The best juicers for fresh fruits and vegetables

The best juicers recommended
If you wish to extract the delicious liquid content from your favourite fruits and vegetables, there's a machine here for you

J三级成人视频uicing can be a convenient, delicious way to increase your intake of fruit and vegetables, and squeeze more goodness out of the contents of your fridge.

But what's the best juicer for you? And is juicing really worth all the extra washing up?

三级成人视频You may already know the difference between juices and smoothies (if not, FYI, juicing is the process of extracting the liquid content from fruit and vegetables, while a smoothie is made by blending whole fruits and vegetables together)

三级成人视频But do you know the difference between centrifugal juicers and cold-press masticating juicers? No? Well, these things matter in the world of juicing.

A masticating juicer methodically squashes and pounds the liquid out of foods. It tends to be more expensive and produce cleaner, calmer juice.

A centrifugal juicer uses a fast revolving, spinning blade (much like a home blender) and a mesh to separate the juice from the pulp. It's s fast, noisy, and its juice can be quite frothy.

There's an argument that slower, cold-press masticating juicers are healthier, because centrifugal juicers expose the food to high heat, produced by the whirring blade, and this destroys all-important enzymes. That said, it's a struggle to find scientific research that backs up the claim. What we can say with near certainty is that cold-pressed juice tastes fresher and better.

Another common question is whether juicing is really as good for you as eating whole fruit or vegetables  (scroll down for an in depth discussion on this with a nutritionist) - but we reckon that if you're juicing in the first place, you're probably doing alright in terms of health and further on your way to getting your five-a-day. A study from Portland State University found that drinkers of green juices undeniably tend towards a healthier waist-to-hip ratio, and better digestive health.

I'd note at this point that starchy fruits such as mangoes, papayas and bananas are unsuitable for juicing; think oranges, apples and grapes instead.

So, which juicer should you buy? We tested a selection and reviewed their performance, taking into account things like the ease of juicing, the amount of juice extracted, design and versatility. Below are the results – starting with the best juicer of all...

Due to problems arising from the Covid-19 lockdown, some of the products tested in this article may temporarily be unavailable for online order. 

1. Smeg retro-style masticating slow juicer

Why we like it三级成人视频: Efficiently produces a high yield of great tasting juice

The Smeg juicer is a chunky thing – but Smeg naturally induces kitchen envy, so it's hard to begrudge the product the considerable space it takes up on the counter. Certainly, it was the best looking device I tried – if juicers can ever be said to be good looking.

I三级成人视频 started with four apples (500g) and found they produced 300ml of juice – 75ml per apple; a decent quantity compared to other juicers in this list. 

When I juiced apples with the skin on, it slow-crushed them to produce pond-like dark green juice, far cloudier than shop-bought juice, with a grassy, woodland aroma and a fresh fruitiness. The head was frothy, but not too frothy. It transported me to the orchard and did indeed taste better than the juice produced by lower-end centrifugal juicers (of which, more soon).

The product's juice density control lever allows you to adjust the thickness of the juice slightly, but I found it's easier to just peel the produce first if you want something less gloopy. Peel, and the Smeg produces a clearer, less murky juice that’s more palatable-looking, smoother and easier drinking (granted, a lot of nutrients probably end up in the bin).

I liked that it wasn’t too noisy (it has a 150w motor with low vibration, and squeezes slow at just 43 RPM) compared to some other juicers, which can be so violently loud that they’ll a) make you jump out of your skin and b) wake the whole household. It also climbed to the top of my list thanks to the fact that it’s the easiest to put together, take apart and clean.

My only quibble? The mouth of the main tube isn't very wide, so you have to chop the produce a bit before pushing it in. Still, that's hardly disastrous; and the clean, clear, crisp juice you get at the end is well worth the elbow grease.

The Smeg retro-style masticating slow juicer is backed by a two-year guarantee to protect against electrical and mechanical breakdown. It comes with two strainers, two carafes, two spinning brushes, and one recipe book (with 12 recipes and recommendations). Available in black, red, cream and pastel blue. 

