Compare Big Mouth Juicers to Select the Best
Is Wide Feed Chute a Necessary Feature?
Big mouth juicers are automatic centrifugal juice machines with wide, round feed chute at least 3″ in diameter to accommodate large chunks of produce pieces or even whole fruits or veggies.
The wide feed chute reduces preparation time since you don’t need to cut the food into tiny chunks compared to masticating style auger juicers that have much narrower feed tube, requiring you to chop and dice the produce before juicing.
Big mouth juice extractors have become very popular because they fit in our quick life style due to easy and fast juicing: you can quickly add a few sticks of carrots, a medium size whole apple or peeled orange through the wide feed chute and the rapidly rotating stainless steel blade grinds the produce into pulp, then the centrifugal force presses the pulp through the tiny holes of the mesh screen separating juice form fiber.
Since there are many big mouth juicers available on the market let’s do a comparison to find out which is the best value unit.
When Should You Buy a Big Mouth Juicer?
If you are just starting to juice and you’re planning to get your first juicer I recommend that you consider several factors before going out and getting a big mouth juice extractor.
First of all think through what type of produce you’re going to juice most of the time. If it’s apples, carrots, oranges, carrots and beets then a centrifugal juicer with automatic pulp ejection and wide feed chute is a good choice especially if you want to spend little time on preparation.
If you want to juice leafy greens, wheatgrass or herbs then you need to get either a single auger or a dual auger juice extractor that can process grass-type produce, and operates at low speed (cc. 75-120 rpm) to protect the nutrient content of the juice against oxidation and overheating. Read more on the benefits of Low RPM Masticating Type juicers.
Centrifugal juicers aren’t designed for juicing greens and wheatgrass: they will extract very little juice form these types of produce so you would be wasting a lot trying to make a couple of ounces of green juice in a centrifugal machine. Centrifugal style, big mouth juicers are best for juicing hard fruits and vegetables with considerable juice content.
Small Feed Chute vs. Wide Feed Chute
Not all centrifugal juicers have big, 3-inches wide feed chute, many units have smaller feed tube (e.g. the L’equip Mini Pulp Ejector Juicer, Model 110.5 has crescent shape mouth measuring 2.75″ x 1.5″).
Are small feed chute juicers any good? Do they have any advantages over a big mouth juice extractor?
A juicer with smaller feed chute allows more contact with the blade due to the slower feeding of produce thus the juice extraction will be a bit more efficient. This is especially noticebale when you juice leafy greens
(although centrifugal juicers aren’t made for juicing greens you can have good results by making tight, firm balls of the leaves or wrapping them around a hard vegetable piece – celery or carrot – and juice them this way): a small feed chute juicer will yield more juice from leafy veggies.The biggest benefit of a wide mouth juicer is the quick, hassle-free, no-cutting-necessary juicing so if no-fuss, quick juicing is an important feature, and you are going to juice mostly firm, high liquid content produce (apples, carrots, celery, beetroots) then you should definitely buy a wide feed chute centrifugal pulp ejector juicer.
Other Important Features to Consider to Get a Good-Value Juice Extractor:
The Most Popular Big Mouth Juicers – Comparison – Wide Feed Chute for Quick Juicing
Higher-End Category – Which is the Best One?
In the high-end category we compared the following automatic pulp ejection centrifugal juicers with wide feed tube (3″ wide, round shape):
- 1Omega BMJ 330 Big Mouh Juicer,
- 2the L’Equip 215 XL Wide Mouth Juicer,
- 3the Breville Juice Fountain Plus: Model 95XL
- 4Breville Juice Fountain Elite, Model 800JEXL.
TIP: the Breville BJE520 Ikon Froojie Juicer is another good-quality fast juicer with extra large feed chute and powerful 1300-Watt motor (1.7 HP) that has 5 speed settings.
It comes with two juice discs: one for making juice from vegetables and fruits, and the Froojie disc which is for processing softer, mushier produce like ripe mangoes, bananas or berries.
The Ikon Froojie Juicer by Breville carries 5 year warranty on motor and 12 month replacement guarantee on the whole machine.
Price: It retails for around $200 – $250.
Conclusion – The Best Big Mouth Juicer in the High-End Category: Omega Big Mouth Juicer
Regarding the length of warranty and price the two winners are the Omega Big Mouth, Model BMJ330, and the L’Equip 215XL juicers, but out of the two we prefer the Omega Big Mouth because it has higher juice yield (20% more) than the L’Equip 215XL. See videos and read our full review on the Omega BMJ330 Big Mouth Juicer.
The L’Equip 215XL is the smallest, most compact of all the units we examined above, and it is currently the most inexpensive big mouth juicer avaliable on the market.
Lower-End Category with 3″-Wide Round Feed Chute
In the inexpensive category we compared the
- 1the Juiceman Juicers
- 2Hamilton Beach Wide Mouth Juicers
- 3the Waring Professional JEX450 Wide Mouth Juicer, and
- 4the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Elite.
Conclusion – The Best Wide Mouth Juicer in the Budget Category: the Waring Pro JEX450 Juicer
Considering all important facts, pros and cons reported in user reviews, in our opinion the best-value wide feed chute centrifugal juicer in the economy category is the Waring Professional JEX450 Juice Extractor because it carries the longest warranty on the motor (5 years as compared to the other brands that have only 1 year warranty on the whole appliance).
The second-best big-mouth juicer is the Hamilton Beach 67650 Centrifugal Pulp Ejector Juicer: it is one of the most affordable units in this category and performs pretty well, so it provides great value for less money than other similar units.
More Big Mouth Juicers
- 1Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Pro – this is the only model in the LaLanne line of juicers with real stainless steel finish. It is a cheap automatic centrifugal juicer with 3″-wide mouth but many users have complained on the low quality and performance of this juicing machine.
- 2Jack LaLane Power Juicer Deluxe - a cheap, plastic juicer with chrome finish, quite a few negative reviews from users.
- 3Jack LaLanne Power Juicers – overview of Power Juicers promoted by Jack Lalanne.