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Over the past 7 years, we've purchased over 20 of the best juicers on the market to test side-by-side. For this update, our team of kitchen experts examined 12 of the top models available today. We made blended juices from a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to judge overall juice quality and assessed each model's ability to juice soft produce like apples and oranges, hard produce like beets and carrots, and even difficult leafy greens. We also rated and scored user-friendliness and ease of cleaning. Our comprehensive review combines in-depth research and objective testing with real-world experience to help you identify the best juicer for your own kitchen.
Dishwasher Safe?: Yes, most parts | Type: Masticating
REASONS TO BUY
Easily juices greens
Fantastic blended juice quality
Extremely easy to clean
REASONS TO AVOID
Lackluster hard produce juice yield
Our favorite masticating juicer is, hands-down, the Omega Nutrition Center. This appliance is second-to-none for juicing leafy greens — even problematic produce that is typically more difficult to juice, such as spinach and wheatgrass. It also excels at juicing soft produce like apples and oranges, outputting well above average juice yields. It can make high-quality blended juice beverages with a velvety-smooth texture and phenomenal taste. The icing on the cake is that the Nutrition Center is supremely easy to clean, saving both time and energy on the back end.
The one caveat here is that the Nutrition Center isn't an all-star at juicing hard produce. Many slow juicers struggle with this, but this masticating model struggled more than others we tested. It tends to generate significantly less juice than average, particularly with vegetables like sweet potatoes and beets. This machine is also one of the most expensive in this review and may exceed many people's budgets. But in this case, price compliments performance, and this is a quality product built to last.
Dishwasher Safe?: Yes, most parts | Type: Centrifugal
REASONS TO BUY
Phenomenal hard produce juice yield
Great blended juice quality
Very easy to clean
REASONS TO AVOID
Poor leafy green juice yield
Average soft produce yields
The Breville Juice Fountain merits special recognition for its exceptional performance among centrifugal models. This product makes excellent mixed juice cocktails and excels in particular when it comes to extracting juice from hard produce. Although it is not a standout in juice yields, it also does quite well processing soft produce, making it a versatile machine. Best of all, you can buy this rather handsome model at a fraction of the cost of the directly comparable Elite model.
However, like many centrifugal models we tested, this one struggles a bit more when it comes to extracting juice from leafy greens. Typically, produce like wheatgrass or kale is difficult to work with anyway, but this model generates much lower juice yields than many of the other machines in this review. Despite this deficiency, the Juice Fountain is still one of the better products in this category and is certainly an exceptional value for those who prefer to make blends based on hard produce, like beets and carrots.
If you're a budget shopper who loves making juice drinks with leafy greens, then we recommend the Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer. Slow juicers can cost significantly more than centrifugal models, and price can be a limiting factor in your decision. However, this model sells for quite a bit less than most top-tier masticating models and yet performs nearly as well across the board. The Aicok works particularly well with spinach and kale and can even juice wheatgrass for those who enjoy making green drinks. It can also make some quality juice cocktails, and we particularly appreciate how easy it is to clean.
When tested side-by-side with comparably priced centrifugal models, the Aicok — like many other masticating models — delivers lower than average juice yields from hard and soft produce. It still effectively juices fruits and vegetables, but it may take a few more pieces of produce to achieve yields similar to other models in this review. Even though it can squeeze maximum amounts of juice from leafy greens, this model also tends to produce much more foam than others, often requiring additional straining. However, considering this model's price point, it is a fantastic bargain option for what we consider to still be a rather versatile slow juicer.
Dishwasher Safe?: Yes, most parts | Type: Centrifugal
REASONS TO BUY
Above-average juice quality
Easy to clean
REASONS TO AVOID
Below-average juice yields
Do you have sticker shock from the price tags attached to some of the top models in this review? The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth retails for a fraction of the price of many other products yet can still produce above-average juices. Across our entire series of tests, this price point model delivered impressive results. It yields an average amount of juice from both soft and hard produce and is even capable of effectively juicing leafy greens — an uncommon feat for most centrifugal models. On top of all that, it makes reasonably tasty juice cocktails, and at the end of the day, is quite easy to clean.
