One of the most often asked questions I get is “Which is the best juicer to buy?”
Although I addressed this question several times before, I thought it would be more helpful to comparison post about top juicers that you can find in the stores and online.
Naturally, I haven’t tried all the juicers myself, but I’ve read though lots of review pages and here is the result of my research online with actual user reviews included. Hopefully, it will help you decide which is the best juicer for you. Plus, a juicer is also a great gift for someone you love.
Which Is The Best Juicer?
Asking “which juicer should I buy” is a little bit like “which car should I buy” – it all depends on your needs and budget.
Of course, how much money you have to spend is a big factor. However, if you go around and ask people, they will tell you that – as with everything else in life – you get what you pay for.
That is why it’s not worth it to skimp on your juicer. Get the best juicer you can afford. Look at it as an investment that will pay for itself in the long run both in time and in your health. A quality juicer will save you frustration and will last you for many years to come, whereas a cheap machine can break after just a year or two, waste your time, money, not to mention produce.
I’ve included juicers in three price ranges: under 100$, 100-200$ and over $200. If you can go over $500, you can certainly get some great juicers. However, for most people – it’s not an option, and it’s OK too, since you can get some great machines for your money.
I’m also not going to get into the Centrifugal vs Masticating vs Triturating juicer debates. If you have time and are passionate about the subject, read my post that explains the pros and cons of each one.
However, I’m assuming that most people reading this just want an efficient juicer so they can juice quickly and get on with their day.
All the juicer links and prices below are from Amazon, since that’s where I usually shop and that’s where I consistently find the best juicer prices.
Best Juicer for Under 100$
If you are looking for the best best juicer under $100 then Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain is an excellent option. When you look online, you will find many raving reviews of this juicing machine, so if your budget is limited, this may be the best option for you.
Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain (Kitchen) Review
“I juice at least once a day as I primarily eat raw foods. My Jack LaLane juicer finally wore out after 2.5 years of daily use. I was tempted to buy another – but I liked the way everything including the pulp catcher is all in one unit. So glad I got the Breville.
This thing is POWERFUL, especially compared to “Jack LaLanne”. It is so powerful I usually don’t even use the pusher except to cover the top so your ceiling doesn’t get covered with stuff.
The design of this thing is absolutely first rate. Even down to the plug, which has a moulded loop so that it is easy to unplug and plug in! No tool is required to remove the basket, as in most other juicers. Breville uses a combo of ingenious design and magnets to hold it in place! Ease of use and fit and finish is perfect.
Clean up is really a 2 minute operation and I don’t even own a dishwasher. It will stain eventually, as every juicer I have ever owned does. Carrot juice would make a great dye
The pulp on this juicer is a bit wetter than the Jack LaLanne. The “Jack” had a much larger basket and a much slower rotation. I believe that may account for it. But it isn’t much wetter – just very slightly.
This juicer makes much smaller pieces of pulp though – and my experience so far has been that it gets just as much juice from a pound of carrots.
Bottom line – I can’t imagine anyone not loving this unit.
UPDATE 3/26/2011 This thing is still going strong 3.5 years later. Folks I buy carrots by the 25 pound bag so I am HARD on juicers. And not one part has needed replacement!” Read the review on Amazon.
If you look at the list of best juicers under $100 on Amazon, Breville is a clear winner. Just look at the number of buyers and five-star reviews.
The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor comes second, and it’s still a good buy for the price. It’s not going to juice quite as well as the Breville and probably won’t last as long, but at this price it’s possible choice as well, along with Jack Lalanes’s Power Juicer.
Just keep in mind that with lower price juicers your juicing experience may not be quite as enjoyable, and they will not last as long, plus the smaller feed and lower watt motor will make you work harder.
Best Juicers Between 100-200$
Which is the best juicer in the 100-200$ price range? Breville makes some great juicers, and their Juice Fountain ikon Bje510Xl is certainly at the top of this list. Elegance, stainless steel durability, and satisfied users integrate to make them a exquisite choice.
Breville Juice Fountain Ikon Bje510Xl Review
“Breville Ikon Multi-Speed Juice Fountain is high quality, 900 watts, 5 speed high speed motor juicer that features a built-in electronic smart chip that increases power to the cutting disc under heavy loads.
As a result, the filter extracts more juice and can make an 8 ounce glass in just 5 seconds. The 3″ feed tube allows for the easy and efficient processing of whole fruits and vegetables, without pre-cutting, slicing or peeling. It is positioned directly over the center of the cutting disc for better balance and consistent results. The 5 speed settings make the Ikon Juice Fountain the most versatile juice extractor available. The lower speeds are for softer fruits and leafy green vegetables. The higher speeds maximize extraction from dense foods such as apples and carrots.”
