The best juicer can turn fruit and vegetables into a refreshing drink in minutes, ensuring you no longer have to head to the grocery store or smoothie bar every time you fancy a juice.
The best juicers come in two different styles; centrifugal juicers and cold press juicers. Centrifugal juicers are simple to use, fast and the most affordable juicers on the market. However, they create heat when juicing, which can damage the nutrients in the fresh produce.
Also known as masticating or slow juicers, the best cold press juicers are, as the name suggests, slower than centrifugal juicers. They're more expensive too. However, they preserve more nutrients and extract larger quantities of juice from fruit and vegetables. Find out exactly what is a cold press juicer in our in-depth feature.
Prefer a smoothie to a juice? While some of the best juicers come with smoothie attachments, one of the best blenders will blitz fruit and vegetables into smoothies faster than a juicer can. You can find out how the two appliances differ in our juicers vs blenders article.
There’s a wide variety of juicers on the market from kitchen appliance stalwarts such as Smeg and Breville, which also produce some of the best coffee makers, as well as brands such as Kuvings and Nama, that focus on juicers. However, knowing which is the right one for you can be confusing. So we’ve put an array of models to test to discover which is the best juicer you can buy right now.
The best juicers 2021: ranked
If you’re looking for the best juicer you can buy, and money is no object, then the Nama 5800 will be right up your street. We were extremely impressed with this juicer, which is neat and compact, and achieved some of the highest juice yields (the amount of juice compared to the original weight of fruit and vegetables) we’ve ever seen. However, it's also one of the most expensive on the market too.
It’s simple to use and comes with three interchangeable strainers, which allow you to make smoothies and sorbet as well as refreshing juices. We found the juice it extracted, both from soft fruits and harder, fibrous fresh produce, was clear, smooth and froth-free.
The feed chute is not as wide as some juicers we've tested, so you will need to chop larger fruits up before you begin juicing, but this really is a minor gripe on what is the best juicer we’ve tested to date.
Read our full review: Nama Vitality 5800
If you're looking for an appliance that can prepare more than just refreshing fruit and vegetable drinks, the Kuvings Evolution 820 Cold Press Juicer is worth considering.
It comes with two strainers, but an additional Homogenizer that allows you to make nut butters, sauces, purees and fresh 'ice cream' from frozen fruits, is also available for the juicer along with a smoothie strainer.
The Kuvings Cold Press Juicer doesn’t come cheap, but with its relatively heavy base and stylish body you can tell you’re paying for a durable, serious piece of kit. It impressed us by producing smooth, clear froth-free juice from an array of fruit and vegetables. It's also one of the quietest we've tested too. However, it is a bulky machine
Read our full Kuvings EVO820 Evolution Cold Press Juicer review
With a 70oz/ 2L lidded jug and 3.6 qt/ 3.4L pulp container, this is the juicer to plump for if you want to make large quantities of juice in one go. We were impressed at just how clear the juice produced by the Breville the Juice Fountain Cold was, and the fact there was no pulp included in the juice either.
Known as the Sage the Nutri Juicer Cold in the UK, this is a centrifugal juicer but it features ‘Cold Spin Technology’ which the brand claims will ensure the juicer stays cool, despite its high spin speed to avoid any heat damage to vitamins and minerals during the juicing process.
If you’re a fan of kale shots, then this isn’t the juicer for you, as it struggled to extract much juice from leafy greens, and we also found that while juices were smooth, they had a thick layer of foam. However, considering its mid-range price tag, we think is definitely a juicer worth considering.
Read our full review: Breville the Juice Fountain Cold
Unlike the other juicers in our round-up, the Sage the 3X Bluicer Pro, which is known as the Breville the 3X Bluicer Pro is the US, doubles up as a blender.
In our tests, it came up top in terms of speed, juicing an apple in just 10 seconds, making it one of the fastest and most efficient juicers we've tested. It also has an informative LED control panel display that walks you through the controls and lets you adjust the speed - a feature we think is lacking on standard juicer appliances.
However, in use this is the noisest juicer we've tested and is bulky so requires a lot of storage space. .
Read our full Sage 3X Bluicer Pro review
The attractive retro body on the Smeg SJF01 Slow Juicer certainly looks good on the worktop, but its basic functions are a little less luxurious. Designed to match Smeg’s iconic range of 1950s small and large appliances, this juicer comes with minimal accessories and lacks a froth separator.
