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Best Juicer of 2021

We put juicers from Breville, Omega, Cuisinart, and others to the test to find the best
The stylish Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
By Austin Palmer and David Wise  ⋅  Jul 28, 2021
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We've bought over 25 of the best juicers available in the past 5 years to test head-to-head and help you find the very best. For this edition, we look at 9 of the best models currently available in 2021, 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 product came out on top, which is the best bargain option, and which is the best citrus-only model.

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Pros Makes phenomenal juice drinks, fantastic at juicing leafy greens, super easy to cleanEasy to clean, good hard produce yield, great juice qualityExcellent at juicing hard produce, easy to clean, great juice qualityExtremely easy to clean, great at juicing leafy greensEasy to clean, decent juice quality
Cons So-so at juicing hard produce, priceyExpensive, subpar juice yield with leafy greensSubstandard at juicing leafy greens, lackluster soft produce performanceSubpar at juicing hard and soft produceLess than average hard produce juice yield
Bottom Line If you want the best masticating juicer on the market, this should be your go-toThis sleek and stylish appliance delivers top-tier results but comes at a bit more of a premium priceThis machine earns our praise for delivering an excellent performance at juicing hard produceWhile this isn't the best product overall, it is the best option for juicing leafy greens on a budgetThe Mooka is an overall unimpressive juicer that didn't stand out from the rest of the group
Rating Categories J8006HDS Nutrition... 800JEXL Juice Fount... JE98XL Juice Fountain Aicok Slow Masticat... Mooka B5100
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Specs J8006HDS Nutrition... 800JEXL Juice Fount... JE98XL Juice Fountain Aicok Slow Masticat... Mooka B5100
Model # J8006HDS 800JEXL JE98XL AMR521 B5100
Type Masticating Centrifugal Centrifugal Masticating Masticating
Warranty 15 Year 1 Year 1 Year 2 Year 10 year motor
3 year parts
Dimensions 6.5" x 14.5" x15.5" 9" x 16.5" x 16" 9" x 16" x 17" 17.1" x 13.1" x 8.9" 13" x 16" x 6.5"
Reverse Yes No No Yes Yes
Dishwasher Safe Yes Yes, most parts Yes, most parts Yes No


Best Overall Masticating Juicer


Omega J8006HDS Nutrition Center


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  • Juice Quality 8
  • Soft Produce 7
  • Hard Produce 4
  • Leafy Greens 8
  • Cleaning 9
Dishwasher Safe: Yes, most parts | Reverse: Yes
Did very well at juicing leafy greens
Fantastic blended juice quality
Extremely easy to clean
Lackluster hard produce juice yield

Our favorite masticating juicer is hands down the Omega J8006HDS Nutrition Center. This appliance was second to none when it came to juicing leafy greens and also excelled at juicing soft produce, yielding far above average amounts of juice — even with more problematic produce like spinach or wheatgrass that is typically more difficult to juice. It also produced extremely high-quality blended juice beverages that tasted phenomenal and had a velvety-smooth texture. The icing on the cake is that this model is supremely easy to clean.

The caveat here is that the Omega J8006HDS wasn't an all-star at juicing hard produce. It struggled more than other models with veggies like sweet potatoes or beets and generated significantly less juice than average. This machine is also one of the most expensive of the test group and will exceed many people's budgets. Still, we feel this is a quality product built to last, and it's our top choice for a masticating machine.

Read review: Omega J8006HS Nutrition Center

Best Overall Centrifugal Juicer


Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain


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  • Juice Quality 7
  • Soft Produce 5
  • Hard Produce 9
  • Leafy Greens 4
  • Cleaning 8
Dishwasher Safe: Yes, most parts | Reverse: No
Phenomenal hard produce juice yield
Great juice quality
Very easy to clean
Poor leafy green juice yield

The Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain also merited recognition for its exceptional performance. This excellent product makes great mixed juice cocktails and crushes it when it comes to extracting juice from hard produce. It also doesn't disappoint at juicing soft produce.

