Your blender may be perfect for smoothie-making, but admit it: Juicing is a whole other ball game. If you want to make your own at home (that daily Liquiteria stop can get pretty pricey), you’re going to have to make room on your counter for a juicer.
But finding the perfect one can be a challenge. Do you really need the one with a million different parts? Is it possible to juice without waking up your whole house? And how many extra perks are you really getting with a hefty price tag?
We take this stuff pretty seriously here at Well+Good, which is why we tested as many juicers we could get our hands on. (And yes, it’s ranked, so the order matters!) Keep reading for the full results.
Scroll down to see the top five juicers worth investing in right now.
1. Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer, $439
Okay, first things first: Yes, it’s pricey. But not only is it beautifully designed (you’ll be hard “pressed” to find a more stylish option), it out-performed all the others we tested. Perk number one: It’s quiet. Even working down tough fruits and veggies, the Hurom only emitted a quiet hum. And don’t let the name fool you—this baby breaks down produce super quickly.
Lastly, it was the easiest to clean. (Besides the next one on our list, but more on that later.) There’s one nozzle for the juice, and another for the waste. Everything came out nice and smooth (no splattering!), making composting the waste easy and cleanup completely manageable.
2. Juicero, $699
Again, this one comes with a major price tag—but this is not your average juicer. In fact, it’s so different from everything else on the market that it’s almost unfair to compare. Instead of buying produce, you purchase the brand’s organic ready-to-juice packs, full of pre-crushed fruits and veggies. The first thing you have to do when you get your Juicero is download the app (the only juicer to come with one) and connect to WiFi—it won’t work without it. Then, once your packs come in the mail, you hang one from inside the Juicero, press a button, and let it do its thing.
While it was the slowest model we tested, the juice did come out perfectly (and tasted great). Plus, there is literally no cleanup. (Some people have called out the brand’s wastefulness, and rightfully so.) As of right now, the Juicero isn’t available in all 50 states yet, so check their site for availability.
3. Omega Juice Cube, $350
If you’re new to juicing, this probably isn’t your best bet—there are a lot of parts and it isn’t as intuitive as the others we tested—but if you’re already a pro (or don’t scare easily), the Omega Juice Cube is a great option. Once it’s assembled (there are seven assembly steps, plus six different nozzles to choose from), you’ll see there’s a proper place for everything.
The nozzle is a bit smaller than the others on this list, so you’ll have to cut your produce a bit more finely, but once it gets going, it works like a charm—while keeping quiet. Plus, thanks to the handy cube containers, cleanup was a breeze.
This is another juicer that can be a bit intimidating to a beginner but likely will become the prize kitchen item for someone with experience. There are a lot of parts, but once you figure out how to use them all, you’ll be able to make citrus drinks, blends, or cold-pressed juices.
It was a little louder than the others on this list (but totally tolerable) and worked quickly, breaking down produce easily. Cleanup was a bit tedious (So. Many. Parts.), but overall, the Juiceman 3-in-1 is a great, affordable option.
The Juice Fountain comes all set up and ready to go—three cheers for minimal assembly! If you’re new to juicing, this one’s a great pick: You don’t have to read the instructions all the way through to understand how it works. Though it has a wider brim than the others on this list, this juicer wasn’t able to break down big chunks of apple very easily, so you still need to cut everything up into small bits.
This option comes with a blending container for waste, which you definitely need—debris comes flying out all over the place, creating a bit of a mess. The Juice Fountain was also the noisiest we tested, but ultimately, it was easy to use and the, er, fruits of its labor tasted just fine.
Now that you have your juicer all picked out, here are some recipes you should try. Or, go next-level with these beauty-boosting ones from The Moon Juice Cookbook.