Last updated on April 22nd, 2022
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A glass of fresh fruit and/or vegetable juice, made in your own kitchen, is not only delicious, but it’s also healthy. You won’t even notice that you’re having one, two or even three of your five-a-day when you drink the juice produced by the juicers we review here.
I review several types of juicers, from the best juicers for starting out with through to those which are part of a multi-functional nutrition centre.
I describe each models pros, Cons and features and make our recommendations. My Buyer’s Guide is an introduction to the different types of juicers, again along with the pros and cons of each type.
Best Pick – Overall
Best Pick – Multi-functional
Best Juicers Reviews
1. Philips HR1832/01 Viva Collection Compact Juicer
Best Pick – Overall
The Philips HR1832/01 Viva Collection Compact Juicer is a centrifugal juicer that operates at 500W. This is enough power to produce 1.5L of juice at one time, even in a juicer as compact as this one. It doesn’t take up much space on the kitchen counter so you can leave it out to always be handy.
This is a smart-looking appliance in matte black plastic. It has a transparent juice section and a transparent lid so you can see how far the pulp has built up. The pulp container is easy to access at the top of the unit and is also simple to clean. All removable parts can go into the dishwasher for cleaning which is something I look for in a juicer to make things a little easier.
This Philips Viva juice comes with a clear beaker to collect the juice so you don’t have to rush around trying to find the correct size glass to use. You do have to do some prep with the fruit and vegetables for the juice, though the intake hopper is a bit small. You need to cut everything up to easily push through the hopper. Plus you do need to put the pieces in one at a time. Then press the knob on the spout for non-drip delivery of the juice.
This model is also available in brushed aluminium which I’m also a big fan of.
- Centrifugal 500W matte black juicer.
- Transparent pulp container, hopper and delivery spout.
- Makes up to 1.5L of juice at one time.
- Turn juicer on, put one piece of fruit into hopper, press down gently, collect juice.
- Electro-polished sieve collects pulp and doesn’t clog.
- Quick clean technology for clean-up in less than one minute.
- Integrated pulp container is easy to access in the top of the juicer.
- Easy to unblock if needed.
- All removable parts go into the dishwasher.
- Comes with a beaker to collect the juice.
- Difficult to take apart.
- Narrow hopper to put fruit in etc.
The Philips HR1832/01 Viva Collection Compact Juicer is from a company well known for quality consumer appliances. This centrifugal juicer produces up to 1.5L of juice at one session and strains most of the pulp out. The non-drip spout keeps your kitchen counter clean, and the juicer itself has a small footprint, not taking up much precious counter real estate.
The Philips HR1832/01 Viva Collection Compact Juicer is my choice for Best Pick – Overall for a juicer.
Another alternative I use instead of a juicer is a Topchef 1100W Multifunctional Food Processor which is also a juicer with a big list of useful features, read my best kitchen food processor review here to learn more. It’s actually my runner up.
2. Braun J700 Spin Juicer Extractor
The Braun J700 Spin Juicer extractor is a centrifugal juicer like my Best Pick, but it’s just a bit smaller at 1L. This is a tall thin model with a stainless steel-like finish, but it is made of plastic. It operates at 1,000W for fast and powerful juicing.
One of the problems I have found with centrifugal juicers is that they produce foam on the juice (see my Buyer’s Guide for more details). However, the 1.25L jug that comes with this purchase has a foam separator, so your juice is foamless. The steel micro-mesh sieve in the unit also works at taking out the pulp that causes foam.
Another issue with this type of juicer is often that the intake hopper is small and so you have to spend time cutting up the fruit and vegetables but this is something I have seen on a lot of models. The Braun J700 model overcomes this by giving you a wide tube to put your food in. I really like that it’s big enough to put whole fruits (peeled) and large chunks into.
Something else which I also like is that the pulp container holds up to a generous 2L of pulp so you don’t have to keep stopping your juicing session to empty it out. This machine is effective at removing much of the liquid from the fruit, resulting in a dry pulp. However, sometimes the resulting pulp splashes all over the inside, leaving you quite a mess to clean up.
Braun also considers the safety of the user. There’s a four-way safety system that checks four criteria. If any one of them is not working, the motor stops within three seconds.
Another feature not usually found on juicers is the speed dial – you have a choice of two speeds to juice at. The slower speed produces less heat and retains more nutrients, but you do have to wait a bit longer for your drink. On the highest speed, a glass of juice is ready in 15 seconds.
- Fast spin/centrifugal juicer (1,000W) that can produce 1L of juice at a time.
- Stainless steel colour but made of plastic.
- Comes with 1.25L jug that separates the foam from the fresh juice.
- Has stainless steel micro-mesh sieve to take out all the pulpy bits.
- Intake hopper is 75mm wide for large pieces of fruit and vegetables.
- Two speed dial.
- Holds up to 2L of pulp.
- Safety system checks on four controls and stops if any one is amiss.
- All removable parts can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
- Anti-drip system to keep your kitchen counter clean.
- Lots of pieces to clean.
- Small holes in sieve.
