Black & Decker CJ630-2 Citrus Juicer Review

(From $16.50 Best)

Convenient features include small and large cones for different fruits, adjustable pulp control, and a quart-size, detachable pitcher. Users consider this model easy to use and clean.

This company is known for affordable small appliances, and Black & Decker CJ630-2 reviews portray this electric citrus juicer as a favorite among consumers. The compact, lightweight CJ630-2 (starting at $16.50Amazon) weighs around 2 pounds and comes with two juicing cones to accommodate both large and small citrus fruits. A pressure mechanism prevents the motor from running unless half a fruit is pushed onto the reamer, a reassuring safety feature. In online reviews, customers at Walmart note that the reamer reverses direction automatically for maximum juice extraction. A sliding button lets users adjust the amount of pulp to their liking, by widening or shrinking the holes in the collection basket that sits just below the reamer. A full 99 percent of reviewers say they would recommend this juicer to a friend.

User reviews on Amazon are likewise very positive. Reviewers commonly praise the machine for being easy to use -- simply slice the fruit in half, plug in, and push down. Several remark that their hands would get sore from using a manual reamer to juice large quantities of fruit, and this electric model is a welcome relief. The juice trickles through a pulp-catching sieve into the included pitcher, which can hold up to 32 ounces and is conveniently marked with measurements. The container has a spout so it doesn't dribble or drip when pouring juice. For storage, the cord wraps around a groove in the base of the machine, and the juicer comes with a dust cover.

Whether they're fond of juicing oranges, grapefruits, lemons, or limes, customers give high marks to the Black & Decker CJ630-2 Citrus Juicer. In reviews, they describe the juicer as light, portable, and easy to use. A steal for less than $20, this machine reportedly makes concocting fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice or homemade lemonade a breeze.

Hamilton Beach 67601 Big Mouth Juice Extractor Review

(From $50.00 Best)

A powerful 800-watt motor and extra-large feed chute make juicing lightning-fast. Users report that the machine is easy to clean and praise the big pulp container in the back.

Hamilton Beach makes several centrifugal juicers at varying price points. The 67601 Big Mouth Juice Extractor (starting at $50Amazon) gets consistently good reviews -- more than 1,000 4- and 5-star ratings on Amazon alone. A roundup of the best countertop appliances by Food & Wine names the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth tops in the juicer category, where it beat out far more expensive models.

Hamilton Beach 67601 reviews often highlight the machine's many convenient features. It has a powerful 800-watt motor and an extra-wide 3-inch feed chute -- a real bonus in the eyes of consumers and experts. The larger chute means less chopping and slicing of fruits and veggies before juicing. The produce whirs around in a stainless-steel cutting and straining basket and the juice funnels out the spout. The pulp bin at the back of the machine is very large, another feature reviewers seem to love. Juicers with smaller pulp receptacles require anyone making larger quantities of juice to stop and dump the pulp in between batches, adding more minutes to the juicing process.

This machine hasn't received a single negative review on Target.com, where about two dozen users commend the power, speed, and ease of use and assembly. One aspect of performance that users almost universally praise is the cleanup. As with any juicer, it's important to rinse the pulp off the parts immediately after use to prevent a dried, stuck-on mess, especially on the stainless-steel screen. (User tip: A reviewer on Amazon recommends swirling a small bit of cooking oil around in the pulp receptacle before juicing so that the pulp slides right out afterward.) The parts are dishwasher-safe, and this juicer comes with a cleaning brush.

Some users do warn that this Hamilton Beach model is noisy -- a common complaint surrounding cheap juicers. At nearly 10 pounds, this is also the heaviest machine we reviewed. Despite those drawbacks, users and experts remain enamored with the speed, power, and ease of the Hamilton Beach 67601 Big Mouth Juice Extractor.

Black & Decker JE2200B Review

(From $30.00 Good)

This small yet powerful juicer features one-handed operation, dishwasher-safe parts, built-in cord storage, and a stainless-steel strainer. The consensus: good for the price.

