I love drinking fresh pressed juices, but I hate paying $12 a bottle for them. Every time I stop by my favorite juice shop, I always consider the fact that I could probably save this money...and use it for a down payment someday. I’d considered buying a slow juicer for a long time but wasn’t sure if I could justify spending a couple hundred dollars for a uni-tasking appliance. A couple of months ago, I came across the Hurom personal slow juicer and decided to give it try. I wasn’t expecting a lot, but was actually pleasantly surprised with how much I liked it.
First of all, it’s compact in size, which means I can squeeze it next to my blender on my tiny kitchen cart. Secondly, it's a lovely shade of mint green (it's also available in white and pink), so I actually don’t mind having it out in the open — which is great, because I honestly have no more cabinet space. Thirdly — and most importantly! — it’s very efficient. When I was younger, my grandpa had a juicer that would leave tons of pulp in and randomly stop functioning because a tiny seed was stuck in the gears. That said, I’m naturally a little bit skeptical of juicers. I tested the Hurom out with soft ingredients first: grapes, oranges, and cucumbers. It easily churned out the liquids and separated the peels and pulp. The juice came out perfectly! I didn’t need to filter it at all, and the pulp was quite dry.
After witnessing such a stellar performance, I used it to juice carrots, which is a lot harder to get right. I followed the directions and cut the carrots into little chunks before feeding them into the juicer. To my surprise, it handled the carrots with ease. There’s a very helpful reverse function that easily dislodges anything that gets caught in the gears (which happened twice). I made a full 16 ounces of juice with approximately half a bunch of carrots, which is still a LOT cheaper than if I had bought a bottle. Plus, it’s fresh!
The instruction manual wasn’t very clear on how to clean the appliance, but after a quick search on YouTube, I figured out how the pieces fit together, and disassembling and washing everything became pretty easy. The juicer comes with special brushes to help scrub away pulp pieces, which was a godsend —because believe me, you do not want to pick pieces of pulp off metal mesh with your fingers. While there are a lot of loose parts to clean, it's not enough to deter me from using it. I’ve had it for more than a couple months now, and it hasn’t given me any problems. Overall, it just feels like a high-quality appliance that, with proper care, should last a long time. The instruction booklet also said it can make sorbet or nut milk, which I haven’t tried yet, but it’s good to know that it can be quite versatile.
TL;DR: If you buy more than a couple juices a week, getting a personal slow juicer is 100% worth the money. The one I have is around $300, which sounds pretty steep, but honestly, it pays for itself within a couple months. If you think about it, it’s basically 30 $10 juices! —Yi Yang
Get it from Amazon, Walmart, or Bed Bath & Beyond for $299 (available in white, mint green, and pink).