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Omega Low Speed Juicer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- LOW SPEED MASTICATING JUICER. Operates at low speed of 80RPM for highest retention of nutrients
- AUTOMATIC PULP EJECTION. Juicer automatically ejects pulp into the pulp container making clean-up easy
- ON / OFF / REVERSE FUNCTION: Juicer operates with simple controls. On to power on. Off to power off. And reverse to assist in releasing jammed produce
- VOLTAGE: 110V
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Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Dual-Stage Vertical Single Auger Low Speed Juicer
The Omega VRT350 vertical masticating style juicer features the high efficiency of a masticating style juicer in a vertical design. Sometimes referred to as a low speed juicer, the VRT processes at 80rpm, whereas most other juicers process at a speed of 1,650 to 15,000rpm. The low speed protects and maintains healthy enzymes, prevents oxidation and allows juice to be stored up to 72 hours without degradation. The VRT's dual stage juice processing system extracts the maximum amount of juice from fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, even wheatgrass!
Versatile, Easy to Use
The patented screw design of the auger is more efficient when squeezing and pressing ingredients to extract juice. The hopper is conveniently located at the top of the juicer. The VRT comes with a pusher to push ingredients into the juicer. Easy to assemble, the hopper attaches to the bowl, which then attaches to the base. The VRT350 also features two spouts and two 64-ounce containers -- one for fresh juice and one for pulp ejection. You can also pour water through the chute to self clean the juicer when changing ingredients. The VRT is compact, taking up very little space on your countertop. This versatile juicer is also easy to clean.
- Low speed, masticating style juicing system
- Juicer processes at 80rpm's, squeezing instead of grinding. This allows the juice to maintain its pure color, natural taste, vitamins and nutrients.
- Small, vertical footprint takes up less space in your kitchen.
- Dual stage juicer. First, juice is extracted by crushing the fruit or vegetable. Then, before the pulp is ejected, the pulp is squeezed during the second pressed stage. This results in a higher yield of juice and a very dry pulp.
- Economical since the juicer is so efficient and productive, you'll get the greatest amount of nutrient rich juice from the least amount of fruits, vegetables, leafy greens.
- The low speed system limits froth and foam preventing oxidation. Juice can be stored for up to 72 hours without degradation or juice separation.
- Three settings: On, Off and Reverse. Reverse is an option to use when something is stuck or you need to unclog.
- Over-sized spout serves up drinks easily.
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I recently watched the movie "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead." It's very inspirational for anyone considering a weight loss program. The star of the movie goes on a juice fasting diet with spectacular results. It was the impetus I needed to explore juicing again.
There are essentially 3 types of juicers:
-Centrifugal- like the Breville 800JEXL or Omega 9000
-Masticating- like this one and the horizontal Champion and Omega J8006
-Twin-gear- like the Green Power, Green Star and Super Angel
Wow... people are passionate about their juicers. What one person loves another person hates and they'll both give a long bullet list of their reasons why.
So in your quest to find a juicer, please take into consideration the fact that there is no one single perfect juicer... there simply isn't. Some people will want to juice mostly fruits and a particular juicer might do that better than a juicer that might excel at juicing greens. Some people hate any pulp at all in their juice while other people don't mind the pulp and in fact prefer the pulp for the fiber it provides. But even the $2500 Norwalk has issues not the least of which is price. So if your quest is to find the "perfect" $300-$400 juicer let me be the first to tell you that there is no such machine. Every machine will have its own set of pros and cons.
It's about compromise. It's about how much space do you have on your counter. How easy it is to use. It's about ease of cleaning (will you really want to spend 10-15 minutes, twice a day cleaning your juicer... some will take that long to clean.) Most machines will be mostly plastic and those that are not mostly plastic will be very expensive and not necessarily any better at juicing.
Each method has strengths and weaknesses. Here are some of my observations:
Centrifugal juicers have larger chutes which means you don't need to cut things up into such small pieces. That does reduce prep time somewhat. Centrifugal juicers are extremely loud. It can actually generate heat that supposedly can damage or otherwise reduce the quality of nutrients you obtain by juicing. Centrifugal juicers produce more foam since they inject more air into the juice. More air means faster oxidation... not good, Finally, clean up is a real chore with this type of juicer.
