Based on its stellar performance in our Juice Quality metric, we initially thought that the Cuisinart Juice Extractor had a strong chance of winning an award. However, its performance swiftly waned throughout the remainder of our tests, eventually finishing in the lower half of the juicer pack. This is a great product for making mixed juice cocktails but has very poor yields when juicing soft produce, hard produce, and leafy greens. This product is also a little pricey relative to its performance and is one of the harder models to clean, making it far from our favorite juicer.Editor's Note: This juicer gear review was updated on January 28, 2022, with more information to help you find the right juicer for your needs.
Cuisinart Juice Extractor Review
Pros: Makes great blended juices
Cons: Struggled with leafy greens, harder to clean
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|Pros||Makes great blended juices||Large capacity pitcher, easy to clean, large feeding chute||Strong motor is good for juicing hard produce, large pulp container, custom scrubber eases cleaning||Inexpensive, decently easy to clean, good juice quality||Dual-speed, good with soft produce, good juice quality|
|Cons||Struggled with leafy greens, harder to clean||Poor leafy greens performance, hard to remove pitcher lid, noisy||Minute yields with leafy greens, juice can be gritty and foamy||Average juice yield||So-so with carrots, beets, struggles with leafy greens|
|Bottom Line||While this juicer did great with our trio of juice cocktails, it fell short in almost every other test we conducted||This powerful machine is a great choice for those who want an efficient, large-capacity juicer that is easy to clean but are not focused on leafy greens||A premium model with a strong motor that is excellent at juicing hard produce||A solid juicer with a very reasonable price tag, this represents one of the best values in our review||If you are looking for a solid all-around appliance that won't break the bank, we think this is a good option|
|Rating Categories||Cuisinart Juice Ext...||Breville the Juice...||Hamilton Beach Big...||Hamilton Beach Big...||Mueller Ultra-Juicer|
|Juice Quality (25%)|
|Soft Produce (20%)|
|Hard Produce (20%)|
|Leafy Greens (20%)|
|Specs||Cuisinart Juice Ext...||Breville the Juice...||Hamilton Beach Big...||Hamilton Beach Big...||Mueller Ultra-Juicer|
|Warranty||3 Year||1 Year Limited||3 year||3 year||2 Year|
|Dimensions||14.92" x 9.37" x 16.46"||9" x 14.5" x 17"||14.5" x 14.5" x 9"||14.4"1 x 7.8" x 11.46"||16" x 8.1" x 16"|
|Dishwasher Safe?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Filter blade|
Our Analysis and Test Results
To judge the proficiency of these juicers and score their performance, we bought the best juicers currently available and tested them side-by-side. We evaluated each option in five weighted rating metrics, with the Cuisinart Juice Extractor's performance described below.
We used a trio of different juice recipes to judge the performance of each product, evaluating the texture, thickness, and taste produced for each one. As mentioned above, the Juice Extractor delivered an excellent performance in this metric.
The Juice Extractor did an excellent job in our first test — a mixture of beets, carrots, apples, celery, cucumbers, and ginger root. It produced one of the best beverages of the bunch, creating a smooth and creamy drink that was highly tasty.
The Juice Extractor carried its excellent performance into our next test: a juice primarily made of romaine lettuce, apples, and oranges. Again, this model delivered one of the best performances of the entire group. The texture was silky-smooth with no pulp whatsoever and tasted great.
Performance dropped a little with our third recipe, the "Sunset Blend." The finished drink of apples, carrots, beets, oranges, and sweet potatoes had some pulp but still tasted great and had a fantastic texture.
This metric evaluated each product's yield when using various types of soft produce, such as cucumbers, celery, apples, and oranges. We also judged the quality of the juice created, noting how much pulp or foam it had and if it separated quickly. The Juice Extractor delivered an unimpressive performance with softer fruits and veggies.
This juicer did very poorly at juicing celery, generating an amount of juice well below average. However, there were only mild amounts of pulp and minimal separation. The Juice Extractor did a bit better at juicing cucumbers, generating an above-average quantity of juice with practically no pulp.
Performance dropped in our orange juice assessment, with the Juice Extractor creating less than the average amount of orange juice. There was no pulp and only moderate amounts of foam. When juicing apples, this model generated about 20mL of juice above the average and only had mild amounts of pulp. However, this juice was quite foamy and separated rather quickly.
We used carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets as our representative hard produce. The Juice Extractor did a middle-of-the-road job here as well. Our first test with carrots fell a little short, generating a below-average yield, about 10mL less than the average amount produced — though the juice made only had minimal foam and pulp.
Juicing beets went a bit better with the Juice Extractor yielding almost exactly the average amount of juice. No pulp was produced, but there were moderate amounts of foam. Performance was about the same when juicing sweet potatoes. We got an average amount of juice, with only mild pulp and a tiny bit of foam.
Starting, the Juice Extractor did an abysmal job at juicing wheatgrass, essentially failing to produce any juice at all. It did a little better with kale, as it at least created some juice this time, but it only yielded about half as much liquid as the average. This product's performance improved further when tasked with juicing spinach, but it was still one of the worst products overall in this test. It again yielded well below the average amount of juice and produced a little foam.
We compared the difficulty in cleaning out each product after use for our final metric. The Juice Extractor is relatively more complicated than many other models to clean. This model includes a high-quality cleaning brush, and it has dishwasher-safe components, which is good because it is difficult to wash by hand. The strainer bowl and the pulp container have some hard-to-reach places that are trying to clean manually.
Should You Buy the Cuisinart Juice Extractor?
The Cuisinart Juice Extractor isn't our favorite. It makes excellent mixed juice cocktails, so it might be worth considering if that is all you are planning on doing with it. However, if you want to juice single ingredients or leafy greens, we recommend moving to other options.
What Other Juicer Should You Consider?
The Breville Juice Fountain is one of the highest-ranking juicers in this review and one of the best centrifugal options around. It performed better in our tests than the Cuisinart for juicing hard produce and leafy greens, and it is much easier to clean. In addition, its other performance scores were on par with the Cuisinart, making the Juice Fountain the obvious better choice on every front that arguably matters.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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