However, this centrifugal model struggles a bit more when it comes to extracting juice from leafy greens, like wheatgrass or kale, generating a much lower amount of juice than many of the other machines tested. Despite this deficiency, the Juice Fountain is still one of the better products that we have tested in this category and is a great choice for someone who prefers to juice hard produce and doesn't plan on juicing greenery frequently.

Read review: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain

Best Bargain Masticating Model


Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer


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  • Juice Quality 6
  • Soft Produce 4
  • Hard Produce 4
  • Leafy Greens 7
  • Cleaning 9
Dishwasher Safe: Yes | Reverse: No
Very easy to clean
Good juice quality
Does a great job with leafy greens
So-so juice yields with soft and hard produce

If you're a budget shopper who loves making juice drinks with leafy greens, then we recommend checking out the Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer. This model costs quite a bit less than most of the top-tier masticating models and performs almost as well, particularly with things like spinach or kale. We liked how easy it is to clean and found it made some above-average juice cocktails as well.

Unfortunately, the Aicok performed similar to most masticating models, delivering lower than average juice yields with soft and hard produce compared to centrifugal models. It still juices this type of produce, it just might take a few more fruits or veggies to achieve a similar yield. All in all, this is a great bargain option if you love your green smoothies and are trying to shop with a smaller budget.

Read review: Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer

Best Bang for the Buck


Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth


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  • Juice Quality 6
  • Soft Produce 5
  • Hard Produce 5
  • Leafy Greens 5
  • Cleaning 6
Dishwasher Safe: Yes, most parts | Reverse: No
Above-average juice quality
Not too much work to clean
Inexpensive
Mediocre juice yield

Getting sticker shock from the price tag of the top models? The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth retails for a fraction of the price and does a decent juicing job. This model delivered fairly good results across our entire series of tests, yielding an average amount of juice when it came to juicing soft and hard produce, as well as leafy greens. It is also quite easy to clean and made reasonably tasty juice cocktails, earning it our endorsement.

While it doesn't have the all-metal construction present on the premium models and doesn't have the most impressive juice yields, we feel that it's a solid product and is our top recommendation for anyone shopping on a tight budget.

Read review: Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth

A Great Bargain Option


Mueller Ultra-Juicer MU-100


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  • Juice Quality 6
  • Soft Produce 7
  • Hard Produce 5
  • Leafy Greens 3
  • Cleaning 6
Dishwasher Safe: Only filter/blade | Reverse: No
Excellent apple juice yield
Solid with soft produce
Good juice quality
Struggles with wheatgrass and spinach

If you are shopping on a more restricted budget for a new juicing appliance and are primarily looking to juice things like apples, oranges, or cucumbers, then we think the Mueller Ultra-Juicer MU-100 is a great option. This product made some great blended juice drinks and had an above-average yield with soft produce. In particular, it did exceptionally well with apples, delivering some of the better results that we have seen. It did decently well with hard produce and is also quite easy and convenient to clean.

Unfortunately, the MU-100 faltered a bit when it came to leafy greens. It struggled to get any juice out of the wheatgrass in our test and yielded much less than average in our spinach test. It also sounded like the motor was struggling a bit with larger chunks of hard produce, like beets or sweet potatoes, forcing us to feed in smaller chunks. All in all, we think it's a great value option if you are looking for a middle option between the cheapest juicers and the high-end options.

Read review: Mueller Ultra-Juicer MU-100

Best for Appearances


Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite


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  • Juice Quality 7
  • Soft Produce 7
  • Hard Produce 8
  • Leafy Greens 3
  • Cleaning 8
Dishwasher Safe: Yes, most parts | Reverse: No
Sleek design
Easy to clean
Good hard produce yield
Poor yield from leafy greens
Expensive

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 couldn't quite snag one of the top spots, it came very close. In our opinion, it's easy to clean and does a great job of juicing both soft and hard produce, all while looking great.

