Best Citrus Juicer of 2021
Among the electric and even manual juicers we tested, Breville the Citrus Press stands out ahead of the pack. Its quality materials and powerful yet quiet 100-watt motor efficiently juiced all kinds of citrus fruits for us. There is almost no effort to operate this juicer as it contains an ergonomic handle to assist in pressing the fruit. While it only comes with one reamer for every size of citrus, the reamer's design features a sharper tip and an above-average width, allowing you to extract the juice from all sizes of fruit. We also love that the reamer has a bar on the bottom, extracting the most juice from the collected pulp in the strainer. We found the drip spout to have the best design of all the models with that feature. While it only has one screen to control the pulp, the flavor and texture of the juice scored highly during our side-by-side taste test. It also produced the highest yield of all the models we tested, getting the most juice per pound of citrus.
The Breville model is one of the largest juicers that we tested, so it might not fit a tiny kitchen well. However, we feel that the luxury design features make it worth it to those who juice citrus regularly. This juicer is for the person after a little luxury who is willing to pay for features that simplify that daily fresh glass of orange juice.
We chose the Oxo Good Grips 2-in-1 for testing because of its two sharp-tipped reamers that increase its versatility across citrus of varying sizes. One smaller reamer for lemons and limes and another larger reamer for oranges and grapefruits easily nest inside one another and snap into place on top of the pitcher for secure juicing. The collecting pitcher also doubles as a measuring cup up to twelve ounces, and the ergonomic design allows for a comfortable grip while in use. The snap-on reamers also provide good pulp control with very little mess. We found that the slower you press the citrus, the less mess is involved in clean up.
The disadvantages of this juicer relate to its compact size. If working in bulk, it will require more effort to remove the pulp from the screens and you will need to empty the pitcher when processing more than a few oranges at a time. The Oxo Good Grips 2-in-1 is for the consumer looking for a juicer that is affordable, versatile, and compact for easy storage.
The Black and Decker model appeals to us because of its compact size, modest price point, and versatility. It contains two pulp control screens that collect the majority of the pulp and prevent the consumer from the effort of an additional strain. For a modest price, you get an easy to use, easy to assemble, compact juicer, complete with a 32 oz pitcher to catch the juice and two separate screens for pulp control. It also features an auto-reversing reamer which allows you to utilize the entire citrus without the bitter flavor from the pith.
If you're juicing in large quantities, you'll notice that the pulp control screens fill up faster than larger countertop electric models, and you'll spend more time rinsing it out between fruits. Unlike the Breville model, there is no press to squeeze juicer out of the pulp collected in the screens either, so it's marginally less efficient. It's also noisy, which is not always welcome in homes, especially early in the morning. Still, it is easy for us to recommend the Black and Decker Juicer because it brings the speed and convenience of electric citrus juicers to a very affordable price range.
When it comes to juicing citrus in bulk, we recommend the Vivohome Manual Citrus Press. We found this model rather easy to use and assemble, paying special attention to align the subtle dots on the funnel to the opening on the reamer. The heavy-duty, professional-grade base keeps the juicer in place and made very little mess. Without any electrical components, we anticipate fewer issues with this model down the road, too.
The biggest drawback of this model is the amount of space it takes up in a kitchen. If you don't juice regularly, you'll likely be better served by a smaller model that can hide away more easily. While the two removable parts are easy to clean, the fruit dome that comes into contact with the citrus is more challenging, since it isn't removable. If you juice lots of citruses regularly, though, the Vivohome Press is a strong investment.
The Smeg Citrus Juicer is by far the most aesthetic of all the juicers tested. Electric models are significantly larger than many of their manual counterparts (Vivohome manual press excluded), and many will choose to simply leave them on the countertop, especially if used regularly. Thus, it becomes part appliance, part decor, and the Smeg nails it in decor while also functioning well as a juicer. We appreciated how easy it is to use while utilizing the powerful yet quiet 80-watt motor.
Perhaps the main disadvantage of this juicer is that the manufacturer recommends only using it for three minutes before allowing it to rest for fifteen minutes, making it difficult for our testers to recommend this juicer in terms of bulk. It's also a rather expensive option. Still, if your citrus juicer lives on display, the Smeg has the most countertop style.
