Juicer buying guide: Compare centrifugal and slow-press juicers

Learn what to look for when choosing the best juicer for your kitchen.

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.

Compare 10 of the most popular juicers for 2018

Data obtained December 2018. Prices are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.
Name Product Price (AUD) Colour / Finish Power (watts) Warranty Purchase Today
Sunbeam JE7800
Sunbeam JE7800
$103
Stainless Steel
1000
1 year
The Sunbeam JE7800 uses a double sieve design that juices both the fruit and the pulp for maximum production.
Cuisinart CJE-500
Cuisinart CJE-500
$194.95
Black
400
3 years
The Cuisinart CJE-500 has a mesh filter to separate the pulp from your juice.
Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL
Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL
$219
Silver
800
1 year
The Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL has a stainless steel cutting disc and filter basket for efficient juicing.
Hamilton Beach Big Mouth 67601
Hamilton Beach Big Mouth 67601
$259
Black
800
3 years
All the removable parts of the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth 67601 are dishwasher safe.
Cuisinart CJE-1000
Cuisinart CJE-1000
$290.55
Stainless steel
1000
3 years
The Cuisinart CJE-1000 is equipped with five speed controls and a filter basket to reduce foam.
Breville the Froojie Fountain BJE520BSS
Breville the Froojie Fountain BJE520BSS
$300
Brushed Stainless Steel
1300
1 year replacement, 5 years motor
The Breville the Froojie Fountain BJE520BSS can juice whole fruits easily with an 84mm chute feed.
Magimix Le Duo XL
Magimix Le Duo XL
$407.9
White
400
3 years
The Magimix Le Duo XL provides a citrus press accessory with two cone sizes for smaller and larger fruits.
Hurom H26 Alpha
Hurom H26 Alpha
$579
Matte Black
150
10 years
The Hurom H26 Alpha can be purchased in three colours and includes an ice-cream and smoothie maker in the box.
Kuvings C7000 Professional
Kuvings C7000 Professional
$799
Red
240
20 years motor, 5 years parts
The Kuvings C7000 Professional comes with a smoothie accessory and offers a 20-year motor warranty.
Kuvings Chef CS600
Kuvings Chef CS600
$1,949
Silver / Stainless Steel
200
5 years motor, 1 year parts and labour
The Kuvings Chef CS600 has a flip gate at the top of the chute for added safety.

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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.

Why buy a juicer?

There are several reasons why a juicer could be a handy addition to your kitchen:

While infomercials make some outlandish (and untrue) claims about the health benefits of fresh juice, 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 to create delicious juices for different situations – a thirst-quenching beverage for summer, a post-gym cool-down juice or even a hangover cure for the morning after a big night.

Got a stray carrot or a couple of tomatoes left over from last night's dinner? Instead of throwing them out, include them in your next juice and take advantage of the nutritional benefits they offer.

  • When don't I 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.

Simply put, using a juicer isn't instant. It takes time and effort, so you need to be willing to put in plenty of hard work peeling, chopping and cleaning regularly if you're going to get your money's worth. If you're not committed to using a juicer several times a week, chances are you'll end up shoving it to the back of a cupboard and forgetting about it.

Juicers can be quite expensive appliances, so think twice before handing over a big pile of cash. They're also highly specialised pieces of equipment, so you might decide that the versatility of a blender or a food processor – some high-end food processors come with a juicer attachment – better suits your needs.

Check out our guide to buying a food processor

What types of juicers 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.
ProsCons
Centrifugal juicers
  • More affordable
  • Quick and easy to use
  • Often easier to clean
  • Noisier
  • Bulkier
  • Can produce frothy juice
Cold-press juicers
  • Juice stays fresh for longer
  • Better-quality juice
  • Quieter
  • More expensive
  • Slower juicing time of around 5 to 6 minutes
  • Produce usually needs to be chopped into smaller pieces to fit into the machine

How do I compare juicers?

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.

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:

Which juicer is best for me?

The best juicer for you will depend on the types of juice you want to produce, how often you plan on using your machine and your budget.

In order to find an appliance that meets all your needs, you'll need to shop around and compare a variety of options. As a guide on how to do this, we've compared the pros and cons of five popular juicers in the table below:

The goodThe bad
Cuisinart CJE-1000
  • Powerful
  • Reasonable yield with little froth
  • Some chopping required
  • Difficult to clean
Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL
  • Plenty of positive user reviews
  • Quick and easy to use
  • Only a one-year warranty
  • Hard to clean
Hamilton Beach Big Mouth 67601
  • Easy to use
  • Big chute
  • A little difficult to clean
  • Can produce excess froth
Hurom H26 Alpha
  • Performs well with soft and hard fruit
  • Impressive yield
  • Pricey
  • Narrow chute
Kuvings Chef CS600
  • Heavy-duty performance
  • Dual-feed chute
  • Easy to clean
  • Costs a lot of money
  • More than most home users need

 
While juicers won't find a home in every kitchen, they can be a very handy appliance for the right owner.

So if you want to buy a juicer, start comparing your options today.

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Tim Falk

A freelance writer with a passion for the written word, Tim loves helping Australians find the right home loans and savings accounts. When he's not chained to a computer, Tim can usually be found exploring the great outdoors.

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