Inside most any fruit (or vegetable) is a delicious, nutrient-rich juice for you to enjoy.
The problem is getting it out.
Juicers extract the liquid from produce, separating it from tough skin, seeds, and fibrous pulp to create smooth, tasty, easy-to-drink beverages. There are tons of different juicing methods and styles out there, and we tested some of the top-rated machines out there. After rating juicers on efficiency of extraction, design, taste, versatility, noise level, setup, and, of course, ease of cleaning, we've come up with our list of favorites. Here are our top picks for the best juicers.
Omega J8006HDC Ultimate Juicer and Nutrition System
Easy to clean
Does well with leafy greens
Small feed chute
The Omega Nutrition Center may have a larger countertop footprint than vertical juicers, but its unique design gives it an edge over the competition. This machine extracts the juice twice—once during the crushing process and then again from the pulp. It can easily tackle tougher fruits and vegetables to produces a delicious cup of pulp-free juice you'll want to drink right one the spot. As a masticating juicer, this machine operates at a slow 80 RPM, avoiding the flavor-destroying heat that rapidly spinning blades can generate. Its small feed chute means you have to cut ingredients into little pieces before juicing, but the performance makes that worth the extra effort.
The Omega also does so much more than juice. Thanks to a range of attachments, it can also be used to make nut butter, grind coffee or spices, mince herbs, and extrude pasta. It even has a homogenizer attachment to make frozen desserts and baby food. While this isn’t the quietest juicer on the market, it is a true multitasking appliance and a cinch to clean.
Price at time of publish: $370
Style: Masticating | Dimensions: 14.5 x 6.5 x 15.5 inches | Weight: 13 pounds | Power: 200 watts
"I knew the Omega was extracting the maximum amount of liquid it could when I felt how dry the pulp was."
Breville Juice Fountain Compact
Wide feed chute
Difficult to clean
Struggles with leafy greens
Small and affordable, this centrifugal juicer from Breville is a great value pick. It has a 3-inch feed tube that can handle a whole apple, so you'll hardly need to up your fruits and vegetables before juicing. It's also very powerful for its size, able to handle most things without even needing the tamper to push them into the blade. It did a great job with fruits and harder veggies, but it had trouble with leafy greens. The instructions suggest bundling leaves between pieces of firmer produce, but that didn't really help when we tried to juice spinach—the leaves were sucked through the blade quickly, extracting very little juice.
The machine is compact on the countertop and looks sleek, with mostly dishwasher-safe parts. However, the mesh filter screen can't go in the dishwasher, and it's tough to scrub out all the little bits that get stuck in there. We needed several rounds of scrubbing and brushing to get it completely clean. (The brand also recommends soaking in lemon juice and water periodically to help remove built-up residue.)
Price at time of publish: $100
Style: Centrifugal | Dimensions: 7.4 x 10.4 x 12.7 inches | Weight: 9.7 pounds | Power: 700 watts
"I barely had to give the food pusher much use to move food through the blade; whole celery stalks and carrots were pulled down and processed in seconds."
Magic Bullet Mini Juicer
Easy to set up, use, and clean
The compact Magic Bullet Blender is a great value for making smoothies, and its miniature counterpart similarly impresses. It's a no-frills machine, but its 400-watt motor and 2-inch feed tube can make short work of most anything. In testing, we got better-than-expected performance, even with vegetable juices: It was able to handle beets, carrots, ginger, and orange; kale, lemon, cucumber, and apple; and even straight celery for celery juice. It did leave somewhat wet pulp, which means there was some unextracted juice left behind, but the generous 52-ounce pulp bin held everything easily. (If you want to get hardcore, you could even squeeze the pulp in a strainer bag to extend the yield.)
The juice from the Magic Bullet Mini Juicer goes straight into an included 16-ounce cup with a twist-on travel lid, which makes it easy to take on the go. The machine itself is very simple to assemble, use, and take apart for cleaning: All the removable parts can go in the dishwasher. We were also able to wash everything by hand in under five minutes, including scrubbing out the filter screen. It doesn't include any extra parts for things like ice cream or baby food, but at this price, the juicer-only machine is still a great value.
Price at time of publish: $60
Style: Centrifugal | Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 11.5 inches | Weight: 3.5 pounds | Power: 400 watts
Breville Juice Fountain Cold
Fast and powerful
Extra-wide feed chute
Struggles with leafy greens
The full-size version of Breville's Juice Fountain Compact above, this updated and well-built juicer features quieter operation and an extra-wide whole-fruit feed chute. (It doesn't actually chill any juice; the cold in the name refers to its patented "Cold Spin Technology," which ensures that the juice is heated by less than 2 degrees during processing.)
The machine offers two different speeds—6,500 RPM for softer fruits and 13,000 RPM for hard items like carrots or whole apples. The high-speed mode was more than able to handle cauliflower, bell pepper, cucumber, and even pineapple with the skin still on. The juice jug holds 70 ounces and includes its own lid, so you can seal and keep your juice fresh in the fridge for up to three days. The pulp container also hold nearly a gallon; you could potentially make juice for two or three mornings in a row between cleanings.
