We've got the juice
If you're looking for the best juicer to give your mornings a fresh lift, we've got you sorted. From Dualit to Magimix, these are the best fruit juicers to help you whizz up anything from delicious cocktails to healthy smoothies.
Firstly, let's not confuse a juicer with a blender – they couldn't be more different in both operation and results. A blender basically liquidises the entire fruit while a juicer extracts only the juice, leaving behind a pile of dry pulp.
There are two types of juicer: centrifugal and masticating (also known as cold press). Centrifugal juicers spin really fast (around 10,000rpm), which tends to introduce more oxygen and heat into the juice, supposedly destroying some nutrients and enzymes in the process. Cold press models, on the other hand, use a more gentle method by grinding the fruits and vegetables at very slow speed (usually around 80rpm). Cold press juice can usually be stored for up to 72 hours in a fridge while juice from a centrifugal model is best consumed immediately.
The main caveat with all juicers is that they're comprised of many different parts that all need a good rinsing afterwards. This goes some way to explaining why the juicer is often considered the least used kitchen appliance of all. You buy one, use it once and then leave it in the cupboard rarely to be seen again. So, if you can't be arsed with cleaning up afterwards (cold-press models are the most fiddly to wash), perhaps consider a blender instead which is easier to clean and probably just as healthy.
So, your juicer is sorted. Now look at these other, similarly choice small appliances, and let them influence your future buying decisions.
This new keenly-priced centrifugal juicer from the house of Panasonic is all you need for a healthy kick up the pants. Its brushed aluminium body looks swish on any kitchen worktop and its relatively small size makes it easy to tuck away when finished with. Unlike the majority of centrifugal models that use plastics in their spinners, this one is plastic free, longer lasting and comprised of a low-angle cutter, an S-shaped cutter and a fine, easily-cleanable mesh pulp retainer. The Panasonic's two speed 800-watt motor is amply powerful enough for practically anything you care to throw in it, stringy herbs like lemon grass notwithstanding. Use the slower speed for soft fruits and the fast one for the harder stuff. There's no need to cut up the fruit and veg either as its 75mm feeding tube is big enough to accommodate the size of an average apple.
Perhaps the most ingenious element with this unit is the 120˚ rotating spout that allows you to fill several glasses one after another; simply place them in a semi-circular line and swivel the spout as the juice is released. The spout can also be raised at the end of the process to eliminate any drips; a small but considerate detail. Naturally, you don't have to make use of the rotating spout since the model also comes with a separate container that holds about 1.5-litres of prime juice. Juicers are notoriously difficult to clean which is why so many of them get used just once before being confined to the back of the cupboard. Thankfully, this one is relatively straightforward to rinse as there are only three main parts: the main mesh-covering compartment, the pulp container and the mesh filter itself. If you're after a decent juicer that's fuss free and doesn't cost the earth then make this dandy unit one of your first ports of call. Unlike a blender which liquefies the whole fruit, all this one produces is the juice, the whole juice and nothing but the juice.
£99 | Panasonic
Novis Vita Juicer
This handsome new Swiss-made aluminium-clad juicer is built like a brick outhouse and is easily as heavy as any product in KitchenAid's Artisan range. It's also a bit bigger than the majority of juicers out there so those with postage-stamp kitchens may struggle to find somewhere to put it. Nevertheless, if you're a healthnik with a penchant for a morning five-a-day pick-me-up then this is the machine for you. Why? Because this revolutionary unit not only makes pulp-free juice like others on the market, it goes a stage further by including a revolving citrus press and a smoothie attachment. That's three units in one – try fitting all those on your kitchen worktop.
According to manufacturer Swan, the Vita Juicer extracts 20% more juice that others on the market. That's a difficult fact to quantify but what we do know is that this could be the only unit you'll ever need. Fancy some apple and carrot nectar? Just lob the stuff down the unit's large feeder tube – which incidentally sucks the ingredients into the path of its fast-spinning 2,000rpm centrifuge without the need for pushing them in – and pure pulp-free juice pours out of the drip-free chute. But what if you'd rather just get sloshed on caipirinhas and margheritas? Well that's easy too. Fit the dishwasher-proof plastic press and you'll have enough fresh lime juice to start your own cocktail bar. The Vita offers two methods of citrus juice extraction. Remove the fast-spinning centrifuge and it'll make a juice just like that of a hand-operated unit, ie with lots of explosive fruity bits in it. Or add the centrifuge attachment and it'll fill your glass with pure lump-free sap. Amazingly, the unit also comes with an attachment that whips up a damn decent strawberry smoothie.
The multitasking Vita Juicer ticks many boxes; it's relatively easy to clean – just pop all the attachments in the dishwasher – extremely simple to use, quiet enough to not wake a church mouse and better looking than so many of its competitors. Oh, and it's available in a veritable rainbow of colours to suit even the most outrageous of tastes.
£280 | Harrods
Optimum 400 Slow Juicer
Cold press juicers like this tall-standing model run more slowly than their centrifugal counterparts and, in so doing, extract more juice and quite a few more nutrients and enzymes. The Optimum 400 uses a slow masticating technique to extract every last drop of juice, leaving much drier pulp in the process. Sure it comes with a lot of parts to assemble – which all need cleaning – but the proof is in the results and, in this instance, the Optimum shone through with a smooth, deliciously sweet apple and carrot juice that went down a treat. The Optimum 400 comes with three mesh screens – fine for hard veg like lemongrass and beans, coarse for soft fruit and blank for nuts and coffee – and a reassuringly lengthy ten year warranty. Keen price, great juicer.
