Best Juicer 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

If you like to start your day with a big glass of refreshing, cool juice, a dedicated juicer can help you whip up a whole batch in minutes without trailing to the shops to stock up.

Maybe you want to start consuming more fruit and vegetables the easy way but are concerned about the price of fresh juice or how much sugar is in some cartons.

A juicer allows you to pop whatever you want in there, and make as much as you want. There are hundreds on the market though, and so many different types too, so to help make the choice easier we have picked some of the best to make it all a bit clearer.

The Best Juicers – Our Top Picks

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Aicok Masticating Juicer Machine
  • Dimensions: 11.8 X 6.5 X 13.7 inches
  • Power: 150W, 80 RPM
  • Weight: 3.4 kg
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Magimix Le Duo Plus XL Juice Extractor
  • Dimensions: H41.5 x W21.4 x D18.3cm
  • Power: 400W
  • Capacity: 1L
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SMEG CJF01CRUK Retro Citrus Juicer
  • Dimensions: 16.6 x 28.1 x 16.6cm
  • Power: 70W
  • Weight: N/A
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Best Masticating Juicer

SMEG SJF01CRUK Retro Style Slow Juicer

Whether you already have a very Smeg-based kitchen and want to keep to the theme, or you simply want a juicer which is a bit less bulky and ‘dated’ looking than a lot of the others available, then this is perfect.

Don’t be put off by the word ‘slow’ in the title. The slow squeezing mechanism keeps all of the vitamins and nutrients in the juice rather than damaging them in the process, resulting in a healthier drink at the end of it all. However, it is still relatively quick at doing this, with juice ready in a matter of minutes.

For a bit more flexibility, you can adjust the density level of the juice, so it is at the perfect consistency for your tastes.

A 500ml juice container will hold enough for the whole family, or for you to enjoy a few times. All of the pulp is separated into a container for easy removal, and the entire machine is easy to disassemble and clean when the time comes.

There is no denying that the design is one of the best on the market, and Smeg spent a lot of time getting it just right. But the fact that it also performs well at its primary job of juicing makes it worth the high price tag.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H41.26 x W17.06 x D26.96cm
  • Power: 150W, 43 RPM
  • Weight: 7.2 kg

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We like

  • Easy to follow manual
  • Impressive yield results
  • Stylish and modern

We dislike

  • Heavy - not one to bring out periodically

Final Verdict

Smeg products need little introduction or appraisal - they're all-round stylish, effective appliances, and this is no different.

Aicok Masticating Juicer Machine

This machine will juice all of your fruit and vegetables, from the usual oranges, lemons and apples to kale, wheatgrass, carrots, and celery.

You have to chop everything into quite small pieces so it can handle them, which can be more effort than you’d hope for, but once it is all done the results are worth it. The amount of juice you get out of all your produce is great, and it is a nice ready-to-drink temperature once it is all complete.

The pulp is all collected in a small container, and this is easy to remove as it is quite dry. If it does come out a bit damp, such as with citrus fruits, you can simply run it through again to dry it off. A few little bits did slip through when we tried certain vegetables, which happens with juicers across the board, but it is nothing that a small strainer can’t remove at the end.

Building it all up and dismantling for cleaning is pretty easy and self-explanatory. We would recommend doing this asap after making the juice to make life a bit easier and ensure it has no time to dry.

Overall, it is compact, relatively quiet and a really good price too. And there is a 3-year warranty if anything should go wrong, which should give you peace of mind.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 11.8 X 6.5 X 13.7 inches
  • Power: 150W, 80 RPM
  • Weight: 3.4 kg

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We like

  • Ease of use
  • Simple to build
  • Quiet in operation

We dislike

  • Feels a bit flimsy in places

Final Verdict

Easy to use, which is very welcome as some juicers can be pretty scary. It is popular, well-loved and a pretty good price as well.

Matstone 6-in-1 Juicer

Can’t decide on whether a juicer or blender/smoothie maker is the right choice? This machine from Matstone is a bit of an all-rounder when it comes to your kitchen habits.

It is a machine which has been around for years, and updated periodically, so is a firm favourite with juicers up and down the country.

