Vertical masticating juicers try to pack all of the advantages of a traditional slow juicer into a space saving upright design. The desire for more compact and convenient machines has led to a rise in the number of these types of juicers to hit the market. While these types of juicers do get good reviews, they typically do not get as high of ratings from owners as horizontal models. Upright masticators require a little more care and patience to avoid jamming issues that are not uncommon with this type of machine. They also tend to be a little more expensive than their horizontal counterparts. They can still deliver excellent juice quality and yield, plus quieter operation. Below are our reviews of some of the models that owners rate the highest.
These juicers generally operate at 80RPM or less and are relatively quiet machines. If noise is an important factor for you, then getting a masticating juicer is your best option.
These are called “slow” juicers for a reason. They work at much lower speeds than centrifugal juicers and at a more deliberate pace. Some of these models also have smaller feed chutes and will require you to cut up fruits and vegetables into more manageable sizes. This will add to prep time.
Masticating juicers introduce less air into the juice which helps it avoid oxidation. The juice will keep for a longer period of time and can be stored cold for a few days. One issue that these types of juicers have is that they let more pulp into the juice and the use of a strainer is needed for those who prefer pulp-free.
The amount of juice extracted from the pulp is on the “good” side for these types of juicers and the pulp is pretty dry. Softer fruits might not perform as well as harder vegetables.
Vertical masticating juicers tend to have some issues with clogging and jamming. Harder foods such as carrots or beets may bog down the machine requiring you to use the reverse gear to get it unstuck. Stringy foods, such as celery, may also wrap around the auger or clog the pulp ejection chute. Cutting up trouble foods into smaller than normal pieces and feeding them into the machine at a slower pace can help avoid some of these problems.
REVIEWS OF THE TOP VERTICAL MASTICATING JUICERS
This is the latest generation upright juicer from Omega that has brought with it some new changes. This model operates at only 43RPM, the slowest we have seen. This not only helps protect the juice, but it makes this one of the quietest juicers currently available. It also comes with a juice tap on the spout, a new feature that more juicers should have. High juice yield on a wide variety of different types of produce also make this a great daily juicer. Early customer feedback has been impressive.
The Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer is the first vertical masticating juicer to feature a large feed chute. It is capable of handling whole apples, carrots, and larger sized fruits and vegetables without the need to cut them into smaller pieces. This can be a huge time saver. It also comes with a juice cap on the spout to prevent unwanted dripping. Operating at between 50-60RPM helps protect the juice while reducing noise. A truly innovative design that has gotten nice customer reviews so far.
The VSJ843Q is exactly the same under the hood as the VSJ843R, the only difference being its shape. The “Q” model has a square form with the power switch on the front of the unit. This latest generation upright juicer’s improvements make it one of the most silent juicers available. It delivers excellent juice yield with a variety of foods. This newcomer has already started making a name for itself.
The Slowstar vertical juicer runs at just 47RPM, second only to the VSJ843 models for the slowest operating speed. The slower RPM help protect the juice from heat and oxidation as well as provide quieter operation. This is the only upright masticator that comes with a mincing attachment for added versatility. Bold styling, good juice yield, and less noise are aspects that get high scores from owners.
This Omega Vert juicer is the successor to the VRT350 and has seen some minor improvements to help maximize juice yield. This model runs at a slow and steady 80RPM and includes a tap on the juice spout for added convenience and to help reduce unwanted dripping. The VRT400 also comes with a 15 year warranty. An overall good performer with the quality that Omega is known for.
An older generation Omega vertical masticating juicer that continues to go strong. This model has a very low footprint and takes up very little space on any countertop. 80RPM operation speed helps to cut down on noise while providing good juice yield and juice quality. This gets decent scores from owners and is a good value for anyone looking for a more budget friendly upright juicer.
The BJS600XL Juice Fountain Crush is currently the only masticating juicer in Breville’s line of juicing machines. And while their centrifugal juicers are a huge hit with owners, this model does not share the same fanfare. Good upright, with modern design and styling that gets decent scores from owners. With recent price drops, the BJS600XL is now an even better overall value for anyone looking for a vertical juicer.
This Kuvings masticating juicer features a modern upright design, 80RPM low speed juicing, BPA-free parts, two-step safety technology, and a juice tap on the spout. This model is touted as a “Silent Juicer” for its quiet operation. Good juice yield and easy to clean. It does not have the wider feed chute like their B6000 model, but at a lower starting price point, it may be a more attractive option.