LIFESTYLE

How to choose the best juicer for making cafe-quality juice at home

Plus an expert on how to squeeze the most out of your machine.

Squeezing your own fresh juice at home is a healthy, affordable (and fun) way of upping your family’s intake of fibre and vitamins. Arguably, the easiest way to do this is by investing in a trusty juicer.

“There are many health benefits from juicing – one being that you know exactly what is being placed inside,” highlights Appliances Online category expert Colin Jones.

“Plus, if you love juice and buy it regularly, you’ll quickly find juicing at home saves you money – with freshly squeezed juices costing $8-10 at your local cafe.”

So with saving on spending and boosting your health in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best juicers – from cold press to juice extractor to citrus press – for every household and budget.

The difference between cold press, juice extractor and citrus press

Colin highlights the differences and functions of the three main types of juicers so that you can choose the right model for your home:

Cold press (slow) juicer

This type of juicer allows large amounts of veggies to be used, meaning that the juice is super packed with nutrients and vitamins to give you that kick start to your day. It works by using a powerful engine that turns the ingredients against a mesh shield, effectively pulling the juice out from the fruit or vegetable. Benefits:

  • Less restriction on the variety of fruits and vegetables you can juice
  • Slower process for more thorough juicing

Juice extractor

Juice extractors are great for easy juicing with little to no preparation involved. The wider feed chutes can accommodate whole fruits and vegetables, saving you the hassle of whittling down ingredients to smaller chunks. You simply add in a full fruit or vegetable, push down the extractor and it’s done. Extractors use rapid juicing blades to separate juice from pulp. Benefits:

  • Quick preparation and juicing
  • The ability to juice most fruits and vegetables, regardless of texture
  • Dishwasher-safe components for easy cleaning

Citrus press

A citrus press extracts the juice from citrus fruits and vegetables, by shredding the flesh of the food item. Simply place the citrus fruit or vegetable in the well of the juicer and then squeeze; the turning reamer then squeezes out the juice. These juicers are small in size and take up minimal space, so leaving them on your bench top will help ensure that you are using it on a regular basis. Benefits:

  • Compact in design
  • Easy to operate
  • Fewer parts means there’s less cleaning to do
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The best juicers to buy in Australia

1. Russell Hobbs Luxe cold press slow juicer, $168, Catch.com.au

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Gently squeezing and pressing fresh juice from its produce, the Russell Hobbs Luxe slow press juicer lives up to its name. With a fine filter for normal juicing, a coarse filter for pulpy juice and even a frozen treat attachment for sorbet, whipping up juice (or sorbet) for brekkie or on cocktail night is fuss-free.

2. Breville The Juice Fountain Cold Plus, $374, Appliances Online

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With a an Italian micro mesh filter, two speeds controls and a wide feed tube (that fits whole fruit), you can yield cafe-style juice at home with the Juice Fountain Cold Plus. And as it comes with a generous 2L jug, you can make then store delicious pulp-free juice in the fridge for later!

3. Kogan 850W centrifugal juicer, $59.99, Kogan

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If you looking for something cheap in price but not in quality, the Kogan centrifugal juicer is the model for the job. Featuring a 850W motor, 2L capacity and two speed settings, this juicer is simple yet effective in giving you smooth fruit and veg juice.

4. NutriBullet dark grey juicer, $125.30, Amazon

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This juicer from NutriBullet is humbly efficient and features two speeds, a 800W motor, and a wide chute capable of taking different produce. Just juice for a minute and you’ll have a refreshing drink ready for the brunch table.

5. Optimum H3000 2nd gen quiet cold press juicer, $498, eBay

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This masticating cold press juicer by Optimum is as versatile as they come. With a heating function for baby food and warm nut milk, plus a vacuum function to keep your juice fresher for longer by reducing oxidisation, the Optimum H3000 is uniquely innovative. Plus, as the machine is horizontally positioned, you’ll get even more juice out of your usually hard-to-squeeze leafy greens.

6. Sunbeam double sieve 1000W juicer pro, $119, Matt Blatt

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With its double sieve technology, this model squeezes the whole piece of fruit then the pulp to get the most juice possible. Featuring two speed settings for soft or more fibrous fruit, a wide cute, 1L juice jug and 2L pulp bin…juicing up for the day is almost too easy.

7. Mueller large ultra power juicer, $283.92, Amazon

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Sleek and modern, the Mueller juicer packs a mighty punch in its compact design. With easy-to-clean, removable parts, an extra large chute and dual speed versatility, making juice at home is deliciously simple.

8. B8000 Domestic cold press juicer, $499 (usually $599), Kuvings Australia

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If you’re new to the juicing game, the Kuvings cold press juicer is a suitable entry level pick. Quiet and made from eco-friendly material, this machine gently squeezes fruit to yield fresh juice – and works best with pre-cut produce. Mid-morning snacked: sorted!

9. Smeg 50s style citrus juicer in pastel green, $235, Appliances Online

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Add a touch of retro flair to your bench with this citrus press that looks straight out of the 1950s. Available in seven colours and featuring an anti-drip spout, this Smeg juicer is fuss-free and requires just a bit of pressure on the reamer to start juicing.

How to properly clean your juicer

“After using your juicer, a quick rinse of all the parts will be beneficial in keeping your item in good condition,” says expert Colin.

“If you don’t rinse the juicer whilst it is still moist, the food particles on the item can harden and be more difficult to clean. In order to save yourself time and energy scrubbing the unit, it is best to clean directly after use.”

Expert tips and tricks for juicing at home:

  • Prepare your items beforehand so it makes the juicing process easier and smoother.
  • Start with flavours you like and slowly add in other vegetables and fruits, to suit your taste. Taste the juice as you go.
  • Place any remaining juice in an airtight container and in the fridge – it can be stored for up to 24 to 48 hours. You can also freeze remaining juice in zip lock bags – and defrost when ready to drink.
  • With any leftover juice, you can also place it into ice block moulds and turn it into a healthy snack for kids.

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