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Since 2016, we've purchased over 20 of the best juicers on the market to test side-by-side. Our kitchen experts examined 15 of the top models available today for this update. We made juices from a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to judge overall juice quality and assessed each model's ability to juice soft produce like apples and oranges, hard produce like beets and carrots, and even difficult leafy greens. We also rated and scored user-friendliness and ease of cleaning. Our comprehensive review combines in-depth research and objective testing with real-world experience to help you identify the best juicer for your kitchen.
The Kuvings Whole Slow C7000S is an amazing masticating juicer that excels in rendering liquids from notoriously difficult ingredients such as kale, wheatgrass, and spinach. That is not to say the Kuvings doesn't do well with other ingredients. On the contrary, it tested well with soft produce as well. However, leafy greens require low RPMs and a high-quality masticator to render a large volume of quality juice, and the Kuvings hits the nail on the head in this regard. Additionally, this juicer is fairly easy to clean and set up — two statements that can't be said for much of the competition.
While the Kuvings does well with leafy greens, it had a bit of trouble with some of the firmer produce items that we tested it with, specifically beets. When we say it had some trouble, we mean that it didn't get top marks, but it was still above average in the assessment. The only other concerns about this device are that it has a lot of parts that can be a little frustrating to get set up, and it's among the most expensive machines in the class. That said, it's worth every penny if you want high-quality juice.
Dishwasher Safe?: Yes, most parts | Type: Masticating
REASONS TO BUY
Easily juices greens
Fantastic blended juice quality
Super easy to clean
REASONS TO AVOID
Lower hard produce juice yield
Our favorite masticating juicer is, hands-down, the Omega Nutrition Center. This appliance is second-to-none for juicing leafy greens — even problematic produce that is typically more difficult to juice, such as spinach and wheatgrass. It also excels at juicing soft produce like apples and oranges, outputting well above average juice yields. It can make high-quality blended juice beverages with a velvety-smooth texture and phenomenal taste. The icing on the cake is that the Nutrition Center is supremely easy to clean, saving both time and energy on the back end.
The one caveat is that the Nutrition Center isn't an all-star at juicing hard produce. Many slow juicers struggle with this, but this masticating model struggled more than the others we tested. It tends to generate significantly less juice than average, particularly with vegetables like sweet potatoes and beets. This machine is also one of the most expensive in this review and may exceed many people's budgets. But in this case, price compliments performance, and this is a quality product built to last.
Dishwasher Safe?: Yes, most parts | Type: Centrifugal
REASONS TO BUY
Good juice quality
Easy to clean
REASONS TO AVOID
Lower juice yields
Do you have sticker shock from the price tags attached to some of the top models in this review? The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth retails for a fraction of the price of many other products yet can still produce above-average juices. Across our entire series of tests, this price point model delivered impressive results. It yields an average amount of juice from both soft and hard produce and is even capable of effectively juicing leafy greens — an uncommon feat for most centrifugal models. Best of all, this juicer makes reasonably tasty juice cocktails and is quite easy to clean.
While it may not feature the handsome stainless steel construction of some other top models, this is a durable model that is still likely to stand up to everyday juicing. As a centrifugal model, it can introduce quite a bit of pulp to your drink, which means that juices tend to separate quickly and are best enjoyed fresh rather than stored for later. Although this machine doesn't offer the most impressive juice yields, it does produce a high-quality glass of juice, particularly considering its price point. The Big Mouth is perfect for anyone shopping on a tight budget — but for those able to spend a bit more, the Premium version is well worth the small additional expense.
The Breville Juice Fountain Cold is a top-shelf centrifugal juicer that rips through the toughest of ingredients, such as beets, carrots, and apples, with gusto. While some high-performance juicers cost an arm and a leg, this one is much more affordable. We like that the juice cup is a pitcher with a lid because it can handle high volumes of liquid and be stored conveniently in the fridge. We also appreciated that the Breville has a wide feeding chute resulting in less food prep and faster rendering times. Finally, the various parts that comprise the juicer are fairly easy to clean.
Whereas the Breville's high RPM centrifugal juicing mechanism distinguishes itself with firmer produce, the trade-off is that it does not do well with high volume, low-mass items like wheatgrass and kale. To be clear, the juice that the Breville renders from these leafy veggies is quite good; it just comes at low volumes compared to the leading masticating machines. Our main critique of the Breville has to do with its juice cup's lid — it is very hard to remove once in place. That said, we like the large pitcher/lid set-up.
Before getting down to the job of juicing, our team performs its due diligence of market research, spending dozens — if not hundreds — of combined hours investigating new technologies and comparing and contrasting the most popular products available. To ensure full objectivity, we purchase all products we test at retail cost. Our team of experts then design numerically-based tests, so we can rank these products relative to one another. We conduct close to 60 different tests and assessments to evaluate the performance of every model and update the review whenever a promising new product is released. These components make up the overall score and are weighted based on how they influence the juicing experience.
