The Best Juicer
Get the most juice from your produce
Whether you’re a juicing veteran or just beginning to explore your options, the best juicer should be easy to assemble, use and clean. We chopped and shredded our way to the best options on the market, testing 10 popular models for everything from efficiency to ergonomics and noise level.
The Hurom was the slowest of our top picks, but also the most efficient, producing more juice than any other model. An intuitive design and low noise level helped the Hurom stand out.
Homemade juice is typically pulpy, but the Breville produces a smooth juice with minimal fiber — although it’s not as efficient as the Hurom.
Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor
Noisy and messy, but also quick, cheap, and easy to clean.
The Best Juicers
There’s a lot to love about juicing. As nutritionist Robin Foroutan, MS, RDN sums it up, “Fresh-pressed vegetable and fruit juices can be fantastic additions to anyone’s diet. They’re great for adding extra phytonutrients and antioxidants to the diet, and they’re delicious.” But juicers can be a hassle to clean and operate. The best juicer should make great-tasting juice without requiring you to memorize an instruction manual or spend hours at the cutting board prepping produce.
Though the $400 price tag had us raising an eyebrow, the Hurom HH Elite Slow Juicer proved itself a standout performer for people serious about juicing. It took about 8 minutes to produce a cup of juice, versus the 1-6 minutes of our other finalists, but it squeezed more out of our produce than any other model. It was also quiet enough that we could chat easily during juicing — and with its two included brushes, easy disassembly, and lack of countertop splatter, we found cleanup surprisingly quick.
Juicing isn’t for everyone. Registered dietician Sylvia North warned us that “if you have a clinically diagnosed inflammatory bowel or kidney disease, some nutrients found in high concentrations in green juices may not be appropriate.” If you’re navigating any of these health challenges, “it’s best to talk to your registered dietitian or doctor.”
Homemade juice is typically quite fibrous. If you’re looking for a glass of juice that has a smooth texture, closer to what you might purchase at the grocery store, we’d suggest the Breville Juice Fountain Elite ($300). Unlike the Hurom, it’s not going to squeeze every last drop from your fruits and vegetables, but it produced tasty juice that was virtually pulp-free.
If you want to start juicing regularly, but you’re unsure about dropping a lot of cash, the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor ($70) did an efficient job at a low price point. It’s a lot noisier than the Hurom — on par with a blender — but its wide feed chute allowed us to drop in apple and lemon halves with minimal chopping. The Hamilton Beach was also the only budget juicer we looked at that included a cleaning brush — and an impressive 3-year warranty. Its juice is much pulpier than the Breville, and it wasn’t as efficient at pulverizing produce as the Hurom, but we found juicing and cleanup easy, and taste-testers enjoyed the end results.
How We Found the Best Juicer
We started off with 10 top-rated juicers — customer favorites from retailers like Target and Walmart, plus the winners of “best of” lists from sites like Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping. We limited our focus to the two most common types — centrifugal and cold-press — excluding blenders, manual juicers, and citrus juicers.
- Centrifugal juicers shred produce and spin it rapidly to extract juice.
- Cold-press juicers (also called masticating juicers) crush juice out by twisting the produce against a screen. Cold-press juicers take longer and tend to be more expensive, but extract slightly more juice.
In all, our 10 finalists were a diverse bunch, ranging from $40 to $400.
Feed chute: The “food tunnel” you drop your produce into. Large chutes can fit apple halves and small lemons, while smaller ones require apples to be chopped into sixths or eighths.
Pusher: A ramrod that fits into the chute, which you can use to push the produce down into the juicer.
Auger: In cold-press juicers only. A ridged, twisting piece of hard plastic that crushes the produce against the walls of the strainer basket to extract juice.
Strainer basket: A mesh bowl that strains the juice, separating it from the pulp. In centrifugal models, there’s a blade on the bottom of the basket that chops up the produce and spins it around.
Spout: Juice flows from the strainer basket out of the spout, into your cup or pitcher.
Pulp container: A large container at the back of the juicer that collects pulp once the juice has been extracted.
Base: The solid foundation that houses your juicer’s motor.
First, a note about oxidation.
If you’ve dipped your toes into the world of juicing, you’ve probably heard a lot of discussion about oxidation. This chemical reaction occurs when the nutrients in fruits and vegetables are disrupted through heat, friction, or exposure: It’s the reason that a sliced apple turns brown after being cut open. While it’s not dangerous, it can lower the nutritional quality of your produce.
