Best Commercial Juicers: Comparison Reviews of the Top Professional Grade Juice Bar Machines in 2020!
Juicing is all the rage today, all over the world! It’s a great time for people looking to start a small business. You can start your own juice bar, stand, or add juicing to the menu at your cafe or eatery!
If you haven’t juiced commercially before, it can be a bit hard to know where to start looking for the right equipment. You’ll probably have lots of questions:
- What type of juicer do I need?
- Do I need a different juicer for different types of produce?
- What’s the difference between a household juicer and a commercial juicer?
- How much do I need to spend?
We’ll answer all of your questions, and help you figure out which one is the right fit for you and your business!
We’ve done an extensive research to find the best models on the market. We took extra care to find machines that are easy and intuitive to learn so that you don’t have to spend time learning how to juice.
We’ll take you through your options, and show you why we think our recommendations are the best on the market.
Our in-depth reviews will give you all the key info you need to know about each of these models. After our reviews, we’ve included a handy guide to shopping for the best commercial juicer for your business!
Check out the winners!
|Best on a Budget||Best Seller||Best Quality|
|Omega J8004||Breville Juice Fountain Elite||Champion|
Best Commercial Juicer Machine Reviews
1. Omega J8004 Commercial Juicer Review
This Omega Nutrition Center is an oldie but a goodie!
It’s a commercial masticating juicer with the versatility to handle all your produce and lots of other kitchen tasks, as well.
We love the Omega’s specially-formulated auger material, as well as its low-speed drive system. The J8004 makes an affordable, cost-effective choice for any slow-juicing operation!
It’s very inexpensive. Since the J8004 is an older model, it doesn’t have the price inflation of the more recent Nutrition Centers. It costs a solid $100 less than the newer J8006 or NC900 Omega models, and has most of the same features!
The J8004 is the first generation of Nutrition Center to feature a GE Ultem auger. This special compound is engineered to last 8X as long as normal plastics. It’s the same material used in the latest Omega models, as well as many other high-end masticators.
The durable auger material is a huge plus for commercial juicing. Most plastic augers will chip over time, and the aging process is only accelerated by juicing all day every day. Other plastics can also snap or crack. The Ultem material holds up much better than the competition! Previous buyers said that they noticed a bit of initial wear, but then the auger stayed intact.
The J8004 is a true slow juicer. Its auger runs at just 80 rpm, which means juice comes out practically foam-free. There’s also no risk of heat damage from the motor.
Even though the J8004 is slow, it’s powerful. There’s a great reduction system between the motor and the augers. This creates high levels of torque to push through tough root vegetables and greens. In all, the system creates the equivalent of 2 HP!
It’s a dual-stage juicer. In the first stage, produce is crushed between the auger and the juicing screen–like with any masticating model. The Omega then adds a secondary squeezing stage, which makes sure you’re not wasting any drops of juice in the pulp chute. Previous buyers were supremely impressed with the high yields they got from their produce.
Unlike other masticating juicers, the Omega also gets high yields from soft, juicy fruits like citrus or plums. That’s thanks to a special soft fruit attachment. We’re particularly impressed by the soft fruit attachment on the J8004, since the next level of Nutrition Center to include soft fruit capability is the NC900, which costs $100+ more than the J8004!
You can also use the Nutrition Center as several other kitchen appliances besides a juicer. It works as a homogenizer for making nut butters, pastes, and sorbets.
You can also use it as a food processor for making salsas, sauces, and pates. It also comes with a few different pasta nozzles, for making your own spaghetti or linguini from scratch. These added features are perfect for commercial juicing operations which also serve snacks or meals.
All the additional functions also make the J8004 a great bargain. For the price of a budget juicer, you’re getting several appliances.
It’s covered by a 10-year warranty–one of the best in the business.
Some previous buyers reported issues with wobbly augers. This could cause chipping on the auger, and damage to the juice screen. They said that Omega quickly shipped our replacements, which solved the problem.
The white plastic housing isn’t nearly as attractive as the more recent chrome finishes. It’s also prone to staining or discoloration over time.
This older model isn’t as sturdy as the most recent Nutrition Centers. It has short, stubby legs under the body, which can rock a bit under heavy loads. The latest models have wider centers of gravity, which makes them a bit more stable.
2. Breville Juice Fountain Elite Review
The Juice Fountain Elite is our favorite juicer for making lots of juice in a hurry, without much prep work.
It’s a powerful centrifugal juicer with a wide feed chute that can handle whole fruits and vegetables.
Unlike some other centrifugal juicers, the Elite has multiple speed settings for coping with different fruits and vegetables. We love the die-cast steel body, which gives you great durability for commercial juicing.
