Citrus seems like it’d be the easiest fruit to juice. After all, it’s practically bursting with juice!
However, citrus is a weak spot for many common juicers. Centrifugal juicers leave wet pulp, which means lots of juice from citrus gets wasted. Likewise, masticating juicers, which are meant for tough, stringier produce, don’t do well with citrus, either.
A dedicated citrus juicer will help you get the most out of your citrus, with the least work and hassle! Citrus juicers are designed to accommodate the shape of citrus fruits, and have specially-designed reamers to make sure you wring all the juice from the peel.
However, not all citrus juicers are created equal! And with so many models, it can be hard to tell which one you should really buy.
We’ve looked at all the citrus juicers on the market, from manual juicers to motorized models. We’ve compared features and specs, and consulted expert and amateur reviews alike to figure out which models are the real winners.
After all, we know how confusing it can be to sort through all the conflicting user reviews. We did careful analysis of all the reviews, to sort out the user errors from the design flaws.
On this page, we’ve put together our own in-depth reviews of our favorite citrus juicers. We’ll take you through all the important features, and show you how these citrus juicers stack up to the competition.
We’ll also help you narrow down exactly what you’re looking for in your new citrus juicer, and give you a sense of which model is right for you!
Before we get started, let’s take a look at each of our recommendations:
This Epica is Amazon’s best-selling citrus juicer.
It’s compact, affordable, and very efficient. While it’s still fairly inexpensive, the Epica has a much better reputation for reliability than some of the cheaper budget juicers. We particularly like its choice of 2 reamers, which help you juice all types of citrus without sacrificing yield!
It’s fully automatic. The Epica will start turning as soon as you press citrus onto the reamer. Then, it shuts itself off as soon as you lift up the empty rind. This helps give the motor a break between each fruit, and keeps heat from building up inside the machine.
The Epica includes 2 different-sized reamers, for handling all types of citrus. The smaller reamer is ideal for lemons and limes, while the larger reamer helps get the most out of larger oranges and grapefruits. We like having the option of 2 reamers, since some universal reamers struggle with very large and very small citrus.
There’s an internal mesh strainer to keep juice flowing smoothly out of the Epica and into your glass. This comes in handy with citrus, since bits of pulp can clog the spout. The strainer catches the pulp and keeps juice flowing cleanly.
It’s easy to clean. There are only 3 parts, and all of them rinse clean. Reviewers especially loved the ease of use with the Epica. One wrote, “This is the most well-thought-out juicer I have ever seen. It is well-sealed where it should be with no nooks and crannies for the pulp to get stuck in. Very few moving parts and the ones there are come out easily and are easy to clean.”
It has a small footprint, exactly the size of a standard piece of printer paper. This makes it a good choice for smaller apartments, and shared spaces.
The Epica is built with stainless steel housing. It won’t stain or corrode over time, and it’s much less brittle than plastic casings. Plus, it looks great on your countertop!
The Epica is covered by a 1-year warranty. While that’s not a huge amount of time, it’s impressive coverage given the price. After all, some juicers that cost $200 are only covered for a year!
The spout pours juice directly into your glass. You can also flip the spout up to pause your juicing without having juice drip on your counter. This can save you a very sticky mess!
It does have some reliability issues. A few buyers reported motor problems after a few months, but they updated their reviews to say their replacement juicers were working fine. Any issues within the first year will be covered by the warranty. We’d also advise following the instructions, which do say to give the juicer 30-second breaks every so often. This can make a real difference in protecting the motor
A few previous buyers said it moved around a bit on the counter, due to the strength of the motor. We’d suggest placing the machine on a mat or towel.
There’s no reversing function. That means you might not get as much yield as you would using juicers with reversing reamers.
Cuisinart’s latest citrus juicer is another huge seller online and in department stores.
It’s loaded with smart features, like a universal reamer and automatic reverse which really sets it apart from the other citrus juicers at this price.
We strongly recommend it to all buyers on a budget, as well as people who want those added features to get the absolute most out of their produce!
The specially designed juicing cone can handle citrus of all sizes. Because the reamer is universal, there’s no need to switch attachments as you change between citrus fruits,. This saves time, energy, and drippy messes when you’re juicing.
The reamer automatically reverses, to make sure you’re not leaving any juice in the rind. You just let up the pressure, then press down again. The Cuisinart will automatically switch direction, and ream the rind again in the opposite direction. This helps remove any straggling pulp.
Previous buyers were particularly impressed with how clean their citrus peels were after going through the Cuisinart: “This juicer gets pretty much every last drop of juice out of the fruit. There is literally no fruit left inside the rind after it juices it.”
There’s also a final spin feature, like you’d find on a centrifugal juicer. The Cuisinart spins the reamer super fast, to shed pulp and residual juice that you’d waste with cheaper juicers. Plus, there’s a lid to make sure the juice doesn’t make a mess as you spin away.