For this reason, some juicing enthusiasts avoid centrifugal juicers. They fear that the spinning process used to extract the juice could heat up the produce, leading to nutrient loss. But there’s not much research on this topic. A 2013 study found that broccoli juice from a centrifugal juicer did have slightly lower nutrient levels versus a cold-press juicer. A separate study from 2014 suggests you should use a blender instead. In practical terms, we’d suggest not worrying about extraction methods and just making sure to drink your juice right away: Leaving it on the counter for a couple of hours will have a much greater impact on oxidation levels than the method you use to extract it.
Then we got some expert advice.
To figure out the difference between an OK juicer and a great one, we talked with nutritionists and kitchen experts. Chef Liana Green told us that a good juicer can “juice green leafy vegetables and produce a high yield from ingredients.”Dietitian and nutrition writer Sharon Palmer told us that a juicer “should be easy to use, take apart, clean, and store.”
So we approached testing with all these factors in mind, paying close attention to the following:
- Usability: We wanted to find juicers that were easy to assemble and operate and not too difficult to clean. We also gave bonus points to juicers with multiple speed settings, which allow them to handle a wider range of produce.
- Efficiency: When fed the same amount of produce, which juicer squeezed out the most juice? The most efficient juicers squeeze your fruits and veggies dry, saving you money over time.
- Ease of cleaning: While all juicers require scrubbing, we wanted to find the models that were as simple to clean as possible, free of nooks and crannies where pulp could collect.
Next, we took over the kitchen.
Since leafy, stringy produce is the hardest to juice, we chose a recipe that included both celery and kale (plus lettuce, apples, lemon, and ginger). Then we went through the full juicing process with each of our 10 models, from unboxing to rinsing and drying, with taste-testers sampling each glass of juice and giving their feedback on pulp levels and overall taste.
- Black & Decker 400W Rapid Juice Extractor
- Breville The Juice Fountain Elite
- Cuisinart Juice Extractor CJE-1000
- Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor
- Juiceman All-In-One Juice Extractor
- Oster Wide Mouth Juice Extractor
- Hurom HH Elite Slow Juicer
- KitchenAid Juicer and Sauce Slow Juicer
- Omega 8006 Nutrition System Juicer
- Tribest Slowstar Vertical Slow Juicer & Mincer
Most of the juicers took about 10 minutes to assemble; while we had high hopes for our pricier models, they weren’t always easier to put together. The $300 Breville and the $400 Hurom both came mostly assembled, but the Tribest ($250) didn’t — and we found its instructions confusing and difficult to follow. KitchenAid’s $300 juicer attachment (a fully operational juicer designed to fit onto a KitchenAid stand mixer) was hands-down the worst, requiring a full 20 minutes to assemble and almost causing injury thanks to its exposed blade.
The juicing experience also varied greatly: The centrifugal juicers averaged a speedy 2 minutes per glass of juice. But they also tended to be quite messy, splattering juice everywhere if we placed our own glasses beneath the juice spouts — these models come with lidded pitchers for good reason. The cold-press juicers were generally quieter and neater during juicing, leaving us with a much cleaner countertop — but they required about 7 minutes to fill one glass.
The cold-press models were only slightly more difficult to clean than the centrifugal juicers (online discussion had us worried we would be digging pulp out of them for hours), but we frequently had operational difficulties because of their more complex designs. We didn’t realize there was a piece of packing cardboard in the Cuisinart’s strainer basket until some of it was shredded, and we made a kale-celery-lemon sauce during our first go with the KitchenAid because we used the wrong filter. Our eventual top picks didn’t just excel at making tasty juice — they outperformed their peers by offering a more hassle-free juicing experience.
The juices of our five finalists, from left to right: Hurom, Breville, Cuisinart,
Hamilton Beach, and Oster
Our Picks for Best Juicer
If you juice regularly and want to keep the process as efficient as possible — from squeezing the most out of your veggies to minimizing the amount of time you spend washing your juicer — the cold-press Hurom HH Elite Slow Juicer is our pick. Though pricey at $400, the Hurom produced the most juice of all our finalists and was one of the easiest machines to use.
It arrived mostly assembled and proved itself a powerhouse immediately: Juicers like the Omega filled about half of a 16-ounce drinking glass. The Hurom gave us two-thirds of a glass. It came with a lidded pitcher for collecting juice, but the lack of splatter produced by its slow-turning auger meant we also had no problem putting our own glass directly under the juice spout. You can run the machine with one of two filters — “low pulp” and “high pulp” — but note that our taste-testers reported the low-pulp option was still pretty pulpy. If you’re not a fan of all that fiber, we’d suggest the Breville, below.
