Horizontal or Vertical Juicer? Which one is best for you?
Hey it’s Dan with EUJUICERS.COM, coming to
you as always from our offices here in the
heart of Europe.
In this video, I’m going to do a comparison
between horizontal slow juicers and vertical
If you’re looking to buy a juicer, a common
question we get is “Hey, which one’s better?”
And there is no real best answer, it depends
what you’re going to be doing.
What you’re going to juice.
What you want to use your machine for.
Now what I want to do is explain some of the
differences physically and then I’ll go over
some ffactors where one might be a little
better than the other.
And finally I will actually do juicing.
I’ll juice one of my favorite recipes and
I;ll see how it does with yield, pulp, the
taste, things like that.
And then just wrap it up with some concluding
So physically, let’s take a look at these.
Both of these machines operate on the same
You’ve got a motor turning an auger, pushing
produce down against a screen, and that produce
or pulp gets pushed against the screen and
juice comes out and pulp comes out the end.
Now the way they do it is quite a bit different
Horizontals have been around a little longer.
They’re a little simpler design.
There’s not much to it.
You can see produce goes down here.
There’s an auger that pushes the produce,
and it pushes it against this tiny little
I want to show you ths screen here real quick.
It’s very small, and an advantage of that
is that’s a lot easier to clean.
Horizontals are going to be easier to clean
That’s a point I’ll cover at the end as well.
On the other hand, there’s not as much surface
area so potentially juicing could take a little
Here’s a vertical screen.
This is a coarse screen.
Nomally we would juice with a fine screen.
But you can see the surface area is a lot
There’s a lot more area for the produce to
be pushed by that auger and juiced out.
Another difference i how the pulp is handled.
In a horizontal, the pulp just goes straight
There’s no channelling of it.
The juice comes down the bottom, out here.
The pulp just shoots out here.
In a vertical, it’s a little more complicated.
You’ve got the juice coming out here, but
there’s little channels or little grooves
under the juicing chamber and the pulp will
come out here.
And one disadvantage of that is it’s a little
more complex to clean.
So that’s something to keep in mind.
Now physically the other thing to keep in
mind is the size of them.
You can see the footprint of a horizontal
is a lot bigger than a vertical.
Vertical will fit on your counter much more
easily unless you have low cabinets.
You want to keep that in mind too because
they do tend to be a lot taller.
So let’s talk about some factors that might
be important to you as you’re looking into
buying a juicer.
One would be preparation of ingredients.
How small do you have to cut things.
One thing to keep in mind is verticals come
in two types.
Kind of a standard motuh vertical and a wide
I’m going to put a link below where I compare
all the different types of feeding tubes on
verticals and that’s if you really want to
go into depth to help you make your decision.
This one here, this is the Sana 828. it’s
our newest vertical juicer that we offer here
Sana just came out with this a couple of monnths
And it kind of has a hybrid feeding tube here.
It has a standard hole here, and then a much
bigger hole here.
We’ve got a detailed review of the 828.
I’ll link that below as well.
This is the Sana 707, and most horizontals
have the same type of feeding tube.
But in terms of prep, cutting your ingredients.
Generally speaking, with a standard feeding
tube vertical, you might want to cut things
a little smaller surprisingly enough.
Because they will tend to jam a bit more on
hard root vegetables.
Whereas with a horizontal, you’re handling
all the pushing.
I’d be pushing a big fat carrot through myself.
You basically can’t jam a carrot in a horizontal.
I never have and I’ve been using one for 5
In a vertical, it’s going to jam almost all
So prep time for hard root vegetables, things
like that, you do want to cut things a little
Otherwise they’re pretty equal.
Another factor to keep in mind is how long
does it take?
Well, in this recipe I’ll time it out.
I’m talking total time.
That’s juicing time.
And then that’s cleaning time.
You want to keep all those factors in mind.
Because that’s what’s going to help you if,
you know, if you’re going to buy a juicer
and it’s going to sit on the counter and get
used everyday or if it’s going to sit out
in the garage or in a cabinet and not.
