Whether you’re trying to increase your fruit and veg intake, looking to start your day with an energising ginger shot or a glass of fresh juice, or simply want to know what all the fuss is about, it might be time to give juicing a go. We’ve tested a range of juicers from classic centrifugal and masticating models to juicer-blender hybrids and electric citrus juicers in order to find the best juicers on the market.
There are many health benefits that come from incorporating fresh juice into the diet. We all know that fruits, veggies and leafy greens are packed with healthy vitamins, minerals and nutrients, but what does that really mean for us and our diet?
Dr Rosalind Miller, a nutrition scientist with the British Nutrition Foundation says that ”One hundred per cent fruit juice makes a valuable contribution to our intake of vitamin C in the UK diet, contributing almost 20% to average daily vitamin C intake in schoolchildren, and more than 10% in adults,” and that “A 150ml glass of unsweetened orange juice is also a source of folate and potassium.” Jeannette Jackson, author of The Drop Zone Diet, nutritionist, and juicing advocate concurs, adding that people should be making their own juice so they can control what goes into it, and to limit their intake to a couple of glasses a week as a ‘nutritional top-up’.
Read on to learn more about this different kind of juicers on the market and our BBC Good Food best juicers. For over 200 buyer’s guides, visit our product review section and find reviews of the best smoothie makers, best food processors, best blenders and much more.
What types of juicers are there?
Although there are plenty of options on the market, the two main options are fast or slow juicers.
Centrifugal (fast) juicers: Once fruit and veg are fed down the feeding chute, these juicers work by spinning it very fast against a grater or slightly pronged disk, so the ingredients are completely broken down. The centrifugal force then draws all of the juice through a fine mesh sieve which is then channelled towards the juice spout.
These seem to be the most popular choice because they are speedy, easy to use, and tend to be fairly budget-friendly. They’re louder than their masticating counterparts, but are – as the name suggests – significantly faster.
Masticating (slow) juicers: For anyone who considers juicing a vital part of their diet, masticating is often deemed preferable. These juicers work by squeezing or “chewing” fruits and vegetables using a corkscrew shaped device called an auger. The crushed ingredients are then pressed through a sieve or strainer and produce foam-free results.
Although not as speedy, it will definitely do a much better job at breaking down the fruit or veg, particularly those hard-to-blend leafy greens. It’s often said that you will yield more juice from these, so they’re considered more cost-effective in the long run.
Citrus juicers: Similar in design to hand held citrus juicers, an electric model does the twisting for you. Simply halve your citrus and press it onto the central spindle, this will then start to rotate allowing you to move the fruit around the spindle, ensuring you get every last drop of juice out. Citrus juicers are a truly specialist appliance, but great if you drink or cook with a lot of citrus.
Best juicers at a glance
- Best masticating juicer: Kuvings whole slow juicer, £299
- Best blowout juicer: Hurom slow juicer, £519
- Best versatile juicer: Fridja F1900, £117.73
- Best centrifugal juicer: Nutribullet juicer pro, £130
- Best compact juicer: Ninja cold press juicer, £149
- Best budget juicer: Nutribullet juicer 01515, £100
- Best vegetable juicer: BioChef Axis cold press juicer, £279
- Best citrus juicer: Smeg citrus juicer, £129
- Best juicer for large quantities: Sage 3x Bluicer Pro, £298
- Best everyday juicer: Philips cold press masticating juicer, £149.99
Best juicers for 2022
Kuvings whole slow juicer
Best masticating juicer
- Pros: lots of cleaning equipment provided, easy to assemble, informative manual, wide chute
- Cons: parts can’t be put in the dishwasher
Star rating: 4.5/5
This masticating juicer from popular juicer brand Kuvings is a fantastic entry-level model that ticks all the boxes.
We found this model easy to assemble and although none of the parts are dishwasher safe, plenty of cleaning accessories are provided to make clean up a breeze.
This model had no problem with hard veg, leafy greens and fibrous ingredients. The juice produced was bright green in colour, silky smooth and bursting with flavour!
Read our full Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer review
Hurom slow juicer
Best blowout juicer
- Pros: simple attractive design, cleaning accessories provided, quiet, large self-feeding chute
- Cons: eye-wateringly expensive, pulp bin is small, no dishwasher safe parts
Star rating: 4.5/5
Statuesque and impressive-looking, this Hurom Slow Juicer is strictly reserved for those who are really into their juicing or have a decent amount of money to spend.
