A juicer is an appliance that enables the user to extract juice from fruits and vegetables. Juicers have become very popular with people looking to lose weight because they provide much needed vitamins and minerals that are often lacking in weight loss diets.
Juicers are also a smart choice for those who don’t have time to cook and eat a proper meal. And they can be used to produce high energy juice drinks that serve as an effective alternative to caffeine.
The following represent the best juicers of 2020 according to our product review experts.
1. Omega Masticating Juicer Extractor
Like all masticating juicers, the Masticating Juicer Extractor from Omega is a blunt force instrument. Produce is introduced through a chute on the top and fed into the extraction chamber where it is compressed under pressure. There are no blades involved as with a blender, and no grating disc that chops fruit and veggies up into tiny little pieces. Instead, it uses a rotary grinder.
It’s an efficient and very effective way to ensure you get the most nutrient value from your favorite produce, and the technology works to perfection in this case. The Omega Masticating Juicer Extractor is also very easy to clean, very easy to reassemble and comes with a noteworthy 15-year manufacturers warranty.
2. Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain
We’re big fans of Breville’s design aesthetic which may best be described as one step back and two steps forward. That is, it reaches into the past for inspiration, but gives everything a hyper-modern spin. The JE98XL Juice Fountain is a centrifugal juicer with a powerful 850 watt motor and a stainless steel grating disc that doesn’t shy away from anything.
Apples, carrots, broccoli, ginger and more are no match for the JE98XL. It does not skip a beat during the process of turning your produce into delicious, nutritious juice. If you want to ensure a longer shelf life for your juice, use the lower setting that reduces oxidation. The JE98XL also offers automatic overload protection, has a large 3” diameter mouth and most parts are dishwasher safe.
3. Hurom H101 Easy Clean Slow Juicer
While we love the Breville design aesthetic, it has to be said that Hurom is no slouch in that department. Whether you choose matte silver or pearl black the H101 Easy Clean Slow Juicer is going to enhance the look of your kitchen. This masticating juicer takes its time and rotates at a leisurely 43 rpms. But you shouldn’t mistake slow for weak.
The H101 brings enormous force to bear on your produce and, in the process, extracts every bit of delicious, nutrient-rich juice. It has a tile-lined juicing chamber that prevents product from sticking to the walls. That means more juice for you. It’s quieter than some other masticating juicers too. And it cleans up in just a couple of minutes. The Hurom H101 Easy Clean Slow Juicer is not cheap. But with a 10 year warranty it turns out to be surprisingly affordable.
4. Tribest Greenstar Elite
The Tribest Greenstar Elite is a masticating juicer that’s powerful, dependable, versatile, and easy to clean. You can choose how much pulp to retain in the juice, or to eject unwanted pulp and produce a cleaner, tastier juice. (You can also use ejected pulp to add fiber to a smoothie, or, if it’s vegetable pulp, to add to veggie burgers.)
The Greenstar Elite is tough enough to handle the hardest fruits and veggies, as well as nuts and grains. While the large chute minimizes the amount of pre-chopping you have to do. Juice made with the Greenstar Elite has a longer shelf life than juice from a centrifugal juicer. The Greestar is also easier to clean. And finally, the 15 year warranty makes the steep asking price seem a lot more reasonable.
5. AmzChef Professional Cold Press Juicer Extractor
If you like the idea of a masticating juicer, but don’t like the idea of spending $500 or more on one, consider the AmzChef Professional Cold Press Juicer Extractor. While it lacks some of the power of more expensive masticating juicers it’s no slouch. It’s also one of the quieter masticating juicers you’ll find, and the wide chute reduces the amount of chopping you have to do.
The AmzChef Cold Press Juicer employs a low-speed motor and hard as nails grinding system to reduce the toughest produce to its constituent parts in no time. The slow speed of this juicer also ensures heat-related oxidation is kept to an absolute minimum, which means a longer shelf life for the resulting juice. The downside of the fantastic price is that, instead of a warranty, they promise they’ll always strive to find the ‘best solution possible’ to any problems.
