Originally Posted by callmemama
I've been researching juicers and was trying to convince myself that the Green Star was the way to go when I saw your post, cjr ... $40.00? Maybe I should rethink this!
Xenabyte, may I ask why you chose the Omega 8003? I do "think" I want a twin gear juicer, but I've had trouble finding unbiased reviews. I've probably found good stuff about Green Star because I eventually just started searching on "Green Star"! :LOL
Just for clarity too, the Omega 8003 is a single gear (one big 'corkscrew' looking thing) and it worked amazingly well on the 'test drives' so far.
I (and the Dh) choose the Omega because I have been making /alot/ of un-cooked vegan foods for the past few weeks, since my last cleanse. I wanted the additional benefits of being able to puree baby foods, make frozen fruit 'ice creams' and it will even extrude 'pasta' and make nut butters and other 'emulsions'. I wanted the ability to play with raw vegetable 'pastas' and that's on my list of 'experiments'.
I know the champion and the 'green star' can do many similar things. The green star didn't have the 'pasta tips', and the Champion didn't list the ability to do wheat grass juice (not sure if it has pasta tips).
Also, like the green star, the Omega does wheatgrass with no change in parts. So that's why I picked it and the Dh went ahead and got it for a birthday present...haha... now, if only the Excalibur dehydrator would get here!
I would have bought a Green Star, from watching the 'Juliano' demo if the hubby hadn't pointed out the pasta tip thing...haha...he's so charismatic!
I would agree with above poster, the Norwalk juicer is the 'King' of juicers. But unless you are living off pure juice, like the 'Juice man/lady', it's pretty expensive!! I tried several times on Ebay to 'score' a Norwalk, but the price kept going past what I was willing to pay...so the DH took pity on me and got me one that is NICE, but not gonna break our budget!
I have an old 'centrifugal' one we got like 10 years ago, it's well used, but I'm happy to retire it now...maybe one of my sisters would like it. I'm amazed it's held up! It was mostly a carrot/apple juicer, as it was small and limited on capacity. The kids liked when I 'juiced' apples, then recombined some of the pulp and sweetened it for 'raw' applesauce.
Oh, made strawberry/banana, coconut/pinapple 'ice cream' for the Dh and kids last night...they LOVED it, and the 'picky eater' 3 year old wanted more!