When I started juicing I used a cheap Oster juicer.
But it didn’t last very long. When it broke I had to look for something that would last longer.
I needed something that would do equally well on a variety of vegetable and fruit.
I considered buying the bestselling Breville. But it only came with a 1 year warranty so looked at other brands.
So I set forth to look and research on different juicers to see what’s out there. And here are 5 of the best fruit and vegetable juicers out there when you combine price, performance and reviews.
These juicers will be able to extract juice from leafy greens, hard vegetables like beet or carrot, soft and hard fruits efficiently without adding extra air in it that’s the main culprit of oxidation.
I’m not a hard core juicer who only drinks leafy green juice because it’s too strong for my palate. So I often times add fruit to make it taste better.
Green juice’s flavor tends to be strong, especially for newbies. So you’ll need to add some fruit.
You’ll notice that most of the models feature here are slow juicers because this overall works best for a wider range of produce.
How to choose one?
The best type of juicer for this purpose is a vertical auger style extractor because of the auger design that isn’t too narrow for large fruits like apple or pineapple. But still efficient enough to extract from leafy greens with minimal wasted produce.
Let’s have a look at the different parts of a vertical slow juicer…
You’ll notice that the auger is wider compared to horizontal style extractors. And this width makes it possible for it to be “self-feeding” meaning you basically don’t need to use a pusher.
Take note that if you’re using the pusher that means your feeding things in too fast and risk overfeeding and jamming up the motor.
This is a great option for people who suffer from conditions like arthritis or rheumatism because they don’t need to exert any effort just to feed produce in.
If you’re curious what “self-feeding” is, just watch this video…
If you’re the type who likes to have their wheatgrass shots in the morning, the go for a horizontal juicer like the Samson 9005.
The Wide Mouth Monster: Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer
This wide mouth monster is an industry first.
A slow juicer with a three inch feed chute.
Big feed chute
You don’t have to cut up fruits like apple, lemon or pear anymore! Just shove it down the feed chute whole.
While doing so will require you to use the pusher to some degree, the time saved would more than make up for this.
Aside from really big fruits like pineapple or watermelon, the only ingredients you need to pre-cut are fibrous ones like celery, collard greens and spinach which by personal experience should not take more than a few minutes’ tops.
Powering this beast is a 240watt brushless motor that has enough torque to chop and crush a whole apple without bogging down.
It also comes with a bigger auger capable of handling the extra load.
Wide feed chute
I like this a lot because it has a wide feed chute that drastically reduces the time spent on pre-cutting.
If you always add fruit in your recipe this will be a huge time saver. As with all upright juicers, you’ll need to cut fibrous greens like celery to prevent clogging.
This is the trade-off that you’ll need to consider before buying this.
And the best part?
The warranty, it comes with a generous 10 year warranty on the whole juicer!
What are the downsides?
The only con, besides the need to chop fibrous greens, is the price. This machine costs over $400! It is a big investment but if you juice every day, it is well worth it.
Remember this is a slow juicer, don’t expect it to be as fast as a centrifugal juicer.
The Old Reliable: Omega VRT350HD
The Omega VRT350HD does not have a wide a feed chute as the Kuvings. But it is still a very good performer, capable of extracting juice from both fruit and vegetables with the best of them.
It is equipped with the GE Ultem strainer and auger which is a prerequisite if you’re going to juice every day.
This is 8 times harder than their non-Ultem counterparts meaning it is virtually crack resistant.
Why is it number 2?
There nothing in the features list that jumps out but if you’re looking for a solid all-around fruit and vegetable juicer that is also capable of making almond milk and nut butter then this should fit the bill.
I would have recommended the newer VRT450HD but it also costs over $400.
Comes with a strainer
The main improvements of the 450 is the addition of a juice tap and a strainer. You can buy a sieve for a few dollars and use that instead of the strainer.
It has the same need to pre-cut fibrous greens but like what I’ve said over and over, it won’t take a lot of time.
What are the potential issues?
The biggest one is the feed chute because it isn’t as big as the Kuvings so you’ll pretty much need to chop up everything that goes in there, well except for grapes and other smaller ingredients. Since this is a vertical slow juicer, you pretty much have to cut up fibrous vegetables like celery or it will CLOG the pulp ejection port. So you’ll need to make time to prepare produce.
The Budget Juicer: Fagor Slow Juicer
If you think you need to spend $300 for a quality upright juicer, think again, the Fagor slow juicer costs just a shade over $100 in Amazon.
It has everything you need to juice fruit and vegetable every day. These includes (1) an Ultem screen and auger and (2) it is an upright extractor.
Also it comes with a very decent 5 year warranty on the whole juicer that is very good considering the price point of this product.
