We think the Proctor Silex is a better overall machine because its motor performed more reliably in our tests, but the similarly priced Black & Decker electric orange juicers is a good option if our pick sells out. In fact, it was our former top pick, but we demoted it because in this testing round its motor tended to stutter and stall occasionally. So, finding the best juicer is a hard task to us.
This Orange Juicer looks almost identical to the Proctor Silex, with a pitcher, a pulp-control feature, and a lid. It produced 44.5 percent of the orange weight in juice, the most of any of the juicers. It also did a better job than the Proctor Silex at straining pulp out of the juice, as its pulp-control baskets fit much more snugly. However, the Black & Decker motor’s tendency to strain and stall made us worry it wouldn’t stand up to years of use.
At a distance of about 6 inches, it puts out 95 dB of sound, equal to the Proctor Silex, but with more unpleasant mechanical grinding noises, which is something a number of Amazon reviewers note. Many more users complain that at some point the Electric Orange Juicers just stop working. (We haven’t experienced this problem, though, in more than two years of use.) Since 68 percent of the 1,136 Amazon reviews the Black & Decker currently has are four stars and up (and since the price is so low), we decided to move this juicer to second place.
Although the Proctor Silex Alex’s Lemonade Stand Citrus Juicer will make most people happy, if you juice a few times a week, consider investing in the Best Orange Juicer ($130). It requires considerably less elbow grease, thanks to its efficient lever. For this reason, the Breville also might be a better fit for people with disabilities or anyone who could use some help in the arm-strength department. It also makes juicing large quantities a much less exhausting and onerous task.
From limes to grapefruits, in our testing the Breville took almost no effort to get good extraction. Its average juicing efficiency was 36.6 percent, which, while lower than our results from the Proctor Silex and Black & Decker Electric Juicers, is still a respectable result. Simply pull down the dual-point articulating lever using its plastic handle, and the juice starts pouring out. It comes with just one cone size, but that cone was the only one in the test group that extracted all of the juice out of a grapefruit without our having to wiggle it around, thanks to its 3.5-inch radius. It also worked well most of the time with limes and lemons. The spout snaps up to hold back the flow when you’re done so that juice doesn’t drip onto your table or countertop. The Breville is also the only one of our picks with a dedicated on/off switch. (The other models of electric orange juicers work when you plug them in and press down on the cone.)