Craving some homemade fresh-squeezed juice? In our quest to help you find the best, we bought the 9 best full-size juicers and the top 3 citrus juicers to compare side-by-side and see which one is really the top product. Freshly made juice can be a fantastic way to get all your essential nutrients and your daily fruit and vegetable servings in, as well as be a great way to get your day off to the right start. We tested out each product with a variety of different produce, comparing the juice cocktail quality and the hard produce, soft produce, and leafy greens juice yield for the full-size products. For our citrus juicer shootout, we tested how well each one juiced limes, lemons, grapefruits, and oranges and rated the ease of cleaning of all product. Take a look at the full review below to see which juicer is the best of them all, which is the best on a budget, and which citrus juicer reigns supreme!
Best Juicers of 2018
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|Pros||Makes great blended juices||Fantastic juice quality, easy to clean, great at juicing leafy greens||Easy to clean, good hard produce yield, great juice quality||Excellent at juicing hard produce, easy to clean, great juice quality||Extremely easy to clean, great at juicing leafy greens|
|Cons||Struggled with leafy greens, harder to clean||Pricey, lackluster performance with hard produce||Expensive, subpar juice yield with leafy greens||Substandard at juicing leafy greens, lackluster soft produce performance||Subpar at juicing hard and soft produce|
|Bottom Line||While the Cuisinart did great with our trio of juice cocktails, it fell short in almost every other test we conducted||Earning an Editors’ Choice award, the Omega is a fantastic juicer that is one of the best you can get, especially if you are looking to juice leafy greens||The Juice Fountain Elite looks a little nicer than the standard model, but costs a lot more and performs about the same||The Breville Juice Fountain is the top performing centrifugal juicer, earning it an Editors’ Choice award||While the Aicok isn’t the best product overall, it is the best option for juicing leafy greens on a budget|
|Rating Categories||Cuisinart CJE-1000||J8006 Nutrition Center||800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite||JE98XL Juice Fountain||Slow Masticating|
|Juice Quality (25%)|
|Soft Produce (20%)|
|Hard Produce (20%)|
|Leafy Greens (20%)|
|Specs||Cuisinart CJE-1000||J8006 Nutrition Center||800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite||JE98XL Juice Fountain||Slow Masticating|
|Warranty||3 Year||15 Year||1 Year||1 Year||2 Year|
Since we have continually come up short in our hunt for promising new full-size juicers, we decided to take a look at dedicated citrus models for this update. We looked at dozens of different versions of these little appliances, then picked the three most promising to test head-to-head. After juicing dozens of lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits, we are confident to say that the Proctor Silex 66331 Alex's Lemonade Stand is the best. You can see more details on this product's performance below, as well as in its individual review here. Additionally, we have also added some information below to help you pick between a full-size or citrus-only model.
Best Masticating Juicer
Omega J8006 Nutrition Center
Taking home the highest score of the group, the J8006 Nutrition Center by Omega is the best masticating models that we have seen, easily earning it an Editors' Choice award. This product produced juice cocktails of extremely high quality, as well as having one of the best yields of the bunch when it came to juicing leafy greens. On top of its stellar juicing performance, the Omega is particularly easy to use and clean. It also delivers a good performance at extracting juice from soft produce, such as apples or oranges.However, its yield does drop when tasked with juicing harder produce, like beets or sweet potatoes, but still produces a respectable amount of juice — definitely not enough of a drop to dissuade us from recommending it. For those that want the absolute best when it comes to these products — and are willing to pay for it — look no further than the Omega.
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Best Centrifugal Juicer
Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain
Tying with the 800JEXL for the overall second-place position, the Breville JE98XL also merited an Editors' Choice award for its exceptional performance. This excellent product absolutely crushes it when it comes to extracting juice from hard produce and makes great mixed juice cocktails. It also doesn't disappoint at juicing soft produce.
However, this centrifugal model does struggle a bit when it comes to extracting juice from leafy greens, like kale or wheatgrass, generating a much lower amount of juice than many of the other models in the group. Despite this deficiency, the JE98XL is still one of the better products that we have tested in this category and is a great choice for someone who wants to frequently juice hard produce and isn't going to be juicing greenery on a daily basis.
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Best Bang for the Buck
Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth
Getting sticker shock from the $300-ish price tag of the top models? The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth does a decent job juicing and retails for a fraction of the price of our Editors' Choice award winners. This model delivered an average to above-average across the board, yielding an average amount of juice when it came to juicing hard and soft produce, as well as leafy greens. It also made reasonably tasty juice cocktails and is quite easy to clean, earning it our Best Buy award.
While it doesn't have terribly impressive yields across the board and doesn't have the same sturdy, all-metal construction that other models have, it's a solid product and our top recommendation when shopping on a budget.
Read Full Review: Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth
Willing to Pay For Style?
Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite
For those that want the fanciest when it comes to kitchen appliances, look no further than the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite. While this product didn't receive the top score of the test, it tied for the runner-up position overall. It's easy to clean and does a great job at juicing both hard and soft produce, though it is quite deficient when it comes to juicing leafy greens. It's constructed of high-end, top-of-the-line materials and is definitely one of the top performers when it comes to style.
Unfortunately, this is one of the priciest models of the entire group and will definitely set you back a pretty penny, but it is one of the absolute best if you place a premium on a sleek and stylish design.
Read Full Review: Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite
Best Citrus Juicer
Proctor Silex 66331 Alex's Lemonade Stand
If you are only looking to augment your breakfast with a glass of fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice or make the freshest cocktails around, then you might want to consider a citrus juicer. The Proctor Silex is our favorite, generating quite a bit of juice all while being one of the more convenient products to use and being a breeze to clean. On top of that, this model costs a fraction of what the full-size models do, making it a great budget buy, and is considerably smaller, conserving your precious storage or countertop space.
It does generate a bit more pulp than some of its counterparts, though this is all trapped by its built-in pulp strainer and very little actually makes it to the juice on the low-pulp setting. This strainer can be a bit hard to remove and clean, but it isn't too bad once you have done it a few times. Regardless, these inconveniences are quite inconsequential and the Proctor Silex is a perfect choice if you want a premium, citrus-only product.
Read Full Review: Proctor Silex 66331 Alex's Lemonade Stand
Analysis and Test Results
If you are mainly interested in juicing lemons, limes, oranges, or grapefruit, then you may want to consider a citrus juicer, rather than a full-size masticating or centrifugal model. While a citrus will obviously have fewer features than a full-size appliance, these little appliances cost significantly less — around 1/10 of the price — and will take up a fraction of your precious countertop space. If you think a citrus-only appliance might be the right fit for you, keep reading to see our comparison of the best models currently available.
If you are sure you want a full-size juicer, click here to jump right to our comprehensive, full-size juicer review.
Based on our extensive research and analysis, we selected the following citrus juicers to compare head-to-head: the BLACK+DECKER CJ625, the Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control, and the 66331 Alex's Lemonade Stand Edition by Proctor Silex.
We ranked and scored the performance of each of these products when tasked with juicing limes, lemons, grapefruits, and oranges, looking at both the juice yield and the pulp produced, as well as the ease in cleaning out each of these products after use.
Lemons & Limes
We started off by seeing how juice each of these products generated with smaller citrus fruits, first with three small limes and then with a pair of lemons. Both the BLACK+DECKER and the Proctor Silex have adjustable reamers and had a better yield than the Cuisinart's universal reamer with the limes, generating 10-15 mL more juice. Moving on to lemons, the Cuisinart did improve, outperforming the Proctor Silex, but still finishing second to the BLACK+DECKER. However, it was much less convenient to use the Cuisinart than the other two product and tends to be a much bigger hassle and make an exponentially bigger mess.
Grapefruits & Oranges
The Proctor Silex easily claimed the top spot in both of our larger citrus tests, having the highest juice yield of 2 large grapefruits by 25-75 mL. It continued its dominance in our orange juice test, outperforming the yield of the other two products by about 10 mL. However, the Proctor Silex does generate quite a bit of pulp in its pulp strainer.
The BLACK+DECKER is almost identical in performance to the Proctor Silex at juicing grapefruits, but had a surprisingly low orange juice yield. The Cuisinart held its own with grapefruits and only created 25 mL less orange juice than the Proctor Silex, but it had to be cleaned out after every orange to keep from clogging, again being extremely inconvenient to use.
