Are you looking into starting a juice cleanse, but not ready to shell out the big bucks for a new appliance? Hoping that your family (or you) will be willing to get their daily veggies in if it’s in juice form?
Common wisdom says it’s difficult, if not impossible, to find affordable juicers. This is incorrect! We went through some of the top juicers under 100 dollars to find the best of the best.
What’s The Benefit Of A Juicer?
If you’re looking to up your intake of fruits and veggies in your or your family’s diets, smoothies and juices might have come across your attention. Both are great ways to get in daily recommended amounts of produce — vegetables, especially — and both have their benefits. Smoothies, for example, make you feel fuller longer than a juice would, and delivers more fiber, along with taking longer to release all those sugars into the body.
Juices, though, are nutrient-dense, because all of the fiber is removed as pulp. While it might make your blood sugar spike a bit more than eating your produce straight, and it certainly won’t give you as many nutrients, juices cut out all the work your body has to do to extract the nutrients from your produce. They’re also smooth to go down and cut out some of the extra calories, all while giving you far more concentrated servings of fruits and vegetables.
There are studies that have shown that both blending and juicing are better — in the end, it comes down to what you look at, though there is evidence to support the fact that juicing, because it takes less time and (in the case of a masticating juicer) is far gentler to delicate enzymes and vitamins, gives you a greater amount of nutrients.
While many vitamins, vitamin C in particular, don’t oxidize easily and don’t break down when it’s hot, some of the vitamins and enzymes in fruits and vegetables can break down in less than ideal conditions. Things like prolonged exposure to air or being heated by a blender or a less efficient centrifugal juicer can reduce what you’re getting out of your produce-based beverage of choice. (It’s because of oxidation, by the way, that it’s best you drink your juice as soon as you can!)
What Should You Look For To Get The Best Cheap Juicer?
First of all, there’s some terminology you need to know when looking at juicers. We’ve already used the words ‘centrifugal’ and ‘masticating’: these are the two types of juicers on the market. Each works differently, but the biggest thing you need to know right now is that centrifugal juicers work by speed and blades, and masticating juicers work almost purely by force.
Check out this video that goes into detail about the difference between centrifugal and masticating juicers:
Second, while there’s a lot of pros and cons to the different types of juicers, you’ll want to keep a few broad things in mind to pick out the best inexpensive juicer for you:
- Ease of use. Some juicers require you to get foods chopped just right, pushers levered at the perfect angle, or constant cleaning out of a too-small pulp jar. Look for one that will suit your needs.
- Cleanup. How easy is the juicer to take apart? Is any of it dishwasher safe? How easy is it to access the pulp collection? Is it too large and heavy to move back into storage when not in use?
- Chute size. Using a juicer isn’t the fastest process in the world but having to do a lot of prep work beforehand can make it seem downright overwhelming. Look for a chute that’s both wide and tall so you don’t have to babysit it as much.
- Buttons. A reverse function is very important to have, especially in a masticating juicer; a good centrifugal juicer should have speed options to help it handle softer and harder produce with ease.
- Warranty. We’re big advocates of finding appliances with solid warranties. Know what you’re getting into and what kind of protection you have in case you get a faulty machine or if parts start to wear out! Even when looking for the best juicer under $100, though, it can be hard to find a good warranty on a centrifugal juicer.
What Are The Benefits Of A Centrifugal Juicer?
When looking for the best budget juicer, you’re likely to see a lot of centrifugal juicers. These juicers spin blades in a column around produce at high speeds — around 14,000 RPM — to extract juice from pulp. They tend to be less expensive overall and are much quicker to disassemble and clean.
While they’re louder (think about the volume of an average blender), centrifugal juicers also work very well with tougher foods like veggies and roots like ginger and beetroot. However, they don’t handle foods with low water content, like spinach leaves and wheatgrass, nearly as well as a masticating juicer.
Centrifugal juicers also have blades which need to be kept sharp. Even the best juicers under 100 dollars will have trouble staying sharp forever, and the replacement of blades often isn’t covered under warranty. Be sure to factor in that sort of maintenance and look into how easy it is to get new blades for your juicer before buying.
Finally, centrifugal juicers often run the risk of damaging enzymes in your juice. The rapid rotation and vigorous motor can overheat your juice, and there’s a risk of it introducing too much air in the process, which can lead to oxidation.
What Are The Benefits Of A Masticating Juicer?
