The Bad: Price point, requires more prep work, no dishwasher-safe parts
To be honest, there’s not a lot of juicing happening in our Test Kitchen—or even in the home kitchens of the BA and Epi staffers. That’s because we’re all pretty busy coming up with new-and-improved ways to prepare fruits and vegetables in their solid forms. But if a concept or craving calls for fresh juice, the Test Kitchen team reaches for the Hurom HP Slow Juicer.
The Hurom is a compact masticating juicer that’s just the right size for making small batches of juice and doesn’t take up too much counter space, according to Test Kitchen director Chris Morocco. The low-speed auger and fine stainless-steel strainer efficiently extract fruit and vegetable juice as well as nut milk, and if you want the ability to make smoothies, you can pureé soft fruits in the coarse strainer or pick up thefor extracting fruit pureé for ice cream or sorbet.
Because it’s on the small side, however, you can’t just stick whole fruits and veggies in there and expect it to extract juice without issue, not that a whole apple would fit into the narrow feed tube anyway. This juicer does much better with smaller pieces of fruits and veggies—especially hard or fibrous ones like beets and carrots—and that does mean more prep time for the user. Clean up is quick, though, thanks to a brush that spins around the inside of the machine and pushes out pulp during the juicing process.
Style: Upright masticating juicer machine
Size: 7.6 x 6.9 x 15.5 in
Included accessories: Juice container, pulp container, two strainers, two cleaning brushes, juice recipe book
Warranty: 10 years (motor), 2 years (other parts)
The Pros’ Pick: Omega Compact Horizontal Juicer
The Good: High juice yield, versatile, relatively affordable, dishwasher safe parts, wide feed chute
The Bad: Large footprint
If you’re looking for something a little less spendy and have a few more inches of countertop to spare, consider the Omega Compact Horizontal Juicer. Robin Krause, owner ofin Kansas City, uses a horizontal Omega juicer at home and calls it “a little powerhouse.”
Omega has a series of horizontal juicers ranging in size and price, and the more you spend the more power and functionality you can get. But even this smaller, comparatively affordable model is a powerful masticating juice-making machine that beautifully turns leafy greens and fresh fruit into high-quality cold-pressed juice. It’s also easy to clean and the removable parts—including the drum with the juice spout—are top-rack dishwasher safe.
Beyond the powerful motor and resulting juice yield, Krause loves how versatile her machine is. Because here’s the thing about Omega horizontal juicers: They’re not just juicers. Technically called “nutrition systems,” these juicers all have large, low-speed augers that can turn nuts into nut butters, pureé fruit for sorbet and baby food, grind coffee beans, and mince garlic, among other food-processing tasks. With the right nozzle (which is included), you can even use this juicer as a pasta extruder!
Style: Horizontal masticating juicer machine
Size: 12.36 in x 6.3 in x 18.11 in
Included accessories: Juice container, cleaning brush, pusher, printed juice recipes
Warranty: 15 years, limited
Types of juicers
If you want to do more than squeeze juice out of citrus fruits, you’re going to need something more than a citrus juicer. And in the world of motorized juice extractors, there are really two main types: masticating juice extractors and centrifugal juice extractors.