Wheatgrass juice is one of the biggest nutritional boosts you can get. Drinking a single shot of it gives you the vitamin and nutrient content of several servings of fruits and vegetables.
However, buying frozen wheatgrass juice is extremely expensive, and buying pre-grown grass is even more so. Plus, the store-bought kind is either frozen or powdered, which sacrifices the nutritional content.
Many juicing enthusiasts are starting to juice wheatgrass at home to save money and get even more nutritional content out of each shot.
Sadly, many people are a bit apprehensive about juicing wheatgrass at home, because it’s notoriously hard to juice.
We’re here to tell you that it can be simple and easy!
The best wheatgrass juicers have the efficiency to give you the most juice out of each blade, and the ease of use to make having your morning glass of wheatgrass juice simple and convenient.
We went on a mission to find the best wheatgrass juicers on the market. We looked at handheld versions, electric versions, masticating and centrifugal models, and more. We compared features, specs, and reviews from professionals and previous buyers.
In this guide, you’ll find our own in-depth reviews of three great models. We’ll take you through everything you should know about these machines, and show you why they’re better than the competition at juicing wheatgrass.
After our reviews, we’ll help you figure out which of these machines is the best choice for you!
Here’s a quick look at our recommendations:
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Our Reviews of the Best Wheatgrass Juicers
This manual masticator is one of the least expensive options out there for a reliable wheatgrass juicer.
While the Healthy Juicer looks a lot like some other cheap plastic handhelds, it’s better-built, more user-friendly, and has a great reputation for reliability. We love it for juicing wheatgrass and all your other greens!
It’s a slow juicer. That means it’ll preserve all the enzymes and delicate nutrients in your wheatgrass juice without adding any foam. It uses a masticating auger to wring out juice from tiny blades of wheatgrass. We like the Lexen’s auger design because it actively pushes greens through the chamber. This creates the pressure you need to juice wheatgrass efficiently. Plus, it ejects fibrous pulp automatically!
One of the great innovations we love about this one is the lack of a juicing screen. Since it works without a screen, the company has eliminated the most annoying part to clean!
There are only 3 parts to clean in all, which means cleanup only takes about a minute. Lexen advertises a 30-second cleanup time, but we’d say it’s more like a minute when you include getting it hot and soapy. While the parts do rinse clean, it’s good practice to always use soap. You’ll prevent anything funky from growing between juicing sessions.
This model is ideal for wheatgrass, but it’ll also do a great job on other leafy greens. We suggest using it to juice chard, collard greens, kale, and spinach. Some previous buyers said they made lovely juice from carrots, beets, and apples, but they had to slice them thinly before feeding them through.
You can attach it to pretty much any surface. It comes with both a clamp and a suction base. That means you can attach it to a countertop if you’ve got the overhang, or suction it to the surface if you don’t have a good place to use the clamp. This flexibility makes it a great choice for a travel machine, since it’ll work almost anywhere!
It also comes with a clever wrench to help you tighten down the suction base. It’s much more convenient than those tiny metal levers we’re used to. The wrench gives you lots more torque, and keeps your fingers out of the way.
While this model is built mostly from plastic, it uses cleverly placed metal reinforcements to make it sturdier and smoother. The plastic auger has a stainless steel end cap on the end and the tip of the auger, to protect the joints which get the most pressure and friction.
The clamp and suction base also use metal parts, to make sure you’ve got a firm, reliable hold on your countertop as you juice.
There are quite a few other plastic handhelds on the market that are clearly designed to compete with this one. Some of them are even less expensive, which can definitely make them a tempting buy. However, the Lexen is the only one that’s stood the test of time! While a lot of the newer, copycat models have 5-star ratings now, we’ve seen a lot of them come and go over the past few years. The Healthy Juicer has stuck around for a reason!
Previous buyers said it was much stronger than they expected. One wrote, “Have been using this every week for about 5 years now. I cranked it so hard at times I thought for sure it was going to break. I’m still using it and am still happy with it!”
Unlike those cheaper handhelds, it’s covered by a 1-year warranty. When you consider that some Juice Fountain models selling for $300 have the same coverage, that’s pretty impressive!
Even though the Healthy Juicer is better built than the other plastic handhelds, it’s still just that–a plastic machine. As such, you can’t expect it to last as long as a metal model.
Like most manual models, it’s not for the mechanically challenged. You’ll have to figure out the best pace to feed wheatgrass through, and get accustomed to the feel of juicing with this machine.
The Hurricane is one of the sturdiest manual models on the market.
