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Do I need both a VitaMix and A Juicer?

Okay, with a busy lifestyle, I find it no problem eating fruits - put piece of raw fruit in mouth, eat. Vegetables are another story.

So, I've decided to invest in a VitaMix on the theory that I can throw raw vegetables in the VitaMix, blend and drink. May or may not be the most palatable thing in the world, but at least I'll know I am eating the recommended number of vegetables, which has been a problem for me since I eat out so much and many of the restaurants near my workplace think vegetables are iceberg lettuce and potatoes, and I am really not in the mood after a long workday to come home and chop and steam vegetables.

Anyway, I am considering the professional Vita Mix Vita-Prep 3 Blender, which according to the advertising "has more power to handle the thickest, toughest ingredients! " I basically want it to be a vegetable juicer, as well as a blender. I don't know if I am dreaming and if even with an expensive VitaMix I will need to buy a separate juicer. If possible, I don't want to clutter my kitchen counter.

So can a VitaMix do it all or must I also buy a separate juicer?

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  1. I have never owned a blender but have had a Vitamix for about 10 years. Vitamix is a blender just a really strong one. With regards to juice though, you need to evaluate what kind of juice you want. We have two juicers - the vitamix and a centrifucal juicer. Vitamix is great for juices where you want to eat the whole item - pineapple, apple, tomato, berries, banana. But the centrifucal juicer is better for extracting juice from the fibrous fruit/vegetable ie carrot, beet, potato.
    While you can make carrot juice for instance in either, in a Vitamix the carrot will be chopped fine but you will still taste tiny chunks of carrot. Because the other juicer extracts the juice from the carrot fibre the juice is much lighter and smoother, and in my opinion, tastier. Depends on what you like. Perhaps go to a couple of juice bars that usually have both kinds and try different juices until you know what you like. Both juicers cost about the same so to buy two is a definate committment!

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    1. re: higgika

      Thanks! Your answer was helpful and was what I was afraid of -- i.e., that one machine cannot do it all. The new professional Vita Mix Vita-Prep 3 Blender, which costs close to $500, claims to be able to handle tough vegetables, but my guess is that it is still going to yield more of an applesauce-like puree than a juice.

      I guess I will start with the VitaMix and then add a juicer later if I find I don't like gulping vegetable puree.

      1. re: omotosando

        Make sure you check e-bay for prices before you invest. Vita-mix has many "authorized sellers" that sell for much cheaper than Vita-mix themselves. These are not used or refurbished machines. They are new machines that are sold through a 3rd party, but are shipped from the Vita-mix warehouse. Full warranty, etc.

        1. re: omotosando

          Juice doesn't have all the fruit/veg fiber in it. So you would need a juicer for that. Or possibly blend in the blender then strain the juice from that. Much easier to just get a juicer to separate it for you. I have both. I find that I use the blender and just consume the whole fruit/veg. It is also much easier to clean. I do like my Omega VRT for carrot and leafy greens juice. But my green smoothies made in my Blendtec are my favorite.

      2. These first three "replys" probably tell the whole tale.

        1. New to juicing here...well, not really. I have a Vita Mix and an Omega juicer that I juice with,and although it works great, the time involved in prepping, and especially cleaning the unit is a huge factor. So one day I fell upon this video; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UdSLp...
          showing how to juice with a high-powered blender. I tried it with some cheescloth I had lying around in the cupboard, and damned if I didnt't get more juice breaking down less veggies with the Vita Mix and straining through the cheesecloth than I ever have with the juicer. And it is so easy Ive even started doing it in the morning as because it takes about 2 mins to clean and go!
          To make it easier I bought some nutmilk bags for the straining, and that made it even easier, so I'm sold. I don't know about all of the breaking down the cellular wall and all that and how it might be different between a blender and a juicer, all I know is that it took 1/5 the time with the blender!

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          1. re: NewJuicer

            Interesting and worthwhile post. And adds to the discussion on point. But. What's nutmilk bags and where do you get them.

            1. re: yayadave

              nutmilk bags are nylon, fine-mesh drawstring bags that are used to make milk from nuts. They can be used to strain the juice from the pulp of the veggies blended by a vitamix blender as well. Reusable and durable so they last a long time. they're fairly easy to find, I got mine on ebay.

              1. re: NewJuicer

                Hah!! The first place I Googled was Raw Garu. http://www.rawguru.com/store/raw-food...
                They even have a recipe/instructions for almond milk. And they say to dry out the pulp. Makes me wonder if the dried out pulp could be added to flour to make a crust. Thanks.

