According to a survey done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only one in 10 adults gets their recommended daily dose of fruit and vegetables. The CDC, and top health and nutrition experts, recommend 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables each and every day, and there are real consequences to skipping out on the leafy stuff.
People whose unbalanced diets don't have enough fruit and vegetables are often lacking in proper vitamins and minerals. They tend to develop digestive problems from the lack of fiber, and are at greater risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks.
If the idea of just chowing down on a plate of broccoli and carrots sounds unappealing, juicing is an easy way to get your fix. It should be noted that by juicing, you sacrifice the nutrients contained in the leftover pulp (which most people tend to discard or compost). But the upside is that the juice from fruits and vegetables tends to be a bit sweeter and smoother than cooked greens. That is appealing to people who just don't like the taste of veggies but are aware that they should be getting more of them in their diet.
Blenders are good if you want smoothies made with fruit, but the experience might not be quite as enjoyable if you sub in vegetables. (Though surely someone, somewhere enjoys a broccoli smoothie.) If you are interested in juicing it up with a juicer, Healthline recommends adding the following items to your shopping cart: kale, carrots, beets, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, parsley, cucumbers, Swiss chard, wheatgrass, celery and tomatoes. (Just remember to wash everything first.)
Related: The Best Blenders for Smoothies
What juicer should you buy? Let some professionals inform your purchasing decisions. Here are the best juicers for your money, as recommended by health experts and food bloggers.
Comparing the Top Juicers of 2023
1. Best overall: Hurom H101 Easy Clean Masticating Slow Juicer
List Price: $499.00
Staying healthy can sometimes be a bit messy. But keeping your juicer clean and getting rid of all the detritus can be a bit of a hassle. This is why Brian Kiselstein, the Chicago-based creator of the health website Think Healthy Fitness, recommends the Hurom H101 Juicer, which "provides the easiest cleanup I’ve ever seen in a juicer."
Kiselstein adds, "You can easily rinse out the plastic strainer right after using it and let it dry before the next use, rather than having to soak and scrub some of the metal strainers I’ve used in the past. If you do need to do any scrubbing, this juicer actually comes with a double-sided cleaning brush that will get into all the places that can be a headache."
The Hurom isn't cheap, admittedly, but it features a stylish design, and it's BPA-free and very quiet compared to many other juicers and blenders. You definitely get good value for your money as it also "comes with a smoothie and ice cream strainer so you can really get creative with your new juicer," Kiselstein says.
- High-quality materials for reliable use
- Exceptionally quiet operation
- Easy to clean — virtually no scrubbing needed
- Suitable for a range of cooking tasks
- Very expensive at around $500
- Hopper requires chopped produce
2. Best centrifugal juicer: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus Juice Extractor
List Price: $179.95
Most juicers collect all the pulp in a detachable unit, and some people like to use the leftovers for compost in their gardens. Some models make it a pain to remove the pulp catcher and clean the unit — but that's not the case with this Breville juicer, according to Stephanie Mantilla, the Virginia-based founder of Plant Prosperous, a vegan-focused blog for families.
"I use and recommend the Breville E98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor. What I like most about this juice fountain is that it isn't as expensive as many other brands but it works great," she says. "The pulp that is produced is mostly dry so you're getting most of the juice out of your produce."
This is somewhat unusual considering that this Breville model is a centrifugal juicer. So-called slow juicers (a.k.a. masticating juicers) are generally considered superior in terms of extracting nutrients from fruits, vegetables and greens.
Mantilla adds that "unlike a cold-pressed juicer, this juicer is fast. The pulp collection container can hold quite a lot before needing to be emptied. I haven't had to empty it mid-juice yet," she says. "As with all juicers, once you're done, I recommend soaking and cleaning the fine mesh part of the juicer before the pulp residue dries or else it is a huge inconvenience to clean."
The Breville offers a choice of two juicing speeds: low for softer fruits and leafy vegetables, and high for harder veggies and denser fruits. It features a large 3-inch-wide chute for adding the ingredients for juicing and comes with a 35-ounce jug for froth separating, as well as a brush to help at cleanup time.
