Juicer buyers guide is the place to find the best juicer of 2020 because we have spent hours testing several dozen juicers models of every make and kind, using several pounds of fruits, greens and vegetables. We put them through 100’s of tests to find the best juicer for you.
Through rigourous testing and meticulous recording we at juicer buyers guide hoped to find the best model of juicer that money can buy and also one that meets everyone’s expectations. Testing so many models of juicers made by different companies was a huge task involving hundreds of manhours. But with a committed team and a well-planned testing process we were able to find the best model without you having to go through a similar process.
To make it foolproof the test models were subjected to several rounds of testing by our juicer buyers guide team. Several pounds of produce was used in the testing process.
The method evolved by juicer buyers guide tested each juicer’s ability to juice
- Quantity and quality of juice extracted
- Time for preparing the produce(cutting, peeling, deseeding) before juicing
- Time taken to assemble and dismantle juicer
- Difficulty level of assembly
- Time taken to clean
- Difficulty level of cleaning
- Overall ease of use
- Juicer storage
We tested the most important to the most mundane so that you don’t have to struggle with any aspect of the juicer buying process. The models tested included the latest by the popular manufacturers and also different generations of the same type of juicer. In short this is the most comprehensive juicer buyers guide you will find on the web.
This juicer buyer’s guide is divided in to 3 heads so you can skip to the section you want read up on.
Each section is devoted to one crucial aspect of buying a juicer. Here we will give you a brief overview of each head
Types of Juicers – Learning About Juicers
Before jumping to buying a juicer, you need to get a good understanding on the different types of juicers and how they work. Only if you know how each type of juicer works can you take the right decision on the type and model of juicer to buy. There is huge difference is how each type works. Making a hasty decision will make juicing uneccesarily painful when it can be a breeze.
Testing Process – How We Tested And Arrived At The Best Juicers In Each Category
There are several aspects to juicing. In our testing we have evaluated each juicer on these aspects and given them a score this includes juicer features, juicer performance and their characterstics. Armed with the results of our testing you can make informed decision on which particular model will suit your juicing needs. As we mentioned before the testing categories include ease of use, ease of cleaning, juicing efficiency, juice yield, time for food preparation, price and quality of juice.
Our recommendations will take into consideration all these and come up with answers that customers are looking for. For instance some are looking for fast and efficient juicers, others are looking for slow but efficient juicers, another category of buyer is looking for juicer that is easy to use and so on. Our juicer buying guide is aimed at helping each of these buyers make an informed and correct decision.
Recommendations Of The Juicer Buyers Guide Best Juicers
After hours of testing and analysing the results we can confidently make recommendations on the best juicers in each category. For instance a slow juicer that gives maximum juice, the best citrus juicer, a juicer that gives the best results with greens, a compact centrifugal juicer that doesn’t need much prep time.
We understand that most folks don’t have time to go through detailed explanation of the how each juicer works and how we tested each one of them putting them through the paces and more. It would be too much unnecessary information for juicer buyers guide. So we will highlight the most important and relevant points needed to help you make an informed choice.
Juicers are categorised mainly as fast juicers and slow juicers.
Horizontal Masticating Juicers
Vertical Masticating Juicers
Twin Gear Juicers
Hydraulic Press Juicers
We tested 12 centrifgual juicers, 5 horizontal masticating juicers,6 vertical masticating juicers, one twin gear juicer and a manual juicer.
A brief description of how each juicer type works is important as a buyer because without understanding this you won’t be able to make the right choice.
We give you brief overview of the parts involved in this juicer type and how it works.
The produce(fruit/vegetable/greens) are fed through a tube which opens at the top. This is called the feeding chute. Either a food pusher is provided to push the produce through the chute or gravity does the job and food drops through the chute and enters the chamber containing a rapidly rotating disc also known as the filter basket.
At the center of this filter basket you will notice sharp edges cut on flat center of the rotating disc. The food that fall through the feeding chute is rapidly chopped, sliced, cut into smaller pieces by this rapidly rotating flat center and thrown against the curved edges of the filter basket which have tiny holes.
