by Garrick Dee
Updated December 13th, 2018
For first time juicers, a centrifugal juicer is almost a no-brainer choice because it is easy to use.
You don’t need to spend a whole lot of time chopping. And it goes through produce in just a few seconds.
Another reason you’ll want to have this type of extractor is because you’ll be juicing mostly fruit concoctions.
If you are not really particular with the yield or noise, this will be the only juicer you’ll ever need. But if you want to transition to consuming more leafy greens or want more juice then you may have to switch to this.
I’ll feature 5 of the best centrifugal juicers available right now.
The results aren’t what I expected when I did my research because I expected Breville to top this list.
But that wasn’t the case and this shows you never to be presumptuous when shopping for something like this and to always do your due diligence.
If you don’t agree with the list here, feel free to air your objections below in the comments box. I’m glad to hear your side out.
The first thing I would look for in these machines is the feed chute size.
It MUST BE at least 3 inches in diameter. Why 3 inches?
Because the first time I used a centrifugal juice extractor it had a small feed chute. And I was cursing inside because I had to spend like 30 minutes chopping apples and cucumber because it won’t fit the small 1.5″ x 2″ feed chute!
Now I don’t want you to be in the same situation that’ll probably lead you to quite juicing because this is such a beneficial practice that I want you to spend as little time as possible when starting out.
Gotta have a cleaning brush
Second consideration would be having a cleaning brush because without it.
Cleaning the sharp cutting disk would be very hard and dangerous to your fingers plus the screen would clog up pretty quick.
Having this tool easily cuts a few minutes off the cleaning time.
And it helps you maintain the yield because the mesh screen is always clean. Just make sure to wash it immediately afterwards.
Third, I would check how long the warranty is. This I think is mostly overlooked by consumers and it shouldn’t.
With cutting blades spinning at over 3,000rpm these machines often get a workout. And when you use it every day, it will take its toll.
I’d get something with a longer warranty for that extra peace of mind just in case something goes wrong.
Finally, I’d consider how much noise it makes, granted these machines produce a lot of noise.
But there are models that will produce less and I’ll show you which ones make less noise below.
Tip: Most manufacturers will only give a 1 year warranty for the cutting disc because this part takes a lot of abuse and will get dull over time.
How about the motor?
Having a powerful motor is important to some extent because a weaker motor will not last as long. But the larger the motor is, the more noise it will generate so you’ll have to balance these two.
Our Pick: Omega BMJ330
It has the 2 of the 3 important factors I was looking for in a juice extractor.
Things I like
First, it has a 3 inch feed chute and second, it has the longest warranty in the industry with a 15 year warranty on the whole juicer (except for the cutting disk).
Performance wise it has outperformed the higher rated (at least in Amazon) Breville in terms of yield. And it wasn’t as noisy because it had a smaller motor (375 watts vs 1,000 watts).
There are only a few reasons not to like this.
First, for some reason Omega did not include a cleaning brush in the package. They could have added a few dollars to the price and added a cleaning brush which would certainly boost reviews.
Second, the motor which is smaller will bog down when you put a lot of pressure on hard produce like carrot or beet.
Third, Omega did not include any juice jug. This maybe a minor annoyance but for a first time juicer this could turn into a major one.
Fourth, it does not have any juice stopper so you’ll have to put a towel underneath it when you take off the jug so your table does not get messy.
Lastly, it will produce a lot of foam. (I think most of the models here will)
No cleaning brush
Despite the smaller motor, lack of a cleaning brush and juice spout. I still picked this as the top juicer here because it outperformed a 1,000 Breville in terms of yield plus it produces much less noise.
I don’t mind a weaker motor that may bog down because it costs more than 50% less than a Breville plus it comes with a very generous 10 year warranty.
It a wide 3″ feed chute where you can fit a whole apple through. And it also has a strong 1,000 watt motor with 5 speed settings.
While there is some learning curve with this feature, the advantage of this is that it’ll be less noisy if you use it at lower settings.
Better than a Breville?
Yield wise, this can hold its own even against the more popular Breville and what I like about it is the price.
You don’t need to spend close to $300 just to get a powerful 1,000 watt motor, if that’s what you like. This juice will only cost a just a little under $150.
And it still comes with a 3 year warranty on the entire juicer (I’m still verifying if the warranty covers the cutting blade) which is pretty good for the price you are paying for it.
It has 5 speed settings and it has a cleaning brush which is a must have for speedy clean ups.
The other feature that it has over the Breville is it has an anti-drip spout that prevents things from getting messy once you remove the juice jug.
Thing I don’t like
If I could nitpick, this juicer does produce a very frothy juice. And will not do well with leafy greens. But the good news is every one of the brands here has this weakness so I would not consider it a weakness.
Here’s a demonstration of it juicing apples…
If you’ve watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, you most probably have seen this juice extractor.
This is the bestselling centrifugal juicer right now in Amazon.
When it first came out it cost over three hundred dollars now it costs a shade below $120 which is a big reason why it soured in the rankings.
Things I like
It has a potent 850 watt motor with 2 speed settings – low and high.
The low setting spins the cutting blade at 6,500 rpm and the high setting comes in at 12,000 rpm.
If you’re just making juice from soft fruits like oranges, the low setting would be sufficient.
For harder ingredients like celery then you’ll have to use the high setting.
Things I don’t like
The big question is why a bestselling product as such ranked this low?
Two factors weigh heavily against it in my book. First it is still more expensive (around $40) than the two brands above and despite that it still only comes with a 1 year warranty.
If Breville would increase this by two years then it’ll be number 1 in this list.
I know that they have a huge following and have great reputation for quality. But if it only comes with a 1 year warranty I’d be concerned when it runs out and it breaks – spare parts aren’t cheap. Get what I mean?
One of the biggest weaknesses of centrifugal juicers is extracting liquid from leafy greens like Kale. Here’s a demo of how the JE98XL handles it…
This compact juicer would fit great on small homes where space is a premium.
But it will still give you that same Breville performance that people love.
It has a small footprint because it does not have a pulp catcher.
The excess pulp goes in a basket located under the cutting disk which is a good and bad thing.
Good because you don’t need a lot of room to store this.
Bad because you can only make a small cup of juice before you need to disassemble, empty the pulp catcher then clean the strainer but don’t worry, it won’t take too long.
If you’re juicing for only one or two persons, this will be enough but for a family of 4 or 5, it’ll be too small.
Again, my biggest beef here would be the warranty – it only comes with a 1 year warranty. If they just increase it by a year or two, this would be a winner here.
Another potential issue would be the height. It measures around 16″ in height so it isn’t small in that area.
If you’re looking for something a little bit shorter, the Cuisinart CJE-500 would be a better fit measuring just 10-3/4″ in height.
Last complaint would be price – at just $100 this blender isn’t expensive. But there are other brands that cost as much but provide a better warranty.
If spending $100 isn’t your thing then the Hamilton Beach 67608 would be a great alternative for those simply looking for a juicer that will just do the job minus the extra expense.
Thinks I like
It has a wide feed chute so you don’t need to spend too much time prepping, a strong 850 watt motor.
And it has a cleaning brush which makes cleaning a breeze.
Some potential issues
Take note that the juice catcher is small, capable of only holding 20 ounces of juice.
So it’ll be roughly 2 small cups which would only be good for one or two people and would probably be too small to use if you’re doing a juice fast.
Another issue would be the plastic housing which could snap if you are not careful. But it shouldn’t be an issue as long as you follow instructions with regards to assembly and disassembly.
Even though this is dishwasher safe, it is only in the top rack but if I may suggest, wash it by hand so you can thoroughly scrub the strainer and so that the plastic will not get brittle over time because of the heat.
Overall this is a great budget option for people who aren’t willing to spend over $100 for a centrifugal juice extractor. This blender will cost less than $60 and it’s one of the best budget options right now.
The latter is an intriguing option because it isn’t as loud as the other brands featured here. But the short warranty concerns me.
Value for money
The Omega BMJ330 is the best value for money option thanks to its price and warranty. It isn’t the most powerful juicer but unless you’re juicing a gallon a day it should be able to do the job. If you want to juice lot of leafy greens then a masticating juicer would be a better option.
Breville is good but
Breville is a great option but it only comes with a one year warranty which puzzles me. If Cuisinart can afford to give a 3 year warranty Breville should give at least a 2 year warranty.
The JE98XL and BJE200XL are currently the two best options here in my book and it all boils down to price. Choosing one will depend on your needs. Go for the JE98XL if space in your home is a premium. And if you don’t mind spending $150 on a juicer then the BJE200XL is a good option.
If you think I’ve missed on any juicer please let me know in the comments below.
I understand that there will be newer models that will come out in the future. And when that happens I’ll update this page so please standby for that as well.