Manual Citrus Juicers

Published April 1, 2009. From Cook's Country.

A good juicer should extract maximum juice from a lemon with minimum mess.

Overview:

A good juicer should extract maximum juice from a lemon with minimum mess. It shouldn’t hurt your hands—or your budget. (While our top ranked model is the Breville Stainless Steel Juicer, it’s $200.) We bought a bushel of lemons and compared several styles of less-pricey manual lemon juicing tools. Styles include simple sticklike reamers, squeeze-style juice presses, and reamers with built-in strainers and collecting cups. None of the manual juicers could match an electric juicer's efficiency in extracting a lot of juice with no effort, but we did find a few models that measured up. Others made us sweat for just a few drops of juice—and one literally cracked to pieces in our hands.

A good juicer should extract maximum juice from a lemon with minimum mess. It shouldn’t hurt your hands—or your budget. (While our top ranked model is the Breville Stainless Steel Juicer, it’s $200.) We bought a bushel of lemons and compared several styles of less-pricey manual lemon juicing tools. Styles include simple sticklike reamers, squeeze-style juice presses, and reamers with built-in strainers and collecting cups. None of the manual juicers could match an electric juicer's efficiency in extracting a lot of juice with no effort, but we did find a few models that measured up. Others made us sweat for just a few drops of juice—and one literally cracked to pieces in our hands.

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