How to buy the best juicer
By Aaron West
Centrifugal, slow or cold press juicer? We cut through the jargon to help you find the best juicer for you
There are three main types of juicer, and each uses different methods to extract the juice from fruit and veg.
Some are better suited to some fruits and veg than others, and prices can vary by hundreds of pounds, so it pays to know what matters, and which features really will make your life easier.
In this guide:
- Video: how to buy the best juicer
- Centrifugal vs slow juicers
- How much do you need to spend?
- Juicer features to look out for
- Would a blender or Nutribullet be better?
Just want to know which juicers are best at extracting maximum goodness from your fruit and veg? See our top recommendations on our best juicers page, including the best cheap juicers.
Our quick video guide explains what to look for when buying and the key choices you need to make.
The main juicer types are:
- Centrifugal juicers - the most popular, widely available and affordable option, with prices starting from around £40. These blitz fruit and veg with a high speed spinning blade, which separates out the juice from the pulp.
- Slow, cold press or masticating juicers - these 'chew' fruit and veg, using a large screw to crush it through a sieve to extract the juice. They tend to be more expensive.
- Citrus press - these either squash or spin halved citrus fruits to quickly squeeze out the juice.
If you mainly want to make orange juice, a citrus press could be all you need, but if you want to add other fruit and veg to your juices, one of the other types would suit you better. To find out which one, answer a couple of questions in our quick choosing tool below, and we'll recommend the best option.
Juicer choosing tool: we help you decide
See all our juicer reviews to find the perfect match for your budget.
Centrifugal juicers - sometimes called fast juicers - work by shredding ingredients with a fast-spinning blade surrounded by a sieve. The high-speed spinning (centrifugal) force then separates the juice from the pulp, flinging it through the sieve.
Centrifugal juicers often have two speeds - one for hard or soft fruit and one for veg. Higher-end models sometimes also have a 'soft fruit' disc that will allow you to juice fruits such as berries, which centrifugal juicers usually struggle with.
- Quick to juice and often require less chopping of fruit and veg before juicing
- Cheaper than slow juicers
- Usually less bulky and slightly easier to clean
- Less suitable for juicing greens, wheatgrass and soft fruits such as berries
- Some fruits and veg can't be used eg mango, banana
- Juices can be quite foamy on top
Head to our centrifugal juicer reviews to compare models and find the best.
Slow, masticating or cold press juicers
Slow juicers crush fruit and vegetables using slowly rotating gears (augers), pressing out the juice through a sieve. They are generally more expensive, with prices starting from around £150.
Some can also be used as mincers or coffee grinders, or for making pasta, nut butters or even ice cream.
- Quieter to operate than centrifugal models
- Suitable for juicing leafy greens, wheatgrass and soft fruits
- Can be used for other food preparation tasks
- Juice is generally less foamy
- Often need to cut fruit and veg into smaller pieces before juicing
- Slower than centrifugal juicers
- Lots of parts to clean
- More expensive
See our cold press juicer reviews for our top picks.
Cold press juicer claims
Masticating juicers are sometimes marketed as 'cold press' and claim to preserve more nutrients by keeping ingredients cooler during the juicing process. But a true cold press juicer shreds fruits and vegetables into a thick, smoothie-like pulp, and then use a hydraulic press to separate the juice from the fibres, which this type of juicer doesn't do. You can't currently buy a real cold press juicer for home use.
When we tested nutrition claims for different types of juicer we found no single type was better at preserving nutrients. We've also found some centrifugal models that extract more juice than masticating ones, despite masticating juicers often claiming to extract more than their cheaper counterparts. See the full results in our guide to fast vs slow juicers.
You can pick up a cheap juicer for around £30, but prices vary wildly, with some premium juicers costing more than £350.
Pricier juicers claim to extract more, better quality juice, but our lab tests show that this isn't always true. The good news is that you don't need to pay through the nose to get a decent juicer - we've found Best Buy juicers that squeeze every last drop out for less than £40.
Our cheapest Best Buy juicer costs less than £40, but some juicers sell for over £350
If you pay more, you'll usually get some useful extras. An extra-large feed chute, for example, will mean you can juice whole fruits and vegetables without having to chop them up first. And a jug with foam separator will give you smooth, foam-free juice.
Some extra features may not be top of your list when looking for a new juicer, but they'll make your life much easier in the long run. Below, we run through key things to look out for when choosing a new juicer:
Jug with foam separator
Not all juicers come with a jug to collect the juice in. The most useful include a jug with foam separator. This is a plastic barrier which allows you to pour juice but holds back any foam. Some will also have lids for easy storage in the fridge. Check that you can also easily fit a glass under the juicing spout for extra versatility.
A handy extra, although in our tests not all do their job properly. It stops any remaining juice inside the machine from dripping out onto your worktop after you've finished juicing. Look out for drip-stop spouts which work by flipping upwards, as these tend to be the most effective.
Extra large feed chute
Some juicers have extra-large feeding tubes that can fit apples and other fruit whole. This saves time, as you don’t need to mess about pre-chopping fruit and veg. Read the instructions, though, as some models still suggest you do some preparation - like coring apples, for example. With other juicers you'll need to peel and cut fruit or vegetables before you feed them in for juicing.
A juicer with a wide feeding tube will mean less time spent cutting up fruit and veg
The majority of juicers we've tested have these. They are usually small rubber pads or suction cups, and help to keep your juicer steady as it whizzes fruit and vegetables.
This fits into the feed chute and lets you safely push small fruit and vegetables into the juicer without risking your fingers. Look for one that has a comfortable rounded end to fit in the palm of your hand, as you might need to use quite a lot of pressure with harder vegetables.
Safety lock lid
Almost all juicers have a safety lock lid. This means the juicer won't work unless the lid is clicked into place securely.
Around half of the centrifugal juicers we've tested have two speeds, so you can select a slow speed for softer fruits like grapes, to prevent them bouncing out of the juicing shaft or not juicing properly, and a higher speed for harder fruits and vegetables such as carrots. Masticating juicers usually have a reverse gear, which can help to clear any blockages.
This extra attachment for centrifugal juicers means you can add softer fruits, like berries, to your juices, creating thicker smoothie-like drinks. Some masticating juicers also come with extra, wider, juicing sieves for making thicker drinks and even fruit coulis.
The easiest way to juice citrus fruits is by slicing them in half and using a citrus press attachment. If you're keen on orange juice, it might be worth looking for a juicer with this attachment, to avoid spending lots of time peeling and preparing fruit.
Now you know what to look for, find your perfect juicer by checking out our juicer reviews.
Most juicers have at least five separate parts that need cleaning, and these are often awkward shapes, so they can be very tedious to wash up. Some models aim to make this process as easy as possible, so you don't give up because of all the faff involved.
Look for a juicer where the sieves, gears and containers can be put in the dishwasher (if you have one), or that has smooth, easy to clean parts, and a cleaning brush included, for getting into tricky corners.
Look for a juicer where all attachments are dishwasher-safe
Our top tip is to clean your juicer straight away, as if you leave the pulp to dry out it's much harder to scrub clean. However, we also rate each juicer we test on how easy it is to clean up afterwards, so check our juicer reviews for the models that will be a breeze to wash up.
Rather than attempting to separate juice and pulp, a blender simply blitzes the whole fruit, and you drink the lot. This makes blenders ideal for smoothies, but not so good for juice.
Some blenders do come with filter sieves to keep the pulp out of your drink. But if it's a clear, tasty drink you're after, there's no substitute for a juicer.