We've bought close to 25 of the best juicers over the past 5 years to test head-to-head and help you find the very best. For our 2020 edition, we look at 12 of the best juicers currently on the market, judging how well they juiced carrots, cucumbers, and just about everything else in between. We also rated and scored how much work it took to clean out each appliance and how convenient and user-friendly they are to operate. Take a look at our full review to see which juicer came out on top, which is the best bargain option, and which is the best citrus juicer.
The Best Juicers of 2020
Best Masticating Model
Omega J8006HDS Nutrition Center
Earning the highest score out of the entire group, the Omega J8006HDS Nutrition Center easily earned an Editors' Choice Award and is our absolute top recommendation for anyone that is on the hunt for a new masticating model. This appliance did extremely well in our soft produce and leafy greens juicing metrics, yielding amounts of juice that were far above average — even with exceptionally difficult to juice produce like wheatgrass or spinach. It also produced extremely high quality blended juice beverages that had a velvety smooth texture and tasted phenomenal. On top of all that, the Omega is also one of the easiest products to clean.
However, the Omega J8006HDS didn't do particularly well when it came to juicing harder produce, like beets or sweet potatoes. It still juiced them well enough but generated significantly less juice than average. This appliance also has one of the highest price tags of the group, exceeding the budget of many people, but this product is built to last and is our absolute favorite when it comes to these masticating machines.
Read review: Omega J8006HS Nutrition Center
Best Centrifugal Juicer
Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain
The Breville JE98XL also merited an Editors' Choice award for its exceptional performance. This excellent product 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 daily.
Read review: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain
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 of juicing and retails for a fraction of the price of our Editors' Choice award winners. This model delivered fairly good results across our entire series of tests, 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 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 review: Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth
Best for Appearances
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. It's easy to clean and does a great job of juicing both hard and soft produce. It's constructed of high-end, top-of-the-line materials and is one of the top performers when it comes to style.
However, it is quite deficient when it comes to juicing leafy greens, yielding far less juice from the same amount of produce than other models. It is significantly more expensive than many comparable appliances but it is our top recommendation if you place a premium on a sleek and stylish design and are willing to pay for it.
Read review: Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite
Best Citrus-Only 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 want to make the freshest cocktails around, then you might want to consider a citrus-only juicer. The Proctor Silex is our favorite, generating quite a bit of juice 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 and is considerably smaller, thus conserving your precious storage or countertop space.
However, we did find that the Proctor Silex 66331 seems to build up pulp and need more frequent cleaning than some of the other citrus-specific juicers. True, this doesn't usually make it into your juice and is all caught by the filter but it can be a bit of a hassle if you are trying to juice a bunch of fruit at one time. We also found that some of the parts can warp if washed in the dishwasher, even on the top shelf with standard settings. However, the parts did eventually relax and fix themselves and the Proctor Silex 66331 is one of our all-time favorite citrus-specific juicing appliances.
Read review: Proctor Silex 66331 Alex's Lemonade Stand
Why You Should Trust Us?
Here at TechGearLab, we have spent the past few years testing juicers head-to-head. We bought all the products in this review at typical retail prices and won't ever accept any free or sample models from manufacturers to ensure that our reviews are unbiased. Research Analyst Austin Palmer and Senior Review Editor David Wise have reviewed and tested hundreds of different kitchen appliances and tech products over the past few years and spent over 150 hours researching, testing, and reviewing these products.
Along the way, we consulted with juicing fanatics and had a diverse panel of judges rate and score the different juices created by each appliance. We conducted close to 20 different tests and assessments to evaluate the performance and have updated the review whenever a promising new product has been released. Finally, we also rated and scored the ease of cleaning each product, in addition to assessing its juice quality and yield.
Related: How We Tested Juicers
Analysis and Test Results
As it would be hard to compare results between full-size and citrus juicers apples-to-apples — or in this case, oranges-to-oranges might be a better analogy — we conducted a separate test plan for each type of product. For the full-size appliances, we grouped all our tests into five weighted testing metrics: ease of cleaning, hard produce yield, juice quality, soft produce juice yield, and leafy green juice yield. Each full-size model received a score from 1-10 in each metric, with 10 being the highest. Since the citrus-only products are much more limited in scope, we used a much wider selection of citrus fruits to compare juice yield but also compared and rated the ease of cleaning.
