This was a bit of a serendipitous purchase. I had just watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. I was motivated. I was 100% on board the juicing train. I had my heart set on purchasing a Breville Juicer, and headed on down to my local Sur La Table. Unfortunately every person in New York apparently had the same plan. The store was completely sold out of Breville Juicers. The Breville Juicer in every different style and every price point was unavailable at all of their stores. There was one floor model Hurom Jucier HU 100, totally out of my price range. I had no idea what the difference was between the two juicers but the associate walked me through taking it apart, putting it back together, explained that the Hurom was not able to take an influx of full size fruits and veggies the same way a Breville could, requiring pieces to be cut up to suitable sizes. She also explaining that it was a masticating juicer which essentially meant I was able to put nuts and wheat grass into the juicer because it crushes or presses the products. This process would leave the fruits and vegetables thoroughly juiced with minimum waste. After the full sales pitch and finding out there was a sale that included the Hurom, plus they would give me a discount on the floor model, I caved.
I've had this juicer for over 4 years and use it weekly, sometimes daily. The waste that is produced is nearly dry. In the summer, I juice whole watermelons with less than 2 cups of waste product. It truly is worth the extra spend. A bit more work in the process, a few extra steps in the cleaning, but a very remarkable product.
This also happens to be my "go to" for all my fruits or veggies that are running to the end of their lives and may go bad before I have a chance to eat them. A few minutes of chopping, toss in the blender and no guilt over throwing away uneaten/used food.