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With a sticker price that's higher than many premium cold-press models, the $439 (£256, $649 AU) Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer will certainly make a negative impact on your budget. Unfortunately while the large and expensive machine plays the part of a luxury juicer, its performance misses the mark, which makes it an unwise purchase compared with competing juicers such as the $300 Omega J8006.
The first thing you'll notice about the Hurom H-AA is that it comes with numerous accessories such as strainers, even gadgets for preparing ice cream and pressing homemade tofu.
However, all that extra equipment results in a kitchen gadget that's overly complex to assemble and break down. The Hurom H-AA's many moving parts are not dishwasher-safe either and must be washed by hand which makes keeping the whole apparatus clean a big headache. The design of this appliance is extremely similar to another product, the $200 VonShef Premium Slow Masticating Juicer, which I also found a chore to use and wash.
Like the VonShef, the Hurom H-AA uses a food chute with a small opening, so you'll have to spend time slicing produce down to size before juicing. Once you've prepped though, the appliance managed to pull a good amount of liquid from hard fruit and vegetables. The machine notched a high average extraction of 75 percent from our test oranges (meaning 75 percent of the orange became juice while 25 percent remained as pulp). The Omega J8006, however, another cold-press juicer, did a little better on this test (76.8 percent).
The Hurom H-AA ran into trouble when processing fibrous and leafy kale greens, as did the VonShef, achieving an average juice extraction of 24.5 percent. It's a higher figure than was turned in (18.6 percent) by the VonShef machine, which also tended to clog often, but almost half of what the Omega J8006 was capable of (42.2 percent).
All this coupled with its high price make recommending the $439 Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer over the $300 Omega J8006 extremely difficult. If you're committed to buying a cold-press juicer, your money will be better spent on the $300 Omega J8006. The Omega costs less yet offers superior performance and is easier to both clean and operate.