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This may be contrary to what it sounds like, but the cold-pressing process requires no chilled temperatures at all. Instead, cold-pressing is the absence of heat. The hydraulic machines slowly crush out the juice (along with nutrients and other benefits) out of fruits, vegetables, and other fibrous plants.
“We really enjoy using cold-press juicers because they avoid the use of friction and heat,” describes Alex Velasquez, general manager and bartender at Lost Boy in downtown Miami. “This helps maintain the nutritional integrity as well as the flavor. Additionally, cold press juicers yield more than a typical centrifugal juicer. This is better for cocktails because we can maximize our yields, ensure superior products, and create a longer shelf life for our products.”
From a cocktail perspective, cold press juices have a variety of uses. Fresh lime juice will upgrade a Margarita, while grapefruit juice lends itself well to a Paloma riff. Booze aside, having fresh juice around has a rainbow of health benefits. Here are our favorite cold press juicers to get right now.
Best Overall: Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer
This is one of the top-selling cold press juicers available, and for good reason: it offers a range of smart features. First of all, there’s a juice and pulp separation function that pulls out the pomace (pulp) from the juice and separates it. Plus, a reverse function helps you dislodge any clogs. Overall, the well-rated machine works by pushing fruits, veggies, and greens through a 7-layer spiral system, cutting, squeezing, milling, separating, and extracting flavors (a process known as masticating) vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from the produce.
Aicok’s machine functions at an impressive 80 RPM per minute, pulling out flavors and nutrients from the fruit without creating any friction or heat. Though it’s heavy-duty, it runs quietly at 60 decibels and is completely dishwasher-safe—simply disassemble and place in the top rack of the dishwasher.
Best Manual: RA Chand J500 Manual Citrus Juicer
“I love the RA Chand J500 manual citrus juicer we use at Bartaco for pressing just the freshest limes," says beverage director, Nicole Quist. "It's heavy-duty and extracts all this beautiful juice and pulp, also presses the oils with skin contact, without "over juicing" or getting bitter pith in the fresh juice.”
The manual press works through placing citrus in the bowl and pulling down on the lever. The metal parts all come apart for easy cleaning. Note that this does only process citrus—lemons, limes, and grapefruits.
When it comes to having fresh juice, “there’s no equal to in-the-moment fresh-squeezed citrus—you really do taste the difference!” says Quist. Bartaco’s beverage program highlights fresh flavors. Quist cites pineapple and ruby grapefruit as favorites in a range of cocktails, including Margarita riffs and Paloma Frescas. “ Tart, fresh lime juice brings brightness and balance, cutting through the sweetness and rounding out the alcohol (there's some serious booze in our margarita).”
Good to Know: Quist also recommends muddling herbs with your fresh cold-pressed juice.
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Most Versatile: Nama Cold Press Juicer
“My personal favorite is the Nama Cold Press Juicer,” says Velasquez. “You can use this for juices, smoothies, nut milk, etc. For the price, it provides a lot of value, and it is incredibly user-friendly. I like the versatility, and it's great for separating the pulp from the juice. This is important because it ensures the flavor shines through and is not tainted by peel, pith, or seeds.”
By using a pressing approach, the machine torques through entire vegetables, filtering out pulp and crafting nutrient-rich fresh juices. The versatile cold press juicer whips up standard cold-press juices, as well as smoothies, non-dairy milks, and frozen desserts. Perfect for working behind a bar or in a busy household, the machine comes apart for easy cleaning.
Best for Celery: Omega MM900HDS Medical Medium Slow Masticating Celery Juicer
Boost your immunity with this machine specifically designed for crafting cold-press slow juices. This machine breaks down juices by sending ingredients through two different stages, running at 80 RPM a minute to masticate ingredients, and has a quiet but powerful 2HP motor. The machine also works to oxidate the juice through the process, extracting the maximum nutrients, vitamins, and enzymes possible.
One highlight is the special adjustable-end celery cap. It’s made specifically for breaking down the sinewy stalks of celery (don’t process other vegetables with this cap on!). An alternate cap is made to process the rest of the vegetables. Note that while these are attractive features, it does not segregate the pulp like other options. If something goes wrong, there’s an impressive 15-year coverage on parts.
