Oscar VitalMax 900 = Omega J8003/J8005 = Alpha Juicer DA-900
These are all the same models, except that they are marketed with different brand in different countries:
- The Oscar VitalMax 900 (this page) is sold in three different colors in Australia and the UK market.
- The Omega J8003/J8005 are two colors, sold in USA and Canada.
- The Alpha Juicer DA-900 is sold in wine color, in Malaysia and the Southeast Asia region.
Oscar’s Classic Gear Juicers
The Oscar VitalMax 900 is a second generation masticating juicer, fashioned after the original Samson 6-in-1 single-gear juicer. When the public began to understand the importance of preserving enzymes and nutrients through low-speed RPM extraction method, these models became Oscar’s best-sellers and still are.
An improvement after the first generation. This model was made to have a smaller and cuter body design compared to the earlier bulkier models. There is now lesser assembly parts, easier handling, less washing and produces dryer pulp (i.e. higher juice yield).
This model comes in three colors: white, black and chrome.
I like the chrome look of the Oscar VitalMax model, very modern. The attachments are made in black color, a very convenient color if you don’t like to have unsightly pigmentation stains that is likely on the white color model.
The unique feature of this model is its dual-stage juicing screens which help in producing dryer pulp. Its heaviness, at 13 lbs (~6 kg), gives it the weight to prevent the machine from ‘walking’ when in use.
The operation is slow, steady and very quiet. I have used this juicer almost daily for many years and have never had any problem with it. It is a power workhorse that tirelessly churns out rich juices for you without ever breaking down. It’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made for my kitchen.
Like most gear juicers in this category, this model is suitable for juicing fruits, vegetables (does this very well), wheatgrass, grinding, mincing, food milling, making soy milk, frozen desserts, and even nut butter. All these functions make the juice extractor a versatile machine that is worth investing in for a modern kitchen. If you like to juice lots of greens, even wheatgrass, I suggest you go with the horizontal gear juicers, rather than the upright versions (Omega VERT, Hurom Slow Juicer or the JuicePresso).
As with most gear juicers in this league, the auger spins at between 75 and 85 RPM to preserve the enzymes and nutrients from being destroyed (as opposed to 3,000 RPM and above in centrifugal juicers).
The operation is slow, steady and very quiet—a slow hum. The assembling, dismantling and cleaning up is a breeze and is an important feature to look for when buying a juicer.
With the feeding chute opening of 1.5-inch diameter, like the older model, your produce needs to be cut in smaller pieces length-wise. The narrow opening is necessary to ensure that produce is not fed too quickly for its low 80 rotation speed.
This supposed disadvantage is really to protect and preserve the quality of the juice that is extracted. If you hate cutting produce but yet want a masticating juicer, the vertical versions have wider-mouth making them easy to use: Omega VERT or the JuicePresso, although they’re not multi-purpose like the horizontal cousin models.
Being very well acquainted with the older equivalent model and Oscar’s reputation, I’m all for their quality-built masticating juicers.
Not only do they preserve the precious enzymes and nutrients in juices, the juice yield is much higher compared to that extracted using a centrifugal juicer. The result is juice that is less foamy and that can last longer before it oxidizes.
Once you’ve drunk juice extracted from a gear juicer, you would never again go back to a centrifugal juicer. It is a huge and pleasant difference.
If you’re serious about juicing but have a budget constraint, then I would say the basic model Oscar VitalMax 900 is worth investing in and serve you well for many years to come.
Read my comprehensive review about the equivalent Alpha Juicer.
|Motor Power: 600 watts
RPM: Low rotation speed of 80
Weight: 13 pounds (~6kg)
Dimensions: W6½” x D14½” x H15½” (W165mm x D368mm x H394mm)
Warranty: 10 years
Price (in USA): From US$230
Other Masticating Juicers:
|Hurom AA Series||Omega VERT||Breville BJS600XL||Omega J8004/J8006||Omega J8003/J8005|
|Alpha Juicer||Omega NC800/NC900
||Lexen Healthy||Kuvings Wide Mouth||Samson 6-in-1|