What is the best juicer for juicing wheatgrass? Let’s take a look…
- 1 Yield
- 2 Prep Time
- 3 Time To Juice
- 4 Other Considerations
- 5 Recommended Models
- 6 Wheatgrass Juice Yield For All Tested Models
Slow (cold press) juicers – vertical/horizontal masticating and twin gear juicers
Out of juicer yield
Most slow juicers we tested extracted between 2 and 3 oz. of raw juice from 4 oz. (approx. half a flat) of dry wheatgrass. This made for a percent yield between 50 and 75%.
Outliers include the Hurom HU100 and the Omega VSJ843QS.
The Hurom is one of the best slow juicers on the market for exclusively juicing wheatgrass. It extracted more raw juice from wheatgrass than any other slow juicer we tested. It even outperformed the one twin gear juicer we tested – the Tribest GSE.
The Hurom extracted exactly 3 oz. of raw juice from 4 oz. of wheatgrass. The twin gear Tribest GSE extracted only 2.3 oz. Again, most other slow juicers we tested extracted in the 2 to 3 oz. range – the Hurom being the only juicer at the very top of that range at 3 oz.
The worst performing slow juicer was the Omega VSJ843QS. It extracted only 1.2 oz. of raw juice from 4 oz. of wheatgrass. The VSJ is definitely not recommended if juicing wheatgrass is a priority for you.
We do want to note that the VSJ’s low extraction was a model specific issue, not a type specific issue. Most other vertical masticating juicers we tested had respectable yields in the 2 to 3 oz. range. The VSJ was the only model with such an abnormally low yield.
After sieve yield
So far we’ve discussed raw juice yield – a yield that includes juice, a very fine pulp (when it comes to wheatgrass), and a small amount of foam. Many consumers may very well not want this extra pulp and foam in their juice so we proceeded to pour the initial raw juice yield through a fine sieve to find an after sieve (juice only) yield for all the juicers we tested.
When we did so we saw a significant drop in yield for some juicers while we saw less of a drop for other juicers.
The aforementioned Hurom HU100 saw a significant drop with its initial raw yield dropping from 3 oz. down to an after sieve yield of 2.6 oz. – a difference of 0.4 oz. This means that the 3 oz. of raw wheatgrass juice extracted by the Hurom contained 0.4 oz. of fine pulp and foam.
Among the juicers that saw only a slight drop in yield were the Kuvings NJE and Tribest Solostar 4. The Kuvings had a drop of only 0.1 oz. – from an initial yield of 2.9 oz. down to a final after sieve yield of 2.8 oz. The Tribest had a drop of 0.2 oz. – from an initial raw juice yield of 2.8 oz. down to a final after sieve yield of 2.6 oz.
The bottom line is that if you’re looking for the highest raw juice yield among all of the slow juicers currently on the market the Hurom HU100 is our recommendation.
If you’re looking for the highest “juice only” yield the Kuvings NJE is the best option.
Centrifugal juicers cannot juice wheatgrass effectively. Juicing wheatgrass involves juicing actual blades of grass. These blades are thin and light and bounce right off of the quickly rotating “filter basket” of centrifugal juicers. They can only be juiced by crushing and grinding them slowly in a slow juicer.
Prepping wheatgrass for juicing involves cutting it and washing it. This process takes equally long no matter which model juicer you use to juice it.
Time To Juice
It took us between 3 and 9 minutes to juice 4 oz. of wheatgrass during testing. Some of the quicker juicers were the Tribest GSE (3 minutes, 20 seconds) and Breville BJS600XL (4 minutes, 30 seconds). The two slowest juicers were the Omega VRT350 (9 minutes, 17 seconds) and Omega VSJ843QS (9 minutes, 23 seconds).
Picking a juicer for juicing wheatgrass involves more than just accounting for its wheatgrass juice yields. You may also want to consider:
- Its yields for juicing other types of produce
- Preparation time and difficulty
- Cleaning difficulty
- Overall ease of use
- Durability and
For example, the Kuvings NJE extracts more “juice only” wheatgrass juice than any other slow juicer we tested (recall its after sieve yield was 2.8 oz.). However, it has a very small feeding chute (abnormally small), meaning that you have to cut most types of fruits and vegetables to a very small size before you can juice them with this juicer – this greatly increases preparation time and overall juicing time. The Kuvings also juices harder produce like carrots and beets and leafy greens like spinach and chard quite poorly. While it had one of the best wheatgrass juice yields it had one of the worst hard produce and leafy green juice yields.
