English summers pair perfectly with a cold glass of cider. And if you like the idea of brewing your own, you’ll need to invest in an apple press to extract the best juice from your harvests.
Presses can be used to crush berries, pears and other fruit, too. Winemakers have relied on presses for grapes for centuries because the machine doesn’t break the internal seeds which would produce a bitter taste.
We’ve curated a list of some of the best fruit and apple presses on the market right now. There are a range of styles and sizes available, with the capacity referred to in litres. This litre capacity refers to how much fruit can fit within the machine, rather than how many litres of juice can be extracted in a single press. While some models will list an average yield, this will vary depending on the type and quality of fruit being used in each setting.
At a loss at what to do with other fruits in your garden? Take a look at our guide to the best jam making kits.
To learn more, check out this video guide to making apple juice at home.
Eight of the best apple presses
Browse our pick of presses and kits below.
Oak Apple Press
This barrel style apple press is made from oak and is bound with enamelled steel rings. The press mechanism itself is made from cast iron for both strength and durability. To operate the press, the hardwood padding blocks are placed on top of the pressing plate which then squeeze the juices down and out of the fruit.
Aluminium Apple Press
The sleek good looks of this aluminium press would look smart alongside other kitchen appliances. The 5.5 litre capacity press is able to produce approximately 2 litres of juice or fruit pulp on average, depending on the fruit. This model can also be taken apart for easy cleaning between uses.
Classic Manual Stainless Steel Fruit or Apple Crusher
This crusher has been sold for over 25 years and has reportedly remained popular because of how straight-forward it is to use. Featuring alternating stainless steel rollers, it crushes through fruit simply by turning the cast iron hand wheel which means it should work effectively for minimum manual effort. This model fits over three sizes of press.
Size: H28xW42xL60cm / suitable for 12, 20 and 36 litre presses
Cast Iron Apple/Fruit Press
This attractive crossbeam style apple press swings to allow fruit to be crushed straight into the basket and makes emptying pulp much easier. Its large size means it can hold up to 11kg of fruit. The cast iron base plate and legs help keep the press stable and you’ll also get a handy cider and juice making booklet plus a tub of grease included.
Worktop Apple/Fruit Press
This fruit press is designed to fit on top of a kitchen worktop or table making it a compact option for those short on space. It will only produce up to 1.7 litres of juice from each use but includes a washable straining bag and splashguard to help limit the mess making it a breeze to use. The machine is made from stainless steel with a polished brass top-beam and includes a cider and juice making booklet.
Hobby Press – Starter Cider Making Kit
This set is ideal for anyone new to fruit pressing as it contains everything you need to have a go at making your own cider for the first time – apart from the apples! You can choose the capacity of the fruit press as well as the crusher, which are accompanied by a fermentation bucket, yeast, steriliser, tubes and more.
Price: from £75.95
Woodside Fruit Press
This fruit and apple press is made from wood and includes a mesh straining bag. The mechanical press comes apart for cleaning and should be straightforward to assemble. There are three sizes to choose from, up to 18 litres, depending on how much juice you’ll need to produce at a time.
Size: 6L, 12L, 18L
Price: from £47.99
This spindle press features a perforated stainless steel press basket which can hold up to 14 litres at a time. The three-legged metal stand provides stability and extra support while the machine is in use. The press should be simple to assemble as well as to clean between uses.
Varomorus Fruit Press
For a more contemporary look, check out the Varomorus Fruit Press. A screw-press made with food-grade stainless steel, this colourful, modern tool is available from 10-25L, to suit a range of needs.
Price: £178.85 (10L)
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This Product Guide was last updated in September 2022. We apologise if anything has changed in price or availability.