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Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Dual-Stage Vertical Single Auger Low Speed Juicer Silver
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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.
First, I did a lot of research on juicers (again). Although I looked at the Jack La Lane juicer which is a high speed juicer (and much cheaper), I found myself coming back to the slow speed for the same reasons that drove me to my original Omega 8003, namely, keeping the enzymes in tack, better taste (less watery) and a better yield (especially with organic fruit being so costly). It was taking me about 25 minutes to juice with the Omega 8003 including cleanup, which is a bit lengthy for a glass of juice. Now, in defense of the 8003, it does a really good job of juicing, pulp is dry and it makes a good juice. However, I tend to make really large glasses of juice (usually at least 24 oz) and it requires everything to be cut up into small enough pieces to fit in the small feeder. Apples take forever, and even feeding things like grapes you still have to push a few in, then mush it down, few more, mush it down etc etc. Process takes a while.
So my new VRT HD arrived today. Forget what HD stands for, but apparently the only difference is the strength of the inner filter/strainer, which I saw some reviews of cracking. I plan to work this thing like a mule, so I wanted the best.
Setup was super easy, all the parts were easy to figure out, never needed to read an instruction and I was off an juicing in minutes. I've done 4 juices today, so far using all fruits (apples, pineapple, carrots, grapes, pomegranate and kiwi). All I can say is WOW!!!
What I love so far: First and foremost, because its a vertical cylinder that masticates, I just drop in the fruit, say a carrot, and it grinds it right up. I can't cut off the tops fast enough. It just eats em right up. With the 8003, I have to jam and shove those things down into the screw. That alone is worth the price of admission. Just drop em in and watch em go. LOVE IT!! (can you tell I'm excited).
Everything else got chewed up just as well. I've used a lot of fleshy fruit today, and did have one issue on my second juice. My pineapple and grapes got clogged on the little outlet where the fiber ejects. I think that was my fault however because I think I got over zealous and excited. I slowed down my feed a bit on the subsequent juicing's and had zero issues.
Another feature I REALLY like is the self cleaning feature. A plastic thingy swirls around the outside of the screen/filter while your juicing and cleans the screen. In my 8003, grapes and other fleshy fruit really tend to clog the screen up, but I have had no issues all day. That screen comes out almost as clean as it went in.
I do get foam floating on top of my drink. I'd actually say a bit less than my 8003, which surprised me because in a web demo head to head with another 800? unit I watched on youtube it looked like the VRT produced a bit MORE foam, but this is not my experience. It's not a lot of foam, but I hate foam. Nothing that a quick skim with a spoon doesn't rectify. Pure tasty juice underneath.
Lastly, I was told in same said video that cleanup would take twice as long. I found that to be true for the first cleanup (not knowing what I was doing) but so far, my cleanup has maybe taken an additional minute. I find it quite simple actually, and once you figure out the pieces (not difficult), it actually seems little harder than my 8003.
All in all I absolutely LOVE this juicer. I can juice 24 or more ounces of juice, from opening the fridge door to putting the pieces back into the cabinet in under 10 minutes. The top feeder is so much wider which allows for much bigger pieces, which means a lot less cutting and preparation. Once it goes in, it self feeds, which means your not standing there mushing stuff down. Juice tastes great, fiber comes out reasonably dry, and clean up is simple enough.
It's only been a day, but what a great day its been.
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