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When I first received this juicer (I read a lot of reviews and decided this was the best one for a great price) my first reaction was that it was tiny. Whatever! Size isn’t everything! This juicer proves it. We juice every morning and this thing works great. The chute is small but it is not a big deal to cut your fruits and veggies. The pulp holder is plenty large. But most importantly it is powerful and creates great juice!
I wouldn’t worry about all the reviews that talk about wet pulp being an issue of poor juicing (this goes for all juicers not just this one)… the pulp will always be a little wet but (at least from this juicer) you still get a ton of juice.. so no worries.
Clean up is super easy. We clean up right after we finish juicing so nothing has a chance to dry and get stuck to the parts. I think this makes all the difference. To disassemble and clean probably takes about 5 minutes max.
I have no complaints about this juicer. I just wonder why people buy bigger and more expensive ones.
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I have searched thru hundreds of reviews on a dozen different juicers, and after purchasing the Omega 02 I felt it deserved a little boost to its overall grade.
I have now owned 5 different juicers under the $135 price tag: a department store model; a highly rated 700 watt stainless model available almost everywhere under many names; a OK/nice LeQuip model: the Jack LaLanne model, and now this Omega 02. What a difference it is too.
To begin with, it is by far the best packaged item of all five of them (LeQuip was good). It looks clean and has nice body lines, and works smooth. In comparison, the cheapy is what it is…not much. The all stainless model was not all that well made for the price and jumped all over the place…It did have a similar basket similar to the Omega, but it had a plastic mounting ring and a lightweight blade. The LeQuip is similar to this Omega, but more money and a couple little issues that make it number two on my list. And finally, the Jack LaLanne…it worked OK at first, but with a cheap plastic basket/blade assembly and only a 60 day full warranty it is not worth it at any price. The Jack L is so over-hyped that I would recommend most anything over that device!
So, what is good about the Omega 02? It is compact and does not use a lot of counter space. But it does everything the 3″ mouth model can do (in the form of juicing the way a good one should), except you have to cut apples and beets down into slices. And besides, if you juice a lot of apples it is wise not to eat all of those seeds over time(there is much mention of accumulating poison from some seeds)…and lets face it, if you have a big mouth juicer you are going to get lazy and just drop them in seeds and all. Also, other larger fruits that might have a large seed are going to wind up getting chopped and not juiced whole anyway…so cutting is not a really big deal.
What else? It cleans up a LOT easier than the Jack L…largely due to the way the pulp is thrown out of the back and most of it goes straight into the catcher, the way it is supposed to do. **A note for any juicer, put a plastic bag in the catcher and tie it up over the top to make clean up easier and you can save the pulp for compost or meatloaf, etc.** Anyway, some of the tops on other machines get jammed with pulp or have corners that make them hard to clean out. If you can visually see the design of a cover you can more easily determine if it is a smooth arc or a sharply angled model…the smoother the better.
How about power? This version of an Omega has a 1/3 hp, 6300 rpm motor. The Jack L and other cheapies have smaller 1/4 or less motors and some still crank the rpm’s to compensate (not good). There is much discussion about rpm’s and that lower is better (for reducing oxidation)…but, you cannot find a centrifugal pulp ejector model that is slow enough to compete with the masticator/auger types with reducing the oxidation. So, you need to choose one that can at least separate the juice from the pulp but not be too weak to break. This is why I chose the Omega 02…it is not the full 11,000 rpm 1/3 or 1/2 hp model but it is powerful enough to do the job and strong enough to last as well. Also, don’t get caught up in wattage comparisons…watts do not translate directly into horsepower. To grind up tough fruit and veggies, you need horsepower.
If I had to choose another model to replace this one (in the same price range) I would definitely choose this Omega 02 again.
With that said, there are a couple small items to address. First of all, get the black version instead of the white. Or plan to buy the black plastic bowl ring later. This piece of plastic will get stained in short order from carrots and other similar veggies. But it is just a little stain ring around the inside where the basket rides, not bad like other brands. The black plastic will not show this and stay newer looking, longer. But, I will say that even stainless appliances will show wear over time, so use it and enjoy it anyway. Secondly, there is occasional juice that seeps out around the bottom lip of the bowl ring (mentioned above) and the stainless bowl, BUT I have come up with a quick fix: put a small amount of vaseline around the rim of the stainless bowl and then place the white (or black) plastic ring on top before setting the basket and blade into place. Juice will not seep out, and it will not come in contact with your juice either. It does not affect cleanup! When it is time to break the unit down, it merely washes off in hot water. FYI, the LeQuips have the plastic ring formed onto the stainless bowl…stops the seepage, but is a real pain to clean since it does not come off of the bowl.
OK, hopefully that is enough to make it worth your time reading this whole thing and help in decision making.
I would recommend the Omega 02 to anyone…I got it for $90…
This product while very sturdy, is otherwise hard to recommend. The unit is very difficult to clean, given that it takes so many vegetables or oranges, etc. to make it worth the time and energy to enjoy the results. It is on the “I wish I hadn’t bought it..who can I give it to…” category of un-used appliances. Also the sender of this Amazon purchased item sent it quite casually wrapped..that’s why I could praise its sturdiness!
I have had this juicer for a year now, and have not experienced any of the problems noted in the other reviews. We may use it 4 times a week for several weeks, or only on weekends for a month. It looks good, is sturdy, and is easy to clean. Place the orange or whatever in the holder, slowly press down on the paddle style handle, and its juice galore. For larger fruits or bigger oranges, lift the handle up, reposition the fruit carcass a little, one more squeeze and Bobs-your-uncle. We like the machine just fine.
I bought one of these to see if it really was better than the super cheapo electric juicer I’ve been using for about three months. (It’s one with the spinning squeezie cone…) The first time I tried the Mighty OJ, I didn’t think to hold on to the machine, and it slipped, spilling OJ and peel bits everywhere, while falling on my hand, bruising up my fingers pretty badly.
OK… my fault. I tried again… and found that it just really doesn’t handle normal sized oranges (about a big as a child’s fist) very well. For something bigger than a lemon, it only squeezes the middle, and leaves a ring of unsquashed, messy orange on the outside. BUT, you can see that where it does squeeze the orange, it gets EVERY little bit of juice out! So… after mutilating about four oranges, and throwing about a third of each in the trash, I took a sip.
It’s really the best dang juice I ever tasted. I was amazed at how much better the juice tasted than the juice I squeezed out of the same batch of oranges with my electric doodad.
So… I guess I’ll buy little dinky oranges from now on…
If you’re looking for an orange juicer that will look great on your cabinet, then this might be the one. But if you’re looking for a juicer that’s user friendly and efficient, you might want to look somewhere else (like Metrokane’s Chef’s Juicer). When I bought the Mighty OJ, I noticed problems right off the bat. In the first place, it’s hard to get an orange in this thing. There’s barely enough clearance. So, if the orange is big, you have to sort of wedge it into the juicer. Then, the handle is short, so it’s hard to get a good grip on it. If you don’t hold down the left side of the juicer, it’ll tip over when you press the lever down and spill juice everywhere. Also, with large oranges, this juicer won’t remove all the juice. It will leave a ring of the juicy part of the orange just inside the peel. If you make orange juice once a week, these things might not bother you. If you make juice every day, they could be pretty annoying.
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