The Best Manual Juicers (Review) in 2020
As a pick-me-up, you can’t beat freshly squeezed juice and with a manual juicer you can have a glass of the citrus stuff whenever you want – and save yourself some money too. Compact, easy to use and practical, a manual juice squeezer is also a good everyday go-to if you find larger electrical kitchen appliances a bit of a chore.
From the simple handheld squeezers and the old-school jug reamers to more sophisticated table-top and crank handled juicers, a manual juicer is the easy way to get juicing. And unlike electrical juicers, a manual machine doesn’t add any heat to the process, leaving all that delicious juice packed with dense nutrients and total goodness.
To help you choose the right DIY juicing machine, we take a squeeze at some of the best manual juicers you can buy.
The Best Manual Juicer
Made from durable aluminum
Dual bowls fits limes and lemon halves
Sieves out pips and pith
Ergonomically designed handles
Perfect for limes, lemons and smaller oranges, this manual citrus press is a great value squeezer that pipped all the other juicers to our Best Choice title. Cleverly designed to sieve out any bits as you squeeze, this aluminum hand juicer is super-easy to use and whips through your limes in no time for perfect margheritas all-round! The sturdy metal bowls work well together, and the long handles are kind on your hand as you put the squeeze on. Small enough to pop in your kitchen drawer, the Zulay manual citrus juicer is a durable and inexpensive way to get the juice you need for cooking and juicing up your drinks.
Nifty inner sieve keeps the pips out of your juice
Quality aluminum makes this a durable piece of kitchen kit
The surface of the handle is smooth so wet fingers could slip a little
Made from 18/10 stainless-steel
Ergonomic handles with silicon grips
Dual bowl to remove pips
A chef-grade handheld manual fruit juicer, the Bellemain is made from top-quality stainless-steel to create a juicer that’s going to stay the distance. With its ergonomic handles and soft silicon grips, the design works to reduce hand fatigue as you juice, and the squeeze action is smooth. This quality juicer is large enough for limes and lemons as well as small to medium oranges and the two layered cups scoop out the pips while letting the juice flow freely. Whether it’s for the home kitchen or a more professional set up, this is a solid and reliable manual citrus juicer for baking, dressings and refreshing drinks. Compact, it is easy to clean and can go through the dishwasher too.
Premium build that’s both durable and stylish
The handles could be a little longer to help increase force
BPA-free plastic and stainless-steel
Designed for wheatgrass and leafy greens
Counter-top unit with table clamp
Unscrews to five parts
If you’re looking to add more green to your life, then check out our Premium Choice, The Manual Healthy Juicer.
Designed for wheatgrass, celery, kale, spinach and all the other healthy leaves, this manual juice extractor skillfully squeezes out the good stuff for a nutrient-packed, refreshing drink. This is a counter-top juicer that is nicely made from BPA-free plastic with stainless-steel components. And it is quick and easy to use – simply put your greens in the top funnel and turn the handle and the juice collects in a bottom container, with the pulp extracted. The mechanism is pretty easy to turn, although with harder vegetables it gets tougher and the whole unit keeps nice and cool, which means your juice does too. With the turning, the unit takes some pressure, so underneath there are grippers as well as a table clamp to keep it secure. And, as the whole juicer breaks down into just five parts it’s also easy to clean.
Juices without any heat to keep your greens fresh and cool
Breaks down to just five sections for quick and easy cleaning
Will struggle with harder or larger vegetables
Commercial-grade manual juicer
Made from cast iron and stainless steel
Can cope with pressure of 300 PSI
Ideal for lemons, oranges and grapefruit
Longer handle for leverage
Suction feet for stability
With a design that wouldn’t look out of place in a professional kitchen, this is a monster of a manual citrus juicer that makes light work of the largest oranges if you need volume of juice in one sitting. Made from cast iron and 18/8 powder-coated stainless-steel, with a rubberized, long handle that can withstand 300PSI, you’ll get a workout with this solid manual juicer. The strainer and funnel are large capacity so can cope with fruit up to the size of grapefruits and are also detachable for washing. And, for stability as you manually juice, you have rubber sucker feet to keep it all in place although the height of the juicer means there can be a bit of a wobble. Smart and professional-looking, this manual orange juice squeezer means business.
