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Jocuu Slow Masticating Juicer In-depth Review

One of the best performing Juicers in the Under $100 category!

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Jucuu masticator with apples and glass of juice

Overall Verdict

The Jocuu masticating juicer may not be super stylish nor have all the bells and whistles, but it gets the job done. It handles most ingredients with ease, crushing them at a reasonable speed. Best of all, juice yields were above-average. 

The masticator does tend to produce foamy kale juice so  finer pre-cutting may be necessary for particularly tough and fibrous ingredients. Other than that, juicing with it is a breeze. Assembling requires some practice, but taking things apart and cleaning are effortless.

Overall, this masticator is a solid machine for the price. Given its size and capacity, it's best suited to a small household (2 - 4 people).

Things We Like

  • Affordable price
  • Soft and hard ingredient motor speeds
  • Compact, modest footprint
  • Minimal clogging 
  • Easy cleanup

Things We Don’t Like

  • Foamy kale juice 
  • Squeaks with hard ingredients

The Jocuu masticator is a budget juicer that's been generating a lot of buzz. We purchased it in early 2023 and spent weeks testing it in our lab to evaluate its performance, design, and user-friendliness. We assembled the parts and assessed their fit. We measured the juice yield from various  ingredients, evaluated  noise levels,  disassembled the machine, and washed it by hand.

Read on to see how this juicer holds up to everyday use and whether it fits the rhythm of your life.

Key Specs

Type
Horizontal
Speed/pressure settings
2
Reverse function
Yes
Power
150 W
Speed
50-110 RPM
Warranty
10 years on motor, 3 years on parts

Compared to Other Masticating Juicers

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Analysis and Test Results

7.2 Performance

The Jocuu masticating juicer’s strong squeeze allows it to handle thick, hard fruits like apples and vegetables such as carrots and celery—yielding above-average quality juice within a reasonable time frame. It had difficulty juicing kale, however: the yield was modest compared to other masticators, and you may require a separator or a cup with a smart lid to remove the foam.

The upside to this juicer is that, due to the auger and drum size,  you can run pulp through a second time and extract 15-20% more juice—something not every machine can do!

7.4 Carrot

The Jocuu masticator juicing carrots
The Jocuu masticator juicing carrots
Weighing carrot juice made with the Jocuu masticator
Ingredient Weight
18 oz
Juicing Time
2 min 53 s
Yield
6.95 oz (197 g)
Yield Percentage
39%

Hard and dense, juicing carrots is easy, but juice yields tend to be the lowest among the four ingredients we test for. The Jocuu took just shy of 3 minutes to process 18 ounces of carrot sticks, which is neither fast nor slow compared to other machines, earning it 7.8 points for juicing time. It produced nearly 7 ounces of juice, slightly higher than the average mark, and received 6.9 points for juice yield.

8.7 Apple

The Jocuu masticator juicing apples
The Jocuu masticator juicing apples
Tray of apples, apple juice on a scale, the Jocuu masticating juicer
Ingredient Weight
18 oz
Juicing Time
2 min 28 s
Yield
13.65 oz (387 g)
Yield Percentage
77%

As hard as they may seem, apples are relatively juicy with the only challenge being the tough and slippery peel. The Jocuu's auger design, similar to that on its AMZChef twin,  cuts through apple peel very effectively, even surpassing the Omega NC900 in juicing time, earning it 9 points. However, the juice yield (8.4 points) wasn't as outstanding as other masticator models we tested in this batch.

7.1 Celery

Jocuu masticator, celery juice and pulp in containers
Jocuu masticator, celery juice and pulp in containers
Juice cup on kitchen scale
plate of celery, Jocuu masticator, celery juice and pulp in containers
Ingredient Weight
18 oz
Juicing Time
3 min 2 s
Yield
9.91 oz (281 g)
Yield Percentage
56%

The Jocuu didn't falter with tough fibers on celery stalks or soft leaves. It was 30 seconds slower than the AMZ Chef but 20 seconds faster than the Omega NC900 in this test, earning it a juicing time score of 8.5 points. The juice yield was average (6.0 points), lagging slightly behind the Omega, which scored 8.0 points.

5.6 Kale

Juicing kale with the Jocuu
Juicing kale with the Jocuu
container of kale juice next to Jocuu juicer
bowl of kale, Jocuu masticator, kale juice and pulp in containers
Ingredient Weight
18 oz
Juicing Time
6 min 35 s
Yield
9.35 oz (265 g)
Yield Percentage
53%
Foam Level
250%

The Jocuu has many strengths, but juicing kale isn’t one of them. The smooth feed chute let through leaves with minimal jamming, resulting in a quick juicing time (8.5 points). However, the auger failed to extract sufficient  juice from the paper-thin leaves (5.6 points), and by volume, there was a lot more foam than juice (0.0 points).

