We updated this article in April 2022 to ensure all pricing is accurate and all picks recommended by the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab are in stock.
Whether you're trying to get more nutrients into your diet or like to start your day with a big glass of greens, a good juicer makes it easy to whip up fresh-pressed produce in minutes. In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances Lab, we tested the top juicers that will best help you kick off your day strong.
Before you get shopping, there are three main styles to choose from: Slow juicers, centrifugal juicers and citrus juicers. Slow juicers (a.k.a masticating juicers) tend to be best for preserving the nutrients in fruits and vegetables, while centrifugal juicers are great for making fast work of juicing fruits and vegetables and citrus juicers are great for simply squeezing oranges, lemons, lime and grapefruit. Scroll to the bottom of this article for a full breakdown of each, and which juicer might be right for you. Here are the best citrus juicers, slow juicers and centrifugal juicers of 2022:
Our top picks
- Large pitcher for storage
- Wide feed tube
- Slightly bulky
If you hate prep-work, the centrifugal Breville Juice Fountain Cold Plus is the juicer for you. It can fit a whole apple in its three and a half-inch wide feed tube. Unique rivets on the top of the feed tube help position and guide ingredients into the juicer well. It juiced carrots and kale the fastest and was a top contender when it came to juicing apples. Results all tasted sweet and pulp-free. The juicer’s dial is easy to use with helpful speed descriptors (slow for soft fruit, high for hard vegetables). The large, 70-ounce pitcher and heavy-duty lid seemed like a bonus, perfect for serving extra large batches or storing leftovers.
- Easy to assemble
This fuss-free juicer is our top pick and the most affordable! It’s easy to assemble, easy to use, fast, and makes smooth, pulp-free juice. It's dishwasher-safe, but it also comes with an innovative side-cleaning tool for those who prefer to wash by hand. The tool wipes away pulp from the inside, outside and bottom of the cutting blade in one swipe, while protecting your fingers. While the juicer was a little loud in our Lab tests, you can’t go wrong for the price, speed and results.
- Small foorprint
- Self feeding
- Juice came out a little pulpy, but sweet, nothing that juicing over a strainer couldn’t fix.
The Hurom H200 Easy Clean features an updated self- feeding hopper and a large opening that can hold more ingredients while the juicer is running – that means you don’t have to worry about standing by and guiding your fruits and veggies into the grinder one by one. Plus, since it has a strainer and elongated grooves instead of holes, you don't have to spend time scrubbing. The inclusion of multiple strainers and attachments allow you to make smoothies, ice cream and even nut milk. It has a slimmer footprint than many juicers because the pulp container is hidden under the juicer.
- Two speeds
Breville's top-notch juicer powered through sturdy fruits and vegetables faster (and quieter!) than most juicers we tested. It runs at two speeds so you can juice both hard and soft ingredients. Results were smooth, creamy and pulp-free.
- Great for greens
- Prevents jamming
- Tricky to clean
The Breville Big Squeeze can manage all fruits and veggies due to its unique feed tube design. It can accommodate large fruits and veggies in its larger section, and skinny, leafy greens in its smaller one. It also has a large chute which encourages ingredients to feed themselves into the auger with little help from the pusher. This design helped prevent jamming in our tests and reminded us of commercial orange juice makers that line up oranges waiting to be squeezed. It came out on top on in our kale juicing test, in which we evaluated taste, temperature, time to juice and yield. Results were smooth and relatively sweet.
- Pulp control
- Easy to clean
Most juicers have metal mesh strainers that need to be diligently scrubbed. The Hurom Easy Clean Slow Juicer has heavy duty plastic strainers, which are a game changer: They have large vertical grooves that are easy to clean. The tiled juicing chamber pours out more juice, too, which leaves you with less mess inside. In addition to the new strainers and improved interior, this slow juicer comes with a double-sided cleaning brush that gets into all the crevices. Plus, the pulp spout has a little trap door that allows for even easier cleaning and less digging around. In our Lab's testing, this model made some of the freshest-tasting green juice and we loved that you can control the amount of pulp. Other accessories include a smoothie strainer and an ice cream strainer.
