View Full Version : Hurom/Omega VRT?
05-23-2010, 04:59 PM
O.K., I'm doing good here...got the great dehydrator, the automatic sprouter, Alissa cookbook....but the Breveille juicer that I've had for 3-4 years is really getting on my nerves and I'm ready for a new juicer.
The Hurom/Omega VRT both look good, but I'm really stuck on which one. I know that they are so similar so either one will be great but which one...I just can't decide
The Hurom looks better to me (don't like the big green Omega label on the front of the VRT, but there seems to be a push from many website to buy the VRT because it's an American company, better warranty, etc.
Any thoughts or suggestions?
05-23-2010, 05:18 PM
Someone correct me if I am wrong but they are the same juicer. Hurom actually makes the Omega and Omega puts their label on it. Depending on what you plan to juice it should be a great juicer.
05-23-2010, 05:49 PM
Yes, it's the same manufacturer. However in my dealing with both companies, Omega seems to offer better customer service. I don't know if that's still true with Hurom, but I wasn't too impressed with them. I personally would rather go with an established company. Either way, it's a really great juicer.
Hi ~ You might like to view some of John Kohler videos. Here's one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvhGv_xmr1w) comparing the 2 in question. If ever I buy a new juicer, I'm buying it from John. I trust him. I subscribe to all 3 of his YT channels. So much good information especially on growing your own food. *Ü*
05-24-2010, 12:45 PM
I love John...I think he is fantastic. When I have the money to get a juicer, which might be a while as I just found out I am likely loosing my job (position being eliminated), I am definitely getting it from him.
05-27-2010, 04:43 AM
To cut to the chase - both the Hurom HU-100 and Omega VRT330 Juicer are made in the SAME factory, using many of the same parts in Korea. So the juicers are virtually identical except for some minor differences that will be explained below.
They operate exactly the same, and yield the same amount of juice.
Lets get into the history of the vertical single auger juicer. A company called DongAh Ind Co., Ltd started business as a manufacturer of TV and audio components in 1974, but was also interested in electric household appliances. In 1992, DongAh developed the single auger electric juicer, and took out 7 patents between 1992-1998 for the horizontal single auger juicer. During this time, they were primary known as an OEM manufacturer, meaning they manufacturered juicers and other companies put their name on them.
In their pursuit in improving the design futher, in 2007, they introduced the worlds first vertical single auger juicer known as model LSTS-J0606. This first generation vertical auger design used side-clamps to hold down the housing, and it had a rather large motor base. It worked fairly well, but DongAh knew it could be improved and more user-friendly.
Since that time, DongAh Ind Co., Ltd has made many improvements to the original vertical auger design. In 2008, I was introduced to a prototype of the next generation vertical auger juicer at a trade show. I thought it was amazing. Although at first, even I had a hard time assembling it and at that time was told, "the bugs were being worked out".. This model was first exported as the Oscar Pro 930 (in a chrome plated finish) to Australia and the United Kingdom in early 2009. It was this juicer that became the HU-100 and Omega VRT330.
For many years many different US companies have imported DongAh Ind Co. Ltd juicers and sold them under brands such as Oscar, Omega and others. DonhAh Ind Co., Ltd was happy with this arrangement, manufacturing container loads of juicers, and then having a US Based company buy, sell and support the juicers inside the USA.
In 2009, they decided to start a US based company to sell their juicers inside the USA. This company is called Hurom USA. They kept the hurom name, which is the name of the juicer is being sold outside the USA In addition, they had an agreement with Omega to import the same model, but it could not be identical, so there were a few minor changes to the product, and the Omega VRT330 was born. So that is why there are two juicers, that are virtually identical.
The Hurom HU-100 started being available in the USA around July 2009. The Omega VRT330 juicer followed around August 2009.
05-27-2010, 10:31 AM
Wow! Thanks for all the good info. I decided to buy the Hurom, in spite of the warranty issue because:
I didn't like the bright green label on the front of the Omega. The Hurom name on the juicer is in small gold. Very nice looking. Doesn't hit you in the face like the green one!
The white color on the Hurom matched my other appliances. The Omega is a pearlish white and wouldn't have matched as well (now I'm really nit picking here).
I wanted the handle feature as this is a fairly heavy juicer and I'm not that strong in my upper body. I'm really glad that I chose that feature as it really does make it easier to move around the counter.
I'm VERY happy with my decision. This is a wonderful juicer! My old Breville was so noisy that I had to wear ear phones. It was fast alright, but left a lot of pulp in the bucket.
I made the same juice recipe with the same amount of veggies and got at least twice the yield out of the Hurom.
I'm really, really happy with my choice. This is such a well made machine that I'm not too concerned about having problems with it.
Thanks for all your help!
Hi... wish I'd seen this earlier.
I just purchased a Hurom and am waiting for it to be delivered. I got it through Upaya Naturals in Toronto. I'm pretty sure that's where I saw that the Hurom and Omega are the same appliance.
I did quite a lot of searching on the net and they all indicated it's the same manufacturer, same product, different name.
If you look at the photos of the outside and the guts of both they even look identical (in fact looks like the same photos.....) except for one thing. The Hurom has a handle. Silly as it sounds that simple fact was the decision maker for me... combined with the fact that at this time the Hurom was on sale for approx $50 less.
I've gone with the Hurom and am saying bye-bye to my Jack LaLaine. It has served me well. I got it for $85 at Walmart and it's never let me down... use it a lot.
Why say good-bye? Well, decided to move on. From what I can see the auger type produces less foaming and most importantly MUCH less oxidation.
I also found that the juice produced would 'separate' very quickly. The stuff at the bottom looked unappetizing and watery. Had to keep stirring to keep it mixed properly. Hopefully the auger style will reduce this.
Can't wait to get my Hurom so I can compare the differences!!
06-13-2010, 11:23 PM
I have the Hurom --- purchased it earlier this year. I love it. The white strainer basket cracked, and I called Hurom and they simply sent me another one. I received it in about 3 days.
I now use the yellow basket more frequently ... I like a lot of pulp in my juice, so it is perfect. It juices everything like a breeze!
Enjoy your new juicer.
06-30-2010, 10:29 PM
I love my Hurom and I am retiring my Green Star. Cleans easier and in 1/2 the time and is a breeze with beets and carrots which I juice a lot of. I actually developed muscles in my forearms because I had to press down so hard to juice them. With the Hurom I just drop them down the hopper and it does the work for me. Plus it is prettier on my counter!
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