Best Juicers of 2017

Juicer ReviewsJuicers have become quite popular over the past decade. More and more households now have them as a prominent part of their Kitchen display. Their great for extracting the maximum amount of juice possible from items such as vegetables and fruits. They also double up as a great way to detoxify yourself through undergoing a juicing program. Typical programs last for between 7 days and 28 days.

Here at Zozanga, we’re dedicated to helping you make an educated buying decision. Our Juicer Reviews are completely unbiased and independent of any manufacturers and brands. We combine our own expert review and analysis with thousands of consumer reviews from all popular eCommerce sites such as Amazon and eBay. This gives you ultimate buying power. Without further adue, let us introduce the best juicers of 2017!

⇢ OUR JUICER REVIEWS: BEST PICKS OF 2016


 Breville 800JEXL

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite

4.8 out of 5

The Breville 800JEXL is our all-round favorite Juicer. Dubbed as the Juice Fountain Elite model, this is perhaps Breville’s most innovative juicer to date. It has firmly become established as the best juicer for home use. Our studies have also shown that the Breville 800JEXL is more than capable of keeping up in a commercial setting too, and this particular model can be found in restaurants throughout the United States.


 Omega J8004

Omega J8004 Masticating Juicer

4.8 out of 5

The Omega J8004 is often regarded as the best masticating juicer of 2014, with many consumers mesmerized by both the speed and power of the model. In our own, independent tests, we found that the Omega J8004 kept up with commercial models and provided a consistently pleasing juicing process time and time again. The Omega J8004 also boasts Omega’s world famous juicer design – a pleasing sight on the eyes.


 Omega NC800

Omega NC800 5th Generation Juicer

4.7 out of 5

The Omega NC800 is from the 5th Generation of juicers to come from Omega. The Omega NC800 actually manages to finely juice fruits and vegetables using just 80 RPM – which reduces overall heat buildup and oxidation. We used the Omega NC800 rigorously, and found it to be delightful when preparing smoothies, milkshakes, baby food and more. A must have juicer for any American family.


 Omega J8003

Omega J8003 Masticating Juicer

4.6 out of 5

The Omega J8003 is one of the most popular masticating juicers available on the market. Boasting the same 60 RPM speeds as the NC800, the Omega J8003 has long been labelled king of the slow juicers. Because the Omega J8003 belongs to the nutrition center range of juicers, consumers can benefit from being able to make more advanced juices – such as baby food, yogurts, frozen fruits and more.


 Breville BJE820XL

Breville BJE820XL Juice Fountain

4.6 out of 5

The BJE820XL Juice Fountain is not quite as comprehensive as the Elite model, but it is one of the most cost-effective Juicers available on the market. The BJE820XL is mostly recommended for commercial use, and serious home use. To justify the price tag, this juicer needs to be used regularly. We love the dual action features and find it gets through a variety of fruits and vegetables with ease.


⇢ JUICER BUYING GUIDE: EDUCATE YOURSELF


If you’re on the market for a new Juicer, or if you want to upgrade your existing model, you can rest assured that you’re going to walk away from Zozanga as a Juicer champion. You’ll be well equipped with what to look for, and what models are going to be the best for you and your family. Whether you’re looking to start a detox and diet plan, or simply enjoy healthy smoothies and shakes, we’ll keep you in the know.

Without a doubt, the first thing that you want to do when you’re shopping around for a juicer is ask yourself some vital questions, to build your own set of “requirements” if you will. You’ll soon see why this is necessary.

