Citruses — oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, tangerines, clementine, mandarin, satsuma, tangelo, citron, kabosu, kiyomi, sudachi — are the most suitable and hence very popular fruits for juicing. They can be juiced in a few ways, such as with
- Dedicated citrus juicers, which are available in the form of
- Electric Reamer;
- Mechanical Citrus Press;
- Vertical single auger masticating juicers with citrus attachment;
- Any juicing extractor.
Whereas the citrus juice extracted by each type of juicer will vary not only by yield but also by quality. The purpose of this article is to make clear the way each juicer type extracts the citrus fruit juice, the quality of the final product, and easiness of using and clean each type of juicer after use. So you will be able to make your own decision about which type of juicer is the best to meet your needs.
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Dedicated Orange and Citrus Juicers – Electric Reamer and Manual Press
The dedicated citrus juicers – electric reamer and manual citrus press — do not require peeling oranges or other citrus fruits for juicing. Instead, the preparation procedure involves only cutting the fruit in half and extracting the juice simply from the fruit segment.
- Very fast to extract juice;
- Produce high-quality slow cold-pressing juice;
- Require little preparation time because do not need to peel produce;
- Extract the best juice yield from Oranges, Lemons, Limes, and Grapefruits;
- Usually cheaper than slow juicers;
- Easy to use and clean;
- Not versatile and juices only citrus produce.
Electric Citrus Reamer
An electric citrus reamer is a straightforward machine that employs a rotating reamer/auger to press juice. The user, either manually with a hand (cheaper machine) or a fruit dome (expensive machine) holds half of the fruit against the rotating auger to squeeze the juice. Then, the liquid is passed through a strainer.
Electric citrus reamer has a small number of parts such as a motor body, reamer cone, strainer, and juicer bowl with juice outlet, the more expensive machine may also have a juicing dome and handle to hold the half fruits against the cone during juicing. So, they are straightforward to use and clean. Some machines may have a few coned auger sizes for small and large fruits.
The reamers process juice via slow-speed pressing technology and thus deliver high-quality juice with a long shelf-life.
There is a vast variety of electric motor-powered citrus juicers to choose from – stylish Breville or Smeg, budget Cuisinart, BLACK+DECKER, or well-known juicing brand CitriStar. This article will look at the two most efficient and popular machines.
Tribest CS-1000 CitriStar Electric Citrus Juicer
The Tribest CS-1000 CitriStar is a budget citrus reamer juicer. Nevertheless, it is very efficient, delivers high orange and other citrus fruit juice yields, and is very popular among consumers.
Base Unit and Motor: The Tribest Citristar comes with a plastic juicer body and a 120 V 50 Watts motor. It has a broad base and rubber feet with convenient wrap cord storage under the base. Keeping your juicer clean when it sits on the counter or stored in the cabinet is provided with a plastic dust cover, which appears to be very handy.
Cone/Ream: The juicer handles all larger fruit sizes, from small lime to the largest grapefruits, for juicing. It is equipped with two sizes nested, one in another lemon/lime clear plastic reams. So if you need to juice smaller fruit, just remove the large team to get the smaller lime one. A large fruit such as orange or grapefruit just returns the large ream into place above the small ream to juice.
Strainer/Screen: Although the juicer is made mainly from plastic, it has a sturdy, rust-free stainless steel strainer, and it does a good job catching seeds and most of the pulp out of the juice.
Juicer Collector Bowl with Spout: It has a plastic juicer bowl and an inbuilt and irremovable stainless steel spout. However, the spout is moved up and down and could be locked during processing by pushing it up and released whenever you want to pour the juice into the glass.
There are such things as complaints from customers about the small spout hole because it tends to clog. Yet, you can unclog the drain simply by flicking the spout open and closed a few times, and it works; you do not need to disassemble the juicer for this purpose.
Cleaning: The juicer has only 3 parts – body unit, juicing rem, bowl, and screen — thus, it is very easy to assemble/disassemble and clean.
Operation: The operation is also simple; the machine is switched by firmly pressing the halved fruit against the ream.
The juicer is designed to operate no more than 15 consecutively and must rest 15 seconds after the operation; it is also recommended to run no more than 5 minutes before a few minutes rest.
Juice yield: 4 Navel oranges deliver just under 2 cups/16 ounces of juice.
Dimensions: 8 W x 8 D x 9.5 H inches, weights 7.7 Lbs (3.5 KG).