A masticating juicer works by pushing produce into a very small hole and then forcing an auger (usually solid plastic, shaped like a large drill bit) into it. This pushes the produce against a very fine mesh, which extracts the juice without tearing apart the produce as vigorously as a centrifugal juicer.
Because these juicers depend on strength of force rather than speed, they tend to be a bit more expensive. Many people believe that it’s impossible to include masticating juicers when shopping around for the best inexpensive juicers, but this is incorrect! We’ve managed to find a few affordable juicers that still offer a masticating juicer’s benefits without your wallet suffering in the process.
Masticating juicers are much quieter, and work very well with wheatgrass, leafy greens, and other produce with low water content. The pulp is more intact, and the greatly reduced amount of friction and less vigorous motion mean that more nutrients will be preserved in a masticating juicer instead of a centrifugal juicer.
Finding the best masticating juicer under 100 dollars means looking for something that is strong, but that also gives you the flexibility to grind soft and water-dense fruits, hard vegetables, and leafy greens. A reverse function is also very important with a masticating juicer, as the auger leaves more room for jams than a centrifugal juicer.
We made sure to pick a few of each kind of juicer when we performed our reviews to give the widest array of options. While we prefer masticating juicers, you may find a centrifugal juicer fits your needs better, and that’s okay! Choose what best fits your lifestyle.
Our Top Picks for Best Juicer Under $100
Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer
The Aicok masticating juicer may be slower than a centrifugal juicer, but it packs a nutritionally-powered punch. Its 80-RPM motor works though fibrous grasses and vegetables with ease, and its motor is less than 60 decibels, making it a perfect choice for early morning juicing, or juicing during a young child’s naptime.
This juicer boasts an improved, 7-segmented auger for higher liquid extraction and a drier pulp, all with minimal oxidation. It comes with a clear, non-graduated collection jug and a small pulp-collecting cap, giving it a small countertop footprint.
All clear parts are made out of BPA-free PMMA (acrylic) plastic, and all metal parts are easily removed and washable. Everything is advertised as dishwasher safe, and the body of the machine is sturdy and heavy-duty.
Along with its low running temperature, which protects the delicate enzymes in fruits and vegetables, the Aicok slow masticating juicer also has a reverse function. This means you don’t need to disassemble and reassemble whenever it jams; a quick button press will have you juicing again in no time.
Warranty: Aicok offers a 2-year warranty and a 1-year extra warranty. While we couldn’t find any information about the extra warranty, the original 2-year warranty covers only manufacturing defects. The Aicok masticating juicer also comes with a lifetime, 24-hour technical support.
- Quieter than most machines, making it a good option for echoey kitchens or juicing when others are sleeping
- The reverse function makes the juicing process easier
- Creates very dry pulp for optimal juice extraction
- Comes with a clean-up brush, and most parts are easily rinsed for quick cleanup
- Juice comes out clear with no foam, unlike centrifugal juicers
- Pulp collection chamber is very small and will need to be emptied frequently
- Small chute opening means quite a bit of chopping before juicing
- Depending on what you’re juicing, it may take up to 30 minutes to make a 12 oz glass of juice
- No included recipe book; manual isn’t written clearly
- Some customers have reported problems with getting warranties fulfilled and executing returns
Koios Slow Masticating Juicer
This masticating juicer from Koios offers quiet operation with high versatility. Its motor is a low 60 decibels despite running at 80 rpm, making it a great choice for early-morning or mid-afternoon juicing. While the small, 3-inch mouth of the feeding chute means you’ll have to do more prep work, it also means that small hands can’t get where they’re not supposed to.
All the plastic parts are made from BPA-free plastic and are easy to clean up with the included cleaning brush. It’s not recommended, however, that the plastic is put in the dishwasher, as it can warp the plastic. The entire machine is easy to assemble and disassemble, making for quick cleanup.
The juicer offers two juicing settings, depending on the kind of food to be juiced: hard and soft. Things like tomatoes and grapes are best juiced on the soft setting, while apples, celery, and carrots should be juiced on the hard setting. The hard setting should be used on anything you’re not sure of. If a problem is encountered mid-juicing, the reverse function should allow for an easy solution to the problem.
The Koios masticating juicer comes with a clear, ungraduated juice collection cup. The pulp is pushed out through an open chute at the opposite end of the feeding tube. The open chute means you don’t have to worry much about emptying the pulp collection jug mid-juicing.