An idea of some questions that you could ask yourself is:

  • What am I going to use my juice for?
  • How many people should it cater for on a regular basis?
  • Do I already know of any instances that that will change – irregularities but still times when I may cater for more or less?
  • Is time a considerable factor – how much time can I spend washing up, assembling and on the initial preparation of the food (often fruit and vegetables but in some cases this will also include nuts, soy beans etc.)?
  • How important is the nutritious quality of the juice to me?
  • Will I use my juicer on a regular basis?
  • How much am I willing to spend on a juicer – is that reasonably justified?
  • How cost efficient is the juicer?
  • What is the general consensus surrounding the juicers I’m considering – good, satisfactory, outstanding or not worth considering?
  • What’s the expert opinion? This is where Zozanga provides expert Juicer reviews and ratings.
  • Do any instructional or recipe videos exist on Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion etc. that give me a realistic idea of how easy it is to operate for the everyday layman?
  • Is the juicer said to be reliable?
  • Is there a specific ingredient I’m considering juicing on a daily basis? It may be worth your while to buy a separate specialist juicer e.g. a hand-crank juicer designed specifically for wheatgrass costs around $20.00 – not bad at all.

Hunting a great Juicer Bargain online and offline

Once you’ve answered these questions to a significant degree (and maybe some of your own, the list above isn’t exhaustive it’s just what we believe to be very important from experience; you could also consider asking questions about the manufacturing quality e.g. should there be an uncommon fault with my juicer is it covered by warranty and, if not, exactly how expensive is it to get replacement parts?), the next step is to understand how juicers are typically broken down, or categorised depending on where you’re buying from.

Chances are that in a supermarket (online or in the buildings themselves) juicers will be organised by either seasonal deals or what’s “hot” – which can be alright, provided you know precisely what you’re looking for; food trade fairs may also be a place to look – not so much directly at the kitchen appliance stand holders themselves, but rather at the people selling the beverages produced – buy a drink and try out the results for yourself (there’s no harm in asking them if they would be willing to tell you what brand their juicer is and if they find it satisfactory or not), on the other hand unless there’s a trade fair coming up in the near future near you then it may either be too long to wait or too far to travel.

Quite often (nearly always), the juicer brands will have their own websites where you can hunt around for the latest (and often cheapest) deals, providing you believe that you’re getting quality information free of subjective bias (there will be brands and sales reps that are free from this) then they can also be a good route to go down; another thing you could do is plonk yourself down in front of the T.V. and watch a few infomercials and see if the key points that they pick out match up with your own “requirements specification” – but it’s always worthwhile keeping somewhere in the back of your mind that the advertisements are more than likely to gloss over any faults so it’s also a good idea to go to an online international e-commerce store which brings us to our last avenue of procuring a juicer.

Online stores such as Amazon or Ebay, which usually have comprehensive juicer reviews and give you access to more than just the product specification (frequently printed out so that you can compare what the product does with what you want it to do), but also the reliability of the seller themselves, the overall customer service, and honest, balanced reviews of the product itself from the points of view of a variety of different people in a variety of different professions – some may well be involved in the culinary industry themselves. To make it easier for you to access the products we’ve reviewed ourselves (always look out for what we’ve got listed under ‘Best Features’ but don’t just restrict a product to that list, we’re only allowed to put in so many), we always link you to the product page for easy purchase without stumbling around numerous different tags and categories (though you can always use those if you want), the product description you want getting buried under numerous other search results.

You’re almost there…

The last thing to do is obvious but, to quote your parents, teachers and probably bosses when they’re heading up a team briefing, you’d be amazed at the number of people who neglect to do it; and that is this – revise your list and compare it to the shortlist of juicers you’ve more than likely made (if not you’ll want to do that first, bookmark the webpages, write down the brand makes and models – if you can’t remember them chances are that they’ll be under ‘History’ in your browser options) and check that you’ve got absolutely everything you need. Ask your family and friends what the best juicer is in their eyes. Can you give you their own juicer review?

Could there be a feature you no longer think is a must-have, what advantages does one product have over another – is there a bonus component involved e.g. we’ve reviewed one that offered a free cleaning brush – now you might well ask what all the fuss is about but it’s helpful to have something to remind you not to cut your fingers on the blades in a rush, we all need reminding from time to time.

