Omega VRT330 150 Watts Juicer Reviews
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Omega VRT330 150 Watts Juicer

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Nov 19, 2011
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Pros:Powerful, Quiet, More Juice, Easy Cleanup, Vesatile, Long Warranty.

Cons:Price, Prep time of produce.

The Bottom Line: If you're committed to a lifestyle change, and plan to be juicing for a long time, this is your machine!


If you're new to the world of juicing, just as I was when I started, I hope that this review will help you make an educated decision on which juicer is best for you.  My wife and I watched the movie, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  I was the same age and within 15 pounds of the subject, Joe Cross.  That really inspired me.  We watched the movie on Saturday afternoon, and went to Bed Bath and Beyond and bought a centrifugal Juiceman juicer for $60.  My dad had one of these when they first came out, and it was a solid built machine that worked well, he also paid about $300 for it 20 years ago.  Getting home with our juicer, it came out of the box light and flimsy, and didn't work well at all.  Underpowered it struggled with most produce, and extremely noisy.  The pulp was really wet, and it took a ton of vegetables and fruit to make 24 oz. of juice.  I asked my dad if I could borrow his old one, and being the pack-rat that he is, couldn't find it, but my mom found her Jack Lalane.  Also a centrifugal juicer, but much heavier built.  Well balanced and quiet, I could juice without running the family out of the house.  But still, the pulp was wet, and as with the other centrifugal juicer, cleanup was messy and time consuming.  All that leads up to this:  I had been doing research on juicers, and had seen the masticating Omega VRT juicers.  Centrifugal juicers use extremely high rpm and a cutter head.  When the produce hits the cutter head, it is chewed up into tiny pieces, and the centrifugal force throws those pieces against the outside screen where the juice is forced through the screen while the pulp slides up the angles wall of the juice basket.  A masticating juicer works by simply crushing the produce pretty much like you would by hand.  The produce is crushed between either two augers, or as in the case of the Omega VRT, one auger.  There are different numbers, 330, 350, 350HD, etc.  The parts for the 330 and 350 will interchange.  So if you already own a 330, you could upgrade your juicer to a 350 by ordering the auger and basket for the 350.  I actually have the 350HD.  All that means is that they have improved the hardness of the strainer basket and the auger that crushes the produce.  The 350HD gives you two strainer baskets, one that allows more pulp in your juice, and the other less.
Now to the performance of the Omega VRT Juicer:
The juicer arrives UPS.  Shipping weight 23 pounds. Wow!  It's like a piece of industrial machinery!  I take the juicer out of the box and set out the pieces.  Assembly was very easy.  There is a notation of a red dot on the strainer basket that has to be aligned with the bowl that it sits in.  This is to align the pulp slot for both pieces so that the pulp is ejected properly.  I eagerly prepare some fruits and vegetables to try out my new juicer.  I flip on the switch, and notice it also has a reverse.  In the event of a jam, you can reverse the juicer momentarily, then switch back to on to clear the jam.  The Omega VRT is super quiet!  Just the low hum of a well balanced and powerful motor.  The speed on this juicer is a slow 80 rpm, instead of the 3000-15,000 rpm's of centrifugal juicers!  I drop in a full cucumber that has been sliced in have longways.  Crunch, crunch, crunch, the cucumber sounds like it's snack for the Jolly Green Giant.  It's gone in just a few seconds, and the juice pouring out of the Omega sounds like a fountain!  I'm impressed!  Apples, oranges, or any round fruit I put in that juicer it powers through.  I check the pulp being ejected from the machine.  It's like a dry paste!  My centrifugal juicers it was wet and nasty.  I had even tried running it through again to get the rest of my juice out of that high dollar produce!  On to vegetables.  Most vegetables go through the same way with the exception of leafy greens and stringy vegetables.  I quickly found that you need to cut the leafy greens like Kale and Bok Choy down to short pieces.  Spinach the same way, and if you're using Baby Spinach, feed a few leaves at a time, or feed with something more coarse, like a carrot.  Really fibrous items, like pineapple and celery also need to be cut down to prevent the produce from wrapping completely around the auger.  Fruit that is too ripe can cause problems because it's too soft and turns to mush.  When that happens the auger can't pull the produce down to eject it out the bottom of the strainer basket.
The Omega VRT can make almond milk with one pass.  We tried this with our Jack Lallane centrifugal, and it didn't work. 
Clean up:  Clean up time on this juicer is 2-3 minutes.  After I'm done with making my juice, I clean up the juicer immediately.  If you can't do this, you need to leave the parts submerged in water so that the pulp doesn't dry out and harden.  The top feeder chute I have never had to do anything but rinse under hot running water.  Next, I remove the auger, basket, wiper assembly and bowl.  Separating these parts, I wash the bowl first.  There is a removable yellow plug at the bottom of the bowl.  Remove this so that you can run hot water from all directions into the pulp chute.  Most of the time the pulp will clear within a few seconds.  If not, use the supplied brush.  This brush looks like an overgrown toothbrush with a blade screwdriver on the end of the handle.  It works perfect for reaching into the chutes and grooves that don't rinse clean, which is seldom.  Next, I rinse the wiper assembly.  This is a simply dual ring with rubber wipers that wipe the extracted juice off of the strainer basket.  It also rinses easily.  About once a week, I remove the rubber wipers and clean where they mount, as sometimes pulp does get caught in the grooves.  The filter basket is next, and the hardest to clean.  I'm right handed, so I hold the basket in my left hand, with the big end of the basket placed against the center divider in my kitchen sink.  I position the water faucet so that it is pouring directly onto the lower or smaller silver band on the strainer basket.  The strainer basket has two rows of strainers.  The upper has larger holes, and the bottom has very small holes.  The small holes are the harder to clean, so I run hot water directly onto that while I scrub with the cleaner brush.  I rotate the basket as I go around.  The running water makes it very easy to see any pulp that I might have missed.  For pulp that doesn't come out from brushing on the outside, I turn the brush and make a stroke or two from the inside.  That always does the trick.  Last is the auger.  Rinse and you're done.  Maybe four times have I had to use the blade end of the brush to pick pule from the gear teeth on the bottom of the auger.  There is a pusher, but I seldom use it.  Leafy greens require the use of the pusher, but after I learned to cut them down and feed them with other heavier produce, it's seldom.
Foam:  Centrifugal juicers produce massive amounts of foam.  Masticating juicers produce some foam.  I don't like foam, and most people don't.  I simply use my cutting knife and hold it over the pour spout of the supplied juice pitchers as I pour my juice into my cup.  That holds the foam back, and the juice runs under the knife.  It's that simple.  I've read reviews about people complaining about the foam, and it's a simple fix.  Also, masticating juicers produce a juice that is not oxygenated, so it will keep for up to 72 hours.  Centrifugal juicers require that you drink the juice immediately.
Okay, I know this was long, but I wanted to write a really informed review to try and share what I have learned the hard way.  There are good videos on You Tube about the Omega VRT.  The guys at Discount Juicers.com have posted several side by side comparisons on these and other juicers.  Check them out!
Just a side note.  I've been juicing for 32 days now, and have lost 31 pounds. I'm 41 years old.  Try to watch the movies Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and Forks Over Knives.


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