Powers through fruit thanks to large funnel and strainer
The height of the juicer means it can wobble under pressure
Juicer, egg separator and grater in one
BPA-free plastic reamer and jug
Silicon non-slip base
12-tooth reamer for lemons/limes
3-claw reamer for larger fruit
Based on the traditional jug reamer design, our Best Value is a smart manual citrus juicer you’ll soon add to your ‘handy to have’ kitchen gadget list. For less than $10 you not only get an effective citrus juicer but also an egg separator and lemon grater, all in one. Oh, and a decent 12-ounce jug to catch everything. Made from BPA-free plastic, with a stainless-steel grater and silicon, non-slip base, this juicer can cope with larger citrus fruits too, thanks to its 12-tooth and three-claw reamers that squeeze out the juice. The filter keeps out the pips and larger stuff, making it ideal for baking, cooking or simply squeezing yourself a refreshing drink. The reamer can be stored inside the jug for easy storage and the whole thing can be popped into the dishwasher.
Multi-functions make this manual juicer great value for money
Lots of crevices that can get stubborn build up
Sized for cooking and baking
BPA-free reamer with built-in strainer
2.5-ounce cup with marked measures
Drip-free pouring spout
Disassembles for cleaning
Super easy to use, this simple but effective small manual citrus juicer from OXO is perfect to have in your kitchen cupboard. No fuss and no set up, the reamer top has a built-in strainer to catch the pulp and sits neatly on top of a 2.5-ounce cup with measures that is perfectly sized for cooking and baking. Made from BPA-plastic, there are not too many curves or corners and the whole thing can be taken apart for cleaning. And we like the shaping of the no-spill spout for mess-free pouring. Used with lemons, limes and medium sized oranges, this is a no-frills manual juicer that knows its job.
Straightforward and effective, one for the essentials kitchen cupboard
Suction cup creates a secure fit for the reamer
The ridged reamer can be a little fiddly to clean
Juicer and egg separator in one
Dual reamer for small and larger fruit
Made from BPA-free plastic
17-ounce jug capacity
Flip-top lid for compact storage
This dual reamer-style manual citrus juicer can deal with both small and large fruits thanks to the 12-tooth reamer for lemons and limes and a three-claw large reamer for oranges and bigger citrus fruits. It also has a generous 17-ounce capacity jug to collect all that liquid deliciousness! Made from BPA-free plastic, the Sunhanny is a well-priced, practical manual juicer which in a busy kitchen should get a lot of use. It is also a tough cookie and with a flip-top design that doubles up an egg separator, is compact enough to be easily stored away. There are no real frills here, and that is all part of this manual juicer’s appeal. It is straightforward to use and clean, can create a decent amount of juice in one sitting and is lightweight and portable, making it the perfect manual juice extractor for camping and RV trips
A great, all-round hand juicer for home or travelling
The jug’s measure marks could be a little clearer to read
Made from food grade plastic
Juice and pulp separation
Smooth action crank handle
Suction cups to keep it secure
Pulls apart for cleaning – dishwasher safe
For larger volume of fresh juice, we like this manual masticating juicer from Geedel. Well-priced, you get a substantial manual cold press juicer which is surprisingly easy to use and does a decent job at separating out the pulp from the juice. It may not be the most sophisticated looking manual juicer, but the design is well-thought out and all the parts are sturdy and feel durable. Plus, it pulls apart for easy cleaning and is dishwasher safe.
The crank handle is metal and can take some pressure, and while the manufacturers say it can also cope with harder vegetables, we think this is best for creating quality juice from citrus and soft fruits. Underneath there are suction cups to secure the whole device to a counter-top and the well-built masticator extracts a decent yield of juice. For around $30, this is a good value buy if you like a larger volume of citrus juice.