Many of these tests require us to use these juicers in our kitchens, providing real-world experience that helps us relate on a personal level. An extended testing period allows us significant time to get acquainted with each product — our reviewers make dozens of drinks with every model, processing lots of produce to better understand the pros and cons of each product. The highest weighted metric is juice quality (25% of the total), broken down into 16 individual tests for three different juice product blends. Our juicing test products include more than 13 different commonly juiced fruits and vegetables across metrics!
We rated these products across 5 metrics:
Overall Juice Quality tests (25% of total weighted score)
Soft Produce Juicing tests (20% of weighting)
Hard Produce Juicing tests (20% weighting)
Leafy Greens Juicing tests (20% weighting)
Cleaning tests (15% weighting)
Research Analyst Austin Palmer and Senior Review Editor David Wise have reviewed and tested hundreds of different kitchen appliances and tech products between the two of them, and collectively spent more than 150 hours researching, testing, and reviewing these products. Another one of our kitchen experts, Genaveve Bradshaw lends her culinary knowledge, as well as her research and review skills, to round out our team.
Analysis and Test Results
Our team developed a set of comprehensive metrics to directly rate and compare these products side-by-side. While all the metrics are related, they are designed to be mutually exclusive to better examine each product's particular strengths and weaknesses, so you can make an informed buying decision for your needs and budget.
Full-Size or Citrus-Only?
If you are mainly interested in juicing limes, lemons, grapefruits, or oranges, 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.
Juicers are a specialty item, and compared to other kitchen appliances, we find that the top-performing products in this category generally tend to run on the pricey side. Many of the top models available to most home consumers can cost hundreds of dollars — and that's not even considering professional-grade options.
However, if you are shopping for a better deal, then the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth is the best value option, as is the Mueller Ultra-Juicer. Even though these models struggle with some of the more difficult juicing tasks, they cost a fraction of premium models, making them a great middle-of-the-road option if you are trying to balance performance and price. The Breville Juice Fountain costs a little more, but its overall performance is also quite a bit better. If you have a little extra cash to spend but still don't want to break the bank, the Juice Fountain is a fantastic option.
Many of us look to making juice at home because we recognize that the economics of buying fresh bottled juices is simply not sustainable. While these products may not afford the same professional-grade results, at-home models will still produce a high-quality glass of juice. We use three different juice cocktails to rank and score the differences in the performance of each product. These three recipes combine various fruits and vegetables — up to six different types of produce in one juice blend — and thus offer a broad spectrum of juices to better gauge aspects of overall juice quality.
We use a panel of testers to taste and score each drink and ask them to comment on things like taste, texture, thickness, temperature, and any other characteristics that they feel contribute to or detract from overall juice quality. The Cuisinart Juice Extractor and Omega Nutrition Center delivered excellent results across the board, earning them top marks in this metric. Juice blends from the Cuisinart have a smooth texture with little foam and a consistency that allows individual flavors to shine through. This is particularly of interest because while the Omega Nutrition Center is our favorite overall, the Cuisinart Juice Extractor falls at the bottom of the barrel. It just goes to show that even some of the lowest-scoring products in this review are still capable of creating delicious juices!
The Omega Nutrition Center is particularly versatile because of its ability to effectively juice different types of produce. Our judges all agreed that this appliance makes excellent juice cocktails that are smooth and incredibly rich in flavor, with little to no pulp. The blends from this model are denser, topped with small amounts of foam, are properly saturated, and don't easily separate — all characteristics of an ideal juice.
All Breville models, the Breville Juice Fountain Cold and the more expensive Breville Juice Fountain Elite, produce high-quality juices for centrifugal models. While the Elite tends to blend produce into a smoother cocktail, the juices are not nearly as flavorful as the base model. In general, both models offer juices with a smooth, creamy texture and minimal pulp.
Soft Produce Juicing
Although everything ultimately comes down to overall juice quality, each type of produce you include in your juice blends can affect the outcome of the finished product. We consider soft produce to be anything with a high water content — for our tests, we used a variety of fruits and vegetables, including apples, oranges, cucumbers, and celery. Our main concern with the individual types of produce was juice yield; how much produce do you need to process to get a reasonable amount of juice. But we also examined the amount of pulp, the rate of separation, appropriateness of color, and amount of foam. All of these factors relate directly back to juice quality.
The Kuvings Whole Slow Elite C7000S and Breville Juice Fountain Cold both deliver excellent soft produce yields, with Kuvings edging slightly ahead. In general, centrifugal models like Breville tend to process soft produce better than masticating models. So, these results make the Kuvings all the more outstanding as a versatile slow juicer — this particular model excels in celery and orange juice yields.
When it comes to fresh apples, the Mooka Slow Masticating Juicer is quite efficient, producing some of the highest yields of any model in this review. However, the Omega Nutrition Center is among the best models for juicing oranges — it produces high yields of juice with perfectly minimal pulp and no foam. However, this model does particularly poorly in the hard produce realm, so it likely isn't worth the expense for a citrus-specific juicer.
Even though the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth can produce high yields from soft produce items, the results tended to be moderately pulpy and foamy, which caused the juice to separate quickly compared to other options. Similarly, the juice from the otherwise high-performing Breville Juice Fountain tends to separate rapidly. The more expensive Breville Juice Fountain Elite may produce a bit more foam than comparable models, but it has significantly less pulp, thanks to a highly efficient filter. This results in a rather impressive shelf-life for juice from a centrifugal model.
