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You can spend big bucks on a juicer, but one of the cheapest models on test comes equal first.
 
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01 .Introduction

Juicer reviews - chopping fruit.

Most juicers aren’t cheap – in this juicer review, prices ranged from $60 to $500 for a centrifugal juicer (with only three costing $100 or less) and from $299 to $749 for a non-centrifugal juicer.

Centrifugal are the most common, popular and affordable type of juicer.

Non-centrifugal or slow juicers can be either auger (single gear), twin-gear, or vertical style. These are often referred to as cold press juicers, but this term is usually used to refer to a non-heated method of extracting oil from olives to product extra virgin olive oil.

Past choice tests have shown that non-centrifugal juicers generally keep the juice’s freshness and quality longer than centrifugal juicer models, where the juice tends to oxidise much quicker. However, centrifugal juicers have changed significantly since we last tested this, and new evidence shows that there may no longer be a significant difference in nutrient retention between the two types of juicers. We are intending on researching this further in our next update.

Preparing fresh juice at home is a great way of getting your vitamins, but the downside is the inconvenience that comes with cleaning your juicer. Most juicers 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, juiced 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, with factors including 'feeding' the juicer, assembling and disassembling the parts, cleaning, and removing pulp.
  • How easy it is for hands of various sizes to come into contact with the blades through the food chute. 

Green juice

Juice from leafy green vegetables is a very popular health drink, but also a challenge for many juicers. We tested the latest batch for juicing English spinach with a bit of cucumber, apple, pear and celery. Because this test wasn't used for the previously tested machines, we haven’t included it in the score this time. However, all the newly tested machines – whether centrifugal or cold press – are very good or excellent at this task, with the Hurom and the Omega performing best.

For more information on benchtop appliances, see Kitchen.

Looking for a food processor? Check out our food processor buying guide for more juicy details.


Brands and models tested

Centrifugal juicers

  • Breville JE95
  • Breville BJE520
  • Breville BJE200 Juice Fountain
  • Breville BJE410 Juice Fountain Max
  • Breville BJE820 Professional 800 Collection
  • Breville Vegetable and Citrus Duo JE3
  • Cuisinart CJE-1000A #
  • George Foreman GFJE2200AU #
  • Magimix Le Duo XL 7MM18011A
  • Omega 9000 Juicer #
  • Philips Viva Collection QuickClean HR1855/30 #
  • Philips QuickClean Juicer HR 1873 #
  • Philips HR1861 
  • Philips HR1871 QuickClean
  • Russell Hobbs RHJU85AU Juiceman Pro #
  • Sunbeam Café Juice JE7600
  • Sunbeam JE4800
  • Sunbeam JE5200
  • Sunbeam JE8600
  • Sunbeam JE4700 Pure Juice

Non-centrifugal juicers

  • Breville  BJS600 Juice Fountain Crush #
  • Champion 2000+
  • Coway Juicepresso CJP-01 #
  • Greenpower Hippocrates Plus 1305
  • Health Start Compact Premier Juicer/Mincer
  • Hurom HF SBI 06 #
  • LexSun Multipurpose Juice Extractor DO-9001
  • Omega VRT352 #
  • Oscar Neo DA1000 #
  • Oscar 900 VitalMAX (Chrome)

# Newly tested models.

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 performance 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 product profiles.

 
 

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