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11 of the best juicers for your home, according to online reviews

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Why buy juice at the store when you can make it at home? Breville, Omega, Hamilton Beach, and more are out to prove how easy DIY juicing can be.

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Eating healthier doesn’t have to require some rigid, miserable diet and counting calories in an app. Blenders, air fryers, and juicers are simple appliance buys that can transform the way you eat. If you’re big on the taste of fruits and veggies already, juicing is a great way to squeeze the most nutrients out of the stuff you already love. Taking a green juice is way faster than eating a salad in the car — not to mention those citrus drinks are so refreshing.

If you’re looking to get into the home-juicing game — good for you! You’re doing something great for your health and will also probably save a ton of money on store-bought juices that can cost up to $12 per 12 oz. bottle. However, when it comes to making your own juices, the kind of juicer you use can really make or break your experience. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. To start, we compiled a list of the top-rated juicers according to Amazon reviews. (And if you’re in the market for a Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or Prime Day deal, it’s helpful to know which devices are the best so when the sales start you’ll know which one to buy.)

Note to the reader: Our list is comprised of both masticating and centrifugal juicers.

What is a masticating juicer?

So glad you asked. A masticating juicer (otherwise known as a cold-press juicer) processes juice in a slower, quieter fashion, by essentially pressing the juice out of your produce. This method generates basically no heat (AKA a cold-press juicer), so you don’t have to worry about destroying any nutrients. 

What is a centrifugal juicer?

A centrifugal juicer uses a “spin” method of juicing, which is faster and usually a bit louder than a masticating juicer. It uses centrifugal force at a high speed to extract juice from produce. 

Are slow juicers really better?

Are you familiar with cold-pressed juice? It’s basically what you get from a slow juicer. While a traditional juicer uses a fast-spinning blade that can get quite hot, a slow juicer is able to extract juice by utilizing a pressing mechanism. There are no blades, so instead of chopping things up the juicer will press the juice out of the fruits and vegetables. The idea is that because a slow juicer doesn’t get hot, more of the nutrients stay intact since they haven’t been “cooked” out. A slow juicer will also produce a smoother drink without any of the pulping bits. (Think of a non-slow juicer as more of a high-powered blender.)

So if you hate pulp, then a slow juicer is going to be better for you. Whether juicing of any kind is actually good for you, is another story. (Many studies cite that juice can be just as bad as soda.)

Discover our picks for 11 of the best juicers on the market right now, and be sure to hit the grey arrow to read everything we have to say:


Can make butters, nut milk, and sorbets • Ultra-low speed pulls out healthy enzymes • Easy to assemble
Expensive • Clunky and takes up a lot of counter space
You won’t find a better slow juicer than this Omega, which goes past juice to make sorbet or peanut butter.
The gist: The Omega is the creme-de-la-creme of masticating (slow-speed) juicers. Since it processes at a slower speed, you won’t miss out on any nutrients. You can juice anything from fruits and vegetables to leafy greens— but it doesn’t stop there. 
The Omega will also turn nuts into nut butter (homemade peanut butter anyone?), grind coffee beans, make pasta, frozen desserts, baby food… to be honest, we’re not sure there’s much it can’t do. Additionally, its slow speed method makes for a super quiet juicing experience.  
Stand-out features:

  • Powerful gear reduction that’s equivalent to a 2HP Motor
  • Minimum heat build-up prevents oxidation and promotes healthy enzymes 
  • Extracts the maximum amount of nutrients

Amazon user Emily Waltman writes:

“… I have been juicing just about every morning for the past 3.5 weeks, and I have noticed a difference when using this juicer. While this juicer takes longer than the centrifugal force competitor, the pulp comes out very, very dry, and there are no chunks left un-juiced! It is also very easy to install, put together, and clean, takes less than a few minutes. I really like the suction cup feet on the bottom of this machine, it keeps it still while I am juicing, so I do not lose any juice. Also, I love the handle at the top of the machine, it is lightweight and easy to pick up and maneuver. I love that this is more than just a juicer – you can make nut butter, pasta, and frozen sorbet, and so much more. So far, I have made a lot of frozen treats, all I do is put anything frozen in the tube, change out the juicing screen to the blank screen, an ta-da! Frozen sorbet, at the ready, the first time I tried it I made 3 different sorbets, frozen coconut milk, frozen strawberries, banana, and peach. Then I put in mixed berries too! It is so easy and fast, and tastes delicious, very similar to some of the water ice we get up the street – but so much healthier! Overall, I am very, very satisfied with this juicer!”

*Bonus Review:* To get a *thorough* idea of how to use and what to make with the Omega J8006, check out this review by Amazon user Phil Rosenbach (which is also possibly the longest and most detailed review we’ve ever seen. Hats off to you, Phil.)


Easy to clean • 13,000 RPM lets nothing by • Die-cast stainless steel is chic as hell • Large-capacity jug and pulp container
Expensive • Heavy • Gets stuck on leafy veggies if not chopped first
Called “Elite” for a reason, this juicer has an 1,000 watt motor and fast RPM to justify its price.

2. Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite

Simply one of the best juicers you can get, from the trusted brand name to the luxe design you’ll want to show off.

  • Weight:
    17.2 pounds
  • Type:
    Centrifugal
  • Top speed:
    13,000 RPM
The gist: Surprise, surprise: another Breville made the list. Though it comes with a heftier price tag than the JE98XL, the 800JEXL is called “elite” for a reason. Breville endearingly refers to this model as the “Rolls Royce” of juicers, with its powerful 1000-watt motor and heavy grade die-cast metal body. At least you know you’re getting your money’s worth — that durability is sure to last you for years.
Like the JE98XL, it has a dual high/low-speed switch so you can switch depending on if you’re juicing hard or soft produce. This model’s “fast” speed setting beats the JE98XL at a lightning-fast 13,000 RPM, shaving time off the process. It’s not the smallest or lightest juicer to store, but it’s an investment that you’ll want to show off on your countertop.
Stand-out features:

  • 1000-watt motor
  • Dual speeds: high (13,000rpm) and low (6,500rpm)
  • 3-inch feed tube
  • 1.1-quart juice jug and 3.2-quart pulp container
  • Die-cast metal body will last years

Amazon user donna writes:

“ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!!!!! I have had A LOT of juicers over the years and this one blows them all away! it is super fast and pulp is super dry. you get way more than twice the juice! I juiced a lot of veg, 2 pitchers (that it comes with about 4 cups each) and the pulp container was not even half full, yet there was no pulp in the juice! I’ve even had the slow masticating juicers, this is better. easy to put together, take apart and clean!!!!! i love it in every way. and before you believe that juice from slow juicers is better for you, look it up, thats what i did, and its not as long as its done fast with a good juicer! I truly love this juicer in every way! I will never go back to the lower end ones (that cost about the same anyway, oh brother!) or the expensive slow hard to use and clean ones! Wish i had this in the beginning of my juicing ventures 20 years ago!!!!!!!!!!!”


Powerful motor and blistering-fast RPM • Extra safety features • 1-liter capacity
Sometimes leaves froth on juice
While it doesn’t juice fruit as cleanly as other juicers on the market, it’s still one of the best from Breville.

3. Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus

This amazing juicer can pump out a full 8-ounce glass of juice quickly, but beware of froth left behind.

  • Weight:
    13.2 pounds
  • Top speed:
    12,000 RPM
  • Type:
    Centrifugal
The gist: When it comes to quality juicing, Breville shines as a trusty manufacturer, which is why it’s no surprise the JE98XL model is Amazon’s Choice for “best juicer.” For a price significantly less than some other Breville models, the JE98XL delivers the same top-notch performance. 
Its extra-wide feeder chute allows you to pump out a full 8oz. glass of juice fast. We’re talking less-than-five-seconds fast. And with little to no preparation! Breville also claims that its patented Nutri Disc system extracts more nutrients than any other juicers, since it transfers minimum heat, protecting enzymes and allowing for maximum nutrient absorption. 
Stand-out features:

  • Extra-wide 3-inch feeder chute
  • 850-watt dual-speed motor
  • Patented NutriDisc juicing system to get maximum nutrients
  • 1-Liter juice jug with froth separator 
  • Overload protection LED
  • Safety locking arm

Amazon user BeachBaby57 writes:

“I absolutely love this juicer, it is so fast to juice and simple clean up too. I line the pulp container with a plastic produce bag and put my glass directly under the spout so I have two less parts to clean. Using this system, I only have three parts to clean, all are easy to clean and dry. I have very little time in the morning, I can barely make it to work on time, but since clean up is so quick, I have made a juice every morning since I received this juicer. I was impressed at the speed of this juicer and with very little noise. (I get a lot of juice too!) I also like that this juicer does not take up a lot of counter space, it’s fairly compact compared to others I have researched. AND the price is extremely reasonable! A friend of mine came over while I was juicing and she was so impressed with this model that she asked me for the ordering information! In the past, she has had 3 different juicers and she said none of them compared to this one! Honestly, I can’t think of anything about this juicer that I would change…maybe it would be helpful if they included a juicing recipe book! Thank you Amazon for the quality product and the fast shipping!”


Comes in a few colors • Single masticating auger and record-low 47 RPM • 10-year warranty • Very quiet • Tough on highly fibrous ingredents
Heavy • Bad with whole fruits • Pulp container jams and needs to be cleaned often
From mean green juice to coconut milk or salsa, this extra-slow juicer will be your new best friend.
The gist: The whole “DIY healthy eating thing” is a great, but all of the appliances required sure make for a lot of clutter. We love a good 2-in-1 machine, and the Tribest Slowstar Vertical Slow Juicer can get you cold-pressed juice plus sorbets, salsas, and so much more with a handy mixer attachment.
Premium, all-encompassing juicers usually require you to do some prep work. Leafy greens like spinach and highly-fibrous pieces like carrots and ginger root are totally a go, but chopping them into smaller pieces before inserting them could save you some time (same with whole fruits). One reviewer suggests to go back and forth between wet and dry ingredients to keep the auger lubricated. Needless to say, this ain’t the juicer for newbies.
Standout features:

  • Ultra-slow 47 RPM
  • Single masticating auger
  • Mincer/homogenizer attachment extends possibilities to salsa, frozen sorbets, nut butters, and more
  • Yields more than many centrifugal juicers

Amazon customer Helen Yigit writes:

“This juicer is a monster ! It is very powerful and produces the most juice compared to the other models in its class.
It has a dual blade auger that just crushes large carrots, beats, and it also juices leafy greens like spinach and kale with ease. It has never once jammed or stopped like my friends juicers will sometimes do. It also has a larger feeder tube than most other models. It comes with an additional attachment to make fresh fruit sorbets and almond and other nut butters. It is a great product, I am very happy with it.”


Stylish design and pastel colors • Safety features including no blades • Effective on dry pulp
Accessories have to be hand-washed • Challenging to assemble/reassemble
Beauty truly meets brawn with Hurom’s retro juicer that rocks a lowest-of-the-low RPM.

5. Hurom HP Slow Juicer

Add a splash of pastel with the Hurom Slow Juicer, complete with a super-slow auger and a ton of safety features.

  • Weight:
    9.5 pounds
  • Type:
    Masticating
  • Slowest speed:
    43 RPM
The gist: According to Google’s shopping insights (which tells you the brands customers love most), Hurom is one of the top five brands — giving big players like Omega and Breville a serious run for their money. The HP Slow Juicer is a sturdy contender, made of impact-resistant, BPA-free materials to churn out your concoctions without worrying about it falling apart. Beauty and brawn, baby.
Slow and steady is a legit thing when it comes to cold-press juicers, and the 43 RPM of this juicer will help get the most out of your fruits and veggies. An auger squeezes out juice rather than shredding with high-speed blades. This natural motion minimizes damage to ingredients, keeping natural taste and nutrition intact.
The retro style is clearly the main selling point, so no one will blame you if you want to leave this sitting on your counter as decor. Luckily, it’s quite compact and can be stored easily. If it is sitting out, you’ll appreciate safety features like sensors that only allow it to operate if the chamber is 100% assembled. There’s also a built-in cooling system with vents to prevent overheating, and the chute is designed to keep out small fingers.
Standout features

  • Amazingly slow 43 PM
  • Ejects pulp while it goes
  • Can yield milks, sorbets, and even tofu
  • Safety features to prevent overheating and small fingers in chute

Amazon customer Nichole B. writes:

“Perfect if you are looking for a quality juicer that is simple to clean and have limited counter space. I live in an LA apartment and use this 5 days a week mostly for celery and carrot juice and it works great! Easy to clean compared to most juicers and it comes with the necessary cleaning tools. Be sure to cut everything into small chunks to avoid clogging but if it does stop there is a reverse switch that fixes the problem quickly and efficiently. Clean immerdiately after use to make your life easier! I air dry on a mat on my counter. I love this and have recommended it to friends who are tired of pay $7+ a day for juices in LA. I only juice for myself and sometimes my husband so if you want to juice for more than that, I recommend getting the larger Hurom so you can feed in whole veg as opposed to chopping because that takes a little more effort. But seriously still worth it and was 2 more minutes of chopping? If you can afford to get this one, do it!”