Luckily, all of these products are extremely easy to clean. All of their components with the exceptions of the motorized base are rated as being safe for the top shelf of the dishwasher. Additionally, these products are all relatively easy to clean by hand, while the hardest part is removing the pulp strainer, which isn't too bad once you get the hang of it. None of the full-size products came close to any of these citrus models when it came to being a breeze to clean, making a citrus-only model even more attractive if you hate cleaning out kitchen appliances.
To determine which full-size juicer came out on top, we bought the best available and tested them head-to-head to find the winners. We conducted over 15 different evaluations to rank and score each product, dividing these tests among five rating metrics — Juice Quality, Soft Produce, Hard Produce, Leafy Greens, and Cleaning — each weighted based on its significance to the overall score. The sections below describe our results, comparing the performance of each product against the rest of the pack for each metric.
The Omega is by far the best full-size model that we have seen, but unfortunately pairs this premium performance with a premium price, costing almost double the price of the Breville JE98XL, our other Editors' Choice Award winner. However, the Breville still is a bit on the pricey side for a kitchen appliance, costing about $150. If this is giving you sticker shock, then the Hamilton Beach is our top pick when shopping on a reduced budget, costing about $50. If this is still too expensive, then it might be time to either rethink buying a full-size model, as any products that retail for less failed to inspire confidence in their performance, or consider getting a citrus juicer. These are limited to only juicing citrus fruits, but they do retail for considerably less.
Unsurprisingly, our Juice Quality metric is the most important out of all of our metrics, taking credit for 25% of the total score. To assess this, we used three different juice recipes that are fairly representative of the drinks commonly made with these products. We had a panel judge the taste and texture of each drink to determine scores, with our results summarized in the following chart.
Juice Quality is our most important testing metric, constituting a quarter of the overall score for each of these appliances. We tasked each product with making three different juice cocktails: Can't Beet It, Sunset Blend, and R.A.O. (romaine, apples, peeled oranges, as well as cucumbers and celery). Can't Beet It consisted of the eponymous beets, as well as carrots, apples, celery, cucumber, and ginger. The Sunset Blend is comprised of apples, beets, carrots, peeled oranges, and sweet potatoes.
Tying for the top score in this metric, both the Omega J8006 and the Cuisinart CJE-1000 earned an 8 out of 10 for their performance.
We found the juice produced by the Cuisinart, a centrifugal model, to be the best tasting overall. The texture was quite smooth, though a little on the thicker side, and there wasn't an abundance of foam. The Omega created less foam, but the taste wasn't as consistent, with celery and ginger root flavors standing out much more than in the beverage produced by the Cuisinart. There was also a little bit more pulp in the Omega's creation.
Moving on to the R.A.O. drink, the Cuisinart maintained a slight edge on the Omega, producing very smooth juice that had little to no pulp. It tasted great, but again was a little on the thicker side, though not as thick as the BELLA 13694. There was only a little bit of foam, though the color was a little bit lighter than the Omega. The Omega's juice had a little pulp, but still tasted great.
Both the Omega and the CJE-1000 created juices that were of comparable quality — by far the tastiest out of the entire group in this assessment. The Omega has a thinner, more watery juice, but there was plenty of pulp dispersed throughout the drink. The Cuisinart was an overall thicker juice without any pulp, with a smooth and creamy texture.
Finishing behind our pair of top performers, both of the Breville models that we tested, the JE98XL Juice Fountain and the 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite both earned a 7 out of 10 when it came to juice quality. The Elite performed slightly better at the "Can't Beet It" recipe, performing similarly to the Omega. The juice produced was smooth, though there was a fair bit of foam and the flavor was a lot mellower than the Omega or the standard Juice Fountain. The beverage produced by the JE98XL Juice Fountain was much more flavorful than even the Omega, but again there was a decent bit of foam and the thickness was only alright, being much more watery in nature.
Performance for the two Breville models was similar for our romaine, apple, orange juice, with both drinks being very smooth with minuscule amounts of pulp. However, the citrus flavor stood out in the drink produced by the Juice Fountain, with the Elite producing juice with a much more neutral flavor. Both of these models only produced minimal foam.
