Hello and welcome to Clueless In The Kitchen. Since you’ve found this site, you’re probably a cooking and baking enthusiast like me
I cover a number of topics on this blog, please browse through my posts…
Hello and welcome to Clueless In The Kitchen. Since you’ve found this site, you’re probably a cooking and baking enthusiast like me
I cover a number of topics on this blog, please browse through my posts…
The Omega VRT 350HD is by far the most popular juicer out there on the market. While I wouldn’t call it the absolute best juicer – in my opinion, the best juicer for each individual is different since it depends on your needs and preference – it is definitely the best masticating juicer available.
Serious juicers prefer masticating or twin gear juicers over centrifugal juicers because the former allows the enzymes to be preserved and prevents oxidation. However twin gear juicers such as the Super Angel 5500 juicer tend to cost a lot more than centrifugal or masticating juicers, usually 3 – 10 times what a masticating juicer costs. So masticating juicers are the most popular juicers, and among masticating juicers, the Omega VRT350HD is the best juicer.
The best thing about the Omega VRT350 HD is the juice that it produces. Juice is incredibly high in nutrients, tastes great and is not oxidized. This is because of the juicing mechanism used by the VRT350. The Omega VRT350 uses a “squeezing” rather than grinding mechanism. In addition, it is a slow speed juicer, operating at 80RPM – this is much slower than most juicers which work at 1650 – 16000 RPM. The slow speed allows a much better quality juice to be produced. However, this slow speed is also a double-edged sword of sorts – it means that the Omega takes a bit longer to make the juice. Most people find the time-quality tradeoff to be fair, however if you’d prefer a faster juicer, then you might prefer the Breville BJE juicer.
The Omega is also very efficient at juicing. The pulp left over after the juicing is very dry, meaning that the juicer has extracted most of the juice. With the cost of organic produce being so high these days, an efficient juicer is very important – you’re shooting yourself in the foot if you buy a cheaper juicer which does not process the fruits and vegetables properly, and wastes them: this is a false economy since it means you’ll be spending a lot more on produce and will cost you more in total.
One of the first things you notice when you see the Omega VRT350 is the fact that it’s an upright juicer with a small base. This design means that it takes up very little space on your counter top and is perfect for smaller kitchens.
The Omega also comes with both fine and coarse screens, which allow you to control how much pulp you get in your juice. This is great if you want to switch between making pulpy and low-pulp juices, or if you have more than one juice fiend in the house, each with different pulp preferences!
Another thing I like about using my Omega VRT350 is the fact that it’s self feeding and I rarely have to use the plunger.
Here’s a video review of the Omega VRT 350:
And this is what the manufacturers have to say about the Omega’s juicing process: (source: http://www.omegajuicers.com/juicers/vert350-juicer.html)
The Omega Vert VRT350 Juicer is a revolutionary product that features the high efficiency of a masticating style juicer in a vertical design. The Vert is designed to be compact, contemporary and productive. Most juicers process at a speed of 1,650 to 16,000 RPM, destroying many healthy enzymes and causing juice to degrade shortly after being extracted. The Vert VRT350 Low Speed Juicing System processes at 80 RPM, preventing oxidation and allowing juice to be stored for up to 72 hours without degradation.
Other features of the Omega VRT350 HD include:
Self-clean mechanism to ensure the screen is clean while juicing
80RPM for slow-speed oxidation-free juicing
Fine and coarse screens enable you to control pulp level in juices
Able to make wheatgrass juice
10 year warranty
Easy to put together and to disassemble
Auger is strong and durable – made from GE Ulten
The Omega VRT350HD is one of the few juicers that can process wheatgrass properly and make wheatgrass juice. However if you will be mainly juicing wheatgrass then you may prefer the Omega J8006. On the other hand if you will using your juicer for making mostly fruit and vegetable juices, and the occasion green and wheatgrass juice, then the Omega VRT350HD is better suited to your needs.
The Omega VRT350HD comes with a 10year warranty which is always nice to have – however, I expect my VRT350 to last a lot longer than that!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this review. On my website I cover the best juicer and have many more juicers reviews.
This is a review of the Omega J8006 horizontal masticating juicer. Created by Omega, this is one of the most popular masticating juicers available. It is also priced at around $100 less than the vertical Omega VRT350, so if you’d like a horizontal juicer, this makes for a good juice.
