The Best Juicers
How We Found the Best Juicer
5 experts interviewed
10 models tested
3 top picks
The Best Juicers
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 talked with nutritionists and kitchen experts and then 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.
How We Chose the Best Juicers
Centrifugal vs. cold-press
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.
Dietitian and nutrition writer Sharon Palmer told us that a juicer “should be easy to use, take apart, clean, and store.” Most of the juicers took about 10 minutes to assemble. 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 was hands-down the worst, requiring a full 20 minutes to assemble and almost causing injury thanks to its exposed blade.
Chef Liana Green told us that a good juicer can “juice green leafy vegetables and produce a high yield from ingredients.” The most efficient juicers will squeeze your fruits and veggies dry. The centrifugal juicers averaged a speedy two 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. The cold-press juicers were generally quieter and neater during juicing, leaving us with a much cleaner countertop — but they required about seven minutes to fill one glass.
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. Despite a reputation that cold-press models will have you digging pulp out of their components for hours, our testing found that they were only slightly more difficult to clean than the centrifugal juicers.
The 3 Best Juicers
- Hurom HH Elite Slow Juicer -
- Breville The Juice Fountain Elite -
- Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor -
Why we chose it
The Hurom comes with a lidded pitcher for collecting juice, but its slow-turning auger produced so little splatter that we also had no problem putting our own glass directly under the juice spout. Clean juicing makes for means you’re not beholden to the Hurom’s pitcher, making it easier to juice straight into your to-go cup and reducing counter clean-up. (When we tried this with the Juiceman, we ended up with a foot-wide splatter radius.)
While juicers like the Omega and the Tribest only filled one-half to two-thirds of a standard 8-ounce drinking glass, the Hurom gave us nearly a full glass. It’s a cold-press juicer, meaning it works a little slower, but is likely to squeeze more from your fruits and veg. You can run the Hurom with one of two filters — “low pulp” and “high pulp” — but 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.
We were able to wipe down and rinse off the entire machine in about 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 so wet that it tended to stick in nooks and crannies.
Points to consider
Narrow feed chute
The Hurom’s feed chute is made of opaque plastic, meaning you can’t see what’s happening as you feed produce into the juicer — is it making weird noises because it’s about to jam, or is it powering through a particularly 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. Not a dealbreaker, but we preferred larger, more transparent chutes as they require a little less prep work and you can see what’s going on.
Why we chose it
Best pulp filter
Of all our contenders, the Breville did the best job of filtering out pulp, offering a much 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.
Easy to use, easy to clean
The Breville’s wide, 3-inch feed chute means produce prep time can be kept to a minimum. In practice, that means simply halving apples as opposed to quartering them (or more). The machine is easy to disassemble for cleaning and the included brush does a fine job of scrubbing the straining bowl.
This is a good looking juicer. The Breville’s polished metal exterior actually makes it look more expensive than the pricier plastic Hurom. The cord includes a looped handle that makes it especially easy to plug and unplug — a plus if you hate wiggling cords in and out of power outlets.
Points to consider
Not great for greens
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 other centrifugal juicers we tested, too: None are as thorough as cold-press juicers, like the Hurom.
You’re stuck using the included pitcher. When we tried to juice directly into our own glass, all the countertop within a 12-inch radius got splattered with juice. You’ll have to be sure to keep track of the pitcher if you go with the Breville, but it’s a small problem for an otherwise high-performing machine.
Why we chose it
During testing, the Hamilton outperformed not only other budget options, but also some high-end juicers, like the KitchenAid. It also boasts a three-year warranty — impressive for centrifugal juicers, whose whirring motors generally wear out after just a year.
Wide feed chute
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. Most budget competitors we tested had an extremely narrow feed chute that required us to chop our apples into sixteenths to get them to fit — a process we’re reluctant to commit to for our daily juice.
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 (which featured sizeable chunks of celery in its juice. 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 Hamilton Beach offers tasty results and a respectable performance for a much smaller price tag.
Points to consider
Make no mistake: 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 the best at thoroughly juicing produce: We found a few large chunks of apple and kale in the pulp container that hadn’t been properly shredded.
Guide to Juicers
How to find the right juicer for you
Assess your own health
Juicing isn’t for everyone. Registered dietitian 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 health challenges, it’s best to talk to your registered dietitian or doctor before you shop for a juicer.
Are you looking for a quick daily juice to take on your commute or something packed with all kinds of unusual ingredients to enjoy on a luxurious weekend morning? To make the most out of your juicer, get a head start by researching recipes involving your favorite ingredients. There are lots of online guides for beginners. The last thing you want to do is purchase a juicer and have it gather dust because you got sick of straight carrot juice.
Anticipate cleaning time
Be prepared to clean your juicer after every use. Bacteria love to feast on unpasteurized juices, so it’s important to clean your juicer every time you use it. And the sooner the better — the drier it gets, the harder pulp is to remove. During testing, we found that the strainer baskets and pulp spouts tended to need the most attention. So think about how often you’ll use your machine, what kind of fruits and vegetables you’ll be juicing (some leave more behind in your juicer than others), and how much time you’ll have to clean your machine.
Will a juicer make me healthier?
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.”
How can I get the most nutrient-rich juice from my juicer?
- Chill your produce in the fridge beforehand. This may help stave off oxidation, allowing your fruits and veggies to retain more nutrients.
- Add a drizzle of olive oil to your juice. 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. The fresher the better.
Do I need a juicer for detoxing?
Everyone from Wall Street bankers to Beyoncé is talking about juice cleanses, 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.” 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 one to two quarts of waste and extra fluid a day via your urine. In other words, your body already has the whole detox thing covered.