It’s a great time to start a juicing business! Juice bars and stands are popping up all over the country. You can also start juicing in your coffee shop or café to take advantage of this latest nutritional craze!
However, even the best household juicers can let you down if you’re planning on juicing commercially. While many are designed to handle daily use, there aren’t many that can handle juicing all day long.
When you look at commercial juicers, many machines have prohibitively high price tags. What about the people who can’t spend $1,000+ on their purchase?
It can be time-consuming and confusing to tell which affordable juicers make the grade. If you’re a small business owner, you have too many other things to do than shop for juicers all day.
We’re here to help you out! We’ve looked at dozens of top machines to find models which can handle tough, regular juicing. We’ve selected three great models which are perfect for starting juicing in your business! Our choices span a range of prices, and suit a variety of needs.
In this guide, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about each of our recommendations. We’ll break down all the important features and specs, and help you figure out which one of these commercial juicers is the best choice for you!
Breville Juice Fountain Elite
This commercial masticating juicer is an inexpensive classic.
While it’s an older model, it has all the same features than made the newer Omega Nutrition Center models so popular.
The J8004 will juice all the fruits and vegetables you could want, and is perfect for making other fresh food items, as well. It’s our most affordable option for a commercial slow juicer!
It’s a real slow juicer. The J8004’s auger turns at just 80 rpm. That means you won’t risk having any oxidation or heat damage in your juice.
While the Omega is slow, it’s strong. There’s a series of gears between the motor and auger which generates lots of low-end torque, which comes out to the equivalent of 2HP!
The J8004 is the cheapest Omega Nutrition Center to have an attachment for juicing soft fruits. The more popular and more expensive household models like the J8005 and J8006 leave off the soft fruit attachment, and the next Omega to include this kind of versatility is the NC900, but it comes with a higher price tag!
This is the first generation of the Nutrition Center series to feature an Ultem auger. These augers are made by GE, from a special composite that’s harder and tougher than traditional plastics. It’s tested to last about 8X as long as an average plastic auger.
Like the other Omega Nutrition Centers, the J8004 has a dual-stage juicing system. Produce goes through the auger, and gets pressed a first time against a juicing screen–just like any other masticating model. Where the Omega excels is in the second stage. It presses pulp one more time to make sure you’re getting the most yield from your produce. This is especially important for keeping costs down in a commercial juicing operation!
The J8004 is extremely versatile. Thanks to the soft fruit attachment, it can handle citrus and juicy fruits that cause other masticating models to struggle.
You can use it for all sorts of other tasks besides juicing. The Omega works as a food processor, homogenizer, and a pasta maker. These extra features are perfect for a cafe or juice bar which also features some good eats. Everything you need for all these features comes in the box.
It’s covered by a 10-year warranty. When you’re juicing all day long, you want to make sure your machine can handle the strain. The Omega’s extended warranty coverage means you’ll have nothing to worry about, even if problems arise.
It’s heavy. At 17 pounds, you won’t want to be hauling the Omega in and out of storage every day. Plan on finding a spot for it on your countertop.
It’s not the most aesthetically pleasing machine in the world. The J8004 is one of those 20th century white appliances.
While it’s not an immediate issue, these casings are prone to discoloration over time.
Some previous buyers reported wobbly augers. This can cause chipping on the auger itself, and damage to the juicing screen. However, Omega shipped out replacements, and the new augers seem to have done the trick.
It’s not ideal for greens. The Omega’s auger doesn’t have sharp teeth, which is what you need to gnaw into leaves. We’d advise people who are planning on making mostly green juices to look at the Champion (below).
This extra-large Breville Juice Fountain is perfect for commercial operations that need to juice lots of produce in a hurry, with minimal prep time.
It has the power and speed to blast through pounds of produce in just a few minutes. All you’ll have to do is feed it!
We also love the Elite for its strong build quality. The die-cast steel body and titanium cutting edges set it apart from the household models, and qualify it as a true commercial juicer.
