Buying Guide

Best Juicers for Fast and Flavorful Juicing

Judge Your Juice Preferences
A stainless steel citrus juicer sits on a kitchen counter.

When choosing the best juicer machine for your kitchen, consider the kinds and quantities of juice that you and your family will drink. 

  • If you want to start mornings with a glass of fresh juice from various fruits or vegetables without a lot of waiting, try a centrifugal juicer. 
  • If you’re interested in the health benefits of wheatgrass, kale and other leafy greens, and want the nutritious green juice to stay fresh longer, consider a masticating or slow juicer. 
  • If you primarily plan to make juice from grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes, consider a citrus juicer. 

Tip: Whichever type of juicer you choose, recycle the leftover fruit or vegetable pulp in recipes for broth, smoothies, muffins, dip and more. 

Centrifugal Juicers
A juice extractor sits in a kitchen next to glasses of different kinds of juice.

Centrifugal juicers extract the liquid from produce by shredding the pulp against a stainless steel juicing screen that spins at high rpms (revolutions per minute). The centrifugal force brings out the juice quickly, but the high-speed mechanism tends to make these devices noisy, comparable to coffee grinders. 

  • The best centrifugal juicers are effective at extracting juice from apples, carrots and celery while being less expensive than other styles. 
  • Centrifugal juicers tend to be easy to assemble and take apart for cleaning. 
  • The high-speed process tends to add a lot of oxygen to the juice which breaks down enzymes and nutrients (and makes the juice foamier). These juices are best when drunk within 15 minutes, and some juice fans find that the flavors do not keep as well overnight, even if refrigerated in a sealed container. 

Tip: Centrifugal injection juicers offer a design variation with a larger capacity. 

Masticating Juicers
A slow masticating juicer sits on a counter with fruit and vegetables.
  • Masticating juicers are also known as slow juicers or cold press juicers and use a single auger or gear to crush the produce and extract juice. They operate at much lower rpms (as low as 45, compared to hundreds of rpms for centrifugal juicers), causing less oxygenation and thus retaining more of the juice’s nutrients. 
  • The best slow juicers are the most effective at juicing leafy greens and wheatgrass, making them very popular with those who want to find creative ways to incorporate green vegetables into their diet.
  • The best masticating juicer may include options for making other items such as pasta, nut butter or baby food. 
Triturating Juicers
A twin-gear masticatng juicer sits on a counter with fruit and vegetables.
  • Triturating or twin-gear juicers are a specialized kind of masticating juicer that can work even more slowly, using a pair of interlocking roller gears to extract the liquid. Another one of the best juicers for greens, it can have the highest yield of liquid, but tends to be the slowest and most expensive kind of extractor. 
Citrus Juicers
A person squeezing a lemon in a citrus juicer.

This kind of juice extractor is designed for citrus fruits such as grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes. 

  • Hand citrus juicers are compact and particularly useful if your main goal is to make lemon or lime juice for recipes.
  • Electric juicers or hand juicers powered by handles are more efficient at squeezing greater volumes of juice. 
Special Features
A person loading an apple into a wide mouth juicer.

In seeking the perfect juicer for your tastes, consider these special features: 

  • Wide-mouthed juicers can accommodate larger pieces of produce in the feed tube, which thus require less chopping of ingredients and reduces prep time. 
  • A pulp selection feature allows the user to determine how much pulp the juice will contain. 
  • Speed controls allow you to tailor the operation for harder produce like apples (which may need faster juicing) or softer items like oranges (for slower juicing). 
  • Dishwasher safe parts that are easy to disassemble prove much easier than cleaning by hand. 
  • A high-capacity built-in juice jug can contain more liquid, thus reducing the amount of produce you need to juice at a time.

As a specialized kind of food processor, the best juicer for your kitchen can meet your specific needs, whether you just want a fresh glass of orange juice in the morning or to plan a regimen of regular juice cleanses. Choosing between a centrifugal or masticating juicer can mean weighing which vegetables and fruits you want against speed, price, nutrition, and other factors. Once you’ve selected the best juicer machine for your home, it won’t take you long to enjoy the fresh flavors and health benefits of juicing.