Any liquid from the food produced due to the chopping/slicing/cutting is pushed out through these holes into the filter bowl that surrounds the filter basket. A hole at one end of the filter bowl allows this collected liquid to flow out of the juicer into a glass or pitcher. The hole is the juicer outlet.
So, what happens to the dry part of the food being juiced. It follows a different path entirely. The pulp is flung upwards by the rapidly rotating disk of the filter basket. This strikes the bottom of the juicer cover. The curvature of the juicer cover forces the pulp downward at an angle away from the center of the rotating disk into a separate bowl next to the filter bowl called the pulp container.
To sum it up the centrifugal juicers contains – a food pusher, juicer cover, filter basket which is rotating disk that chops and slices food and rotates at 5000-15000 rpm and forces the juice through the holes in the fine mesh surrounding the disk ), filter bowl that surrounds filter basket and collects and redirects the juice, motor base – the body of the juicer with it’s motor covered by a plastic shell, juice container and pulp container.
Very fast in producing juice.
High yield of juice.
Very little preparation time. Some centrifugal juicers take even whole fruits.
Easy to assemble.
Many parts are dishwasher safe.
Very affordable with prices in the range $75-$100.
Lighter in weight and easy to store.
Only one fuctionality – that is juicing.
Bad at juicing greens.
It cannot juice wheatgrass.
The mesh around the filter basket is difficult to clean.
Unlike slow juicers these are not well-built.
Warranties are not as long as in slow juicers
Lower quality of juice produced compared to slow juicers.
The slow juicers are as the name suggests slower in their juice extraction process. We tested 5 horizontal and 7 vertical juicers. Here in this section we will explain how each juicer type works so you have all the information you need before you process to buying the best juicer for your needs.
Horizontal Masticating Juicers
How Does It Work?
The food is dropped through a vertical tube called the feeding chute and is pushed down using a food pusher. It is pulled into a horizontal cylindrical drum which surrounds the rotating auger. The rotating auger by it’s action pulls the food into the drum while crushing and grinding it. This food is then pushed against a strainer placed all around the drum.
The liquid juice is pushed through the strainer and it falls through the hole at the bottom of cylindrical drum and collects in a container placed under the hole. The dry part of the food is pushed all the way to the end of the cylinder where it comes out through either a nozzle or cap attached to the end of the cylindrical drum. The auger rotates slowly while it crushes and grinds the food at speeds of under 100 RPM. This is explanation for the working of a basic horizontal masticating juicer. Some horizontal juicers have an extra strainer at the bottom of the larger strainer. Some have a nozzle attached at the end of drum to extrude the dry pulp others have a cap.
Pros And Cons Of Horizontal Masticating Juicers
Biggest plus is that it is able to juice greens and wheatgrassCompared to all juicer types this is the easier and quickest to clean.
Very easy to put together.
Very quiet in operation.
They are well-made and of good quality parts.
They come with long warranties of 10 years.
It is very versatile and can be used for making nut butters, baby food and pasta.
Affordable as they are priced in $300 range.
Food preparation time is very long.
Takes a long time to juice.
It needs quite a bit of force to push the food through.
The produce enters the vertical masticating juicer just like in a horizontal juicer and pushed through using a food pusher. But in the vertical juicer the produce enter a juicing bowl instead of the horizontal drum. Here the auger is placed vertically. Here gravity alone is not enough to push the processed juice to drip down and out of the juicer. So a spinning brush is employed which gathers the juicer from the strainer placed around the auger. This spinning brush is placed around the auger through a gear mechanism. This allows the brush to rotate at the same speed as the auger. As rotating auger crushes and grinds the produce juice is pushed through the strainer and sprays out. This is gathered by the spinning brush and moved to bottom of the juicing bowl so it can exit the juicer.
