We tested popular juicing machines that suit all budgets and requirements to find which was best. Discover our top buys, plus find juice recipe inspiration.
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Whether you're trying to increase your fruit and veg intake or just want to know what all the fuss is about, juicing is the trend for you.
How does juicing differ from smoothie-making, you may ask? Simply put, most machines extract juice from fruit and veg, then separate the juice from the pulp. Smoothie makers, on the other hand, cannot extract any juice, and merely blend the chosen ingredients together, meaning the results are often thicker.
Although there are plenty of options on the market, there are fundamentally two options to choose from: fast or slow juicers.
Centrifugal (fast) juicers are popular as they are speedy, easy to use and tend to be fairly budget-friendly. But masticating (slow) juicers will do a much better job at breaking down the fruit or veg – particularly those hard-to-blend leafy greens.
Smeg slow juicer
Best all-round juicer
This classic retro design Smeg slow juicer was crowned our Star Buy due to its incredibly smooth results as well as having the option of two various strainers for fine or thicker juice.
In contrast to some of the heavy and unattractive machinery on the market, this slick design and relatively lightweight model means we’d be happy to keep it pride of place on our kitchen counter.
The appliance also benefits from an easy-to-manage assembly with brilliant picture instructions and lots of handy recipes. Just a note: larger pieces of fruit and veg may need to be cut slightly to fit into the smaller-than-normal entrance funnel.
Panasonic slow juicer MJL500
Best juicer for a small kitchen
If you don’t have the luxury of a large kitchen, you might be concerned about investing in another bulky piece of equipment. Of all the ones we tested, this was by far the slimmest and most compact.
However, it's worth noting that you may need to chop your fruit down into smaller pieces as the machine has a fairly small entrance funnel due to its overall compact nature. When it came to doing the washing-up, we were pleasantly surprised at the practical cleaning brushes that came with this machine – really handy for removing any chunks caught in the blades.
Electriq HSL600 slow masticating cold-press juicer
Best budget juicer
We were pleasantly surprised at the innovative design of the Electriq machine, the first to have a see-through component meaning fruit and veg can be seen travelling from input to output.
At under £60, we would say with confidence that this tried and tested model is excellent value for money. Although we found the machine harder to clean than some other models, this one would be perfect for anyone new to juicing who's looking to save a penny or two.
Omega MMV702 Mega Mouth
Best machine for a pro juicer
This fairly heavy piece of equipment wouldn’t look out of place in an industrial kitchen. With a pretty large body and a relatively tricky build, this is definitely aimed more towards those who take their juicing seriously. Some machines particularly struggled to break down leafy greens such as kale, but this one tackled the ‘kale test’ with ease, making the smoothest juice of all the appliances we tried. It's at the higher end of the pricing scale, so we wouldn’t recommend buying this machine if you’re a total novice, but for those who know their way around a juicer and are looking for the ultimate smooth results, this one should be on your wish list.
Which juicer to buy?
Although there are plenty of options on the market, the two main options are fast or slow juicers.
Centrifugal (fast) juicers: These seem to be the most popular choice because they are speedy, easy to use and tend to be fairly budget-friendly. Most of the time, they work by feeding whole chunks of fruit or veg down a tube where it is then chopped and separated at the bottom.
Masticating (slow) juicers: For anyone who considers juicing a vital part of their daily diet, masticating juicing would often be deemed the preferred choice. Although not as speedy as a fast juicer, a masticating machine will definitely do a much better job at breaking down the fruit or veg – particularly those hard-to-blend leafy greens. It's often said that you will yield more juice when using a slow juicer so they're often considered more cost-effective in the long run than a fast juicer.
What we looked for when testing juicers
Ease of use: Although assembling the machines can be quite time-consuming, we noted how easy the instruction manuals were to use and the simplicity of each machine’s functionality once put together.
Smoothness: As we were looking to juice a variety of fruit and veg, it was important the juicers could handle everything we threw their way. We also made sure they weren’t too noisy for an everyday kitchen.
Ease of cleaning: We looked for machines with removable components that could be washed in a dishwasher or with an old-fashioned manual scrub.
Ease of storage: Although all juicers tend to be vast in size due to the nature of the work they do, we looked for compact appliances that could be stored in a kitchen cupboard.
Features: Any added bonuses, like different options for frozen juices or veg prep, were taken into account.
How we tested juicers
We tested all of the juicers using the same quantities of carrots, apples, fresh root ginger and kale. We looked for a smooth green juice which told us the machine could handle leafy greens. The juices that came out orange told us that the machine did not process the kale properly. The amount of juice produced was also very important, and we measured the yield of each batch.
How to use a juicer
Follow one of our simple juice recipes to get the best results from your machine:
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