The Best Juicer For Greens In 2021

The best juicer for greens needs to be able to tackle one of the trickiest ingredients in juicing: leafy greens.

You won’t have very much spinach juice to show for your efforts if you throw it all into a centrifugal juicer, after all. For that reason I’ve reviewed five of the best masticating juicers for this article.

These slow, methodical contraptions do a tremendous job of squeezing and grinding every last drop of juice from even the trickiest types of produce.

They’re not all created equal though, and finding the right tool for the job can be a challenge. To help with that, I’ve started with a list of my top picks for different budgets and circumstances.

I’ve also provided a buying guide that will help you research this sort of juicer, and answered some of your most common questions.

(Head back to my massive home juicing and blending guide when you’re done for more help with this side of kitchen life!)

Summary

Before I dive into the deeper reviews, here’s my pick of the very best masticating juicers.

BEST OVERALL – Omega NC900HDC Juice Extractor

Omega NC900HDC Juicer Extractor and Nutrition…
  • INDUSTRY LEADING 15-YEAR Coverage on parts and performance
  • LONGER LASTING JUICES – Using a low speed of 80 RPMs results in minimal heat buildup and oxidation…
  • EXCLUSIVE – Dual Stage masticating extraction

“The Omega juicer took my top pick overall. It’s the type of machine that can handle tough leafy greens, from spinach leaves to kale, and any other type of produce you care to throw at it. It produces a high juice yield every time, and comes with a 15 year warranty to boot. It’s not even the most expensive cold press juicer I reviewed!”

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BEST BUDGET – Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer

Juicer Machines, Aicok Slow Masticating…
  • 🍊 Upgraded Spiral System – 7 segment spiral opening up each cell for maximum juice yield, minimal…
  • 🍏 80 Rpm Slow Masticating and Grinding – 90% More Nutrition Growth, without creating too much heat and…
  • 🍍 Juice & Pulp Separation Function – Perfectly separates the pomace from the juice, and extracts the…

“Aicok’s slow masticating juicer has earned a reputation as one of the best slow juicers for those working to a tighter budget. It’s extremely easy to use and care for, and works with with all kinds of fruits and vegetables – not just your greens. Budget juicers often struggle to handle leafy greens well, but you get a lot of bang for your buck here.”

BEST VERTICAL – Breville BJS700SIL Big Squeeze Slow Juicer

Breville BJS700SIL Big Squeeze Slow Juicer,…
  • Large 3-inch (81mm) Feed Chute.
  • Ultra-Quiet 240 Watt Motor
  • Powerful low speed extraction method with minimal heat transfer makes this machine ultra-quiet while…

“Breville’s one of my favorite kitchenware manufacturers. What I really loved about the BJS700SIL slow juicer is its vertical design. My own kitchen is very small, and it’s hard to find a permanent home for a horizontal masticating juicer. You get a very high juice yield using the Big Squeeze, and the dual feed chute system makes light work of preparation time.”

BEST PREMIUM – Tribest GSE5050 Greenstar Elite

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Tribest GSE-5050 Greenstar Elite, Cold Press…
  • Portable with balanced sure-grip handle for easy carrying; 12 Year Warranty
  • Automatic pulp ejection for continuous juicing and easier clean-up
  • Easily juices most fruits, herbs & vegetables and grinds nuts, grains

“If money is no object in your quest for the best juicer, definitely take a look at the Tribest GSE-5050. Twin gear machines don’t come cheap, but the Tribest juicer features one of the most advanced extraction systems on the market. Put simply, it’s one of the best juicers for greens you can buy, but you’ll want to be in it for the long haul if you make an investment in this”

Reviews

If you want to learn more about these juicers, keep reading for the full reviews.

I’ve reviewed all four of the final choices, as well as a fifth juicer which caught my eye.

Omega NC900HDC Juice Extractor

Omega has long established itself as the go-to manufacturer for high quality, slow masticating juicers.

They’re neither the cheapest, nor the most expensive juicers on the market, but they’re backed up with very generous warranties.

Omega NC900HDC Juicer Extractor and Nutrition…
  • INDUSTRY LEADING 15-YEAR Coverage on parts and performance
  • LONGER LASTING JUICES – Using a low speed of 80 RPMs results in minimal heat buildup and oxidation…
  • EXCLUSIVE – Dual Stage masticating extraction

The NC900HDC juicer is one of the most popular in the company’s range, and operates at a slow and steady 80 RPM.

