✔️ Price: Cold-press or masticating juicers tend to be more expensive than their centrifugal counterparts because their machinery usually has more parts and is a little more involved to ensure that juice doesn’t get heated during the juicing operation. While there are some affordable options, expect to spend a couple hundred dollars to get a juicer that’s designed to last — and make good juice. Conveniently, most cold-press juicers on this list have a long warranty as well.
✔️ Style: There are two different styles of juicers: vertical and horizontal – which refers to the way you feed in fruits and veggies. With a vertical juicer, you feed ingredients at the top, and juice is collected from the bottom. With a horizontal juicer, you feed fruits and vegetables into the left side and juice is extracted from the right. Vertical juicers typically have fewer pieces and a more intuitive design, making setup, juicing and cleanup a bit simpler than the slightly more cumbersome horizontal models.
✔️ Size of feed tube: The larger the tube, the less prep work — i.e., chopping — you’ll have to do. Some juicers, like the Nutribullet Slow Masticating Juicer Machine, even have one section large enough for an entire apple and another section that’s designed to accommodate thin items like celery and kale for maximum efficiency. Juicers like the Nama J2 Cold Press Juicer are self-feeding, where you put all of your fruits and veggies in a large hopper at once and the juicer handles them automatically.
✔️ Accessories: Some juicers come with different-sized strainers that allow for different amounts of pulp in juices — and even smoothies. A very fine strainer would reduce the amount of pulp for a silky smooth finish while a strainer with larger holes will allow some pulp to go through giving a more viscous juice with added fiber. Some juicers can be used to make sauces, purees, nut butter and sorbets, depending on the sizing of the strainers that are provided — use finer strainers for sorbets and larger strainers for thick nut butter. If you choose a machine with these types of accessories, look for included cleaning brushes to keep things sanitary.
✔️ Power: It’s worth considering the wattage for centrifugal juicers, particularly if you juice tougher items like celery or greens. Look for models upwards of 1,000 watts to juice tough ingredients. Weaker motors may stop working mid-juice because they get overheated and need to cool down. When it comes to masticating juicers, the force that is exerted is more important than the wattage (which tends to be low), since fruits and veggies are crushed and pressed to separate the juice from the pulp.
✔️ Ease of cleaning: Juicers, by design, have numerous parts, and they can be cumbersome to clean. Look for models with dishwasher-safe parts and models that come with cleaning brushes to ensure that you don’t spend more time cleaning than juicing.
✔️ Warranty: There’s no question about it — juicers are pricey appliances. If you’re investing in one that is more expensive, it’s worth checking warranty information to ensure you’ll be satisfied for years to come.