Warranty: The juicer has only a 1 Year Warranty; however, it is a well-made machine and could easily serve for 3–5 years. Besides, the Tribest Manufacturing Company is a well-known manufacturer with decent customer service located in the USA.
Summary: Although the Tribest CS-1000 CitriStar juicer is a rather basic machine made mostly of plastic, it is very well made and has a decent life expectancy.
Though it delivers an excellent juice yield and could be a perfect machine for those who like to hold the citrus fruit in hand while operating the device, it allows to control the juicing process and get maximum juice out of the fruit.
Breville 800CPXL Die-Cast Stainless-Steel Motorized Citrus Press
The 800CPXL Citrus Juicer is the premium Breville juicer that is made in China while engineered and patented in the USA. This brushed stainless steel machine is designed with a unique pull-down juicing arm/lever that allows juice oranges and other citrus fruits with minimal effort but industrial power.
Base Unit and Motor: This electric reamer has an ergonomic exterior design, with its body made 100% from durable die-cast resistant to corrosive citric acid stainless steel.
The stylish body houses 120 volts, 110 watts very quiet motor. Unfortunately, the machine has a plastic motor shaft that is subject to complaints from some customers. The good thing is that the replacement shaft is available to buy from the manufacturer, and the price is reasonable.
Juicing Cone: The Breville 800CPXL reamer is equipped with an acid-resistant die-cast stainless steel juicing cone. It is designed with 4‑fins around it to keep secure fruits in place while processing and extracting a maximum juice yield from all sizes of citrus fruits, from the smallest lime to orange to the largest grapefruits.
Strainer/Pulp Filters: It comes with two (2) different stainless steel pulp filters – the coarse with larger holes for pulpier juice and the fine with smaller holes for less pulpy juice
Juicer Bowl: The machine has a die-cast stainless steel juice bowl with a non-drip juice spout. The juice bowl collects the sieved juice from the strainer, which then goes into the glass through the juice spout. You can also push the spout up to keep the juice inside the bowl and release it when you finish juicing.
Juicing Dome and Handle: It has a dome and lever design similar to commercial models. When you place the half fruits on the cone, the dome will keep the orange in place while processing. So, you do not require applying a lot of pressure while juicing; you can do it with one finger.
Using and cleaning: The juicer has only 4 parts – body, bowl collector, strainer, and dome — which are easily put together for assembling.
The juicing cone, strainers, bowl collector, and dome are all removable parts that can be cleaned under running water or on the dishwasher’s top shelf.
Operation: There is only one button on the back of the body that powers the machine. It is activated automatically when you place the halved fruit onto a cone, pull down the juicing dome, and rest on the citrus fruit. You stop the operation when you push the lever up to release the citrus peel.
The juicer is equipped with a safety feature, so it will not operate until the dome and lever place enough pressure on the top of the cone.
Juice yield: The machine is very efficient and easily squeezes 1 glass from 3–3.5 large Navel oranges.
Dimensions: The juicer is huge and measures 11″ x 9″ x 18″.
Warranty: The Breville comes with an ONLY 1‑year warranty the helpful and supportive customer service. Despite the very short warranty, the machine is very well made and durable.
Summary: Although the Breville 800CPXL Citrus machine comes with a high price tag, it is worth every penny. It is well-made, stylish, fast, and quiet, unlike most other juicers. It is easy to use that even a child (under supervision) or a person with severe arthritis could easily operate this gadget.
The juicer works smoothly with any fruit, never torqueing and handles all types of fruits, from small lime to huge grapefruits. It squeezes every drop of juice, leaving the peel absolutely dry. It actually delivers the highest yield among all types and makes electric reamer citrus machines.
Mechanical Citrus Press
The Mechanical Citrus Juicer is a hand-operated press that uses the cantilever action to multiply force to press the citrus fruit juice. They indeed do not need electricity for operation. These juicers are normally very large and heavy but are very easy to use and clean.
You place the halved citrus face on the reamer and lower down the leveraged metal handle to press out the juice. It employs a slow juice extraction process; hence, juice extracted with the mechanical press is tasty, has high nutritional value, and has a long shelf life (up to 48 hours).
There are a large number of mechanical citrus presses available on the market. The bad news is that they are all made in China, whether they are distributed by a reputable or short-lived company (the majority of them are). The good news is that a few USA and European distributing companies service this type of juicer and sell replacement parts.
Here we will review only brands that are serviced by reputable companies that will stand behind the product and serve the warranty for them.
Gourmia GMJ9970 Large Citrus Juicer
Gourmia GMJ9970 Large Citrus Press is a budget version of citrus press juicers. It is manufactured in China and distributed by a USA Brooklyn-based company that was established in 2015 and specialized in kitchen appliance distribution.