As a result of this slow operation it’s also very quiet, which is useful if you’re the first one up in your household.

The slow speed also minimizes heat and oxygenation, while extracting an impressive juice yield.

That juice lasts for longer in the refrigerator, and loses very little in the way of nutritional value because of the slow pace.

The juice extraction process is enhanced further by an adjustable end cap. There are five different settings for handling different ingredient types.

Choosing the right one for the right job will help you get more juice, and save money on the grocery bills as a result.

While the NC900HDC does a particularly good job at juicing tricky ingredients like leafy greens, it’s also a surprisingly versatile juicer.

As well as tackling your daily juice, you can also use this machine for making nut butter, baby food, frozen desserts and more.

I wouldn’t buy the NC900HDC to tackle those sorts of jobs regularly, but it’s a handy feature in terms of managing countertop space and kitchenware budget.

I mentioned Omega’s warranty at the start of the review. In the case of the NC900HDC you get a whopping 15 years of protection covering parts and performance.

That’s even better than the more expensive Tribest juicer, and at a much more affordable price point too.

Taking everything into consideration, from cost to performance and long-term protection, it was very easy to make the NC900HDC my top pick overall.

Pros

  • Excellent performance when it comes to challenging produce like leafy greens.
  • Versatile, and capable of tackling other kitchen prep tasks from time to time.
  • Great vegetable juice extraction, which means you have to spend less money on ingredients.
  • Operates at a very low volume.
  • 15 year warranty protection provides huge peace of mind.

Cons

  • Some owners have developed faults earlier than expected, but Omega’s stood by its warranty promise.
  • At this price, a few extras like a juice strainer would have been welcome out of the box.
  • A bit of a “plastic-y” feel overall, but still sturdily built.
  • The feed chute is a little narrow compared to other slow juicers.
  • Wobbles a little on the countertop when it’s working hard.

Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer

For a true budget option in the world of juicing you need to find a centrifugal juicer.

When you’re juicing leafy greens in particular though, you really need a masticating juicer that works slowly and methodically to achieve a decent extraction and high yield.

Juicer Machines, Aicok Slow Masticating…
  • 🍊 Upgraded Spiral System – 7 segment spiral opening up each cell for maximum juice yield, minimal…
  • 🍏 80 Rpm Slow Masticating and Grinding – 90% More Nutrition Growth, without creating too much heat and…
  • 🍍 Juice & Pulp Separation Function – Perfectly separates the pomace from the juice, and extracts the…

Aicok’s classic entry-level juicer has proved extremely popular at filling that more budget-focused gap.

There’s quite a clever extraction system on the Aicok. It grinds through each ingredient using a 7-segment spiral screw, operating at 80 RPM.

This system works particularly well at tackling leafy greens, which can prove stubborn to extract from.

Overall, this juicer provides an impressive amount of juice before the remains are discarded. That slow speed again reduces heat generation and oxygenation.

It’s very easy to use the Aicok juicer, with just a single switch to work with. Push it to one side and the juicer operates as normal. Push it the other way and it’ll go into reverse, which fixes a lot of those annoying situations where the juicer gets clogged up.

As a simpler machine it’s also very easy to disassemble for cleaning. A press of a button brings the appliance apart, and you also get a cleaning brush out of the box. That’s useful for getting at those inevitable hard-to-reach spots.

Most parts are also dishwasher safe. My advice is to run them through the top rack of the machine, then use the cleaning brush for any final manual cleaning that might be required.

Because this is a more affordable machine, you would a much lower warranty period. That’s true here, but I still think 3 years is reasonably generous for this sort of appliance.

Pros

  • An affordable masticating juicer that doesn’t compromise on performance.
  • Very easy to use, with a reverse function that really helps shift blockages.
  • Spiral screw system works very well on stubborn leafy greens.
  • A pretty decent warranty for a machine at this end of the market.
  • Easy disassembly for cleaning, with dishwasher safe parts.

Cons

  • Can squeak a little during operation. A minor annoyance but worth being aware of!
  • If you work it too hard, it will shut down for a cooling off period.
  • The end cap can become stuck if you don’t assemble this juicer just right after cleaning.
  • The build quality is good for the price, but is clearly plastic through and through!

Breville BJS700SIL Big Squeeze Slow Juicer

I wanted to include Breville’s BJS700SIL for one simple reason:

It’s the only vertical masticating juicer that I think’s really up to the job of juicing leafy greens as well as other fruits and vegetables.