Magimix Le Duo XL
This stylish juicer is one of the most attractive-looking models on test and arguably the most versatile. It comes equipped with two different attachments: a spinning mesh extractor for hard fruits and veg and, rather uniquely, a citrus press for oranges, lemons and grapefruits. An optional veg prep attachment is also available, turning the whole shebang into a bona fide food processor for slicing and grating. As with any juicer, be sure to clean it straight after use or you'll end up with a hardened Weetabix-style detritus situation.
Sage by Heston Blumenthal Nutri Juicer
Sage has managed to secure the endorsement services of food sorcerer Heston Blumenthal for a whole range of its appliances. This high-end centrifugal juicer is one of the easiest to use and clean. There's no need to prepare your fruit and vegetables in advance – just chuck them in and in seconds you'll have a gorgeously smooth pick-me-up with excellent body and very little foam. It also produces a pulp with the consistency of sawdust and that's a sure sign that most of the juice is being extracted. Top banana.
£150 | Sage Appliances |Buy it now on Amazon
Philips Viva Collection
This new budget-priced offering from the house of Philips uses a fine serrated cutting blade and around 12,000rpm of centrifugal force to obliterate fruit and veg. It's a light-weight unit which means it's easy to carry from cupboard to worktop – a quartet of rubber suckers keeps the unit firmly routed to the work surface while the motor gathers pace. Although the Viva produced marginally less juice than its slower cold-press competitors, the taste and texture seemed just as good. The fine filter mesh is a bit fiddly to clean, mind.
Russell Hobbs Desire
It may be the cheapest juicer on test but the Desire is no slouch. Its two-speed 550-watt motor combined with an extraordinarily large feed chute makes very light work of devouring whole apples and carrots; simply drop in the fruit and the fast-spinning blade snatches it up and gives it 15 seconds of macerating hell before dispensing its liquid produce in the 750ml jug. It's not too shabby in the looks department either and it doesn't take up too much space on the worktop. As budget offerings go, this one cuts the mustard rather well.
Breville has made the washing up process a little easier by equipping its current centrifugal model with fewer parts. Its 1,000-watt motor makes light work of apples, carrots and other hard fruit and veg and the extra large feeding tube alleviates the need for a chopping board and knife. Excess froth is a regular by-product of juicing so Breville includes a froth separator to make the final result look a little more, er, appetising. We like.
Samson Advanced Juicer
No, it's not an industrial sausage-making machine though it sure as hell looks like one. This multi-purpose cold-press juicer spins a single auger – a powerful drill-like shaft that slowly grinds and mashes almost anything you throw in it, including hard vegetables like lemongrass – at a slow-but-sure 80rpm. Auger-based juicers are especially effective with grasses and leafy greens. And because there's no heat friction or oxidisation involved, the resultant juice holds its nutrients for a few days longer than the norm. Slap on the optional oil extractor and you can even make fresh home-made oil. If grassy drinks are your bag, give this one a whirl.
Dualit Juice Extractor
The toaster manufacturer of choice has produced a very decent juicer that performs well and is quieter than most. The uninspiring-monikered Juice Extractor comes with a huge feeder tube – large enough for a whole apple at a time, core removed as recommended – and a two-speed 'soft start' motor to fend off early wear and tear. Despite Dualit's claim that its double filter system dramatically reduces froth, we still managed to produce a noticeable amount though no more than the average juicer in this roundup. Good buy nevertheless.
If, like the vast majority, you prefer to start the day with a simple freshly-squeezed orange juice, look no further than this gorgeous citrus juicer from Italian design specialist, Bugatti. The delectably chic Vita makes short work of extracting the goodness from a bunch of halved oranges simply by pressing the fruit down onto its 95rpm juicer head. It's piece de resistance, however, is the extremely cool way in which it tilts on its lower axis to dispense all that lovely juicy nectar. The Vita is available in a variety of colours – including chrome – and will look stunning on any work surface.
Green Star Elite GSE 5000 Twin Gear Juicer
If you're a fanatical health freak who guzzles a lot of freshly-prepared juices, you might wish to give this work-top swallowing, cold-press monster a whirl. The Green Star uses a trademarked 'Twin Gear' system to gently and slowly pulverise fruits, hard vegetables, leafy greens and grasses, leaving the driest of pulp in its wake. It's a fiddly thing to clean, mind, as there are loads of parts involved. It's also very expensive. Nevertheless, it produces nutrient-rich liquid sustenance that is free from oxidisation, allowing it to be stored for up to 72 hours before consumption.
Juices anything, including leafy greens. It's not the quickest, but speed kills where juice is concerned and the slower method preserves enzymes producing a syrup that's especially good for you. And when you're done, a quick scrub is all your Hurom needs.
Z-Star Manual Juicer
Green Power Kempo
Another pricey piece of kitchen kit, the Green Power Kempo is similar to the Omega in terms of its masticating capabilities. Basically, this means the fruit is broken down by a pair of stainless steel gears, realising a load more fibre that would often be left behind by the more conventional juicer. The included exclusive pro parts allow for even more customisation, while the induction motor is super reliable. If you're particular keen on creating a load of healthy juices, this is the one for you.
Philips Viva HR1855
Nothing sets you up for the day better than a large glass of freshly squeezed juice. This model, which is part of the Viva collection from Philips, boasts a rather nifty feature called QuickClean which allows the juicer to clean itself in under a minute. Anything to save on pesky cleaning is fine by us. A powerful 700w motor should make easy work of your fruit and veggies, while the XL feeding tube lets you stuff your preferred produce in whole – no slicing required.
Price: £80 | Philips |Buy it now on Currys
Cuisinart Juice Extractor
Another powerful juicer here, this time with a centrifugal extractor for fast and efficient juicing, along with a large tube for those bigger chunks of fruit. Again, it has that industrial stainless steel design and is powered by an 850w motor. Five speed settings are offered, giving you more control, while a foam management disk helps to reduce, well…foam.
Price: £150 | Cuisinart