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I'm a student and have been saving up for a juicer for a while...finally taking the plunge.
I was gonna go for a Hurom, but then found out that they have reduced the warranty to 1 year now. And since they are a Korean company with just one product in the America market, they might close down and go, who knows? My warranty will be void then.
Omega VERT330 and Hurom are essentially the same. I am now confused between Omega 8006 and the Omega VERT. Some points to consider:
1) VERT has a plastic juicing screen, people have reported they break a lot. I know Omega are going to replace it with stronger plastic, but it might still break often. 8006 has a chrome plated body, but people report that the auger chips and breaks when you make frozen sorbets/nut butters.
The auger in both juicers is made of the same material, and is supposedly very strong.
2) Cleanup is faster with 8006, but juicing is faster with VERT (bigger chute, vertical design). The motor RPM and horsepower are the same.
3) VERT is not supposed to be used for sorbets... but people use it anyway. It does not come with a blank plate, so cannot homogenize food. (no smoothies). 8006 is a grinder/mincer/homogenizer. However, I feel that using it for juicing is best because the auger chips...
VERT can make almond milk, and John from discountjuicers.com has videos showing how to make nut butters and frozen sorbets. (since the motor and the auger are same as 8006). Doing so however voids the warranty.
4) 8006 is 50$ cheaper, and has 5 years more warranty on it.
5) VERT is more efficient in juicing (more juice, faster), and has an auto cleaning feature which 8006 does not. You still need to clean the VERT manually after juicing. And, people report that dry pulp gets clogged in the pulp-chute.
While I will be using my juicer mainly for juicing, I do intend to make nut milks and banana icecream. My concern is regarding durability, and I have seen negative reviwes on both juicers regarding this (plastic screen and the auger)
I'd love to hear your opinions if you've been using the 8006/Hurom/VERT for some period of time. Do they break and leak, and what all have you used 'em for?
Please help me choose!
I vote for the Omega 8006. The blank is very useful. I think you limit your possibilities without the blank. I have an Omega 8003 which is similar in construction. The augur is very durable. I use the blank to grind flax seed, to grate frozen ginger and garlic, to homogenize ice creams, to grind dry grains into flours and seeds into ground spices. It comes with pieces for pasta making, if you were inclined in that direction. I also use it to juice and it does a great job at juicing.
Hi, I am so sorry I was unable to locate Penni's post I thought it was in the liquid lounge.
I will continue to look and get back to you.