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Fresh juice at home is a total treat, whether you’re looking to make fresh juice for your family or step up your cocktail game. Once you invest in a juicer, only your creativity is your limit—try your hand at homemade tomato juice, ginger-spiked pick-me-ups, citrus treats, and so much more. Your concoctions will be many times more delicious than what you can find in a carton, and way more affordable than your local juice bar.
The two most common kinds of juicers are centrifugal juicers and masticating juicers. The former pulverizes ingredients with tiny teeth on a quickly spinning basket, these work quicker but can be loud and make more foam. (Many come with lidded pitchers and built-in strainers so you can’t taste the difference.) Masticating juicers use augers with metal teeth to “chew up” produce, which takes longer but extracts more juice from the pulp. Some claim the slow, gentle process yields higher antioxidants than high-speed, heat-generating juicers, but that may only be for certain fruits. Citrus juicers are simple to use and streamlined, but they can only be used for citrus, so they’re limiting.
Juicing can involve a lot of clean-up although the leftover pulp can be used in other recipes to minimize food waste. When you pick out a juicer, you’ll want to think about the type, as well as how many people you'll be serving, how much storage/kitchen counter space you have, and how much you want to invest.
Here are the best juicers for pretty much everybody. We’ll raise a mimosa with fresh-squeezed OJ to that.
Best Overall: Kuvings EVO820 Whole Slow Juicer
Dimensions (LxWxH): 9.5 x 8 x 19 inches | Weight: 16 pounds | Wattage: 240 W
This snazzy, compact masticating juicer from Kuvings has some brilliant bells and whistles, from a wide-mouthed 3.2-inch feed tube that can still juice small ingredients, to multiple strainers for juice, smoothies, and ice cream.
You can switch out the strainer to make delicious frozen desserts with your favorite fruits (hi there, sorbet!) and it juices at a low speed of 60 RPM. Its smoothie and sorbet attachments will even work well with leafy greens and nuts, and a removable smart cap makes it easy to do a quick clean-up between batches of juice. There’s a 10-year limited manufacturer's warranty and a convenient carrying handle that lets you move your juicer around easily.
Best Budget: Hamilton Beach 67850 Big Mouth Premium 2-Speed Juice Extractor
Dimensions (LxWxH): 14.5 x 8 x 14.5 inches | Weight: 9.3 pounds | Wattage: 850 W
Juice everything from firm apples and ginger root to delicate strawberries in this centrifugal juicer—or use this Hamilton Beach juicer to make soy, almond, or rice milk. The 1.1-horsepower motor is capable of two speeds to easily handle firm and soft foods.
The 40-ounce BPA-free juice pitcher means there is no need to stop every few seconds to empty the container. Just juice and pour yourself a glass of homemade goodness. A froth separator keeps the foamy froth in the pitcher and out of your glass. (If you like the froth like me, just remove the lid from the pitcher, stir and pour.) A whole apple will fit into the wide chute, and the patented Easy Sweep cleaning tool cuts strainer cleaning time in half with dishwasher-safe parts make cleanup easier, too.
A downside: this juicer can skid around on the countertop a bit, and some reviewers complained that it leaked juice. Still, for its price, this is hard to beat.
Best Masticating: AICOK Slow Masticating Juicer
Dimensions (LxWxH): 17.1 x 8.9 x 13.1 inches | Weight: 12.1 pounds | Wattage: 150 W
Not a fan of pulp or foam? The Aicok Slow Masticating juicer separates out the solids, so you're just left with pure juice. With 80 RPM, it makes your juice without creating too much friction.
This option features a 60-decibel quiet motor that is ideal for early risers who want to make a fresh glass of juice without disturbing the family (the sound is quieter than a ringing phone). This machine is especially well suited to extracting ginger, celery, wheatgrass, carrots, apples, oranges, and other fibrous fruits and vegetables. This makes it perfect for preparing food for babies and toddlers.
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Best Centrifugal: Breville JE98XL The Juice Fountain Plus Centrifugal Juicer
Dimensions (LxWxH): 14.1 x 12.6 x 16.4 inches | Weight: 3 pounds | Wattage: 850 W
This easy-to-use juicer has a heavy-duty 850-watt motor that extracts eight ounces of juice in only five seconds. It is so powerful that pineapple can be juiced in large chunks with the rind on.
The Breville Juice Fountain Plus has two speeds for custom juicing. The lower 6,500-RPM speed works for leafy vegetables and soft fruit, while the higher 12,000-RPM speed is great for denser fruits and more robust veggies. The titanium-reinforced disc and Italian-made micro-mesh filter basket are made out of stainless steel and are designed for optimum juice extraction. When it comes to storing, the cord neatly wraps around the base.
Best for Citrus: Smeg Citrus Juicer
Dimensions (LxWxH): 7.5 x 6.5 x 11 inches | Weight: 6 pounds | Wattage: 80 W
This chic juicer from Smeg is perfect if oranges, lemons, limes, and other citrus fruits are what you have in mind for juicing. It even comes in an array of cheerful colors so you can match it to your kitchen or bar cart.
The Smeg’s motor has a built-in sensor that automatically activates when pressure is applied. The Tritan plastic cover even doubles as a bowl for fruit. Its stainless steel, anti-drip spout dispenses the juice directly into your glass. You’ll have lemonade, Palomas, and classic daiquiris whenever your heart desires.
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Best for No-Fuss Cleanup: Hurom H101 Slow Juicer
Dimensions (LxWxH): 6 x 6 x 18 inches | Weight: 12 pounds | Wattage: 150 W
The mess can be one of juicing’s main drawbacks. So the folks at Huron created this machine with scrub-free cleaning in mind. The low-speed, squeezing action juices fruits and vegetables at 60 RPM.
Instead of small holes on the strainer that you have to scrub to remove the pulp, this juicer has strainers with large, elongated grooves. You can simply rinse the parts in water, and you’re ready to juice all over again. A bonus, especially if you have kids around: there are no sharp edges in this juicer, and all the parts are 100 percent BPA-free. This masticating juicer rotates at a speed of just 43 revolutions per minute to mimic the motion of a hand squeezing juice, for slow-squeezed perfection.
Most Versatile: Cuisinart CSJ-300 Easy Clean Slow Juicer
Dimensions (LxWxH): 10.2 x 7 x 18.3 inches | Weight: 11 pounds | Wattage: 200 W
This juicer from Cuisinart has a sleek look and conveniently small footprint while making smooth juice without too much foam.
True to its name, cleanup is relatively easy with most all of the parts being dishwasher safe, and it has plastic baskets rather than mesh. This means you can whip up delicious beverages, from pressed juices and nut milk to spritzers and shakes without much hassle. Its large 3.5-inch diameter chute is big enough for whole fruits, and its powerful motor operates with quiet efficiency.
Best Handheld: OXO Good Grips Wooden Reamer
Dimensions (LxWxH): 1.6 x 1.6 x 6.3 inches | Weight: 2.5 ounces
This is the simplest juicing tool that really works. OXO's wooden reamer is solid beechwood with a natural oil finish combined with a large comfortable grip to make this kitchen tool a great way to juice your favorite citrus fruits. You’ll need to use a strainer as you pour the juice into your recipe (or gingerly pick out the seeds), and it must be hand-washed, but this is a great kitchen essential.
For its ability to juice small delicate fruits while also being able to make ice cream, the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer EVO820 (view at Amazon) is a surefire bet if you want an all-around juicer. If you're looking for a centrifugal juicer that even can handle pineapple with the rind, Breville's The Juice Fountain Plus Centrifugal Juicer (view at Amazon) is the one for you.
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