A good centrifugal juicer is the best gadget for a juicing beginner: it’s fast, efficient, powerful, and easier on the budget than other kinds of juicer. (Check here to see options for professional juicers)
But within the category of centrifugal juicers alone, different brands and models are good for different purposes. For example, some juicers can be excellent at juicing hard fruits and roots but can’t handle a kale, and vice versa.
In this buying guide, you will find detailed information about the top 5 centrifugal juicers on the market, what they are best for, and also what they’re not so good at. Keep in mind your budget and the main materials you’re going to juice, and it should be super easy to pick the right one for you based on this review.
|Hamilton Beach Big Mouth||Best affordable juicer|
|Breville BJE200XL||Best centrifugal juicer for hard fruits|
|Kuvings NJ-9700U||Best for energy efficiency|
|Breville JE98XL||Best duo-speed centrifugal juicer|
|Breville BJE820XL||Best Breville centrifugal juicer for leafy greens|
The Hamilton Beach is the best budget centrifugal juicer for those who are beginning to make a turn toward a healthy diet.
I’ll start with the things I like about this $52 juicer.
The machine, named “Big Mouth”, comes with a rather big feeding chute, 3”. It’s not particularly huge, but definitely large enough to fit an average gala apple. This means you will save a lot of time on chopping and cutting the fruits and vegetables before juicing. A glass of apple juice can literally take you only 10 seconds, if you just throw in the apples and do the juicing.
But even more complicated juices would take at most a minute or two, unless you’re feeding a big group of people. That’s the good thing about fast juicers like this one: you don’t have to stand there and wait the long minutes for a drink. In addition, this juicer is very friendly to both soft and hard fruits and veggies, which helps. It has a reputation to work as well on carrots as it does on kale.
The cleaning is super simple and fast too. Disassemble the juicer, use the included brush to clean the mesh, and wash all the parts with soap and water. Next, leave them there to dry out, and that’s it. Everything shouldn’t take more than 3 minutes. You can even save more time by placing a plastic bag inside the pulp container before you start juicing, and remove it once you’re finished. That’s one less thing to wash!
Now to the parts that make the machine less appealing.
First, it doesn’t have a juice container. It’s ok to use your own container or glass, but you need to find one with appropriate height, or else the juice will splash out and create a mess.
As typical of fast juicers, there can be some foam on the surface of the juice at times. It’s not much, nor is it unhealthy. However, it makes the juice look less “clean”. Thus, you have to be extra clever when pouring the juice into the serving glass, so that the foam will be left in the original container.
Another thing is that while the juicer is strong (800 watt), it is does not always feel sturdy while at work. It’s like an excited kid: loud and sometimes won’t stay where it is placed. No it won’t run off your countertop, but it shakes and sometimes you will feel the need to hold the thing won’t run away.
You won’t get a more powerful centrifugal juicer than this Breville baby.
The juicer comes well-built, solid, and sturdy. Yet it is extremely easy to assemble and disassemble – you won’t even have to refer to the user manual. It’s medium-sized, fitting nicely on your countertop to remind you of your healthy diet plan every day. When not in use, you can easily wrap the cord under its base. It’s extremely compact.
At 14000 round per minute for the speed, it is easily one of the fastest juicers on the market. The result? High yield, shortened juicing time, and dry pulp.
The machine juices almost everything. Carrots, apples, celery, ginger, all the harder fruits and veggies that go through it turns out to be a fresh thick juice. If your drinks contain mainly those things, this is the perfect companion for you.
The fella has no problem with softer fruits either. It makes a lot of juice out of grapes, strawberries, lemons and oranges. Just remember to peel them beforehand. Since the machine has only one speed, you will need to be a little clever when juicing these. Feed it slowly and let the machine does it work for the highest result.
While not as effective at leafy greens as masticating juicers, it works better than most other centrifugal ones. The yield is surprisingly high when juicing thicker, more watery leaves.
If you’re juicing spinach or something of that nature, expect to see some thin leaf shooting off in whole into the catcher. A tip to prevent this is to stack them into packs that fit into the feeding chute and juice them slowly. It is best to wrap the soft leaves in a harder and thicker leaf, like a kale. That minimizes the chance of individual leaves ending up unshredded in the pulp container.
Cleaning up is super easy with this Breville baby. Just like with most other centrifugal juicers, the only part that you need to pay extra attention to is the mesh. Brush it immediately after use to prevent stain and clog, or the blades and the mesh will get dull after the first year.
As for the other parts, wash them with soap, rinse well and leave them to dry out by themselves. Wash for a little longer if it’s carrots you’ve been juicing, or you’ll see the machine taking up an orange tint after a couple months.
A very much appreciated feature of this machine is the juice container that comes with it. The thing has a smart lid so that the juice can flow into it without splashing all over your countertop. It also has a built-in froth separator that keeps all the foam as you pour the juice into your glass. Small things, but it makes the whole juicing process a lot easier and tidier!
When it comes to juicers, Kuvings should be among the first brands that come to your mind. The Korean company produces the most powerful but energy efficient centrifugal juicers on the market.
The Kuvings NJ-9700U comes in 3 different shells, the most beautiful and apparently most costly is the one with a chrome finish. It could easily become the spotlight in your kitchen with the shiny shell and contemporary design. With a compact body that weighs only 9 lbs, the baby sits proudly on your countertop without taking up significant space.
Like other quality centrifugal juicers, the Kuvings operates at a high speed: 11000 round per minutes. At this speed, its stainless steel blades and mesh screen can easily process the hardest fruits and veggies with no difficulty.
