Only one in 10 adults get enough fruits and vegetables in their diet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, the USDA recommends that adults eat 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups of fruit per day and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day.
If eating more produce is one of your wellness goals, a juicer can definitely help you get a step closer to it, says Julia Denison, RD. "Many people do not take in enough nutrients from fruits and veggies in a day, so juicing is one way to add them to your diet," she says. Plus, fresh juices are low in calories.
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If you're ready to add one to your kitchen, below are the best juicers to put in your shopping cart, according to experts.
How We Chose
We spoke to three dietitians for their top picks and evaluated the best juicers based on the following criteria:
- Ease of use
- Nutrient retention
- Ease to clean
- Special features
1. Best Centrifugal Juicer
Mueller Austria Juicer
Centrifugal juicers use spinning, high-speed blades, which break down and extract juice from fruits and vegetables.
While a centrifugal juicer excels in making juice quickly, be aware that the extraction process produces heat, which can affect the number of nutrients and enzymes in your juice. But, rest assured that it doesn't destroy all of the nutrients, just slightly decreases the amount, says Tiana Glover, RD.
If you're interested in adding a centrifugal juicer to your countertop, Glover recommends giving this Mueller appliance a test drive, as it's affordable and effective in extracting juice from produce.
"This juicer also has great reviews on Amazon, and is pretty affordable at about $70," Glover says. "It has a large chute — you won't have to cut your fruit or vegetables into small pieces before putting them in the juicer — and it's easy to clean."
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $69.97
2. Best Electric Citrus Juicer
Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer
While store-bought orange juice can be an easy way to supplement your diet with essential vitamin C, some juices are made from concentrate.
That being said, if you are looking to treat your tastebuds to the delicious taste of fresh-squeezed orange juice in the morning, Denison recommends this electric citrus juicer, so you don't have to squeeze each orange by hand just to fill a cup.
"This electric citrus juicer lets you determine how much pulp you would like in your juice and has dishwasher-safe parts," Denison says. "Additional pros are that it is compact and low-price."
Buy it: Cuisinart.com; Price: $29.95
3. Best for Small Spaces
Dash Deluxe Masticating Slow Juicer
While home juicers may bring images of large commercial units to mind, thankfully, there are plenty of countertop-friendly appliances that won't add clutter. Take this Dash juicer, for example — it only weighs 3.4 pounds and has overall dimensions of 4.9 x 3.9 x 14.23 inches.
Though aside from being compact and completely portable, this juicer has plenty of other things going for it, says Daniel Guerra, RDN.
This slow-juicer also has other can't-miss features to highlight, including a pulp cup, which ensures you get pulp-free juice each time you make a batch. This juicer also can make sorbet and frozen treats thanks to its frozen attachment.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $79.99
4. Best Juicer With a Big Feed Chute
Hamilton Beach Juicer Machine
If you are looking to make a batch of juice quickly, a big feed-chute juicer can certainly help, as it allows you to fit produce of all sizes inside without the hassle of extra chopping.
That's why this Hamilton Beach juicer is worth a look, Guerra says. "There's nothing to not like about this Hamilton Beach juicer. It's inexpensive, has dishwasher-safe parts and it has a three-inch feeding chute to fit large or small produce."
Buy it: Hamiltonbeach.com Price: $69.99
5. Best Cold-Press Juicer
Breville BJS700SIL Big Squeeze Slow Juicer
Unlike centrifugal juicers, cold-press juicers don't utilize heat to break down fruits and vegetables into juice. Instead, a slow juicer works by crushing and squeezing down ingredients, which yields a more nutritious result.
If you haven't used a cold press before, this Breville appliance is a good one to start with — assembly is straightforward, parts are easy to clean and maintain and it has forward and backward buttons that make juicing and unclogging a cinch, Denison says.
"This juicer is compact and is able to fit into a smaller space. It also has a large feeding chute that makes it convenient because you can juice a wide variety of fruits and vegetables," Denison says.
Buy it: Breville.com; Price: $399.99
6. Best Slow Masticating Juicer
AMZCHEF Slow Masticating Juicer
Much like a cold press, a slow masticating juicer works by crushing fruit and vegetables down. But, cold press juicers can be expensive, making this AMZCHEF unit a great alternative to those on a budget, Glover says.
Though, decent pricing isn't its only perk — it can be also used as a meat grinder, slider and shredder. "This juicer has great reviews on Amazon, and is pretty affordable for a slow masticating juicer," Glover says. "It does a great job retaining nutrients compared to centrifugal juicers, and is available in several colors to match your kitchen style."
Buy it: Iamzchef.com; Price: $129.99
7. Best Steam Juicer
Cook N Home Fruit Juicer Steamer Multi-Pot
While they may not work as quickly as electric juicers, steam juicers can be an effective way of extracting fruit juice. A steam juicer works by using steam from boiling water to break down fruits in order to extract their juice.
Because a steamer juicer usually uses a large stainless steel pot to get the job done, it can be helpful if you're making a lot of juice. Steam juicers also don't produce pulp, which can be attractive to those who don't want to strain their juice before drinking it.
"This steam juicer is great for juicing large batches of products, and it doesn't produce pulp," Guerra says. "Throw in the fact that it is easy to use (just boil water) and clean (no pulp), making this juicer a winner."
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $98.99
8. Best Manual Juicer
Zulay Manual Citrus Juicer
If you want to juice some oranges, lemons and limes the old-fashioned way for small and easy tasks, Guerra recommends adding this citrus juicer to your kitchen drawer.
"It protects your hands from straining as you juice and separates the seeds from the fruit so they won't get into your juice," Guerra says.
"It's absolutely perfect for juicing lemons and limes for a cocktail, or for all other of your culinary creations."
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $18.99
9. Best Luxury Juicer
Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer EVO820 Series
This 4-in-1 juicer from Kuvings is a luxurious high-performing appliance. It can create juice, smoothies, sorbets and even nut milk with just the press of a button.
This juicer also has other impressive features. "It has a larger chute, it is fairly quiet, it has a smoothie strainer to make smoothies and it's compact in size," Denison says. If you want a juicer that does it all, this one is for you. Plus, it comes in sleek metallic colors including rose gold.
Buy it: Kuvingsusa.com; Price: $599.99
A Dietitian's Note: Juicing Shouldn't Replace Eating Fruits and Vegetables
There are a few things to be aware of before you start juicing. To start, Denison explains that while juicing is good for you, it should not replace eating fruit or vegetables on a daily basis, so you'll still want to ensure that you're filling your plate with plenty of greens and fruits.
"Although you are getting a lot of good vitamins, minerals and hydration through juicing, you are still missing out on fiber from the fruit or vegetables," Denison says. "Fiber helps keep us feeling fuller longer."
She also advises being mindful of how much juice you're drinking, as even though juice is high in vitamins and nutrients, it can also be high in sugar.
Now that you know how a juicer can fit into your diet, here's what to look for in a juicer before you actually buy one.
How to Choose a Juicer
To uncomplicate your search for the best juicer, you'll want to take into account of the cost, speed and retention of nutrients provided by your juicer, among other factors.
Centrifugal juicers don't retain the nutrients in juice as well as other types of juicers, because they use heat. If your top priority is retaining nutrients, opt for a cold-press juicer or a masticating juicer.
Equally worth considering is the counter space of your appliance. "Some juicers can be very large, so if space is an issue, try looking for something more compact," Denison says.
Finally, determine the fruits and vegetables you are going to juice in relation to the juicer chute, Denison adds. "Some juicers are designed to only juice softer produce, while others can handle the harder fruits and vegetables."
"Also, consider the size of the chute," Denison says. "If chopping is no problem, then a smaller chute should work. But, if you want to juice a whole orange, you may need to consider purchasing an appliance with a bigger chute."
- Julia Denison, MS, RD, LDN
- Daniel Guerra MA, RDN, LD
- CDC Newsroom:Only 1 in 10 Adults Get Enough Fruits or Vegetables
- USDA MyPlate:Fruits
- USDA MyPlate: Vegetables
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025
- HealthAliciousNess: Nutrient Facts Comparison Tool: Orange Juice Raw, Frozen Concentrate, Chilled