For those that prefer a manual juicer, or only need a juicer occasionally, the Oxo Good Grips Citrus Juicer gets the job done. It's easy to use and reasonably sturdy, reports say.
Experts and users agree that this simple manual juicer extracts juice efficiently and is reasonably easy to use. However, any manual model will require more effort than an electric juicer, so if you juice frequently, your hands will thank you for upgrading to an electric model like the Black & Decker CitrusMate Plus CJ625 (*Est. $20), which costs just a few dollars more. If you only juice occasionally for recipes, though, or just want the infrequent glass of juice, reviewers agree that the Oxo Good Grips Citrus Juicer will serve your purposes very well.
Simple but effective. Experts generally say that the Oxo Citrus Juicer is effective; squeezing all there is to be squeezed from most fruit, although larger fruit -- such as grapefruit -- can challenge the juicer, and its owner. Experts also say that it does a good job of filtering seeds out of the juice, although every once in awhile a user reviewer complains about a stray seed falling through. (The same users, however, note that if the strainer openings were any smaller, they'd probably clog and require frequent cleaning.)
Most reviewers praise the Oxo's simple operation and two reamers -- a smaller one for lemons, and a larger one for oranges and grapefruit. However, a few Amazon.com reviewers point out that this juicer is top-heavy and can tip while juicing if you're not careful. The cutouts in the reamer are the biggest source of complaints, because they allow some of the citrus pulp (and thus, some juice as well) to get trapped inside instead of being funneled into the collection cup.
Any manual juicer is going to require some elbow grease. One expert reviewer praises the Oxo Good Grips Citrus Juicer for its ease of use. Owners agree, saying that although this model requires more effort than an electric juicer, and your hands will get tired if you're juicing a lot, it's easier to use than some comparable manual models.
Reviewers also say that the collection cup is easy to pour from, and that having measuring markers right on the cup is very convenient. However, this manual juicer has a couple more parts than other manual juicers -- for example, a second, larger reamer (for oranges and grapefruit) that dangles into the collection cup when not in use -- making it a little less convenient to clean.
Owner reviews of the disassembly-cleaning-and-reassembly process are mixed, but mostly positive, with several pluses for every complaint received. The biggest gripe among users is that when assembled, this model is too large to fit into a drawer, so you have to either take it apart or store it in a cabinet.
Some reviewers wish for a glass reservoir instead of plastic. The Oxo Good Grips Citrus Juicer is marked as dishwasher-safe, and most reviewers report success with washing it in the top rack. However, we found a couple stray complaints that the juicer warped when washed in the dishwasher (perhaps in the bottom rack?), and on Amazon.com, one reviewer says after about six months, the juicer developed mold in the bottom -- where two pieces of plastic fit.
We did find a couple of complaints that said that the juicer's base cracked after a year to a year and a half, although another reviewer posts that she's had this simple juicer for five years and it's still doing its job well. A few users wish the reservoir were glass, instead of plastic, to help reduce concerns about durability; but overall, they're still happy with this juicer's performance, especially for the price.
All Oxo products are backed by a "satisfaction guarantee," with a pledge to make things right if you're displeased with your product for any reason; however, it's unclear how well they actually back this up. The only user that reports trying to contact Oxo customer service says they never responded.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Excellent The editors of Cook's Illustrated test seven manual citrus juicers, including the Oxo Good Grips Citrus Juicer. The manual juicers are assigned ratings for effectiveness, ease of use and design/construction.
Review: Inexpensive Citrus Juicers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, April 2009
2. Good Housekeeping
Very Good A researcher with the Good Housekeeping Research Institute discusses the relative merits of manual, electric, and handheld citrus juicers in this video. Good Housekeeping chooses the Oxo Citrus Juicer as the best of the handheld models, although noting that it requires more work than an electric model.
Review: Citrus Juicers Tested, Editors of Good Housekeeping magazine, Not Dated
Good Almost three dozen owners review the Oxo Good Grips Citrus Juicer on Amazon.com, and it earns a rating of 4.1 stars. Most owners like this model for its simple effectiveness, but a few complain that it's top-heavy.
Review: Oxo Good Grips Citrus Juicer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2012