The best juicers are a fantastic way to add some extra nutrition to your diet. Freshly squeezed juice is pretty expensive stuff, and its short self life means buying in bulk is basically impossible. If you love having a big ol' glass of freshly squeezed juice as part of your healthier lifestyle, it might be time to pick up yourself a juicer.
It's important to have a variety of fruit and vegetables in your diet, that's no big secret. When drunk in moderation freshly-squeezed juice is a great way to add some produce into your day. There are plenty of juicing machines out there right now, but we've rounded up all the best juicers you can buy today.
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What are the best juicers
According to our careful research of the category, the best juicer you can buy is the Breville BJE200XL Juice Fountain Compact. While this elegantly designed model gives a high yield of juice from fruits and veggies, it won’t set you back a pretty penny. With a price tag of about $100, it’s a terrific deal. If you are on a strict budget or perhaps just want to test the juicing waters, our pick for the best value juicer is the Mueller Austria Ultra Juicer Ultra 1100W. It has a 3-inch wide chute so you can feed it whole apples and pears.
Step up a bit in price and you can have the Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer Extractor. Although it will take a while to deliver your morning (non-alcoholic) cocktail, it won’t wake up the rest of the family in the process. If you are a diehard juice fan who is already sure that you’re willing to buy produce by the bushel and take the time to process it, we suggest you invest in the Omega J8006HDS Nutrition Center. This Cadillac of juicers can even easily handle wheatgrass, which is a major challenge for many models on the market.
To be sure you’re getting the most nutritional value from all that kale, parsley, and celery you’ve packed into your fridge, you might want to consider purchasing the Tribest GSE-5050 Greenstar Elite Cold Press Complete Masticating Juicer. Its manufacturer claims it produces juice that can be stored longer in your fridge without deteriorating, which means you can establish an every-other-day juicing schedule.
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The BJE200XL has a smaller countertop footprint than similarly priced competitors, but its 700-watt motor still operates at 14,000 rpm for maximum juice extraction. The rock-solid design includes a stainless steel micromesh filter basket and a titanium cutting disc, allowing for quick and efficient food prep. What's more, Breville claims it extracts up to 30% more juice and 40% more vitamins than competing brands of juicers.
Just as importantly, you’ll find the Breville exceptionally easy to use. As it works, it sits steady on the countertop and the large feed tube is convenient to fill. Every removable part can be popped in the dishwasher and after cleaning, it’s easy to reassemble. Compared to many other juicers, the Juice Fountain is quiet as it juices. For less than $100, it's one of the best juicers you can buy.
In addition to the price, there's a lot to like about this entry-level centrifugal juicer, from the attractive stainless steel design to the extra-wide, 3-inch feed chute which eliminates the need to spend time in the morning cutting apples into small pieces to get them to fit. You can toggle between 12,000 rpm and 15,000 rpm on low speed, and up to 18,000 rpm on high speed which is perfect for harder veggies like carrots, beets, celery and squash that need extra oomph to process.
As the Mueller is designed to prevent drips on your countertop, there’s less to clean up before you head to your desk or the gym. A safety sensor prevents the machine from turning on unexpectedly and waking everyone up before their juice is ready.
The Aicok’s unique seven-segment spiral system sets apart this masticating juicer. Although it means it only has one speed, it grinds away at a slow and steady pace of justt 80 rpm, getting a maximum yield out of your pricey produce while reducing oxidation so your juice maintains freshness longer. What it doesn’t have the power to handle are frozen fruits so if smoothies are your family’s breakfast of choice, it’s not the model for you.
At under 60 decibels when it’s doing its thing, the Aicock is quiet, too. To help you master removing all the parts and reassembling them, the manufacturer provides a helpful video. All of the removable components are easy to clean but can’t be put in the dishwasher. To prevent clogs it has a reverse function and to keep your juice virtually pulp free, a separation function.
When it comes to masticating juicers, the Omega J8006HDS is considered the best you can buy. As it’s expensive, it’s recommended to people who already know they’re committed to juicing on a regular basis. Churning away at 80 rpms, it’s one of the slowest slow juicers on the market. It's pace minimizes heat buildup, which discourages oxidation and results in juice with a longer shelf life so you can come home and find a pick-me-up waiting in the fridge. This machine easily juices kale and wheatgrass which are a major challenge for most centrifugal juicers.
