Choosing a juicer can be confusing. With so many different types, designs, brands, prices… it’s hard to know where to start. Our best juicers 2014 guide will take the stress and the guesswork out of finding the right juicer for you.
The only two things you need to ask yourself are:
- What do you think you’ll juice more of – hard fruits and veg, or leafy greens?
- How much space do you have in your kitchen?
Whenever I’ve bought a juicer, I’ve always considered the following things to be essential. These are the same standards I’ve used to judge our best juicers 2014 list:
- It must be fast to juice, easy to use, and quick to clean.
- The price must be right, it must be good at extracting juice, and it must be reliable.
- It must look good in my kitchen, and not be excessively noisy.
- Best Cheap Juicer
- Best Compact Cheap Juicer
- Best Juicer for Leafy Greens
- Best Compact Juicer for Leafy Greens
- Best High-Yield Juicer for Leafy Greens
- Best Juicer for Hard Fruits and Vegetables
- The ‘Rolls Royce’ of Juicers for Hard Fruits and Vegetables
- The ‘Rolls Royce’ of Juicers for Leafy Greens
Starting our best juicers 2014 list is:
Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer
Cheap / Good Performance
The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer is a surprisingly good performer for its low price tag, and is the best budget juicer of the best juicers 2014.
Fast and powerful: Its 800w motor makes light work of anything you throw in – even hard vegetables like carrots, celery and apples go through at a decent speed. Its ‘Big Mouth’ 3″ chute is wide enough to fit most things without cutting, saving you time there too. The yield is good for something of this price.
Easy to clean: It’s easy to dismantle, and breaks down into only a few parts to wash – altogether it takes me a 3-4 minutes to clean thoroughly. If you really hate cleaning, the plastic parts are dishwasher safe. Comes with a special brush for the blade and basket.
Well liked: It isn’t just me that liked this budget juicer. It has over 1,700 reviews (Pro version) on Amazon, with an average of 4 stars out of 5.
Cheap: The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth can be bought at a discount here.
Comes with a 1 year warranty.
Tip: It’s also available in different styles to suit your home and personality:
- Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer in white (very stylish)
- Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro (with a matte black finish, die-cast metal locking clips and a commercial grade on/off switch)
- Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Stainless Steel (with a stainless steel body)
Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain
Save Space / Quality / Reliable / Quick to Clean
Similar to the Big Mouth Juicer, the Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain is also fast and powerful, and quick and easy to clean (the plastic parts are dishwasher safe too).
Its size (plus a few other features) make it the best space saving budget choice of the best juicers 2014:
Space Saving: It has no pulp bin, giving it a smaller ‘footprint’ than the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer. If you have a smaller kitchen, the Breville Compact Juicer should be your #1 choice.
Quicker to Clean: With no external pulp bin, it’s one less thing to clean. The pulp is collected in the housing, which you’re washing anyway.
Brand Benefits: With the Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain, you get the benefit of Breville’s experience – in performance, design (both internal and external), and reliability.
Very well liked: It has over 3,800 reviews on Amazon, averaging 4.5 stars out of 5.
Comes with a 1 year warranty.
If you can afford to stretch your budget to buy this juicer, do it. Owners have not regretted their choice. But if money is your main concern, get the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer.
- You can save money on the Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain here.
Save Money on Greens / Quiet / Quick to Clean / Lasts 15 Years / Makes Nut Butters & Sorbets
The Omega 8006 boasts great performance at a great price. A superb all rounder, and the top choice for leafy greens and kale in this best juicers 2014 list.
This is a masticating-type juicer – it uses a slow and powerful ‘auger’ (screw) to squeeze every last drop out of produce. This produces twice as much juice from your leafy greens – saving you money everyday on expensive leafs like kale.
(Don’t worry – masticating juicers are also good for ‘hard’ fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, and celery too).
Quiet: There’s no fast spinning motor or blade here, so it’s quiet and suitable for any time of day or night.
Quick to Clean: It also has only a few parts to wash since produce travels down the chute and along the auger. It will take you less than 2 minutes to clean, which means you’re likely to use it more.
Versatile: It’s not only healthy juices you can make – it also instantly makes healthy fruit sorbets (a great ice-cream alternative), and healthy nut butters, by using the supplied homogenizing attachment.