  • Is there another feature you want to add to your “requirements specification”?
  • Does one of the features you first thought about now seem to be more of a disadvantage after reading reviews online and or asking peoples’ opinions?
  • Have your needs changed since you first put together your list – are you still facing those same irregularities?
  • Have you got less or more time before and after work?
  • Have you changed your mind about nutritious benefits?
  • Have you started or ended a relationship that changes the constant number of people you plan on juicing for?
  • Looking at the space in your kitchen, do you need to also consider adding restricted dimensions to said list .etc.)

Last thoughts

Earlier on we mentioned the specialist hand-crank juicer for wheatgrass and, based on that model we have a few more generic juicer types for you to start thinking about:

  • Slow juicers (masticating juicers) – notorious for its high nutritious quality – with texture, flavour and colour that will last, often producing significantly dry pulp (which can be dehydrated and consumed separately) as more juice is extracted from your fruits, vegetables and or soy beans. Typically more expensive than a centrifugal juicer (or fast juicer). If you’re not going to consume your juice straight away, you’re very concerned about getting the highest possible amount of nutrients, minerals and vitamins from your fruit and vegetables from your juice and you’re also looking for a cost efficient juicer that you can leave soaking in the sink when you have to go to work, you may consider looking for a slow juicer.
  • Fast juicers (centrifugal juicers) – well known for speed, often quite a bit cheaper than a slow juicer, can also be left soaking in the sink if you have to go to work – this is the type of juicer that comes with a cleaning brush. If you have a limited budget to spend, aren’t overly concerned about the nutritional value (or you plan on drinking your juice immediately – the nutrition diminishes rapidly but not straight away), you have limited time in the mornings (a fast juicer can be a lot easier to assemble than a slow juicer), you plan on using your juice in cooking and or making it for a lot of people, then you may well consider the purchase of a centrifugal juicer.

Check out our reviews to find out what we think about certain products (we have reviews for both slow and fast juicers) and happy juicing!

⇢ JUICER COMPARISON CHART: COMPARE THE BEST MODELS


The below Juicer Comparison Chart displays all of our reviews, and provides you with two key factors to consider. The first, the price range is of paramount importance as you’ll want to ensure that you stick within a strict self-allocated budget range. The second key row is our score. This is the overall score we have allocated to the Juicer model after combining our own review and opinion with that of consumer reviews.

⇢ USING A JUICER: OPTIMAL EXTRACTION OF JUICE


Step 1 – Prepare your fruit and vegetables

Depending on the size of your juicer’s “feed chute” this can mean different things – if you have a large feed chute, or a feed chute that’s larger than average it’s likely that you can fit whole fruit and vegetables directly into the juicer without having to cut them up beforehand (unless you’re using a slow juicer, cherries, or a large amount of apples – they should always be pitted as they contain hydrogen cyanide which is toxic in large amounts so it’s better to always be safe than sorry) after washing your fruit and vegetables, that is.

Step 2 – Prepare your juicer *optional*

Set up the juicer following the manufactural instructions. If you want to reduce the amount of washing up you do at the end (and let’s be honest who doesn’t) then you can put a small bin bag inside the pulp container to reduce the amount of pulp that is stuck directly to the juicer meaning that you only need to wipe down the outside of the pulp container as opposed to scrubbing the whole thing. If you’re making juice before leaving for work/college etc. in the morning then you should set up your juicer next to the sink as, even if you don’t have time to wash up your juicer before you leave, you should at least put it into soak.

Step 3 – Juice

This is pretty much as straight forward as it seems – plug in, turn on and feed the fruit and vegetables through until you have a good measure of juice in the juice jug, being careful not to let it overflow. A good idea is to alternate between soft fruit and vegetables and harder fruit and vegetables as the pressure from the more rigid fruit and vegetables ensures that all of the softer fruit and vegetables are blended both thoroughly and evenly.

The harder fruit and vegetables will yield more juice, more quickly than soft fruit and vegetables – so make sure that all the juice from a soft fruit or vegetable has been extracted before adding any more, otherwise you may find yourself overflowing your juice jug. Specific examples being that, in a slow juicer celery should be juiced last when used as the fibres get stuck causing difficulty when the other fruit and vegetables are juiced, meaning that they also take longer to be juiced and less juice is yielded as a result (most juice is yielded from a slow juicer overall).