The dry pulp stays between the auger and the inside wall of the juicing strainer as it is pulled down to bottom of the juicing bowl where it exits through a outlet at the bottom of the central part of the juicing bowl.
Pros and Cons of Vertical Masticating Juicers
Leafy greens and wheatgrass can be juiced apart from all other produce
Preparation time is much less compared to horizontal masticating juicers
Quicker juicing time than slow juicers of other types
Effortless cleaning compared to centrifugal juicers
Easier to use compared to other slow juicers
Food is pushed down the chute with much less effort than required for horizontal juicer.
Good quality parts and construction.
Very quiet operation.
More compact to store.
Assembly is difficult compared to horizontal models
It is not as versatile as horizontal juicer.
As they are taller might not fit in under kitchen cabinets.
Twin Gear Juicer
The twin gear works just like a horizontal masticating juicer. In this juicer the food is introduced through the vertical feed chute. Instead of an auger there are two rotating gears which crush and grind the food. The food is deliverd right at the center of the two gears. The food gets crushed by the twin gears and the liquid part is pushed through the strainer and falls through the hole at the bottom of drum and gets collected in a container.
Though the parts in a twin-gear juicer are different they work very much like a horizontal juicer. Just like the auger in the horiztonal masticating juicer pulls the food forward the twin gears do the same job of crushing, grinding and pulling the food forward. The strainer might look different but it’s function is the same of letting only the liquid to pass through it. The dry part of the produce is expelled through a nozzle at the end of the twin gear juicer assembly.
Pros And Cons of Twin Gear Juicers
Efficiently juices all produce including greens and wheatgrass
Built sturdily with high quality parts
Comes with long warranties
Assembly is complex
Prep times are long and strigent
Very slow juicing. Takes a long time.
Complex parts make cleaning very difficult.
Heavy and difficult to move around.
Need large amount of force to push through the produce.
Expensive of all juicers.
Hydraulic Press Juicer
There are very few options in hydraulic press juicers and they are also very expensive. While one model retails for $2500 dollars another sells for $400 dollars. The price variation is quiet high and with only two models available there is really not much to do in terms of testing. But since we promised a complete juicer buyers guide here we will discuss the working of the two hydraulic juicers available.
The Norwalk Model 280 priced at $2500 juices in two steps. In the first step the hydraulic press cuts and grinds the produce. This is done by the helical cutter-grinder mechanism called triturator which is situated inside the vertical tube. Food is fed through this tube. After the grinding and crushing the food at the midway point of the tube the produce is fed to cloth bag attached to the bottom of the tube.
In the second step the produce in the bag is pressed. For this you have to manually remove the bag from the bottom of the tube and place it on a rectangular steel bed. When you hit a switch a metal cylinder pushes the bed with the food bag upwards where it meet another flat stainless steel piece. The tremendous force of the pressing pushes the juice out of the food and down the slope into a waiting juice collector.
The other hydraulic juicer is the Welles. This one doesn’t have triturator. The cut food has to placed in a cloth bag which is then placed on a metal bed. Like in the Norwalk model juice is extracted by the pressing of the produce between two metal beds. Here instead of electricity it relies on human power.
You need to press the lever down and to crush and extract the juice. This works similar to how a car jack works. As it uses no electricity this press as certain advantages as it can be used in places with unreliable electrical supply. Again that is also a disadvatage as the amount of juice extracted is less as the electrical power can generate much more force than a human powered lever.
So in a Welles hydraulic juicer the person has cut the fruits in a bag and place it on the steel platform. They also need to push the lever down to push this platform against placed above and continue to crank the lever to extract the juice. These two factors make the Welles inefficient juicer compared to a Norwalk which uses electrical power to dice and cut the produce and also to extract the juice. The quantity of juice extracted is more using a Norwalk.
Pros And Cons of Hydraulic Press Juicers
Norwalk juicer extracts maximum juice due to the method employed. Hence if juice yield is the only criteria and price is not a criteria, then buying Norwalk is a no-brainer.