6. Hamilton Beach Premium Juicer
The Hamilton Beach Premium Juicer is a centrifugal juicer that makes the production of nutrient-rich tasty juices fast and effortless. It has an extra-wide 3 inch feed chute that allows you to pass whole fruit and veggies through, thereby reducing prep time. And the grating disc makes short work of apples, broccoli and every other type of produce you can think of.
The Hamilton Beach Premium Juicer offers two speeds to facilitate optimal juice extraction. It has a large 40 oz BPA-free collection container and doesn’t require an engineering degree to assemble. Regardless of what you want from juicing, you’ll get it with this attractive, reliable juicer from Hamilton Beach.
7. Breville Big Squeeze Slow Juicer
The Breville Big Squeeze Slow Juicer pushes the design envelope by tilting the masticating juicer on its head. That provides a gravity assist that makes for even more efficient juice extraction than you get with other masticating juicers. The innovative design also means you don’t need the largest, noisiest motor on the planet. And indeed the 240 W motor here is surprisingly quiet.
The design of this juicer also means you can put whole fruits and vegetables into the chute and not worry about it. They’ll be reduced to tasty, nutritious liquid without the machine breaking a sweat. Assembly and disassembly are also easy as pie, and the Big Squeeze cleans up in just a few minutes. Toss in the 10 year manufacturer’s warranty and the modest price point and you have a value winner.
8. Hurom H-AI Slow Juicer
The look of the Hurom H-AI Slow Juicer is bound to be an acquired taste for most people. But the juice it produces is likely to be a hit right off the bat. Like the Breville Big Squeeze the H-AI is a vertical masticating juicer that uses gravity to aid in the process. As such, you’re able to load the hopper with whole produce if you so choose and just sit back and let the H-AI work its magic.
The corkscrew grinder rotates at a modest 60 rpms. That reduces heat and oxidation which provides the finished product with a longer shelf life. And regardless of what you may think of the design, it lends itself to fast, hassle-free cleanup. It’s hard to argue with how easy it is to use, and the quality of the final product. It’s easier to argue with the price. Which is pretty steep even for a masticating juicer.
9. Aicook Juicer Machine
If you like our #1 choice, the Hamilton Beach Premium Juicer, but don’t want to pay HB prices, consider the Aicook Juicer Machine. It features the same basic design as the Hamilton Beach, and uses the same basic mechanism to separate the juice from the produce and deliver it to your glass.
The devil is in the details with a product like this, however. It does a good job and does it reliably well. But it’s a bit noisier than its more pedigreed HB cousin, and it’s not exactly built to exacting tolerances. Nitpicking aside though, it’s a good choice for budget-conscious juicers. And it comes with a 2 year warranty that should help buyers rest a little easier.
10. Smeg Citrus Juicer
Up to this point we’ve covered some state of the art masticating and centrifugal juicers. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t give a little love to the humble citrus juicer. The Smeg Citrus Juicer is a great choice for people who want to focus on fruit juice but who aren’t particularly enamored of the prospect of reaming their own oranges.
The Smeg is beautifully balanced, crafted from high-quality materials like stainless steel and impact resistant plastic, and starts as soon as you push your citrus fruit down onto the reamer. Cleanup is also a breeze as the 3 main components come apart with little effort and can be hand washed or popped in the dishwasher. A great looking juicer for citrus lovers.
What Is a Juicer?
A juicer is a countertop appliance that is used to extract juice from fruits, vegetables and sometimes herbs in order to create a healthy, vitamin and mineral-rich drink. The process itself is called ‘juicing’ and it has become increasingly popular as a weight-loss tool. Juicing is also a way for health-conscious individuals to ensure they get the nutrients that might otherwise be lacking in their diet.
