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Top 3 Best Juicers for Leafy Greens

best juicer for greens

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an avid juicer in possession of a good palate must be in want of another juicing machine. Why do I say this?

Well, it's no secret - every juicer has its strengths and weaknesses. If it's good for citruses, it might not be able to juice much else. If it's great for harder vegetables, it might not be so good for soft fruits. Most hardcore juicers who juice on a daily basis soon realize this fact and abandon juicer monogamy - even myself, I have a few juicers and they all serve pretty specific purposes.

And green juicing is no exception - if you're planning to juice a lot of leafy greens (definitely a smart plan!), you have a few great choices but the one type of juicer you'll want to cross off your list is the centrifugal juicer type.

Why am I being so discriminatory?

Well, it's nothing personal. Centrifugal juicers certainly have their place - they're common, easy to get, and they have the advantage of being convenient and fast. But these same advantages are also what make them disadvantageous for juicing leafy greens.

You see, centrifugal juicers extract juice from fruits and veggies by grating them into little pieces and then literally "spinning" the juice out of the pulp at high speeds - really high, like up to 10,000 RPM (revolutions per minute). This works great for harder, denser produce, but it proves really ineffective at juicing leafy greens.

cold pressed vs centrifugal juicer

Leafy greens are very light weight and need to have the juice pressed out of them. Instead, the typical centrifugal juicer ends up just flinging the leafy green bits around and you won't get much juice extracted from them. Not to mention that the speed of centrifugal juicers also heats up your juices, resulting in foamy juice and increased oxidation.

So if you're looking to juice a lot of greens (and keep them as fresh and nutritious as possible) - you're going to want to choose a slow juicer like a masticating or triturating juicer.

I've compiled a short list of the best juicers for greens here, listed in order from most affordable to luxurious splurge.

Hope it's helpful and as always - happy juicing!

BEST JUICER FOR GREENS #1. OMEGA JUICERS

Of course you knew I'd list Omega juicers - they are, after all, the best-known brand of masticating juicers. And for good reason - Omega juicers are great at what they do. These are true "slow" juicers, operating at only 80 RPM to "squeeze" out a really high juice yield without the foam, heat or oxidation that faster juicers cause. 

The only problem with Omega juicers is deciding which one is best. There are so many models, they all sound great and if you - like me - tend to be indecisive, you can lose sleep mulling over the pros and cons of the J8005 vs the J8005 vs the VRT350. Yeah, not fun. 

But for the sake of convenience, I'm going to discuss the Omega juicer that I personally found to be the best and highly recommend for juicing leafy greens and other juicing favorites. It's the Omega J8006. No surprise there. 

omega 8006 for leafy greens

The Omega J8006 is simply a superb masticating juicer and the best value for what it offers. It's relatively affordable - even compared to the usually-more-affordable centrifugal juicers. Plus, it comes with a 15-year warranty.​

As for its functionality? This is an awesome juicer for greens. You get super dry pulp, there is no heat buildup in the juice, it's quite quiet, really easy to clean, and the single auger is slow yet thorough and powerful. 

And it isn't just good for your everyday greens, either - the Omega J8006 does a great job juicing wheatgrass as well as pretty much every other fruit and veggie (and even those parts you don't usually eat, like watermelon rinds and grape stems. 

Oh, and if you have the time and desire - you can even use this juicer to make cold pressed coconut oil, whip up sorbets as well as to make your own baby food, pasta, ice cream, and nut milk. Yea, it quadruples as a food processor, pasta extruder, homogenizer, and grinder. It's not only one of the best juicer for greens - it's also ridiculously versatile.

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BEST JUICER FOR GREENS #2. GREEN STAR JUICER

The Green Star is aptly named as it is specifically designed to juice your greens. It's one of the best juicers around - generally, not just for leafy greens and it can tackle just about any fruits or veggies that you throw in its direction, but it’s particularly well-suited for juicing leafy greens, herbs, sprouts, fibrous plants and grasses, wheatgrass, and even tricky stringy and tough veggies.

And it's not just that it can extract green juice -it does so with ease (can handle continuous juicing) and it also produces a very high juice yield, thanks to the fact that the Green Star is a triturating juicer with twin gears that were designed to imitate human teeth. These powerful twin hears slice, cut and then crush every last drop out of your greens for maximum juice yield and bone dry pulp.

This makes the Green Star the green juicer to have when you're juicing a LOT of greens and want to make sure you're getting your money's worth.

omega 8006 for leafy greens

Even more interestingly, the Green Star uses a unique magnetic technology proven to extract more vitamins and minerals in the juicing process. You can read more about that in our full Green Star review. 

Much like the Omega juicer above, the Green Star is also very versatile. As they say, it is the only juicer you'll ever need. It does everything. It juices wheatgrass, sprouts, and all other leafy greens amazingly well. It makes nut butters. It makes sorbets. It makes pasta and breadsticks. It even makes baby food. It even comes with a 12-year warranty. 

The only drawback to this juicer is the price ($550 for the GSE-5000) and the fact that although it's advertised as one of the easiest juicers to clean, it does take longer to clean than, say, the Omega masticating juicer. All the detachable parts are easily removed for cleaning, but there are more parts and thus takes longer.

