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Ready to juice? You’ll need a juicer!

With the variety of models on the market, it can be hard to find the best juicer for your needs. Below are our recommendations, plus a helpful guide on juicer features, prices and pros/cons of the various types.

 

There are two main types of juicers (also called juice extractors) on the market:

  • Centrifugal juicers are the least expensive and the best value.
  • Masticating juicers are the next step up in quality/power.

As you go up in price, you get better juice extraction and drier pulp, but each has tradeoffs.


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Centrifugal Juicers

Masticating Juicers

Price

$75 and up (USD)

$300 and up (USD)

How it works

Feeds produce through a spinning blade

Chews produce with one or two augers
(called twin-gear)

Pros

Best value

Superb with leafy greens

Fast; makes juices in 60 seconds

Drier pulp

Great with most fruits and vegetables

Quiet operation

Lightweight

Can make other items like nut milk and
frozen-banana ‘ice cream’

Some parts are dishwasher-safe.

Cons

Not as good with leafy greens as more
expensive juicer types

Slow: up to 5 min. per juice

Loud operation

Produce must be cut into smaller pieces
to prevent clogging

 

Our Recommendation

In our opinion, centrifugal juicers are the best value. This type of juicer extractor typically does a good job with common juicing ingredients like carrots, apples, celery, citrus, beets and cucumber. Expect to spend between $75 and $300.

 

There are lots of brands available, but Joe Cross used a Breville juicer throughout Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. He still uses and endorses them to this day. Note that in the UK, Breville juicers are sold under the Sage brand name. We recommend three Breville centrifugal juicers.

 

Breville Juice Fountain Plus (about $150)

We think this juicer is the best value. It does a good job with most produce, and has a large enough pulp basket and juice carafe to make two 20-ounce juices at once. We use this one in the office every day, and it’s the juicer most people doing a Reboot tend to buy. In the UK, we recommend the Sage Nutri Juicer.

 

Breville Juice Fountain Elite (about $300)

This is an upgraded version of the Juice Fountain Plus, with more power and more metal parts (as opposed to plastic). We think it handles leafy greens better than the Juice Fountain Plus, but of course it’s twice the price.

 

Breville Juice Fountain Compact (about $100)

This smaller juice extractor is less expensive, but also less powerful and has a smaller capacity, so it will make less juice at one time. For an occasional juice that’s fine, but if you are on a Reboot, it could get tedious to empty the pulp basket in the middle of a juicing session.

 

Of course, there are other brands out there. Less expensive juicers may not handle harder vegetables as well, or may not yield as much juice, so always check reviews at Amazon.com or other websites for any juicer extractor you are considering. Find out more about Joe’s endorsement of Breville juicers, here.

 
 

What to Look for in a Centrifugal Juicer

Before you start shopping, here’s what you should know:

 

Pulp Ejection:

 
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Some compact juicers collect the pulp in an internal basket, but most others eject the pulp outside of the machine into a container that is specifically sized for the juicer. We recommend purchasing a juice extractor that ejects the pulp externally– this allows you to make larger quantities of juice without having to take extra time to stop your juicer, open it up, and empty the basket. Once you get juicing, you don’t want to have to stop before you’re finished.


Multiple Speeds

 
Multiple-Speeds

Having multiple speeds (two is fine) allows you to extract the most juice out of your produce. Slow speeds are good for juicing soft fruits, like grapes and melon, and the high speed is better for firmer fruits and vegetables, like apples and cucumbers.


Size of the Feeder Tube

 
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Save prep time by selecting a juicer with a wide feeder tube so most whole fruits and vegetables easily fit. About 3 inches in width is ideal.

 

Juice Collector/Carafe

 
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Look for a model that has a juice container large enough to make big batches of juice, about 32 to 40 ounces. It’s also ideal to find one that’s clear with fluid ounce and millimeter markers on it so you can see exactly how much you are making.

 

Cord Storage

Juicers are large so they can take up a lot of counter or cupboard space. Find one with cord storage so it can easily be hidden. Even juice extractors with long cords typically have some way to hide the cord when you’re not using the unit.

 

Dishwasher Safe Parts

Your juicer should be washed after each use, so help speed up cleaning time by finding a juicer with some dishwasher-safe parts (the main unit with the motor should always be wiped by hand).

 

Make Sure It’s a Juicer

 
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Too often, a juicer is confused with a blender. They are two completely different kitchen tools and it’s important to understand their differences. Learn more about a juicer vs a blender.

 

Masticating Juice Extractors

We think that for most people, a centrifugal juicer is the best value. But if you’re dedicated to juicing, want the best possible model, and have a bigger budget, consider a masticating juicer, also called a slow juicer.

 

They’re called “slow juicers” for a reason: they take more time to squeeze juice from produce. And be aware that masticating juicers can get clogged, so produce must first be chopped into small pieces, adding to your juicing time.

 

This type of juicer can squeeze 10% to 20% more juice out of produce, so despite their initial higher cost, they can save you money in the long term since you can buy less produce for the same amount of juice. They are also quieter than centrifugal juicers.

 

Masticating juicers either one or two augers (often called twin-gear) that grind food to break down fibers and release the juice. Many masticating juicers (especially twin-gear versions) can handle wheatgrass, which centrifugal juicers cannot juice very well or at all.

 

Many masticating juicers also do other tricks, like making nut milks, sorbet, baby food, and nut butters.

 

Breville makes an entry-level single-auger masticating juicer called the Breville Juice Fountain Crush (about $270) that gets good reviews at Amazon.com, but there are many other brands and models you can explore.
 

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