It can also be used to grind coffee, crush garlic, chop peppers, extrude pasta, and mince herbs and most other foods
Lasts Forever: It comes with an industry leading 15 year warranty, with they kind of quality build and performance you’d expect from a brand like Omega.
- Save money on the Omega 8006 here.
Tip: It’s also available in white (called the 8004) at a much cheaper price here. In both machines, the housing is plastic – the only difference is the color.
(Our complete Omega 8006 review is here)
Note: Omega have brought out new machines since the 8006, notably the Omega NC800.
The NC800 has:
- A wider feed chute, which saves time since vegetables need chopping less, and,
- An adjustable end cap, which lets you control the juice extraction efficiency (use setting 1 for citrus fruits, 5 for kale) and the amount of pulp in your juice.
The adjustable end cap does have a learning curve though – set it wrong, and you’ll find your juice backing up and coming out of the feed chute. You can always choose not to use it by setting it to 0 though.
For this reason, I have chosen the 8006 as still the best juicer for leafy greens of 2014 – you can switch your brain off and use it, and it’s proven itself to be a powerful workhorse.
(Our complete Omega NC800 HDS review is here.)
Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer
Space Saving / Save Money on Kale / Less Effort
The Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer is an upright vertical masticating juicer. It gives you the great performance of the Omega 8006 (getting you twice as much juice from leafy greens) in a more compact package. Its footprint is smaller – taking up 8.2″ x 9″ of your kitchen worktop (vs 14.5″ x 6.5″ of the Omega 8006), making it the best juicer for leafy greens in the space saving best juicers 2014 category.
(Don’t worry – it’s great for hard fruits and vegetables too.)
It has an enormous advantage over every other leafy green juicer – it’s the only leafy green juicer to have a full sized 3″ feed chute, big enough to juice whole fruits and vegetables.
Quicker to Prepare: The full sized feed chute means most things won’t need pre-cutting. This saves you time, since you can throw whole apples, pears, bell peppers etc. into the juicer.
But, it can’t juice everything whole. Produce with long fibres (such as celery) can still wind around the auger and clog it. So produce with long fibers will still need to be pre-cut.
Quick to Clean: Speed was certainly on the minds of the engineers who designed the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer. The ‘juicing bowl’ has no awkward nooks and crannies, which means cleaning is a breeze.
It also comes with a specially designed pulp screen cleaning ‘frame’. Just push the screen into ‘frame’ and spin it to clean the outside of the pulp screen. Then take it out and clean the inside of the screen with the big brush. It saves time and effort.
Altogether clean-up takes 3 minutes.
Semi-Versatile: Like the Omega 8006, the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer also comes with a homogenizing attachment to make seed / nut butters and frozen fruit sorbets.
But, it won’t grind coffee, crush garlic, chop peppers, extrude pasta, or mince herbs, like the 8006 can.
10 Year Warranty: To protect your investment and give you peace of mind.
The Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer is the best juicer for leafy greens of 2014 in terms of saving you counter space.
- The best savings on the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer can be found here.
(Our complete Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer review is here.)
Money Saving Tip: If you’re looking for the best space saving juicer for leafy greens but have a smaller budget, the Omega VRT350 might be a better choice for you.
It has the same great performance as the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer, except the Omega VRT350 has a narrower feed chute, and it’s not as easy to clean.
But, it is around $100 cheaper, and has a long 10 year warranty.
(Our complete Omega VRT350 review is here.)
Green Star Elite GSE-5000
Maximum Yield / Quick Preparation
The Green Star GSE-5000 Elite uses a different mechanism to get even more juice from leafy greens than the masticating juicers above – it uses a twin gear (aka titurating) system instead of a single auger:As produce meets the metal end of the twin gears, it is juiced in three stages – crushing, mixing, then pressing. Single auger masticating juicers (like the ones above), only ‘press’.
These additional stages squeeze the maximum amount of juice from leafy greens, and is great for other fruits and vegetables too.
It also has some other benefits:
Quick Preparation: Produce with long fibers doesn’t need to be precut – they are crushed and cut by the twin gears in the first stage. This means you won’t need to spend so much time pre-cutting produce.