Juicers employ a variety of methods to extract the juice from produce (1). Some squeeze, some (known as masticating juicers) pulverize the produce in question, and some rotate to extract the juice from various types of fruit. Some food processors are also marketed as juicers, although they are not specifically designed to extract juice. For the purposes of our list, we did not include that type of appliance.
What are the Benefits of a Juicer?
Juicers can help people who want to lose weight. This is one of the most commonly cited reasons why people purchase juicers today. Dieting can often lead to nutrient shortfalls (2). As people limit their food intake they often inadvertently eliminate foods that were providing necessary vitamins and minerals. This is where a juicer can help. A juicer produces nutrient-rich drinks that help fill the vitamin and mineral gap while having the added benefit of being potentially low in calories.
Using a juicer may help you fight inflammation. Inflammation is a necessary component of the body’s healing mechanism. But all too often the inflammatory response becomes a chronic occurrence. Chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes and even cancer (3). The good news is that antioxidants are known to have anti-inflammatory properties (4). And nutrients you’ll get from juicing – such as vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, magnesium and zinc – are natural antioxidants.
A juicer can help you improve your diet. Even if you are not on a weight loss diet a juicer can be invaluable. Many people simply don’t have the time or energy to cook and sit down to eat nutritious meals. Instead they default to the nearest, fastest, most convenient thing. And all too often, the most convenient thing is actually dangerous to their health (5) as it is loaded with fat and calories and lacking in valuable nutrients. Juicing can fill in the nutrient gap for these people just as it can for dieters.
Juicers may help protect against disease. Above we alluded to the fact that if you are not getting enough antioxidants, you open yourself up to a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more (6). That’s because a body lacking in antioxidants is one that is susceptible to chronic inflammation. But a juicer can not only help you get the vitamins and minerals you need to stave off inflammation, it can also help prevent other conditions such as anemia (7) and osteoporosis (8).
Juicers help provide you with natural energy. Countless adults are used to getting their energy boost from coffee. And in most cases, there’s nothing wrong with that. But a lot of people don’t get along with caffeine. It makes them jittery, causes upset stomach and may keep them awake at night. If you’re not a fan of the coffee bean, a juicer is a great way to provide yourself with an energy boost. That’s because the B-vitamins in fresh juice play an essential role in turning calories into energy (9) and can provide you with a less extreme, but more long-lasting energy boost than caffeine.
Are There Side Effects to Juicing?
You could wind up not getting enough fiber. The process of turning produce into juice removes most of the fiber from that produce. As a result, folks who rely on juicing as a major component of their diet sometimes wind up not getting enough fiber. They may suffer constipation or diarrhea, and, because certain types of fiber are used by the gut microbiota as food (10), nutrient absorption can also suffer. If you intend to make juicing a big part of your diet, consider leaving some pulp in the juice. Or, if need be, take a fiber supplement.
There is the potential for higher blood sugar levels. Fruit is considered essential to a well-balanced diet. Ironically, however, too much fruit may actually be bad for you. That’s because many different fruits are high in fructose, a natural form of sugar (11). If the juices you make with your juicer are fruit-heavy you may be inadvertently elevating your blood sugar levels and raising the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Keep in mind too that sugar is carbs, and carbs equal weight gain. So if you’re on a diet, emphasize veggies over fruit.
Is a Blender a Juicer?
Marketers are always ready to try and take advantage of the hot new thing. So if juicers become a hot commodity it’s not surprising that you’d start seeing blenders marketed as juicers too. But there’s a fundamental difference. A juicer extracts the liquid from a piece of produce. A blender simply turns the entire piece of produce into a super-fine mulch. It may be fine enough to drink as it is. Or you may have to add a bit of water or some other liquid to it to make it drinkable. But what you’re getting is not juice. It’s the whole piece of produce ground into super tiny bits.
Are There Different Kinds of Juicers?
