Find out which is the best juicer for making healthy, fresh, vitamin filled juice. All the info you need to know on masticating juicers, and fruit and vegetable juicers.
My wife and I started juicing a few years ago when we read about all of the amazing health benefits that real fresh juice has. We also both wanted to lose a few pounds. So we started exercising, walking at first and later jogging as our endurance built up and fitness level improved. After you workout, your body needs nutrients to help it recover. All of the best vitamins and minerals can be found in fresh juice. Did you know that 95% of the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables can be found in the juice and not the pulp or skin?
I can tell you there’s nothing like a fresh cup of apple juice after a nice run through the neighborhood. Not only does it taste better than what you buy at the store, but it is also the fastest way to get nutrients into your body. The nutrient absorption rate of juice into your bloodstream is much higher and faster than eating the actual fruit or vegetable that the juice came from. It takes 3 to 5 hours to absorb the same amount of vitamins and minerals from fruit and vegetables when you eat them versus an absorption rate of 10 to 15 minutes when you drink juice. This is because you are getting the nutrients in their raw form without the slowly digestible or indigestible fiber that comes with whole fruits and vegetables.
So it was the desire to lose some weight, improve our diets and get healthier overall that motivated my wife and I to start juicing. And learning that the “fresh” juice that I bought at the store was not really that fresh just topped things off. (You can read some more about that just below the best juicer chart.) So that set me on the journey to find the best juicer for fruits and vegetables.
I always like to do my research before I go out and buy something. I especially like to know all about a product if it has anything to do with my health and the food I eat. Even more so if I’m going to spend a couple of hundred dollars on it. So when I started looking at juicers I wanted to learn everything I could about all the different makes and models to choose from. I read magazines like Consumer Reports, Cook’s Illustrated, Good Housekeeping, and Bon Appetit that evaluate and rate different types of juicers. I also read newspapers that do periodic reviews of juicers including the Wall Street Journal. And to really get a good picture of the performance of these machines, in real folks’ kitchens over time, I checked out hundreds of reviews from both experts and actual owners. You can find these reviews on a slew of different retailer websites. After all of this research, here is what I found out.
There are basically three types of juicers. Each one has its pros and cons and each serves a different purpose. What type is best for you really depends on what you plan on juicing. If you just plan on juicing citrus fruits like oranges, limes and grapefruits, then all you’ll need is a citrus juicer. If you want to juice more types of fruits and vegetables then you’ll need to move up to a centrifugal multi-use juice extractor. And finally if you plan on juicing leafy greens and wheatgrass you’ll need a masticating single gear juicer or a triturating twin gear machine. As you move up each step in categories, the models tend to be more expensive.
For my best juicer for fruits and vegetables list, I’ve broken out the juicers into categories based on the three types of machines. The following chart shows each of the best machines in each category side by side so that you can compare the different features and prices of each. After the chart you can find more information on each category and an overview of each juicer model and why I chose to add it to my best juicer list.
- 1 Best Juicer for Fruits and Vegetables Comparison Table
- 2 The Scary Truth About Store Bought Juice
- 3 The Best Citrus Juicers
- 4 The Best Centrifugal Juicers
- 5 The Best Masticating Juicers
- 6 Bottom Lines
Best Juicer for Fruits and Vegetables Comparison Table
The Scary Truth About Store Bought Juice
Next time you go to the grocery store, check out the ingredients list on the container juices that are supposedly fresh. You’ll probably see a listing of “ingredients not found in regular juice” which could include things like high fructose corn syrup, and a variety of preservatives. Know what you’ll find in fresh squeezed juice? That’s right, just the juice, and natural vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
Another big knock against store bought juice is the preservation process that it goes through. After the juice is extracted from the fruit or vegetable in the packaging plant it typically has to travel a long distance before it arrives at the store, and it may have to sit for several days on the shelf before you buy it. So companies have developed a way to make it last longer. Unfortunately that process also destroys many of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are present in the fresh juice.
100% of the enzymes are eliminated from the juice at the factory. Enzymes break down the juice making it go bad quicker. But enzymes are also extremely beneficial to our bodies, aiding with digestion and metabolic processes. Juice companies destroy all of the enzymes by boiling their juice at 110 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.
After eliminating all of the enzymes and many of the vitamins, factories then add sweeteners, and artificial vitamins and minerals to replace the natural ones that were destroyed. That can’t be good. And to top things off many manufacturers will add in artificial granules that are made to look like real fruit to simulate pulp in your juice. Gross.
As more people learn the truth about store bought juice you can see why juicers have become so popular in recent years. Here is some more detail on the machines that are listed on my best juicer list.
The Best Citrus Juicers
Citrus juicers are just for citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits. To use these juicers, you simply cut the fruit in half and place it onto a cone. There are manual citrus juicers where you have to do all of the work yourself, and electric models that will spin the cone for you. Manual citrus juicers are cheap, but slow, and not as effective as electric models. They also require some strength to operate. I don’t list any of these types of models on the site.
