Juicers buyers’ guide
Shop-bought juice never quite hits the spot like the freshly squeezed stuff, does it? Plus, the health benefits of freshly juiced drinks far outweigh those of cartons – and it’s cheaper. What’s not to love? When life gives you lemons, make some juice!
Unfortunately not all juicers can work with all types of food so you may need to narrow down your options. Don’t worry though; we’ve done all the legwork for you to bring you everything you need to know about getting the best juicer for your money.
What’s more, at Crowdstorm we compile all the best offers on juicers and blenders in the UK: covering all the best manufacturers, from Phillips to Nutribullets, and letting you make your purchase from your favourite stores.
Types of juice maker
A juice extractor cuts fruit quickly, into tiny pieces, and then separates the pulp from the juice, which is then strained and delivered into a cup ready for the breakfast table. Extractors can be fiddly and annoying to clean, especially if they have multiple compartments, and anything put in the extractor should be cleaned and/or peeled before juicing.
Centrifugal juicers use fast-spinning blades, while masticating juicers (cold press) use slow-turning gears. Centrifugal tends to mean faster and cheaper, while masticating models are quieter, extract more and are more versatile.
With a citrus press (or citrus juicer) you press halves of fruit firmly onto a motorized reamer that then extracts the juice from apples, oranges etc. Compared to extractors, a citrus juicer is often much easier to clean, with fewer parts and compartments and less nooks and crannies for pulp to collect in. They’re also relatively low power as they sidestep having to chop the fruit. If you’re simply looking for a glass of fresh juice at breakfast, this is probably the best juicer for you.
Juicer and blender features to consider
- Pulp capacity: This can range from less than 500ml to 3,000ml so be sure to get a juicer that’s going to make enough juice for your needs.
- Wattage: For quick and effective juicing, opt for a juicer with at least a 450-500 watt motor. A juicer that slows down once food is put in is not powerful enough.
- Clear juice container: A clear compartment for the juice to be collected in allows for you to see the level of your juice. A compartment with measurements is even better, as you can accurately see how much juice you’ve made.
- Chute size: This is important if you’re likely to be using food that’s quite big, such as apples, or any fruits that are an awkward shape. This will save you time chopping and dicing fruit and means you can just throw it in and go!
- Pulp regulator: A juicer with pulp regulator means you can choose how much pulp you’d like in your juice, meaning no more smooth vs pulp-related arguments!
- Cord storage: If your selected model has a long cord be sure to check that it has somewhere to fold away or store the cable out of the way when you’re not using the juicer.
- Noise level: Juicers can be very loud, which could be a problem if you have an open plan kitchen. The loudest juicers are around 100db so the lower you can find the less noise there’ll be.
What next? Buying your juicer
You should now be ready to find the best juicer to fit your needs. The comparison table above lets you search by keyword (such as a brand) or price, as well as offering some pre-set filters. Once you’ve found an offer you like the look of, click on the deal and you’ll be transferred to the site of your selected retailer where all that’s left to do is click, buy and wait for your new juicer to arrive.