The 5 best juicers 2017 to power up your day

Set the juice loose from your favourite produce with these lean mean juicing machines

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Juice is delicious, nutritious (if high in sugar at times) and can help with everything from fitness regimes to fighting scurvy. It's also quite hard to make by hand and that is why you need a juicer.

T3 Roundups are product guides where we've chosen many of the products based on the views of shoppers. Usually we'll also only include a product in one of these 'best' lists if they're highly rated by users and/or appear in the best-seller lists at major retailers such as Amazon, Argos or John Lewis.

What is the best juicer?

This guide is a work in progress, but our favourite so far is the JR 8000 S. This combines the lower noise and tastier results of a masticating juicer, with the convenience of having the sort of wide fruit chute normally found only on old-style centrifugal juicers. 

How to buy the best juicer

There are two kinds of juicers to choose from. Centrifugal juicers spin to remove the juice from the pulp, and are very fast and very effective. Masticating juicers effectively chew the ingredients to extract every last drop of juice, and while they’re a bit slow they’re quiet and deliver superb results. 

Don’t worry too much about power - even a 300W blender can mash up ice - but pay attention to the capacity, dimensions and whether the key bits are dishwasher safe. Juicers are easy enough to clean, but obviously you'd ideally want a machine to do it for you…

 Our pick of the top juicers to buy today 

1. JR Ultra 8000 S

The most convenient masticating juicer

Specifications
Power: 240W
Capacity: N/A
Type: masticating/slow
Dishwasher safe: no
Dimensions: 310 x 197 x 385mm
Reasons to buy
+Massive opening for fruit and veg+Very good results
Reasons to avoid
-Juice has more 'body' than some masticators
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Masticating juicers like the JR Ultra 8000 S make better juice than centrifugal ones, in our opinion. 

According to some research, said juice also retains more nutrients – the rapid shredding employed by centrifugal juicers supposedly removes more enzymes and vitamins due to the heat generated.

However, masticators also tend to require you to chop fruit and veg so finely, you begin to question the point of having a juicing machine entirely. 

Not so, the JR Ultra 8000S.

This brute uses a slow, 60rpm crushing of produce to create very good juice, but has a fruit and veg chute big enough to slide an entire apple down. 

The juice is perhaps not quite as free from pulp as some more refined masticators but frankly, we have no problem with that, especially if it means no more chopping carrots into batons before juicing.

You can't dishwasher the various component parts of the masticating juicing system, but it's all easy enough to rinse off with fairly minimal effort. It also includes an attachment for making ice cream. So that's nice.

2. Panasonic MJ L500SXC

Best affordable masticating juicer

Specifications
Power: 150W
Capacity: N/A
Type: masticating/slow
Dishwasher safe: no
Dimensions: 170 x 180 x 430 mm
Reasons to buy
+Makes great juice+Compact
Reasons to avoid
-Narrow food chute

This is smaller, quieter, cheaper and more attractive than the JR Ultra 8000 S and makes even better juicer. And it comes with an ice cream maker, same as its bigger rival.

However, all that is paltry compensation for the fact you have to chop up anything bigger than a bean in order to feed it into the low speed, high pressure chamber of juicing. 

If you're way more patient than us, however, you may well love this juicer, especially if kitchen space is limited.

3. L’Equip XL

Best centrifugal juicer

Specifications
Power: 600W
Capacity: 1l
Type: centrifugal
Dishwasher safe: yes
Dimensions: 310 x 197 x 385mm
Reasons to buy
+Excellent quality+Great results
Reasons to avoid
-A little slow-It's big!
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The Independent newspaper rated the XL its best buy juicer in 2016, four years after it first gave the same product the same award. It’s well deserved: the L’Equip punches way above its price range with reassuringly solid build quality, a 600W motor, dishwasher safe stainless steel components and a 6 year warranty. It’s fairly easy to clean and while it’s not the quickest - the 11,000rpm motor is fairly slow compared to some rivals - the results are, by all accounts, consistently superb. 

It’s a big beast, mind, and while that means you can chuck entire fruits and vegetables into its hungry maw it also means you’ll need to give it plenty of room on your countertop. Don’t buy a more expensive juicer without looking at this one first.

4. Philips HR1857/71 Viva Collection Quick Clean Juicer

A typically solid Philips appliance with big capacity and fast performance

Specifications
Power: 700W
Capacity: 2l
Type: Centrifugal
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Dimensions: 457 x 255 x 255mm
Reasons to buy
+Superb extraction+Largely self-cleaning
Reasons to avoid
-It's enormous-Unclipping needs lots of space
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The Viva is a little on the large side - its arms need plenty of space when you’re dismantling the juicer for cleaning, so if you’re short of space you might be better off with one of the smaller models in the range - but it’s worth making room for: it can extract up to 2L of juice from fruit and veg in a single go, its self-cleaning setting is fairly effective - although you’ll still need to get the j-cloths out or chuck the bits in the top shelf of the dishwasher - and the 75mm feeding tube is big enough for entire apples. It’s a typical Philips appliance, solidly built and cleverly designed and likely to last a long time.

5. Omega 8006 Juicer and Nutrition Centre

Best deluxe juicer

Specifications
Power: 150W
Capacity: N/A
Type: masticating
Dishwasher safe: no
Dimensions: 370 x 165 x 394mm
Reasons to buy
+Pasta! Mince!+Exceptional juicing
Reasons to avoid
-It’s expensive-It’s big
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Omega is well known in the US for its premium juicers, and the 8006 is certainly a premium product: it’s built like a tank with a 15-year guarantee for extra peace of mind, and it’s strong enough to make not just juice but pasta and mince with the supplied attachments. 

It’s a masticating juicer with a slow, 80rpm rotation speed that delivers excellent performance and very dry pulp, which is the sign of maximum juice extraction. Unlike centrifugal juicers it’s usually fairly quiet too, unless you start throwing in difficult things such as cinnamon sticks. 

Think of this as the Weber grill of juicers: it’s not cheap, but it’ll still be juicing long after cheaper rivals have gone to the great recycling centre in the sky.