>> Friday, January 28, 2011
I thought it appropriate to come back and describe my experience with the Hurom Slow Juicer (see my previous review), now that we've been using it at our house for many months. By now, the honeymoon has worn off, but fortunately the love is still there. Even though the cracks and stains are showing a little bit, I look forward every morning to waking up and making a new juice in this very easy-to-use and thorough juicer.
We have discovered the long term pros and cons, and overall we still think this is our favorite juicer, of all that we've tried. When juicing, we tend to chop almost everything up ahead of time - and the "stringier" the item to be juiced, the smaller the pieces. One of the (very minor) downsides is that the waste-output spigot tends to get clogged by such things; celery, ginger, or pineapple, for example. That being said, it almost never stops completely and remains usable until you're done juicing. I do recall two times where my wife was able to stop it, so much that it was rather hard to even take the machine apart, but I believe that was when she was trying to run some raspberries through it.
It seems surprising to me that any juicer manufacturer these days would use a white plastic to build their products, considering how easily carrots, beets, and other colorful fruits and vegetables tend to stain them. The Hurom is no different. Although the containers that the waste and juice pour into are appropriately tan-colored, there are two pieces of our juicer that once were white, but no longer. This is not a big deal; with some work, it's possible to get those stains out, but usually we just live with it. It doesn't affect the quality of the juice.
The piece of plastic that holds the meshes through which the items are pressed has begun to crack a little bit, and that disappoints me most. It implies that eventually it will break beyond usage, and I also worry whether this might create any sort of mold in the crack itself. We clean it as much as we can by hand, under hot water, as I guess that's all we can do.
The bottom of the presser also has a slight tendency to leak; there is a rubber stopper that you can pull out for easier cleaning. At first, we kept forgetting to plug it back in after rinsing, and then it really leaked! But usually it only leaks if we don't fasten it all the way - so we're blaming this one on user error.
That's about the worst of it, I think. Even considering the prepwork of chopping the items to be put in, I still think it's actually as fast or faster than any regular juicer, and it's still more thorough in extracting juice. Oh - it isn't "foam free" as the advertising might lead you to believe; that's dependent upon the foods you put in. For example, we had some apples that had gone soft, and when we tried to juice those, they came out as apple sauce no matter what we did.
We also like to send the foods through the juicer two or three times - but we'd probably do that even if we had some of those thousands-of-dollar machines, too. It really is amazing how little pulp is left over when you're all done, even without multiple pressings.
So in short, we're still very glad to have and use the Hurom, it's still very easy to use, and it still produces more juice than our other centrifugal juicers. It still gets the thumbs-up from us.