After extensive testing, the best overall pick was the Omega J8006HDS Ultimate Juicer and Nutrition System. This juicer double-extracts, getting the maximum amount of juice it possibly can, while also being able to make nut butter, baby food, and frozen desserts. If you're looking for something more budget-friendly, we recommend the Magic Bullet Mini Juicer.
A juicer can help you increase the amount and variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in your everyday routine. Juicers extract liquid from produce, separating it from tough skin, seeds, and fibrous pulp to create smooth, tasty, easy-to-drink beverages. We tested some of the top-rated juicers on the market and evaluated them based on their efficiency of extraction, design, quality of juice, versatility, and noise level. We also evaluated their ease of setup, use, and most of all, cleaning (we know that most juicers can be a pain to clean!)
Here are our top picks for the best juicers, according to our home tests.
Best Overall: Omega J8006HDC Ultimate Juicer and Nutrition System
Easy to clean
Juices leafy greens well
Small feed chute requires more food prep
Who else recommends it? Tom's Guide and Forbes both picked the Omega Ultimate Juicer and Nutrition System.
What do buyers say? 89% of 2,100+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.
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 and produces a delicious cup of juice, according to our tester. "All the juice I prepared tasted so good, I drank it on the spot," she said. Plus, it operates at a slow 80 RPM, keeping the heat down.
This product 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. Our tester noted that while this isn’t the quietest juicer on the market, it is a true multitasking appliance—plus, it’s a cinch to clean.
Price at time of publish: $398.06
Style: Masticating | Dimensions: 14.5 x 6.5 x 15.5 inches | Weight: 19.4 pounds
"I knew the Omega was extracting the maximum amount of liquid it could when I felt how dry the pulp was." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
Best Budget: Magic Bullet Mini Juicer
Easy to set up, use, and clean
Compact, but makes large batches
Leaves a lot of juice un-extracted
If you're in the market for a compact, no-frills juicer, we recommend the Magic Bullet Mini Juicer. The small machine features a 400-watt motor, 2-inch feed tube, 52-ounce pulp bin, and spigot fit to drain directly into the included 16-ounce cup. Add the twist-on lid, grab, and go.
Our small appliances expert tested this compact centrifugal juicer at home and said it performed better than expected for the price. She made one juice with beets, carrots, ginger, and orange; one juice with kale, lemon, cucumber, and apple; and one juice with just celery. She said the strong motor handled all those ingredients well, including the leafy greens, but did note that it left a wet pulp, meaning that there was a lot of juice left un-extracted. As a quick fix, she squeezed the pulp through a strainer bag and ended up with more juice that would have otherwise gone to waste. This isn't ideal, but again, it's a rather inexpensive machine.
This juicer is very simple to assemble, use, and take apart for cleaning; it has a clever design with which the different components lock together (though some juice gets stuck below the blade and needs help being poured out). While centrifugal juicers can be a pain to clean, the included brush makes this one surprisingly easy, and our tester noted that it took under five minutes to clean by hand (note that all attachments are also dishwasher safe on the top rack only). The machine is fairly noisy and sometimes lets small ingredient chunks fly out through the chute, but both of those factors seem par for the course with powerful and fast-spinning centrifugal models. For around $60, this is a good value.
Price at time of publish: $59.99
Style: Centrifugal | Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 7 inches | Weight: 3.5 pounds
'"Although this juicer is small and compact, it can make large batches of juice in one go. Overall, it's a great value for the price." — Katya Weiss-Andersson, Small Appliances Expert for The Spruce Eats
Best Compact: Breville Juice Fountain Compact
Wide feed chute
Creates a wet pulp
Micro mesh filter is hard to clean
Small and affordable, this centrifugal juicer from Breville is a great value pick. It has a large feed tube that can handle a whole apple, so you won’t need to cut your fruits and vegetables into small pieces before juicing. It's also very powerful for its size. Our tester agreed: "My juice was perfectly smooth, pulp-free, and yes, delicious," she said. You might not even need to use the included pusher, except to cover the top to keep the juice from splattering out.
