Best Juicer Blender Combo for 2018
When I was looking for the best juicer blender combo, I was surprised to find that the selection is very limited.
In fact, I ended up buying a model that wasn’t any good in both blending and juicing.
Boy, that was an expensive disappointment!
(hint: it was a well-known brand, and wasn’t a cheap one either)
I decided I still want to enjoy both worlds - make smoothies and occasionally juices - but this time I’ll research the market really well and learn from my mistake.
That’s how this guide was born.
In this post I’ll review the model that eventually won my trust, as well as the runner ups and alternatives, so you’ll get the best one and avoid ending up with one of those that suck.
Why a combo appliance is better
A report by The Produce for Better Health Foundation State of the Plate shows that people who drink 100 percent fruit juice have “higher intakes of whole fruit compared to non-fruit juice.” The report also shows that they have higher dietary fiber intakes and better diets.
When you make it yourself, you get the advantage of very fresh, nutritious ingredients.
But there's more…
Making your own juice allows you to pull in a variety of tricks and tools that give you a better drink:
- You can use up fruits and vegetables that you want to get rid of instead of throwing them out, which saves you money.
- You can include the skin on fruits like apples, where you improve the nutritional value, as well.
- You can improve your digestive system since you’ll be taking in more nutrients.
- You take in more antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals.
This means more cancer- and disease-fighting power, strengthened immune systems, and more efficient metabolism.
- You could see a lowered blood pressure and faster weight loss.
Unfortunately, juicers can take up counter space, which isn’t the most convenient when you want to also pull out your blender to make a smoothie, which has many of its own health benefits:
- You can increase your fruit and vegetable intake and throw in leafy greens, like kale and spinach, to up the nutritional value.
- You can help your digestive system by drinking your meals once in awhile. The blender “chews” your food, making it easier to process and giving your stomach a break.
- You can give your muscles the nutrients they need, quickly, before, during or after an athletic competition, since it’s easier to both add these nutrient mixes.
- You learn more about the vitamins and minerals your body needs and can adjust your smoothies quickly to add in foods rich in what you are lacking.
Again, though, blenders can be large and messy, especially when you’re making your own juice as the base for your smoothie.
Combining these two machines would be something you would think would have taken over the market, with tons of fantastic juicer-blender combos.
There aren’t tons, though. There actually aren’t even many that I would truly recommend, since some end up being more work than they are worth.
There are a few things you need to know before buying a juicer-blender.
What you need to know when buying a juicer-smoothie machine
Remember that blenders and juicers are different.
A blender is designed to break up the fiber in the food that you’re blending, making it easier to digest and consume while retaining the nutrients and fibers. A juicer takes out the pulp, leaving you with the fresh juice.
A juicer-blender gives you the opportunity to get the best of both homemade beverage worlds. When it comes to juicing, though, there are a few terms you’ll want to know.
High-speed blenders have the power to take on hard or leafy ingredients, like nuts or greens, while other countertop models aren’t quite as strong. Juicers, though, come in a variety of styles.
These are the most common and least expensive juices on the market. They have a mesh basket with tiny little teeth that are used to grind, chew, and work the juice out of the fresh fruits and vegetables you put into the machine.
The ingredients are pushed down into that basket, which is spinning at a very high speed.
While they are economical and they do work well, some reviewers note that the friction between the piece of produce and the spinning blade creates a level of heat that might damage the enzymes you want to save.
They say that the juice from this juicer is more comparable to the juice you would get from a store-bought juice.
Others say that it’s a negligible amount of heat when you consider the benefits of making your own juice.
Besides centrifugal juicers, you'll sure to run into another important juicer type, the masticating juicer. Names too confusing? check out this great YouTube video!
These juicers are more costly, and are rarely found in a juicer-blender combo. They use an auger that pushes the produce more slowly against a mesh screen. As the pressure continues, the juice is extracted from the produce.
It’s typically a slower process, but it is also more effective, as you’ll end up with both a better quantity and quality of juice. It produces more juice, and since the machine operates at a lower speed, the nutrients remain intact with no damage.
Think about what you’ll be juicing. Certain soft fruits and vegetables do much better when juiced at a lower speed, since the high speeds can damage the important parts of the ingredient.
Take the time to consider what you’ll be doing with the leftover pulp. The pulp contains high amounts of fiber and nutrients.
