Lemon juice is used in a wide variety of ways in our everyday lives. From use in making cocktails to marinating meat and baking, lemon juice is simply indispensable from our lives. There are also people who just love to drink “lemon water”, which is water laced with lemon juice. Lemon juice has health benefits too, it is especially rich in vitamin c and has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it useful for sore-throats and for strengthening the immune system.
Professional cooks and many health conscious families always have a lemon juicer at hand to make fresh lemon juice but many people buy their lemon juice in plastic bottles from the store. While this can be okay, it is important to realize that store bought lemon juice contains preservatives like Sulphur Dioxide. While the long-term effects of preservatives on the body may be arguable, it is obvious that the nutritional value of most food items reduce as they sit on the store shelf, waiting to be purchased. Anybody interested in healthy living should avoid food containing preservatives as much as possible. Without preservatives, most foodstuff will not last for long, and this is actually desirable and recommended. Fresh foodstuff that can rot is natural and more nutritious. The same goes for lemon juice, fresh lemon juice tastes better, is more nutritious and contains no chemical preservatives that may endanger the body.
Given the need for fresh lemon juice, it is better to own a lemon juicer at home. Then buy fresh lemons from the market to make lemon juice at home whenever you need it. There are many types of lemon juicers available and I have identified five of the best to compare side by side to find the best lemon juicer. Following is my review of the best lemon juicers and squeezers.
- Product 1. Bellemain Premium Quality Stainless Steel Lemon Squeezer with Silicone Handles
- Product 2. New Star Food-service Enameled Aluminum Lemon Squeezer
- Product 3. Prepworks by Progressive Dome Lid Citrus Juicer
- Product 4. Joie Lemon and Lime Juicer with Reamer
- Product 5. HIC Heavy Glass Citrus Juicer Reamer with Handle and Pour Spout
- Final Verdict – The Best Lemon Juicer
Product 1. Bellemain Premium Quality Stainless Steel Lemon Squeezer with Silicone Handles
The Bellemain premium quality lemon squeezer is a high quality lemon squeezer made from stainless steel. It is made of 18/10 stainless steel that guarantees long-life without dents or scratches. It also has red silicon handles to act as protection for the hands and as a strong grip when squeezing. The Bellemain premium quality squeezer is easy to wash. You can either rinse it by hand or wash in the dishwasher, no problem.
How to use
Using the Bellemain steel lemon squeezer is simple. Just halve a lemon, put one half into the lower part of the squeezer with the cut side facing down . Then slowly press and hold until all the juice has dripped out. You can apply as much pressure as you need to get the juice out, the Bellemain lemon juicer is very solid and will not break.
Bellemain is a company well versed in the manufacture of steel products and kitchenware like meat grinders, stainless steel kettles and stainless steel mixing bowls. This lemon squeezer also maintains the same high quality like the rest of Bellemain products.
The Bellemain premium quality steel squeezer is a very high quality lemon squeezer that has been manufactured to withstand years of constant use without showing any sign of tear or wear. In the search for the best lemon juicer, this is one product to seriously consider. Many products will look terrible a year later, but due to its high quality stainless steel and silicon handles, this one will remain as it was the very first time.
Product 2. New Star Food-service Enameled Aluminum Lemon Squeezer
The second product we will review in our search for the best lemon juicer is the New Star Food-service yellow enameled squeezer. It is a cost-effective lemon squeezer made from aluminum. Its enamel coating provides a long lasting protection and is also a beautiful decoration for this lemon squeezer. It will not rust and will also not react to the citric acid from lemon juice. It cannot be stained and is also resistant to heat and moisture. It can also either be rinsed from hand or washed with a dishwasher.
How to use
Using the New Star enameled squeezer is easy, Just cut a lemon or lime into two and place one half into the squeezer with the cut-side facing downwards. It is important to have the cut-side facing downwards because else, juice will splitter all over making a mess. So, with the cut-side down, gently press the lemon and hold on to the squeezer until all the juice has dripped out from under it.
Due to the use of aluminum in manufacturing this squeezer, certain problems arise. Aluminum is well known to be a relatively light metal and strong too, but it is very brittle and this is the problem with using aluminum in producing a squeezer. It will not be able to withstand prolonged tension. Sooner or later, the aluminum squeezer will crack and break from squeezing pressure.
The New Star yellow enameled squeezer is a beautiful and easy to use lemon squeezer. It is light, easily washable and does not rust. It is also on the lower price range in our review. But it is made of aluminum and it therefore poses a problem. While aluminum has a high-strength to weight ratio, and can be used in manufacturing aircraft for example, it is very unsuitable for applications where the material is subjected to constant high pressure like in a squeezer. This is because it will break at some point, sooner or later.
