Best Juicer 2018: The top slow and fast juicers right now

As convenient as supermarket juice is, it just can’t compare to something fresh, straight out of the best juicer. Not only does fresh juice taste better, it gives you complete control over what you want to drink. Whether you want a simple, but refreshing orange juice, a mix of different fruits, or you want to make something healthier, adding in fresh leaves, we’ve got the model that can help.

We have reviewed 20 big and small juicers to create a comprehensive list of the best juicers currently available on the market. Of the 20, we recommend four to suit a range of budgets and requirements.

The best top-of-the-range model is the Omega MMV702 Mega Mouth, which has the ability to blend, juice and even make nutritious sorbets. The best blender for those on a budget is the Braun J500, which offers impressive performance given its low price point.

How we pick the best juicers

There are two important aspects to a juicer: the quality of the juice, and the ease of use. We test for both. Starting with juice quality, we make a range of different drinks from plain, single-fruit juice using a variety of fruit from the hard (apples) to the soft (grapes). We examine how much juice is produced and then rate each juicer for the quality of the drink.

Turning to more complicated recipes, we use a range of fruit and vegetables including carrots, celery and leaves to see how well each juicer can cope with more complicated drinks. For those juicers that support it, we also use frozen fruit to see how good they are at producing sorbet.

Ease of use is exceptionally important, so we test each juicer thoroughly. We look at how fruit has to be put into the machine, with the less cutting the better. We look at how well each machine gets rid of left-over pulp, and look at how easy each juicer is to clean at the end of the process.

 

1. Omega MMV702 Mega Mouth Juicer

Pros:

  • Efficient juicing
  • Can process whole apples
  • Makes sorbet from frozen fruit and smoothies

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Not dishwasher-safe
  • No dedicated storage

You may be put off by its high price, but if you can afford it then the Omega MMV702 Mega Mouth is the ultimate juicer.

The Mega Mouth is the most efficient masticating machine we’ve ever tested and manages to squeeze every precious drop of liquid out of whatever you put through it.

It’s wonderfully easy to use, and will happily accept whole apples in its wide feed chute and berries and nuts in its hopper.

The inclusion of two extra screens means it can use one to turn frozen fruit into sorbet, and the other for nutritious smoothies – which makes it an excellent choice for everyone from health fanatics to sweet-toothed dessert fans.

Make no mistake, this juicer is a great investment that will quickly become a staple for healthy mocktails, sorbets, smoothies and gelato for years to come.

2. Braun J500 Spin Juicer

Pros:

  • Good juice yield
  • Anti-drip spout
  • Dishwasher-safe parts

Cons:

  • No recipe ideas
  • Functional design
  • No attachments

Good, affordable juicers are surprisingly rare, so the Braun J500 is worth celebrating. It isn’t a looker –especially not in white; we prefer the black version – but it gets the job done.

The large, 7.5cm feed chute means no chopping or prep is needed. Just chuck items in whole and let the J500 get on with it. There are two speeds: 7000rpm for soft fruit; 10,000rpm mode for tackling hard fruits, vegetables and the green stuff. It did an excellent job with all the items we tried in it.

All the removable parts are dishwasher-safe. The provided cleaning brush helps here, too, and overall it’s a great option if you’d rather not spend too much on a juicer.

3. Novis Vita Juicer

Pros:

  • High juice yield
  • Makes pureés and pressed citrus juice
  • Dishwasher-safe parts

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Multiple parts
  • No jugs for storing juice

You only have to glance at the Novis Vita Juicer’s price to realise that this machine is out to make some serious juice. Forget the occasional morning OJ – you’re looking at a juicing, blending, pureé-ing, citrus-pressing beast that can handle anything from soft fruits to hard veg. If you’re up for the ride, this powerful juicer is worth every penny.

Using self-regulating speed (up to 2000rpm) and a combination of a citrus press and a centrifuge, the Novis Vita can produce juice with 20% more nutrients than conventional juicers. It yields maximum juice with minimal waste, offering the flexibility to try different pulp levels for all kinds of experimental blends.