It is quite deficient, however, when it comes to juicing leafy greens, yielding far less juice from the same amount of produce than other models. It is usually significantly more expensive than many comparable appliances. Still, it is our top recommendation for those who place a premium on a stylish and sleek design and are willing to pay for it.

Read review: Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite

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Score Product Price Our Take
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$330
Editors' Choice Award
Delivering exceptional results across the majority of our tests, this is one of the best masticating models we have tested to date
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$300
Top Pick Award
This appliance offers a larger pulp container and a sleeker design but can be a bit more expensive
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$150
Editors' Choice Award
This is our favorite and top-performing centrifugal juicer and it's easy to clean
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$150
Best Buy Award
If you are looking for a way to juice leafy greens on a budget, then this is a great option
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$170
While the Mooka is relatively inexpensive for a masticating juicer, there are other options out there that are a far better value
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$65
Best Buy Award
We think this juicing machine gives you some of the best bang for the buck you can get when it comes to these products
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$70
Best Buy Award
If you are looking for freshly-squeezed juice at a bargain, we think this is a great middle-of-the-road option that won't blow your budget
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$180
The Cuisinart had low yields for hard and soft produce and wasn't the easiest to clean, but it did make great mixed juice drinks
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$400
Costing the most and scoring the second-worst, we weren't big fans of the Tribest Slowstar

Most masticating juicers, like the Omega Nutrition Center, struggle...
Most masticating juicers, like the Omega Nutrition Center, struggle a little with harder fruits and veggies.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Why You Should Trust Us?


Here at TechGearLab, we have now spent several years testing these products head-to-head. 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.

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 the ease of cleaning each product, in addition to assessing their juice quality and yield.

Related: How We Tested Juicers

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Analysis and Test Results


As it would be hard to compare results between and citrus-specific models and full-size juicers in an apples-to-apples way — or in this case, oranges-to-oranges might be a better analogy — we conducted a separate test plan for each type of product. Since the citrus-only products are much more limited in scope, we used a wider selection of citrus fruits to compare juice yield while also evaluating the ease of cleaning. For the full-size appliances, we grouped all our tests into five weighted testing metrics: juice quality, ease of cleaning, soft produce yield, hard produce yield, and leafy green juice yield.

Full-Size or Citrus-Only?


If you are mainly interested in juicing limes, lemons, grapefruits, or oranges, then you may want to consider a citrus juicer rather than a full-size masticating or centrifugal model. Although a citrus-only model will have fewer features than a full-size kitchen appliance, these little appliances cost significantly less and will occupy 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, scroll down to our comprehensive review of the full-size products.

Related: Buying Advice for Juicers

Citrus-Only Juicers


We evaluated each of these products while juicing limes, lemons, oranges, and grapefruit, examining both the pulp produced and the juice yield, as well as the easiness of cleaning out each of these products after use.

Citrus juicers are specifically designed to maximize your yields...
Citrus juicers are specifically designed to maximize your yields from citrus fruits, but will not be as versatile as a full-size appliance.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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. The Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control has a universal reamer that works fine with limes, though a dedicated reamer will produce more juice. The Cuisinart improved with lemons.

Grapefruits and Oranges


The Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control held its own with grapefruits and created a good amount of orange juice. However, it had to be cleaned out after every orange to keep from clogging, again being extremely inconvenient to use in our minds.

Ease of Cleaning


Thankfully, we found that it's straightforward to clean both of these appliances. All of the components that contact juice or food are rated as safe to use in the dishwasher's top rack. However, you should always double-check the manufacturer's instructions to make sure this is alright if you plan 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.

Juice quality is important if you want to keep juicing; No one wants...
Juice quality is important if you want to keep juicing; No one wants to muscle down juice.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Full-Size Appliances


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. The sections below describe our results, comparing each product's performance against the rest of the pack for each metric.

