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Starting out - What Juicer/blender to get?

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Posted by Fish on 6 years ago Hey guys (and gals), Looking to incorporate a healthier diet of juices and smoothies into the diet of me and my family. Not sure which blender/juicer to go with. Breville? Blendtec? Vitamix? They all seem to offer something a little different. I'm hoping to get the most versatility out of the new machine I purchase. I'd clearly like to make the best tasting juices so I/we will actually be able to drink some of the recipes on this site, but don't want to be limited to only these juices. I've heard great things about the Vitamix and Blendtec, but they are blenders so I'm not sure how the juices made from these machines would taste. I'm more worried about getting the right machine than the price (but obviously don't want to waste $$). What would you go with if you were starting out and didn't already have a good blender/juicer? Thanks in advance for any help!

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Replies To Starting out - What Juicer/blender to get?

  • Missjulesdid

    6 years ago
    Check out John Kohller's videos. He has a store Discountjuicers.com but he is really honest about the pros and cons of each juicer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXPuH0s8I0A I couldn't decide what to get. I actually wanted both a high quality blender such as a vitamix AND a juicer...I couldn't afford both so I had to decide which one to get first. I chose to get the JUICER first because the thought of drinking savory or sour smoothies freaked me out and I wanted to be able to have JUICE. I still can use a cheap blender to make fruit smoothies and add kale juice to it if I want a green smoothie. I chose the omega 8006 juicer and I'm super happy with my purchase. It's a fabulous juicer for the money and it has a 15 year warranty. It is the best juicer for greens and does a good job on other vegetables and fruits as well. It is super quiet. I also love it because it is a muli-functional machine. It comes with a blank plate that allows me to easily grind garlic, ginger or spices. It also makes nut butters, almond and coconut milk, AND it comes with a pasta attachment so it will extrude pastas. Something I'm really excited about since I want to experiment with non-wheatbased pastas. My FAVORITE thing about this juicer, OTHER than the juice of course, is the frozen fruit sorbets. I made watermelon sorbet, banana-blueberry sorbet, mango sorbet. YUM YUM. You just freeze the fruit and pass it through the juicer and out the pulp ejector comes the most fabulous frozen treat you can imagine! You'll never need ice cream again! I used this juicer for my 30 day juice fast, and I used it EVEN MORE after my fast. I use it to grind my garlic and ginger for my meals, I also use it to make the frozen sorbet desserts.. which definitely helps me with a healthier lifestyle. No one juicer/blender can do everything. There are tradeoffs of course, but the Omega 8006 was right for me. I don't know if it's right for you or not. I encourage you to check out john's videos and see.
  • PamelaF

    6 years ago
    thanks for that great review.......how do you find it for fruit? I too thought the pasta making tool would be awesome when I get back to eating food....also I didn't know about the frozen sorbet idea, that sounds awesome!!
  • Missjulesdid

    6 years ago
    Pamela, It works great on firmer fruits and berries. Citrus gets a great yield. Apples need to be firm and crisp or they turn into apple sauce. Pink ladies and granny smiths juice the best in it. Strawberries and grapes go through great. Blueberries SEEM to go through because very little comes out the pulp ejector, but the juice comes out really thick almost like you've blended. Fruits like Mangoes and peaches aren't really good options to juice. But if you want them, I suppose you could juice everything and then throw them in a blender at the end.
  • karen.heidrichvallejocook

    6 years ago
    I bought a Breville Ikon....I just love it. My husband and I are on our 60 day juice fast. I juice for both of us in the morning. I make our apple juice first....then 3 green drinks for each of us. I place the juice in 6 containers and we drink throughout the day for our meals. I love the Breville. I paid $200 at Bed Bath and Beyond. My daughter bought a smaller Breville ($100) but bought it used for $59.00. I am very happy with my machine. No matter what machine you get...as soon as you are done juicing RINSE and WASH immediately. I do it by hand (only takes 3 min with a sink full of soapy water) Hope this helps!
  • eleazarparadise

    6 years ago
    I did the same thing and I agree that it's awesome. I bought mine at Macy's and used a 10% off coupon. Macy's had about 20 different juicers all at different prices. I really couldn't afford it right now but I decided to just do it anyways because I understand the long term benefits. Some people say the breville is the Cadillac of juicers. It's nice like a juicer made from Apple.
  • skylark

    6 years ago
    Hello My name is Thomas and I am new to this forum.Can you please tell how much you spend for fruits & vegtables for juicing in a weeks time.I just bought a breville juicer and have not used it yet.Do you purchase organic or conventional fruits & vegtables. Thanks
  • DocHudson