When it came to the "Sunset Blend", the standard Juice Fountain came out on top. This model produced a much more flavorful drink, though not quite as tasty as the Omega's, while the Juice Fountain Elite concocted a relatively bland mixture. Both drinks had a smooth and creamy texture with very minimal pulp.
Ranking next, the Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer and the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth both earned a 6 out of 10 for their solid performance. The Aicok did about average with the beet juice blend, creating a thin and watery drink that tasted fine, with a predominate celery flavor. The Hamilton Beach's drink had a far superior texture, but we weren't the biggest fans of the taste, with something just not quite right about the juice. It was drinkable, but was far from our favorite.
Both of these products did much better with the romaine, orange, and apple juice, creating a drink that tasted very nice. The Hamilton Beach created a thinner juice with more pulp, while the Aicok again made a slightly thicker beverage. The citrus and apple tastes also stood out more, compared to the homogeneous taste of the juice made by the Big Mouth.
Performance of this pair dropped when creating the "Sunset Blend". The Hamilton Beach had a decent amount of pulp, with the Aicok producing even more. Both drinks were a little on the watery side and tasted about average compared to the rest of the group.
Rounding out the back of the pack, the Gourmia GJ1250, Tribest Slowstar Vertical, and the BELLA 13694 all earned a 5 out of 10 for their overall lackluster performance. The Gourmia and the BELLA did alright with the beet juice recipe, though they both created a substantial amount of pulp. The taste and texture were quite good, almost matching the performance of the Juice Fountain Elite. The Tribest created an astonishing amount of pulp — enough to be a severe detriment to the overall taste and texture.
This trio did a little better with the orange, apple, and romaine recipe, though all three still did produce much more pulp than the Cuisinart or Breville models. The BELLA and the Tribest tasted fine, with slightly more citrusy overtones than the drinks created by the top blenders. The Gourmia's juice was relatively bland — our least favorite.
The performance of this group dropped considerably with our third sample juice recipe, the "Sunset Blend". The BELLA and the Gourmia produced substandard juice that had tons of pulp. The drinks produced also did not taste great, with the starch from the sweet potato being overwhelming in the BELLA's drink and the Gourmia's juice having an overwhelming beet flavor.
The Tribest did a little better, performing about on par with the Hamilton Beach. It had a considerable amount of pulp, but not enough to be overwhelming, and was overall relatively tasty without any overpowering flavors.
Ranking next in terms of importance, our Soft Produce metric takes credit for 20% of the total score. For this metric, we looked at the performance of each product with four different types of soft produce: apples, oranges, cucumbers, and celery. We mainly focused on the amount of juice each machine produced to determine yield, but also looked at the amount of pulp, the rate of separation, foam, and color to determine scores. The chart below shows which appliance gives you the most bang for the buck when it comes to juicing soft produce.
Earning the top scores of the group in this metric, both the Omega and the Breville Juice Fountain Elite merited a 7 out of 10 for their efforts. The Juice Fountain Elite started off with an unmatched performance when it came to juicing a cucumber, while the Omega gave a somewhat lackluster showing. The Omega produced about 175 mL of juice with very little pulp and foam, compared to the 225 mL the Breville produced from the same amount of cucumber, though there was a tiny bit more foam.
The results swapped when we juiced celery, with the Omega performing much better than the Juice Fountain Elite. While both juicers only created mild pulp, the Juice Fountain Elite's juice separated relatively rapidly, had moderate foam, and a much lighter overall color than the Omega's. It also only yielded about 160 mL of liquid, compared to the 175 mL of the Omega.
Moving on to oranges, the Omega again proved its superiority, creating substantially more juice than the Breville Juice Fountain Elite. The Omega did have a mild amount of pulp, but created about 35 mL more of juice. The Breville also created about a half inch of foam.
However, the tables again turned when it came to juicing apples, with the Breville far exceeding the performance of the Omega. The Breville created about 35 mL more apple juice and only had a minuscule amount of pulp, but it did begin to separate relatively quickly.
Finishing behind this pair of top performers, the bulk of the appliances delivered an average showing, with the Breville Juice Fountain, the CJE-1000, the Gourmia, the Hamilton Beach, and the Tribest Slowstar all earned a 5 out of 10.
