We have a confession to make: We absolutely love juicing. There's nothing like a fresh green or vegetable juice when it comes to loading up on nutrients and getting a nice boost of energy quickly.

But we're not the only ones. Juicing has become more and more popular over the last couple of years and the market is growing rapidly. This also means that there are plenty of different types of juicers with all kinds of functions and purposes out there. Buying the right juicer and not getting lost in the jungle of products can be quite difficult with all this diversity.

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That's why we decided to write up this guide. It's intended to give you a good overview of the best juicers on the market in each of the 3 categories (centrifugal, masticating, triturating) . We carefully researched every unbiased review website we could find, read tons of customer reviews, and also included our own expertise to help you find the juicer that perfectly fits your needs and budget.

The top 5 benefits of juicing

First of all, let's start out with the benefits of juicing and how it can impact your health.

1. Easy on your digestion

Juicing means that you're getting rid of all the insoluble fiber from your fruits and vegetables while almost all vitamins and minerals remain. This makes it incredibly easy for your body to absorb all those essential micro-nutrients.

2. Increases your vegetable quantities

Drinking is much easier than eating the equivalent amount of foods. While juicing shouldn't be the only way of getting your veggies in, it certainly can help to load up on greens and vegetables, so you easily reach the recommended daily amounts of these foods.

3. Adds variety

If you're like us, you probably have your go-to vegetables that you rely on most of the time. Juicing gives you the chance to try fruits and vegetables you wouldn't normally want to eat in their whole form. That way, juicing helps you to stay well nourished with all vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.

4. Good for your health

Juicing really brings you a plethora of health benefits:

  • immune system becomes stronger
  • your body gets alkalized
  • energy levels and mental clarity improve
  • skin clears up
  • overall well-being improves

These benefits stem from the fact that you can have a much greater intake of fresh produce in the form of juice. It doesn't mean that juicing is per se better than eating the food in whole, but it simply allows you to get in the volumes if you're otherwise struggling to eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables.

We encourage you to settle for a good balance between juicing and eating the foods in whole as fiber is a very important part of your diet as well.

5. Tastes delicious

Freshly pressed juice bursts with flavor and freshness. It's far superior to store-bought juice which is usually pasteurized and lacks both taste and nutrients.

The 3 different types of juicers

There are 3 main types of juicers: centrifugal, masticating, and triturating. For commercial use, you can find even more elaborate (and very expensive) juicers but we're not going to cover these in our guide.

1. Centrifugal Juicers ($50-$300)

Centrifugal juicers are the most commonly found electric juicers and usually the cheapest ones as well. They produce juice by chopping up the foods with a sharp cutting blade and spinning it at a very high speed. The juice is then separated from the pulp by a strainer basket with tiny holes that lets only the juice pass through.

Note: There are 2 different variations of centrifugal juicers. Those with an external container where excess pulp gets ejected and those without – Cheaper models tend to come without one. See the pros and cons below to find out more.

centrifugal juicers regular vs pulp ejection

Pros

CONS

  • Most affordable type of juicer
  • Little prep time as juicers often come with large chutes to take on bigger chunks
  • Easy to clean
  • Juices very fast
  • Great for hard veggies such as carrots or celery
  • Can make fairly large batches (pulp ejection)
  • Takes up little counter space (no pulp ejection)
  • ​Doesn't yield as much juice (efficiency is not that great, the pulp is still quite wet)
  • Prone to oxidation and foam building
  • Rapid spinning blade creates heat, friction and sucks in air which compromises on nutritional quality 
  • Juices have relatively short shelf life and should be drunk right away
  • Operation is rather loud due to the fast spinning blade
  • Not suited to extract juice from leafy greens, grasses or sprouts
  • Can't make large batches (you might need to pause and empty pulp when making larger batches of juice – no pulp ejection)
  • Takes up a bit more counter space (pulp ejection)
Centrifugal juicers in a nutshell

Great if you're a beginner and want to try out juicing or if you're very busy and need a fast juicer with minimal prep and cleaning time. Good if you're concerned with countertop space and mainly juice for yourself. Not suitable for making green juices.

2. Masticating Juicers ($250-$500)

Masticating juicers aka slow juicers or cold press juicers, have a single screw-shaped gear that rotates slowly at around 80-100 RPM and crushes the produce into pulp, releasing juice in the process. The price of masticating juicers usually ranges right between centrifugal and triturating juicers, making them an excellent compromise with great performance yet reasonable pricing.

