Juicer: Buyers' Guide
Shop-bought juice never quite hits the spot like the freshly squeezed stuff, does it? Plus, the health benefits of freshly juiced drinks far outweigh those of the cartoned variety and it’s cheaper – what’s not to love?
Unfortunately not all juicers can work with all types of food so you may need to narrow down your options if you’re looking to invest in a juicer. Don’t worry though; we’ve done all the legwork for you to bring you everything you need to know about getting the best juicer for your money. What’s more, we’ve compiled a list of the best offers on juicers in the UK so you can make your budget stretch just that little further with the best prices you can find online.
And remember, when life gives you lemons, make some juice!
Type of juicer
A juice extractor has a spinning blade that cuts fruit quickly, into tiny pieces, and then separates the pulp from the juice, which is then strained and delivered into a cup ready for the breakfast table. Extractors can be fiddly and annoying to clean, especially if they have multiple compartments, and anything put in the extractor should be cleaned and/or peeled before juicing.
With a citrus press (or citrus juicer) you press halves of fruit firmly onto a motorized reamer that then extracts the juice from apples, oranges etc. Compared to extractors, a citrus juicer is often much easier to clean, with fewer parts and compartments and less nooks and crannies for pulp to collect in. They’re also relatively low power as they sidestep having to chop the fruit. If you’re simply looking for a glass of fresh juice at breakfast, this is probably the best juicer for you.
Juicer features to consider
Clear juice container
A clear compartment for the juice to be collected in allows for you to see the level of your juice. A compartment with measurements is even better as you can accurately see how much juice you’ve made.
If your selected model has a long cord be sure to check that it has somewhere to fold away or store the cable out of the way when you’re not using the juicer.
Check the durability of juicers (this may be a good starting point for looking at juicer reviews) before you buy. Does the plastic look sturdy? Will it wash well in your dishwasher? Do all the compartments look strong? Does anything look like it could fall off or break easily?
A dust cover helps protect the juicer and chute from dust and dirt.
This is important if you’re likely to be using food that’s quite big, such as apples, or any fruits that are an awkward shape. This will save you time chopping and dicing fruit and means you can just throw it in and go! Of course, if you’re only likely to be using small fruits then this won’t be a problem for you.
A juicer with pulp regulator means you can choose how much pulp you’d like in your juice, meaning no more smooth vs. pulp-related arguments!
For quick and effective juicing opt for a juicer with at least a 450-500 watt motor. A juicer that slows down once food is put in is not powerful enough.
Obviously, the faster a juicer operates the quicker you’ll get your glass of fresh juice, but speed also affects the kind of foodstuff that can be processed; for example an adjustable speed will allow you to juice both soft and hard foods at an appropriate speed. Just bear in mind that a faster juicer may be louder.
Because of the power of the motor in a juicer they can often be very loud which could be a problem if you have an open plan kitchen. The loudest juicers are around 100db so the lower you can find the less noise there’ll be. Take a look at others’ juicer reviews for an idea of how loud different models are.
Ease of cleaning
Ease of cleaning is an important factor when it comes to choosing the best juicer for your needs. If the idea of scrubbing away for hours trying to clean all the nooks and crannies is not your idea of fun be sure to check out how easy your selected juicer would be to clean with things like ease of disassembling. The more complex, or the more compartments there are, the more difficult it’s likely to be when it comes to cleaning. Look for a juicer that comes apart easily or, even better, look for ones that are dishwasher safe and leave all the hard work for your dishwasher!
We’ve given you the 411 on everything you need to know about juicers, so now you’re in the perfect position to find the best juicer to fit your needs. Before you buy, consider the factors we’ve highlighted, as well as your budget and available space and the features that are important to you. Next, head over to our shopping pages where you can search for the best deals and offers on cheap juicers in the UK and begin to look through some juicer reviews to make an informed buying decision.
Once you’ve found an offer that you like the look of, click on the deal and you’ll be transferred to the site of your selected independent retailer where all that’s left to do is click, buy and wait for your new juicer to arrive.