Juicer buying guide
Centrifugal or cold-press? Fast or quiet? Splurge or save? We'll show you what to look for when choosing the perfect juicer for your kitchen.
Quick facts about comparing juicers
- There are two main types of juicers, centrifugal and cold-press.
- Centrifugal juicers generally range from $60 up to $400, while cold-press models start at around $200 and can cost as much as $1,000.
- The right juicer for you depends on the types of juice you want to make, how often you plan on using it and your budget.
If you're looking for an easy way to include more fruit and veggies in your diet, a juicer can help. There's a wide variety of products to choose from and an even broader price range – anywhere from $60 to $1,000 or more for commercial-scale models – so you'll need to compare different juicers and their features to find the one that's right for your needs.
What is a juicer?
A juicer is a kitchen appliance designed to extract the liquid from fruits and vegetables. It separates the pulp from the liquid to create smooth and (hopefully) delicious-tasting juice.
Juicers shouldn't be confused with blenders, which process the whole fruit or vegetable and produce thicker drinks, such as smoothies. If you want to buy a blender, check out our guide to the best blenders.
Do you really need a juicer?
If you're tossing up whether to buy a juicer, the key factor to consider is how often you will use it. Waking up to a glass of fresh juice every day sounds inviting, but the novelty can quickly wear off.
A juicer can make it easier to squeeze more vitamins, minerals and nutrients into your body – and without any of the additives or sweeteners found in some store-bought juices. Juicers can also be fun, allowing you to try new fruit and vegetable combinations. If you regularly have leftover fruits or vegetables when you cook, you can cut down on waste and throw them in your juicer.
However, using a juicer takes time and effort, including peeling and chopping fruit and cleaning the juicer after every use. They're also not as versatile as a blender or a food processor with a juicer attachment.
What types are available?
There are two types of juicers to choose from:
- Centrifugal juicers. Centrifugal juicers (sometimes called juice extractors) work by feeding produce through a spinning blade and relying on centrifugal force to separate the juice from the pulp. They're quick and easy to use, producing juice in well under a minute.
- Cold-press juicers. Also known as masticating or slow juicers, these models usually produce better-quality juice than centrifugal juicers and can extract more liquid from your fruit and vegetables. Cold-press juicers operate at much lower speeds than their counterparts and gently compress and crush fruit and vegetables to extract the juice within.
How to compare juicers
Before buying a juicer, you'll need to consider the size of the appliance, how easy it is to use and clean, and how much it costs. Make sure you take the following factors into account:
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