If you’re in the market for a new juicer, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the options. There are so many different types, and so many brands making them, that it’s hard to know where to start.
That’s where we come in! Let your fellow juicing fans help out! We know how much of an investment a new juicer is, and we want to help you find the perfect one for you.
We’ve done extensive research into the current market, in search of the best models available today.
We have found a juicer for everybody. We kept all sorts of lifestyles in mind, and tried to find models that could handle all different types of produce, from apples to oranges, to kale and ginger.
Whether you’re an ardent lifelong juicing fan, or looking to get into juicing for the first time, we have the expertise and advice you’ve been looking for!
We’ve sorted our recommendations by category, to help you narrow down your search more quickly. Here on our homepage, you’ll find quick summaries and reviews of the top pick in each category. You can click on any of these models or categories to read full, in-depth reviews of all our selections.
At the bottom of the page, we’ve included a few tips to help you get started juicing, and how to troubleshoot some problems you may have experienced.
Check our top rated winners:
Breville Fountain Duo
KitchenAid Extraction Juicer
So what’s all the fuss about juicing?
The single biggest reason people are getting excited about juicing is the nutritional benefit! Juicing is a great way to give your diet a boost, without impeding busy lifestyles. You can pack the essence of a whole stack of produce into one glass of juice, which makes it easy to get several servings of fruits, veggies, and leafy greens at once.
According to the latest research, you should be aiming for 10 servings per day to enjoy optimal health. Most of us aren’t going to get there with meals alone, and 10 full cups of raw produce is a lot to chew through. One glass of homemade juice can make up the difference between how you’re eating now, and how you know you should be eating!
Why not just try to eat all that produce, you ask? Well, it would take a long time to chew it all, for a start. That’s also a huge burden on your digestive system. Nutrients from juice are more easily absorbed into your bloodstream. Since the juicer takes care of the heavy breakdown work for you, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard. You also don’t have to sit down and chow through a bucket of fiber every day!
Plus, most of us have some sort of impairment in our digestive system, which means we’re not absorbing as many nutrients as we ought to. Freshly pressed juice can compensate for our digestive handicaps!
In scientific terms, this is called better “bioavailability.” In theory, the machine isn’t adding any nutrients to your juice. However, it is making the nutrients that are in your produce more accessible to your body. Masticating versions in particular actually break down the cell walls of plant matter, so your body can get to all the nutritional goodness inside!
Juicing can also give you a wider range of nutrients than you’d ordinarily find in a given meal. While we all do our best to get a range of fruit and vegetables, we inevitably eat a lot of the same things. Juicing a combination of fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, and herbs can give you a one-shot wellness blast with a wider nutritional palette than the best salad!
Another added benefit of drinking juice is that you can combine the yummy taste of fruit with the improved nutrition and low sugar content of vegetables. After all, most of us don’t absolutely love every vegetable on our plate. Juicing makes things that much more palatable, and allows you to get all your different produce from one glass!
Why make your own juice?
A lot of recent articles are knocking juicing as a way to cheat the rules of nutrition. Some of the logic is actually on the right track: juice has higher sugar content than just eating the produce, and it can be easy to drink lots of sugary juice without the fiber to help you feel full. Well, that’s perfectly true–as long as you’re talking about storebought juice! If you’re making your own juice at home, you can mix greens and veggies with your fruit, to reduce the sugar rush. You’ll also be leaving a lot of the fiber in, so you don’t have to worry about missing out!
Store-bought juices also have to be pasteurized, by law. There’s good reason for that. Fresh juice can go rancid in a matter of hours, and turn into a serious health concern.
However, pasteurization destroys a lot of the important phytonutrients and enzymes that fresh juice has. The heat breaks them down at the bottling plant, and you won’t get them on the receiving end.
Freshly pressed juice has much higher nutrient content than any store-bought juice. It contains vital enzymes and nutrient clusters that you can’t find on the shelf.
Making your own juice also means you can come up with your own flavor combinations. You can experiment with different taste blends, or add a specific nutrient group that you’ve been missing. And, of course, homemade juice tastes that much better because you made it!
Centrifugal models are your best bet for speed and power. These machines can work quickly on pretty much any produce, thanks to their high speed motors and multiple cutting blades.
They also cut out the prep work of juicing. You can throw in big chunks, and in some cases, whole apples and carrots!
Centrifugal juicers take the stress and work out of juicing. They’re perfect for people with busy schedules who want an easy, low-stress solution for nutritious, homemade juice!
The Duo stands out from the pack with its die-cast, all-metal build. This is truly one of the sturdiest models on the market.