Value


We have generally found that the top-tier products in this category tend to run slightly on the pricey side. However, if you are shopping for a better deal, then the Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer, Mueller MU-100, or the Hamilton Beach are all great choices. These models all struggled with some of the more difficult juicing tasks but cost a fraction of what the premium models do, making them a great middle-of-the-road option if you are trying to balance performance and price. If these machines are still outside your desired price range, you can always consider getting a citrus-only model. While these products are much more limited in scope, they cost a fraction of the larger appliances' price and are worth considering if you don't see yourself juicing things besides citrus fruits in the future.

Juice Quality


We used three different juice cocktails to rank and score performance between products: Can't Beet It, Sunset Blend, and Romaine-Apple-Orange. The Can't Beet It recipe consists of the eponymous beets, as well as carrots, celery, cucumber, apples, and ginger. The Sunset Blend is composed of a good mix of both hard and soft produce: beets, carrots, apples, peeled oranges, and sweet potatoes. Finally, the romaine-apple-orange (R.A.O.) also has some celery and cucumbers, in addition to the named produce in the name of this juice cocktail.


Both the Cuisinart CJE-1000 and the Omega J8006HDS delivered excellent results in our tests, earning them top marks. Our judges scored the juice blends created by the CJE-1000 the highest of the entire group, with a texture that was quite smooth and without an abundance of foam, though it is a little on the thicker side.

Moving on to the R.A.O. drink, the Cuisinart produced a very smooth juice with little to no pulp. It tasted great but was again a little on the thicker side. The color was a little bit lighter, and there was only a little bit of foam. Overall the Cuisinart produced a thicker juice blend without any pulp and one that possessed a creamy and smooth texture.

For green juice, we used the &quot;RAO&quot; recipe, which combines romaine...
For green juice, we used the "RAO" recipe, which combines romaine lettuce, apples and oranges. Green juices tend to separate quickly, so this is a good test for blended quality.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The J8006HDS did very well, particularly excelling with the Sunset Blend. All of our judges thought this appliance made excellent juice cocktails that were extremely smooth and incredibly rich in flavor, with little to no pulp. The juice is a bit on the thicker side, but it has great color, only small amounts of foam, and doesn't easily separate.

The J8006HDS did exceptionally well at making various blended juice...
The J8006HDS did exceptionally well at making various blended juice beverages.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Both of the Breville models that we tested — the JE98XL Juice Fountain and the 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite — also performed well overall in the juice quality metric. The Elite performed slightly better at the "Can't Beet It" recipe. The juice produced was smooth, but 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 amount of foam and much more watery.

Juicing is a great way to start the day and get a boost of nutrients.
Juicing is a great way to start the day and get a boost of nutrients.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Both Breville models fared similarly with our romaine, apple, orange juice drink. The juice cocktails had little to no amounts of pulp and were very smooth. However, the citrus flavor stood out in the Juice Fountain drink, while the Elite produced a much more balanced beverage. Both of these models left us with minimal foam. The standard Juice Fountain created a more flavorful "Sunset Blend", while the Elite concocted a relatively bland mixture. Both drinks had a creamy and smooth texture with very minimal pulp.

The MU-100 is a great option if you are shopping on a budget for a...
The MU-100 is a great option if you are shopping on a budget for a middle-of-the-road product.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Tribest Slowstar Vertical performed the worst here, creating an astonishing amount of pulp — enough to severely diminish the overall taste and texture.

Apples ready to be juiced! Some models take more food prep than...
Apples ready to be juiced! Some models take more food prep than others, which is an important factor to consider related to convenience.
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Soft Produce


Ranking next in terms of importance is the Soft Produce metric. We looked at each product's performance with four different soft produce types: apples, oranges, cucumbers, and celery. We mainly focused on determining yield by measuring the amount of juice each machine produced, but we also looked at the amount of pulp, the rate of separation, color, and foam.


