Make your own juice with one of our recommended models.
Make fresh juice at home with an electric juicer.
With a juicer you can enjoy your favourite combo of fruits and vegetables. We test centrifugal and cold-press juicers to see how much fruit they extract.
Centrifugal or fast juicers have a rotating blade that cuts up fruit or vegetables at very high speeds and forces the cut pieces through a strainer to separate the juice from the pulp.
Can be noisy. Most of us perceive sound louder than 80 decibels (about as loud as a noisy cafeteria) as uncomfortable.
Can be bulky so difficult to clean in a sink.
Cold-press, slow or masticating juicers crush the fruit or vegetables using a slow-turning gear (auger) and then filter the juice through a screen. There are various styles: they can be single-gear, twin-gear, horizontal or vertical.
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While there are differences in the amount of each mineral or vitamin extracted from each juicer, there’s no one juicer or type of juicer that consistently delivers more nutrients. In addition, the variations are relatively insignificant when you look at your total diet.
Vitamin C starts breaking down immediately, so drink your juice quickly to get the highest levels. The other measured nutrients are fairly stable so will remain in similar quantities for a few days.
We also tested the amount of nutrients extracted from the Nutribullet. It claims to turn ordinary food into “superfood”. Compared with a glass of juice from a juicer, the Nutribullet’s juices had relatively low amounts of vitamin C and average amounts of calcium, magnesium and iron from green leafy juice. However, the Nutribullet extracted the most calcium from oranges.
You’ll also get more fibre using the Nutribullet compared with a juicer. Surprised? You need to add water (or another liquid) to blend in the Nutribullet so the concentration of vitamins and minerals are diluted — you don’t use as much produce as a juicer to get the same volume of drink.
Always use the safety plunger supplied – not your fingers – to push fruit and vegetable pieces down the chute.
Small hands (such as children's) can fit down the chute and reach the rotating blade. Make sure the juicer is unplugged and well out of reach of children if you're leaving it out on your kitchen bench.
Take care with spilled juice. Don't let spills accumulate under a juice extractor, where they could get sucked up through ventilation holes into the motor. The juicer could become live and give you an electric shock if you touch it. Switch off the motor and unplug the cord before you clean up any spills.
Wash up straight after juicing so the leftover pulp doesn't harden and get stuck in the sieve or filter.
Cleaning the sieve under running water with a hard bristle brush is the best way to remove fruit and vege fibres – some juicers come with a special brush to do the job.
Juicers with lots of cracks and crevices are the most difficult to clean.