Keep your juicer clean! Bacteria love to feast on unpasteurized juices, so it’s important to clean your juicer after each use — the sooner the better, since dry pulp can be a challenge to remove. We found that the strainer basket and pulp spout tend to need the most attention.
Cleaning the Hurom felt like a breath of fresh air after struggling to clear the clogged pulp chute of the Tribest. We were able to wipe down and rinse off the entire machine within 15 minutes. It comes with two brushes: a fluffier, softer brush for large areas, and a hard-bristled double-ended brush for tackling the mesh of the strainer basket. Cleaning the pulp container was especially straightforward since the Hurom’s pulp was so dry and easy to empty out. The pulp of the centrifugal juicers, by contrast, was much wetter and tended to stick in nooks and crannies, requiring more soap and scrubbing. We also appreciated the cap that fits over the Hurom’s juice spout, preventing it from dripping as you carry it to the sink. This feature was bafflingly absent on every other juicer we tested, resulting in lots of sticky countertop puddles.
The Hurom’s extremely dry pulp (left) made clean-up easier than the wetter, less pulverized pulp produced by models like the Breville (right).
There were a few small touches that we appreciated: The Hurom comes with a 100-page recipe book that has instructions for everything from Mango Juice to Handmade Tofu — plus helpful information on produce prep and nutrition. The Hurom’s cord also measures a generous 3 feet (most of the others had 1-foot cords), giving you more flexibility in terms of counter placement. And the Hurom shocked us by how quiet it was. Most of the models we tested were comparable to blenders or stand mixers, but the quiet whirring and chugging of the Hurom won’t disturb the peace if, say, a significant other is sleeping in — or if you want to maintain a conversation while juicing.
We found the Hurom easy to use, but a mismatch between the labels in the Hurom’s instruction manual and the labels on our machine made initial setup confusing.
We did have a few minor gripes. Our machine’s juice spout had two settings: “Close” and “Open” which were labeled in the user manual as “Clean” and “Juice,” making initial setup confusing. And we weren’t wild about the Hurom’s feed chute: Ours was made of opaque plastic, which meant we couldn’t see what was happening as we fed produce into the juicer — was it making weird noises because it was about to jam, or because it was chewing through a stringy piece of celery? The chute also had a narrower mouth than most of our finalists, requiring us to quarter our apples and lemons before adding them. Still, given the Hurom’s stellar performance in all other areas, these flaws weren’t deal-breakers. Overall, it’s an efficient, easy-to-use machine that will appeal to avid juicers.
If you’re of the opinion that “high fiber” and “juice” don’t belong in the same sentence, we’d suggest the Breville Juice Fountain Elite ($300). Of all our contenders, it did the best job of filtering out pulp, producing a smooth, extremely palatable drink.
Of course, there are plenty of reasons that pulp is a good thing — most notably the fact that it slows down sugar absorption — but too much creates a thick, gritty texture that can be hard to get past. We found the Breville offered a smoother texture than finalists like the KitchenAid, which testers complained still contained “vegetable chunks,” or the Juiceman, which produced a “foamy grittiness” we weren’t wild about. And if you do want to add a little fiber back into your beverage, it’s easy enough to scoop some extra pulp back out of the Breville’s straining basket.
Unlike the Hurom, the Breville wasn’t great at processing leafy greens. In the pulp container, we found a few quarter-sized pieces of unshredded kale, plus some intact strips of celery. But this held true of all the centrifugal juicers we tested: None are as thorough as cold-press juicers.
The machine itself is visually appealing. The Breville looks even more expensive than the plastic Hurom thanks to a polished metal exterior, and the cord includes a looped handle that makes it especially easy to plug and unplug. The juicer came fully assembled, which meant we were able to start juicing immediately, and its wide, 3-inch feed chute meant produce prep was minimal: We could drop in apple halves without having to quarter them. Disassembly was straightforward thanks to clear instructions in the user manual, and the included cleaning brush did a fine job of scrubbing the straining bowl.
But there were still a few minor hitches. The Breville’s cord is strangely located at the front of the juicer, right next to the spout, which meant that it tended to get in the way. You’re also stuck using the included pitcher: When we tried to juice directly into our own glass, the surrounding area (a 12-inch radius) got splattered with juice.
