These are 4 questions you need to ask about any model juicer to determine whether it’s easy to clean or not:
- is the juicer dishwasher safe or not?
- does the juicer have any particularly difficult to clean parts
- what are the quality of the cleaning tools included with the juicer?
- does the juicer stain easily?
We’ll walk you through each of these questions to help you choose an easy to clean juicer for yourself although we do list our own top picks of easy to clean juicers at the end of this guide.
Dishwasher safe juicers are easier to clean
You have two options when washing anything in your kitchen
- hand wash it
- wash it in the dishwasher
For most consumers, option 2 is easier than option 1. Thus, a juicer that can be washed in a dishwasher will be easier to clean than a juicer that can only be hand washed.
Generally, centrifugal juicers can be washed in the dishwasher while slow juicers can only be hand washed. Thus, as a general rule, centrifugal juicers are easier to clean than slow juicers. And therefore, if you’re looking for a juicer that’s easy to clean we would tend to recommend a centrifugal juicer over any particular slow juicer.
|Model||% Parts Safe||Description|
|Breville JE98XL Plus||5 of 7||all parts are safe top shelf only EXCEPT cover and pusher|
|Breville BJE820XL Duo||6 of 7||all parts are safe top shelf only EXCEPT pusher or optional puree insert|
|Breville 800JEXL Elite||6 of 7||all parts are safe top shelf only EXCEPT pusher|
|Breville BJE510XL Multi-Speed||6 of 7||all parts are safe top shelf only EXCEPT pusher|
|Breville BJE200XL Compact||5 of 6||all parts are safe top shelf only EXCEPT pusher|
|Cuisinart CJE-1000||8 of 8||all removable parts are safe > does mention top rack not at beginning but later|
|Jamba 67901||7 of 7||all parts safe > warns not to use SANI setting and that parts should not be placed close to heating element or they may distort|
|Hamilton Beach Big Mouth, Pro||6 of 6||all parts safe > warns not to use SANI setting and that parts should not be placed close to heating element or they may distort|
|Dash||0||do not place accesories in dishwasher warning in manual; says to use clean warm water|
|Big Boss||5 of 5||all detachable parts are safe > top tray safe > make sure they're placed well away from heating element|
|Bella||6 of 7||all parts safe EXCEPT filter basket|
|VonShef||7 of 7||all parts safe > no mention of top shelf, etc.|
|Juiceman JM400||7 of 7||OCCASIONALLY removable parts are top-rack safe|
|Juiceman JM250||8 of 8||all parts top rack only|
|BLACK+DECKER JE2200B||6 of 6||all parts top rack only|
|Jack Lalanne's 100 year||7 of 7||all parts top rack only but warns of foreign made washers|
|Jason Vale Fusion||6 of 6||all parts top rack only but warns of foreign made washers|
The table above demonstrates the following:
- not ALL parts of all centrifugal juicers are necessarily dishwasher safe. For example, food pushers for Breville juicers still have to be hand washed as they are not dishwasher safe.
- most parts can only be cleaned in the dishwasher’s top rack. Placing them too close to the dishwasher’s heating element can crack or distort certain parts.
But what about slow juicers? How do you clean them?
Hand washing a juicer involves three steps:
- soak parts in warm water and mild detergent
- run each part under warm water and scrub with included tools
- rinse each part with warm/cool water and air/towel dry
This is how long it took us to do these three steps for all of the different types of juicers we tested:
|Horizontal Masticating||5 minutes|
|Vertical Masticating||6 minutes|
|Tribest GSE||9 minutes|
Difficult to clean parts
The best way to differentiate between the cleaning difficulty of one slow juicer vs another is to compare the design of each juicer’s juicing strainer.
Why? Because the juicing strainer is the most difficult to clean part of any slow juicer. The strainer usually wraps around the auger. It’s the part of the juicer against which produce is pushed against to extract juice from it.
By comparing the design of one slow juicer’s juicing strainer to that of another you can determine which model is likely easier to clean.
Juicing strainers that are difficult to clean have a lot of corners where plastic meets metal. These corners fill up with pulp and have to be scrubbed one at a time in order to ensure that pulp is removed from them properly. Scrubbing the corners one at a time takes hard work (repeated scrubbing and a lot of force is required) and a lot of time.
Strainers that are easier to clean have very few corners or no corners at all. For example, the NC800’s strainer has only two edges (where plastic and metal meet) that can be scrubbed and cleaned much more easily and much more quickly than the 48 corners of the Tribest Solostar 4’s juicing strainer.
Cleaning tool quality – centrifugal juicers
Earlier we mentioned how centrifugal juicers are generally easier to clean that slow juicers if only because most centrifugal juicers can be cleaned in the dishwasher while most slow juicers cannot.
But what if you’re trying to compare the cleaning difficult of one centrifugal juicer to another? Are they all equally easy to clean because they all can just be washed in a dishwasher just the same?
You certainly could say so. But what if you don’t have a dishwasher? Or what if you find your dishwasher doesn’t adequately clean all of the centrifugal juicer’s parts, especially its filter basket?