Breville BJS700SIL Big Squeeze Slow Juicer,…
  • Large 3-inch (81mm) Feed Chute.
  • Ultra-Quiet 240 Watt Motor
  • Powerful low speed extraction method with minimal heat transfer makes this machine ultra-quiet while…

This is obviously going to be of interest to you if you have very limited kitchen countertop space. Not everyone has room for a bulky masticating appliance, after all, and you’ll find this a welcome option if that applies to you.

There are two separate feeding chutes on the BJS700SIL.

The first is sized at the standard three inches. It’s via this feed chute that you’ll add your bigger whole fruits and vegetables.

The second feeding chute is designed for handling more fibrous ingredients, including those leafy greens which are such a staple of green juice making.

It can, of course, also cope perfectly well with other juicing ingredients like citrus fruits and other fruits and vegetables.

Overall, the BJS700SIL represents a very competent – not to mention compact – juicing machine.

I don’t think it’s the best leafy greens juicer, as it’s designed more as a versatile machine for handling lots of different produce types.

Still, for a variety of green – or otherwise – drinks, it’s a nice alternative to the big old horizontal cold press juicers that dominate the market.

Pros

  • Dual feed tube system is great for accommodating lots of ingredients with little fuss.
  • The vertical design is very welcome when you’ve limited countertop space for your collection of kitchenware.
  • Self-clean function makes clean-up very easy. Just add warm water and dish soap and let the juicer run.
  • A noticeably quiet 240 Watt motor.

Cons

  • As welcome as the self-clean function is, many of the parts on the BJS700SIL are not dishwasher safe.
  • Whole fruits and veggies still benefit a great deal from a little prep work.
  • The juice screen can be a pain to clean.
  • Prone to blockages if you work the appliance a little too hard.

Tribest GSE-5050 Greenstar Elite

On the one hand, Tribest makes some of the very best juicers on the market. On the other hand, they’re also some of the most expensive.

If you are deeply committed to juicing though, and you need a juicer that will keep up with your passion, then you may well find the brand worth the extra investment.

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Tribest GSE-5050 Greenstar Elite, Cold Press…
  • Portable with balanced sure-grip handle for easy carrying; 12 Year Warranty
  • Automatic pulp ejection for continuous juicing and easier clean-up
  • Easily juices most fruits, herbs & vegetables and grinds nuts, grains

The GSE-5050 Greenstar Elite is one of Tribest’s most popular juicer machines. It uses a complex twin gear mechanism to extract every last drop of juice and nutrition from leafy greens, other green vegetables, and just about any other juiceable ingredient.

The twin gear system is designed to replicated the chewing motion of your own teeth. There are recesses for “incisor” slicing, cutting points for “canine” chewing, and crushing “molar” elements.

In other words, although this is expensive stuff, it’s also really intricate technology that takes the world of masticating juicers to a very different level.

Along with the twin gear system there’s an adjustable pressure system too. By tweaking the level of pressure that’s required for pulp to be ejected, you can keep adding new ingredients without worrying about the juicer clogging up.

This does take a little bit of practice to master, but once you’ve had some experience with the Tribest you’ll find it very easy to move quickly and efficiently between tasks.

As well as tackling even tough leafy greens, the Tribest is also good at handling a variety of other kitchen tasks as well.

Nut butters, sorbets, sauces and pates can all be created with the GSE-5050.

Like the Omega machine I reviewed further up the page, I wouldn’t use it as a dedicated appliance for this sort of job. It does tick the versatility box better than any other juicer I’ve reviewed though.

Pros

  • The most intricate, effective juicing system money can buy.
  • Adjustable pressure system allows you to move efficiently between different produce type.
  • Tackles non-juicing tasks like sorbets and sauces very well.
  • 12 Year Warranty takes some of the sting out of the upfront cost.

Cons

  • A relatively high price tag limits the Tribest to dedicated juicers only.
  • A complex slow juicer will always be harder to clean – expect to get your hands dirty here!
  • Similarly, assembly takes a little more time than with other juicers.
  • For this price, you’d like to see a little less plastic in the build.

KOIOS Masticating Slow Juice Juicer

The KOIOS Slow Juice Extractor is another budget-orientated juicer. Its a perfectly good alternative to the Aicok juicer, but I think it’s slightly edged out by its competitor.

This particular juicer uses a slightly less advanced spiral system to work through the produce. It still does a good job – even with leafy greens – just not quite as good a job as the Aicok.

