Juicing is a great way to get all your servings of fruits and veggies—plus eating some produce raw is beneficial for your health. Sure, you can go to a fancy juice bar to get your fix, but juicing at home is easy—so long as you have a great juicer on hand. What’s the best juicer? you might ask. Our Test Kitchen put seven of the most popular brands head-to-head in rigorous tests to find out.
How We Found the Best Juicer
To find the best juicer on the market, our Test Kitchen researched seven of the most popular, readily available models. They put each juicer through its paces in our kitchens juicing carrots, apples, celery, kale, ginger, berries and pre-soaked almonds. Our cooks judged each juicer’s performance according to these criteria:
- Yield: How much juice does the juicer extract?
- Pulp control: How difficult is it to remove and dispose of pulp?
- Pulp dryness: How much juice remains in the pulp?
- Taste: Is the end result bright, flavorful and fresh-tasting?
- Quiet operation: Is the juicer noisy?
- Ease of use: Is the juicer easy to use, clean and assemble?
- Size: Is the juicer the right size to store easily? Is it lightweight?
- Aesthetics: How does the juicer look? Is it well designed and attractive?
Our testers were looking for the best juicer to produce a high yield of fresh, brightly colored juice. The machine should be relatively compact, easy to clean and easy to operate. And the most important piece: the juice should taste great!
The Best Juicer Brand: Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer
The Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer is the favorite in Taste of Home‘s Test Kitchen. This juicer produced so much juice! The pulp came out of this machine surprisingly dry, meaning it extracted every last bit of goodness from the produce. And the juice itself was brightly colored, fresh-tasting and perfectly emulsified—not foamy. And once the juicy was all done, this Hurom juicer was very easy to clean. The included tool made it simple to get into all the nooks and crannies. Our testers remarked that a lot of care must have gone into designing this product. It was simple to use, after reading the manual, and a snap to clean. It does come with a heftier price tag, but the functionality and performance is well worth it for folks serious about their juice.
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More Great Juicers
If you’re looking for a top-performing juicer at a smaller price, our Test Kitchen recommends the Cuisinart Juice Extractor. This centrifugal juicer (meaning it shreds the produce and then extracts the juice) worked incredibly quickly to produce juice from all kinds of fruits and veggies. Even firm produce like beets were juiced quickly and efficiently. A favorite feature was the large feed tube that allows users to feed in larger pieces (meaning less chopping and prep work). Other top-of-the-line juicers will yield more juice overall, but for the price, you can’t beat this Cuisinart. It’s easy to clean, has a slick design and works well even tough produce.
Our Test Kitchen also liked the NOVIS Vita Juicer. This option yielded a lot of juice from all the produce we tried. Testers found that this juicer was very easy to clean and assemble, too. The only drawbacks we found were that this juicer was a bit too large to store easily under a cabinet and that pulp had to be cleaned frequently. However, for the price and the yield, NOVIS offers a very good juicer any health-conscious person would enjoy using.
How to Use a Juicer at Home
A juicer is a great small appliance to have on hand if you’re a juice or smoothie fanatic. A glass of fresh juice is the perfect accompaniment to a healthy breakfast. But you can also use a juicer to make components for your favorite recipes. Break out your juicer to make this spicy tomato juice. It’s great on its own but really makes a homemade Bloody Mary shine or creates your best-ever tomato soup.
How We Chose the Winners
Our Taste of Home Test Kitchen and editors team up to taste all kinds of popular foods and run essential kitchen gear through the paces. We rank them, discuss and test again, if needed, to arrive at the products we recommend for you and your kitchen. Find out how we choose the best products and see everything we’ve tested.