We spent 96 hours juicing fruits and vegetables, both hard and soft, and attempted to make nut milks. In the end, our favorite juicer was the Cuisinart Juice Extractor CJE-1000, a powerful machine that produces excellent juice and nut milk. It leaves behind only a little pulp and less froth than any of the other juicers we tested. In addition, it has a big food chute.
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Cuisinart Juice Extractor CJE-1000
Our top choice, the Cuisinart Juice Extractor CJE-1000, does a fine job extracting juice from tougher vegetables and fruits, leaving behind only a small amount of pulp. It struggled a bit with softer produce like lettuce and fresh herbs but still performed well.
This is also one of the few juicers we tested that managed to make almond milk using water-soaked almonds and water. In our tests, this juicer created the least amount of froth of any machine we tested, which means you get fewer bubbles and waste, and more juice. Our food preparation time was minimal. This juicer has a 3-inch-wide food chute, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time chopping fruits or veggies to fit. However, you need to spend some time cleaning this juicer, since it comes with nine separate parts. Still, this process is made somewhat easier by the included cleaning brush. Plus, some parts are dishwasher-safe. This is a big machine, so you probably want to find a spot on a kitchen counter to store it for daily use. It comes with a tall pitcher, a froth separator, and a nonslip base so it stays in place during operation.
- Extracts lots of juice
- Works great with hard produce
- Requires minimal chopping for fruits and veggies
- Time-intensive to clean
- Has nine parts to disassemble for cleaning
- This is a fairly loud machine
Breville Juice Fountain Compact BJE200XL
The Breville Juice Fountain Compact stands out in a number of ways. It removes the pulp and produces smooth juice, and it does it in a very compact design.
The bigger machines we tested have a separate tub that collects pulp, practically doubling their countertop footprint. This unit does it all in one relatively slim machine and only costs around $100. We used some cheaper machines, but they don’t do the same level of juicing; they produce more pulp. This is one of many machines that claim to juice a whole apple with no slicing or other prep, and this one actually did it in our testing. It was a small apple, but it was still impressive. Skipping some of the choppings will save you time.
This was not a perfect machine. Its juice had more froth on the top than our best pick. It also struggled more than the best juicers with the really dense produce like beets. That is to be expected at this price level. It is also loud – one of the loudest ones we tested. It had a tendency to spatter juice rather than producing a steady, smooth stream like some others. It means you will want to use the included pitcher rather than your own cup.
- Easily handles hard produce
- Certain parts, not dishwasher safe
Omega Mega Mouth
We got more juice out of the Omega Mega Mouth than any other machine we tested. This machine produced 22 liquid ounces while other machines averaged only 14.
The Omega Mega Mouth did an excellent job extracting juice from hard and soft produce in virtually all our tests. Since getting juice is the whole point of a juicer, the Omega got top marks. It was also impressive for its long warranty and a long cord that provides options on where to store it on your countertop.
This machine was less impressive in other ways. It all seemed rather flimsy and it was hard to assemble and clean. We had a bit more prep work than expected as well. With the words “mega mouth” in the product’s name, we expected to drop in whole apples but that was not possible. It also is the most expensive juicer we tested, but you will be getting generous amounts of froth-free juice for the price.
- Works well with soft produce
- Parts are dishwasher-safe
- No customer service phone number
- This is a loud machine
- Struggles a bit with hard produce
KOIOS Slow Masticating Juicer
The KOIOS Slow Masticating Juicer is a decent option if you want to try slow juicing, which is associated with retaining more of juice’s nutritional value because it generates less heat.
This machine got more juice out of the same amount of produce when compared to the other slow juicer, though it got less than a lot of other machines. Slow juicing requires more prep time, clean-up time and time waiting for the machine to generate juice. These machines can only handle small pieces so produce must be trimmed and they have more parts than more common centrifugal-style machines. But many experts agree it is worth the wait for the superior nutrition of the slow-juiced juice. If you would like to try slow juicing, KOIOS is a good option at a relatively low price.
- Extracts optimal amount of juice
- Minimal pulp leftover
- Has nonskid rubber feet
- You don’t get a pitcher
- It lacks a froth strainer
- This is a fairly noisy machine
Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor 67601
If you like pulp, the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth produces plenty of juice and is a snap to clean. It has only five removable parts that are all dishwasher-safe. It also comes with a brush for easily cleaning the grate.
In our tests, the Hamilton Beach juicer produced lots of juice for each of our three test recipes. It handled hard and soft produce well, though it could have processed the leafy greens slightly better. Even so, it produced a high juice yield compared to other products after straining away the froth. This juicer does leave a lot of pulp in your juice, which is great if you’re looking to up your fiber intake. Unlike some others, the Hamilton Beach doesn’t come with a pitcher to collect your juice. Its nozzle also points directly down, so find the right container to catch your juice and prevent spills.
- High juice yield
- Lots of froth
We invested 96 hours in testing and evaluating juicers, measuring the amount of juice versus pulp each produced, the amount of froth created, and how much prep work was needed to get fruits and vegetables to fit through the food chute. In some cases, we had to spend quite a bit of time chopping hard produce into small- or medium-sized pieces, while other juicers had chutes so big we could simply cut an average apple, orange or beet into quarters. We also evaluated how much pressure we needed to exert to push fruits and vegetables through the juicer. We had difficulty getting decent nut milk from any machine when we tried juicing water-soaked almonds. Most juicers produced an unpleasant gruel, although we had better results with the Cuisinart Juice Extractor. We used the same measures, timer, decibel meter, types of produce, and judging criteria in each test. We selected juicers from well-known manufacturers and followed the user manual instructions so each machine was judged using the same standards. In the end, our scores for each category and testing notes figured into each product’s ranking.
