With so many choices out there identifying the best juicers on the market for home use can be a challenge. Picking just the one that best suits your needs may seem nearly impossible. I went through this process not so long ago and finally picked the Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer. I absolutely love it, and I will explain why further below. I hope this information helps you find the right juicer for you.
It’s completely understandable if your head is spinning trying to find the best juicer to buy. Mine was spinning too when I was buying my first juicer. Later, when I was upgrading to a better machine, I had a pretty good idea what improvements and features I was after and the process went a bit smoother, though, still gave me a headache. There are dozens and dozens of different types of juicers at various price points, from less than $50 to over $2,000. Of these, which ones are the best juicing machines for you? What is the best juicer to buy? Those questions can be hard to answer, but once you have all the information you need, the problem quickly goes away.
Before making the decision on which juicer to buy, it’s helpful to understand the main types of juicers and how they differ from one another. These differences define important factors such as quality of juice (oxidation, etc.), how efficient juice extraction will be, and the variety of produce that can be juiced. Some juicers will also allow making pasta, chopping and more.
There are manual and electric citrus juicers. The humble citrus press is indispensable in the kitchen, but you can only juice limes and lemons with it. They are simple to use and are very quick to clean. You cut a lemon in half, place one half in the press and squeeze the juice out. One lemon will make about a couple of tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to add to your drink or recipe. If all you are looking to juice is limes and lemons, Bellemain Premium Quality Stainless Steel Lemon Squeezer with Silicone Handles is the best citrus press to buy.
Juicing grapefruit and oranges will require a larger juicer. If you will be juicing grapefruit and oranges on a regular basis, go for the KitchenAid Gourmet Citrus Juicer. Feedback on this juicer is highly positive, citing durability and functionality, as well as the ability to process oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes with ease. Currently this is the best manual citrus juicer on the market.
For bigger and more frequent jobs, an electric citrus juicer is the best choice. These juicers can handle lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit, but really differ in how they can handle small vs. large fruit, how quiet and how powerful they are. As of right now, the best choice is definitely the Epica Powerful Stainless Steel Whisper-quiet Citrus Juicer-70 Watt motor. To accommodate both large and small fruit without any compromise this juicer comes with 2 reamers to fit all fruit sizes. It features a more powerful than most competition 70-watt motor. The power, however, does not come at the price of more noise. On the contrary, this juicer’s motor is very quiet and efficient. As an added bonus, the Epica Citrus Juicer is very compact and easy to clean.
If you are looking to juice both citrus and other types of produce you will need a centrifugal, masticating, triturating or a hydraulic press juicer. Any of these will do the job, but there are differences, of course. Centrifugal juicers are very popular nowadays since they are more affordable and tend to be the most available. The name centrifugal comes from how these juicers work. The produce is first cut into fine pieces by a rotating blade, then spun at a very high speed to separate the liquid from pulp. The liquid goes into a strainer with fine holes that allows the juice to come through, leaving the pulp behind.
These juicers are typically more affordable and easier to clean compared to other types of juicers, and extract juice faster. However, all this comes at a cost. They are less efficient at extracting juice, and, due to the spinning system that causes heat and friction, the juice becomes prone to oxidation and loss of nutrients. Ultimately, if you are looking for a juicer that can handle all types of produce, is quick and easy to clean, and if you are mostly making juice for immediate consumption and are not too worried about getting maximum nutrients, a centrifugal juicer is your best bet.
Among centrifugal type machines, the highest rated juicer on the market currently is Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor. Sporting an extra-wide 3-inch feeder chute, this juicer can create 8 oz of juice in just 5 seconds. If you need speed, you’ve got it with this juicer. Customers praise Je98XL’s ability to extract a lot of juice compared to other centrifugal juicers, ease of use, effortless cleanup and relatively low noise. If you are looking for the best inexpensive juicer that will satisfy all your juicing needs, this is the one to buy.
Masticating juicers, also called slow juicers and cold press juicers, have an entirely different juice extraction mechanism. They have a single auger with blades that crushes produce into pulp and then squeezes the juice out through a static screen, releasing dry pulp through a separate opening. These types of juicers have noticeably higher juicer extraction capability compared to centrifugal juicers. They also run at a much slower speed, minimizing oxidation and helping the juice retain valuable nutrients and enzymes. This is especially helpful if you are making juice in advance and plan on storing it for a day or two. Despite masticating juicers costing more upfront than centrifugal juicers, in the long run they tend to provide more value due to better juice extraction and less waste. So, if you are looking for best value for the money in the long run and want to reduce oxidation to a minimum, a masticating juicer is the best choice for you.
The best overall and the highest rated juicer in this category is definitely the Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer.
The 8004 model is white. The same juicer only featuring chrome finish is sold as Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer. It sports fairly compact footprint of 11 by 8 inches, 15-year warranty, veryt quiet operation, easy juicing, 30-second cleanup, top-notch efficiency at juice extraction, low foam and multi-functionality. Yes, you can make pasta on this juicer, chop, mince, and more.
Twin gear or triturating juicers
Twin gear, also called triturating, juicers have twin augers to crush and press produce to extract juice. These juicers operate at a very low speed and are capable of extracting even more juice than single auger juicers. As with single auger juicers, triturating juicers ensure minimum oxidation and maximum preservation of nutrients and enzymes. These juicers can handle any type of produce with ease, and are especially great at juicing leafy greens due to the high pressure applied by the interlocking augers. These juicers are top of the line and are ideal if top quality, versatility in juicing any type of produced is required. These are considered some of the best juicing machines on the market. These juicers are, of course, on the expensive side.
The highest rated juicer in the twin gear category currently is the Tribest Green Star Elite GSE-5000 Jumbo Twin Gear Juice Extractor. This juicer will give twice as much juice as a centrifugal juicer, but will not be nearly as much trouble as a two-stage press system. This juicer is easy to clean, has a very high customer satisfaction rating. Importantly, this juicer is reasonably priced for a twin gear juicer, and produces juice that is clean and smooth as water.
Hydraulic Press Juicers
Hydraulic juicers are considered to be the ultimate of juicing machines. Arguably, they can extract up to 50% more juice than masticating machines and up to 100% more than centrifugal juicers. They extract juice in two steps. First you feed produce into a chute that crushes it to a pulp, using what is called a vortex triturator. The pulp is then placed into linen cloth filter bag, and the bag is pressed by a hydraulic press to extract every last bit of juice. This process also minimizes oxidation and maximizes nutritional value and enzymes in the juice. There is no foam, no froth and no oxidation, just pure juice. The down side of these juicers is a complicated, two-step process and the uber-high price tag. If money is no object and you are looking to buy, arguably, the best juicer in the world, get the Norwalk Model 280 juicer, also the most expensive juicer for home use.
If you want the benefit of a hydraulic juice press but at a much lower price tag, Welles or Peoples Juice Press is the best alternative.
It comes in two colors too, in black and in white.
Given all the choices above, what is a good juicer to buy for the money overall? Based on overwhelming popularity Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer is currently the best all around juicer to buy. I have owned it for close to a year and it’s everything I expected it to be. It’s very efficient at extracting juice. I am sure triturating juicers will provide a bit more efficiency, but the Omega J8004 is doing a remarkable job. With my old centrifugal juicer cleaning was a big chore. Omega J8004 is so easy and quick to clean that I never think twice about making a glass or two of fresh juice.