Welcome to our big juicer test 2023. Here we present all the juicers we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best juicers for you.
You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a juicer.
- 1 Summary
- 2 The Best Juicer: Our Picks
- 3 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a juicer
- 4 Decision: What types of juicers are there and which one is right for you?
- 5 Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate juicers
- 6 Facts worth knowing about juicers
- A juicer allows you to separate the fruit juice from the so-called pomace. You can use your favourite fruit or vegetables to squeeze a delicious fresh juice.
- Basically, there are three types of juicers. These include manual juicers, electric juicers and centrifugal juicers. All variants press your juice using a different process.
- A manual juicer with a pressing cone is ideal if you only drink a small amount of juice occasionally. However, if you want to make a lot of juice, you should go for the electric juicers or centrifugal juicers.
The Best Juicer: Our Picks
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a juicer
Which fruits do I want to juice?
Tomatoes, grapes, oranges or pineapples are all popular examples of so-called soft pressed fruit. The best way to press soft pressed fruit is with all juicers that do not work centrifugally.
Hard pressed fruits and vegetables include beetroot, carrots, apples and celery. A centrifugal juicer is often used to juice them, because its mechanical approach is only designed for hard pressed food.
Finally, a distinction is made between pressed material containing chlorophyll. This includes herbs, grasses and leaves such as wheat grass, kale, sprouts and spinach. If you want to eat these green garden beauties pressed, there is no way around electric juicers. They are the only ones that can gently press these vegetables to a high quality.
Are there any advantages or disadvantages worth mentioning when it comes to juicers in general?
Cleaning the devices after use also requires effort. But the juicers are definitely worth it. They often work very gently and efficiently. The juice yield is not only very high, but also the quality and vitality are excellent.
In addition to fruit and vegetables, you can also add fresh herbs to most juicers if you want them in your smoothie. You can also customise your juices by deciding how you want to combine your favourite fruits. In supermarkets, these concoctions are usually very simple and generic and usually have a high sugar content.
Is the cleaning effort great?
Again, practice makes perfect. The amount of time spent cleaning will level off as you develop a routine. It is recommended to clean the juicer directly after use.
You do not necessarily need washing-up liquid for cleaning, as the pressed food does not contain any grease. This way you can protect the plastic parts inside. For more complex parts, cleaning can be made easier with a cleaning brush.
Which material is best?
Oxygen, moisture, heat or fruit acid are all things that lead to corrosion damage, discolouration or colour fading in plastics. This leads to loss of beauty and product damage in terms of strength and stability.
Plastic surfaces are rough and therefore susceptible to hygiene standards. Since stainless steel is much more robust and durable than plastic, it behaves much more sustainably. Although the general cleaning effort after use is about the same for both types of material, stainless steel juicers are easier to clean.
In addition, stainless steel kitchen appliances fit in immensely with modern kitchen design. If your juicer not only squeezes good juice, but also looks good and matches your kitchen, then you have undoubtedly done everything right.
What should I consider when buying a juicer?
A professional service that includes the widest possible range of spare parts, maintenance and warranty is indispensable. When it comes to the concept, it is a question of whether all the work steps mesh well with each other or whether the cleaning process (individual parts) is designed in a practical way.
Otherwise, you could end up spending an unnecessarily large amount of time. In the lists that show the product features, you are sure to find the performance section. High performance should not be misunderstood here, because when it comes to juicers, it is very important to look for one that works with a low number of revolutions.
This shows that it works gently and is therefore a guarantee of quality. Another criterion for those interested in buying is the noise level. A juicer that is too loud is perceived as a disturbing factor in the living room and kitchen atmosphere. You will also find information on this in the product description.
What does a juicer cost?
Depending on your preferences and interests, there are products in every price segment that offer good value for money. One thing is certain: you can maintain a healthy lifestyle with all three types. Besides the individual differences in how they work, there are of course also clear differences in their acquisition costs.
If you would like to live a healthy lifestyle and do your own juicing, but lack the necessary money, then manual juicers are exactly what you need. You can find practical and simple citrus juicers for between 5 and 20 euros, with which you can fulfil your dream of pressing your own juice. Quality centrifugal juicers are available from around 120 euros.
Do you want to invest your money in quality for the long term? Electric juicers are your best bet. They offer the highest juice quality and are versatile. However, the following sentence applies here: quality has its price. These high-quality products are in the upper price segment from about 350 euros upwards. But they come with a satisfaction guarantee.