Note: There are 2 different variations of masticating juicers: Vertical and horizontal ones. The vertical models use the same technology as their horizontal equivalent but have a much smaller footprint on your countertop. However, they also come with a bigger price tag and don't quite have the versatility of horizontal masticating juicers.

horizontal vs vertical masticating juicers

Pros

CONS

  • Good juice yield (higher efficiency and therefore drier pulp)
  • ​Preserves vitamins and enzymes (the slow spinning gear doesn't heat up or suck in any air which prevents oxidation)
  • Can juice anything (hard and fibrous vegetables, leafy greens such as kale or spinach, wheat grass, as well as soft fruits like tomatoes)
  • Juices have good shelf life (can be stored in the fridge for 24-48 hours without degradation or juice separation)
  • Fairly quiet motor
  • Great versatility (can also make nut milk, nut butter, sorbet, pasta or ice cream – horizontal masticating)
  • ​Build to last as it runs on low power and doesn't heat up (most of these machines have a very long warranty)
  • More expensive than centrifugal juicers
  • Juices are often times a little pulpy
  • Prep time is a little bit longer because you need to chop your produce to fit the often times smaller chutes
  • Harder to clean and more difficult to assemble
  • Juicing process takes longer due to slow moving gear
  • Takes up more space and is quite heavy (horizontal masticating)
Masticating juicers in a nutshell

Great if you're valuing juice quality and versatility but don't want to spend a fortune. These juicers are excellent in making all sorts of juices (even green) without having the complexity of triturating juicers. Best value for money.

3. Triturating Juicers ($400-$1800)

Triturating (or twin gear) juicers are the absolute premium machines when it comes to non-commercial juicers. These massive and heavy appliances work with two intertwined gears that rotate inwards and crush everything that comes between them into very dry pulp. Triturating juicers operate slowly but incredibly efficiently, giving you the highest quality juices.

triturating juicers explanation

Pros

CONS

  • Best juice yield (producing very little and dry pulp)
  • Best possible quality of juice (the 2 gears do an even better job than a single one at extracting juice and nutrients. They also work at very low speed to prevent oxidation)
  • Almost no pulp in the juice
  • Excellent shelf life (juice can be stored in the fridge for up to 72 hours without degradation or juice separation)
  • Fairly quiet motor
  • Can juice a wide range of produce (including hard, fibrous veggies, greens, wheatgrass and sprouts)
  • Great versatility (can also make ice cream, nut butters, sorbets, pasta, veggie pâtés, or sauces)
  • Very sturdy and powerful (usually comes with very long warranty)
  • Most expensive type of juicer
  • Long prep time as you need to cut your produce into smaller pieces
  • Cleaning takes longer due to the many different parts of the juicer
  • Slowest juicing process
  • Not ideal for citrus fruits
  • Takes up a lot of countertop space and is quite heavy
Triturating juicers in a nutshell

Great if you want maximum yield, versatility, and nutritional value without any compromises. If money is not an issue and you don't mind the extra time spent on the juicing and cleaning, this is the best choice for you.

Things to consider when buying a juicer

  • PRICE
  • Build quality and warranty
  • Noise
  • Ease of use
  • Health factor
  • foods you want to juice

​Foods you want to juice

Are you interested in making fruit, vegetable or green juices? Or all of these? Centrifugals are great for tough, fibrous fruits and vegetables such as carrots, beets, celery or apples. But they won't be able to deal with leafy greens, sprouts, and grasses, and are also not ideal for juicing soft fruits.

Masticating and triturating juicers are good all-rounders that will juice pretty much anything you throw at them. They also come with cool bonus functions like the ability to create nut butters or pasta.

So...What are the best juicers?

In the following, we're going to present you our favorite pick in each category as well as other great alternatives that may be the perfect fit for your needs.

Best centrifugal juicers:


Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain

When it comes to centrifugal juicers, there's no way around Breville. The BJE510XL is an excellent all-rounder that combines great build quality, beautiful design, and solid performance. It's incredibly easy to use and will deal with soft fruits just as well as with hard root vegetables due to its 5 different operating speeds. You will have a fresh, delicious juice in no time: Preparation and juicing time are very short and cleaning is a breeze as well. This juicer will set you back around 180 dollars.

Juice quality & yield
Ease of use (Speed, Clean-up)
Versatility
Noise
Design & build quality
Value for money

We like

  • ​Good efficiency and juice quality for a centrifugal juicer
  • Super easy to use and clean (dishwasher safe parts)
  • Fast juicing process
  • 5 speed presets for different kinds of fruits & veg
  • Body is made of stainless steel
  • Sleek design + interactive LCD screen
  • Huge (3L) pulp container
  • Overload protection

We dislike

  • ​Pulp is wetter compared to masticating or triturating juicers
  • Prone to fast oxidation and juice degradation (juice can't be stored)
  • Noisy (like almost all centrifugal juicers)
  • Not ideal for leafy greens
  • Only 1 year warranty

Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain

This is the cheapest of our recommended juicers with a price tag slightly less than $100. It's the perfect juicer if you're on a budget and look for a quality entry-level product. Like the name suggests, this machine is rather compact, but despite its small dimensions, the powerful 700 Watt motor easily deals with all kind of hard produce. It may not be the most effective juicer but it's strong and incredibly easy to use: The chute is 3 inches wide, most of the juicer's parts are dishwasher safe, and assembly is super simple.

