How to Choose a Juicer

As the Juice Lady, and best-selling author of many books on juicing, people often ask me what juicer I recommend.  How do they choose among all the models on the market?  Having tried almost every juicer made, I have my favorites.  But I always interview people to find out about their needs.

Here are some of the questions I ask:  What do you want in a juicer?  What is your lifestyle–are you busy or do you have more time to spend juicing?  Is juicing a casual thing or part of your daily routine?  Do you want to be able to juice wheatgrass?

Based on your answers, here are my recommendations:

  • If you want a masticating type of juicer that cold presses the juice and one that will juice wheatgrass, the best model I’ve found is the Omega 8007 and 8o08 Juicer, below;
  • If you are looking for a juicer under $100, my top pic is the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor 67601 below.

If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to email me.

Centrifugal Juicers

Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor 67601

 

Hamilton Beach Big Mouthby Hamilton Beac

  • Juice extractor machine
  • Fits whole foods for fast, easy juicing
  • Powerful 800W motor
  • Recipes included
  • Stainless steel strainer basket with cleaning brush for easy pulp removal

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Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite

Breville 800 JEXL

1000-Watt Juice Extractor

Breville Juice Fountain Elite. Commercial performance. Home kitchen convenience. 1000 watts power up to 13,000 RPM for up to 30% more juice than traditional juicers. Over 40,000 filtering pores ensure smooth and delicious refreshment.

Easy-to-clean components allow you more time for enjoyment. The extra-large 3″-wide (7.6 cm) feed-tube maximizes efficiency and cuts down your prep time.

  • 1000-watt juicer with 2 speed controls, high (13,000 RPM) and low (6,500 RPM)
  • Die-cast steel housing; stainless-steel micromesh filter; titanium-plated cutting disk
  • Circular 3-inch feed tube accommodates whole fruits and vegetables
  • Pulp container, juicing pitcher, and manual/recipe book included; dishwasher-safe parts
  • Locking arm bolts move up to 1/4 in all directions to ensure a snug fit in the locking arm

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Omega OMG500S Mega Mouth Centruifugal Juicer, Silver

Designed with an extra-large feed chute, our Mega Mouth juicer accommodates larger portions and whole fruits! Spend less time cutting or preparing your produce for juicing. Simply flip the power switch and watch the Mega Mouth extract juice from whole fruits and vegetables. The Mega Mouth juicers use centrifugal force and continuous, pulp ejection for fast and efficient juicing.

  • Extra Large “Mega Mouth” Feed Chute
  • 1/2 HP Commercial Motor
  • Dual Speed: High (11,000 RPM)/Low (9,000 RPM)
  • Automatic Pulp Ejection with Pulp Catch Basket
  • Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Blade and Basket

Masticating Juicers

Cherie’s Top Pick Centrifugal Juicer

Champion Household Juicer 2000 PLUS

G5-NG-853S – BLACK MODEL

  • Heavy Duty Juicer for Fruits and Vegetables
  • Includes – Instruction Manual, Juicing Screen, Sieve, Blank Screen, & Tamper
  • Powered by a full 1/3 horsepower, heavy-duty General Electric motor
  • Large 1.75″ Diameter Feed Tube, 1725 RPMs, 540 Watt Motor, 110V 50HZ
  • 10 Year Limited Manufacturers Warranty (1 Year on cutter blade and screens)
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Champion 2000 Household Juicer G5-NG853S, White

  • Heavy Duty Juicer for Fruits and Vegetables
  • Includes – Instruction Manual, Juicing Screen, Sieve, Blank Screen, & Tamper
  • Powered by a full 1/3 horsepower, heavy-duty General Electric motor
  • Large 1.75″ Diameter Feed Tube, 1725 RPMs, 540 Watt Motor, 110V 50HZ
  • 10 Year Limited Manufacturers Warranty (1 Year on cutter blade and screens)
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Champion Household Juicer 4000 Masticating Juicer, Red

  • Powered by a full 1/3 horsepower, heavy-duty General Electric motor
  • Large 2.25″ Diameter Feed Tube, 1725 RPMs, 540 Watt Motor, 110V 60Hz
  • Heavy Duty Juicer for Fruits, Vegetables and Leafy Greens
  • Includes two separate augers (grinding auger and greens auger)
  • 5 Year Limited Manufacturers Warranty (1 Year on cutter blade and screens)
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Omega NC900HDC Nutrition System

Omega’s Nutrition Systems are “masticating-style” juice extractors and more! A masticating juicer juices at low speeds of 80 RPM minimizing heat build-up and oxidation. The auger system forces produce into a tight chamber, grinding and pressing the food to squeeze out the juice from items as fine as wheatgrass and leafy vegetables. With a Nutrition Center you can also make all-natural nut butters, baby food, soy milk, almond milk, extrude pasta, grind spices, mince herbs and garlic, and more! NC800/900 compared to the 8006: The size of the feed chute is larger so you spend less time prepping before juicing. The adjustable end cap with 5-settings increases juice extraction efficiency. Use setting 1 for citrus fruits and setting 5 for tougher items like wheatgrass.

