Tribest Slowstar Vertical Review
Pros: Good at juicing leafy greens
Cons: Expensive, poor performance at juicing hard produce
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Tribest Slowstar Vertical
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|Pros||Good at juicing leafy greens||Makes phenomenal juice drinks, fantastic at juicing leafy greens, super easy to clean||Excellent at juicing hard produce, easy to clean, great juice quality||Extremely easy to clean, great at juicing leafy greens||Inexpensive, decently easy to clean, good juice quality|
|Cons||Expensive, poor performance at juicing hard produce||So-so at juicing hard produce, expensive||Substandard at juicing leafy greens, lackluster soft produce performance||Subpar at juicing hard and soft produce||Average juice yield|
|Bottom Line||This exceptionally expensive juicer performed very poorly and we would caution against purchasing it||If you want the best masticating juicer on the market, this should be your go-to||This machine earns our praise for delivering an excellent performance at juicing hard produce||While this isn't the best product overall, it is the best option for juicing leafy greens on a budget||A solid juicer with a very reasonable price tag, this represents one of the best values in our review|
|Rating Categories||Tribest Slowstar Ve...||Omega J8006HDS Nutr...||Breville JE98XL Jui...||Aicok Slow Masticat...||Hamilton Beach 6760...|
|Juice Quality (25%)|
|Soft Produce (20%)|
|Hard Produce (20%)|
|Leafy Greens (20%)|
|Specs||Tribest Slowstar Ve...||Omega J8006HDS Nutr...||Breville JE98XL Jui...||Aicok Slow Masticat...||Hamilton Beach 6760...|
|Warranty||10 Year||15 Year||1 Year||2 Year||3 year|
|Dimensions||7.5" x 8.9" x 18"||6.5" x 14.5" x 15.5"||9" x 16" x 17"||17.1" x 13.1" x 8.9"||14.4"1 x 7.8" x 11.46"|
|Dishwasher Safe?||No||Yes||Yes, most parts||Yes||Yes|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Tribest Slowstar Vertical is a masticating juicer that performs well at juicing leafy greens — and not much else. While this may be a draw for folks that love their green juice, the price of this device is just too high to justify its weak performance in other areas.
In our first test to judge overall juice quality, we created a juice blend called "Can't Beet It." This drink consisted of the eponymous beets, as well as apples, carrots, celery, cucumbers, and ginger root. The Slowstar Vertical created a drink that was the worst overall. It had by far the most pulp and tasted off, with the ginger root completely overpowering the rest of the other fruits and veggies.
It did a little better with our second recipe; a blend made up of romaine lettuce, apples, and oranges. The finished drink was still extremely pulpy, but it tasted alright and had a good texture and consistency.
The Slowstar Vertical continued to improve in our third test, creating a slightly above average "Sunset Blend." This juice cocktail consisted of beets, apples, carrots, oranges, and sweet potatoes. The Slowstar still produced a surplus of pulp, but the final drink tasted fine. It had a slightly too strong beet taste and was a bit watery, but all in all, it was a decent beverage.
In our first evaluation for this metric, juicing apples, the Slowstar Vertical delivered a very subpar performance, generating a below-average amount of juice with moderate amounts of pulp. The juice also had a non-trivial amount of foam that did not separate out.
The Slowstar did much better at juicing oranges, yielding more juice than the average with only mild amounts of pulp. It also did well at juicing celery, producing a well above average amount of juice that did not separate and had no foam, with only mild amounts of pulp.
Unfortunately, the performance of the Slowstar plummeted in our final assessment for this metric: juicing cucumbers. It received one of the lowest scores of the entire group, yielding well below an average amount of cucumber juice. This juice also had mild amounts of foam, though it did only have minimal pulp.
We used beets, carrots, and sweet potatoes as our different test cases for this metric, again evaluating the juice yield and quality to determine scores. The Slowstar Vertical did particularly poorly in this metric.
For the first test, carrots, the Slowstar Vertical yielded about 16mL less juice than the average with only mild to moderate amounts of pulp. This model also performed extremely poorly with beets. It produced almost 40mL less than the average and created about a half-inch of foam in the process. Continuing to struggle with harder produce, this juicer also did very poorly at juicing sweet potatoes, again producing well below the average amount of juice.
The Slowstar Vertical actually did quite well in this metric, performing above-average at juicing kale, spinach, and wheatgrass. It produced about 15mL more spinach juice than the average, but about an inch of foam was created. However, it did a phenomenal job at juicing kale, tying for the top spot overall. The Slowstar produced about 20mL more kale juice than average with about a half-inch of foam.
The Slowstar couldn't carry its good performance into juicing wheatgrass, however. It essentially failed to create any juice whatsoever, hurting its score by a few points.
The Slowstar Vertical isn't particularly easy to clean. The various components of this juicer are not safe to clean in the dishwasher, though it does include a cleaning brush. The brush feels somewhat durable, much better than some other included brushes, but still substantially flimsier than others. The majority of the components of the Slowstar are easy enough to clean by hand, except for the strainer bowl. The squeegee can accumulate food remains and be a little difficult to clean, leaving fruit or vegetable pulp caked on if you aren't careful.
The Slowstar Vertical is an abysmal value option, scoring very poorly and having a very high price point.
All in all, we would recommend steering clear of this product. While it did juice kale well, you could get the top-scoring model of the entire review for significantly less than the Tribest Slowstar Vertical.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer