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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.
I tried the $99 Breville & couldn't send it back fast enough. Very wet pulp, very loud, not easy to clean.
I upgraded to the Omega J8006. It produced much drier pulp but produce got backed up inside. I couldn't even juice one whole apple without having to clean it out, even alternating with hard produce like beets or carrots. It was quiet and easy to clean though.
I sent it back and upgraded even further to this one.
What have I found?
-Fits better on counter space
-DRY DRY pulp. Very dry. Even more than the J8006. squeeze it in your hand, eat some, you won't find hardly a drop of extra juice.
I can juice about 8 ozs before I notice it gets a bit clogged. Not bad, mind you, but somewhat clogged.
-Clean up not quite as easy as the J8006 but not too bad. I am a stay at home mom so clean up is nothing new to me. What I want is a product that works well. So, not too big of a deal
-I noticed that it is leaking a bit at the base but only a few drops of juice. Will keep my eye on it & report back here after some use
-MUCH more (fine) pulp in juice than J8006. This is why I sent the J8006 back. That pulp would back up in the J8006 around the auger and prevent it from juicing correctly. Here, the pulp does not back up because it comes out in the juice. Now I do not mind some pulp but my kids do! I put my own strained over the juice catcher, strains it fine. But WHY didn't Omega have the sense to provide a fitted strainer for their juice catcher like they do for the J8006? Doesn't make sense!
-Bit frothy. Not bad, I do not mind some froth, but some people do. A good fitted strainer would help with that, OMEGA! I hope they read these reviews
-When you hit REVERSE it kinds of jumps a bit and makes a startling noise if a hard veggie is caught up in there. It's a bit worrisome. Again, will keep an eye on it & report back. Though if I hold on to the juicing barrel when I reverse, it won't do it.
My husband and I agree this is a better product than the J80006. More juice. No problem so far with greens. With all the research I did on juicers (on YouTube, on here, everywhere online - it's a lot of $$ to spend on JUICE!) here is what I know...to save you some footwork yourself:
There is almost no such thing as the perfect juicer. (Not having gone up to the $500 - $1000 lines, maybe there is). You have to know what you want from your juicer - fast? More enzymes? Easy clean up? Bargain? There is something to fit every need. Be prepared to try things out & not be afraid to return them.
We did not find that it splatter out juice from the ejection spout. No issues there - for us.
I compost so there is no waste with the pulp. I have seen some on YouTube that save the pulp, make them into veggie patties & fry them up in olive oil & salt. Not a bad idea.
My needs were - the most juice/enzymes from my produce. Not sounding like a train in my kitchen. Juicing more than 4 ozs without clogging. Juicing greens.
My husband and I were shocked at how delicious fresh juice can be. Any green juice can be flavored in the best way by throwing in a crisp granny smith apple. And make sure to try some ginger or fresh mint! SO yummy!! We go through a few heads of kale a week now. We never would have eaten that much before. Instead of an afternoon coffee break we have a juice break.
I will update this review after a few weeks use. Happy juicing!
*UPDATE* Sept 27, 2012
I am still loving this juicer. It works quite well. All juicers are going to produce some pulp, just put a strainer on top of the juice container under the juice dispenser and you will be fine.
(If you have a baby, listen up! The resulting pulp caught in the strainer after juicing fruits & veggies produces the finest, smoothest baby-food you will ever encounter. For example, when I juice apples, I get an 'applesauce' in the strainer that is so smooth I wish I knew someone with a baby I could give it to. Same when I juice carrots. Just so you know!)
It is apple season here in New England and I am just loving the fresh crisp juice I am creating these days.