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    Shopping Guide for Best Citrus Juicers

    There's nothing like waking up to a freshly squeezed glass of OJ, but it's less appealing when you're the one who has to do the squeezing. If you have a citrus juicer, however, the hard part's done for you. It's simple enough to decide to buy a citrus juicer; it's finding the ideal model to fit your needs that can be a challenge. How do you pick the best citrus juicer out of the hundreds on the market? Well, the team here at BestReviews is here to help you out.

    We've done countless hours of product research, gathered feedback from customers who have real experience of using these juicers regularly, and talked to our expert consultant, Jessica Cording. All of that so we can point you in the direction of your perfect citrus juicer.

    At the top of the page, you'll find our product matrix featuring our five favorite citrus juicers. But first, read on for our full guide to these products. You will find all the information you need to select the right citrus juicer for you.

    Ideally, look for a citrus juicer that has a transparent juice container so you can easily see how full it is.

    Why Buy a Citrus Juicer?

    First thing's first: Why exactly should you buy a citrus juicer? Here's a handful of reasons to get you started.

    • Citrus juices are good for you, containing plenty of vitamins and minerals – notably high levels of vitamin C and calcium.

    • According to our expert, Jessica, "They can make it easier to stick to healthy habits by making squeezing fresh citrus seem like less of a chore. One of the main barriers I hear people cite for reasons they’re not able to start or stay on track with a new healthy habit is that it seems difficult."

    • Freshly squeezed citrus juices retain many more nutrients than store bought versions – and they just taste better, too!

    • If you already squeeze juices by hand, a citrus juicer will will save you a lot of time and effort.

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    EXPERT CONSULTANT

    Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian, nutrition communications consultant, and writer with a passion for helping others experience a happier, calmer life through drama-free, healthy eating. Through her writing, consulting, public speaking and counseling, she works with individuals, food companies, healthcare companies, and the media to help make delicious, nourishing food approachable and enjoyable.


    Jessica  |  Registered Dietitian

    Types of Citrus Juicers

    You'll find two main types of citrus juicers on the market: electric citrus juicers and manual citrus juicers. Each variety comes with its own pros and cons.

    Types

    Electric Citrus Juicers

    Electric citrus juicers have a spinning reamer that quickly extracts liquid from your fruits.

    Pros:

    • Electric citrus juicers produce juice quickly and with very little effort.

    • Most people find electric juicers simple to use and more convenient than their handheld counterparts.
       

    Cons:

    • You sometimes get some bitter peel oil in your juice when you use an electric juicer, so the resulting juice may not be as sweet as that made with a manual juicer.

    • Some electric citrus juicers can be noisy.
       

    Price: You can find basic electric citrus juicers for as little as $10 to $15. High-end models can cost up to $150, or more for commercial models.

    While you can find some very inexpensive citrus juicers on the market, they may not be as durable as slightly costlier models. If you'll be using your citrus juicer daily, it's worth spending more to get a model that will last years. Cheap models might save you a few bucks at the outset, but this can be false economy in the long run.

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    Manual Citrus Juicers

    Manual citrus juicers include basic handheld presses or reamers, as well as commercial-grade manual citrus presses.

    Pros:

    • You usually get more delicious juice from a manual citrus juicer, since it shouldn't contain any bitter-tasting peel oil.

    • Basic manual citrus juicers are very inexpensive.
       

    Cons:

    • Using a basic manual citrus juicer is slow and laborious.

    • Commercial manual citrus presses are relatively expensive.
       

    Price: Manual citrus juicers cost from around $5 to $10 for basic models, up to $120 to $150 for high-yield citrus presses.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Citrus fruits should be at room temperature when juicing to get the best yield from them.

    Considerations for Selecting a Citrus Juicer

    Considerations

    Size

    Take note of the size of any citrus juicers that you're considering and make sure they'll fit comfortably on your countertop.

    Our expert consultant, Jessica, recommends against purchasing a citrus juicer that's too large and cumbersome to use – in most cases it'll end up relegated to the back of a cupboard.

