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The Best Juicers

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Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor

$55

  • 800-watt centrifugal juicer
  • Efficient for various fruit & veggies
  • Wide chute = less prep
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Omega Nutrition Center Juicer

$231

  • Slow juicer, low noise level
  • Super-efficient juice extraction
  • Multifunctional kitchen all-star
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Breville Juice Fountain Elite

$300

  • High speed, high volume
  • Rich flavors and low foam
  • Sleek, stylish design
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Something about a fresh juice always makes us feel like we’re going to live forever. We know chugging down a refreshing glass of kale-celery-apple juice isn’t actually enough to erase the damage caused by late nights and ill-advised fourth slices of pizza, but it sure feels like it might! So we’ve put the best of the best home juicers to the test — looking at taste and volume of juice, motor wattage, and ease of cleanup — and picked the best juicers to help you kick that $9-a-day store-bought juice habit once and for all.

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Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor

Starting from $55

The Details

14.41” X 7.8” X 11.46” inches

Weighs 9.75 pounds

800 wattage

3-inch chute

BPA-free

Dishwasher-safe removable plastic parts

Three-year limited warranty

What / Who It's Best For

  • Newbie juice-makers
  • People who want to cut down on prep time
  • People who want a simple machine

Why We Love It

Even mid-priced juicers can cost hundreds of dollars, so the skeptics among us didn’t have terribly high hopes when we set about testing machines in the budget category. But we were pleasantly surprised to find that the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor, the least expensive of all the cheaper-priced picks we tested, was our favorite.

First, a bit of general juicer info. When it comes to juicers, there are two major categories: single-auger and centrifugal. Centrifugal juicers use a fast-spinning blade and centrifugal force (science!) to separate the liquids contained in fruits and veggies from their solid parts. Single-auger juicers (aka cold-press juicers, masticating juicers, or “slow juicers”) have many names, but only one gear. They are — you guessed it — slower than their centrifugal counterparts. Single-auger juicers generate less heat throughout the juicing process, making them purportedly better at preserving valuable nutritional enzymes that centrifugal juicers’ heat can break down (although the evidence to support this isn’t universally agreed upon). Single-auger juicers are also generally pricier, so all the budget machines we tested were centrifugal. This centrifugal model gets the job done like a pro.

The chute on this juicer — that’s where you insert whatever you want to juice is 3 inches wide, or enough to fit half a medium-sized beet or a small apple. This cuts down on prep time, making this machine a good pick for anyone who wants a glass of juice within five minutes. Some reviews of this machine noted that it was slower than machines with more power (like the ones we tested in the $$ and $$$ brackets), which stands to reason, but it still makes a damn fine glass of juice in under two minutes, putting it neck-and-neck with its higher-priced competitors in this category.

We tested apples, beets, kale, celery, and carrots, and this machine’s 800 watts were more than sufficient to create perfectly smooth juices in every combination. Some of the juicers we tried tended to be more efficient at extracting juice from one type of fruit or vegetable than another which resulted in, for example, kale stealing all the thunder in our kale-apple-celery juice (such a diva). The Hamilton Beach had no such problem — the fruit and vegetable flavors were well-balanced in every juice we made.

This model is easy to set up (not a given when it comes to juicers) and to use, with just a simple on/off switch. Every juicer we tested was somewhat annoying to clean, but this one was less annoying than most — its plastic parts are all dishwasher-safe, and if you want to cut down on cleaning time, you can line the machine’s pulp bin with a plastic bag.

All the juicers we tested in this price category produced a significant amount of foam. You can always cut down on foam by using a fine mesh strainer, but we didn’t find it hugely off-putting, particularly if we drink our vitamin-brews right away. In short, if you want to drink green but not spend a whole lot of it, the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor is your best bet.