                1. re: yayadave

                  I use my dried (dehydrator or oven at 115 degrees) almond pulp for cookies, pizza crust, etc. It adds protein to the recipe and doesn't really change the flavor.

            2. re: NewJuicer

              Awesome video. Thanks for the post. I am definitely going with the VitaMix rather than the Omega juicer, which I was also considering. If it involves lengthy prep and cleanup, I know I just won't use it.

              Now, my big dilemma is whether to go with the professional VitaMix Vita-Prep 3, which is $500 + and has a 3 horsepower motor and a three year warranty, or to go with the consumer VitaMix 5000, which is about $400, has a 2 horsepower motor and a seven year warranty.

              Anyone have any thoughts?

              1. re: omotosando

                my VitaMix is about two yrs old...model no. VM0103 (think it's the 5000), and not sure about horsepower, but it works! I don't think it's the professional version. I bought it from Costco. I'm sold...when you use a juicer with the auger, it just seems that you're wasting so much of the vegetables when you're finished. And the cleanup is definitely a dealbreaker...I hated doing it.
                The VitaMix breaks them down to such a level that you're definitely getting all of the juice possible without the pulp. And, as I said, I use far less veggies with more yield. So I guess if the difference is only $100, I'd go with the longer warranty and get the consumer version...

                1. re: NewJuicer

                  Actually, NewJuicer, the professional is $100 or so more than the the 5,000, but the warranty for the professional is actually 4 years less than the warranty for the 5,000 (the professional models come with a shorter warranty). What you are paying extra for on the professional model is 3 hp versus 2 hp.

                  On the You Tube link you provided, there were some other videos comparing 2 hp blenders with 3 hp ones. On nut butters, the 3 hp crushed (so to speak) the 2 hp. However, I just don't see myself making my own nut butters. Still, I may spring for the professional 3 hp model, since I can get it without sales tax if I order from an out-of-state vendor. Apparently, there is no way to buy a home model Vitamix online without paying sales tax.

                  1. re: omotosando

                    I just bought the 5000 direct from VitaMix. I bought the reconditoned model - which means that the base was used for demo's or at shows, but everything else is new (container, blade, etc). It cost $349, has a 7 year warranty, and no sales tax because I live in Oregon.

                    I asked them some questions about the professional line versus the consumer line and a shorter warranty is one thing, but also you have less speed control with the professional, because the assumption is that professional use will be to make the same thing over and over.

                    I actually sprang for an extra $80 for the dry grinder - which is a whole new container and blade for grinding grains. At first I thought I couldn't possibly use that, but it turns out it actually makes dough - kneading and the whole works, so I'm trying it.

                    The other bonus for me buying direct is that I can return it in 30 days, no questions asked for full refund and free return shipping.

                    I'll let you know how I like it once it actually comes.

                2. re: omotosando

                  I have a 5000. Works fine. One nice thing a blender has over a juicer is that if the drink is too thick or warm, you can just throw in a handful of ice and crank it up again.

                3. re: NewJuicer

                  What was the measuring thingy for the level of nutrition?

                  1. re: elgordoboy

                    You know, I was wondering about that myself. I've never seen a device like that before. I'll e-mail the site and see if they respond.

                  2. I have two vitamix 4000s I bought on ebay for less than $200 each. They are from the 1990s and are still going strong. They are the old model that had reverse. Yes, the blades reverse even at high speed, really does the job! Anyway, do some research and look on ebay. I don't think it is possible to kill a vitamix.

                    Also, lots of juicers end up at the thrift stores, that's where I'd buy one. I bought one new for $20 at a store's going out of business sale. It lacked a manual and a pusher, no big deal. I use a carrot.

                    1. Well, I have dilly-dallied so long about which VitaMix to buy that, in the meantime, VitaMix just introduced a brand new consumer model - the VitaMix 5200 -- allegedly better than the prior models.

                      https://secure.vitamix.com/acb/stores/4/

                      With the new model just out, I guess I'll finally take the VitaMix plunge.