The Braun J700 Spin Juicer extractor comes a close second to my Best Pick – Overall. Its safety features and choice of speeds make it stand out. I like the larger intake hopper as that means less prep before you make your juice. And the foam separator on the jug is a nice touch.
If you always make smaller batches of juice or just can’t stand the foam, the Braun J700 Spin Juicer extractor is one to look at.
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3. Amzchef Slow Masticating Juicer
The Amzchef Slow Masticating Juicer is for those who are serious about extracting the maximum nutritional content from their juice. Processing at a slower speed (80rpm) keeps the fruit and vegetables cooler and so doesn’t destroy valuable vitamins and other nutrients. It also doesn’t cause the juice to oxidise and create foam as much. Of course, you do have to wait longer for your drink.
This masticating juicer works by passing the fruit and vegetables along with a long spiral structure, the auger. This results in a juice yield of up to 90% and so the pulp is drier. The juice flows down into a cup below the juicer and the pup exits into an external beaker. So you do have to wash up several components of this appliance but most of them go into the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
The juice and pulp containers come with the juicer too. The juice cup holds 0.7L and the pulp container handles 1L. This isn’t a great volume of juice but that’s enough to start two people’s morning off so perhaps a great option for a couple or those who live alone.
Now, something I like is that this model is a quiet machine, unlike centrifugal units that tend to be a bit noisier because of their speed and the spin of their blades. This Amzchef model has a reverse direction for you to use in case anything clogs up along the spiral/auger. As with many models, the intake hopper is quite small and you need to cut up the fruit and veg accordingly.
This Amzchef juicer is available in a stainless grey finish (link above) and also in a white finish.
- Masticating, slow juicer extracts more juice than spin juicers.
- Uses a slow speed of 80rpm and find grinding to not heat up the fruit and vegetables.
- Handles leafy greens.
- Disassembly by pushing one button.
- Constructed from food-grade TRITAN anti-oxidation materials.
- Goes into dishwasher for easy cleaning.
- Stainless steel filter.
- Pulp storage cup holds 1L and juice cup holds 0.7L.
- Cup storage is in a panel in the unit.
- Quiet at 60dB.
- Has reverse direction to clear any clogs.
- Comes with a cleaning brush.
- Has a safety lock.
- Hopper is quite small.
- Pulp remains a bit wet.
If you want to ensure the most nutrition in your juice, the Amzchef Slow Masticating Juicer is a good choice. Squeezing up to 90% of the juice from whatever fruit and veg you put in at a slow speed, you end up with a foamless healthy juice. This is the type of juicer that handles leafy greens well (hello, kale juice).
4. Princess Electric Citrus Juicer Master
Best Pick – Citrus Fruits
The Princess Electric Citrus Juicer Master is a 50W electric juicer that’s dedicated to citrus fruits. Squeeze lemons, limes, tangerines, grapefruits and so on just by switching it on and lowering the lever handle.
This stainless steel juicer has a cast aluminium lever as a handle with a rubber grip at the end for your comfort. Cut your citrus fruit in two, place one half cut side down over the juice head and press the handle/lever down. The juice flows into a transparent container. You then release the juice through the non-drip spout.
One thing to note is that you receive only one juice head with your purchase. Online reviewers report that, as limes are much smaller than, say, grapefruit, you may have to jiggle the fruit a bit on the juice head as your lower the handle.
As this is quite a small juicer, the four non-slip feet are useful in keeping it firmly anchored to your kitchen counter when the appliance is in use.
- Stainless steel 160W electric juicer for all citrus fruits.
- Transparent window to see how much juice you’ve produced.
- Handle is a cast aluminium lever with a rubber coating at the end.
- Press non-drip spout to remove the juice.
- Easy to clean pulp filter.
- Parts of the juicer are dishwasher-proof.
- Non-slip feet for stability.
- No sieve for seeds.
- Only one juicing head.
- Needs to cool down after about a few oranges.
If the only juice you drink is from citrus fruits, the Princess Electric Citrus Juicer Master is the specialised compact juicer for you. Available in two sizes, this juicer is designed for the semi-spherical shape of citrus fruits cut in half.
I think it can only handle these soft fruits, though some online reviewers I read online did report success using this juicer to juice pomegranates. Use caution trying this out though.
5. Sana Juicer by Omega EUJ-707
Best Pick – Multi-functional
If juicing is just one part of your healthy eating plan, take a look at the Sana Juicer by Omega. Although it’s called a juicer, this model is more of a nutrition centre appliance. All the attachments you need to perform most of its multi-functions come with your purchase, but more are available.
This juicer is a slow/masticating (63rpm) juicer that preserves the maximum nutrients in your fruits and vegetables. The single auger in this unit lets you juice most fruits and veg, including leafy greens such as spinach and kale.
The appliance itself is an organic design of rounded edges and comes in a wide range of sophisticated kitchen colours (gloss, pastel and matte). The link above goes to the matt black option, but the colour range includes Ferrari Red, Purple Plum and Satin Bronze among others. Notice that this is not a small appliance and to use it properly it does need to constantly sit out in its own space on a kitchen counter.