While it may not feature the handsome stainless steel construction of some other top models, this is a durable model that is still likely to stand up to everyday juicing. As a centrifugal model, it can introduce quite a bit of pulp to your drink, which means that juices tend to separate quickly and are best enjoyed fresh rather than stored for later. Although this machine doesn't offer the most impressive juice yields, it does produce a high-quality glass of juice, particularly considering its price point. The Big Mouth is perfect for anyone shopping on a tight budget — but for those able to spend a bit more, the Premium version is well worth the small additional expense.
Here at GearLab, we have spent years testing the best juicers side-by-side. We conduct continuous research on trends and technology, and our combined time in the kitchen helps us provide real-world advice based on hands-on experience. Research Analyst Austin Palmer and Senior Review Editor David Wise have reviewed and tested hundreds of different kitchen appliances and tech products between the two of them, and collectively spent more than 150 hours researching, testing, and reviewing these products. Another one of our kitchen experts, Aaron Rice lends his culinary knowledge, as well as his research and review skills, to round out our team.
Before getting down to the job of juicing, our team performs its due diligence of market research, spending dozens — if not hundreds — of combined hours investigating new technologies and comparing and contrasting the most popular products available. To ensure full objectivity, we purchase all products we test at retail cost. Our team of experts then design numerically-based tests, so we can rank these products relative to one another. We conduct close to 60 different tests and assessments to evaluate the performance of every model and update the review whenever a promising new product is released. These components make up the overall score and are weighted based on how they influence the juicing experience.
We rated these products across 5 metrics:
Overall Juice Quality tests (25% of total weighted score)
Soft Produce Juicing tests (20% of weighting)
Hard Produce Juicing tests (20% weighting)
Leafy Greens Juicing tests (20% weighting)
Cleaning tests (15% weighting)
Many of these tests require us to use these juicers in our own kitchens, providing real-world experience that helps us relate on a personal level. An extended testing period allows us significant time to get acquainted with each product — our reviewers make dozens of drinks with every model, processing lots of produce to better understand the pros and cons of each product. The highest weighted metric of Juice quality (25% of the total) is broken down into 16 individual tests for 3 different juice product blends. Our juicing test products include more than 13 different commonly juiced fruits and vegetables across metrics!
Analysis and Test Results
Our team developed a set of comprehensive metrics to directly rate and compare these products side-by-side. While all of the metrics are related to one another, they are designed to be mutually exclusive to better examine each product's particular strengths and weaknesses, so you can make an informed buying decision for your needs and budget.
Full-Size or Citrus-Only?
If you are mainly interested in juicing limes, lemons, grapefruits, or oranges, you may want to consider a citrus juicer rather than a full-size masticating or centrifugal model. Although a citrus-only model will have fewer features than a full-size kitchen appliance, these little appliances cost significantly less and will occupy a fraction of your precious countertop space.
Juicers are certainly a specialty item, and compared to other kitchen appliances, we find that the top-performing products in this category generally tend to run on the pricey side. Many of the top models available to most home consumers can cost hundreds of dollars — and that's not even considering professional-grade options.
However, if you are shopping for a better deal, then the Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer or the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth are some of the best value options, as is the Mueller Ultra-Juicer. Even though these models struggle with some of the more difficult juicing tasks, they cost a fraction of what the premium models do, making them a great middle-of-the-road option if you are trying to balance performance and price. The Breville Juice Fountain costs a little more (as the Aicok tends to frequently be available below its list price), but its overall performance is also quite a bit better. If you have a little more cash to spend but still don't want to break the bank, the Juice Fountain is a fantastic option.
Many of us look to making juice at home because we recognize that the economics of buying fresh bottled juices is simply not sustainable. While these products may not afford the same professional-grade results, at-home models will still produce a high-quality glass of juice. We use three different juice cocktails to rank and score the differences in the performance of each product. These three recipes combine various fruits and vegetables — up to six different types of produce in one juice blend — and thus offer a broad spectrum of juices to better gauge aspects of overall juice quality.
We use a panel of testers to taste and score each drink and ask them to comment on things like taste, texture, thickness, temperature, and any other characteristics that they feel contribute to or detract from overall juice quality. The Cuisinart Juice Extractor and Omega Nutrition Center delivered excellent results across the board, earning them top marks in this metric. Juice blends from the Cuisinart have a smooth texture with little foam and a consistency that allows individual flavors to shine through. This is particularly of interest because while the Omega Nutrition Center is our favorite overall, the Cuisinart Juice Extractor falls at the bottom of the barrel. It just goes to show that even some of the lowest scoring products in this review are still capable of creating delicious juices!