The Omega Nutrition Center, the Mueller Ultra-Juicer MU-100, and the 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite tied for the test fleet's top spot when it came to juicing softer produce with their excellent results. The Juice Fountain Elite started with an unmatched performance when juicing a cucumber, producing 255 mL, although there was a slight bit of foam.

The Omega was on the lower end of yield for cucumbers.
The Omega was on the lower end of yield for cucumbers.
Credit: Austin Palmer

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 outperformed the Breville in our orange juice test. These two appliances both yielded comparable amounts of apple and celery juice, which equated to far above average amounts of apple juice and an average celery amount.

The Omega Nutrition Center yields a ton of juice from soft produce.
The Omega Nutrition Center yields a ton of juice from soft produce.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Mueller Ultra-Juicer did exceptionally well when it came to juicing apples, which is largely responsible for its top-tier score in this metric. It had one of the highest yields of the group, creating about 200 mL of juice from a little more than 13 ounces of apples.

The Mueller thoroughly impressed when it came to juicing apples.
The Mueller thoroughly impressed when it came to juicing apples.
Credit: Laura Casner

However, the Mueller Ultra-Juicer's results did drop somewhat when it came to celery, only yielding an average amount of juice. It improved with the cucumbers and oranges, yielding just a bit more juice than average.

The Mooka followed with its solid set of results. This appliance performed quite poorly with cucumbers, with one of the lowest juice yields in the group. It did a bit better with celery, producing an average yield, and even better when it came to apples and oranges, giving us some of the entire group's best yields.

The Mooka B5100 is a good value for a masticating model, offering...
The Mooka B5100 is a good value for a masticating model, offering middle-of-the-road performance at a price point significantly less than other slow juicers.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Breville Juice Fountain, the CJE-1000, the Hamilton Beach, and the Tribest Slowstar all delivered an average result. 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 produced a moderate pulp amount, 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 had some of the best celery juice yields that we have seen so far. However, it did have some small amounts of pulp make it through into the glass.

The Hamilton Beach produced a bit less than the Tribest Slowstar — around 160 mL of celery juice. This appliance created juices with mild to moderate amounts of pulp and foam that separated 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. This masticating model created 165 mL of orange juice with only 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 Hamilton Beach's citrus juicing results because it only yielded about 145 mL of OJ in our evaluations. However, we did appreciate that it only left 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 Aicok delivered a subpar performance compared to the others when it came to juicing soft produce, delivering an abysmal performance when juicing cucumbers. It earned the lowest score of the entire group after producing almost 100 mL less juice 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 Aicok still didn't impress, maintaining a below-average performance equivalent to the Breville Juice Fountain or the Cuisinart when 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.

Fast-working centrifugal models are particularly good at juicing...
Fast-working centrifugal models are particularly good at juicing hard produce, like carrots.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Hard Produce


We truly put these products to the test by asking 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. There was also a much larger spread of scores because some of these appliances struggled in these assessments.


The Breville J98EXL claimed the top spot for this metric with its exceptional performance. This model did a fantastic job at juicing carrots, yielding an exceptional 140 mL of carrot juice. It also did amazingly well at juicing beets, again getting the most juice out of the vegetables, though it produced a little more foam than some other models, such as the Cuisinart.

The JE98XL produced the highest yield of beet juice.
The JE98XL produced the highest yield of beet juice.
Credit: Austin Palmer

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 JE98XL Juice Fountain, the Juice Fountain Elite followed with an all-around great performance. This model generated roughly 20 mL less liquid than the JE98XL. The Elite's juice also had mild pulp amounts compared to the nonexistent pulp created by the standard Juice Fountain.

The Juice Fountain Elite produced some of this highest quality beet...
The Juice Fountain Elite produced some of this highest quality beet juice, with the least amount of foam or pulp.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The Elite finished 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 regained the overall runner-up position in 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 CJE-1000, the Mueller Ultra-Juicer MU-100, and the Hamilton Beach all earned average scores for their so-so results.