It comes as a surprise to some users posting Black & Decker JE2200B reviews that this low-cost juice extractor is so well-made and effective. The machine has accumulated a 4-star rating on Amazon, with more than 1,300 user reviews, and puts up similar showings on other retail sites.

A 400-watt motor powers a stainless-steel cutter/strainer, which spins and presses produce to extract juice and eject pulp from fruits and vegetables. The integrated pulp container in the back conserves space and its large size cuts down on juicing time by reducing, if not eliminating, the need to stop and dump the container and start again. The machine also comes with a juice cup, which can hold up to 10 ounces -- clearly marked with measurements -- and has a spout for easy pouring.

In our reading of user reviews for the Black & Decker JE2200B Fruit & Vegetable Juice Extractor (starting at $30, Amazon), we repeatedly came across versions of the caveat "for the price," as in, "This juicer is great for the price." Avid juicers who want a super-speedy experience or plan to juice large quantities might want to spend a bit more. But for consumers who just dabble with juicing, this machine might be a perfect fit. Users generally appreciate not only the price but also the ease of use and assembly, the compact size, and the dryness of the leftover pulp (dry pulp means more juice has been extracted).

Good Housekeeping Research Institute awarded this juicer a grade of B-, noting that it excels at juicing carrots; it's simple to use, thanks in part to an excellent owner's manual; and most of the parts are dishwasher-safe. The cons, according to GHRI: This model is slow for a centrifugal juicer, can't wring much juice out of an apple, and has a very small feed chute, which requires users to chop vegetables a good bit before juicing. Users commenting on Amazon also mention noise, with one reviewer comparing it to a leaf blower. Nonetheless, as cheap centrifugal juicers go, this is a good bet.

Lexen Healthy Juicer GP27 Review

(From $50.00 Good)

Intended primarily to juice wheatgrass, this manual masticating juicer also accepts leafy greens and fibrous vegetables. Users report relatively high juice yield and easy cleaning.

Electric masticating juicers are among the most expensive types of juicers on the market. While this manual model from Lexen doesn't meet every consumer's needs, Healthy Juicer reviews indicate that it can work well for someone who is primarily looking to juice wheatgrass and leafy greens.

The Lexen Healthy Juicer GP27 (starting at $50, Amazon) fastens to a workspace via a suction base and/or by tightening a clamp to the end of a table or counter. This juicer is lightweight, portable, and completely manual, using pure muscle power instead of electricity. Like most any manual masticating juicer, it works by pushing wheatgrass or other greens through a hopper and a hand-cranked auger, with the juice drizzling from one end and the pulp ejected from the other.

In general, users who have reviewed this juicer on Amazon admire its simplicity -- the ease of assembly, disassembly, cleaning, and general use. Most seem to consider the hand-cranking action a plus, not a minus (some even characterize it as another health benefit of the device). Users also like that the juicer ships with extra parts. One drawback cited on Amazon is the small size of the hopper.

Consumers who use the Lexen Healthy Juicer GP27 to juice wheatgrass, kale, spinach, chard, and other greens -- its intended use -- seem to have good experiences. Some users allege that this model can juice other vegetables and fruit, as long as they're chopped in very small pieces. It's important to note that if you're looking for a machine to whip up juice with a variety of fruits and veggies in a flash or serve up fresh OJ on the weekends, this manual masticating juicer is not the model for you.

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Hamilton Beach 67800 HealthSmart Juice Extractor Review

(From $35.00 Think Twice)

This centrifugal ejection juicer features a relatively quiet motor, safety latches, and recipes, but users report it breaks easily, leaks, and wastes juice by ejecting wet pulp.

While Hamilton Beach does make a good cheap juicer (see: 67601 Big Mouth Juice Extractor), Hamilton Beach 67800 reviews suggest that the HealthSmart Juice Extractor is not one of them. Among users' gripes: a too-small feed chute that can't accommodate large pieces or entire fruits, difficulty cleaning, and a lot of wet pulp left over, an indication that users aren't getting as much juice as they could be from all the produce they're buying. Consumer reviews on the Best Buy website, for example, report that the machine leaks and extracts only some juice from fruit that should be producing more. Two reviewers posting on the retail site Newegg say their juicers broke after just a few months of use.

The Hamilton Beach 67800 HealthSmart Juice Extractor weighs roughly 7 pounds and has a 350-watt motor, which is far less powerful than the motor in our top choice among cheap juice extractors. Juice pours through a spout directly into a glass; no juice pitcher is included. The parts are dishwasher-safe.

The Hamilton Beach 67800 HealthSmart Juice Extractor (starting at $35, Amazon) works the same way as other centrifugal juicers and has the same basic features, but by and large, users seem to feel that buying this cheap juicer is more of a waste of money than a savvy way to save it. Some reviewers appreciate that the juicer comes with a book of about two dozen recipes, and some remark that it's not as noisy as expected, but reviews are overwhelmingly negative. By far the most common rating on Amazon is 1 star. We suggest skipping this model and stepping up to Hamilton Beach's Big Mouth line of centrifugal juice extractors instead.

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Metrokane Rabbit Citrus Juicer Review

(From $40.00 Think Twice)

Users like the sleek, retro look of this manual juicer but find the machine too wobbly. They say it's fine for juicing lemons and limes but too small to effectively juice oranges.

Metrokane Rabbit reviews are virtually identical, giving the manual, hand-crank citrus juicer high marks for style but low marks for effectiveness. The sleek, retro chrome juicer might look great in the kitchen, but overall consumers are not impressed with its performance.

To use this juicer (starting at $40, Amazon), users place half a piece of citrus fruit face-down on the reamer. As the handle is pulled from back to front, the top presses down on the fruit to release the juice. Despite the fact that the entire device is made of metal, much of it doesn't seem solid, users say. On Amazon, many complain that the juicer -- in particular the base and the handle -- feels flimsy and is difficult to operate properly.

One common complaint is that the cavity that holds the fruit during juicing is just too small. Half a lime or lemon fits fine for most users (although some mention that large lemons must be trimmed a bit) but the juicer can accommodate only the tiniest of oranges. Certainly grapefruits would be out of the question. Not only do fruits not fit properly, the Rabbit does a poor job juicing them, according to several user reviews on the Bed Bath & Beyond website. They say the liquid spills over the sides of the juicer, in addition to the spout underneath, creating a sticky, sloppy mess.

Juicers need to do more than just look good on a countertop. There are far better -- and cheaper -- citrus juicers on the market.

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Buying Guide

Juices have gone way beyond the standard supermarket jugs of orange and apple. Fresh juices combine all manner of fruits and vegetables, from carrots and cucumber to leafy greens and grapefruit. Fresh-made and bottled juices can be found in virtually every coffee bar and convenience store, but by making your own juices at home, you can save money and control the ingredients (store-bought juices are notorious for their high sugar content). As juices have grown in popularity, the options for cheap juicers have also proliferated. While they may not be as powerful as their more expensive counterparts, low-priced models from manufacturers such as Hamilton Beach, Black & Decker, and Lexen make juicing at home a smart, healthful, and easy choice for many consumers.

Cheap Juicers Buying Guide

The first step toward finding the best cheap juicer for your needs is to think about what kind of juice you want to make and how much effort you want to expend. Fruits, vegetables, and greens have vastly different properties that require distinct juicing methods and, in many cases, different equipment.

A citrus juicer specializes in lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit, and there's certainly no shortage of reasonably priced models. If you prepare only a small amount of juice every once in a while, a manual citrus press or reamer may be all you need -- assuming you don't mind using a little elbow grease. Squeezing a pitcher of OJ for the family every morning this way isn't feasible, however. For that you'll need an electric juicer. Based on our research, your best bet for a cheap electric citrus juicer is the Black & Decker CJ630-2 (starting at $16.50). The manual Metrokane Rabbit Citrus Juicer (starting at $40) turns out to be more style than substance.

