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Juicers

Juicer buying guide

Last updated: January 2015

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Juicers are great if you like the idea of making your own juice from fresh fruits and vegetables. Use this juice maker guide to select one, whether for a glass of fresh-squeezed juice in the morning or a more robust mixture later in the day.

The nutritional benefits of eating fruits and vegetables are undeniable, but what about drinking them instead? Infomercials have made it easy to buy into myriad claims of easing muscle aches, alleviating high blood pressure, and even (in those pre-Viagra days) increasing sexual potency. The evidence says otherwise, because juice cannot be any better than the produce from which it's made. It can even be less nutritious because it lacks most of the fiber of fresh produce.

Still, you might like the taste of fresh juice or find juice more palatable than a plate of produce. Here's a primer on what to look for when choosing between the two types of juicer. Whichever you buy, be prepared to buy lots of fresh produce--depending on your fruit or vegetables of choice. Some extractors get more out of produce than others, and the proportion of pulp to juice varies from fruit to fruit. And with extractors in particular, be prepared to clean pulp out of every nook and cranny after each use.

Types

The type of juice maker you choose depends on the type of juice you like to drink, and how long you want to spend preparing it. Here are two types of juice makers to consider.

Auger-style juicers

Auger-style juicers, which you might also see referred to as masticating or cold press juicers, work by slowly crushing and mashing the fruits and vegetables. They are typically more expensive--our top-rated model in this category is over $400. The machines can also take some getting used to, since the augers can jam when grinding tough fruits and veggies. Every machine we tested has a reverse button for this reason, but that makes for an even more hands-on process. The big upside with auger-style juicers: the models we tested tended to leave behind more pulp, which can result in healthier, more fiber-rich juices.

Juice extractors


Juice extractors use a rapidly whirling disk to cut fruit or vegetables into tiny pieces that are then spun to separate juice from pulp. Once separated from the pulp, the juice flows through a strainer and into a container. Whatever you put in still needs to be cleaned and prepared first. Fruits with waxed or hard peels, for example, need to be peeled--with any large pits removed. Vegetables must be cleaned and, in some cases, scrubbed with a brush. And some extractors, especially those that require full dismantling, can be a bother to clean.

Features


Look for juice-maker features that make the machines easier to use, store and clean. Also make sure that the juicer accommodates the type of fruit or vegetable you wish to use without a lot of prep work. Here are the juicemaker features to consider.

Clear juice container


With a see-through container, you can easily see the juice level. Better, though not universal among units we've tested, are visible markings in fluid ounces and milliliters.

Cord storage

Even models with long cords typically have some way to hide the cord when you're not using the unit.

Dishwasher safe

Removable parts, which must be washed after each use, can be placed on the top rack of the dishwasher.

Dust cover

Protects the opening of the chute where you insert produce for juicing.

Large chute


Accommodates larger pieces of produce to cut down prep time.

Long cord

Cords up to four feet or longer allow more flexibility in where you can place the unit.

Pulp regulator

This allows for some variation of juice pulpiness, though fully pulp free is not necessarily an option.

Brands

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There are some familiar players in the juice-maker market, including one brand, Cuisinart, that offers a juicer as an accessory to its other products. Use these profiles to compare juice makers by brand.

Bella

This popular brand offers a range of masticating and centrifugal juice extractors at everyday prices. Models are available at mass market, department stores and online retailers.

Black & Decker

This major brand offers a range of citrus juicers and juice extractors in various capacities, touting one-handed operation and easy cleaning. Black & Decker juice products are available through online retailers, Walmart, Target, Kmart, and other sellers.

Breville

 This popular premium brand of masticating and centrifugal juice extractors is available at department stores, specialty stores and online retailers. Prices range from mid to high.

Cuisinart

This mid-range-to-premium brand currently offers masticating and citrus juice.extractors. Cuisinart is widely available in department, specialty, and appliance stores, and through online retailers.

Dash

 A mid-range brand offers include masticating, centrifugal and citrus juice extractors. Models available at department stores, Best Buy and online retailers. 

Fagor

 This brand offers masticating and centrifugal juice extractors from their small appliance line. Models are available at Fagoramerica.com, Amazon.com Kohl's and Sears. Prices mid-range.

Fusion

 This brand is a subsidiary of Tri-Star Products and endorsed by the innovator Jason Vale. This As Seen on TV masticating juice extractor is available online at Fusionjuicer.com, Amazon.com and Walmart. Prices mid-range

Hamilton Beach

This brand offers a selection of low-priced juice extractors in the HealthSmart and Big Mouth lines. The latter can fit some whole foods, such as small apples, without preslicing. Products made by Hamilton Beach, along with those of its sister brand Proctor Silex, are available through department stores, appliances stores, and big-box retailers.

Hurom

 This brand offers a line of centrifugal juice extractors at department and specialty stores and online retailers. Price range high.

Jack LaLanne

Born in the early days of World War I, Jack LaLanne is a fitness expert whose health and fitness show enjoyed a 34-year run. His Power Juicer, sold in several models, is available today via phone order, over the Internet, and at mass-market retailers such as Walmart, Kmart, and Target.

Juice Bullet

 A leading brand from Magic Bullet. The masticating juice extractors are available at Target and online. Price range entry level.

Juiceman

Now endorsed by the tennis legend Martina Navratilova, the Juiceman line of juice extractors began in the ‘90s with feature-length TV commercials by the pitchman Jay "The Juiceman" Kordich. Available in several models, they’re sold at mass-market retailers such as Walmart, Sears, and Kmart.

Kuvings

 A popular brand, offers various models of masticating and centrifugal juice extractors. Models are available online, department stores, specialty retailers and Costco. Prices range mid to high.

L'Equip

 Manufactures and distributes small kitchen appliances including mastication juice extractors, they are sold by authorized dealers, specialty retailers and Amazon.com Prices mid-range.

Omega

 This major brand offers centrifuge, masticating and traditional citrus juice extractors. They are available at department stores, Bed Bath & Beyond, mass market and online retailers. Prices range mid to high.

Oster

A subsidiary of Jarden Consumer Solutions, which also owns Sunbeam, Oster offers a handful of citrus juicers and juice extractors. You can find the brand online and at mass-market retailers such as Walmart, Sears, and Kmart.

   

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