Best Juicers of 2018

Linda Thomson ·
Writer/Reviewer
Updated
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We spent 96 hours juicing fruits and vegetables, both hard and soft, and attempted to make nut milks. In the end, our favorite juicer was the Cuisinart Juice Extractor CJE-1000, a powerful machine that produces excellent juice and nut milk. It leaves behind only a little pulp and less froth than any of the other juicers we tested. In addition, it has a big food chute. 

Best Overall
Cuisinart Juice Extractor CJE-1000
The Cuisinart Juice Extractor CJE-1000 did an excellent job with tougher fruits and vegetables, extracted plenty of juice and created only a tiny amount of froth.
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Best Budget
VonShef 990W Max
The VonShef 990W Max is one of the least expensive models we found, but it proved to be a potent, easy-to-use juicer in our tests.
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Best for Making the Most Juice
Kuvings Centrifugal Juicer NJ-9500UB
The Kuvings Centrifugal Juicer NJ-9500UB produced more juice than other machines we tested and left behind minimal pulp, which means it extracted plenty of fluid from the produce.
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Product
Price
OVERALL RATING
Help & Support
Design
Prep & Cleanup
Juicing Capabilities
Standout Feature
Juicing Yield
Green Lemonade
Hard Produce
Soft Produce
Level of Remaining Pulp
Slice Test
Average Clean Time
Average Assembly Time
Number of Parts
Dishwasher Safe
Cleaning Brush Included
Noise Level
Juicer Size
Cord Length
Included Pitcher Size
Froth Separator
Non-Slip Base
Height x Width x Depth (inches)
Warranty
Telephone
Email
$111.99 Home Depot
5 4.9 4.8 4.8
Lowest Amount of Froth
A-
A-
A-
B+
Low
2 slices
5 minutes
30 seconds
9 parts
82 decibels (dB)
Large
36.5 inches
1000 mL
17x13x9
3 years
$119.99 Kohl's
4.5 4.8 4.7 4.8
Most Powerful
A-
A-
A
A-
Low
2 slices
5 minutes
30 seconds
7 parts
91 decibels (dB)
Large
45 inches
1000 mL
17x12.5x8
1 years
$46.98 Staples
3.3 5 5 4.7
Includes Large Picture
A
A-
A-
A+
Medium
8 slices
4.25 minutes
30 seconds
6 parts
85 decibels (dB)
Large
62.5 inches
1000 mL
16x13.5x8
1 years
$143.09 Sears
4.5 2.7 5 5
Best Juicing Yield
A+
A+
A+
A+
Low
2 slices
4.25 minutes
30 seconds
5 parts
85 decibels (dB)
Large
62.5 inches
0 mL
16.5x13x8
1 years
$55.67 Amazon
3.5 4.4 4.8 4.5
Best Safety Features
A
A-
A-
A+
High
2 slices
5 minutes
35 seconds
8 parts
93 decibels (dB)
Large
38.5 inches
710 mL
15.5x12x8
2 years
$121.33 Rakuten
5 2.4 4.9 4.8
Strong Warranty
A+
A+
A
A+
Medium
8 slices
4.5 minutes
25 seconds
5 parts
89 decibels (dB)
Medium
47 inches
0 mL
15x12.5x8
3 years
$68.22 Amazon
5 2.2 5 4.7
Quick Assembly
A+
A+
A+
A+
High
8 slices
4.5 minutes
25 seconds
5 parts
91 decibels (dB)
Medium
30.5 inches
0 mL
4.5x11.5x7.5
3 years
$79.99 Amazon Marketplace
3 3.9 4.8 4.4
Quietest Juicer
A-
A-
A-
B+
Low
32 slices
4.5 minutes
25 seconds
9 parts
68 decibels (dB)
Medium
77.5 inches
700 mL
16x11x8
0.16 years
$59.99 Amazon Warehouse
4.5 2.4 4 3.8
Fastest Cleaning Time
C+
C+
C+
D
High
2 slices
1.17 minutes
10 seconds
2 parts
91 decibels (dB)
Small
42 inches
0 mL
14x5.5x5.5
1 years
$29.9 Fry's Electronics
4.5 2.2 4.5 3.8
Fastest Blender
C
B-
D+
D
High
2 slices
1 minutes
10 seconds
2 parts
95 decibels (dB)
N/A
34 inches
0 mL
14.5x6x7
1 years
Best Overall
Our top choice, the Cuisinart Juice Extractor CJE-1000, does a fine job extracting juice from tougher vegetables and fruits, leaving behind only a small amount of pulp. It struggled a bit with softer produce like lettuce and fresh herbs but still performed well. This is also one of the few juicers we tested that managed to make almond milk using water-soaked almonds and water.
In our tests, this juicer created the least amount of froth of any machine we tested, which means you get fewer bubbles and waste and more juice. Our food-prep time was minimal. This juicer has a 3-inch-wide food chute, so you don't have to spend a lot of time chopping fruits or veggies to fit. However, you need to spend some time cleaning this juicer, since it comes with nine separate parts. Still, this process is made somewhat easier by the included cleaning brush. Plus, some parts are dishwasher-safe. This is a big machine, so you probably want to find a spot on a kitchen counter to store it for daily use. It comes with a tall pitcher, a froth separator and a nonslip base so it stays in place during operation. This is a noisy juicer but no more so than any other – they're all fairly loud.
Pros
  • Extracts lots of juice
  • Works great with hard produce
  • Requires minimal chopping for fruits and veggies
Cons
  • Time-intensive to clean
  • Has nine parts to disassemble for cleaning
  • This is a fairly loud machine
$149.00Amazon
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Best Budget
The economical VonShef 990W Max costs less than half that of many of the juicers we tested. Despite the lower cost, it performed well, was easy to use and came with useful accessories. This machine operates with a potent motor and works quickly to yield a healthy amount of juice.
