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Citrus fruits range from lemons, limes, to mandarins, and grapefruits. When juiced, they make tasty and refreshing drinks that you can benefit from either in health or as a source of income. They are rich in vitamin C, fiber, and can even boost your heart health. Citrus juices are also an excellent source of potassium which is essential in electrolytic balance, muscle contraction, and heart activity. Drinking a glass of fresh citrus juice can also help you prevent cancer because citrus fruits are rich in flavonoids.
Let us say that you are craving a freshly squeezed orange juice one morning, how convenient would it be to have your own juicer at home. You can save some money by not buying juice from the store, and you are confident that what you’re getting is indeed a fresh juice without the preservatives.
There are a lot of citrus juicers in the market, and their types vary as well. You can choose from handheld, manual, and automatic juicers. But are there other factors that you have to know when it comes to buying your model? No need for a sour face, we got your questions covered in our buyer’s guide.
We have also reviewed our top 7 best citrus juicers and listed them from the most expensive to the most affordable so that you can start listing which juicer fits your requirements, needs, and budget. Read on to know more about them!
Best Citrus Juicer Comparison Table
|20 × 20 × 35 inches
|Hamilton Beach 932
|11 x 9.3 x 22 inches
|11 x 9 x 18 inches
|6.5 x 11.5 x 7.6 inches
|8 x 8 x 9.5 inches
|4 x 5 x 15 inches
|Proctor Silex 66331
|7.8 x 7.9 x 9
Best Citrus Juicer Reviews
Vevor Commercial Squeezer – Best Automatic Citrus Juicer
Our first in the list is the Vevor Electric Orange Juicer Commercial Squeezer. Its name is a mouthful but so does its capacity. This model is an automatic juicer that can squeeze 22 to 30 citrus fruits that are 40 to 90 mm in diameter in a minute. The juicer will peel the skin of the fruits for you and filtrate the juice automatically.
Personally, we think that the Vevor Juicer looks very modern and will turn heads when you have it at your kitchen counter. Because of its capacity, you can even use this juicer for commercial use. Its stainless-steel case makes it look expensive. But not just for style, its stainless-steel built prevents the juicer from getting dents and scratches that are common with plastic casings.
We mentioned that the Vevor looks very modern because it does not have any flashy or colorful parts. Your guests will even enjoy watching this juicer make their juice for them. Watch the juicer? Yes! Compared to most commercial juicers, Vevor’s body is transparent so you can actually see it in action.
First, you will place the citrus fruits at the stainless steel “basket” at the top of the juicer. The fruits will then fall into the juicer’s inner compartment where you will see them get cut in half and squeezed. Once the juicer squeezed the fruits, they will be collected in a compartment at the side of the juicer. The pulp, on the other hand, is collected in the juicer’s tray.
The drawback we have for this machine is that it’s heavy to be moved around by one person. However, this isn’t a problem especially with the amount of juice you will get with a lot of citrus fruits in a short time.
Hamilton Beach 932 – Best Manual Commercial Juicer
Our next pick is the Hamilton Beach 932 Commercial Citrus Juicer. This classic-looking model is also fit for commercial use, but you can juice your citrus fruits manually with this one. It is a manual juicer, but that doesn’t mean that squeezing citrus fruits takes too much effort from the user. You can also add more citrus fruits between juicing because the handle of this juicer stays upwards.
Can Juice Various Citrus Fruits
The lever arm is height adjustable, and the reamer is designed to accommodate the various sizes of citrus fruits. Because of this design, you can adjust the arm where the squeezer rests on top of the fruit before applying pressure.
The model has a rack and pinion gearing that gives the juicer more leverage and aids in providing a powerful force with minimum effort. The ergonomic arm of this model is comfortable to use but also exerts up to 2,000 pounds of force in one press. You know that you’ll get the maximum amount of juice in each citrus slice. This amount of force also means there will be fewer pulp residues and fruit skin oils.
The juicer will also last you because its metal components have chrome and enamel finishes that resist wear and tear from the citrus juice acids. However, the removable cup is made of aluminum and can corrode over an extended period. On the bright side, you don’t have to worry about the juicer accidentally tipping over during usage because of the Hamilton’s “Sure Grip” feet. The base also resists skids.
The 4 oz juice collection cup, even though it’s not dishwasher-friendly, helps in preventing mess during juicing and it can swing-out if you prefer a larger cup for juice collection. The 5.5-inch cup clearance is suitable to place an 8 to 10 oz cup for juicing.
When it comes to cleaning, the juice collection cup, stainless strainer cone, and abs plastic funnel are all removable for easier cleaning and sanitation. These removable parts are useful because the pith, pulp, oil, and peels from juicing are collected in the strainer cone.
Breville 800CPXL – Best Small Electric Juicer
Here is our personal pick, the Breville 800CPXL. This model is also the best choice for a small electric juicer that you can easily place on your kitchen counter. The housing of this juicer is made from professional-grade brushed stainless-steel, so the durability of this model is out of the question.
The Breville 800CPXL uses acid-resistant cone/reamer that can fit all citrus fruits from limes to grapefruits because of its varying ridges sizes.