Warranty: All Koios products come with a 3-month return policy including all shipping and handling fees, a 1-year product warranty, and a 10-year warranty on the motor of the juicer, provided your juicer is bought through an official Amazon listing. We couldn’t find any details on the 1-year warranty and what exactly it covered, but the generous return window and the 10-year warranty on the motor are good signs.
- Juicer is quiet and works quickly compared to other masticating juicers in the price range
- The included brush makes handwashing quick and easy if done immediately after juicing
- Different softness settings mean more versatility, and a reverse function makes for easy problem solving during juicing
- Recipes are included with the purchase
- Warranty is generous with motor coverage and return policy, making it one of the best cheap juicer warranties
- Tougher foods like leafy greens need to be combined with other fruits to work properly
- The motor is easily overloaded by tougher foods, meaning the process has to be slower at the risk of overheating
- Food must be cut into small, 3” chunks for the auto-feeding function to work
- The filter is easily clogged by small seeds and fiber, and sometimes produces wet pulp
- Cannot be cleaned in the dishwasher
- Need to sign up for 90-day return policy and 1-year warranty
Mueller Centrifugal Juicer
The Mueller centrifugal juicer is a great option for those looking for a quicker, lower-cost juicer. Even with its small countertop footprint, the Mueller offers a 3” feeding chute and promises to make a 16oz glass of juice in just 8 seconds.
With two speed settings, this juicer is able to handle softer fruits like grapes and tomatoes on the 1 setting, and harder fruits and vegetables like celery, carrots, beets, and even kale. The slower setting runs at a quick 12,000 to 15,000 RPM, while the fast setting runs from 15,000 to 18,000 RPM.
While the high speeds of this centrifugal juicer will break down some of the delicate enzymes in your juices, you don’t need to worry about overheating it; the Mueller has an auto-shutoff if the motor reaches too high a temperature.
All parts, including the ungraduated juice jug, are BPA-free and easy to disassemble and clean. The pulp collection chamber holds a generous 68 oz, which means you won’t have to stop juicing in the middle of your glass to empty it. (We recommend putting a baggie inside for easier cleanup!)
Warranty: The Mueller centrifugal juicer is covered by a 2-year unlimited warranty. While we couldn’t find any other warranty information, customer support seems very friendly and willing to help. Juice with confidence!
- Locking mechanism means that the juicer can only be operated when it’s safest to do so
- Included brushes make cleanup easy, especially when done directly after juicing
- Instructions are clear, simple, and easy to read
- Two-speed settings for lower volume operation when possible
- Capable of handling more fibrous veggies like leafy greens
- Quiet for a centrifugal blender
- Unlimited warranty is one of the best warranties we’ve looked at
- There’s no gasket between the juicer itself and the pulp basin, meaning occasional splatters and escaped juice
- Locking bar can be difficult to move on and off
- Parts cannot be put into the dishwasher and can be a hassle to clean
- No recipe book is included
- Limited warranty information available
Homeleader Centrifugal Juicer
The Homeleader juicer is a centrifugal juicer with a 3” wide chute to reduce the amount of chopping and prep needed before you start. Both the pulp and juice collectors are clear and graduated for easy measurement and hold either 1000 ml (juice) or 2500 ml (pulp).
This juicer has two variable speeds, with a slower speed for softer fruits and vegetables, and a higher speed for hard vegetables, ginger, and even beans. It, however, does not have a reverse function, meaning any jam will require disassembly and manual clearing before starting again.
All removable parts of the juicer are BPA-free and dishwasher safe, and the parts which cannot be removed are easily cleaned with the cleaning brush. The manufacturer does not recommend running the machine for more than two minutes at a time and recommends using the included pusher to help move food along. It has an automatic shutoff to prevent the motor from overworking.
Warranty: The Homeleader centrifugal juicer comes with a 1-year “worry free” warranty. We could not find any information on the terms of this warranty with this specific juicer, but other Homeleader juicers have a 1-year warranty which covers replacement and has a 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Two speeds for handling both hard and soft fruits and vegetables.
- Wide chute reduces the amount of prep work needed.
- Easy to clean up and take apart and clean, and removable parts are dishwasher safe.
- Good customer service is available for quick support.
- Cannot handle fruits and vegetables with low water content like bananas and potatoes.
- Hard materials like seeds, ice, or frozen fruits/vegetables are not recommended for use in this juicer.
- Cannot handle extraction for more than two minutes, which makes juicing large batches difficult.