Decision: What types of juicers are there and which one is right for you?
Basically, there are three different types of juicers. These are divided into:
- Manual juicer
- Electric juicer
- Centrifugal juicer
Each of these types uses a different pressing process, which has advantages and disadvantages depending on the intended use. The suitability of the juicers is based on what fruits you want to juice.
In the following section, we will help you to find out which type of ju icer is the best for your purposes. For this purpose, we will present all the types of juicers listed above in detail and explain the respective advantages and disadvantages for you.
How does manual juicing work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
Pressing with a manual juicer is the easiest and fastest way to make small amounts of fresh juice. Among manual juicers, the citrus juicer is very popular. Usually, the fruit is simply cut in half and squeezed on a pointed cone.
However, it is only suitable for juicing citrus fruits. Popular and well-known examples are limes, oranges, mandarins, grapefruit or lemons.
On the other hand, it is very inexpensive and requires little cleaning. The fruits are quickly prepared and ready for pressing. If you are already satisfied with a fresh glass of orange juice, then you will be very well equipped with a citrus juicer. You remain independent of a power source and in most cases only need a glass as a collection container.
Extra tip: In order to get a high juice yield and to keep the residues low, you should apply enough pressure and turn the fruit while squeezing and place it at an angle.
What electronic juicers are there? How do they differ and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
Compared to manual juicers, electronic juicers are much larger, more expensive and excellent for larger juice yields. Electric juicers, which do not work centrifugally, are divided into:
- Juice extractor with a cutter
- Juice extractor with a pressing auger
- Juice presses with vertical pressing auger
- Juice presses with twin pressing rollers
We explain more about how they work in the following section. Note: For all four types of juicers, you need to prepare the fruit to be juiced beforehand (peel, core and cut to size). The amount of work depends on the type of fruit you are pressing.
Juice extractor with cutter
This type of juicer uses a cutting mechanism in the shape of a cylinder. It ensures that the pressed product is finely grated. The finely grated material is then further processed into pulp and pressed through a sieve.
This method has a faster rotation than other juicing methods and is still very gentle. The nutrients are largely preserved. Important: Herbs and green plants can only be juiced in combination with hard pressed food.
Juice extractor with pressing auger
This method can also be used to juice almost any pressed material. However, you must bear in mind that soft and green pressed material can only be juiced together with hard pressed material. But how does it work? At only 80 revolutions per minute, the pressed food is crushed into small pieces and then pressed through a sieve device.
Due to the low rotation speed of the screw, hardly any heat is generated during pressing and thus only little oxygen gets into the juice. This keeps the oxidation processes low. The result: You get a lot of juice with good quality.
Juice press with vertical pressing screw
This type of juicer surpasses the first two types mentioned. The pressed product is processed with one shaft and enormously low rotational speeds (only 60-80 revolutions per minute).
The gentle way the juicer works means that hardly any foam is produced. As a result, the juice has a homogeneous consistency. This means that the juice does not settle in several layers in the glass. This method is not subject to any restrictions. It is suitable for all types of pressed fruit.
Juice press with twin press rollers
When it comes to the best juice quality and juice yield, juice presses with twin press rollers are among the best of their kind Juicing takes place in three different phases:
- First phase: First, the pressed material is wrung out with the help of the rollers at a low number of revolutions. This produces a pulp consisting of small pieces.
- Second phase: This is then further crushed within the first three threads by some almost vertical grooves.
- Third phase: Finally, the pressed material is pressed through pressing rollers with a minimum distance of 0.1 mm between each other.
Some juicers of this type have magnets and bioceramics inserted. These also serve to improve the nutrient and mineral yield. Compared to its three predecessors, cleaning this juicer is much more time-consuming. With this method, it is possible to juice any pressed product.
How is fresh juice pressed with a centrifugal juicer and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
Centrifugal juicers are the fastest juicers. They are particularly suitable for larger quantities of hard pressed food. The ingredients are crushed by the small blades in the appliance and then spun in a sieve at several thousand revolutions per minute.
During this process, the fruit and vegetable pieces lose their liquid, which then drains through the holes of a sieve into another container. The remains of the fruit pulp end up in a separate pomace after juicing. The whole process can be started without much preparation, because the desired pressed product can be added to the juicer immediately.
The pressing process is also much faster compared to other juicers.
However, a centrifugal juicer loses more nutrients. This is because the juice begins to oxidise during the centrifuging process. This oxidation leads to a reduction in nutrients. In addition, you can only juice hard fruits and vegetables with this juicer.