It does a superior, although not perfect, job with hard produce and zips through soft produce easily. It leaves some pulp that doesn't have all the nutritious fluid extracted from it but not enough to be a problem. On the downside, we had to do quite a bit of chopping ahead of time so that the pieces of fruit and vegetables would fit through the food chute. This juicer is easy to care for. It takes only a little time to assemble and clean, and various parts are dishwasher-safe. The machine also comes with a cleaning brush, as well as a froth separator and a tall pitcher. This is a big machine, and it is noisy but at a decibel level comparable with other good-quality juicers. You can get help with the juicer over email, but there is no phone number for customer support.
Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Works well with soft produce
  • Parts are dishwasher-safe
Cons
  • No customer service phone number
  • This is a loud machine
  • Struggles a bit with hard produce
$44.99Amazon
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Best for Making the Most Juice
We got more juice out of the Kuvings Centrifugal Juicer NJ-9500UB than any other machine we tested. All that remained was a small amount of pulp that felt relatively dry to the touch. The Kuvings did an excellent job extracting juice from hard and soft produce in virtually all our tests. Since getting juice is the whole point of a juicer, the Kuvings got top marks.
This juicer does not come with a pitcher, which is atypical in the juicing world. Instead, you simply put a glass beneath its spout and let the juice run into it. It also lacks a strainer, so you get plenty of pulp with the liquid. If you want the extra fiber, that’s great. If you prefer a smoother, less-textured drink, you need to use a strainer of your own as well as a pitcher or other container to capture strained juice. The juicer is somewhat noisy and does vibrate, like most, but it stays securely in place due to its nonskid base. In addition, the machine has two clips on either side to hold the lid firmly in place, which is a nice safety feature.
Pros
  • Extracts optimal amount of juice
  • Minimal pulp left over
  • Has nonskid rubber feet
Cons
  • You don't get a pitcher
  • It lacks a froth strainer
  • This is a fairly noisy machine
$149.95Kuvings
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Most Powerful
The Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus was the most powerful juicer we tested. It handled hard produce like beets and apples with ease and created very little pulp or froth.
The Breville’s pulverizing power made short order of whole beets and carrots, and we cut apples in half to prep them ready for juicing. Other machines require much more prep time, as they can only manage hard produce in small pieces. We found the Breville can juice anything if it fits down the chute, and it does so very efficiently. It creates very little pulp and froth, so you know you’re getting the most out of your fruits and veggies. The included pitcher is tall, and its special juicer nozzle opening prevents juice dripping on your countertops. It also has an attached froth separator, which strains your juice for you. Its seven parts are easy to assemble, but only five are dishwasher safe.
Pros
  • Easily handles hard produce
Cons
  • Certain parts not dishwasher safe
$149.95Amazon
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Best Cleanup
If you like pulp, the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth produces plenty of juice and is a snap to clean. It has only five removable parts that are all dishwasher-safe. It also comes with a brush for easily cleaning the grate.
In our tests, the Hamilton Beach juicer produced lots of juice for each of our three test recipes. It handled hard and soft produce well, though it could have processed the leafy greens slightly better. Even so, it produced a high juice yield compared to other products after straining away the froth. This juicer does leave a lot of pulp in your juice, which is great if you’re looking to up your fiber intake. Unlike some others, the Hamilton Beach doesn’t come with a pitcher to collect your juice. Its nozzle also points directly down, so find the right container to catch your juice and prevent spills.
Pros
  • High juice yield
Cons
  • Lots of froth
$72.44Amazon
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Why Trust Us?
We invested 96 hours in testing and evaluating juicers, measuring the amount of juice versus pulp each produced, the amount of froth created, and how much prep work was needed to get fruits and vegetables to fit through the food chute. In some cases, we had to spend quite a bit of time chopping hard produce into small- or medium-sized pieces, while other juicers had chutes so big we could simply cut an average apple, orange or beet into quarters. We also evaluated how much pressure we needed to exert to push fruits and vegetables through the juicer.

