The best juicers mean you can enjoy a refreshing, nutrient-packed drink extracted from fresh fruit and vegetables with very little work.
There are two different types of juicers; masticating juicers (sometimes known as a slow juicer) and centrifugal juicers. Masticating juicers break down fruits and veggies very slowly so that the nutrients aren’t compromised but these models work best on softer fruits.
Centrifugal juicers use a blade to break down the ingredients, making them quicker than masticating juicers. They’re more affordable too but don’t get every drop of juice out of the fruit and vegetables.
The good news is that many of the best juicers can do more than just create tasty drinks. Some models have attachments so that you can create everything from sorbet to nut butter, while others have a built-in separator to remove excess froth from your drinks.
Aside from the type of juicer you need, consider the size of the machine and where you’re going to keep it. It’s also worth bearing in mind how easy each machine is to clean as this can be a time-consuming process.
We’ve rounded up a selection of juicing machines and tested them to see which ones are really worth your money. Find our round-up and reviews below so you can take your pick from the best juicers of 2021. Alternatively, don’t miss our guide to the best blenders.
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The best juicers to buy right now: ranked
We’ve ranked the Sana EUJ-707 juicer by Omega as the most capable juicer in our round-up due to its unique, efficient, and versatile design. With a variety of tools for performing much more than creating a simple juice, we think the Sana EUJ-707 juicer by Omega is great value for money. As well as juicing, the horizontal design comes with useful attachments for tasks such as grinding coffee beans, making fresh spaghetti, nut butters, and baby food.
While preparing a green juice, we found it to be the most effective when tackling leafy greens such as kale and spinach, trickling out far more juice from these ingredients compared to the other designs in our test. The design comes with both a coarse strainer and fine strainer and the one you use really does make a difference to the results - while using the fine strainer on an apple, for example, we found the drum and tubes got rather foamy, so it's advisable to stick to the coarse strainer for harder fruits.
You will need a little patience to use this model – it can’t take on a whole apple, for example, and you’ll need to chop the fruit before inserting – after 30 seconds it was still chewing the apple. When tackling the celery the machine started to squeak a little too, but the amount of juice yielded was impressive. It doesn’t get too noisy either, reaching a reasonable 81 decibels in our broccoli floret test. While there are no dishwasher-safe parts, its dedicated cleaning brush teamed with a little warm soapy water works well to clean the parts after use.
Read the full Sana EUJ-707 Juicer by Omega review
Unlike the other juicers in our round-up, the Sage 3X Bluicer Pro doubles up as a blender. On first look, its informative LED control panel display stands out. This navigates you through the controls and lets you adjust the speed, which is a feature we think is lacking on standard juicer appliances.
In our round-up of best juicers, we found the Sage to be the noisiest design, gearing up to a hefty 91 decibels when juicing a floret of broccoli. It came up top in terms of speed, however, juicing an apple in just 10 seconds. Inside the box you’ll find an instruction manual and Juicing Speed Selection Guide, and this came in very helpful when we were trying to work out which speed to juice certain foods. A grapefruit for example is classed as a soft fruit and needs to be on a slow and steady level 1, while a carrot will need ramping up to fast and furious level 10.
Read our full Sage 3X Bluicer Pro review
The Kuvings Cold Press Juicer is available in six stylish colors including Champagne Gold, Gunmetal, Red and Black. It comes with a comprehensive recipe book for drinks such as Red Vitamin Radish Juice, which features radishes, tomatoes, carrots, and lemons. There’s also a Tomato Soup that includes pulp from juiced potatoes, cabbage, onion, carrot and tomato.
The Kuvings Cold Press Juicer doesn’t come cheap, but with its relatively heavy base and stylish body you can tell you’re paying for a durable, serious piece of kit. While making a green juice, we were impressed at how well the machine tackled the ingredients and in particular how quickly it juiced drier ingredients such as broccoli and spinach.
