Keep Healthy on A Budget with these Six Budget Juicers
Drinking homemade juices or meal replacement smoothies doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. With the rapid expansion of the health and wellness industry, more and more people are turning to juiced fruits and vegetables to meet their daily nutrition requirements. While some criticize juicing for leaving out important fibers and enzymes in a diet, we think that drinking juiced fruits and veggies is far better than getting none in your diet at all.
Not quite sure where to start or want to get juicing without breaking the bank? We’ve got everything you need to know to keep healthy on a budget. Each of these six options offers lots for a low price, and our Buyer’s Guide and FAQ section will help you choose the perfect juicer for you.
Top 6 Juicers Under $100
- Utilizes a 14,000RPM motor with 700 watts of power
- Centered feed tube design is more compact and great for larger vegetables
- Comes with a custom cleaning brush
- Includes a 1-year limited warranty
- Unique citrus-specific design allows for easy, hands-free juicing
- Auto-reversing cones ensure efficient juice extraction
- Measurement marks on the container make it easy to juice specifically
- Comes with a 2-year warranty
- Low 80 RPM auger is highly efficient and much quieter than centrifugal options
- Small mouth design and pusher keep fingers far away from danger
- Easy reverse function to reduce accidents and clear up any clogs
- Includes a 2-year warranty
- Extra wide 3-inch mouth can swallow whole fruits and ensures quick juicing
- Two-speed controls allow for greater versatility over soft greens and tougher vegetables
- Includes a cleaning brush for easy maintenance
- Comes with a 2-year warranty (3-year warranty for registered products)
- Extra-large pulp bin allows for long operation without cleaning or emptying
- Includes dishwasher-safe parts and cleaning brush
- Easy turn-dial operation allows for quick juicing whenever needed
- Includes a 3-year limited warranty
The Breville BJE200XL expertly comes with a compact yet sturdy design yet focuses on accurate measurements and a centrifuge that’s faster than nearly all of the competition. This juicer features a fountain-like design that uses a centered knife-blade assembly. Once you load up the fruits and vegetables, the pulp is disposed of around the mouth of the unit while the juice is poured out the side. The result is a small unit that packs a big punch due to the compressed design.
We greatly appreciate the safety measures, such as a safety lock design and a focus on higher-end materials. While this juicer is at the very top of the budget and also tends to be difficult to clean, we still think the built-in froth separator and other features make this one of the best juicers for the price.
- Unique design
- Highly powerful
- Sturdy build quality
- Measurement pitcher included
- Includes froth separator
- Can be difficult to clean
The BLACK+DECKER Citrus Juicer CJ625 is the only citrus juicer option. It comes in at the bottom of our given budget range and offers a way to make fresh orange juice and lemonade in a pinch. This juicer takes the standard handheld apparatus you may be familiar with and motorizes it for maximum yield. While you’re still going to need to use a bit of effort pushing down on citrus for juicing, the unique and reversible cones are specially designed to make sure no juice is left behind.
Of course, as this is a citrus juicer, you’re going to be severely limited in the types of beverages you make. Likewise, this unit isn’t known to be particularly powerful. The price, though, is certainly right, and for those who know the types of juice they want and don’t mind limitations here, the BLACK+DECKER perfectly fills a niche without costing a dime more than necessary.
- Reversible cones
- Measurement pitcher included
- Dishwasher safe parts
- Multiple cones included
- Cannot juice non-citrus products
- Not very powerful
The Aobosi Slow Juicer is the only masticating option on our list and offers a handy way to quietly, efficiently juice. Masticating juicers utilize slow-rotating spiral-like pressers to juice fruits and vegetables. This juicer operates at just eighty rotations per minute to pulverize any product you place inside. This juicer also uses one of the smallest mouths of any of the juicers on our list, which makes it easier to slowly, methodically juice rather than fill the machine to capacity.
We really appreciate this juicer’s easy reverse functionality to clear out clogs as well as its efficient filter, which helps to ensure the purest juice possible. While masticating juicers may not be for everyone, both the unique safety features and high juice yield make it certainly worth considering as it is the only one of its kind on our list. We do have to note the high price and occasionally frustrating design of this slow juicer that might make you use the reverse button more often than you’d like. Provided you’re patient and methodical, though, you will come out with perfect juice every time using this Aobosi product.
- Highly efficient juicing
- Quiet operation
- Reverse feature
- Great safety features
- Durable build
- Can clog periodically
Providing an excellent counterpoint to our previous juicer pick, the AICOK 1000W Juice Extractor is a high volume, high-speed option for those of you who need to juice about as many fruits and vegetables as you can get your hands on. Featuring an extra large mouth, you’ll be able to fit entire apples and other produce into the machine with very little prep work. The AICOK juice extractor also comes with two-speed settings to improve efficiency when working with softer fruits or harder-to-juice greens.
