The Dash Compact Cold Press Power Juicer knocks more expensive appliances out of the park

I’ve tested juicers that cost upward of $500 — but the Dash Compact Cold Press Power Juicer is my new all-time favorite

Dash Compact Cold Press Power Juicer
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Real Homes Verdict

Don’t be fooled by its small size — the Dash Compact Cold Press Power Juicer is a surprisingly capable masticating juicer that will squeeze every last bit of liquid from your favorite produce. It works amazingly on both soft and hard ingredients—including carrots and even nuts—and it’s the perfect gadget for small homes, as it takes up less than half the space of other popular slow juicers.

Reasons to buy
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    Extremely compact

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    Easy to use

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    Powerful juicing abilities

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    Effective on hard ingredients

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    Dishwasher-safe components

Reasons to avoid
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    Narrow chute

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Dash Compact Cold Press Power Juicer: Quick Menu

You’re going to want to hear about the Dash Compact Cold Press Power Juicer if your guilty pleasure is $12 fresh-squeezed juices from the smoothie shop down the street. Slow juicers can often be bulky, expensive, and hard to clean, but this adorable little appliance is none of those things! It’s one of the smallest slow juicers we’ve ever tested, and despite its petite form, it’s a total powerhouse when it comes to processing all sorts of fruits and veggies. 

Slow juicers — also called cold press or masticating juicers— use a spiral-shaped auger to slowly crush up ingredients, then they press the pulp through a sieve to separate the juice. This process helps preserve all the good enzymes and nutrients (and flavor!) from your favorite produce, turning it into a delicious and nutritious drink that’s amazingly fresh. With the Dash juicer, you can squeeze all that goodness out of fruits and veggies, creating your favorite juice recipes at home for a fraction of the price. 

I used the Dash Compact Juicer for several weeks to see how it would hold up against the best juicers we’ve tested. I tried it out on fruits, vegetables, and even nuts, and at the end of the day, there was very little that I didn’t love about this mini juicer. 

Dash Compact Cold Press Power Juicer review

What I thought of the Dash Compact Cold Press Power Juicer

Dash Compact Juicer in Aqua on dark wooden table

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I’ve tested quite a few different juicers in my career — including ones that cost upward of $500 — and the Dash Compact Cold Press Power Juicer is my new all-time favorite. It’s powerful, easy to operate and clean, and a great all-around value, retailing for just $80. During testing, it had no problem processing both fruits and vegetables, including harder ingredients like carrots, and it was even able to make smooth, delicious almond milk from whole nuts!

The only reason you might not like the Dash juicer is if you’re someone who likes to make big batches of juice and/or toss whole ingredients into the machine. Because it’s on the smaller side, the juicer’s chute is fairly narrow, so you do have to cut up ingredients before feeding them in. However, I don’t think this will be a deal-breaker for most people, especially when you consider all the money you’ll be saving.  

Dash Compact Cold Press Power Juicer specifications

  • Type: Masticating
  • Dimensions (in): 14.2 x 3.9 x 4.9
  • Weight (lbs): 3.4 pounds
  • Power (watts): 130W
  • Capacity (fl oz): 16 fluid ounces
  • Colors: Black, Graphite, Aqua
  • Included: Pulp cup, juice cup, cleaning brush and recipe guide

Testing the Dash Compact Cold Press Power Juicer

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Camryn Rabideau

I’m Camryn Rabideau, a freelance writer and product tester for Real Homes, and I’ve been testing all sorts of kitchen appliances for more than seven years. I’ve personally reviewed close to a dozen different juicers, including options of all different shapes and sizes, and my favorite recipe for a mid-morning pick-me-up is a combination of apple, pineapple, and ginger. (It’s also perfect for a vitamin C boost during cold season!) 

Unboxing the Dash Compact Cold Press Power Juicer

Dash Compact Juicer packaging

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I’ve tested a lot of kitchen appliances that claim to be compact, but the Dash Compact Juicer is one of the few that actually lives up to its name.

Dash Compact Juicer sandwiched between two pieces of styrofoam

(Image credit: Future / Camryn Rabideau)

When I unboxed this gadget, I was genuinely surprised at how small it was! The base is less than five inches in diameter — if I had to compare its form to something, I'd say it’s slightly larger than a can of Pringles. 

Dash Compact Juicer parts in plastic and styrofoam packaging

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I’ve tested several juicers in the past, so I was able to put the pieces together without consulting the manual. The design is pretty intuitive, but it did take me a minute or two to figure out where the “hopper” piece went. It fits on top of the chute, but it’s probably not necessary to use — it seems like it’s just meant to catch stray ingredients as you feed them into the tube. 

Dash Compact Juicer with two plastic cups on wooden table

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In addition to the juicer itself, the package also contained two plastic cups — one for juice and one for pulp — and I was happy to find that they stacked together nicely, making for easier storage. It also included a cleaning brush, which is standard for juicers. In addition to stiff bristles on one end, it has a tapered point on the other side that makes it easier to get pulp out of the spout. 

Using the Dash Compact Cold Press Power Juicer

Making Apple-Pineapple Juice

A freshly prepared apple-pineapple juice in a glass jam jar with metal straw using the Dash Compact Power juicer small kitchen appliance

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The first recipe I make with any juicer is always apple-pineapple juice — not only is it a fairly easy task, but it’s also hands-down one of my favorite combinations. I usually add a little ginger to it to cut the sweetness, but I had to do without this time around because I didn’t have any on hand. 

While prepping the fruit for juicing, I had to cut the ingredients into smaller-than-average slices, as the juicer’s chute was narrower than most. The largest pieces I could fit were quartered apple slices, so it’s not too small. I also cut the pineapple into long, thin slices that made them easy to feed into the appliance. 