Full-Size or Citrus-Only?
If you are mainly interested in juicing lemons, limes, oranges, or grapefruits, then you may want to consider a citrus juicer rather than a full-size masticating or centrifugal model. While a citrus-only model will have fewer features than a full-size kitchen appliance, these little appliances cost significantly less — around one-tenth 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. Otherwise, keep scrolling down to our comprehensive review of the full-size products.
Related: Buying Advice for Juicers
Based on our extensive research and analysis, we selected the following citrus-only products 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, grapefruit, 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 and Limes
We started by seeing how much 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 finished second to the BLACK+DECKER. However, it was much less convenient to use the Cuisinart than the other two products and it tends to be a much bigger hassle and make an exponentially bigger mess.
Grapefruits and Oranges
The Proctor Silex easily claimed the top spot in both of our larger citrus tests, having the highest juice yield of two 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.
Ease of Cleaning
Thankfully, it's very easy to clean all of these appliances. All of the components that contact food or juice are rated as being safe to use in the top rack of the dishwasher, though you should always double-check the manufacturer's instructions to make sure this is alright if you are planning to clean your citrus-only machine this way. They are also quite easy to clean by hand as well — much easier than all of the full-size products.
We conducted over 15 different side-by-side assessments 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 Breville JE98XL is on the pricey side for a kitchen appliance, but was a top performer. If you are shopping on a budget then the Hamilton Beach is for you, costing a fraction of the price of the Breville. If the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth is still too high for your budget, then you honestly might want to rethink getting a full-sized juicer. All of the less expensive products delivered very lackluster results in our opinion but you do always have the option of getting a citrus-only model. While these products are much more limited in scope, they do cost a fraction of the price of the larger appliances and are worth considering if you don't see yourself juicing things besides citrus fruits going forward.
Juice Quality is our most important testing metric, accounting for 25% of the final score for each of these products. We used three different juice cocktails to rank and score performance between products: 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. Beets, carrots, apples, peeled oranges, and sweet potatoes make up the Sunset Blend, giving it a good mix of both hard and soft produce.
Taking the top score in this metric, both the Omega J8006HDS and the Cuisinart CJE-1000 earned an 8 out of 10 for their exceptional juice quality. Our judges scored the juice blends created by the CJE-1000 the highest of the entire group, with a texture was quite smooth, though a little on the thicker side, and there wasn't an abundance of foam.
Moving on to the R.A.O. drink, the Cuisinart produced a 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 side. Overall the Cuisinart produced thicker juice without any pulp, with a smooth and creamy texture.
The J8006HDS did very well, particularly excelling with the Sunset Blend. All of our judges thought this appliance made excellent juice cocktails that were incredibly rich in flavor and extremely smooth, with little to no pulp. The juice is a bit on the thicker side but has great color, only small amounts of foam, and takes a long time to separate.
Finishing behind the top products, both of the Breville models that we tested — the JE98XL Juice Fountain and the 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite — each merited a 7 out of 10 when it came to juice quality. The Elite performed slightly better at the "Can't Beet It" recipe. The juice produced was smooth, though there was a fair bit of foam and the flavor was a lot mellower than the standard Juice Fountain. The beverage produced by the JE98XL Juice Fountain was very flavorful, but again there was a decent bit of foam and the thickness was only all right, being much waterier.
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, 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, the Mooka B5100, and the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth each 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 Mooka performed almost identically to the Aicok when it came to texture, but the taste was quite bland compared to the Aicok or the Hamilton Beach. The Hamilton Beach's beverage had a far superior texture, but we weren't big fans of the taste, with something just not quite right. It was drinkable but was far from our favorite.
All three of these products did much better with the romaine, orange, and apple juice, creating a drink that tasted significantly better than the beet juice concoction. 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 in the Aicok's juice beverage, compared to the homogeneous taste of the juice made by the Big Mouth. The Mooka's juice blend came out on the thin side overall — similar to the Aicok, but our judges rated it quite well when it came to taste.
Performance of the Aicok and the Hamilton Beach dropped when creating the "Sunset Blend", while the Mooka did quite a bit better. 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. The Mooka's cocktail has a similar consistency but our judges thought it had a slight edge when it came to taste.