Despite the big power, the Breville Cold had similar trouble with spinach and other leafy veggies as the Compact, so it might not be an ideal choice for fans of green juice.
Price at time of publish: $200
Style: Centrifugal | Dimensions: 13.6 x 8 x 16.7 inches | Weight: 11 pounds | Power: 850 watts
"If you drink a lot of juice but don't want to pay a lot of money, you really can’t beat the capacity of this model for the price."
Best Masticating Juicer
Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer
Complicated to set up and clean
In contrast to the rapidly spinning blades and screens in a centrifugal juicer, a masticating juicer crushes ingredients more slowly, yielding as much liquid as possible while retaining as much nutritional content as possible. The nearly silent Hurom H-AA operates at just 43 RPM and can juice just about anything with amazing effectiveness, whether that's fruits and veggies or even soybeans or almonds for non-dairy milk. This machine also gives you pulp-customization options, with the ability to make orange or other citrus juice with a bit of texture, too. It did a good job with veggies, but we would recommend chopping them into fairly small pieces for best results.
The H-AA's design means it's quite multifunctional, with the ability to make tofu, ice cream, and more in addition to milks and juices. We found it a bit complicated to put together, take apart, and clean, but it does have a safety lock system that keeps it from turning on unless everything is properly installed. It's a sturdy machine that can handle years of heavy use, though the price tag definitely reflects that level of quality.
Price at time of publish: $459
Style: Masticating | Dimensions: 7.1 x 7.1 x 16 inches | Weight: 10.6 pounds | Power: 150 watts
Best for Families
Breville Juice Fountain Elite
As you can probably tell from this roundup, we're big fans of Breville's juicers. The Juice Fountain Elite is its top-end model, with the most power, fastest juicing, and highest price. If you're in a big family full of fresh-juice lovers, this might be an ideal choice. Its 1,000-watt motor does a better job at extracting juice than the other two Brevilles, yielding dryer pulp, and it has the same 3-inch chute that can take down whole apples, celery sticks, pineapple slices, and more.
The juice pitcher holds just over a quart, a generous size but one that might need emptying out well before the 3.2-quart pulp container gets full. You also might want to keep a dish towel on hand, as there can be some leaking and splashing involved at high speed. All the parts are dishwasher-safe and fit together simply, a nice benefit for setup and cleanup.
While we did not intend to highlight this many products from the Breville brand, these three undeniably deserve their spots on our list. The Elite's price makes it not the best choice for casual juicers, but it's ideal for real juiceheads.
Price at time of publish: $300
Style: Centrifugal | Dimensions: 12 x 13.1 x 10.6 inches | Weight: 14.4 pounds | Power: 1,000 watts
Zulay Kitchen Premium Quality Metal Lemon Lime Squeezer
Fits different sizes of citrus
Small seeds can slip through
Only works with citrus
There are lots and lots of ways to extract citrus juice, but the manual squeezer is the best option to juice just a handful of fruits at once for cocktails or fresh lemonade. This Zulay model is compact and simple to use, clean, and stash away in your kitchen drawer, but it has a clever design with two interchangable bowls for larger lemons and smaller limes. Made from coated aluminum, it’s incredibly sturdy and dishwasher-safe.
The manual squeezer extracts more juice compared to using a reamer, and it catches most of the seeds. However, small seeds and bits of pulp can make it through, so for perfectly smooth juice you may need a handheld mesh strainer for double straining. While this juicer is mainly sold for juicing lemon and lime halves, it can handle pretty much any citrus. (For larger oranges or grapefruits, you'll need to cut the fruits into quarters or even smaller pieces.)
Price at time of publish: $22
Style: Handheld | Dimensions: 8.7 x 2.9 x 2.1 inches | Weight: 11.2 ounces
Our top pick is the Omega J8006HDS Nutrition Center Juicer, which has a unique dual extraction process and produces high-quality, fresh-tasting juice with minimal froth and minimal waste. For something on the smaller, more affordable side, try the Magic Bullet Mini Juicer.
How We Tested
We juiced a number of fruits and vegetables, including citrus, leafy greens, apples, celery, and more, and rated each juicer on the efficiency of extraction, design, taste, versatility, noise level, setup, and ease of cleaning. We then offered further insights on the strengths and weaknesses of each product.
What to Look for in a Juicer
There are two main types of electric juicers: masticating and centrifugal. Masticating juicers work slowly, crushing the fruits and vegetables rather than rapidly chopping them to pieces. This is quieter, keeps the juice from heating up, and can retain more nutritional content, but masticating juicers are generally the most expensive type. Centrifugal juicers use fast-rotating blades to shred ingredients, separating out the juice via a spinning mesh filter. These are cheaper than masticating models, but they don't separate out as much juice from the pulp. The blades can also heat the juice, which damages some of the flavor components that give it fresh taste.
