As the name suggests, juicers are designed to extract the juice from whole pieces of fruit and vegetables without the need to peel or chop them first. The pure juice is extracted and collected in a jug while the fibrous pulp is separated into a removable container. A high-quality juicer is built to last but can be quite expensive, as the juice extraction process is very hard on the motor.
Juicers are great for making fresh fruit juices at home and can be another way of making fruit consumption even easier and more convenient. Some models require minimum effort as no preparation whatsoever is required - fruit can simply be fed in whole - helping to make juicing a quick and easy solution for a healthy snack.
Cheaper and manual options may only be able to handle citrus fruits, while more expensive ‘whole fruit’ juicers will happily handle anything you throw at them.
Types of juicer
Masticating juicer: this chews up the fruits and vegetables that are pushed through the machine, extracting juice while retaining some of the fibre, too.
Centrifugal juicer: these use blades that spin at high speed and are designed to quickly extract juice while routing the pulp out through the back of the juicer and into a waste container.
Features to look out for:
Capacity: you can expect the pulp container to hold up to 2 litres, with a lower capacity for the juice collection jug. Stated capacities refer to ‘total’ container capacity, though the working capacity will be marginally smaller.
Power: juicers tend to be more powerful than regular blenders or smoothie makers, ranging from around 550 watts to 700 watts.
Feeder chute: designed to allow you to safely feed fruit and vegetables into the juicer.
Removable filter and pulp container: for easy cleaning and maintenance, both the filter and pulp container should be removable, as this will enable you to keep the juicer clean and working smoothly.
Calibrated jug or 'goblet': measurements on the side of the mixing chamber will allow for accurate measurements of ice, liquid, yoghurt and fruit.
Replacement blades: it's worth asking about replacement availability, which will mean that you can replace the blades, rather than the whole juicer, when the blades wear out or cannot be sharpened.
Safety: you can expect to find a safety interlock system as standard, and sometimes an additional safety-locking arm.