good at juicing fruits: apples, pears, melon, especially with the fruit attachment.

You can juice fruits with the other auger juicers like the Omega 8003/8005/8006, Samson, the Green Star, Solo Star, and the L’Equip Visor, but they’ll tend to clog when processing fruits alone. This is beacuse the machine needs fibers contained in vegetables to push the pulp forward.

If you juice fruits and vegetables at the same time to get a combo drink, a masticating juicer will do a fairly good job.

Make sure you alternate the vegetable and fruit pieces for more efficient juicing: feed some fruit cubes then some veggie pieces until you used up everything you planned to juice.

Cutting up the produce into smaller pieces (cubes) before juicing is also recommended to get the best results with this type of juicers.

Benefits of Masticating/Auger Juicers

  • Slower, multi-stage juicing provides you with a more nutrient-rich, fresh juice. An auger juicer won’t destroy the vitamins and enzyme content of the juiced fruits and vegetables providing you with a whole juice drink rich in nutrienta. This is the most important advantage of a masticating juicing machine. If you devote your time to make fresh fruit and vegetable juices every day then you want it to contain the highest possible levels of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. That’s why you juice in the first place.
  • ​A single- or twin-gear juicer yields more juice with less foam from the same amount of produce than a centrifugal machine. Pulp from a masticating auger juicer is drier than pulp from a centrifugal juicer meaining the auger machine will retain more.
  • ​Since you need less produce to prepare the same volume of juice with a single/dual auger juicer it is a cost-efficient option over a centrifugal unit. Athough a quality masticating type machine usually costs more than a centrifugal unit, but you return the initial cost because you’ll need less vegetables and fruits to fill an 8 ounce glass with a healthy drink than you would have to use in a centrifugal juicer.
  • ​A single/dual auger juicer is a solidly built, very durable appliance (most masticating type juice machines weigh 5-10 kg) – no need to replace parts since the auger won’t go blunt. The juicer will be part of your household for many years providing the whole family with fresh fruit and vegetable juices.
  • Silent operation – a masticating juicer operates quietly as opposed to centrifugal machines which are rather noisy.
  • Multi-purpose appliance – with a good masticating juicer you’ll have a a versatile kitchen appliance: a complete food processor with wich you can grind nuts to make nut butters, it will mill seeds, make baby food and delicious fruit ice cream. Most models can make pasta and bread sticks too.

Some Drawbacks

As with all kinds of appliances, masticating (auger) juicers have some weak points too. Here are the most important cons that you should consider before deciding to buy one:

  • Cleaning a masticating juicer is not as simple to clean as a centrifugal one – many of these machines come with various attachments, especially the twin gear models – which require more time to assemble and disassemble, as well as to clean. The cleaning of some of the high-end models, like the Green Star juicers, is really fussy and time-consuming.
  • ​Masticating juicers are sturdy appliances with considerable weight (cc. 5-10 kg) so if you look for a machine that you can easily carry around, get one with a handle (e.g. the Australian-make LexSun juicers, or the Green Star machines have carry handle).
  • ​Not as good for juicing fruits and carrots as a centrifugal machine – a single/dual auger juicer is not a best option if you juice mostly fruits.

The Best Masticating Juicers

You’ll find a wide selection of masticating juice extractors in stores. We listed only those models that provide the most benefits for you and your family and that received very good consumer reviews.

Recommended Makes & Models

 Omega 8006 Juicer- Our Choice for the Best Masticating Juicer (Single Auger)

The Omega 8006 is no doubt one of the best-value single-auger, cold-press juice maker available on the market today.

The 15-year warranty period is the longest in the industry.

Green Star Elite Juicer, GSE-5000, Highest Juice Yield, Alternative to Norwalk Juice Press

The Green Star Elite is currently the best twin-gear juice extractor with heavy-duty dual augers, bioceramic and magnetic elements, the highest juice volume with highest nutrient content in the category of household juicers. A good alternative to the bulky Norwalk juice press recommended to be used in Gerson therapy.

Omega Vert (VRT 330) Juicer

Features space-saving vertical design. Single-auger juicer with dual stage juice extraction for better yield. Operates at low speed (80 rpm). Unique self-feeding mechanism and auto wipe feature ensures effortless juicing and quick clean up.

Samson Matstone 6 in 1 Juicer

The Matstone 6-in-1 is a cute juicer available in various colors. It juices wheatgrass, herbs, and other leafy greens as well as fruits.

Easy Health Live Enzyme Juicer – The Easy Health Live Enzyme is made in the United Kingdom. Price: cc. GBP 100, cc. $ 150. It’s a an affordable juicer ideal for leafy vegetables like spinach, parsley, wheat grass and for fruits: apples, melon, citrus fruits.