If you’ll be using it for baking or smoothies, it won’t be as much of a problem, but if you don’t want to use the pulp, you’ll want to find a juicer that maximizes the amount of juice extracted from the fruit.
The Best Juicer-Blender Combo for 2018
There aren’t that many options if you want to buy a machine to replace both your juicer and your blender.
One, a Breville model, is my top pick, even though it is slightly more costly.
I’ve also reviewed below three others that are more economical and good options if the Breville isn't quite within your budget.
Breville, a popular juicing option, has received high marks for its juicers, but this model (BJB840XL) adds blending function, and is a top choice for people interested in nutrition and health.
Features of the Breville Juicer-Blender
Here are the features that are most useful about this model:
- Easy to use and assemble, with a die-cast base that's interchangeable for either the blender or juicer attachments.
- For the juicer, you get a three-inch-wide chute for the fruits or vegetables, which allows you to process entire fruits and vegetables and eliminate the time it takes to cut and peel your produce.
- A feature that I found helpful is the froth separator, to skim the foam that comes with making homemade juice.
- Can hold up to 40 ounces of pulp; the blender includes a sturdy 51-ounce glass pitcher.
- In either use, you can choose from five different speeds, like ice crush and pulse or the smoothie setting on the blender.
- Designed with a special “Hemisphere Blade and Bowl Technology,” which was designed to keep food from getting trapped without being blended or juiced.
This dual purpose appliance comes with a 1200-watt motor, which has earned it rave reviews. Reason is, this is a powerful enough motor to blend both soft ingredients like kale, and harder pieces of produce like sweet potatoes.
While this appliance can be hard to find, it’s worth the effort in my humble opinion. If you do find it on Amazon, then it's definitely the one to grab!
I chose it as the top model because it is so effective and you’ll save a great deal of time, frustration, and lost money in produce purchases that couldn’t be effectively treated in a more economical and less powerful option.
See the Breville in action - video
The Breville combo is very easy to use and produces a high yield, as you can see in this time-lapse video.
The Sharper Image 600-watt/2 Speed and Pulse Stainless Steel Juicer-Blender Combo is a more affordable option to the Breville.
Its 600-watt motor means you’ll have strength for either purpose, and includes two speeds, along with a pulse option.
As a juicer, you’ll have a three-inch produce feeder tube, which saves time when it comes to juicing fruits or veggies that you would typically need to chop or peel. The polycarbonate container can hold up to 60 ounces of fresh juice, and the pulp collection container is sufficiently spacious for a large quantity of ingredients. The blender also comes with a 60-ounce container
The Sharper Image combo is easy-to-clean and includes many dishwasher-safe parts. Keep in mind, though, that it isn’t as strong as some of the other options on the market, so you might find that you have a harder time with the more difficult ingredients, like very hard or extremely soft veggies.
Another affordable option is the Oster Juice and Blend 2 Go Compact Juice Extractor and Personal Blender.
This budget-friendly appliance has received many positive reviews.
It has a 400-watt motor for both components. Both the juice extractor and the blender blades are stainless steel, so they are strong and able to do everything from crush ice to efficiently extract juice.
It includes a 20-ounce blender cup, which means you can blend your smoothies and other drinks right into the cup you will drinkin from.
It’s slightly larger than many other personal blenders, but is the same size as many of the other similarly priced and powered juice extractors.
Like other centrifugal juice extractors, the mesh basket can be more difficult to clean, but is also effective when it comes to juice extraction. One plus for the Oster appliance? It is very easy to find.
The Nesco American Harvest JB-50 2-in-1 Juicer/Blender, White with Green Trim, is another affordable option.
The two-speed motor also includes a pulse control and can reach up to 14,000 RPM in the centrifugal juice extractor.
A one-and-a-quarter by two-inch tube can fit a variety of fruits and veggies, and the large pulp collector allows you to take the fiber-rich pulp for baking and smoothies.
The glass blender pitcher can hold up to 50 ounces of fluid, and all of the pieces except for the base are dishwasher safe. The base also has suction cups for added stability.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and found it helpful. If you still prefer just a blender, be sure to check our complete easy guide to choosing your blender.
We've also recently published a guide to choosing the best blender for ice, so if you're into chilled smoothies and juices, definitely check it out!
Already bought a juicer-smoothie machine? Tell us in the comments what you love about it and what you looked for when purchasing one.