10 best juicers for making fresh and healthy juice
18 January 2021
Juicing can be a great way to get more fruit and veg into your diet and, to do that effectively, you’ll need a juicer.
While blenders mix up juice and pulp, a juice extractor does exactly what it says on the
tin box. It extracts just the juice.
In the past, juicers had a reputation for being tricky to clean, but better designs now mean that you can find a juicer that’s affordable and low on maintenance.
One Mumsnetter asked for a recommendation for a juicier that “doesn't make me swear when I clean it, nor cost the earth” and we’re here to oblige.
Here are the best juicers as recommended by Mumsnetters.
1. Best overall juicer: Magimix 18082 Juice Expert 3
“I have a Magimix, which is good – comes in nice colours too.”
Magimix’s Juice Expert 3 is a great option if you’re considering a masticating juicer. Unlike some, it’s easy to clean as it stacks in three easy sections, but be aware that it doesn’t include a juice jug, which – given the price – is something you might expect.
All parts are dishwasher-safe, however it's worth rinsing them first. The motor comes with a huge 30-year guarantee while parts are protected for three years against manufacturing defects.
- Dimensions: 18.3 × 21.4 × 41.5cm
2. Best masticating juicer: Champion 2000 Juicer
“I bought the Champion Juicer after loads of recommendations. It’s a masticating juicer so it chews and squeezes the fruit/veg rather than using discs/blades which heat up and destroy some of the vitamin and enzyme content.”
“I bought the Champion Juicer just over three weeks ago and it's brilliant – strange-looking but easy to put together and dismantle. There are only three main pieces to wash.”
At just under £400, the Champion 2000 Juicer isn’t cheap, but Mumsnet users rate it very highly, and you'll get an 18oz stainless flask and a free copy of Fresh Veg & Fruit Juices thrown in for good measure.
It's a masticating juicer and has a single ‘floating’ cutter, which ejects pulp through a separate outlet, which means you can make a large batch of juice without stopping to clean up. As well as the juicing plate, it has a blank plate that means you can make fruit sauces, smoothies and purees, as well as nut butters.
It’s a heavy-duty piece of kit with an RPM of 1425 and weighs in at over 7kg. Choose between black or white and you'll also get a 10-year guarantee on the motor (five years on the parts).
- Dimensions: 42.5 × 19 × 20cm
3. Best budget masticating juicer: AICOK Slow Masticating Juicer
The AICOK Juicer is one of the quietest on the market. It runs at less than 60 decibels – the same as normal conversation. For a masticating juicer, it’s very affordable at just over £100.
It spins at 80 RPM so, like other masticating juicers, it helps to preserve the vitamins and minerals in your fruit and vegetables. It’s also lighter than many of its rivals at only 4.6kg.
Easy to clean, this juicer is dishwasher-safe and comes with a two-year warranty.
- Dimensions: 41.7 × 29.8 × 20.7cm
4. Best budget centrifugal juicer: Cookworks Spin Juicer
“I got my juicer from Argos. The Cookworks one is dead easy to use and clean. It’s smaller than I expected.”
For less than £40, the Cookworks Juicer is a great option. It’s a centrifugal juicer so it will take large whole pieces of fruit, which means no precutting needed, saving you both time and effort.
The pulp container has a capacity of 1.5 litres and it will make up to one litre of juice. There’s a locking handle and safety switch, making it safe to use with children (supervised, of course), and it’s smaller than others, weighing just 4.2kg.
The stainless steel filter and blades are all removable to make cleaning easier. There’s a one-year guarantee too.
- Dimensions: 44.8 × 35.4 × 23cm
5. Best juicer for beginners: Sage The Nutri Juicer Cold Plus
“We have a Sage. It’s very good.”
Sage The Nutri Juicer is a two-speed centrifugal juicer from the Breville Group – and it’s so good that even Heston Blumenthal has put his name to it.
One big benefit is that it comes with two-litre ‘seal and store' jug, which is ideal to store your juice in the fridge, but there’s also a nozzle so you can juice straight into a glass if you prefer – saving on washing up. You also get a free recipe book too.
It also claims to have Cold Spin Technology, hence the name, which is designed to keep the juice cool while it’s being extracted. Manufacturers claim that this also protects the nutrients of your fruit and veg.
- Dimensions: 36.8 × 22.9 × 43.2cm
6. Best multi-purpose juicer: Oscar Neo Juicer 1000
“I recommend the Oscar Juicer. I love mine. The customer service has been great too.”
The Oscar Neo Juicer is far more than its name suggests. As well as juices, it can also be used to make ice cream, peanut butter, pasta, mince and hummus, and it comes with a recipe book for more ideas.
When space is at a premium, it’s great to have a multi-purpose kitchen aid. The Oscar Neo is really easy to store as it can be separated into three separate pieces.
Mumsnet users really rate the customer service, which isn’t surprising considering that it comes with a huge 20-year warranty on the motor and 10 years on parts to protect against manufacturing defects.
- Dimensions: 26 × 18 × 22cm
7. Quickest juicer: Braun J700 Spin Juicer
This centrifugal juicer from Braun delivers a glass of juice within 15 seconds. The removable jug with in-built foam separator is great if you prefer your juice without froth. At 1.25 litres, it’s a great size for most families.
Like most centrifugal juicers, it has a large feeding chute – 75mm – so there’s no need to cut up fruit and veg before juicing. There’s also a four-way safety system, which automatically stops the motor in dangerous conditions, giving you peace of mind.