Easy to use and produces a decent amount of great quality juice
The grinder can get clogged if you use too large fruit or vegetable pieces
Traditional style hand juicer
Stainless steam reamer
Lockable lid with strainer
2-inch deep juice bowl
Rust-resistant and dishwasher safe
The Lu Cucina is a traditional style juice reamer made from premium stainless-steel that will become a staple of your utensil drawer. There’s nothing flashy about this manual juicer and that is a big part of its appeal, it knows its job and gets on with it. The reamer lid locks into place and has a built-in strainer to stop the pith and pips getting into your juice. And the attached bowl is large enough to give you a small glass of juice in one sitting. Ideal for cooking, baking or squeezing out a juice drink for breakfast, the Lu Cucina is also rust-resistant, dishwasher safe and has been built to last.
Straightforward and easy to use, clean and store
The edge of the strainer is a little sharp so not suitable for children
Made from heavyweight glass
For all citrus fruits
Pointed reamer for easy juicing
Measures 6.5 inches from spout to handle
Easy to clean – hand wash only
Just like the one your mom had in her cupboard, there’s something reassuringly old school about the HIC juicier and we like it! Made from a tough and heavyweight glass, this reamer and collecting jug in one will look cute on your breakfast table. But it isn’t just eye candy. This solid citrus juicer can be used with limes, lemons and oranges, as well as larger fruit such as grapefruit. Simply half the fruit, press down on the reamer and twist to get out all that juicy goodness. The spout is well designed for easy pouring although to get out the pips and pulp, you will need a separate strainer. But with no separate parts, this glass manual citrus juicer is a doddle to clean.
Vintage styling and a manual juicer that simply does its job
No strainer so you will get pips and pulp in your juice
It’s not safe for the dishwasher, so handwash only
Best Manual Juicer Buying Guide & FAQ
Things to Consider When Buying Manual Juicer
With a wide range of manual juicers to choose from, you need to make sure you are picking the model that is right for your juicing needs. Here are some of the things to consider:
- Type of juice
Your final choice of manual juicer will depend on the type of juice you are wanting make. Most manual juice extractors are designed for either citrus or wheatgrass juicing. You also need to consider the capacity of your new manual juicer and how much juice it can yield. Manual juicers tend to produce a high quality juiced as they don’t use any heat but if you’re wanting it to be pulp-free, you’ll need to look for a finer strainer to create that pure juice you are looking for.
- Size and portability
Hand juicers on the whole tend to be smaller and more compact than electrical versions and that can be part of the appeal, especially if you’re short on kitchen space or need a juicer that’s portable.
- Ease of use
With any manual juice press, you are going to have to get a little physical as it will need some hand and arm strength to get a decent juice yield, so look for a juicer that’s easy for you to use. Handhelds are really convenient but if you don’t have the arm strength or have some dexterity issues, then they may be a little tough and so a manual juicer machine with a crank handle (look for ergonomic and easy grip designs) may well be the way to go.
- Stability and design
As you are using your hands or even your body weight when juicing, you need your new manual juice extractor to be sturdy and stable. If you are looking at a counter-top manual juicer, check for grips on the bottom – or even a clamp if it’s a bigger machine - to stop it slipping and for a handheld, look for a comfortable and non-slip handle.
- Materials used
The materials used to make your new manual juicer should also count in your final decision as you need a machine that’s durable, lightweight (if it’s a handheld) and efficient. Heavier materials such as stainless-steel are going to be more long-lasting and able to handle regular juicing use while handheld juicers are often made from BPA-free plastic that’s lightweight, more affordable and sits easily in your hand.
- Easy assembly and cleaning
Juicing is a messy business, so you need to make sure your new manual juicer is not only quick and easy to assemble, but also to clean. If your juicer has numerous parts, then make sure you can detach them for cleaning, and ideally pop them into the dishwasher. And look out for a juicer that has too many nooks and crannies as these are the perfect hiding places for pulp and pips.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Manual Juicer
The manual juicer machine has a lot going for it when it comes to everyday juicing of fruit or wheatgrass. Here’s the main advantages as well as disadvantages to going manual:
- Quieter: With no electrical motor, your manual juicer is kinder on the ears when in use.