The Hurom HU100 garnered higher raw wheatgrass juice yields than any other slow juicer we tested. However, it garnered only average yields juicing soft produce, hard produce, and leafy greens. It also tends to extract a raw juice that’s very high in pulp. Not to mention the fact that it’s one of the least durable slow juicers we tested. These issues (especially the last one) keep us from recommending it even for consumers looking exclusively for a wheatgrass juicer.
The Tribest GSE garnered very respectable yields in the wheatgrass category and is a very good juicer overall, but it retails for approx. $500. Its high price keeps us from recommending it in the list below.
The three models we recommend next are by no means perfect juicers but they provide a good balance of average to above average wheatgrass juicing on top of other key benefits like general juicing performance, durability and value.
#1 – Tribest Slowstar
The Tribest Slowstar is the best all around wheatgrass juicer. It extracted 2.5 oz. of raw juice from 4 oz. of dry wheatgrass during testing. Its after sieve “juice only” yield was 2.4 oz. – meaning that its initial yield contained only 0.1 oz. of fine pulp and foam. This makes its initial raw juice yield virtually pulp free.
A few other juicers we tested garnered slightly higher yields juicing wheatgrass but the Slowstar was the only relatively high yield wheatgrass juicer that didn’t have any glaring issues. It really is a terrific all around juicer. It juices soft produce like oranges and grapes very well. It juices hard produce like carrots and ginger very well for a slow juicer. It also juices leafy greens reasonably well. Not to mention the fact that it’s relatively easy to clean, highly versatile (it comes with a separate housing for mincing/homogenizing), and offers well above average build quality.
If juicing wheatgrass is a priority for you and you’re looking for the best all around option on the market, the Tribest Slowstar is our recommendation.
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#2 – Tribest Solostar 4
Coming in second place in our list of recommendations is the Tribest Solostar 4. This juicer had ever so slightly higher yields than our #1 recommendation – a 2.8 oz. raw juice yield and a 2.6 oz. after sieve yield (compared to 2.5 and 2.4 oz. for the #1 rated Slowstar) – but purchase of this juicer does come with a few caveats.
First of all, like the Kuvings NJE, it has a very small feeding chute. The chute is only 1.25 in. wide. This means that you have to cut most types of produce into very small pieces before you can push them down into this juicer to juice.
This juicer can also be difficult to use for some consumers. You have to use a lot of force to push produce down into this juicer – more so than you need for most other juicers on the market.
On the positive side of things, the Solostar 4 provides terrific yields across the board no matter what type of produce is involved. It was a top performing in wheatgrass juicing and it performed equally well juicing soft produce (the best juicer for juicing grapes), hard produce (one of the best slow juicers for juicing carrots), and leafy greens.
It’s also one of the less expensive slow juicers we tested and comes with a very long 15 year warranty.
If you’re looking for a slightly less expensive option than the Slowstar that provides slightly better yields at the cost of more preparation time and higher difficulty using it, the Solostar 4 may be the juicer for you.
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#3 – Omega NC800
The Omega NC800 is by no means the best performing wheatgrass juicer on the market, but it still garners very respectable wheatgrass juice yields all while being a well above average juicer otherwise.
The NC800 garnered an out of juicer (raw juice) yield of 2.1 oz. and an after sieve (juice only) yield of 2 oz. with a starting dry weight of 4 oz. of wheatgrass. This makes for a percent yield close to 50%.
While it’s not the 60, 70% yield of top performers in the category it’s still a relatively high percent yield. For comparison, most slow juicers extract right around 50% of dry weight as juice from harder produce like carrots and beets and about 40 to 60% of dry weight as juice from leafy greens.
The primary reason why the NC800 is recommended as a third option on this list is that its only average performance in our wheatgrass juicing tests is offset by its well above average performance in most other categories. This juicer performed very well juicing all other types of produce including soft produce, hard produce, and leafy greens during testing. It also extracts a raw juice that’s lower in pulp than that of most other slow juicers on the market.
The juicer is also very easy to take apart and clean. Not to mention the fact that it’s easy to keep clean because of its darker body and dark individual plastic components. The NC800 is also very solidly built. We rate it as being one of the most durable juicers on the market.
If you’re looking for an alternative to the Tribest options we recommend above, the NC800 is a great choice. It’s recommended as the third best wheatgrass juicer currently on the market.
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Wheatgrass Juice Yield For All Tested Models
|Raw Out of Juicer Yield
|Pulp Free After Sieve Yield
|*Each numeric value listed below is a final juice weight in ounces after a starting produce weight of 4 oz. of wheatgrass