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Best Electric Citrus Juicers

By: Kelly Burgess on December 15, 2017

Electric citrus juicers can be simple or fancy, with prices to match

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, both of which are discussed 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 Wirecutter say, "Compared with models 10 times the price, it produced as much juice (or more juice), and it has a higher-quality build than similar juicers." 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 this 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. $15) 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, earning runner up status at Wirecutter, with just a bit of stuttering and stalling -- but most people probably won't need to use it so extensively. 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.

The Breville 800CPXL is one of the highest-rated citrus presses on user review sites, and it's the upgrade pick at Wirecutter for people who "juice often or in quantity." 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 for us. Here's our take: If you're going to pay $200 for a citrus press, you might as well buy a centrifugal juicer -- for $50 less you can get our Best Reviewed Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL (Est. $150).You'll get a much more versatile appliance that will enable you to juice vegetables and hard fruits like apples and pears.

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