Juicer Buying Guide: Reviews of the Best Juicer Machines
New for 2013! As juicers have become more popular there have been some nice improvements to the feature set and performance. One of the key improvements has been in the ease of cleaning through the use of stainless steel. This also improves the look and design of the juicer. Another advancement has been the development of the slow juicer, also called a masticating juicer which is described below in our juicer reviews.
The benefits of a juicer are obviously health related - more nutrients and all-natural but there is also a huge benefit through better tasting juice. Centrifugal juicers have been popular for the past 20 years and often have a large feed chute that eliminates the need from having to cut fruits or vegetables. They also spin at a high rate of speed which comes in handy when juicing leafy greens such as kale. Slow juicers, conversely have smaller feed chutes however do a much better job with softer, juicy foods and are easy to clean.
These juicers remove most if not all of the pulp, so if want a drink with pulp we suggest going with a top rated blender.
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Juicer Ratings Report Card Scale: A B C D E
| Ease of Use
|PRSJ600 Slow Juicer||$329||85||A||A||A|
|Omega VRT350HD Slow Juicer||$380||85||A||A||A|
|Tribest Green Star Elite||$529||84||A||B||A|
|Breville BJE820XL Juicer||$399||76||B||A||B|
|Breville Ikon Juice Fountain||$199||64||C||B||C|
|Waring Pro JEX450||$169||58||C||C||D|
|Jack Lalanne PowerJuicer||$149||55||C||D||B|
Note: The Overall Score is based on a combination of juicer performance, ease of use and noise level. Juice yield was determined using strawberries, tomatoes and carrots. Ease of use considers assembly, disassembly and effort to clean.
Juice Extractors Juice extractors, also known as centrifugal juicers have been popular for the past 10-15 years and allow you to juice soft fruits up to hard vegetables such as carrots and beets. Some models feature a variable speed motor that allows you to maximize the amount of juice that is produced while minimizing the amount of foam. Many juicer extractors use a combined blade and filter to make cleaning easier.
Centrifugal Juicer Reviews and Recommendations
Best Value NativeJuicer PRCJ500. This juicer ($219) features an industry best 9 speed settings so you have the most control over your juicing experience. It's hard to beat the stainless steel body and power.
Most Power Breville 800JEXL. This Breville juicer ($299) features a powerful 1.3 horsepower motor and a strong stainless die cast housing that is sure to please.
Slow Juicer/Masticating Juicer Slow juicers have only been around for a few years but they offer several advantages over centrifugal juicers. First, they tend to produce more juice and are able to more effectively juice difficult items like wheatgrass. Slow juicers are smaller so they take up less counter and storage space, they are lighter and easier to move and have simpler parts that are easier to clean. Slow juicers also tend to be much quieter than centrifugal juicers.
Slow Juicer Reviews and Recommendations
Best Value: PRSJ600 Slow Juicer. The PRSJ600 Pro Slow Juicer ($329) is an upright single auger juicer that does a great job of consistently producing higher juice yields.
Best Twin Gear: Tribest Green Star Elite. The Green Star Elite ($529) has a clean, modern design and features three stages of extraction for higher yields and nutritional value.
Citrus Juicers. Citrus Juicers have come a long way since the days of hand squeezed juice. Newer citrus juicers are powered and features such as auto reverse that allows you to control the amount of pulp to be added to the juice. Most models use a plastic pulp screen but higher end citrus juicers are starting to use stainless steel.
See Centrifugal Juicers by Customer Ratings
Comparison of Top Rated Juice Extractors
|Breville Ikon Juice Fountain||5||900||Stainless Steel
|Breville 800JEXL||2||1,000||Stainless Steel
||Stainless steel die cast housing, 1.3 HP motor
||Compact Design - great for travel, 2/3 HP motor|
|PRSJ600 Slow Juicer||1||150||White||$329||Highest, most nutritious juice yield. Easiest to use and clean.|
|NativeJuicer PRCJ500||9||800||Stainless Steel
||$219||Most speed control with largest range of speed (RPM's) plus large 3" chute, 1 HP motor
|Omega O2||1||250||White||$99||Compact Design - great for travel, 1/3 HP motor
||Similar to O2 but larger, 1/3 HP motor
||Same as 9000 except white plastic lid, 1/3 HP motor
|Omega Big Mouth
||Large 3" chute , 1/2 HP motor
||Original Juicer - White Lustran plastic and stainless lid, 1/3 HP motor
Note: prices were rounded down to the nearest dollar.