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Perhaps you saw our story last week on the single best method for juicing lemons? If you missed it, you can go back and read it now (we’ll wait!). If you need a refresher (get it, cause lemonade is refreshing?), the answer is a handheld juice squeezer! And while we didn’t test one brand’s handheld juicer against another (the story was more about finding the best method), we do have a favorite: the Chef’n FreshForce Citrus Juicer.
We included this very juicer in our list of Kitchn Essentials for 2020 and called it a “flavor-maker” because practically any recipe can be punched up with a squeeze of lemon juice, and this one wrings lemons dry. Our Deputy Food Editor, Grace Elkus, put it best: “This sleek and powerful hand juicer squeezes out every last drop, filters out seeds, and requires minimal effort on your part.”
Buy: Chef’n FreshForce Citrus Juicer, $25 at Williams Sonoma
Unlike other handheld juicers, this one has a dual gear mechanism, which increases the tool’s pressing power, even if you don’t squeeze the handles that hard. The brand also claims it produces 20 percent more juice than other handheld juicers and, while we haven’t scientifically tested that, we do know that lemon halves come out practically bone dry. Even though you don’t have to squeeze the handles all that hard, it’s pretty easy to do so because they’re comfy and well-designed. We also like that the whole thing can go in the dishwasher, but it also opens up and is incredibly easy to clean if you wanted to wash it by hand. And it’s durable — some of the staffers on our food team have had theirs for years.
Do you have a lemon juicer that you love? Tell us about it in the comments below!