Welles doesn’t use electricity. If you need to use a juicer in a place with no electrical supply you might want to buy the Welles.
Price is a major drawback. Both the Norwalk 280 at $2500 and Welles at $400 are pricey compared to the other juicers in the market.
They use cloth bags during the juicing process. This can be messy, difficult to clean, add to your costs as you might have to buy frequent replacements which again adds to the costs.
The juicers are large and unwieldy occupying a sizeable portion of your counter. They are tall and deep too. So that means you need a large space to place while juicing and also to store away when not in use.
Some amount of prep time needed for both juicers and the juicing process is rather slow.
Usually hand operated these juicer types are what our older generations used to make juice. It takes quiet bit of effort and time to prepare the produce and extract the juice. More for nostaligia than any really efficiency. The amout of juice yield is also low. So we will be wasting too much produce and effort for very little juice. They are also not good with handling large amounts of produce. For instance a manual citrus juicer can handle only one half at a time.
As we mentioned before 25 plus models of different juicers types were tested following factors
Pre-juicing Food Preparation Needs
Food prep times is an important factor that will determine your juicer purchase. If you need to spend inordinate amounts of time just getting the produce ready you might as well give up. So we needed to assess this point very carefully.
Feed chute size
Type of juicer
Type of produce
Size of feed chute will determine the size of the produce that can go in. A large chute can accommodate whole fruits while narrower chutes can take small chunks of produce only.A horizontal masticating juicer’s feed chute is vertically placed while its drum assembly is in the horizontal plane.
The space between auger and inside wall of drum is small and hence the produce size that can fit in is also smaller. A vertical masticating juicer’s feed chute and it’s juicing bowl are in the same plane and the space between auger and drum wall isn’t as tight fit as in the horizontal juicer. From this it is clear that the food preparation time would vary vastly depending on type of juicer even though the feed chute diameter of the juicers may be the same.
Different juicer types take different size of produce. Radish and carrots can go directly without cutting into a vertical juicer feeding chute. But when juicing with a horizontal juicer it needs to be cut into pieces. Similarly, celery can fit into any feeding chute without issue but the fibrous long stalks tend to twist around the augers or gears of the slow juicers and inhibit its rotation. Same celery can go into a centrifugal juicer and not cause problems as it is cut by the fast rotating disk.
So the type of produce is also a factor that needs to be taken consideration, some produce needs to cut into smaller pieces others into bigger chunks and some can go in as whole fruits especially in a powerful centrifugal juicer. So the prep time naturally varies for different juicer types.
In our testing we noted that the food prep time for centrifugal juicers is the least. Next comes the vertical masticating juicer, the third comes horizontal masticating juicers and finally the twin gear juicers. The feed chutes for centrifugal juicers were also much larger( 3 inches average) than of the slow juicers ( 1.5-2.5 inches) so that also helped to reduce cutting and feeding time.
Difficulty of Assembling the Juicer
How did we arrive at the rating difficulty of assembly of the juicers? We looked at
- the number of parts that needed assembling,
- the number of overall parts (some need assembling each time you juice, others are one time affair only),
- time taken to assemble for newbies, for experienced users,
- any additional parts not found in other juicers,
- unique difficulties of assembling found in each juicer if any
Our general observation is that all juicer types are slightly difficult to put together. But overall centrifugal and horizontal juicers are the easiest to assemble. Vertical masticating juicers are complex in design and are a little more difficult to assemble. The twin gear juicer was the most complex in design and took the longest time to assemble with great number of parts to put together.
When rating the juicer performance we used different types of produce include soft produce, hard produce, greens, wheatgrass, combination of greens,soft and hard produce, overall performance, amount of pulp in the juice.
Selecting Different Types Produce To Juice:
For soft produce we used exact quantity in weight of oranges, grapes and tomatoes. Apples, carrots and celery were used for hard produce. To test slow juicers we used leafy greens like spinach and very hard to juice wheatgrass.
