Summer is in full swing, but many restaurants and eateries are still closed due to, so a centrifugal juicer is an affordable way to get your juice bar fix at home. Entry-level juicers work by spinning blades at high speeds while pushing your produce through a mesh sieve for strained juice in mere moments. Admittedly, a centrifugal juicer can be both messy and loud, but nothing quite beats fresh juice at home, especially if you’re growing your own produce.
You can juice plenty of fruits, vegetables, and greens with a countertop juicer, and you don’t have to spend a fortune. Of course, there are a fewabout picking the best juicer. I tested eight of the top-reviewed and best-selling centrifugal models to find out which ones will give you the most OJ for your orange. So grab yourself a green juice or nut milk and keep reading — here’s how it all shook out.
Hamilton Beach brought the best performer when it came to getting the most juice from oranges and kale (the top fruit and vegetable most juicers find on their grocery list). We also test apple juice (you’ll find that winner below). This 800-watt juicer has just one speed. Every other juicer we tested had at least two speeds, proving more isn’t always, well, more.
At just $60, it also takes the title for the best juicer on a budget out there today when you want to juice fruit and leafy vegetables. It’s dishwasher-safe, too, which, in my opinion, is just as important as juice quality. My only complaint is that the Big Mouth doesn’t come with a juice receptacle to place beneath the spout. Many other models do include this, but if you’re juicing straight into your own glass or pitcher, it shouldn’t be a problem.
True to Breville form, this vertical juicer felt high-end and looked great. It was a very close second to Hamilton Beach as the best juicer when it came to performance, and it gave me the best yield for apple juice of the group. This two-speed, 850-watt model is pricey at $150, but it comes with a few nice features.
It includes a 1-liter juice pitcher, and more importantly, a “froth separator.” This handy divider inside the pitcher keeps the frothy top layer of your juice retained while you pour the good stuff. Like all the juicers on this list, you’ll also get a brush accessory for cleaning out the mesh sieve basket inside the juicer machine.
Oster’s JusSimple juicer wins for best design. It was easy to use and easy to clean. The sporty red coating on the filter makes it easier to clean out than other uncoated metal models. A convenient rotating spout with open and close positions keeps juice from dripping on your countertops from the feed chute.
The JusSimple also has a wide, 3-inch mouth, so you’ll do less chopping to fit your produce into the juicer. A lighted speed dial adds to the sophistication of this model. While it didn’t give me the best results (the Oster came in fourth of eight), it was a pleasure to use and I’d be happy to give it a permanent home on my countertop if it were on sale.
The three juicers above were the best performers, but I tested eight juicers in total. Here are the other five models:
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