Choosing the best juicer features

Lynn Wright / 25 May 2016

Get to grips with the key features you need from your juicer. We explain the important features to look for when buying one.

What type of juicer you should buy depends on many factors including how often you intend to use it. If you’re new to juicing, then an affordable, easy-to-use and easy-to-clean model will be perfect for creating healthy juice everyday. Juice aficionados looking maximum nutrition may prefer a more expensive masticating model.

For more information on buying a juicer, see How to choose the best juicer.

Whatever type of juicer you choose, here are some key features that will help keep you motivated enough to use it every day.

Best juicer features to look for

Variable speeds Look for a juicer with multiple speed settings as this lets you extract the most juice out of your fruit and vegetables. Slow speeds are good for juicing soft fruits, like melons, grapes and berries, while high speed will power through firmer items such as apples and carrots.

Wide feed tube Opt for a centrifugal juicer that has a large food chute that accepts whole apples and vegetables. This saves time spent pre-chopping fruit and veg. Most masticating juicers can only take small pieces of fruit and vegetable, so you’ll still need your chopping board if you choose this type of juicer.

Jugs and foam separators If you’re juicing for the family, look for a juicer with a jug large enough to hold a big batch of juice. Likewise, check you can fit a glass under the juicing spout, which saves on the washing up if juicing just for one.

If opting for a centrifugal juicer, make sure its jug comes with a foam separator. This helps separate the foam from the juice when pouring it into a glass, leaving it much clearer. Foam isn’t an issue with masticating juicer as they operate at slower speeds.

Drip-stop spout Designed to stop any remaining juice inside the spout from dripping onto and staining your worktop when you’ve finished juicing. Spouts that you can flip upwards are the most effective.

Pulp container Many compact juicers store leftover pulp in an internal basket, while others eject it to a container outside of the machine. The latter is best if you’re making large quantities of juice, as you won’t need to stop midway through juicing to open up your machine and empty the pulp bin.

Safety locks Almost all juicers have safety features such locking arms or lid clamps that must be securely in place before the machine will start. Always follow the safety instructions when using your juicer.

Non-slip feet Small rubber pads underneath your juicer stop it from vibrating and moving when the motor spins.

Dishwasher safe parts You’ll need to wash your juicer after every use, so choose a juicer with dishwasher-safe parts to help speed up cleaning time.

Soft-fruit extras Some centrifugal juicers offer this extra attachment that lets you pulp soft fruits, such as berries, to make coulis or smoothie-like drinks. Some masticating juicers have additional wide sieves for the same purpose.

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