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Fruit squeezers offer a great way to meet your daily vitamin needs quickly and easily. You can make fresh juice whenever you want. But with the large selection, you are spoilt for choice.

With our fruit juicer guide, we want to help you find the perfect fruit juicer for you. In this guide, we have compared several types of fruit presses and listed their advantages and disadvantages. This will make your purchase decision much easier.




The most important facts

  • Fruit presses allow you to quickly and easily make juice in small but also in large quantities.
  • There are many different types of fruit presses, all for different uses. One type is perfect for a lot of juice, the other for a little juice.
  • Fruit presses are basically divided into manual and electric fruit presses.

The Best Fruit Press: Our Picks

There are dozens of fruit presses on the market, but not all of them are convincing in their quality and stability.

Fruit presses: Buying and evaluation criteria

In the following section, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the countless types of stand-up racks. These criteria will help you to compare the different upright shelves:

In the following paragraphs, we will go into more detail about the individual criteria.

Size / capacity

Fruit presses are available in many different sizes. There are small but also very large devices. Depending on how much space you have at your place of use, you are free to decide how big the device should be. Fruit presses that are operated manually are usually smaller and lighter. Automatic presses, on the other hand, are usually larger and heavier.

Of course, it also depends on the amount of fruit to be processed. If you want to use a fruit press only for yourself and only to drink a glass of juice from time to time, then a small manual fruit press is sufficient.

With a screw press, the situation is quite different. With such a device you can process a larger amount of fruit. Accordingly, the size of the device is not exactly small.

You should also consider the weight. Not everyone wants to always have their press accessible somewhere, but only take it out when it is needed. Stowing away a large device is therefore more cumbersome than with a small, light device.

Design / Material

Fruit presses are available in many different colours and designs. So it should not be a problem to find a visually appealing press. Nowadays they are offered in many variations.

You also have a lot of choice when it comes to the material. If you like a metallic look, you can choose from many stainless steel presses. Do you prefer it light and compact? Then you can buy presses made of plastic.

Whether elegant or more robust, you have almost everything with fruit presses. There are also virtually no restrictions when it comes to colour.

Features / extras

Each type of fruit press is different. Some are small and can be used with one hand and some with two or even no hands. With the small manual presses, it is common that they do not have a container to hold the juice. So you need to have a jug or cup ready at all times.

With electric and larger ones, it is usually the case that they have integrated containers for the juice. This way, you don't have to be constantly afraid that something could go wrong.

The size of the pulp container should be weighed against the amount of juice you want to make.

Some fruit presses only have a very small container, so you would be forced to interrupt squeezing often to empty the container. There are fruit squeezers with extra large capacity, which would make squeezing much more convenient.

Many fruit presses come with a brush so that you can clean them thoroughly and easily. This gives you the advantage of being able to get into every nook and cranny so that nothing dries.

Handling

The handling of fruit presses always depends on the type of fruit press. First of all, a distinction must be made between a manual and an automatic fruit press. Accordingly, the operation is also different.

The different types also have slightly more complicated operations. For example, a lemon fruit squeezer is very easy to use. All you have to do is cut your lemon in two and place one half in the squeezer. Then you have to manually press the two levers together with your hand and the lemon juice will flow.

There is also a classic fruit squeezer where you have to press half of the lemon onto the device in a rotating motion. This requires more force and can be exhausting for larger quantities.

With electric fruit presses, there is no need for force. You only have to put your fruit into the device and it will automatically squeeze out the juice without you having to use your muscles.

Fruit presses: Frequently asked questions and answers

In the following section we have selected and answered the most important questions about fruit presses. Once you have read through the guide, you will have all the essential knowledge about fruit presses.

Who is a fruit press suitable for?

Basically, a fruit press is suitable for everyone. In principle, you can't go wrong if you buy a fruit squeezer, because it really only has advantages. People who like to drink juice at home and want to squeeze their own juice freshly are particularly recommended to buy a fruit press.

Juicing fruit and vegetables is an easy way to increase your daily vitamin intake. At least five portions of fresh fruit or vegetables per day is the recommendation for a healthy lifestyle, but you don't always have time for this when you have a stressful everyday life.