It isn’t the smallest or most discreet juicer, but it has special feet to absorb loud vibrations, and most of the plastic attachments and blades fit snugly inside when it’s assembled to save space. Available in eight colours, this isn’t a machine that’s been made to hang out in a cupboard.

Panasonic MJ-L500 Slow Juicer

4. Panasonic MJ-L500 Slow Juicer

Pros:

  • Juices fresh and frozen
  • Highly efficient juicing
  • Compact

Cons:

  • Some parts aren’t dishwasher-safe
  • Multiple parts to assemble
  • Limited recipe ideas

While the Panasonic MJ-L500 is probably the smallest juicer in this roundup, it’s by no means the least efficient. By using a technique called ‘slow juicing’, which squeezes fruit and vegetables at 45rpm rather than dicing and spinning at speed, it’s designed for maximum extraction with minimal effort. That means more nutrients stay in your juices, too.

The frozen attachment is as good as having a frozen dessert parlour on your doorstep. Anyone on a health kick or desperate to get their kids to eat their five-a-day will love the versatility it brings.

Newbies to juicing shouldn’t be put off by its vast talents: simple to use, easy to clean and compact enough to remain on your kitchen worktop, it’s as good for beginners as it is for more experienced juicers.

5. Philips Avance MicroMasticating Juicer HR1947

Pros:

  • Compact
  • Squeezes up to 90% of the fruit
  • All parts dishwasher-safe

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Narrow feed tube
  • Recipe book lacks guidance

Around the same size as a pod coffee machine, the Philips Avance MicroMasticating Juicer HR1947 is a tiny juicer, designed to extract the maximum amount of juice. As the name says, this is a masticating juicer that ‘chews’ and squeezes the juice, giving the best extraction. Neatly, the juicer separates the pulp from the juice, outputting the former into a collection bin and the latter into a cup or the provided plastic container.

Making a drink with cucumber, spinach, water and honey, we ended up with quite a frothy concoction at end. Fruit drinks were better, with a lot of juice squeezed out with very little foam on top. The only minor issue is that the feeding spout is quite small, so fruit and veg needs to be cut up well before being used.

Clean up was easy at the end, with just a quick rinse of the components clearing everything out. That’s a real benefit, as many juicers are a nightmare to clean. With its small size, plenty of juice and ease of clean-up, the Philips Avance MicroMasticating Juicer HR1947 is a great choice for small kitchens.

That was our pick of the best juicers. For more information on choosing the right model, keep reading

Best juicer buying guide

Best juicer – Which type of juicer is best?

As you browse the roundup, you’ll notice that some machines are described as ‘centrifugal’ or ‘fast’ juicers, and others ‘slow’ or ‘masticating’ juicers. This refers to the method juicers use to extract the pulp from fruit and vegetables. Centrifugal juicers use fast-spinning metal blades, while slow juicers squeeze the fruit at a much slower speed.

There are pros and cons to both methods. Some people worry about the metal blades in centrifugal juicers producing heat, which might destroy some of the enzymes in fruit and veg as it’s juiced. There’s no concrete evidence to confirm this, though, and they do get the job done quickly and thoroughly.

Slow juicing is more gentle and is designed to retain as many of the nutrients as possible. The obvious downside is the speed – although, in reality, you’re losing mere seconds. When comparing slow juicers and fast juicers, we recommend keeping an open mind and instead consider how each individual juicer performs.

Best juicer – Do I need frozen fruit support?

Being able to cope with frozen fruit can turn a juicer into a kind of sorbet maker, giving you some delicious desserts options. It can be a neat option to have, but the quality dramatically differs between machines. We recommend focusing on the quality of fresh juicing, and look at frozen fruit support as a bonus.

Best juicer – What cleaning options should I look for?

Juicers are messy, so the easier they are to clean, the better. For the most convenience, look for a model where the majority of parts are dishwasher-safe. Some models feature only a few dishwasher-safe parts, leaving you to clean everything else up by hand.

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