It’s a real powerhouse. The Juice Fountain Elite packs the punch of a huge 1,000-watt motor. This drives a central-feed centrifugal model with a combination cutting disc and pulp basket. It pulverizes produce in seconds flat, then spins out the juice. The Elite also ejects pulp automatically, so you can keep on juicing without constantly adjusting.
It’s big. The Elite has a larger chamber than the other Juice Fountains, and has a pulp bin and juice pitcher to match. This means you can get through even more produce in one go. We love that the Elite’s pulp bin fits neatly into the housing, which stops any spillage or dripping on your counter as you juice. The juice pitcher also includes a froth separator, which is perfect for serving fresh juice.
There’s no need to do lots of prep work. This Juice Fountain can handle whole fruits and vegetables, and doesn’t require any special technique. That’s thanks to the ultra-fast cutting assembly, as well as the 3-inch feed tube. The feed tube can fit a whole apple comfortably, and is a whole lot faster to feed than a slow juicer like the Omega.
There are two speed settings, to help you get the most out of different types of produce. The high speed setting runs at 13,000 rpm. It’s great for blasting through crunchier fruits and vegetables, like apples, carrots, or beets. The lower setting slows things down to 6,500 rpm. It’s better for soft, juicy fruits like citrus or tomato.
It’s built to handle years of intense, daily use. The Elite’s housing is built from die-cast stainless steel. The cutting disc is also stainless steel, but it’s been further reinforced with titanium on all the cutting edges to help it stand up over time.
It’s safe. The Elite has protections for itself and for the operator built in. The locking arm keeps everything in place while you juice, and prevents the motor from turning on if it isn’t locked and secure. The motor has built-in overload protection. If it’s under stress and overheating, it’ll shut itself off to prevent any permanent damage. That’ll definitely come in handy with commercial operations.
All the plastic parts are BPA-free.
You can wash everything but the cutting disc in the dishwasher.
It’s a super fast centrifugal juicer. That means it’s prone to all the problems centrifugal models are known for. The Breville does produce a fair amount of foam. It’s also less efficient overall than a slow/masticating juicer. If you’re catering to people who are very concerned about oxidation or foam, you’ll want to look at a slow juicer.
It’s pretty hopeless at greens. While you can certainly feed greens through the Breville, you won’t get much out the other end. Centrifugal models just don’t have the squeezing function you really need to juice leafy greens properly.
It has a short warranty. At only 1 year, the Elite comes with a lot less coverage than either the Omega or Champion. That’s par for the course with centrifugal models, sadly.
The Champion is a standby for many commercial juicing operations.
It’s been beloved by serious juicing fans for over 25 years, and remains one of the best no-nonsense slow juicers on the market!
We love its shatterproof nylon and steel construction, and its metal cutting blades for juicing greens and roots. It’s the most reliable, industrial slow juicer for commercial operations.
It has a wider feed tube than other masticating models, at nearly 2 inches wide. That means you won’t have to do as much prep work, and you can feed produce through more quickly.
It’s built from a nylon composite, instead of the plastic used in most masticating models. We prefer nylon because it’s shatterproof. Plastic parts can become brittle over time, and crack under pressure. That’s not a problem with nylon.
Nylon has the added benefit of being FDA-approved for commercial operations. There’s no need to worry about BPAs or other chemicals.
The drive system is built ruggedly, as well. The drive shaft is steel, and the motor is custom-built by GE. It provides a huge amount of starting torque, which means it has a more solid power base than drive systems that use gears to produce torque (like the Omega).
There are fewer breakable parts, and the Champion does even better under stress (since there aren’t a bunch of gears grinding together). It produces 1/3 HP right out of the gate.
While the drive system is industrial, it has a few smart touches that we really like. There are ball bearings at either end of the drive shaft. This means the auger moves more smoothly, and minimizes motor strain.
