Daily consumption of fruits and vegetables is very important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The benefits are numerous and include the supply of the body with vital nutrients, vitamins and enzymes. For people who have difficulty eating vegetables or fruit, juicing becomes an alternative. And even for those who have no problems with eating vegetables, juicing makes it possible for the body to absorb more nutrients from the same amount of food because the extraction of fiber from the foodstuffs make the juice more digestible.
- Masticating vs Centrifugal Juicers
- Vertical vs Horizontal Masticating Juicers
- Introduction to Omega Juicers
- The Benefits of Omega Juicers
Masticating vs Centrifugal Juicers
Since pasteurization kills many of the nutrients and helpful enzymes in food, store-bought juice cannot be considered okay by any health-conscious human being. The alternative then is to juice at home with your own juicer. When starting out for the first time, you may be tempted to buy the cheaper juicers in the $50 range, but all juicers are not made equal.
All of the cheaper juicers are centrifugal juicers and the majority of the costlier ones are masticating juicers. Centrifugal juicers shred the food item and then suck out the juice from the pulp using centrifugal force which is a result of the high spinning speed of the machine, normally over 10,000 RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) . This high speed cutting and spinning normally causes oxidization of the item, and then degradation. The juice produced this way therefore spoils very quickly.
Masticating juicers on the other hand rotate very slowly around 40 to 80 RPM and the food item is not cut but rather the juice is gently squeezed out. This offers the benefit that there is no oxidization, the juice produced can therefore last up to 72 hours. Secondly, juice from masticating juicers contain more nutrients and enzymes. Thirdly, masticating juicers extract on average more juice than centrifugal juicers. Fourthly, centrifugal juicers cannot juice leafy greens like spinach properly, so if you are interested in juicing leafy greens, then what you need is a masticating juicer.
Vertical vs Horizontal Masticating Juicers
There are two types of masticating Omega juicers in this review, the vertical and the horizontal masticating juicer. The main difference between the two is that horizontal juicers grind the foodstuff first before pressing the juice out while vertical masticating juicers simply keep squeezing the food item against a strainer until only a dry pulp remains. This makes vertical masticating juicers produce more juice than the horizontal ones and they are faster too because they employ much wider augers and can therefore process more foodstuff at a time. The only reason you would have to choose a horizontal masticating juicer over a vertical one is if you need to grind hard items like coffee, or make peanut butter or grind certain other seeds.
Introduction to Omega Juicers
Omega is a well established company that produces kitchen appliances amongst a wide variety of products. And when it comes to juicers, the Omega brand is well respected for its quality products. There are four Omega juicers in this review; two vertical and two horizontal masticating juicers.
Wattage & Horse Power
1. Omega J8006 – Nutrition Center Horizontal Masticating Juicer
The Omega J8006 is a horizontal masticating dual stage juicer from Omega. It has a beautiful design with a handle for carrying it on top. It also has 4 suction cup feet for increased stability while juicing. The J8006 is very silent and its auger rotates at only 80 RPM using gear reduction which also increases its power to the equivalent of 2 Horse Power. The J8006 comes in a chrome finish and uses 150 Watts of electric energy.
This juicer is very easy to clean and to maintain generally. It can operate for a long time without the temperature rising. This is a good thing because heat kills nutrients and enzymes in food. The auger is made from Ultem and is extremely strong and can juice a wide variety of items including tough seeds. It can also easily juice soft grapes and berries that are otherwise more difficult to juice using other horizontal juicers because they keep being thrown back up the feeder. It can also grind coffee, extrude pasta, mince garlic and other types of herbs and make baby food.
2. Omega VRT350 – Dual-Stage Vertical Masticating Juicer
The Omega VRT350 is a heavy duty dual stage vertical juicer from Omega. It combines the high efficiency of a masticating juicer with the beneficial design of a vertical auger. At just 80 RPM, this makes it produce more juice, more efficiently and that can be stored for up to 72 hours without degradation. This juicer is available in pearl white.
The VRT350 uses 150 Watts of energy to generate the equivalent of 1.5 HP which then slowly but efficiently squeezes every last drop of juice out of any foodstuff put into it. Due to its design, it is also auto-cleaning and a steadily clean strainer means juice production is always more efficient. It also features a see-through juice chamber so you can watch the juices being pressed out and then flowing down.
3. Omega NC900HDC – Horizontal 6th Generation Masticating Juicer
The Omega NC-900-HDC is a dual stage horizontal masticating juicer with 5 adjustable settings to maximize juicing output. The 900HDC includes a handle and also has a very unique design that makes it easily recognizable amongst a myriad of similar juicers. The lower part of its middle is raised in an arc and this makes this juicer a very trendy appliance that will give the perfect touch to any modern kitchen’s counter-top.
The 900HDC comes in a chrome finish and also uses 150 Watts to produce about 2 HP at 80 RPM. To maximize juice production, you set the 900HDC’s output setting to 1 for citrus fruits and set to 5 for tougher items like wheat-grass. It also comes with a large feeding chute for faster juicing and the package includes 6 different nozzles and 1 juicing screen. It also comes with a 15 year warranty.
4. Omega VSJ843QS – Vertical Masticating Juicer
The Omega VSJ-843-QS is a newer vertical masticating juicer from Omega. Unlike the older models, it rotates at just 43 RPM which is about 50% of the earlier model’s speed. To offset this reduction in speed, the juicer comes with an even tighter fitting dual-edge auger which strains much more juice while preserving the integrity of the nutrients and enzymes.
The VSJ-843-QS can make fruit & vegetable juice,nut milks, smoothies and fruit sorbets. Its auto-cleaning system also makes it more efficient by keeping the the strainer clear. It uses 150 Watts of electric energy and comes with a 15 year warranty.
The Benefits of Omega Juicers
- Quality engineering
All Omega juicers are very properly engineered for efficient juicing and long life.
Omega juicers also do not lack in looks. They always manage to look trendy and modern in an inspiring way.
- Long warranty
Many other makers of fruit and vegetable juicers offer just 1 year to 5 year warranties but Omega juicers are backed up by 10 to 15 year warranties.
All Omega juicers are designed and fabricated using the highest quality standards. Therefore any of these four Omega juicers would be a great buy. If you have narrowed down your decision to buy a juicer that is an Omega, but you just want to figure out which exact model, then it’s quite simple:
- Scenario 1.
If you would also like to grind stuff like peanuts to make peanut butter, or to grind coffee with your Omega juicer, then you are better served with a horizontal juicer.
- Scenario 2.
If on the other hand you are solely interested in the best possible means to efficiently and quickly juice fruits and all forms of vegetables, then the vertical juicer is for you, more specifically, the VSJ-843-QS, because it is made with more modern technology than the rest.