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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.
1. There is friction between the strainer, cleaning/spinning brush apparatus, and bottom of the bowl. The end result is that the plastic is being ground down on the inside and ending up in the juice. It was noticeable within 5 juicing sessions. It is much worse 2 months later (juicing once every 3 days or so) So, this could be a health concern if the plastic is something that is absorbed through the GI tract and ends up in our blood/tissues. If it cannot be absorbed by your body, it should just go out in your poo. See my video regarding this. I will be contacting Omega about this to see if they know about the grinding down of the plastic. I think that the only solution to this is a re-design. Replacing the parts just means new parts to grind. This must be happening with all VRT models because they work the same and the parts are interchangeable.
UPDATE 10/1/13: I AM POSITIVE THAT THE PLASTIC FRICTION/WEAR IS FROM THE FACT THAT THE BOWL DOES NOT LOCK DOWN ONTO THE BASE. THIS CREATES A WOBBLE IN THE BOWL AND ALL OF THE PARTS INSIDE IT. I HAVE BOUGHT A VERT350 AND IT DOES NOT HAVE THIS PROBLEM BECAUSE THE BOWL LOCKS ONTO THE BASE. I, ALSO, HAVE NOTICED THAT THE 350 HAS LESS VIBRATION NOISE THAN THE 400 SO IT IS QUIETER.
2. Any fibrous material clogs the pulp shoot before you get a full container of juice because it cannot make a 90 degree turn. Even when I am cutting parsley and celery down to under 1/4" as recommended on some sites.
3. Every time I go to clean it, there is always plenty of vegetable material inside that is not juiced. Even after running small spurts of water into it to flush it through.
3. It takes a long time to clean. The omega video the says that it is self-cleaning by pour water through it is false advertising. You cannot go from one vegetable juice to another without first doing a full cleaning. TRY BUYING A CUISINART JUICER BRUSH, IT WORKS MUCH BETTER THAN THE OMEGA 'TOOTHBRUSH'
4. The strainer for the juice container is great but the pulp clogs it fast and you have to push the pulp to the side to let juice through. By the time you fill the container, the strainer is almost always overflowing.
It is mostly #1 that is why I am going to return this to BB&B. The customer service people will probably look at it and say, "Yeah, that is a possible health concern" #2 is what other juicer designs are for. #3 & #4 just require patience.