by Garrick Dee
Updated December 14th, 2018
When I was still using a centrifugal juicer, I noticed that it was really loud and didn’t yield too much juice.
I could barely hear my wife talk whenever I used it.
With the Hurom HU-100, this is no longer an issue because it is quiet enough to use without worrying about waking everyone up in the morning with its patented slow squeeze system.
Hurom says that this will extract 35% more juice compared to other brands.
Should we believe this claim? Let’s find out…
What the heck is slow squeeze?
To understand this feature, you’ll have to know how it works.
When you drop in let’s say a slice of apple, the “blade” part of the auger chops it to a smaller chunk in preparation to what happens next.
Chunks of apple pass through a narrowing pathway between the auger and strainer.
Juice flows on one side and pulp on the other.
The fact of the matter is all slow juicers work using the same principle and this is just a marketing term by Hurom.
Features at a glance
- Uses cold press technology to extract juice
- 10 year warranty on the motor / 1 year for the parts
- Ultem auger and strainer (8 times harder than regular plastic)
- Has a built-in handle that makes it easier to carry
- Comes with a 32 ounce pulp and juice catcher (no strainer included)
- Capable of juicing a variety of produce from fruits to leafy greens
- 80 rpm
- 2.5″ x 1.5″ feed chute
- BPA free
- Cack resistant Ultem strainer and screen
- Handle helps make it easy to move around
- Not very noisy
- Short warranty on the parts
- You still need to cut fibrous greens
- Expect a pulpy juice – you’ll need a sieve
- White finish will stain easily
The pulp left is one of the driest out of all the juicers in the market. It won’t be as dry as a press juicer but its close.
You can take the pulp and run it through again to extract more and it won’t yield as much (I’ve tried it).
Another feature that helps the HU-100 extract more is two spinning silicone wiper blades that wipes pulp off the outer wall of the strainer that could potentially clog if it wasn’t there.
…A wide variety of produce that includes leafy greens, fruit and hard vegetables like carrot.
If you’re juicing leafy greens combine it with a non-fibrous ingredient like carrot or zucchini to help push it out the ejector.
How about wheatgrass?
Despite some claims that it cannot, you will be able to juice wheatgrass, just pre-cut it into 1” – 2” long pieces before dropping it into the feed chute.
You’ll notice that I’ll make a squeaking sound, that’s because of friction. This video shows you a workaround for that…
Don’t throw in hard stuff like sugar cane or avocado seeds or the mesh screen will break and void the warranty.
This machine will only extract juice and nothing else unlike an Omega NC800 that can do other stuff like make baby food or crush coffee beans.
On a side note, juice from this machine will be pulp. So make sure to use a sieve or strainer to remove excess pulp If you want a smooth drink.
The HU-100 does not come with a strainer so you’ll have to buy one separately.
The slow rotating auger only spins at 80 rpm so very little air will go into the juice. Less air means less oxidation so you will be able to store this longer compared to juice coming from a centrifugal juicer.
Some say that you have to drinking it within the day, others say 48 hours max, while others have claimed to store their juice as much as a week frozen.
Drink it fresh
I would not recommend freezing juice then thawing it afterwards because the thawing process will kill the nutrients that you’d want in the first place.
I’d recommend that you drink juice immediate after extraction so that your body will absorb the most nutrients possible.
For folks who are busy, what you can do is prepare a larger batch and store it in mason jars.
You’ll be able to store juice for up to 3 days, as long as its refrigerated.
The feed chute on this one is much larger than the Omega 8006 I reviewed. It has a crescent shape, measuring 2.25” x 1.25” so there will be less pre-cutting compared to a horizontal auger style juicer.
Take note that if you’re putting in fibrous stuff such as celery or chard, you’ll need to chop it to shorter 1/4″ to 1/2″ bits so it doesn’t clog the pulp ejector (which is a common problem).
This is an issue with all vertical juicers because the pulp ejection port is narrow. Chopping is a necessary step to prevent this from happening.
For harder ingredients like beet, chop it into smaller chunks so it puts less stress on the strainer.
With beet, I’d cut it into quarters, then halve those quarters so depending on the size of the beet, you’ll end up with roughly 2″ chunks.
If you mix in leafy greens, dense vegetables like carrot and some fruit, you could extract quite a bit but if you’re juicing only leafy greens like wheatgrass or collard greens.
It’ll extract less than a horizontal auger type juicer because it needs something dense like a carrot to push out pulp from leafy greens.
If you’re looking to juice mostly leafy greens, we’d recommend the more efficient Omega 8000-series.
You’ll have seven parts to clean up, the feed chute/cover, bowl, auger, strainer, silicon wiper, pulp catcher and juice catcher so there isn’t much to wash.