The juicer is constructed with the following parts:
- Metal frame with feet, body neck,
- Rubber handle,
- Pressure dome,
- Strainer cone,
- Funnel cup/bowl.
Functionality: It handles the following ingredients:
- Tangerine (satsuma),
Base: The base is sturdy and made from cast iron with rubber feet and rubber grips.
Pressure Cup/Dome: The Pressure dome is made from aluminum.
Strainer Bowl and Cone: It has a stainless steel drain bowl and an aluminum strainer cone. The 4.5” in diameter strainer bowl easily fits from small lime or average grapefruit.
Juicing container: The press does not include the juice collection container but will fit the 4.5” tall cup for juice collection under the funnel.
Operation: To squeeze the juice, you have to place the citrus on the cone and press down the handle.
The Gourmia GMJ9970 Large Citrus Press is not very easy to operate, and you have to have some force to apply to do it; otherwise, you might not get all the juice out. You also have to hold the press down when you pull the handle because the gadget may move when you apply pressure.
Dimensions: It is 27.5” tall with the handle up and 15.5” with the handle down. Weight – 12 lbs.
Warranty: The Citrus press comes with a limited one-year warranty.
Summary: The Gourmia GMJ9970 Large Citrus Press is sturdy, very simple to assemble, and clean. It does require some effort to apply when pushing the handle down, but this is the budget version sold at a low price for the quality citrus press and serviced by a new but established company with excellent customer support.
Focus Foodservice 97336 Jupiter Large Commercial Juice Press
Focus Foodservice 97336 Jupiter Juice Press is well known on the market for its quality. It is manufactured in China but distributed by the USA-based Focus Products, LLC. The Jupiter juicers were formerly known under OrangeX, which later was acquired by Focus Products Company. It is one of the few NSF-approved citrus press juicers (as indicated on the box).
The juicer is comprised of the following parts:
- Base with stable feet,
- The neck of the body with a funnel holder,
- Pressure cup/dome,
- Strainer cone,
- Funnel cup/bowl.
Functionality: It will easily press out every drop of juice from
- Key limes,
Base: The Jupiter Press juicer base, feet, and neck of the juicer are all made from cast iron and stainless steel with an enamel coating to resist citrus acids and corrosion. It has a wide base and rubber suction cup feet for stability during operation.
This juicer is very well constructed; its 3‑pinion design mechanism allows the application of minimum efforts from the user to exert 2300 PSI (pounds per square inch) force. In addition, the juice-squeezing process is so effortless that even a child can operate it.
Pressure Cup/Dome: The pressure cup/dome of the press is made of chromed aluminum, but it does not contact the fruit flesh or juice.
Strainer Cone: The perforated strainer cone is made of 18–8 stainless steel. It is 4.75” in diameter and can efficiently accommodate different sizes of citrus fruits, from key lime to the average size grapefruit.
Juicing container: The Press package does not include any juice collection cup. But you can fit a 5” tall juice container under it its funnel for juice collection.
Operation: The press operation is a no-brainer. To squeeze out the juice, you just lever down the handle, and the pressure cup presses the halved citrus fruit that sits on the strainer cone.
Dimensions: The press is huge and heavy. It measures with the handle down 15″ (H) x 10.5 (D) x 7″ (W) and 28″ x 10.5” X 7” with the handle up position. It weighs 14.6 lbs.
Warranty: The machine comes with only a 1‑year limited warranty. However, it is very durable and will serve you for many years. You can also buy a replacement part from special supplies.
Summary: The Focus Foodservice 97336 Jupiter Juice Press is undoubtedly the best manual citrus press available on the market; no other competing citrus press comes close at a comparable price and equivalent performance. It is truly a commercial-grade juicer. It is sturdy, very easy to operate, and will last for many years. Its handle and bearing mechanism are very effective; they apply a huge amount of force to squeeze any citrus fruit to the last drop.
Extract Citrus Juice with Masticating or Centrifugal Juicer
You can extract orange and citrus fruit juice using a masticating or centrifugal type of juicer. The only problem, you will have to peel the fruits for this purpose. Theoretically, you can juice unpeeled limes and lemons since their rind is edible. Still, the oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit must be peeled because their skin contains bitter oil that is not only unpleasantly tested but also contains chemicals.
So, to juice oranges and other orange color citrus fruits, you will require to peel them, cut them if needed, and extract the juice using a masticating or centrifugal juicer. The white pith contains a high level of bioflavonoids, and this method brings the creamier texture, the most nutritional value, and the best yield of juice.