In our tests, we found it was simple to use and on the whole produced clear, smooth juice from an array of fruit and vegetables. We were also impressed with the juice density regulation lever, which allows the thickness of the juice to be adjusted to your tastes.
While it may not be the most high-tech juicer on the market, it you want smooth juice and good looks from an appliance, it fits the bill.
Read our full Smeg SJF01 Slow Juicer review
This is a great entry-level juicer for those on a budget. With two-speed settings, it’s easy to use, and the dishwasher-safe components meaning cleaning it is a breeze too.
It’s effective at producing plenty of juice from fruit and vegetables, but in our tests, the juices we created weren’t completely smooth and had a large layer of froth on top too. The Nutribullet Juicer also struggled to produce much juice from leafy green vegetables, such as kale, although this is what we’d expect from a centrifugal juicer.
A compact and neat juicer, the Nutribullet has a wide feed chute, so you don’t have to waste time chopping fresh produce, and the pitcher comes with a lid to make storing the juice easy. There's also a recipe booklet, which offers plenty of inspiration for those new to juicing. If you’re on a budget, this is a juicer worth considering.
Read our full review: Nutribullet Juicer
How we test juicers
To find the best juicers we’ve spent hours in the kitchen putting the top models to the test to make a green juice from broccoli, celery, pears and ginger, while also juicing carrots, oranges and apples. As well as evaluating how smooth the drinks are and how fast they’re dispensed, we’re also looking for whether bitterness from the pith and pulp has tainted the taste of the juice, how much foam has been created in the drink and if there’s any remaining fresh produce in the appliance that hasn’t been juiced.
For each model we rate how loud they are, how durable and easy to clean the body and parts are, if the chute is wide enough for whole fruits and vegetables or whether they need to be chopped before juicing, and if it splashes and drips during and after use.
What to consider when buying a juicer
What to consider when buying a juicer
As we’ve already mentioned there are two different types of juicer to choose from if you’re looking to invest in an appliance that can extract liquid from fruit and vegetables.
A centrifugal juicer uses a flat blade and spinning strainer to create fresh juice, and works best on firmer fruits and veggies. They're faster and more affordable than cold press juicers but they're noisier and create more heat which can break down the nutrients in the fruit quicker than slow juicers.
A slow juicer, as the name suggests, takes its time breaking down fruit and vegetables to ensure as many nutrients as possible are retained and every drop of juice is extracted. They’re more expensive than a centrifugal juicer but this can be cost-effective in the long run as you’ll get a higher yield of juice.
Many juicers come with a range of different sized-strainers, which means you can control how much pulp, if any, is retained in the juice, and for those that dislike froth on freshly squeezed juice, look for models that include a froth separator. Some juicers even offer additional attachments so you can create nut butters, fresh pasta, and even grind coffee as well as extract juice.
Also, consider the size of the juicer and where you’re going to keep it, and any accessories it comes with, as well as how time-consuming it is to clean.
Juicers vs blenders
Juicers have been designed to extract the liquid from fresh produce. As we’ve covered above, there are a few different types of juicers and some use sharp blades to break down the fruits and veggies, whereas others slowly press the ingredients to release the liquid. Once the juice has been created, you’ll have the leftover parts of your produce.
Blenders work differently because rather than extracting juices, they break down the entire contents of the blending jug to create a smooth mixture and don’t leave anything behind. For a full round-up of the pros and cons of both juicers and blenders, head to our feature on Juicers vs blenders: what’s the difference?
How to clean a juicer
Cleaning a juicer isn’t always easy, especially as there are lots of small crevices where fruit or veggies can get stuck and start to build-up. Staying on top of the cleanliness of your juicer will help keep your juice tasting as fresh as possible while ensuring the machine is hygienic too.
To give your juicer a deep clean, switch it off and unplug it, and then take all the removable parts off the machine so that you can clean them. Place all loose parts in warm water and add some dish soap - you can give these a scrub with a cloth or a scrubbing brush. If this isn’t enough to remove stubborn build-up, rinse the parts in water and then soak them in white vinegar.
For the smaller and more awkward parts of the juicer that seem impossible to reach, you might need to invest in some micro scrubbing brushes. You can pick up scrubbing brushes designed to reach awkward areas at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
You can use a spoon or a spatula to remove the pulp from the machine and press a small sponge inside the pulp tray to soak up any bits of pulp that are stuck behind.
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