There’s nothing quite like a freshly squeezed glass of juice. No matter what brand you pick, though, store-bought stuff just doesn’t match the fresh stuff for taste or quality.
But getting that oh-so-sweet – or bitter, if grapefruit is your thing – glass of juice can be a messy, laborious task without the right tool for the job.
Getting a decent juicer is a must-have for any fan of fresh fruity drinks then. But which model to opt for? Step into a store and you’ll be confronted with a multitude of juicing appliances, each offering varying features that may, or may not, meet your needs.
Here to help, we’ve tested a huge selection of both big and small juicers to create a comprehensive list of the best currently available on the market. Scroll down to find your next juicer.
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Best juicer – Fast vs slow juicers
As you browse the roundup, you’ll notice that some machines are described as “centrifugal” or “fast” juicers, and others “slow” 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 considering how each individual juicer performs.
Read on for our pick of the best juicers on the market right now.
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- 400W, juice extractor filter
- Citrus press with two cones
- Recipe book
- H41.5 x W21.4 x D18.3cm
- Review price: £199.99
If you’re on the market for an easy-to-use slow juicer that doesn’t require oodles of prep work then the no-nonsense Le Duo Plus XL is an excellent option. Featuring a wide feed intake chute, the Le Duo Plus XL yields a generous amount of juice from less fruit and veg than you’d expect, making it ideal for families.
The included Smoothiemix attachment also makes it a perfect fit for OJ fanatics. Magimix claims that by using the attachment, the resulting juice will retain 66% more vitamin C over a traditional juicer.
The only slight downside is that the bladeless design makes the Duo Plus XL less effective with wheatgrass and dairy alternatives. But if that doesn’t bother you then the Le Duo Plus XL is a great investment.
- One-litre juice jug, pulp container, non-drip spout, juice screen, smoothie strainer, blank cone, recipe book
- Cleaning tool and two brushes
- H45.2 x W16.5 x D24.4cm
- Review price: £449
You may be put off by its high price, but if you can afford it 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 in it.
It’s also wonderfully easy to use and will take everything from whole apples in its wide feed chute to berries and nuts in its hopper.
The inclusion of two extra screens mean it can turn frozen fruit into sorbet and the other producing nutritious smoothies, which make 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.
- 150W slow juicer
- Frozen attachment for sorbets and cocktails
- H43.2 x W18.5 x D17.6cm
While the Panasonic MJ-L500 is probably the smallest juicer in this round-up, 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.
Buy now at Currys.co.uk from £179
At the time of the review, the Panasonic MJ-L500 was available for £200
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- 150W slow juicer
- Frozen smoothie accessory, juice filter, cleaning brush
- H43 x W15 x D17.5cm
Like the Panasonic MJ-L500, the Witt Smoothie Juicepresso is a slow juicer, meaning it works quietly and methodically to crush fruit and vegetables, ultimately ensuring all the nutrients are retained in your juices.
It’s a tad pricey, but it will certainly look sleek on display in your kitchen, with a glossy base unit that’s available in red, silver or white. It has a buttonless veneer, with the one rocker control located at the rear – which minimalists will love.
The Juicepresso is a solid performer that delivers a lovely smooth juice. It’s split into parts so that there’s nowhere for food debris to gather, and even comes with a pointy brush to make cleaning easier. It can make exciting desserts from frozen fruit too, which is a bonus for big families.
Buy now at Leekes.co.uk from £269
At the time of the review, the Witt Smoothie Juicepresso was available for £299.
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- 800W fast juicer
- 800ml storage jug with froth separator
- H40.2 x W32.3 x D22cm
The Dualit Dual-Max Juicer combines the company’s signature style to an easy-to-use design that’s great for first-time juicers. It won’t break the bank, either, which is always nice.
Two speeds ensure it adapts easily to soft and hard fruits, and a double-sieve method juices fruit and veg twice for maximum yield. Most parts are dishwasher safe. It’s a shame a cleaning brush isn’t included, however, as one would be handy.
It isn’t quite the perfect package, but it’s certainly one of the hardest working juicers at this price.
Buy now at Amazon.co.uk from £97
At the time of the review, the Dualit Dual-Max Juicer was available for £100.
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- 900W fast juicer
- 1.25-litre jug with foam separator
- H51 x W27 x D39cm
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: one spins at 7,000rpm for soft fruit, while the 10,000rpm mode tackles hard fruits, vegetables and the green stuff.
It did a good job on all the items we tried in it, and 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.
Buy now at JohnLewis.com from £129.99
At the time of the review the Braun J500 Spin Juicer was available for £129.99.
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- 240W juicer
- Two-part centrifuge and shredder disc
- Smoothie/blender attachment
- H43 x W23 x D20cm
You only have to glance at the Novis Vita Juicer’s price tag to know this is a machine that’s 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 2,000rpm) 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 a range of eight colours, this isn’t a machine that’s been made to hang out in a cupboard.
Buy now at Amazon.co.uk from £200
At the time of the review, the Novis Vita Juicer was available for £300.
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- 120W slow juicer
- 1l juice jug with lid
- Two cleaning brushes, two strainers
- H43 x W15 x D17.5cm
Designed to match the company’s other 50s-style products, the Smeg SJF01 is curvy, glossy slow juicer with tons of retro style, and comes in a choice of colours to match your kitchen.
Its relatively compact too, which is good, because at 7.2kg, it’s not something you’ll want to be lugging in and out of cupboards too often. The accessories it comes with are just enough for most juicing jobs too, including a decent sized jug and lid, and two strainers for fine and coarse juicing.
Its function is as flawless as its form, with an efficient 43rpm squeezing system that will maximise your juice’s nutrition content, prolong its lifespan in the fridge, and minimise waste.
We weren’t sure on if the parts were dishwasher safe, so washed it by hand using the included cleaning brushes. It’s a bit of a faff and it’s not cheap either, but its stylish looks, low noise production and impressive juice yield still make this a slow juicer to really consider.
At the time of review, the Smeg SJF01 was available for £449.99.