4 Best Home Juicers for Lean Budgets
Ever consider a juice cleanse, only to find that a basic kit can top $100? Or pay $5 or more to sip on a single dose of fresh vegetable and fruit juice? Although some forms of "juicing" may not deliver the promised health benefits, don't let the price of premade drinks keep you from consuming extra vitamins and nutrients. Cheapism.com has identified four home juicers that earn rave reviews and cost no more than $50. Of course, you'll also need to supply the ingredients, but this way you can try any combination that piques your interest and know exactly what goes into your juice.
The Black & Decker CJ630-2 gets top marks from online reviewers. This electric citrus juicer is designed for consumers looking to start the morning with a glass of fresh OJ, mix things up with some grapefruit juice, or squeeze fresh lime juice for a margarita. The machine is lightweight, easy to store, and has an adjustable sieve for allowing more pulp or straining it out completely. This cheap model is all you need to extract juice from citrus fruit, but you'll need a different type of machine to juice other types of fruit and vegetables.
This centrifugal juicer, or juice extractor, uses a powerful 800-watt motor and a sharp blade to cut up fruits and vegetables and quickly spin the detritus to extract juice through a strainer. With a 3-inch feeder tube, you don't have to spend time chopping ingredients into small pieces -- a big plus for many reviewers. Users have found the Hamilton Beach 67601 effective, easy to use, and remarkably simple to clean. All the removable parts can go in the dishwasher.
The Black & Decker JE2200B has a slower motor and smaller feed chute than the Hamilton Beach model, but it's a good juice extractor for the price, reviewers say. If you're on a budget, you want an efficient machine that will force as much juice as possible out of your produce. Users report that hardly any liquid remains in the pulp left behind by this juicer. The removable parts are dishwasher-safe.
Some of the highest-priced juicers are electric masticating juicers, which slowly chew and press ingredients in a process that's sometimes referred to as "cold-press" juicing. This hand-powered version promises the benefits of that method without the cost. The Lexen Healthy Juicer GP27 is particularly good at juicing wheatgrass and leafy greens. It's also easy to use and clean, but it isn't for everyone. Many consumers are more attracted to the speed, value, and versatility of a centrifugal juicer. Still, if you can muster a little elbow grease (and a little patience), reviewers say this masticating juicer can handle a wide variety of ingredients.