Test results for 27 juicers from $65 to $699.
Most juicers aren’t cheap – in this juicer review, prices ranged from $65 to $575 for a centrifugal juicer (with only three costing $100 or less) and from $250 to $800 for a non-centrifugal juicer. CHOICE tested a variety of centrifugal and non-centrifugal juicers.
Centrifugal are the most common, popular and affordable type of juicer.
Non-centrifugal juicers can be either a masticating (chewing), cold-press or twin-gear style.
Most juicers perform well, especially the non-centrifugal juicers – their slow juicing action helps to create the ideal quality. If you like to store your juice, non-centrifugal juicers generally keep their freshness and quality longer than centrifugal juicer models where the juice tends to oxidise much quicker.
The downside is the inconvenience that comes with cleaning your juicer. Most have multiple parts that should be cleaned immediately after use so the juicer doesn’t get sticky or stain. The table indicates which juicer models have dishwasher safe parts. They’re also generally bulky units and can take up valuable bench space.
Our home economist, Fiona Mair, juices carrots, oranges and a combination of watermelon and pineapple. Each juicer is rated on:
- The amount of juice produced and its quality - a fine, smooth juice with no pulp and froth is ideal.
- Ease of use, of among other things: 'feeding' the juicer, assembly and disassembly of parts, cleaning and removing pulp.
- How easy it was for hands of various sizes to come into contact with the blades through the food chute.
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We recently tested the Philips HR1871 QuickClean centrifugal juicer ($249). It's claim - it's so easy to clean that it can be done in under a minute. It lives up to its easy to clean claim and it is possible to do so in less than a minute, but so are many others if you get them to the sink immediately after use. It’s a very good performer overall and definitely one to consider if you’re looking for lots of juice.
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Brands and models tested
- # Breville JE95
- # Breville BJE520
- Breville 800 Class 800JE (A)
- Breville BJE200 Juice Fountain
- Breville BJE410 Juice Fountain Plus
- Breville BJE820 Professional 800 Collection
- Breville Ikon Juice Fountain BJE510 (A)
- Breville Vegetable and Citrus Duo JE3
- Kambrook Twin Speed Juicer KJE40 (A)
- Magimix Le Duo Plus XL
- # Magimix Le Duo XL 7MM18011A
- # Philips HR1861
- # Philips HR1871 QuickClean
- Sunbeam Café Juice JE7600
- Sunbeam Café Series JE8900 (A)
- # Sunbeam JE4800
- # Sunbeam JE5200
- # Sunbeam JE8600
- Sunbeam JE4700 Pure Juice
- Sunbeam JE6400S Fresh Start (A)
- Champion 2000+
- # Greenpower Hippocrates Plus 1305
- # Health Start Compact Premier Juicer/Mincer
- # Lexen Live Enzyme 6 in 1 Juicer GP62
- # LexSun Multipurpose Juice Extractor DO-9001
- Oscar 900 VitalMAX (Chrome)
- Oscar Pro DA-930
# Newly tested models.
(A) Discontinued, but may still be available in some stores.
How we tested
Performance Our tester processed a kilogram each of carrots, apples, oranges and a combination of watermelon and pineapple. From these, she evaluated each juicer's abilities across a range of textures and consistencies. She was looking for juice that was smooth rather than pulpy, grainy or frothy. The quality of juice makes up 50% of the performance score.
The amount of juice makes up the other 50% of the score and is evaluated from 1kg based on the following rating scale.
Large > 700g = 50% (except for carrot > 600g = 50%)
Medium > 500g = 40% (except for carrot > 400g = 40%)
Small > 300g = 30% (except for carrot > 200g = 30%)
Very low yield > 200g = 20% (except for carrot > 100g = 20%)
Ease of use included how easy it was to 'feed' the juicer (affected by the size of the chute and how small the contents had to be chopped before it would fit), assembly and disassembly of parts, cleaning, use of controls, collecting juice, and removing pulp.
Safety Each juicer was also assessed to see how easy it was for hands of various sizes to come into contact with the blades through the food chute, when it was fully assembled. Safety wasn't scored, but you'll find comments in the profiles.
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