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                      1. re: omotosando

                        The 5200 came out a year or so after I bought my 5000 as a replacement for my 15+-year-old 4000 (which was still going strong). I was somewhat tempted by the 3 HP machine (which is called the Vita-Prep, BTW) and spoke to the commercial division to find out what the differences--other than 1 HP--were. I was told that it mainly has to do with the unit's internal fan--because it's manufactured with constant use in mind, it has to run cooler; that's why the extra power is needed. Both units process at the same RPM. The motors for the 5200 are manufactured in Sweden and the last I heard, the Vita-Prep motors were still being made here. What I found interesting was that the very pleasant customer service rep in the commercial division told me that the employees all opt to buy Vita-Mixes rather than Vita-Preps, even though they're entitled to buy either and their employee discounts apply to both units.
                        I LOVE my Vita-Mix; it not only lives up to its claims, but the company itself is the poster child for doing business the right way. Their sales staff and customer service totally rock; some of them are second- and third-generation employees. They offer a super-long warranty, and I've read reviews to the effect that they respond quickly to problems (although I've never had one). I didn't buy the "dry" container because I knew I'd never use it, especially given that I take stone-ground flours pretty seriously and would rather leave that stuff to millers. As to its substituting for a juicer, unless you add some water and/or ice, you're going to end up with an ultra-smooth puree, albeit a very healthful one.
                        I've had a Champion juicer for 20+ years and it's wonderful, although I've lusted that entire time for a Norwalk (which now sells for $2,500). I wouldn't bother with a centrifugal juicer--I prefer something that triturates and squeezes out the juice.

                      2. I just returned my 5100 to Costco. I've had it a few years and had sent it to the factory twice as it overheated and shut down about half the time I would try to make anything thicker than your average soup. I mostly used it for fruit/veggie drinks and would put half room temp and half frozen items in it, mixing as I added each item. Having it overheat half of the time became VERY irritating and sending it in for repair did NOTHING! It doesn't look like there are any mechanical improvements to the 5200 so I'm at a loss as to what to replace it with. I like the new handle on the 5200 but not willing to deal with the same cheap motor.. For the price of this thing, it should NOT overheat so often! Imagine if you actually tried to make icecream or something thicker than the drinks I make!! If the pro has more horse power that might be the answer, but if it has less speed settings or no variable, FORGET IT! I've seen the industrial versions on cruise ships and they reverse when the bogg down, why can't they put the reverse feature on all units to prevent the overheating and average the price out across the board.. They may be a good company and all, but when you build something that SHOULDN'T overheat and then expect to get top dollar for the consumer version, that doesn't make for a "good" company, that makes for a greedy company!

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                        1. re: Gregbear

                          I'm really surprised, although I guess the odds favor the occasional lemon. I've cooked in both my machines--which involves processing at top speed for a good four minutes at a minimum--and neither has ever overheated, and this despite the fact that I also make frozen desserts and very thick smoothies consisting of mostly frozen ingredients. Did you make sure to add the liquids first, i.e., at the bottom of the container, followed by the frozen ingredients? I belong to the Yahoo users' group and the only people who have problems with overheating seem to be those who put the frozen ingredients in first.

                          I have to admit that I was unaware that there was a 5100 model--I just assumed that the upgrade from the 5000 (which I have) was the 5200. As for juicing, I stand by my previous comment except that I've bought a Norwalk juicer since then. One could squeeze Vita-Mix puréed produce through a nutmilk bag, or dilute it to drink.

                          1. re: Gregbear

                            Just a side note....I just got a 5200 yesterday & today the rubber on the handle is starting to split open down the seam.

                            1. re: jklisa

                              I'd contact them immediately. And that's really interesting because I've never liked that lid, although I've never used it. It just seemed to me that the "flaps" were a weak point. My 5000 has a (seamless) rubber lid that just snaps into place. I was thrilled with it because the lid on the model I'd upgraded from had a gasket that periodically needed to be replaced. This one has given me no problem whatsoever in the six years I've had it but I think some users weren't seating it properly which made it more likely to pop off, which it never did if it was "snapped" according to instructions, hence the current dumbed-down version.

                          2. Personally, I really like having both. I use my juicer when I don't want fiber (like during a juice fast). The Vitamix is a completely different animal than a juicer. It blends, purees, chops, etc whereas a juicer is extracting the liquid nutrition out of the food. Also, you can't juice certain things (like bananas, avocados). I was hesitant to buy a Vitamix because of the price (I tried finding a good used Vitamix - nearly impossible!) so I finally bought one and am glad I did. I used a savings code someone shared with me; 06-003851 - at the check out - it takes $25 off (free S&H). Happy blending! :-)

                            1. I bought a used Champion juicer but I use my Vitamix for the most part. Supposedly the pure juice is easier to digest, but you can use the Vitamix and then strain the fibrous part out with a mesh nut bag so you really don't need a juicer. It is also easier to clean the bag and Vitamix container than a juicer.

