The Mooka Slow Masticating Juicer was the best masticating juicer we tested but was still a disappointment. Its juicing yields were low and it was less convenient in almost every way than most of the machines we tested. It was the quietest, though so you don’t whole household.
Most of the juicers we have tested over the years, including in this round of testing, are of the centrifugal variety – with a speedy rotating central blade that shreds fruits and veggies. Masticating juicers use an auger that sort of grinds food to break it down, a method thought by many to be a healthier way to do things. Masticating juicers are usually too expensive to be in our price range so we were happy to find a couple that were. Many nutrition experts prefer masticating units like this Mooka by far. They generate less heat. Heat is thought to break down valuable nutrients.
This particular masticating juicer was not terribly impressive, though. It squeezed more juice out of the same amount of produce compared to the other slow juicer we tested. This was not without some drama. It shook as it was working and we saw the auger working in its see-through tube. It really struggled on some of the soft produce. Getting lettuce down that tiny shoot was not easy.
All masticating juicers require more prep time. They do not take anything much bigger than a carrot. You have to cut all other produce to fit. We trimmed our apples to get them juiced with this machine. It takes some time but, again, it’s worth it if you are dedicated to the idea of slow juicing.
This is a pretty big machine but all slow juicers generally take more space than their centrifugal counterparts. You can partially disassemble this machine if you do not want the whole thing on the countertop at all times.
This model offers a three-year warranty. There were plenty that offered just a year of coverage, or even less.
The Mooka Slow Masticating Juicer is a decent entry-level masticating juicer. It did not have a terribly sturdy construction but it did produce a respectable amount of juice, more than the other slow juicer machine we tried. All of the masticating models require more prep work, but the nutritional benefits are worth it.