If you’re looking for a simple way to incorporate more nutrition and fiber into your diet, a juicer is a great way to do this. Juicers are convenient, easy-to-use, and offer a myriad of benefits – from allegedly reducing your risk of cancer to boosting your immune system and helping you to lose weight.
Juicers separate the fiber from the rest of the fruit or vegetables, leaving only the juice for you to drink. The remaining fiber pulp is discarded. This means that you can pack more fruit or vegetables per cup and get all the vitamins and nutrients in the most easily digestible form.
Whereas blenders and smoothie makers may require you to cut the fruit or vegetables first, juicers usually have a chute to put whole fruit or vegetables into and are therefore number one for convenience and efficiency.
However, many people are put-off juicing by the often expensive price tag that comes with a juicer machine. However, juicers don’t have to be expensive, if you know what to look for, and where to look. Thanks to increasing awareness around healthy eating and a rise in the popularity of juicers, you can now pick one up for a price that won’t leave you out of pocket.
We’ve put together a list of our favorite affordable juicers that don’t compromise on quality and to make things easier still, we’ve included a helpful buyer’s guide and frequently asked questions section to ensure you know what to look for, so you can get juicing as soon as possible.
Why The Mueller Ultra Juicer – Under it's sleek modern stainless-steel design and low counter-top footprint, it packs the 1,100 watt punch of much larger, bulkier and more expensive juicers in a fraction of the size and cost. You will be able to create a 16 oz cup of juice in seconds with less clogging and less foaming.
Dual-speed Versatility - "1" low speed runs from 12000 to 15000 RPM for softer fruits like oranges, tomatoes and others; "2" fast speed runs from 15000 to 18000 RPM for harder fruits like carrots, celery, beets, kale and many others.
Clean-ups Are A Snap - Culinary grade stainless-steel cutting disc is surrounded by an Italian made micro mesh filter to extract more juice, vitamins and minerals all while being easy to clean and assemble in seconds.
Extra Large 3” Feed Chute - A safety locking arm makes sure the cover stays on tight while operating. The overload protection system shuts off the juicer if the motor were to overheat from an unstable power supply, improper assembly, idle run, etc. Designed with an anti-drip function extra large 3” feed chute which avoids spillage.
European Engineered – American Guarantee - 100% 2 Year Warranty so you can buy with confidence and juice happily ever after.
Without a doubt the most affordable and highly-rated juicer on the market, this model from European manufacturer Mueller packs the 1,100-watt punch of a much larger, bulkier, and more expensive juicer for a fraction of the size and cost, making it a neat addition to your kitchen countertop.
Effortlessly process a 16 oz cup of juice in seconds with less clogging and less foaming. Multiple speed settings allow you to extract a wide range of fruit and vegetables by using the low speed (12000 to 15000 RPM) for softer fruits like oranges and tomatoes; and fast function (15000 to 18000 RPM) for harder produce like carrots, celery, and beetroot.
This juicer features an extra-large 3” feed chute so don’t worry about fitting in larger, rounder produce like apples. A safety-locking arm ensures the cover stays on tight while operating, and the chute’s anti-drip function avoids spillage.
It also takes safety into consideration. The overload protection system shuts off the juicer automatically if the motor were to overheat from an unstable power supply. Plus, cleaning is easy thanks to the culinary-grade stainless-steel cutting disc being surrounded by a micro mesh filter to extract more juice, vitamins, and minerals, all while being easy to clean and assembled in seconds.
Super powerful – 1,100 wattage
Compact design making it perfect for smaller kitchen tops
Dual speed setting
Anti-drip feature to avoid spillage
Easy to clean
Some customers had issues with pieces breaking, however, Mueller was quick to offer replacements for any defective products.
This juicer from Breville is small on space but not on quality. With all the features of a larger and more expensive juicer, this heavy-duty compact juice fountain with centered knife blade assembly has a 700-watt motor and operates at 14,000 RPM for maximum extraction.
Easily fit larger fruits and vegetables through the extra-large 3″ centered feed tube for faster juicing which doesn’t require cutting. The stainless steel cutting disc surrounded by Italia-made micro-mesh filter extracts up to 30 percent more juice and 40 percent more vitamins. Get more juice and less froth thanks to an integrated froth separator in the juice jug.
We also loved this model for its easy-to-clean design, with dishwasher-safe parts and included brushes for an intricate and thorough clean. While this juicer is small, it certainly packs a punch!
700-watt motor and 14,000 RPM for quick, easy extraction
3” chute means no cutting
Stainless steel cutting disk for durability and effectiveness
Integrated froth separator
Easy to clean
Compact design, making it perfect for smaller spaces
This juicer from Aicook is great for anyone on a tight budget, who doesn’t want to compromise on quality and efficiency. You’ll be able to produce a cup of juice in just six seconds thanks to the 304 stainless steel sharp blades and three-layer mesh filter, which promises to extract up to 26% more juice and 36% more vitamins and minerals.
This also has dual speed functions suited for both hard and soft fruits but promises lower noise than other juicers – under 60dB, meaning you won’t wake your family if you’re an early riser (and juicer)!
The Aicook also promises to be easy to assemble and disassemble, making cleaning a doddle, plus it’s equipped with custom-built cleaning brushes to make cleaning easier, faster, and more precise.
The bottom of the juicer features non-slip rubber feet, for added grip and stability, while the anti-drip juice mouth tackles the issue of leaking juice. You needn’t worry about spillage when the juicer is turned on, as the safety-lock arm ensures that the cover remains tight during operation, and the overload protection system will shut off the juicer if it starts overheating.