The 6-in-1 part comes from the interchangeable screens, which transform it from a juicer to a food processing machine, smoothie maker, puree and sauce creator and even a pasta spiralizer. It has never been easier to make a juice first thing in the morning, then switch a few attachments around and make nut butter and baby food, mince meat and your pasta for dinner. Everything is simple to remove and fit, and it is all easy to wash as well.

It would be easy to think that, as it does so much work, it performs every task pretty mediocre and you’d be better at getting separate high-end items. But you’d be wrong, as it still delivers everything at top quality. Price-wise, it seems like a lot, but for what it does and how effective it is, you’re getting an amazing multi-use product for much less than they’d all be separate.

There is a very traditional look about it still, which reflects its roots as a firm favourite over the years. If you’re after the most modern-looking machine on the market, then this may put you off, but the performance far outweighs any design doubts. It is quite heavy, but there is a handle if you need to move it about.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 42.5 x 19 x 25 cm
  • Power: 80 RPM
  • Weight: 6.6 kg

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We like

  • Mesh filters out pulp well
  • Multi-use
  • Feels very strong and sturdy

We dislike

  • Design is dated

Final Verdict

Easy to use and much more powerful than it looks. Your fruit and veg will be juiced in no time.

Omega Juicer Nutrition Centre 8006 Chrome

Another juicer which can be transformed into a multi-use machine, the Omega will allow you to also use it as a mincer, homogeniser and pasta maker just by switching a few attachments.

It is quiet when in operation and seems to handle everything really smoothly, with no problems encountered. The ‘drill’ mechanism it uses keeps all of the nutrients in the juice, as opposed to a mesh design which can damage them.

Cleaning it takes only a few minutes, and it is all simple to take apart and pop back together before and after. Much easier than a lot of the more modern juicers which seem a bit too over-complicated.

It feels very sturdy and strong, and we’d say it would be able to cope with pretty much any fruit and veg you throw at it. Looks-wise, it is best described as a more modern version of the Matstone 6-in-1, which is great if you want the best of both worlds.

The only thing that will likely put you off is the price; it is around twice the cost of a lot of others on the market, and it doesn’t offer a lot more for the money. But the ease of use, end flavour of the juice and versatility could well sway you – it will be a great investment which will likely last years.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 19 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Power: 200W, 80 RPM
  • Weight: 8 kg

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We like

  • Solid build
  • Little noise created

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

Easy to both use and clean, which are two of the biggest factors when buying a juicing appliance. The price is pretty reflective of the high quality.

Best Centrifugal Juicer

Magimix Le Duo Plus XL Juice Extractor

Not just a juicer. Why not press some citrus fruit or prepare a coulis or smoothie, too? The perfect machine to help get that fresh fruit and veg straight into your glass.

The basket is ideal for both soft and hard-skinned produce, from apples to bananas and berries. Pulp is left dry so you can remove it easily with the shaped spatula. Plus, the spin dryer basket gets almost every drop of juice from the goods. No waste, and you aren’t left with lacklustre results.

As there is an extra-large feed tube, you can cut the time you spend making the juice in half by feeding whole pieces of fruit and veg to the juicer as opposed to chopping it up into tiny segments.

If you fancy a smoothie instead, just add the SmoothieMix attachment to the extractor basket. This will transform the results from juice to thick, creamy smoothies, coulis, purees or even baby food.

Then there is the citrus press. It comes with two cones, so no matter the size of your orange, there will be one to accommodate it. Also makes it ideal for limes and lemons. A 30-year motor guarantee covers the robust 400W commercial grade induction motor, and a three-year guarantee covers all dishwasher safe removable parts.

So while it may be more than you were hoping to spend, the versatility and protection mean that in actual fact, it is a bit of a steal.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H41.5 x W21.4 x D18.3cm
  • Power: 400W
  • Capacity: 1L

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We like

  • Easy to clean and remove pulp
  • Excellent juicing ability
  • Quick

We dislike

  • A lot of parts to wash afterwards

Final Verdict

Overall, it is versatile and produces the results you are after. Whether you are short on space or can just never make your mind up with what type of drink you want, having all of this ability in one machine is fab

Philips HR1832/01 Viva Collection Compact Juicer

One of the best-priced juicers on the market, but without any loss in power, performance or ability.