As you’ll notice when you first see it, the J8006 looks like a typical masticating juicer. It is horizontal in design and is black and chrome. Unlike the vertical VRT350 which has a very small base, the J8006 will take up some space on your counter top.
It is recommended to leave your juicer some place easily accessible, to make juicing easier – so I would suggest you don’t plan to hide it away in a cupboard or something. I’ve found that the juicers which are left out on my countertop get used more often while those stored away don’t get used as often – we are naturally prone to using things that are infront of us unless we’re very disciplined about juicing. So if you’re new to juicing, definitely create a “juice station” in your kitchen for easy and efficient juicing. And if you have a smaller kitchen, then opt for a vertical model which takes up more space. If you have a larger kitchen with a larger juicing station, then the horizontal model can be a good choice.
The J8006 is made with the GM Ultem auger, the same that is used in the VRT350. This is a stronger and more durable auger found in most juicers. In addition, the J8006 uses the same slow-speed 80 RPM juicing mechanism as the VRT350.
The J8006 definitely produces delicious and nutritious juice. The juicing mechanism which squeezes rather than grinding leaves the enzymes intact. The slow speed mechanism ensures that the juicer and the juice stay cold, which prevents oxidation. Omega claims that juice made with the J8006 will stay fresh for up to 72 hours, however I recommend you drink it soon after preparation to enjoy maximum benefits.
One of the drawbacks of the J8006 is its relatively small opening for inserting your fresh produce. At only 1 and a half inches the opening is definitely much smaller especially when compared to other juicers like the Breville centrifugal juicer which has a three inch opening. This smaller opening means that you will need to spend some time preparing your produce. However, despite this drawback customers still love the J8006 and arguably it is the juicer that produces the best green juice. It is especially good for making wheatgrass juice. If you plan to make a lot of green juices, then this might be the best juicer for you.
Here is what the manufacturers have to say about the Omega J8006:
The Omega Model 8006 Nutrition Center is a single gear masticating juice extractor. Using a low speed of 80 RPMs results in minimal heat build up and oxidation promoting healthy enzymes and longer lasting juices. Designed and engineered for health-conscious individuals who want a greater variety in their daily juicing routine, this 8006 has the ability to also juice everything from wheat grass and leafy greens to fruits and vegetables. Not just for juicing, the Nutrition Center turns nuts into nut butters, extrudes pasta, grind coffee and spices, mince herbs and garlic, make baby food and frozen desserts, and extrude soy milk. The 15 Year Warranty the longest in the Industry – guarantees you’ve purchased “the last juicer you will ever need to own.”
The Omega J8006 juicer comes with separate screens for juicing hard and soft foods. In addition, the parts are easily removed and reassembled, which means that clean up is a cinch. I highly recommend you disassemble the juicer right after juicing, and rinse the parts – cleaning parts with pulp stuck to them is no fun!
The J8004 is the same as the J8006, except that it is white, while the J8006 is black and chrome. The J8003 and J8005 are similar to the J8006 but the major difference is the fact that they do not have the extra-durable GM Ultem auger. In addition, the J8006 and J8004 come with 15 year warranties, while the J8003 and J8005 come with 10 year warranties. However, the J8003 and J8005 cost slightly less than the J8006 and the J8004.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my Omega J8006 review. If you’d like to read more reviews of the best juicers, please browse through my site – I have a number of juicer reviews as well as tips, tricks and recipes. Thanks for reading!
Breville juicers are among the top juicers available today and as I mention in my review of the top three picks, I rate the Breville 800 JEXL juicer as being the best centrifugal juicer available today. It simply beats out all the other brands and in terms of comparing Breville juicer models, customers prefer the 800 jexl over other models.
The 800 jexl is quite a beast of a juicer, it has a 1L jug and a 3L pulp container meaning this is the juicer for someone who’s serious about juicing as a lifestyle. Alternatively there is the Breville JE98XL juicer which has a 2.5L pulp container is thought to be a Breville compact juicer.
Breville juicers come with stainless steel parts, which means that they last longer and are easier to clean. Speaking of cleaning your juicer, please please clean it immediately after use! Normally a quick rinse and a once-over with the brush that comes with your Breville juicer should be enough to clean your juicers’ parts. If you leave your juicer too long without cleaning it after making a batch of juice, there’s a chance that some juice and pulp could dry on the parts, making them more difficult to clean.
