|Price||$300 List||$300 List|
$299.99 at Amazon
$119.96 at Amazon
|$150 List||$170 List|
$117.79 at Amazon
|Pros||Makes phenomenal juice drinks, fantastic at juicing leafy greens, super easy to clean||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||Easy to clean, decent juice quality|
|Cons||So-so at juicing hard produce, pricey||Expensive, subpar juice yield with leafy greens||Substandard at juicing leafy greens, lackluster soft produce performance||Subpar at juicing hard and soft produce||Less than average hard produce juice yield|
|Bottom Line||Delivering exceptional results across the majority of our tests, this is one of the best masticating models we have tested to date||This appliance offers a larger pulp container and a sleeker design but can be a bit more expensive||Delivering an excellent performance at juicing hard produce and doing quite well across the board, this product definitely earned our praise||If you are looking for a way to juice leafy greens on a budget, then this is a great option||While the Mooka is relatively inexpensive for a masticating juicer, there are other options out there that are a far better value|
|Rating Categories||J8006HDS Nutrition...||800JEXL Juice...||JE98XL Juice...||Aicok Slow...||Mooka B5100|
|Juice Quality (25%)|
|Soft Produce (20%)|
|Hard Produce (20%)|
|Leafy Greens (20%)|
|Specs||J8006HDS Nutrition...||800JEXL Juice...||JE98XL Juice...||Aicok Slow...||Mooka B5100|
|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"|
|Dishwasher Safe||Yes||Yes, most parts||Yes, most parts||Yes||No|
Best Masticating Model
Omega J8006HDS Nutrition Center
Earning the highest score out of the entire group, the Omega J8006HDS Nutrition Center is our absolute top recommendation for anyone on the hunt for a new masticating model. This appliance did extremely well in our leafy greens and soft produce juicing metrics, yielding far above average amounts of juice — even with typically difficult to juice produce like spinach or wheatgrass. It also produced extremely high-quality blended juice beverages that tasted phenomenal and had a velvety-smooth texture. On top of all that, we found the Omega to be one of the easiest products to clean.
However, we found the Omega J8006HDS didn't do particularly well when it came to juicing harder produce, like sweet potatoes or beets. It still juiced them well enough but generated significantly less juice than average. This appliance also has one of the group's highest price tags, exceeding many people's budgets. Still, we feel this product is built to last and is our absolute favorite for a masticating machine.
Read review: Omega J8006HS Nutrition Center
Best Centrifugal Juicer
Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain
The Breville JE98XL 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 does struggle a bit 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 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 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
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 Slow Masticating Juicer 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
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
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 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
Best Citrus-Only Juicer
If you looked at a full-size juicer and feel that it is either far too expensive or too large and you are only looking to juice citrus fruits, then we strongly recommend that you check out the BLACK+DECKER CJ625. This compact appliance takes up considerably less space. It also costs a fraction of what the full-size models do, all while delivering impressive results when it comes to juicing limes, lemons, grapefruits, oranges, or any other citrus fruit you can find. It has an adjustable reamer for different size fruits, and we think it is quite easy to clean.
However, we did find that this model can sometimes yield a little less juice than other citrus-only models or higher power appliances, so it might not be the best bet if you are routinely juicing large quantities of fruit at once for pitchers of juice. Despite that, we think this is the perfect option if you are shopping on a budget and are looking for a compact appliance to take your homemade cocktails to the next level, or that makes it easy to have that fresh-squeezed glass of orange juice with breakfast.
Read review: BLACK+DECKER CJ625
Why You Should Trust Us?
Here at TechGearLab, we have now spent several years testing juicers 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
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
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.
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 BLACK+DECKER CJ625 has an adjustable reamer and had a better yield than the Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control's universal reamer with the limes, generating 10-15 mL more juice. Moving on to lemons, the Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control did improve but still finished second to the BLACK+DECKER CJ625. However, it was much less convenient to use the Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control than the other product, and it tends to be a much bigger hassle — and make an exponentially bigger mess.
Grapefruits and Oranges
The BLACK+DECKER CJ625 had a surprisingly low orange juice yield but did exceptionally well at juicing grapefruits. The Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control held its own with grapefruits and created more orange juice than the BLACK+DECKER CJ625. 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.
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.