Manual juicers, generally used only on limes, lemons, and other citrus fruits, come in several varieties. A handheld squeezer has two hinged arms that crush citrus, yielding juice efficiently if slowly. A reamer sits on the counter, with a ridged cone-shaped piece that squeezes juice out of the fruit into an attached basin. For high-volume manual juicing, there are citrus presses that mount to a wall or counter. These are basically larger versions of the handheld squeezer, with a single arm that juices citrus halves extra-fast. (Manual juicers are also a great way to get juice out of pomegranates.)
While blenders are technically not juicers, there are many blender models being sold today that can “juice” entire fruits and vegetables, including the skins and seeds that a traditional juicer would strain out. What they’re actually doing is blending the food so finely that everything is reduced to tiny bits. Some skins and seeds can be bitter, so the resulting juice might not be as tasty, depending on the fruit you use. Alternatively, you can blend your juice and then strain out the pulp with a strainer or nut milk bag (the latter will allow you to get more juice out).
Juicers range from small, handheld citrus presses that can fit in a kitchen drawer and handle half a lime at a time, to serious appliances that take up a good bit of counter space but can take down a large bowl of fruits and veggies all at once.
The best choice for you depends on what you want to juice and how often you'll be doing it. A manual citrus press is fine if you just need an ounce or two for a cocktail, but if you want a quart of juice every morning for the family, a little automation might be worth the extra space and cost. If you want to juice carrots, celery, greens, or apples, you'll need an electric model, but those range pretty widely in size, capacity, and price. The most expensive machines can juice anything quickly and effectively, but a cheaper model should be fine for only occasional use.
Juicers, especially centrifugal juicers, break down ingredients into tiny bits that tend to get stuck in all sorts of nooks and crannies. That often makes cleaning a pain. Some models have dishwasher-safe pitchers, feed tubes, and other parts, but the blades, screens, and motor bases usually must be washed by hand. It's important to read your machine's manual for the proper procedure—many come with a special brush to help clear out mesh screens. No matter what, you should clean your juicer soon after using it, as dried-on bits are that much harder to scrub away.
If the juicer doesn't include its own cleaning tools, a toothbrush or other small brush can be very useful for removing food particles from the tiny teeth. It's best to do the cleaning right after juicing, but if the drum can't be cleaned right away, it's a good idea to soak it to help loosen the food bits and keep them from drying out and sticking.
Electric juicers have various types of screens and filters to separate juice from solids like tough skins, fibrous bits, and hard seeds. Most models push out the pulp into a separate container from the juice, and you can tell how effective they are by looking at how wet or dry the pulp ends up. Dryer pulp means more juice has been squeezed out of the same amount of ingredients, but machines that produce it tend to cost more. There are even models with adjustable pulp removal to satisfy fans of pulpier OJ.
When it comes to manual citrus juicers and reamers, they use small holes or pour spouts to hold back pulp, but they tend to leave some bits of flesh or even smaller seeds in the juice. It’s easy enough to solve that problem by pouring the juice through a mesh strainer.
Some juicers are able to do more than just juice, including tasks from making non-dairy milk to grinding meat to extruding pasta dough. These often require extra attachments or parts, which a machine might include or might be sold separately. A multifunctional model is nice for someone without a lot of kitchen space, but the extra expense of the extra features isn't worthwhile if you're not going to use them.
What's the difference between a juicer and a blender?
Juicers and blenders both chop, crush, or grind into small pieces, but a blender's goal is to combine everything into a puree, while a juicer seeks to separate the liquid from the solids. A good high-powered blender can make very uniform smoothies, but they include all the seeds, skins and flesh that you put in. With a juicer, you can add whole fruits and vegetables and end up with pulp-free, thinner liquid.
How much does a juicer cost?
A manual citrus juicer can cost less than $10 and is something every kitchen should probably keep on hand. Electric models are able to do a lot more, but they of course cost a lot more. You can find a solid centrifugal juicer for under $100, while masticating juicers almost all cost at least $200. Larger, more powerful machines cost more, but price of course isn't the only indicator of quality and effectiveness.
What is a cold-press juicer?
A cold-press juicer makes juicer without heating it up. The rapidly spinning blades in a centrifugal juicer or blender generate heat and oxidize the juice, which can make it taste less fresh. The slower action of a masticating juicer doesn't raise the temperature and maintains more flavor. (Manual juicers are also cold-press juicers, as they don't heat the juice.)
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Donna Currie is a cookbook author and writer for The Spruce Eats. In addition to rounding up our picks for the top juicers, she has tested and reviewed three juicers. Donna was recently impressed with the Omega Juicers NC900HDC Premium Juicer, which she said not only juiced well but also "earns its space in the kitchen" because of all its extra functions.
This roundup was updated by Katya Weiss-Andersson, a green-juice-loving writer and editor with nearly a decade of experience as a professional chef; Katrina Munichiello, a writer and editor who specializes in the tea and food industries; and Jason Horn, a The Spruce Eats commerce writer who lives on Los Angeles and enjoys picking fresh citrus from his neighbors' front-yard trees.