Money-Saving Juicers

You know you're supposed to eat lots of fruits and vegetables every day. But plenty of people don't. A juicer can help get the job done, turning fresh produce into vitamin-and-mineral-packed drinks.

Consumer Reports just tested juicers to see if they're as powerful as the ones you find at juice bars.

To see how home juicers measure up, Consumer Reports testers evaluated 11, including the heavily advertised Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer Pro.

Dan DiClerico, of Consumer Reports, says, "The Jack LaLanne juicer goes for $150. The other juicers ranged in price from $70-$300."

Testers made orange juice...and carrot well as tomato juice...and apple juice. They measured just how much juice each machine could squeeze out of the same amount of produce. Some created a lot more juice than others.

Many of the juicers were VERY noisy.

Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer Pro promises it's quiet.

And it was the least noisy juicer in the tests.

But it was also the only juicer tested that had a problem with jamming.

Consumer Reports says there's a better choice for about half the price.

It's the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro. And at $80, it's a Consumer Reports Best Buy.

When making fresh juice, you want to be sure to take some food-safety precautions. First, but produce that isn't bruised or damaged.

Thoroughly wash it-even if you're going to peel it-a clean brush works best.

Then, before putting the fruit or vegetables in the juicer, dry them with a clean cloth or paper towel. That can help further reduce the risk of bacteria.

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