User Reviews

“I wanted a reasonably priced juicer to make sure I actually LIKED juicing first. I decided to go with this one based on its reviews, and I really don't plan on upgrading any time soon! This juicer does a great job and it's so easy to clean. I love that it comes with a brush to get the pulp out of the mesh part, too. For anyone who wants to start juicing without breaking the bank, definitely try this one out. PROS: Easy to clean, not too bulky on counter, comes apart easily, juices well. CONS: Loud (but what do you expect when you're extracting the juice out of fruits and veggies?)”
— Kate Bugusky From Amazon
“First of all, I want to say that this juicer is the BEST. Cleaning is so simple and it works. I never thought homemade juice could be this tasty. As far as the sound it makes, which almost all the people complained about in their comments, let me tell you something. This is a centrifugal juicer. That means that while you push down on the fruit, the juicer scrapes off the fruit into smaller pieces while the juice is extracted. But it does it so fast that the juice drips down through the spout, and the other parts of the fruit that you don't want get flung into the container in the back. The only thing I don't like about this juicer is the on/off switch. It should automatically shut off once you let go of the button. Overall, I am very pleased with this juicer. I certainly would recommend it to anyone.”
— T.N. From Amazon
“I rarely write reviews, but this one deserves it! My last juicer was one of those manual ones where I had to sit and feed each vegetable through it. It was so time-consuming and a pain. The wide mouth of this one is fantastic! Just cut and put a bunch of veggies into it and the powerful blades get you your juice in a few seconds! Super efficient and just awesome. Only thing I've found with the cleaning is that even with the brush, I can't seem to get the very tiny parts of some food stuck in the strainer, but will probably throw it in the dishwasher every now and then to take care of that.”
— Healing Mama From Amazon
“I've had this juicer for a year and have definitely put it through its paces. I juice regularly, including several weeklong sessions of juicing for two or three people with no other foods. When I juice like that, I tend to make all of the juices for the week in a huge batch and freeze them, so I am running this juicer for two to three hours at a time with no break. Because of that, I think I can speak pretty confidently of this juicer's abilities. Is this a high-end, top-of-the-line juicer? No. But I know people with the $300 juicers, and I am satisfied with this one. It extracts pretty similar amounts of juice as theirs, and the cleaning is pretty much the same process. One day I might upgrade, but until then, this is the juicer I recommend to people who are curious and want to try juicing without a large investment up front.”
— Heather Tenney From Amazon

Hamilton Beach

Squeeze pennies and veggies

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Omega Nutrition Center Juicer

Starting from $231

The Details

14.5” X 6.5” X 15.5” inches

Weighs 15 pounds

150 wattage

Pasta Attachment

15-year warranty

What / Who It's Best For

  • People with limited kitchen storage
  • People who can’t abide a noisy juicer
  • People who want maximum extraction efficiency

Why We Love It

We talked a bit about the differences between centrifugal and single-auger juicers in our review of our $ pick, and while we don’t think a single-auger machine is a good choice for a budget-conscious home juice-maker, if you’re looking to spend a little more money, the Omega J8004 is the best mid-range machine out there.

As we mentioned above, single-auger juicers are significantly slower than their centrifugal counterparts. The Omega has a smaller chute than most centrifugal machines, so it requires more chopping before you can get to juicin’. And at 150 watts, its strength doesn’t come from pure horsepower. It squeezes foods instead of grinding them, resulting in maximum efficiency. While the health benefits of single-auger juicers might be dubious, their efficiency is (at least based on our testing) truly superior. The proof was in the pulp: The fruit and veggie pulp that came out of the Omega was far drier than what any of the centrifugal machines in this category produced. No matter what fruit or vegetable we put down its chute, the Omega consistently yielded the highest volume of liquid. It also produced the least amount of foam. Win-win!

This juicer is a great choice for anyone for whom noise is a concern (fear not, juice-loving parents of young children — while the Omega J8004 isn’t exactly whisper-soft, it’s significantly quieter than any of the centrifugal models we tried). It’s also a good investment if you want a machine that multitasks. While most of the other juicers we tried were single-taskers, this one comes equipped with attachments for food processing (it chops and minces!) as well as making pasta, frozen desserts, baby food, and nut butters and milks. (Full disclosure: We didn’t test its abilities in those non-juice realms, but multiple Amazon reviewers attest to the Omega’s strength across multiple categories — though a few complained that the nut-butter attachment was finicky.)

This machine wasn’t our favorite to wash: It isn’t dishwasher-safe, it has a lot of small parts, and the juice gunk kind of worked itself in everywhere, so keep that in mind if you’re not a fan of handwashing. If you’re just making juice for one or two people, though, the cleaning will probably be less of an issue.