Low noise – under 60 dB when processing
Equipped with brushes for easy cleaning and maintenance
Safety-lock arm to avoid spillage
Overload protection system
Non-slip rubber feet
One of the cheapest options available!
Some customers had issues with chunks being left over in the juice.
This Azeus juicer has a patented extraction system for a higher juice yield and is super strong thanks to its titanium-reinforced blade which effortlessly blends both hard and soft fruits and vegetables.
The german-made 2-Layer micro mesh filter basket is made out of super-strong stainless steel, designed for optimum juice and nutrient extraction – the 0.5 mm fine filter holes ensure not one bit of goodness goes a-miss, so you get a drier pulp and 70% absorption rate.
4 non-slip suction cup feet keep your AZEUS juicer in place on your countertop, while the locking bar safety feature and anti-drip spout ensure clean, safe juicing. Detachable parts mean this juicer is easily cleaned with some parts able to be hand-washed or put in a dishwasher. It also comes equipped with specialist cleaning brushes to ensure you get a thorough clean and can get to those hard-to-reach spots.
Titanium blade and stainless steel mesh filter for durability
Dual speed – 1″ low speed runs from 12000 to 15000 RPM; “2” fast speed runs from 15000 to 18000RPM for harder fruits.
Non-slip suction cup feet
Equipped with cleaning brushes
Anti-drip spout and locking bar
Some customers had issues with the quality of the product.
We liked this juicer from Black+Decker not only for its affordability but for how compact it is, thanks to the vertically-oriented design and 28 oz integrated pulp container, which saves space on the countertop, making it perfect for apartments or kitchens with less surface space.
The 400-watt motor separates fresh juice from the pulp, which is collected in a separate container. The parts are also dishwasher safe for added convenience. This sharp, stainless steel blade will easily cut through harder produce like broccoli trunks, sweet potatoes, and ginger too.
This has a large, easy on/off switch making it ideal for those who prefer a simpler design with minimal options. The fruit and vegetable pusher guides fresh produce towards the cutters for maximum juice extraction.
Compact design with integrated parts for maximum space-saving
Easily cuts through harder vegetables like broccoli trunks
As well as a range of brands, there’s also a plethora of types of juicers available on the market. We’ve broken down the main types for you:
Centrifugal Juicers – when the fruit enters through a chute. These juicers are easy to assemble, process the produce quickly and are usually the most affordable (many under $100)
Slow juicers – either vertical or horizontal masticating. These usually produce a higher quality extraction and can process a wider range of produce.
Twin gear – separates produce into two parts – a liquid juice part and a dry pulp part. These usually have 10+ year warranties and are of a high quality so generally cost more.
A high-quality juice will be able to process a wide variety of produce ranging from the softest, easiest, high water content produce, to the hardest and most difficult to process.
It’s important to take note of how much juice you can produce in each yield. We’ve broken it down into three sections so that you can analyze the efficiency of a juicer:
The amount of juice extracted: Masticating or triturating juicers are thought to be better at extracting the juice, though centrifugal juice machines can produce a pretty dry pulp (so more juice) too. We suggest using the variable speed function and not applying any pressure to the fruit or vegetable as it passes down the initial chute.
External pulp ejection: Unless you only ever plan to juice one serving at a time, you’ll want something that can produce juice that will last you a few days, or that will feed your whole family. Masticating or triturating juicers continually expel the pulp, so this isn’t an issue as you can keep juicing to your heart’s content without worrying about running out of space. However, some centrifugal juice machines don’t have a continual expulsion feature so you have to stop the machine to clean out the jug and then replace it again.
The yield of juice and dryness of pulp: Pay attention to the manufacturer’s specification of how much juice can be yielded each time you use the juicer. Don’t forget: wet pulp is an indication that the machine is not effective in extracting a high yield of juice.
Size of the feed tube: Masticating or triturating and some brands of centrifugal juicers have a very small feed chute, which is less convenient and more time-consuming as you have to cut the fruit or vegetables into small pieces and leaves must be fed one by one. Look for a chute that is at least 3” so that you can fit wider produce such as apples into it without cutting.
There’s no use having a juicer that can process produce in a matter of seconds if it takes fifteen minutes to clean! If you’re constantly rushing around and low on time, look for a juicer that is easy to assemble and disassemble and has minimal parts – and preferably one that comes with cleaning brushes. It’s also useful to batch-produce juices so that you won’t have to juice every day, and therefore won’t have to clean it every day either! Look for a machine with a large capacity if this is something you’d like to do, just bear in mind that you’ll need a pretty large amount of produce each time you juice.
Masticating and triturating juicers have only one speed, which supposedly offers greater health benefits, as the slower, the basket spins, the more juice you can extract. Some centrifugal juicer models come with variable speeds, which slow the blades of the spinning basket down for soft fruit and allow you to gradually increase the speed as you juice harder fruits and vegetables.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is juicing beneficial for your health?
Yes, generally juicing is considered to be good for you. Fruit juice has been linked to claims of weight loss, the ability to ‘detox’ your system, and even reduce your risk of cancer. Juicers are a good way of integrating more fruit and vegetables into your diet, especially if you struggle to eat these day-to-day. Supporters of juicers claim that juicing can improve nutrient absorption, though critics say it strips away the produce’s important nutrients like fiber.