With a large feeding chute (3”), you can throw a whole apple or carrot into it without things getting stuck (unlike the case with slow juicers!). That translates to time efficiency – you won’t have to spend time chopping and peeling everything. Just remember to remove the seeds if you’re juicing a peach or cherries – you won’t want the blades to get in contact with them.
The machine doesn’t discriminate against softer fruits and leafy greens. It actually has a lower speed mode, at 9500 rpm for materials that don’t come with tough fibers. The pulp is not as dry as sand, but nevertheless more than good for a fast juicer.
With its power, you will be surprised how little energy the juicer needs to operate: 300 watt. That’s not even a half of what other juicers of its type would take to work at the same speed and efficiency.
The one thing I find quite disappointing about this machine is that it doesn’t come with a juice collector. Fortunately, its juice spout is long, and placed high on its body, allowing your tall glass or carafe to fit in easily. I’ve used juicers with the tube poking out from so low only a small tea cup could fit in, and the juice splashes out everywhere. (We ended up putting the juicer on a thick wooden cutting plate to we can shove the juice glass in!)
Other than that, there’s little to complain about this juicer. The cleaning is easy and fast – it comes with a special brush to help you with the job. Doing everything by hand takes no more than 3 minutes if you clean it immediately after use. Let it dry by itself, and the next time you put everything together for a new juicing session, it’ll stand there as sleek and handsome as the first time it appears on your countertop.
If you’re new to juicing and want to start with mainly fruits and thick vegetables, equip yourself with the Breville JE98XL centrifugal juicer.
Centrifugal juicers are known for their high speed. With a dual speed control (6,500 rpm and 12,000 rpm), this Breville is among the fastest juicers on the market. To withstand the brisk spinning, the machine is made extremely firm and sturdy. The parts, put in together and locked, stay as one solid piece.
To ensure the health and safety of the user, all materials that come in contact with the materials and the outcome are BPA free. The blade disk and the mesh filter basket are both made of stainless steel for safety and durability.
The machine comes with a feeder chute of 3 inches in diameter. While this is not extremely large, it can easily accommodate a big carrot or a medium-sized apple. That means a lot less work (cutting and chopping) to do, especially compared to the slow juicers which require you to pre-cut almost everything.
One concern about centrifugal juicers is that due to the high speed, the machine can get heated up and the heat could then be transferred into the juice, damaging some of the enzymes and nutrients. While that theoretically makes sense, in reality, the heat only increases by 1.8F on this machine, and it is not going to boil the juice up. The juice does have a thin layer of foam, which can be filtered using the lid of the juice pitcher. As you pour it into your glass, there will be hardly any foam at all.
The cool thing about the juicer: it has an LED to indicate if the machine is heating up too much. If it senses the motor is overloaded, everything will be shut down immediately.
This juicer is not a pain to clean. Most parts can be washed with your dishwasher. The package includes a brush for you to clean the mesh, the nutri disc, and the food pusher. It should not take you more than 4 minute to clean one by hand.
Now to the parts I did not find convincing enough to buy the product.
First, it is a little louder than I’d like. While this is typical of centrifugal juicers, it is something you should seriously put into consideration before buying one.
Second, the yield tends to reduce over time. In the first few months, the machine works very well and the pulp comes out fine and dry. Then gradually, there are chunks of fruits and veggies in the pulp container, which means a part of the material is wasted. Leafy greens become very hard to be juiced with this machine.
As the chunks go off the mesh, they fly in quite impressive a speed and I would worry about the machine getting broken. Of course that never happens, but it nevertheless feels unsafe.
Overall, compared to other centrifugal juicers, this is by far the best one we’ve ever used. It has its drawbacks, but is still a very good machine for the price.
The Breville BJE820XL is the king of centrifugal juicers. If you’re looking for some heavy duty fast juicer that work as well on soft and leafy greens as it does on firm fruits and veggies, this one should be at the top of your choices. That is, if you have $300 in your budget.
The machine features a heavy (14.6 lbs or 6.6kg) body made out of die cast metal. It’s completely solid and reliable – definitely not the kind that will shake and shout on operation. This machine is built to last serious work.
But that’s not all about the juicer yet. What makes it such a desirable item is its amazing ability to juice a wide range of fruits and veggies, from the softest to the firmest.
The secret? Apart from a disc for hard materials, it has an extra “Puree disc” that works to yield the most out of softer fruits and leafs. Insert the Puree disc, pick Speed 1, and feed your grapes, berries, or kiwis. The juicer would make a smoothie out of banana, which even a masticating juicer can’t process!
For firmer materials, use the Nutri disc and increase the speed. The machine offers 5 different speed options so you can make the most out of anything you feed it with. You don’t have to pre-cut everything – its 3 inches wide feeding chute has no problem handling a big kiwi or a moderate apple.
The package includes a juice jug with a built in froth separator. It’s made of plastic, which is a disappointment, but rest assured that at least it is BPA free. The jug is 34 fluid ounce in volume. That’s 5 cups of juice, enough for a whole family.
However, it’s not the best idea to make a full jug at one go, especially if you’re juicing harder fruits and veggies. At the highest speed, the machine can get hot after a minute. Don’t be paranoid about it yet, though, the juicer has an overload protection and automatically shuts down when it’s too hot – a feature that you won’t find in juicers of lower ranks.
Cleaning is fast and easy. If you do it right after use, it should take no more than 3 minutes. Pay special attention to the discs and the mesh – brush them carefully or they will get clog over time.