- Manufacturer recommends manually pushing through fruits and vegetables (not too hard) with an included pusher, meaning you have to stay by it during extraction.
- About as loud as you’d expect from a high-speed centrifugal juicer — it’s not quiet like a masticating juicer!
Breville Compact Juice Fountain
This Breville centrifugal juicer is a centered, heavy machine that reaches up to 14,000 RPM. It has a 3” wide feed tube to allow for larger whole and chunked fruits and includes a food pusher to help coax food into the juicer.
While the Breville juicer cannot handle foods harder than carrots, requires liquid content in what it’s juicing, and cannot manage frozen foods, it’s a long-lasting machine that holds up well to daily juicing of fruits and softer vegetables. It includes a graduated juice collection pitcher and connecting lid. The pulp itself is collected within the machine for a smaller countertop footprint.
Some of the parts of this juicer can be put into the dishwasher; the rest, if rinsed immediately after use, are easy to clean. The main downside to this machine is that it only has one speed and no reverse button. Jams and clogs can only be addressed by disassembling the juicer; juicing harder, softer, or leafier foods depend entirely on how quickly the user feeds them into the juicer.
Warranty: The Breville centrifugal juicer comes with a 1-year limited warranty that covers any manufacturer defects and promises a replacement of the same or an equivalent machine within that time. While they cover shipping costs, they do not offer refunds outside of the 30-day return window and do not cover the normal wear and tear of parts.
- Long-lasting machine when used correctly.
- Easy to disassemble and clean, and most parts are dishwasher safe.
- Designed to take up a small amount of countertop space, with an integrated pulp collection chamber instead of an external collection bin.
- Juice collection cup is thoroughly graduated for easy measurement.
- Thorough recipe booklet and instruction manual with tips and tricks for best use of the juicer.
- Only has one speed and no reverse function, meaning juicing speeds come down solely on the user’s speed in manually feeding the juicer.
- Somewhat limited in the kind of foods it can process and juice, with better results given to things which have a high moisture content.
- The wetness of pulp depends on how quickly or slowly you let the juicer work. The slower you go (and the longer you spend juicing), the more juice will be extracted.
- Warranty is very limited and only for one year.
Hamilton Beach Juicer
The Hamilton Beach juicer is a centrifugal juicer with a 3” wide opening to easily fit larger or less-chopped fruits and veggies. It’s advertised as being able to handle everything from soft fruits to ginger and beetroot and is even able to produce nut milk such as almond and soy milk. All plastic parts are BPA-free, and the pulp collection bin is extra-large so juicing doesn’t have to be stopped mid-job.
Some models of this juicer do not come with a juice cup, and if they do, it is not graduated. However, the spout is high enough to fit most standard drinking glasses. It also only has a one-speed setting and no reverse function, so the efficiency of the juicer will be on the user and how the food is fed into the chute as much as the machine itself.
Most of the removable plastic parts are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup, and the machine comes with a scrubbing brush and cleaning tips for the other parts. It also includes juicing tips and recipes to get started.
Warranty: The Hamilton Beach juicer comes with a 3-year limited warranty limited to manufacturing defects in the machine itself, and not normal wear and tear on the product. It also offers access to an active customer support team.
- Very easy to clean and can manage tougher vegetables.
- Cutter basket and other parts can be ordered for replacement on the Hamilton Beach website.
- Will stand up to years of daily use so long as cared for properly.
- Warranty lasts for 3 years, while limited, ensures that the juicer functions correctly throughout its lifetime.
- Unstable when running on the counter and loud — it definitely needs to be watched while juicing!
- Usually needs to be cleaned after a quart or two of juice for optimal juicing, so a poor option for juicing for larger families.
- Cutting basket clogs quickly on tougher, more fibrous foods like carrots and ginger root, and requires frequent cleaning.
What’s The Best Juicer Under $100?
Our top pick for a cheap juicer had to be a masticating juicer. In our opinion, the nutritional benefits of masticating juicers, along with their lower volume and lack sharp parts that need to be replaced outweighed the benefits of centrifugal blenders. While its chute is small and requires a bit more prep work, we just had to pick the Koios as the best juicer under 100 dollars.
The Koios not only has a reverse function, but it also has speed adjustments for softer and harder foods. The juice and pulp collection jars are easily accessible, and the entire machine is easy to clean. While it isn’t able to handle everything under the sun, its generous warranty (and yes, its return policy) had us trusting the quality of this inexpensive juicer from the start, and we’re sure it will last for years to come.