SQUEEZE OUT MORE HEALTH
Let MH Lab reveal the best new juicers to blend serious benefits into your hydration plan. They’re worth a spin
Peak juice hit in 2010. Lululemon acolytes would saunter out of the Pilates studio and reach for their go-to green concoction, the latest way to cram in more vitamins – the £5 price tag be damned. Since then, however, the bubble has burst, punctured by concerns about sugar and an insatiable thirst for protein. By 2020, 100 million litres of liquefied goodness are expected to be wiped off the market. Everything has turned slightly sour.
But the rise of cold-press juicers is turning the tide. These new machines direct more fibrous pulp into your glass, offsetting many of sugar’s negatives while aiding weight loss. Meanwhile, a study from Portland State University found that even drinkers of old-school green juices trend towards a healthier waist-to-hip ratio and better digestive health. So, it’s time we welcomed juice back into our nutrition plans.
To establish which machines truly deliver on their healthenhancing promise, MH Lab invited the experts of the Good Housekeeping Institute to blitz their way through the best on the market. Berries were blasted and carrots were crushed to reveal the kit worthy of a place on your countertop. Here we present the pick of the bunch.
SPIN DOCTOR 78/100 Braun Spin Juicer J300 £115 braunhousehold.com •••••••••• Performance •••••••••• Design •••••••••• Ease of use PREP RALLY Lazy men, rejoice: the Braun’s feeder tube can fit three whole apples, so there’s no need to cut or core them. The J300 can process up to 5kg of fruit at a time, but it’s hard to know when it needs emptying – watch out for spillages. EXPERT VERDICT The best of the conventional juicers, this excelled with apples and did respectably with berries, though it struggled with legumes. The noise levels may be too loud for early mornings; thanks to the large capacity, however, this model’s speciality is bulk blitzing for three days of juice. MICRO MACHINE 85/100 Kenwood Purejuice JMP601WH £220 kenwoodworld.com •••••••••• Performance •••••••••• Design •••••••••• Ease of use POCKET ROCKET The Purejuice packs a powerful punch: it’s a cold-press juicer, so it crushes (rather than spins) the fruit and veg. It comes with a recipe book and a sorbet attachment, making it a good choice for the more adventurous. EXPERT VERDICT Though the feeding tube is a little narrow, no more than a gentle nudge was required when inserting the ingredients. This compact, elegantly designed model extracted an impressive amount of juice, while the excess pulp was neatly separated for easy disposal. The berry hopper on top of the tube is a useful addition.