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Welcome to our big honey extractor test 2021. Here we present all the products we have tested. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best honey extractor for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a honey extractor.




The most important facts

  • Honey extractors are used to extract honey from honeycombs without damaging the comb.
  • Honey extractors come in many different types, including electric and manual honey extractors. A distinction is also made between radial, tangential and self-turning extractors.
  • Honey extractors should also be well fixed and always well cleaned.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a honey extractor

How does a honey extractor work?

This video shows the process of preparing and spinning the honeycomb.

The honey extractor was invented by Franz Edler von Hruschka in Vienna in 1865. Previously, honey was extracted from the honeycombs by heating it in water. With this invention it was now possible to extract honey by dry centrifuging.

Did you know that before the invention of the honey extractor, honey could only be extracted wet?

The combs were placed in warm water to soften the wax. The honey could then be extracted wet.

After the bees have largely filled their combs with honey, the beekeeper removes the combs and takes them to the centrifugal chamber. There the combs are placed in the honey extractor and the honey is extracted.

The honey extractor rotates either vertically or horizontally, depending on the type of honey extractor, and only fast enough to keep the combs intact.

The spinning causes the honey to splash against the walls of the honey extractor and then collect at the bottom of the extractor. The honey can then be removed through a simple valve.

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The honey extractor spins the honey out of the combs. (Image source: unsplash.com/ Annie Spratt)

How much does a honey extractor cost?

The price of a honey extractor varies greatly. It depends mainly on whether the honey extractor is manual or motorised.

Type Price
Manual honey extractor 180 - 300€
Electric honey extractor 280 - 500€

While a manual honey extractor has an average price of 180€ to 300€, an electric honey extractor costs between 280€ and 500€.

However, when it comes to price, it also depends on the quality, brand, number of combs, material and type of honey extractor.

In a large price study, we examined a total of 180 products from the honey extractor category to give you an overview. You can view the results here in our graph. Find out in our guide whether a product in the higher or lower price range is suitable for you.(Source: Own representation)

What alternatives are there to the honey extractor?

There are no alternatives to the honey extractor itself. However, the honey extractor does not have to be bought new or second-hand, but can also be built yourself.

Online you can find numerous instructions, as well as video tutorials, which make it easier to build a honey extractor.

Although there are no real alternatives, there is a wide range of different types of honey extractors, as described below.

Decision: What types of honey extractors are there and which is the right one for me?

The range of honey extractors can be divided into five main types, which are more or less interrelated:

  • Electric honey extractor
  • Manual honey extractor
  • Radial honey extractor
  • Tangential honey extractor
  • Self-turning honey extractor

So you can either buy honey extractors with an electric motor or operate a manual honey extractor yourself. In addition, honey extractors are distinguished by the orientation of the combs within the honey extractor vessel.

In radial honey extractors, as the name suggests, the honeycombs are arranged radially, and in tangential honey extractors, tangentially.

Self-turning extractors, on the other hand, have the characteristic that the direction of rotation of the combs varies by itself and the beekeeper does not have to turn the combs by himself.

The advantages and disadvantages of each type are discussed below.

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The bees fill their combs with honey and then close them to store the honey inside. (Source: unspash.com/ Matthew_T_Rader)

What are the features of an electric honey extractor and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

The electric honey extractor is powered by a motor and it is therefore easier to extract larger quantities of honey quickly.

The honeycombs are fixed in the honey extractor and you then only have to switch on the honey extractor. If necessary, you can choose between different spinning programmes and speeds, depending on which programme is most suitable for your use.

Advantages
  • Space for many combs
  • Different programmes
Disadvantages
  • Electricity must be available
  • More difficult handling

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a manual honey extractor?

A manual honey extractor is operated by hand, with the honeycombs being turned by the beekeeper himself.

With the manual honey extractor, the honeycombs are fixed inside the honey extractor and turned by hand. In the process, the beekeeper turns a crank, which ensures that the internal device to which the honeycombs are attached rotates. The beekeeper keeps turning until the combs are emptied.

Advantages
  • Cheaper
  • Easy to use
Disadvantages
  • Space for only a few combs
  • Time and energy consuming

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a radial centrifuge?