​L’Equip Omni Juicer – A versatile single auger machine with higher juice volume and oil extraction function.

L’ Equip Visor Juicer – Recommended for juicing wheatgrass and leafy greens. Price: cc. $ 170-220.

Green Star Juicers, GS-1000, GS-2000, GS-3000
Twin-auger machines equipped with advanced features such as bioceramic and magnetic technology for increased shelf life of the juice. According to the manufacturer you can store the juice for up to 72 hours without very little nutrient loss.

Samson GB-9001 Single Auger Juicer
It can juice pine needles, a unique feature that few other juice machine has, and aloe vera. Find out more about Samson juicers.

Oscar Vitalmax Juicer
The Oscar Vitalmax is similar to the Omega 8001 juicer model. It comes with 20 year warranty on the motor. Price: cc. GBP 240, cc. $ 360.

Dual Stage Single Auger Juicers

SoloStar and  SoloStar II Juicer

These models are great for juicing wheatgrass and leafy veggies. It also juices carrots better than other single auger machines. SoloStar juicers are equipped with innovative-design auger and are dual stage single auger juice extractors.
Price: cc. $250

Omega 8003/ 8005 Juicer Models, Omega 8006

For juicing wheatgrass and leafy vegetables. It yields more juice than a one stage single auger unit.
Price: cc. $230 – $260.

More Low-Speed Juicers

One of the cheapest models amongst the multifunctional, single auger juice extractors is the Lexen Healthy Electric Juicer. Other inexpensive units are the Easy Health Live Enzyme Juicer and the L’Equip 509 Visor (costs around $170 – $220).

A more expensive, high-end model is the Super Angel Juicer which is a twin-gear machine operating at low speed (86 rpm). The Super Angel is extremely easy to clean and use and it produces very high juice volume.

A “best masticating juicers” list woudn’t be complete without mentioning the Champion juicer, a very popular juicing machine that can juice a wide variety of produce except leafy greens. The Champion juicer runs at higher speed (cc. 1800- 2700 rpm) than the single auger or twin gear machines, so it’s a bit louder.

Price of Champion Juicers: cc. $210 – $240)

Conclusion


To pick the best auger-style masticating juicing machine several factors have to be taken account and one has to decide based on individual needs and preferences.

Before buying a juicer, you alwasy has to think through what type of produce you’re going to juice most frequently (mostly fruits or vegetables or both) and how often you plan to juice (once a day or 2-3 times a week).

See our Juicer Buying Guide for tips and guidance on what factors to consider before purchasing a juicing machine.

Angel Juicers

​Models 5500, 7500 – The Best Low-RPM Vegetable Juice Extractor?

​Angelia Juicers are premium quality, all-stainless steel slow juice machines designed and manufactured by a South-Korean based company. The twin gear system uses large, sturdy augers for high crushing power to ensure increased juice extraction from all sorts of produce.

​Two main models are available for home use: the Angelia 5500 and the Angelia 7500 with the only difference that the Model 7500 has an automatic function: if too much produce is added, the unit will automatically dispose of the excess produce it cannot efficiently cope with.
A sleek, gold colored model is also available but the technical features are identical with the two stainless steel models.

​Angel Juicer Models Features, Benefits

​Juicing Efficiency of the Juicer – 3-Stage Extraction

​Angelia Juicers are a step above from other household juice machines such as Omega, Samson, or Green Star. The two surgical-quality, stainless steel augers are much larger for more efficient and easier juicing of stringy vegetables.

The twin gear mechanism is able to crush the produce with up to 3 HP power, while the augers will rotate at very low speed (82 rpm) to prevent oxidation of vitamins and other live nutrients.


3-Step Juice Extraction – Live Nutrients

​Angelia Juicers Juice in 3 stages:

  • 1st step: the dual augers apply concentrated pressure to the produce.                                          
  • 2nd step: the augers crush and grind the vegetables, fruits                                                              
  • 3rd step: juice is extracted through a 3-step screen system from the pulp leaving only dry leftover.                                                                                                                                        
  • ​The precision alignment of the two gears, their large size and high quality of material, the powerful motor , the 3-step filter system result in 3-times higher juice yield (according to the manufacturer).


    Thanks to the heavy duty augers, the Angelia juicer is able to process even the most fibrous vegetables, crushing the cellulose fibers and cell walls to obtain vitamins, enzymes and other phytonutrients otherwise inaccesible. The result is a rich, dark-colored juice that contains live nutrients in concentrated and easily digestible form.

    There’s little foam on top of the juice which is acceptable and doesn’t have effect on the taste of juice or its nutrition value.