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                              1. re: tasia3

                                Having both I disagree but that's just me. I personally think that squeezing Champion pulp through a bag does a better job (the Champion process at lower speed and the lion's share of the work, i.e. the juicing, is already done). I do make one exception, though, and that's with grapes. LIquefying a whole container of grapes in the Vita-Mix takes literally seconds, after which I let the pulp drain through a bag and then squeeze. I then press what's left on my Norwalk.
                                I wouldn't be without my Vita-Mix but I think it's a substandard juicer. However, if you can only afford one, go for the Vita-Mix and use the bag method. You might need to add water, though.

                              2. You could always buy a nutmilk bag and strain out the "pulp."
                                I do this with a regular blender since I'm still saving up for a vitamix. PureJoy makes them

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                                1. re: Amyjoy01

                                  The cheapest bags on the planet: http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=nut+... . I use these myself and think they're great value; I've turned a number of Vita-Mix users on to them.
                                  Blending and straining is a juicing option but it's an extremely messy and not very effective one, even with a Vita-Mix, although it's better than nothing. You're better off using a Champion, straining the juice through a bag, and also catching the pulp with a bag and squeezing it.

                                2. Buy as many appliances as you have money and space -- and tolerance for a growing inventory of gadgets.

                                  I rarely run into anyone who actually uses all the gadgets they own. If they have a vitamix and a processor and a... it's for show.

                                  But if you tell me you are in the kitchen 5+ days a week and produce most of your food from scractch, then load up the cabinet with major small appliances. ;-)

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                                  1. re: kaysyrahsyrah

                                    Neither a Vitamix nor a food processor juices. I take, and for the past 22 years have taken, juicing very seriously which is why I've always had a juicer.

                                  2. Hi! I just purchased the Vitamix Professional CIA series (1363 model number, platinum color) from Bed, Bath & Beyond (20% off coupon and hassle free returns a bonus). I also have a juicer (Champion model) which i love but its a hassle to clean so I'm going to experiment with using the Vitamix and cheesecloth/nut milk bag to drain out the pulp. In hindsight, I might go with a centrifugal juicer over the Champion if I was to do over...

                                    ps. I made a cream of roasted eggplant and tomato soup in Vitamix today which was fantastic. Topped it w/ caramelized onions/mushrooms/garlic baked in white wine sauce. Served with spinach, cottage cheese (midwest roots remain in NYC :) and flax crackers. Tomorrow morning I'll test it out for a spinach smoothie.... :)

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                                    1. re: destinjoy

                                      Glad you're enjoying your machine! You lucked out because you get some extra, CIA recipes in addition to the regular cookbook.
                                      I think you'll find that the Vitamix/bag combo is a much bigger pain than just using your Champion. It's possible that a centrifugal juicer might be easier to clean (I've never owned one so am not sure) but your juice quality isn't going to be as good. If you do decide to go the centrifugal route, check eBay for Acme juicers of pre-Waring vintage--they're made here and they're built to last. The replacement filters sold now fit them, too.

                                      1. re: MacGuffin

                                        MacGuffin-
                                        What do you think of Angel juicers?
                                        Are they worth the premium over a Champion?

                                        1. re: Wolfgang

                                          I have no personal experience with them. When our Norwalk forum was up and running, we had a member who posted that he also had a Super Angel that he loved for leafy greens but that was useless for pretty much everything else, including wheatgrass.
                                          Personally, I wouldn't bother with a Korean juicer. For one thing, I think they're overpriced. For another thing, I read reviews on Amazon (with follow-up discussions) that cite instances of misleading warranties, parts that break, and an overall inability to resolve problems to the owner's satisfaction (this review is a good example, even though it's of an Omega: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2H2K7DP...). I guess it all depends on the kind of juices you'll be making most.
                                          My advice, if you aren't already juicing, is to either borrow a juicer or try to pick up one really cheap. After you live with it a while, if you think it's something you'll keep up with, THEN invest. And you just might be able to pick up a commercial Champion cheap on eBay or Craig's list--people lose interest in their appliances all the time and juicers are no exception. Black is best, BTW, because it won't show the stains as much.

