Our first and foremost metric, Juice Quality, is the most important one of our entire testing process and takes credit for 25% of the total score. Producing high-quality, freshly-squeezed juice is the primary reason that you would even get one of these products in the first place, easily cementing this metric's position as the most important. To test this, we selected three juice recipes to use as challenges for each juicer.
The first recipe that we tested with was a beet juice concoction that included apples, beets, carrots, celery, cucumber, and ginger root. We then judged the texture, taste, and thickness of each drink to determine scores. For evaluating the texture, we essentially looked at how much pulp made it into the juice, whether the drink was smooth or chunky. We had a panel taste the drink and award points based on their preferences, then aggregated the results. For thickness, we again had a panel taste each drink, looking for the perfect balance between a watery blend and a high-viscosity blend that more closely resembled a smoothie.
Our second test was with a Romaine, Apple, and Orange juice recipe. This recipe consisted of Granny Smith apples, celery, cucumber, romaine lettuce, and peeled oranges. We again had our panel rate the taste, texture, and thickness of each drink, similar to beet juice.
Our final test for this metric was a recipe called "Sunset Blend" that consisted of apple, beets, carrots, orange, and sweet potatoes. We judged this third mixture the same as the first, with each of these three juices contributing equally to the overall score.
Our next metric, Soft Produce, assessed the yield when juicing soft produce, as well as some basic quality assessments, for each juicer. This metric accounts for 20% of the total score and is based on a quartet of tests.
For the first two tests of this metric, we used cucumbers and apples as sample soft produce. We weighed the produce before and the juice after to determine yield, as well as noting the amount of pulp in the juice, the foam, color, rate of separation and temperature. We were looking for low pulp, little to no foam, a color that was representative of what was being juiced, whether or not the juice rapidly separated, and juice that had not been heated up excessively.
We conducted the same set of tests for both celery and oranges, judging each juicer on the same standards.
Similar to our Soft Produce metric, our Hard Produce metric also accounts for 20% of the total score. We used a trio of tests to rank and score each product, finding some stark differences when it came to performance.
First, we looked at juicing carrots. We weighed the produce before and then weighed the finished product to score the percentage yield, as well as judging the amount of pulp, foam, and the rate of separation of the finished product, just like the Soft Produce metric.
We did the exact same test with both beets and sweet potatoes.
Establishing a trend, our Leafy Greens metric is again responsible for 20% of the total score. Similar to Hard Produce, we again used three different tests to determine the score for each product.
To start off, we calculated the juice yield for each appliance with spinach. Again, we also noted if the juice separated quickly, the color, if there was an excess of foam produced, and the amount of pulp in the finished product.
We again repeated the same assessment with curly-leaf kale and wheatgrass.
For our final metric, we evaluated how much work it took to clean out each product at the conclusion of your juicing. While this metric only accounts for the remaining 15% of the score, the difficulty in cleaning each product can make or break your juicing experience.
After all of the previous tests, we had cleaned each juicer many times and used that experience to score each product for this metric. We individually scored the difficulty in cleaning the discs (if applicable!), the filter, food pusher, lid, strainer bowl, pulp container, and the juice cup, as well as rating the relative effectiveness of the included cleaning tool.
We also noted if there were any components that are dishwasher safe.
Hopefully, you have found this article to be illuminating and better understand what we did to test each of these kitchen appliances. For the results of how each product did, take a look at the comprehensive review here!