If you’ve spent any time researching juicers, you know how difficult it is to find the right one. There are so many brands… so many models… so many options. It’s all very confusing and extremely intimidating.
Well, not anymore. We’ve researched hundreds of juicers to help you find the best juicer to buy. This guide will describe the various pros and cons of each juicer type, explain the most important trade-offs, and help you identify the juicer that is absolutely perfect for your unique situation.
But before we dive into the details, here is a quick summary of the best juicers on the market:
Omega 8004 Review
Super Angel 5500 Review
Breville 800JEXL Review
|Rating||4.74.7 / 5.0||4.74.7 / 5.0||4.64.6 / 5.0|
|Name||Omega J8004 Nutrition Center||Super Angel 5500||Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite|
|Juicer Type||Single Auger Masticating Juicer||Triturating (Twin Gear) Juicer||Centrifugal Juicer|
|Ease of Cleanup||Easy||Easy||Easiest|
|Automatic Pulp Ejection||YES||YES||YES|
|Feed Chute||1.5″ Circle||1.7″ Circle||3″ Circle|
|Horsepower||1/3 (2 equivalent w/ gear reduction)||1/4 (3 equivalent w/ gear reduction)||1 1/3|
|Usage||UL and CUL approved||UL approved||UL approved|
|Warranty||15 Years||10 Years||1 Year|
|Color||White||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Weight||20.0 lbs||20.8 lbs||19.0 lbs|
|Dimensions||14.5″ long x 6.5″ wide x 15.5″ tall||19.5″ long x 7.8″ wide x 10.5″ tall||17″ long x 11″ wide x 20″ tall|
|Construction||Plastic Housing; GE Ultem Auger; Stainless Steel Screen||Stainless Steal Housing; SUS-304 Stainless Steel Gears; Stainless Steel Screen||Stainless Steal Housing; Titanium Reinforced Cutting Blades; Stainless Steel Filter|
Now that we’ve summarized the best juicers, let’s discuss the various criteria that you can use to compare these juicers.
Types of Juicers
To identify the best juicer to buy, you need to be familiar with the different types of juicers. There are three main juicer types:
- Centrifugal juicers
- Masticating juicers
- Triturating (twin gear) juicers
Centrifugal juicers are the most similar to blenders (in appearance and operation). To extract juice, they shred produce into a pulp, and then, they spin that pulp against a filter at high speeds. The centrifugal force generated by this spinning motion causes the juice to separate from the pulp.
Masticating juicers methodically and efficiently grind produce into a pulp using a single gear (or auger). Then, they filter juice from this pulp by straining it through a juicing screen. These juicers are slower than centrifugal juicers, but they are also much more efficient (i.e., they extract more juice from the same amount of produce).
Triturating (twin gear) juicers are very similar to masticating juicers. However, instead of using a single gear, these juicers use two interlocking gears to grind produce into a pulp. Triturating juicers are the most efficient type of juicer, and they produce the highest quality juice.
Now that you know about the different types of juicers, let’s focus on the most important juicer attributes. Specifically, we’re going to discuss 8 different attributes, and you can immediately read about any of them by clicking one of the following links:
- Efficiency (Juice Yield)
- Juice Quality
- Produce Types
- Dependability (Warranty)
When comparing juicer costs, most people only focus on the purchase price of the actual juicer. The purchase price is obviously important, but there’s another cost associated with juicing that is just as important: produce costs.
To make juice, you obviously need a juicer… but you also need produce. And if you plan to make a lot of juice, you’ll need to buy a lot of produce. Therefore, when you calculate a juicer’s total cost, you need to combine the purchase price and the costs associated with the produce you intend to use.
Let’s use an example to illustrate. For our example, we’ll compare two juicers. Juicer A costs $150. Juicer B costs $250, but it is 25% more efficient than Juicer A (i.e., it yields 25% more juice using the same amount of produce).
If we only compare the juicers based on purchase price, Juicer A is the clear winner (it’s $100 less expensive than Juicer B). However, every time we use Juicer B, we’re saving 25% on produce compared to Juicer A. So after we juice $400 worth of produce, we’ll be saving money every time we use Juicer B.
As a general rule of thumb, centrifugal juicers are typically the least expensive (and the least efficient). Triturating (twin gear) juicers are usually the most expensive (and the most efficient), and masticating juicers fall somewhere in the middle (i.e., more expensive and efficient than centrifugal juicers but less expensive and efficient than triturating juicers).
