When you crave a refreshing glass of juice in the morning what do you do? Do you go to the fridge and pour some out of the carton or do you squeeze fresh juice from fresh fruit? I suspect that while you would love to do the latter you’re still sticking with the “easy” option. This guide is here to change your mind.
There is the misconception that manual juicers are too wasteful or too much like hard work. This doesn’t have to be the case at all. There are manual juicers for the kitchen and even some smaller hand juicers that are efficient and user-friendly. Here are 8 of the best hand juicers around right now to help you find the best option.
Best Manual Juicers, Reviews
#1 Focus Foodservice 97336 Jupiter Large Commercial Juice Press
This first product has instant appeal for those that want a more professional orange juicer in their kitchen. The look and the materials used show that this is tougher than your more basic juicer with the cast iron parts, black rubber coating on the handle, and the same enamel as some of the commercial options.
There is also the benefit of the suction cup feet and removable strainer cone. Despite this heavy-duty feel and wider base, it still looks quite nice and is the sort of device you could keep out on your counter.
Unfortunately, some expected more juice with less effort because of this design. They feel there should be more leverage and pressure for a better yield. That said, one user did manage to get juice on their ceiling. If you can appreciate the limitations of this at-home manual juicer then you should be fine.
- tough materials
- heavy-duty base
- looks good on the kitchen counter
- only really suitable for oranges
- some users need a little more leverage
#2 New Star Foodservice 46878 Manual Juicer
This next model shows just how appealing this sort of hybrid at-home/commercial juicer is. The design and parts of this juicer initially look exactly the same as those above, especially when choosing the steel and black version. There is the same heavy-duty base, suction feet, an ergonomic handle and strong cast iron.
The description also talks about a “longer handle for additional leverage”, so this might have more output and pressure than the model above.
There is also a greater choice in styles here with a large model that is meant to handle grapefruit and also an “antique bronze” option, which is purely for aesthetics. The biggest downside here seems to be durability as the screws can come loose and the stand can wobble a bit.
- reliable design for home use
- longer handle for leverage
- different designs
- not as durable in its construction
- base can get a bit wobbly
#3 Switol Manual Citrus Juicer
This next option follows this trend with a very similar approach. It is easy to see why this would be so popular with users as there is the same use of strong metal across the mechanisms. There is also the use of the grips on the base, the ergonomic handle, and the removable strainer.
The selling point here is the fact that it is taller than most at 18.5 inches. This means that you can put a glass underneath and cut out some of the processes between squeezing the juice and getting that fresh glass to drink.
There is a lot of praise for the way that this tough model can handle oranges and create juice with ease. But, some find it less effective on smaller fruits like lemons and limes. This is because you need to change the slider for the squeezer and it doesn’t always want to stay in place.
- extra height for larger glasses
- tough build
- sturdy base
- not so good on smaller fruits
- may have issues cleaning it out
#4 The Original Healthy Juicer
Of course, it isn’t just fruit like oranges and lemons that we want to juice at home. There are some great manual juicers out there that provide a more niche approach with a focus on one type of key ingredient. In this case, it is all about leafy greens like wheatgrass, spinach, chard, celery and more. Stick the shoots and leaves in the funnel at the top, turn the handle and enjoy the results via the masticating live-enzyme cold-press process.
This juicer looks good in a kitchen with the white and green design but might not be practical in all settings. It is a compact machine with a long handle that hangs off the end of the counter. The suction cups are better than expected and a general sense that this is a more sturdy, well-made product than expected. It is also too small for some who would prefer a larger chute and capacity for a faster production line.
- ability to handle lots of greens
- attractive design
- cold-press process is effective
- it needs to be on the right work surface
- chute could be bigger for larger quantities
#5 The Pomegranate Juice Press
When you have a brand called The Pomegranate Juice Press, you have a pretty good idea about the sort of product you are going to get. This is a tough little manual system for both pomegranate and citrus juice. The juicer is made from commercial-grade cast steel with an acid-resistant coating, so it should hold up to the efforts of the messiest of cooks.
This is important because one of the complaints from users regards the mess created. Some say that the fruit gets everywhere and the system is difficult to clean out. There is a suggestion to cut the pomegranate in smaller pieces for the best result.
The design of the 3 pinion lever and handle does look a little like a torture device. Still, it is all about the downward pressure on the fruit. Be aware that while there are claims in the description and some user reviews about a free lime squeezer, we can’t guarantee that this will be the case when you order one yourself.
- tough 3 pinion lever system
- the impact on pomegranate pieces of the right size
- a compact design
- it can get pretty messy
- it is a bit of a niche product
#6 Hamilton Beach 932 Commercial Citrus Juicer
If you have read our other guide on the best commercial juicers, you will know that we are a fan of this Hamilton Beach product. It also belongs in this guide because a lot of its impact as an effective commercial juicer comes from the fact that it is a hand-operated model.
It is all about “maximum extraction” with a force of 2000 pounds on that arm. You can get a surprising amount of juice out of this with minimal waste.
This juicer has a nice slim design for the countertop but also has a more heavy-duty feel than some manual juicers because of that commercial tag. A benefit here is the acid-resistant finish on the exterior metal to keep it clean and shiny for longer.
A downside, however, is that the handle isn’t that comfortable for on-going use. If you are prepared to put the effort in then this can yield great results – no pain no gain!
- the force of the arm for extraction
- the slim design
- the acid-resistant coating
- the handle is uncomfortable long-term
- not the easiest to clean
#7 Chef’n Citrus Orange Squeezer and Juicer
If you are struggling to find any spare room in your kitchen for a manual juicer, no matter how compact their design, you could opt for a hand juicer instead. This is a no-thrills, affordable approach that will create a glass of juice with ease. Just wash it off and put it back in a drawer when you are finished with it.
This model is actually dishwasher safe for improved hygiene standards and designed to be as easy to use as possible.
The main components of the juicer are made from tough stainless steel and there is a colorful nylon exterior in either orange, lemon or lime. This color-coding matches the intended fruit – although there are occasional mix-ups with lime-sized, lemon-colored juicers.
Beware that this isn’t the toughest option and the plastic teeth can break if you are too rough with it. Yet, those that treat this juicer well can get a lot of juice for their money.
- color-coding for different fruits
- good mix of materials
- dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
- the plastic teeth can break
- some mix-ups with the orders
#8 Bellemain Premium Quality Stainless Steel Lemon Squeezer
Our final choice is this affordable little model. The idea here is that this little squeezer gives you fresh lemon juice while you cook, with minimal fuss. There is no reason why you can’t put a lime in there as well if you wanted to.
There is a classic look here with the stainless steel bowl and mechanism and the red silicone handles. These thickly covered handles are meant to be more comfortable so you can get more out of the juicer. It is also beneficial for those that may have weakness or arthritis in their hands and don’t want to give up on juicing.
This model is tougher than it looks with the reinforced hinges, levers and thick casting. A possible downside here is the amount of waste. It doesn’t get all the juice because it doesn’t close down all the way.
- the classic design
- the strong strainer
- the comfortable handles
- a bit too much waste
- for basic use only
Choosing the best manual juicer for your needs
As you can see, there are some common benefits and flaws to watch out for when looking for the very best product. Consider these features and you should get a product that suits your requirements:
a) does it have the right capacity for the fruit or veg you want to use?
b) does it have the pressure and leverage for the right quantity of juice?
c) does it have a nice design so it can stay out on the counter?
d) it is built to last?
e) is it easy to clean?
Compare your options carefully by checking the specifications and user reviews. That way you can find something that suits your aspirations for juicing, your kitchen and your budget.