7.9 Design

The Jocuu masticating juicer is well-built with durable materials. Parts fit nicely together, except at the somewhat loose connection between the drum and body, which squeaks when juicing tough fibers. While it could be more stylish, the machine has a good finish, showing no signs of poor build quality. Its parts—the plunger, feed chute, juice and pulp cups—are all appropriately-sized, so it works well in a small kitchen and storing is a breeze.

In the Box

Parts of the Jocuu masticating juicer
  • 1 x Jocuu masticating juicer body
  • Parts: drum, feed chute, auger, juice mesh, plunger, drum cap
  • 1 x juice cup 
  • 1 x pulp cup
  • 1 x wrench for securing drum cap
  • 1 x cleaning brush

The Jocuu comes with the usual components seen on a masticator, plus a wrench for  the first one for two times securing and removing the drum cap. The packaged box is compact, but it has enough cushioning to keep all the parts intact  after a long journey from the US to our lab in Saigon. 

Interestingly, we couldn’t locate a user guide, either in the box or online.

7.4 Dimensions & Footprint

Dimensions of the Jocuu masticating juicer
Dimensions of the Jocuu masticating juicer
The juice cup
Depth
14.0" (35.6 cm)
Width
6.5" (16.5 cm)
Height
15.0" (38.1 cm)
Weight
6.8 lbs (3.1 kg)
Juice Cup Capacity
24 fl. oz
Pulp Cup Capacity
48 fl. oz

The Jocuu masticator is average-sized, equipped with a motor and containers suitable for serving a household of 2-4 people. It can comfortably stay out on a narrow countertop, or you can take it apart and store it (just about) in a standard drawer..

We liked that the plunger covers the length of the feed chute but not the diameter, leaving ample wiggle room for the plunger. This proved a great design when juicing leafy greens—as a tighter space between the plunger and the feed chute wall can lead to leaves becoming snugly wedged, resulting in more severe clogging.

8.1 Build Quality & Fit

Jocuu juicer’s drum part
Jocuu juicer’s drum part
hand holding the Jocuu juicer’s juice mesh

The design and look of the Jocuu matches its price, which is very basic. It’s made of durable materials, has a decent finish, and the parts fit together well—only making squeaky noises  with particularly tough ingredients (as mentioned). Just don’t expect it to be a decorative item on your countertop.

8.7 Auger

The auger part of the Jocuu masticating juicer

The Jocuu sports an average-sized auger with just the right space between its teeth to handle the toughest ingredients with minimal clogging. The auger and drum size also present an interesting advantage: You can run the pulp through it again to get more juice, which would be impossible on a larger model such as the Omega NC900. 

8.0 Usability

The Jocuu design is functional and basic, with a juicing experience tailored for budget-conscious users. It works well with small to medium cuts of produce, but the small feed chute can't handle large chucks  the way a larger masticator such as the Omega NC900 can. Juicing is straightforward, although assembling does involve a small learning curve. Cleaning takes no more than a few minutes, and the parts are dishwasher-friendly too.

8.3 Assembling

Parts of the Jocuu masticating juicer
Parts of the Jocuu masticating juicer
Removing the cap with a wrench

The Jocuu’s rather special design has a lock to secure its drum into the main body. This requires some intuition when aligning the two parts, which can pose a challenge in the beginning. Taking them apart is much easier, only requiring the press of a button. The assembling and disassembling process can each take less than 1 minute once you’ve got the hang of it.

7.8 Juicing

Juicing celery with the Jocuu masticator

While Jocuu’s rather modest feed chute cannot handle a whole or even half a carrot at once, as long as the ingredients fit in easily, they tend to pass through without difficulty. Jamming occurred mostly with tough fibers that the auger had problems cutting or breaking, causing the drum to "nod", but you can solve the problem by cutting the ingredients into smaller sticks or wedges.

3.0 Conveniences

The control knob with two speed settings and a reverse function
The control knob with two speed settings and a reverse function
The cable can be stored under the main body
Reverse Feature
Yes
Speed/pressure options
2

The Jocuu, being a budget machine, does not come with a lot of bells and whistles. It has two speed options, one for soft and one for hard ingredients, and a reverse function, all controlled by a turn of a knob. However, you need to wait a second or two in the neutral position when switching between normal juicing and reverse, or the motor won’t engage.

9.3 Cleaning

gloved hand holding brush
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Jocuu takes only a few minutes to clean by hand, with its most challenging parts being the top of the auger and the juice mesh, where fibers tend to stick. We recommend taking the unit apart and submerging these parts in mild soapy water immediately after juicing for an easier cleanup.

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