Omega Vertical Masticating Hd Juicer W/Tap Vrt400
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- Model VRT 400 HDS - Silver Color
- 15 Year Warranty
- Mixing Juice Tap Function - Automatic Pulp Ejection - Auto Clean System
- 150 Watt - 7" Wide x 8 1/2" Deep x 15 1/2" High - 22 lbs - 80 RPM -2 HP Condenser Motor
- Juicing, Making Soymilk, Smoothies
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This is good and can remain the same. It wasn't changed. It is copied below just to reference. Has NO mention of the wheatgrass kit. "The VERT 400 HDS is the newest Omega slow masticating juice extractor. Features a juice tap function for easy mixing, continuous pulp ejection and an auto cleaning feature. 15 year warranty. Omega's new Vert model VRT400HDS is a slower 80 RPM masticating juicer that squeezes juice from food, rather than shredding it and using centrifuge to separate pulp from juice. This slow process prevents oxidation, preserving vital nutrients with little degredation for up to 72 hours. Still great for juicing wheatgrass, leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits. The Omega VRT400 is an upright juicer with a small footprint on your kitchen countertop. The juice tap function lets you juice several foods into the internal reservoir, mixing the juices together, and then by simply opening the tap your pre-mixed juice is ready to drink. With this feature along with the continuous pulp ejection, juicing has never been easier! For cleanup, just close the juice tap feature, and fill the juicer with water. The auto cleaning spinning brush then cleans out loose particles, which can then be released by the juice tap. Repeat until released liquid is clean and clear. The Omega VRT400HDS multipurpose slow juice extractor is perfect for those that are looking for a masticating juicer that is both easy to use, and easy to clean up. Includes a 15 year warranty."
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I think the 400 is the best for my needs. I juice a lot. My standard juice is Kale, cucumber, carrots, pineapple, celery, green apple, and lemon (sometimes wheat grass when I'm not too lazy to grow it myself). All of it comes out as dry pulp. The juice is high quality (liquid, not foam and froth; see Breville below). A jam or two is not uncommon during a juicing session if I put too much, too fast. But a reverse always quickly takes care of it, no problem.
What didn't work for me is that the Breville turned some of the fruits into "froth and foam" more then juice. Especially the pineapple. It was like one of those "whipped" drinks. Nothing wrong with whipped drinks, but only when I want it. This is already known, but the Breville doesn't do kale well despite trying out the various techniques (wheat grass not at all). The kale would spray out in the trash bin in bits and pieces and even small leaves. So juice was still in the wet pulp. When using the same amount of vegetables and fruits, I got 5+ jars of juice instead of 6+ jars from the Omega. I thought people calling it a jet engine in the kitchen was an exaggeration. It's no joke. The noise scared my wife and she wouldn't even touch the Breville. So, returned.
The horizontal J8006 worked well, but putting fruits and veggies in that tiny hole and plunging it down got to be a bit much, even for a patient guy like me. The bigger hole in the vertical model makes a difference. I can drop something in and it'll practically feed itself while I cut something else.
The 350 vs 400. They're the same thing except for a few tweaks that makes it worth the upgrade for me (it was a $50 difference at the time). The "tap" lessens foam and messy dribble. Also the way the container just snaps on by placing it on top instead of having to fuss with it like with the 350 is a design improvement. You could see the 350 container strain and "wobble" a bit because it didn't have the way more stable connection the 400 has now.
Oh, and almost forgot a big thing. The 400 was shocking me at the forward/reverse switch so I would make sure not to get that area wet or keep my hand dry or grab a small hand towel. Yeah, pretty major issue I dealt with, huh? I read another reviewer has the same issue so it looks like Omega is going to have to deal with some sort of design or manufacturing issue. Anyway, my 400 eventually just stopped working. Dead. I called customer service and the tech was great. He said send it back on their dime (UPS) and he sent back a new one. I'm in LA and they're somewhere on the other side of the US (Florida?). Anyway, the whole process took less then 2 weeks.
So, best of all, they honor their 10 year warranty which is one of the major reasons I bought it (and making great quality juice). The issue with the electric shock would have gotten this rating a 4 (it still makes great juice out of all the juicers) but the no hassle customer service makes it a 5. Too bad other posters didn't get the same customer service rep and tech I got. Need some consistent here, Omega.
I was pleasantly surprised to get the same yield and a little more from this juicer as I did with the Breville. The juice does stay fresher longer with this one.
It does take a bit more prep of the veggies to ensure they are ground up better. The cleanup time is really quick, much quicker than I thought it would be.
One thing that I was worried about was the plastic shavings that some reviewers stated were in their juice. I have not experienced this at all, I am happy to say.
After I do my first juicing of the day I do run a glass of water through the system. it helps clean out the basket and why not drink it instead of tossing the valuable enzymes!
I solved a mystery I had with my celery. I now wrap the celery into a piece of kale and no more clogging with the celery strings. I have not yet figured out how to stop it from gathering unprocessed material around the auger but when I do I will update my posting.
Healthful juicing everyone!
Update: 7/7/14 - Well, I thought I would update this after more usage (A total of 4 months) and sad as I am to say it - I downgraded it to 2 stars. I think that this range of juicers are great for people who juice a couple of times per week. These are not for people who are in a health crisis or doing a juice diet or have juice as a major portion of their RAW lifestyle. The basket with the silicone gasket no longer turns correctly; the neat little closing mechanism for the drips has broken off, the metal basket that the juice pushes through is no longer functioning the way it once did - large pieces of pulp get caught in it. The motor whines during use and the basket assembly 'rocks' on the pivot point.
It did even last longer than the Breville did - I bought that one in March of '13 and by November of '13 it was dead.
My next move will be to the horizontal auger type of machine of stainless steel. I'm looking at the Angel series which is 2-3X more expensive than this range. It will also handle doing nut butters and wheat grass if I choose to go that route.