Hurom or Breville Juicer – Which One is Better For You?

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Is a Hurom or Breville Juicer (the “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” kind) right for you? Thinking of getting a juicer soon and wondering which one will suit your needs better? There are so many different brands to choose from, and since I have had several different juicers over the years, maybe I can be of some help.

The Hurom Juicer vs Breville Juicer (“Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” Variety)

I just watched a short video where these two juicers are being compared. The women who are demonstrating and comparing the Hurom juicer against a Breville juicer did a really good job. You can find that video here:  Juicers – Hurom Slow Juicer vs. Breville Centrifugal Juicer – Juicing demo

They compared these juicers as follows:

Price:  Hurom. $399,  Breville that they demonstrated was about $180 (This model is at the lower end of the line)

Assembly:  Hurom has a couple more parts, but they’re about the same to assemble

Food prep involved:  Hurom requires much more prep as the chute is very small

Difficulty of machine processing the different types of food: Fibrous foods can clog up the inner basket of the Hurom; leafy greens don’t go through Breville easily – needs hard food to push them through

Amount of juice yield:  Hurom yielded slightly more juice

How moist was the pulp:  Hurom pulp was like sawdust – Breville pulp had some moisture in it

How much pulp: About the same

Noise level:  Hurom quieter than the Breville

The interesting thing that I noticed from this video is that they recommended going with the Breville first and then upgrading to the Hurom later on. I think this recommendation was from a price standpoint as the model Breville they were demonstrating was less expensive than the Hurom model.

There are different models and price points by both manufacturers.  In their video demonstration, the Hurom model used was toward the top of the line, and the Breville was one of the less expensive models.

My Experience With The Hurom and The Breville Juicers

Why I found their recommendation interesting is that we did just the opposite. In recent years, we purchased a Hurom juicer, which at the time cost around $310. After several years of using it, we decided to get a Breville which cost $399.  We got the Fountain Duo model just because we wanted the super-duper good motor and additional features over the other models. This is the one featured in “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” video. There were several reasons for wanting to make the change, including

1) I didn’t like all the food prep that was necessary to fit the chute of the Hurom.

2) We had to replace several of the parts of the Hurom in what seemed to be a short period of time of using the juicer,

3) Cleanup of the Hurom was quite a process

Using The Breville For The First Time

We were excited to start using the Breville right away and were happy with the little bit of food prep that was required because the chute is ample for almost all whole apples and beets. You can add whole cucumbers and long stalks of celery and carrots in the Breville chute which saves a lot of prep time.

We haven’t had any need to replace any parts on the Breville, and we have been using it for a few years already. It works like a charm. The Breville has a very powerful motor and is sometimes a little intimidating for me. This juicer sounds very loud but it has a speed control knob on the front to make sure it doesn’t get away from you.

The biggest attraction to us about the Breville is that it is made of stainless steel and will last a long time. The saleslady who sold it to us said she has never seen one being returned because it didn’t hold up. They are made to last.

The Breville juices fruits and vegetables very fast whereas the Hurom is called a slow juicer for a reason. You cannot jam the food down the chute of the Hurom. Be patient as you administer the food so that the grinder basket can do its job without getting overloaded.

If I remember correctly when we were considering the Hurom, one of the main features is that it is a slow juicer which means it does not generate high heat which would destroy the delicate enzymes of the fresh food.

Each juicer produces quite a bit of foam on top of the juice. It takes a bit of time for that to settle down.

In the demonstration on YouTube, the color of the juice from each machine was quite a bit different. The juice from the Hurom was a more vibrant green while the juice from the Breville was a very light green, almost yellowish. Since the chute of the Breville was still loaded with leafy greens that hadn’t yet been juiced, I’m guessing that that’s the reason for the difference in color.

The Hurom Juicer Does A Great Job With Leafy Greens

The Hurom did a good job of juicing the leafy greens, thus the bright green color. From experience, I realized that I needed to help the leafy greens get pushed down the chute of the Breville. For this reason, the leafy greens such as spinach, chard or kale always got juiced first. Then all the other vegetables or fruit that I added helped to push the greens through just fine. I didn’t miss any of the good nutrition this way, and the juices always had an appealing color.

Even though both machines have a mesh basket to clean, the Breville seems a lot easier for me to clean. The brush that comes with the Breville cleans the basket very thoroughly while just going around it one time. The Hurom, on the other hand, seemed like it needed to be scrubbed with its brush over and over to get it really clean.

The Hurom had more small, tight spaces that were difficult to reach with the cleaning brush. The parts on the Breville are larger which makes it is easier to get in every little crevice and chute to clean the machine thoroughly.

Our Breville Juicer Is Kept Right Next To Our Vitamix

We keep our juicer right out on our counter next to the Vitamix as we use both machines so often. The Breville is our second favorite kitchen appliance and is very helpful in preparing healthy food. The juices are delicious and have a way of making me feel healthy just from realizing that I’m putting the fresh enzymes right into my system.

I’m glad that we made the switch to the Breville juicer, but it is definitely a matter of choice. A point that was brought out in the video was that if noise is a factor for you – an apartment or living space where you can hear each other, or someone is sleeping when you want to juice – then the quieter Hurom may be the way for you to go.

The size of each machine is pretty close. We used to keep the Hurom on the counter in the same spot where the Breville now resides, and the footprint for each is about the same. The Breville is a heavier machine to move around due to its larger motor and that it’s all stainless steel, not plastic.

The Breville has a large pulp container that nestles under on one side. It allows for a plastic bag to be put inside it for easy cleanup. I don’t think the Hurom was able to have the bag added. At least, we never did it that way.

I hope that this helped you a little bit with knowing about our experience with both machines. I’d be interested in knowing what you decided to get. Please add your comments or questions below. Happy juicing!

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  3. Denise DiPietro | 11th Apr 18

    Hi Christine! Thanks for this info about the two brands of juicers. We have a Juiceman juicer but ended up putting it away (guess we got lazy). For now we are only using our Nutribullet which is so easy. Do you think the Vitamix does a lot more than the Nutribullet? Since Nutribullet just blends everything together (rather than extracting only the juice) it seems you would get more nutrition from it than juicing. Since you have both types of machines on your counter, do you find you actually use both on a regular basis? Thanks for your awesome blog!

    • Christine | 11th Apr 18

      Hi, Denise. Great question! To juice or not to juice – lots of people wonder about that, too. We used to only use the Vitamix for our smoothie drinks or green drinks until we learned more about juicing. As you point out, with the Vitamix or with the Nutribullet, everything you put into the container gets liquified together and can make a very tasty drink. With a juicer, all of the juice is extracted from the pulp, and the pulp is eliminated to one side of the juicer while only the juice is poured into a different container. The value of the juicer is that the juice can enter the digestive system immediately as it does not require being broken as the pulp of the fruits or vegetables do have to be broken down and digested. Most of this pulp is not used by the body and is excreted eventually. Proponents of juicing claim that they would rather not require the body to have to go through this process if there is no direct benefit from the pulp. Some feel that the pulp offers roughage which IS beneficial to the digestive system. We do both and enjoy both depending on the desired result, the ingredients being used and the time we have to prepare the food. Of course, the Vitamix is a snap to use and easy to clean compared to juicing. As to comparing the Vitamix with a Nutribullet, yes, the Vitamix does a lot more than the Nutribullet and has a much larger canister, but the Nutribullet is a really nice kitchen appliance that does a great job making delicious smoothies! Thanks for writing!

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