Best Cold Press Juicers for Leafy Greens
Some of the finest (and sometimes strangest) creations can come from a cold press (or masticating) juicer. Depending on what you juice, you can get some crazy outputs. One of the more popular items to juice, though, are leafy greens. Many cold press juicers (if not every single one of them) have the capability of juicing these vegetables. However, that doesn’t mean that all of them are worth your investment. The following five that I found over here, would all be excellent choices.
Option 1: Omega J8006 Center
The first, and quite possibly the best, entry on this list is the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center. What makes the juice so delightful is the motor processes at 80 rpm (which is very low). This protects the juice from oxidation, while also maintaining healthy enzymes. However, this is so much more than a juicer. It can handle all different kinds of vegetables, but it can also be used as a food processor. With the different attachments (food processor, homogenize and pasta noodles) you can chop and grind herbs, extrude spaghetti and breadsticks, make frozen desserts and much more. If you can think of it, it can most likely be produced in the J8006 Nutrition Center.
It’s hard-pressed to find many aspects wrong with this cold press juicer. As a matter of fact, you can make the case that any issues with it are tiny nitpicks that probably won’t affect you. However, it’s still necessary to point out a few minor kinks that you should be aware of. First off, the chute is a little on the small side. If you are planning to make juice for three people, the cup may not be big enough to hold it all. Secondly, because the plastic on the cups is opaque they can stain very easily. If you don’t wash them thoroughly after use, you may notice this.
Option 2: Breville Juice Fountain
If the list were to stop right here, you would go home a happy camper. That’s how good the Omega Nutrition Center is, but there is always room for more. Next up is the Juice Fountain Cold from Breville, which is certainly no slouch. It’s integrated cold spin technology allows the juice to be filtered right through a micro-mesh filter. This ensures that the temperature transfer is perfect every time. The juice jug is adequately sized at 70 ounces and the motor (850-watt) processes at 13000 rpm. Although this juices faster than the Omega, it doesn’t protect the juice as well. Another cool aspect is that the juice jug can be placed directly in your refrigerator for up to three days.
Much like the J8006 Nutrition Center, there are very few issues with the Juice Fountain Cold. The brunt of the issues come with cleaning it. Some of the areas, you will find, are extremely difficult to clean. Whether this is struggling to fit your brush into the area to clean it (like the rim of the bowl) or just having to scrub an area with elbow grease (the filter), cleaning it can be a hassle. The problem is it’s not recommended to leave the filter unwashed. So, after each use, you will most likely have to deal with this.
Option 3: Flexion Cold Press Juicer
The last two models (Omega and Breville) of cold press juicers are very well known. However, you may know very little about the Flexion Cold Press Juicer Machine. If so, that’s a shame because it’s a very competent machine. First off, it does a terrific job of producing juice (which is the whole point of a cold press juicer). Whatever ingredients you put into the machine, it minimizes the oxidation and preserves the natural flavor and nutrients. To start, it grinds up the ingredients into a pulp and then it squeezes the water out of the pulp. In the end, it separates the pulp from the juice (removing any excess amount of it) to ensure more juice and less pulp. It also offers you a bit of control when juicing. The juice cap can actually be fixed onto the juice outlet to control the flow of the juice. Lastly, you don’t even have to pre-cut your vegetables as you can toss them right in.
It’s a common them by now, but there aren’t a lot of issues with the Flexion juicer. That is a testament to how fantastic all of these masticating juicers are. If there is one thing to keep in mind about this particular machine it’s that it can be a little steep in price.
Option 4: SKG New Generation
At this point, the list could just stop because you are probably already overwhelmed by the number of terrific choices available. Guess what, another one is coming at you. The New Generation Juicer from SKG actually processes even slower than the Omega Nutrition Center. However, as mentioned earlier, the low speed keeps the juice safe from oxidation and preserves its nutrients more effectively. To add to the minimal oxidation, the strainer base and the valve provide a sealed space that holds the juice during the juicing process. Also, all of the parts of the juicer (silicone components, stainless steel and PEI juicing screw) were designed out of anti-oxidation materials. Rest assured, oxidation is not even close to an issue with this SKG juicer. To wrap it all up, the chute (which is a very good 76mm in width) is large enough to accommodate many ingredients at once.
Once again, it’s hard to come up with downsides for this machine. However, it can be a little tricky to put all of the parts together. Once you get the hang of it, this issue goes away, though. A nice addition would have been another filter to produce more liquid and less pulp, as well.
Option 5: Breville Juice Fountain
Capping off this list is yet another Breville juicer: The Juice Fountain Plus. Although this has the exact same motor size as the Juice Fountain Cold, it features something unique: dual-speed control. So, you can process all of your fruits and vegetables at the low-speed setting (6500 rpm) or the high-speed setting (12000 rpm). For the best juice possible, the Juice Fountain Plus uses a patented direct central feed system. Also, for durability purposes, the body is comprised of heavy grade polymer. Another cool (albeit easily overlooked) feature is the way the power cord can be stored. It wraps around the feet and clips into position on the base of the juicer.
Unlike the other selections, there are a few drawbacks that may steer you away from this one. The biggest issue is the splattering that can result. This is not so much an issue with leafy greens, but if you plan to juice fruits sometimes they may create a mess as they splatter out of the top (which is supposed to be sealed). Another issue, more on the minor side, is the mesh filter basket can be hard to clean because of how easy it is to dent. You have to be very careful when cleaning it.
Summing It Up
Man, there are so many great cold press juicers on the market. All the juicers on this list are excellent choices. Even if you don’t want to be limited to just juicing leafy greens, these are all great as they offer other juicing capabilities.