Capacity seems to be a big selling point for AICOK, especially considering the extra-large pulp collection bin and juice pitcher. And while this product is relatively high in price, it does come at about the middle of the pack when compared to others on our list. There are a few downsides, however, to a product as powerful as this. If you’re aiming for efficiency over all other metrics, you may be a bit disappointed at the amount of juice that ends up in the pulp collection bin. Still, if you need to work quickly and work with lots of fruits, we can think of few options as great is this one.
- Great capacity
- Large mouth
- Good build quality
- Operates quickly
- 2-speed operation
- Not very efficient
- Can struggle on leafy greens
- A little expensive
If you’re looking for a juicer with a mouth as large as the AICOK pick but without the excess features, this Hamilton Beach Big Mouth 67601A may be up your alley.This juicer uses a simple turn-dial design to get to juicing right away. While the unit doesn’t come with a collection pitcher, we do appreciate the massive pulp collector that promises to hold enough pulp for an entire produce aisle.
We really appreciate the high-quality pusher and big mouthed feed shoot, which can make quick work of many different types of fruits and veggies. Juicers like these can struggle, though, on some of the thinner greens like kale. While we would have appreciated a juice collection pitcher or an easier-to-clean design, we still have to hand it to Hamilton Beach for making a product that’s affordable, simple, and pretty efficient for the price.
- Extra-large pulp collection bin
- Easy operation
- Efficient operation
- Large mouth
- Can be difficult to clean
- No juice collection cup/pitcher
The BLACK+DECKER Extractor JE2200B uses high-quality materials and a pretty unique design to help itself stand out from the crowd. This juicer uses an integrated pulp container and a simple pitcher design to easily juice to an exact specification. You can even measure out your juice to the nearest millimeter, which can be a big help to many health enthusiasts.
While the smaller-size pitcher can be a bit frustrating, it does serve well as a reminder to empty out the pulp that can be difficult to see when the unit is in operation. This juicer also uses a simple switch design and dishwasher safe parts to round out some of its features. While we think the overall wattage and efficiency is lower than it should be given the price, this option from BLACK+DECKER only helps to further solidify the company’s reputation for sleek, modern products for the home. For the particularly space-conscious, this may be one of our best options yet.
- Integrated pulp collector
- Small footprint
- Measurement pitcher included
- Easy to use switch design
- Dishwasher safe parts
- Not very efficient
- Low wattage
- Small juice pitcher
|FEATURE||Breville BJE200XL||BLACK+DECKER Citrus Juicer CJ625||Aobosi Slow Juicer U-SP-180531-1|
|Capacity||27 oz.||34 oz.||N/A|
|Dimensions||9.5 X 8.8 X 16||7.7 X 7.7 X 9.5||14.5 X 11.8 X 11|
|FEATURE||AICOK 1000W Juice Extractor||Hamilton Beach Big Mouth 67601A||BLACK+DECKER Extractor JE2200B|
|Capacity||37 oz.||N/A||10 oz.|
|Dimensions||13.3 X 16.5 X 9.2||9.2 X 13 X 16.2||13 X 9 X 9|
Read about our top six picks but still not sure which one deserves a spot on your countertops? We’ve discussed some of the most important aspects of juicing, slicing, and dicing below and answered some of your most asked questions along the way.
Without a doubt, the most important distinction to make between the six products listed above is the distinction between the centrifugal and masticating options. And while one of our products, the BLACK+DECKER Citrus Juicer, doesn’t fit into these two categories, it’s important to keep in mind what sorts of benefits come from each.
Centrifugal juicers, as the name implies, rely on centripetal force and a centrifuge of blades to spin and decimate fruits and vegetables. The operation is quick but also quite loud. While many of the juicers on our list rely on centrifugal juicers, and these types are often considered the standard, a second type is certainly worth considering.
Masticating juicers are lesser-known and often the rarer of the two main types of juicers. With their slowly/rotating press and unique design, however, these types of juicers tend to squeeze out more juice and produce less pulp than their centrifugal counterparts. That’s not the say that centrifugal juicers shouldn’t be considered; aside from costing less on average, centrifugal juicers come with their own benefits, including speed, size, and power.
For a more in-depth look into the differences, we recommend you check out the following chart:
- More affordable overall
- Easier to clean
- More space-conscientious
- Faster juicing
- Less efficient overall
- Not as effective on leafy greens
- More efficient overall
- Better for leafy greens
- More expensive overall
- Can be hard to clean
- Awkward pulp/juice dispensing
- Slower juicing overall
While we highly recommend both centrifugal and masticating juicers on our list, we also want to highlight some of the best blenders for juicing should making juice not be the highest priority for you. Combining blenders and juicers into one appliance can be helpful for those who aren’t as focused on one type of processing over another.
Aside from the type of juicer you choose, considering wattage and capacity are also highly important. While it’s not a one-to-one comparison, generally speaking the more wattage your juicer comes with, the more powerful you can expect the juicer to be. Theoretically, a 1000W juicer should be able to tackle fruits and vegetables easier than a 100W juicer.
