The Omega VRT350 vertical juicer isn’t a cheap juicer but as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for”.
You can get one for $380 with free shipping and if that’s way outside of your budget then take a look at Omegas 8000 series of horizontal masticating juicers (J8003, J8004, J8005, J8006) which start at $230. If your budget is lower than this you’re probably looking for a centrifugal juicer.
This is a great masticating juicer and it uses a single auger to slowly crush and squeeze the juice out of produce. It creates juice of a noticeably higher quality than centrifugal juicers with less oxidation and damage to key enzymes found in fruits and vegetables. Anyone making the transition from a centrifugal juicer will immediately notice the flavors are clearer and sharper than centrifugal made juice.
The Breville BJS600XL is Breville’s answer to the Omega VRT350. It is Breville’s vertical masticating juicer aimed at savy juicers with a decent amount of cash to spend on a new juicer. At around $350 it feels slightly pricey compared with the Omega VRT350 which has a slightly higher price point (although you can get one on sale for around the same price of $350).
It would have been nice if Breville had priced it lower at say $320-$330 but it’s really not a bad juicer. Reviews are mainly positive and the juicer feels well constructed and it juices even hard produce with ease. However, I find it really hard to justify buying it when you can get the Omega for practically the same price. If you like Breville as a brand then this is a great juicer but I can’t help that feel Breville would have been better going for a lower price point. If it was me I would buy a VRT350 for this price.
Update: The Breville BJS600XL was recently on sale at Amazon for $209.99!!! Sorry if you missed out on that deal but I did tweet about it on Twitter. It’s currently selling at just under $300. This lower price makes this juicer a much more attractive proposition. I suggest you check the current price on Amazon when considering if you should purchase this juicer over other vertical masticating models. I still love the Omega VRT350 but the Breville BJS600XL is a great juicer too. Check out the latest price here.
The main question I get asked about Omega’s 8000 series of horizontal masticating juicers is what’s the difference between them? Omega hasn’t done a very good job at pointing out the differences between the J8003, J8004, J8005 and J8006. Rest assured that all of the 8000 series are functionally identical and you’re not getting any extra features the more you spend.
But where your extra money goes is into the materials used in construction. There is a clue in the warranty offered on the different models. The J8005 has a 10 year warranty (sames as the J8003). The J8006 has a 15 year warranty (same as the J8004). The auger on the J8006 is 8 times stronger than the auger on the J8005. That’s a pretty important part of the juicer and it needs to be strong because it’s at the receiving end when juicing.