If you’re on the hunt for the best juicers money can buy, then you most likely love to drink your vegetables. Making juice at home is cost-effective, fun, and gives you space to get creative with flavors and ingredient combinations—though, admittedly, cleanup can be a bit of a chore. But with so many models available and most retailing for hundreds of dollars, it’s important to do your research to find the best juicer for you.
Lucky for you, we did the hard work on your behalf. We thoroughly tested and reviewed 13 leading models to determine the best juicers on the market today—for storage, ease of use, and cleaning. Scroll down for details about the winners as well as specifics about how we evaluated each machine, the others we put to the test, and some of team Epi’s favorite juice recipes.
The best juicer overall: Breville Juice Fountain Plus
Though not a brand name synonymous with juicing, Breville’s Juice Fountain Plus is sturdy, straightforward, and powerful. We assembled it with ease, and though it isn’t compact, the machine is constructed to fit on a counter without taking up a ton of space. In the centrifugal (i.e., not slow) juicer category, we found this model to be a standout.
The Juice Fountain Plus features an extra-wide three-inch feed chute to push whole produce through, making it very easy to use; unlike other models, you don’t have to cut all of your fruits and veggies into tiny pieces before adding them to the juicer. Also, while most of the other juicers we tested had Forward and Reverse buttons on their power switches, the Breville simply had High and Low options, which meant we could be specific about the power needed to juice leafy greens, soft fruits, and denser root vegetables. Albeit a bit loudly (it has an 850-watt dual speed motor and stainless-steel cutting disk), the machine juiced all of our inputs in seconds.
Centrifugal juicers are notoriously difficult to clean, but we found the Juice Fountain Plus postgame to be relatively simple. First, because both the pulp collector and juice jug on this model have lids, we didn’t have to wipe any errant splatters or produce bits off the counter or cabinets. Second, the machine broke down into individual pieces swiftly and seamlessly, and with the help of the included cleaning brush, was clean in minutes. Most of the parts are even dishwasher-safe. If your household favors quantity and speed—if you want to make a lot of juice in a short span of time—the Breville Juice Fountain Plus is the best juicer for you.
The best slow juicer for easy cleanup: Cuisinart Easy Clean Slow Juicer
Among the slow juicers we tested, the Cuisinart Easy Clean Slow Juicer was the best performer across multiple categories. It had the most countertop appeal of any slow juicer we tried with a sleek look and minimal spatial footprint, while producing smooth juice with very minimal foam. It took a bit longer than its centrifugal counterparts but was relatively quick when compared to other slow juicers. All in all, it provided great bang for your buck.
This juicer included equal size juice and pulp containers, so we were able to make a good amount of juice in one go. It also spit out extremely dry pulp, proving that it extracted as much juice as possible from the produce we added. We did have to cut our fruits and vegetables down slightly to fit into the chute, but the machine handled leafy kale, fibrous ginger, and soft grapes with ease.
The Easy Clean Slow Juicer more than lived up to its name: It was the simplest and fastest machine to wash of any that we tested—by a long shot. Most of its components, except for the motor housing, are dishwasher-safe, but even when cleaning by hand, it took mere minutes and quickly looked good as new. With plastic baskets rather than mesh, we didn’t even need the included brush in order to loosen the pulp and juice bits. If you’re willing to take a little longer, prep your produce in advance, and prefer a slow juicer style, this the best model you can buy—for hundreds of dollars less than other juicers in this category.
Centrifugal vs. slow juicers
In shopping for juicers, you will notice that all vertical machines fall into one of two categories: centrifugal or slow. Knowing the difference will help you determine which style of juicer is best for your home kitchen’s needs.
Centrifugal juicers are fast, powerful, and loud—on your countertop, the mechanical whirring and speed can make it sound like the machine is going to take off into space. This is because juicers of this variety feature sharp metal teeth that shred produce to a pulp while spinning at a rapid rate. They’re the best bet for making lots of juice in a short period of time, but you’ll also need to drink your yield more quickly; the juice from centrifugal models separates and oxidizes faster and usually contains more foam. Also, some believe that the heat generated by a centrifugal’s rapidly moving parts reduces the nutrient levels in your finished juice. On the plus side, however, they are usually less expensive than their slow counterparts.
Slow juicers, also known (unfortunately) as masticating juicers, take longer than centrifugal juicers to break down produce because the internal mechanism manually crushes and squeezes each piece as it passes through the shoot rather than tearing it to bits. The shoots are smaller on slow juicers, so you’ll have to prep your ingredients a bit more beforehand, but because there is no heat or fast-moving parts, the resulting juice has less foam and stays fresh for slightly longer. Slow juicers are quieter, easier to clean, and usually slightly smaller than centrifugal juicers. But they are more expensive as well.
How we tested the juicers
Between produce prep, carefully feeding fruits and veggies through the chute, and thoroughly cleaning pulp-caked strainers, juicing is a fairly laborious process. So finding a machine that you want to use, despite the time and effort investment, is important.
We focused our testing on three of the most common juicer concerns: high juice/low foam yield, ease of use, and ease of cleanup. To compare like with like, we narrowed our product selects to all vertical juicers rather than horizontal ones, as the latter category tends to be cheaper but much larger and produces a slightly lower yield. Height, weight, size, and number of pieces to assemble/disassemble also played a role in the evaluation.
When we got down to juicing, we used the same amount of produce for each machine: half of an unpeeled cucumber, two carrots, half an unpeeled apple, one stalk of celery, three large leaves of kale (with the stem), one hunk of ginger (with the skin), 10 grapes, 10 blueberries, and half a lemon (with the rind). One at a time, we fed each item through the chute. We noted how the pulp came out, then measured the juice and foam. Then we disassembled and cleaned each product by hand, keeping track of how much scrubbing was necessary to remove juice residue and pulp.