If you’re a fan of green juices, keep in mind that this model doesn’t do as well with leafy greens as some other models: "The manufacturer recommends bundling leafy greens to extract more juice and feeding them into the juicer in between firmer produce," explained our tester. "I followed this suggestion with our spinach, but the leaves still seemed to get sucked through the spinning center blade so quickly that little juice could be extracted."
Price at time of publish: $99.95
Style: Centrifugal | Dimensions: 7.4 x 10.4 x 12.7 inches | Weight: 9.68 pounds
"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." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
Best Centrifugal: Breville Juice Fountain Cold
Makes large batches of juice without pausing
Fast and powerful
Extra wide feed chute
Takes up a lot of space
Doesn’t juice leafy greens well
This updated and well-built juicer features quieter operation and an extra-wide whole-fruit feed chute. The juice isn't chilled, but the “cold” in the name refers to the cold-spin technology and a micro-mesh filter that reduces the amount of heat transferred to the juice.
It's also easy to operate, with a single switch that controls the speed and power switch. The low speed operates at 6500 RPM and the high speed operates at 13000 RPM—which more than satisfied our tester: "It's so powerful that I could even feed it pineapple spears—the skin still on—with no problem," she raved.
This product also has a 70-ounce seal-and-store juice jug, so you don't need to transfer the juice to another container, plus a froth separator to keep the juice foam-free. Since this juicer can handle large batch sizes, it's great for families. The proprietary elevated juice system sends the juice flowing upward so you can make the full 70 ounces of juice without stopping while the pulp container holds 3.6 quarts. The juice nozzle is removable for easy cleaning, and a cleaning brush is included.
Price at time of publish: $199.95
Style: Centrifugal | Dimensions: 14.5 x 9 x 17 inches | Weight: 11 pounds
"If you drink a lot of juice or plan to serve juice at gatherings, you really can’t beat the capacity of this model for the price." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
Best Masticating: Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer
Includes frozen dessert cone
Lots of places to clean
The Hurom slow speed masticating juicer operates very quietly, sending juice out one chute and pulp out another so you can juice continuously. It rotates at 43 revolutions per minute, which simulates the effective speed of hand-juicing. The pulp chute can be set to allow more or less pulp in the finished juice, and a safety lock system keeps the juicer from starting unless all parts are properly installed.
This juicer handles hard or soft fruits and vegetables as well as leafy greens with ease, though some online reviewers noted that it wasn't as effective if you didn't cut your vegetables very finely. It can also be used for grinding nuts or soybeans for making milk, and can even be used with frozen ingredients to make ice cream.
Price at time of publish: $459
Style: Masticating | Dimensions: 7.1 x 8.8 x 16 inches | Weight: 10.6 pounds
"There’s no doubt about it, this is a powerful machine—despite the fact that it’s called a slow-speed juicer." — Donna Currie, Product Tester
Best for Families: Breville Juice Fountain Elite
Handles large batches easily
Wide chute requires little pre-cutting
Stands up to years of regular use
The Breville Juice Fountain Elite is fantastic for whipping up family-sized batches of juice with very little prep time involved, thanks to the large pitcher, wide chute and large waste container. It's a powerful, durable, high-speed centrifugal juicer with such efficient extraction that users remark "it could get juice from a rock." Because this juicer operates at a high speed, there can be a bit of leaking and splashing involved, so it can be good to have a dish towel on hand.
Many users noted how dry the pulp comes out from this juicer, though some reported that it doesn't work as well with leafy greens or soft fruit. The juicer is also fairly loud; it has two speed options, and both are relatively noisy. The Elite is very sturdy, user-friendly and easy to put together, and its parts are dishwasher-safe.
While we did not intend to highlight three products from the same Breville product line, these three undeniably deserve their spots on our list. This one is on the pricier end, but is well worth it if you're looking to juice large quantities at a time.
