Pressing the fruit down by hand, rather than with a lever, has an upside: You're less likely to over-ream the fruit. This was a problem with the best citrus juicers, as their easy-to-use levers also made it easier to push too hard on the citrus halves, so the reamers dug slightly into the pith. In our tasting, we found that the juice produced with the Proctor Silex was sweeter, with no bitter notes. Juice from the Breville Citrus Juicer had a slightly bitter aftertaste. Juice from the OrangeX, on the other hand, wasn't bitter but had huge chunks of fruit that made it unpleasantly coarse in texture.
The Best Citrus Juicers were our runner-up picks last year. Amazon users also like it, with 78 reviewers giving it an average of 4.1 out of five stars.
Like anything else, the Proctor Silex isn't perfect. It's a bit louder than some of the other models; here's hoping it won't spoil any surprise breakfasts in bed. Using the Decibel 10th iPhone app at a distance of about 6 inches, we measured it at about 95 decibels, which is similar to an average food blender. This result is at the high end among the units we tested, but with the exception of our Breville choice, all of the decibel levels were clustered in a small range. Anyway, you can read our Best Citrus Juicer Reviews to learn more details.
The Proctor Silex was less comfortable and required more effort to use than the Breville models. It may not be the best choice if you juice citrus frequently and in quantity — you'll want our Breville choice for that— but it would be reasonable to use regularly for a few glasses of juice or the occasional large batch. I have to say the best citrus juicers come from Breville.
While the Black & Decker has a two-year limited warranty, the Proctor Silex offers only a one-year warranty. Yet based on their performance during our last round of tests, you'd be more likely to need coverage for the Black & Decker than for the Proctor Silex. You know the citrus juice is good for your health.
The main complaint among Amazon reviewers is that the Proctor Silex juicer feels cheap and flimsy. But compared with all of the other Electric Citrus Juicers, except the Breville models, the material quality is about the same. Yes, it's plastic, but not particularly thin or weak plastic. When we take all other factors into consideration, it's still the best model, especially at such a low cost.