Hey guys! So last weekend I tweeted about getting a new juicer, but I’ve been a little hush hush about it since. Ha! I’m such a tease. Why the suspense? Well, I wanted to really get a feel for the juicer before I gave it a review here on the blog. Using a juicer once or twice is hardly enough time for a fair and accurate review. In all honesty, I should have waited about a month but I don’t have near that amount of patience ;)
Introducing the latest addition to my kitchen family… the Omega Vert 350 HD masticating juicer!
I’ve wanted a masticating juicer for awhile now, and after getting a few extra projects at work this month I was inspired to splurge. For a little info on masticating juicers vs. centrifugal juicers you can check out my post here.
So far, I love this juicer. I finally have the ability to efficiently juice greens like kale, collards, swiss chard, and even wheat grass! My Breville centrifugal juicer does not juice greens very efficiently unless I use greens with a high water content like romaine lettuce. This juicer actually grinds and presses the juice from the greens and produces a very full-bodied and flavorful juice.
- Very high quality juice that does not separate
- More nutrients are retained in masticating juicers and therefore the juice keeps longer (I’ve read up to 3 days) while still preserving the quality.
- Juices greens
- Very easy to use and clean; also very quiet juicer
- Stand-up vertical model takes up minimal counter space
- Can also make sorbets, nut milk and soy milk
- 10-year warranty (yowzas!)
- Juicer is slower and takes more time. You have to feed the produce much more slowly through the feeding tube.
- Produces more pulp. This is probably the biggest con. Even the fine-mesh sieve produces a lot of pulp! This isn’t bad for those that don’t mind pulp in their juice (more fiber!) but for people like me who prefer less, it’s a bit annoying. I have to strain the juice every time I make it and usually end up with several large tablespoons of pulp in the strainer.
- Food prep is more time consuming. The produce must be cut into smaller pieces to fit into a much smaller feeding tube.
- Parts are not dishwasher safe. Major bummer, but not as big of a deal as you would think. It still cleans easily in warm soapy water, and I usually allow the parts to air dry before reassembling. I juice at least 2 times a day so I’ve never been a huge fan of taking the time to put things into the dishwasher anyway–even with my dishwasher safe Breville.
- Expensive. $350-$400 range depending on the model you select.
Overall, I would still say the pros outweigh the cons. I read tons of online reviews before I purchased this product and heard much of the same. I also read that the plastic part in the sieve has a tendency to crack over time. But Omega just released this HD model this year with an 8 x stronger sieve insert, so I am hoping that alleviates the problem. With a 10 year warranty, Omega promises to replace any parts that break from normal use, so that’s the important part!
This green juice is seriously fabulous. So full of flavor! The juice from my centrifugal juicer is much more watery compared to the juice from this masticating juicer.
Delicious kale, apple and pear juice. Mmm!! I’m sure I’ll have many stories to come about my new little kitchen appliance ;) I snapped a quick video this afternoon while making green juice for anyone that wants the see this baby in action! Enjoy!
~ Peace, Love & Veggies xo