Something that’s fast, especially easy to
use, that tends to be used more.
Speaking of ease of use, let’s talk about
Which of these are easier to use?
Well one thing to keep in mind, verticals
It has a pusher, but you’ll almost never need
it except for maybe leafy greens.
Things that might expand into the feeding
tube a bit.
Horizontals you do have to push.
There’s a lot of work with it.
They’ll kind of self feed.
I was just juicing a kilo of carrots last
night at my house, and I put some little tiny
carrots in and they kind of slowly juiced
on their own.
But really you need to push a lot on your
Whereas with a vertical, you just put them
It cuts them.
It feeds them themselves.
Now on the other hand, a point for the horizontals,
they’re easier to put together.
There’s less parts involved.
You can assemble a horizontal in just a few
Vertical you got to line things up a bit.
You’ve got to line up the auger and the cleaning
fins, the blades that clean it and screen.
So it’s a little more time to assemble.
And then, what I mentioned before, that little
screen in the horizontal means it’s easier
So that could be a big bonus for some people.
A lot of times here at lunchtime I’ll make
some juice, and I’ve got a choice of 30 juicers
And it usually comes down to one of these
or something similar to this.
And most of the time I’ll either grab a wide
mouth vertical, but then again that’s going
to take a lot longer too clean.
Most of the time I grab one of these because
I’m familiar with the Sana 707.
Because I know it’s going to be super fast
to clean up.
So that’s something to keep in mind.
Another factor you might want to consider
How much juice will you get from your produce,
or how easy are these machines to work with
different types of produce.
Now generally speaking, let’s divide produce
into three categories: soft fruit, hard fruit
and root vegetables, and then greens.
Soft fruit, this guy’s going to do the best.
Verticals tend to do really well on soft fruit,
especially if you use something like this,
a coarse screen.
This model also comes with a coarse screen.
It will do OK on soft fruit but we find verticals
do the best.
Now moving over to hard produce like root
vegetables, things like that, now that’s where
the horizontal’s going to have an advantage.
The vertical might get you slightly better
yield, but the horizontal won’t jam like I
It’s a lot easier.
You can put the fattest carrot you can in
It will juice it no problem without jamming.
Same with beets, things like that.
But then again, you might get slightly better
You might get slightly clearer juice from
So those are pretty close.
Finally, with leafy greens, horizontals almost
always tend to do better.
Verticals do fine with leafy greens, as long
as you alternate some other harder ingredients.
If you just put a bunch of spinach in a vertical,
or some softer leafy greens, kale and things,
it will juice it, but the results won’t be
as good as the horizontal.
But if you use some carrots, mix things up
like that, it will be fine.
So overall, in terms of ingredients, soft
fruit, things like berries, better over here.
Hard root vegetables, slightly better over
Greens definitely better over here.
And one other factor before I start juicing
that could be a big factor is versatility.
Now horizontals are designed to be really
versatile, it’s just their design.
You can attach different things here, and
allmost always they come with a homogenizing
screen which is really rare on a vertical.
Basically what it means is, verticals are
specialist juicing machines.
Horizontals are juicers, plus they can do
I’m talking about things like grinding coffee,
making nut butters, making baby food by putting
cooked vegetables and maybe meat into one
of these, it will mince it together.
My wife uses our 707 almost every day for
She collects them in the forest, dehydrates
them, and then found that she can get a much
better result here than by doing it by hand
with a mortar and pestle.
You can even add an attachment, for example
like this guy here.
This is the Sana oil extractor, this works
with several models of horizontal juicers,
and this will let you make oil as well as
But oil from all sorts of nuts and seeds.
So, it’s just a lot more versatile.
So that kind of really encapsulates the difference.
What I want to do now is do a juicing recipe,
see how they do, and then we’ll just wrap
it up with some concluding thoughts.