Fruits, herbs, grasses or berries are not included. In addition, the centrifugal juicer does not work silently. Individual parts, such as the blades for chopping, wear out over time and need to be replaced. Otherwise, there will be a decline in quality. However, in terms of price, centrifugal juicers are significantly cheaper than their other electronic siblings.
Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate juicers
With the following overview, we would like to help you compare and evaluate juicers in the best possible way. This will certainly make it easier for you to make a satisfactory purchase decision. You should consider the following criteria when making your purchase decision:
- Suitability of the ingredients
- Size of the juicer
- Capacity of the container
- Ease of cleaning
Within the following paragraphs we have provided you with brief explanations of these criteria.
Suitability of ingredients
This criterion tests the suitability of the juicers for certain ingredients. The range of ingredients includes citrus fruits and all fruits and vegetables. This criterion is very important because it is decisive for the decision-making process, as not every juicer can press everything equally well.
Therefore, try to be clear about which fruits, vegetables or fruit types you want to press, because general suitability tendencies can be identified for the different types. A citrus juicer is usually sufficient for a simple glass of orange juice.
For hard fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, the centrifugal juicer is the better choice. However, if you like fruits and vegetables equally and also want to press the harder and softer of them into juices, the electric juicer is the first choice.
Size of the juicer
Not everyone is blessed with a kitchen with ample storage and space. Meanwhile, the standard accessories for kitchens are very extensive, which can push even good kitchens to their limits. As juicers are among the larger and more sensitive kitchen appliances compared to other appliances, it is advisable to have thought through the chapter on space management beforehand.
Among juicers, citrus juicers are among the smallest and centrifugal juicers are among the largest. It is usually the electric juicers that take up the most space and storage. A look at the size measurements beforehand can prevent nasty space surprises.
Unlike many other kitchen appliances, a performance myth persists with juicers. When it comes to quality refinements, not only the information on wattage but also that on the number of revolutions is of great importance. A healthy wattage value is important, no question.
This range shows you how well the desired fruit or vegetable can be pressed. The number of revolutions, on the other hand, shows you how gently the juicer works.
The gentler the pressing, the more nutrients are preserved.
Juice presses with a number of revolutions between 60-80 are considered to be very gentle. Of course, there are differences upwards, because many juice presses work with different mechanical approaches. You may need to readjust your critical eye for the particular subspecies.
Capacity of the containers
Basically, there are two different containers used in juicers. They are known as the pulp and juice containers. Based on which type of juicer you use, you will see that they differ from each other.
The pulp container is the one that collects the fruit or fruit and vegetable residues. As a rule, the pulp container of a juicer is always larger than its juice container.
The size of the pulp container is directly related to the efficiency of the juicer, and it also indicates how much you can squeeze in one piece. The juice container, as its name suggests, is the container that collects the freshly extracted juice. It is usually larger in juicers that allow for a larger pressing series or that work extremely well due to their quality and thus extract a lot of juice from a pressed product.
With both juice containers, however, you must take into account that with manual juicers and centrifugal juicers, the containers may be different or not available at all. The manual juicers – such as the citrus juicers – sometimes do not have an additional container for the pulp and the freshly extracted juice.
However, depending on the manufacturer, they may offer optional containers to match the design of their product, or the container may be located below the squeezing cone. Otherwise, you will need a bowl for the leftovers and a glass for the fresh juice.
The same can happen with centrifugal juicers. It is not uncommon for them to have only one pulp container built in, so you will have to put something underneath to collect the pulp during pressing.
On the subject of noise, it can be said that juicers have a similar fate to other kitchen appliances. They can be loud and annoying. The volume level depends on the type of juicer and its quality. Manual juicers are comparatively the quiet category, as no electricity or electric motor is involved.
However, no general statement can be made about electric and centrifugal juicers. Perhaps one can rather speak of tendencies that fall to the detriment of centrifugal juicers. These tend to be louder than other electronic juicers because working with centrifugal forces is more difficult to dampen and they produce much more noise due to the high power.
But to be really sure, we recommend you read through the product and manufacturer reviews. Unfortunately, a visually good-looking finish is sometimes not enough. In any case, you are well advised to look a little more critically at this point of criticism.