This juicer is large but is deep and tall rather than wide, so it should fit on your worktop well. Thankfully the removable parts are dishwasher-safe too, making clean up easier.
- Dimensions: 30.4 × 40.6 × 35.6cm
8. Best no-mess juicer: Philips Avance Cold Press Micro Masticating Juicer
It might be called a ‘cold press,’ but you can’t currently buy a real cold press juicer for use at home – they’re for commercial kitchens only. That’s because a true cold press juicer shreds fruit and veg into a thick smoothie-like pulp and then extracts the juice.
Having said that, Philips’ Avance Masticating Juicer is a great mid-range buy. You can easily feed in a whole apple – something not all masticating juicers allow. It also has a spout with a tap to stop unnecessary mess.
There’s a reverse function if anything gets stuck and it also comes with five juicing recipes. It’s both easy to assemble and easy to clean.
- Dimensions: 50 × 40 × 16cm
9. Best juicer for greens: Omega Sana EUJ 707 Juicer
The Omega Sana Juicer is great, particularly for fibrous veg, so if you like green juice, then this is the one for you.
The masticating juicer has two speeds to alternate between soft and hard fruits, and you don’t have to waste time prepping – although the chute is small, so it’s best to quarter apples. This juicer can deal with peel, cores and pip too and it features an ingredient ‘pusher’ to force more stubborn fruit and veg through.
At nearly 7kg, it’s a big machine and, while it’s not quick or quiet, it is very effective.
- Dimensions: 42 × 17 × 33cm
10. Best citrus press juicer: Kilner Juicer Jar Set
If you’re looking to make orange or other fruit juice, rather than juice vegetables, then the Kilner’s Juicer Jar Set is a low-tech but affordable option.
Just place the attachment into the jar and squeeze your limes and oranges. It can even fit into your existing clip-top Kilner jars so you can use the same jar for juicing and storing.
It can hold 0.5 litres and is, as you’d expect, dishwasher-safe.
- Dimensions: 22 × 15 × 15cm
Why do people use juicers?
Juicers extract juice from fruit and vegetables. They’re different from blenders, which also grind up the pulp too.
The NHS says that there are three main benefits to eating fruit and vegetables – the effect of the fibre from the fruit and veg in your bowel, the act of chewing the fruit and veg means you eat less processed food, and the vitamins and minerals in the fruit and veg are good for your health.
Juicing only provides the last benefit – you can knock back juice much faster than eating individual fruit and veg. But be aware that juice only counts as one of your five-a-day no matter how much fruit and veg you put in it.
What should I look for when buying a juicer?
The type that best suits your needs
There are three main types of juicer: centrifugal, masticating and citrus press.
1. Centrifugal juicers are also known as fast juicers. Users like them because they quickly separate the juice from the pulp. They’re often noisy though and they can’t be used for some fruit and veg like mango, banana and wheatgrass. Less bulky than masticating juicers, they can also be easier to clean, although that’s not always the case.
2. Masticating (or slow) juicers use a large screw to ‘chew’ the fruit. It’s this motion that separates the juice from the pulp. They’re meant to be better than centrifugal juicers at breaking down the fruit or veg, particularly leafy greens like kale and spinach that can be hard to break down.
3. Citrus press juicers either squash or spin halved citrus fruits like oranges and lemons. They can’t be used on vegetables so are much more limited than either masticating or centrifugal juicers, but are very small and cheap.
How easy it is to clean
Fruit and veg pulp can stick to machine components very easily and, if there are lots of parts, then they can be a nightmare to clean. If you want an easy-clean model, then make sure that most parts can be put in the dishwasher (if you have one), otherwise be prepared to soak the parts as soon as you’ve made your juice.
How much space it takes up
Centrifugal juicers are usually much smaller than masticating juicers. If you have a small space or limited cupboard space, this is something to take into account.
The size of the feed chute
Some juicers have chutes that are big enough to put apples in whole. But be wary – even if the chute is large enough, manufacturers may still advise coring or cutting fruit to preserve the life of the machine.
If you’re looking for a juicer that's just for you, then a capacity of 250ml or 500ml will work. If you want a family juicer, then you’ll need a capacity of at least a litre.
Some juicers come with extra attachments to make hummus or nut butters. Others come with their own lidded jugs so that you can store any excess juice in the fridge. Many also come with recipe books to give you lots of juicing ideas.
Are masticating juicers really better?
Masticating juicers are better than centrifugal juicers if you want to juice tough leafy green vegetables. The ‘chewing’ motion is much slower, which means that fewer vitamins, minerals and enzymes are lost in the juicing process. They do, however, tend to be louder and more expensive than other juicers on the market.
How much do juicers cost?
Citrus press juicers can cost as little as £10. Centrifugal juicers start at around £40 but can go up to over £100, while masticating juicers cost anywhere from £100 to several hundred for a fully professional juicer capable of making quick work of tough fruit and vegetables.
Which juicer is the best to buy?
The Magimix Juice Expert 3 is the best juicer to buy as it’s simple to put together and dismantle, which makes it easy to clean – the most important feature according to families. It’s also great for leafy green veg juices as well as fruit juices.
For a budget buy, Argos’ Cookworks Spin Juicer is a great option for under £50. It’s easy to clean and is child-safe.
How we chose our recommendations
All of our recommendations for juicers came from Mumsnet users themselves. We searched the Mumsnet forums for posts about which masticating, centrifugal and citrus press juicers that Mumsnetters really loved. We also looked at other reviews to see which juicers performed well across the board.
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