The Breville 800CPXL was our original luxury pick, and for good reason: Tim Cooper of Sweetwater Social in NYC has used it to make “gallons of juice” and recommends it for home use because “it’s really easy to clean, everything’s metal, everything comes off really easily, it lasts a very long time.” Lisa McManus of America’s Test Kitchen described it as having an “oooh” factor, and she’s absolutely right: This 10-pound steel machine is a beautiful beast. It also costs 12 times what the Proctor Silex does and performs the same as Breville’s new lower-priced Citrus Press. And in our tests, pulp tended to stick to the rubberized handle, so this model was harder to clean.
The Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer came in far below the other units when we measured juicing efficiency, and it doesn’t have a pitcher or multiple cones. We couldn’t find any obvious design flaw that led to the lower productivity, but our numbers indicated that it simply didn’t perform as well. It is handsome, though, thanks to its brushed-metal housing.
The Dash Go Dual Citrus Juicer has the same design as both the Proctor Silex and the Black & Decker, and in our tests it was just slightly less efficient than the top pick at 38.9 percent. Unfortunately, the pulp catcher’s two pieces don’t fit snugly together, which leaves a gap substantial enough to let a lot of pulp through even at the lowest setting for pulp control. The Dash Go Dual also costs more than the top pick and the runner-up.
Oster’s 3186 Juice-n-Serve 27-Ounce Automatic Citrus Juicer doesn’t have a pulp-control mechanism or multiple cones, and it isn’t dishwasher safe. It was one of the quietest of the bunch, however.
Tribest’s CitriStar requires washing by hand and offers no way to catch the juice or to control how much pulp gets into the juice. It also wasn’t any more efficient than the Proctor Silex despite a price set $30 higher, even though it required a little less pressure than the rest of the models we tried.
KitchenAid’s Stand Mixer Juicer Attachment isn’t worth buying. The juicer mounts onto the front of the mixer, so you have to hold the fruit sideways to juice, which is much more taxing than holding it face down with gravity on your side. To press the fruit down with more force, we found that we had to place one hand on the other end of the stand mixer for stability and leverage; this arrangement required a lot of effort, and much of it seemed wasted. Juicing sideways is also messy. The pulp strainer, which is far too small for the task, required emptying every two oranges (while most other tested juicers could handle five), and it didn’t fit well in the attachment—it slots in as a kind of shelf—so it had a tendency to just fall out, sometimes dumping its contents into the juice.
The OrangeX Jupiter was one of two manual juice presses we tested for this latest update. It requires Herculean effort to use (and might work better if you’re tall and pretty strong) and squirts juice everywhere. The suction cups on the base work well—and are necessary—to hold the unit in place while you’re juicing, but in our tests they left oily black streaks on the countertop. Although the press leaves the pith of the fruit intact, it tends to break the pulp into large, uneven chunks, which is not that pleasant to drink, so using this juicer would require an additional step of passing the fruit through a fine-mesh strainer.
The other manual press we tested, the Ra Chand J500, was even more exhausting to use than the OrangeX, and the effort left us sweaty and worn out after just five oranges. The cone fits into the press by sliding into a slot, and you rotate it slightly to lock it—but then, when you’re juicing, the cone tends to get twisted. As a result, the fruit sticks to it and lifts it out of the slot, and you have to reposition it repeatedly, which is enormously time consuming. Like the OrangeX, the Ra Chand produces juice with large chunks of pulp that need to be strained. It’s also enormous.
In our 2015 round of testing, we also tried Dash’s Stainless Steel Juicer and two offerings from Juiceman, the JCJ150S and the JCJ4000S, all of which are now unavailable. Each had a fatal flaw that made it a much less effective citrus juicer than our picks.
We eliminated a number of other models before testing, either because of the price, a lack of features, or negative reviews.
We dismissed Aroma’s ACJ-181, a 1-liter citrus juicer, from the previous update because it lacks pulp control.
We also eliminated the Big Boss 8962 Electric Citrus Juicer for lack of pulp control.
Black & Decker followed up its discontinued CJ630 with the CJ630-2. We asked Black & Decker what made this model different from the CJ625 and learned that while the housing was slightly different, the two juicers had near-identical builds with the exception of capacity; the less expensive CJ625 actually held 2 ounces more liquid. While the CJ630-2 retails at Target, the CJ625 is available at Walmart. We passed on testing the CJ630-2.
The Bodum Bistro Electric Juicer has good, if few, Amazon reviews, but it doesn’t come with a pitcher or pulp control.
Dash’s Citrus Bar is interesting for its unique design, but Cook’s Illustrated found that it can’t handle a wide variety of citrus and does not recommend it.
Hamilton Beach’s 66333 Fresh Mix 2-Cup Citrus Juicer failed to receive better user reviews than the models we did test, and we didn’t like its lack of pulp control.
The Oster Citrus Juicer has the same design and features as the Proctor Silex, Black & Decker, and Dash Go Dual, but the pitcher holds only 24 ounces, not 34 ounces, and it tends to cost a few dollars more than our picks do.
We dismissed Toastess’s TCJ-346 Silhouette Stainless-Steel Citrus Juicer before testing in the previous update because it didn’t offer any control over pulp and received low ratings from Amazon reviewers.
Finally, America’s Test Kitchen says the Waring Pro Professional Citrus Juicer PCJ218 is “not recommended” because “it made an awful high-pitched whine, rendering it unbearable to use.”