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Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Dual-Stage Vertical Single Auger Low Speed Juicer Silver
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- Low speed juicing prevents oxidation on degredation of juice
- Capable of juicing wheatgrass at high yield
- Auto cleaning system
- Compact base
- 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.
Does the VRT deliver? A resounding YES! Better than you would believe, there hasn't been a produce item yet that it hasn't squeezed the life out of into tasty juice. We've been running the juice gauntlet ever since it arrived a few days ago, spinach, carrots, celery, cucumber, pineapple, oranges, apples, ginger, and garlic are just some of what our Vrt has chewed on. It has handled all of it from the soft fruits to the leafy spinach it works like a champ. I'm sure there are a variety of juicers out there that would do the same, but I know I picked the right one for our household. Overall I'm very pleased, and had a friend come over who has a juice fountain centrifugal design and was amazed. Y the quietness, the yield, and the quality. The Omega puts out the best tasting juice you've ever had.
Here's some questions I had in the beginning, I'm not sure they are yours but they would've helped me being a new juicer, they are curiosities I didn't see the answer to during my search for juice.
1. Is there a ton of pulp? I saw mixed reviews on this and wasn't sure what to expect, I'm not a huge pulp fan, but I don't hate it unless it overpowers the texture of the entire glass. The VRT comes with a large and small strainer and I've never used anything but the small/fine screen. If you've ever ordered fresh squeezed OJ at a restaurant and know what it's like you can expect less pulp than that. If you bought a store bought juice the VRT produced it would probably say "some pulp." it's not pulp free but it doesn't get in the way either. I've been pouring my juices over ice and I don't even notice the pulp. It lead me to believe that some people want a lack of pulp on the level of something packaged that isn't even juice, like a vitamin water or Gatorade. I was taken aback by the first glass, as it was so smooth I can't figure out what people are complaining about. If you must have a pulp free juice a cone masticating juicer like the 8006 or centrifugal juicer is probably better. personally I think the vrt outs out a rich flavor and a glass that's easy to drink. In short no one I've handed a glass to has mentioned the pulp.
2. Preparation and cleaning time, is it a hassle? Again I say, these can't e serious complaints. I'm a person in a rush like many of us are and taking the minimal time to prepare juice has been beyond easy, let's take cucumber, carrot, celery and spinach. That's one I like, basically I chop the cuke and celery in under a minute, lop off the tops of the carrots, and start stuffing spinach in the thing. There are some great tips on juicing out there, especially by John over at discountjuicers.com --- nothing has ever gotten stuck on me and while I don't feed everything I possibly can into the thing at full speed it chomps through produce very quickly. I simply listen to it chew up the previous item as I toss the next one in, it's really fast though, and I find myself lagging behind the juicer frequently. Cleanup is a snap, see my forest sentence here, there is no complaint, it takes no time at all. One caver is if you are utterly lazy, the parts on the Omega say they cannot be thrown into the dishwasher or it will be damaged. I'm not going to do that anyway with an appliance this pricey. I'll time myself in the future but right now prep and cleanup has to be under 5 minutes it's quicker than making a cup of coffee.
3. Is it worth the admission? That friend I told yo about with the breville, well we had a juice off last night and the difference in quality and yield was astounding, not to mention that we were all laughing at the lawnmower like sound the juice fountain produced. In contrast I was running the vrt on the counter next to our barstools with music playing from an iPhone and conversation going. Then I heard "what are you doing, you can't juice spinach" as I lumped a handful together. The quality of the juice, and what it can juice is simply amazing. It's so consistent in the glass it's like you bought something off the shelf or went to a juice bar, except that it's even better! I do a lot of exercise and meditation and I like to think I know my body, and like most Americans i have too much fat, refined flour, and processed food in my diet. I'm an organic consumer, go to farmers markets, but I don't kid myself, I know what my modern diet is doing to me. The first glass of carrot and spinach changed me into a complete believer, I instantly felt a prolonged sense of energy throughout the day. Already I find myself craving a glass of juice in the middle of the day. If you are struggling with the finance, maybe do what I did and tell your friends you would like an amazon card to put toward better health. This was our Christmas present to my wife and I this year, and for the price of good health it can't be beat.
4. Is juicing expensive? It looks that way, especially if you watch the videos of the vrt where John is using 3 pounds of carrots :) in truth you can build a glass or two for yourself with as little as, 3 carrots, 2 apples, one celery stalk. I was ale to find 3 pound bags of organic apples for $3 at a regular store, carrots for a $1 per pound, and the yield with the VRT is so high you don't need a ton of reduce. The first couple times I actually made far too much following juice recipes online. Besides those bacon and eggs I like so much are equally expensive if not more so.
It's only been a few days but I feel like we made the best choice going down the path of slow juicing. I'll try to check back in a fe months and report my progress. Right now I feel the choice should have been a no brainer with a lot less deliberation, but hindsight is always 20/20. It may not be the right juicer for you, but I feel like any juicer in this range is going to be a boon to your health. For me, that is the VRT 350, and I'm utterly pleased I watched all those comparisons on the web and pulled the trigger.
Best of luck to you and your juice!
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