I’ve been posting juice recipes pretty much since I launched this blog last year. Eat. Drink & be Skinny was how I signed my SkinnyTini books in 2009, so the “drink” originally represented a fun cocktail. But as life would have it, I’ve evolved a bit. People ask me all the time which juicer I recommend, so I’ve dedicated this post to my top 3 juicer reviews!
Let me first tell you a little about my juicing story…
I bought my first juicer in 2011 after buying and reading Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet. What an fantastic book. Not only does she have a great story to tell, she has packed her original book full of wildly helpful health information. She also includes a 21-Day Adventure Cleanse at the end of her book, that comes with some great recipes as a part of it. I just love reading her work. And she got me to take the dive into the wild world of juicing, and let me tell you, things haven’t been the same since.
How I advocate juicing for all…
I know juicing is by no means a new concept, but when I sipped my first glass of green goodness, it was like I had discovered new land! I ran around telling everybody about how great I felt, I was energized and alive. I’ve read a ton on the concept and highly recommend juicing as a daily habit. I’ve included 21 Juice and Smoothie recipes as a key component of my Color Yourself Skinny 21-Day Diet Detox and also hosted the 30-Day Juicing Challenge in September as a part of the 30 Day Challenge Series. As a result, I think we may have a few more folks out there juicing than before — yahoo! I’ve also had quite a few questions on the topic and how to get started. I wrote this blog post to clarify the difference between Juices and Smoothies and this post long ago with 3 easy steps to get started. But the question I get asked most of the time is which juicer I’d recommend. So here you go!
My Personal Juicer Reviews…
I’ve organized them by levels and that really correlates to cost which also reflects the fancy features each machine has. I’ll give you the quick 411 on amazon juicer reviews too and what I know from personal experience.
- Cost: $49.99
- Average Amazon rating: 4.2/5 with 818 reviews
- My Experience: This was my first juicer and I bought it because it was such a good value and I wasn’t sure if I would really dig juicing. I figured I’d use it until it broke and if the habit stuck, then I’d upgrade. But it never broke. I upgraded because my boyfriend moved in with a newer juicer (see below) and now my sister-in-law uses it.
- What I love about it: It was such a good value! Plus, the pulp collector is great to hold a bag, making clean up very easy. If you are looking to just test out the concept, you really can’t go wrong here.
Level 2: Breville BJE200XL Juice Extractor
- Cost: $99.95
- Average Amazon rating: 4.5/5 with 2623 reviews
- My Experience: My boyfriend was so impressed with all my chatter about juicing, he asked for one for christmas. This is the one his parents bought him. Now he lives here, so it’s kind of mine now too.
- What I love about it: This is also a great introductory juicer, just a step up from the Hamilton Beach. What I’ve noticed to be better is that the juice collector is larger, which is great if you are making juice for 2. Also, the mouth is larger, so you don’t have to cut up your veggies quite so small. It seems to be stronger, making it a tiny bit quieter. And while I never did a side by side comparison, I think it yields more juice.
- Note: Breville makes many other juicers that range up to $399 with corresponding fancy features like the puree disk, making it comparable to a Vitamix (see below). But I can’t review on them from a personal level, only because I haven’t used one and seen all the bells and whistles in action.
Level 3: Vitamix 1782 TurboBlend, 2-Speed
- Cost: $366.60
- Average Amazon rating: 4.6/5 with 181 reviews
- My Experience: This machine may have very well changed my dads life. He was 70-lbs overweight which had tacked about 20 years onto his life. As a part of his lifestyle renovation, juicing became a big thing in the Howes house. He and his wife LOVE this machine because it’s so versatile.
- What I love about it: I love that my dad is now 20 years younger! Yes, it purees foods vs. extracting juice — but there are benefits to that. And you can use it to make soups, sorbet and all kinds of other stuff. The mighty cookbook it comes with is impressive! While I don’t have a Vitamix myself, I will trade in the juicer and blender in exchange for this one machine when the time is right. I have many friends who have made the investment and they don’t just like it, they loooooove it.
- Note: Vitamix gets really fancy and has several machines up in the $650 range. In fact, they have a bad boy over a grand. They are not as frequently reviewed, and I imagine that is because they are not as frequently bought. Which leads me to belive the base models are good enough. However, if you are somebody who has to have the best of the best — go for it!
Hopefully there is some value in here and gives you a little direction as you consider launching a new healthy habit! Or, if you already have a juicer, what do you love about it? Do you have one of these? If so, what would you add to the review?