    Considerations

    Drip-Stop Spout

    Once you've finished using your juicer and removed the jug from underneath the spout, the last remnants of the juice will slowly drip out, leaving a mess on your countertop. Citrus juicers with a drip stop spout allow you to seal the hole once you're done juicing so you won't have annoying drips to clean up.

    Think about the length of the power cord on your chosen citrus juicer. If it's too short, you might have to move it or use an extension cord to reach the nearest outlet.

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    Ease of Cleaning

    Citrus juicers can have a lot of parts, most of which will need cleaning after use. To save you time and energy, look for a citrus juicer that's easy to clean. You should be able to disassemble the juicing parts so you can clean each one individually. Avoid any citrus juicers with obvious nooks and crannies where leftover juice and pulp could get stuck and fester away. If you own a dishwasher, you might want to look for a juicer with dishwasher safe parts to make cleanup less of a hassle.

    Considerations

    Pulp Regulator

    A citrus juicer's pulp regulator is what dictates how much pulp remains in your glass of juice. Most electric juicers offer low, medium, and high settings. On the low setting, you should get smooth, pulp-free juice. On the high setting you should be left with a lot of pulp in your juice. And on the medium setting, you'll get something in between the two. A variable pulp regulator is ideal for families who can't all agree on how much pulp should be in their juice.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Some electric citrus juicers have a reverse feature, which helps to extract more juice.

    Tips From Our Expert, Jessica Cording

    • Look for something you have room to leave out or within easy reach if you plan to use it regularly. So often people purchase appliances and don’t end up using them because it’s inconvenient to get them out.

    • Non-slip feet are important to stop your citrus juicer from sliding all over the counter while in use.

    • Think beyond orange juice and try adding a splash of lemon, lime, blood orange, or grapefruit  juice to seltzer water. Citrus juice is also great in homemade cocktails.

    • Citrus foods have a lot of health properties (for example, they tend to be high in vitamin C and potassium) and make a great addition to all kinds of recipes. Having a juicer you enjoy using makes it easier to incorporate these foods.

    • Think about whether you plan to juice one type of citrus fruit or multiple types. This will help you know whether you need the option of various attachment sizes for different sizes of fruit (a feature some models have).

    • Factor in whether you plan to leave it out on the counter – that will help you select something that blends in well and doesn’t compete too much for counter space with whatever else you may have.

    • If you only plan to use your citrus juicer on occasion, look for something that won’t clog as easily or that cleans without much effort so you don’t have to worry about pulp building up and growing bacteria during storage.

    • Convenience, usability, and durability can be worth the extra money on items you plan to use daily.

    • Consider whether you want something quiet (maybe if you’re an early riser and don’t want to wake the rest of the house when you use it).

    Think about both the capacity of the collection jug and the speed at which your chosen citrus juicer can produce juice. If you've got a big family, you'll need a juicer that can produce a large volume of juice quickly and a jug big enough to hold it all.

    FAQ

    Q. Will a citrus juicer save me time?

    A. Yes, if you're someone who already juices citrus by hand or often uses lemon or lime juice in recipes, a citrus juicer will definitely speed things along. In fact, our expert Jessica says, "Citrus juicers can save time – if you’re like me and love to add lemon to recipes, it adds up!"

    Q. Are citrus juicers dishwasher safe?

    A. This depends on the type and model of citrus juicer you choose. A basic manual citrus press or reamer may be completely dishwasher safe, so you can throw the whole thing in and have it clean in no time. Of course, you couldn't put your whole electric model in the dishwasher, but some or all of its removable juicing parts may be dishwasher safe. Always check the manual before you go ahead and put any of your juicer's parts in the dishwasher, as they may get damaged if they're not dishwasher safe.

    Q. How noisy are citrus juicers?

    A. Manual citrus juicers produce so little noise that they may as well be silent, but some electric citrus juicers can be quite noisy. If you want a quiet citrus juicer, check reviews to see if other users think it's quiet, or contact the manufacturer to discover how many decibels it produces.

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