- Also makes pasta and ice cream
- Made smooth, sweet juice in Lab tests
- Lots of parts and attachments to keep track of
Well-known Chef Emeril Lagasse made a multifunction kitchen wizard that gives you three kitchen appliances in one for under $200. The juicer can handle both fruits and vegetables and even makes almond milk. In our tests, carrots, kale and apple juice all came out so smooth and sweet. It also features attachments for creating delicious frozen desserts, mixes and makes pasta and comes with eight pasta shaping accessories from penne to lasagna. This versatile juicer also has a LED screen and has an auto shutoff feature.
- Multiple color options
- Only for citrus
This retro-chic appliance from Smeg will juice your oranges, lemons, limes and other citrus fruits with ease. It comes in black, cream, pastel green, pink, red and pastel blue so you can match it to your bar cart (or your cocktail).
- Quiet motor
- Extra-large chute for easy prep work
- Only one speed setting
Drop in your apples without a problem with the Nutribullet Slow Juicer. The large three-inch wide chute is perfect for fitting whole fruits and veggies making prep time even shorter. This slow juicer is pretty quiet and the no-drip spout lets you easily pour your tasty juice when ready. It comes with two cups (one for the freshly squeezed juice and the other for catching pulp) and a scrub brush for easy cleaning. You'll find a recipe book to give you tips on juicing and other fun options like using leftover pulp for cooking and baking.
- Two stage juicing
- Easy to clean
This high-end appliance provides a two-stage juicing process for the most juice you can get out of an ingredient, making it ideal for use with hard vegetables. In the two-step process, ingredients are first ground by a stainless steel auger and then pass through a stainless steel plate that acts as a strainer. Finally, the pulp is pressed through a straining towel to extract even more juice. Our favorite part: cleaning up is a breeze since there are fewer parts and pulp is contained in the juicing cloth. You can also use this juicer to make nut butters and sorbet.
In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab, we tested more than 50 juicers, including slow juicers and centrifugal juicers. When we test them, we juice carrots, which are hard and can sometimes taste bitter; kale, a popular leafy vegetable that's hard to juice and can jam the machine; and apples that are pulpy with a large diameter and oxidize quickly. We measure how much juice each juicer extracts as well as how much pulp. We also taste and evaluate how smooth each juice is and how sweet, and we monitor the juice for three days to see how well it holds up in terms of separation.
✔️ Slow juicers a.k.a masticating juicers typically have a narrow vertical chute that lead ingredients into a chamber where they are pressed by a rotating auger. The fresh juice is squeezed out through a strainer and into a pitcher, while the pulp is dispensed from another spout. The process is a little slow — it’s called a slow juicer for a reason! — but this considered a good thing: The slow, gentle process is believed to preserve nutrients better than high speed juicers that generate heat. What we don’t love about slow juicers is they often require a little more prep work due to their small feed tubes (which means you'll have to dice up fruits and veggies into smaller chunks) and cleanup is arduous due to many small parts and crevices. Brands like Breville and NutriBullet have found a work-around and recently introduced new, wide-mouth slow juicers, which allows fruits like large apples to simply be quartered instead of chunked into one-inch pieces.
✔️ Centrifugal juicers juice much faster than slow juicers. Whole ingredients are typically dropped into the wider feed tube and pulverized at a very high speed. For example, in our leafy greens test, 100 grams of kale juiced in as quickly as seven seconds, while it took upwards of one minute in the slow juicers. The juice from centrifugal juicers tends to come out a little foamy but most come with lidded pitchers and built-in strainers so you’ll never taste the difference.
✔️ Citrus juicers are the easiest to use and most streamlined, but they can only be used for citrus. They can easily be stored or remain on your counter because they take up minimal space. Citrus juicers also great for getting the most out of your lemons (and other citrus) with minimal effort, and unlike with a slow juicer or centrifugal juicer, you don’t have to worry about peeling, segmenting or removing the seeds first. If you’re juicing a lot consecutively, remember to empty the strainer periodically. The strainers are prone to build up, which could translate into a slower and messier juicing process for you.
In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab, Director, Nicole Papantoniou oversees all of Good Housekeeping's content and testing related to kitchen appliances, tools, gadgets and gear. She's been testing kitchen appliances professionally since 2013 and has worked at kitchen appliance companies where she helped develop some popular air fryers as well as many recipes for them. She is trained in classic culinary arts and is a professional recipe developer.