Juice Extractor Or Slow Juicer: What’s The Difference and Which Is Better?

Updated on 04 Jan 2024
Table of Contents

You are about to buy a new juicer, but quickly fall over the terms juicer and slow juicer. Although manufacturers claim that a slow juicer is better and healthier, this has not been scientifically proven. So we think it’s not that bad. Beyond the question of whether a slow juicer is healthier, there are still major differences. There are reasons to choose a slow juicer, but there are just as many for a juicer.

Slow juicer versus juicer

The difference is mainly in how the juicers work:

  • Slow juicer: The name says it all: a slow juicer slowly squeezes the juice from the ingredients. A mortar slowly rotates and crushes the fruit and vegetable pieces.
  • Juice extractor: At high speeds and with great force, the juice is extracted from the ingredients. This is done with the help of a grater.

The differences in a nutshell: the pros and cons

SlowjuicerJuice Extractor
Suitable for all ingredients with high or low moisture content.Mainly suitable for soft ingredients with high moisture content.
Healthier: slow juicing preserves nutrients. More fiber also comes along.*Less chopping due to a larger filling opening
Quiet: a slow juicer makes little noiseA lot cheaper to purchase
Easier to repairBetter suited for multiple juices in a row
Produces more juice from the same amount of ingredients
The advantages for slow juicers and juice extractors

*Although manufacturers claim otherwise; it is not scientifically proven that a slow juicer is healthier than a juice extractor.

Slow juicerJuice extractor
Expensive to purchaseMakes a lot of noise
More cutting workHeat can be released, which is not good for the nutrients
Duurt langerThe pulp is still a little wet, which means not all moisture is extracted
The disadvantages

Slow juicer or Juice Extractor: the difference in results

  • Juice extractor: the juice is slightly clear and contains slightly less fiber than a juice from the slow juicer. The taste is the same and so are the nutrients (source: Coolblue).
  • Slow juicer: the juice contains more fiber, making it slightly healthier than a juice from the juicer. The difference in fiber richness becomes clear when you leave the juices from both juicers on the counter for a while. With a juice from the slow juicer, you see the fiber sinking down.

However, a slow juicer does extract more juice from fruits and vegetables than a juicer. You can also see this in the pulp, which is a lot drier than the pulp from a juicer.

Also read: what all you can do with the pulp.

Slow juicer or juicer: which one suits me?

Whether a slow juicer or juicer suits you better depends on its use, your needs and budget.

Fiber is important for me

A high-fiber diet is important for everyone, but if you want to pay attention to this, a slow juicer is a better option than a juicer. Nevertheless, a juice in general does not contain much fiber and I would then rather recommend a blender for making smoothies.

I make several juices a day

If you make several juices a day then we recommend a slow juicer above 200 euros. These have a better build quality and thus are suitable for frequent use.

I use the juicer for leafy vegetables and moist ingredients

Do you like to juice leafy vegetables and other low-moisture ingredients such as nuts, ginger or turmeric? Then opt for a slow juicer. This one is better at extracting all the moisture.

I make juice for the whole family

Basically, you can get by with either juicer. However, a juicer has a large collection jug and is a bit faster than a slow juicer – as the name suggests.

I don’t have much space in the kitchen

A vertical slow juicer often takes up the least amount of space, but there really isn’t much difference. Should you have a very small kitchen, look carefully at the dimensions.

I hate appliances that make a lot of noise

Obvious. A slow juicer is “quiet as a mouse” compared to a juicer.

I am on a budget

Then look at a juicer. These are cheaper than a slow juicer, although sometimes you can find a slow juicer starting at 50 dollars.

My conclusion: slow juicer or juice extractor?

Personally, I would rather choose a slow juicer because it is better suited for leafy vegetables and other ingredients with little moisture. It also makes less noise and they have a longer lifespan in my opinion. In terms of health benefits over a juice extractor, though, it doesn’t seem to be all that bad. At least the benefits are limited to more fiber while the manufacturers claim that a juice from the slow juicer contains more nutrients.

Also read: the best slow juicer 2021.
Also read: beginner’s guide: what is a slow juicer?

What would you like to read?


Would love your thoughts, please comment.x