The Cuisinart and the Hamilton Beach did the best of this group at juicing cucumbers, creating 210 mL and 205 mL of juice respectively. The Hamilton Beach did produce a moderate amount of pulp, while the Cuisinart had essentially zero.
The Gourmia and the Breville Juice Fountain came next, both producing slightly less cucumber juice, measuring in at 200 mL and 198 mL respectively. However, the Juice Fountain only had trace amounts of pulp — less than the Cuisinart and Hamilton Beach, while the Gourmia had moderate amounts. The Tribest delivered a poor performance, only creating about 160 mL of cucumber juice.
The Tribest Slowstar did redeem itself when we moved on to juicing celery, actually matching the performance of the Omega and tying for the highest celery juice yield out of any product that we looked at. However, the Tribest produced a tiny bit more pulp, though the juice had the same color as the Omega.
Next came the Hamilton Beach and the Gourmia, producing 160 mL and 153 mL of celery juice. These appliances created juices with mild to moderate amounts of pulp and foam, with both drinks separating relatively quickly. The Breville Juice Fountain did a little worse, only creating 150 mL, followed by the 140 mL of the Cuisinart CJE-1000.
Moving on to juicing oranges, again the Tribest performed the best out of the group, creating 165 mL of orange juice with this masticating model only producing a small amount of pulp and no foam. This was followed by the Gourmia and then the Breville Juice Fountain and the Cuisinart, producing 160 mL, 155 mL, and 155 mL of orange juice, respectively. This trio all produced about a half inch of foam and minimal pulp, though the Breville's juice separated rapidly.
The Hamilton Beach did relatively poorly at juicing citrus fruits, only creating 145 mL of orange juice in our test, though it was relatively pulp-free.
The Breville and the Cuisinart did the best out of this group at juicing apples, with the remaining three performing quite poorly.
The remaining two juicers, the Aicok and the BELLA delivered a subpar performance at juicing soft produce, both earning a 4 out of 10 for their efforts. The BELLA did about average at juicing cucumbers, while the Aicok delivered an abysmal performance, earning the lowest score of the entire group and producing almost 100 mL of juice less than the top model.
The Aicok did a little better when it came to juicing celery, but it was still a below average performance overall. The BELLA scored similarly, with the Aicok creating slightly less juice than the BELLA. However, the Aicok's juice only had minimal separation, while the BELLA's juice separated rapidly.
The BELLA's performance improved considerably in our orange juice test, matching that of the Tribest and tying for the overall runner-up position in this test. The Aicok still didn't impress, maintaining its below average performance — equivalent to the Breville Juice Fountain or the Cuisinart when it comes to juicing oranges.
The Aicok score slightly improved in our apple juice test, but was still mediocre overall — slightly worse than the Cuisinart or the Juice Fountain. The BELLA did an abysmal job, only creating 150 mL of juice that promptly separated out, earning it the lowest score of the entire group when it came to juicing apples.
For our next round of tests, we truly tested these products by tasking them to juice some harder types of produce, namely raw carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes. We again graded each appliance on the amount of juice generated, as well as its quality. Altogether, these tests account for 20% of the overall score for each product, with a much larger spread of scores, as some of these appliances really struggled in these assessments.
The Breville J98EXL claimed the top spot for this metric, earning a 9 out of 10 for its exceptional performance. This product did a fantastic job at juicing carrots, getting the best yield of the entire group with 140 mL of liquid produced. It also did amazingly well at juicing beets, again getting the most juice out of the vegetable, though it did produce a little more foam than some of the other models, like the Cuisinart or the Omega.
This appliance finished out this metric with another awesome performance in our sweet potato test, getting at least 15 mL of juice more than the next closest model and over 50 mL more than the average amount produced. It also had a very minimal amount of pulp and mild foam.
Right behind the Breville Juice Fountain, the Juice Fountain Elite earned an 8 out of 10 for a great performance. This model did a little worse than the other Breville, generating about 20 mL less liquid. The Elite's juice also had mild amounts of pulp, compared to the minuscule amounts in the standard Juice Fountain.
The Elite finished about in the middle of the pack when it came to juicing beets in terms of yield, but the finished product had practically no pulp. It did regain the overall runner-up position for our sweet potato test, generating 190 mL of juice with only a tiny amount of pulp.