                                          1. re: MacGuffin

                                            Thanks so much MG. I really appreciate your thoughts.

                                            1. re: Wolfgang

                                              I love my juicer AND my Vita-Mix and I'm happy to help. The thing is that the Vitamix (they've rebranded since I bought my current model) basically upgrades a basic design that works REALLY well. Upgrading and improving something that's not broken is progress--fixing it would be downright dumb. Juicer manufacturers, on the other hand, are always looking for a new gimmick, complete with bells and whistles. And yet, it's the older models that last the longest and are the most versatile. Stick with Champion, pre-Waring Acmes (almost always available on eBay), Norwalk (extremely expensive), and Wheateena (for greens only). If you're looking into a manual wheatgrass juicer, check out the Hurricane (or the Miracle--identical except for the finish). Look into the single-auger Korean models only if you think you'll mostly be doing leafy greens to the exclusion of anything else and are loath to spring for a Wheateena (understandable), and make sure to read owner reviews.

                                              1. re: MacGuffin

                                                MacGuffin, I was hoping you could help again. My wife has had 2 juicers in the past that were around $100 or $150 and she quit using them because it took so long to make a glass of juice. I told her about the Champion but she thinks at that price, she is going to be getting something similar to what she's gotten rid of. She sees the juicers used in health food shops and wants something that works that fast. We don't have a Norwalk budget but we are very willing to spend $1,000-$1,500 or more for something that is easy enough to make us want to use it often. Do the health food stores use centrifugal juicers? Is there anything between a Champion and the Norwalk that you recommend? Have you heard of Omcan?
                                                We will be juicing a combination of fruits and vegetables--carrots, celery, parsley, spinach, kale, apples, beets, etc.
                                                Thanks for your help.

                                                1. re: Wolfgang

                                                  I'm not familiar with Omcan but just looked them up; they're for industrial use? I don't know anything about them.
                                                  Given what you're planning to juice, the Champion is your best bet (really!); they make a commercial model that's somewhat more durable than their home-use model and although it's not appropriate for greens on their own, it does a nice job on them if they're juiced together with something wetter (i.e., just about anything other than other greens). Bear in mind that you can probably pick up a used one for a song on eBay or Craig's list--as I'm sure you know, people lose interest in appliances. (You might want to verify this on some of the juice boards here.) If you want to do a lot of leafy greens and grasses, augment your Champion with a manual Hurricane or Miracle juicer (same machine, different finish); you're still going to come in at considerably less than $1500 and it's a dream to break down and clean after use! You could even throw in a refurbished Vitamix 5200 and still have plenty of change.
                                                  Health Food stores usually use industrial centrifugal juicers. I've never been tempted to own one; masticating and pressing has always made more sense to me. Oh, and before I forget, there's a guy who sells reconditioned Norwalks with his "own" warranty on eBay and Craig's lists--PLEASE AVOID HIM LIKE THE PLAGUE. He's a conniver who tries to lowball other folks selling their Norwalks (claims "it's for a friend with cancer") and then jacks up the price to resell them. A real sicko (don't "trust" him; this is an identifying hint). If you can find a used Norwalk 270 or 275 in your price range, look into it but be aware that the warranty only applies to the original purchaser; however, they'll factory overhaul used machines of fairly recent vintage for about $200 (I don't know if that includes shipping). They used to offer refurbs but they've been too busy of late to keep up with it. :(
                                                  Also, bear in mind that juicing is work and takes time (including the dreaded cleanup). Powerful centrifugal juicers might be fast, but you want quality; the Champion will give you that in much less time than a Korean twin-gear model and you don't have to worry about cracking gears, either. Call Plastaket and tell them your needs--they're VERY nice and they'll tell you honestly if a Champion will meet them.

                                                  1. re: Wolfgang

                                                    Y'know, I just found out that Champion recently introduced an optional "greens" attachment for their juicer; I saw it demonstrated online and think it's a honey. You might want to take this into consideration while deciding on a juicer. And something nice about the Champion is that you can usually make juice to hold you for a few days--not as long-lived as well-stored Norwalk juice but easier to deal with than a glass at a time. Bear in mind that green juices should be drunk pretty quickly and don't store well past 24 or so hours.

                                                    1. re: Wolfgang

                                                      We returned a Breville stainless centrifugal juicer when the motor wore out after a few juicings. I actually liked the taste of that juice better than the Champion we replaced it with, but it produced very little juice for the volume of produce we put in.