Small and compact • Wide chute • Affordable
Only one speed
For how compact it is, this Breville has a beastly motor and collects pulp better than many others.
The gist: We know, we know—another Breville model. What can we say? We can’t argue with quality, and we certainly don’t think quality should be an issue for those with less counter-space—which is why we give you the Breville BJE200XL Compact Juicer. 
The Breville Compact takes up far less space than other Breville models while still boasting the same juicing capabilities. It has a 700-watt motor and operates at a single speed of 14,000rpm. It has the same extra-wide 3-inch feed chute as the other Breville models, so don’t let its small size fool you—this thing can still take down whole fruits. 
Stand-out features:

  • 700-watt motor
  • 3-inch circular feed tube can process whole fruit
  • Centered dual knife blade assembly with stabilizing knife

Amazon user Pat K writes:

“I kept putting this item in my cart deciding between this one and the next higher version. My friend had the next size but she also has a very large kitchen and plenty of counter space, while me I have 1/4 of the counter space. After about a month in my basket I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did buy this compact version, it’s perfect for me. I make one container full and clean out the where the pulp is stored. It also stores nicely under my cabinet, which the other version would not. Since this is my first juicer, I’m not sure how ‘dry’ the pulp should be but to me it’s pretty dry. Not something that is bone dry but enough that I can probably make a small ball out of the pulp…mind you I haven’t tried it but may. I also juiced Kale and Swiss Chard I saw quite a bit of juice coming out. I did with the recommendation of rolling it up in a small tight ball and it worked. Not sure if it was because the kale and Swiss chard were straight from the garden to the juicer but I definitely did see juice coming out.”


Two speeds and mighty motor provide price extraction • Dishwasher safe • Comes with a 40-ounce pitcher • Little to no clean-up
Vibrates too much • Hard veggies need to be chopped
A no fuss, no muss solution for juicing fruits and veggies, as long as you can deal with the rumbling.
The gist: Buying a juicer doesn’t have to be a black and white thing — meaning beginners shouldn’t get stuck with tiny citrus juicers and seasoned vets shouldn’t get stuck with $400 premium models. This Hamilton Beach model sits on nearly every “best juicers” list on the internet due to the fact that it’s an easy in-and-out job. No prep, quick, effective juicing, and next to no cleanup. What’s not to love?
It cranks out 850 watts of power and has a 3-inch-wide chute that you can fit whole foods into (for example, a whole apple). Stubborn veggies like celery or carrots may need to be chopped for an easier process, but that happens with even the most expensive machines. If you feel your counter vibrating, just know that even though it’s annoying, it doesn’t mean your juicer is about to explode.
All of the juicer’s removable parts are dishwasher safe, which makes clean-up super easy — though it doesn’t make much of a mess to begin with.
Stand-out features:

  • 800-watt motor
  • Makes 24% more juice than competitors, apparently
  • Extra-wide 3-inch chute 
  • Dishwasher safe and comes with patented Easy Sweep Cleaning Tool

Amazon user Cynthia Maples Davis writes: 

“I am in love with this juicer. I’m so glad my old juicer died. 1. it’s so easy to clean. The little scrub brush for the blade is awesome. 2. It’s so easy to take apart and put back together. 3. The shoot is really large. You can put a whole bunch of parsley, celery, whole apples, etc down it. I rarely have to cut anything to fit. 4. The little pitcher that comes with it is awesome. It has a lid that separates any foam that comes through. it holds 40 oz of juice. No more having to dump and keep juicing. 5. The little pour spout, that the juice comes down, can be flipped up so the last few drops don’t fall on the counter top. 6. It’s nice having 2 speeds. I use the lower speed for greens. The machine does have a lot of power, so I keep it on a towel so it doesn’t vibrate away.”