Once all that was done, I jumped straight in and started juicing! Because it’s a slow juicer — also called a masticating juicer — the inner auger spins fairly slowly, chewing up the ingredients to separate the juice from the pulp. The auger was able to easily break down the soft pieces of fruit, but it did take a little longer than expected for the liquid to come out, likely because the juicer’s strainer was quite small. 

Camryn Rabideau preparing apple-pineapple juice using the Dash Compact Power Juicer with cup to decant waste pulp

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Still, it was well worth the wait. The Dash juicer extracted virtually all the liquid from the apples and pineapples, and the pulp that came out was impressively dry.

Dash Compact Power Juicer making apple-pineapple juicer

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My only (minor) complaint is that it doesn’t strain off the foam that ends up on top of the juicer, but I was able to keep most of it out of my drink when I poured it from the plastic juice cup into a glass for serving. Overall, my first impression of this appliance is that it’s a little powerhouse, and I was excited to see what else it could do. 

Making Rise and Shine Juice

Sliced apples, lemons, celery and carrots on a white plastic cutting board

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Another one of my favorite recipes is Rise and Shine Juice from Giada De Laurentiis. It uses a mixture of fruit and vegetables, including carrots, celery, spinach, apple, lemon, and ginger, and while it may seem like a random mix, I promise it tastes refreshing and delicious. 

This time around, I didn’t have any spinach, so I just made the recipe without it. The Dash juicer had no problem chewing up the celery, apple, lemon, and ginger, but I was curious to see how it would fare with the carrot, which is the hardest ingredient yet. It turns out I had nothing to worry about — the little juicer quickly pulverized the carrot and squeezed a good amount of juice out of it! The finished drink was a pretty orange hue, and it tasted as good as I remembered. 

Camryn Rabideau making a Rise and Shine Juice consisting of apple, lemon, carrot and celery

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Making Almond Milk

A measuring jug of raw almonds on white countertop

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Dash claims that this little juicer is even powerful enough to make almond milk, so of course I wanted to test it out for myself. The process involves soaking raw almonds in water for several hours, then feeding the nuts into the juicer along with some water. This was definitely a task when the hopper came in handy, as it helped to catch the stray nuts as I poured them into the chute. 

Camryn Rabideau juicing a cup of soaked raw almonds

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Overall, I ended up processing around a cup of almonds, and it yielded half a cup of milk. It was a little gritty when I first tasted it, so I poured it through a strainer to filter out the little nut pieces. 

Camryn Rabideau making almond milk using the Dash juicer

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The finished product was actually really good! It was creamy and tasted just like the almond milk I usually buy at the store. I’ll probably just stick to buying the premade stuff out of convenience, but it’s good to know that the Dash juicer is up to the task if I ever run out! 

Almond milk made from scratch in a measuring jug

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How to clean the Dash Compact Cold Press Power Juicer

One of the reasons I don’t use juicers more frequently is that they’re generally quite irritating to clean. There are so many nooks and crannies where pulp can get lodged, and many juicers aren’t dishwasher safe, either. 

To my pleasant surprise, that wasn’t the case with the Dash juicer. All the pieces of this juicer come apart easily — you can separate the juice bowl, auger, and chute —which makes them easy to rinse out. Pulp would sometimes get lodged in the exit chute, but there’s a little silicone valve that you can remove to get stuck pieces out. 

Plus, all these components and the two plastic cups are dishwasher-safe, which is absolutely amazing in my book. I would generally just rinse them off to get the worst of the pulp out, then pop them in the dishwasher for a more thorough clean. Plus, because the pieces are so small, they don’t take up the entire top rack — a problem I’ve run into with cleaning juicers that are larger in size. 

How does the Dash Compact Juicer compare?

I’ve tested several other popular juicers, including models that cost three or four times more than the Dash Compact Cold Press Power Juicer, yet I think the Dash might just be my new all-time favorite! It does everything a slow juicer should, plus it’s affordable, compact, and easy to clean. What more could you ask for?

The Hurom H-AA is another fairly compact model you might want to consider, but it’s significantly more expensive, retailing for around $400. This high-end slow juicer makes quick work of any ingredients and yields an impressive amount of juice, but it’s substantially larger than the Dash and also has to be hand-washed. If you've got the dollar and want a super Instagrammable appliance (that doubles up as one of the best orange juicers), read our Hurom H-AA slow juicer review)

Should you buy the Dash Compact Cold Press Power Juicer

 If you’re in the market for a slow juicer, the Dash Compact Juicer is definitely worth considering. It’s small enough to fit in even the tiniest kitchens, but it has comparable power to juicers twice its size! Plus, it costs less than $100 and is surprisingly easy to clean thanks to its dishwasher-safe components. Whether you’re making fresh green juice or homemade nut milk, this cute little juicer is up to the task.

How we test juicers

Dash Compact Cold Press Power Juicer and plastic cup on wooden table

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Our testers call in products directly from the brand and/or their PR associates. With juicers, we will run a variety of tests using seasonal soft fruit, hard fruit (ie: apples) and vegetables (celery and/or apple). On occasion, our experts will observe what the yield is. That is, how much liquid is available after pressing the produce in question. Some reviewers will note how wet or dry the waste pulp is using a kitchen towel to see if more could have been rendered.

Camryn Rabideau
Contributing Reviews Editor

Camryn Rabideau is a writer and product reviewer specializing in home and kitchen products. In her five years as a product tester, she's tested hundreds of items first-hand, including many, many kitchen appliances for Real Homes, and also works on our sister brand, Homes & Gardens. Camryn does her product testing from her small homestead in beautiful Rhode Island. Her work appears in publications such as Forbes, USA Today, The Spruce, Food52, and more. When she’s not tinkering around with the latest home gadgets, she spends her time tending to her animals, working in her garden, or crafting.