Price at time of publish: $299.95
Style: Centrifugal | Dimensions: 12 x 13.1 x 10.6 inches | Weight: 14.4 pounds
Best Handheld: Zulay Kitchen Premium Quality Metal Lemon Lime Squeezer
Fits different sizes of citrus
Small seeds can slip through
Designed for citrus fruits only
Extracting citrus juice can be challenging. This squeezer has separate sections to fit larger and smaller fruits and is simple to use, clean, and stash away in your kitchen drawer. Made from coated aluminum, it’s incredibly sturdy and dishwasher safe.
This squeezer extracts more juice compared to hand-squeezing or using a reamer, and it catches most of the seeds, although small ones can sometimes slip—plus, some online reviewers also reported that pulp slipped through into their drink on occasion, too. So, depending on what you’re making, it might not be a bad idea to juice over a fine mesh strainer.
While this juicer is sold for juicing lemons and limes, it can handle small oranges, as well. You can even tackle larger citrus fruits by cutting them in quarters rather than in halves.
Price at time of publish: $29.99
Style: Handheld | Dimensions: 8.7 x 2.9 x 2.1 inches | Weight: 10 ounces
What to Look for in a Juicer
Juicers range from small, handheld citrus presses that can fit in a kitchen drawer to serious appliances that take up the space of a coffee maker. Consider what you want to juice and how often you'll be juicing.
A manual citrus press is fine if you don't mind squeezing oranges, but if you need a quart of juice every morning for the family, a little automation might be worth the space an appliance takes. If you want to juice carrots, celery, greens, or apples, you'll need an electric model. Will you be keeping it on the counter to use every day, or will you keep it in the pantry and bring it out when you need it?
Pulp or No Pulp?
When it comes to manual citrus juicers, it’s easy enough to squeeze the juice through a strainer if you want to remove the pulp and seeds. With electric juicers, the process is different. Juicers were originally designed to produce a clear, thin juice while leaving the solids behind; these days, many juicers give you options for more or less pulp while leaving the tough skins, fibrous bits, and hard seeds behind. The pulp leftover from juicing can even be used in other recipes to minimize food waste.
Manual juicers are virtually silent, but electric juicers make a bit more noise. Centrifugal juicers spin very fast, producing a noise similar to a blender. Some are better insulated, but they’re never going to be completely quiet. Masticating juicers, while not silent, don’t emit that fast-spinning sound. Instead, they can make an odd squeaking noise while the juicer crushes the fruits and vegetables. The sound isn’t very loud, so if you’re going to be juicing before everyone wakes up for breakfast, a masticating juicer will let everyone sleep. If noise isn’t an issue, a centrifugal juicer is likely to be less expensive.
Some juicers are able to do more than juice, like grinding meat or extruding pasta dough. These well-rounded models are perfect for people without a lot of kitchen space, because they can be used for both juicing and dinner prep.
If someone is sure they’re going to be juicing every single day, those extra features may just mean more stuff to store without much added benefit. If that's the case, a less-expensive, no-frills juicer could be a better buy.
Types of Juicers
Manual Citrus Reamers and Squeezers
These are the simplest juicers you’ll find. Reamers use a ridged, cone-shaped piece that you press into the center of a cut citrus half. Depending on the style, you either twist the reamer or the fruit to release the juice. Reamers are efficient, but they can be messy since the fruit is in your hand. While some reamers are very simple, others include strainers or the ability to measure the juice as it's being produced.
Citrus squeezers are like large garlic presses that can fit half of a lime, lemon, or orange. They're designed to squeeze the juice out simply by applying pressure to the cut half. Most are made to fit fruits of specific sizes, so you may need more than one squeezer if you tend to juice a variety. Fortunately, some squeezers are adaptable to fit both limes and lemons. Some citrus juicers also do an excellent job extracting juice from pomegranates. Just note that these types of juicers don't do a good job of separating the pulp and seeds from the juice, so you'll have to use a strainer or fish them out by hand.
Most citrus squeezers are small handheld tools, but there are also larger versions. These bigger models position the squeezer above a juice collection container and have a large lever for squeezing the fruit, making them ideal for large batches. These juicers tend to be targeted toward commercial users, but some are quite affordable for home users who love their morning orange juice. However, they're also much bulkier than handheld squeezers, so you’ll need more storage space.