In order to get maximum yield we used the optimum method of juicing for each produce so that the juicers could yield most amount of juice for each type of produce. The goal of our testing was not to juice as fast as possible but to get the most amount of juice with optimal feeding. So the time to juice mightly be slightly higher even the juicer can juice must faster but the yield would go down.
We tested the centrifugal juicers with our selection of soft produce, hard produce and a combination of both and measured the weight of the juice yielded after each test. We also juiced leafy greens(spinach) to see how well they handle them and found that the yields were very little compared to masticating juicers.
This test was repeated with every centrifugal juicer and the results were very similar. So our team concluded that using centrifugal juicers for leafy greens is not the most efficient way to juice them. We also used greens in the combination test and noted the juice yield results.
We did the exact same tests we did on centrifugal juicers as far as the soft and hard produce is concerned. We juiced same quantities of oranges, tomatoes, grapes, carrots, celery and apples with each of the slow juicers too.
Then we juiced exact quantities of spinach with each of the slow juicers and juice yield was noted after each test.
After this we did the wheat grass test by using exact quantities of wheat grass in each slow juicer and noted the juice yields.
We also did the combination test by juicing apples, oranges, celery and spinach and measured the results.
How Time To Juice Was Measured?
From the moment a produce is picked up and fed into the feed chute to the time the last piece is pushed down using the food pusher is the time to juice.
Scoring was done on the basis yields obtained for soft produce, hard produce, leafy greens, wheatgrass, combination of all three, how pulp free was the juice, overall performance including any problems or performance issues.
If you want to know which is the best juicer for the different types of produce here are our results:
Centrifugal juicers are best for oranges, carrots, celery and apples. Slow juicers are best for extracting maximum juice from grapes, spinach and wheatgrass.
Ease of Cleaning
All juicers were cleaned after each juicing test. So each of the juicer and the various parts were cleaned thoroughly after each juicing test by hand and time taken was measured each time. We didn’t use dishwasher as it would taken too much after each test to run the dishwasher each time. Also some parts are dishwasher safe while others are not. So it was better to wash by hand. The strainers and mesh through which juice comes out needs to be cleaned thoroughly. Otherwise over time it can clogged and become useless.
The ease of cleaning score was arrived at based on the following points
- strainer/filter basket cleaning difficulty (any brush provided higher score)
- number of parts that need cleaning (higher the number lower the score)
- complexity of cleaning process (too many difficult niches to clean scored lower)
- size, material and quality of parts that need cleaning (sturdy and good quality parts clean more easily, while low quality plastics stain easily)
- dishwasher safe parts (more parts higher score)
- time for cleaning all the parts ( more the time lower the score)
The strainer and filter baskets are the most difficult parts to clean in any juicer. The filter baskets of centrifugal juicers are the most difficult to clean compared to the strainers of the slow juicers. Some of the slow juicer strainers are more easy to clean than those of others. One of the most difficult strainers to clean was of a slow juicer. It had 48 corners that needed to be inspected and cleaned.
Even though the filter baskets of the centrifugal juicers are extremely clogged and difficult to clean most come equipped with the brushes unique to the juicer filter basket. When a good quality brush is provided by the manufacturer cleaning is rather easy and score higher for ease of cleaning..
Our general observation is that horizontal masticating juicers are the easiest to clean, followed by vertical masticating juicers and last came the centrifugal juicers. The reason is of course due to the time taken to clean the filter baskets of centrifugal juicers.
The most difficult to clean and the longest time taken was by the twin gear juicer. The time to clean was 3.8 minutes for centrifugal juicers, 4.5 minutes for horizontal masticating juicers, 5.5 minutes for vertical masticating juicers and 9 minutes for twin-gear slow juicer.
Ease of Use
To determine ease of use we selected a set of factors on which to rate the different types of juicers
- Difficulty level of assembling the juicers
- Food prep times for different juicer types
- Ease of cleaning
- Difficulty levels of pushing produce through the feed chutes
While it is easier to push food through a centrifugal juicer and vertical masticating juicer, it takes quite an effort to do so with horizontal masticating juicers. As pointed out earlier the space between auger and inner wall of the drum is small and to force the produce through this gap takes effort.
