From the Green Monster to the Cucapple, juicing is a favorite amongst the health obsessed. And while claims related to juicing can range from ridiculous hype to the strangely religious, it's admittedly a great way to get some fruits and veggies in your diet. Like many, we're trying to start the new year with healthier habits, and a juicing appliance in the kitchen... Breville Juice Extractor ($299.95)
As far as juicers go, the Breville Juice Extractor is amongst the easiest to use. Breville has thrown in a list of features that make the process less tedious (wide spouts and better motor so you don't have to chop things before juicing them), simpler (integrated foam skimmer to eliminate that stomach turning foam) and more efficient (claims to get 30 percent more juice than traditional methods). And we admit it, we like the smooth, shiny look of it on the countertop.
Omega VRT350 ($379.99)
The VRT350 is a dual stage juicer, meaning it squeezes more juice out of the same pulp than similar machines. The machine also works at a lower speed in order to save the product from oxidation. The self cleaning filter is a welcomed feature, important when you're juicing a lot of fruits and veggies regularly.
Vitamixes aren't strictly juicers, which is why we like them. We're usually against single-use devices: they take up space, waste materials and generally don't fit our utilitarian needs. The Vitamix not only makes great juice, but killers soups, nut butters and margaritas. Thomas Keller even recommends them as one of his favorite tools. Vitamixes look more like rugged machines than smooth steel, but we'd keep one on the counter anyway.