So what I have here is just a standard juicing
I’ve weighed out a kilogram of carrots, cut
them, prepared them the same, 250 grams of
baby spinach, and then one granny smith apple
They weigh approximately the same.
And what I’m looking for here is ease of use.
How does the juicing experience go?
And also looking at the yield.
How much juice do I get?
And then I’ll taste them both at the end.
I probably will taste a bit more pulp in this
And this one might be a bit sweeter and clearer.
And I also expect with this size of carrot
probably to get a few jams in the vertical.
That’s just normal for vertical.
Nothing at all here.
So I guess I will start with the vertical.
So I just hit stop.
That took 7 minutes, 15 seconds.
Tilt it a little to get all the juice out.
And I guess I wasn’t telling the truth because
it didn’t jam at all on carrots.
Normally when I use a vertical it will jam
That can also depend on the quality of the
If they’re fresher they’re less likely to
I also kept these guys soaked in water for
about an hour before we filmed just to keep
them from wilting.
So otherwise let’s see.
What’s the yield on here?
About just a little over 700 milliliters.
Again that’s from a kilo of carrots, one apple,
and 250 grams of spinach.
The process was easy.
I did have to use the pusher for the spinach.
If you noticed you saw I pushed the spinach
in here, which is kind of handy, with my hand
and then pushed it down with the pusher.
And there were a couple of times like with
the apples where one sort of sat on the top
and kind of rode the wave of the auger and
I had to help it out a bit.
But otherwise, real easy to use a vertical.
just drop the things in and this big tray
does help with things like leafy greens.
So I’ll reset my clock here.
It was 7 minutes 15, and try the same thing
now on the horizontal.
Alright, so 5:52.
So quite a bit faster.
This was 7:15, this is 5:52 and a lot of that
was probably because the carrots with a horizontal,
you can force the carrots through.
With a vertical, you let it slowly eat them
on their own.
Now this will do a little self-feeding.
With smaller carrots, it was actually cutting
little chunks off.
But definitely with the greens and with the
apples you need to push them through.
And I did manage to get one or two small spinach
That’s always a challenge when you got a smaller
feeding hole like this.
You’ve just got to cram them together and
shove them in.
But let me look at the yield here.
It’s a little hard to tell because there’s
layers of spinach and a bit of foam.
But this one looks like it’s about, I would
I’ll look a little closer before I drink it.
So what I want to do now is try these.
See if I can tell a consistency difference.
A little spinach got in there.
Again one last look now that it’s settled.
I’d say just a hair over 700 milliliters there
and more like 650 here.
We’ll see how they look in a glass.
There goes that spinach leaf.
Color is about the same.
See how they taste.
It’s a nice basic recipe, tastes fine.
Definitely lighter, if that makes sense.
There’s a heavier taste to this, or texture.
A little bit more pulp in there I would say.
Definitely clearer juice on this side.
So overall let’s just wrap things up here.
Which one’s best for you?
Well, if you want just a strict juicing machine,
you probably want a vertical.
Something that will not do other things.
You can get some verticals, like this one
The Sana comes with a sorbet screen.
Some big mouth verticals, you can get an optional
But still they’re not as versatile as here.
But this is just a pure juicer, easier to
use, takes a little longer to clean, fits
better on the counter.
Horizontal, you want this if you want something
Something that can do a lot more than just
Something that’s easier to clean.
If counter space isn’t an issue.
Price wise too, horizontals tend to cost a
little less than verticals.
So that’s something to keep in mind.
They’re a little simpler machines.
So they each have their pros and cons.
Juice quality was really similar.
Yield was slightly better out of the vertical.
And again, keep in mind, a clearer juice out
of the vertical.
A more full-bodied taste out of the horizontal.
So, I hope you found that useful.
Please leave any comments or questions below
We’ll have links to the videos I mentioned
previously so you can see a little more in-depth
about the differences between these two.
I hope you enjoyed the video.
I’m Dan with EUJUICERS.com, and I’ll see you