A masticating juicer works best on wheatgrass and other fibrous vegetables (such as spinach and lettuce) and roots (like beets and carrots). These low-speed juicers push produce through a barrel or chute, where a rotating, screw-like auger slowly kneads and "chews" the greens to extract the juice, sieving the liquid and leaving the pulp. Most electric masticating juicers are priced way beyond the Cheapism range. The top-selling (and best-reviewed) brands, which include Breville, Omega, and Champion, typically start at $200. One frugal solution is to opt for a manual wheatgrass juicer, such as the Lexen Healthy Juicer GP27 (starting at $50), which is recommended specifically for juicing greens.

For any other vegetable or fruit combination, a centrifugal juicer or juice extractor does the trick. This type of machine uses spinning blades to shred the produce and centrifugal force to push the juice out from the center of rotation and separate it from the pulp. The juice drains into a small pitcher or a drinking glass, and the pulp collects in a separate receptacle. These juicers are fast and easy to use, particularly for beginners. They tend to be less expensive than masticating juicers but are not as effective at extracting juice from leafy greens. While many centrifugal juicers start at the $100 mark, good options under $50 do exist. The best cheap one we found is the Hamilton Beach 67601 Big Mouth Juice Extractor (starting at $50). The Black & Decker JE2200B Juice Extractor (starting at $30) also makes our list of top picks, while another Hamilton Beach model, the HealthSmart Juice Extractor 67800 (starting at $35), doesn't demonstrate the efficiency or durability reviewers expect.

Features Comparison Buying Guide continues below table

(from $16.5)
Type Electric citrus juicer
Container(s) 32 oz. clear-view juice container with measurements and spout
Dishwasher-Safe Parts Yes
Warranty 1-year limited
(from $50)
Type Electric juice extractor
Container(s) Dispenses directly into glass; extra-large pulp bin
Dishwasher-Safe Parts Yes
Warranty 1-year limited
(from $30)
Type Electric juice extractor
Container(s) 10 oz. clear-view pitcher with measurements and spout; 28 oz. pulp collector
Dishwasher-Safe Parts Yes
Warranty 2-year limited
(from $50)
Type Manual masticating juicer
Container(s) Juice cup
Dishwasher-Safe Parts No
Warranty 1-year limited (parts)
(from $40)
Type Manual citrus juicer
Container(s) None
Dishwasher-Safe Parts No
Warranty Lifetime (moving parts)
(from $35)
Type Electric juice extractor
Container(s) Dispenses directly into glass; small pulp bin
Dishwasher-Safe Parts Yes
Warranty 1-year

What We Looked for in the Specs

Large Reamer or Chute.

Squeezing small limes and lemons with a cheap citrus juicer is not the same as squeezing large oranges and grapefruit. Some models, including the Black & Decker CJ630-2, come with two different size cones to fit the reamer. In reviews on multiple sites, users admire the design of the Metrokane Rabbit Citrus Juicer from an aesthetic standpoint but warn that the reamer is large enough to accommodate only lemons, limes, and the smallest of oranges, making it ineffective for orange juicing -- not worth it for the price and effort. As for juice extractors, feed-chute sizes vary, so figure on doing some slicing and dicing beforehand to ensure fruits and vegetables will fit. The Hamilton Beach 67601 Big Mouth Juice Extractor boasts an extra-wide 3-inch feed chute, but most cheap juicers have smaller chutes that require smaller pieces and more pre-juicing prep time. Many users mention this in reviews of the Black & Decker JE2200B Juice Extractor, for example, although it doesn't deter most of them from giving the juicer a positive rating overall.

Convenient Container Design.

