Best Citrus Juicers 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks
Citrus juicers can be very useful appliances, quickly extracting juice from limes, lemons, oranges, and grapefruits. But how do you avoid buying a lemon and instead buy a quality lemon juicer?
Don’t worry, we’re here to help you shop. No matter what you’re looking for, our list of the 10 best citrus juicers can help you find a model that will work for you.
We’ve put together detailed reviews of each of our top juicers, comparing price, durability, design, and warranty so you can make sure your new juicer will meet your needs. We’ve also written a handy guide to the citrus juicer’s most important features. Now it’s time to get reading so you can start shopping!
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
10 Best Citrus Juicers – Reviews 2020
1. Breville BCP600SIL Citrus Juicer – Best Overall
Our top pick is the Breville BCP600SIL Citrus Press, an attractive and powerful juicer with many useful features and a moderate price point.
This light 7.1-pound machine has a 110-watt motor, a convenient no-drip spout, and a sturdy Tritan juicing cone. The cone, collector, and filter are all removable and dishwasher-safe, and the machine allows for simple one-handed operation.
With just one juicing cone, this model won’t take up extra accessory space in your kitchen, but may not work well with all sizes of citrus fruits. We also found that the juicer’s plastic components, like the handle, feel less durable and may crack or break with frequent use. Breville offers a one-year warranty with decent customer service.
2. Cuisinart CCJ-500 Citrus Juicer – Best Value
Is your budget smaller? The best citrus juicer for the money is the Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer, a compact, streamlined juicer with an impressive list of features and a generous warranty.
This low-cost machine weighs only four pounds and has a simple stainless steel and black plastic design. In testing, we liked the adjustable reamer that can be set to three pulp levels and the auto-reverse and final spin features that allow for full extraction. This model also has a splatter-reducing cover, many dishwasher-safe components, and a dripless snap-up spout. The interior components are all BPA-free, and the machine works surprisingly quietly.
This model’s drawbacks include less sturdy gears and a pulp filter that clogs easily. Though Cuisinart offers a lengthy three-year warranty, you will have to pay shipping fees.
3. Omega J8006HDS Juicer – Premium Choice
If you have space in your budget, you may want to look at the Omega J8006HDS Nutrition Center Quiet Dual-Stage, a high-end dual-stage model with an unusual design.
This quiet juicer works at low speeds of around 80 rpm, slowly rotating an auger to crush your fruit. It weighs a fairly lightweight 13 pounds and automatically ejects impressively dry pulp. As a bonus, you can use this machine to make nut butter or grind spices.
Unfortunately, the plastic auger is less durable, with teeth that break easily. The screen filter does not feel very sturdy, and you may run into difficulties finding replacement parts, as the company has limited stock. Omega offers an excellent 15-year warranty with no additional fees.
4. Hamilton Beach 932 Commercial Citrus Juicer – Best Manual Pick
If you would prefer a manual citrus juicer, the Hamilton Beach 932 Commercial Citrus Juicer could be your choice. This hand-operated model is fairly lightweight and very effective, though it is on the expensive side.
This 12.8-pound juicer can produce an impressive 2,000 pounds of juice-extracting force. The body has an acid-resistant finish, and the machine comes with a stainless steel strainer cone and an ABS plastic funnel, both of which are removable for easy cleaning. Also included are a swinging four-ounce measuring cup and a set of non-slip rubber feet.
We did find that the plastic components don’t feel as strong or hold up as well. The spout is a little low, only allowing containers up to 5.5 inches tall, and the strainer cone feels less durable than we expected. Hamilton Beach offers a basic one-year warranty.
5. SUNCOO Citrus Juicer – Best for Commercial use
If you’re in the market for a commercial citrus juicer, our recommendation is the SUNCOO Commercial Citrus Juicer, a sturdy, stainless steel machine with a 120-watt copper motor and good safety features. Because it’s heavy and high-cost, it’s not as well suited to home juicing.
This 82.2-pound juicer is very easy to use. You just fill the top basket with whole citrus fruits and the machine will do the rest, peeling, juicing, and separating the pulp automatically. Though it works with all types of citrus, we found that it is most compatible with oranges, and is capable of juicing up to 20 in a minute. If you’re safety-conscious, you’ll appreciate the safety cover and switch.
We found that the machine’s interior plastic components aren’t as durable as you might prefer for heavy-duty use. The peeling mechanism also doesn’t work perfectly, as pieces of the peel can get stuck behind the blade. Unfortunately, this machine doesn’t come with a warranty.
