Best Cheap Juicers
This buying guide recommends the best cheap citrus juicers and centrifugal juice extractors based on an analysis of juicer reviews and features.
What We Considered
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. They also comment on the design of the reamer or chute and the container and note crucial safety features.
We Looked At
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. They chastise cheap juicers that yield only small quantities of juice and gum up with pulp very quickly, calling them wasteful. Reviewers call special attention to the "final spin" feature on the Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer, 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 67602 Big Mouth Juice Extractor fills the bill with a big pulp bin and powerful, fast performance. Reviewers repeatedly mention how dry the pulp is -- an indication of a highly efficient juicer.
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. 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. A too-small pulp container adds time to the juicing process, as users must pause to dump the pulp and start again.
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, 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.
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. All the juicers in this buying guide come with limited parts warranties of at least one year.
Our Top Pick
The winning feature of this 25-watt electric reamer has to be the "final spin" option, which leaves no drop of juice unsqueezed, users report. In other words, users feel like they get their money's worth from the produce they buy for juicing. This Cuisinart juicer is easy to operate by simply pressing half a citrus fruit on the reamer. The reamer's universal size should fit any type of citrus, from limes to grapefruits. Many reviewers appreciate the ability to select how much pulp goes into the final product, which is a real differentiator.
3 choices for pulp control.
"Final spin" option gets the last bit of juice out of the pulp.
Dishwasher-safe parts and easy to clean in under a minute, users say.
Stable on countertop.
Compact enough to store easily.
Spout is made of flimsy plastic and liable to break off, according to online reviews.
Inconvenient for making large quantities of juice, as pulp and seeds must be cleaned out periodically.
Pulp sometimes clogs the spout.
Some buyers report that it broke down after a short time.
This 800-watt centrifugal juice extractor is a great starter juicer, according to its fans. Ease of use is a big reason -- there is nothing to do but switch it on -- and price is another. The Hamilton Beach 67602 Big Mouth Juice Extractor performs fine with most fruits and vegetables but, like many centrifugal juicers, it has trouble extracting much juice from leafy greens. Both the manufacturer and users recommend putting a plastic bag in the pulp bin to ease cleanup.
Powerful for the price.
Wide 3-inch chute.
Easy to clean; includes a cleaning brush and dishwasher-safe parts.
Easy to operate -- with 1 speed, it's just on-off.
Processes most fruits and hard vegetables very well, as long as they're cut into pieces, reviewers say.
Users report making at least 1 quart of juice before the pulp bin needs to be cleaned out.
Not stable enough, according to some reviews -- tends to move around the countertop while running.
Doesn't extract all the juice on the first pass; some users put the pulp through again to get more.
No pitcher or carafe included.
Consumers starting out in the juicing world consider this 750-watt centrifugal extractor a good ally. Even some reviewers who have used expensive masticating juicers say it works very well. While the manufacturer says the Gourmia GJ750 Wide Mouth can handle whole fruits and vegetables, users suggest that cutting them in large chunks to make quick work of extraction.
2 speeds, one for fruits and one for hard vegetables.
Powerful enough to liquify hard fruits and vegetables like carrots or beets.
User-friendly for beginners.
Extracts most of the juice from fruits and vegetables -- even leafy greens, if they are packed tightly enough.
Can handle large pieces of produce.
Comes with a cleaning brush and carafe.
Funnel housing and juice cup are made of thin plastic that could break easily.
Sometimes freezes when juicing hard root vegetables, reviewers warn.
Some users report that this model has a short lifespan.
Some buyers detect an awful odor out of the box.
The 400-watt motor in this centrifugal juicer is strong enough to get most of the juice out of produce. It has one speed, which makes it simple for beginners to use -- just turn it on. Non-slip feet keep it steady. The Black & Decker JE2400BD 400-Watt Juice Extractor works extremely well for fruit but leaves vegetable juice behind, according to reviews. In CNET testing, it didn't stand out among centrifugal juicers for juicing leafy greens. The site's reviewer suggests alternating soft and hard foods to keep from clogging the mesh around the pulp container.
Easily juices fruits and most hard vegetables.
Extremely affordable way to begin juicing.
Compact size makes it easy to pull out of a cabinet and doesn't take up a lot of counter space.
Dishwasher safe, and easy to clean manually.
Small mouth; produce must be cut into small pieces before juicing.
Does not come with a juice container.
Some users complain that it's extremely noisy.
Some incidents of leakage and other breakdowns.
Consumers who are not sure whether juicing is for them have found the Brentwood JC-500 Juice Extractor an affordable and easy way to start the practice. This 800-watt centrifugal juicer is fast and powerful, although it does not seem to extract all the possible juice from produce. Some users are fine with putting the pulp through the juicer a second time, when it comes out mostly dry, but others say that detracts from the ease of the process. While this model works well on fruits and hard vegetables, like many juice extractors, it produces very little juice from leafy greens.
2 speeds, one for fruits and one for hard vegetables.
Comes with a pitcher that separates the foam from the juice.
Wide mouth means less time spent cutting up fruits and vegetables.
Easy to take apart for cleaning and put back together; moving parts are dishwasher safe.
Some users say too much produce is left in the pulp, so they have to run it through twice.
Some reviewers have had problems with leakage.