Some juicers are sold without a juice container; a glass or bowl is meant to fit under the spout to collect the juice. Others save you from having to make a separate glass of juice for each person by offering relatively large pitchers. The Black & Decker CJ630-2 features a 32-ounce pitcher that holds enough for the entire family. A clear container with measurements on the side lets you see how much juice you've squeezed, which is especially useful if you need it for a recipe.

Centrifugal juicers often come with two separate containers -- one for the juice and one for the pulp. These either fit right into the juicer or sit underneath the ejection points. The Black & Decker JE2200B Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor includes a 10-ounce juice pitcher and a 28-ounce pulp bin. A too-small pulp container adds time to the juicing process, as users must pause to dump the pulp and start again. Dishwasher-Safe Parts. All the electric juicers recommended here have parts that are dishwasher-safe after disassembly, making cleaning and de-gunking a snap. The two manual juicers, the Lexen Healthy Juicer and Metrokane Rabbit Citrus Juicer, are hand-wash only. This doesn't detract from most users' high opinion of the Healthy Juicer, however, as its simple design and minimal parts make hand-washing easy. As for the Metrokane Rabbit, the required washing technique may be the least of its drawbacks.

Safety Features.

Juice extractors, because of their speed, sharp blades, and metal baskets, should have one indispensable safety feature: a locking mechanism (as you would find on a food processor) that prevents activation unless properly assembled and securely closed. If you come across a juicer that does not come with this feature, you might want to consider another model. Even with a heavier and stronger machine, make sure the unit is equipped with a no-slip grip to keep it from dancing and spinning while you juice; alternatively, you can place a cupboard liner under the juicer. This is especially useful with tall and narrow models, such as the Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer (starting at $30), which have a tendency to tip over. The manual Lexen Healthy Juicer GP27 has a suction base and a metal clamp that can be used together or separately to attach to most any surface. The electric citrus juicers mentioned here have pressure-activated reamers, which allow the machine to activate only when the fruit is pressed firmly down onto the reamer.

Juicer Reviews

To make our picks, we scoured user reviews of juicers on the manufacturers' own websites and on retail websites including Amazon, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and Chefs Catalog, as well as expert advice from outlets such as Good Housekeeping. Juicer reviews focus mainly on the following criteria: how well and how quickly a juicer extracts juice; how durable the juicer is; and how easy the machine is to use and clean.

Effectiveness and Efficiency.

The better a juicer is at extracting the goods, the more juice you get -- and the fewer fruits and vegetables you have to buy. Generally speaking, the drier the residual pulp, the higher the quantity of juice extracted. Users don't like seeing pulp that is too damp with juice afterward. Reviewers chastise the Hamilton Beach 67800 HealthSmart Juice Extractor (starting at $35), for example, saying it yields only small quantities of juice and the mesh basket gums up with pulp very quickly. On Amazon and Drugstore.com, they call the machine wasteful, as it produces tons of pulp and very little juice. Reviewers call special attention to the "final spin" feature on the Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer (starting at $30), which is designed to squeeze every last bit of juice from the fruit.

Consumers also want juicers that can do the job quickly, without requiring the user to stop and scoop out accumulated pulp too often. The Hamilton Beach 67601 Big Mouth Juice Extractor (starting at $50) boasts a big pulp bin, and users describe the machine as powerful and fast. They repeatedly mention how dry the pulp is -- an indication of a highly efficient juicer.

The Metrokane Rabbit Citrus Juicer (starting at $40) receives the poorest marks in this area. In reviews on the Bed Bath & Beyond website, many users say they found the handle awkward to turn and note that very little juice is squeezed from each fruit. One review mentions that the gearing on the arm catches and another grumbles that it takes a lot of force to squeeze out any juice at all.

Durability.

A juicer should feel substantial and be able to withstand the rigors of juicing, regardless of its price tag. Most budget juicers are made from plastic and have a few metal parts. The shells on some lower-cost models, including the Cuisinart CCJ-500, are a combination of plastic and stainless steel, and the motor is comparatively strong. Others, however, are relatively flimsy and may break on first use or after a small fall. Reviewers cite the Metrokane Rabbit Citrus Juicer as one such model.