2. Sage by Heston Blumenthal NutriJuicer

Why we like it: 三级成人视频It's fast, fast, fast

Healthy eating queen Ella Mills, aka Deliciously Ella, uses the Sage by Heston Blumenthal Nutri Juicer at home. Like the Magimix Le Duo, it's a centrifugal juicer, which means that it extracts juice by pushing either hard or soft produce into a spinning plate with cutting blades, while simultaneously squeezing the juice through a mesh – similar to how a washing machine spins to wring out excess water. The majority of the juicing world would say slower masticating juicers retain more nutrition, but according to Sage, because this particular centrifugal appliance works at such high speed, the exposure to friction-induced heat and oxygen is minimised. 

I三级成人视频t's certainly true that it quickly produces a high yield of clear juice, quickly – useful if you're in a rush or are serving a large number of juices. It took me less than a minute to squeeze my benchmark of four apples, and produced just over 300ml. It's a good one if you've got a whole orchard's worth of produce in the garden to process.

The feeding tube is large, minimizing preparation time spent chopping up your ingredients, while five different settings are designed especially for various fruits and vegetables. Honestly, I don't think it's necessary to have five different settings to carry out the same function; it adds another fiddly step to proceedings on bleary-eyed mornings and other juicers work just fine with one or two.

三级成人视频The jug provided is large; useful if you're juicing enough for a large family.

三级成人视频My favourite centrifugal option, overall.

3. electriQ HSL600 slow masticating cold-press juicer

The electriQ is the most affordable cold-press juicer we could find

T三级成人视频his clever contraption is a far more affordable example of a masticating cold-press juicer compared to its competitors. It is a painfully “slow” juicer, mind you, and doesn’t have a great yield – it took me three minutes to produce just 250ml of apple juice from four apples (longer than all of the others). But it’s neat and tidy, and promises to expose your fruit and veg to very little oxidation, thus, as the theory goes, retaining more nutritional value (quiet and with barely any vibration, it has a power of 150 watts, and moves at 80 RPM).

It’s true that the juice tastes great; perfectly clear, sweet, smooth and pure. It produces neat, tidy pulp droppings in the container provided (unlike the Dualit, which spews flecks of the stuff all over itself). I like that it’s compact, cheap and doesn’t take up too much space; it also comes with a cleaning brush, and apparently it can also be used to make nut milks.

Slightly annoyingly, the feeding tube is very small, so you have to do a lot of chopping (unless you're juicing small fruits like grapes). Still, not bad for under £60.

Frequently asked questions about juicers

How healthy is juicing?

According to a recent report by Bupa Global, juice diets are the most popular diets in the world (22pc of those surveyed have 'juiced' in the last five years). Juice fasts and 'cleanses' are marketed as an efficient, healthy way to lose weight fast.

三级成人视频However, some nutritionists aren't so sure, and whether or not juicing your fruit and vegetables is really that good for you is a divisive question. Both blending and juicing will expose ingredients to heat and oxygen, which damages the nutrients – and there's no denying that, particularly when it comes to fruit, the fructose sugar content is high. 

M三级成人视频eanwhile, claims that juicing will 'detox' the body are, by nature, ridiculous: the body 'detoxes' itself naturally with the liver, kidneys and colon.

三级成人视频So has juicing had its day? Is there any science to back up the benefits of juicing? What about those of us who simply adore the taste of a glass of OJ in the morning? We asked for the facts.

"Any suggestion that the human body can be detoxed with a juice cleanse is incorrect," she asserts. "We are naturally designed to remove toxins using our liver and kidneys - a juice cleanse won't perform such a detox. Those who promote juicing often claim that drinking juice is better than eating whole fruits and vegetables because removing fibre makes nutrients easier to absorb. However, there is no scientific research to support this claim.

三级成人视频"Antioxidants are often bound to the fibre in fruit and vegetables and countless research studies suggest that the lack of fibre in juices significantly reduces any supposed health benefits. You are much better off consuming whole fruits and vegetables.   Juices should not be used as meal replacements. They do not contain sufficient protein nor healthy fat which are macronutrients required by the body.

三级成人视频"Of course, if you like fruit juices, they should be enjoyed in moderation and it is important to remember that juices have been stripped of their fibre content therefore provide very fast releasing sugars. For people who do not normally consume fruit or vegetables it may be a convenient way to get some nutrition."

W三级成人视频herever you stand on the juicing debate, there's no denying that there's a host of delicious beverages to be served with the help of a juicer - so I won't be letting mine gather dust just yet.