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Omega NC800HDS Nutrition System

Omega’s Nutrition Systems are “masticating-style” juice extractors and more! A masticating juicer juices at low speeds of 80 RPM minimizing heat build-up and oxidation. The auger system forces produce into a tight chamber, grinding and pressing the food to squeeze out the juice from items as fine as wheatgrass and leafy vegetables. With a Nutrition System you can also make all-natural nut butters, baby food, soy milk, almond milk and a variety of healthy snacks. NC800/900 compared to the 8006: The size of the feed chute is larger so you spend less time prepping before juicing. The adjustable end cap with 5-settings increases juice extraction efficiency. Use setting 1 for citrus fruits and setting 5 for tougher items like wheatgrass.

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Omega Vertical Juicing System Silver VSJ-8430QS 

Make fruit juice, vegetable juice, superfood green juice, nut milks, frozen fruit sorbets and smoothies with the *NEW* Omega Vert, Model VSJ843QS Juicer, low speed 43 RPM squeezing juicer system. The new motor rotates at 43 revolutions per minute (RPM), the machines efficiency approximately 50% the speed of the original vertical masticating (low speed) juicers.

The tighter fit tolerance of the new dual-edge auger strains more juice and breaks down fiber to a palatable level for a smoother, nutrient-dense juice. This gentle squeezing action keeps healthy enzymes intact; reduces heat build-up, delays the oxidation process, and increasing the juice’s shelf life. Squeeze juice from fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, even wheatgrass. Make nut milks. Automatic pulp ejection, so you can juice continuously.

The AUTO-CLEANING system keeps the scythe efficiency of the machine. After you are finished juicing, the AUTO-CLEANING system minimizes the clean-up process.

The vertical design is compact, contemporary and productive. With the Omega VSJ843QS, form and function combine to give you the highest degree of extraction and the healthiest possible juice. The VSJ843QS, Juicer is the newest, lowest speed vertical masticating juicer in Omega’s offering.

  • The *NEW* Omega Vert, Model VSJ843QS Juicer, low speed 43RPM squeezing juicer system.
  • The new motor rotates at 43 revolutions per minute (RPM), approximately 50% the speed of the original vertical masticating (low speed) juicers.
  • The tighter fit tolerance of the new dual-edge auger strains more juice and breaks down fiber to a palatable level for a smoother, nutrient-dense juice.
  • This gentle squeezing action keeps healthy enzymes intact; reduces heat build-up, delays the oxidation process, and increasing the juice’s shelf life.
  • Squeeze juice from fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, even wheatgrass. Make nut milks.
  • Omega VERT Slow Juicer VSJ843QS, Square Version, Silver

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Omega Vertical Juicing System Silver VSJ843RS

The *NEW* Omega Vert, Model VSJ843RS Juicer, low speed 43RPM squeezing juicer system. The new motor rotates at 43 revolutions per minute (RPM), approximately 50% the speed of the original vertical masticating (low speed) juicers. The tighter fit tolerance of the new dual-edge auger strains more juice and breaks down fiber to a palatable level for a smoother, nutrient-dense juice. This gentle squeezing action keeps healthy enzymes intact; reduces heat build-up, delays the oxidation process, and increasing the juice’s shelf life. Squeeze juice from fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, even wheatgrass. Make nut milks. Automatic pulp ejection, so you can juice continuously. The AUTO-CLEANING system keeps the screen clear, increasing the machines efficiency. After you are finished juicing, the AUTO-CLEANING system minimizes the clean-up process. The vertical design is compact, contemporary and productive. With the Omega VSJ843RS, form and function combine to give you the highest degree of extraction and the healthiest possible juice. The VSJ843RS, Juicer is the newest, lowest speed vertical masticating juicer in Omega’s offering.

  • The tighter fit tolerance of the new dual-edge auger strains more juice and breaks down fiber to a palatable level for a smoother, nutrient-dense juice. This gentle squeezing action keeps healthy enzymes intact, reduces heat build-up, delays the oxidation process, and increasing the juice’s shelf life. Squeeze juice from fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, even wheatgrass or make nut milks. Automatic pulp ejection, so you can juice continuously.
  • The AUTO-CLEANING system keeps the screen clear, increasing the machines efficiency. After you are finished juicing, the AUTO-CLEANING system minimizes the clean-up process.
  • The vertical design is compact, contemporary and productive. With the Omega VSJ843RS, form and function combine to give you the highest degree of extraction and the healthiest possible juice.
  • The VSJ843RS, Juicer is the newest, lowest speed vertical masticating juicer in Omega’s offering.
Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer B6000S and B6000W – Founded as the world’s first wide mouth slow juicer, Kuvings’ patented, large 3″ feeding tube can easily accommodate whole produce items, reducing prep and processing time up to 40%. This breakthrough juicer can produce a glass of fresh juice in seconds and eliminates the drawbacks of high-speed and slow juicers that harm and destroynutrients.

