Product or Software Review

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Assignment:  Blog a video or written review of a product or software you use.  It can be a type of software you use either for personal or business.

Disclaimer:  I took the term ‘product’ literally.

OK, so flash back to 2011.  I’d just turned 40.  My health is good, so I think.  I go to the doctor for my annual checkup and he says;

OH MY GAWD!  YOU GOTTA LOOSE SOME WEIGHT OR YOU’RE GONNA DIE TOMORROW!

Well, not exactly but that’s what it sounded like to me.  He really said, “Bruh, you’re a bit heavier than you need to be and you’re going to be taking high blood pressure medicine if you don’t watch it.”.  But in my mind…

OH MY GAWD!  YOU GOTTA LOOSE SOME WEIGHT OR YOU’RE GONNA DIE TOMORROW!

Yeah… it was like that.  So in a fit of panic I started researching what others have done to safely lose weight.  I’m 6’4″ and at the time was about 280 lbs so height hid a multitude of flaws but I most certainly didn’t want to be chained to high blood pressure medicine forever.  So I came across this movie:

Then the light bulb came on and I began to juice.  Regularly.  BUT, because I’d just seen that movie and knew nothing about juicing at all, I went out and purchased a Breville Juicer.  Ignorance is bliss eh? At the end of the day, it wasn’t the juicer for me.  After further research I eventually purchased the juicer in the header.  The Omega VRT350, an excellent juicer.

It’s become a HUGE part of my life actually.  I juice quite frequently.  Sure it’s a pain at times but the health benefits are out of this world.

So first… a bit of instruction.  There are 3 types of juicers… a centrifugal juicer, a masticating juicer and a press juicer.

The one that I had, the Breville, was a centrifugal juicer and it simply grinds the items and uses centrifugal force to extract the pulp from the juice. It’s the most noisy and the least effective. It also heats the juice which destroys the nutrients. BUT it’s also the least expensive. (I’m making it sound worse that it actually is but suffice to say this is the worst of the thee choices but it would be good if you were just starting out)

The MOST expensive of the juicers is a press juicer. It essentially breaks down the items into chunks then allows you to ‘press’ the juice out of them. It’s the coolest method and it extracts the most juice and it’s typically very quiet… but the best Press Juicers cost $2,000.00 easily… Here is the top of the line…

The Norwalk

If you enjoy juicing and plan on making this your lifestyle… this is THE WAY TO GO! PERIOD… Don’t even ask… the Norwalk is indeed the top of the line juicer…

BUT if you’re just wanting to get healthier and not spend a ton of money and you’re just starting out… I recommend the following:

The Omega VRT350

The Omega is one of the better masticating juicers. It essentially grinds up the produce then slowly squeezes the juice from it. They are more expensive than the centrifugal and produce more juice. This is more for health and wellness than for cancer treatment like the Norwalk would be.

Here are a few other resources that I found to be very helpful:

http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/
http://www.forksoverknives.com/
http://www.takepart.com/foodinc

The Pros:

  • Compact, beautiful design.
  • Excellent build quality and 10-year warranty.
  • Easy assembly/disassembly.
  • Very fast clean up, unless the pulp ejection port gets clogged. Light rinsing and a light brushing on the screen take about 2 minutes.
  • Very quiet operation.
  • Seems to have plenty of grinding power, but occasionally jams with large carrots.
  • Self feeding vertical design make for quick carrot juicing.

The Cons:

  • More pulp than I like.
  • More pulp than I like.
  • More pulp than I like.

Did I mention more pulp than I’d like?  lol… but that’s ok for now.  The positives FAR outweigh the negatives.

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Sekou McHenry is the CEO of DIRM Corp, a web design, graphic design and SEO firm. He also makes a mean gumbo. From scratch... Blindfolded.

4 Comments

  1. Excellent review! Right on time for me as I’ve been interested in juicing. Until recently, I thought that all I needed was my blender and some fruit lol. Thankfully I learned, but was also bombarded with brands, namely the ones you mentioned. I’ll definitely be snagging the VRT350 soon. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you for commenting. I reviewed that particular juicer because it’s the one that I currently have however by all accounts, the Omega J8006 is a better juicer at a cheaper price with a longer warranty. It’s the next one that I’m getting.

  2. Good stuff, I also saw Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and was inspired to start juicing. I have gone through several Juicers and am now happy with what I have. I use in conjunction with my NUTRiBullet. I enjoyed my leafy greens (Kale, Celery, Beets and beet greens, swiss chard, ginger, apples, watercress etc.); I loved it, I felt energized, however, I had to lay off the leafy greens for a couple of months, because I developed Kidney stones [OUCH :-( ]. Its great to juice, but cautionary tale is please do not neglect to drink your 8 glasses of water.

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