Omega VRT400 Review
The Omega VRT400 is the successor to the VRT350 and represents another quality option in the vertical masticating juicer market. While not a significant upgrade over the older generation model, the VRT400 does introduce a couple of new improvements that to help make juicing slightly more efficient and convenient. With the exception of the juicing bowls, most of the parts between the two models are interchangeable.
The juicing experience will probably be somewhat similar between the two juicers, and reading through the customer reviews of the VRT400, both seem to share a lot of the similar pros and cons.
New Juice Spout: One of the new features that helps keep juice inside of the juicer. This can help mix the juice inside of the machine as well as prevent spills and unwanted dripping.
Quiet: The VRT400 operates at just 80RPM which produces a quieter machine when juicing.
Prone to Clogging: If the machine is fed too quickly, especially with harder foods like carrots, it can jam.
Pulpy Juice: This unit also produces a lot of pulp that ends up in the juice. You can use the included strainer to avoid this.
Redesigned Juicing Bowl: The changes are subtle, but their goal was to improve juicing efficiency. The pulp ejection chute is wider and the channel to the juice spout is more contoured to improve the flow of juice. The bowl also does not lock onto the motor housing, it just sits on top, making it easier to remove.
Spout Stopper: Simple but handy feature that allows you to control the flow of juice in and out of the machine. After juicing simply close the juice tap to avoid excess juice dripping all over the place as you move the machine.
Slow Juicing: The VRT400 juices at just 80RPM (centrifugal juicers are in the thousands of RPM range). The slower speeds help protect the nutrients in the juice from oxidation and heat. Less oxidation means that the juice can be stored for longer periods of time before spoiling, usually up to 72 hours.
Quiet Juicing: The slower speeds also make less noise so you can juice earlier in the morning or late at night with worrying about waking up everyone in the building.
Auto Cleaning System: During juicing, wiping blades rotate around the juicing screens clearing them of bits of pulp to maximize efficiency. After juicing, and with the juice spout closed, you can add water into the machine and let the blades clean off the screen even more.
15 Year Warranty: Your investment is protected with one of the best warranties on the market.
The Omega VRT400 so far has gotten decent reviews. There are some aspects where this juicer shines, but there are also areas where it lacks. Some of the more common highs and lows seen in customer reviews include:
What Owners Like
Quiet: The VRT400 is easy on the ears and a number of owners have commented on how nice it is to be able to have a conversation while juicing. It gets good marks in this regard.
Clean Up: Most users seem to find this juicer simple and straight forward to clean. The auto clean system helps minimize the clean up process as well.
Auto-feeding: The VRT400 does a great job of auto feeding fruits and vegetables that are dropped down the feed chute without much use for the plunger. If the pieces are cut to the appropriate size then the included plunger is barely needed.
Included Strainer: Masticating juicers tend to have more pulp end up in the juice than centrifugal juicers, and adding a simple strainer is something that a lot of users thought was helpful.
Warranty: Just about every Omega juicer we have reviewed has this in the “plus” column. Knowing their juicer is protected gives a lot of owners peace of mind.
What Could Be Better
Jamming: A number of owners found that the VRT400 struggles with harder foods and the juicer will jam and stop. To undo this you have to use the reverse switch. To prevent the machine from clogging it is best to cut up hard foods into smaller more manageable sizes, as well as drop them in at a much slower pace. While this requires more patience, it should help.
Leafy and Stringy Vegetables: A few users also had trouble with the pulp ejection chute getting clogged when juicing a lot leafy foods, like kale, as well as stringy vegetables, like celery. These also need to be cut up into smaller than usual pieces to help avoid this. Also alternating between different kinds of hard and soft foods while juicing is another way to prevent the juicer from clogging.
Price: For what the VRT400 does well and what it struggles with, some users found that the price should have been a little lower.
The Omega VRT400 is a really good juicer for a variety of different types of produce, however if you plan to primarily juice leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach, and wheatgrass, then there are better options available. There are few extra precautions that this machine requires to avoid clogging issues, but if you have the patience to cut up everything you want to juice into small pieces and juice at a more steady pace, then this unit is actually pretty good. Despite some of its issues, owner scores for the VRT400 are typically in the low 4’s out of 5 stars.
The VRT400 is a solid juicer with decent customer reviews. Some of its issues have affected its overall scores. It is quiet, convenient, and produces nice overall juice yield. Performs best when fruits and vegetables are cut up into smaller sizes and when foods are dropped down the feed chute at steady pace. It is still one of the better vertical masticating juicers available and worth consideration.