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What Juicer Should I Buy? – A Juicer Buyers Guide!

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Ok. You’re convinced. You are ready to start juicing but don’t have a juicer yet. Or you have a juicer and are ready for an upgrade. Juicers are easy to find. You can buy them online easily. You can even find them at big box stores. But there are dozens of different brands and types to choose from, so which one is right for you? I’ve created this juicer buyers guide to show you how to choose the best juicer for you!

What’s In This Article?

This juicer buyers guide is a great way to select the best juicer for you. Juice Feaster goes through the types of juicers and helps you decide which features are important to you, all to make the juicer buying experience quick and easy!

Before Buying a Juicer, Do This First.

Juicers are a lot like shoes. Depending upon what you’re doing, you’ll want the shoe that best fits the demands of the activity. Just like wearing dress shoes for a marathon, you don’t want a juicer that is ill-matched to your needs. As also with shoes, there are features you value over others. For some, comfort rules, but others will stand for pinched toes as long as they look great.

So, before buying a juicer, understand why you’re juicing and what features you value most.

What are Your Reasons for Juicing?

People start juicing for a host of various reasons, and each one brings with it specific criteria for choosing a juicer. Some of those reasons are:

  • Improve their overall health and vitality.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Transition to a plant-based diet.
  • Heal a specific illness or condition.
  • Save money juicing at home.
  • Curious and want to try it out.

While these reasons may sound simple, underneath them implies different levels of use and commitment to juicing. If you’re targeting a serious health condition, you’ll probably be juicing daily and more interested in nutrient density and yield than in speed. But if you’re simply curious and want to dabble, then a juicer that trades a lower yield for fast operation may be more up your alley.

Juicer Test Kitchen Pro Tip: If you’d like to read more about why people juice and would like more tips on getting started, check out my Beginner’s Guide to Juicing.

What Juicer Features Are Most Important?

Not all juicers are created equal. Each has its own pros and cons. Knowing why you’re juicing will help you decide what juicer features are most important, allowing you to pick the best one. Some features even counter each other, so knowing what you want is crucial.

For example, the faster the machine, the lesser the shelf life due to incorporating air into the juice. So, if you’re planning on batching your juice like I do, making enough for several days, you’d be best served giving up a bit of speed for that more extended shelf life.

Like any other appliance, there are many to consider when it comes to juicer features. Below is a list of the primary features people look for in a juicer. Pick a few “must haves” to help narrow your choices.

JUICER FEATURE CHECKLIST

JUICER FEATUREIMPORTANT (Y/N)
Juice Shelf Life
Nutrient Levels
Juicing Speed
Noise Level
Fit Under Kitchen Cabinets
Fit in Travel Luggage
Make Other Things
Sorbet/Nice Cream
Nut Butter
Plant-Based Milk
Smoothies
High Juice Yield
Low Pulp Levels in Juice
Easy to Clean
Warranty Length
Available Replacement Parts

I encourage you to consider which characteristics above are most important to you. What might be a great juicer for me might not serve you best. Choosing a couple of top features will help you narrow down the playing field considerably.

Types Of Juicers Explained

While many juicers are available, they fall into three main categories based on their method of juice extraction. Centrifugal, Slow Masticating (also known as Cold Press), and Hydraulic Press. I cover these three juicer types below, plus a bonus specialty category.

GENERAL FEATURES BY JUICER CATEGORY

CENTRIFUGALSLOW MASTICATING
/ COLD PRESS
HYDRAULIC
Juice Shelf Life1 day3-5 days5 days
Nutrient LevelsGoodBetterBest
Juicing SpeedFastestMid-RangeSlowest
Noise LevelLoudestMid-Range – LowestLowest
Make Other ThingsNoDepends on ModelYes
Juice YieldWorstBetterBest
Pulp Levels in JuiceMostMid-RangeLowest

Centrifugal Juicers

Centrifugal juicers use fast-spinning blades to shred the produce, spinning the juice through a screen to separate it from the fiber. They also usually cost less than their slower cousins (Up to $300). These juicers let you make your juice faster than a slow masticating or cold-press-style juicer, but at a cost.