If you’re still not sold on that single-auger life (fair enough — especially if speed and volume are concerns), we also like the Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain, which was one of the least unwieldy models we tried —  its pulp-catcher is built into the machine (fewer parts to lose), and it made plenty of tasty and not-too-foamy beverages. But if you want to get the most out of your produce, we think the Omega J8004 is the way to go.

User Reviews

“After a lot of extensive research, I decided to purchase this model. I was using an inexpensive juicer that was very wasteful. My goals with juicing have been to engage in a healthier lifestyle, eat more fruits and veggies, and lose some extra weight. I hate kale, for example, but I will drink it. I've been using this juicer five times a week for three months. Yes, it's important to chop everything into somewhat small pieces to fit into the feeder tube, but it is a minor issue to me. It takes ten minutes total to juice and then wash the unit. The pulp is impressively dry. I run it through twice, but there’s minimal output the second time through because the pulp is dry the first time around. Washing is easy. I rinse in very hot water, scrub the screen with a toothbrush, and let it dry. I have also made three nut butters — cashew, sunflower seed, and almond. I had to run the nuts through about eight times to get a buttery consistency. It was messy and oily, but the almond and cashew nut butters were amazing! I would not recommend the sunflower-seed butter: the taste was unpalatable. I would do this more often with almonds and cashews if I had time, and raw nuts were more readily available to me. It's not a cheap product, and buying more fruits and veggies will add up at the grocery. The financial investment, in my opinion, is worth it.”
— Tia Morren From Amazon
“I purchased this juicer because I wanted to primarily juice greens. I have been using it daily since I purchased it in 2015 and juicing enough for a generous serving for two people. My standard juice is one apple sliced, several carrots cut into sticks, romaine lettuce leaves, spring lettuce mix, greens such as kale or swiss chard (not as bitter) and a pickle-sized cucumber. A couple of weeks ago the white cap broke and, after examining the metal juicing screen with a flashlight, I realized most of the small holes were blocked. I had been careful to immediately dismantle the parts and put them in soapy water after juicing, and used the brush on the screen, so it wasn't from neglect on my part (however, I never checked the screen with a flashlight). I bought a replacement cap and a new juicing screen and am getting more juice from fewer vegetables. I now make a thick paste with baking soda and rub it around the inside of the screen before scrubbing, which seems to do a much better job than just using the brush. I also plan to check the screen more often and bought an extra, so when it wears out I will have a replacement. I highly recommend this juicer and have had not problems with the motor after almost two years of daily use.”
— P. Harris From Amazon
“Excellent juicer. We replaced a centrifugal juicer purchased just a year before, as it was worn out and wasn't working as well anymore. We looked for a better-quality juicer that was more efficient and would last. So far, this Omega J8004 has worked VERY well. We use it about three times a week on average and juice enough each time to fill two or three bottles. The juice is better than what we got from the centrifugal juicer by far... hard to explain, but the juice is darker and richer-tasting. The pulp is dryer by far, with less waste. Lastly, so much easier to clean than the centrifugal juicer. So far, very happy with this product!”
— Ronald G. From Amazon
“Honestly, I had never owned a juicer like this, but it does amazing things for you. It has pretty much replaced my blender and food processor. It does a great job with nuts and all hard foods. I've only had it for about two months, but it seems really strong and keeps surprising me every day with all the things I can use it for. It is easier to clean than my old manual juicer, so that's a plus; really easy to set up and use. It’s great for wheatgrass! It gets the last drop of juice from it. Sometimes I run the pulp through again and it gets more juice.”
— Tatiana From Amazon

Omega

Masticating multitasker

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Breville Juice Fountain Elite

Starting from $300

The Details

17” X 11” X 20” inches

Weighs 17.2 pounds

1,000 wattage

3-inch chute

One-year limited warranty

Two speed controls

BPA-free

What / Who It's Best For

  • People with big families
  • People without much time to prep
  • Serious juice-makers

Why We Love It

Even after we were jaded from hours of juicer testing and millions (okay, tens) of cups of juice, the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite was a true treat to use. It was just so fast! And efficient! And yes, we’re not ashamed to admit that it just looked good. Would we say it looked “elite”? No, but that’s only because elite is sort of a weird adjective to ascribe to a juicer. But it was easy to use, super-speedy, and, dang, did it make a good cup of juice.

