Top 10 Best Juicers of 2018 – A Buyer’s Guide
At its core (no pun intended!) a juicer is a device to get juice from fruit or veg. Simply putting it, you could use a stone to pummel your fruit or veg, then place the mash into a muslin bag and squeeze what juice is left into a thimble and use that for your next best creation, but we all know that we have moved along quite substantially from that!
The delight of juicing your own blends is having the freedom to choose to put more banana in with your wheatgrass and being confident in the wholesome products you have purchased from reputable suppliers. There is also that super fresh taste and a whole lot of saving on plastic usage in making your own delicious juice too! From tasty fruit juice recipes designed to give you a boost, to healthy gut balancing shakes, home juicers really are the way to go.
Now ask yourself a few important questions:
- What’s your budget?
- Do you need speed?
- Are you looking for pure juice, or pulp and juice combined?
- Is easy cleaning a priority?
- Will noise level be a factor?
- Is this a machine, that will take pride of place on your kitchen worktop, to be a modern work of art?
Types of Juicers
Knowing what you want is half the battle in finding your ideal machine. Let’s face it, it is going to be with you for a while so this is an important decision to make. To understand how juicers work, we’ll begin by describing the two categories that juicers fall into:
- Centrifugal Juicers – Most popular, cheaper and quicker at juicing fruit and veg.
- Masticator Juicers – I know, horrible name but effective for harder fruits and veg, more juice, but a bit slower. Also known as cold press juicers.
Now, of course, you can spend thousands of dollars on a juicer. An industrial juicer will set you back over a $1000. Below is a selection of the best-selling and most highly rated juicers on the market today.
Here are our Top 10 juicers offering Quality and Value for Money
Top Ten Best Juicers 2018Click Each Model for More Detailed Information
|JUICER||TYPE||WARRANTY||PRICE POINT||REVIEWS ON AMAZON||COMPREHENSIVE RANKING|
|Omega J8006||Masticating||15 Years||Check Price||4.5 (out of 3415)||# 1|
|Breville JE98XL||Centrifugal||1 Year||Check Price||4.4 (out of 4915)||# 2|
|Omega J8004||Masticating||15 Years||Check Price||4.6 (out of 1596)||# 3|
|Breville 800JEXL||Centrifugal||1 Year||Check Price||4.5 (out of 2158)||# 4|
|Breville BJE200XL||Centrifugal||1 Year||Check Price||4.4 (out of 5560)||# 5|
|Breville BJE510XL||Centrifugal||1 Year||Check Price||4.4 (out of 2165)||# 6|
|Hamilton Beach 67650A||Masticating||3 Years||Check Price||4.1 (out of 3406)||# 7|
|Super Angel Deluxe||Triturating|
Parts & Labor
|Check Price||4.3 (out of 13)||# 8|
|Nutrihome||Masticating||1 Year||Check Price||4.7 (out of 548)||# 9|
|Breville BJE430SIL||Masticating||1 Year||Check Price||4.3 (out of 411)||# 10|
What Should You Consider when Buying a Juicer?
There are a number of considerations to be made when purchasing a juicer that is right for you and/or your family. Have a look at the table below to determine what is most important:
|Centrifugal Juicer||Masticator Juicer|
|Produce Type||Fruits, high moisture content vegetables||All fruits and Veg (incl: Wheatgrass), nuts|
|Warranty||Usually short (1-2 years)||Usually Long (2-15 years)|
Once you have considered price and how you want to use your new juicer you will have a better idea of what to purchase.
Every cost saving initially though, should be considered against the amount of fruit and veg you use!
How do they work?
To understand the importance of either type of juicer, it is important to know why they are different in extracting the juice and the nutritional properties of either the Centrifugal or Masticating Juicer.
The Centrifugal Juicer
These are inexpensive juicers that work by taking fruit or veg and chopping it up into small pieces in a similar manner to a blender. This pulp is then spun at high velocity in a centrifuge causing the juice to ‘spin away’ from the pulp, through tiny holes in a colander/mesh and out to the sides of the juicer.
The juice then flows through the spout to the bucket. The pulp, unless automated, will then need to be removed from the centrifuge before continuing to juice more fruit or veg.
From low-cost centrifugal juicers, the pulp is usually left quite wet, meaning that a lot of juice is not removed. Make sure you are looking at the most effective centrifugal juicers when considering a purchase.