The Breville 800JEXL comes with titanium-coated blades and a special micromesh Italian filter which is designed to extract more juice, to the tune of 30% more.
Breville 800 JEXL is known as the most efficient centrifugal juicer. The thing is that most centrifugal juicers just won’t extract as much juice as their masticating and twin gear counterparts. However the 800 jexl with its innovative technology does a great job of being more efficient. If you’ve read my other posts then you know why I feel that juicer efficiency is so important – there is no point buying a juicer that will waste half your fruit and vegetables! Most produce is expensive and fresh, organic produce is even more so! Saving $100 on a juicer but spending an extra $30 each week on wasted food is a false economy.
The Breville juicers can also come with an attachment called the Froojie Disc which is used to puree soft fruits and vegetables. There is also a spout attachment which can be used to pour juice directly into a glass instead of the jug. Breville juicers are versatile, which is another reason for their popularity.
The Breville BJE510XL juicer comes with five speed options and an LCD screen while the 800 JEXL comes with two speed options. The juicer also comes with a safety latch for those of us, like me, who tend to be quite accident-prone! The BJE520xl is sometimes known as a Breville citrus juicer however this is quite inaccurate since it can juice many things beyond just citrus fruits.
A quick scroll through online shopping sites reveals that Breville is one of the most popular models with most people giving it five stars across its juicers range.
However there are some complaints but these complaints are common to all masticating juicers. For instance, some people complain that the noise is too loud but the fact is that centrifugal juicers will be louder than masticating or twin gear juicers.
Others complain that the juicer is not as efficient as the Omega or Super Angel 5500 but again, centrifugal juicers are not as efficient as masticating and twin gear juicers, however in terms of centrifugal juicers, the Breville is definitely the most efficient.
If you are serious about juicing and want to buy the absolute best juicer for your and your family’s health, then the Super Angel 5500 Living Juice Extractor Machine is the best possible option. It is called the Rolls Royce of juice extractors for a reason. I have one myself and I love it to bits! If you can afford it, then I highly recommend this juicer. However it is priced at around $1000 and not everyone can afford to spend that much on a juicer. It’s true that there are juicers which cost more than this, such as the Norfolk, which costs around $3000 but I have never owned one of those, so I can’t compare them.
I have read one review on Amazon that said, “if you can’t afford to pay the price and are serious about juicing, then start saving!” However that is not practical for everyone especially those who want to start juicing right away but cannot afford it. If you can’t afford the Super Angel 5500 I recommend you get either the best masticating juicer, the Omega or the best centrifugal juicer, the Breville BJE800 instead of buying an inferior twin gear juicer.
The reason the Super Angel 5500 juicer is so fabulous is because it creates the best juice. The twin gear mechanism ensures that the juice is created properly in two stages while leaving the enzymes intact while the low temperature and slow speed prevent the juice from oxidizing. At the end of the day this creates the most nutritious juice for you and your family, so if you are serious about getting healthy this is the juicer.
Another great thing about the Super Angel is its efficiency. I’m a great believer in buying things that provide value for money and although the Super Angel is a high cost upfront you will actually save money over the long run if you are a regular juicer. The Super Angel juice is simply the most efficient juicer that I have used, meaning it needs less produce to create the same amount of juice. Since the price of fresh fruit and vegetables is so high (and higher still if you buy organic like me) the savings do add up.
The Super Angel has stainless steel parts which make it easy to clean and more durable. The manufacturer claims that it is medical grade stainless steel.
Speaking of cleaning, the Super Angel also takes very little time to clean. I have timed myself and it takes me slightly under three minutes although it might take you longer, especially the first few times. I take one minute to scrub the screen with the provided brush and two minutes to rinse out the other parts – that’s it!
However, this juicer does take a little bit longer to produce the juice. This is in part because it is a slow speed juicer, but also because you will need to spend an extra minute prepping the produce. I find it more efficient to juice and prep simultaneously since the juicer can only accept produce slowly, to ensure that nothing gets clogged.
One of the things I hated about the Super Angel 5500 was the fact that it came with a plastic tub for catching the juice. However I have since replaced the plastic tub with a pyrex jug and I am happily juicing away!
The juicer comes with a 10 year warranty and you know it will last a long time! Depending on how often you juice, this might be the right juicer for you and your family.
