Summary: We have tried many juicers and when Omega Vert added their improvements to the 400 HDS, we were sooo excited. When we received it we were not disappointed. A close-able spout to pre-clean the unit when finished and to hold juice in for a longer time on the spout while juicing - excellent! The location of the inside gear on the bowl, another smart move, and the larger port for the exit pf pulp and juice made a difference than on the 350HD.
Summary: This juicer is so nice. It's heavy duty and nothing about it seems cheap. It does have some quirks. First, celery needs to be cut into short pieces. Also anything that is a large diameter needs to be cut up. It' may sound like a lot of work but it's really not, I used a centrifugal to start out and I like my vrt 400 much better.
Summary: After owning a centrifugal juicer for close to 4 years it was time to buy a new juicer. After about a year of research I decided I wanted a masticating juicer (for all of the reasons why it is better then a centrifugal). So I decided on purchasing this Omega. My husband hated it right away because you have to chop the fruits and veggies so much smaller and because it is not as quick at juicing as our previous juicer. I had to remind him that was the point. Duh.
Summary: I've only been juicing for a few months and this is my 2nd juicer. My first was a centrifugal, the kind that spins real fast and the little holes cut the produce. This juicer is much better than that cheap centrifugal, but I don't know that it's "great". What I do like: --the vertical design doesn't take up much counter space --it comes with 2 nice pitchers, one for the juice, one for the garbage --it does come with a screen for the juice, but I find it fills up too fast...
Summary: I waited awhile to write my review of the juicer and rated it as 4 stars only because its too soon to report on the longevity and durability of the machine. My Breville stopped working in a little more than 2 months - the motor burned out unfortunately. I juice a lot and sometimes 4 times per day. I was pleasantly surprised to get the same yield and a little more from this juicer as I did with the Breville. The juice does stay fresher longer with this one.