It’s a hand-crank, masticating model that’s been specially designed for juicing wheatgrass. We love the smart pressure adjustment screw and rugged steel build quality.
It’s a great choice for serious wheatgrass juicing enthusiasts who want the most reliable option out there!
The specially-designed auger chamber is a cylinder, as opposed to the cone-shaped chamber on the lower-end Handy Pantry model. The Hurricane uses a special auger design to create the pressure of a cone, forcing wheatgrass through a squeeze chamber without the clogging problems and speed limitations of a cone shape.
The result is great efficiency without sacrificing speed, as with so many cone-shaped wheatgrass juicers. Previous buyers said they were very impressed with the amount of juice they got from their wheatgrass.
You can also adjust the pressure via a handy screw. It lets you set the pressure you need for each batch of wheatgrass. This also makes it easy to juice other greens which need a bit looser fit than wheatgrass.
It’s built almost entirely from stainless steel. The Hurricane has a metal auger, a metal juicing chamber, a metal frame, and a metal handle.
The clamp, cranks, spout, and even the feed tube are metal. That means they’re virtually impossible to break! Most importantly, it has a metal juicing screen.
Having metal parts is a huge reassurance with any machine, but it’s especially important for juicing wheatgrass. Juicing wheatgrass requires a lot of intense pressure in the juicing chamber, which can crack plastic augers and housing in no time. That’s not a concern with the Hurricane!
Even though it’s rugged, it won’t damage your countertops or tables. The Hurricane’s clamp features rubber feet, which protect wood and stone surfaces.
Like the Healthy Juicer, you can use the Hurricane for other produce besides wheatgrass. It’s ideal for leafy greens, which require a lot of the same pressure and mastication as wheatgrass. Previous buyers said they also made fantastic juice from hard fruits and veggies like carrots, beets, and apples, but they said you’ll have to shred the produce first.
It’s easy to clean. The metal parts rinse off quickly, and the only part you’ll have to scrub is the juicing screen.
It’s covered by a 5-year warranty. There’s also a 30-day satisfaction period, so you can easily return it if you aren’t thrilled with it.
Like the Healthy Juicer, the Hurricane isn’t for the faint of heart, mechanically speaking. Previous buyers warned that you’ll have a bit of a learning curve as you figure out how to adjust the pressure properly and gauge how much wheatgrass to feed in at a time.
Unlike the Healthy Juicer, the Hurricane uses a juicing screen. That means you’ll have to scrub it off when you’re done juicing. It’s super important to do a good job keeping the screen clean after each session, or you could develop permanent clogs.
As with any manual juicing machine, you’ll have to plan on doing some work. The long handle and steel joints provide plenty of torque to help you out, but the Hurricane does require some elbow grease.
The Green Star is our favorite electric juicer for wheatgrass!
We love this triturating model because it can handle all your other produce in addition to wheatgrass. You can also use it as a homogenizer, grinder, and food processor!
While it gives you the convenience of a motor, it still runs slowly enough to preserve the nutritional content of your juice with no motor heat or oxidation.
The Green Star’s augers are sophisticated, strong, and very effective on wheatgrass! They’re built from stainless steel, and have a variety of teeth cast into the shaft. There are sharp incisor blades for tearing into wheatgrass, as well as blunt crushing segments to break down greens into fine pulp.
The various cutting surfaces do a better job of masticating (chewing) wheatgrass than simple masticating models, whose augers have only mild ridges. The Tribest works a lot like the human jaw, which has front teeth for cutting, and molars for crushing. The matching recesses reduce strain on the motor as you juice tough produce like carrots or ginger.
The result is more juice, since pulp is broken down even more thoroughly than with a masticating model! The teeth crush cell walls of plant matter, and break down pulp to extract only the fibrous bits. Everything else is liquidized and turned into juice. That’s why triturating models are the most efficient type. You’ll get more juice overall, and it’ll be richer and fuller than juice from other machines!
Previous buyers had no complaints about their results. One wrote, “I’m so impressed with how dry the pulp comes out. Tried other machines and had to reuse the pulp over and over again.”
We also appreciate the inclusion of nylon safety buffers on the ends of the augers. These make sure that while the augers can fit very tightly together, they’ll never actually come into contact with each other. The buffers protect both the augers and the drive system.
You can adjust the fit of the augers via a side dial. This allows you to optimize the pressure in the juicing chamber for each type of produce, from wheatgrass to citrus and everything in between! Having control over the fit of the augers gives you an even better wheatgrass fit than the Hurricane, which can only adjust the end of the juicing chamber.