If there’s a mesh on your juice jug then you need to have a spoon on hand to break down the froth and prevent your juice from overflowing.

An easy way to tell if you have a good or bad juicer is to test if the fruit and or vegetable pulp is wet or dry – if the fruit and or vegetable pulp is wet you may want to consider changing juicers as the wetter the pulp is, the more moisture that has been left in the pulp due to a lower amount of juice being extracted from the fruit and or vegetable. As a general rule, if your pulp is very wet after juicing then you should seriously consider changing your juicer for another one that will be more cost efficient in the long run, and as a result be well worth your purchase, although the pulp can be dehydrated and consumed regardless.

Why don’t you have a look at what we’ve reviewed here and see if there’s anything you fancy?

Step 4 – Washing up

Once you’ve either poured the juice from the juice jug into glasses or a pitcher, the juicer’s inner components should be washed straight away to avoid any residue from damaging the workings of the juicer (plus it’s substantially easier to clean straight away than it is to clean after it’s been left). Paying careful mind of the blade, any parts that have come into direct contact with the fruit and vegetables should be washed with hot soap sudsy water, either by hand or using a brush (or scourer) before being thoroughly rinsed and dried before being put away for the next use.

Also, if you have a juicer that includes an automatic cleaning function then you can simply run water through the juicer between making different kinds of juice (if you’re making several in one go) before moving straight on into your next set of ingredients.

⇢ WHAT IS A JUICER?: THE OFFICIAL DICTIONARY DEFINITION


The dictionary definition defines of juicer is ‘noun – an appliance for extracting juice from fruit and vegetables’, but the application of one in everyday life and common use proves true for “the devil’s in the details”.

There are multiple types of juicers – manual, hand-crank, hand-held and electric (which includes masticating and centrifugal) and, as a result there are different components to each juicer and methods for using each type of juicer and in certain instances, such as specialist juicers .e.g. a wheatgrass juicer (operated by hand-crank which involves turning the handle to feed the wheatgrass through the juicer as pressure is applied in order to extract juice from food (wheatgrass) that would otherwise get stuck in an electric or hand-held juicer, slowing down the progress of the juicing process – including any other fruit and vegetables that might be next to juice) the demand for a specific juicer as other juicers don’t meet the requirements needed to juice certain vegetables means that a specialist juicer is the only way to go.

Manual juicers are the type of juicers that you would often see lying around in your parents’ kitchen – a small jug and plastic piece that you twist, typically, half an orange around and pour the small amount of juice into a larger pitcher and repeat until you’re left with little more than membrane and zest.

Hand-held juicers have two handles that you squeeze together to apply the pressure for juicing, the technique required is similar to using an egg slicer, only instead of cutting into the food, you’re applying blunt force, pressing into the fruit or vegetable in order to squeeze out the juice.

A masticating juicer (also more commonly known as a slow juicer) is a type of electric juicer which, first and foremost, unlike the majority of juicers, will not be able to juice effectively if you only cut the fruit and vegetables that need to be juiced in half – you need to cut the fruit and vegetables into small pieces to get the best out of your juicer. Secondly, a masticating juicer allegedly loses less nutrients as there is little to no heat generated from friction (unlike a centrifugal juicer) and the fruit and or vegetables are crushed before being squeezed – which also gives a higher yield of juice. However, the masticating juicers/slow juicers are typically more expensive than a centrifugal juicer (or a manual, hand-crank or hand-held one) so aren’t worth investing in if you plan on using your juice in cooking anyway, or exposing it to another form of heat. However some slow juicers also have the “juice” required to grind down nuts, such as almonds, for nut milk – so variety and multi-functionality may be a benefit that’s worth paying for.