KOIOS Juicer, Masticating Juicer Machine,…
  • 【Multi-Application】: Masticating Juicer can extract all kinds of fibrous fruits and vegetables, such…
  • 【Quiet and Convenient】: The juicer is less than 60db when working. And it is easy to assemble,…
  • 【Higher Nutritional Value】: Compared to centrifugal juicer, the masticating juicer keeps the…

What you do get here is a twin set of controls. The first is designed for handling soft produce, while the second is designed for harder stuff.

In that sense, then, I think you could describe the KOIOS as the more beginner-friendly slow juicer. You’re less likely to clog the thing up in the early days, which means you’re more likely to keep up the good habit!

If you’re researching the best juicer for greens in particular though, you’re likely already experienced enough with the world of juicing that you’re not going to need this sort of hand-holding.

I’m left a little conflicted by the KOIOS. It’s not a bad option by any means, but I still favor the Aicok as an entry-level slow juicer.

Pros

  • Simple controls make it very suitable for those new to the world of juicing.
  • Two settings for handling soft or hard fruits and vegetables.
  • A quiet machine during general use.

Cons

  • A more primitive juicing mechanism than its Aicok equivalent.
  • Can develop a little operating noise over time.
  • Leafy greens like kale and parsley can clog up the auger quite quickly.
  • Overall this is best suited for the softer green fruits and veggies you’re likely to juice.

What To Look For In A Green Juicer

If you want to keep looking into the best juicer for greens, I’ve put together a buying guide that will help you find the perfect appliance.

Centrifugal or Masticating?

There are two main types of juicer on the market: centrifugal juicers and masticating juicers.

Centrifugal juicers are very fast, affordable, and work really well at demolishing bulkier vegetables.

Masticating juicers handle leafy greens much, much better. It’s why you won’t find a centrifugal recommendation in this article.

Leafy greens like spinach and kale are very hard to extract juice from. To get the most from them, you need a slower and more labor-intensive (on the part of the juicer) extraction.

You won’t get anything like the high juice yield of a masticating juicer from a centrifugal machine. By the time the blades have barely touched your leafy greens, the pulp ejection system will kick in and spit it out.

You’ll get some juice, but it’ll be a pretty disappointing drink overall.

Your masticating juicer will crush the produce slowly, and squeeze every last bit of juice from your green ingredients. It’s all about taking it slow and steady, and applying immense pressure.

Masticating juicers are good for more than just greens though.

As they work more slowly, less heat is transferred to the contents. This helps preserve the nutritional value of the drink, which is after all the main reason you’re making it.

That slow speed also minimizes oxygenation. That gives the juice a much longer life in the refrigerator, and crucial anti-oxidants are preserved as well.

Speed & Noise

As a general rule of thumb, the slower the RPM of your slow juicer, the less heat and oxygen will be generated during the extraction.

That’s good for preserving both the nutrients of the drink, and how long it will store properly in the refrigerator. Something to think about if you’re preparing a bigger batch for the days ahead.

The good news is that slow juicers are, by design, pretty good in this regard.

One extra benefit of a slower RPM is the reduced noise levels while the juicer is in operation.

If you’re the first up in your household, and you like an early morning green juice, that’s something to keep in mind!

Is It Easy To Use & Clean?

Most juicers have very simple controls.

It’s worth investing in one that has a reverse function though.

It’s quite easy for masticating juicers to get clogged up, especially when you’re switching between different ingredients.

A reverse switch won’t always fix the problem, but will more often than not help you extract any stubborn ingredients that are clogging up the mechanism.

Then there’s cleaning. No one wants an additional, tough clean-up job to deal with, after all.

Check that your cold press juicer comes apart easily. If the parts are listed as dishwasher safe, then you can consider that a big bonus too.

There may still be some fiddly work to finish, so I like a juicer that comes with a cleaning brush to help you get at the pokier bits.

How Much Space Do You Have To Play With?

I have a very small kitchen, and so any appliance needs to earn its place on my countertop.

I recommend the Breville BJS700SIL if you’re really limited on space, but want the health benefits of a masticating slow juicer.

Breville BJS700SIL Big Squeeze Slow Juicer,…
  • Large 3-inch (81mm) Feed Chute.
  • Ultra-Quiet 240 Watt Motor
  • Powerful low speed extraction method with minimal heat transfer makes this machine ultra-quiet while…

The vertical design makes it much easier to accommodate, but just check you’ll have enough space beneath your kitchen cabinets.

