Juicing is a great way to get your fruits and veggies, and today’s juicers let you concoct delicious drink recipes quickly and easily.
There are a few different types of juicers, so it’s worth it to understand a little bit about the functions of each so you make sure to buy one that fits your needs. We’ll talk about them briefly before getting into the best juicers you can buy.
Types of Juicers
Although there are multiple kinds to choose from, there are really two main juicer types to know before you buy if you are new to juicing. These are the most commonly found varieties.
- Centrifugal juicers, or juice extractors, are the most common of all. These juicers essentially cut the produce, then spin the pieces to separate the juice and pulp.
- Masticating juicers, also known as cold-press, slow, or auger-style, smash the produce instead of cutting. Some believe this helps retain some of the nutrients and create an even healthier juice.
Centrifugal juicers will generally be less expensive and easier to find than masticating juicers. They are also a bit louder but tend to be faster. The type will also dictate the size and design of the juicer.
Best Overall: Breville Juice Fountain Plus
This centrifugal juicer appears on pretty much everyone’s “best” list. It’s one of the best selling juicers out there, and long-time users are die-hard fans. The Breville is easy to use.
The feeder chute is extra-wide and allows for whole fruits to be dropped in. No need to pre-chop to get juicing in most cases.
With an 850 watt motor and two speeds, you can juice different fruits and veggies every day. It’s also pretty simple to clean.
It is fairly noisy, as are most centrifugal juicers, and it doesn’t do leafy greens very well (another drawback of centrifugal juicing).
Breville offers a 1-year limited warranty and this juicer measures 16.5″ x 13.2″ x 18.2″.
Best Masticating Juicer: Omega Nutrition Center
If you’ve decided on a masticating juicer, you can’t go wrong with the Omega. Not only is it priced well for this type of juicer, it has a powerful motor, runs quietly, and comes with a 15-year warranty.
In addition to all those perks, the Omega is also more than just a juicer. This versatile device can also be outfitted with attachments to make pasta or act as a food processor.
It does have a fairly small chute, so you’ll have to do a bit of prep work before you start juicing. It also juices slowly — after all, masticating juicers are also known as “slow.”
The cup isn’t large enough to juice for more than 1 person and it does take a bit of work to clean the juicer. Even so, the cleaning time is a bit better on this machine than many of the others out there.
This juicer measures 14.5 x 6.5 x 15.5″.
Best Compact Juicer: Breville Compact Juice Fountain
If you’re interested in juicing but short on space, a compact juicer might be just the thing. Given our top pick overall, it should come as no surprise that Breville makes the best option for a small sized juicer.
Despite its size, the Breville Compact is still a powerful centrifugal juicer: it boasts a 700-watt motor and it features a wide feed tube for minimal prep work.
This particular juicer will work best with firm fruits and veggies, and, like most centrifugal juicers, won’t do much with leafy greens.
The Breville Compact Juice Fountain can be yours for under $100. It measures 8.75 x 9.5 x 16″.
Best Budget Juicer: Aicok 1000 Watt Juicer
The Breville Compact (above) is pretty cost effective, but if you’re looking for something even lower, check out Amazon’s current top-selling juicer, the Aicok, which is under $60.
Notable features include extra-wide feed tube, dual speeds, and a powerful motor. Reviewers overwhelmingly love the machine, but there are a few common complaints and issues, namely, problems with the juicer smoking with the first use.
This is really a fantastic price for a juicer. (Be sure to check out Aicok’s affordable masticating juicer, too. ) If you are on a limited budget but want a juicer that you can use whenever needed, the Aicok is a great option. It measures 16.5 x 9.2 x 13″.
Best Juicer for Greens: Omega Juicer
If you plan to regularly juice greens, a masticating is the only way to go. This style juicer can handle the texture and demands of greens, in addition to any of the other fruits and veggies you’ll combine with them. For the best of the best, consider this Omega NC900HDC, a step up from our best masticating pick (above).
It is a bit of an investment, but for daily green juices, this is your best option to ensure the best functionality and longevity.
This Omega Nutrition Center is also well known for being great a wheatgrass juicing, so that’s another consideration if you have specific types of juicing to accomplish. This juicer features 5 adjustments, so you can find the right one for whatever you’re trying to juice.
This juicer measures 14.5 x 6.5 x 15.5″.
What to Look for in a Juicer
While the main feature you’ll start with in your juicer search is the type of juicer you need (masticating or centrifugal), there are a few other things you might want to prioritize as well. Here are some of the things you might consider:
- Feed tube: Smaller feeder tubes mean more prep work, so many shoppers find a larger tube appealing.
- Cleaning: It can be more convenient to have dishwasher-safe components, and some juicers are hard to clean, period, so do a little digging before you buy
- Juice collector: Juicers come with a collection cup, but check out the size of it and whether the juicer will fit other cups
- Pulp ejection: The pulp ejection system is something you might want to check out to see how the pulp is removed and where it is ejected to
- Speeds: Having multiple speeds can be useful if you do a wide variety of juicing
- Price: Masticating juicers are more expensive than centrifugal, but in general you can expect to pay anywhere from $100-$300 for a juicer (with some exceptions — there are a few under $100 that can work, as well as plenty of splurge juicers at $300+)