I love juicing, and I also love my juice recipes! I like to keep things simple when juicing, and most of my recipes contain only one or two ingredients.
Some people like to have a medley of fruits in their juices, but when you mix in too many ingredients, you tend to mix the flavors as well, which means that you can’t taste the individual juices. I prefer to have one core ingredient as in the recipes below, and then add ginger to give some zing, or lemon/lime to add a twist.
At the end of the day, the kind of juices you make is entirely up to your own preferences, just like the juicer you own is up to your needs and likes.
Let’s get straight into the recipes!
Watermelon juice is one of the most refreshing juices ever! It’s quite sweet and tastes love. Watermelon contains lycopene, a very powerful antioxidant. It’s also high in vitamin C and Beta Carotene.
Grapefruit juice is quite cheap, considering how much juice you get from just one single grapefruit! This juice is a great source of vitamin c.
Freshly squeezed orange juice is a classic, and it’s my treat to myself on the weekends! OJ contains heaps of Vitamin C, as well as potassium, thiamine and folate.
Carrot juice is actually much sweeter than you’d think and is a great source of trace minerals and Vitamins A and K.
Mixing up oranges and carrots leads to a nice flavourful drink. While ginger adds a nice kick! Children probably won’t like ginger but this drink is a great “pick me up”. Ginger has powerful antioxidant properties and is very soothing if you have a cold or sore throat.
My favorite green juice recipe consists of apples, cucumbers, spinach and kale. The more spinach and kale in the juice, the stronger it is. Starting out, you might wish to have a higher percentage of apples and cucumbers, but later you’ll want to increase the amount of greens. Green leafy vegetables are incredibly healthy and great sources of antioxidants, trace minerals, vitamins A, B, C, E and K.
Pineapple juice is one of my favorite juices for when I’m feeling that “tropical, holiday” mood. It’s also a great juice for serving up at parties, for some reason, it’s really festive!
So there you have it! My favorite juice recipes
On this website, I talk about kitchen appliances, juicing for better health and juicers – but I’m not really into reviewing performance blenders. However, I’ve recently been researching smoothie makers, since I’d like to be able substitute some meals with smoothies, and I’ve narrowed down my choice to the Blendtec blenders or a Vitamix blender.
My friend Christine owns a Vitamix blender, and I was able to see it in action when I went to visit her. I told her about my website, and that I’d like to buy a performance blender for myself, and whether she’d like to write a review of her blender for my website. Thankfully she said yes, and I’m able to print her review below:
Hello this is Christina with my review of the Vitamix blender. Alannah told me that she’s choosing between a Vitamix and a Blendtec. However I don’t own a Blendtec so I can’t really compare the two. What I do know is that I love my Vitamix!
I was getting quite worried about my family’s health since morning’s are a rush and the kids just help themselves to sugary cereals, and my husband sometimes misses breakfast entirely. Now that we have a smoothie maker, the kids have a much healthier breakfast and my husband takes his to work in a travel thermos.
The blender I got is the Vitamix 1363 CIA Professional series blender. This is the one performance blender that is recommended by the Culinary Institute of America, and I wanted to know that I was getting the best.
I do have a citrus juicer at home but that only makes fresh orange juice, so obviously I needed something much more versatile and powerful.
The Vitamix works well for my family. Mornings are always hectic – now they’re noisy too! Thankfully the Vitamix is very efficient – once you add the fruits and ice, it takes only 40 seconds to make a great smoothie. This is very important for me since everyone in my family has different preferences! Nobody seems to want to have the same smoothie as someone else – that’s fine by me, since it just encourages the kids to be enthusiastic about smoothies and drink up what they love.
I do want the best smoothie maker but I also want to save some money. So after I decided to get the Vitamix, I compared prices at various stores. Prices at amazon.com turned out to be the best, especially compared to my local department stores. I’ve noticed this to be the case with many other items, like clothing, where prices are cheaper online.
There are some cheap Vitamix blenders which cost less than my model cost. I am sure they work just as well, after all they are made by Vitamix. However, I wanted to model that was endorsed by the Culinary Institute. Also the Vitamix 1363 came with a cool recipe guide that I wanted – this helped make sure that we were making tasty smoothies, instead of potentially not-so-yummy smoothies that would discourage the kids from drinking them.