It is compact and quick to set up, so is perfect for any smaller kitchens which can’t really accommodate large appliances. Because it is also lightweight, it is easy to pop in the kitchen cupboards and store when not in use, then lift and bring out as and when it is needed. Great if you can’t leave things out on the benches.

We liked the drip-stop spout, which can be turned to prevent any remaining juice ending up on your countertops when the juicing is done. Because it is compact and around half the size of usual juicers, the spout is just the right height to allow you to place a glass straight under, so your drink is ready to go without the need for transferring it from a jug.

Quick Clean technology also makes this easy. A lot of pulp often gets caught in sieves and mesh filters of juicers, but because the surfaces on the Viva are all smooth, all you need to do is wipe it away with a sponge or cloth. No need for rigorous brushing or soaking for hours, and it only takes a minute.

The lid and pulp container are transparent, so you can see when it is ready and when it needs emptying or restocking before it is good to go again.

If you’re looking for the best affordable juicer but don’t want to miss out on effectiveness, then the Philips Viva is a frontrunner.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 15 x 17 x 31 cm
  • Power: 500W
  • Weight: 1.86 kg

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We like

  • Price
  • Unobtrusive on worktops
  • Easy to clean

We dislike

  • Only one speed so you can’t slow it down for softer fruits

Final Verdict

A relatively cheap, cheerful juicer that will handle most things you throw at it. Healthy eating can be done on a budget.

Braun J300 Juicer

Thanks to two speed settings and a 75mm wide feeding chute, this juicer allows you to create the juice you want with little hassle and prep.

It takes around 15 seconds to have fresh juice ready to drink in the jug, which is great if you want to be healthy but are always pressed for time. An anti-splash spout will reduce the need for cleaning up afterwards, and most parts are dishwasher safe too – juicing doesn’t have to be hard work.

The power rating is higher than a lot of other juicers on the market, so it will happily deal with an orange in about 2 seconds. And as the chute is generous in size, you can pop it in whole, and it will deal with the rest.

A 2L pulp container will allow you to keep going for quite a while until you have to empty it, and it is also hidden out of sight within the machine which makes it look a lot cleaner.

It is one of the sleekest models on the market, looking more like a coffee machine than a juicer which will please anyone who is conscious about style.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 21 x 42 x 30 cm
  • Power: 800W
  • Weight: 4.71 kg

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We like

  • Dishwasher proof parts
  • Great price

We dislike

  • Large and takes up a lot of room

Final Verdict

A good price, and also gets top marks for looks compared to the majority of others on the list.

Best Electric Citrus Press Juicer

SMEG CJF01CRUK Retro Citrus Juicer

Smeg appliances are well-loved and sought after, and whether you’re already a fan or want to start slowly building your collection, this juicer is the perfect way to add a touch of retro.

Juicing starts once pressure is applied to the reamer, and the entire system is made from anti-corrosive stainless steel, so there is no worry about it wearing away over time or damaging the juice. Most other juicers contain plastic parts, so this Smeg has an extra touch of reliability.

All you need to do to stop it working is relieve the pressure on the reamer, which doesn’t only make things simple and easy but also adds a safety element. It is quiet when in use, and everything can be taken apart for easy washing.

These extra touches all come at a price, of course. It is quite a bit of money for a juicer which is restricted to citrus items, but it is relative to the effectiveness and how much yield is given. Not a single bit of peel, pith or pip will be in your drink.

It is only at the bottom of our list for the price and fact it is missing a few extras which much cheaper options have in place. But it takes the effort out of the process and is a must if you love the retro 1950’s look or have a kitchen kitted with Smeg.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 16.6 x 28.1 x 16.6cm
  • Power: 70W
  • Weight: N/A

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We like

  • Style and design
  • Quiet in use

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

Stylish, efficient and quiet, with metallic parts which will not corrode and wear away. A little juicer which will be with you for a long time.

Sage the Citrus Press

Incredibly powerful for a citrus press, this Sage model is one of the best you could get.

It is a lot cleverer than it looks; two sensors detect the placement of the fruit, so it will only work if it is in the best position to get the good bits rather than the pulp.