The Green Star comes with two juicing screens. This allows you to adjust the pulp level in your juice. It also lets you choose the right type of screen for each kind of produce. For instance, citrus works best with the more open screen, while the tighter screen is the best choice for greens.
Pulp is ejected automatically. Previous buyers said the Green Star doesn’t clog as often as masticating machines. That’s because it has the cutting blades built in, so there aren’t awkward chunks in the supply line.
The Green Star will work for nearly any produce, as we’ve said. It’ll also work as a variety of other kitchen appliances. You can use it as a grinder to make your own flours, coffee, or spice blends. You can also use it with the homogenizer blank to make nut butters, pastes, and tofu. Everything you need to make all these different foods, as well as juicing accessories like a plunger, pitcher, strainer, and cleaning brush is in the box.
It’s covered by a 12-year warranty–one of the longest on the market!
It’s very heavy, at over 20 pounds. This isn’t an appliance you’ll want to be hauling in and out of storage on a daily basis. Plan on keeping it on your counter.
The white plastic housing isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing, given that the Green Star will be a fixture on your countertop. White plastic is also more prone to staining or discoloration over time. However, the cheapest triturating model with stainless steel housing costs easily twice as much as the Green Star. Previous buyers recommended the trick of running a lemon through it after each session. This prevents any stains on the juicing parts, and gives your juice a nice zing.
It takes a bit longer to clean than a handheld or regular masticating machine. You have two augers to scrub, and a pulp screen that’s twice the size.
It’s expensive. At over $500, the Green Star is more expensive than any centrifugal or masticating machine on the market. However, it’s half the price (or less) of most other triturating machines.
How to Shop for an Electric Wheatgrass Juicer or Press
Choose between a manual or motorized model:
Manual wheatgrass juicers are much cheaper than motorized models, and you’ll have more options to choose from.
Manual juicers are more convenient to use for a quick shot of wheatgrass, since they don’t have as many parts to clean as a triturating juicer. We also like manual juicers for drinking wheatgrass on the road, whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure.
Motorized wheatgrass juicers can get the job done more quickly, and with much less effort on your part. They’re also much more versatile.
The one downside of wheatgrass-specific handheld juicers is that you can’t use them for all your other produce. That’s not an issue with motorized, triturating juicers. They can handle all your other produce, and tackle grinding and homogenizing tasks as well!
However, they’re much more expensive, and they’re more cumbersome to use for small amounts of juice.
Consider your budget:
Manual wheatgrass juicers are your least expensive option. They’re available from about $20 to $200. The cheaper models are all plastic, while the models over $100 are made mainly from stainless steel.
We recommend spending a little more on a plastic wheatgrass juicer, because the cheapest models (under $50) tend to be less reliable, and have little to no warranty coverage.
If you’ve been drinking wheatgrass for a while, and are sure you’ll be juicing wheatgrass for years to come, we recommend buying one of the metal handhelds above $100.
Motorized wheatgrass juicers are a lot more expensive than hand-crank options. In part, that’s because most motorized juicers can’t actually handle wheatgrass.
The only ones that are really up for the task are triturating juicers, which start at around $500. Luckily for you, they’ll recoup a lot of their value.
While manual juicers are mainly just for greens, motorized triturating juicers work on any produce, so they can be your only juicer. They’ll also come with versatile features which allow them to do double duty as any number of other kitchen appliances.
Think about durability:
Juicing wheatgrass requires lots of pressure inside the juicing chamber. This puts huge amounts of strain on the augers, housing, and drive shaft of any juicer.
You’ll want to look for heavy plastic parts, or metal pieces if possible. They’ll hold up better over time.
You’ll also want to look for pressure adjustment parts. If you run into a clog or block, you’ll be able to loosen up the juicer to let it pass without forcing things (always a bad idea).
If you’re buying a plastic juicer, make sure it has a warranty. Many of the cheaper models come with no warranty coverage whatsoever, which means they’re pretty disposable. You’ll want at least a year of coverage on any new juicer.
Look for efficiency:
Wheatgrass poses a particular challenge to juicers because it grows in such small blades. You’ll want a juicer that won’t waste a single drop.
Look for juicers with tight fits between the auger and the juicing screen/housing. You’ll also want juicers that create lots of pressure down at the pulp ejection chute, so that only the most fibrous pulp gets ejected.
Here’s a link to tips on how to store wheatgrass juice. (http://www.livestrong.com/article/344702-how-to-store-wheatgrass-juice/)