But overall, the Green Star produces the highest juice yield of the best quality juice. If you're looking for the best juicer for greens (under $1,000) - this is it.

green star juicer

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BEST JUICER FOR GREENS #3. SUPER ANGEL 

The Super Angel is most often referred to as "the Rolls Royce of Juicers." And it's a fitting nickname considering this juicer is beautiful to look at and is great at what it does - with a price tag to match. 

super angel juicer review

And much like a Rolls Royce, the Super Angel is definitely not for everyone. 

Is it stunning to display on your countertop? Yes, this all-stainless-steel beauty will be the highlight of your kitchen. Is it amazing at juicing? YES, this triturating baby possesses twin gears that rotate at a low 86 RPM and is designed to extract the most juice from even the most delicate greens like herbs and sprouts while preserving all enzymes and nutrients alive in the juice. 

Should every juicer get one of these? Not really. Considering the price tag on these juicers ($1,000+), the Super Angel is best if you either have a large juicing budget and/or you're a hardcore juicer who's serious about getting the best juices on a very frequent basis. 

'Cause to be honest, the Super Angel is a very top of the line juicer, especially for juicing greens. You can tell immediately as soon as you extract your first juice. The colors are richer, the pulp comes out bone dry and whittled down to practically nothing, and there is no foam, froth and very little pulp. And the motor doesn't flinch even when met with the stringiest of greens. But not everyone needs a Rolls Royce (of juicers), especially if you're just looking for a quicker, more affordable juicer that's great at juicing greens. 

In that case, the Green Star does a comparable job - at half the price. 

What the Green Star (or most other juicers) don't do, however, is come in stainless steel. This might seem like a vanity factor, but if you're juicing several times a day - this becomes crucial. Both for how your juicer holds up and how easy it is to clean (stainless steel doesn't stain). 

So if you have the budget and want to get the best juice, several times a day - splurge on the Super Angel. It is absolutely the best juicer for greens​. But if you're simply looking for a great, affordable juicer that does a great job with leafy greens - both the Omega and the Green Star are wonderful choices. Plus, who knows? Maybe you'll love green juicing so much, you'll splurge on one of these beauties later on 😉

super angel juicer for greens

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The above juicers are the top 3 best juicers for greens - and as you can see from the reviews, they're also very versatile juicers.

But if you already have a juicer that does a pretty good job at juicing pretty much everything but greens and you're just looking for a simple, easy-on-the-wallet juicer just to juice your greens - manual juicers might be perfect for you. 

My top 2 picks for masticating juicers are actually wheatgrass juicers and because they're designed for lightweight, delicate wheatgrass, they also do a superb job of juicing most leafy greens. The downside? There is actual work involved - you'll have to hand crank the juice out of these machines. The upsides? Very easy on the wallet, no electricity required, and a great portable juicer for your travels. 

Without further ado, here are the best manual juicers for greens...

LEXEN JUICER

lexen wheatgrass juicer

This juicer is the best value for juicing leafy greens - it's perfect for people who want to juice mostly grasses and leafy greens and maybe a few pieces of harder produce from time to time.

It's very affordable compared to other high-quality juicers (only $50 on Amazon) and it performs superbly - it's great at juicing wheatgrass and other delicate leafy greens such as spinach, parsley, kale, collard greens, etc.

The juice yield is quite high and the pulp is usually dry, so it does a good job of extracting juice from greens. You can also juice harder produce like carrots and apples on this juicer, but it's real strength lies in leafy greens. It's also just 3 parts and a breeze to clean.

The best part is that when you decide you want to move on to juicing a wider variety of produce and invest in a more advanced juicer, you can still use this one as a travel juicer - it only weighs 2.4 lbs!

Z STAR JUICER

lexen wheatgrass juicer

This is one of the best leafy green juicers on the market. At $100 on Amazon, it's twice the cost of the Lexen manual juicer, but it's still a fraction of the price of other juicers with similar functions.

The Z-star manual juicer is unique in that it's basically a single auger, masticating type of juicer without the motor, which means the same process of extraction with no heat and better preservation of nutrients and enzymes.

This juicer is a little easier to use than the Lexen juicer because the size of the hopper (where you load the chopped produce) is a little bigger, but the ease of cranking is about the same. You can also juice a pretty wide variety of produce in the Z-star, such as leafy greens (obviously), as well as harder produce like carrots, apples, ginger and even softer fruits like tomatoes.

It's not as easy to travel with, though - it weighs a whopping 6.4 lbs.




7 comments
matt - June 26, 2013

You forgot the one juicer that blows the green star away.. The super angel 5500

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    Rea - July 21, 2013

    Very true, Matt – I’ve heard wonderful things about the Super Angels but their price tag has been keeping me away 🙂 As soon as I get my hands on one, a review will be coming.

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Luke - July 23, 2013

How much does the super angel 5500 costs?

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    Rea - August 3, 2013

    A quick search on Amazon shows it’s a little over $1,100

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Elena - August 19, 2014

How is Omega 8005 different from 8006? I have 8006 and it does not do a very good job juicing leafy greens except for 8-10 oz at a time. I juice one quart of leafy greens every morning and it’s miserable as it gets clogged up and juice is coming up the shoot. And, no it does not make nut butters. That feature is grossly overstated. I still like it though.

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    Thomas Presley - June 17, 2016

    Super Angel is SUPER. Will not clog…auto reverse button if you ever jam. Love, love mine. I lend it for short times to very sick people as I have several other juicers

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Bob - December 23, 2014

Excellent article and very helpful! Would u like to contribute to About.com? Drop me a line.
Happy holidays,
Bob

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