None of these products did particularly well at juicing carrots, with most of them leaving us an average or below-average amount of juice. The Hamilton Beach performed slightly worse than the two Breville models, while the Cuisinart did the worst and produced about 5 mL less carrot juice. The Mueller Ultra-Juicer MU-100 yielded about 105 mL of juice.

We got mixed results with this juicer when it came to hard produce.
We got mixed results with this juicer when it came to hard produce.
Credit: Laura Casner

Moving on to beets, the Hamilton Beach did surprisingly well. This product delivered the second-best performance of the entire group with 190 mL of juice created. It was only surpassed by the 195 mL from the Breville Juice Fountain.

The Hamilton Beach came in second for beet juice yield, just under...
The Hamilton Beach came in second for beet juice yield, just under the Breville JE98XL.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The Cuisinart did an average job at juicing beets, creating about 170 mL of liquid, while the Mueller MU-100 delivered some subpar results, only yielding around 140 mL of beet juice.

All 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, and created 168 mL of juice, compared to 155 mL. The Cuisinart only produced a mild amount of pulp, while there were more moderate levels in the juice created by the Hamilton Beach. The Mueller Ultra-Juicer finished right in the middle of the group, generating approximately 160 mL of sweet potato juice.

Next, the Aicok, the Mooka, and — surprisingly — the Omega Nutrition Center each merited lackluster scores for their slightly below-average yield of hard produce juice in our tests. Although 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 if you're regularly juicing carrots, you might be better off with a centrifugal model rather than a masticating model.

The J8006HDS Nutrition Center did alright at juicing beets and sweet potatoes, yielding 140 - 150 mL of juice, which is only 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. The finished product, however, was redeemed to some degree because it was fairly pulp-free.

The Omega Nutrition Center yielded about 15 mL less carrot juice...
The Omega Nutrition Center yielded about 15 mL less carrot juice than the group average.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Mooka 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 and the Aicok both 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. The Omega, the Mooka, and the Aicok all finished this metric with mediocre results when it came to juicing sweet potatoes.

Earning one of the lowest scores of the entire group when it came to hard produce, the Tribest Slowstar delivered a thoroughly disappointing performance. 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 with a non-trivial amount of foam and pulp.

Juicing leafy greens is one of the harder tasks for these products...
Juicing leafy greens is one of the harder tasks for these products, with the masticating model having a clear edge over the centrifugal ones.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Leafy Greens


Next, we looked at the other 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 appliances handling herbage with ease, while others severely struggled. We conducted a trio of tests with each product, scoring each appliance's performance at juicing spinach and kale, as well as producing a wheatgrass shot.


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. This product did a phenomenal job at juicing spinach and wheatgrass — some of the hardest veggies to juice — yielding far more juice than essentially every other appliance in the review.

The Omega Nutrition Center is one of the best at juicing leafy greens.
The Omega Nutrition Center is one of the best at juicing leafy greens.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Unfortunately, the Nutrition Center didn't carry this performance into our kale juicing competition, generating slightly less kale juice than the group average.

The Aicok and the Tribest came next in terms of leafy greens juicing performance. These products are masticating models, like the Omega Nutrition Center, and they all seem to have a definite edge over the centrifugal models when it comes to juicing leafy greens. However, our wheatgrass test proved to be a bit too 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, delivering a stellar performance when we juiced curly-leaf kale. The Aicok again did well, continuing to have a decently high yield and generating an above-average amount of juice.

The performance of the Tribest jumped considerably when it came to...
The performance of the Tribest jumped considerably when it came to juicing leafy greens, but it wasn't enough to earn it an award.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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 with the 80 mL of spinach juice produced.

Next, the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth and the Mooka B5100 both did about average. 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.

The Hamilton Beach did surprisingly well at juicing wheatgrass...
The Hamilton Beach did surprisingly well at juicing wheatgrass, almost matching the performance of the Omega.
Credit: Austin Palmer

However, both of these juicers did a slightly subpar job at juicing kale, with yields that were less than the average, but with practically no foam on top. The Mooka and the Hamilton Beach struggled, tying for the worst score for juicing spinach.

