Centrifugal juicers are the fastest juicer available, you can go from naught to a glass of healthy juice in no time at all.
They were the main choice of Joe Cross in Fat Sick And Nearly Dead the juicing documentary and pioneer of the modern juicing movement, so they must be pretty good right?
They absolutely are, they’re cheaper than their cold press counterparts and really accessible and easy to use making them a great choice for a beginner juicer.
But as you’ll be well aware knowing which centrifugal juicer to get can be tricky, there are so many to choose from it can be a headache trying to decide, which is why I decided to write this guide, I’ve covered every other type of juicer but managed to miss the basic of centrifugal! Whoops!
But now it’s rectified and I’ve got everything you need to know plus a review of my favorites right here, check out the table below for a quick rundown of the top choices of fast juicer.
Centrifugal vs Cold Press
I went into a lot of detail in a separate post comparing the two main types and I have to admit that Masticating juicers (another term for a cold press juicer) came out on top…
BUT, that doesn’t mean to say a centrifugal juicer isn’t right for you so here’s a quick rundown of the differences.
Centrifugal Juicer Pros
Centrifugal juicers are fast, really fast in fact, they can have a glass of juice ready for you in next to no time at all, just put the ingredients in the top and juice is shooting out the bottom in no time.
Plus they’re more affordable, generally a high-end centrifugal juicer will cost similar to a lower to middle range masticating one.
And you don’t have to prep your ingredients as much, in a masticating juicer you need to cut up the produce into small pieces to stop it jamming but in a centrifugal, you can put things in near to whole.
Cold Press Juicer Pros
These are slower and more expensive but they are damn efficient, a cold press juicer can get more juice out of the same amount of ingredient put into it so the pulp comes out drier. In a centrifugal, you can get around this by running the pulp through twice.
Cold Press juicers also don’t heat up the juice which is thought to cause some of the healthy enzymes to die off leaving it less healthy, and while true juice from a centrifugal is still miles more healthy than having no juice at all. And the best centrifugal juicers don’t transfer any heat keeping your juice as fresh as can be allowing it to last as long as possible.
Some people like to get a centrifugal juicer to start and then when they’re ready if they really love juicing they upgrade to a masticating one and sell off the old one-second hand.
So If you want quick easy and cheap keep reading but if you’re getting tempted by a masticating juicer then have a read of this article instead.
Things To Consider Before Buying A Centrifugal Juicer
There are a few different things you’ll want to keep in mind before buying your juicer if you’re going to compare them yourself, otherwise scroll on for my top picks.
- Motor power – The power of a motor in a centrifugal juicer can range from anywhere between 250 watts up to about 1000 watts. Generally, you want to stick to more than 750 watts of power for effective juicing, but, power isn’t the only factor, if it’s a more expensive juicer that is really well built it’ll still be able to juice properly with a lower wattage, but more than 750 is a good rule of thumb.
- Speed – The speed of the juicer is the other half of power, generally more power means a higher RPM of the cutting blade inside, and a higher RPM means a better juicing experience. It can vary a lot from 3,000 all the way up to 13,000 but the best centrifugal juicers have two speeds a lower for soft fruits and higher for harder vegetables, with a lower of around 6-7,000 and a higher of more than 10,000 for fast easy juicing.
- Long spout – Juice tends to fly out of a fast juicer so you want to have a nice long spout that faces downwards so you can get it well into a cup to catch the juice without making a huge mess.
- Sturdy construction – I like all metal juicers, or at least the more metal the better, it’s tougher lasts longer and won’t degrade into your drink either. Most plastics won’t either but it’s nice to completely rule this out by sticking to metal.
- Ease of cleaning – They’re always a bit of a pain to clean so if you can get one that has dishwasher-friendly parts all the better, just to make the cleaning process that little bit easier.
Which Centrifugal Juicer should I buy?
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I’ve found and reviewed all the best centrifugal juicers, and lucky for you they’re all available on Amazon and I’ve linked through to them through the Price & Reviews button so you can order yours today.
Best Fast Juicer
Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain
- 13000 RPM max speed
- Die Cast Body
- Titanium Cutting Disk
This is the easily the best centrifugal juicer you can buy, it’s high speed capable of very fast juicing but only transfers 1.8F of heat to the juice protecting the nutrients and enzymes inside. The body is all metal which I love and best of all the juicing pieces are dishwasher safe so you can clean up in no time.
