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Most people would agree that fresh juice makes everything taste better, from lemon meringue pie and French lime sorbet to blood orange panna cotta and grapefruit shandy. While you can squeeze these fruits by hand, a dedicated citrus juicer will help get the job done pulp- and seed-free. The type of tool you need, however, depends on the volume of juice you want to make, how much storage space you have, price, and more. Do you prefer a handheld or countertop device? Manual or electric? We researched top brands to help choose the best citrus juicer for you.
Great for larger quantities
Very efficient juice extraction
Professional grade and built to last
Heavy and requires a bit of counter space
Pricier than most manual citrus juicers
This commercial-grade juicer uses gravity and leverage to help extract as much juice as possible with a simple pull of the handle. With its cast-iron base and sturdy design, the classic juice press is a true workhorse. Often used by bartenders who make their own mixers, it's perfect for pressing large quantities of any size citrus fruit. It also comes in a multitude of colors (even rose gold; see on Amazon) to complement your kitchen decor. If you have the counter space, this press is perfect for making fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice.
Takes up very little space
Easy to use
Not great for large quantities
Bowl doesn't fit larger citrus fruits
If your kitchen is on the small side, the handheld Chef’n FreshForce Citrus Juicer is an ideal pick for making lemons into lemonade. It actually comes in three sizes—orange, lemon, and lime (but sadly, there isn’t one to accommodate larger citrus, like grapefruit). Since this juicer is portable and lightweight, you can put it directly over whatever you’re making, whether it be a pan-seared sole meunière or a zesty summer cocktail.
“A slick, modern version of the classic ‘Mexican elbow,’ it squeezes out every milliliter of juice with almost no effort,” says Omid Tavallai, chef and co-founder of Emperor Norton in Paris. “It has only one moving part, and—perhaps most importantly—takes up very little space.” This model is also dishwasher-safe, making for easy cleanup. It’s an easy-to-use piece of kitchenware. The only caveat is that if you’re planning on juicing a lot of fruit, your hands may get tired after a while.
Auto-reversing cone provides maximum extraction
Pulp control feature
If you want the ease of an electric juicer but don’t want to spend a lot of money, this model from Black & Decker might be just what you’re searching for.
“The Black & Decker juicer fits my budget, and the brand has a reputation for good products,” said Cristina Topham, chef and owner of Spread Catering in Sonoma. “It’s withstood the test of time in a commercial kitchen, which is more than I ever expected!”
This 30-watt juicer allows you to juice up to 34 ounces in one go and boasts an auto-reversing cone that will help you extract as much juice as possible from your citrus. There's even a pulp control feature so you can adjust the amount of pulp in your juice. Cleanup is easy—all removable parts are dishwasher-safe, and the unit comes with a plastic cover and integrated cord wrap for hassle-free storage.
Durable die-cast construction
Can juice a variety of citrus fruits
No pitcher included
Can over-ream fruit
This top-of-the-line citrus press by Breville has built-in sensors to start the juicing process once the press arm and fruit are in contact. Made out of die-cast aluminum and zinc and housed in brushed stainless steel, this sturdy 100-watt machine can juice most citrus, from small limes to large grapefruits and everything in between.
The press arm allows you to juice with minimal effort, meaning you can glean larger quantities without fatiguing your arms or hands. And this machine is quieter than other electric models, despite its more powerful motor. Fast, efficient, and easy to use, this is an excellent choice for those who juice often.
Two sizes for small or large citrus
Has a built-in measuring cup
Easy to take apart and clean
Measurements might be difficult to read
The OXO Good Grips 2-in-1 Citrus Juicer is perfect for those who need more than just a squeeze here and there. This tabletop reamer has its own measuring cup to catch every drop of juice (up to 1.5 cups), great for measuring the amount needed for your recipe or making individual servings of orange juice.
The BPA-free vessel is marked in both metric and imperial measurements and features a drip-free pour spout. The two included reamers allow you to juice any size of citrus fruit, and the entire unit comes apart for easy cleaning—you can even run it through the dishwasher.
Attractive retro design
Stainless steel universal reamer and strainer
Quiet 80-watt motor
This 1950s retro-style juicer by Smeg is easily one of the most attractive citrus juicers out there—it’s beautiful enough to sit on your countertop all the time and is available in a variety of colors to match your decor.
Besides being easy on the eyes, this Italian-designed appliance has a built-in sensor that activates when you apply pressure onto the universal reamer, making quick work of juicing any size of citrus fruit. The stainless steel strainer removes all seeds and also catches most of the pulp, keeping just enough to add some texture to the juice.
To prevent spills, the anti-drip spout flips down to release the juice into your receptacle and flips back up again to stop the flow. The Tritan dome lid doubles as a bowl for citrus rinds and as a dust cover for the machine when it’s not in use. Cleaning is easy, thanks to the removable components that can go right into the dishwasher (or be hand-washed quickly). It is a gorgeous and very functional addition to any kitchen.
Easy to store and pack for travel
Requires hands to get messy
Not ideal for large quantities
It doesn’t get simpler than the OXO Good Grips Citrus Reamer. This inexpensive tool is made of solid beechwood that doesn’t react with acidic fruits, even after consistent use. And unlike tabletop juicers, you can easily manipulate the angle of the reamer and be sure to get every last bit of juice out of your citrus fruit.
Once you’re done juicing, cleanup is a breeze because of its single-piece construction—there are no hard-to-reach crevices to scrub or dig into (though you shouldn't put it in the dishwasher). Because of its compact and portable design, this handheld reamer is a must-have for professional chefs on the go.
“These are handy in a pinch—I keep one in my knife kit,” says Topham. If you don’t do a lot of juicing but would like to have something in your kitchen in the event you need to whip up a cocktail or dress a salad, this is a superb choice.
Creates a lot of pulp
The bright yellow exterior of the Proctor-Silex Alex’s Lemonade Stand Citrus Juicer makes it look like a children’s toy, but it is a pretty well-performing piece of kitchen equipment. Designed very similarly to the Black & Decker CJ625 Juicer, this one boasts a quieter motor than its competitor but offers the same 34-ounce capacity pitcher and pulp-control feature.
The biggest draw to this juicer is the foundation it supports—with every unit sold, $1 is donated to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer research. What makes this great for kids? It comes with a full-color recipe book with tips for running your own lemonade stand, so it's a great appliance for some fun family time.