In a radial centrifuge, the honeycombs are arranged radially. This means that the honeycomb frames face outwards and the honeycombs are mounted one behind the other in a circle in the honey extractor.

The radial extractor is advantageous if you want to extract a large number of combs at the same time.

Because of the large number of combs that usually fit in a radial extractor, it is usually electrically operated.

Also, the combs do not need to be turned. An electric radial extractor can easily change direction so that the honey can be extracted from both sides of the combs.

However, you must be careful not to run the centrifuge too fast. Otherwise the honeycombs can be crushed by their own honey and damaged by the centrifugal force.

Advantages
  • Space for many combs
  • turning the combs is not necessary
Disadvantages
  • Risk of damaging combs
  • More expensive

What are the characteristics of a tangential extractor and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

With a tangential centrifuge, the inner sides of the combs face outwards, which is why only one side of the comb can be emptied at a time due to the centrifugal force. Because of this, the combs have to be turned over and then emptied from the other side.

Tangential centrifuges are usually manually operated and only have space for a few combs.

Due to the tangential arrangement of the combs, the honey is sprayed directly onto the outside of the honey extractor, which makes the tangential extractor easier to clean. In addition, it is less common for the honeycombs to break due to centrifugal force.

Advantages
  • Easy to clean
  • less risk of damaging honeycombs
Disadvantages
  • Honeycombs have to be turned
  • space for only a few honeycombs

What are the characteristics of a self-turning extractor and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

As the name suggests, a self-turning extractor turns the combs by itself. This means that you do not have to turn them over by hand after the honey has been extracted from one side of the comb.

The self-turning honey extractor not only saves time, but is also normally electronically operated with various extracting programmes.

However, self-turning extractors are also more expensive than manual ones and somewhat more difficult to operate due to the different extracting programmes.

Advantages
  • Time-saving
  • Different spin programmes
Disadvantages
  • More expensive
  • More difficult to operate

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate honey extractors

The criteria you can use to compare honey extractors include:

  • The number of combs that can fit in the honey extractor
  • Whether the honey extractor should be new or used
  • The manufacturer and country of origin of the honey extractor
  • The material the honey extractor is made of

In the following paragraphs we will explain what is important in each of the points.

Number of combs

The number of combs that a honey extractor can hold is of central importance when buying a honey extractor. It depends on how many combs you want to extract at the same time.

Are you just a hobby beekeeper or a beginner with a few colonies? Then a honey extractor with a smaller number of honeycomb places is the right one for you. In this case, a honey extractor with 3, 4 or 6 combs is sufficient.

Did you know that honey bees and wild bees are endangered?

Since the mid-90s, there have been fewer and fewer bees. Without bees, many of our foods eventually cease to exist because they are no longer pollinated.

However, if you have several bee colonies and want to extract as many combs as possible at the same time, it is important to buy a honey extractor with space for many combs. In this case, a honey extractor with 8, 12 or even more combs would be more suitable.

Before buying, you need to think about which number of combs is most suitable for you.

Type of beekeeper number of combs
Hobby beekeeper or beginner 3, 4 or 6 combs
Professional 8, 12 or more combs

Used or new

Honey extractors can be bought new, but also used. Before buying, you should again consider what is particularly suitable for you.

If you are a hobby beekeeper who only uses the honey extractor from time to time, a used or even an old or antique honey extractor may be sufficient. Buying a used honey extractor is also somewhat cheaper.

However, if you plan to use the honey extractor well and a lot, a new one with exactly the right features for your farm might be more suitable.

Manufacturer and country of origin

Honey extractors are made in many different countries and offered by many manufacturers.

The best known manufacturers are Dadant, Logar, Siegerland and Zander. But of course it always depends on what kind of honey extractor you intend to buy and which shop is within easy reach of you.

Honey extractors are made in Germany, but also in other countries such as Poland, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland and China.

Material

The material of honey extractors is usually stainless steel, but they can also be made of aluminium or tinplate. However, stainless steel is the most common material because it is the easiest to clean

Cleaning the honey extractor is particularly important, as the honey is extracted from the combs into the honey extractor and then filled directly further into the jar.

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