Consumers find it very difficult to find credible juicer reviews on some online shopping sites. Consumers may suspect that groups of reviews, all criticizing the same product and praising the same alternative product, may not be as unbiased, or as unsolicited, as they would wish. Juicer machines are a case in point. Reviews comparing the Breville compact juicer unfavorably with the Omega Vert juicer are no comparison bear marked similarities and might lead a very critical reader to suspect them. It is necessary to consider the two juicers for a true comparison.
The Two Juicer Machines
The Breville compact is a centrifugal juicer, whereas the Omega Vert is a vertical auger machine. The Breville, strangely, does not bear the signature Breville loop plug hole and one might question why all its parts, apart from the motor base and juice containers, are identical to the Omega Vert VRT35O Heavy Duty Dual-Stage Vertical Single Auger Low Speed Juicer. The similarities are unsurprising when one realizes that they are made in the same Chinese factory, and very possibly were designed by the same engineer.
How They Perform
Both machines have the same pitfalls. You have to chop vegetables, particularly greens, such as parsley, mint, Kale etc and fibrous vegetables, such as celery, into ½ inch pieces because the stringy fibers wrap themselves around the base of the augur. Anything you add after this happens will not properly process or compress and the machine will force a juice and pulp cone out of its top.
The top has much bigger holes than those at the bottom meaning that the auger does not press the juice to maximum potential, leaving you with a very pulpy result. The only way to solve this problem
Large items will not fit into an augur machine, unlike a centrifugal. The only way to solve this problem is to chop vegetables and large items, such as apples. Users should also chop thick carrots as they will jam the machine. Having done that, alternate your juicing between the different ingredients that you wish to juice, for example, a few leafy greens, followed by hard items, like apple, then pineapple and a little spinach, then some carrot, repeating the cycle until all items are juiced. You will then achieve an acceptable juice with a fairly high yield.
However, if you want the same high yield that you would achieve, if you were using a centrifugal machine, you need to disassemble the machine, after the first juicing, scrub the filter, to clear debris from the holes, the auger and outer housing, reassemble it and then run the pulp through the machine. If you prefer a smoother juice, similar but still more pulpy than would result from a centrifugal juicer, you either need to strain the juice through a fine mesh, thus losing some mass, or again disassemble the machine, clean and reassemble it, and pass the juice through it again.
A Comparison Test
The test was performed using an Omega Vert 350 and a Breville BJS600XL variable speed centrifugal machine (supposedly best for lighter and leafy material as you can slow the speed to maximize yield). Equal amounts of apple, carrot, kale, parsley, cucumber and celery to a total of 1545 gms (3.4lbs) were weighed for each machine.
The tester ran them through each machine, using the best methods. Everything for the Vert 1 was chopped to prevent fiber wrap and clogging and ingredients were alternated to maximize augur compression.
In testing the Breville centrifugal, the tester used recommended speed settings, 1-5, for each vegetable or fruit and pressed at a slow even speed down the chute, and for leafy vegetables, ensured that the chute was constantly packed, preventing the spinning screen from ejecting material to the pulp bin before the blades could shred and juice it.
Findings and Results
- The first run through the machines used 1545 grams 3.4 lbs of fruit and vegetables of identical composition in each machine.
- The Breville Centrifugal – 1205 grams = 78.0% efficiency. The Omega Vert auger type Machine -1125 grams = 72.8% efficiency
- The second run of the pulp through each machine.
- The Breville Centrifugal -105 grams additional 6.8% extraction
- The Omega Vert augur type -170 grams additional 11.0% extraction
- After two runs through the machines
- The Breville Centrifugal – 1305 grams 84.5% total efficiency
- The Omega Green Vert vertical augur -1295 grams 83.8% total efficiency
These results speak for themselves: The slow-speed augur juicer is 6.4% less efficient than the older-style centrifugal model on the first pass, even after one spends time disassembling, cleaning and reassembling the machine before juicing the pulp.
- Size: The augur style machine is significantly smaller than the centrifugal machine, and the centrifugals plastic parts take up considerable storage space.
- Speed: The larger centrifugal machine with its huge chute and high efficiency, ingests whole apples, peeled oranges, tomatoes, cucumbers etc. meaning minimal preparations and faster juicing times.
- Noise: Obviously, when comparing an 80rpm juicer machine with a 13,500rpm auger type device, the Breville centrifugal is much louder.
- Parts: Breville and Omega give an apparently generous 10 year warranty on their machines, but neither guarantee applies to manufacturer designated ‘wear’ parts, for example, conical mesh strainers, auger, silicone wipers, wiper cage etc. Omega’s website lists a replacement fine mesh conical screeds at 70$, these break within 1-2 years of regular use. Replacement parts are all expensive. The guarantees only cover the motors and bases. The heavy duty with a low rpm rate of the Omega machine means that it is unlikely to fail during the guarantee. It is unusual for Breville to offer a 10-year warranty on any of their products.
- The Breville is a copy of an Omega Vert 350, but is much cheaper.
- The Omega is quieter but less efficient than a good centrifugal juicer, unless users want to disassemble and clean it and then put the pulp through, which brings the Omega’s efficiency level closer to that of the inexpensive Breville.
- The Omega takes less counter and storage space than the Breville.
- The Omega produces more pulp than a centrifugal.
- Omega replacement parts are expensive. The guarantee does not cover parts considered ‘wear’ parts.