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A glass of orange juice contains so many vitamins and nutrients that the body needs. Just one glass of orange juice can provide up to 50 percent of your vitamin C needs. (Image source: Alice Pasqual / Unsplash)

A perfect solution to this problem is the fruit press. You can perfectly integrate freshly squeezed juices into your daily routine. You can relax and prepare your juice the night before or in the morning and then take it with you for the day.

Electric fruit presses are ideal for those who want to make freshly squeezed juice without a lot of effort, but don't have a lot of time in their day.

What types of fruit presses are there?

If you decide to buy a fruit press, there are a variety of options. In this section, we will introduce you to 4 types of fruit presses, whose advantages and disadvantages we have compiled below:

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Lever juicer easy to use, low effort takes up a lot of space and is difficult to store
Citrus juicer easy to use, easy to store easy to clean, effort
Electric citrus juicer no effort, easy to use power consumption
Spindle juicer large capacity effort, large and heavy, difficult to clean

If you have little space, it is better to buy a small fruit press that offers little capacity. There are both manual and electric fruit presses that are small.

An electric citrus juicer is perfect for those who juice a lot and often. There is no need to use force and you can make a lot of juice quickly and easily. Although you have to accept that the device consumes electricity, you don't have to exert yourself physically.

A screw press is perfect for large quantities of juice. This type of press usually has a high capacity. The negative here, however, is the weight and size of the device. This makes it difficult to store the press. In addition, the size also makes it difficult to clean.

For uncomplicated handling and less effort, the lever juicer is perfect. Although it is somewhat large and therefore also more difficult to store, you can produce juice quickly with less effort.

What are the alternatives to a fruit press?

Fruit presses vary in size, material and design, but each model has its advantages and disadvantages. Below we give you a brief overview of the alternatives to fruit presses.

Type Description
Centrifugal juicer - Quick juicing method and usually at a low price
- Ingredients hardly have to be chopped or not at all
- Heat development and oxidation leads to loss of nutrients
- Not suitable for leafy greens and grasses
Slow juicer - Nutrients are not lost
- No ingredient restriction
- Quiet to use and quick to clean
- High initial cost
- Fruit must be cut small due to narrow feed chute
- Slow process
Steam juicer - Large capacity
- Fruit does not need to be peeled or cored
- Heat and steam kill germs and bacteria
- Not suitable for small quantities of juice
- Nutrients are lost
- Juice must cool down before it is consumed

Each of these devices has its own certain advantages, yet the fruit press is convincing with regard to many aspects.

How do I use a fruit press correctly?

The technique varies, because with each type of fruit press you usually have to proceed differently and cannot use one technique for all devices.

For a fruit press with a pressing cone, the technique is relatively simple. First you should cut the citrus fruit in half and press it onto the cone one after the other. It is important that you do not place the fruit straight on top but slightly tilted. This allows the cone to extract all the juice from the fruit. With a manual press, the cone would rotate by itself. With a manual press, however, you have to squeeze the fruit with an additional rotating movement.

With other fruit presses, it is usual to first remove the seeds from the ingredients and cut them into small pieces. Then you have to put them into the device and squeeze out the juice. As mentioned above, the technique varies depending on the device.

How do I clean a fruit press?

Other than the technology, cleaning is very important for the longevity of the appliance and problem-free use. The remains of the fruit and vegetables, which are called pomace, should be removed from the appliance as soon as possible.

Otherwise it can dry on the appliance and be difficult to remove. Especially with fruit presses, it is difficult to get into the niches and corners, which is why a brush is usually included. The brush is particularly good at removing pomace from the grating surfaces and sieves.

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Drinking fresh juice for breakfast in the morning can be very refreshing. A fruit press makes it quick and easy to prepare juice in the morning. (Image source: Monika Grabkowska / Unsplash)

Of course, you can also simply put the individual parts in the dishwasher, but you should still remove all residues beforehand, because once they have dried, even a dishwasher won't be of much help.

If you have not cleaned your press thoroughly after use, there is a risk that mould will form. This is neither good for the quality of your juice, nor for you and your health.

Conclusion

One thing is certain: fruit presses help you to support and simplify your daily vitamin intake. A fruit press is especially suitable for those who want to prepare fresh juice quickly and easily.

Such a kitchen gadget is perfect when you have guests or just when you feel like drinking something fresh. In summer, it's a real asset to have one of these. Once you have decided on a fruit press, nothing should stand in the way of juicing.

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