Juicing is a huge part of my life now and many people are starting to ask for my advice on what juicer should they get.
The short answer is it really depends on your needs and there is no ideal juicer that is perfect for everyone. I personally use an Omega 8006 and absolutely love it! I have used it for up to 60 day juice fasts and it has never missed a beat. It is very reliable! Before that I used an old Champion with the leafy greens attachment. That one worked, but not nearly as well as my Omega (it ran hotter, took longer, had less yield, and jammed up on occasion).
Update – Omega has recently released a newer version of the juicer I use. It looks to be an improvement over mine with a slightly better juice yield, but a much bigger neck where you put the produce in (which means less prep and faster juicing!). The lines are called NC800 and NC900. It looks like you can get deals on them down to about $250.00 USD if you look around. It will be my next “primary” juicer when (if!) I ever need to replace my 8006 juicer.
The best personal advice I can give is this- If you plan to juice a lot of leafy greens (like I need to do) and/or plan to make juice in larger batches instead of fresh each time, I highly recommend a slower spinning (masticating) juicer over something like a high-speed Breville. Also of note is that the “vertical” masticating juicers tend to need more prep time of leafy greens such as kale, so that may be a factor you wish to keep in mind as well. All that said though– if money is tight, or you are not sure if you will commit to juicing long-term, just get the juicer you can! It is much better than not doing it and you can always upgrade later once you know you’ll continue to juice.
Here are some useful links that talk about the different types of juicers to help you find one that is right for you:
John runs discountjuicers.com and has many great YouTube videos on juicing. I found this one a great video to watch when I was thinking about what new juicer to buy. I also recommend listening to his “step 5” in this video on juicer “do’s-and-don’ts” (the whole video is a good watch really) – Step 5 – Buy the Juicer That Is Right For You
Their recommendation is for a very high-end juicer ($$$) targeted for cancer treatment. Such a juicer is not needed for general health and weight loss. There is still some very good information on the page though about the different juicer types and their pros/cons.