The Proctor Silex 66331 Alex's Lemonade Stand Citrus Juicer is as simple as can be. There is no setup; it's ready to go right out of the box, and juice dispenses directly into the attached container. Users say the machine is a snap to disassemble and clean; all the parts are dishwasher safe. The compact size makes it convenient to store even in a very small apartment kitchen. A dollar from every purchase goes to the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a charity for childhood cancer.
2 reamers, for handling both small citrus fruits like lemons and large ones like grapefruit.
Pulp control for people who prefer juice without pulp.
Very efficient at extracting juice, according to user reviews.
Compact and easy to store, yet holds a lot of juice.
Easy to take apart and wash.
Comes with a 34-ounce container.
Wirecutter's pick for best citrus juicer.
On the noisy side, reviewers warn.
A bit underpowered for large quantities of bigger citrus fruits.
Some users report a lack of durability.
This 25-watt citrus juicer is fine for the price if it isn't used much, but it's not constructed well enough to go through an entire basket of oranges. Adding any pressure at all to the fruit can stop the reamer from spinning, users say, and this lightweight juicer has a tendency to jump around on the counter. There is only one reamer, which is too small for larger citrus fruits.
Works well for citrus fruits without seeds.
Reamer reverses direction to get maximum juice out of fruit.
Easy to clean.
Small, so it doesn't take up much room, and easy to store.
Comes with a 700 ml detachable pitcher.
Flimsy construction; the plastic cracks easily and pieces don't fit together tightly, according to reviews.
Some users report that the motor dies unexpectedly.
Not big enough for grapefruit.
This 400-watt centrifugal juicer is not as powerful as most of our top picks, and it shows. Reviewers warn that it gets really hot when they try to put a lot of hard vegetables through it. The biggest issue, though, is that it doesn't make much juice -- a lot of pieces are left in the pulp container. It works well enough for the very low price, some users say, as long as expectations are not high.
Small footprint ideal for condo or apartment kitchens.
Fast and easy to use.
Most parts are easy to clean.
Comes with a 300 ml juice collection cup.
Too much waste -- a lot of juice gets discarded in the pulp, reviewers say.
Not powerful enough to juice a lot of produce without overheating.
Some users accuse the blade of dulling quickly.
Fruits and vegetables have to be cut into small pieces to fit through the mouth.
Other Products We Reviewed
Black & Decker CJ630-2 Citrus Juicer Review
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 $16.50, Amazon) 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
Hamilton Beach makes several centrifugal juicers at varying price points. The 67601 Big Mouth Juice Extractor (starting at $50, Amazon) 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.
For juicing leafy greens without a hefty price tag, this manual masticating juicer does the trick. While it's not meant for fruits or hard vegetables, it can make juice out those, as well, although they must be cut up quite small and require a good bit of work with the hand crank. No reviewers seem to mind cranking this juicer by hand, and most consider it sturdy and durable.
Grinds leafy greens very well; the resulting pulp is almost completely dry.
Simple to use, assemble, and disassemble.
Actually can be cleaned in 30 seconds, as the manufacturer claims.
Table clamp and suction base make it sturdy.
Some users say hand cranking is a good workout.
Very small hopper; produce must be chopped into small pieces.
Can leak if not properly tightened.
Difficult to crank when grinding hard vegetables.
Not good for people with arthritis.
Metrokane Rabbit Citrus Juicer Review
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.
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.
Manual commercial juicers built to withstand frequent, heavy use are not just the province of delis and juice bars. People with citrus trees, or those who just like to juice a lot of fruit, find them easier to use than electric juicers, which need to be cleaned out frequently. Rather than employ the spinning motion of a reamer, this manual juicer works by applying 2,300 pounds per square inch of pressure to get every bit of juice out of the fruit. It's made from heavy-duty cast iron with a stainless steel strainer and basket.
Hefty and durable commercial-grade product.
Juice doesn't get any pith in it to sour the taste.
Works very well on pomegranates, reviewers say.
Faster and easier to use and clean than electric citrus juicers.
Suction cups on the base keep it from slipping.
Doesn't come with different size cones for smaller fruits.
Heavy and difficult to move.
Can accommodate only a 4-inch container underneath.
Handle can fall and cause injury if it's not locked, some users warn.
This 700-watt centrifugal juicer is smaller than other Breville juicers but relatively inexpensive and highly rated. It works for smaller kitchens or people just dabbling in juicing. Although the mouth of the chute is large enough to accommodate large pieces of produce, users suggest that cutting smaller chunks results in more juice and drier pulp. They also report that the 14,000 RPM spinning speed quickly extracts the maximum amount of juice. Long-term users rave about this machine's durability, speed compared with a slow masticating juicer, and consistent, solid performance.
Comes with a 25-ounce juice container.
Fast and makes a lot of juice.
Easy to operate, take apart, clean, and put back together.
Comes with a combination cleaning brush and spatula for removing pulp, rinds, and seeds.
Does a fairly good job with leafy greens (reviewer tip: Wrap them around something hard, like a carrot or a piece of ginger).
Extracts just about all the juice from most fruits and vegetables.
The Good Housekeeping Institute's budget juicer pick.
Not ideal for juicing leafy greens.
Can be messy; reviews describe little pieces of food flying out of the chute onto cabinetry if the pusher is not in place.
Small pulp catcher has to be emptied frequently.