The auger is built from the same shatterproof nylon compound as the housing. It’s cast around a stainless steel core, which has protruding cutting blades. They help the Champion gnaw into though produce, and more thoroughly masticate. Because they’re cast into the auger, they won’t come loose or break off. We love the teeth for greens, herbs and tricky roots like ginger.
The metal cutting blades make the Champion the best choice by far for juicing greens, short of a triturating juicer. The blades can gnaw into leaves far better than the Omega’s smooth auger. By breaking up the leaves, the Champion’s teeth also prevent clogs. Leaves will move smoothly through the juicer without getting bunched up.
Like the Omega, the Champion works as a homogenizer. You just swap the juicing screen for a “blank” attachment to make nut butters, tofu, pastes and sauces.
The whole thing is built and assembled right here in the U.S. That’s especially impressive when you consider that most juicers, even over $500, are made overseas. It’s backed by a 10-year warranty, and covered with great customer support that isn’t overseas.
The Champion has an amazing reputation for quality. While most other masticating juicers eventually wear out or crack, we didn’t find any issues with parts breaking. We even found several reviews from buyers who have owned Champion juicers since the 1980s.
It’ll work with all sorts of electrical setups. You can convert the Champion to work in most countries, not just standard American wiring.
Everything you need is in the box, including a juicing book, funnel, sieve, and a bowl. You’ll have the juicer, the juicing screen, and plunger, plus all the extras, like a homogenizer blank, and a book full of recipes and tips.
It’s very heavy, at about 20 pounds, it’s the heaviest of our recommendations. However, you’ll be assured by the knowledge that the weight is due to the industrial construction.
It’s a single-stage juicer. While the Champion wrings out produce with the best masticating juicers, it doesn’t have the Omega’s secondary pressing stage. That means you won’t have quite as high of yields.
If you’re on a budget, we highly recommend the Omega.
It’s the smallest initial investment, cheaper than the Breville or the Champion. It’ll also save you the most money on your grocery bill, thanks to the double-pressing system.
We also like the overall cost-effectiveness of the Omega, since it can work as several appliances for the price of one. The amount of versatility you’re getting from a single machine is the real bargain with the Omega. However, it’s not as durable as the Champion, and it’s not as good at juicing leafy greens.
For commercial operations where speed is the biggest concern, we strongly recommend the Breville.
The Breville is much faster than either of the two slow juicers, and can blast through a lot of produce in seconds. Plus, the two speed settings give you more versatility than other centrifugal juicers. However, it’s not the best choice for the most nutritionally-minded establishment, or for serving green juices. You'll also end up spending more money on groceries in the long haul, since it's less efficient than a slow juicer.
If you’re planning on making green juices, you’ll definitely want to look at the Champion.
It’s the only one of our recommendations that can really gnaw into leafy greens and herbs. Plus, it works on all the rest of your produce. The Champion is the only one of the three that we're confident can juice absolutely anything you feed through it!
It’s also the most worthy of the name “commercial,” thanks to its tough build quality and heavy-duty GE motor. We recommend it to people who want a slow juicer that will last for years with no issues. This is a machine that can be a reliable backbone to your business.
Consider your budget:
Commercial juicers are available for anywhere from $200-$2,000+. We’ve focused primarily on the less expensive options, since we know that many businesses can’t afford to invest several thousand dollars in a new appliance.
Our recommendations are available between $200 and $400 (or so). We don’t think you need to pay more than that unless juicing is the only thing you do for income. In that case, you’d probably be looking at a commercial cold press setup. For the vast majority of operators, one of these will be more than enough.
There’s definitely a benefit to be had by paying as much as you can afford to. The more expensive commercial juicers in this guide are built more solidly, and have more powerful motors.
They’re also packed with more user-friendly features. That makes them more intuitive to use and potentially faster when you’re serving customers. If you need to save money, and can make do with something more bare-bones, it’s a smart choice to go for an older version of a well-reviewed juicing model.
