What it is: A basic centrifugal juicer that uses high-speed whirring blades to grind produce down and separate juice from pulp. Though it's small, the Cuisinart features many of the same bells and whistles as higher-end juicers, such as a stainless steel mesh basket, safety bar to prevent the juicer from operating when the blades are exposed and a powerful motor.
Why we love it: For a value-priced juicer, this compact model performs surprisingly well, grating hard produce like apples and carrots and soft fruits like pineapple with the same efficiency as higher-end models. It's the smallest juicer of all those reviewed, taking up the least amount of counter space.
What we'd change: The adjustable flow spout doesn't open and close as well as advertised, leaving a little leakage in its wake, and the amount of froth on top of the juice was almost as much as the juice itself. The plastic design doesn't feel quite as sturdy as some of the more expensive, die-cast metal models. Like any centrifugal juicer, this model tends to shred greens instead of extracting juice from them when pushed through the feed tube.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
What it is: This single-speed centrifugal juicer has the same size feed tube, same ultra-sharp titanium cutting disc and same sturdy stainless-steel basket as larger models like the Breville Juice Fountain Duo, but with a compact design and low price to attract first-timers to the world of juicing.
Why we love it: This small juicer does the job of higher-end models without the hefty price tag, earning high marks for its stability, speed and price. Newbie juicers who aren't ready to make a huge financial outlay will appreciate the sturdiness and efficiency of a larger, more powerful juicer in a small package that fits on the counter and stores away neatly.
What we'd change: Due to its compact design, this model doesn't have a separate basket or receptacle for catching pulp; instead, it collects in a "moat" around the blade and filter basket, so it's not meant for juicing in large quantities. The super-high-speed motor, whirring at 14,000 rpm, can sound like a jet engine.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
What it is: This hefty two-speed centrifugal juicer boasts an automatic power-off feature should you forget to unplug your juicer before you speed off for the day. (Which is unlikely, since all juicers should be cleaned immediately after use!)
Why we love it: It's a powerful juicer in a petite package, with a highly efficient micro-mesh stainless steel juicing basket that turns fruits and vegetables into liquid in seconds. A large pulp container holds more than 2 liters of compostable fiber, so you can make large quantities of juice without needing to empty the bin.
What we'd change: Beware the overspray: when juicing fruits and vegetables at high speed, the powerful motor sometimes causes pulp to fly out of the feed tube and across your kitchen. And despite the presence of a "foam separator" (a plastic barrier) in the juicing container, the final product ends up more frothy than we'd like.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
What it is: This heavy-duty, commercial-grade juicer has a separate puree disc, in addition to the typical stainless-steel mesh filter basket found on most high-end juicers, to "juice" soft fruits like bananas, avocados and mangoes.
Why we love it: For smoothie lovers, this juicer gets you the closest in texture to the thick, creamy and still-nutritious drinks you love without buying a high-speed blender. A five-speed rotary dial lets juice fanatics control the whirring blades to keep hard vegetables and soft fruits from spraying all over the kitchen.
What we'd change: Switching discs mid-stream to add soft fruit purees to your juice can be a messy task, and like any centrifugal juicer, the Breville Juice Fountain Duo doesn't fully extract all the juice from greens with either disc. It's the largest juicer of all those reviewed in this story, so potential owners should plan to devote a chunk of counter or storage space to this machine.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
What it is: This energy-efficient, bladeless juicer crushes and presses fruits and vegetables with an auger, "chewing" them instead of shredding them to extract juice. According to the manufacturer, slow juicing provides 35 percent more juice and maintains up to 60 percent more vitamins than the use of a centrifugal juicer/extractor. It's one of the few juicers on the market that will also "juice" nuts and seeds like almonds and soybeans, as well as wheatgrass.
Why we love it: Despite its "slow juicing" name, the mechanism works quickly and extracts more juice than its centrifugal counterparts. A side-by-side comparison of identical ingredients juiced in the Hurom vs. a typical centrifugal juicer shows the difference in living color: the Hurom's output is an opaque, vibrant green next to a wan, olive-green, almost clear juice from a "value-priced" juicer. Plus, there are no sharp blades, making this a family-friendly juicer.
What we'd change: Though this juicer is nearly universally praised, its compact food chute and juicing mechanisms make for a more labor-intensive prep. Soft fruits like bananas won't work with this type of juicer, and stringy produce like celery and ginger can clog up the small pulp opening.
Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5
What it is: This sleek, low-speed masticating style juicer squeezes fruits and vegetables instead of grinding them, allowing fresh produce to maintain more of its pure flavor and nutrients. Omega is also able to juice wheatgrass and leafy greens. The manufacturer promises that the juice can be stored for up to 72 hours without degradation.
Why we love it: This machine works quickly and quietly to extract the maximum amount of juice from fruits and veggies, leaving a fairly dry pulp behind. It did an equally impressive job juicing leafy greens like spinach and kale as it did with celery and ginger, and the juiced veggies kept their vibrant green color for two days in the refrigerator. Like the Hurom, testers with kids love that this machine has no sharp blades and is pretty easy to clean. Its vertical design doesn't take up a lot of counter space, and the parts are top-rack dishwasher safe.
What we'd change: As with the Hurom, stringy veggies tend to clog up the pulp extraction spout, making it tougher to clean. The machine comes with a cleaning brush, which you'll probably need to use mid-juicing to clear the spout. The price is pretty steep, but worth it if you juice regularly.
Star rating: 4.5 out of 5