This model has been well-designed, featuring easy-clean parts and a self-contained pulp bin that contributes to the Hurom’s streamlined appearance.
Little-to-no prep is required for ingredients, simply pop them in the large jug and let the self-feeding mechanism do the hard work for you.
The juice produced was smooth, vibrant and foam-free.
Read our full Hurom Slow Juicer review
Best versatile juicer
- Pros: good range of accessories provided, slim, sturdy, heavy-duty, quiet
- Cons: tall so may not fit under some cupboards, a lot of non-recyclable packaging
Star rating: 4.5/5
If you’re looking for a juicer that can juice and do a little bit more, this Fridja model is the one for you. As well as juice, this model can be used to make sorbet, ice cream and even nut milk.
This model is stable in use. It’s also the tallest model we tested. Whilst it’s tall, slim appearance is attractive, we felt this may pose an issue for people with overhead cupboards who want to keep their juicer on the kitchen counter.
Assembling this model was very easy, as was cleaning it after use. The juice produced was smooth, clear and vibrant in colour.
Read our full Fridja F1900 review
Nutribullet Juicer Pro
Best centrifugal juicer
- Pros: comes with lots of useful accessories, affordable model
- Cons: loud, bulky takes up lots of space, struggled to juice kale
Star rating: 4/5
This speedy juicer from Nutribullet is sure to impress those who want their juice ready fast. There’s lots to love about this juicer: it’s easy to assemble, dishwasher safe and comes with some of the best sustainability credentials of all models tested.
The juice produced was flavoursome and smooth, but we felt let down by the lack of green hue to indicate all of the kale had been processed. Plus, true to form with centrifugal models, there was a thick layer of foam on top of our juice.
Read our full Nutribullet Juicer Pro review
Ninja Cold Press Juicer
Best compact juicer
- Pros: three pulp control filters, cleaning brush provided, smooth juice, affordable
- Cons: small juice and pulp jug, can’t fit glass under the spout, pulp was damp
Star rating: 4/5
Juicers can be big and bulky, indeed the four models above this one are some of the largest on this list, but this compact juicer from Ninja is neatly designed and takes up very little space on the kitchen counter.
For a range of juices, this model comes with interchangeable filters allowing you to customise the amount of pulp in your drink. Our juice was smooth using the fine filter and had a good level of texture using the high pulp filter. After checking the waste bin, we found the waste pulp was still quite damp, indicating not all the juice had been removed.
Read our full Ninja Cold Press Juicer review
Nutribullet Juicer 01515
Best budget juicer
- Pros: budget friendly, simple and easy to use controls, easy to clean
- Cons: juice wasn’t as smooth as we’d have liked, loud, some fruits and veg went un-juiced
Star rating: 4/5
If you’re just getting into juicing or are looking for a cheap and cheerful model for the odd occasion, this Nutribullet model may just be the ticket. It’s the younger sibling of the Nutribullet model above and is slightly cheaper looking too.
Like the Nutribullet above, this model is easy to assemble and all the parts can go in the dishwasher. It’s fast, but not the quietest model, which doesn’t make it ideal for early morning juices.
Whilst pleasant tasting, the juice produced was a little grainy and this model struggled a little with leafy greens.
Read our full Nutribullet Juicer 01515 review
Biochef Axis Cold Press Juicer
Best vegetable juicer
- Pros: juiced leafy greens well, powerful, quiet, very efficient, versatile
- Cons: heavy, juicing nozzle moves around
Star rating: 4/5
If you’re not in a hurry and want seriously high-quality juice, the BioChef will make the most out of any ingredient fed into it.
It deals well with fibrous and crisp fruits and veg well. A handy feeder dish also allows you to chop and chuck bits in at the same time without any need for rushing, but make sure fruits like apples are quartered. The funnel itself is quite small.
Its corkscrew masticating mechanism means there are no exposed blades to worry about when cleaning.
Read our full Biochef Axis Cold Press Juicer review
Smeg Citrus Juicer
Best citrus juicer
- Pros: attractive design, simple set up, quite quiet, dishwasher safe attachments, sturdy
- Cons: expensive
Star rating: 4.5/5
This luxury citrus juicer remains in keeping with Smeg’s other 1950s-style appliances. Available in a range of colours and incredibly well-built, the Smeg citrus juicer is well worth considering if you often cook with citrus or love homemade citrus juice.