The Duo also packs a mighty punch, with a 1200 watt motor. It can power through apples, carrots, and other crunchy produce quickly and quietly.
And with such a powerful motor, there’s no need for you to do much prep work.
We love that Breville has matched the heft of the motor with a 5-setting adjustment system. This lets you customize the machine for the specific produce you’re juicing.
The result is better efficiency, fewer clogs, and more juice in your glass!
You can read our full review of the Breville Juice Fountain Duo, and see more of our favorite centrifugal models in our guide to Breville reviews here!
If you’re more concerned about efficiency and nutrition, and are prepared to spend more time juicing, a Masticating Juicers might be up your alley. These work more slowly than centrifugal models, but result in much drier pulp (with up to 50% less waste!).
They also provide juice that is richer in nutrient and enzyme content, thanks to cooler motors that cause less oxidation.
They do require more prep work up front, but masticating models do a much better job on leafy greens, wheatgrass, and roots like ginger than centrifugal ones.
This model has been a favorite of serious juicing fans for more than 25 years. The Champion is built right here in the USA, by a family-owned company in California.
As you’d expect, this means these machines have better quality control and customer service than brands that make their products overseas.
This model is built from a high-density nylon composite. Nylon is shatterproof, and won’t crack or warp under pressure (a problem with plastic parts).
The Champion is also one of the only masticating models on the market with metal cutting edges on the auger. Overall, it’s built to commercial standards, and we recommend it to any serious juicing enthusiast.
You can read our full review of the Champion, and see more of our recommendations for masticating juicers here!
For the best of both worlds, you can look for a crossover/hybrid version that combines a masticating auger with a chopping blade like you’d find on a centrifugal model.
Our favorite is this KitchenAid. This one works on a 2-stage system. The cutting blades do the prep work for you, all at a low speed so as to avoid damaging nutrients in the juice. Then, the auger squeezes out the pulp, so you’re not wasting as much juice as you would be with a centrifugal one.
Previous buyers said it works very well on all types of produce. Above all, they were blown away by the build quality.
Reviewers said that the weight and feel of the machine are reassuring and solid. KitchenAid products also have a great reputation for durability overall.
Triturating juicers provide the ultimate in nutrition and efficiency.
They use dual, interlocking augers to gnaw into produce at a level above and beyond what a masticating version can do. The result is more juice, better nutrition, and less waste.
These machines are also versatile kitchen appliances. Many models can be used to make nut butters, pastes, sauces, and grind coffee and spices.
While they’re no small investment, we strongly recommend triturating models for serious juicing fans who are in it for the long haul.
This model has been a favorite among hardcore juicers for years.
It uses twin augers with a few different types of cutting edges to break down greens, roots, and other tough produce.
In addition to a powerful motor, it has a few smart features we love, such as a pressure adjustment knob and multiple pulp screens to suit different tastes.
The Green star also comes with attachments for using the machine as a food processor, grinder, and homogenizer.
The best part is the price. While some triturating models can cost upwards of $2,000, the Green Star is available around the $500 mark.
Many manual juicers can be pretty unreliable. They’re generally all-plastic, and once broken, are disposable.
However, if you can find a durable, well-built model, manual versions can actually do a better job on wheatgrass and leafy greens than most electric models.
You can adjust its speed manually, and reverse the auger as much as you need to get tricky grasses through the system.
We like handheld models for a dedicated greens juicer, or for a juicing solution that you can take on the road.
It’s a hand-crank machine with a build quality that puts even the nicest masticating machine to shame!
The whole thing is built with stainless steel, and will last indefinitely without rust or corrosion.
Thanks to its special auger system, this one will do a better job on wheatgrass than any centrifugal or masticating model. It’ll also make great juice from carrots, beets, or other hard produce (provided that you shred them first).
We recommend it as a dedicated wheatgrass juicer, or as a primary machine for people who mostly juice leafy greens. It also makes a great travel solution for people on the go! You can check out other wheatgrass reviews as well.
Jack LaLanne is one of the most recognizable name brands on the market. Thanks to a slew of advertising and infomercials, they’ve become incredibly popular over the past 20 years or so.
According to their creator, they make juicing fast, effortless, and efficient. We put together a special guide to Jack LaLanne models, to find out more about them, and to see if they live up to the hype.
You can read full, in-depth reviews of Jack LaLanne’s three best models, and read more about how they compare to the rest of the market.
This model has a more solid build quality and better reliability than the other models in the lineup. It’s fast, very quiet, and is still more affordable than the competition.
We like it because it’s the only Jack LaLanne with multiple speed settings. That gives it more versatility with greens, citrus, and juicy fruits.
