Electric citrus presses, which are only used for citrus fruits like lemons, limes, oranges or grapefruit, are small 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, which we discuss elsewhere in this report.
These small juicers tend to be very affordable, and the price is definitely right for the Proctor Silex Alex's Lemonade Stand Citrus Juicer (Est. $15). Winnie Yang and Nick Guy at TheSweethome.com say, "This easy-to-use juicer outperformed models 10 times the price." In testing, the Proctor Silex handled all types of citrus, producing a good yield without over-reaming, which resulted in juice that tasted sweeter than the juice from similar models.
Owners also rave about the Proctor Silex juicer's features and performance. Also known as the Proctor Silex 66331, it includes a detachable pitcher, and the pulp separator in the lid does a great job, reviewers say. This juicer also comes with two different-sized reamers, and users say it makes short work of batches of fruit of various sizes, from small limes to large grapefruit. Many say that even for larger batches they prefer this little electric citrus juicer because it's so convenient to use and clean compared to their larger juicers. Some even use it for making guacamole. The motor seems to be pretty durable overall, although we did see a few complaints of it burning out after a relatively short period of time. However, Hamilton Beach (which owns Proctor Silex) is proactive about responding to customer complaints.
One nice bonus with the Proctor Silex Citrus Juicer: for every purchase, Proctor Silex makes a $1 donation to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer research. So it's works good and does good work.
It's not the fanciest model on the market, but the Black & Decker Citrus Juicer CJ625 (Est. $18) is a worthy runner up to the Proctor Silex. This electric citrus juicer can handle a decent load of fruit, and it 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. That's 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). This citrus press 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 -- and as noted in our coverage of centrifugal juicers, Breville is far and away the Best Reviewed brand among those -- 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 Proctor Silex Alex's Lemonade Stand Citrus Juicer is more than worth its bottom end price.