Juicer Buying Guide: Reviews of the Best Juicer Machines

woman_using_juicer.jpgNew 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:  D  E

Juicer Price Overall Score

  Juice Yield 

 Ease of Use 
Noise
PRSJ700 Slow Juicer $179 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
NativeJuicer PRCJ500 $219 73 B A C
Breville 800JEXL $299 73 B A C
L'Equip 215XL $119 66 C B C
Omega 4000 $169 64 C C C
Breville Ikon Juice Fountain $199 64 C B C
Omega 9000 $249 64 C C C
Breville JE98XL $179 62 C C 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.

 

Juicer Types

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

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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.


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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

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Best Value:  PRSJ700 Slow Juicer.  The PRSJ700 Pro Slow Juicer ($179) is an upright single auger juicer that does a great job of consistently producing higher juice yields.


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Best Twin GearTribest 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

Model Speeds Power(W)
Body Price Notes
Breville JE98XL 2 850 Silver $179

Breville Ikon Juice Fountain 5 900 Stainless Steel
$199

Breville 800JEXL 2 1,000 Stainless Steel
$299
Stainless steel die cast housing, 1.3 HP motor
L'Equip 215XL 1 480  White $119
Compact Design - great for travel, 2/3 HP motor
PRSJ700 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
Omega 4000
1
250
White
$169
Similar to O2 but larger, 1/3 HP motor
Omega 1000
1 250 White $199
Same as 9000 except white plastic lid, 1/3 HP motor
Omega Big Mouth
1 375
Stainless Steel
$199
Large 3" chute , 1/2 HP motor
Omega 9000
1 250 White $249
Original Juicer - White Lustran plastic and stainless lid, 1/3 HP motor

Note: prices were rounded down to the nearest dollar.