The Breville is a centrifugal juicer. In our review of our $$ pick, we extolled the virtues of the single-auger juicer, and while we did test a few of those in the $$$ category, we didn’t think any of them performed much better than our choice for the $$ category, the Omega J8004 Nutrition Center certainly not enough better to justify their higher cost. Overall, the Breville made the juice that tasted the best and required the least amount of time or energy. With a thousand watts behind it, this was the most powerful juicer we tested, and the speed with which it turned every fruit and vegetable we threw at it (er, placed carefully in its chute) was truly impressive. Of course, it was louder than its single-auger competitors (it sounded like a mid-volume blender), but it made such short work of everything from apples to kale to ginger to citrus that we barely had time to register the noise.

This juicer has two speeds: one for softer ingredients like berries, cucumbers, and citrus, and one for harder foods like beets and carrots. This ensures that every food is juiced as efficiently as possible; if you juice soft foods at higher speeds, they tend to zip into the pulp container before being fully divested of their delicious liquids. Every juice we tasted from this machine was rich, well-balanced, and very low on foam.

Like our $ pick, the Breville has a 3-inch chute, which makes it a great choice for anyone with limited time for prep work. Its juice jug has a 1.1-quart capacity, so you can whip up large quantities of juice without so much as taking a siphon break. And while we wouldn’t say cleanup was a breeze (the parts aren’t dishwasher-safe — wait, are we just lazy?), there weren’t a ton of small parts to clean, which we strongly appreciated.

If you’re an avid juicer who’s short on time but still wants a seriously high-quality beverage, you can’t do much better than the Breville 800JEXL. Santé!

User Reviews

“ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! I have had A LOT of juicers over the years and this one blows them all away! It is super fast and pulp is super dry. You get way more than twice the juice! I juiced a lot of veg and the pulp container was not even half full, yet there was no pulp in the juice! I've even had the slow masticating juicers, but this is better. Easy to put together, take apart and clean! I love it in every way. And before you believe that juice from slow juicers is better for you, look it up — that’s what I did, and it’s not as long as it’s done fast with a good juicer! I truly love this juicer in every way! I will never go back to the lower-end ones or the expensive, slow, hard-to-use-and-clean ones! Wish I’d had this in the beginning of my juicing ventures 20 years ago!”
— donna From Amazon
“This is an AMAZING juicer and I'd recommend it to newbies and experienced juicers. A local organic eatery has the best-quality juice in the area, and I had purchased this juicer nearly a year ago and never opened it until last week. To my delight, it is the same brand as the commercial one found in my favorite restaurant and produces an almost identical juice! But best of all, you don't have to chop up fruits and veggies into small chunks like my other juicers, and the cleanup is mostly of the ‘rinse and wipe’ variety. With its amazing design, I don't see the juicer ever jamming up like my previous one. It works quickly and quietly, and the filtering pitcher it comes with makes the final product easy to serve and store. The one small negative is that it's a bit large for my small kitchen, but that's a minor issue. Bravo to the design people at Breville! A+++”
— Diane Mchugh From Amazon
“I previously had the Omega 8006, which was quiet but took forever!! I had to cut everything up because the hole it goes through is about as big as a silver dollar. With this juicer, it's damn quick. It's a little louder but not bad at all. My vacuum makes more noise. The opening is much bigger and fits a standard-size whole apple and pear! It shoots out the seeds and pulp. You do have to REMOVE PITS from a peach. Do NOT run it through the juicer with a pit. We juice almost every day. It is also easy to clean. I rinse with soapy water and let it air-dry on a towel. You do have to scrub the disc for 10 seconds.”
— R. Ogrydziak From Amazon
“The only drawback to any juice machine is cleaning it. This one comes apart easily and cleans fairly quickly. Takes me about five minutes to wash all of the components. I love the container that the juice flows into because it has a cover so there's less splashing, plus when you pour the juice into your drinking glass, it skims off any foam, leaving you fresh, clear juice! Delicious! My favorite to juice with is apples, oranges, pineapple, and carrots. I love that you can fit an entire apple in it, and using the high speed it juices apples with ease. Sure, there's some noise, but it's worth the effort and cleanup to juice for your health! I'm bad about eating enough fresh produce, so juicing is the answer for me.”
— Kewins From Macy's

Breville

High-speed, highly efficient

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