Just remember to scrub the strainer well (outer wall first then inner wall) with the brush so that pulp does not dry and clog it.
It is advertised as “self-cleaning” by just running water through the feed chute but I’d recommend that you disassemble then rinse it thoroughly using the brush as running water alone will not be enough to dislodge pulp, particularly inside the ejector chute.
Is it dishwasher safe?
Nope, you’ll have to hand wash this, but it only takes than 5 minutes with the proper technique.
The HU-100 is a what you call a horizontal auger juicer.
The auger is positioned vertically as opposed to horizontally in older juicers like the Omega 8004 and 8006 that derived their design from meat grinders.
It is a revolutionary design as it reduced the storage footprint by almost half while still maintaining efficiency extracting juice.
Hurom closed down its US store sometime in 2010 and has outsourced their aftersales to another company, Roland Products Inc.
The motor has a 10-year warranty but the other parts such as strainer, bowl, wiper and auger will only have a two year warranty (according to Hurom USA) so this is something to think about before buying this product.
If you’re looking to buy this, I’d recommend getting the Omega VRT which has the full 10 year warranty on the motor AND parts.
The Omega VRT330S would be a better option because of the warranty.
Even though it is more expensive, it is better value for money in my opinion because if something breaks within the warranty period, just call Omega and they’ll replace that part for you free of charge.
Yes it is BPA free.
This juicer is relatively quiet and you don’t have to worry about waking anybody up. I don’t know how loud this is but you can have a conversation while using this.
Units from Amazon or any North American retail store will be compatible with 110 volt outlets.
If you live outside the United States and want a 220 volt version, look for the HA-10 which is the 220 volt version of the HU-100.
Unfortunately, after doing a search in Amazon, it isn’t available.
This uses a single phase induction motor that uses only 150 watts which rotates at a quiet 80 rpm that minimizes introduction of air into juice and lessens oxidation.
Maximum continuous use?
Don’t leave it on for more than 30-minutes straight or you’ll burn out the motor.
- 6.8” x 15.9” x 9.8” (width x height x depth)
- Weighs around 13.4 pounds
- Cleaning brush
- Bowl with built-in extraction plug
- Motor base
- 2 stage GE Ultem strainer
- 2 32-ounce juice catchers
- Strainer holder with 2 silicon wiper blades
- Recipe book
- Instruction DVD and Manual
A lot of people like how the HU-100 performed. It’s easy to use, quiet and more efficient compared to a loud centrifugal extractor.
Jack of all trades
One consumer summed it up well in one phrase, “it juices everything perfectly”. Another positive was the relatively dry pulp, you’d have to squeeze it really hard to get any more juice out of it.
There are complains about clogging and pulpy juice. But that’s a result of not cutting fibrous greens into smaller chunks that clogs the smallish ejector.
My personal juicer is an HA-100 which is basically the same as the HU-100 (the 220-volt version).
I made the same mistake of not cutting highly fibrous spinach stems that ultimately clogged the ejector.
The juice that came out was very pulpy because liquid wasn’t going out of the bowl fast enough as it normally would so there was a backlog of juice inside the bowl that also had pulp in it.
So I had to dissemble it and pull out the clogged fibers, clean then put it back together again.
I later found out from John Kohler that you need to pre-cut fibrous greens to avoid this problem.
As long as it doesn’t clog, you don’t disrupt the flow of liquid and it won’t get pulpy. If you juice fruit like orange or strawberry, expect a pulpier output.
Difficult to clean
There were also complaints about how difficult it was to clean, particularly the pulp ejector where there will be accumulation of pulp. As long as you pre-cut fibrous greens, it won’t clog.
Before cleaning the bowl, remove the silicon plug that covers from the pulp ejector, you can find that underneath the bowl.
You use the chisel side of the brush to scoop out excess pulp and run water through it.
With the right cleaning technique cleaning will take less than 10 minutes.
In older reviews, there were complains about the strainer cracking but take note that newer versions use the crack resistant Ultem strainer that should be able to withstand every day wear and tear of juicing.
You can buy this juicer from Amazon but it isn’t brand new.
Hurom has several new juicers in their product line like the HP series which is in the same price range as the HU-100. These new juicers are eligible to Amazon’s free 2-day shipping if you join Prime.
You can also purchase extended warranties of up to 4 years if you want that extra peace of mind.
The Hurom HU-100 is a great choice for people looking for their first juicer and willing to invest a little for a quality product.
I have a similar model juicer that I picked over the Omega 8006 because it had a smaller footprint.
It comes with an improved Ultem strainer and auger that is stronger and more crack resistant.
Warranty is only very short (1 year). Omega and Kuvings have longer warranties.
So if you’re concerned with that, I’d recommend the Omega VRT that has a 10 year warranty on parts and motor.
You’ll have to spend a little bit more though.