For instance, the Omega J-series juicers have 10 different iterations so far, and each one represents a slight improvement and a slight price increase. Within what’s essentially the same machine, you can choose the edition that works best for you and your budget!
Overall, centrifugal juicers are less expensive than masticating juicers. However, they have shorter warranty periods. That means you’re more likely to have to buy a new one in a few years. Masticating juicers are more expensive, but they last better long-term.
You should also think about your long-term budget, when it comes to choosing a machine. Masticating juicers cost more up front, but they’ll save you a hefty chunk of change on your grocery bill. They’re much more efficient than centrifugal juicers, so you could see hundreds of dollars of savings in raw produce over a year by squeezing that much more out of each pound.
Think about durability:
You want to keep in mind that you’re looking for a commercial machine that will be used far more often than most household/consumer models are designed to handle.
You’ll want to look for thick plastic or nylon composites, with as many metal parts as possible. These won’t break as easily, and will withstand corrosion and staining better than plastics.
We also recommend looking for extended warranty periods. You’ll want to aim for 5-10 years of coverage. If you buy a juicer with shorter warranty coverage, keep in mind that you can always add on a year or two of coverage from Amazon for a few dollars extra. Be sure to check the terms of the warranty, and make sure it applies to commercial users.
Centrifugal juicers have less impressive coverage than masticating or triturating models, as we’ve just noted. Even the nicest centrifugal models only come with 1-2 years of warranty coverage, while a good masticating juicer will have 5-10. So, it makes a great deal of sense to buy the longest possible coverage plan for a centrifugal model.
Decide what you’ll be juicing:
Most traditional juicing fruits, like apples, carrots, and beets, can be run through any type of juicer. If you’re planning on juicing soft fruits, like citrus or tomato, you’ll want to look at a juicer with a specific soft fruit setting.
On centrifugal juicers, that usually means a low speed setting. On masticating and triturating juicers, it usually takes the shape of an attachment or dedicated juicing cone.
For greens, you’ll want to look at masticating or triturating juicers. Triturating juicers are the best at greens, since they have double, interlocking augers which can really gnaw into leaves. However, they can be time-consuming to clean, so we’ve recommended a masticating juicer with teeth here for green juices.
Think about your time constraints:
Consider how much time you have for prep work. That’ll be a big factor in deciding which sort of juicer to buy.
Centrifugal juicers need the least prep work, and are also the quickest juicers to use. All you’ll have to do is remove the stems and seeds, and peels from citrus (to preserve the taste). They can juice pounds of produce in just a few minutes.
With a masticating or triturating juicer, you’ll have to do a lot more prep work. Plan on cutting all your produce into strips beforehand. This can take quite a bit of time, so it’s a consideration you’ll want to make before you buy.
If you’re planning to get into slow juicing, prep work is going to have to become part of your routine. One workaround for establishments that want to get a slow juicer is to prep your produce before you open, so that when you get an order, you’ll only have to wait for the juicer to work.
You’ll also have to plan on spending a few minutes per glass juicing. If you want to get each glass done in under a minute, we’d advise getting a centrifugal juicer.
Think about your customers:
One way to narrow down which sort of juicer to buy is to think about your customers.
If they’re the sort of people who really care about nutrition, they’re probably willing to wait a few minutes for a glass of juice with much better nutrient content. In that case, you could use a masticating model and really sell the idea of cold-pressed, non-oxidized beverages. If your operation is all about fast, convenient service, you’ll probably be able to get away with a centrifugal juicer. Your customers won’t mind if things aren’t absolutely ideal.
Think about efficiency
One way to measure efficiency is to look at how fast you can produce juice with a given machine. Another way to measure it is by how much juice you get per pound of produce. In general centrifugal models waste quite a lot of juice. Masticating and triturating models are much less wasteful. They get more out of each pound of produce, and leave much drier pulp. So, that can certainly help your bottom line over time. Weigh waste vs convenience and see what makes the most sense for your operation.