Juice quality & yield
Ease of use (Speed, Clean-up)
Versatility
Noise
Design & build quality
Value for money

We like

  • Great value for money
  • Wide chute 
  • Extremely easy to assemble and clean (dishwasher safe parts)
  • Fast juicing process
  • Powerful motor
  • Takes up little space

We dislike

  • ​Not the best efficiency and juice quality
  • Prone to fast oxidation and juice degradation (juice can't be stored)
  • Operation is rather loud
  • Not ideal for leafy greens and soft fruits
  • Only 1 year warranty
  • No pulp container

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite

Hands down, this is the best non-commercial centrifugal juicer on the market. The only reason why we didn't choose it as our top pick is the rather hefty price tag of this machine. It will set you back $300, which is a lot for a centrifugal juicer, but it does live up to the high expectations. It boasts with an extremely strong 1000 Watt motor, die-cast steel materials on the outside and a titanium reinforced cutting disc. The Breville 800JEXL is also the most convenient juicer on the market: The chute is 3" wide to save you preparation time, the juicing speed is superior to any other juicer, and cleaning is as easy as it gets. If you're looking for an easy to use commercial-grade centrifugal juicer with tremendous power and fantastic build quality, look no further.

Juice quality & yield
Ease of use (Speed, Clean-up)
Versatility
Noise
Design & build quality
Value for money

We like

  • ​Best efficiency and juice quality for a centrifugal juicer
  • Easy to assemble and disassemble
  • Wide 3" chute 
  • Uncomplicated clean-up process with dishwasher safe parts
  • Extremely powerful and fast
  • Exceptional build quality and design with die-cast materials
  • Huge containers for both pulp and juice
  • Overload protection

We dislike

  • ​Expensive
  • Efficiency and juice quality still falls short to slow juicers
  • Prone to fast oxidation and juice degradation (juice can't be stored)
  • Noise production
  • Not ideal for leafy greens
  • Only 1 year warranty
  • Only 2 speed presets

Best masticating juicers:


Omega NC800 HDS Nutrition Center Juicer

This juicer is the successor of the very popular Omega J8006 which is still Amazon's #1 bestselling mascticating juicer. It comes with all the amazing qualities of the 8000-series but also has two nice improvements: A wider feed chute that allows much larger chunks to fit into the juicer and an adjustable end cap that lets you set the rate at which pulp gets ejected. The latter helps you to get the best extraction out of all kinds of produce, whether it's soft or hard. Other than that, the juicer still comes with the well proven quality Omega is known for. Juice quality and yield is sublime even for leafy greens. The build quality is excellent and the juicer even comes with different kinds of screens and nozzles, so you can prepare plant milks, pasta etc. The juicer has a retail price of around $300 and comes with a 15 year warranty to give you peace of mind.

Juice quality & yield
Ease of use (Speed, Clean-up)
Versatility
Noise
Design & build quality
Value for money

We like

  • Thorough juice extraction and high yield due to adjustable end cap
  • Parts are relatively easy to assemble and clean
  • Quiet operation
  • Very good for leafy greens
  • Great versatility (can make pasta, nut butters, soy milk etc.)
  • 15 year warranty on the entire machine

We dislike

  • While being robust and well designed, most parts are still made of plastic
  • There's a bit of a learning curve for the adjustable end cap (it might take some time to figure out the perfect settings for the different kinds of foods)
  • Juice can be a bit pulpy

Omega Vertical Juicing System VSJ843RS

If you're looking for a quality masticating juicer but don't want to waste a lot of countertop space, this vertical masticating juicer is the perfect choice. It operates at very low speed (43 RPM) which means a couple of things: It's quiet as a whisper, extracts juice very thoroughly (meaning high juice yield and very dry pulp), and prevents any kind of heat build up or oxidation of the juice. Another nice feature is the built-in auto-cleaning system which keeps the juice screen clear during the juicing process and allows you to pour water into the machine after juicing to get rid of the majority of the pulp. Drawbacks are the lack of versatility and the high cost of $400, But then again, this might be the last juicer you will ever have to buy as it comes with a whopping 15 year warranty one the whole machine.

