The knowledge of the health benefits of citrus fruits goes back many thousands of years. The first recorded mention of the use of a citrus fruit in treating scurvy in Chinese seamen is from an ancient manuscript from about 200 BC. Since then the nutritional benefits of citrus juice has been well known and quite popular. They include Vitamin C for fighting diseases, folate for helping to build red-blood cells, potassium for helping blood pressure and flavonoids which are good for the heart. Many people who know these benefits and try to live healthier often opt for store bought juice, but in truth what they are buying is not as good as the real thing.
Freshly pressed citrus juice—orange, lemon, lime, tangerine and grape juice will always taste better than the store bought variety. In addition to better taste, the aroma of fresh juice is also better. The nutritional value of freshly pressed citrus juice is many times higher than that of processed fruit. This is because there is always chemicals in store bought juice, even the 100% juices. Also store bought citrus juice is always pasteurized to make it last longer. Pasteurization is the process of heating a liquid for a period of time before tightly sealing it. This heating process also kills enzymes in the fruit juice making store bought juice less nutritionally beneficial than freshly pressed juice.
All these reasons combine to make buying or owning your own citrus juicer a very smart decision because of the numerous benefits of drinking freshly pressed orange juice every morning or lemon or lime water as you may desire. But before you buy just any juicer, there are certain things you should consider if you want to buy the best citrus juicer.
- Considerations when Purchasing a Citrus Juicer
- A Review of the 5 Best Citrus Juicers
- Final Verdict – the Best Citrus Juicer
Considerations when Purchasing a Citrus Juicer
A Review of the 5 Best Citrus Juicers
Many years ago, the best citrus juicers were overly expensive machines that simply cost way too much. Currently there are citrus juicers of around $50 and less with a quality and efficiency that rival and even beat those of the expensive ones. We will be taking a look at these machines to find out which one of them is the best citrus juicer.
Product 1. New Star Foodservice Commercial Citrus Juicer
The commercial citrus juicer from New Star Foodservice is a very sturdy and professional grade juicer for citrus fruits. It is a “Press” kind of juicer that comes with a handle which also acts as a lever to maximize the force acting on the fruit that is being pressed. It is made of cast iron and 18/8 steel and includes a rubberized handle. It also looks great with stainless steel and black enameled parts and is quite stable given the heavy weight of its base. With this juicer, everything from any citrus fruit like an orange is completely juiced out because of the long handle which offers good leverage.
How to use
This juicer is easy to use. Simply raise the handle so that the cone area is opened. You then halve your orange or lemon or grapefruit and place it with the cut-side facing down on the top of the cone. Then gently press down the lever and hold it down till all the juice has been squeezed out of the fruit. Pressing down the lever is not hard at all and almost anybody can do it. This system of juicing is much easier than having to hold the citrus fruit with your hand while juicing because it extracts more juice and your hands do not start to hurt after a while from juicing too much fruits.
The manufacturer of this product, New Star Foodservice is well established in the production of a wide variety of culinary products. Some of these include stainless steel measuring cups and spoons, pitchers, French fries cutter and Knife sets. With its already proven record of quality food service products, this juicer from New Star is a great addition to the company’s product line. It does not require electricity, yet it can do very plenty work easily. It is very ideal for homes where lots of fruit is juiced or for bars that mix cocktails from fresh citrus juices.
Juicing with the New Star Foodservice citrus press juicer is very efficient. The machine is well built and can last a very long while. Moreover it doesn’t use electricity and yet it fits beautifully into any kitchen with its unique design. This juicer is therefore a very strong contender in our search for the best citrus juicer. It is a great machine.
Product 2. BLACK+DECKER CJ630 32-Ounce Electric Citrus Juicer
BLACK+DECKER’s CJ630 is the second juicer in our best citrus juicer review. It is made of plastic parts but which are very well made. The top part contains a reamer and below it is the strainer which can be adjusted to either allow more pulp or less. The reamer is actually two-fold, there is the little one for limes and lemons and a larger one you put on top it for oranges and grapefruits. The reamer also rotates in both directions to maximize juice extraction. The reservoir below can also double as a pitcher with 32-ounce (about 1 liter) capacity.
How to use
Using this juicer is easy. First you should set how much pulp you want from the strainer. Then just press down an orange or lemon half on the reamer. The reamer is touch-sensitive and will trigger the machine on pressure. As it rotates the juice that flows down onto the screen will be stirred by a rotating stirrer that helps the juice pass into the reservoir below including pulp in the amount that was set.