Electric citrus juicers have a spinning cone that squeezes the juice out of the fruit. The juice falls down in one container and the pulp into another. With some citrus juicers you need to press down on the top of the fruit with your hand to get the cone spinning. Other machines have a handle that you pull down that presses the fruit onto the cone, so you don’t have to use as much force.
One model that really rose above all of the different citrus juicers on the market was the Breville Citrus Press 800CPXL. Here’s what got this model on my best juicer list.
1. Breville Citrus Press 800CPXL – The Best Citrus Juicer
The thing that really stands out on this machine is how easy it is to use. It generally takes a little bit of strength to press down on the top of an orange half and the get cone spinning on a citrus juicer. Not so with the Breville Citrus Press. You just pull the easy-grip soft handle down onto the fruit and the cone starts spinning right away. Then take a look at the rind that’s left over. See how dry it is. All of the pulp and juice has been extracted.
And boy is the Citrus Press fast. You can juice each fruit half in about 4 seconds! In one owner review that I read, a lady had a grapefruit tree in her yard and would juice more than 10 gallons of grapefruit juice in under an hour.
The 800CPXL is also made of very sturdy parts, including a die cast stainless steel juicing cone. The cone is acid resistant so that it will hold up much better than cones from other citrus juicers. Citrus juice has a very high acid content which can wear down cones over time. The Citrus Press cone has a patented design which includes four multi-tiered fins. You can put any size fruit onto the cone, there is no need to change out cones for grapefruits and limes.
You’ll also be able to control how much pulp gets into your juice using the two stainless steel filters that come with the Citrus Press. I personally like to have a little pulp in my juice so this works out perfect for me. If you like your juice pulp free and a total liquid, then the 800CPXL has got you covered there as well.
Clean up is also very easy. All parts are dishwasher safe and easy to disassemble. The spinning cone comes apart with just the touch of a button.
The Breville Citrus Press 800CPXL is clearly the best citrus juicer on the market. You can read even more about it in my in-depth review.
The Best Centrifugal Juicers
Centrifugal juicers work by chopping, grinding, and then spinning fruits and vegetables to extract the juice. As you add ingredients into the machine, they press against the sides of the spinning screen, and the pulp drops down into a container on one end and the juice comes out of the other end.
All of the best machines have continuous juicing and automatic pulp extraction. That means you can just keep adding food into the feeding tube and the pulp and juice will keep coming out without you having to stop. Many also have large feeding tubes, three inches or so in diameter, so that you can put whole apples into the machine without having to cut them. This makes the juicing process very fast.
Centrifugal juicers are a popular category and these types of juicers are all-purpose models and good for a variety of different types of fruits and vegetables. So I decided to include the top three in this category instead of just one.
1. Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite Juicer – The Best Centrifugal Juicer
The Breville 800JEXL stood out as number one on my best juicer list in the centrifugal category for several reasons. Number one is that it is fast. When I want a delicious glass of fresh juice, I want it now, or least really quickly. I don’t want to have to cut fruits and then spend 10 minutes juicing them just to get half a glass. That’s where the Breville Juice Fountain comes in. You can make an 8 ounce cup of apple juice in 5 seconds! Just throw whole apples into the machine’s three inch feeding tube and let it do its thing. It’s so simple and efficient.
The 800JEXL is able to work so effectively because it utilizes a patented steel cutting disk that grinds away at the ingredients. The disk has 115 miniature cutting blades entrenched into it. These can grind the food into tiny particles and extract juice easily. Add to the blades the powerful 1 1/3 horsepower engine that can rotate the blades at 13,000 rpm, and you can start to see how quickly this machine works to extract as much juice as possible from foods. You can check the dry pulp that is the end result to really get a feel for how much juice is extracted.
The Juice Fountain also has a lower spin speed setting, 6,500 rpm that can be used of softer fruits like peaches, and for leafy greens like lettuce. Along with the two speed settings, the engine is also designed with a smart chip that will control the power output. The chip keeps the power output even and the blades spinning at the same speed regardless of the load placed on the engine.
All parts are dishwasher safe, making this machine very easy to clean.
2. Breville BJE510XL Ikon Juice Extractor – The Second Best Centrifugal Juicer
Another Breville model makes my best juicer list. This is not surprising when you look at the quality of design and the science and engineering behind the products coming out of Breville. They have won numerous awards and sell millions of juicers and other small kitchen appliances all over the world.
Now, looking at the BJE510XL Ikon, you can see why this machine comes so highly rated by owners and experts alike. This juicer has over 250 five out of five star reviews on Amazon.com alone, out of 340 reviews, which is pretty outstanding.
There are a number of exceptional features to note on this machine. First, it has 5 speed settings. It is the only juicer on my list with so many different settings. Speeds range from 6,500 rpm to 12,500 rpm with the slower speeds being best for softer fruits and vegetables like watermelon and tomatoes, and the higher speed settings for harder foods like apples and carrots. Such a wide range of speed settings lets you make sure that you have the right setting to extract the most juice from the item you are juicing.
The Breville Ikon Juice Extractor is also made of high quality stainless steel parts. The filter is designed to be able to squeeze out 30% more juice and 40% more vitamins and minerals than the average juice extractor. The engine is also built with the smart chip technology that is found on many Breville juicers. The chip controls the power output of the engine based on the load, so it will keep the blades spinning at the same speed whether you’ve loaded up the machine with carrots or tomatoes.
3. Hamilton Beach 67650 Big Mouth Juice Extractor – The Third Best Centrifugal Juicer
The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth hits the best juicer list at number three, but in terms of price, I rank it as the number one budget juicer. This fantastic little juicer is under $75 making it a great deal for the price. You won’t get all of the features and the high level of efficiency that the two Breville centrifugal juicers offer, but you do get a durable juicer that performs well.
The Big Mouth Juice Extractor only has one speed, but it has a very powerful engine for a juicer in this price range. The 1.1 horsepower engine is more than strong enough to grind and extract juice from tough fruits and vegetables. You can even juice whole apples without cutting them because of the large three inch feeding tube and strong engine.
With a cheaper juicer the question of quality and durability come up. I checked owner reviews about the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth juicer and didn’t find many issues at all with breakage over time. A few engine burnouts occurred but they were all covered under the 1 year warranty and the owners received new machines. All in all this is a very durable, long lasting machine.
All parts on the Hamilton Beach 67650 are dishwasher safe and everything disassembles and reassembles very easily, making clean up a breeze.
You can read more and see the Hamilton Beach 67650 Big Mouth Juice Extractor in action in my full review.
The Best Masticating Juicers
Masticating juicers can juice any fruit or vegetable you can think of including wheat grass and they do an exceptional job with leafy green vegetables like spinach. They are extremely efficient and can squeeze every last drop out of the ingredients you put in them. The only minor drawback to masticating juicers is that they are slower than centrifugal juicers. You also have to spend some time preparing and cutting up certain fruits and vegetables as the feeder tubes on these machines are generally not as large as those on centrifugal juicers.
Masticating juicers, also called single gear juicers, work much the same way that we chew our food. They have an auger that turns and squeezes and grinds the food as you push it down into the machine. The pulp is pushed up against a mesh strainer and forced out of one end of the unit and the juice drips down into a container or cup. The auger on masticating juicers doesn’t have to spin as fast as centrifugal juicers so they are much quieter.
If you are a wheatgrass juice drinker, or into spinach juice and sprout juice, than a masticating juicer is the only way to go. It will extract as much juice as possible from these foods and leave sawdust dry pulp behind.
1. Omega J8004/8006 Nutrition Center Masticating Juicer – The Best Masticating Juicer
The Omega J8004 and the J8006 are two different models but they each have identical features. The only differences are the color and the price. The 8006 is slightly more expensive and comes in black and chrome and the 8004 is white.
The Omega J8004/8006 is one of the most efficient juicers of all types on the market today. It has a patented 2 phase screening system, with a specially designed juicing cone and extraction auger that help to extract every last drop of juice. The Omega will extract 20% more juice and 60% more nutrients than standard masticating juicers.
The juice is also able to hold its freshness longer than the juice obtained from centrifugal juicers. Since the Omega juicer doesn’t spin as rapidly as a centrifugal juicer, the juice is not as frothy. The more frothy the juice is, the more it has mixed with the air, and oxygen breaks down the valuable nutrients and enzymes contained in natural fresh squeezed juice. So the less frothy juice from the Omega will keep in your refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
To top things off, in addition to be a stellar juicer, the Omega J8004/8006 can also make other things. The machine comes with a variety of different attachments that let you make things like sorbet, nut butter, baby food, and even pasta. Now that’s pretty awesome!
There are no doubts as to the quality of this machine. Omega offers a 15 year warranty on the J8004/8006. That’s incredible and almost unbelievable for a small kitchen appliance. I’d love it if my truck had a 15 year warranty!
You can read more and view some videos about the Omega J8004/8006 Nutrition Center Masticating Juicer in my full review.
All of these juicers on my best juicer for fruits and vegetables list are the top of the line models. You really can’t go wrong with any of them. Before you buy, just make sure the juicer matches your needs and your taste for fresh squeezed juice.
I’m hooked on juicing and just love fresh fruit and vegetable juice. I won’t ever go back to store bought juices. Once you get the right juicer and start juicing and tasting the difference, you won’t either. And, most importantly your body and waistline will thank you.