Ease of cleaning
Cleaning can quickly become a minor philosophy. The fact is that there are some things you should actually pay attention to, because a juicer is made up of several individual parts. This makes cleaning individual! In contrast to the past, it is now more common to find juicers whose individual parts are suitable for the dishwasher.
Read the product brochure carefully so that you know which parts are dishwasher safe. However, the easiest and most proven method is to simply clean the parts under warm water immediately after use, as dishwashing detergents are ultimately just chemicals to which plastics are susceptible.
When buying the sieve filters, make sure that a cleaning brush is included in the delivery. A brush is best suited for this purpose.
Continuous cleaning of the juicers is indispensable, otherwise mould can quickly form. To ensure optimal hygiene, the juicer should ideally be made of stainless steel or at least plastic.
The design of juicers and centrifugal juicers goes hand in hand with current kitchen trends. For this reason, the selection is limited to certain colour and shape variations. The colours of the modern juicer are black, white, silver or red. Citrus juicers are a small exception.
They come in a much larger and more eye-catching range of colours. This includes plain colours like white, black or silver and bright colours like orange, yellow, green or blue. The shape, as we all know, is a matter of taste. There is a hidden trend here, and that is that the juicer should not look too static or bulky.
Ideally, a juicer should have overheating protection. This ensures that the motor of the appliance does not overheat. In addition, non-slip rubber feet provide stability, which you should not underestimate during operation.
A built-in overheating protection is a good thing, because the appliance switches off directly if necessary and thus prevents overload damage. Especially with more expensive appliances, features that support the longevity of the product are welcome.
In everyday kitchen life, things can sometimes get very hectic. Kitchen appliances are generally susceptible to any careless person, but even more hectic to playful children.
As multifaceted as the reasons may be, careless handling of kitchen appliances is not uncommon. The non-slip rubber feet could always save a juicer placed riskily for reasons of space from falling onto the floor.
Facts worth knowing about juicers
Juicer vs. centrifugal juicer
The juicer is an all-rounder! For a small outlay, it can be used to press a wider and more popular range of ingredients. It presses larger quantities efficiently and yields higher quality juice than a centrifugal juicer.
On the other hand, it takes much longer to press and is much more expensive. For the electric juicer, the entire selection comes into question with minor modifications:
- Herbs, grasses and leaves
- Soft and hard fruit, fruit and vegetables
The centrifugal juicer is unsuitable for herbs, grasses, leaves and soft fruits and vegetables, as it is designed exclusively for pressing hard pressed products. With a juicer, you often have to cut, core and peel the pressed product beforehand.
This effort does not exist with the centrifugal juicer with hard pressed material, because it can use most of the pressed material directly. Because of its shorter preparation time and simpler pressing method, it is the faster juice supplier. The electric juicer presses more slowly, but delivers a higher quality juice.
Because its pressing method is gentler, it preserves almost all the nutrients. Due to its efficiency, the juicer can almost completely utilise the pressed material. In contrast, the centrifugal juicer produces large residual quantities because its method cannot exhaust a much larger proportion of the ingredients and press them into juice.
The incompletely utilised ingredients and the multiple oxidation processes cost the juice of the centrifugal juicer important enzymes, vitamins and trace elements Cleaning juicers and centrifugal juicers is generally time-consuming.
Depending on which juicer you own, centrifugal juicers perform slightly better. One disadvantage that clearly outweighs the electric juicer: it is more expensive than the centrifugal juicer. High-quality juicers in particular can cost several hundred euros.
Direct juice from the supermarket or pressing it yourself – which is better?
It’s no scientific secret: the highest content of vitamins, trace elements and nutrients is found in a lovingly freshly pressed juice! The direct juices from the supermarkets cannot compete with this. If you want to do something good for your body, then nothing stands in the way of reaching for a freshly squeezed juice.
Especially if you use a juicer – or even better – a slow juicer! For reasons of storage, preparation, shelf life and transport, supermarket juices are freeze-dried, pulverised, re-diluted and pasteurised beforehand.
Most of the time, these have a few weeks behind them before they are finally bought in the supermarket and then consumed. Many of the nutrients are already largely reduced and the fruity-fresh taste has disappeared.
The situation is very similar for chilled juices. Is there an advantage to supermarket juice? Yes, there is! If you don’t have time, or are simply looking for something more convenient, there is nothing wrong with reaching for direct juice from the supermarket.
On the contrary: it’s still better than reaching for a cola! But if you want to use a small part of your time to do something really good for yourself and your health for a small outlay, then you should definitely become a self-presser in the long run!
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