It’s got a locking arm as a safety measure keeping any little hands safe and it’s long-lasting with an auto shut off that comes into effect if it begins to overheat. Which it doesn’t if used properly but even if it’s used improperly you can let it cool and go again in a few minutes.
You can get it with pulp container for even easier clean up after, all the pulp will collect in a bag so you can just throw it out after instead of emptying out the collector and washing it. However you can put the pulp into compost so it’s by no means a necessary extra, they’re available on the Amazon if you are interested.
It handles leafy greens relatively well (more leafy green juicers reviewed here) if they’re rolled up first you can put them through and the juice comes out nicely, plus the high-speed setting does well with harder vegetables, ginger and carrots get juiced up easily. Just if you’re using hard ingredients don’t juice for more than a minute without turning it off for a minute, but that’s long enough to get a glass fulls worth through and ready to drink.
Easily the best centrifugal juicer.
Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain
- 850 watt motor
- Two speeds 6,500 & 12,000 RPM
- Froth Separator
This is another excellent centrifugal juicer, it’s the model down from the one above and so a fair but cheaper, but it’s also not quite as good. It’s less powerful, doesn’t have as high a speed and doesn’t look as sleek without the full metal body. (More on stainless steel juicers)
But it’s still a nice juicer, the feed chute is nice and wide at 3 inches so you can get your ingredients in easily and the juice jug has a froth separator so your juice is much more crisp.
It also comes with a scrubbing brush to help with clean up, the major parts are dishwasher safe but it’s nice to have the extra help to get the worst of it off.
A nice centrifugal juicer if you can’t afford the one above, or take a look at Breville’s other juicers.
Best Centrifugal Juicer For Leafy Greens
- 1000 Watt
- Stainless Steel Construction
The Cuisinart centrifugal juicer is a great choice if you’re after a nice green juice with lots of leafy greens, it’s got the 5-speed setting and 3 is perfect for spinach with 4 being good for kale.
Pro tip for leafy greens is to roll them up into a tight bunch and put them in first followed by something juicier like an apple or cucumber for less sugar.
The body is die-cast stainless steel which I like and the 1000 watt motor provides plenty of power for a great juicing experience. The spout goes into a nice little 1-quart jug that catches all the juice with no mes and it’s got an anti-drip system so it doesn’t make a mess of the counter when you move the jug away. A great juicer that’ll do you proud.
Best Budget Centrifugal Juicer
Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer
- Dishwasher Safe
- 800 Watts
- Comes With Cleaning brush
You know what? For the price this isn’t a bad little juicer, it comes with a cleaning brush for easy clean up after getting all the pulp out the mesh and it’s dishwasher safe so you can clean it up in no time.
And it’s 800 watts so does a good job of actually juicing, the pulp can come out a little wet compared to other juicers but that’s just the price you have to pay for it being a cheaper juicer.
For a budget juicer though you couldn’t ask for more, a great little thing that makes starting out juicing hassle free and easy on the bank balance.
- 250 Watt
- 5200 Rpm
- Small Compact Size
I mentioned earlier that you don’t always need as much as 1000 watts of power, this is one of those exceptions, it’s small size allows it to get all the power it needs from it’s 250 watts, and the 5200 rpm is balanced by a strong cutting disc that makes short work of whatever fruit or veg you want to put in it.
While it doesn’t do a great job with leafy greens it does do well with fruit, but it’s biggest plus is the size of 15 x 8 x 12.5 inches, nice and small to tuck away into a cupboard between uses.
The main problem is it’s quite pricey to not be as powerful, so unless you really need the compact size I’d stick to one of the juice fountains mentioned further up the article.
F.A.Q on the Best Centrifugal Juicers
How Does A Centrifugal Juicer Work?
For those who are curious a centrifugal juicer works with a circular cutting disk that spins incredibly quickly. Ingredients get dropped on top and instantly shredded and the wet pulp gets thrown to the side where it hits a mesh that catches the pulp and lets the juice through.
It gets thrown from centrifugal force hence the name but I’ve actually got a different article on how juicers work for those who are interested.