Next, the Breville Juice Fountain earned a below-average score. This juicer didn't do particularly well at extracting juice from wheatgrass, but wasn't the absolute worst, creating about 1.5 mL of juice. It also had a below-average yield when we tried juicing kale, but improved slightly in the spinach assessment.

The Breville Juice Fountain Elite and the Mueller Ultra-Juicer both struggled considerably, producing somewhat disappointing results. The Breville Juice Fountain Elite 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, creating about 25 mL of juice. Its performance dropped when tasked with juicing spinach, with the Juice Fountain Elite having the lowest yield out of the entire group.

The Mueller Ultra-Juicer yielded barely any wheatgrass juice, forcing us to turn the machine on end to get the meager amount into the collection cup. It also didn't do too well with the spinach but did yield an above-average amount of kale juice.

This product struggled a bit with spinach.
This product struggled a bit with spinach.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Cuisinart CJE-1000 delivered very lackluster results compared to the rest of the group, putting it solidly at the back of the group. 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 spinach and kale, but not by much, having the lowest and the second-lowest yield of the entire group.

The Aicok is extremely easy to clean by hand and is dishwasher-safe!
The Aicok is extremely easy to clean by hand and is dishwasher-safe!
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Cleaning


Finally, 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 the various components of each product are dishwasher safe.


The Omega J8006HDS and the Aicok were tied to the top spot when it came to being easy to clean. Both of these appliances include cleaning brushes, but the brush with the Omega seems to be a bit higher quality than the one included with the Aicok.

You can&#039;t use a dishwasher to clean the various parts of the Omega...
You can't use a dishwasher to clean the various parts of the Omega Nutrition Center, but it is so easy to clean by hand that you won't even want to.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Both of these products are very easy to clean, though we did find the pulp containers to be a little on the smaller side, which proved 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 will make it much easier to remove the dried-on stuff. Finally, we liked that both of these products have dishwasher-safe components. However, you should always follow the manufacturers' instructions for loading them in the dishwasher and what settings to use, lest you accidentally wreck your expensive juicer.

All of the included components of the Omega.
All of the included components of the Omega.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The pair of Breville models and the Mooka are a breeze to clean. The Breville models are both virtually identical, including their quality cleaning brushes. None of the parts are particularly difficult to clean by hand, and most of their components are dishwasher-safe. The Mooka's components are unfortunately not rated as safe for the dishwasher. Still, it is straightforward to clean by hand, with only a few small nooks and crannies on the lid that pose any difficulty to clean.

The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth and the Mueller Ultra-Juicer were the next easiest for us to clean in our tests. We weren't huge fans of the included cleaning tool with the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth, as it seemed poorly constructed and lost bristles whenever we used it. However, the components are quite easy to clean by hand, and most are dishwasher-safe as well.

The only part of the Mueller Ultra-Juicer that can be put in the dishwasher is the filter/blade, but we found the remainder of the components to be quite easy to clean by hand. The included brush works fairly well, though we did notice the occasional bristle falling out when scrubbing.

The Mueller Ultra-Juicer is one of the models that includes a...
The Mueller Ultra-Juicer is one of the models that includes a specially designed cleaning brush, which certainly makes it cleaning much easier.
Credit: Laura Casner

The remainder of the products were relatively mediocre regarding cleaning. The Cuisinart did not include a brush and had various hard-to-reach places that would trap juice or pulp residue, but it is rated for 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 we didn't find it to help much, and this was one of our least favorite models to clean.

Conclusion


At this point, we hope that you feel confident in your search for a new citrus juicer or full-size product, regardless of whether you are looking for a top-tier machine fit for a juicing enthusiast, a bargain model that won't blow your budget, or a simpler option just for lemonade.

Austin Palmer and David Wise