What juicer should I buy?

A message from Ms Kabbes:

I am interested in buying a juicer to juice vegetables and fruit (including citrus fruits).

I have visited several websites and am confused by the variety of juicers available. I want one juicer to do fruit and veg but it seems that a juicer that is good for vegetables is not very good for fruit and vice versa.

I have read a few books on the subject and believe that a hydraulic press juicer is the best type on the market. However, none of the websites I visited seem to sell this type.

It seems that the ‘Green Life’ juicer is good for vegetables, a centrifugal or centrifugal ejector style juicer good for fruit and then a citrus press is the best for citrus fruits.

I also read that centrifugal juicers produce juice that is lower in nutritional content. I am unsure as to the truth of this.

Can anyone shed any light and suggest a juicer that is good for all purposes?

Only time I’ll do this (promise), but Ms kabbes did rather have her heart set on some kind of response and only 7 views doesn’t convince me that the right people have seen it yet.

So consider this an apologetic bump.


I’m desperately trying to think of the brand I have at home… it’s one of them multi-attachment all-purpose thingies. Dammit, can’t think of it.

It’s always the same. Ask a bloke what car he has, and he’ll say “Ford Escort 1.6 GLXi Cat Automatic Special Edition”. Ask him what kind of fridge he has, and he’ll say “a white one”.

Wimmins? The other way 'round. They have a “Zanussi MegaFrost DeLuxe 25 ****”. And their car is “green”.

Dammit, what’s that brand again? It’s quite good, even. Tefal? Braun?

Just shoot me, I honestly don’t know. Let’s hope someone else comes along.

Great. Now I have an image in my head of that scene in Grease where all the guys sing about how great their car is (Greased Lightnin’), only instead in my head it has morphed into women singing about juicers.

"This juicer is hydromatic. It’s automatic. It’s instomatic.

This juicer’s greased lightnin’!"


The classic “Acme” brand juicers were great for the ease of taking them apart and cleaning them. They were also ruggedly built. Yes, they were probably best suited for vegetables. Acmes produced a more drinkable pulp-free juice which some might say to be less healthful, due to less fiber.

The sad part is that you really want to capture more of the fruit pulp in it’s juice than you might with vegetables. So therefore, the multiple juicing implements (what a great rock band name) however much a space hog, might be the answer.

Consumer Reports did an article on juicers in December of '99.
They pointed out that you won’t save any money with a juicer since it takes approx. a pound of produce to get an 8 oz. glass of juice (a little more from celery, a little less from broccoli).
Their results…a glass of homemade tomato juice came out to $2. A similar glass of Campbell’s tomato juice = 33 cents. In their own words:

Though carrot juice may have more nutrients than one whole carrot because an 8-ounce glass contains the essence of many carrots, one large carrot still provides about twice the adult daily value for vitamin A–plus fiber.

Having pointed this out to you, the CR article liked the Braun MP80 and the Juiceman, Jr. JM1 (at the time both were retailing for around $80).