The sun is shining and you're craving a refreshing and tasty drink to cool you down. There's no better way to satisfy that craving than a cool glass of the freshest juice. But what if you're not on a tropical beach in the middle of Thailand and just want a quick fruit fix that isn’t store bought? Well we have the answer, purchase a juice machine! Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or two you will be familiar with the juicing trend that is as healthy as it is fashionable. More and more people are incorporating freshly squeezed fruity concoctions into their daily routine that are packed with numerous vitamins, minerals and enzymes made in the comfort of their own home. Moreover, studies have shown that consuming fresh juice has also been proven to enhance the immune system, reduce bad cholesterol and even reduce the risks of cancer. This growing trend has caused a jump in the number of products available to us and entering a store can be overwhelming when faced with an ever-expanding market. We have put together a list of 4 juicers which we tried, tested and ranked, taking into account value for money, speed, clean up time, efficiency and more.
Best Value for Money: Cuisinart CJE-1000 Die-Cast Juice Extractor
Our winner was without a doubt the Cuisinart CJE-1000 Die-Cast Juice Extractor. Not only is this juicer incredible value for money at less than $150, it also comes with a 3-year warrantee should anything go wrong. The motor is very strong at 1000-watt and there are 5 speed levels to choose from so you can juice anything from berries to beets. The juicer has no problem processing both hard and soft produce at a very high quality as well as maintaining waste so you don’t need to worry about pulp shooting out all over your kitchen walls! In addition, the process is quick and convenient with the wide feeding chute being 3 inches, reducing prep time. We were impressed that the machine was made from stainless steel making it feel sturdy and high quality unlike other plastic juicers in a similar price range. However, it’s a little bit more inconvenient to clean and could take up more room on your kitchen counters than other machines we tried. What we were the most impressed with however is the quietness that the manufacturers have achieved so you can make juice for the whole family before they even wake up!
Best Lightweight Juicer: Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain
Aside from the fact that this juicer is lightweight (11lbs) and won't take up too much space on your kitchen counter, Breville have developed technology which makes the juicer a total time saver, perfect for people on the go. The powerful 700-Watt motor and impressive 14,000 RPM means that you can juice in record time. In addition, the 3-inch circular feed chute accommodates whole fruits which means you can save time on chopping and slicing. The juicer comes with stainless steel micromesh filters and titanium cutting discs meaning that its suited to both soft and hard fruits and although there is a layer of froth on the extracted juice, this can be avoided with a slower juicing technique. We loved the fact that it's not a chore to clean the Breville BJE200XL as the plastic pieces come apart without a problem. The juicer is dishwasher friendly (we recommend putting the parts on the first shelf of the dishwasher) but can also be rinsed in a matter of minutes. The only downside to the machine is the noise so it's important to consider who will be at home during juicing hours!
Best for Families: Nutri-Stahl Juicer Machine
The 700 W motor and two speed settings (turbo and super turbo) on the Nutri-Stahl Juicer are ideal for grinding both hard and soft fruits and veggies in just ten seconds. Our testers all agreed that this was a convenient and time saving machine which minimizes on prep time aided by the extra feeding tube as well as a fruit pusher that speeds up the juicing process. Cleaning time is also minimal as everything fits nicely into the dishwasher. However, the holes in the strainer are particularly tiny so it is best to wash the strainer by hand which could take a bit longer. It's user friendly operating with just a single swhich as well as a safety lock which won't let you juice until all parts are secured. Reviewers claimed that this machine had the biggest volume to hold huge amounts of juice and the waste bin is also large making it a good juicer for families. Unfortunately, the Nutri- Stahl Juicer lets itself down by being one of the louder juicers and also one of the weakest when grinding leafy greens. At $99.99 we would recommend shopping elsewhere to get better results.
Best on a Budget: VonShef Whole Fruit Juice Extractor Centrifugal Juicer Machine
At $48.00 this product is definitely for those of you on a budget. Claims that you get what you pay for ring true here and unfortunately, this machine ranked lowest out of all the machines we tested. Like other machines in the market, the juicer comes equipped with a 700W motor and all parts are dishwasher friendly. The speed is high, almost too high, at between 14,000 to 18,000 rpm bearing in mind that softer fruits such as berries and bananas juice just fine at 7,000 RPM. The fact that the RPM is so high means that the juice is more prone to oxidation so it needs to be consumed almost instantly in order to absorb the minerals and vitamins before they are lost. Although the high speed doesn’t produce a loud noise, it does produce the largest layer of foam out of all the juicers that we tested. In addition, although there are a huge range of juicers on the market with a 700W motor, the fact that this is combined with a maximum speed of 18,000 RPM makes us doubt the juicers durability as it could burn out quickly. We would only recommend this product if you're looking for a kitchen appliance to dust off two or three times a year as it definitely doesn’t break the budget.
There are two types of juicers on the market, centrifugal and masticating (for cold pressed juices). We focused on centrifugal juicers as they are smaller, fast working and perfect for home juicing. We preferred machines with dishwasher friendly parts however if the machine dismantles easily it's not much of a nuisance to wash juicers by hand. A lot of juicers in the market also come with extra-large feeding chutes which can process whole fruits and vegetables so it would be silly to purchase something which forces you to slice and dice your produce before juicing. Our favorite was definitely the Cuisinart CJE-1000 Die-Cast Juice Extractor which has the strongest motor at the cheapest price. Although it takes up more room in your kitchen, it is stylish with a stainless-steel finish so if you use it frequently there is no problem if it becomes a permanent fixture. It is simple, easy to use and comes with a three-year warrantee. Happy Juicing!
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