To give you a comparison with more popular brands, consider the Breville BJS600XL is around $100 more expensive. And yet only has a 1 year warranty on the parts (though it has a 10 year warranty on the motor which is the least likely part to break).
Consumers, generally, were quite satisfied with the performance and yield. One review that stood out with me is the one that mentioned that this held its own in terms yield against Omega NC800. If this is even close to remotely true, this is a bargain.
What are the downsides?
Now let’s go to the bad points. It does produce a pulpy juice but this can be easily remedied by buying a sieve for just a few dollars. Another con is the absence of a juice tap that prevents drips but for the price, I don’t mind not having this feature.
All Stainless Steel: Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain
This all stainless steel beast from Breville claims to only produce only 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit.
This in theory will protect enzymes inside the juice which is a great benefit because these enzymes are the big reason why you drink fresh green juice.
Why is it number 4?
This two speed juicer go through fruits and vegetables in just a few seconds thanks to the strong 1,000 watt motor that spins the cutting blades at 13,000rpm.
It also has a low speed option that lowers that down to 6,500rpm. The lower speed setting will work with softer ingredients like strawberry or grapes and won’t be as loud as the high setting.
The biggest plus would be the wide feed chute that measures 3 inches because there will be little pre-cutting needed.
You won’t need to chop a small apple, a lemon and a medium sized orange. It’ll even fit two small to medium sized carrots without bogging down the motor.
What are the potential issues?
Biggest issue for me would be the warranty. For a machine close to $300 dollars, I’d expect it to have a longer warranty than one year. But even with this downside a lot of people still buy this because it performs well.
Another issue would be the amount of air that goes into juice because of the fast spin cycle. Even if Breville says that it only produces 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, juice still heats up from the friction of the blade.
Overall this juicer would be great for harder produce like carrot, celery, apple, and cucumber as it will hold its own even against a slow juicer.
But for leafy greens it will extract less. If you don’t juice a lot of leafy greens this would be a good choice.
Previous Pick – Kuvings Upright Silent Juicer
The biggest complaint by owners of centrifugal juicers would be noise. It’s like having a jet taking off inside the kitchen.
If you have a toddler, they’ll be freaking out when they hear the sound of this early in the morning.
Kuvings say that this juicer will on produce 40 to 50 decibels. You can have a conversation without yelling using this extractor.
In terms of performance, it didn’t disappoint. It comes with an Ultem strainer and auger.
So juicing vegetable and fruit everyday should not be a problem but avoid feeding it too fast because it can jam up.
The blade part of the auger that is responsible to cut ingredients isn’t as sharp as the Omega or Hurom so yield may suffer a little bit.
Another plus is that plastic components are BPA-free, so if this is a big concern for you then get the Kuvings.
- Quiet – only produces between 40 and 50 decibels
- Equipped with an Ultem strainer and auger
- No sieve or juice tap included
- A more blunt auger blade may mean a little less yield
Slowest Slow Juicer: Tribest Slow Star
The Tribest Slow Star is one of the slowest slow juicers in the market right now with the auger spinning at just 47rpm.
Would this make a big difference in terms of nutritional value in the juice?
To be honest, it really does not, if there is a difference, it will be minimal at best.
Not very noisy
The biggest benefit I can take away from this is the quietness, because it rotates at such a low rpm.
If you look at the auger design, it is unique because instead of one “chopping” blade, it comes with two…
Why did it make it to the top 5?
This design tweak will yield more – based on tests by John Kohler against the VRT400, it squeezed 10% more juice from leafy greens.
What are the potential issues?
But this has a downside. It won’t be as easy to feed ingredients as say an Omega VRT400. If you go too fast, it may clog up. A workaround would be feeding slower.
Another downside is the price, this will cost just under $310 but it has a 10 year warranty on the whole juicer.
If you want something cheaper, the Nutriteam HD-7700 will cost less. But it only with a 1 year warranty on the parts – these two are virtually the same product.
To Wrap Up
There you have it, 5 juicers that will work very well on vegetable and fruit.
All of them vertical juicers which means it won’t be as efficient when it comes to leafy greens.
But if you’re looking to mix it up often adding fruit to your green juice then any of these 5 will do the job well.
I like the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer because of the time saves it provides with the 3″ feed chute. Imaging not having to quarter a whole apple or pear, that alone will save you a couple of minutes. Of course, you’ll still need to chop stringy stuff like celery.
But if Kuvings is too expensive then you can opt for any of the other juicers of the list like the Omega VRT350HD or the Tribest Slow Star Juicer if you want more yield. For those who don’t have time to chop and do all the prep work for a slow juicer, they can opt for a centrifugal juicer like the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain.