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A juicer can help you increase the amount of fresh, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables in your diet. Juicers extract liquid from all types of produce, separating it from tough skin, seeds, and fibrous pulp to create smooth, easy to drink, and tasty beverages. Many of the vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables are water soluble, so the juice is highly nutritious—even more so when you combine a variety of different colored fruits and veggies in a single juice.
When you're choosing a juicer, you'll want to consider the types of juice you would like to make and how many people you will be serving on a regular basis. And you need to consider counter space too.
Slow speed preserves nutrients
Easy to clean
Juices leafy greens well
Small feed chute requires more food prep
The Omega Nutrition Center may have a larger 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 and the nutrients intact.
This product also does so much more than juice. Thanks to a range of attachments, it can also be used to make nut butter, to grind coffee or spices, to mince herbs, and to 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.
"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
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.
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."
Pulp chute can be adjusted
Makes other items including ice cream
Veggies need to be finely cut
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.
Makes large batches of juice without pausing
Fast and powerful
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. 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.
"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
Attachment for citrus
Automatically senses best speed for each food
No pulp extraction chute
Tough to clean
Most juicers are designed for juicing hard fruits and vegetables, but the Novis also has an extra attachment for reaming citrus fruits—which can be great if you need enough juice for a lemon meringue tart or a key lime pie. This centrifugal juicer is quiet as a slow-speed juicer when juicing hard and soft fruits and vegetables. It can produce both nearly pulp-free or pulpy juice depending on your preference. The basket with the shredding teeth and strainer comes apart to make cleaning easier, but some online reviewers maintained that it was still difficult to clean.
There's only one switch for on-off operation, but the juicer automatically senses the speed required for the food you're juicing. The large feed tube means you won't need to cut fruits and vegetables as finely to fit them into the juicer either. Plus, its sleek and shiny exterior comes in seven bright colors. One drawback is that because there's no pulp extraction chute, you may need to stop the juicer occasionally to remove pulp if you're juicing large quantities of fibrous or seedy produce.
Three pulp screens
Need to cut fruits and vegetables finely
Requires more frequent cleaning
For those who don't want another appliance clogging their countertop in addition to their KitchenAid stand mixer, the masticating juicer attachment from KitchenAid is worth considering. While not as large or powerful as standalone juicers, it comes with three different pulp screens so you can choose how thick you prefer your juice. Because it has a small feed tube, you'll need to cut fruits and vegetables down to size, and if you're doing a lot of juicing, you might need to stop and clean the filter screen when pulp and seeds build up.
While some online reviewers felt it was a worthwhile purchase to use with their KitchenAid, others felt its performance didn't warrant the price and that you'd be better off purchasing a standalone juicer.
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 waste. For something on the smaller, more affordable side, try the Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain. Its ease of use makes it ideal for new juicers.
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 of 2020, 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 Sharon Lehman, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who specializes in small kitchen appliance testing and reviews for The Spruce Eats. She reviewed several juicers on this list, including the Omega Juicer, Breville Juice Fountain Cold, and Breville Juice Fountain Compact.
How do you use a juicer?
Juicers are either manual are 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 types of juicers can you buy?
There are several types of juicers available. Manual citrus juicers work well for fruits like grapefruits, lemons, and limes. Centrifugal juicers shred and extract juice from fruits and vegetables like apples, celery, and carrots. Masticating juicers are the most efficient and can handle tougher foods like wheatgrass. Some people also like making their juice in a blender, but this will add a pulp texture to your juice.
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.
How much does a juicer cost?
Manual citrus juicers are the cheapest and can cost less than $10. Masticating juicers start at around $100 and go up from there, 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 and simplest to use but can only be used on certain produce; many are also dishwasher-safe. Electric juicers are more complex. Some models may have parts that are dishwasher-safe, but others might require hand-washing, which can be tough if any seeds or pulp get stuck. A quick tip: if your juicer doesn't include its own cleaning tools, a toothbrush or other small brush can help you remove the small leftover bits.
There's nothing quite like a fresh juice—and when you have a juicer at home, you can make yours exactly how you want, depending on the model you choose. Some hand-held juicers are designed specifically for extracting citrus juice, while other powerful electric models are perfect for juicing carrots, apples, celery, tomatoes, and other non-citrus fruits and vegetables. Some machines will help you remove seeds and skins and others can be configured to include or remove pulp automatically.
Read on for everything you need to know about picking the best juicer for your needs, taste, and price point.
Juicers range from small, hand-held citrus presses that can fit in a kitchen drawer to serious appliances that take 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, wheatgrass, and apples, you'll need an electric model. Will you be keeping it on the counter to use every day, or will keep it in the pantry and bring it out when you need it?
Type of Juicer
Citrus juicers are for, well, citrus. Lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits are the usual suspects, but not all citrus juicers can handle that wide range of sizes. Some citrus juicers also do an excellent job extracting juice from pomegranates.
Centrifugal juicers are designed to shred and extract juice from fruits and vegetables like carrots, apples, celery, and more. They can also be very handy for juicing tomatoes to make homemade tomato juice, tomato sauce, or tomato paste. Some can also puree fruits like bananas. While some juicers can handle greens as well, most don't do a great job with them.
Masticating juicers can do everything centrifugal juicers can, but they can also handle tough, stringy items like wheatgrass. If you’re planning on juicing with a lot of greens, a masticating juicer will be much more efficient.
It's also worth noting that some people like making their juice in blenders; while some blenders are marketed for that purpose, any high-speed blender can be used if you want to blitz your fruit into a fresh smoothie.
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. 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.
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 late. If noise isn’t an issue, a centrifugal juicer is likely to be less expensive.
Some juicers are able to do more than just that—like grinding meat or extruding pasta dough. These well-rounded models are perfect for people without a lot of kitchen space, because they can use them 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.
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.
Most citrus squeezers are small hand-held 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 hand-held squeezers, so you’ll need more storage space.
Electric Citrus Juicers
If manual reaming sounds like a good method but is 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 conveniently included 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 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—the more you do this, the less pulp will be in your juice.
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. The benefit of this type of juice is that it includes all the fiber and nutrients in the skins and seeds. However, some skins and seeds can be bitter, so the resulting juice might not be as tasty, depending on the fruit you use.
One major objection to juicers is that it can take longer to clean them than it can to produce a quart or two of juice. 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 a little 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, because 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.
Pro tip: If the juicer doesn't include its own cleaning tools, a toothbrush or other small brush can be very useful for removing the small bits from the tiny teeth. It's best to do the cleaning right after juicing, if possible, 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.
Brands and Manufacturers
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, producing consistently quality products. They also have some vertical juicers at a lower price point.
When you don't want to spend quite as much money, Aicok has a full line of electric juicers at very affordable price points—including masticating, centrifugal, and electric citrus juicers. While this may not be a familiar brand, they get good ratings from users who've purchased them.