Kitchen test: best juicers

Updated on 19 January 2015 | 0 Comments

Four juicers and a pile of fruit to blitz. Which machine did the best job?

For our latest test in the lovefood kitchen, we gathered four juicing machines, prepared our fruit and vegetables and got busy. We wanted to know which machines were the easiest and quickest to use, and which produced the best results.

Before I begin the countdown, a quick comment about all of the juicers we tried: they’re not all that quick or easy to clean (unless you have a dishwasher) so you’ll need to be a patient person!

Another point to note is you need to store your juice in an airtight container, in the fridge. We found out, to our dismay, the next morning that it spoils very quickly otherwise. It’s probably best to just prepare what you want to drink right then and there.

If you're wondering, we made our juice with orange, apple, cucumber, carrot, a chunk of lemon and a thick strip of ginger: a really good mix if we do say so ourselves!

So here's how the juicers did.

#4: Magimix Duo Plus XL

Magimix’s model is impressive at doing the work (the large feed tube is handy for shoving in big chunks of fruit and veg), but it is very heavy and a bit bulky. Makes quite a smooth juice but is noisy, and jerks itself around a bit when the motor starts up.

Comes with a smoothie-making accessory, and citrus press and coulis maker attachments.

It costs £180 at Debenhams.

#3: Lakeland Juicepresso

The Juicepresso has a small chute, which means you have to chop your fruit up fairly small to begin with. More work than the others, but you do get nice juice. However, it’s a bit pulpy, so if you don’t like bits in your juice, this is not for you. It's also by far the slowest machine here.

However, Lakeland have pointed out to me that the Juicepresso is a slow juicer, not centrifugal, meaning that it is purposefully slower in order to not heat up the juice, which preserves more nutrients.

The pulp is extracted through a separate chute, meaning that it takes up a lot of space, but there’s handy recipes included in the instruction booklet that means the pulp won’t go to waste. However, we thought that the price tag was a step too far.

It’s available for £299.99 at Lakeland.

#2: Cuisinart Compact Power Juicer

This one has a great design. It's comparatively small, and the juice jug fits neatly into a recess in the machine, making good use of space. On the downside, the jug can’t hold loads of juice at once.

It also has a tap to stop and start the flow of juice, something none of the other machines have, so it leaves your worktop drip free. It feels powerful and solid, and it's much cheaper than all of the others.

The RRP is £100 but right now it’s available at Amazon for £91.75.

#1: The Nutri Juicer Plus

We’re crowning this one the king of the kitchen. Put a whole apple down the chute, then watch it explode and be turned into juice in about three seconds. It blasts carrots into shreds and annihilates oranges – its titanium reinforced blades are incredibly powerful. Watch the video at the top of this article to see it in action.

It also comes with a ‘Froojie’ disc which helps you extract the most juice from the likes of strawberries, bananas or mangoes.

You can set multiple speeds depending on what you’re juicing, and it comes with a handy jug, which connects to the machine via a spout to prevent spillage.

It’s available for £179.99 on Amazon.

To find out what else we've tested in the kitchen, read about our experiences with coffee machines, low-fat fryers, graters and ice cream machines.

You can watch this juicer in action by scrolling to the very top of this page and clicking the 'play' button on the main image.

Have you tried any of these out? Got any more recommendations to make? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

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