Electric citrus presses, which are only used for citrus fruits like lemons, limes, oranges or grapefruit, are smaller units that run on electricity and can juice multiple fruits in one sitting. They're great if you love a quick glass of O.J. in the morning, or for making a pitcher of lemonade for a small crowd. They're only for citrus fruits, though, if you want to juice veggies as well, you'll need either a centrifugal juicer or a masticating juicer.
It's not the fanciest model on the market, but the Black & Decker Citrus Juicer CJ625 (*Est. $20) gets our nod as the Best Reviewed citrus juicer for a very good reason -- the incredible price. This electric citrus juicer can handle a decent load of fruit, as evidenced by the photo of the empty rinds from 16 pounds of fruit that Nick Guy of TheSweetHome.com used to test his CJ625. It even has an adjustable pulp strainer that user reviewers love because everyone can adjust the pulp level to their liking.
The CJ625 is reported to be highly durable, getting top marks in one expert test in spite of its plastic construction. Its two cone sizes allow the juicer to handle small limes or large grapefruit, and most say the juicer performs very well over multiple batches. However, a few users report that it sometimes needs to cool down a bit between batches. One of the most popular features is its cord storage -- the cord wraps around the base of the unit, making it neat and easy to stow away. Such a simple idea, but one that's often not taken into consideration even on higher-end appliances. The measurement markings on the clear juice container are easy to see, and it has a handy pour spout to transfer the juice.
There are a few complaints that this juicer broke in a fairly short period of time, but they're few and far between and, for the price, it may be worth taking the chance. The main gripe we see is that it's noisy, but not significantly noisier than other juicers of this type.
If durability and a quiet operation are your top priorities, look to the Breville Citrus Press 800CPXL (Est. $200). Breville is already the top choice by far in our centrifugal juicer category, and this Breville is an attractive appliance, sleekly stainless, that will probably hold up over a lifetime of squeezing the juice out of fresh fruit. Although it's electric, the motion is triggered by the pressure of the manually lowered arm for maximum safety. It's one of the highest-rated citrus presses on user review sites, and it also gets great ratings in one expert review for its durability, its appearance and its quiet performance. However, the price of the Breville Citrus Press 800CPXL is so much higher than the CJ625 that it keeps it out of the top spot not only for us, but in most of the expert round-ups we spotted. In fact, one professional testing organization admitted that the Breville Citrus Press is the best of its type that there is, but the fact that it costs as much as (or more than) a traditional centrifugal juicer kept it out of two of their "best of" lists because it didn't fit in either their "affordable" or "best juicer" categories.
That's pretty solid logic. If you're going to pay $200 for a citrus press, you might as well buy a centrifugal juicer that will also enable you to juice vegetables and hard fruits like apples and pears, giving you a much more versatile appliance. If you're just interested in juicing citrus fruits, and you're not looking for a showpiece, the Black and Decker CJ625 is more than worth its bottom end price.