In short, the Vitamix blender has been the best investment I’ve made in my family’s health this year. My family are eating much more healthy fruits and vegetables than they have ever eaten on a regular basis, before.
Masticating juicers are some of the most popular juicers available. The main difference between masticating juicers and centrifugal juicers is the juicing mechanism. Masticating juicers use a crushing and grinding mechanism while the centrifugal juicers use a chopping motion with blades.
Avid juicers say that masticating juicers allow the enzymes to be preserved and prevent oxidation. You can read more on oxidation here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=0006947D-57E8-1C72-9EB7809EC588F2D7
In addition, many popular masticating juicers such as the Omega juicers are also slow speed juicers. This means that the juicer and the juice stay cool and the juice is not oxidized by heat in any way.
Some of the popular masticating juicers are made by Omega and their two best-selling models are the vertical VRT350 HD and the horizontal J8006. The VRT350 has a smaller base, which means that it is easier to keep out on the countertop, however the J8006 series costs a bit less.
One negative about the masticating juicers is that they take longer to make the juice when compared to centrifugal juicers. They take a minute or two extra because of the way they create the juice. Also, most masticating juicers have openings that are smaller than those of popular centrifugal juicers. For instance, the best centrifugal juicer, the Breville BJE has an opening of 3″ which is large enough to insert a whole medium-sized apple. However the Omega masticating juicers have openings of 1.5″ – 1.75″. This means that with masticating juicers you will need to chop up produce into smaller pieces and this will take a bit of extra time.
On the other hand, an advantage of masticating juicers is the fact that they are much quieter than centrifugal juicers, again due to the mechanism they use to make the juice.
As you can see, the choice between masticating vs centrifugal juicers is not as clear-cut as you’d think. And to throw into the mix are wheatgrass juicers as well! Of course your choise will depend entirely on your needs and preferences. But if you’d like to buy a masticating juicer, some popular models aside from Omega are the Champion juicers, the Kuvings, the Hurom and the Green Power.
The health benefits of wheatgrass juice are undeniable. Wheatgrass has recently come to the attention of the scientific community and studies indicate that it is disease preventive and can infact improve patients suffering from major diseases such as cancer.
Wheatgrass contains antioxidant and disease-preventive benefits. It contains large amounts of chlorophyll, and high amounts of vitamins A, B, C and E. It also contains many amino acids and minerals such as phosphorous, iron, magnesium and calcium. Wheatgrass is suitable for vegetarians who want more protein in their diet since it contains high levels of protein.
Studies on the cancer-reducing and disease-preventive qualities are not conclusive, but there is a lot of evidence indicating that wheatgrass is indeed beneficial for people suffering from cancer. Please see the references provided at the end of this article for more information about wheatgrass and disease prevention.
Wheatgrass is available in the form of tablets and juices at various stores such as health stores and online. However it is a much better idea to create your own organic juice at home: this is a very simple undertaking provided that you have a good juicer and a wheatgrass kit. Juice created at home is more nutritious than commercial juices, since more of the enzymes are intact and home made juice is not oxidized.
It is quite simple to make wheatgrass juice at home, provided you have the right tools.
Of course the first thing you need to do is to grow the wheatgrass. Trust me, it’s really easy! I have a very black thumb and tend to kill plants, however I have been able to successfully grow wheatgrass on my kitchen window sill – this proves to me that if I can grow wheatgrass then anybody can! Wheatgrass kits are available online and in some nurseries.
The next thing you need of course is a good juicer that can juice wheatgrass. If you are serious about juicing wheatgrass, then regardless of what juicer you buy please always check the reviews to verify that you can juice wheatgrass with that particular juicer. I cover the best juicers on my website and I may have easily missed out on some juicer that you’re interested in. However, I’ll mention right now that two of the best options if you’re serious about wheatgrass juicing are the Omega J8003 – J8006 series models and the Super Angel 5500 juicer. For some reason, the lower priced Omega J8006 series does a better job juicing wheatgrass than the more popular and more expensive Omega VRT350 HD.
Centrifugal juicers cannot be used to juice wheatgrass, so if a juicer’s specifications mention that it is a centrifugal juicer, then it’s out of the picture. In order to juice wheatgrass, you’ll want either a masticating juicer or a twin gear (triturating) juicer.
