People often ask me, what is the best juicer? On the face of it, this might seem like an easy question to answer. There is a short answer that I sometimes give. Use the same juicer as me, an Omega VRT350HD. This is a brilliant all round masticating juicer that extracts a high juice yield from whatever produce you use. On the flip side, it is far from being the cheapest model on the market right now. Depending on the sorts of drinks that you want to make, as well as the size of your budget, you may be able to get by with a less expensive model. I’ll run through my top five juicers which are all either centrifugal or masticating juicers and range in price from less than $100 to over $300. All of the units that I talk about here are top quality products. They do have their own specific strengths. It is really just a case of matching up your requirements with the most appropriate model.
The juicers that I talk about below are ordered by price, from cheapest to most expensive, and type. I shall start off with some centrifugal juicers and then move on to the masticating models. You can visit Juice Fiend if you want to read a wider range of reviews (also with videos).
This style of juicer is best suited for harder produce. They are the fastest type of juicing appliances that are sold today. You might have heard that centrifugal juicers cause oxidation of the nutrients contained within the juice that they make. This is not something that you should worry about unless you want to store your juice to drink it later on. Regardless of the style of juicer that you use, it is always best to drink it as soon as possible after it has been made. This way you will get the maximum nutritional benefit as well as the best taste.
This is a cheap juicer that you should be able to find for under $100. It is very easy to assemble and use. One of the selling points of centrifugal juicers is their ease of operation and speed of use. Part of the speed of Breville juicers comes from their 3″ wide feed chute that comes as standard on all of the models discussed here.
The Breville BJE200XL is an all in one unit so the pulp is collected in the central container of the machine when it is ejected from the filter basket. With this model, you cannot vary the speed at which the filter basket spins. The only option that you have is either on or off.
The Breville BJE510XL is in fact the newest out of the three Breville juicers listed here. It looks very modern with its stainless steel and black finish. It is more expensive than the BJE200XL but it does have extra functionality. With this model, you have the option of choosing from five different speed settings. The idea here is that faster speeds are best for harder ingredients, e.g. apples, carrots, etc. Then the slower speeds are good for softer fruits, e.g. melons, grapes, etc.
Unlike the previous juicer, this model comes with a separate pulp collection container. You can line this with a plastic bag which means you will not even have to wash the container after use. Just take out the bag with the pulp inside and throw it away.
As far as styling is concerned, the Breville 800JEXL is the top dog. Its body is made from die cast stainless steel. You cannot fail to be impressed when you see this juicer. It is the most stylish of all the Breville centrifugal range. Like the BJE510XL it has a variable speed setting. You can choose from either high or low. The idea is just the same as the previous model, high for harder produce and slow for softer ingredients. This helps to extract the highest juice yield with the lowest amount of froth.
The 800JEXL also has a separate pulp colletion container. This is the sort of kitchen appliance that you should not hide away. It looks great if you just leave it out on display on your kitchen countertop.
Both vertical and horizontal masticating juicers are slower than their centrifugal counterparts. It will take you a bit longer to make juices with this type of appliance. That said, there are benefits that you may want to consider. First of all, because they operate at slower speeds, there will be less froth created. The pulp that is ejected from these units can be fed back through to extract the maximum amount of juice. Also, for making green drinks masticating juicers are superior. Simply put, they extract more liquid from leafy vegetables such as spinach, chard and kale.
Read the full Omega J8006 review to find out more about this particular model. Some of the highlights include its GE Ultem auger which makes it a highly durable product that will last for years. This is the best masticating juicer to use if you are mainly interested in juicing green vegetables. However, it is slower than the vertical style discussed below.
The Omega VRT350HD is my personal favorite. To me, it combines the best of both masticating and centrifugal juicers. The vertical design facilitates a larger auger which improves its juicing speed. At the same time, it is still a masticating design so therefore is more than capable of juicing leafy green vegetables. The juice comes out one hole on the front while the pulp is ejected out of another. The feed chute is also larger than the horizontal masticating design. And another thing that I love about it is that it is self feeding. Simply drop in your ingredients and the are automatically pulled into the machine.
The Best Juicer for You
Thinking about how much money you are willing to spend as well as the type of juices that you’d like to make will guide you towards the most appropriate model. The best juicer under $100 in my opinion is the Breville BJE200XL. My own personal favorite is the Omega VRT350HD which is quite a bit more expensive. You are your own best judge. Hopefully this guide will help you to make up your mind.