Blenders

Creating a Healthy Kitchen with the Vita-Mix

The products I recommend in addition to a juicer include the Vita-Mix and the Excalibur Dehydrator.

The Vita-Mix™ is my Top Pick in High-Powered Blenders.  Many people ask me if they can make my juice recipes in the Vita-Mix™.  You can.  But when using the hard veggies, you will have a mushy concoction that you may not find palatable.  I use my Vita-Mix™ nearly everyday to make green smoothies, but I first make juice and then pour it in my Vita-Mix™ and add avocado, softer greens, and supplements. This is my breakfast.  You can also use the Vita-Mix™ to make soups, purees, and grind nuts.

People ask me all the time if they can use the Vita-Mix™ to make my juice recipes.  It won’t work for that.  It won’t make juice.  It will make smoothies, but not juice.  When you use soft fruit and veggies, this works okay.  But when you add in high-fiber veggies such as carrots, beets, broccoli stems, asparagus stems, kohlrabi, and some of the heartier greens, you can end up with a mushy concoction that most people do not find very tasty.  One lady emailed me to say she had spent an hour straining it through cheesecloth and was more than frustrated.  You need a juicer to make juice.

I highly recommend the Vita-Mix™ for green smoothies.  I have 100 recipes in my  book The Juice Lady’s Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies.  The Vita-Mix™ is fantastic to make those recipes.  Choose the Vita-Mix™ as part of your healthy kitchen appliances.

Vita-Mix 1300 TurboBlend 4500

  • Heavy-duty, 2+ peak horsepower motor with 2-speed control
  • Virtually unbreakable, 64-ounce, polycarbonate container
  • All stainless steel enclosed blade assembly with sealed ball bearings
  • Metal-to-metal driver, thermally protected motor for optimum performance
  • Measures 20-1/2 by 7-1/4 by 8-3/4 inches;
  • 5-year warranty

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Vita-Mix CIA Professional Seriesvitamix pro

So good, it’s endorsed by the best. Vitamix has joined with the Culinary Institute of America to design the CIA Professional Series, the only blender trusted by the CIA to train the next generation of professional chefs. With a powerful motor and Variable Speed Control, this machine has the ability to process the variety of textures and ingredients that master chefs require.

  • Create smoothies, hot soups, and frozen desserts in a single machine
  • 64-ounce container is perfect for family meals and entertaining
  • Two cookbooks, including Recipes From the CIA Master Chefs
Product Features

Your machine is designed and built for outstanding performance and unsurpassed durability. When purchasing a Vitamix blender, you’ll enjoy:

  • Commercial-grade, powerful, 2-peak horsepower motor that propels blades up to 240 mph to blend the toughest ingredients
  • Easy-to-use equipment paired with extreme versatility
  • The ability to chop, cream, blend, heat, grind, churn and more, with a single machine
  • Quick and easy self-cleaning with a drop of dish soap and warm water; just run on High for 30 seconds
  • 7-year full warranty
  • Ongoing recipe ideas and community support
In the Box
  • Create Recipes contains over 300 restaurant-quality recipes, including a section contributed by professional chefs.
  • Recipes from the CIA Master Chefs is a collection developed in the 41 teaching kitchens and bakeshops at the Culinary Institute of America.
  • The Getting Started DVD, featuring Chef Michael Symon, walks you step-by-step through the techniques and recipes featured in the Getting Started guide.
  • The Tamper is included to help you process thick mixtures like peanut butter and frozen desserts. It fits securely into the 64-ounce container with a special collar designed to prevent it from hitting the blades.

Product Specifications

Unit Dimensions
  • 20.5 in tall (with container in place)
  • 8.75 in deep
  • 7.25 in wide
  • 10 lb 9-ounce
  • cord length: 6 ft
Vitamix Blender Base
  • 2-peak HP motor
  • 120 volt, 60 Hz 11.5 amps (North America)
  • Radial cooling fan and thermal protection system
Vitamix 64-ounce Container
  • Height: 13.4 in
  • 64-ounce rated capacity
  • BPA-free Eastman Tritan copolyester
  • Blades: Laser-cut, stainless-steel hammermill and cutting blades measuring 3-in diameter to ensure a consistent blend every time
  • Spill-proof vented lid with plug for safely adding ingredients while machine is running
  • Soft-grip, ergonomically-designed handle
  • Tamper with collar to prevent tool from hitting the blades

PRICE: $498.95

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