Quick to Clean: It should only take you 3 minutes for a good clean.
Long Warranty: At 12 years, it will give you peace of mind for a long time to come.
The Green Star GSE-5000 Elite is the best juicer for leafy greens if yield is important to you.
- The best savings on the Green Star Elite can be found here.
(Our complete Green Star Elite Juicer review is here.)
Quick to Juice / Quick to Clean / Juice Large Amounts
Does it look familiar? This is the same juicer Joe Cross used to juice his way across America in the life changing documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”. It’s no coincidence – this is a brilliant all-rounder, and best for hard fruits and vegetables in our best juicers 2014 list.
The Breville JE98XL is a centrifugal juicer (the type with the spinning blade) and has a wide 3″ chute to put produce into, whole.
Note: Centrifugal Juicers are still able to juice leafy greens. You just won’t get as much green juice as you would with a Masticating Juicer like the Omegas above.
At a little over 18″ tall, it’s big. And with an 850W, 12,000rpm motor, it’s powerful too.
Juice Large Quantities: This juicer is big, which means you can juice a lot in one go. It’s suitable for juicing for a family, or for making large quantities for freezing if can’t juice daily. It has an auto-shutdown mechanism to protect the motor from overheating if you’re juicing a lot, which ensures it lasts longer.
Quick to Juice: It’s size, power and internal design make it very quick to juice indeed.
Quick and Easy to Clean: The JE98XL is quick and easy to dismantle and clean, taking no more than 2-3 minutes. This means you’ll end up using it more.
Well Liked: It has well over 2,000 reviews on Amazon, averaging 4.5 stars out of 5.
Comes with a 1 year warranty.
If you need large quantities of juice immediately, get the Breville JE98XL.
- Save money on the Breville JE98XL here.
Tip: If you want something more stylish, the Breville BJE510XL is the next step up. It has improvements in both looks and functionality, and the price isn’t too much more (here). With a stainless steel body and a digital display, it looks nicer. It also has variable speeds, which allows you to maximize the yield across a range of produce.
Unbeatable Looks / Unbeatable Performance
The Breville 800JEXL is the top of the range juicer for hard fruits and vegetables, and has the best of everything – a die-cast metal juicer and a 1,000W, 13,000rpm motor. Hands down the Rolls Royce of hard produce juicers in the best juicers 2014 list.
Quicker to Juice, Quick to Clean, Juices Large Quantities: There’s no compromise here. It’s more powerful motor juices swiftly, it’s easy to disassemble and clean and takes only 2 minutes, and is big enough to juice for the family. The 3″ chute means you won’t need to pre-cut produce.
Centrepiece of a Kitchen: Its die-cast metal body and commercial grade switches makes it the focal point of a kitchen.
Well Liked: With over 1,500 reviews on Amazon averaging 4.5 stars out of 5, owners are very happy with it.
Comes with a 1 year warranty.
If you want the best performance from a centrifugal juicer and unbeatable looks, the Breville JE800XL is the right choice.
- You can buy the Breville 800JEXL at a discount here.
Super Angel 5500 Juicer
Unbeatable Looks / Unbeatable Performance
The Super Angel 5500 is the best juicer for leafy greens. Here, there are no compromises – it’s an all stainless steel work of art.
It’s not just easy on the eyes either – it has a twin gear juicing system which delivers the maximum possible yield on leafy greens. Easily the Rolls Royce of juicers for leafy greens in the best juicers 2014 round-up.
As with all masticating juicers, it’s good with hard fruits and vegetables too.
Maximum Amount of Green Juice: Unlike the Omega 8006 with its ‘auger’, the Super Angel 5500 uses a ‘twin gear’ system to wring every last drop out of produce:
As produce travels along the length of these gears, it’s powerfully squeezed and chewed. The ejected pulp is exceptionally dry.
The Focal Point of a Kitchen: Its all stainless steel design is an eye-catching conversation starter. Everything about it screams quality.
Comes with a 10 year warranty.
This is a premium juicer at a premium price. If you want the best possible performance on leafy greens plus a beautiful design, the Super Angel 5500 is the right choice for you.
- The best savings on the Super Angel 5500 can be found here.