Finishing behind the pair of Breville products, the Cuisinart, the Omega, and the Hamilton Beach all earned a 5 out of 10 for their acceptable performance at juicing harder types of produce.
None of these three juicers did particularly well at juicing carrots, with all three producing a below average amount of juice. The Hamilton Beach did slightly worse than the other two, with the Cuisinart doing the best and producing about 5 mL more carrot juice than the Omega.
Performance improved across the board for these three products when we moved on to juicing beets, with the Hamilton Beach doing surprisingly well. This product actually delivered the second-best performance of the entire group with 190 mL of juice created, only surpassed by the 195 mL of the Breville Juice Fountain.
The Omega and the Cuisinart did an average job at juicing beets, creating about 170 mL of liquid each.
All three of the products in this group delivered a middle-of-the-road performance in our next challenge: juicing sweet potatoes. The Omega did slightly better than the Cuisinart and the Hamilton Beach, producing 168 mL of juice, compared to 155 mL. The Omega and the Cuisinart only produced a mild amount of pulp, while there were more moderate amounts in the juice created by the Hamilton Beach.
Next, the Aicok, BELLA, and the Gourmia all earned a 4 out of 10 for their slightly subpar showing when it came to juicing hard produce. All three of these products created mild to moderate amounts of pulp when we juiced carrots, with the BELLA getting the highest yield of 100 mL. The Gourmia followed with 90 mL, with the Aicok next at 80 mL. It was a similar story when we compared how well each product juiced beets, with the BELLA again getting the highest yield, followed by the Gourmia and then the Aicok.
However, this trend flipped when we moved on to juicing sweet potatoes. The BELLA actually did the worst of the bunch, producing a pitiful 110 mL of juice with a huge amount of pulp, compared to the 205 mL made by the Breville. The Gourmia wasn't much better, only producing about 135 mL of juice with mild to moderate pulp. The Aicok actually did the best of this trio, creating a little over 150 mL of juice with only a tiny bit of pulp.
Finishing at the back of the pack for this metric, the Tribest earned a 2 out of 10 for its paltry performance. This model didn't do very well with the carrots, only producing 80 mL of juice. While this matched the performance of the Omega, the juice from the Tribest had significantly more pulp. It scored poorly, but wasn't the absolute worst when it came to juicing sweet potatoes, matching the Gourmia. However, it was in the beet juice challenge is where the Tribest distinguishes itself as particularly awful at juicing hard produce. It has the lowest yield at 130 mL with mild to moderate amounts of pulp and about a half inch of foam.
Next, we looked at the next major type of juiceable produce not encompassed by our previous two metrics: leafy greens. This metric also had a wide range of scores, with some appliance handling the herbage with ease, while others severely struggled with it. We conducted a trio of tests with each product, scoring the performance of each appliance at juicing kale and spinach, as well as producing a wheatgrass shot. Altogether, these three greenery tests are responsible for 20% of the overall score for each product.
The Omega Nutrition Center claimed the top spot for this metric, earning a 9 out of 10 for its superb performance at juicing leafy greens. This model delivered the top performance when it came to juicing wheatgrass, extracting 5 mL of juice, double that of the average yield we got in our testing. It also did exceptionally well at juicing kale, again achieving the highest yield of the entire group, creating 55 mL of juice — about 20 mL more than the average amount we collected.
The Omega finished out this metric with a stellar performance at juicing spinach, again having the highest yield out of any of the products we tested. This model generated 107 mL of liquid — much more than the 71 mL average. However, there was a decent amount of foam produced, about three-fourths of an inch.
Following the Omega, the Tribest and the Aicok both earned a 7 out of 10. All three of these top performers are masticating juicers, which have a definite edge over the centrifugal models when it comes to juicing leafy greens. However, our wheatgrass test proved to be a bit much for the Tribest, with no actual juice coming out, hurting its score. The Aicok did well, getting about 3.5 mL of liquid, which was still much more than the average.
The Tribest did redeem itself when we juiced curly-leaf kale, delivering a stellar performance that matched that of the Omega. The Aicok again did well, continuing to have a decently high yield and generating an above average amount of juice.
The Tribest again did very well when it came to juicing spinach, earning the overall runner-up position when it came to spinach juice yield, right behind the Omega. The Aicok was right behind, earning the bronze for the 80 mL of spinach juice produced.
