Our Test Kitchen Pros Found the Best Juicers on the Market

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Is juicing a part of your morning routine? Make sure you have the best juicer to jump-start your day.

While starting your day with a cup of coffee may be the norm, there are many that can’t fathom heading off to work, dashing to the gym or tackling a long to-do list without fresh juice. While you can get your fix at your local cafe, there’s no beating a blend you’ve created yourself.

But in order to create that perfect blend of raw fruits and veggies, you need the best juicer for your lifestyle. Worry not—our Taste of Home Test Kitchen spent weeks finding the very best options on the market.

How Our Test Kitchen Found the Best Juicer

There are so many juicer options out there and our Test Kitchen team wanted to try them all. For this test, that meant trying seven of the most popular models on the market—including masticating and centrifugal juicers. If you’re unfamiliar, here are the basics on these two types of juicers:

  • Masticating juicers: These juicers are also known as cold press or slow juicers. They work by slowly pressing produce to release juice. Masticating juicers work fairly slowly.
  • Centrifugal juicers: This type of juicer uses blades to process the produce into a pulp. Then, using a centrifuge, the juice is separated from the pulp. Centrifugal juicers work quickly but are often noisier.

Testers put the juicers—masticating and centrifugal alike—through their 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: Of course, our Test Kitchen wanted plenty of juice out of these machines! There’s nothing worse than slicing tons of fruit only to find it fills one glass.
  • Quality of juice: When you juice at home, you want a product that’s bright and fresh tasting. Different machines can produce different quality juices depending on how the juice is pressed and the oxidization of the produce while being juiced.
  • Ease of use: If an appliance isn’t simple to use, you likely won’t use it. The best juicers should be easy to operate.
  • Ease of cleaning: Juicing can be a messy business! The best juicers should be easy to disassemble and clean—including disposing of the pulp. Extra points for any juicers that come with brushes and other cleaning gear.
  • Size and appearance: Our Test Kitchen evaluated gadgets on their overall appearance and footprint. Good juicers are worth the counter space, but no one wants one that takes up more room than it has to.
  • Price: Any appliance or kitchen gadget should give you the right value for your money.

While we tested seven big brands (those would be Black + Decker, Breville, Cuisinart, Hamilton Beach, Hurom, Noviusa and SMEG), just three got top marks and earned the title of Test Kitchen-Preferred.

Best Masticating Juicer: Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer

Hurom JuicerVia Merchant

If you are super serious about your juicing routine, look no further than the Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer.

This masticating juicer produced more juice than any other brand we tried. But we know a great juicer is so much more than volume. According to Shannon Norris in the Test Kitchen, the juice from this Hurom model had “better color and brighter flavor.” The juice is fresh-tasting and perfectly emulsified—not foamy like with other options.

Once you’re done making your daily glassful, the Hurom juicer is easy to clean. This model comes with a cleaning tool that gets into all the nooks and crannies of this machine. “It’s a great tool,” according to Shannon. “The brand thought about users when designing it and it really shows.”

Yes, this Hurom slow juicer is pricey, but it’s worth the investment for people serious about cold-pressed juice.

Pros

What our Test Kitchen liked about this Hurom juicer:

  • Extracts lots of juice leaving “impressively dry pulp,” per Shannon
  • Includes cleaning tools

Cons

Consider these factors before you buy:

  • Smaller chute means you have to chop produce a bit smaller (so a little bit more prep work is needed)
  • Pricey

Specs

  • Type: Masticating
  • Price: $439

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Best Centrifugal Juicer: Cuisinart Juice Extractor

Cuisinart JuicerVia Merchant

Looking for a fast juicer? Our Test Kitchen recommends the Cuisinart Juice Extractor. This centrifugal juicer works quickly to create tasty Jamba Juice copycats and more.

This gadget worked effortlessly to create juice from most fruits. Apples, citrus, berries and more all produced vibrant juice that had “refreshing” written all over them. Firmer produce like beets and carrots won’t give you quite as much juice, but this appliance still extracted vivid pink and orange juice from each.

No, you will not get as high of a yield from this model as you would from a masticating juicer, but Cuisinart’s juice extractor did produce the most juice of any juicer of its kind.

Thanks to its extra-large chute, our team hardly had to do any prep beyond washing produce. Minimal prep combined with the machine’s speed means that this is the model for folks that are looking for a speedy way to get more fruits and veggies in their diets.

Pros

What our Test Kitchen liked about this Cuisinart juicer:

  • Works quickly
  • Large chute—minimal prep required
  • Easy to clean

Cons

Consider these factors before you buy:

  • Doesn’t produce as much juice as a masticating juicer
  • Doesn’t extract a lot of juice from harder produce like carrots and beets, though it does just fine with softer veggies and fruits

Specs

  • Type: Centrifugal
  • Price: $169

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Best Value Juicer: Hamilton Beach Slow Masticating Juicer

Hamilton Beach JuicerVia Merchant

You don’t need to shell out a lot of cash for a great masticating juicer. For less than $150, you can pick up one of our Test Kitchen’s favorite options: the Hamilton Beach Slow Masticating Juicer.

This easy-to-assemble gadget created juice with “great color and less foam,” according to Shannon. That’s right—even delicate berries were pressed into a foamless juice for your morning sip. Hamilton Beach’s cold press juicer also did exceptionally well with ginger (a super healthy addition to any juice or smoothie), apples and other firm fruits.

Shannon noted that this option did work slowly—even for a masticating juicer—but the attainable price tag, easy-to-clean features and simple assembly make those extra seconds worth it. P.S. If you’re looking for more affordable options, you might like this Magic Bullet mini juicer.

Pros

What our Test Kitchen liked about this juicer by Hamilton Beach:

  • Affordable
  • Quiet
  • Super easy to assemble and clean
  • Produces vibrant juice with little foam

Cons

Consider these factors before you buy:

  • Works slowly, much more so than other masticating juicers
  • Takes up more counter space than other models (though it fits easily under cabinets)

Specs

  • Type: Masticating
  • Price: $125

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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.

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.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa is also dedicated to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.