Masticating vs Centrifugal Juicers: 15 PROS and CONS

10 Benefits of a masticating juicer over a centrifugal juicer

  1. Less oxidation of nutrients — higher retention of nutrients – Slow turning/RPM (e.g. ~80-110 rpm) generates less mixing of food and air, therefore less frothing and less oxidation of nutrients compared to the level of oxidation with centrifugal juicers. Less oxidation has 2 benefits. First, maximum amount of nutrients are preserved. Second, they have a shelf-life up to several days. In contrast, with centrifugal juicers, because of high frothing, a lot of air/oxygen gets mixed with the juice making the juice vulnerable for oxidation followed by spoiling. This is why it is always recommended that you drink the juice from a centrifugal juicer, immediately after juicing!
  2. Less heat inactivation of nutrients — higher retention of nutrients – Slow turning/RPM (e.g. ~80-110 rpm) generates less heat! When two objects rub together, there’s friction. Where there’s friction, there’s heat generation. Rubbing of fruits/veggies against a fast spinning (up to 1,400 rpm) grating disk also involves friction and heat generation. The friction is much less with an 80 rpm auger of a masticating juicer. Some nutrients (e.g. enzymes) are heat-labile meaning they’re very sensitive to heat and they get destroyed/inhibited by heat. Therefore, with a centrifugal juicer, heat inactivation of nutrients is higher than that in a masticating juicer.
  3. Better efficiency of juice extraction — higher yield — lower fruit/vegetable cost in the long run – how do you prove that? Just look at the pulp. Generally, the pulp from the centrifugal juicer is wetter than that from a masticating juicer. The wetter the pulp, the more juice that didn’t get extracted out. In contrast, the pulp that is ejected out of masticating juicers are very dry. So theoretically, you may need 500 grams of a particular vegetable to give you 100 ml of juice with a centrifugal juicer when you will only need 400 grams of the same vegetable to give you 100 ml of juice with a masticating juicer. So in theory, you’re saving on fruit and vegetable costs in the long run, when you use a cold-press masticating juicer such as the Omega J8006
  4. Longer shelf-life — take your juice to work! – we covered this above, on point 1. Juices from masticating and triturating juicers have longer shelf-lives mainly because they have less foaming, less mixing of juice with oxygen and therefore less oxidation. Less oxidation means higher retention of nutrients for a longer period. With centrifugal juicers, you had to drink it immediately to minimize the oxidation because, the longer you leave it, the more oxidation of nutrients thanks to all the air mixed up in the juice. You could drink it later, but it’ll have much less nutritional value. But with masticating juicers –> no air –> no oxygen –> no oxidation –> no spoiling –> longer shelf-life!
  5. Quiet operation – again, this is related to the slow RPM of masticating juicers. The faster the noisier, the slower the quieter. I’m sure you can relate to that in other ways as well :)
  6. Safer, easier/quicker cleaning – this depends on the particular model, but generally, masticating juicers are safer and easier to clean. It’s safe because there are no sharp edges that ‘cut’ on the masticating juicer. In contrast, on centrifugal juicers, there are cutting edges that can potentially cut you when you’re cleaning. Cleaning of masticating juicers is easy because there’s no strain/mesh on them like the ones on centrifugal ones. Cleaning the mesh of the strain of centrifugal juicers takes a long time. Therefore, cleaning is safe, quick and easy on masticating juicers! However, if you don’t clean up immediately and let ’em dry up, cleaning takes a lot longer and becomes very messy with both centrifugal and masticating juicers!
  7. Auto pulp-ejection function for continuous juicing – in contrast, with centrifugal juicers, you have to empty the pulp container when it fills up!
  8. More efficient with leafy greens — greater yield – Centrifugal juicers are not very good with leafy vegetables
  9. Can handle nuts – nut milks, nut butters – Centrifugal juicers are not recommended for processing nuts for making peanut butter, almond milk etc.
  10. Up to 15 year Warranty – that’s right, this model has a 15 year warranty, this model has a 12 year warranty and this model has a 10 year warranty. In contrast, most plastic based centrifugal juicers comes with a 1-2 year warranty. What does this tell you? That masticating juicers are hardier than centrifugal juice extractors?

OK, I’m impressed, I will not settle for anything less than a masticating juicer

That’s great news! By all means, pick one of the following.

SINGLE-gear masticating juicers work for most people

#1 Recommended (Still very new, so not as popular as the previous model yet…)
#2 Recommended (Been there for a while. EXTREMELY Popular Horizontal Masticating Juicer)
#3 Recommended (Vertical Masticating Juicer) #4 Recommended (Vertical Masticating Juicer)
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Twin-gear masticating (Triturating) juicers are recommended for those who want maximum extraction

Expensive MOST Expensive and the BEST!
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5 benefits of a centrifugal juicer over a masticating juicer

  1. Cheaper – the cheapest centrifugal juicers are cheaper than the cheapest masticating juicers. However, the high end centrifugal juicers are more expensive than, mid-level masticating juicers
  2. Faster – if you’re juicing only a small amount of fruits/vegetables, the centrifugal juicers are a few minutes faster. But considering that even the relatively slower masticating juicers can juice as much as 1 liter of carrot juice within 5-7 minutes, you’re not saving a significant amount of time. So you really cannot justify buying a centrifugal juicer just to save a few minutes at the expense of all those nutritional benefits of a masticating juicer.
  3. Smaller, lighter and less space consuming – a masticating juicer can be up to 12 Kg and occupy over 1.5 feet of your counter-top. Centrifugal juicers are generally smaller. They don’t occupy as much counter-top space because they’re upright and tall.
  4. Uniform digestion – the juice from a masticating juicer is devoid of fiber. Therefore the nutrients get instantly absorbed giving rise to sugar spikes. But with centrifugal juicers, the juice contains a certain degree of fiber, avoiding the above situation of blood sugar spikes.
  5. Won’t feel hungry too soon – the juice from masticating juicers is devoid of fiber, so you can feel hungry right after you drink your juice. That won’t happen with the juice from a centrifugal juicer

I don’t care about the nutritional benefits of a masticating juicer, I’m buying myself a centrifugal juicer

Hmm… that’s sad, 😥 It’s still our job to show you the better centrifugal juicers from the worse.

These two models are relatively CHEAP

Best Value for Money Relatively Cheap A little bit more Expensive
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The following models are more expensive

Expensive High-quality Expensive Centrifugal Juicer Absurdly Expensive – just look, DON’T buy
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