Rounding out the back of the pack, the Tribest Slowstar Vertical and the BELLA 13694 both earned a 5 out of 10 for their overall lackluster performance. The BELLA did all right with the beet juice recipe, though it 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 duo did a little better with the orange, apple, and romaine recipe, though they 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 performance of this group dropped considerably with our third sample juice recipe, the "Sunset Blend". The BELLA 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.
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 Omega Nutrition Center and the 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite tied for the top spot of the entire group when it came to juicing softer produce, each receiving a 7 out of 10 for their efforts. The Juice Fountain Elite started with an unmatched performance when it came to juicing a cucumber, producing 255 mL although there was a slight bit of foam.
The 800JEXL continued to do very well at juicing apples and oranges, having some of the highest juice yields overall. However, the Juice Fountain Elite did falter a bit when it came to juicing celery, creating only an average amount of juice.
The Omega J8006HDS couldn't quite match the Breville at juicing celery, generating about 100 mL less liquid, but the J8006HDS did outperform the Breville in our orange juice test. These two appliances both yielded comparable amounts of apple and celery juice, yielding an average amount of celery juice and far above average amounts of apple juice.
The Mooka followed this top performer, earning a 6 out of 10. This appliance did quite poorly when it came to cucumbers, having one of the lowest juice yields of the entire group. It did a bit better with celery, having an average yield, but did very well when it came to apples and oranges, having some of the best yields of the entire group.
Next, the bulk of the products delivered an average showing, with the Breville Juice Fountain, the CJE-1000, the Hamilton Beach, and the Tribest Slowstar all earning 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 Breville Juice Fountain came next, producing slightly less cucumber juice at 198 mL. However, the Breville Juice Fountain only had trace amounts of pulp — much less than the Cuisinart and Hamilton Beach. The Tribest delivered a poor performance, only creating about 160 mL of cucumber juice.
Impressing us with its performance, the Tribest Slowstar yielded the most celery juice out of just about any product we have tested to date, though it did have some small amounts of pulp make it through into the glass.
Next came the Hamilton Beach producing 160 mL of celery juice. This appliance created juices with mild to moderate amounts of pulp and foam, 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 Breville Juice Fountain and the Cuisinart, producing: 155 mL and 155 mL of orange juice, respectively. This trio produced about a half-inch of foam and minimal pulp, though the Breville's juice separated rapidly.
We weren't overly impressed with the results of the Hamilton Beach when it came to juicing citrus, as it only yielded about 145 mL of OJ in our evaluations. However, we did appreciate that it only had limited pulp.
The Breville Juice Fountain and the Cuisinart CJE-1000 did the best out of this group at juicing apples, with the other three products delivering lackluster results.
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, 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 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 model 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.
The Breville J98EXL continued its stellar performance record when it came to juicing sweet potatoes, yielding approximately 15 mL more juice than the next best appliance and 50 mL more juice than the average yield for the group. This is particularly impressive given the hard to juice nature of sweet potatoes. On top of that, it only had minor amounts of pulp in the juice and trivial amounts of 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 and the Hamilton Beach all earned a 5 out of 10 for their acceptable performance at juicing harder types of produce.
None of these juicers did particularly well at juicing carrots, with all producing a below-average amount of juice. The Hamilton Beach did slightly worse than the two Breville's, with the Cuisinart doing the worst and producing about 5 mL less carrot juice.
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 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 Cuisinart did an average job at juicing beets, creating about 170 mL of liquid.
All three of the products in this group delivered a middle-of-the-road performance in our next challenge: juicing sweet potatoes. The Cuisinart did slightly better than the Hamilton Beach, producing 168 mL of juice, compared to 155 mL. 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, the Mooka, the BELLA, and — surprisingly — the Omega Nutrition Center each merited a 4 out of 10 for their slightly below-average yield of hard produce juice in our tests. While the Omega earned one of the highest scores overall, it does a relatively lackluster job at juicing things like beets, carrots, or sweet potatoes. It's not terrible but you are probably better off with a centrifugal juicer over a masticating model if you are continually juicing carrots.
