As a health freak one day you’ll wake up to realize your kitchen got smaller. Oh well, maybe you have added way too many kitchen equipment. I have to admit the extra big table I added for my juicers, blender and food processor is now getting too small. So it’s of most importance to choose the right machine. Let me help you with that. So let’s start with my very first kitchen essentials. My juicer.
Like many others I started with a centrifugal juicer. Mine was a Philips juicer that I truly loved. It had a wide chute which made juicing very fast and easy. However, these juicers are high speed and run thousands of rpm’s (revolutions per minute). And they also don’t juice soft, delicate things like leafy greens very well and berries. The high speed processing creates two main huge concerns, heat and oxidation. The heat created will damage enzymes and certain nutrients and the oxidation results in a juice that has more foam and basically needs to be consumed immediately.
I loved this machine since it was working very well for the juices I made then (lots of celery and carrots). Juicing took a matter of seconds.
So if you juice mostly simple juices (no soft fruits/leafy greens) and want to spend very little time and money on your juices then a centrifugal juicer is your thing.
The real thing
For a health freak a centrifugal juicer is not the real thing. We need to slow juice. We want as many benefits from our juices as possible with very little heat and oxidation. Slow juicing is the way to go. And my ultimate love when it comes to slowjuicers are the Hurom juicers. Period.
Juicing it slow
These juicers are slow speed and run somewhere between 80-100 rpm’s (revolutions per minute). The first big difference is the price tag and of course the fact that it will take more time to juice and cut the fruits and veggies into small pieces. Although slow juicers are more expensive than the centrifugal juicers, you’ll extract more juice and less (wet) pulp. Of course the juice will as well be of a way better quality with less heat and oxidation, preserving more of the nutrients, phyto-chemicals and enzymes. The pulp is dryer resulting in a higher juice yield and nutrient extraction. Some juicers are also full nutrition centers that can make nut butters and nut milks. Slowjuicers can juice anything, the colors are brighter, the taste is better and the juice can be kept longer (for about 72 hours depending on what the juice is made of). But is there a difference between the horizontal and the vertical slow juicers?
Within the Hurom juicers there are two different juicers. I compared the horizontal Oscar DA-1000 with the vertical Hurom HH 2nd generation.
The horizontal Oscar DA-1000 vs. The vertical Hurom HH second generation
The design of the Oscar is amazing. It takes a bit more space (compared to the vertical juicer), but the look is impressive and is definitely an eye catcher.
Very easy to clean.
Since I don’t like any pulp in my juice (if I want fibers and pulp I’ll make a smoothie with a blender) I noticed I need to strain my juice to get a real clear juice.
The Oscar is also great to make nut butters with or pasta. The pulp is super dry.
The Oscar doesn’t handle soft fruits very well. It will push up the fruit and fruit pulp when adding a little bit more fruit. This even happens with apples. So if you like leafy green (wheatgrass) juices the Oscar is perfect. When you also like to juice fruit, the Oscar will take some more time to juice.
Hurom HH 2nd generation
The Hurom is as pretty as the Oscar, but more compact and very practical. It’s tiny since it’s vertical and has a grip on the back which makes it very easy to move.
Easy to clean.
For some reason I always thought that the vertical Hurom juicer includes a lot of pulp, but to my surprise there was almost no pulp in there. The new Hurom juicer has a pulp control lever and juice cap which makes it possible to adjust the amount of fiber/pulp.
With this juicer you can also make smoothies and even ‘juice’ a banana by just replacing the sieve. The Hurom can also make very easily nutmilk which is such a timesaver (no hassle with the nutmilkbag). What I also like about the Hurom is the fact that you can close the lid of the juice bowl. So the juice is getting mixed while you are inserting the fruits and vegetables. When finished, you will only need to open the lid and the juice is very nicely mixed. The 2nd generation Hurom is featuring a new auger for lower speeds and better efficiency and a smoothie maker function.
I find the Hurom juicer the fastest slow juicer.
The Hurom can juice fruits very easily and much better than the Oscar. However it get’s stuck more easily if you add only hard vegetables like carrots, so you will need to use the reverse button or mix the hard vegetables with soft fruits to avoid this.
If you have enough space and like to use more leafy greens and wheatgrass instead of fruits go for a horizontal juicer. If you like a trendy design and if you are looking for a juicer that will not take that much space and will also juice fruits easily go for a vertical juicer. I believe the Hurom HH 2nd generation juicer is a very good option. So if you are ready for the next step in juicing and are willing to invest in your health the Hurom is absolutely worth the money.
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