There are several different types of juicers on the market today. They are:
Masticating juicers – Most – not all – agree that the masticating juicer represents the cream of the juicer crop. The masticating juicer pulverizes the produce, thereby leaving much of the valuable fiber intact. The end result is a pulpy type of juice that is nutrient rich, has a lot of ‘body’, is good for your digestive tract and doesn’t go bad quickly. How much pulp winds up in the final product is determined by which strainer you use. The downside to the masticating juicer is the price, which can be considerable.
Centrifugal juicers – This type of juicer is usually less expensive than a masticating juicer but does a generally reliable job. They work faster than masticating juicers, which is important for folks in a hurry. And they don’t make nearly as much noise. They do, however, produce a fair amount of heat which has the effect of shortening the shelf life of the final product, at least when compared to juice from a masticating juicer.
Citrus juicers: electric – As the name implies the citrus juicer is designed to work only with citrus fruit, such as oranges. This type of juicer uses the reaming method that has been around for centuries. The fruit is cut in half and the exposed side of the half pushed down onto a reamer (12) and rotated, thereby freeing the juice which pours down into a collection vessel. With an electric citrus juicer the reaming is powered by a motor, thereby saving time and physical effort.
Citrus juicers: manual – The manual citrus juicer is essentially the same as the electric, except that it lacks a motor to spin the reamer. Of course, fewer moving parts means fewer things that can go wrong. As such, there is no practical limit on how long a well-made manual juicer can last. They’re also very affordable. The downside is that, just as with electric citrus juicers, you’re limited to using citrus fruit.
What Should I Look for in a Juicer?
Noise level – The quietest type of juicer is the manual citrus juicer. However, it is also the most limited in what it can do. As juicers become more sophisticated they also become louder. Which seems a bit counterintuitive, but it’s true. Centrifugal juicers sound a bit like a blender and are pretty loud. But perhaps not as loud as the masticating juicer, which will do a good job waking up the house.
To pulp or not to pulp? – That is the question. Once considered undesirable, pulp has seen a renaissance in recent years (13). If you want a glass of juice with no pulp you may want to opt for a citrus juicer as they tend to strain out most of the pulp. Mastication juicers, by contrast, make a point of leaving it in. Although you often have the option of choosing how much to leave in.
Ease of operation – One of the benefits of juicing is that it gives you the opportunity to get the vital nutrients you need without having to do all the work of preparing and cooking a meal. So if your juicer is high maintenance it kind of defeats the purpose. Ideally, the juicer should be easy to use and just as easy to clean.
What’s the Best Way to Clean a Juicer?
It depends on the type of juicer. A manual citrus juicer for instance, can be rinsed off then tossed in the dishwasher. Even if it’s not dishwasher safe, cleaning it should be very simple and straightforward. Electric citrus juicers on the other hand, require a bit more work.
Centrifugal juicers have lots of sharp teeth. They’re not big like the teeth on a blender. Rather, they’re small and built into a ‘grating disc’. So they more closely resemble a cheese grater that rotates. Some of these grating discs can be washed in the dishwasher. Others will need to be cleaned by hand. In which case, you should be very careful because, like a cheese grater, those little teeth are deceptively sharp.
Masticating juicers have larger parts and none of those tiny, sharp teeth. Most of the large parts are dishwasher safe and tend to clean up pretty easy. Except perhaps for the straining screen. Which may or may not come completely clean in the dishwasher.
The Bottom Line
Juicers are a great way for people on a weight loss diet to ensure they’re getting the vitamins and minerals they need. Juicers are also a way for people on the go to ensure they get those same vitamins and minerals when they don’t have time to prepare and cook a meal.
There are several different kinds of juicers that produce different types of juice. If you want the most well-rounded nutrient profile you’ll want a centrifugal or masticating juicer that will handle both fruits and vegetables. If your primary interest is in making your own fruit juices, a manual or electric citrus juicer is your best bet.
Use the above information to determine which type of juicer is right for you.
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