For each juicer, we also considered the following questions:
Is it intuitive to assemble and use? Does it have any notable attachments or design features?
Most juicers have similar parts: a pulp container, a juice jug, a basket, a blade or auger, a base, a feeder chute, and a food pusher. We made note of extras like brushes and alternate baskets, plus smart knobs, buttons, and speeds.
Does it feel well built? Does the construction and ease of use justify the price?
Juicers need to turn your food into smooth, drinkable liquid, so the heft and substance of the machines need to be up to the task. For all the scrubbing and fibrous material involved, it’s important that all the parts are going to withstand the work.
How much space does it take up? What’s the visual appeal?
If you’re going to be using your juicer regularly, it’s going to take up valuable counter real estate. But how much? And if so, are you fine with keeping it out? If not, is it easy to store?
Other juicers we tested
The Breville Juice Fountain Cold ($180) is a level up from the winning model, with a higher price point and bulkier design. It was easy to assemble and featured a very large chute, so we didn’t have to do any advance prep to our produce before juicing. But we found it slightly harder to clean than the other Breville models, with many ginger fibers stuck in the metal mesh basket, plus it was the loudest of any machine we tried. For $30 less, go with the Juice Fountain Plus.
The Breville Juice Fountain Compact ($100) was not as impressive as we’d hoped—the design eliminates the pulp cup, making the lid the receptacle for all the pulp. This made it more tedious to clean and didn’t actually save meaningful counter space (the machine is still bulky; the detachable pulp cup is the only component that makes it slightly smaller than the Juice Fountain Plus).
The Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer Elite ($447) is very expensive, which made it difficult to come out on top. However, this model was extremely effective and easy to use. It’s heavy but has a slim profile and assembles quickly with the help of a “red dot locking system.” Plus, there are a few extra parts, like a blank strainer for making ice cream and frozen fruit sorbet, a hopper attachment for catching smaller items, and several cleaning tools. The extra-wide feeder chute was a bonus, but the pulp spout was more difficult to wash than other slow juicers. In the end, it’s a fantastic tool, but at the price point, couldn’t be our winner.
The Cuisinart Juice Extractor ($180) is a centrifugal model with five speeds, nicely locking parts, and a large juice jug with a handle, lid, and spout. We liked that it felt powerful but manageable and not like it was whirring so fast it might flight itself off the counter (a concern with a few other models). But the motor was so jumpy that smaller and lighter pieces of produce, like grapes and blueberries, bounced up and out of the chute when added. It’s a great machine, but the Breville is better—and slightly less expensive.
The Hurom Easy Clean Juicer ($499) also came with a few additional pieces to justify the high price point, like an ice cream strainer and a smoothie strainer. But despite its name, we did not find it very easy to clean. In fact, the many crevices and crannies where pulp got stuck made washing this model feel like a real chore. Plus, the chute mouth is quite small, requiring a lot of prep work before you can begin to feed your produce into the machine.
The Hurom H-AA slow juicer ($439) came with some impressive add-ons like an ice cream strainer and tofu press set, but the chute was too small to fit produce that wasn’t cut into tiny pieces and the foam yield was quite high.
The Smeg Slow Juicer ($700) is visually appealing, as all this brand’s products tend to be, but the machine also had a very tiny feeder chute. We had to cut an apple into a sliver to get it to fit. It also didn’t feel as sturdy as the other juicers in this category, which is a hard sell at $700.
The Omega Vertical Slow Masticating Juicer ($295) was the only appliance that stopped working mid-testing due to produce backup. It was difficult to clean and not as intuitive to use as we would have wished—especially for the price.
The Tribest Slowstar Juicer ($370) gave an average performance. It was a little on the messy side, with green and orange juice spattering onto the counter, and had a small chute that required a lot of effort on our part to fit kale and carrots.
The AICook Juice Extractor ($50) arrives basically fully assembled, which makes it easy to use right out of the box. But the instructions mention that it isn’t suitable for produce with cores, hard seeds, hard skins, or lots of fibers, which felt like a lot to give up. It’s quite low in price but you pay for it when it comes time to clean; after noisy juicing, we spent a long time trying to get pieces of pulp unstuck from various crevices, with middling success.
The Mueller Austria Ultra Juicer ($70) is very highly rated, so we had big expectations for the low-price centrifugal machine. We liked the large-handle juice jug and the auto shutoff feature if it gets jammed or too hot. The included brush was also perfectly designed for cleaning the machine, making it a breeze. But it felt cheaply made, with peeling plastic in parts, and was one of the loudest juicers we tested.
If you’re a green juice enthusiast who goes out to buy 16-ounce servings regularly or orders caseloads to your house, investing in a juicer—the best juicer—is an excellent idea. For lots of juice fast, go with a centrifugal model like the Breville Juice Fountain Plus; it can power through a pile of produce in seconds. If you want a traditional slow juicer with controlled cold-press technology, spend a little bit more for the Cusinart Easy Clean Slow Juicer. As its name suggests, it cleans like a dream and, for significantly less money than other models in this category, yields superlative juice.
Juice recipes we love
Put your new juicer to work with one of these recipes from the Epicurious archive. Or mix and match your favorite produce to develop a house flavor that you can make again and again.Anna StockwellSohla El-Waylly
Bon AppétitKatrine van WykGraham Elliot
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Bon AppétitAnna StockwellSohla El-Waylly
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