We selected the Cuisinart Pulp Control juicer because of its modest price point and its features such as the auto-reversing reamer and its pulp control settings. The pulp control settings allow for more efficiency, as it is not necessary to strain the juice a second time to remove the pulp. This juicer is easy to clean, containing three separate parts that are top-rack dishwasher safe.
The Cuisinart comes with an extra-long spout feature, however, the Breville has a similar feature that is far superior and more durable. We also found that the Black and Decker model out-shined the Cuisinart in overall performance and efficiency at a more affordable price, while both are pretty noisy. While we loved the pulp control settings and how fast it produced a glass of orange juice, we think that the Black and Decker would be a better choice for most folks. For life on the countertop, though, the Cuisinart has better looks.
We chose the Zulay Manual Citrus Press based on its sturdy and easy to clean manual design as well as its ability to produce fresh juice in a matter of seconds. It is relatively easy to use, though it's more labor-intensive than the electric models (and some manual ones, too). We found that juicing thick-skinned limes required more effort than lemons. There is a separate reamer for each to better accommodate their different sizes. We were impressed by how little mess it created, and we appreciate the versatility of the double reamer. When finished juicing, we usually just rinsed it with water and left it out to dry. It's also dishwasher safe.
This juicer is limited to limes and lemons. Oranges and grapefruit are too large for this tool. You also will not want to juice in bulk with this model. This model also leaves more pulp in the juice compared to other models we tested, which may matter to some. However, we think this juicer would be an excellent choice for small-batch cocktails or salad dressings, making lemon and lime juice in seconds, then easy to clean and store out of sight until your next Happy Hour.
We selected the Dash Citrus Juicer Extractor based on its modest price point and versatility, featuring two different reamers and a range of pulp control settings. We loved the compact size, the rotating arm within the strainer that releases more juice from the collected pulp, and we thought it produced some of the best tasting juice in our side-by-side taste test.
We were disappointed in how the motor functioned and the amount of noise we had to endure. When pressure was applied to the motor, it would often stall, and the auto-reversing electric reamer seemed to overly favor one direction. We also found it difficult to separate the two screens that the juicer utilizes for pulp control, increasing our efforts to clean the juicer. It contains five total parts that are required to disassemble and hand wash after juicing because these parts are not dishwasher safe. We ultimately found it difficult to recommend the Dash Extractor as the Black and Decker model is far superior with a similar price and design.
The Oxo Good Grips Wooden Reamer was selected because of its unique design and affordable price. The shape and sharp tip of the reamer proved to be a smart design. We were impressed by how effective the reamer was at extracting the juice, creating one of the highest yields overall, second only to the Breville. It's simple and small, and nearly any kitchen can hide this product away in a drawer.
This was the only juicer, though, that made our lips pucker because the flavor it produced was extremely bitter and contained the highest amount of pulp. It's easy to press the reamer into (or entirely through) the bitter pith of the rind when using this tool. The Oxo Wooden Reamer is as efficient as it is messy, encouraging our testers to wear an apron while using this tool. It takes the most amount of work of any juicer we tested, and it results in an excessive amount of pulp in the juice, too. The Oxo Wooden Reamer would be a great juicer to take on the road as its size is light and compact but be sure to bring a strainer if you do not like a lot of pulp in your juice.
Why You Should Trust Us
Trish Matheny leads our team of testers. Trish worked for over a decade in a professional kitchen, where one of her daily tasks was to prepare fresh-squeezed orange juice for the menu. She has used several kinds of citrus juicers in her professional and personal life. This experience gives her the skills she would need to properly rate and assess the juicers that we selected.
After hours of research into selecting the best products to purchase, we spent over fifteen total hours testing and demolishing over fifty-five pounds of citrus. To improve accuracy and consistency, we purchased all of the fruit on the same day, from the same grocery store, to limit the variability between the citrus. We weighed each piece of fruit to select citrus of a similar weight to provide data that is detailed and consistent. We tested three lemons, three limes, four oranges, and one grapefruit per juicer. We recorded the initial weight of the citrus, processed it through the juicer, and then weighed the juice to obtain a comparable percentage for the maximum yield. We considered which juicer utilized the most citrus as well as the amount of pulp that remained within the juice after processing. We formed a panel for taste-testing, and we timed how long it took us to juice the fruit, too. To complete our testing, we measured the space each juicer would require within the kitchen.