Good to Know: Keep the celery stalks full when juicing—don’t cut them up! This will get you the most flavor out of each stalk.
Best Commercial: Tribest Greenstar Pro Heavy Duty Juice Extractor
If you’re looking for a heavy-duty juicer that will quickly breakdown everything in its path, this is the option for you. The electric cold press juicer works through vegetables, fruit, and nuts while preserving living enzymes, vitamins, and preventing nutrient degradation. This is thanks to stainless steel gears that are constructed to exude minimal heat while juicing. The machine works continuously to break down materials, so there's no need to stop and clean out various parts.
A smart safety hood protects you from flying juice while the machine is on. One of the big draws of using a commercial juicer like this is it creates fresh juice on the spot which lasts far longer than standard juice.
The set comes with a variety of add-ons and tools—swap them out and make nut butters or frozen treats.
Good to Know: Peel your citrus thoroughly before juicing! The pith (the white part) between the skin and the interior is bitter and unpleasant.
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Best Budget: Dash Compact Cold-Press Power Juicer
Juicers can often cost a pretty penny but this option is particularly budget-friendly. The machine is enabled to process fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and wheatgrass—for smoothies, nut milks, and more. There’s also a frozen-goods attachment to allow you to make homemade sorbets.
Also included in the set is a compact power slow juicer, the frozen attachment, a pulp measuring cup so you can customize the amount of pulp in your drink, plus a cleaning brush and recipe guide.
Though it’s a smaller appliance (perfect for tiny apartments) it is still powerful enough to make a variety of smoothies, fresh juices, or sorbets. Dash’s machine is strong enough to juice ginger, carrots, and beets, among a variety of other fruits, vegetables, nuts, and treats. It’s compact, so it’s perfect for counters in smaller kitchens or for packing on the go.
Good to Know: “I really enjoy beet juice, carrot, and kale. These are all delicious and great for cocktails as well as for your body and mind,” says Velasquez.
Best for Fruit Juice: Breville Juice Fountain
While other options we like use spiraling technology, Breville’s option uses a cold spin method. Through this method, the machine gently rotates the produce, allowing the juices to flow through the Italian mesh filter and into your glass.
It has an extra-wide 3.5-inch chute feed that allows you to push whole vegetables through the machine—no need to chop or dice up ingredients. It also boasts an extra-large juicing capacity. You can fit 70-ounces worth of juice through the machine at any given time, enough for you and your whole family (or a full range of cocktails). There’s a handy quiet setting—it reduces mechanical noise by 40%—perfect if you’re a morning person and the rest of your household isn’t!
The entire machine is crafted from brushed stainless steel for a chic, non-invasive finish. But be careful when cleaning—if you use a scrubber it can leave scratches.
Best Compact: Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer
The streamlined compact design won’t take up space on a kitchen counter—ideal for compact bars or smaller homes— and is versatile enough to process a garden full of ingredients: fruits, vegetables, greens, nuts, and soybeans.
Two different strainers—fine and coarse - are included in the kit to allow you to control how much pulp you get in your drink. This heavy-duty machine has a quiet motor and rotates at a speed of 43 revolutions per minute. Plus, the slow-squeeze technology is designed to carefully pull the juice out of fruit without losing all the integrity
This machine is particularly adept at making milk substitutes—oat milks, almond milks, and the like.
Best Splurge: Hurom HZ Slow Juicer
Okay, so this juicer does not come cheap. But it’s crafted with the utmost quality, with a range of features that justify the price tag.
Included, is the juicer’s body and main components, plus a drying rack for letting vegetables hang, a tofu press for crafting tofu from scratch, a recipe book for inspiration, and a fine and coarse strainer, as well as a strainer specifically for ice cream.
Hurom’s high-end machine works at a whisper—with a motor that runs at just 150 watts. It rotates slowly, at a speed of just 43 revolutions per minute—mimicking the motions of hand-squeezed juice. It produces high-quality juices with minimal effort, and it does all that in the span of a few moments—it takes less than five minutes to extract 16 ounces of juice.
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