You could certainly inspect the different parts of different models of centrifugal juicers to determine which parts will be easier to clean vs others. But much more helpful will be to compare the cleaning tool included with each juicer.
You see, the most difficult to clean (hand wash) part of any centrifugal juicer is its filter basket. The filter basket is the part of the juicer that does all of the processing – turning whole produce into juice. The blades of the basket cut into the produce and the surrounding mesh of the basket separates the extracted liquid juice from the remaining dried pulp of the produce.
There are a myriad of different tiny blades at the center of the basket and 100s of tiny holes in the surrounding mesh of the basket. A unique tool is required to be able to scrub the sharp blades at the center of the basket while still being able to unclog the 100s of tiny holes of the surrounding mesh of the basket.
Most manufacturers recognize that you’re unlikely to have such a tool lying around your kitchen so they include a cleaning brush for the sole purpose of cleaning the juicer’s filter basket.
The quality of this brush makes one centrifugal juicer easier to clean vs another. For example, all Breville centrifugal juicers come with the same high quality highly durable cleaning brush. This brush is of a higher quality than the brushes included with all other centrifugal juicers we tested. Thus we can say that, in general, Breville juicers are easier to clean than most other centrifugal juicers. For more in-depth comparisons of the brushes included with individual models please see our individual juicer reviews.
Cleaning tool quality – slow juicers
Most slow juicers come with a very similar quality brush with a very similar overall design. If you’re looking to compare the cleaning difficulty of slow juicers it’s more helpful to compare the complexity and design of individual parts, especially the juicing strainer (as we already did earlier). Cleaning tool quality is more of a differentiating factor with centrifugal juicers than it is with slow juicers.
Juicers tend to stain over time. Some juicers tend to stain more easily than others.
Generally, juicers with darker bodies and darker parts stain less easily if only because it’s more difficult to see stains on these darker parts. Conversely, juicers with lighter bodies and lighter parts stain more easily.
For example, the Tribest GSE with its white body and white parts stains quite easily. The Omega NC800 with its dark body and black plastic parts barely stains at all.
Note that, for the most part, stains can be removed by soaking parts in a vinegar/water solution. However, it’s virtually impossible to soak the body of a juicer and sometimes parts will stain badly enough so that staining is impossible to remove completely.
If you’re at all concerned about staining we advise you to buy a juicer with a dark body and dark parts.
Picking the easiest to clean juicers – other considerations
Below we list three juicers we believe are the three best easiest to clean juicers currently on the market. In making these recommendations we stress cleaning difficulty but we also take into account
- Juicing performance – yield
- Preparation time and difficulty
- Overall ease of use
- Durability and
Top 3 easiest to clean juicers
#1 – Breville Juice Fountain Compact
The Breville Juice Fountain Compact, like most other centrifugal juicers, is, for the most part, dishwasher safe. This makes it very easy to clean. The Compact also has one less part to clean than all the other Breville juicers we tested. One less part to clean makes it even easier to clean than those juicers.
The Compact lands #1 on this list for two reasons: 1. It’s a centrifugal juicer and is therefore mostly dishwasher safe. 2. It’s the best centrifugal juicer we tested. The Compact is a great value at approx. $100, outperforming other centrifugal juicers double, even triple its price. It provides terrific yields in all categories, is very easy to use, and is highly durable as well.
#2 – Omega NC800
The NC800 is the best most easy to clean slow juicer we tested.
It’s the best because it’s a great performer in almost all categories. It provides terrific yields, is highly versatile, and highly durable as well. Not to mention the fact that it comes with a 15 year warranty.
It’s the most easy to clean (non dishwasher safe) slow juicer we tested due to its dark body and black plastic parts. These parts are highly resistant to staining and clean up quite easily. The juicer’s strainer has minimal corners which makes it quick and easy to scrub clean.
#3 – Kuvings NJE
The Kuvings NJE is one of only two slow juicers we tested with parts that are mostly dishwasher safe. The only part that’s not dishwasher safe is the juicer’s strainer which has to be scrubbed clean with the included cleaning brush. Note that dishwasher safe parts have to be placed in the top rack and low temperature operation of the dishwasher is recommended by the manufacturer.
We rate the Kuvings below the Omega because it’s a much worse performer than the Omega in almost all categories but this one (cleaning difficulty). Most importantly, the Omega gets higher yields out of juicing most types of produce and is also the much more durable (better built and of higher quality parts) juicer of the two. The Kuvings also only comes with a 5 year warranty while the Omega comes with a 15 year warranty.
If you’re deciding which way to go between these two juicers we would strongly advise that you go with the Omega unless you absolutely must buy a juicer that’s dishwasher safe and you’re limiting yourself only to slow juicers.
Note: the Hamilton Beach 67950A was the only other slow juicer we tested with dishwasher safe parts. However, like the Kuvings its build quality is quite low. It was also a terrible performer in all of our juicing tests (low yield). It is generally not recommended and so it is not recommended here.