Lean, Mean Juicing Machines
We tried and tested the best home machines on the market. Find out which is best for you.
While mermaid-adorned Starbucks cups once crowded the morning landscape, fresh-pressed juices and organic smoothies are quickly gaining ground. Grabbing a container from your local juice bar is easy, but making your own means you can experiment with different recipes, choose your own fruits and veggies and get your fix before the morning commute. We tested a slew of home machines, judging for juicing prowess and cleanability. From freshly squeezed grapefruit juice to nutrient-rich shots of wheatgrass, here's the scoop on today's best machines:
Best for Juice Beginners
The Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL's steel grater shreds your produce by spinning at up to 12,000 rpms. Then, using centrifugal force, it extracts the juice from the remaining pulp via a mesh strainer. The 3" chute lets you process veggies without much precutting, and because of its easy cleanup and reasonable price point, we recommend this machine for novices who are most likely to juice fruits and veggies like beets, apples, carrots and celery.
Best for Vitamin C Addicts
The Breville Die-Cast Citrus Juicer brings citrus presses into the 21st century by combining a motorized spinning cone with a power-assisted lever to squeeze the juice out of all citrus fruits. Clad in brushed stainless steel, the machine easily accommodates big, juicy grapefruits as well as smaller limes and lemons. Two filters are provided for pulp and pulp-free juicing and this machine offers the fastest cleanup of all the units we tested.
Best for the Juice-Curious
A step up from the Breville JE98XL, the Hurom Slow Juicer uses an auger — essentially a large corkscrew — to crush your produce. This slow, masticating motion allows it to extract juice from a wider range of fruits and veggies, including the hard-to-juice wheatgrass. The Slow Juicer can even be used to make soy milk. Fewer parts make for a faster cleanup, but expect to spend a little more time dicing your produce so it can fit down the smaller chute.
Best for the Juice-Serious
The most versatile juicer of the bunch, the Green Star Elite Juicer GSE-5000 uses twin augers to extract the most juice from the widest range of produce including leafy greens, berries and pomegranates. Ideal for anyone on a raw diet, the dual gears can also be used to make homemade sauces, nut butters, nut-based milks and sorbets. The machine has the smallest chute, which means a lot of precutting is required and it also has the most parts to clean, making it ideal for ultra-committed juicers only.