It’s extremely powerful. The 1,000-watt motor can blast through pounds of hard produce in seconds! It’s ideal for crunchy fruits and veggies like apples, carrots, or beets. Since it’s so powerful, you don’t have to do any prep work. We’d recommend getting rid of stems and citrus rinds, so they don’t throw off the taste of the juice. Other than that, you can chuck produce in as-is!
There are two-speed settings, to help you get the most out of each type of produce. The high setting is your best bet for hard produce, while the low setting gets you better yields from your soft, juicy fruits like citrus or tomatoes. That’s an advantage over other centrifugal juicers, which tend to struggle with soft fruits.
It’s big. The extra-large housing and 3-inch feed chute mean you can juice lots of produce at once.
The Elite also comes with an appropriately sized pitcher and a pulp bin. We particularly like the pulp bins on the Juice Fountain series because they fit under the wing of the juicer itself. This eliminates any gap between the bin and the chute and keeps your counters clean. There’s also a handle built into the pulp bin.
It’s built like a tank. The Elite is built around a die-cast, stainless steel housing. The cutting blades and basket have also been reinforced with titanium. Previous buyers were overwhelmingly impressed by the build quality. The spout, the power switch, and even the feed chute are made from metal!
We also love the smart motor protection on this model. The Juice Fountain will automatically shut itself off if the motor is stressed or overheating, to prevent permanent damage.
Aside from the cutting basket, all of the parts can be put in the dishwasher. This makes it super convenient for businesses. All the plastic parts are also BPA-free, so they’re food-grade!
It’s safe to use. The Elite has a stainless steel locking arm which makes sure everything’s in place before you juice. If something’s not quite right, it won’t turn on. This makes it ideal for training new employees, as well as for juicing safely when you’re in a hurry and being less careful.
It looks fantastic. The brushed stainless steel on this juicer won’t tarnish or stain with age, and it’s easier to clean than the plastic casing.
It comes with a helpful instruction booklet with recipe ideas and troubleshooting tips. That’s a big advantage over the Omega, which only has basic documentation and nothing extra to help you out.
It’s quite heavy, at about 20 pounds. You’ll want to find a permanent home for the Juice Fountain on your countertop.
It’s a centrifugal juicer, which means that it does produce a fair amount of foam. The high-speed juicing will inevitably result in slightly less nutritious juice, so that might not be the best choice for more nutrition-conscious customers. We do like that the Breville’s juice pitcher has a built-in froth separator, which helps cut down on foam when you’re serving.
The centrifugal system also tends to be less efficient than a masticating juicer. If you’re concerned about wasting juice in the pulp bin, you’ll probably want to look at a slow juicer.
It’s covered by a pretty short warranty–only a year. We’d recommend adding on extra coverage from the vendor. That tends to be a cheap option, and makes the whole process of returning a defective juicer much easier.
3. Champion Commercial Heavy Duty Juicer Review
The Champion has been one of the best-selling commercial juicers for over 25 years.
It’s been around since the 1980s and hasn’t changed much since then. It’s a rugged, versatile slow juicer that we love for its durable nylon parts, cutting blades, and excellent warranty coverage.
Like the Omega, the Champion has a high-torque, low-speed drive system. The Champion is a bit different because it doesn’t rely on a gear system for torque. Instead, it packs the punch of a GE-built industrial motor that provides 1/3 horsepower starting torque.
We like the Champion’s drive system better than the Omega’s because it doesn’t have the risk of internal gears snapping or chipping. The Omega’s gear system also jams more frequently than a direct drive system like the Champion.
The Champion’s drive shaft and motor are both built from stainless steel. We like that the drive shaft has ball bearings at either end, which help juicing go more smoothly, and save motor strain.
The casing and the auger are built from a nylon composite, rather than traditional plastic. Unlike plastic, nylon is shatterproof, and won’t crack or snap under high pressure. You don’t have to worry about dropping parts, and you can rest assured that the Champion’s auger won’t chip like the plastic ones.
Nylon is also FDA-approved for food service, so you won’t have to worry about BPAs or other chemicals.
The auger is our favorite feature on the Champion. It’s cast around the actual driveshaft, so there’s no chance for wobble. The shaft also has protruding metal cutting blades, which give the Champion better bite for greens and stringy roots. The nylon auger body is then cast around the shaft, so the blades are left poking through.
The cast-in blades are a great design feature because they can’t break off or come loose over time. They make the Champion much more effective than other masticating juicers for greens, stringy roots like ginger, and other tougher produce.
It’s the easiest to clean of our recommendations. The Champion only has 3 parts to clean, and the nylon material rinses clean more easily than porous plastics.
The Champion also works as a homogenizer and basic food processor, when you use it with the included “blank” attachment. Previous buyers said it’s great for sorbets, nut butters, applesauces, ice cream, and even chocolate!
It also includes the other accessories you’ll need to get up and running, like a plunger, sieve, bowl, funnel, and an instructional book.