Breville’s cone/reamer is not only useful for fitting all kinds of citrus, but it is also part of the juicer’s backbone in effortless juicing. The reason for this is because the cone fits well with the juicer’s arm system (the arm press and lever). The active-arm press of the Breville utilizes a power-assisted lever to give you maximum juice yield.
Breville’s arm system is designed to give you maximum juice yield. Its secret is its ergonomic triple-hinged arm. The triple hinge of the juicer’s arm provides the juicer a consistent and stable downward pressure onto the citrus fruits.
However, the piece that holds the cone in place is made of plastic and can break easily. Peels also have a tendency to be stuck in the cone.
The ergonomically-designed triple hinged arm of this model ensures a downward pressure throughout the juicing process. The motor is also quiet during usage, and the juicer has two stainless-steel filters to collect the pulp.
We appreciate that this juicer has a safety switch that will prevent the cone from spinning until both of the arms is lowered, and sufficient pressure is placed on top of the cone. There is also a drip-stop juice spout that holds the juice back to prevent spills on your countertop by flipping it upwards.
The usage is straightforward and easy. You just place a citrus half on the reamer and press the arm down which will activate the motor and spins the reamer. After using, you can put the parts into the dishwasher for easier cleaning as well. There is also a cord storage, and dust cover included.
Gourmia GMJ9970 – Best Heavy Duty Manual Juicer
If you’re looking for a more affordable option to the manual juicer we reviewed from Hamilton; the Gourmia GMJ9970 Large Citrus Juicer might be the one for you. This model is also our best heavy duty manual juicer because of its cast iron base and handle and materials made from stainless-steel. These materials used in the built will also resist acid from the juice as well as rusting.
We also like its sleek design and how narrow it is to fit into most cabinets for storage. This juicer is easy to use. You just place the fruit or slice of fruit in the strainer and press down on the non-slip handle. There are also four suction cups at the base of this juicer to ensure grip on the surface. The juicer itself also feels heavy and sturdy. However, you need a bit of power when pressing down on the non-slip handle.
Tribest CS-1000 – Best Easy to Use Electric Juicer
So far all of the models that we’ve reviewed, electric or manual, are reasonably easy to use. However, the Tribest CS-1000 is our winner when it comes to the overall simplicity of usage. CitriStar does not require any additional tweaks once you push the citrus fruits onto the ream, not even levers nor switches!
Design wise; the juicer looks like a large pitcher with a ream on the top. And surprisingly, you don’t have to use a different ream for juicing smaller citrus fruits like lemons. Simply detach the ream to reveal a smaller ream. We also notice that the ream cap is not sensitive to pressure as it still continues even if the fruit is pushed hard on the ream.
Even if the juicer looks like it’s going to be loud, it still managed to be quiet enough with its 50-watt motor. You also don’t have to worry about clogging while juicing because it utilizes a stainless-steel spout that is high clearance. This spout also helps in preventing leaks and messes because you can flip it upwards once your juice container is full. This flip-up motion will then stop the juice flow.
We also appreciate its adjustable electric cord for a neater set-up. The Tribest CS-1000 Juicer also comes with a dust cover to keep it clean and protected when stored in the cabinet or left on the counter. Stability is also not an issue because the juicer has a wide base and rubber feet to keep it secured. The parts are also easy to clean because they are removable.
Chef’n Citrus Squeezer – Best Handheld Juicer
There are different types of juicer, and we will discuss that in our buyer’s guide, now we have the Chef’n Citrus Orange Squeezer and Juicer as our best handheld juicer. This bright orange colored juicer is capable of producing 20 percent more juice than other handheld devices thanks to its dual-gear mechanism.
Sometimes we do not need a large juicer mainly if we only use citrus juices for recipes and cocktails. A handheld juicer is a perfect option just like this model because you can easily store it in kitchen drawers. This juicer is also top-rack dishwasher-safe and is made of durable nylon and stainless-steel. The juicing holes are also small enough, and the inverted strainer can refine the juice extracted for you. The skin, pulp, and seed are strained from the juice.
Proctor Silex 66331 – Best Affordable Compact Juicer
Functional with a Cause
The most affordable model we reviewed is the Proctor Silex 66331. Not only is this juicer affordable but buying this will help with cancer research. The brand donates from every juicer purchased to their foundation for Childhood Cancer research.
The juicer also has 34 oz capacity pitcher perfect for making large batches of citrus juice, but it comes with no lid. You can also extract citrus fruits of varying sizes because of the juicer’s two plastic reamers that are interchangeable. The juicer also uses an auto-reversing cone so that the reamer moves in both clockwise and counterclockwise direction to make the juicing easier and more efficient.
The Proctor Silex 66331 is also a compact model with additional features for easy storage. It has a cord storage, and nested storage for the two plastic reamers to avoid clutter. It only weighs two and a quarter pounds as well.
For this price point, you will also get an excellent pulp control feature so that you have control on how much pulp you will want in your juice by using a small switch.
Best Citrus Juicer Buyer’s Guide
As you might have noticed in the products that we have reviewed, there are different types of juicers ranging from manual, electric, to even handheld depending on what you prefer. You can also read about each product features and base your buying decision on them. But to help you further narrow down your choices, we will discuss below each type of juicer and the different factors to consider when choosing a citrus juicer.
Types of Citrus Juicer
You might ask the question, why should I purchase a juicer dedicated for citrus fruits and not just use a regular juicer? The answer is the citrus fruit anatomy. A juicer that is not designed for extracting citrus fruits will require additional preparation on the fruits because of the citrus’ seeds, pits, and thick waxy skins that can clog up a typical juicer. Citrus juicers also give you the option to choose the amount of pulp you’ll want in your juice.
Our first type is the handheld citrus juicer or a squeezer. The squeezer is a pretty common type of citrus juicer, and you can easily keep it in kitchen drawers. This juicer works by placing the fruit in between two spoon-like devices and squeezing the lever attached to the these “spoons” to press the fruit. You can typically use the squeezer in juicing citrus for cocktails or in different recipes like salads. You also have no control with the pulp in this juicer.
The squeezer type is a handheld manual juicer but this second type of juicer is also used to extract the juice from the citrus fruit manually but through a different setup. This time, the sliced fruit is placed on a reamer with ridges and to extract the juice out, you will rotate the fruit against the reamer. Some units even have levers to help you exert more pressure.
The good thing about manual juicers is unlike our next type, the electric juicer, manual juicers produce no noise during usage, and they are easier to clean because they have fewer parts to disassemble. You can also use them anywhere.
If you hate exerting manual effort and you want pulp control, you can take a look at electric juicers. The difference it has with the mentioned manual juicer type is that the reamer will automatically turn on its own while you hold the fruit in place. This type is the right juicer for a quick juicing, but you can get a bitter tasting juice because the bitter oil in the fruit peel may get into your juice. You can also decide the amount of pulp that you want with the electric juicer.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Citrus Juicer
Size of the Juicer
You can choose juicers with a more sleek design and are not as bulky as commercial juicers if you do not have enough space in your kitchen. Lightweight juicers like the Proctor Silex are also a good option in case you want to move your juicer on your own.
Size of the Juice Collecting Container
Just like the size of the juicer itself, you have to consider the collecting container and decide what amount of juice do you require per serving with your juicer. If you’re making a batch for your family, then you can consider juicers with pitcher collectors. You can opt for those juicers that fill up a glass if you will be only making juice for yourself.
Some electric juicers offer the option of how much pulp you want in your juice. This feature is useful for those who prefer a pulp-free juice or those who prefer a pulpy juice.
To save time and effort, getting a juicer with dishwasher safe parts is your best bet. You just put it in your dishwasher, and you’re good to go. You should also check how many parts and how easy are these parts to disassemble and assemble if you want to clean your juicer thoroughly and elongate its lifespan.
Some bulky parts of the juicer are not going to be dishwasher safe, and you need to hand wash them to elongate their lifespan and maintain their warranty.
Safety and Mess-free Features
Some of the juicers that we reviewed like the ones from Vevor and Breville have safety features in which they wouldn’t work without a cover in place. Having a safety feature is also an excellent factor to consider just to avoid accidents and give you peace of mind. Speaking of accidents, spills and messes sometimes take too much of our time in cleaning. However, some models like the ones from Breville and Tribest have spouts that you can control so that you prevent the container from overflowing when juicing.
Bonus Tips About Citrus Juicing
We will let you into a secret about maximizing your juice yield from your favorite citrus. Follow these steps and get the most out of your vitamin c-enriched fruit.
- Get it to room temperature. You can set your refrigerated citrus fruit out the fridge for about 30 minutes or warm it up by popping it inside the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds.
- Get rolling. Roll the fruit in the palm of your hand by firmly pressing it down the counter-top.
To wrap things up, nothing beats having your own freshly squeezed citrus juice at the comfort of your own home. Not only is it delicious and refreshing, but they pack a lot of health benefits too.
You can benefit from flavonoids that are found closest to the fruit pith. Flavonoids reduce inflammation that leads to chronic diseases, and they are also potent cancer cell inhibitors.
If you’re looking to use your citrus juicer commercially, you can opt to juicers that can squeeze a lot of fruit in a short period of time like the Vevor Electric Orange Juicer Commercial Squeezer.
Our personal pick is the Breville 800CPXL Die-Cast Stainless-Steel Motorized Citrus Press. It is a long name for a citrus juicer, but it has a lot of useful features. We love its durable professional-grade brushed stainless-steel built and patented Quadra-fin acid-resistant cone/reamer for versatile use in various fruits. We also appreciate its safety feature and ease of cleaning.
We know that there are a lot of models in the market and even the types of citrus juicers will confuse you with what you should get. We hope that our buyer’s guide has enlightened you with the different types of devices and that the factors that we mentioned in buying a citrus juicer have helped you narrow down your list of potential juicers.
Just like with most appliances we get for our kitchen, it is better to research and read more reviews about the unit that we’re buying to have a better grip on the quality of the unit. Keep in mind how you’re going to be needing and using your model and start from there.