It looks like a centrifugal juicer, but it’s not, and with a price tag of $300 on Amazon, the Hurom HU-100 masticating juicer faces some stiff competition from the excellent Omega J8006 . Can Hurom stand up to its cheaper rival? Let’s find out.
A single auger, double squeeze style towering masticating juicer, the Hurom HU-100 can easily be mistaken for a small centrifugal at first sight. However, a closer look and it becomes obvious that’s not the case. With two opposing spouts designated to handle pulp and yield, Hurom have come up with an easier to pack and carry form-factor that will come in handy if mobility is an important issue.
The juicer itself sports a wider-mouthed chute (but small spout) than most of its counterparts, alongside a tight fitting plunger and special two-way swiping technology that produces higher yield and drier pulp.
And yes, the special screen and its wiper system does actually work very well when it comes to ensuring you can juice for longer without having to worry about backed up pulp clogging the filter.
The box comes with a very useful cleaning brush, a screen for fruits, manual and a DVD. As always, every part other than the two screens are dishwasher safe, however, minor cracks do appear on the screens after a few uses.
This is expected and not something to freak out about, however, if the cracks become worse and the machine fails to work properly, then it’s time to use the warranty. Which is about 10-years on the 1st generation models, and a very miserly 1-year on second generation and beyond. The version reviewed and linked here comes with a decade long warranty.
Please take great care to thoroughly wash a used screen, directly after juicing is done, using the provided brus as dried up pulp can snowball into a nightmare very quickly.
Assembling the Hurom HU-100 was pretty easy, and essentially just involves the same mechanics featured in Russian dolls — adding similarly shaped parts into bigger similarly shaped parts. The pieces need to be added on precise points, but two red dots and a few gray arrows handily point them out.
The build quality is almost pure plastic, and while it feels smooth and well put together, there is a slight air of cheapness to the whole build. The Omega feels a lot more premium. There is no special anti-drip technology or design, so please do not forget to keep a paper towel under the juice spout.
Just like any other masticating juicer out there, the Hurom produces good quality juice and a very dry pulp, nothing new or surprising there. Stuff like oranges, tangerines and lemons all managed to juice with their peels intact, and so did mango and pineapple. However, we tried some smaller herbs and fruits this time around, and the Hurom didn’t perform very well. Grapes, strawberries and other berries all did fine, however.
Stuff like basil, passion fruit, cilantro and fennel seeds produced an anemic yield, which we didn’t expect. However, traditional leafy greens such as spinach, kale, lettuce and wheatgrass all juiced perfectly fine, no complaints there.
Our tests with coffee beans backfired, and we honestly believe this thing cannot process dough or pasta as well as the Omega can. And while we had mild success with peanuts–it was just that — mild.
Juice kept well in the fridge for two days, no problem. On the third day however…oxidation took a serious toll on a Hurom squeezed drink we made out of apples, lemons, cucumber and some ginger. An important note to keep in mind when juicing with the Hurom, only add more fruit once you see the previous batch disappear inside the chute; it tends to clog up easily of overloaded.
The Hurom HU-100 weighs a solid 20 pounds (that’s two pounds over the Omega J8006), and sports dimensions of 9.8 x 6.8 x 15.8 inches. The motor rotates at a stately 80 RPM, finely taking around five-seconds to start producing the first stream of juice. Although we found on, reverse and off buttons, there wasn’t a child safety button to be found anywhere –while the plugin cable is a little longer than one meter.
The Hurom HU-100 fought a valiant battle against the Omega J8006, but the Omega’s price and functionality were just too much for it. However, the Hurom is not a bad masticating juicer by any means, there are just cheaper ones out there that perform a bit better. The Hurom is a perfectly respectable choice for daily juicing, and did very well on kale and other greens.
The Hurom HU-100 is a guilt free choice for anyone who doesn’t like the Omega’s form-factor, but just remember to use the Hurom gently and wash it well and often; it can’t take as much abuse as the Omega does.