The Champion is unique in that it’s built right here in the USA. It’s the only domestically-built juicer we’ve found for under $2,000 (the Champion will run you less than a quarter of that). The company is family-owned, and has a much better reputation for quality control than overseas competitors like Omega.
It’s covered by a 10-year warranty. Plus, you have the added benefit of domestic customer service, and a high reputation for prompt, helpful responses.
Overall, the Champion has one of the best reputations for durability of any kitchen appliance. We found lots of reviews from previous buyers who have owned Champions for 20 years with no issues. It’s no wonder the brand has such a loyal following among serious juicers! The Champion is definitely one of the safest investments you can make in your juicing business.
At around 25 pounds, it’s the heaviest of our recommendations. As with the Breville, you’ll probably want to plan on keeping the Champion parked on a counter.
It doesn’t do as well with soft fruit as the Omega. We’d recommend alternating produce textures if possible, pushing juicy fruit through with something more fibrous, like a carrot.
As with many slow juicers, there’s a bit of a learning curve. Previous buyers emphasized the importance of reading the directions, and making sure to keep up on maintenance. You’ll have to grease the drive shaft frequently, and make sure you stay on top of cleaning the juicing screen, so you don’t develop any permanent clogs.
Which Commercial Juice Machine is Perfect for Your Business?
If you’re on a tight budget, our recommendation to you is the Omega J8004. It’s by far the cheapest of the three, and it offers tremendous value for money.
You’ll be able to juice all of your produce, as well as make plenty of other homemade foods. However, it’s not as sturdy as the Champion, and it won’t do very well with greens.
If you’re looking for speed and convenience in your new commercial juicer, we highly recommend the Juice Fountain Elite. It’s much faster to use than either of the slow juicers, and cuts out your prep time almost entirely.
It’s not the best choice for super nutrition-conscious crowds, though, since it’s not technically “cold-pressed” or “slow.” We’d also recommend getting some extended warranty coverage, to protect your investment over the long term.
For the ultimate in durability and reliability, as well as great nutritional content, we strongly recommend the Champion.
It’s a bit faster than the Omega, but doesn’t sacrifice any nutritional content (like the Breville). The Champion is also the best option for people who want to serve green juices. While the Champion is the most expensive of the three, it’s a juicer you won’t have to replace for many years to come.
How to Buy the Right Commercial Juicer
Decide which type of juicer you should buy:
Slow juicers are your best bet for nutritional content and high yields. They come in two types: masticating and triturating.
Masticating juicers use a single auger to crush produce against a juicing screen. They’re the most common type of slow juicer, and the most affordable by a long shot.
Triturating juicers use dual augers to mash and gnaw produce. They’re the most efficient models on the market, and they’re also the most expensive.
We haven’t recommended any triturating models here, as they can be time-consuming to clean.
Centrifugal juicers are your friend for speed, power, and convenience. Unlike slow juicers, which require lots of prep work for juicing, centrifugal juicers can power through pounds of produce in minutes flat.
However, they do tend to waste more residual juice in the pulp. They also cause foaming and slight heating in the juice, which can be a disadvantage for more nutritionally-focused businesses.
Think about your customers:
A lot of your decision-making process will depend on the type of clientele you’ll be serving. If your business prides itself on convenience and quick service, you probably won’t want a slow juicer.
If, on the other hand, your clientele is more nutrition-conscious, you’ll probably be able to get away with a bit more service time per glass, since your customers will be knowledgeable about the slow juicing process.
Plan for prep time:
Depending on which type of juicer you opt for, you’ll want to set aside appropriate prep time. If you’re using a centrifugal juicer, you don’t have much to worry about.
Most centrifugal juicers can handle whole produce or large chunks. If you’re working with a masticating juicer, you’ll have to plan on cutting all your produce into stalks or strips before you juice.
One way to cut down on wait times during business hours is to pre-cut your produce before you open, and grab it from the cooler as needed.
Consider your budget:
Our recommendations are available for between $200 and $400. As a general rule, commercial juicers can range from $200 to $2,000+.
We’ve stuck to recommending more affordable models since we know most startups and small businesses aren’t going to want to take out a loan for a new juicer.
Masticating and triturating juicers cost more overall than centrifugal models. The Juice Fountain we’ve recommended here costs about the same as a masticating juicer, but that’s because it’s larger and more rugged than most other models.
More expensive commercial juicers have more durable parts, more powerful motors, and more versatile features.
Look for durable parts:
Commercial juicers have to handle a lot more pressure and stress than household models.
You’ll want to look for special plastic compounds that will stand up to all-day, everyday use without cracking or warping. We recommend looking for as many metal parts as possible.
You’ll also want to make sure that your new juicer comes with solid warranty coverage. Look for 10-15 years of coverage on a masticating juicer, and 1-2 years on a centrifugal juicer.