Liquid Gold: The 12 Best Juicers

Any ape with a club can turn a piece of fruit into juice, but doing it right takes so much more. A blender just isn’t going to cut it if you are serious about getting every last drop of the sweet, savory goodness that is hidden in your produce. You are going to need a juicer.

Choosing a quality juicer ain’t easy. There are three general options open to you: centrifugal, masticating, or triturating. A centrifugal grinds up whatever you put into it while masticators chew up fruits and vegetables then spit them out. Triturating juicers press and squeeze like a fine wine maker. Each one is going to offer a different juicing experience. If you’re ready to get serious about your health and start receiving the beauty of wholly natural juice, then you are ready for one of the 12 best juicers.

Hamilton Big Mouth Juice Extractor

Hamilton Big Mouth Juice Extractor

Go Big: The input and output of the Big Mouth are both impressive. Everything about it is geared toward massive size. This is a benefit because you can lose nutrients by excessive cutting and chopping. With a 3 inch mouth there is a limited amount of paring that needs to be done. You can jam in large hunks to be churned up and processed. Even the pulp bin is large which both reduces how often you need to clean it and how many vitamins get passed along into the juice.

The problem you will encounter is even though it is built for girth, the strainer basket is delicate and can easily be damaged if you aren’t careful. All of the plastic parts can be put into the dishwasher so you won’t need to hand-clean anything but the blades and the pulp catcher. This is a centrifugal juicer so even with the strainer working overtime there will be a marginal amount of pulp passed through. Certainly not enough to require chewing but a few bits and pieces will sneak in. [Purchase: $50]

Breville 800JEXL

Breville 800JEXL

Flavor Country: The first day you use the 800JEXL you will need to resist the urge to go into the nearest Jamba Juice, pour out the magnificent creation it has made onto the counter and then walk out like you just dropped the mic. This is a big, heavy, loud bastard that is stainless steel inside and out. It’s centrifugal with two speeds that make it feel like a blender. It can take both soft and hard fruits and vegetables so if you’ve ever wanted to toss a chunk of coconut into your morning mix, this can handle it.

Despite its impressive features, this won’t give you the most nutrients and the output could be higher. You’ll notice upon dumping the pulp that it is still slightly wet, meaning there is more juice to be had. It’s ideal for speed and flavor but vitamin lovers will want to go back for a second helping just to make sure they’ve got everything they need for the day. Cleanup is as simple as a quick rinse. You’ll pay a pretty penny, but your palette will know where every dollar went. [Purchase: $300]

Cuisinart CJE-1000

Cuisinart CJE-1000

Speed Freak: The CJE from Cuisinart is meant to do things fast so that your ADD doesn’t distract you when you are trying to get your morning juice fix. It is built with 5 speeds ranging from “basic” to “dear god is this about to take off?” You’ll never go through the trouble of waiting for your juice to finish again. It churns and chucks quickly and efficiently.

While you will get your juice fast, it won’t have as many of the nutrients that slower models offer. You can also expect a much more pulpy mixture than those that take more time on sifting and filtration. You’ll get your juice now, but you will also lose some of the valuable parts. Recommended for people on the go. If you are looking to add to your workout, your money is better spent elsewhere. [Purchase: $110]

Krups Juice Extractor

Krups Juice Extractor

Small Package: If you’re thinking about hitting the road in an RV or just need a juicer that won’t take up too much space, then Krups has your solution. Weighing in at only 11 pounds it is parsimonious in it’s usage. It also comes with a multitude of safety features so that you and your family can avoid adding fingertips to your smoothie. It doesn’t slip and requires that you lower the arm during use so that accidents can be prevented.

You’ll get some oxidation with the Extractor, but no more so than can be expected from any juicer. It uses an impressive 900 watts of power so that you can get a quick glass without any fuss. It works best for everyday use, as well as everyday cleaning. It can be tucked away but forgetting about it is a disservice to you and the machine. [Purchase: $129]

Green Star GSE- 5000 Elite

Green Star GSE- 5000 Elite

Squeezed to Death: Masticating and centrifugal juicers are the most common, but they don’t offer up the kind of efficiency and power you’ll get out of the 5000. This won’t just juice standard produce. You can add in nuts for those times when you need a little protein. This will fulfill your desire to make homemade baby food, peanut butter, or sorbets. You will never have a trace of pulp thanks to its overwhelming, systematic pulping.

While the juicing is beyond compare the cleanup is a nightmare. Like many triturating juicers there are numerous moving parts of various designs that go into extracting the purest, cleanest juice. You’ll need to include a toothbrush and a screwdriver to your repertoire to ensure you don’t end up with rotting pieces gumming up the works. If you are willing to work – and pay – for quality, then don’t hesitate. [Purchase: $520]

Super Angel 5500

Super Angel 5500

Premium: If you’re going to drop more than a grand on a juicer, then it had damn well better be worth it. Thankfully the 5500 is. It churns up not only fruits but liquefies leafy greens so that you can get wheat grass and kale into whatever juice you decide to make without parts getting stuck in your teeth. It can squeeze the juice out of tofu so if you are dying for the flavor of soy milk you need look no further.