The machine can handle a whole apple and was the quietest machine in our test – reaching a mere 80 decibels when chewing a floret of broccoli. It took 26 seconds to juice half an apple, efficiently chewing the skin and producing a decent amount of juice. Meanwhile, it took around 20 seconds to devour a stick of celery, which did need to be prodded a few times with the pusher. Safety-wise the machine won’t start unless the red dots are aligned correctly and the feeding chute is rather tall so hands can’t go near the drum. The froth on the green juice we produced was noticeably thicker on this design compared to others in our test, but this was easily separated when we poured the juice into a cup.
Read our full Kuvings EVO820 Evolution Cold Press Juicer review
The attractive retro body on the Smeg SJF01 Slow Juicer certainly looks good on the worktop, but its basic functions are a little less luxurious. Designed to match Smeg’s iconic range of 1950s small and large appliances, this juicer comes with all the basics including a fine and coarse strainer, a juice jug with lid, a pulp container and two cleaning brushes.
In our test it did well to juice the celery, which could be easily inserted into the chute once chopped and coaxed down with the pusher and took just 10 seconds to turn into a clear green juice. Sound ramped up to 89 decibels when juicing the broccoli floret so it was one of the noisier designs in our test, but the juice came out surprisingly smooth, with minimal froth on top.
Like many of the designs in our test, the Smeg will only work when slotted into place correctly. We did, however, find ourselves having to hold onto the pusher when juicing harder fruits to prevent the juicer body from shaking on the worktop.
Read our full Smeg SJF01 Slow Juicer review
How we test juicers
Here we’ve rated each juicer in our test in order of preference, highlighting their USPs as well as their least desirable assets.
To ensure a fair test in our round up of the Best Juicers for 2021, we used each juicer to perform specific tasks while creating a green juice using broccoli, ginger, celery, parsley, spinach, apple, pear and a slice of lime. To test how well the machines worked with hard produce, we tried juicing a 20cm stick of celery and noted the outcome.
We also timed how long it took on average for each gadget to juice half a Gala apple and, where possible, we assessed how well the juicer blitzed a whole apple. To find out how noisy the machines can get, we used the Decibel Meter app to record the sound level while each design juiced a floret of broccoli.
We have rated each design on its ease of use, simplicity in cleaning, speed, price, safety features, versatility and overall ergonomics.
What are cold press juicers?
Cold press juicers extract liquid from fruits and veggies without using any heat in the process. These types of juicers are popular because the lack of heat helps to preserve the nutrients and vitamins in the juice. The juice normally lasts longer than when you make it using other types of juicers.
For the full pros and cons, check out our feature answering what is a cold press juicer?
Juicers vs blenders
Juicers have been designed to extract the liquid from fresh produce. As we’ve covered above, there are a few different types of juicers and some use sharp blades to break down the fruits and veggies, whereas others slowly press the ingredients to release the liquid. Once the juice has been created, you’ll have the leftover parts of your produce.
Blenders work differently because rather than extracting juices, they break down the entire contents of the blending jug to create a smooth mixture and don’t leave anything behind. For a full round-up of the pros and cons of both juicers and blenders, head to our feature on Juicers vs blenders: what’s the difference?
How to clean a juicer
Cleaning a juicer isn’t always easy, especially as there are lots of small crevices where fruit or veggies can get stuck and start to build-up. Staying on top of the cleanliness of your juicer will help keep your juice tasting as fresh as possible while ensuring the machine is hygienic too.
To give your juicer a deep clean, switch it off and unplug it, and then take all the removable parts off the machine so that you can clean them. Place all loose parts in warm water and add some dish soap - you can give these a scrub with a cloth or a scrubbing brush. If this isn’t enough to remove stubborn build-up, rinse the parts in water and then soak them in white vinegar.
For the smaller and more awkward parts of the juicer that seem impossible to reach, you might need to invest in some micro scrubbing brushes. You can pick up scrubbing brushes designed to reach awkward areas at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
You can use a spoon or a spatula to remove the pulp from the machine and press a small sponge inside the pulp tray to soak up any bits of pulp that are stuck behind.
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