    6 years ago
    What do you want, juicer or a blender or both? I recommend you decide what you are going to juice and how often then decide what you should go for. I am planning to juice greens mostly as I prefer to eat fruits as they are, hence I got Omega J8004. Juiced only once so far but satisfied with the output. Check YouTube, loads of videos of variety of juicers/blenders. Many videos also point out shortcomings which helped me decide on J8004. Do consider warranty while buying. You are spending $200+. J8004 has 15 years warranty.
  • jlcarson

    6 years ago
    I started with a Jack La Lane hand-me-down and killed it after two weeks ending my first foray into juicing. After much research I replaced it with an Omega 8006 masticating juicer and LOVE it! The Jack La Lane left wet pulp wasting my money and trying to juice grasses, kale or greens was totaly pointless. The Omega squeezes every last bit of goodness from anything and is a breeze to clean, the only kitchen gadget I've ever liked!
  • DocHudson

    6 years ago
    A tip for Omega J juicers, learned from some other post somewhere else. Put the pulp through juicer at least twice to get every last bit of juice.
  • Missjulesdid

    6 years ago
    Doc, I used to do that but once I got the hang of juicing with it and how fast to put the veg through and what order to put everything through, my pulp has been dry as sawdust! Put softer veg like cucumbers through with kale, cut carrots into 3rds and stack them with kale, or put them through with a celery rib. The only time now I put my pulp through twice is if I'm juicing straight carrot juice.
  • PamelaF

    6 years ago
    after lots of research and watching John as you had recommended Missjulesdid, I bought the Omega 350 VERT, found it for almost $100 less than anywhere at amazon.ca, and I am finding it a bit annoying. First time fabulous, now a week later, I find that kale, celery, greens of any kind really get bunged up in the auger, I am cutting them all into one inch pieces, I put carrots or apples in between handfuls of the nasty green monsters that clog my juicer but I find that little hole where the pulp is meant to feed through the bottom of the basket gets totally jammed up with grass like pieces from the kale stalks, or celery......any advice?? John used it in a comparison with the 8006 and they both seemed to work fine on greens.....what can I be doing wrong?
  • DocHudson

    6 years ago
    This is exactly the problem of VERT series. I checked the videos on YouTube, hence decided to go with J8004 (which is same as J8006 except the chrome finish). I am impressed with J8004, no complaints at all. I do chop the stuff that I put into it but my stress is on celery, cabbage & carrots and not kale.
  • Missjulesdid

    6 years ago
    Try some of these videos https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=omega+vrt+best+practices&oq=omega+vrt+be&gs_l=youtube.1.0.0.414.4854.0.6574.12.10.0.2.2.0.195.1221.3j7.10.0...0.0...1ac.1.yrV8_eGu4HI You can usually ask john questions about the juicers and he's happy to answer even if you didn't buy the juicer from him.
  • noodledoodle

    6 years ago
    I have a Breville BJE200 which is the Juice Fountain Compact.. I'm a bit bummed out I brought it on impulse instead of waiting for the bigger model (which Joe uses in the film, the Juice Fountain Plus) as you have to take all the bits off the top to empty the pulp but it is doing me well for now! I got it on sale here in NZ for $120.
  • Sharonne M.

    1 year ago

    It really depends on what you intend to juice, the prep time, and you intend to be storing your juice for more than a day. This is where the centrifugal juicers such as Kuvings NJ 950u, some Breville models and masticating juicers such as Huron Fresh Press, Omega VRT, and SKG Wide Chute come into play. Centrifugal juicers operate fast because of their high RPM motors which reach 10,000. This creates a heating action and your juice will probably be oxidized in the process. More juice also remains in the pulp a hint that you could be wasting some. Masticating juicers are slow and their churning action guarantees maximum juice extraction. The motors operate at about 100RPMs and you can be sure of your juice remaining fresh for long because there is no heating or oxidation. Then there are some juicers for greens like Breville 800 and Lexen GP27 if you are going to be dealing with vegetables most of the time.

  • Jennifer

    1 year ago

    I bought the Breville (Sage in the UK) as it's the one that Joe used and it looked to be the best..Joe talks about the different sorts in his reboot juice diet book. I got the largest one as a way to make me stick to my 60 day juice fast. I cured my fibromyalgia using this juicer and if it can do that, it's a juicer that's worth buying.

  • Sharonne M.

    1 year ago

    Awesome. Sounds like the best investment decision you ever made regarding juicers.

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