Talking of pulp, there are two filters included so you can get the correct juice consistency for your tastes. Thanks to a quadrafin cone, every piece of the fruit right up to the rind is paid attention to so you get the maximum possible yield. All that remains is the pith. Whether it be pure orange juice, lemons for your own lemonade or limes for cocktails, the power will have it done in a flash.

To work it, just pull down the lever. You don’t have to press down hard at all, which is great. Once it has done the work, pull the lever up, and the collector basket is immediately sealed to prevent any drips or residue escaping. The pulp filter is easy to clean and collects everything well.

The price is a lot for an item which will only take citrus fruit, but then again if you know this is the only kind of juice you will want to make, then you’re going to want the best of the best. As other reviewers have said, you get what you pay for so this is a good piece of kit.

It is a pity it won’t do a more extensive variety of items, but Sage does have a machine which will so if you’re a fan of the brand you don’t have to miss out.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H44.8cm x W26cm x D37cm
  • Power: 110W
  • Weight: N/A

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We like

  • Powerful
  • Stylish, clean design

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

Maybe a bit pricey, but the performance is superior and it will produce some of the best-tasting fresh orange juice you've ever tasted.

Philips HR2744/41 Viva Collection Citrus Press

A perfect option for a no-frills juicer, this Philips model is great value for money.

It is surprisingly robust, even though it looks quite simple and is made largely of plastic. The simple design looks clean and will slot into any kitchen. As it is compact, it will be able to sit out on the worktop without taking up too much space, ready for when it is needed.

Everything comes apart simply to make it easier to wash, which can be done in the dishwasher or by hand. An adjustable pulp selector lets you choose the level for your drink each time, so if you want an orange juice with bits but completely smooth grapefruit juice, this isn’t an issue.

You could be forgiven in thinking it will only handle the odd use every so often, but we think it is sturdy enough to manage regular use, at least once daily.

A large 600ml jug gives you enough capacity to make enough for two people or to do you two or three times.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H19 x W21 x D15cm
  • Power: 25W
  • Weight: N/A

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We like

  • Price
  • Design
  • Easy to use

We dislike

  • Handle is a bit awkward to hold and grab

Final Verdict

Basic and cleanly designed, plus it is easy to use. And you can get it for a budget price too.

Braun Electric Citrus Press

Despite its small size, this press can get a lot out of your fruit.

It does this by alternating the rotation direction left and right, so every last drop of juice is brought out. There is a foam separator and pulp extractor to reduce any unwanted additions to the drink.

But what if you want bits in the orange juice? Well, the adjustable pulp control makes this possible – get the texture you want with a twist of the base.

The jug is 350ml capacity, which is great for an individual who wants a glass of juice with their breakfast. There are measurements on the side, so you know if you need to add another orange to get the correct amount.

Automatic stop/start keeps you safe and also makes it easier than ever to use. It is activated when you press the fruit juicing cone down and stops if the pressure reduces.

Because it is compact, storage is simple. You can also tidy the power cable around the base of the machine, so this doesn’t get in the way of any other appliances or become tangled and damaged.

Most components can go in the dishwasher after use, and it is all easy to take apart. If washing by hand, all parts just need a wipe. For the price, fresh orange or lemon juice has never been easier.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 16 x 15 x 16 cm
  • Power: 20W
  • Weight: 0.7 kg

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We like

  • Adjustable pulp control
  • Cable storage
  • Dishwasher safe parts

We dislike

  • Comes with a European plug and adaptor

Final Verdict

Squeezing your fresh citrus fruit first thing in the morning has never been easier. It also won't take you ages to clean up afterwards which is a welcome bonus.

Juicers Buying Guide

Which Juicer Is Best For Me?

First of all, work out what fruit and vegetables you’d be using, how much space you’d have to use it and the timings and efficiency of the machine. If you are sticking to citrus fruits, then a press could work out cheaper, but for more solid ingredients such as carrots and celery then a centrifugal could work out the best.

You’ll also have to consider cost, and style may also be important if you’re fussy about the look of your appliances or want to stick to a colour theme or brand such as Smeg.

