Omega VRT350 Review

Omega VRT350 Review 

Omega VRT350 Summary

4.4 out of 5

The Omega VRT350 is a horizontal masticating Juicer which gets away from Omega’s traditional designs. With saying that, all seems to be fine when looking at the specifications such as the motor-wattage and all of the attachments that come with it. In the real world though, how does it stack up against the best masticating juicers?


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Omega VRT350 Introduction

Many people agree that fruit and vegetable juices are a healthy drink and the fresher they are the better for you. It actually depends on how the juice is extracted as to how much of the healthy, enzymes, nutrients and vitamins are in the juice. If the juice is extracted using high speed juicers much of the goodness can be destroyed. This is because the high speeds involved cause a heating up of the juice that kills off many of the enzymes and reduces the amount of vitamins and nutrients that were originally in the fruit or vegetables. Additionally the froth that occurs during the high speed juice extraction causes oxidization of the juice that means that it does not stay as fresh as long as it could.

The Omega VRT350 uses a different method to extract the juice, slow speed mastication. How it works is that the fruit or vegetables are drawn through 2 stage process. The first stage crushes the fruit of vegetables extracting a percentage of the juice, the pulp is then taken to the second stage where even more juice is extracted. So much of the juice is extracted that the pulp that is automatically ejected is very dry, especially when compared to alternative extraction methods.

As the juice has not been subjected to any of the heat build-up that would occur with high speed extraction systems none of the nutrients, enzymes or vitamins are destroyed. As there is no high speeds in involved, typically between 1650 and 16000 rpm in high speed systems, there is minimal or even no frothing. This means much less oxidization. Juice extracted by the slow mastication method will typically stay fresh much longer, up to 3 days in the refrigerator nor will it separate while stored. With slow speed mastication the maximum of healthy juice is extracted from the fruit or vegetables.

Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Dual-Stage Vertical Single Auger Low Speed Juicer Silver
Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Dual-Stage Vertical Single Auger Low Speed Juicer Silver
  • Low speed juicing prevents oxidation on degredation of juice
  • Capable of juicing wheatgrass at high yield
  • Auto cleaning system

Our Omega VRT350 Review

Anyone who has carried out any research in to home juice extraction will be aware of the benefits of slow speed extraction as opposed to high speed extraction. One of the most efficient methods of slow speed extraction for the home juicers is the masticating method. Among slow speed masticating juicers Omega is probably one of the best known brands. They make reliable, efficient and long lasting juice extractors.

Omega VRT350 Masticating Juicer

The most commonly known Omega juicers are their horizontal models. However, for some locations, especially in crowded kitchens, the horizontal model takes up a little too much space. That is where the Omega VRT350 comes in. Rather than being horizontal it is a vertical juicer that has a much reduced footprint compared to other juicers in the Omega horizontal range. Dimensionally the Omega VRT350 is only 7 x 8.5 inches on the counter top and 15.5 inches high.

It arrived complete with 2 x 64 oz. containers, one to collect the juice and the second to collect the automatically ejected pulp. The feed hopper is located at the top of the Omega VRT350 and there is a pusher supplied to help feed the fruit or vegetables in to the heart of the juicer. Actually producing the juice using the Omega VRT350 is simplicity itself; press the start button, feed the fruit or vegetables in the feed hopper and wait for the juice to come out. That is very simply it.

The Omega VRT350 allows you to continuously produce juice without having to stop to remove pulp or allow the juicer to cool down as you would have to with the high speed methods. Very occasionally there will be a jam. If this should occur all that needs to be done is just press the start button to the reverse position and the Omega VRT350 will free itself. In addition to juicing fruit and vegetables the Omega VRT350 is well able to juice wheat grass very efficiently and producing a high yield.

Although the Omega VRT350 may be more expensive than some of the high speed type juice extractors, due to the efficiency of the masticating system and the Omega VRT350, up to 25% more juice can be obtained for a given weight of fruit. This is one of the reasons why the pulp that is automatically ejected is so dry. When the juicing is complete or you want to change the type of fruit or vegetables that you are juicing, cleaning the Omega VRT350 is simplicity itself.

All that needs to be done is place a bowl at the outlet spout and pour water down the feed tube. As the water runs through the auto cleaning system will make sure that all traces of pulp and juice are cleaned out. Due to the quiet operation of the Omega VRT350, the ability to continuously juice without having to keep stopping and starting, the ability to clean it by just pouring water down the feed tube along with the fact that the juice stays fresh for up to 3 days in the refrigerator, it is easy and quick to make larger batches of juice every 2 or 3 days rather than have to do it every day.

Omega VRT350 Specifications & Pros/Cons

Pros

Cons

Key Features

  • Slow speed masticating juice extraction system is highly efficient, extracting the maximum juice without damaging or destroying any of the healthy contents like vitamins, nutrients or enzymes.
  • Extracts juice from wheat grass and tough leafy vegetables.
  • 10 year Omega warranty.
  • Upright configuration with small footprint of 7 x 8.5 inches.
  • Auto cleaning, just pour water down the feed tube and the Omega VRT350 cleans itself.
  • Automatic pulp ejection.
  • Reverse action in case of jams.
  • Can be used for extended periods without having to stop to remove pulp of allow to cool down.
  • Not as flexible as the Omega horizontal juicers when processing other foods such as extruding pasta.
  • Masticating juicing action – extracts the maximum juice from a given amount of fruit or vegetables without damaging or destroying any of the nutrients, enzymes or vitamins.
  • Minimal oxidization of juice – the lack of foam created during juicing makes the juice last longer and keep a better, fresher taste.
  • Juice lasts for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • Up right configuration – takes up less counter space in the kitchen.
  • Juices wheat grass – very effectively juices wheat grass giving high juice yields.
  • 10 year manufacturer’s warranty – the Omega VRT350 is built to last so much so that Omega give the Omega VRT350 a 10 year warranty (a small service charge applies after the first year).
  • Auto clean – to clean the Omega VRT350 simply pour water down the feed tube and it will wash all pulp and juice residues away.
  • Small footprint – the Omega VRT350 only takes up 7 x 8.5 inches of counter space.
  • Reverse mode – in case any food gets stuck the reverse mode will unjam it.
  • Quiet operation – due to the slow speeds involved in the juice extraction the Omega VRT350 is very quiet compared to high speed extractors.
  • Quick assembly and disassembly – when storing the Omega VRT350 away.

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Our Final Conclusion For The Omega VRT350

For those who like high quality fresh homemade juice the Omega VRT350 is a very good option especially where space is at a premium. It is easy and very efficient to use. One of the things that put people off using kitchen appliances especially for something small is the cleaning involved afterwards. With the Omega VRT350 it becomes no problem even just to make a small glass of fresh juice as all that needs to be done to clean it is to pour some water down the inlet tube.

While the Omega VRT350 may not be able to do some of the additional jobs that it’s horizontal counterparts from Omega can perform like pasta extrusion, it is considerably less costly than the horizontal models while still being able to produce the same high quality juice. Like every juicer it works better with crisp fresh fruit but will manage to extract juice from anything that can be juiced – including tough green leafy vegetables.

Buying the Omega VRT350 is an investment as it is designed to last for many years, is evidenced by the 10 year warranty that Omega give it. Users of the Omega VRT350 are very happy with it, on Amazon it scores 4.2 out of 5 from over 850 reviews.