A twin gear juicer is a better option and is more efficient at juicing wheatgrass than a masticating juicer. The best twin gear juicer out there is the Super Angel 5500. Of course, a twin gear juicer also costs more than a masticating juicer. Twin gear juicers operate by having two augers rotate very close to each other, squeezing out the juice as they do so. Masticating juicers have one auger that operates on a grinding/crushing principle.
The best masticating juicer for making wheatgrass is the Omega J8006/J8004. These two are basically the same juicer, with just slightly different exteriors, the J8006 has a black and chrome exterior and the J8004 has a white exterior.
The Omega juicers have an added advantage in that they can also be used to perform certain food processing tasks such as making nut butters, baby food, frozen desserts, pasta, etc.
And of course you can always use your wheatgrass juicer to make other kinds of fruit and vegetable juices
References regarding wheatgrass and disease/cancer, in addition to links already provided are:
Marawaha, RK; Bansal, D; Kaur, S; Trehan, A; Wheatgrass Juice Reduces Transfusion Requirement in Patients with Thalassemia Major: A Pilot Study. Indian Pediatric 2004 Jul;41(7):716-20
S. Mukhopadhyay; J. Basak; M. Kar; S. Mandal; A. Mukhopadhyay; Netaji Subhas; Chandra Bose; Cancer Research Institute, Kolkata, India; NRS Medical College, Kolkata, India; Central Institute for Research (Ayurveda), Kolkata, India. The Role of Iron Chelation Activity of Wheat Grass Juice in Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Journal of Clinical Oncology 27:15s, 2009 (suppl; abstr 7012) 2009 ASCO Annual Meeting. Presenter: Soma Mukhopadhyay, PhD.
Bar-Sela, Gil; Tsalic, Medy; Fried, Getta; Goldberg, Hadassah. Wheat Grass Juice May Improve Hematological Toxicity Related to Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer Patients: A Pilot Study. Nutrition and Cancer 2007, Vol. 58, No. 1, Pages 43-48.
Alitheen NB, Oon CL, Keong YS, Chuan TK, Li HK, Yong HW.”Cytotoxic effects of commercial wheatgrass and fiber towards human acute promyelocytic leukemia cells (HL60).” Pak J Pharm Sci. 2011 Jul;24(3):243-50
Fahey, Jed W..; Katherine K. Stephenson, Albena T. Dinkova-Kostova, Patricia A. Egner, Thomas W. Kensler and Paul Talalay (2005). “Chlorophyll, chlorophyllin and related tetrapyrroles are significant inducers of mammalian phase 2 cytoprotective genes”
Please contact me using the contact page if you would like to submit any other references.
Omega is one of the most popular brands when it comes to juicers, and if you’re considering buying a new juicer then most likely you’ve come across a number of Omega juicer reviews. Infact, the Omega VRT350HD is my pick as the best masticating juicer.
Many avid juicers own an Omega juicer since these are some of the best juicers on the market and certainly some of the most efficient juicers available. Omega horizontal masticating juicers are also extremely popular with consumers and can even be used to make wheatgrass juice.
Omega Products was founded in 1985 and was soon reputed to make some of the best juicers around.
In 2009, Omega merged with Legacy Companies. Omega has been around for decades and their juicers are efficient, easy to use and durable. Omega juicers are used in households as well as commercially in juice bars. Omega juicers tend to have warranties of ten to fifteen years – because their juicers last for so long, Omega is able to offer such extended warranties. Omega manufactures a number of models of juicers, but their popular juicer models are the vertical masticating juicers and the horizontal masticating juicers.
The Omega VRT350HD is one of the most popular masticating juicers and is my pick for the top masticating juicer available on the market today.
Masticating juicers are usually horizontal, which means that they take up a lot of countertop space. However the Omega vert350 hd has a small base and a stylish design, which makes it easy to leave this juicer out of the countertop for easy access, even if you have a small kitchen.
In addition to its stylish good looks, the Omega VRT350 is also an extremely efficient juicer with a very high juice yield. This means that this is a very economical model to use, since it needs less produce to extract the same amount of juice.
The juice produced by the Omega VRT350 is extremely nutritious. Omega uses a special 8-RPM slow speed technology to ensure that the juice stays cool, enzymes stay intact and there is no oxidation.
The Omega VRT330 is similar to the VRT 350. However the VRT350 has a chrome and black design while the VRT330 is white; in addition the VRT350 has a finer juice strainer.