If you’re looking for the “best bang for your buck,” we recommend the Omega 8004 as the best juicer to buy. It is reasonably priced, and it is very efficient.
Efficiency (Juice Yield)
As mentioned above, more efficient juicers are more cost effective because they cut down on produce costs.
When you use a juicer, you convert produce into two byproducts: juice and pulp. The efficiency of a juicer determines its juice yield (i.e., how much juice it is able to extract from produce).
Highly efficient juicers extract the maximum amount of juice from produce, and they generate pulp that is extremely dry. Less efficient juicers extract much less juice from produce, and they create more pulp that is still wet when you touch it.
Generally speaking, triturating (twin gear) juicers are more efficient than masticating juicers, which are more efficient than centrifugal juicers (i.e., triturating > masticating > centrifugal).
Logically, this makes sense because triturating and masticating juicers use a much more methodical juicing process when compared to centrifugal juicers. Centrifugal juicers are much faster than other types of juicers, but that speed can also allow produce to slip through the cracks without being juiced properly.
If you’re looking for the most efficient juicer on the market, we recommend the Super Angel 5500 as the best juicer to buy. It generates the dryest pulp and the highest juice yield.
When you think about a juicer’s speed, you probably only think about the time it actually takes to juice produce. Admittedly, that is an important part of the equation, but we evaluate a juicer’s speed based on the total time it takes to complete the juicing process.
Thus, our speed evaluation is broken down into 3 parts:
- Produce preparation time
- Actual juicing time
- Clean up time
It’s important to know how long it takes to juice various types of produce, but in most cases, the total juicing time is dominated by the time it takes to prepare produce and clean up afterwards.
When it comes to preparing produce, the biggest potential time saver is the size of the juicer’s feed chute. If a juicer has a large feed chute, it allows you to feed whole apples, tomatoes, and peeled oranges through the juicer.
On the other hand, if a juicer has a small feed chute, you might need to cut your produce into smaller pieces to fit everything in the chute. This isn’t necessarily a problem, but if you want to minimize preparation time, you want a juicer with a larger feed chute.
The actual juicing time is very simple: it’s the time required for a juicer to extract juice from produce. Masticating juicers are called “slow juicers” because they slowly and methodically juice produce, and triturating juicers also fall into this category. As previously mentioned, centrifugal juicers are the fastest, but they are also the least efficient.
A juicer’s clean up time is largely determined by how many parts it has and if those parts are dishwasher-safe. Clean up is rarely fun, but some juicers are definitely much more difficult to clean than others.
If you’re looking for the fastest juicer (based on preparation, juicing, and clean up), we recommend the Breville 800JEXL as the best juicer to buy. It has a 3″ feeding chute; it extracts juice very quickly, and it is one of the easiest to clean.
Centrifugal juicers (i.e., “fast juicers”) are very convenient. You throw in your produce, and they almost instantly create juice. Unfortunately, they sacrifice juice quality (and efficiency) to provide this convenience.
As mentioned above, fast juicers rely on very high spinning speeds (and centrifugal force) to extract juice. These high speeds have an oxidizing effect on the juice (i.e., more oxygen is introduced), which creates more foam and lowers the amount of time the juice will retain its nutritional value.
If you plan to drink your juice immediately after you make it, this oxidation won’t be as big of a problem. However, if you plan to store your juice, it won’t stay fresh as long as juice that was extracted by triturating and masticating juicers.
In addition to the oxidation problem, faster juicers tend to extract fewer nutrients and enzymes from produce. Masticating and triturating juicers, on the other hand, methodically break open the cell walls in produce, which releases more enzymes and creates more nutricious juice.
If you’re looking for the highest juice quality, we recommend the Super Angel 5500 as the best juicer to buy.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a single juicer that is the absolute best with every type of produce. All juicers excel with certain produce types and struggle with others. Therefore, it’s important to identify the produce types you care about and select a juicer that excels with them.
For example, if you’re interested in juicing leafy greens (e.g., wheatgrass, kale, cabbage, etc.), you want to completely avoid centrifugal juicers. Masticating and triturating (twin gear) juicers are the only ones that can effectively juice leafy greens.