This final spin feature, combined with the auto-reverse function, makes the Cuisinart one of the most efficient citrus juicers when it comes to yield.
You can choose from several pulp settings. This is great for juicing for families, and people with different taste preferences. The adjustments are right on the reamer.
The stainless steel housing looks great on a modern countertop. It won’t stain or corrode over time, even if you get citrus juice on it. This updated model has a squarer, sturdier footprint than the previous Cuisinart model, and buyers said it stays in place much better as you juice.
The juice spout flips up into the housing to prevent drips when you’re done juicing.
All the removable parts, including the reamer and top casing, are safe to run through your dishwasher. There are only 3 parts to clean, so previous reviewers said the Cuisinart is refreshingly easy to put away.
All of the plastic parts are BPA-free.
It’s covered by a 3-year warranty.
Some people wrote in their reviews that they struggled with cleaning out the Cuisinart. They had trouble cleaning the pulp screen/strainer part. It’s definitely easier to clean the strainer holes on any juicer if you’ve got a dishwasher. However, most previous buyers said they didn’t have any issues. We’d suggest keeping a toothbrush around for cleaning the strainer, just like you’d use for a regular juicing screen.
The juicing spout isn’t terribly reliable. Some previous buyers had juicers whose juicing spouts came loose. This is definitely a part you’ll want to be careful with.
While the Cuisinart comes with a long warranty, some previous buyers warned that there’s a $10 shipping charge which you’ll have to pocket.
Some people found it a bit loud.
The Tribest CitriStar is a powerful, no-nonsense citrus juicer with superior build quality and a very impressive track record for quality and reliability.
It’s the only one of our recommendations to be made by a high-end juicer brand. We recommend it to people who are looking for the most reliable citrus juicer under $100.
The 50-watt motor is the most powerful of our recommendations. The added power comes in handy when you’re juicing lots of citrus at once. You’ll be able to keep on juicing without causing the motor to overheat or wear out.
Previous buyers said they really noticed the Tribest’s extra power. One wrote, “When you press down on the fruit, the motor keeps going and you get every last drop of juice. The motor does not stop as you add pressure, like many juicers.”
The Tribest is a one-touch system. There are no adjustments to make, or switches to flip. You simply press half a citrus fruit onto the reamer, and you’re in business.
There are two reamers included, so you can deal with all sorts of citrus. The smaller reamer is your best bet for lemons and limes, while the larger reamer is perfect for juicing oranges and grapefruits. The smaller reamer nests inside the larger while it’s not in use.
It’s built better than the other citrus juicers in this price range. The spout and juicing screen are stainless steel. While the Tribest doesn’t have metal housing like the Epica or Cuisinart, it has lots of metal parts on the inside, where they make more of a difference. All the plastic parts are dishwasher safe and BPA-free.
It’s covered by a 1-year warranty. Some previous buyers who wrote online about the Tribest said that their juicers had been running just like new for several years.
It’s quieter than a lot of other juicers. Previous buyers said they were very impressed with how much of a difference they heard between the Tribest and their old citrus juicers.
It’s around the same price as the Epica. Considering how much more reliable the Tribest is, we think that’s a great deal.
The Tribest has a very small footprint compared to other citrus juicers. It’s only about 6” wide. That makes it a great choice for smaller spaces, and an easier appliance to store between uses. The cord wraps into the bottom of the juicer, so you can hide it for storage, and take out just as much length as you need for juicing.
It’s not as attractive as other models that have stainless steel housing. The Tribest’s white plastic body matches the brand’s other juicers, but is a bit old fashioned. These white finishes also tend to get a bit discolored over the years.
While the Tribest won’t completely eliminate pulp from your citrus juice, it definitely leaves less than some other models. This won’t be the best choice for people who like lots of fiber in their drinks.
A few reviewers thought the spout was a bit low for their higher glasses. That’s the one downside of the compact design. We’d recommend juicing into a lower measuring cup or small glass.
Old-school manual citrus juicers are your best friend for using citrus while you cook.
If you need some fresh-squeezed citrus juice for your meal, or for making a quick drink, we recommend having a manual hand juicer. They’re only made to work with limes and lemons, but these juicers are a lot easier to get out than a full-size appliance.
With that said, we know that lots of manual juicers are a real pain to use. They can hurt your wrists and be inefficient.
We did some additional research to find the best manual juicer on the market. Here’s our favorite, by Bellemain:
“This lemon press is a marvelous, well-made tool. It crushes 1/2 lemon and the juice runs through leaving the seeds and a little flat tire of a lemon. It is much easier than the old fashioned glass juicers. I should have had one of these a long time ago!”