One other option is to opt for a lightweight horizontal slow juicer. If it’s light enough to move around easily, you’ll have less hassle moving it in and out of storage.

How Often Will You Use It?

How much punishment will you put your juicer through?

If you’re going to use it every day, and if you’re going to be working with tough ingredients like leafy greens, it’s worth investing in at least a midrange model.

The budget models I’ve reviewed for this guide work surprisingly well, but they’re unlikely to keep up for long if you’re juicing regularly throughout the day.

We all have to keep a close eye on our kitchenware budget these days, but if the pricier juicer will last longer, it’s the better investment in the long run.

Using Juicers For Leafy Greens

If you lack experience using a juicer for leafy greens in particular, here a few tips that will help you get started.

  • Put them in whole. There’s loads of vitamins and nutrients in the stalks, and the best juicers for leafy greens will have no trouble turning them into a palatable drink.
  • When you start to juice leafy greens, the taste can be a little….challenging. Consider adding some of your favorite citrus flavors to the mix when you’re first starting out.
  • Most masticating juicers will have no trouble working through leafy green vegetables. To aid the process though – especially with more inexpensive machines – scrunch them up so they present a bigger mass to the masticating mechanism. Alternatively you can roll them into a cylinder before adding them to the feed chute.
  • You can reclaim a little of the lost fiber by adding a few smaller bits of the pulp from the pulp collector to the finished drink. How much you add will depend on your personal texture preferences.
  • Every machine requires its own mastery. Start slowly until you get a feel for how well your slow juicer can process different ingredients at different speeds. You’ll avoid a lot of frustration from the appliance getting blocked.

Frequently Asked Questions

To wrap things up, I wanted to answer some of the most common questions you have about green juicing.

What Is Green Juicing?

It’s a simple question with a very simple answer!

Green juice is juice that’s made from vegetable greens, rather than sweeter producer like fruits and certain vegetables.

Common produce used for green juicing includes items such as spinach, celery, kale and so on.

Truth be told, green juice can be a bit of an acquired taste. Don’t be afraid to add a few sweeteners to your drink in the early days. I find spinach juice particularly challenging, but everyone will be different.

Not only will this help acclimatize your taste buds to the experience, it’ll help set you up with a very healthy habit.

What Are The Benefits Of A Green Juice?

Green juices are packed full of the good stuff we all need, particularly iron and Vitamins A, C & K. WebMD has a useful article that covers the importance of these ingredients.

The nature of juicing your greens means you’ll be able to get much more of that goodness into your system.

You would, after all, have to eat an awful lot of whole greens to get the same benefits. It’s time-consuming, and not a lot of fun either. Even a very slow masticating juicer will speed this process up.

What you do lose in the process is a lot of fiber, which is discarded as part of the juicer’s pulp ejection mechanism. That’s the big trade off.

I think it’s a question of balance overall. I’m not trying to pick a fight with juice dieters here, but personally I think they work best as a supplement to your diet.

Green juicing is an excellent way of giving your body a boost, but it’s important to take a balanced approach.

Do Green Juices Have Calories?

Pretty much anything worth eating has a calorie value, but these values are low for greens.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the most common ingredients you’ll be using in your green juices. Each weight provided is based on a standard serving:

Source: FDA

  • Asparagus (90g) – 20 Calories
  • Broccoli (148g) – 45 Calories
  • Cabbage (84g) – 25 Calories
  • Celery (110g) – 15 Calories
  • Cucumber (99g) – 10 Calories
  • Leaf Lettuce (85g) – 15 Calories

Source: Healthline

  • Kale (67g) – 33 Calories

What Greens Are Best For Juicing?

There’s a really useful article over on Healthline which explain the best vegetables to juice overall.

Talking specifically about greens, they make the following – very standard – recommendations:

  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Parsley
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Swiss Chard

Is Juicing Greens As Healthy As Eating Them?

It really does depend on how you frame the question.

In terms of getting massive boosts of the goodness they provide, yes. You can almost certainly – realistically – drink more green juice than you can eat raw greens.

As I’ve already mentioned above though, you will miss out on a lot of the fiber content.

My advice? Keep eating your five a day (including plenty of green vegetables), and drink your juice for a big old power-up.

John Bedford

John Bedford

John spent several years working as a professional sous chef, before embarking on a career in journalism. He now combines his love of food, drink and writing as the founder and editor of Viva Flavor.
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