It does take a bit of a learning curve to figure out how to disassemble and then put together all the pieces. Many of them can go in the dishwasher but they are easy to clean by hand.
Make no mistake, this is the Rolls-Royce of home juicers. But what are you getting for your money? As you would expect you get an extremely well-made and durable machine with steel twin gears that are specially designed to replicate human mastication (i.e., chewing) and grind your greenery to a literal pulp. And indeed, it will give you excellent extraction of juice from just about everything you throw in it from an apple to wheatgrass.
However, in addition to being pricey, this machine is heavy and bulky and not easy to move around. Pushing produce into the juicer can take a lot of force. Taking it apart, cleaning it, and putting it back together are not easy chores. All this means this isn’t the right choice if you’re a first time or casual juicer.
How to find the best juicer for you
Not every juicer is created equal. Before you check out our favorites, here are some things to bear in mind.
Centrifugal, masticating, or twin gear?
Most juicers fall into one of these three categories:
- Centrifugal juicers use a cutting disc with sharp blades to shred produce at high speeds, introducing higher levels of oxidation (10,000+ revolutions per minute). Not preferred for leafy greens. Loud. Less expensive.
- Masticating juicers (i.e., cold press) use an auger to slowly force fruit through a strainer (40 to 80 rpm). This process is much slower, but better for preserving flavor and nutrition. Produces roughly 30% higher yield than centrifugal juicers. Quieter. Expensive.
- Horizontal twin gear juicers (also considered cold press) use dual gears to push food through a strainer (60 to 120 rpm). High yield. Preserves flavor. Expensive.
How many speeds?
The more speed settings a juicer has, the more user control it offers. Lower speeds are meant for soft greens and fruits (like spinach, oranges, plums, grapes, tomatoes); higher speeds are for hard fruits and veggies (like apples, carrots, celery).
What's the feed chute diameter?
The larger the feed chute, the less prep time you'll spend chopping groceries into smaller pieces. A chute diameter of 2 to 3 inches is common for cheaper models — but wider is always better.
What about noise pollution?
Not unlike your common blender, these machines can create quite the racket (particularly at higher speeds). But not all of them. Masticating juicers are quieter, grinding away at 60 decibels or less, which is roughly the volume of normal conversation.
How's the warranty?
Just like any other household appliance, it can be worthwhile to back up your juicer with a solid warranty. Not sure what parts are covered? A quick phone call to the manufacturer should clear everything up.
Save or splurge?
If juicing is a permanent fixture of your fitness routine, investing in a premium model might cost upward of $500. Wider feed chutes, multiple speed options and better-quality parts are all hallmarks of the more expensive machines. But if your juicing needs are casual, you can still try it out for less than $100.
When to replace your juicer
Warranties on juicers vary quite a lot, ranging from one to 15 years. As you would expect, the more expensive models tend to come with the longest ones. Most manufacturers offer extended warranties, but we don't recommend them, since the cost of repairs within the juicer‘s lifetime is likely to be less than the cost of the warranty itself.
To avoid problems with your juicer, don’t overfill the feed tube or attempt to speed up the juicing process. Use the pusher that comes with your model, rather than a sharp object. Plus, as with all small appliances, keep it clean to avoid small clogs that can interfere with operation. If your juicer does stop working, you will need to get a professional diagnosis. Our advice is to consider buying a replacement if the repair quote is more than half the cost of a new one.
When you shop for a new juicer, you’ll find models with new features that make them easier to use and clean. Look for wider feed tubes that can accommodate quartered or even whole fruits, so you don’t have to cut apples into small pieces before juicing them. Juicers are notoriously difficult to clean, but many now have dishwasher-safe parts that make that cleanup effortless. You’ll also notice that the latest models are pretty spiffy-looking so you won’t want to keep it hidden. Many of them are compact as well, so they won’t eat up a huge chunk of countertop space.
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