This juicer comes with two juicing screens plus a blank one. The fine screen is for fine, clear juice while the coarser screen produces pulpier juice. The black screen is for homogenising which is bring things together. This is the screen that you use to make baby food, nut butter and nut milk, and sorbet from frozen fruit. As well as the screens for taking out the pulp, the glass collector jug has a strainer on top for the same purpose.
You also receive a pasta set so you can use this juicer to make pasta in various shapes. We did say it does a lot! And there’s an optional attachment that lets you make your own cold-pressed oils from scratch. That really is being healthy.
Cleaning this multi-functional machine is easy and you receive a cleaning brush to get into any odd corners.
- Multi-functional juicer comes with a variety of attachments.
- Slow juices of all kinds of fruits and vegetables.
- Single-auger system lets you juice leafy greens.
- Functions also as a mincer, pasta maker and homogeniser.
- Makes baby food, nut butter and nut milk, and sorbet from frozen fruit.
- Optional attachment for cold-pressed oils.
- Comes with glass collector jug with a custom strainer on top.
- Pulp collector is stainless steel.
- Easy to clean.
The multi-functional Sana Juicer by Omega EUJ-707 is a nutrition centre of which fresh juicing is only one part. With two grades of screens, you have the choice of making clear juice or a thicker pulpier liquid.
There’s also a blank screen that homogenises the pulp to form nut butters and milks, pasta and sorbet from frozen veg and fruit. I like all the choices that this masticating juicer gives you to support all of your healthy eating plans.
Your first decision when choosing the best juicer for you is what type you want. My Buyer’s Guide gives details about the three most common domestic juicers along with some pros and cons of each.
Centrifugal Force Juicer
This is the most popular type of home juicer. It takes in the vegetables and fruit through a feeding to a rotating blade (usually stainless steel) that shreds them at a high speed (6,000rpm to 14,000rpm). The juice is thrown to the sides of the unit by centrifugal force and them push through a sieve into the glass or jug.
- Fastest at extracting juice.
- Stand upright so have a minimal footprint on your counter.
- Generally the least expensive juicers.
- Heat up the fruit and vegetables and degrades the quality of the juice.
- Oxidation causes the foam on the top of the juice.
- Juice can include up to 30% indigestible solids, including pulp, seeds and stems.
- Can’t handle nuts and seeds, or leafy greens.
- Juice separates quickly, in a matter of minutes.
For you if:
- You’re on a budget or not sure if you’ll stick with juicing.
- Want your juice fast.
- You drink your juice as soon as it’s made.
Masticating (Slow) Juicer
These are the slow juicers. They may also be marketed as cold-press, but they don’t actually contain a press. These juicers use an auger (gear) to slowly crush fruits and vegetables of all kinds. The juice is forced through a sieve at 800rpm to 1,000rpm, and so remains cool.
- Produce more juice than the centrifugal type of juicer.
- Can juice greens such as spinach and kale.
- Preserves nutrients and produces less foam.
- Can mill grains so can make nut butters and nut milks.
- Can process frozen fruits for sorbets.
- Juices last longer than centrifugal juice.
- More expensive and harder to clean.
- More prep work as the intake chute is generally small.
- Slower as take more time to process.
- Juices contain a high amount of pulp.
For you if:
- You’ll willing to wait a little more time for more nutritious juice.
- Want juices made of leafy greens.
- Are into nut milks and nut butters as well.
Twin Gear (Trirurating) Juicer
The twin gear juicer is like a masticating juicer but with more than one gear/auger. It pulls in the fruit and vegetables and grinds it up between two gears. The juice is then pushed through screens of decreasing size.
- Said to extract more nutrients than the centrifugal or masticating juicer.
- Can grind nuts for nut butters and milks.
- Can make sorbet from frozen food.
- Great for making baby food.
- Quiet operation.
- Slow and more expensive than other types.
- Large footprint as it’s a horizontal unit.
For you if:
- Juicing is a serious part of your healthy lifestyle.
- You’re OK with the slow process of producing nutritional juice.
- Want juices made of leafy greens and hard vegetables.
- Want to make nut milks and nut butters as well.
Mouth-wateringly healthy fruit and vegetable juices can be yours at home with one of the juicers we review here. If you’re sure that juicing is in your future as part of a healthy lifestyle, invest in one of the models that lets you produce nut milks and sorbets as well.
If you’re just trying juicing out, or want to be healthier on a budget, one of the centrifugal models we review is enough to get you started.
My Best Pick is the Philips HR1832/01 Viva Collection Compact Juicer. Although this juicer has a small footprint, it can put out 1.5L of juice in a single session.
My Best Pick – Multi-functional is the Sana Juicer by Omega EUJ-707. As well as juicing, you can grind nuts and make butter and milk and use frozen fruit and veg for sorbets.
To go along with your healthy habit of juicing, why not try making homemade soups.
My review of the 5 Best Soup Makers – Soups and Smoothies Quickly and Easily helps you choose which soup maker is best for you.
And while you’re at it, why not consider some delicious homemade bread to go with your wholesome home cooked meal.
Visit our 5 Best Bread Makers – Easy, Fresh, Home-made Loaves article.
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