Specifically designed for stubborn veggies • Moderately priced • Slow-push process preserves nutrients • Smaller and lighter than it looks
Time intensive • Can’t juice fruits
This hand-crank juicer is one of the best ways to turn leafy greens like kale, spinach, and wheatgrass into nutritious juice.
The gist: Squeezing leafy greens takes a special amount of care. The Lexen GP27 is the way to *manually* do just that. This juicer is the solution for those that don’t want to lay out hundreds for an expensive masticating juicer, but also don’t want to settle for a cheap, crummy manual model. 
As the folks at The Healthy Juicer say, this thing was designed to be “simple, mobile, versatile, and easy to clean.” Simple is right. To use, just put a juice cup under the spout, place your greens into the chute, and start churning. 
Cleaning this thing is a breeze, since all you have to do is unscrew the parts, rinse them off in the sink, and boom—you’re done. Thanks to its high juice-yield and cold-press technology, you can rest assured your greens will be nutrient-packed to the max. 
Stand-out features:

  • Manual hand-crank method allows you to have a say in texture
  • Maximum nutrients and enzyme preservation via cold-press processing
  • Sturdy, quality manufacturing

Amazon user Sherry writes:

“Love it, love it, love it. Why’d I wait so long??? I love everything about this juicer (except maybe the extra time it takes to make all that juice from the leafy greens, but you know what, it’s time well spent because it’s SO relaxing watching healthy juice being created as you spin the lever). I’m ditching my centrifugal juicer forever. I set up the base of this unit on my counter permanently which means about a 1 minute set up time (and probably 2-3 minutes to take apart and rinse off). Unlike the bigger, heavier juicers, these smaller pieces are so easy to wash and manage and store, light and small it all fits in a drawer and doesn’t take up half of my cabinet space. And it juices most everything. I make citrus juice, cucumber/celerey juice, etc. I get about 1 cup of spinach juice from those 1lb. containers, than I freeze the spinach fiber in tablespoon sizes and throw in my smoothies (especially good with bananas) or in my soups/stocks/eggs. As for the turning of the lever, you will turn it for a while, more than you’d like to in this fast paced society, but it is effortless and like I said, fun to watch the juice produce through the clear plastic cylinder. Time passes quickly. I imagine too that the more I do this the quicker I’ll become. It also pieces together with such ease and safety (so great for kids!!!)…”


From a very trusted name • Modern design with stainless steel reamer • Straightforward process and no extra parts
Expensive for a manual juicer • Fruits only
If you crave OJ from summer carnivals all year round, this hand-operated juicer will be refreshing.
The gist: If you immediately think “Jamba Juice” when you see this juicer, good call. It’s the brainchild of the widely-known juice chain, and provides the authentic experience of hand-pressing citrus fruits — can lemonade stands make a comeback now? Since Jamba Juice knows a thing or two about juicing, they made sure to give this baby a sleek and easy-to-use design and a heavy-duty metal construction. Although this juicer is manual, it does the heavy lifting for you.
This basically eliminates the need for electricity. It comes with an impressive and ergonomic handle, so you can press even the toughest fruits like pomegranates to maximize juice output, while it can also separate seeds and pulp from the delicious juice. The Jamba Juicer comes with a few little extra goodies, like a recipe book filled with juice and pulp recipes and a five-year warranty. 
Stand-out features:

  • Easy-grip handle
  • Removable parts for cleaning
  • A modern and clean design
  • Comes with full-color recipe book with juice and pulp recipes

What Amazon users have to say: Amazon user CLM1966 writes:

“My husband and I drink a lot of homemade lemonade made with lemons, water, and stevia. I used to spend 15 minutes hand juicing 8 lemons and I thought I was going to twist my arm off. With Jamba, my juice is finished in less than 5 minutes with very little effort. I discovered if I try to press too hard my juice tastes a little bitter because I was actually juicing the rind. So now I let the weight of the machine do most of the work and each lemon seems to be juiced completely. Clean up is very fast, only 4 parts. I love my new Jamba juicer!”


Stainless steel looks more expensive than it is • No pushing by hand • Effective reamer cycle • Compact for low counter space
Trips up with larger batches • Seeds slip through pulp control • No built-in bowl
Unlike most budget juicers, this one tackles fruits without pushing by hand — just double strain your pulp.
The gist: Mini citrus juicers (the ones that look more like food processors) are cute and all, but having to push the fruit in takes too much effort for anything past a casual weekend lemonade. The Cuisinart Pulp Control Citrus Juicer is a happy medium between machines for beginners and $400 ones, and it’s one of Amazon’s best-selling citrus juicers.
This is called a “citrus juicer” for a reason, guys. Shoving kale or apples in here is just going to get you a clogged machine and chunky results. You’ve been warned.
However, for small batches, the electric reamer really does a number on oranges, grapefruits, and more. Switching to the spin or centrifugal cycle does a decent job of pulling juice from the pulp, but seeds seem to sneak through and it’s not great with peels. If you do it right, 400 mL of juice is yours in just a few minutes.
Standout features:

  • Auto-reversing universal juicer cone
  • Adjustable reamer with three pulp control settings
  • Final spin feature is activated by the lid and does one last squeeze on the remaining pulp
  • Snap-out spout to prevent dripping

Amazon customer Jacob writes:

“This citrus juicer has already paid for itself. We have used it quite a bit since we bought it, and if you do the math on how much you save on fresh squeezed orange juice, this juicer is a no-brainer. We like to buy fresh squeezed orange juice when we have orange juice around the house, but it can be expensive. The amount of money we have saved on OJ has paid for this juicer already. It juices lemons and limes very well, too. The pulp control feature is useful, but it does not completely strain all of the pulp from the product. I love pulp, so for me that is not an issue. This machine requires moderate amounts of pressure to use it, so it may not be suitable for those who have arthritis in their hands.”


Adjustable pulp control • No learning curve • Convenient measuring marks on container • Container doubles as a pitcher
Does require manual effort • Limited to citrus fruits
All this mini (albeit slightly limiting) electric juicer takes is a slight push of your hand.

11. Black+Decker Citrus Juicer (CJ650W)

Instead of taking 10 minutes to get out and set up, this baby juicer is ready to go and simple to use.

  • Weight:
    1.75 pounds
  • Type:
    Masticating
  • Motor:
    85 watt
The gist: Small, quick, and no extra parts needed. This no-frills juicer is perfect for beginners and people who don’t want more than a basic fruity concoction.
To use, just push your citrus fruit of choice onto the cone and let it get to work. The self-reversing cone ensures that you’ll get the absolute most juice out of your fruits by switching directions mid-juice. The 32-ounce pitcher comes with convenient measurement marks and will make up to a quarter-gallon of the good stuff. 
You can even adjust the amount of pulp you let into your juice using the Adjustable Pulp Control. The container doubles as a pitcher, so your contents can go straight into a glass.
Stand-out features:

  • Easy-pour spout
  • Adjustable pulp control 
  • Pressure activated

Amazon user Auntie Liz writes:

“This is an easy to use, easy to clean citrus juicer that I wish I had bought 25 years ago! It is versatile (will juice small fruit like limes or large fruit such as Meyer lemons and even relatively small grapefruit. There is an adjustment allowing a little or a large amount of pulp to go through with the juice. It is well made and requires only a small space for storage. I will be buying oranges by the bag to have fresh juice. Probably my favorite small appliance.”

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The White House celebrated economic growth numbers for the third quarter released on Thursday, even as Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s presidential campaign sought to throw cold water on the report — the last major data release leading up to the Nov. 3 election — and warned that the economic recovery was losing steam.

The economy grew at a record pace last quarter, but the upswing was a partial bounce-back after an enormous decline and left the economy smaller than it was before the pandemic. The White House took no notice of those glum caveats.

“This record economic growth is absolute validation of President Trump’s policies, which create jobs and opportunities for Americans in every corner of the country,” Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign said in a statement, highlighting a rebound of 33.1 percent at an annualized rate. Mr. Trump heralded the data on Twitter, posting that he was “so glad” that the number had come out before Election Day.

The annualized rate that the White House emphasized extrapolates growth numbers as if the current pace held up for a year, and risks overstating big swings. Because the economy’s growth has been so volatile amid the pandemic, economists have urged focusing on quarterly numbers.

Those showed a 7.4 percent gain in the third quarter. That rebound, by far the biggest since reliable statistics began after World War II, still leaves the economy short of its pre-pandemic levels. The pace of recovery has also slowed, and now coronavirus cases are rising again across much of the United States, raising the prospect of further pullback.

“The recovery is stalling out, thanks to Trump’s refusal to have a serious plan to deal with Covid or to pass a new economic relief plan for workers, small businesses and communities,” Mr. Biden’s campaign said in a release ahead of Thursday’s report. The rebound was widely expected, and the campaign characterized it as “a partial return from a catastrophic hit.”

Economists have warned that the recovery could face serious roadblocks ahead. Temporary measures meant to shore up households and businesses — including unemployment insurance supplements and forgivable loans — have run dry. Swaths of the service sector remain shut down as the virus continues to spread, and job losses that were temporary are increasingly turning permanent.

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The surge in economic output in the third quarter set a record, but the recovery isn’t reaching everyone.