This Bellemain manual juicer is one of the most popular on the market. It has extraordinarily good ratings from previous buyers, almost all of whom gave it 5 stars.
They agreed overwhelmingly that it’s sturdier and easier to use than the competition. We love its smart, ergonomic, and efficient design. It’s designed specifically for lemons, but will also work on limes and clementines.
Bellemain designed the bowl of this juicer to fit half a fruit without any slipping. The drip holes have also been designed to make sure juice goes straight down,and doesn’t squirt out to the sides.
We love that the Bellemain is much sturdier than the competition. The whole thing is built from stainless steel.
The handles are silicone for extra grip and cushion, and the silicone is bonded to the stainless steel, so the grips won’t slip off (as happens on cheaper manual juicers).
The best part is that you can stick it in the dishwasher!
It’s both stronger and smarter than other handheld, manual juicers. It’s also covered by a no-questions-asked, unconditional lifetime guarantee.
You can’t beat that for a $20 kitchen tool! If you want the simplicity of a handheld juicer, the Bellemain is a purchase you’ll never have to make again.
If you’re on a budget, your cheapest option is the Cuisinart. It’s about 25% cheaper than the Epica or Tribest, and actually has more features than either of the other two juicers.
We like the added yield you get from the reversing reamer. The Cuisinart is also the best choice for people who are pickier about the pulp level in their juice. However, it’s not as powerful as the Epica or Tribest.
In fact, we’d recommend the Cuisinart over the Epica for most buyers because it’s smarter and more efficient. We really like the reversing reamer and pulp spinning feature, which you won’t find on the Epica.
You also get more pulp control. However, if you want a more basic juicer, and don’t want lots of extra, gadgety features to adjust, it’s worth taking a look at the Epica.
For the best overall quality, we strongly recommend the Tribest. It does have fewer features than the Cuisinart, but it’s a strong simple machine with a great reputation for reliability.
The Tribest has the most powerful motor of the 3, and the most metal parts on the inside, where it counts. It’s the best of the three for juicing high quantities of citrus on a regular basis
Don’t skimp on power:
No citrus juicer is as powerful as a masticating or centrifugal juicer. However, you need a powerful motor that can stand up to the pressure of having multiple fruits squeezed against it all day long.
Weaker motors can burn out or suffer heat damage under pressure. You’ll want to look for at least a 25-watt motor, preferably covered by at least a 1-year warranty.
Look for smart features:
Most citrus juicers have the same basic function. They’ll have a spinning reamer, onto which you press halves of fruit.
Since they’re all pretty similar, you’ll want to look for smart features which set a certain juicer apart. Some of our favorites are automatic reverse, pulp control, and pulp spin settings.
Pulp control is great for people who have specific tastes as far as how much pulp they want in their citrus juice. You’ll be able to leave in more pulp for those who like it, and strain it out for the people who don’t.
This can also be important if you’re using citrus in cooking or baking, and need just the right consistency for your food. You can always strain juice afterward, but having pulp control onboard is a great extra feature.
A reversing reamer is a nice way to get even more juice out of your citrus. As a reamer spins inside a rind, it pulls lots of pulp from the rind.
However, pulp strands that lean the way the reamer’s spinning won’t get caught. A reversing reamer gets all that residual pulp and means you’ll end up with more juice from each piece of fruit.
Spin functions help you get even more yield. These features work a lot like centrifugal juicers. Those machines spin out all the pulverized pulp from fruits and vegetables to draw juice out.
Some citrus juicers have the same feature built it. You can spin the reamer at high speed to get all the pulp loose, and spin the juicing screen to make sure it’s coming out dry.
Consider your budget:
Citrus juicers are available for anywhere between $20 and $200 dollars. The more expensive options have better build quality and fewer plastic parts. They also have more powerful motors, which stand up under pressure much more reliably.
You can also expect high-end juicers to have more sophisticated features, like reversing reamers, pulp spinning, or secondary press stages.
We recommend spending at least $30, and avoiding the cheaper budget models. They tend to have poor reliability, and relatively breakable parts.
We’ve found that the more expensive $100-$200 juicers aren’t reliable enough to justify the extra cost, so we’re not recommending them here.
The idea of the premium juicer is to give you more metal construction for better reliability, but we’ve found that the most important internal components are made from plastic, even on the die-cast metal models. That’s why we’re staying with juicers at the lower price points.
Decide which citrus you’ll be juicing:
If you’re mainly looking to juice lemons, you can use a hand press. However, if you’re going to be juicing larger citrus fruits like oranges or grapefruit, you’ll want a motorized juicer.
We’ve tried to find motorized juicers that can handle any type of produce. If you want to be extra sure that you’re getting the highest possible yield from your citrus, we recommend a juicer with multiple size reamers. This helps you get a more exact fit for each fruit, and prevents awkward slips or missed pulp left in the rind.