So peeled citrus fruits could be juiced with any masticating or centrifuge juicer. However, the centrifugal juicer will deliver almost 20–30% less juice than the masticating type, and the quality is also worse with them than with masticating machines because it will separate into watery and pulpy parts. So the centrifugal juicer is not a very good option for juicing the citruses.
The twin gear juicer will perfectly handle any citrus fruits, but they are the most expensive type of juicer and are known as ultimate leafy greens machines rather than soft fruits. So the twin gear juicers are also not the best option for extracting citrus juice.
So the best masticating machine for extracting citrus juice is the single auger juicer.
Vertical Single Auger Masticating Juicer with Citrus Attachment
The Vertical Single auger juicers with a wide chute are the most efficient machine across the masticating juicers for extracting juice from the citrus fruits. They are not only the best to deal with soft fruits, but they can be fed the whole orange without pre-cutting. Besides, the vertical single auger machines are the most versatile masticating juicer that can effectively juice almost any ingredient.
However, there are more good things about slow vertical machines. For example, some Kuvings and Hurom vertical juicers come with the citrus reamer attachment. So, with such a machine, you can extract both types of orange juice – from the peeled orange without the pith and from the whole fruits with the pith that have more bioflavonoids and other nutritionally valuable ingredients.
Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer Elite C7000
The Kuvings C7000 Juicer (known as C9500 in Europe and other countries) was released in 2016, upgraded in 2018 (with a new generation drum), and belongs to the 3rd generation vertical slow masticating juicers.
It is manufactured by the Kuvings – a reputable South Korean company that produces juicers and blenders and has operated since 1978. It was actually the inventor of the first wide chute vertical single auger masticating juicer, and later, the technology was copied by other manufacturers.
Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer Motor Base C7000 with 3″ Wide Feed Chute and Funnel Attachment;
- Juicing Bowl;
- Juicing Screw (Auger);
- Rotation Wiper/spinning brush;
- Juicing Screen and Blank Screen;
- Juice cup with Sieve attachment and pulp container;
- Food Pusher;
- 3 types of cleaning brushes — large cleaning brush, spout brush, screen cleaning tool;
- Instruction manual;
- Recipe Book (Full Color).
Optional smoothie screens and citrus attachments are available to buy directly from Kuvings.
Citrus Remer Attachment: The citrus reamer attachment is not included in the set, but you can buy it from the manufacturer.
The Citrus reamer attachment will easily turn your Kuvings EVO820 machine into a dedicated electric citrus squeezer. So will be able to extract oranges and other citrus fruit juice just by cutting them in half and pressing them down onto a spinning reamer cone.
Yield: from 2 lbs of peeled oranges, the Kuvings C7000 Juicer extracts approx. 570–650 ml of juice, depending on the freshness and texture of the ingredients.
Motor and Body Unit: Kuvings C7000 Juicer features a compact and sleek body unit with an in-house powerful 240 Watts brushless motor. The motor rotates the auger at a slow 60 rpm speed.
The juicer comes with a safety lock system that allows it to run only if the gadget is assembled properly and prevents the machine from wobbling. The motor is also equipped with cooling motor technology that extends the life expectancy of the machine.
The C7000 is designed with a duty cycle of 30 minutes; after 30 minutes, it should be allowed to rest before resuming operation.
Juicing Bowl, Hopper, and Feeding Chute: The 13.5 oz./400ml juicing bowl is made of BPA-free clear plastic, which has at the bottom 4 interlock points, ensuring a more secure fit. In addition, the upgraded 2018 juicing bowls come without the silicone ring, making them easier to clean easier and preventing leaking when not assembled properly.
The machine also features a smart-looking juice outlet cap with a metal top.
The Kuvings 7000/C9500 has a 3”/77mm feed chute that allows less preparation for not very firm ingredients (for example, it will take small apple oranges). While it still needs to cut beets in half or quarters and carrots in half vertically and feeds them more gradually; otherwise, the bigger firm roots may strain the machine.
Gears/Auger: The Kuvings C7000 Juicer auger is made from BPA-free heavy-duty plastic and has a new compared to the previous 6000 model design featuring the hollow bottom, which collects the excess pulp produced during juicing and prevents it from disturbing the juicing process. The new auger design is also designed to produce less pulpy juice.
Juicing Screen: The Kuvings C7000/C9500 comes with a standard juicing screen with stainless steel meshes for processing all types of ingredients for juicing and a blank plastic screen for making frozen treats and pureeing food.