Following all of the masticating juicers, the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth and the Gourmia did the best out of the centrifugal juicers, both earning a 5 out of 10 for their overall score. The Gourmia did slightly above average at juicing wheatgrass, generating about 3 mL of juice. The Hamilton Beach did surprisingly well, delivering the second-best performance of the whole group and was less than a mL behind the Omega when we compared to yield.
However, both of these juicers did a slightly subpar job at juicing kale, yielding less juice than the average, but there was practically no foam produced. The Gourmia did a little better with the spinach, delivering an acceptable performance, while the Hamilton Beach struggled, tying for the worst score of the bunch.
Next, the BELLA and the Breville Juice Fountain both earned a 4 out of 10 for their skills at juicing leafy greens. This pair of juicers didn't do particularly well at extracting juice from wheatgrass, but they weren't the absolute worst, both creating about 1.5 mL of juice.
The BELLA fared a little better than the Breville when we tried juicing kale, but both still had a below-average yield. However, both of these products improved in the final test for this metric, juicing spinach, producing an average yield.
After the BELLA and the Breville Juice Fountain came the Breville Juice Fountain Elite, earning a 3 out of 10 for its somewhat disappointing results. This model did quite poorly at juicing wheatgrass, generating less than 1 mL of juice. It did a little better when juicing kale, matching the performance of the standard Juice Fountain and creating about 25 mL of juice. Its performance did drop when tasked with juicing spinach, with the Elite having the lowest yield out of the entire group.
Finishing in last place overall, the Cuisinart CJE-1000 earned a 2 out of 10 for its overall poor performance. This model did very poorly in our first test, completely failing at juicing wheatgrass and only generated trace amounts of juice. It did a little better with kale and spinach, but not by much, having the lowest and the second-lowest yield of the entire group.
Ease of Cleaning
For the final aspect of our testing process, worth 15% of the total score, we compared how much work it took to clean out each appliance — a necessary evil every time you enjoy your fresh-squeezed juice. We evaluated how much effort it took to clean the all of the different components of each product, the effectiveness of the included cleaning tool — if there is one, and whether or not the various components of each product are safe to use in the dishwasher.
Tying for the top spot, both the Omega and the Aicok earned a 9 out of 10 for being supremely easy to clean. Both of these models included cleaning brushes that were very effective and easy to use, though the brush included with the Omega felt much sturdier and durable than the one included with the Aicok.
All of the components of the Omega are very easy to clean — handy, as they are not rated as being safe for a dishwasher. The Aicok is almost as easy to clean, but the pulp container is a little on the small side and the lid can give you a few slight issues due to the small size of the outlet on it. However, you can always put the Aicok's components in the dishwasher.
Next, the pair of Breville models both earned an 8 out of 10 when it came to ease of cleaning. These models were both relatively identical, including quality cleaning brushes. None of the parts are particularly difficult to clean by hand and the majority of them are dishwasher safe.
Following the Breville's, the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth earned a 6 out of 10. We weren't huge fans of the included cleaning tool, as it was poorly constructed and lost bristles whenever we used it. It wasn't a huge pain to clean the various components, but it wasn't particularly easy either. It is safe to use the dishwasher to clean them though.
The remainder of the products all earned a 5 out of 10 for being relatively mediocre when it came to being easy to clean. The Cuisinart did not include a brush and had a variety of hard to reach places that would trap juice or pulp residue, but it is dishwasher safe. The Gourmia and BELLA are the same, with no included brush and a handful of cracks and crevices that are hard to clean. These are also both dishwasher safe.
The Tribest does come with a cleaning brush, but is not dishwasher safe. It also has the same amount of difficult to clean areas, putting it in the same tier as the other three products.
Hopefully, this analysis has helped you feel a little more confident in picking out the perfect product for your needs and budget, whether you are looking for a high-end masticating model or a simple citrus one. If you are curious about the benefits of drinking fresh-squeezed juice or are still feeling a bit unsure about which type is best for you, then take a glance at our Buying Advice article (linked below). If you are more interested in learning more about our testing and scoring process to see how we ranked these products, then take a read through our detailed How We Test article for a more thorough breakdown of our testing process. Happy juicing!
— David Wise and Austin Palmer