While this is a good overall approach for comparing juicers, remember that the type of juicer you’re considering plays a big factor in its wattage. A citrus juicer, for example, like the one on our list is going to need less wattage overall than a masticating option. Overall, masticating juicers need fewer watts to get more done than their centrifugal cousins.
Similarly, the capacity of your juicer is worth looking into to ensure that juicing doesn’t take any longer than it has to. While many people use their juicers for individual drinks, you may want to use your machine to prepare juice drinks for several people or several times during the day. If you’re confident you’ll only need a juicer for a single serving, you may also want to consider whether or not a bullet blender works well for your needs. The smaller the collection picture and pulp bin are, the more often you’re going to need to stop the juicer, unplug the unit, clean the parts, and start all over again.
Finally, you’ll need to keep in mind that budget juicers aren’t going to come with all of the bells and whistles you may have been expecting when looking into a model for purchase. Many of the desired features that are simply too expensive for budget manufacturers include higher speeds and froth separators.
Variable and multi-speed juicers can make juicing certain ingredients much more efficient than single speed options, which is why we think the two speeds offered by the AICOK 1000W Juice Extractor is worth noting. Likewise, simpler features, like pushers and included tools for cleaning, are going to range in quality and availability based on which product you’ve picked out.
Generally speaking, the choice between a centrifugal and masticating option is going to be more important than pushers and cleaning tools. If you’re really looking for the convenience of a froth separator or really need your juicer to go the extra mile, however, you may want to consider holding off on a budget juicer and saving up for a premium option.
How Do I Clean My Juicer?
- Effectively cleaning your juicer is often far more about when you clean it than how you clean it. Whether you’re utilizing a centrifugal or masticating juicer, you’ll need to try to get your juicer to the sink as close to when you’ve finished using it as possible. Many juicers (including juicers on our list) utilize meshes and tight corners for pulp to travel through. Should these sections be allowed to dry, cleaning your juicer is going to take far longer and be more difficult.Generally speaking, you’ll want to disassemble your juicer as completely as possible and place the non-electric components in the sink for washing. Likewise, if your juicer has come with special tools to clean tight crevices, you’ll want to take these out as well. Fill your sink with dish detergent and hot water and try to soak each piece for a few minutes before giving them a final rinse. Don’t forget to take a damp cloth or sponge to the juicer itself. Just be mindful of any electrical components and make sure to get all of the pulp and juice out of the machine each time before the residue has time to dry.
Do I Get All of the Vitamins and Nutrients from My Produce When I Use a Juicer? How about Fiber?
- Juicing can be somewhat controversial, as different groups make different arguments concerning just how efficient the juicing process is. We feel adequately confident, though, to make a few baseline assumptions.Juicing, while highly effective in processing fruits and other ingredients, is going to leave some amount of vitamins, nutrients, and particularly fiber in the pulp. While the best juicers will get as close as possible to retaining all vitamins and nutrients, the issue of fiber is one of the biggest when it comes to the health benefits of juicing. Juicing will remove most of the fiber content from the fruit, as the juicing process removes the natural tissues and fibrous elements that keep the fruit together and retain its shape. The vitamins and nutrients in fruit, though, can mostly be transferred to the juice created from any of the juicers on our list.It’ll be up to you to decide whether or not juicing is going to fit in with your nutritional goals or diet. We can tell you that juicing is perfectly healthy and is absolutely preferable to not getting your fruits and veggies in at all.
Can I Juice Leafy Greens like Kale?
- Kale, spinach, and other leafy greens are harder to juice, but all of the juicers on our list should be able to tackle them just fine.While juicing kale and other leafy greens is certainly possible, you’ll need to remember that these leaves are low in moisture and quite thin. Getting the juice from these plants are going to produce a lot more pulp and waste than more saturated options like apples.To juice leafy greens, you’ll need to focus on compressing the leaves as much as possible and considering adding in other ingredients to help your juicer rise up to the task. Taking a few seconds to roll up greens in a cylinder before juicing, for instance, is often a great way to maximize the juice you’ll get from the leaves. Likewise, you can consider adding in apples, carrots, or other veggies to give your juicer something more substantial to puree.
We think there’s a compelling argument to make for each of our six juicer picks. At the end of the day, however, one product stands out amongst the rest. The Breville BJE200XL offers a great overall value for the price. The high build quality and wattage, sturdy design, a froth separator, and safety features make it a must-have product for many homes.
If, though, you need to get to juicing without breaking the bank, we have to recommend the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth 67601A for a centrifugal option or the BLACK+DECKER Citrus Juicer for a cheaper option overall. Whether you need to make orange juice periodically or want to get fully into juicing your way to a better body, we hope that you achieve your fitness goals with a little help from one of these six products.