6. CO-Z Hand Press Manual Fruit Juicer
The CO-Z 0003 Hand Press Manual Fruit Juicer is another manual option that’s reasonably lightweight and low-cost. It’s not very sturdy, though, and may be tricky to assemble.
This 13.9-pound hand-operated model features an extra-long ABS plastic handle for better leverage and a decent-looking black and silver body. The stainless steel cone and funnel and removable and dishwasher-safe, making cleaning simple.
In testing, we found that assembling the juicer was somewhat more difficult, though the package includes a hex wrench to help. The cone and funnel don’t feel very sturdy, and we found that the non-slip rubber feet left marks on the counter. This model isn’t backed up by a warranty.
7. BLACK+DECKER CJ625 Citrus Juicer
The CJ625 Citrus Juicer from BLACK+DECKER is very low-cost and lightweight with a surprising number of features. The downside? It isn’t as effective and doesn’t feel very durable.
This one-pound juicer has a white, BPA-free plastic body and a large 34-ounce juice container that’s conveniently clear so you can see how much you’ve juiced. This semi-automatic machine is pressure-activated and has two self-reversing cones that fit different sizes of citrus. It offers a dripless spout and adjustable pulp control, plus several dishwasher-safe components.
With so many plastic parts, this machine isn’t very durable and may not last long. It also requires frequent cleaning to keep away mold and bacteria. Luckily, it disassembles easily for cleaning, and BLACK+DECKER offers a generous two-year warranty.
8. Mr Rudolf Large Citrus Juicer
Another manual juicer, the Mr Rudolf Large Citrus Juicer, has an interesting-looking design and an effective non-skid base but also has a cheaper feel that’s out of line with its higher price.
This light 5.54-pound model has a sturdy cast iron body and a stainless steel strainer. Unfortunately, the other components are made of less durable and less attractive black plastic. This juicer has a long handle for better leverage and a removable, though not dishwasher-safe, strainer cone and funnel. Prep work is limited to cutting the fruit in half, and the machine works well with all sizes of citrus.
Though it’s fairly simple to use, this model doesn’t feel very durable and isn’t backed up by a warranty, so its higher price is hard to justify.
9. Zulay Professional Citrus Juicer
Our second to last pick is the Zulay Professional Citrus Juicer, a high-end manual model that’s a little more difficult to use but offers a great warranty.
Zulay’s juicer weighs a heavier 15.06 pounds and has a durable cast iron body with high-quality non-slip feet. The stainless steel strainer cup is removable and dishwasher-safe and has a wide five-inch diameter that works well with most citrus fruits.
In testing, we found that the lever takes some effort to push and requires both hands. This machine also produces a high level of pulp that you won’t be able to adjust. With these drawbacks, the high price point is harder to swallow, though Zulay does offer an excellent lifetime warranty and satisfaction guarantee.
10. Bellemain Lemon Squeezer
Our last pick is a classic citrus juicer with a simple design that you’re probably familiar with. The Bellemain TRTAZI11A Lemon Squeezer is a tiny, hand-operated model that’s easy to use but won’t allow for full extraction.
At just over a pound, this small juicer will fit in any kitchen. This model has stainless steel arms and comfortable red gripping handles. The juicer is large enough to work on grapefruits but doesn’t do a great job with smaller citrus fruits like lemons and limes.
This juicer doesn’t feel very durable, with loose screws and rubber handles that regularly fall off. We also found that the two sides don’t clamp all the way together, so you won’t be able to fully juice your fruit. Bellemain offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Now that you’ve seen our top picks, you’re about ready to start shopping. But how do you decide which features matter and which citrus juicer will best suit your needs? Keep reading for our quick guide to your options.
Citrus juicers typically come in three varieties: fully automatic, semi-automatic, and manual. If you’d like to be a hands-off juicer, you may prefer a fully automatic model, which will turn whole citrus fruits into juice without you lifting a finger. These machines typically have baskets on top to hold the fruit. When you turn the machine on, it drops fruit through squeezing machinery that separates the pulp and peels from the juice.
If you prefer to be a little more involved, a semi-automatic juicer will require you to hold each fruit on the reamer but will take care of the rest. You’ll generally need to cut your citrus fruits in half and place them one at a time on the reamer. The machine, which may be pressure-activated, will vibrate to extract the juice.