Centrifugal juicers reduce both juice shelf life and nutrient levels. Why? The same high-speed cutting and spinning motion they utilize to extract juice simultaneously forces air through the juice, oxidizing it. Think of what happens to an apple when it’s sliced. Its cut surface turns brown because it’s exposed to the air. This exposure causes the fruit to lose nutrients far more quickly than if left whole. That’s the process of oxidation.

Basket filter for centrifugal juicer.

Breville Juicer Basket Filter – Typical for Centrifugal Juicers

Centrifugal juicers typically also have the worst juice yield, highest pulp levels, and loudest operation. These things don’t mean centrifugal juicers are bad; they simply focus on speed, which is a big deal to many a juicer.

If you feel the benefit of speedy juicing outweighs the nutritional aspect, a good solution is to juice more frequently. Drinking the juice shortly after you make it will still get you good nutrient content. Juicing 4-6 liters at a time will typically give you enough juice for the day.

Due to the oxidation and nutrient loss with juices made with a centrifugal juicer, I recommend keeping juices topped up and sealed in the refrigerator for no more than 24 hours. I will say that I don’t enjoy the flavor as much from centrifugal-style juicers as I do juices made with slow, cold-press, masticating-style juicers. But that’s my personal preference.

Another disadvantage to centrifugal juicers is that they generally aren’t the greatest at juicing greens and other fibrous produce. They will handle them, but not with the efficiency of a masticating or hydraulic-style juicer. If you don’t care too much about the reduced ability to juice greens, then a centrifugal juicer can work fine.

Top Centrifugal Pick
Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus
4.3

Great machine for super fast juicing to be consumed immediately.

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GENERAL CENTRIFUGAL JUICER PROS & CONS

PROSCONS
Fast JuicingVery Loud
Less Produce PrepLow Juice Yield
Trouble with Fibrous Produce
(Greens, Celery, Ginger, etc.)
Trouble with Fibrous Produce
(Greens, Celery, Ginger, etc)
Oxidizes the Juice
Short Juice Life Span (24 hrs)
Not Multi-Use
Typically Too Large for Travel
Hard to Clean

Cold-Press / Slow / Masticating Juicers

The slow masticating, cold-press juicer works through slow chewing (masticating) and pressing motion supplied by an auger. This auger spins very slowly, far more slowly than the blades in a centrifugal-style juicer, separating the juice from the pulp without heating it up. This category is called “Slow Masticating” or “Slow Cold-Press” because of this style of juice extraction.

This slow speed does several things: it allows more juice to be extracted from the pulp (higher yields), prevents oxygen from entering the juice (retaining more nutrients by preventing oxidation and increasing juice shelf life), handles fibrous produce better (some machines are better for certain types than others), and makes for much quieter operation than their centrifugal counterparts. They fall in the mid-range, cost-wise, ($300-$900), and come with long, robust warranties to back them up. There are some less expensive models, but their warranties are typically lacking.

GENERAL SLOW COLD-PRESS/MASTICATING JUICER PROS & CONS

PROSCONS
Retains More NutrientsSlow Juicing
Doesn’t Oxidize JuiceLonger Prep Time (some models)
Handles Fibrous Produce WellGenerally Higher Priced
High Juice Yield
Some Are Multi-Use
Typically Quiet
Longer Juice Life Span (3-5 Days)
Short Prep Time (some models)

Within the slow masticating juicer category, there are three types based on the style and position of the masticating auger: horizontal single auger, twin gear, and vertical single auger.