Other option is to cut the produce small enough that it gets crushed and pulled by the auger without having to push hard with the food pusher. Cutting the produce to feed chute size means you will end up applying enormous pressure with the food pusher to get produce into the horizontal juicers auger-drum assembly.
Juicer dimensions and weight.
Some juicers are compact, light weight and easily moved around. Others are heavy and unweildy. Some come with handles which makes the moving easier. Some are tall and deep. These factors will determine your buying decision more than others as you have only so much space on the kitchen counter. Centrifugal juicers were on average 2 kgs lighter than slow juicers.
Controls, Power Cord, User Manual, Speed Settings
Visible, easily reached and well-labelled buttons on juicers score higher. All juicers scored well on this point.
Those with reasonably long power cord also score more as this allows you more flexibility with where you place the juicer. Slow juicers came with longer power cords of 5 feet or more while centrifugal juicers had power cords of 4 feet on average.
Those with good quality, informative, educational manuals score higher too. Breville comes with the best manuals.
Centrifugal juicers with fewer speed settings scored higher and too many settings only confuse matters for the person juicing.
Vibration and movement
Some juicers shift and move while juicing. This makes juicing difficult.
A bigger size juice and pulp containers let’s you juice longer without having to worry about emptying these often or in the middle of juicing.
Other uses for juicer
While centrifugal juicers can only juice, slow horizontal juicers can do lot more than juice and come with accessories to help homgenize food, mince meat, extrude pasta, make nut butter and more. Vertical masticating juicers also are limited in their functionality unlike their horizontal counterparts.
Quality of Juicer
For this we looked at the following factors
- Quality of build and materials used in making the juicer
- Juicer Design and any flaws noticed
- Brand reputation
- Consumer opinions
- Support after sales
- Warranty Period
It was observed that the quality and durability of the product was reflected in the price. Higher priced slow juicers are well-built with quality parts and long warranties of 10 years or more. Centrifugal juicers are light weight, lower priced and come with warranties of 1-2 years.
Is the price worth it?
Juicers that are built solidly, have good quality parts with long warranties and offer general ease of use and exceptional performance are worth the price. Those with above characteristics cost very little long term. The machines that frequently breakdown, need extra parts or juice inefficiently cost you more in the long run.
For example if you juice 100 pounds of oranges over the year and one juicer(expensive) gives you more juice than the other every time. If you calculate the price of the extra juice you will realize that over the year the expensive juicer actually saved you more money than the cheap juicer.
But you should know what produce are you going to juice primarily. Because even in expensive juicers some perform exceptionally well with certain produce and normally with other produce. Knowing this is crucial to buying the best juicer for your needs.
If the juicers offers versatility with added accessories then that is another factor to take into consideration. Some extra parts make juicing that much more convenient and easy like an extra strainer, extra brush for cleaning. So, those are definitely plus points.
Some juicers like the centrifugal juicer are noisy because they rotate at high speeds and process bigger food pieces – chopping and cutting them down into tiny bits and flinging them agaist the filters around the disk. All this activity translates to noisy operation. Slow juicers due to their nature of operation of slow rotation and crushing of produce are rather quiet in comparison.
In the taste test the juice from slow juicers tasted better than of the centrifugal juicers. The reason is again the nature of juicing. In centrifugal juicing air is introduced into the juice when the produce is being chopped and moved at high speeds inside the juicing area. In slow juicing this does not happen.
The juice from centrifugal juicers taste airier and frothier. Also, since everything including pith(oranges) is chopped into tiny bits in a centrifugal juicer the juice tastes slightly bitter. Again this does not happen in a slow juicer. So quality and taste of juice from a slow juice is definitely better. The juice from slow juicers are more homegenous while juice from centrifugal when collected in pitcher shows distinct layers.
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