The twin gear impeller press system only operates at 86 RPMs so it takes its time during extraction. In this case, the reason for the slow speed is to ensure that enzymes and biological nutrients stay alive through the process. It generates almost no heat so that you’ll never have to refrigerate your juice. Among triturating options, the 5500 is true royalty. [Purchase: $1,175]

Omega J8006 Nutrition Center

Omega J8006 Nutrition Center

Quiet Riot: Like many masticating juicers, this won’t impress you with speed but is arguably the biggest benefit for athletes and those that want to make a nutrient-rich slurry. It works at only 80 RPMs which means it quieter and easier to deal with for those hungover mornings when you want vitamins but just aren’t ready for some machine to scream at you. After all, that is what bosses are for.

In addition to being slow out of the gate the Nutrition Center also has dual phases so that after the initial juice is extracted, the pulp is then squeezed again so that you get every last drop without having to resort to sucking on the leavings. In addition to making juice this little dream can be used for pasta, coffee, or even mincing garlic. The lower RPM count will help keep air out of the juice so you will minimize adulterants. [Purchase: $258]

Kuvings B6000

Kuvings B6000

Slow Ride: Masticating juicers set the bar very low when it comes to speed, but the B6000 managed to crawl beneath it. The motor only operates at a snails pace of 60 RPMs. This isn’t an accident. Since it is a vertical juice model it uses that extra time to allow gravity to do its work and pull down not only the juices but also the minerals inherent in the produce being cut down to size. The large stand-up chute lets you drop in a whole apple without the work and waste of slicing and dicing.

Masticating juicers are notoriously troublesome, but the B6000 has managed to take the problems out of the hands of the buyer. The cleaning is still difficult since you’re going to need to get all the hangers-on out of the juicer’s grill, but the actual use is very straightforward. It is meant for whole fruit without preparation. Clean off the stems and any other parts you don’t want to drink and let the B6000 do the heavy lifting. Just know that you will need to set your alarm for fifteen minutes earlier if you expect to get your fix in the morning. [Purchase: $430]

Kuvings NS-940

Kuvings NS-940

Silent but Deadly: Masticating juicers are all slow, but they still make numerous mechanical noises or produce substandard results. The NS-940 creates a balance between quietude and quality. It doesn’t go above 80 RPMs but employs a 240 watt motor that grinds away without making a peep. It uses a GE-Ultem auger which is exceptionally strong. That power is directed toward pressing and mashing fruits without causing a ruckus.

Kuvings is kind enough to include a washing tool that helps clear away all the unused bits and keep the machine running smoothly without sacrificing flavor. The biggest payoff is the lack of sound that comes out of the machine so that during early mornings or late night juicing sessions you won’t be annoying the whole neighborhood. [Purchase: $329]

Cuisinart Pulp Control

Cuisinart Pulp Control

Citrus Please: This is intended solely for those who like juice from the tartest, tangiest fruits. It specializes in working with citrus and eliminating the pulpy byproducts that come from lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines. It offers a reverse spin feature that will eliminate all of the strands and fibers that get caught in other centrifugal juicers.

You can use this for non-citrus fruits, but the results will be limited. You’re likely to throw away as much as you keep if you move away from the citrus branch. If you’re a fanatic about zest or just looking for something to make excellent mixers for your mimosas then this will take care of you. If you want a more general juicer, then you won’t find it here. [Purchase: $26]

Chefs Star Manual Hand Crank

Chef’s Star Manual Hand Crank

Low Tech: When the machines eventually take over and declare war on the weak organics you’re going to need all the healthy nutrients you can get. For the DIY-er who prefers muscle power to relying on devices, or the person stranded in the bush who needs a little juice to help their day along, here is the hand crank juicer for you. Nothing is fancy about the single auger system. You cram your ingredients into the top and then do the twist until your arm gets tired.

The nozzle is designed to extract your juice and drain the pulp simultaneously. The bottom is a powerful suction cup so that you can keep it in place on your counter top while you drill the goodness out of your fruits and veggies. It is affordable, simple, and easy to clean. Certainly the quietest juicer on the market, minus the grunting and groaning as you use it. [Purchase: $35]

Power Juicer Deluxe

Power Juicer Deluxe

For Fitness: The name Jack LaLanne should ring bells for you if you are at all devoted to the world of exercise and healthy living. He was the original guru when it came to lifting and pumping. He also knew more about nutrition than was necessary, which is what made him create the Power Juicer Deluxe. He wanted something that would introduce the average person to juicing and as such he made something that is truly timeless.

The Deluxe is meant for not only the health-conscious, but those who wish to avoid waste as well. The pulp trap is designed to be emptied into soup stock so that no part of the fruit or vegetable goes to waste. It’s very quiet for a centrifugal model. You won’t wake the whole house when you’re getting your daily juice fix before you hit the gym. [Purchase: $125]

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