We had difficulty getting decent nut milk from any machine when we tried juicing water-soaked almonds. Most juicers produced an unpleasant gruel, although we had better results with the Cuisinart Juice Extractor, Ninja NutriNinja and the NutriBullet Juicer.

We used the same measures, timer, decibel meter, types of produce and judging criteria in each test. We selected juicers from well-known manufacturers and followed the user manual instructions so each machine was judged using the same standards. In the end, our scores for each category and testing notes figured into each product’s ranking.

How We Tested
We used three recipes to test how well each juicer handled hard produce (apples, carrots, etc.), soft produce (salad greens, fresh herbs, etc.) and almonds. In our test kitchen, we measured the results precisely, noted the amount of juice and pulp that emerged, and scored each juicer on performance. We also measured the noise in decibels, monitored spills or splatters, timed assembly and cleanup efforts, and noted such specifications as juicer dimensions and electrical cord length.

In addition, we examined each juicer's design and noted whether it came with extra safety features like nonskid feet to handle the heavy vibrations of the machine as well as accessories like a pitcher, froth separator and cleaning brush. 

Key Features to Look for When Buying a Juicer

Price
There are plenty of juicers available between $60 and $160. We tested ten products within this range and found more expensive juicers are not necessarily better. Perks like multiple speed settings, a long warranty and an included pitcher appeared at several different price points, as did the absence of accessories. We advise shopping the features instead of letting price alone guide you.

Performance
The best juicers extract as much liquid as possible from fruits and vegetables, leaving behind very little pulp. Machines that leave large amounts of very moist pulp just aren’t doing their job. The same is true for froth. Every juicer makes some froth, but you don't want inches of bubbles – you want a machine that gives you the most juice for your money.

Design
If you're serious about juicing, it's best to get a juicer that fits nicely on your kitchen counter so you can leave it out rather than having to haul it out of a cupboard. That means paying close attention to the dimensions and even the length of the electrical cord. You don't want to buy a juicer that looks great in your kitchen but doesn't have a cord that reaches the outlet.

Noise is another consideration. All the machines we tested make a certain amount of racket, but you might want to choose a less-noisy model if you don’t want to wake the other members of your household every morning.

Extras
If accessories are important to you, make sure the machine includes a pitcher, a froth separator, a pulp strainer and a cleaning brush. You will definitely appreciate a nonslip base, which keeps the machine from wiggling its way to disaster – and a big mess.