Juice quality & yield
Ease of use (Speed, Clean-up)
Versatility
Noise
Design & build quality
Value for money

We like

  • Very thorough juice extraction at 43 RPMs (pulp is very dry)
  • Little foam in the juice
  • Tap on the juice spout to keep the juice from accidentally dripping
  • Auto-cleaning system
  • Quiet operation
  • Juices a wide variety of produce (including leafy greens and wheatgrass)
  • Small footprint
  • 15 year warranty on the entire machine

We dislike

  • Pricey
  • Extra prep time is required because of the narrow feeding chute
  • Can get clogged from time to time. You will need to use the reverse gear briefly to unjam the unit or cut the produce in very small pieces
  • You will be able to make juices and soy/nut milks but sorbets, nut butters, pasta or ice-cream are not an option

Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer B6000S

This Kuvings vertical masticating juicer is a very interesting choice because it has the advantages of a typical slow juicer (great juice yield & quality as well as good performance on leafy greens) but also comes with a 3" wide feeding chute that allows for larger pieces or even whole fruits and vegetables to be dropped into the machine. Another nice little feature this juicer comes with is a second strainer that can be attached to make delicious frozen sorbets. This machine is without a doubt highly priced with around $400 but if you're looking for a slow juicer that delivers fresh, quality juice in a minimum amount of time, the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer is your best bet.

Juice quality & yield
Ease of use (Speed, Clean-up)
Versatility
Noise
Design & build quality
Value for money

We like

  • Thorough juice extraction with around 50-60 RPMs
  • Tap on the juice spout to keep the juice from accidentally dripping
  • Quiet operation
  • Juices a wide variety of produce (including leafy greens and wheatgrass)
  • Small footprint
  • 10 year warranty on the motor
  • Comes with a recipe book and sorbet strainer

We dislike

  • Pricey
  • Juice is a little bit pulpy
  • Unit can get jammed from time to time, you might need to cut the produce in smaller pieces despite the wide chute
  • Only 1 year warranty on the parts

Best triturating juicers:


Tribest Green Star Elite GSE-5000

When it comes to triturating or twin gear juicers under $1000, the Green Star Elite GSE-5000 from Tribest (which costs around $530) is pretty much uncontested. It's clearly the best juicer in terms of juice quality and extraction. This beast of a juicer comes with bioceramic materials that guarantee the best possible nutrient conservation and juice yield. It can also be used to create sorbets, nut butters etc. - if you're into that. On the downside, the Green Star is quite costly and the many different parts of the juicer make it a bit of a hassle to clean and assemble. Overall, this juicer requires some more effort and time, but will reward you with excellent juice yield and incredible nutrient density. 

Juice quality & yield
Ease of use (Speed, Clean-up)
Versatility
Noise
Design & build quality
Value for money

We like

  • Bio-ceramic gears and magnetic technology for outstanding juice yield and nutritional quality
  • No oxidation of the juice (can be stored in the fridge for up to 72 hours)
  • Little foam or pulp in the juice
  • Quiet operation
  • Juices almost anything
  • Perfect for green juices
  • 12 year warranty on whole juicer

We dislike

  • Expensive
  • Long preparation time due to small chute
  • Rather difficult to assemble and clean
  • Not exactly beautiful with the many plastic parts on the outside.

Super Angel DELUXE

We were not even sure if we should include this juicer, because it comes with an absolutely ridiculous price tag of $1600. But there you have it: The Super Angel Deluxe aka the Rolls Royce of juicers outperforms even the Green Star Elite when it comes to juice yield and quality. The margins are very small, however. For the average person, those extra 3-5% are clearly not worth the extra charge. The Super Angel is entirely made of stainless steel which makes for a very sleek design and also helps with the clean-up. So if you're on a very large budget and want a juicer that's unmatched in design and efficiency: Go for it. Everyone else should stick to the Green Star or an Omega masticating juicer for much better value for money.

Juice quality & yield
Ease of use (Speed, Clean-up)
Versatility
Noise
Design & build quality
Value for money

We like

  • Best possible juice extraction
  • Stainless steel construction and internal cooling system preserve all the nutrients
  • Dishwasher safe parts
  • Quiet operation
  • Juices everything (including soft fruits, leafy greens, and wheatgrass)
  • Beautiful design due to high grade stainless steel materials
  • 10 year warranty on motor & gears, 5 years on wear and tear
  • Anti-jamming system
  • Comes with a Pyrex juice collector

We dislike

  • Very expensive
  • Not the best customer service
  • Narrow feeding chute
  • The whole juicing process takes a long time

Bottomline

That's our take on the very best juicers on the market in 2017. In the end, it really comes down to what you want in a juicer. Especially what kind of produce you want to juice and how important convenience factor and juice quality are for you.

We personally ​use an older model of the Green Star Elite twin gear juicer, which delivers great juice quality but is a little bit of a pain to clean up. But that's ok since we value quality the most. However, with nowadays juicers, you can find machines that combine ease of use with excellent quality that actually sell for a pretty decent price.

We hope you found this resource helpful and can now make an informed decision.

Happy juicing!