Product 3. Prepworks by Progressive Dome Lid Citrus Juicer
Prepworks by Progressive citrus juicer is the first juicer made from plastic in this review to find the best lemon juicer. Although made from plastic, this juicer is very sturdy and can withstand heavy pressure. It also has a rubber ring on the underside to prevent any sliding movements while juicing. Unlike the two previous products, this one comes with a reamer and a bowl with a spout below the strainer to collect the lemon juice. It also has a dome cover for the juicer and both the dome and the lower bowl have calibrations in millimeters, spoonfuls and cups.
How to use
First halve a lemon or as much lemons as you need. Remove the top dome cover, then with the cut-side of the lemon facing downwards, start to press the lemon against the reamer while gently squeezing and turning it left and right. The juice will slowly flow out and pass through the strainer that will hold back the seeds and some pulp. You will have to continue squeezing the lemon against the reamer until all the juice is out. This particular juicer can also be used for oranges and the procedure is the same.
Progressive is a company that specializes in plastic products. It manufactures high quality plastic products like measuring cups, microwave containers, covers and many other types of plastic kitchen utensils. The strength and durability of this juicer is as a result of Progressive’s experience with plastic products. The juicer comes in three parts, the dome/upper bowl, the lower bowl and the middle part which functions as the strainer and contains the reamer. This middle part and the lower bowl fit so perfectly and robustly together that you could actually press down a lemon or orange as forcefully as you want without fear that you will break or damage the plastic in any way.
This is a very good juicer and the extra measuring capability of the bowls is a well thought out idea. It is quite sturdy and can last a long time, but in the end one must remember that it is made of plastic and will therefore weaken and break at some point.
Product 4. Joie Lemon and Lime Juicer with Reamer
The Joie lemon juicer is a small plastic juicer with a yellow reamer and strainer and a calibrated juice reservoir below. It is the least priced product in this review and is simple to use, wash and store.
How to use
Using the joie lemon juicer is easy. Simply halve a lemon or lime and then gently squeeze it against the reamer downwards. The juice will slowly flow out through the strainer and into the calibrated juice reservoir below. Given its size, the reservoir can hold juice from just about one lemon.
The Joie lemon and lime juicer is a very practical and low cost lemon juicer. It is simple and uncomplicated to use but is made of plastic and therefore has a finite durability. But it is very lowly priced which therefore balances its pros and cons.
Product 5. HIC Heavy Glass Citrus Juicer Reamer with Handle and Pour Spout
The HIC heavy glass citrus juicer is a quality product for juicing lemons and other citrus fruits. It is made in a classic glass juicer design with a handle and a pour spout and since it is made of glass, it does not react to the citric acid from lemons. The glass reamer is also more affective than a plastic reamer in releasing juice from lemons and other citrus fruits.
How to use
Simply press the lemon half on the reamer, squeezing and turning slightly left and then right. The juice will gently flow out into the reservoir. When you are done, you can then pour the juice through the spout. Washing can be easily done by hand, even simple rinsing is enough since it is made of glass.
HIC the maker of this juicer is a well established brand in culinary products. The company carries over 3,500 quality products in its inventory. This heavy glass lemon juicer is one of those many quality product from HIC. Apart from its usefulness, it is also a very beautiful piece of kitchen artwork that will fascinate generations to come.
The HIC heavy glass juicer is a beautiful juicer in a classic design. It is sturdy, durable and quite simple to use and clean. But being made of glass means that if it drops from your hand, during washing for example, and falls on the floor, then that is most definitely the end of it. Also, the fact that it does not have a strainer means you will somehow have to find a way to separate the seeds from the juice.
Final Verdict – The Best Lemon Juicer
Choosing the single best lemon juicer from the five products is not an easy task because three of the products really weighed in. These are Prepworks by Progressive, Bellemain stainless steel squeezer and HIC’s glass juicer. But given the choice of modern materials available for manufacturing kitchen utensils today, the glass juicer’s value will seem to lie more in aesthetics, that is in its use as decoration for the kitchen. This is because glass needs to fall once, then it breaks. It is therefore not a robust tool.
Between the Prepworks by Progressive and the Bellemain lemon squeezer, the winner is the Bellemain Stainless Steel Lemon Squeezer. Both products are great and the Bellemain squeezer is even more expensive than the Prepworks by Progressive, but it is infinitely more durable and it is a very robust tool. You can drop it on the floor as many times as you choose without fear. Your kids can play with it and it will remain the way it is. Given these unique qualities, I think therefore that the Bellemain stainless steel squeezer is the best lemon juicer there is.