                                                      The Champion is inded a PIA to clean, but the Breville was too. It does not like stringy things...chop your celery, fennel fronds, and the like small. It does greens just OK, but we save them for last so when it starts to jam up, we're finished.

                                                      1. re: danna

                                                        I'm surprised you prefer the taste of Breville juice to Champion juice but taste is a personal thing.

                                                        Centrifugal juicers are probably the worst choice for greens and regardless, you can't expect the volume of juice from centrifuged produce pulp to approach, much less equal, that from produce that's simultaneously being triturated and squeezed. Did you read my previous comment about the new greens attachment for the Champion? And virtually ALL juicers are a PIA to clean. Mine's super-easy but I paid a LOT of money for the privilege and have to rinse pressing cloths.

                                        2. You can make thinner consistency with just water and ice cubes. More water-thinner. My daily drink : kale, orange, apple, ginger, walnuts, flax seed, chia seeds delicious-drinkable my first experience it was nauseatingly thick Duh! water with ice cubes....i even take to work throw some more cold water in later and voila! delish and healthy

                                          1. Had juicers for years. Tried to be diligent but the cleanup is lengthy and messy. Vitamix is a no brainer. Just make it thin with water and doctor it accordingly. You are eating the entire fruit. Those negative claims that it destroys the vitamins because it rotates too fast or some such garbage is a ridiculous claim. We have achieved maximum health with our power green smoothies. kale, orange, apple, ginger, flax seed, chia seed, walnuts, ice and water super yummy. You'll hate it if it's too thick so just add water-you will love!!

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                                            1. re: annielouise

                                              It's still not juice--juice, by definition, is fiber-free. It's diluted purée but you have to go with what works for you. I agree that the Vitamix (or any blender) is a much easier cleanup than any juicer.

                                              1. re: MacGuffin

                                                I completely agree. I love my vitamix as a blender it is, but it's not a juicer.

                                                1. re: rasputina

                                                  You and I are often on the same page (pun intended). :)

                                                  What really annoys me is the flawed argument that one gets a sugar rush due to the lack of fiber. While that may be true (depending on the juice involved), it's virtually always necessary to add some type of sweetener to "Total Juice" in order to make it palatable. And no one bothers to mention that although juice doesn't contain "roughage," a lot of produce contains at least some soluble fiber, which remains in the juice, ergo it isn't necessarily fiber-free.

                                                2. re: MacGuffin

                                                  I use my Vitamix exclusively. I pour the pulverized mixture into a stainless steel strainer over a glass to capture the pulp. It works out well for me and clean up is a breeze.

                                                  1. re: Theresaariggs404040

                                                    You have to go with whatever works for you. Do you add water or anything else to facilitate blending?

                                              2. Friends gave me a vitamix and I'm so so happy with it. I've been using a simple Braun centrifigal juicer for years. The vitamix does a great job of blending, but the taste is not as smooth as with the juicer. So, I actually like having both. I blend my greens eg; chard, kale spinach in the vitamix with apple, pineapple ( including the core ) celantro , parsley... the leafy veggies don't do well through the juicer. So doing them in the vitamix is perfect THEN I run that juice through my juicer. It makes cleanup of the juicer much easier as the pulp is almost a lquid. I imagine I lose more nutrients that way, but at least I'm getting my green veggies in..otherwise it's rice and potatoes. I vote both. Enjoy !

                                                1. I used to have a Breville juicer but really wanted a Vitamix. So I sold my juicer on Ebay, and for all you that dont know this you can get the Vitamix through QVC and set up the payment plan. Didnt want to put it on my cc and have interest. I love it, I use it to Juicer wonderful juices and have the ability to add things like bannannas and avacado.

                                                  1. Shout out over here!
                                                    I have a true juicer Omega 8006 the best hardly any clean up.
                                                    However, all the pulp does NOT go into the juice it gets excreted out "which is better for us"
                                                    With or Without pulp, skin? Like the vitamix which is a blender or Omega 8006 that is a juicer??
                                                    Thanks

                                                    1. I have it all figured out Omega 8006 pulverizes and juices there is no need to strain anything.
                                                      Then I put it in our blender and add an avocado or banana the best glad were all getting healthy here

                                                      1. does the container have BPA. I use it for hot foods and now wondering if that is a good idea?

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                                                        1. re: mamalolo

                                                          The household models have BPA-free containers, the commercial models--including the Preps--don't.