Omega horizontal juicers are also incredibly popular with consumers. Their best-selling models are the J8003-J8006 series.
Like the vertical Omega masticating juicers, these horizontal juicers are also extremely efficient and have a high juice yield. They use the same slow speed technology to ensure that the juice stays cool, there is no oxidation and the enzymes stay intact.
The Omega J8006/J8004 series have 15 year warranties and a GE Ultem auger which is stronger and more durable than other augers. The J8005/J8003 series have a regular auger and ten year warranties. To read my full review of the Omega horizontal masticating juicers, please click here.
In addition to making fruit and vegetable juices, these horizontal juicers can also be used to make wheatgrass juice. If you’d like to juice wheatgrass on a regular basis, please read my wheatgrass juicers review here.
Finally, these horizontal juicers can also be used for a range of food processing tasks such as making nut butters, pasta, frozen desserts, baby food and more.
Juicing is now a habit that many health conscious people perform regularly. It is not a fad or “new age” or “hippy” thing to do. Instead, it has been proven that juicing has many health benefits including disease prevention, reducing disease impact and anti-aging and detoxification properties. People who juice regularly soon realise that they have better health, more energy and higher levels of attentiveness and productivity.
I’ve heard a number of good things about the Champion Juicer G5-PG710/20 Commercial Heavy Duty Juicer and have had the chance to try it out at a friend’s house. This is a masticating juicer, and I noticed that it was easy to use and easy to clean. The juice was also pretty tasty, however I noticed that the pulp was a bit juicier than the pulp that remains when I use my Omega or Super Angel, indicating that this juicer is not as efficient as the Omega or Super Angel.
However, since I don’t actually own this juicer and have just used it at my friend’s house, I didn’t want to write a review of it myself since I might give you incomplete information. Instead I asked my friend if she would write a review for me, and she agreed. Here’s her review:
I bought my Champion juicer a few months ago and when I got it, it was heavily discounted. It cost me around $150 less than the comparable Omega, and I decided to take a risk and go for this model.
I’m pretty happy with my juicer. Of course it’s a masticating juicer which means that the juice it makes is more nutritious and enzymes are intact, etc.
I know that Alannah thinks that this juicer is not as efficient as more high end models and that the pulp is a bit wet but it doesn’t really bother me. I’ve read on the internet that you can buy an attachment to collect the pulp and then use a hydraulic press to squeeze out any remaining juice, but that seems a bit extreme to me and I’m happy with using the juicer as it is.
The Champion comes with nylon parts unlike most high end juicers which come with stainless steel parts. This was a drawback in my eyes and most people say that because the parts are bendy nylon they do not break. However I have also read a reviewer who said that his blades were dull within a few months and Champion happily replaced them.
Champion juicers are made in the USA which is quite rare these days. Maybe that’s why their customer service is good. However their warranty is a 10 year limited warranty unlike the Omega which comes with a 10 or 15 year unlimited warranty.
Still, I’m very happy with my juicer, I’ve never had any issue with it. Things like overheating, clogging etc have never happened with my juicer.
Instead it’s very easy to use and all I have to do is place it next to the sink when I use it. The juicer does not have a compartment for storing the pulp and the pulp ejects out of the front, so it falls directly into the sink. Cleaning up the juicer is also very easy, I just rinse the parts under the tap. I see no need to use my dishwasher for this. Because parts are plastic they do stain. However you can bleach them once a month to make them whiter.
This is not a self-feeding juicer unlike many of the popular juicers out there. This means that you actually have to press the produce down but this is not too much of an issue for me.
This juicer does make green juice but I’m not too fond of green juice myself. You can definitely make green juice with this juicer though. However I’m not too sure if it will juice wheatgrass.
One of the things I like about this juicer is that it can easily be used to make frozen desserts. I think it can be used for other food processing tasks like making nut butters, etc but I just make frozen desserts. You can use banana, pineapple and other fruits to make fabulous soft serve or frozen smoothies. These are 100% healthy and make for great desserts in the summer.
I’m really happy with how my juicer works. However, it does have some drawbacks, like the nylon parts and the fact that it’s self-feeding, and some people might prefer a more efficient juicer. However I am happy with my juicer and the fact that I got it at a great discount was important to me. Overall, I do like the Champion juicer I own.