It is also important to note that this process introduces a lot more air into the juice causing oxidation and thereby speeding up the shelf life of any juice you make. It will appear quite frothy too.
Masticating Juicers, also known as cold press juicers are the long-term option for your juices. These work by grinding and squeezing the fruit and veg between mangles so that the maximum amount of juice is extracted. The process is a lot slower (and less noisy) than the centrifugal juicers, which also means less air is introduced into the juice too.
This aspect is ideal to ensure a better quality of juice. The less oxidation, the longer lasting the juice and, according to many reviews, the taste is far improved too. This is normally attributed to the Centrifugal Juicer only spinning out the main water component of the fruit or veg, whereas the masticating juicer squeezes all that goodness and keeps the nutrients and enzymes within the juice.
The pulp is also normally a lot dryer when it leaves the masticating juicer, and depending on how you decide to use the pulp afterwards, this will also make cake recipes a lot better too!
The one prohibiting factor many people seem to stutter over is the higher cost of a masticating juicer. To buy one you are going to be shelling out a fair few more dollars and so it is important to evaluate the models you intend on purchasing thoroughly first. Take your time and find the right one for you. You have waited this long for a decent juicer, you can wait a few more days if need to make certain!
As a side note, you will also find a masticating Juicer called a Triturating Juicer or ‘Twin Gear’ Juicer. These use a double auger to masticate (unlike the single auger in most masticating juicers) the fruit and veg to squeeze the maximum amount of juice out. These can also be used for squeezing almonds and peanuts too.
More detail about Masticating and Centrifugal Juicers, check here.
The Pros & Cons of Our Top Ten Best Juicers 2018
Each model has its merits and each can be found with an inadequacy. The table below only serves to highlight issues that you may feel will impact your juicer and the quality of juice you produce.Click on the Model for More Detailed review
13.2 x 16.5 x 18.2 in
|Breville JE98XL||HIGH 12,000RPM or |
(Not Very Efficiently)
13.2 x 16.5 x 18.2 in
14.5 x 6.5 x 15.5 in
|Breville 800JEXL||HIGH 13,000RPM|
11 x 17 x 20 in
|Breville BJE200XL||14,000RPM||No||11 pounds|
9.5 x 8.8 x 16 in
|Breville BJE510XL||6500RPM up to|
20.5 x 16.5 x 11 inches
|Hamilton Beach 67650A||12500RPM||No||10 pounds|
9.1 x 13.2 x 16.3 inches
|Super Angel Deluxe||82RPM||Yes||28 pounds|
19.5 x 7.8 x 10.5 inches
11.8 x 13.7 x 6.5 in
|Breville BJE430SIL||HIGH 13,000RPM|
14.5 x 10.5 x 17.6 in
Tips for finding and using your ideal Juicer
Perhaps you are a seasoned juicer, or maybe you are just starting out, but here are a few tips that may come in handy for making your next juice:
- Fruit acid is very hard on the teeth, but by consuming a piece of cheese prior to your fruit juice you will coat your teeth enough to protect the enamel a little more. Try to get into the habit of cleaning your teeth after you have a fruit juice, or consume it with a meal.
- Using lemon juice with any juice you make will naturally preserve it that little bit longer due to the natural preservatives in Lemon acid. (Something to consider if you are using a centrifugal juicer and want to extend the shelf life of your juice)
- Surgical grade stainless steel is excellent when considering a juicer as it gives off no additional flavours and is super easy to keep clean and sterile.
- Avoid bacteria build up in sieves and inside mangles/augers. Use sterilising fluid once a week to ensure your juicer is not becoming a home for unhealthy bacteria. If you prefer, use pure lemon juice to clean your machine before rinsing with clean water.
- The quality of your juice is directly dependent on the quality of your fruit and veg. Find a reputable supplier, or better still, find a farm stall that sells fresh farm produce for that ultimate juice experience.
There are many juicers on the market today. In fact, a quick search online will bring up a host of reasons to go out and buy the next best machine to make all your juicing worries disappear. Be cautious! The nutritional value of your juice, the waste and the types of produce you intend on juicing will all be factors to consider when making your decision.
A cheaper machine does not necessarily equate to a bargain, for what you save in the initial cost you will certainly spend on using more fruit and veg and end up wasting more valuable nutrients.
Have a look at my reviews and feel free to get in touch to discuss any of the juicers mentioned above. If you have the time, even let me know what you think your next choice of Juicer will be and why. I would love to hear what you are choosing and why.