- Cheaper: Less complicated compared to electrically operated juicers, manual juicers on the whole are cheaper, especially for handheld versions.
- Easy to clean: Less parts and a more straightforward design means that most manual juicers are also a breeze to clean compared to high-tech, multi-function models.
- Portable: With no need for electricity, you can simply pick up your juicer and get on the move! Portable and compact, manual juicers are perfect for taking on holiday, day out or an RV road trip.
- No oxidization: The heat generated in electrical juicers can have an impact on the fruit they are juicing, and with no high-speed spinning, the manual juicer better preserves the enzymes and nutrients in the fruit.
- Time-consuming: With a manual juicer you will find it takes quite a bit of time and effort to get a small amount of juice, compared to an electrical model. If you’re looking for volumes of juice quickly then you may struggle but for everyday use, a manual will step up to the plate.
- Can’t juice vegetables: A manual juice extractor is limited to fruit (they work best on soft citrus fruits) and wheatgrass (if it has a crank handle) and so can’t really be used on hard vegetables such as carrots.
- Doesn’t remove the pulp: The juice you extract using a manual machine will also come with some pulp as the majority of models do not automatically remove it as you juice. Some do filter but it can be a little hit and miss.
Types of Manual Juicer
One size and shape of manual juicer doesn’t fit all and there are actually four main design types to choose from:
- Handheld: Simple to use, these work in a similar way to a garlic press, but with a larger reservoir to hold the fruit and a plunger to push out the juice.
- Jug reamers: These are the traditional looking dishes, typically glass or plastic, with a juicing cone in the middle onto which you squish your fruit and the juice runs into the dish’s jug.
- Table-top press: These are more substantial machines that need to sit or fit on your kitchen counter and have a handle you pull down, to push out the fruit’s juice.
- Crank Handle: These are best for your wheatgrass (or leafy greens) and again, they attach to a work surface. You put the ingredients into the top shoot and turn the crank handle to squeeze all the juice out.
Best Manual Juicer FAQ:
Q: How Do I Use a Manual Juicer?
A: It does depend on the type of non-electric juicer you have chosen, so read the instructions. But generally, the basic juice extraction process is the same:
- Wash your citrus fruit thoroughly and then slice in half
- For a hand-held juicer, hold it in your dominant hand; for a counter-top, fix it in place
- Place the fruit into well or onto the central juicing cone, soft flesh down
- Close the top and squeeze; pull the handle, or manually rotate the fruit, depending on the type of juicer
- Pour out the extracted juice into a jug – you can use a strainer to pick out any pith, pips or pulp
- Repeat with the rest of your fruit, then pour and drink!
- Clean your hand juicer machine as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Q: How Do I Clean my Manual Juicer?
A: As always, read the manufacturer’s instructions for guidance on cleaning your new manual juicer as well as to check whether it is dishwasher safe. To keep your handy juicer machine in tip-top condition, you will need to clean it after every use. If you can take it apart, then do so, and rinse all the parts (or the whole juicer if it is a ream or handheld style) under warm water to loosen and remove any pulp. Now pop the parts in the dishwasher or if handwashing, in a bowl of warm, soapy water and scrub clean, making sure you pay attention to any small parts, corners, nooks and crannies. Rinse, and allow to thoroughly dry before reassembling, ready for use.
Our Top Pick
Compact, easy to use and with a clever sieve system that picks out those pesky pips, our Top Pick is a smart-looking hand-held citrus juicer that is durable and at a price that won’t break the bank. Made from quality aluminum, the Zulay Manual Citrus Press Juicer is ideal for lemons, limes and smaller oranges and can make light work of everyday juicing needs or for when your cocktails need juicing up. With comfortable handles, the Zulay is also dishwasher safe for all-round juicing convenience.