We used three recipes to test how well each juicer handled hard produce (beets, apples, carrots, etc.), soft produce (salad greens, fresh herbs, etc.), and almonds. In our test kitchen, we measured the results precisely, noted the amount of juice and pulp that emerged, and scored each juicer on performance. We also measured the noise in decibels, monitored spills or splatters, timed assembly and cleanup efforts, and noted such specifications as juicer dimensions and electrical cord length.
In addition, we examined each juicer’s design and noted whether it came with extra safety features like non-skid feet to handle the heavy vibrations of the machine as well as accessories like a pitcher, froth separator and cleaning brush.
There are plenty of juicers available between $60 and $160. We tested ten products within this range and found more expensive juicers are not necessarily better. Perks like multiple speed settings, a long warranty, and an included pitcher appeared at several different price points, as did the absence of accessories. We advise shopping the features instead of letting price alone guide you.
The best juicers extract as much liquid as possible from fruits and vegetables, leaving behind very little pulp. Machines that leave large amounts of very moist pulp just aren’t doing their job. The same is true for froth. Every juicer makes some froth, but you don’t want inches of bubbles – you want a machine that gives you the most juice for your money.
If you’re serious about juicing, it’s best to get a juicer that fits nicely on your kitchen counter so you can leave it out rather than having to haul it out of a cupboard. That means paying close attention to the dimensions and even the length of the electrical cord. You don’t want to buy a juicer that looks great in your kitchen but doesn’t have a cord that reaches the outlet.
Noise is another consideration. All the machines we tested make a certain amount of racket, but you might want to choose a less-noisy model if you don’t want to wake the other members of your household every morning.
If accessories are important to you, make sure the machine includes a pitcher, a froth separator, a pulp strainer, and a cleaning brush. You will definitely appreciate a nonslip base, which keeps the machine from wiggling its way to disaster – and a big mess.
For anyone new to juicing, here are a few things to keep in mind.
- When juicing firmer produce like beets or carrots, chop each piece into smaller chunks. This requires more prep time but will put less strain on your juicer’s motor and blades, which helps your device to live longer.
- While it is possible to juice some nuts, the majority of them will only damage your device. One exception is almond milk. You do need to soak the almonds in water for 12 hours before juicing, which makes the nuts softer and puts less strain on your device.
- Don’t allow your juice concoction to sit too long after creating it. Since they’re produce based, these drinks have a limited shelf life before nutrients fade and they begin to attract mold.
- If you’re juicing for a later occasion, it’s better to store your juice in the freezer rather than the refrigerator. The nutrients will last longer.
- Add juices to common everyday recipes like muffins, pancakes, and soups to add more nutrients to your meals.
While blenders and juicers can both create delicious, healthy concoctions, there are some big differences. Blenders reduce foods to a fibrous liquid that includes the skins and pulp of fruits and vegetables while juicers eliminate as much of the skin and pulp as possible and thus remove fiber. You often need to add a bit more liquid, like water or milk, when blending as the food gets pretty dense when blended. To be healthy it’s best not to add sugars. Juicers can be pretty expensive, so we know it’s tempting to try juicing foods with your blender. However, in our own testing, when we tried to strain the juice from blenders we were hardly able to get any juice from the attempt, even after pressing and squeezing the smoothie against a fine colander. All we really ended up with was a huge mess. If you really want to try juicing, we recommend you save yourself the hassle and invest in a juicer.
Before answering this question, let’s talk about what makes dietary fiber so important. It’s found in a variety of foods, including broccoli, whole wheat, and apples. As explained previously, juicers discard the pulp, which is where fiber comes from. Oddly enough, fiber is important to your body because you can’t digest it.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are two types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in water – it turns into a gel-like material when digested, which helps lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. On the other hand, insoluble fiber helps your digestive system by increasing stool size and getting things moving, which is why it is often suggested as an aid for constipation.
However, that’s not all fiber does. In the same article, the Mayo Clinic explains that a high fiber diet can help you lower cholesterol, control blood sugar and achieve a healthy weight. It can even help you live longer. As such, you don’t want to cut fiber from your diet unless otherwise instructed to by a doctor.
Still, just because fiber is good for you and juicing gets rid of it, that doesn’t necessarily make juicing bad. According to WebMD, juicing is a great way to help people who don’t like fruits and vegetables get enough in their diet. When you juice, you just need to make sure you consume enough fiber through other foods. One way to do so is to add juiced fruits and vegetables to fiber-filled foods like homemade soups, muffin batter, and pasta dishes. It’s a nifty way to add more nutrients to your meals and keep you healthy.
Basically, as long as you don’t add a lot of sugar, blending is often better for you since it doesn’t remove fiber. To make juicing healthy, you have to take extra steps to ensure you get enough dietary fiber. If juicing sounds like too much work, check out our list of the best blenders.
Keep in mind that some people may be on a doctor-recommended, low-fiber diet, in which case juicing might be a healthier option. If this happens to be you, consult your doctor to see if juicing works with your dietary needs.