Analysis and Test Results
After testing across five key metrics—Juicer Performance, Juice Quality, Ease of Use, Ease of Cleaning, and Kitchen Footprint—we determined which models stood out amongst the competition. We discuss each metric below, including some of the standout models in each area of performance.
While evaluating the performance of each juicer, we considered which juicer produced the maximum yield, the time required for processing, how each juicer handled every size of citrus, and finally, if the juicer would clog during testing.
We tested juicer performance by selecting three lemons, three limes, four oranges, and one grapefruit of similar weight, noting the initial weight as well as the weight of the juice produced. We then took the numbers and divided them, before multiplying by one hundred, to reach the total percentage of yield. We made notes of the time required for processing, how the juicers handled the different sizes of fruits, and which juicer clogged with pulp.
We found that the Breville produced the highest yields overall, and it performed well with each size of citrus even though it only has one reamer. We like that this machine has a press to extract extra juice from the pulp collected in the pulp strainer tray, maximizing output in a way other juicers do not. It's fast, too. We also found that the Black and Decker created one of the highest yields, although it had a longer processing time to allow for the juice to drain from the collected pulp. The simple Oxo Wooden Reamer produces an impressive amount of juice, but it's a very messy and pulpy affair.
We understand that the quality of juice is important to every consumer, so we taste-tested each batch of juice from every juicer to evaluate the juice based on flavor, texture, and color. We took special consideration for those consumers that do not prefer pulp in their juice and recommended an additional strain for the juicers that do not contain adequate pulp control. Models that press into the pith create a less pleasant, more bitter juice.
In addition to our first round of testing, we decided to perform a side-by-side taste test, juicing two oranges per juicer to determine which juicer produced the best flavor. We found that while some juicers do not perform to our standards overall, like the Dash Citrus Juicer Extractor, they can still produce a delicious glass of orange juice. Among our favorites for juice quality are the Dash Extractor, Breville, and Black and Decker juicers that produced quality flavor with excellent texture. These models don't leave a lot of pulp in the juice, and they don't dig through the pith, avoiding bitter flavors.
Ease of Use
We understand how important it is that your citrus juicer be efficient and easy to use. We evaluated Ease of Use based on the amount of labor required to extract juice. We also assessed the time it took to assemble, juice, and store each juicer after each batch of testing. Along the way, we noted which juicers stayed in place on the countertop while juicing and how much mess each juicer left behind.
We found that the Breville blew the competition away with its fast and efficient design. However, the Vivohome Manual Press, Oxo Good Grips 2-in-1, and Black and Decker required less effort than we initially thought to juice the citrus during testing. They simply required more time to allow the juice to strain through the collected pulp. The electrical juicers were almost always easier to use when compared to the effort it took to process juice with the manual models.
Ease of Cleaning
We evaluate the amount of effort required to clean and store each juicer. We started by determining the number of removal parts and whether or not the parts needed to be hand washed or were dishwasher safe. Then we used a stopwatch to record the exact time it takes to clean up after each batch of juice. Next up, we took a look around to see how much mess resulted from each batch of juice and if the juicer had any hidden nooks and crannies where citrus may become jammed.
The Breville, Black and Decker, and Smeg models are equipped with top rack, dishwasher safe parts, and required only a minimal amount of effort to clean the motorized base. The manual citrus juicers and presses were almost always easier to clean than their electrical competition. We often just needed a quick rinse and time on the drying rack to clean the manual models.
To evaluate the kitchen footprint, we considered the amount of space each juicer would require within the kitchen. We measured the size and dimensions of each juicer ranging from our smallest juicer, the Oxo Good Grips Wooden Reamer, to the largest juicer, the Breville, to the tallest juicer, the Vivohome.
The size of the juicer is relevant to the consumer based on the amount of space they have in their kitchen and how often they plan on juicing. If you have plenty of space in your kitchen, then models like the Breville and Vivohome Manual Hand Press significantly decrease the amount of effort it takes to make a fresh glass of juice. If your space is limited, smaller electrical models like the Black and Decker, and much-smaller manual models like the Oxo Good Grips 2-in-1, are a better choice because of their more compact size.
We hope that our research and testing have helped you feel informed as to which citrus juicer is best for your specific needs and budget. Whether you are processing citrus in bulk, looking for a high-quality purchase that will last, or a simpler model that will meet your needs without breaking the bank, we hope this review helps you find the most satisfactory solution for your juicing needs.
— Trish Matheny