A centrifugal juicer is the second type of electric juicer which, provided you’ve peeled or zested the fruits and vegetables that require such preparation (after being washed), can accept whole fruits and vegetables directly into the feed chute if the feed chute is large (or at the very least larger than average). The centrifugal juicer is allegedly faster at juicing fruit and vegetables than the masticating juicer but, on the downside is said that the heat generated by the friction of the rotating blades/blade is substantial enough to break down the enzymes in said fruit and vegetables (which leads to the rapid deterioration of nutrients – juice extracted via a centrifugal juicer should always be consumed immediately after juicing). The centrifugal juicer however is cheaper than a masticating juicer and will make no difference if you plan to use the extracted juice in cooking (regularly) so may be just as much of a worthwhile choice (plus you can always drink your cold juice straight away before any real harm is done to the nutrients within the juice).

⇢ BENEFITS OF A JUICER: WHY YOU SHOULD JUICE


On New Year’s Day, you pledged to start eating healthier and exercising regularly. Despite your best intentions, you feel defeated. Due to work, family, and social responsibilities, you still haven’t actually begun your journey to better health and happiness. If you can relate to this scenario, don’t despair. January isn’t the only month you can start improving your way of life. Consider making small changes that yield huge benefits such as investing in a juicer. The following benefits of juicing are undeniable.

Infiltration of Micronutrients

Eating unhealthy foods over an extended period of time can negatively affect your digestive system. For example, your body might lose the ability to absorb all the beneficial nutrients from the whole vegetables you consume. Juicing your produce removes the insoluble fiber some people encounter difficulties digesting. While the insoluble fiber is removed, the soluble fiber remains. This type of fiber promotes healthy bacteria growth and digestive health.

Immune System Stimulation

Consuming delicious, colorful fruits and vegetables is believed to boost the immune system. By juicing your produce, you can consume large amounts of these beneficial foods at once. Because certain types of bacteria can develop in fresh juice quickly, you shouldn’t make more juice than you can consume immediately. When selecting foods to juice, shop for foods that represent all of the colors of the rainbow. For instance, blueberries, green spinach, and red beets all contain antioxidants to support better health.

Energy Boost

Do you struggle to get out of bed, get dressed, and arrive at work on time each day? Perhaps, you lack the energy to power through your daily routine. Instead of grabbing a cup, or ten cups, of caffeine infused coffee every morning, consider drinking a tall, colorful glass of energizing juice. Vegetable and fruit juice is packed with nutrients to help you kick off your day right. Because your body can utilize the nutrients found in juice instantly, consuming it might give you an immediate burst of energy.

Healthy Weight Loss

Fruits and vegetables are the building blocks to any healthy, weight loss plan. However, many people detest eating these beneficial foods whole. This can especially hold true for children and seniors. Kids might cringe when you set a plate of baby carrots in front of them. However, they may adore drinking a tall glass of orange, carrot juice. Likewise, elderly people might not be able to chew or digest foods such as collards, apples, or celery. But, drinking these foods may not pose a problem.

Because prepackaged juices lining supermarket shelves often contain added sugars and sodium, they aren’t typically the best choice for people striving to lose weight. By juicing delicious concoctions at home, you can control the ingredients you put in them. Because some fruits can be calorie and sugar laden, you should consume them in moderation when attempting to lose weight. If you’re trying to drop some pounds, drinking more vegetable juice than fruit juice might be a good idea.

Convenience

Whenever you crave a delicious, refreshing glass of juice, driving to a juice bar or supermarket to get one might not be convenient, or even an option. By investing in a juicer, you can enjoy making tasty drinks in the comfort of your own home during any time of the day or night.

Ease of Use

Despite their best efforts, some people feel out of their elements when preparing foods in kitchens. They simply don’t possess the talents to cook a mouth-watering meal on top of their stoves, in their ovens, or on their indoor grills. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a skilled chef to make healthy, delicious juice. After reading your juicer’s instruction manual, you’ll be ready to fix tantalizing drinks that will wow you, your family members, and your friends.

For some people, starting a healthy, eating plan is one of the most challenging undertakings of their lives. Thankfully, armed with a convenient juicer, you can immediately begin consuming more fruits and vegetables than you might have ever dreamed possible.