I love juice, but I also like to have smoothies once in a while.
If you’re in the same boat as I am but don’t want to buy to machines for two different tasks, then the HH-series from Hurom could be the juicer you are looking for.
Hurom has taken the widely popular HU-100 (at least in Asia) and improved it by adding a juice tap, an adjustable pulp control lever and a couple of cleaning brushes.
The adjustable pulp control lever is what makes this machine capable of making sorbets according to Hurom but can it replace a blender?
Let’s find out.
A quick look at the features of the Hurom HH Series
- Capable of not only juicing fruits and vegetables but also peanuts, soy and it can make baby food
- Pulp control lever allows users to adjust the level of pulpiness
- Capable of making smoothies
- 150-watt motor
- 10-year warranty on the motor, two years on the parts
- Auger spins at a nice and slow 80 rpm
- 2″ x 1.5″ crescent shape feed chute
- BPA free components
- 15.7″ tall
- More than a juicer – you can make smoothies and nut butter
- Newly improved cleaning brushes make it easier to clean nooks and crannies
- Long warranty on the motor
- Magnetic juicing bowl make this easy to attach and remove from the base
- Short warranty on the operational parts (2 years)
- Not a replacement for a blender
- Small feed chute
- Narrow pulp ejection port means you’ll have to chop fibrous greens like celery
One of the biggest improvements Hurom made with this is the addition of a juice tap, it may not be a significant technological innovation, but this simple add-on prevents leaks on your table which can be a nuisance over time.
Another improvement is the adjustable pulp control lever that allows users to completely shut off the pulp ejection port which allows this to make sorbets and almond milk.
Watch this video by Raw Nutrition to see the features…
…Fruits and vegetables, frozen or fresh. The HH-series makes it possible for you to not only make fresh juices like the older HU-100 but also combine it with frozen fruit for that added twist in your recipe.
There are some fruits like avocado that you cannot juice, so you need to peel it, chop it up into smaller 1” to 2” chunks and freeze it then add it to whatever juice recipe you are making.
If you want something a bit spicier, then try frozen banana, carrot and ginger.
This will not replace a blender when it comes to smoothies because it won’t be able to grind large amounts of frozen stuff well.
For making smoothies, blenders are still the best tool for the job.
Check out this almond milk recipe, again from Raw Nutrition.
With a slow juicer like this, you can store juice for a couple of days provided that you store it properly, meaning you have to put it on a mason jar filled to the brim, so there are no air pockets inside. Don’t forget to refrigerate it.
In terms of extracting juice from leafy greens, this will do a better job compared to a fast centrifugal juicer, as much as 30% more based on tests done by Hurom themselves.
But compared to other masticating juicers, it’s pretty close.
Here’s Raw Nutrition comparing this with the Kuvings Whole slow juicer juicing carrots.
Kuvings ended up extracting 50ml more than the Hurom, and both produced roughly the same amount of pulp after running juice through the strainer.
Another juice-off, this time with the Omega VRT400…
This time the Hurom managed to extract close to 500ml of juice from 2 pounds of carrots, which is more than the Omega but it also produced more pulp.
Now, this is just a comparison juicing carrots, results will vary with other products but this is an excellent baseline to give you an idea of how it will perform in terms of yield for hard ingredients.
Hurom decreased the size of the feed chute on this model by almost an inch.
Why they did this, I can’t understand this reasoning other than possibly wanting consumers to do more pre-cutting.
And as you’d expect consumers weren’t happy.
Not really, with the improved brush designs, easy to remove the juicing bowl and proper technique, it’ll take probably 5 to 10 minutes to clean this, a little bit more if you want to be thorough.
Nope, it is not. It’ll be better to wash this by hand anyway as will all slow juicers because you’ll need to scrub the juicing screen to remove all excess pulp.
This is a vertical auger style juicer. The auger sits vertically on top of a motor base.
Yes, Hurom confirms that this is BPA free.
Compared to a centrifugal juicer that’s as loud as a vacuum this juicer is quiet. Your toddler won’t freak out even if you’re using this machine in the morning.
If you buy this in Amazon, you’ll get the 110-volt variant. A 220-volt variant is also available for those who live outside North America.
The HH series uses a 150 watt AC induction motor which is pretty efficient when you compare it to traditional juicers that use close to 1,000 watts.
The auger spins at just 80rpm, so there is very minimal oxidation.
- 6.4” x 15.7” x 9.8” (width x height x depth)
- Weighs around 14.77 pounds
In addition to the items listed above, this comes with a 100-page recipe booklet (in color).
Consumers who like this product liked how it extracted more compared to a centrifugal juicer. It’s much efficient and won’t produce as much noise. Another plus point is the versatility – this machine can make almond milk and smoothies (to some extent).
The complaints are the typical complaints you’ll find in this type of juicer.
Another complaint is how it struggled with ingredients like celery. This is an issue with all vertical slow juicers like this because of the narrow pulp ejection port. You’ll need to chop stuff like celery before juicing it.
Overall this got a decent rating with most consumers satisfied with how it performed, but there’s nothing special.
Nonetheless, a solid juicer that is capable of making almond milk and allows you to mix in some frozen fruit into your recipe which are nice features to have.
This juicer is available in Amazon for just under $400 brand new. If you think the warranty is short, you can avail of the extended warranty in Amazon for up to 4 years. You can also get 2-day free shipping if you join Prime.
This juicer would be great for people looking to incorporate some frozen fruit into their juices for an added twist without the need to bring out the blender.
This is the only compelling reason I see to buy this.
While Hurom says this can make smoothies, don’t expect it to perform as well as a blender.
If you feed ingredients in too fast, it’ll get jammed up because it is a slow juicer – you need to take your time.
The capability of making almond milk is another plus for this juicer, so if you’re looking to make this, then this would be a good choice, but other vertical juicer brands are cheaper like the Nutriteam or Fagor that would do as good a job in terms of extracting juice.