Juicer Update (warning:  high geek factor)

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Today’s Workout
21-15-9 rep rounds for time of:
Power Cleans (155/105)
Box Jumps (32/24)If you didn’t think I was a geek before, now you most certainly will. When I buy an appliance or product that is supposed to work in a very specific way, I always go to great lengths to ensure I got exactly what I want. That often includes ordering multiple versions or types and returning the ones that don’t meet my standards. Many of you know that I did that with our robot vacuum cleaner at the gym testing both at great lengths before finally deciding that Roomba was the way to go (winning out over Neato).

Now it’s happened in the area of juicing. After my post last week about getting re-started juicing, I’ve got an update for you regarding the best juicer for the job. I wrote my last post after juicing two times with the new juicer, the Omega VRT-350hd. I remind you, this one is the latest technology, a vertically oriented, low RPM juicer that looks great, takes up minimal counter space and creates quality juice. Compared to the Breville, I was impressed, and could taste the quality difference in the juice it made.

Over the next several days, as I added diversity to my juicing recipes, I found out a few things:

1. Carrots almost always result in a “jam” – the motor stops and you have to switch it to reverse to unjam it (not a problem, just a fact).

2. Celery, a staple of my juices, with it’s long, stringy fibers that run the length of the stalk, clog up the pulp ejection port. This leads to other problems – veggies and fruits that go in after the celery tend to not juice completely resulting in a high moisture content pulp or in pulp remaining stuck in the auger/juicing chamber. Even when I cut the celery into small pieces, though better, it was still a problem.

3. I don’t understand why, but beets are a problem. Don’t get me wrong, they juice fine, but the final product contains small bits of beet pulp, just enough to be really annoying. They get stuck in your teeth and I found them to make the experience of drinking the juice slightly gross.

4. Apples. Really? Apples. Yes… a problem. Well actually, only a problem if you juice them after juicing high fiber vegetables like kale, chard, spinach or celery that start to get the ejection port clogged. When that happens, apples do not juice well – lots of remnants remain stuck in the auger and juicing chamber. Nor do they juice completely with the pulp coming out with a high moisture content.

So… that being the situation, what’s the solution you might ask? When I bought this juicer, I was agonizing over deciding between two juicers. I ordered the Omega VRT simply because it looked cooler and took up less space on the counter. From the reviews and videos I read and saw, it seemed equal to the other I was considering. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Last Wednesday I ordered the Omega J8006 Commercial Masticating Juicer and put them to a head-to-head test. Here’s what I found.

1. ALL the problems I was having with the VRT were solved with the 8006! Yes, ALL of them. No jamming. No issues with celery, kale or chard fibers clogging up the ejection port. I don’t even have to chop up the celery into small pieces. No pulp in the juice – zero (even without the included additional strainer). And no problems with apples, regardless of the order I fed them in.

2. On top of it juicing fruits and vegetables, it also makes nut butters. I haven’t tried this yet, and from what I’ve seen in videos, it’s not the easiest thing to get right.

3. The VRT is easy to clean. The 8006 is even EASIER!!

4. The 8006 is $80 cheaper than the VRT!

5. The ONE drawback to the 8006 is the size of the feed chute. It’s really small. I have to cut things up much smaller than I did with the VRT, which takes a bit more time and attention.

Conclusion: For me it was simple. The Omega J8006 wins, hands down! After juicing only four times with my new 8006, I re-packaged the VRT, printed out the return labels, and took it off to UPS. No brainer. I wish the feed tube were the same size on the 8006. In my opinion, that would make it perfect. But for now, it will do. It makes fantastic, pulp-free, high quality juice, is easy to clean, operates at low RPM, is relatively inexpensive… what more could you ask for?

Jonesy, en-route to a 5RM at 225 lbs!



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