BLACK+DECKER, the manufacturer of this machine, is a well known brand in home appliances. The company produces equipment from lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners and leaf blowers to kitchen appliances like pressing irons, blenders and microwave ovens. For many shoppers, BLACK+DECKER needs no introduction and their product quality is also guaranteed.
With just 60 Watts of electricity usage, this simple but effective machine is definitely one of the best citrus juicers in the market because of its very practical design. It is easy to see that a lot of thought and ingenuity went into designing this juicer.
The BLACK+DECKER CJ630 is a very simple and efficient juicer. It is perfect for both single individuals and for families. With its very practical design, it can be a great addition to any home. And although it has a rather short cord, its low purchase price makes up for it.
Product 3. Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer
The Cuisinart CCJ-500 juicer is a very beautifully designed juicer that will look good on every kitchen’s counter-top. It comes in a brushed metal housing with a black top that gives it a very modern look. It features an auto reversing reamer and comes with a recipe book too.
How to use
Using it is straightforward. First set the level of pulp that you want. Then just halve any citrus fruit and then press it face down on the reamer. It is touch sensitive and so will start to rotate and you will see the juice trickling down into the reservoir. After a while, you can then raise the fruit momentarily and then press down again on the reamer, to reverse its direction of rotation.
Cuisinart is a company with a prestige of its own. The company’s products stand out eloquently because they are well designed and have very beautiful optical finishes. Cuisinart products are both kitchen utilities and at the same time a form of decorative art for the kitchen. Cuisinart makes products that bring style into your kitchen while being effective.
The Cuisinart CCJ-500 is a very lovely juicer. It looks good and is well designed. It also comes with a recipe book and is available in many colors. The only issue it has is durability given the rather low quality of its plastic material.
Product 4. Epica Powerful Stainless Steel Whisper-quiet Citrus Juicer-70 Watt motor
This product is very powerful, has a beautiful and unique design, is well made and is therefore quite sturdy and many housewives just plainly love it. It includes 2 reamers, a smaller one for small citrus fruits like limes and tangerines and the larger one for oranges and grapefruits. It features a powerful 70 Watt motor that gets work done very quickly and has a rubber underside to avoid skidding when in use.
How to use
To use, just press a halved citrus fruit of any kind on the reamer. It will activate and start to spin, releasing the juices. It is quite a powerful machine and it spins therefore quite fast. The juice then passes through the strainer and out through the spout. You will need your own cup or pitcher directly in from of the spout to catch the juice.
One single problem with this machine is the spout. First, it has no reservoir, so anything you are juicing goes straight out. Secondly, the spout breaks very easily. This is a big minus for this juicer because although it is very beautifully designed, nobody wants to have a beautiful juicer with a broken spout, sitting on their kitchen counter-top.
If Epica would address the issue with this juicer’s spout, then it would be the single best citrus juicer in the market. Else, every other part of this machine is well made. It would also definitely be a great addition to any kitchen.
Product 5. Dash Stainless Citrus Juicer
The Dash stainless citrus juicer is the last product in our best citrus juicer review. It has a stainless steel finish with black plastic parts. The juicer comes with two reamers for smaller and larger citrus fruits. It is also touch sensitive and just needs pressing down on the reamer to activate. It has a clear top cover for when not in use and has a reservoir inside. The juicer also features an 85 Watt motor but it does not have a reverse spin function.
How to use
To use, simply choose which reamer you need according to the fruit you want to juice, then slice your citrus fruit in half and use one half to press down on the reamer. It will start to spin automatically and the juice will collect in the reservoir.
Dash, the company behind this juicer makes a wide variety of appliances including kitchen appliances like blenders, yogurt makers e.t.c, medical supplies and industrial equipment. This Dash juicer is a high quality appliance and has a powerful motor but it is not quite aesthetically pleasing.
The Dash 85Watt citrus juicer is a powerful and practical kitchen appliance. It has a reservoir, a strainer and it offers two different reamer sizes. It is an okay machine, but it is just not really aesthetically pleasing. The design is simply not very much inspired, because it cold have been made to look better.
Final Verdict – the Best Citrus Juicer
As it stands, the best citrus juicer depends on application. That is, it depends on how often and how much you juice. For this reason we have a tie. The two winners are the best suited appliances for particular situations.
Thank you and happy juicing.