Economists have long warned that aggregate statistics like gross domestic product can obscure important differences beneath the surface. In the aftermath of the last recession, for example, G.D.P. returned to its previous level in early 2011, even as poverty rates remained high and the unemployment rate for Black Americans was above 15 percent.

Aggregate statistics could be even more misleading during the current crisis. The job losses in the initial months of the pandemic disproportionately struck low-wage service workers, many of them Black and Hispanic women. Service-sector jobs have been slow to return, while school closings are keeping many parents, especially mothers, from returning to work. Nearly half a million Hispanic women have left the labor force over the last three months.

“If we’re thinking that the economy is recovering completely and uniformly, that is simply not the case,” said Michelle Holder, an economist at John Jay College in New York. “This rebound is unevenly distributed along racial and gender lines.”

The G.D.P. report released Thursday doesn’t break down the data by race, sex or income. But other sources make the disparities clear. A pair of studies by researchers at the Urban Institute released this week found that Black and Hispanic adults were more likely to have lost jobs or income since March, and were twice as likely as white adults to experience food insecurity in September.

The financial impact of the pandemic hit many of the families that were least able to afford it, even as white-collar workers were largely spared, said Michael Karpman, an Urban Institute researcher and one of the studies’ authors.

“A lot of people who were already in a precarious position before the pandemic are now in worse shape, whereas people who were better off have generally been faring better financially,” he said.

Federal relief programs, such as expanded unemployment benefits, helped offset the damage for many families in the first months of the pandemic. But those programs have mostly ended, and talks to revive them have stalled in Washington. With virus cases surging in much of the country, Mr. Karpman warned, the economic toll could increase.

“There could be a lot more hardship coming up this winter if there’s not more relief from Congress, with the impact falling disproportionately on Black and Hispanic workers and their families,” he said.

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Ant Challenged Beijing and Prospered. Now It Toes the Line.

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As Jack Ma of Alibaba helped turn China into the world’s biggest e-commerce market over the past two decades, he was also vowing to pull off a more audacious transformation.

“If the banks don’t change, we’ll change the banks,” he said in 2008, decrying how hard it was for small businesses in China to borrow from government-run lenders.

“The financial industry needs disrupters,” he told People’s Daily, the official Communist Party newspaper, a few years later. His goal, he said, was to make banks and other state-owned enterprises “feel unwell.”

The scope of Mr. Ma’s success is becoming clearer. The vehicle for his financial-technology ambitions, an Alibaba spinoff called Ant Group, is preparing for the largest initial public offering on record. Ant is set to raise $34 billion by selling its shares to the public in Hong Kong and Shanghai, according to stock exchange documents released on Monday. After the listing, Ant would be worth around $310 billion, much more than many global banks.

The company is going public not as a scrappy upstart, but as a leviathan deeply dependent on the good will of the government Mr. Ma once relished prodding.

More than 730 million people use Ant’s Alipay app every month to pay for lunch, invest their savings and shop on credit. Yet Alipay’s size and importance have made it an inevitable target for China’s regulators, which have already brought its business to heel in certain areas.

These days, Ant talks mostly about creating partnerships with big banks, not disrupting or supplanting them. Several government-owned funds and institutions are Ant shareholders and stand to profit handsomely from the public offering.

The question now is how much higher Ant can fly without provoking the Chinese authorities into clipping its wings further.

Excitable investors see Ant as a buzzy internet innovator. The risk is that it becomes more like a heavily regulated “financial digital utility,” said Fraser Howie, the co-author of “Red Capitalism: The Fragile Financial Foundation of China’s Extraordinary Rise.”

“Utility stocks, as far as I remember, were not the ones to be seen as the most exciting,” Mr. Howie said.

Ant declined to comment, citing the quiet period demanded by regulators before its share sale.

The company has played give-and-take with Beijing for years. As smartphone payments became ubiquitous in China, Ant found itself managing huge piles of money in Alipay users’ virtual wallets. The central bank made it park those funds in special accounts where they would earn minimal interest.

After people piled into an easy-to-use investment fund inside Alipay, the government forced the fund to shed risk and lower returns. Regulators curbed a plan to use Alipay data as the basis for a credit-scoring system akin to Americans’ FICO scores.

China’s Supreme Court this summer capped interest rates for consumer loans, though it was unclear how the ceiling would apply to Ant. The central bank is preparing a new virtual currency that could compete against Alipay and another digital wallet, the messaging app WeChat, as an everyday payment tool.