The Anniversary Edition also comes with a deluxe guide to juicing, which is perfect for new juicing enthusiasts.
You can read our full review of the Anniversary Edition, and see more of our favorite Jack LaLanne models here!
Breville is one of the top makers of centrifugal juicers. Their Juice Fountain series is instantly recognizable, with its shiny metal finish and elegant design.
These have high-powered motors and wide feed chutes that let you juice quickly, quietly, and without much prep work.
Breville’s reputation for build quality and ease of use has made them the best-selling centrifugal brand on the market!
This model combines the power of a 900-watt motor with the intelligence of smart power settings for different types of produce. You can slow it down to work on greens or citrus, or speed it up to power through carrots and celery!
This model also boasts stainless steel build quality, and a titanium-reinforced cutting blade. We recommend it to people who juice a lot of different types of produce, who don’t want to spend hours a day doing so with a masticating model. Read more on our Breville Juicer Reviews.
Omega is one of Breville’s major competitors. They make masticating “slow” juicers.
Omega machines have simple 4-part designs, powerful low-torque motors, and long warranty coverage. We love them for their efficiency, which saves an average of ⅓ the juice you’d throw away with pulp from a centrifugal juicer.
These juicers are also versatile appliances, and come with attachments for making pastas, sauces, and more!
It can be a bit tricky to shop for Omega Juicers, since most of their models look the same on the outside. In our special Omega guide, we’ve broken down the differences between each model, to help you decide which one is right for you!
This model isn’t at the top of their line, but it’s designed for commercial juicing. That means it ends up being sturdier and more reliable overall than the other Omegas.
We especially like the included soft fruit attachment. Many masticating juicers struggle with softer, juicier produce. That’s not a problem with the J8004!
This model also comes with many of the same attachments as the more expensive Nutrition Center models.
See our complete, in-depth review of the J8004, and check out our other favorite Omega juicers here!
We found that many negative reviews of the juicers we examined fell into a few categories: “too much pulp,” “jammed often,” “took a lot of pushing,” etc. These issues are usually due to poor juicing technique, rather than a flaw in the juicer design.
Of course, you want your juicer to be easy to use. However, juicing is a process, and requires patience and technique.
Even the best juicer can be somewhat temperamental. Your experience with any juicer is largely dependent on how you use it. Regardless of whether you’ve juiced before, you’ll want to take the time to read the instruction manual and make sure you’re using the juicer as directed.
We also recommend that new juicers take a look at online guides and tips for new juicers.
1. Alternate different types of produce
If you’re experiencing clogs or tension in the feed tube, chances are you’re feeding things in wrong. One of the simplest mistakes is to feed in all of one type of produce at once (i.e. all the carrots, then all the oranges).
We suggest alternating greens with crisp, crunchy fruit like apples. The alternating textures help keep everything moving. Think of it like your digestive system–you need some stringy fiber with every meal to push everything else through!
2. Roll up leafy greens
Leafy greens are a tough task for any juicer. We like to roll up leafy greens into little scrolls, and then feed them in.
This gives the juicer a bit more to work with and lets it use the friction between the folded leaves to help break things down better.
You can also roll greens around slices of carrots or apples. This helps the juicer with both types of produce!
3. Finish with a lemon or lime
One pro tip is to finish each juicing session with a lemon. Not only does this give your juice a nutritional boost and zingy taste, but it cleans your juicer along the way.
Running a citrus fruit through the system loosens up any remaining pulp, and prevents staining inside the juicer.
4. Get creative with combinations
The best glass of juice combines lots of different produce to create a wide nutritional palette. You can also create exciting flavor combinations by mixing fruits, vegetables, herbs, and roots.
Here’s one of our favorite online resources for juicing recipes, tips, and suggestions: http://www.juicingbook.com
This site has over 50 free recipes you can try, as well as advice for creating your own!
5. Make sure you do the appropriate prep work
Depending on the type of juicer you’re using, you’ll have to prepare produce before you juice it. If you’re using a centrifugal juicer, you can probably get away with large chunks.
The high-powered blades inside a centrifugal juicer will chop up your produce for you. However, you’ll want to be careful not to load too many large chunks at once.
You want to give the motor time to do its work. If you’re using a masticating juicer, we recommend chopping all your produce into rough slices before you feed it into the auger.
Remember to take the seeds and cores out of fruit. While many juicers advertise being able to take whole apples, apple seeds contain arsenic. You don’t want that in your juice!
If you’re ever wondering if a piece of produce is too big to feed in at once, it probably is. You’re better off spending a few extra minutes up front, and protecting your juicer’s motor and juicing system.