Just before we adopted a vegetarian lifestyle, we watched a documentary called Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. In it, an Aussie named Joe Cross put himself on a 60-day juice fast and traveled the US from coast to coast sharing his experience with whomever he met along the way. While we were not inspired to go sixty days on juice alone, the film did impress upon us the incredible benefits of adding juices made from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables to our diet. And so our quest for the perfect juicer began…
As neither of us are ones to jump into major purchases lightly, Vickie conducted two weeks of really thorough research (including a comparison spreadsheet!). By the end of it all, she had found a handful of 4- and 5-star-reviewed juicers, but we decided that the Omega VRT350S was the one for us.
And now we’d like to share our little bundle of juicy joy with you! When I set out to write this review, I essentially wrote down all of the questions I would ask someone who already owned this model, and then I answered myself (because, lo and behold, that someone is me!). I hope you find this review as beneficial as we find our Omega!
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PRODUCT NAME: Omega
MODEL #: VRT350S
PURCHASE PRICE: $379.95
PURCHASED FROM: amazon.com
PURCHASE DATE: 4/21/13
REASON FOR PURCHASE: Our health!
- Fine and Coarse Juicing Screen for Pulp Control
- Capable of Juicing Wheatgrass at High Yield
- Auto Cleaning System
PACKAGING AND EASE OF ASSEMBLY
Q: Was the juicer well-packed for shipping?
Q: Was it easy to unbox?
Q: Were the assembly instructions easy to read and understand?
Q: Were all parts well-labeled?
Q: Does it assemble smoothly? (nothing too tight/loose, etc)
A: There was a little bit of a trick to getting the auger fitted correctly into the strainer the first time or two, but once you figure it out it’s not a problem.
EASE OF USE
Q: Are the instructions for use easy to understand and follow?
Q: Is the chute wide enough?
A: Large or thick pieces of fruits and vegetables need to be cut in half (or more) in order to fit well and not jam the auger assembly. It is not necessary to cut into small pieces, so prep time is still minimal.
Q: Do the parts come apart easily?
A: It took a little practice to learn the best way to remove the main assembly from the base because it needs to be turned counter-clockwise and it is hard to get a good grip on it. I discovered if you hold the base with one hand and then hold the assembly by the top edge to turn it, it comes off easily.
Q: Are there small spaces that are hard to get clean?
A: The chute for the pulp and the spout for the juice are narrow, and thus hard to get a regular sponge or dishcloth in for cleaning, but the brush that is included fits into both the chute and spout. It also has a flattened end (resembling a flathead screwdriver) that fits into the groove on the underside of the auger.
Q: Are the parts dishwasher-safe?
A: Omega does not recommend that any of the part be placed in the dishwasher.
QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF JUICE
Both the quality and quantity of juice are better than that of our old juicer. The pulp that is extruded from the machine is very dry in comparison with our old juicer, which produced a wet sludge. This means that the quantity of juice is considerably greater, since more is being squeezed from the veggies and fruit.
Juice consumed immediately after juicing is extremely flavorful. I don’t mind drinking it at room temperature and Vickie prefers hers chilled, but either way the taste is superb. For the juice to remain fresh-tasting longer, it should be stored in a glass container with a lid (I use a canning jar) in the refrigerator. Even after 24 hours, the juice still retains good flavor (a good stir is in order before drinking, though). Although Omega states that refrigerated juice will remain good for up to 72 hours, we both feel that 24 hours is about the limit. Besides, juice begins to lose nutrients as soon as it is made, so the sooner you drink it, the better!
Product Specifications for the Omega VRT350S Juicer
Juicer Type: Masticating
Speed: 80 RPM
Motor: 2 HP Condenser Motor
Weight: 22 lbs
Dimensions: 7” W x 8 1/2” D x 15 1/2” H
Warranty: 10 year