The Omega Nutrition Center is particularly versatile because of its ability to effectively juice different types of produce. All of our judges agreed that this appliance makes excellent juice cocktails that are extremely smooth and incredibly rich in flavor, with little to no pulp. The blends from this model tend to be a bit on the thicker side but are only topped with small amounts of foam, have an appropriate color, and don't easily separate — all characteristics of an ideal juice.
Both Breville models, the Breville Juice Fountain and the more expensive Breville Juice Fountain Elite, also produce high-quality juices for centrifugal models. While the Elite tends to blend produce into a smoother cocktail, the juices are not nearly as flavorful as the base model for some reason. In general, both models offer juices with a smooth, creamy texture and minimal pulp.
Soft Produce Juicing
Although everything ultimately comes down to overall juice quality, each type of produce you include in your juice blends can affect the outcome of the finished product. We consider soft produce to be anything with a high water content — for our tests, we used a variety of fruits and vegetables, including apples, oranges, cucumbers, and celery. Our main concern with the individual types of produce was juice yield; how much produce do you need to process to get a reasonable amount of juice. But we also examined the amount of pulp, the rate of separation, appropriateness of color, and amount of foam. All of these factors relate directly back to juice quality.
The Omega Nutrition Center, Mueller Ultra-Juicer, and Breville Juice Fountain Elite tie with excellent soft produce yields. In general, centrifugal models like the Mueller Ultra-Juicer and Breville Juice Fountain Elite tend to better process soft produce than masticating models. So these results make the Omega Nutrition Center all the more outstanding as a versatile slow juicer — this particular model excels with high apple and orange juices yields.
When it comes to fresh apple and orange juice, the Mooka Slow Masticating Juicer is also quite efficient, producing some of the highest yields of any model in this review. Surprisingly, the Tribest Slowstar Vertical is the best model for juicing oranges specifically — it produces high yields of juice, with perfectly minimal pulp and no foam. However, this model does particularly poorly in other realms, so it likely isn't worth the expense for a citrus-specific juicer.
Even though the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth can produce high yields from soft produce, the results tended to be moderately pulpy and foamy, which causes the juice to separate relatively quickly compared to other similar options. Similarly, the juice from the otherwise high-performing Breville Juice Fountain tends to separate rapidly. The more expensive Breville Juice Fountain Elite may produce a bit more foam than other comparable models, but it has significantly less pulp, thanks to a highly efficient filter. This results in a rather impressive shelf-life for juice from a centrifugal model.
Hard Produce Juicing
Hard produce — vegetables like carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes — can be a true test of power and durability. Even broken up, these harder types of produce can batter a juicing chamber from the inside, putting the quality of components to the test. Only models with strong motors can provide the power necessary to efficiently and effectively juice this type of produce. And often, these more fibrous vegetables can stress the limits of filters and pulp containers. Again, we grade each appliance on the overall juice yield and the key aspects related to juice quality. Some of these products struggled in these assessments, resulting in a much larger spread of scores.
Behind the pair of exceptional Breville products, we were happily surprised by the performance of some of the more price-point-friendly centrifugal models, like the Cuisinart Juice Extractor, Mueller Ultra-Juicer, and Hamilton Beach Big Mouth. While the Cuisinart does particularly well with beets and sweet potatoes, the other two models can efficiently extract juice from practically any form of hard produce. The upgraded Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Premium has an 850-watt motor — the most powerful of any we tested — and is worth the extra expense over the standard model if you plan to juice hard produce regularly.
The biggest downside to these inexpensive centrifugal models is that they are often overwhelmed by the pulp of fibrous veggies, resulting in thicker juices with mild to moderate amounts of pulp. However, we were also disappointed in some more popular masticating models, including the Aicok Slow Juicer, Mooka Slow Juicer, and even the award-winning Omega Nutrition Center. In our tests, these otherwise high-performing models earned lackluster scores, producing slightly below average yields from each type of hard produce. Despite the question of pulp, we recommend a centrifugal rather than a masticating model if you plan on making beet and carrot juice with any regularity.
