Which? tries cheap Lidl slow juicerCan £60 juicer outshine pricier rivals?
22 June 2016
Lidl has launched a budget slow juicer for summer that promises to whizz your favourite fruits and veg into delicious and healthy juices for just £60. Top-of-the range juicers can cost up to £400 so could a cheap discount supermarket product make smooth, tasty juice with no hassle?
Lidl says the Silvercrest slow juicer is well suited to leafy greens, something that traditional juicers can struggle with. So it could be ideal if you're keen to kick-start your day with a trendy green juice packed with punchy kale.
The Silvercrest slow juicer is only available in selected Lidl stores while stocks last, so we got hold of it in advance to try it out and bring you our first impressions.
Read the full Lidl Silvercrest Slow Juicer first look review to find out whether we think this cheap juicer is worth rushing to Lidl for.
Slow juicers vs centrifugal juicers
Slow juicers, also known as cold press or masticating juicers, crush fruit and vegetables using a slowly rotating screw or gears, pressing juice through a sieve screen. Centrifugal juicers use blades to shred ingredients inside a rapidly spinning sieve. The force of the movement separates the juice from the pulp.
Centrifugal juicers are usually slightly quicker at making juice and need less pre-chopping of ingredients before juicing. Slow juicers are usually quieter and more suited to juicing leafy greens and soft fruits.
Our guide to buying the best juicer explains more about the different types of juicer to help you decide what type would suit you best.
How much do you need to spend on a juicer?
Slow juicers are generally more expensive than centrifugal models – the average cost of those we’ve tested is £240. But you don’t need to spend that much to get a slow juicer that makes smooth juice quietly and isn’t a hassle to clean up afterwards. We've found a Best Buy slow juicer costing less than £200.
Centrifugal juicers tend to be cheaper than slow juicers. Though you can still splash out over £250 on one, we’ve tested juicers costing as little as £25. Our tests have revealed some brilliant budget juicers, but we’ve also found cheap juicers that are a pain to clean, don’t extract all the juice from fruit or make unpleasantly bitty juice.
The best juicers squeeze the maximum amount of smooth juice out of fruit and veg, whether that’s hard vegetables such as carrots and beetroot or softer fruits such as grapes, and are easy to clean up afterwards.
Before you rush to Lidl, check our full list of Best Buy juicers to see which cheap ones we recommend.