For another low-pulp option, the Cuisinart Juice Extractor CJE-1000 ($149) is worth a shout-out. Like the Breville, it came fully assembled, with its own cleaning brush and 1,000 mL pitcher. Its claim to fame is its five speed settings — the other juicers have two at most. The Cuisinart also has five “foam” settings on its spout, though we didn’t notice a significant performance difference between them, other than the juice slowing to a drip on the lower settings. While it produced less juice than the Breville, it was almost as liquidy, and several taste-testers praised it as their favorite for its even blend of flavors. If you want something that’s a little cheaper — or enjoy having settings to play with — the Cuisinart is a good choice.
Best Budget Juicer
If you’re not ready to commit to a $300 appliance, or just prefer a juicer that does the job without a lot of frills, the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor ($70) was our favorite. During testing, it outperformed not only other budget options, but also some high-end juicers like the KitchenAid.
We wanted to like the bargain-priced Black & Decker ($40), but it had an extremely narrow feed chute that required us to chop our apples into sixteenths to get them to fit — a process we’d be reluctant to undertake every day. The Hamilton Beach’s 3-inch chute was a breeze by comparison: We were able to drop in large apple halves and entire celery stalks without a problem. Just be warned that the Hamilton is messy. Juice from the feed chute splattered back out as we pushed in produce. And, like all centrifugal juicers, the Hamilton isn’t very efficient: We found a few large chunks of apple and kale in the pulp container that hadn’t been properly shredded.
That said, we were pleasantly surprised at how well the Hamilton Beach stacked up in taste testing, even against pricier cold-press models such as the KitchenAid — whose juice contained sizeable chunks of celery that our testers had to spit out. Many testers praised the smoothness of the Hamilton’s juice, noting that the Black & Decker and Oster were both grittier. You’ll get less juice and more foam than a top-performer like the Hurom, but the the Hamilton Beach offers tasty results and a respectable performance for a reasonable price.
If you want to go even cheaper, the Oster Wide Mouth Juice Extractor ($50) is a decent runner-up — we just felt more lukewarm about it than the Hamilton. The Oster’s feed chute is wide and easy to use, but it lacks a cleaning brush, which makes scrubbing the pulp basket tricky. And while testers liked the Oster’s juice, they reported it to be “a little gritty.” The Oster also offers just a 1-year warranty, versus the three years covered by Hamilton Beach. Still, if you’re new to juicing, want to see what the fuss is about, and don’t mind procuring your own cleaning brush, the Oster is worth a shot.
Did You Know?
It’s still important to eat a balanced diet.
Everyone from Wall Street bankers to Beyoncé have tried juice cleanses, but the US Department of Agriculture warns against relying on juice as your sole source of nutrition. This kind of diet won’t give you enough protein or fiber to maintain muscle mass and keep you feeling full.
When we spoke with nutritionist Shereen Lehman, she reiterated this point. “Juicing alone won’t fix an unhealthy diet,” she told us. “It’s also important to cut out the junk foods and eat more lean protein sources, dairy or calcium sources, whole grains, and more fruits and veggies.” Think of juicing as an addition to a healthy diet — if you don’t like eating all your produce whole, an additional 8 ounces of juice can help make up the difference.
Your body does a great job of detoxing on its own.
Some marketing campaigns claim that juicing can help “detox” or cleanse your body of toxins, but registered dietitian Emily Braaten urged us to be wary: “There is no substantial scientific evidence to support the use of freshly squeezed juice for ‘cleansing’ purposes. Humans rely on the liver and the kidneys to separate out potentially toxic byproducts of metabolism,” she told us.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) point out that each of your kidneys “is made up of about a million filtering units” that remove about 1 to 2 quarts of waste and extra fluid a day via your urine. In other words, your body already has the whole detox thing covered.
Try these tips for maximum nutrient absorption.
As we noted earlier, it’s a good idea to drink homemade juice immediately. Beyond that, there are a few other ways to ensure that your juice as as nutrient-rich as possible:
- Chill your produce in the fridge beforehand. This may help stave off oxidation, allowing your fruits and veggies to retain more nutrients.
- Consume your juice with a bit of fat, like olive oil. It sounds counter-intuitive, but fats help your body absorb more of the vitamins in leafy green vegetables like kale or spinach.
- Incorporate citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges: Citric acid is a natural preservative that can help slow the oxidation process.
- The quality of your produce also makes a difference. As a rule of thumb, the fresher the better.