GENERAL FEATURE COMPARISON:

HORIZONTAL SINGLE AUGER, TWIN GEAR, VERTICAL SINGLE AUGER COLD PRESS JUICERS

HORIZONTAL
SINGLE AUGER
TWIN GEARVERTICAL
SINGLE AUGER
Juice Shelf Life3 days3-5 days3-5 days
Nutrient LevelsGoodBestBetter
Juicing SpeedSlowSlowSlow
Noise LevelLoudestMid-Range – LowestLowest
Make Other ThingsNo
(Sauna can
make nut & seed
oil.)
Nice CreamSmoothies,
Nice Cream,
Nut Milk
(except for
the Shine)
Juice YieldGoodBetterBest
Pulp Levels in JuiceMostLowestMid-Range

Horizontal Single Auger Juicers

Tribest Solostar 4 Auger
Horizontal Single Auger

The horizontal single auger juicer has a single corkscrew-shaped auger that pulls the produce down and into the pressing chamber from above. As the produce is pushed forward, the juice is squeezed by the force of the auger, pressing the juice into the downstream end of the pressing chamber.

These juicers don’t have the benefit of the “teeth grinding” effect that the twin gear juicers possess, but they still press the juice without oxidation. They typically don’t have as high nutritional or juice yield as twin gear; however, are better in juice and nutrient yield than centrifugal-style juicers.

Great Value Buy!
Tribest Solostar 4 Horizontal Slow Masticating Juicer
4.5

Powerful single auger slow juicer with 26% more juicing torque that uses 10% less electricity.

Means less jamming and easier juicing of tough ingredients than its competitors.

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Sana 727 Supreme Juicer

The Sana 727 Supreme Juicer is my top pick for horizontal single auger cold press juicer.

It has a super quiet, powerful brushless motor that can run all day. It features 4 different speeds to handle whatever you throw at it!

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Twin Gear Juicers

The twin-gear juicers are very similar to the single auger juicers. The main difference is that instead of one auger serving as the press, two gears masticate (or chew up ) the produce between themselves before pressing it with the front end of the auger.

With the twin-gear mastication, the cell walls of the produce are opened to a larger degree than with the single auger juicer. This allows greater extraction of the vital nutrition you want in your juice. Vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and beneficial phytonutrients all get extracted at a higher rate with the twin gear juicers over single auger and centrifugal types.

Great for Greens
Tribest Greenstar Elite Juicer
4.6

The Tribest Greenstar Juicer is my top pick for twin-gear horizontal cold-press juicer. It has the best juice yield, nutrient extraction, and lowest pulp level of any juicer in its price range. This machine handles leafy greens particularly well, so is a great choice for any serious green juice enthusiast!

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Stainless Steel Augers
Tribest Greenstar Pro
4.7

The Pro takes twin gear greatness of the Greenstar Elite to the next level with all stainless steel masticating augers.

My go-to pick for greens, herbs, and hard fibrous roots & fruits.

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Slow Vertical Juicers

The slow vertical juicers take the slow RPMs of the single auger horizontal juicers and put them into a more compact, vertical, space-saving package.

Vertical juicers utilize the same concept of a single auger pressing mechanism. The difference is that the juicing auger spins vertically with a cutting edge on the top. As the produce is fed in through the top of the feed chute, the leading edge of the auger cuts the produce and pulls it vertically down into the juicing bowl. The juice is collected in the juicing bowl while the pulp is ejected out a side pulp chute.

These juicers tend to require less pushing of the produce down into the feed chute. They tend to be a bit more moveable and portable than their horizontal counterparts based on their size.

Most vertical juicers will juice at the same speed as a horizontal juicer. Some will fit under your kitchen cabinets, while others are too tall.

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4.9

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Best Budget Pick
Tribest Shine Juicer
4.3

The Tribest Shine is my FAVORITE inexpensive juicer! It's quiet, compact, easy to use and clean. I even bring it with me when I travel!

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Hydraulic Press Juicers

If nutrient extraction is your ultimate, number one goal coupled with high juice yield, then the hydraulic press model is a type of juicer that you should consider. This is the creme de la creme of juicer styles for the home juicer!

These juicers use a two-stage process:

  1. Produce is milled into a pulp through a hammer mill and put into a pressing cloth or bag.
  2. A hydraulic press squeezes the pulp firmly with incredible pressure to press out the juice.