Ant has learned ways of keeping the authorities on its side. Mr. Ma once boasted at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, about never taking money from the Chinese government. Today, funds associated with China’s social security system, its sovereign wealth fund, a state-owned life insurance company and the national postal carrier hold stakes in Ant. The I.P.O. is likely to increase the value of their holdings considerably.

“That’s how the state gets its payoff,” Mr. Howie said. With Ant, he said, “the line between state-owned enterprise and private enterprise is highly, highly blurred.”

China, in less than two generations, went from having a state-planned financial system to being at the global vanguard of internet finance, with trillions of dollars in transactions being made on mobile devices each year. Alipay had a lot to do with it.

Alibaba created the service in the early 2000s to hold payments for online purchases in escrow. Its broader usefulness quickly became clear in a country that mostly missed out on the credit card era. Features were added and users piled in. It became impossible for regulators and banks not to see the app as a threat.

ImageAnt Group’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China.
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A big test came when Ant began making an offer to Alipay users: Park your money in a section of the app called Yu’ebao, which means “leftover treasure,” and we will pay you more than the low rates fixed by the government at banks.

People could invest as much or as little as they wanted, making them feel like they were putting their pocket change to use. Yu’ebao was a hit, becoming one of the world’s largest money market funds.

The banks were terrified. One commentator for a state broadcaster called the fund a “vampire” and a “parasite.”

Still, “all the main regulators remained unanimous in saying that this was a positive thing for the Chinese financial system,” said Martin Chorzempa, a research fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington.

“If you can’t actually reform the banks,” Mr. Chorzempa said, “you can inject more competition.”

But then came worries about shadowy, unregulated corners of finance and the dangers they posed to the wider economy. Today, Chinese regulators are tightening supervision of financial holding companies, Ant included. Beijing has kept close watch on the financial instruments that small lenders create out of their consumer loans and sell to investors. Such securities help Ant fund some of its lending. But they also amplify the blowup if too many of those loans aren’t repaid.

“Those kinds of derivative products are something the government is really concerned about,” said Tian X. Hou, founder of the research firm TH Data Capital. Given Ant’s size, she said, “the government should be concerned.”

The broader worry for China is about growing levels of household debt. Beijing wants to cultivate a consumer economy, but excessive borrowing could eventually weigh on people’s spending power. The names of two of Alipay’s popular credit functions, Huabei and Jiebei, are jaunty invitations to spend and borrow.

Huang Ling, 22, started using Huabei when she was in high school. At the time, she didn’t qualify for a credit card. With Huabei’s help, she bought a drone, a scooter, a laptop and more.

The credit line made her feel rich. It also made her realize that if she actually wanted to be rich, she had to get busy.

“Living beyond my means forced me to work harder,” Ms. Huang said.

First, she opened a clothing shop in her hometown, Nanchang, in southeastern China. Then she started an advertising company in the inland metropolis of Chongqing. When the business needed cash, she borrowed from Jiebei.

Online shopping became a way to soothe daily anxieties, and Ms. Huang sometimes racked up thousands of dollars in Huabei bills, which only made her even more anxious. When the pandemic slammed her business, she started falling behind on her payments. That cast her into a deep depression.

Finally, early this month, with her parents’ help, she paid off her debts and closed her Huabei and Jiebei accounts. She felt “elated,” she said.

China’s recent troubles with freewheeling online loan platforms have put the government under pressure to protect ordinary borrowers.

Ant is helped by the fact that its business lines up with many of the Chinese leadership’s priorities: encouraging entrepreneurship and financial inclusion, and expanding the middle class. This year, the company helped the eastern city of Hangzhou, where it is based, set up an early version of the government’s app-based system for dictating coronavirus quarantines.

Such coziness is bound to raise hackles overseas. In Washington, Chinese tech companies that are seen as close to the government are radioactive.

In January 2017, Eric Jing, then Ant’s chief executive, said the company aimed to be serving two billion users worldwide within a decade. Shortly after, Ant announced that it was acquiring the money transfer company MoneyGram to increase its U.S. footprint. By the following January, the deal was dead, thwarted by data security concerns.

More recently, top officials in the Trump administration have discussed whether to place Ant Group on the so-called entity list, which prohibits foreign companies from purchasing American products. Officials from the State Department have suggested that an interagency committee, which also includes officials from the departments of defense, commerce and energy, review Ant for the potential entity listing, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Ant does not talk much anymore about expanding in the United States.

Ana Swanson contributed reporting.

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