Twin-gear juicers are quiet and operate at a slow speed to chew up the foods you feed into the juicer. The chute is usually a lot smaller and you need to push the foods into the gears... really push. It is not gravity fed. Cleanup is more complicated and takes longer. Usually foam will be significantly less than when using a centrifugal juicer. Another advantage to this type of juicer is that you can also make sorbet and other things... so it is more of a multi-purpose machine. But it takes up a lot of counterspace...probably 2-3 times more space than the Omega VRT-350.
Then there is the masticating juicer. This is a slow speed, single drive juicer and in the case of the VRT350, it is vertical. The vetical design takes up much less counterspace and from a physics point of view, makes much more sense to me. Food does not need to be pushed in... in fact, gravity and the auger literally pull the foods into the juicer. Its powerful motor is able to juice wheat grass, something a centrifugal juicer has a real problem juicing (if at all.) The VRT350 is a slow speed juicer so it does not heat up the foods as they are being juiced. Clean up is a snap. Really. It takes me only 3-4 minutes tops to completely clean the entire juicer. You may get some foam, and the juice can contain more pulp. You can strain the juice to reduce the pulp content.
Operation of the VRT350HD juicer is very quiet. You can easily talk while juicing. I actually think it is fun to use. It cost a lot of money but I feel it was worth every penny I paid for it and maybe even more because of the health benefits I will get from it. The 10-year warranty is the assurance I needed to push me over the edge to get this. I use it a couple times a day and absolutely love it. No, it is not perfect. But as I said it's about compromise and I think the VRT350HD is a good compromise.
I buy organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Using organic lets me juice most things without having to peel the skins. Non-organic produce and fruit can have lots of nasty pesticide residue on the skin that must be peeled off before juicing. Peeling means more prep time and I try to minimize that as much as I can.
I really do like this juicer. I really feel like my research paid off and that I got the best juicer out there to accomplish what I wanted to accomplish. Of course, there are twin-gear juicers that have the ability to make sorbet, dough and other things like that, but I wanted this primarily for juicing. A good juicer leaves you with pulp that is very dry. That means that you're getting as much juice possible from the fruits and veggies you put into the machine. The pulp from the VRT350 is very dry particularly with certain things like carrots and apples. That's good.
Any juicer will have pros and cons. You have to weigh them for yourself and make the decision for yourself what to get. For me, ease of clean-up was important because if the juicer is a pain to clean, I won't use it. And if the juicer is too much work to use and by that I mean if I have to 'push' food into it rather than have the food literally pulled into it like with this VRT350HD, I won't be as apt to use it.
Speed of juicing is also important and this is somewhat faster than a twin-gear juicer such as a Green Power, Green Star or Super Angel.
Foam is bothersome to many people. Too much foam is bothersome to me. Depending on what you are juicing you may get more foam or less. I juiced a pineapple today and got some foam. It skimmed off easily and it was not a big deal but I have to admit that there was probably a little more foam than I would hope for. Still, it can be dealt with either by skimming or doing a bit of re-straining afterwards.
I will admit that fibrous things like pineapple and celery are more apt to clog the pulp ejector. This is an unfortunate event but not a deal killer given all the other positives. You remove the blockage and resume juicing. Make sure you cut up these types of food into smaller pieces and that will go a long way in helping to prevent clogging. Also learn about the technique of alternating the foods you put through the juicer so that it will work to unblock itself in many cases.
This is a wonderful appliance. It's not perfect but it has a great balance of performance, features and price that I find hits the sweet spot for me. It doesn't take up much space on my counter. And it looks cool.
Something to be aware of regarding the "10-year warranty." In fact, most of the parts of the juicer will not be covered under the 10-year warranty. I quote from the Omega website, "Specific parts of the equipment ... are considered to be consumable items, and therefore NOT subject to normal warranty as stated above. These items include but are not limited to: blender containers, cutting assemblies, knives, clutches, drive sockets, lids & measuring cups, dispenser bowls, stirrers, handles, lights, shelves, shelf clips, gaskets, sharpening stones, springs, knobs, dials, and decanters." For that I deduct a star.