Despite our misgivings, the Omega Nutrition Center does alright overall with hard produce, yielding only 15 - 20 milliliters less than the group's average. This appliance's redeeming quality — like many masticating models when processing hard produce — is that the juice tends to be relatively pulp-free. The significantly cheaper Mooka Slow Juicer is a standout in terms of juicing carrots specifically. If you plan to make mixes of carrots and apples regularly, then the Mooka may be a valuable purchase as a versatile masticating model.
Leafy Greens Juicing
Next, we looked at what may be considered the most difficult task: juicing leafy greens. Many models are simply incapable of extracting juice from this type of produce. As a result, this metric also includes a wide range of scores, with some appliances handling herbage with ease while others severely struggle. Just like the tests for juicing hard and soft produce, we conducted a trio of tests with each product — using spinach, kale, and wheatgrass to gauge performance — scoring their yields as well as juice quality.
Outperforming the other products by a rather substantial margin, the Omega Nutrition Center claims the top spot for juicing leafy greens, thus securing its crown as the most versatile option in this review. Not only does this masticating model yield, on average, 20 - 30 milliliters more juice from spinach and kale than any other model we tested, but it is one of the few actually capable of juicing wheatgrass. The only other product to compete at this level is the Hurom Slow Juicer, which also successfully juices all three types of greens — including wheatgrass — albeit with significantly more foam.
While juicing leafy greens is certainly a specialty of masticating models, not all are effective — or efficient — at doing so. This is the one standout metric for the otherwise overpriced Tribest Slowstar Vertical. Although it cannot juice wheatgrass, it does produce high yields from other leafy veggies, albeit with a fair amount of foam. At more than half the price, the Aicok Slow Juicer is a great budget pick if you are looking for a model to specifically juice leafy greens.
The middle-of-the-road Aicok is especially solid in this regard and is one of the few masticating models that can yield more than just a few drops of wheatgrass juice. It also tends to produce above-average yields with other greens, albeit with a fair amount of foam as well.
Centrifugal models tend to struggle in this department — often gnashing greens into a pulpy, frothy mess instead of actually squeezing out juice — so we were happily impressed with the average yields from the affordable Hamilton Beach Big Mouth. Amazingly, this centrifugal model is even capable of juicing wheatgrass!
As we have expressed before, everything that gets cooked — or in this case, juiced — must eventually be cleaned. Particularly when it comes to these machines, the process of disassembly, cleaning, and reassembly can be time-consuming and, in some cases, quite annoying. We made a lot of juice over our testing period and therefore spent a lot of time cleaning these machines. Our experience helps us evaluate the effort it takes to clean the individual components and the effectiveness of the cleaning tool (if one is even included.) As you may imagine, we award bonus points to those dishwasher safe products.
At this point, it should be no surprise that the top models in our review also tend to be the easiest to clean. All four of our award winners — the Omega Nutrition Center, Breville Juice Fountain, Aicok Slow Juicer, and Hamilton Beach Big Mouth — have components that are dishwasher friendly. The Omega and Aicok models, in particular, are also easy to hand wash. Both of these appliances include effective cleaning brushes, and they break down in a way that is intuitive enough to make putting it all back together easy.
Like most of these products, the Omega Nutrition Center and Aicok Slow Juicer also have filters that are easy to clean — as long as you get to them right away and don't allow the pulp to dry in place. Despite their smaller pulp containers — the Aicok is one of the few we had to empty part-way through juicing — they really present very little issues when it comes to cleaning. If you choose to use the dishwasher, it is important always to follow the manufacturers' instructions for loading and settings, lest you accidentally wreck your brand new juicer.
The pair of Breville models are a breeze to clean — both are virtually identical in terms of assembly and include quality cleaning brushes even though their components are mostly dishwasher safe. But by far, the easiest model to clean is the NutriBullet 800W Juicer.
This model combines the juice centrifuge and pulp container into a single unit, making for an easy transfer to the sink without spilling and an even more simplified cleaning process. The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Premium includes a brush specially designed to fit the filter, making this model easier to handwash than others.
Regardless of whether you are a juicing enthusiast looking for a top-tier machine, or a new user seeking a bargain model to try out juicing for the first time, we have covered a wide variety of products to suit every need and budget. This comprehensive review covers some of the best juicers on the market and will help as a guide so that you feel more empowered in your purchase decision. There are a variety of models and price points, but there is certainly an option here that will fit perfectly in your kitchen. Happy juicing!
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