There are also three broad categories which all work differently:

Masticating Juicer

Also known as a slow juicer, cold press, auger or gear juicer, they work by basically drilling and crushing the fruit to squeeze the juice out, and then pass this through a screen mesh to separate the pulp.

Because of this, they work quite slowly. But this also translates into a higher yield of juice, a quieter operation and a more smooth process.

It also means more nutrients and vitamins are present in the juice, as they aren’t crushed and damaged in operation. There are three types of masticating juicer; horizontal, vertical and twin gear.

They’re pretty easy to clean as the juice is squeezed as opposed to pureed, so not many bits stick in the mesh filters. Most people see them as the best all-round juicer.

Centrifugal Juicer

These juicers typically have spinning blades which will spin against a filter and split the pulp and the juice into two separate containers.

They’re the most popular, often the cheapest and are the easiest to use as they’re a bit more accommodating regarding the size of fruit and vegetable you use, because they almost mash the fruit as opposed to squeezing it.

They’re seen as the quickest machines too, but with this comes a lot of noise and a lower yield than slower machines, so you could end up saving money on the machine cost but spending more on produce to make a definitive amount of juice.

Press Juicer

Also known as a citrus press, these are your traditional juicers but with a twist.

Gone are the days you had to manually press and squeeze your oranges, lemons and grapefruits to get the juice out, and then strain the liquid to remove pulp and pips. These newer cold press machines we have featured are all electronic, which saves your arms from a lot of hard work.

Some may argue that they aren’t strictly juicers as they’re restricted to citrus-style fruit, but we have included some anyway as they’re still an easy, practical and space-saving alternative.

Power

The power basically lets you know how fast it will be at doing its job. Slow juicers will likely have a wattage of around 200-500, and centrifugal upwards of 500 as they need a bit more force to work.

Cost

Centrifugal juicers are generally cheaper than masticating options, but the latter could perform better saving you money on produce in the long run.

When reviewing, we found that the most expensive wasn’t necessarily the best. We also thought that there wasn’t much difference in the prices across each subcategory, so it is best instead to look at the specifications and design.

FAQs

Are Juicers Easy To Use?

They are pretty easy once you get to grips with it. Always read the instructions with any electricals and appliances as every model will be different.

In general, you will have to chop the fruit and vegetables into small pieces for the juicer to be able to cope with grinding it down, but the juicer will be able to do the rest for you including removing the pulp, pith and any seeds. All of the ones we have reviewed above are electronic as opposed to manual, which is less effort on your part.

Make sure you wash the fruit and vegetables before use and remove any bad parts such as bruises. You may have to add the ingredients slowly to ensure the juicer is not overloaded.

Juicer Or Blender?

Blenders struggle separating the pulp from the juice, as they simply blend everything in the jug as small as it will go. This includes any skins, pulp or pith. It would need straining after it is all reduced down.

Juicers often separate the two without you having to make any adjustments. There may be a few minor bits remaining, but in general, you’re left with a drink which resembles juice rather than smoothie consistency.

Is Juicing Good For You?

There is no denying that fruit or vegetable juice is a great way to add to your five a day or consume more healthy food without even thinking about it. But some juices off the supermarket shelves can contain a lot of added sugar and preservatives, plus the variety isn’t great.

If you make your own at home, you can pop in whatever you want in whichever quantities you want to cater to your tastes. This includes knowing how much sugar is in the juice.

Fruit and vegetables contain additional nutrients and vitamins, and these are often preserved in the juice if it is fresh.

Are There Any Fruits And Vegetables I Won’t Be Able To Use In A Juicer?

Bad news for any banana fans. Very soft fruits aren’t really appropriate. There are some centrifugal juicers which will accommodate these thanks to extra attachments, but more often than not they will have to be added manually at a later date and mixed in with a hand blender.

What Will I Be Able To Do With The Leftover Pulp?

It can be easy just to get rid of your pulp and see it as waste, but there is a whole host of things you can do with it.

Use it in vegetable burgers or fritters, pop the fruit pulp in some homemade lollies or ice cream, mix it into baked goods such as bread or cakes, add to a soup or broth or to granola or energy bars.

Can’t imagine eating it but don’t want it to be wasted? Add it to some homemade dog treats (as long as they can consume it), or just pop it on your compost heap or straight into flower beds.