On the other hand, if you only want to juice mushy fruits (e.g., melons, oranges, peaches, etc.), centrifugal juicers are often superior. Masticating and triturating juicers can juice this type of produce, but it gives them a little more trouble.
In addition to juicing standard types of produce, another consideration is whether you want your juicer to be multifunctional. Some juicers come with additional attachments that allow you to grind coffee, extrude pasta, turn nuts into nut butter, and more.
If you’re looking for a juicer that can juice the widest variety of produce (and can accomplish multifunctional tasks), we recommend the Omega 8004 as the best juicer to buy. It is one of the most well-rounded juicers on the market.
Obviously, your juicer is only useful if it’s operational. A broken juicer is a worthless juicer. Therefore, you want to buy a juicer that will last a long time.
Unfortunately, you can’t look at a juicer and predict when it’s going to break. But you can look at a juicer’s warranty and know if you’ll be protected if (and when) something happens.
Generally speaking, centrifugal juicers are the least dependable. Since they spin at such high speeds, it’s much more likely that something will break (e.g., the motor might burn out, the blades might become dull, etc.). Also, these juicers typically have short warranty periods.
Masticating and triturating (twin gear) juicers operate at much slower speeds, and as a result, they are much more dependable. They also tend to have much longer warranties.
If you’re looking for the most dependable juicer, we recommend the Omega 8004 as the best juicer to buy. It only operates at 80 RPM, and it has an industry-leading 15 year warranty.
If you plan to juice in the morning, your juicer’s noise level is important because your family/roommates/etc. will not appreciate a juicer-related wake up call. Even if you don’t juice in the morning, most people don’t want their juicer to be the loudest noise in the room.
Centrifugal juicers spin their blades at very high speeds, and as a result, they are usually very loud. The noise level isn’t the same as blenders, but it can be quite similar.
On the other hand, the slow juicers (i.e., masticating and triturating juicers) operate at much lower speeds, which makes them much quieter.
If you’re looking for the quietest juicer, we recommend the Omega 8004 as the best juicer to buy. Since it only operates at 80 RPM, it is extremely quiet.
You’re obviously buying a juicer for its health benefits, but it doesn’t hurt if the juicer also looks good on your counter.
There are two main elements that impact a juicer’s aesthetics: how it actually looks and how much space it takes up on your counter.
Centrifugal juicers are typically more compact because they’re usually upright (a few masticating juicers are also upright). These smaller sizes also tend to make them more stylish, but style is very subjective.
If you’re looking for the juicer with the best aesthetics, we recommend the Breville 800JEXL as the best juicer to buy.
When searching for the best juicer to buy, there are a lot of important questions you need to ask yourself.
First of all, what is your price range? And before you answer, don’t forget about the costs associated with buying produce. Many people make the mistake of buying the juicer with the cheapest price, and that juicer ends up being the most expensive in the long run because it’s very inefficient (i.e., it wastes produce) and it breaks quickly.
To avoid these pitfalls, we recommend the Omega 8004. It is very efficient; it has an industry-leading 15 year warranty (so you don’t have to worry about it breaking), and its purchase price won’t break the bank.
The next question relates to speed. Do you want your juice as fast as possible, or can you spare a few extra minutes? Ultimately, the best juicer is the one that you’ll actually use on a consistent basis. So be honest with yourself. If speed is your primary concern, we recommend the Breville 800JEXL.
Since you’re buying a juicer as an investment in your health, one of the most important questions is whether or not it makes high-quality juice. The best juicers extract the maximum amount of nutrients from produce, and they create a rich juice that has very little foam. The Super Angel 5500 does all of these things, and it is our recommendation if you’re buying a juicer purely for health reasons.
Finally, you should identify the types of produce you plan to juice. Every juicer has strengths and weaknesses when it comes to various types of produce so you want to select a juicer that excels with the produce types you care about. If you plan to juice a lot of different types, we recommend the Omega 8004. It is effective for various fruits and vegetables, and it comes with different nozzles that allow it to extrude pasta, grind coffee, create nut butter, etc.
Based on all of this information, we recommend the Omega 8004 as the best juicer to buy. It has an industry-leading 15 year warranty; it is extremely efficient; it produces very high-quality juice, and it can juice a wide variety of produce types. The other juicers we’ve mentioned are also great, but only one juicer can be the best. And that juicer is the Omega 8004.