The best juicer should be able to effectively extract juice from any kind of fruit with less effort on your end. However, it is important to know that there are different kinds of juicers on the market: centrifugal, slow, and citrus juicers.
Centrifugal models, as the name implies, work by using centrifugal force to process the food items. While it is very effective in extracting every last drop of juice from fruits and vegetables, its system can affect the quality of the juice due to the heat being produce. This is where slow juicers excel. They employ lower RPM (usually 40 to 60 RPM) or speed in processing the ingredients which translates to a lower heat amount. With this, there is lower oxidation which gives you a better quality of juices in your glass. In this case, we suggest the Aeitto juicer by Haier. We really love this model since it is greatly different from most slow juicer units. Not only it comes with two feed chutes, but its juicing blade is incredibly powerful! However, do not expect that it would be able to extract all the juice from the items since it is just a slow juicer. If you want faster results, on the other hand, and do not want to feed the pulp again to the chute just to fully extract the juice, we recommend the unbeatable performance of the Mueller Ultra-juicer centrifugal model.
Meanwhile, citrus juicers are only for, you guessed it, citrus items. While they are not as versatile as the slow and centrifugal models, they can be very effective in squeezing citruses down to the last drop of juice. One example is the Cuisinart CCJ-500 that employs an automatic reverse movement and Final Spin feature to assure an efficient juicing process. It even gives you the option to choose the amount of pulp you want to allow into your juice!
To know more about them, join us as we present our findings from our yearly review of the best kitchen products on the market. Aided by a group of in-house professionals that make up our SolidSmack Home Appliance and Tool Research Team, we picked the best juicers with the best value and quality. Let’s start!
Best Juicers Comparison & Rating
1. Mueller Centrifugal Ultra-juicer
Off, 1, & 2
locking mechanism connected to power switch & overheating automatic shutoff
It is true that this Mueller centrifugal juicer isn’t as luxurious as the other brand. It has lots of plastic parts that might look cheap and feel lightweight. Yet, it is still one of the well-patronized juicers on Amazon. With this, it caught our attention and we decided to give it a try.
At first, it is true that it might look very compact and has lots of plastic materials. When we disassembled the entire unit, some of the parts felt even too lightweight. Nonetheless, we couldn’t decide on its entire quality until we tried it.
Upon our test, it really shocked us how it performed. There is a dial situated in front of its stainless steel section. As the package indicates, it offers two speeds: Setting 1 gives you 12000 to 15000 RPM while Setting 2 provides 15000 to 18000 RPM. Ideally, the former is meant for soft fruits while the latter is for harder food items like vegetables. This is where we found its efficiency: it really worked without fuss. When we tried it with a whole apple and carrot and placed them in the 3-inch feed chute, it managed to get every drop of juice possible. We had to force the items by pushing them down the blades and there was little resistance at first but it didn’t take us long to do it. The output was more impressive. No pulp at all. For the carrot, there was a little amount of foam but what we really found enticing about it was how the juicer effectively separated the liquid juice from the waste.
We also do adore that it sports A LOT of safety features. I mean, this is a product that won’t even reach $100, yet you get a well-designed unit. It comes with a locking bar mechanism that holds the lid/pulp guard. It will prevent the unit from working unless it is properly set. Besides that, it can will also automatically shut off in case it experiences overheating or jamming in the juicing process.
As for the cleanup, it really was a job getting the blade cleaned (we received a small cleaning brush) but generally, the rest was easy since the removable parts are dishwasher safe. We also tried putting a bag in the pulp-collecting bin to make our cleaning process even easier for us. With all, we really can’t help but rate it 5 stars in terms of performance, features, and, most of all, value.
2. Aeitto by Haier Slow Juicer
On/Off, Forward, & Reverse
2 feed chutes, two 900 ml pitchers, & Smart Lock system
This slow juicer might look a bit bulky and it is true. When assembled, it is quite tall that it consumes a lot of vertical space. Nonetheless, its power to juice fruits and vegetables is just as massive as its size. Not just that, we really do praise its brilliant design. Compared to other slow juicers with one narrow feed tube opening, it comes with two. While the first one is narrow at 1.26” for items cut lengthwise, the other one comes with a width of 3.2 inches which allows you to insert bigger cuts. In this case, we were able to put apples cut in half!
