Making Juice

Green vegetable juices are the back bone of the nutritional regimes that I encourage people to follow. To get juice from kale, spinach and even wheatgrass you need a machine that literally crushes and squeezes the juice out of these more hardy plant foods. The more commonly found and usually less expensive centrifugal juice machines make juice quickly and are relatively easy to clean. They don’t, however, juice leafy greens effectively and can’t be used with wheatgrass.

The most efficient machines are twin gear juicers, but they are big, expensive and quite complicated to dismantle, clean and re-assemble. (You can read more and see examples here).

With this in mind I recommend single auger machines. These are efficient with dark leafy greens and other produce. They take up relatively little space on the counter top and can be cleaned quickly and efficiently


The four that I would recommend in ascending price order (and effectiveness) are as follows:

1. Matstone single auger horizontal juicer £169
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2. Oscar Vitalmix single auger horizontal juicer £219
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3. Hurom Slow single auger vertical juicer £299
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4. Omega Vert heavy duty single auger horizontal juicer £379
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The Matstone (1) and the Oscar (2) are good quality machines that are effective and durable. The vertical juicers (3 & 4) have bigger augers and bigger feeding tubes, so even though they are turning slowly and therefore preserving nutrients, they make the juice more quickly and easily.

The Hurom Slow and the Omega Vert are essentially the same machines. Omega is a more established company with all spare parts and servicing available in the UK. Some people also prefer the aesthetics of the Omega vert to the Hurom Slow and it has a heavier duty screen.