Reviews You Can Rely On

Tribest Slowstar Vertical Review

This exceptionally expensive juicer performed very poorly and we would caution against purchasing it
Tribest Slowstar Vertical
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Price:   $400 List | $399.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Good at juicing leafy greens
Cons:  Expensive, poor performance at juicing hard produce
Manufacturer:   Tribest
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Oct 14, 2021
Our Editors independently research, test, and rate the best products. We only make money if you purchase a product through our links, and we never accept free products from manufacturers. Learn more
48
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#12 of 12
  • Juice Quality - 25% 5
  • Soft Produce - 20% 5
  • Hard Produce - 20% 2
  • Leafy Greens - 20% 7
  • Cleaning - 15% 5

Our Verdict

The Tribest Slowstar Vertical earns one of the lowest scores of the entire review while simultaneously carrying one of the highest price tags. This model only shows an above-average performance when it comes to juicing leafy greens. But even there, it is outperformed by other products that cost significantly less. As a result, this is not a product that we would recommend by any means.

Compare to Similar Products

 
Awards  Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award Best Buy Award 
Price $400 List
$399.95 at Amazon
$350 List
$329.95 at Amazon
$160 List
$149.95 at Amazon
$160 List$65 List
$64.99 at Amazon
Overall Score Sort Icon
48
74
66
59
54
Star Rating
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Pros Good at juicing leafy greensMakes phenomenal juice drinks, fantastic at juicing leafy greens, super easy to cleanExcellent at juicing hard produce, easy to clean, great juice qualityExtremely easy to clean, great at juicing leafy greensInexpensive, decently easy to clean, good juice quality
Cons Expensive, poor performance at juicing hard produceSo-so at juicing hard produce, expensiveSubstandard at juicing leafy greens, lackluster soft produce performanceSubpar at juicing hard and soft produceAverage juice yield
Bottom Line This exceptionally expensive juicer performed very poorly and we would caution against purchasing itIf you want the best masticating juicer on the market, this should be your go-toThis machine earns our praise for delivering an excellent performance at juicing hard produceWhile this isn't the best product overall, it is the best option for juicing leafy greens on a budgetA 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%)
5.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Soft Produce (20%)
5.0
7.0
5.0
4.0
5.0
Hard Produce (20%)
2.0
4.0
9.0
4.0
5.0
Leafy Greens (20%)
7.0
9.0
4.0
7.0
5.0
Cleaning (15%)
5.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
Specs Tribest Slowstar Ve... Omega J8006HDS Nutr... Breville JE98XL Jui... Aicok Slow Masticat... Hamilton Beach 6760...
Model # SW-2000-B J8006HDS JE98XL AMR521 67601A
Type Masticating Masticating Centrifugal Masticating Centrifugal
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"
Reverse? Yes Yes No Yes No
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.

Performance Comparison


A vertical masticating juicer, the Tribest Slowstar.
A vertical masticating juicer, the Tribest Slowstar.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Juice Quality


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.

The Slowstar produced an average quality juice.
The Slowstar produced an average quality juice.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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 had better yields of leafy greens over soft and hard...
The Slowstar had better yields of leafy greens over soft and hard produce. The "Romaine - Apple - Orange" juice we made had a potent leafy green taste.
Credit: Austin Palmer

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.

The Tribest had an even flavor in our "Sunset Blend" test.
The Tribest had an even flavor in our "Sunset Blend" test.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Soft Produce


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.

Apples proved troublesome for a handful of juicers.
Apples proved troublesome for a handful of juicers.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

The Tribest did poorly for apple juice yields.
The Tribest did poorly for apple juice yields.
Credit: Austin Palmer

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.

The Tribest had poor performance for cucumber juice, but made up for...
The Tribest had poor performance for cucumber juice, but made up for it tying for first in celery juice yields.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Hard Produce


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.

Carrots were not a strong suit of the Tribest.
Carrots were not a strong suit of the Tribest.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Leafy Greens


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 performance of the Tribest jumped considerably when it came to...
The performance of the Tribest jumped considerably when it came to juicing leafy greens, but it wasn't enough to earn it an award.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

Cleaning


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.

Out of the masticating juicers, the Tribest was the most difficult...
Out of the masticating juicers, the Tribest was the most difficult to clean.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


The Slowstar Vertical is an abysmal value option, scoring very poorly and having a very high price point.

Conclusion


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