Why slow juicers are the best

24. July 2019

It is recommended that between 5 and 9 servings of fruits and vegetables should be eaten each day. While that may seem overwhelming, a juicer can help to reach that goal. While juicing removes the insoluble fiber, it retains the soluble fiber. Consumed on an empty stomach, nutrients in juice form are more easily absorbed. However, the best juicer is the one that you will actually use and doesn't destroy the nutrients through oxidation.

jak vybrat odšťavňovač
jak vybrat odšťavňovač

Why not just buy juice at the store?

Store-bought juice is a fast and easy way to get some of those daily servings of produce, or so it may seem. In actuality, juice should be consumed fresh and isn't designed to last weeks or months. Store-bought juice has been pasteurized at high heat, destoying most of the nutritional value. Artifical vitamins are added later, but the result is basically a soft drink mixed with a crushed multi-vitamin.

In contrast, cold-pressed juice retains the natural vitamins and phytonutrients in the fruit or vegetable. And since the insoluble fiber has been removed, the body can more easily absorb the nutrients. According to juicing pioneer Dr. Norman Walker, the body absorbs up to four times the nutrients from cold-pressed juice than if you ate the produce whole.

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100% džusy z krabice vs. čerstvé šťávy z odšťavňovače

The 4 factors to consider when choosing a juicer:

  1. How often will you juice?

    If you will only juice occasionally, then you might get by with a centrifugal juicer. Just be sure to drink the juice immediately, and know that you can't juice greens. If you plan to juice at least several times a week, we recommend investing in a quality juicer. Many of our customers started juicing with an inexpensive mass market juicer, and soon stopped due to factors like difficulty cleaning or poor performance. A high-quality cold-press juicer can be cleaned in under two minutes.
    • Interestingly, premium juicers tend to be simpler in assembly, using just a few very durable parts (auger, screen, cap).
  2. Ease of use

    A juicer with a small feeding tube, weak motor, hard-to-clean parts, or poor design will be more likely to be stored and not used.
  3. Yield

    If you juice often, a higher yield means you get more juice from the same amount of produce, reducing your raw ingredient costs over time. Well-built juicers can operate at higher pressures, increasing the squeezing force and creating more juice. Inexpensive juicers not only produce lower yield, but often make pulpy or foamy juice.

  4. The life of the juicer

    If you compare a quality juicer made from one of the top brands with a generic copycat juicer from China, the difference is clear. The quality juicer will feel more solid, constructed from much more durable materials. It will also offer a much longer warranty and have spare parts available if needed. However, one thing that isn't obvious is the difference in the motor.
    • The basic rule of thumb is to be careful if the juicer not only feels and looks cheap, but especially if it has a larger feeding tube (over 60mm in diameter). A larger feeding tube means the juicer is quickly filled with produce, and that can easily overwhelm a motor. Don't pay attention to watts, as that is only a measure of power consumed. Torque (twisting power) is the most important factor, and can only be judged through actual use and testing. We have tested many cheaper models which slow down when overwhelmed, or begin to emit a burning electircal smell.

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Which juicers meet all four factors?

For most people, we recommend a single-auger juicer. This type of juicer operates at low rpms, typically between 40-80, and use high-torque motors to slowly and firmly press produce against a stainless steel screen. Unlike centrifugal models which operate over 10,000 rpm, single auger juicers don't create oxidation or foam. The gentle cold-press action of single auger juicers creates high yields and full-flavored juice.

There are just a few premium juicer brands, all coming from South Korea which is the center of juicer research and innovation. Among these brands are Hurom, Sana, Omega, Kuvings, and Angel. We like Sana a lot for their long warranties and premium accessories, as well as their style and performance. Sana juicers also offer a lifetime service guarantee.

odšťavňovač Sana Juicer EUJ-828
odšťavňovač Sana Juicer EUJ-828

Sana EUJ-828: A vertical juicer that is great for root vegetables too

All of Sana's cold-press juicers have a high yield and produce almost pulp-free juice. But Sana's new 828 vertical juicer takes it up a notch with the sweetest juice we have ever tasted.

Single auger juicers come in two forms: horizontal and vertical. Horizontals like the Sana 707 tend to be better for greens and root vegetables, while verticals are a bit better with fruit and softer ingredients. However in our testing, we were very pleased with the results from the Sana 828 with root vegetables. The newly designed auger and screen seemed to do the best job at breaking down the carrots. We did a blind taste test in our office with the new 828 and an older model, and were surprised that everyone noticed the clear difference in sweetness and smoothness in the 828.

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rybízový džem

The Sana 828 was not only effective with carrots, beets, and parsnips. It also effectively juiced apples, melon, citrus, and even soft fruits like pineapple, berries, and currants. It includes a standard fine juicing screen as well as a coarse juicing screen with larger holes. The coarse screen is more effective with softer fruits, which tend to back up in most juicers. While leafy greens do best in horizontal juicers, we had good results with spinach, especially when mixed in a recipe with root vegetables.

Other things to try:

  • homemade nut milk from almonds or cashews
  • sorbet from frozen fruit using the included sorbet screen
  • making a thick juice base for homemade jam from currants, goosberries, or sea buckthorn
odšťavňovač Sana Juicer EUJ-828
odšťavňovač Sana Juicer EUJ-828

New feeding tube for easier juicing

One nice feature of the new Sana 828 is the redesigned feeding tube. Safetly regulations limit the maximum opening size of feeding tubes, so Sana uses the maximum size and adds a handy side tray. While we thought the side tray would only be useful for small things like berries, it was surprisingly handy for spinach. The design of the side tray lets you slide in a handful of baby spinach, then feed it down with the pusher. Keeping the juice tap closed lets you feed in multiple ingredients and mix it together in the jucier.

odšťavňovač Sana Juicer EUJ-828
odšťavňovač Sana Juicer EUJ-828

Cold-pressed juice can be stored up to 24 hours


Unlike juice from high-speed centrifugal machines, juice from single auger juicers like the Sana 828 can be stored up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. That's because the auger turns at 43 rpm, which limits oxidation and presses the juice slowly yet firmly. You can juice in the evenings and still have virtually the same nutrition and flavor the next morning. 


At Sana Store, we test all the top juicers (and cheaper ones too). We only offer those which meet our requirements of not only performance, but reliability and ease of use. There is no single "best" juicer. It really depends on what you plan to juice and how often. We're here to help. Feel free to write us at with any questions you have, and we'll get back to you right away with recommendations based on your specific needs.

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