“As soon as you unpack the Breville you know you have a top quality piece of equipment. It does an outstanding job at juice extraction (the pulp is dryer than what the Waring produced, and the Waring actually did pretty well) and the clean-up is far easier. When cleaning the Waring, you had pulp caked up within the machine itself and it was a pain to clean it out, partially becaused it had a higher moisture content but also simply because of all of the nooks and crannies in this catchment section of the juicer. Although this section detached, it was still difficult to clean nonetheless . The Breville puts the pulp in a separate container off to the side, and as others have mentioned, if you line it with a plastic bag there is nothing to it. The only “pain” is cleaing the filter device, which is going to be difficult with any juicer you buy. The brush they provide does make this a little easier, however.
Now for the biggest difference: the noise produced when the machine is turned on. With the Waring, you had to pause the television, stop talking, cover your ears, and hope the neighbors didn’t phone the cops on you for disturbing the peace. The Breville is FAR quieter. Don’t get me wrong, it is not “whisper quiet” or anything like that, but it probably makes one third of the noise the Waring did.
Is it worth the higher price as compared to the Waring or Hamilton Beach? Hard to say. Like I mentioned, we got the Waring for practically nothing and it was a good introductory machine for us for juicing, but SO LOUD!
I can’t really find any flaws with the Breville at all (we have run it for about a week now). Considering, however, that it costs almost three times what you can get the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro for (I would chose this one over the Waring purely from my experience with it and from reading the reviews for the Hamilton), whether or not you want to go with this “ultra juicer” version boils down to sheer personal preference. How often you will run it and what variety of recipies you might want to put through it should probably be your driving factors, along side the price difference, of course. The main differences I found with the Breville as compared to the Hamilton were a slightly higher wattage (900 versus 800) and the variable speeds instead of only one, single speed. From our perspective, though, we have had no regrets in spending the extra cash for this top model.
EDIT 08/05/08: Just thought I would mention that since this review we bought the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro as a gift for my wife’s mother, so we had a chance to directly compare it to the Breville. It did a good job, but it was louder and not nearly as solidly built as the Breville. After this comparision, we are even more satisfied with our decision to spend a bit extra and get this model. The varible speed on the Breville is something you will definitely miss should you go back to a model that does not have this feature. Hope this helps! ” Source: Amazon Breville BJE510XL
Best Juicer 200$ and Above
If you have some money to spend on a juicer, then you cannot go wrong with Breville. Elegance, stainless steel durability, and lots of satisfied users to make them a great choice for most people. They are available at different price points too, to suit every budget.
The Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite with 1000 watts is super efficient, plus this model has an Italian made electronic motor that increases power under yield to maintain filter revolutions. It has two speeds for soft and hard fruits and a three inch feed tube which minimizes preparation and feeding time. Beautifully designed stainless die cast steel housing and motor body makes it a work of art on the counter top. When large quantities of fruits and vegetables, especially those with high water content such tomatoes and watermelon, are fed into the Feed Chute at a rapid rate, the stainless steel filter basket converts these into juice so quickly that the force may cause leaking.”
Here is a review by a satisfied user:
“We want to juice quickly and get on with our day.
I’m not a vegan, i’m not a juicing purist, or is interested in the centrifugal vs masticating debate. I just want to increase my health by drinking one big glass of fresh juice and get on with my life.
I’ve owned other juicers, but this one is a monster. At high speed, it’s loud no doubt, but it’s power is without equal. I make a monster glass of juice (close to a quart) with 7 fruits and vegetables. It rips through all of them as if it were a joke. All the vegetables take about a minute, then i’m done.
Now cleaning does take much longer than juicing, but the machine is made so well, that it’s incredibly easy. It also works out perfect for me, because while i’m slowly consuming my juice, I wash out the parts by hand. You may think this machine is a lot of money, but if you want to have a juicer with real speed and a strong motor, this is the way to go. Not only that, but it’s very attractive to look at as well. This is money well spent in my opinion, and i’m glad I took the advice of other customers on this website. ” Read more reviews here.
Read my review here Juice Fountain Elite 800Jexl.
Of course, everyone has different needs and budgets, and the best juicer for you will depend greatly on your personal circumstances and preferences. However, don’t obsess over choosing the right juicer for too long. The truth is you cannot really go wrong with any of these juicers.
The Juicer I’m Using and Recommend
I recently upgraded my old juicer to Breville Juice JE98XL Fountain Plus. I’m really happy with it so far. By the way, it’s the same juicer that Joe Cross used in his 60 day fast in the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead documentary. (If you haven’t seen it already – you have to watch it. It will give you even more motivation to start juicing regularly).
Buy Breville JE98XL Juicer on Amazon
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