- Large 35-ounce jug and 3-inch-wide chute
- Two speeds for different ingredients
- Power cord wraps around base for easy storage
- Built-in froth separator for filtered juice
- Noisy when operating
- Parts aren’t all dishwasher-safe
3. Editor's pick: Cuisinart CSJ-300 Easy Clean Slow Juicer
List Price: $158.85
As the name indicates, slow juicers, also known as masticating juicers, work more slowly than centrifugal juicers. Slow juicers usually feature a fairly narrow chute for adding ingredients, which are forced into a chamber and squeezed into juice by a rotating auger. The juice is pressed through a strainer into a pitcher for collection, while the remnant pulp is left behind (and sometimes directed to another spout).
Centrifugal juicers work much faster, and the resulting juice tastes just as good to most people, but experts generally say that slow juicers are better at extracting the most nutrients possible from fruits, vegetables and greens.
And if a slow juicer is what you want, check out the Cuisinart CSJ-300, which is a good size and winds up producing very dry pulp (meaning all the good stuff is extracted). Not only is this machine great at extracting nutrients, but this Cuisinart is also exceptionally easy to clean (which is rare for juicers, especially for slow masticating models). With the exception of the motor, all of the components are dishwasher-safe, so you can simply take the machine apart and place everything on the top rack of your dishwasher for easy cleaning.
At around $160, this Cuisinart juicer may seem fairly expensive. Just bear in mind that it's less than half the price of some slow juicers on the market.
- Removable, dishwasher-safe components for easy cleaning
- Good price compared to other brand name models
- Low-heat masticating auger for efficient nutrient extraction
- Motor doesn’t produce much noise
- Somewhat expensive at about $160
- Pulp sometimes gets stuck
4. Best for low prices (manual): The Original Healthy Juicer
List Price: $74.95
You lose some nutrients when you juice, as all the pulp and associated run-off is filled with things that are good for you. But with the right juicer, you can ensure you get as much good stuff in your juice as possible. Elliott Reimers, a M.S. candidate at Michigan State University and Certified Nutrition Coach at Rave Reviews, recommends the Original Healthy Juicer for the task.
"The Original Healthy Juicer is a manual juicer featuring an activating, live-enzyme cold-press process. Sometimes the larger electric juicers have a tougher time extracting juice from leafy greens unless you add a large amount, which is not always feasible," he says. "Nutrients are preserved using a manual cold-press machine due to lack of heat generation from a motor, and you'll be able to squeeze all the juice out of the pulp as a result. Unless you buy a pricier juicer that seamlessly juices leafy greens, The Original Healthy Juicer will be your go-to or supplement juicer."
To use the Original Healthy Juicer, you physically crank the arm of the device, which should be fastened with a vise to a countertop or table. (The vise is part of the machine; you do, however, need a good spot to set up the juicer.) The tradeoffs for providing your own muscle to the operation are good quality juices and a low price compared to other juicers: The Original Healthy Juicer is usually priced at around $75.
- Tried-and-true simple design
- Great value for a low price
- Lightweight, compact construction doesn’t occupy much space
- BPA-free, non-toxic materials
- Requires manual effort for juicing
- Can be a little messy
5. Best for low prices (electric): Hamilton Beach Premium Juicer Machine
List Price: $119.85
For around $100, the Hamilton Beach is a great value considering that it's not a manual machine — it's electric, providing 850 watts and a choice of high or low power settings — and it comes with a big 40-ounce BPA-free pitcher with lid and froth separate for collecting your juice.
What's more, Hamilton Beach calls this juicer its "Big Mouth" model because it comes with an extra-wide 3-inch chute for adding ingredients. That's the same width chute as the XL Breville model, which costs a bit more.
Overall, the Hamilton Beach is easy to assemble and use, and is good for making a nice big batch of juice, quickly and hassle-free. Cleanup is easy too, as all the parts are dishwasher-safe. Alternately, Hamilton Beach as a similar Big Mouth Juicer Machine for around $55 to $60, but it has slightly lower power (800 watts) and doesn't come with a pitcher for catching the juice.
- Extra-large 40-ounce pitcher for big batches
- Extra-wide 3-inch chute reduces prep time
- Powerful 850W motor for efficient operation
- Strainer tool cuts cleaning time in half
- Less effective at nutrient extraction than slow juicers
- Pulp output may clog sometimes
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