Electric Citrus Juicers
If manual reaming sounds like a good method but with too much work, electric citrus juicers make the job much easier. With these juicers, the reamer spins just fast enough to extract the juice, which usually collects in a container. With some electric citrus juicers, the user holds the fruit onto the reamer, while others include a fruit holder, which makes the process less messy.
Centrifugal juicers use tiny teeth to shred fruits and vegetables like carrots, apples, celery, and more into a pulp, which then spins in a drum to separate the juice (using centrifugal force). Many of these juicers also have an ejection port for the skins, seeds, and remaining pulp to be discarded. Some models also allow users to control how much pulp they’d like in their juice by giving them the option to restrict the pulp ejection port. They can also be very handy for juicing tomatoes to make homemade tomato juice, tomato sauce, or tomato paste.
Masticating juicers work slowly, crushing the fruits and vegetables rather than having a drum that grates and spins rapidly. While masticating juicers are sometimes called slow-speed juicers, that refers to the speed of their parts; they can actually produce juice just as quickly as centrifugal juicers. Masticating juicers are also much quieter, often producing no more than a little squeaking and rumbling.
Masticating juicers tend to be more expensive than other types, but they can juice many more foods, including wheatgrass and leafy greens. You’ll find masticating juicers in two styles: vertical and horizontal. Horizontal juicers tend to be more powerful and efficient, while vertical models tend to be a little more affordable.
While blenders are technically not juicers, there are many 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).
One major objection to juicers is that cleaning them can be labor-intensive and time-consuming. While that might be true for some models, others are much simpler to clean. Certain models even come with cleaning tools and brushes that are designed to make the process easier.
Many manual citrus juicers can be cleaned in the dishwasher, and if they have to be washed by hand, the process is safe and easy. Electric juicers are a different story; some may have parts that are dishwasher-safe, but others might require hand-washing.
Centrifugal juicers usually have a drum that has tiny sharp teeth, much like very fine graters. Take care when handling that drum, since it's easy to get cut. If the drum isn't dishwasher-safe, cleaning the teeth and the straining holes can be rather tedious, particularly if the food being juiced had a lot of tiny fibers. If cleaning is a concern, look for juicers with drums that have a removable bottom, since they're much easier to rinse.
Masticating juicers don't have tiny sharp teeth, so they tend to be safer and easier to clean. They do, however, have straining screens where food can get caught. If all the parts are dishwasher-safe, cleaning is much easier.
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.
Hurom’s initial offerings were slow-speed juicers at a premium price, but they have since introduced some quality slow-speed juicers at more affordable prices. They also have an electric citrus juicer, and they're offering juicers in pastel colors along with the more industrial stainless steel finish.
If you're looking for a horizontal masticating juicer, Omega is a brand to consider. The company has been making this style of juicer for many years, consistently producing quality products. They also have some vertical juicers at a lower price point.
How do you use a juicer?
Juicers are either manual or electric. Manual juicers require you to juice the fruit or vegetable yourself, while electric juicers tend to be less labor-intensive—you just feed your chosen fruit or vegetable into the machine and it does the work for you.
What's the difference between a juicer and a blender?
Juicers press or grind the flesh of fruits or vegetables to extract liquid. Blenders, on the other hand, chop food so finely that everything—including any seeds or skin you leave on—is reduced to tiny pieces and blended together. While blenders are technically not juicers, there are many models that are marketed for their juicing capabilities, and you have the option of straining out the pulp by hand.
How much does a juicer cost?
Handheld citrus juicers are the cheapest and can cost less than $10. Masticating juicers are frequently around $300 or more, while centrifugal juicers tend to be somewhere in between.
What's the easiest type of juicer to clean?
Manual juicers are easiest to clean because they tend to be the smallest, simplest, and most commonly dishwasher-safe (note that they can only be used on certain produce). Electric juicers are more complex. Some models may have parts that are dishwasher-safe, while others might require hand-washing, which can be tough if any seeds or pulp get stuck.
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, and Katrina Munichiello, a writer and editor who specializes in the tea and food industries.
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