Several years ago I looked into getting a juicer and decided that a slow juicer was the thing to get. Then I abandoned the idea of juicing and never bought one. Fast-forward those years and my partner has been using a Breville centrifugal juicer (BJE510XL). As an on-again/off-again juicer she says it's been more than adequate for her needs. It's fast, but it's also loud, messy, and takes up a good amount of counter space. It also seems somewhat inefficient, producing large quantities of fairly wet pulp.
She actually bought the Breville close to 10 yrs ago, gave it away to a friend, then borrowed it back a couple of years ago. Now she's heading into a 3-week 'cleanse', so I suggested she return the juicer to her friend and we look at masticating juicers. After reading lots of reviews, we ended up with an Omega (J8006HDC).
It's a LOT quieter, a lot less messy, and takes up noticeably less counter space. Of course, it's slower, too, but it wasn't nearly as bad as some folks have said. The cleanup was comparable to the Breville; maybe a bit less, actually. There's a bit more veggie prep, consisting mainly of extra slices to halve the carrots and quarter the cucumbers (lengthwise) and extra slices to make slimmer apple segments, but really not that much for the 14 oz of juice we made this morning. There was almost no foam in the juice, and the pulp was extremely dry and compact.
The Omega seems very well-built. And who offers a 15 year warranty on ANYthing these days?!? Now I need to see if there are any recipes to use all of the pulp we're going to have. I plan to try a soup by adding some to the turkey stock I made at Thanksgiving, and I think I can make veggie burgers with some mashed beans (and maybe some egg?) as binder. I might even start trying juicing myself....
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