Citrus Juicer

Squeezing small fruits for their juice is easier and less messy with this popular utensil.

Citrus Juicers are manual devices designed to extract juice from small fruits.

  • Sometimes this utensil is called a "manual juicer", "citrus press" or (depending on their size) lime, lemon or orange "squeezers".
  • They typically have two sides joined together with a hinge. These two sides compress the fruit and one side has holes which allows the juice to come out.

When a small fruit is sqeezed without a tool, it can be messy and wasteful. It is difficult to get all the juice. Seeds or pulp end up coming out as well.

A citrus juicer solves these issues by providing leverage that makes it much easier to completely compress the fruit. The holes in the juicer serve two purposes. One is to create a predictable exit for the juice, and the second is that the holes are sized to keep seeds inside the utensil.

How to use a citrus juicer

  1. Cut fruit in half.
  2. Place fruit half into the citrus juicer making sure the flat, exposed part of the fruit is facing down towards holes.
  3. Close the tool and squeeze the two handles together.
  4. Remove the fruit after squeezed.

What to look for when you buy:

The top things to think about when buying a new citrus juicer:

  • Size / Type of fruit
  • Effectiveness (How much juice?)
  • Strength required
  • Material
  • Storage

Size / Type of fruit

While the majority of handheld juicers are designed to work with both lemons and limes, there are also ones which are specifically designed for a specific fruit (lime, lemon or orange).

Because of this, it is worth double checking. As an example, lemons will not always fit in a lime squeezer. Another example would be a lime will fit in an orange squeezer, but the holes might be big enough to let the lime seeds pass through or it just may not juice very well.

The good news is most citrus juicers are made with both lemons and limes in mind. The best tip I could give you is to make sure that the label says "citrus" or "fruit" rather than a specific fruit such as "lime" or "orange".

Effectiveness

The main factor we have found in how much juice comes out ended up being the amount of force applied, not design. In other words, thus far we have not found one version of a citrus juicer that is radically better or easier than another simply because it was built or designed differently.

Strength required

These are called "manual" juicers for a reason. These juicers make squeezing a fruit much much easier, but strength is still required to get the best results.

Material

This utensil needs to be a strong material. Most are going to be metal coated with ceramic or some form of silicon/plastic.

I would not trust a pure plastic version of this tool to last.

Citrus Juicer Brands / Products

Oxo - Citrus Squeezer


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This tool is strong, beautiful and will clearly last a lifetime. It performed well on many various sizes of lemons and limes.

Chef'n FreshForce Orange Juicer


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This is an orange sized tool, Chef'n also has lime and lemon sized ones too. They are built well with a useful design that makes it easier to squeeze more juice.

William Sonoma - Lime Juicer


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This Williams Sonoma juicer has been poorly reviewed 3 as breaking rather easily. We tested it and concur that it is weakly made. Ours did not break, but did seem cheaply made.

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