As for the performance, you get the best among all slow juicer models. The rotating blade employing up to 60 RPM is very powerful that it devoured half of an apple as if it was just a soft material. However, as you would expect from any other slow juicers, you need to repeat the process if you want to get the last drop of juice from the pulp.
We also love its juice and pulp disposal system. The package comes with two 900 ml pitchers you use to separately catch the pulp and juice from two different spouts. While the pulp is continuously ejected, its juice collection system is different. The juice spout is secured with a plug and it will just release the juice once you open the plug. With this, you can first collect the juice and just release everything at once instead of allowing the juice to drip in small amounts which can cause splashes.
Lastly, using the unit is generally easy. It has just one button that you can turn in three options: Off/On, Forward, and Reverse. However, the assembly of the parts can be guesswork at first due to the parts that need to be aligned. Improper placement of the parts can hinder for the unit to work due to its Smart Lock system. As for the cleanup, all parts are dishwasher safe and it comes with a cleaning brush that you can use for the tedious task of removing pulps from the filter.
3. Hamilton Beach Big-Mouth Pro Centrifugal Juice Extractor
Off & On
extra-huge pulp bin
Hamilton Beach Big-Mouth Pro is just almost at the same price as the Mueller we tested which is why we decided to also give it a chance. The first thing that caught our attention about this unit is how large its pulp bin is. The good thing about it is that it will allow you to continuously juice multiple food items. No need to repeatedly empty the bin every now and then as it is extremely spacious. We didn’t try it for its maximum capacity but with just the look of it, it can contain a good amount of pulp.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a pitcher just like what you have with the Mueller unit. Instead, you need to place a glass under the dispenser’s mouth which is at least 7-inch tall. This is where we see a small catch. With the height of the dispenser’s mouth, you can’t use a glass taller than it. Also, using s very short glass can cause splashes. We tried it and it really was a mess. We need to find the right size of glass and thankfully, 7-inch glasses are typical. Further, there is a groove on the body of the juicer where you place the glass. The good thing about it is that it ensures the glass is closely placed near the mouth and will prevent accidental drips.
On the other hand, compared to the Mueller unit, it doesn’t have speed settings. It just has an On and Off that you can use by turning the dial. While you can’t customize its performance according to the type of food you are juicing, its 800-watt energy is enough to do the job. As a matter of fact, it is very powerful that when we tried the carrots, we didn’t encounter any resistance as they were being pushed down. And the output? Stellar. When we checked the pulp, we were stunned by how completely dry it was. We really get everything out of the carrots we juiced!
Thankfully, the cleanup wasn’t problematic. The removable parts are dishwasher safe. The only part we encountered some time cleaning up was the mesh bowl. The good news is that just like the Mueller unit, it comes with a cleaning brush you can use to make things easier for you!
4. Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer
Low, Medium, and High
Final Spin & automatic reverse spin
If you are someone who is a big fan of citrus juices, this is the one for you. We tested manual citrus juicer before but right after seeing how Cuisinart CCJ-500 works, we realized the beauty of an electric model.
Using it is very simple. It has three settings to choose from: Low, Medium, and High. This will determine how much pulp you want in your juice. On the other hand, extracting juice from the lemon is practically straightforward. Simply push the universal reamer into the citrus and it will automatically spin according to the setting of your preference. It will automatically switch its rotation the next time you push another slice of citrus into it. This will ensure that the pulp stuck from the previous process will be removed which will translate to a more efficient juicing process. Lastly, put the cover to activate the Final Spin feature of the unit. In this one, the reamer will spin automatically using centrifugal force to get the last amount of juice left from the pulps sticking around.
