Best juicer 2021: Enjoy refreshing drinks with these centrifugal and slow juicers

Juicers are becoming an increasingly common sight in kitchens and it’s not all about apples and oranges. The best juicers will be able to tackle everything from raspberries and bananas to tough veggies like asparagus and celery. In fact, most good juicers will even let you produce plant milk from things like almonds, that’s to their high powered blades. With no end to the number of recipes now available, it sometimes seems as though there’s no fruit, veg or nut that you can’t extract juice from.

Of course, not all juicers are made equal and some simply cannot cope with all ingredients. That’s why we’ve tried, tested and reviewed the very best juicers out there. Whether you’re looking for a slow press juicer or something super speedy for a quick morning fix, there are plenty of decent juicers out there.

If you’re not sure what features to look out for, our buying guide below should help clear up your questions. Otherwise, read on for our full round-up of the very best juicers you can buy right now.

Best juicers: At a glance

How to choose the best juicer for you

What type of juicer do I need?

There are two main types of juicer: centrifugal (otherwise known as fast juicers) and masticating (also known as cold press or slow juicers).

Centrifugal juicers are so-called because they work with centrifugal force to extract the juice. They’re the most popular machines because of their speed and affordability. They work by pushing the fruits and veg down a feed tube (which ideally is big enough for whole fruit, although that’s not always the case) onto a toothed blade on the bottom of a spinning sieve, where the juice is separated from the pulp.

Due to how they juice (shredding and straining), centrifugal juicers are great for processing hard fruit and vegetables, such as apples, carrots and celery, while softer fruit, such as berries, may need a dedicated attachment to get the maximum amount of juice or puree. Centrifugal models aren’t just speedy when juicing, either – most have wide chutes that can accommodate whole fruit and vegetables, reducing the amount of time required for chopping and peeling.

Masticating juicers take longer to produce juice, as well as being more expensive and often larger. But they break the produce down better, extracting a more nutritious drink, and as they don’t incorporate as much oxygen during the process, the juice can be kept for longer – usually 48 hours and, with some machines, 72 hours.

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In addition, masticating juicers – whose augers slowly squeeze the fluid out of your pulp – yield more juice from the ingredients and are far superior at juicing greens, wheatgrass and soft fruits like berries, which centrifugal machines usually can’t cope with well (or at all). Some can also handle frozen fruit so you can make healthy sorbet or frozen yoghurt.

Do they require a lot of awkward cleaning?

Most juicers have at least five separate parts that will need cleaning every time you use them – and nobody wants to waste half an hour doing that every day. So, ideally, either buy a juicer with dishwasher-friendly parts or with special cleaning accessories, such as a cleaning brush or spatula for scraping out pulp from hard-to-reach areas.

What features should I look out for?

  • For centrifugal machines, we’d advise looking for a machine with a drip-stop spout. This will help stop mess on your worktops, while other juicers use theirs to keep different juices inside so they can mix before being dispensed.
  • A generous feed chute is another handy feature, particularly if you want to juice larger fruits such as apples and pears.
  • For masticating juicers, check the machine produces a high yield and little pulp. Extra attachments for making nut butters and purees are also worth looking into if this appeals to you. As a general rule, horizontal slow juicers will offer these attachments but not vertical ones. Don’t be put off by the lower wattage motors – as masticating juicers work at a slow speed, they don’t need powerful motors.
  • Whichever type of juicer you go for, remember not all machines come with a jug. If it does, try to get one with a foam separator and, better still, a lid for storing your juice in the fridge.
  • Also think about noise, particularly if you live with people who won’t thank you for blasting out a commotion while they’re trying to get a lie-in. Centrifugal machines tend to be a lot noisier than their masticating counterparts.
  • Finally, consider durability. Do you plan to make your juicer a permanent kitchen fixture or are you happy to upgrade it every few years? Again, masticating juicers come out better here. As the motor turns at a slower speed and is under less strain, they tend to age more slowly and come with longer manufacturer warranties.

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The best juicers you can buy

1. NutriBullet juicer: Best cheap juicer

Price: £100 | Buy now from Argos

It may not come with many bells and whistles but NutriBullet’s centrifugal (fast) juicer is an affordable, competent machine suitable for everyday use. In the box is everything you need to get started, including the juicer, a 767ml pitcher with a foam-separator lid, a sturdy cleaning brush and a glossy recipe book. Most parts are dishwasher-safe too. The juicer features a wide 3in feed chute so you can juice medium apples and oranges whole, and has two speed settings for both soft and hard fruits.

The results were impressive in testing, especially considering its price and size. Juice was consistently delicious and pulp-free but there were a couple of niggles. Some juice was a tad foamy and it did make quite a racket when on. However, this can be mostly forgiven, as it’s the best cheap juicer we’ve ever tested. If you’re new to juicing at home, the Nutribullet offers unbeatable value for money.

Key specsType: Centrifugal; Power: 850W; Speed: Two; Attachments: 767ml pitcher with lid, 1.5l pulp bucket, cleaning brush; Warranty: 2 years

Buy now from Argos

2. Sage The 3X Bluicer Pro: Our favourite fast juicer (that also doubles as a blender)

Price: £299 | Buy now from Currys