    The juice can be stored in refrigerator for up to 72 hours with minimal taste and nutrient loss.


    ​What Does the Juicer Juice?


    ​Angel Juicers extracts juice from all sorts of produce:

  • vegetables – both hard, stringy types like celery, and soft veggies                                               
  • leafy greens – spinach, kale, lettuce, Swiss chards                                                                          
  • herbs, sprouts                                                                  
  • wheatgrass                                                                          
  • ​Although Angel juicers can juice fruits, their biggest strength lies in the high efficiency at extracting juice from greens including wheatgrass, herbs and even pine needles.


    Multiple Functions


    ​Similarly to other auger-type juice machines, Angel juicers can perform other tasks besides juicing:

    • ​making soy milk,
    • ​fruit sorbets,
    • ​pureeing,
    • ​grinding meat and herbs
    • ​making nut and seed butter

    Features Overview

    ​Method of Juicing: low-speed masticating-style juicing with two augers in 3-step process

    Motor power: 3 horsepower grinding force

    Revolution speed: 82 rpm

    Material: stainless steel (SUS-304) (all parts including the twin gears)

    Feed tube: 1.7″ (43.2 mm), round shape

    Dimensions (L x W x H):19 1/2″ (495.3 mm) x 7 3/4″ (196.8 mm) x 10 1/2″ (266.70 mm).

    Auger size: 8 3/8″ (212.70 mm) long, 2 3/8″ (60.32 mm) diameter

    Weight: 24.46 lbs. (12 kg)

    Colors: stainless steel, gold

    Price range: cc. $950 – $1100.

    Warranty: 5 years


    ​What Can You Juice with it?


    • ​Fruits: yes (including soft fruits)
    • ​Citrus: yes
    • ​Vegetables: yes
    • ​Leafy Greens: yes
    • ​Wheatgrass: yes
    • ​It also juices pine needles.

    Pros & Cons at a Glance

    Pros:

    1. 1
      ​high juice volume, dry pulp
    2. 2
      ​tasty, whole juice full of nutrients
    3. 3
      ​well-built, sturdy appliance
    4. 4
      ​simple to use/assemble & disassemble
    5. 5
      ​quiet (much less noisy than a centrifugal juice machine)
    6. 6
      ​sleek look
    7. 7
      ​easier to clean than the Norwalk juice press.

    Cons:

    1. 1
      cheap plastic juice & pulp collector for an expensive stainless steel juicer

    Total Rating: 4.5 star

    Efficiency: 5 star

    Ease of Use/Cleaning: 5 star

    Reliability/Durability: 4 star (due to plastic juice/pulp collectors) 

    ​Durability of the Juicer

    Due to the exceptional quality of materials and full stainless steel construction, Angel juicers are very durable, long-lasting appliances.

    The machines are backed by 5 year warranty on motor and 3-year warranty on gears and parts.

    Further Features & Benefits of Angel Juicers, Model 5500 & 7500

    • ​Simplicity – has only one screen – no need to change screens according to produce type. No need to align the two augers (some twin gear juicers’ augers need to be aligned by the dots on them). The single 3-stage juicing will do all the work.
      Juicing with the Angel is really uncomplicated but keep in mind that it is a slow juicer so don’t try to rush it by feeding too much produce at once.

    • ​​Ease of Use and Cleaning – the simple construction means simple operation and less clean up. Although to get clean the screen needs some brushing, but this is the same with all other auger type juicers.
      Stainless steel parts won’t stain unlike plastic parts of other juicers that get discolored by carrots, oranges, greens, even after a couple of times of use.

    • Quiet – despite the heavy duty motor, the juicer operates very silently.
    • Hygienic construction – the full stainless steel parts are antibacterial.
    • Long Shelf Life – juice retains its quality fro i up to 72 hours in refrigerato
    • Digital Controls: Start-Stop-Reverse switches plus a power indicator in red, rocker type main switch is at the back of the unit.
    • 6 Safety Mechanisms – including a heat sensor that automatically stops the motor in case of overheating.
    • ​Automatic Heat Sensor,
    • ​Extra Rocker Switch,
    • ​Internal Gear Protection,
    • ​Reinforcement of Switch Panel,
    • ​Double Protection of motor and Main Housing Unit,
    • ​the Screen Housing.

    High Nutrient Content of Juice Obtained with Angelia Juicer – Laboratory Analysis

    ​A laboratory analysis was performed by the Korean Advanced Food Research Institute that compared performance of 4 juicers including the Angelia. The 3 other units included another twin gear juicer, a single gear unit and a centrifugal juicer.

    500 mg juice was extracted with each machine and the calcium and magnesium contents were measured:

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