This juicer is remarkably easy to use: simply press your halved citrus juice onto the central spindle to make it rotate. We yielded a generous amount of juice from this model and enjoyed a smooth juice with just a little pulp (as expected).
Clean up was simple and easy too as all the attachments are dishwasher safe.
Read our full Smeg citrus juicer review
Sage 3X Bluicer Pro
Best juicer for large quantities
- Pros: makes exceptional smoothies, top-quality components, unique integration of juicing and smoothie-blending
- Cons: lots of parts to clean, expensive
Star rating: 4.5/5
As you might have guessed, this machine is a juicer-blender hybrid, and it has an impressive capacity for doing both. Sage’s 3X Bluicer Pro is undoubtedly a versatile piece of kit.
It’s great for larger families or groups looking to save time, make batches of juice, and find a product that can multitask (thanks to its large feeder chute and 10 speed options). It’s also dishwasher-safe.
The juicer function produced a smooth, balanced juice with a slight foam. The side spout and silicone feeder tube allow you to direct the juice directly into a glass but we recommend using the jug provided.
Read our full Sage 3X Bluicer Pro review
Philips Cold Press Masticating Juicer
Best everyday juicer
- Pros: XL feeder chute, modern design, juice tap, efficient
- Cons: small pulp container, long footprint
Star rating: 4.5/5
Masticating juicers are notorious for being slow, but the Philips promises a full glass of juice in just one minute, and creates exceptionally smooth and balanced juice by cold-pressing ingredients.
The lidded feeder chute conveniently feeds a whole apple into its corkscrew mechanism, which you can reverse to help any stubborn ingredients through.
It has a modern design and is button-activated, but the machine itself is quite deep and narrow in width. If you have the space, this is a great mid-range machine. It comes with five juicing recipes, is easy to assemble, clean, and safe to wash. All in all, this is a great juicer.
Read our full Philips Cold Press Masticating Juicer review
How to use up juicer waste
After juicing you’ll be left with a pile of semi-dry pulp and fibre. Rather than simply throwing it out, the leftovers can be reused in a couple of interesting ways.
- Add it into a vegetable stock
- Turn kale (or any other leafy green) pulp into pesto
- Add pulp to homemade granola and energy bites
- Mix pulp into a muffin batter
- If you can’t find anything to do with it, make sure to add it to the food waste bin
How we tested juicers
We put all traditional juicers to the test by making a simple carrot, apple, kale and ginger juice. The chosen ingredients allowed us to see how the juicer tackled four key juicing ingredients.
Carrots to see how sturdy the masticating spindle or centrifugal spinner are.
Apples are classic juicing ingredients, not only did we use them to see how much juice was produced, but also to check whether a whole apple could fit in the feeding chute.
Without the kale, our juice would be totally orange, to ensure that the juicers on test were able to process leafy greens, we looked for a strong green juice to indicate all of the kale had been effectively juiced.
Ginger is hard and fibrous, we wanted to ensure the juicer didn’t get blocked.
For citrus juicers, or traditional juicers with dedicated citrus juicing attachments, we made a classic orange juice.
We also tested the juicers against the following criteria:
- Ease of use: Although assembling the machines can be quite time-consuming, we noted how easy the instruction manuals were to use and the simplicity of each machine’s functionality once put together. We also made sure they weren’t too noisy for an everyday kitchen.
- Smoothness: As we were looking to juice a variety of fruit and veg, it was important the juicers could handle everything we threw their way. The juice produced needed to be a strong, deep and rich colour to indicate that a high level of vitamins and minerals had been extracted. We looked for smooth, clear and vibrant juice.
- Ease of cleaning: We looked for machines with removable components that could be washed in a dishwasher or by hand.
- Ease of storage: Although all juicers tend to be big due to the nature of the work they do, we looked for compact appliances that could be stored in a kitchen cupboard.
- Sustainability: Juicers come with lots of component parts, so extra points were given to models/brands who offer spare parts. We also looked for transparency around where the juicer was made. And of course, favoured plastic-free, recyclable packaging.
- Features: Any added bonuses, like different options for frozen juices or veg prep, were taken into account.
For more information about how we test other products and food, head over to our How We Test page.
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