What Exactly is a Slow Juicer?

Wanda Rice

People are beginning to realize that juicers are a great way to introduce more vegetables into their diet. When they are looking for a machine to make fresh juices, people will see all sorts of juicers for sale.  It’s almost overwhelming trying to figure out what is what, and which kind is the best.

But what exactly is a slow juicer? Sometimes slow juicers are called cold-press juicers even though they don’t press. It’s called a slow juicer because it’s three times slower than a regular juicer.


The basic difference between slow juicers and regular juicers is the way they work. A slow juicer works by slowly crushing the ingredients through a sharp screen.  A fast juicer uses a spinning action to force the product quickly through the screen.

If a slow juicer is so slow, why would anyone want one?

People who are serious about nutrition want a slow juicer because they believe that it makes a slightly more nutritious juice.  They want to get the most nutrients out of their ingredients, even if the difference in nutrients is small.

People who love to drink juice with lots of pulp also love slow juicers. Some slow juicers can also be used to make nut butters and baby food. Slow juicers also produce more total juice because the juice contains pulp.

Many slow juicers have settings where you can choose how much pulp you want in your juice.   More pulp not only increases the nutrient content of your juice but some people believe it improves taste.

Advantages of a Slow Juicer

People who like to make drinks like kale juice will like a slow juicer. Slow juicers do a better job of breaking down plant fibers than fast juicers do.

On tough fibrous vegetables like carrots, slow juicers will do a better job of keeping the nutrients in the juice. Other leafy vegetables like mint, wheatgrass, and sprouts will also retain more of their nutrients in slow juicers.

One of the ways a slow juicer retains more nutrients is because it doesn’t separate out the pulp.  Certainly, there are lots of nutrients lost when dumping out the pulp from a regular juicer.  Pulp or no pulp is a matter of personal preference. For people who hate pulp in their juice a slow juicer just wouldn’t work.


Well, obviously, it’s slower.  Busy people would prefer to make their juices quickly and be on their way.  Also, because of the way it works, it takes more time to clean it after you use it. This is a deal-breaker for many people because it can’t be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Another disadvantage to a slow juicer is the consistency of the juice. The fact that it has more pulp means that the pulp settles out more quickly from the juice as it stands.  A person needs to drink it very soon after making it.

An important disadvantage is cost. Slow juicers are more expensive than other juicers.  Depending on the brand, they sometimes are twice as expensive.

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