It also comes with a typical vertical juicer BPA-free plastic cleaning brush with silicon brushes.
Containers: The juicer features BPA-free Tritan copolyester juicing and pulp containers. The 32 oz. capacity (without measuring marks) juicing container comes with BPA-free 5 Screen plastic strainer for sieving the juice from the excessive pulp.
Kuvings C7000 is a versatile machine and performs the following functions:
- Peeled oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits;
- Soft fruit and veggies such as pineapple or cucumber;
- Celery juice;
- Citrus juice;
- Leafy greens such as kale and others and including wheatgrass juice;
- Firm veggies like carrots and beets;
- Frozen desserts;
- Food processing tasks include smoothies, butter, milk, baby food, purees, and sauce.
This machine allows us to extract orange and other citrus juice in two ways – from peeled fruits when you feed the whole fruits into a feeding chute for juices c extraction and from unpeeled citruses using the mounted on the motor base citrus reamer attachment.
The set comes with a blank screen (not typical for vertical juicers) designed for frozen desserts, nut butter, and baby food.
You can also buy the smoothies screen separately for processing smoothies, softer fruits, and veggies.
Cleaning and assembling/disassembling: The juicer is assembled the standard way for a vertical slow juicer. First, you set the juicing bowl, then the juicing screen with the scrapper, followed by the auger and chute with cover.
The machine is not the easiest but also not very difficult to clean, which is typical for the vertical slow juicer. The juicing screen is the most labored part to clean. However, the set comes with a set of 3 brushes that do a great job.
Although some of the machine parts are top-rack dishwashers, it is better to clean all the parts by hand to extend the juicer’s life expectancy.
Controls: The machine comes with one switch which has the OFF (neutral)/ On/Reverse functions.
Warranty: The Kuvings C7000 juicer comes with 10 years limited warranty and very helpful customer service. The USA Kuvings support is located in Chicago, Illinois, and must be contacted directly when needed: Tel 1–888-682‑5559, email: [email protected].
Dimensions: 9″ x 8.25″ x 17.5″, weights 16 lbs/6.9kg.
Summary: The Kuvings C7000 is a premium juicer with a wide chute that takes less time for food preparation. It delivers excellent juice yield from peeled oranges and other citrus fruits. It is very easy to use, very quick to process ingredients (the vertical juicer is the fastest among slow juicers) and handles the widest range of ingredients.
It has an optional citrus reamer attachment, so you can juice your oranges without peeling them. Unfortunately, only a few masticating juicer machines are available with such a feature.
Although, it is not a dedicated citrus press juicer and needs some preparation/peeling for juicing citrus fruits or extra cost if you decide to buy and citrus reamer attachment and if you plan to juice not only the citrus fruits but a variety of other ingredients and want to process the high-quality cold press juice with a long shelf life than this machine is worth to consider.
If you want a quick and easy way to extract the juice without peeling them, you have to go for the electric reamer or manual citrus press. The juice from unpeeled citrus fruits will be pulp-free and taste sweet without any bitter pith.
The Breville 800CPXL Citrus Juicer is certainly the best premium electric reamer. It delivers the highest yield across all electrical and citrus press reamers, well made and durable. Therefore, it is available at a premium price. The Tribest CS-1000 CitriStar is the best budget machine with a reasonably high juice yield that is approximately 10% less than the Breville 800CPXL machine. It is the best budget machine if you decide to go for an electric citrus reamer.
Suppose you decide to go for the manual citrus press, which does not require electricity and delivers the lowest juice yield across all juicier styles but outputs nice and sweet, pure juice without bitter pith. Again, you have the option to select from premium Focus Foodservice 97336 Jupiter Juice Press or budget GMJ9970 Large Citrus Press.
If you prefer to extract juice from peeled citrus fruits, then you have to select a masticating juicer.
The juice from peeled fruits will be rich, creamy, and contain more nutrients than juice from unpeeled fruits simply because the citrus fruit pith is a location with the highest concentration of valuable bioflavonoids.
Kuvings C7000 Juicer is the best masticating machine for juicing citrus fruits not only because it extracts one of the highest juice yields across the masticating juicer but also because it has the citrus reamer attachment available to buy as an optional accessory. The Kuvings C7000 juicier is also a multifunctional machine and handles a wide range of ingredients, from the firm and soft fruit and veggies to leafy greens and wheatgrass. So if you plan to juice citrus fruits and various other ingredients, this machine is the obvious choice.