Juicer reviews tell a tale of two different Hamilton Beach juice extractors: A couple of users report that the highly touted 350-watt motor on the Hamilton Beach 67800 HealthSmart died after just a few months of use. On the flip side, users praise the Hamilton Beach 67601 Big Mouth, with one user writing that the juicer was still going strong after nearly four years. All the juicers in this buying guide come with limited parts warranties of at least one year.

Ease of Use and Cleaning.

Many juicers require assembly and disassembly of multiple interlocking parts between uses. These parts should fit together tightly, without any gaps or wobbly bits, and be durable enough to withstand the repeated process of taking the juicer apart, washing the pieces, and putting them back together again.

Users and experts warn against electric juicers that vibrate so much that they "walk" across countertops while in use, which makes juicing difficult and much messier -- not to mention potentially hazardous. User reviewers on a couple of retail sites lament that the Cuisinart CCJ-500 "dances" too much on the counter. (Despite this, reviewers praise the Cuisinart's ability to extract juice, and more than 500 have contributed to an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.) The Metrokane Rabbit Citrus Juicer has received negative reviews on multiple sites for being difficult to use. One reviewer writes on Chefs Catalog that juice from large oranges overflowed all over the counter and each orange had to be repositioned several times in order to extract all the juice. That same user complained of hand pain after filling just two small cups of juice with this manual machine.

Keeping a juicer clean is an important maintenance step and makes an impression on users, who appreciate parts that are easy to wash and especially those that are dishwasher-safe. Even if you choose a model with dishwasher-safe parts, an entire electric juicer will not be able to go in the dishwasher, so look for products with minimal gaps and hard-to-reach crevices, where juice can trickle and collect. The Hamilton Beach 67601 Big Mouth Juice Extractor comes with a brush for cleaning any tough spots. The Black & Decker CJ630-2 Citrus Juicer (starting at $16.50) and JE2200B Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor (starting at $30) and the Lexen Healthy Juicer (starting at $50) also earn top marks for designs that prevent spillage on and around the unit when juicing.

When users do come across a machine that's difficult to clean, its online product ratings suffer. Most Amazon user reviews of the Hamilton Beach 67800 mention how difficult it is to clean, and the juicer receives many 1-star ratings. Bottom line: If a juicer isn't easy to use and easy to clean, it won't be used at all -- a waste of money at any price.

Additional Products We Considered

Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer Review

(From $30.00 )

Cuisinart CCJ-500 reviews call this citrus juicer a success in both the aesthetic and performance departments. With its tall, narrow shape and brushed-stainless-steel base, the machine fits and looks good on any kitchen counter. In addition to the standard black top, orange, green, red, and yellow are available.

The Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer (starting at $30, Amazon) features an adjustable reamer with three pulp settings for low, medium, or high amounts of pulp. The machine auto-reverses for thorough and efficient juicing. When the juicing cover is depressed, it starts a "final spin" action that extracts additional juice from the citrus pulp. (The cover also keeps dust off of the reamer.) A universal reamer cone accommodates small lemons and limes as well as large oranges and grapefruits. The parts are dishwasher-safe and BPA-free.

As the best-selling citrus juicer on Amazon, this machine scores a thumbs-up from users in several key areas, especially when it comes to speed and effectiveness. One reviewer mentions that the rind of the fruit is left entirely clean after 15 to 30 seconds of juicing. Reviews related to ease of cleaning, however, are mixed. Some users find the device easy to clean, but quite a few write that they found bits of pulp still clinging to the parts even after several vigorous scrubbings.

Another drawback cited a few times on the Bed Bath & Beyond website is a tendency of the machine to vibrate and "dance" across the counter when in use, spraying juice all over, which is both messy and potentially dangerous. Still, user reviews of the Cuisinart CCJ-500 are overwhelmingly positive on the whole, particularly considering the price tag.