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 or the Hamilton Beach are both good options. If these products are still outside of your desired price range, then 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.
We used three different juice cocktails to rank and score performance between products: Can't Beet It, Sunset Blend, and R.A.O. 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, R.A.O. stands for romaine, apples, and oranges (peeled), plus we added in some celery and cucumbers.
Both the Cuisinart CJE-1000 and the Omega J8006HDS earned an 8 out of 10 for their exceptional juice quality, taking the top score in this metric. 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.
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.
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, 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.
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 came out on top when it came to the "Sunset Blend." This model produced a much more flavorful drink, while the Juice Fountain Elite concocted a relatively bland mixture. Both drinks had a creamy and smooth texture with very minimal pulp.
Ranking next, the Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer, the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth, and the Mooka B5100 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 to our judges but did have a dominant celery flavor. The Mooka performed almost identically to the Aicok when it came to texture, but the taste was blander than the Hamilton Beach or the Aicok's drinks. 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 it 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 apple and citrus tastes also stood out more in the Aicok's juice beverage than 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 Hamilton Beachand the Aicok dropped when creating the "Sunset Blend," but the Mooka did quite a bit better. The Hamilton Beach had a decent amount of pulp, and the Aicok produced even more. Both drinks were a little on the watery side and tasted 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 lackluster overall 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 Juice Fountain Elite's performance. The Tribest created an astonishing amount of pulp — enough to severely diminish the overall taste and texture.
Although this duo did a little better with the orange, apple, and romaine recipe, they still produced much more pulp than the Cuisinart or Breville models. The BELLA and the Tribest tasted fine, with slightly more citrus overtones than the drinks created by the top blenders.
This group's performance dropped considerably with our third sample juice recipe, the "Sunset Blend." The BELLA produced substandard juice that had tons of pulp. The drinks it made also didn't taste great, with the starch from the sweet potato becoming 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. We didn't detect any overpowering flavors and rated it relatively tasty overall.
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 and the 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite tied for the test fleet's top spot when it came to juicing softer produce. Each received a 7 out of 10 for their efforts. 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 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 Mooka followed this top performer, earning a 6 out of 10. This appliance did quite poorly when it came to 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.
Next, the bulk of the remaining 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 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 yielded the most celery juice out of just about any product we have tested to date. However, 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 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 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. 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 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. The Aicok still didn't impress, maintaining a below-average performance that was 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 delivered disappointing results, only creating 150 mL of juice that promptly separated, earning it the lowest score of the entire group when it came to juicing apples.
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, earning a 9 out of 10 for its exceptional performance. This model did a fantastic job at juicing carrots, getting the entire group's best yield with 140 mL of liquid produced. 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 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 roughly 20 mL less liquid. The Elite's juice also had mild pulp amounts compared to the minuscule levels in the standard Juice Fountain.
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 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 of them leaving us a below-average amount of juice. The Hamilton Beach performed slightly worse than the two Breville's, while the Cuisinart did the worst and produced about 5 mL less carrot juice.
Performance improved across the board for these three products when we moved on to juicing beets, and 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 Cuisinart did an average job at juicing beets, creating about 170 mL of liquid.
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.
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. 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 juicer 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 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. However, it was the BELLA that had practically the lowest yield of the entire group, with the Omega, Mooka, and the Aicok all producing an average to slightly below-average amount of juice.
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 with a non-trivial amount of foam and pulp.
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 appliance 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, meriting an 8 out of 10. 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.
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, each earning a 7 out of 10. 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 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.
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 and the BELLA 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, creating about 1.5 mL of juice each.
The BELLA fared a little better than the Breville when we tried juicing kale, but both still had a below-average yield. However, these products improved in the final test for this metric, juicing spinach, and gave us 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 spinach and kale, but not by much, having the lowest and the second-lowest yield of the entire group.
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, each earning a 9 out of 10. 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.
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.
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 virtually identical, including their quality cleaning brushes. None of the parts are particularly difficult to clean by hand, and most of them 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.
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. They are rated for dishwasher cleaning, though.
The remainder of the products all earned a 5 out of 10 for being relatively mediocre when it came to 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 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 has 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 we didn't find it to help much, and this was one of our least favorite models to clean.
At this point, we hope that you feel confident in your search for a new citrus or full-size juicer, 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