The J8006HDS Nutrition Center did alright at juicing beets and sweet potatoes, yielding 140 - 150 mL of juice, was only about 15 - 20 mL less than the group's average. This appliance also scored well below average in our carrot juice evaluation, yielding much less juice than most other products. However, the finished product was fairly pulp-free, redeeming it a small amount.
The Mooka and the BELLA did quite a bit better than the Omega at juicing carrots, yielding about 20 mL more juice, while the Aicok did about the same.
The Omega, the Aicok, and the BELLA all yielded about the same amount of beet juice, which was slightly below average. The Mooka did much worse, producing one of the smallest amounts of beet juice of the entire group. A similar pattern emerged for the sweet potato test, though it was the BELLA that practically the lowest yield of the entire group, with the Omega, Mooka, and the Aicok all producing an average amount of juice or slightly less.
Earning one of the lowest scores of the entire group when it came to hard produce, the Tribest Slowstar delivered a thoroughly disappointing performance that earned it a 2 out of 10. It only yielded 80 mL of carrot juice in our assessment and didn't do much better with sweet potatoes. It also yielded the least amount of beet juice out of any product we have tried so far, only generating 130 mL of liquid that had a non-trivial amount of foam and pulp.
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 juicer.
Outperforming the rest of the other products by a non-trivial margin, the Omega Nutrition Center claimed the top spot when it came to juicing leafy greens, meriting an 8 out of 10. This product did a phenomenal job at juicing wheatgrass and spinach — some of the hardest produce to juice — yielding far more juice than essentially every other appliance in the review.
Unfortunately, the Nutrition Center didn't carry this performance into our kale juicing competition, generating slightly less kale juice than the group average.
The Tribest and the Aicok came next in terms of leafy greens juicing performance, each earning a 7 out of 10. Both of these products are masticating models — just like the Omega Nutrition Center, 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. 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 top position when it came to spinach juice yield. The Aicok was right behind, earning the silver for the 80 mL of spinach juice produced.
Next, the Mooka B5100 and the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth both did about average, earning a 5 out of 10 for their overall score. The Mooka did slightly above average at juicing wheatgrass, generating about 3.5 mL of juice. The Hamilton Beach did even better, delivering the best performance of the whole group.
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 Hamilton Beach and the Mooka struggled, tying for the worst score for juicing spinach.
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 the 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.
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 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.
The Omega J8006HDS and the Aicok both tied for the top spot when it came to being easy to clean, each earning a 9 out of 10. Both of these appliances included cleaning brushes, but the included brush with the Omega seems to be a bit higher quality than the one included with the Aicok.
Both of these products are very easy to clean, though we did find the pulp containers to be a little on the smaller side, proving a bit taxing to clean for those with larger hands. Both the Aicok and the Omega have filters that are easy to clean as long as you get to them right away and don't let the pulp dry in place. However, you can always soak the filter if this happens, which makes it much easier to remove. Finally, we liked that both of these products have dishwasher-safe components, though you should always follow the manufacturers' instructions for how to load them in the dishwasher and what settings to use, lest you accidentally wreck your juicer.
Next, the pair of Breville models and the Mooka earned an 8 out of 10 when it came to ease of cleaning. The Breville models are both essentially identical, including quality cleaning brushes. None of the parts are particularly difficult to clean by hand and the majority of them are dishwasher safe.
The Mooka's components are unfortunately not safe to put in the dishwasher, but it is exceptionally easy to clean by hand, with only a few small nooks and crannies on the lid that pose any difficulty to clean.
Following the pair of Breville appliances and the Mooka, 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 BELLA 13694 can be a bit of a pain to clean, covered with small nooks and crannies that are prone to catching bits of produce and can be quite difficult to clean. It does include a cleaning brush but we weren't particularly impressed with its quality. However, it does have components that are safe to put in the dishwasher. The Tribest Slowstar's manual states that its components aren't safe to clean in the dishwasher, making it all the more hassle to clean out its various nooks and crannies. It does come with a cleaning brush but this didn't do much to help in our minds, making it one of our least favorite models to clean.
At this point, we hope that you should feel confident in your search for a new citrus or full-size juicer, regardless if you are looking for a top-tier machine fit for a juicing enthusiast, a bargain model that won't blow your budget or a simple option just for lemonade.
— Austin Palmer and David Wise