Hard Produce Juicing
Hard produce like carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes can be a true test of power and durability. Even broken up, these harder types of produce can batter a juicing chamber from the inside, putting the quality of components to the test. Only models with strong motors can provide the power necessary to efficiently and effectively juice this type of produce. These more fibrous vegetables can stress the limits of filters and pulp containers. Again, we grade each appliance on the overall juice yield and the key aspects of juice quality. Some of these products struggled in these assessments, resulting in a much larger spread of scores.
The Breville Juice Fountain Elite had a great performance in this metric. Though lower juice yields overall — consider that this "elite" model costs quite a bit.
Competitive with the Breville products is the more price-point-friendly centrifugal Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Premium. This juicer has an 850-watt motor and is worth the extra expense over the standard model if you plan to juice hard produce regularly. This model excels at processing carrots but does well with beets and sweet potatoes as well.
The biggest downside to these inexpensive centrifugal models is that they are often overwhelmed by the pulp of fibrous veggies, resulting in thicker juices with mild to moderate amounts of pulp. Despite the question of pulp, we recommend a centrifugal rather than a masticating model if you plan on making beet and carrot juice.
The Kuvings Whole Slow Elite does alright overall with hard produce when looking at the individual produce score. However, it struggled mightily with beets, and this is what brought down its overall score in this metric. On the other hand, the Omega Nutrition Center delivered poor results in all three hard produce categories, illustrating that the masticators have to be carefully vetted to justify their high cost.
Leafy Greens Juicing
Next, we looked at what may be considered the most difficult task: juicing leafy greens. Many models are simply incapable of extracting juice from this type of produce. As a result, this metric also includes a wide range of scores, with some appliances handling herbage with ease while others severely struggle. Just like the tests for juicing hard and soft produce, we conducted a trio of tests with each product — using spinach, kale, and wheatgrass to gauge performance — scoring their yields as well as juice quality.
Outperforming the other products by a substantial margin, the Kuvings Whole Slow Elite claims the top spot for juicing leafy greens, thus securing its crown as the most versatile option in this review. Not only does this masticating model yield more juice from spinach and kale than any other model we tested, but it is also one of the few actually capable of juicing wheatgrass. The only other products to manage the wheatgrass feat are the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center and Omega Nutrition Center. Unfortunately, the Omega J8006HDS fell off in the kale test rendering it uncompetitive in the metric. However, the dark horse Hurom Slow Juicer made a strong showing, successfully juicing all three types of greens, albeit with significantly more foam.
While juicing leafy greens is certainly a specialty of masticating models, not all are effective — or efficient — at doing so. This is the one standout metric for the otherwise overpriced Tribest Slowstar Vertical. Although it cannot juice wheatgrass, it does produce high yields from other leafy veggies, albeit with a fair amount of foam.
Centrifugal models tend to struggle in this department — often gnashing greens into a pulpy, frothy mess instead of squeezing out the juice. Given the reputation of centrifugal devices, we were impressed with the average yields from the affordable Hamilton Beach Big Mouth. While it did not do great with kale and spinach, it competes with mastication models where wheatgrass is concerned.
As we have expressed before, everything that gets cooked — or in this case, juiced — must eventually be cleaned. Particularly when it comes to these machines, the process of disassembly, cleaning, and reassembly can be time-consuming and, in some cases, quite annoying. We made a lot of juice over our testing period and therefore spent a lot of time cleaning these machines. Our experience helps us evaluate the effort it takes to clean the individual components and the effectiveness of the cleaning tool (if one is even included.) As you may imagine, we award bonus points to those dishwasher-safe products.
The Omega Nutrition Center and NutriBullet 800W Juicer have components that are dishwasher friendly. The Omega, in particular, is also easy to hand wash. Both the NutriBullet and the Omega include effective cleaning brushes, and they break down in a way that is intuitive enough to make putting it all back together easy.
Most of these products, except the NutriBullet and Omega have filters that are easy to clean as long as you get to them right away and don't allow the pulp to dry in place.
Sever other juicers come in behind the NutriBullet and Omega for their cleaning ease. Namely, these are the Breville models as well as the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Premium. All of these models are dishwasher safe and come with reliable cleaning tools to access their various components. However, it is the simplicity of the NutriBullet that makes it by far the most straightforward model to clean.
This model combines the juice centrifuge and pulp container into a single unit, making for an easy transfer to the sink without spilling and an even more simplified cleaning process. The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Premium includes a brush specially designed to fit the filter, making this model easier to handwash than others.
Whether you are a juicing enthusiast looking for a top-tier machine, or a new user seeking a bargain model to try out juicing for the first time, the above review covers a wide variety of products to suit every need and budget. This comprehensive look at juicers covers many of the best juicers on the market and will help as a guide so that you feel more empowered in your purchase decision. There are a variety of models and price points, but there is certainly an option here that will fit perfectly in your kitchen. Happy juicing!
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