Juicer Reviews and Tips

Get the Best Juicer for Your Money

Now that we’ve discussed the health benefits of juicing, we’re going to talk about some of the qualities that you need to look for in a juicer. Making your own juice is the best way to go whether you’re doing a cleanse, or just want to add a glass or two to your daily diet in order to reap the benefits of the nutrient-packed meal replacement.

Though a blender can be used in a pinch, it requires straining and extra work if you don’t want the pulp in your juice. Also, if you’re going to use a blender, it needs to be high-powered enough to manage hard produce, and you’ll need to add water. If, however, you’re like me and don’t like pulp, a juicer is the best and most convenient option.

Prices for juicers range from under $50 to $1000 and up but you can get one for basic daily needs that fall in the lower ranges. If you’re going with a blender, don’t waste your money on the cheap ones; they probably won’t be powerful enough to juice harder produce.

Following are some things to keep in mind when you’re buying your juicer or blender:

What type of juicer is it? The best juicer for general juicing needs is a masticating juicer. It works by first grinding the produce, then “chewing” the pulp, and finally pressing the masticated pulp to release the juice. All of the machines reviewed below are masticating juicers.

How noisy is it? If you’re trying to make juice on your way out the door in the morning, you don’t want to wake up the entire household doing it.

What kind of produce are you going to be juicing? If you’re going to be juicing mostly soft stuff without the pits, you can get by with a less powerful machine than if you’re going to be juicing whole fruits and vegetables with pits, seeds and skins or hard produce such as ginger.

How much heat does the machine produce? Remember that heating the juice to more than 118F kills the beneficial enzymes and other nutrients in the juice so you don’t want a juicer that produces much heat. Centrifugal machines tend to create heat, so you may want to avoid them.

How easy is the machine to clean? You want a juicer that’s not going to require 2 hours and a degree in rocket science to tear down and clean. Since you need to clean it every time that you use it, you don’t want to spend a ton of time on cleanup. Look for ones with easily-removable parts that you can just pop out, wash, and air dry in a few minutes or less. If you’re spending too much time doing this part, juicing will become a chore and you won’t be as likely to stick to your new, healthy habit.

Best Juicers and Blenders for Your Price Range

Under $50:
Black & Decker JE2200B Vegetable Extractor

400-watt juicer that’s good for both fruits and veggies. For around $30, it’s a good place to start if you’re not sure that juicing is for you.

Pros: Quiet, cup is marked with measurements so you know how much juice you’re getting. Works well on both fruits and vegetables, cleans up easily. Minimal waste.

Cons: Hopper is a little small and the juicer will jam if you try to shove too much through it at once. People who cut the produce into smaller chunks and fed it through slowly reported that the machine worked wonderfully for the price.

Under $100
Hamilton Beach’s Big Mouth Juice Extractor

At around $65, this machine is probably the best deal for the money if you’re going to be juicing a wide variety of produce.

Pros: Not too noisy, juices even the toughest produce including ginger, has a wide opening and will juice whole produce, large pulp container, 1-year warranty. Zero waste in firmer produce. Fine screen so juice is smooth.

Cons: Is a bit challenging to clean, but most reported that it wasn’t too bad after a little practice. Softer produce has a bit of waste in the pulp.

Under $150
Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain

Still affordable, this juicer also got rave reviews and will be well worth the few extra dollars if you’re serious about juicing.

Pros: Quiet for its size, has a large enough hopper to juice whole carrots and even small apples, will juice even the hardest produce with ease, cleanup is a snap.

Cons: It’s a little big. Because it’s so powerful, it will shoot produce out the top of the hopper if you don’t use the lid.

Under $200
Oklife OKL6063 9 Speed Stainless Steel Juice Extractor

9 speeds guarantees that you can control the juicing process and can set it to the best speed for the job and at $175, it’s still not terribly expensive.

Pros: Extracts most of the juice and is easy to clean up. Good for all types of produce. Has its own juice cup and pulp bin. Easy to clean.

Cons:A little noisy.

Under $250
Kuvings Multi-Purpose Masticating Juicer

This juicer runs about $220 and has rave reviews.

Pros: Quiet, easy cleanup, very little waste, juices even firm produce, juices fairly quickly with very little effort so that you can make larger quantities of juice faster.

Cons: A little pricey.

Primo Blenders That Will Get The Job Done
Vita-Mix 1320 Professional Series, Platinum

This one runs about $500 but since you’re getting an amazing blender that can do much more than just make fruit and veggie smoothies, it’s a good investment.

Pros: High-powered enough to blend all produce, has a whopping 7-year warranty, easy cleanup for a blender, variable speed

Cons: Heavy because of the motor size, a bit large, a little noisy

This blender is the top choice of many American chefs because it’s got the muscle to get any job done. If you’ve got the counter or cabinet space, go for it!

If you’ve tried any of these juicers or have one that you’d like to tell us about, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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