The Top Five Juice Extractors

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The benefits of wholesome raw fruits and vegetables are well known. Our bodies need the vitamins, minerals and fibers to lead a healthy and fit life. But try explaining that to a child. Getting an average 3-year old to eat the recommended 1.5 cups of fruits and 1.5 cups of vegetables a day can pose quite a challenge. Enter the juice extractor. What child do you know turns down juice?

Juice extractors are machines that either grate or shred produce into a pulp. Most models use centrifugal force – high-speed spinning baskets – to extract the juice. Juicers can range from $75 to $400 or more.

The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro 67650 (*$60) boasts a number of great features. It packs a powerful motor and extra-large chute. Just push whole fruits and vegetables down the chute and dispense into the 20-ounce juice cup. Clean up is no-fuss with its removable pulp bin and dishwasher-safe parts.

The Breville Compact Juice Fountain BJE200XL (*$130) is fast and powerful. It features a patented 3-inch center feed tube that is said to yield 30% more juice in less time. It can even juice a whole pineapple – rind on. The juicer can produce 1-1/2 quarts of juice before the pulp container needs to be emptied. All removable parts are dishwasher-safe.

The Waring Pro PJE401 (*$160) makes quick work of just about any non-citrus produce you can imagine. The citrus attachment is not included. It also employs centrifugal force to extract juice, but the pulp remains in the basket, which will need to be emptied during juicing. The stainless-steel bowl and cover are dishwasher-safe. All other parts require hand-washing.

The Omega 4000 (*$200) is a portable, compact juicer is for heavy-duty use. The narrow chute makes chopping produce essential and parts need hand-washing. Juice is dispensed directly out of the spout into a glass and pulp is ejected into a large, removable bin. This juicer carries an unusually long 15-year limited warranty.

The Breville Elite Juice Fountain 800JEXL (*$300) separates itself from the pack with its 2-speed control for efficient hard and soft produce processing. It also features a 3-inch feeding tube, stainless-steel filter and titanium-plated cutting disk. The juicer is made of die-cast with a sleek, modern silhouette. All parts are dishwasher-safe.

*All prices are approximate.