If you’d like to be very involved in the juicing process, you may want to look at manual juicers. These models require the most hands-on effort but will reward you with quiet operation and the satisfaction of using your hands. To operate a typical manual juicer, you pull a lever that squeezes the fruit between interlocking cups. These juicers work more slowly and may be somewhat more difficult to operate.
How are you planning to use your juicer? If you’re just making the occasional batch of orange or grapefruit juice, you may want a simple, manual model. If you’re planning to use your juicer extensively, you may prefer the convenience of a larger, automatic model. And if you’re looking for a commercial juicer, you may want to take a look at our guide to the eight best commercial juicers available in 2020.
You may want to consider how often you will use your juicer. If you juice every day or in a commercial setting, you may want to look for tough materials like stainless steel or Tritan, which is BPA-free, shatterproof plastic. Because your juicer will be coming into contact with acidic fruit, you may also want to look for models with acid-resistant finishes that will prevent corrosion.
How much room do you have for your new appliance? If you’re working with limited space, you may want a compact, lightweight model that’s easy to put away. If you have ample space, you may prefer the added features of a larger model. Keep in mind that some juicers, particularly manual models, may be lightweight but very tall. You may want to measure your available space and compare it to your chosen model’s listed dimensions.
Ease of Cleaning
You’ll probably want to clean your citrus juicer frequently to prevent mold and bacteria from building up. If you have the time and patience to dedicate to cleaning, this may not be a priority for you. If you prefer to limit the time taken up by cleaning, you may want to look for features like dishwasher-safe elements and reversible blades that will dislodge trapped pieces of fruit or peels.
Before you start shopping, you may want to decide how much you’re willing to spend. High-end citrus juicers can cost hundreds of dollars, but you can find a perfectly good juicer for much less. Keep in mind that you may not get as many features or as much durability from less expensive models.
How much pulp do you like in your fruit juice? The various juicer models offer different methods and levels of pulp extraction, and some even offer adjustable pulp settings.
Many juicers have non-slip features like rubber feet on the bottom. This is especially important on manual juicers to keep the machine from sliding while you’re operating it. You may also want to look for non-slip pads on automatic models to keep the noise from vibrations down.
Would you like to protect your investment with a warranty, or are you willing to pay for replacements and repairs out of pocket? If you choose a model with a warranty, you may want to pay attention to its duration and quality.
The most common warranty length is one year, though some may range up to 15 years or even lifetime guarantees. The quality of the warranty depends on what it covers. Some warranties only cover the motor, excluding key components like blades, handles, and strainer cones. If you’re concerned about your juicer breaking down, you may want to pay attention to these warranty details.
Our favorite citrus juicer of 2020 is the attractive and effective Breville BCP600SIL Citrus Press, which offers a great range of features at a fair price. If your budget is more constrained, you may be interested in the Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer, a low-cost, high-value juicer with plenty of options and a good warranty. Are you looking for a high-end model? The Omega J8006HDS Nutrition Center Quiet Dual-Stage offers quiet, dual-stage juicing with a very impressive warranty. Do you prefer to work with your hands? You may want to look at the lightweight, hand-operated Hamilton Beach 932 Commercial Citrus Juicer. And if you’re shopping for a commercial juicer, the sturdy, powerful SUNCOO Commercial Citrus Juicer may be for you.
With so many citrus juicers on the market, shopping for the perfect model can be a chore. We hope this list of the 10 best citrus juicers, complete with in-depth reviews, helps you find the model that will work best for you, no matter what you’re looking for. Now it’s time to pick a great juicer and get to work!
By Kate MacDonnell
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Table of Contents
- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- 10 Best Citrus Juicers – Reviews 2020
- 1. Breville BCP600SIL Citrus Juicer – Best Overall
- 2. Cuisinart CCJ-500 Citrus Juicer – Best Value
- 3. Omega J8006HDS Juicer – Premium Choice
- 4. Hamilton Beach 932 Commercial Citrus Juicer – Best Manual Pick
- 5. SUNCOO Citrus Juicer – Best for Commercial use
- 6. CO-Z Hand Press Manual Fruit Juicer
- 7. BLACK+DECKER CJ625 Citrus Juicer
- 8. Mr Rudolf Large Citrus Juicer
- 9. Zulay Professional Citrus Juicer
- 10. Bellemain Lemon Squeezer
- Buyer’s Guide