It doesn’t come with an additional juice-collecting jar but it can cater to any size of glasses. Its spout is quite long and can be snapped up to prevent accidental dripping when the unit is not in use. Further, there is also a groove in its front body that will let you place the glass closer to the spout to make sure the drops will be collected appropriately.
Compared to other types of juicers, the Cuisinart CCJ-500 citrus juicer is much easier to clean since there are just fewer parts to wash. Removing the remaining pulps isn’t a problem, as well. That being said, if you are only after citrus juices, there are absolutely no other better choices than this.
5. Jocuu Slow Masticating Juicer
Off, Soft, Hard, & Reverse
automatically stops after 20 minutes of continuous use, 50 dB sound
At first glance, it is no question how everything about it looks grand from the juicer to the jugs. There is a dial with 4 settings to choose from: Off, Soft, Hard, and Reverse. The feeding chute, as expected, is narrower compared to those you find in centrifugal ones. On the other side of the coin, while it seems a bit inconvenient, the unit will automatically stop every 20 minutes of continuous use. According to the company, this is to ensure the product’s longer lifespan.
When we tested it with carrots and apples, it really did the job of juicing and extracting the juice from soft to hard ingredients. As expected, it took us a long time to process an entire apple and carrot that we chopped into pieces. And while it is really effective, we realized that the pulp it produced wasn’t as dry as what you get in centrifugal models. For the carrots, we had to reinsert everything twice to get the last drops of juice extracted. But here’s the good news: it was extremely quiet. The unit is rated 50 dB but from what we experienced, it is much quieter than that. However, we just noticed that when we used thick pieces of carrots, we saw obvious movements from the juicer section of the unit as if it was struggling to squeeze the materials. This means, nonetheless, that it can be mitigated by chopping the hard fruits or vegetables into smaller pieces.
As for the cleanup, its removable parts are all dishwasher safe. The only part that took us longer to clean is the stainless filter. Despite using the brush that came with the package, some of the pulp still managed to get stuck in some holes and spaces between the steel and the plastic part encasing the filter itself.
Best Juicers - Buyer's Guide
As said, there are various types of juicers available. You have the option for a centrifugal, slow, or citrus juicer. The first two can handle all kinds of fruits while the last one is only ideal for citruses.
Oxidation reflects the quality of the food. The lower the oxidation, the better. It happens in all kinds of juicers, nonetheless. It is just that centrifugal models generate higher heat because of the high level of RPM. Yet, the oxidation level being caused by centrifugal models isn’t that much as most others claim. They are not too far from the performance of the slow juicers. There are even slow juicers that can generate heat faster than a centrifugal unit so it really just depends on the system of the juicer you choose.
Apparently, centrifugal models can extract juice faster than slow models. For citruses, we suggest having electric juicers instead of manual types as it will help you to do the task faster and more easily.
Juicers vary from one another. Some of them integrate unique features that can be of great help in improving the efficiency of the juicing process. For instance, the Mueller unit has 2 speed settings while the Aeitto slow juicer has 2 feed chutes. In the end, find the one that offers features that will your work much easier. This will also help you get the best value out of your purchase.
Best Juicers - FAQs
All juicers cause oxidation. However, due to faster speed, centrifugal types can cause higher oxidation than slow juicers. On a positive note, keep in mind that the oxidation level being promoted by a centrifugal type isn’t as much as most other companies are advertising. As a matter of fact, there are also slow juicers that can generate heat as fast as centrifugal types (because of the motor used in the unit) which means they can also induce the same levels of oxidation in juices.
Ideally, you should remove the seeds of the fruits to prevent them from being crushed by the juicer. Putting seeds in the juicer can affect the taste of the juice and can also destroy the unit.
There are certain types of fruits, berries, and vegetables that are not ideal to be put in the juicer. For instance, bananas and eggplant. This is because of the fact that there is not enough liquid that you can extract from them. Using this kind of appliance on them will only mash the said food items, giving them a smoothie-like consistency. Keep in mind that juicers are only for food items that have “juice.”