These juicers are tremendously amazing at pressing the highest amount of juice in terms of yield while also extracting very high nutrition levels. These juicers are one of the best choices if you have a severe health condition and need to be guaranteed the highest level of concentrated, medicinal level of nutrition.

A downside to these juicers is that they are large and heavy, requiring a designated area on your countertop. They take more time to clean, thanks to the pressing cloths, and are also the most expensive option for a home juicer ($2K+).

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Citrus Juicers

If you drink a lot of fresh citrus juice, having a dedicated citrus juicer is a real time-saver. You can certainly juice citrus on any of the above juicers, but you have to remove the peel.

When adding a piece or two to a recipe, it’s no big deal. But when you’re making pure orange or grapefruit juice, or even juicing lemons for lemonade, peeling takes up a ton of time. Let’s take a look at a few citrus juicer options that can make juicing citrus a real pleasure.

Juice Feaster Fave
Breville Citrus Press Pro
4.6

I make A LOT of fresh citrus juice, so I need a fast machine that can handle a lot of use. I've found it in the Breville Citrus Press Pro - It's my go-to citrus juicer, and I love it!

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Tribest Citristar Citrus Juicer
4.4

This is a solid choice for those looking for a good citrus juicer at a budget price.

It handles all sizes of citrus easily and give you a good yield. Cleanup is a snap!

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Powerful Manual Press
Tribest Pro MJP-105 XL
4.8

THIS WORKS! I've used it on citrus of all sizes, limes to grapefruits, as well as pomegranates. I've never used a manual press that works this well!

200 lbs of ergonomically designed pressure for easy pressing. It's easy to use and squeezes ALL the juice out!

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What Type of Juicer is Best?

Armed with 1) knowing what you want from juicing, 2) selecting your top features, and 3) understanding the main juicer types, no matter which juicer you choose it will be the best one for you. Investing in a juicer will pay dividends for you and your family for many years to come!

Let me know what juicer you have or decided to buy in the comment section below.

If you have any specific juicer questions, post those as well. I am happy to help in any way that I can! Stay juicy!!!

  • Thank you. What a great article. I am getting more serious about juicing. I have had a centrifugal Hamilton Beach juicer for years. Now time to add and upgrade. I am considering the Nama J2 or Kuving. I really like the J2. Because I want a wide mouth and this has a compartment ready to fill up. Again. Thank you. Now need to save for it.

    • Hello! That’s great that you are getting more serious about juicing! I love the J2 and the Kuvings REVO830 and recommend them both. The J2 is so fast and convenient with its batching hopper. Really the fastest juicer I’ve ever used. You just load up the hopper, close the lid and walk away. It chops, feeds and juices all on its own. This allows you to multi-task while juicing. Pretty cool.

      Some things that I love about the REVO830 are that it also makes frozen fruit nice cream / sorbet while the J2 can’t. It also has a larger motor allowing a 45 minute run time vs 30 for the J2. It also has a full 15 year warranty for motor and parts vs 15 for the motor and only 4 years for parts on the J2. The REVO830 is still crazy fast with its two feed chutes; one for tall items like carrots, celery, cucumbers, etc and one for whole apples, oranges, beets, etc that is 3.5″ wide. But, you do have to feed items one at a time, so it doesn’t allow the multitasking like the batch hopper of the J2.

      Both are solid juicers no doubt and you can’t go wrong with either of them. It really just depends on your preferences.

      I do have discount codes for each of them:

      Nama J2 $55 off: JUICEJ210
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      REVO830 (or any Kuvings juicer) $70 off: JUICEFEASTER
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      Happy juicing!
      Let me know if you have any other questions!

      Stay Juicy!

      ~Brett

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    About the Author

    Brett leads the Juicer Test Kitchen. Utilizing his 25 years in the juice production and formulation industry, he brings you expert information on the wide world of juicing. From hands-on juicer reviews, tasty juice recipes, and real-world insights, he helps you get the most out of your juicing experience.

    Brett not only has a career background in the juice world, but he is also a lifelong juicing advocate who has personally transformed and maintained his health using the magical powers of juicing and raw living foods.

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