To cut calories during the holidays, a healthy juice can provide a lighter meal alternative. While juicers are notorious for being overly pricy, reviewers recommend these models under $100 for easy, nutritious homemade juice.
It’s hard to resist heavy meals at this time of year. Between turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, there’s not much opportunity for healthy dishes. Luckily, having a juicer can change that. By swapping a homemade juice for breakfast or even lunch on the go, you can save yourself valuable calories while still getting the nutrients you need.
Viewpoints reviewers understand the importance of juicers but also know they can put a strain on your wallet. At high spending holiday times, making a budget-friendly juicer purchase is a better bet. Here are the three juicers Viewpoints reviews recommend that get the job done all for under $100.
Juicing is easy with the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth ($59), rated 87/100 on Viewpoints. It has an extra-wide feed tube that allows you to throw in whole foods, no peeling or chopping required. The stainless steel strainer basket catches pulp, peels and seeds, keeping your juice free of unsavory bits. It even comes with a 20 oz. juice container that also works as a pitcher. With dishwasher-safe parts, cleanup becomes much easier.
“The juice extractor does all the work. I don’t have to peel apples, pears, carrots, etc. The juicer does it for me as I put the fruit or veggies in they get pushed through a sieve that separates pulp, seeds and peels into its separate cup away from the juice.” –damamashipp, Reviewer since 2009
“I honestly feel that the Big Mouth Pro is just as good if not better than some of those more expensive juicers. It offers the same features as those others and is a fraction of the price!” –jesbrown, Reviewer since 2009
Some Jack Lalanne pro-level juicers can run up your budget, but smart shoppers can snag this model on Amazon for about $89. The juicer’s stainless steel design makes it a stylish addition to any countertop, and its whisper-quiet motor means you can juice at any time without disturbing anyone. The detachable pulp catcher separates unnecessary bits from your juice and can be dumped out and wiped clean. Unlike the Hamilton Beach model, though, this one does not have dishwasher safe parts. It still receives an outstanding 86/100 rating.
“The machine is easy to use and easy to set up. It is a bit heavy but it is worth it.” –CuteLissette, Reviewer since 2010
“I have had several juicers in the past and have found that the Jack Lalane Juicer Deluxe is the best for your money…It is quiet in comparison to other juicers that I have had in the past, you can hold a conversation while juicing without having to shout over the noise.” –mtnpixie, Reviewer since 2010
At just about $100, the Breville Juice Fountain Compact Juicer is the most expensive juicer on this list. The 700-watt motor runs at 14,000 revolutions per minute, and the centered feed tube is three inches wide, large enough to fit a whole apple. The pulp filter is made of stainless steel, as is the body of this stylish machine. Cleanup is easy with an included custom cleaning brush and dishwasher-safe parts.
“It is very quick and powerful when in use and it has a safety feature of not turning on if the safety bar is not in place.” –hunter, Reviewer since 2007
“I would highly recommend the Breville Juice Fountain for other beginners like myself. It has helped me to get comfortable with the process and clean-up and the juice recipes that come with it are amazing.” –b10eukey, Reviewer since 2010
In this battle of budget-friendly juicers, we think the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor comes out on top. It combines functionality with ease of use and cleaning, and the money you save on it can be put towards the quality ingredients you buy.
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