A Timeless Juicer That Can Handle All Of Your Leafy Greens With Ease

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Even though masticating juicers are considered the best options for efficiently juicing leafy green vegetables, they can be somewhat expensive. There is one option however, if looks and speed are not important factors for you. The Omega 8004 has been around for years and has built a solid reputation for itself. Even with new models being released from Omega, this particular version continues to go strong. Since it is a little dated, it can usually be found at a reduced price than what it was being offered for years ago. It still ranks very high in current juicer machine reviews and it has a loyal following as many people continue to juice with this model several years after buying it.

Often referred to as a “slow” juicer because this unit operates at just 80RPM and works by methodically crushing and squeezing fruits and vegetables for maximum juice extraction. The slower speed benefits by reducing oxidation and protecting against nutrient loss which helps in providing the highest quality juice.

The versatility of the machine is unmatched. Not only does it handle a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, it comes with attachments that can extrude home made pastas, mince all types of spices and herbs, transform nuts into butters, make home made baby food and more.

8004 Features

Dual Stage 80RPM Motor – Breakdown and extract juice at a slower and safer speed that helps prevent nutrient loss, heat build up, froth and oxidation. The first stage crushes produce, while the second stage squeezes and presses for maximum juice yield.

GE Ultem Auger – This is the part of the machine that does the actual work of juicing and it is made 8 times stronger than most other plastics for extended life and worry free juicing.

Leafy Green Performance – For those who wish to do a lot of juicing of green vegetables such as kale, spinach, cabbage, lettuce and even wheatgrass, this unit really delivers

15 Year Warranty – Have peace of mind, backed by one of the top warranties in the industry.

What Owners Like Of The Omega J8004

Not only is this unit one of the better selling masticating juicers it is also one of the highest customer rated. Those who have purchased it for their juicing needs have left extremely favorable reviews and have given it high praise. An Omega juicer is a wise investment for those looking for years of healthy and hassle-free juicing.

Performance: Owners have found this model to offer a supreme juicing experience in just about all areas. From the amount of juice that is extracted, the types of produce that can be juiced and the quality of juice produced all receive high marks from users. Pound for pound, this juicer stands out from most others and is a top masticating performer.

Juice Quality & Amount: An overwhelmingly majority of reviewers are satisfied with what comes out of this juicer. The slower speeds introduce less air into the juice resulting in less foam and froth and allows the juice to keep for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator. Pulp that is extracted is usually very dry meaning most of the juice has been extracted.

Noise: Operating at slower speeds also provides a quieter juicing process. No worries about waking others in the household.

Clean Up: For the most part owners agree that clean up is pretty good. The machine’s parts disassemble and reassemble rather easily.

15 Year Warranty: This is always a consumer favorite. Owners love how well built the machine is and feel better knowing how well it is protected by a leading warranty.

What Could Be Better

As with every machine there have been some complaints and wishes that some customers have voiced concerning the J8004. These include:

Smaller Feed Chute: Some owners have wished that it came with a larger feed tube. Fruits and vegetables will require some prep time as they have to be cut into smaller pieces to fit inside the chute.

Speed: This is a common complaint for masticating juicers. They work at a more deliberate speed and are slower than centrifugal juicers. Coupled with added prep time, the juicing process will take longer than the alternate type of juicer.

Bottom Line

Owners love this machine. Despite some of its drawbacks of longer amounts of time it takes to juice versus a centrifugal juicer, buyers feel it is worth it and are rewarded with premium amounts of juice extraction and a better quality of juice. They also give high marks to they way that it juicing leafy greens and wheatgrass. Across various online retailers, customers rate this in the 4.5 to 4.8 out 5 star range.

Quick Review Of A Top Notch Countertop Toaster Oven

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If you love to cook like we do then having a toaster oven at your disposal is a necessity these days. These small ovens are not limited to just making toast but they can do just about everything that you need to cook a well rounded meal for your entire family.

One of our favorite ovens going into 2017 is the Cuisinart TOB-260N. It has all of the high tech bells and whistles that make it stand out from the other ovens on the market. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to cook more homemade meals for your loved ones then this one oven you should consider. Here are just a few of the reasons that we love it.

Awesome Cooking Features

The one model that this gets compared to quite often is the Breville Smart Oven Pro. At first glance they do look similar, but there are some subtle differences that should be noted and can be found  in the latest Cuisinart TOB-260N review. Below are some of the aspects of this toaster oven that stand out.

Ultra-Modern Design

This thing looks like it was made for the Starship Enterprise. It is made with stainless steel that gives it a contemporary look. It also has a LCD display screen to match that of the Breville ovens. Its overall stance on your countertop looks sharp and it can fit into any style of kitchen you may have.

Cooking Performance

This is a convection oven which means that it automatically offers a more efficient way to prepare your meals. It also has two different convection features which is currently unique to this model. This method of cooking circulates the air inside the oven to make sure everything inch of your food is done evenly. You do not have to worry about hot spots. This will also slightly reduce your cook times which will save you energy as well.

Cuisinart also uses its “Exact Heat” technology to further ensure even cooking. With 11 preset cook settings most of the guesswork is also taken out of the equation. You do not have to worry about making a mistake.

Roomy Size

You can roast whole chickens, bake bread, and prepare a casserole inside of this oven. It has a rather large interior for a countertop appliance and it can handle all but the largest dishes, like Thanksgiving Day turkey. You can let your standard sized oven collect dust.

Simple To Clean

A non-stick interior and stainless steel exterior lend itself to quick cleanup. Most messes, splatters, and spills can be erased with just a damp cloth. Its smaller size, compared to a full range oven, means that it should take just a couple of minutes.

Bonus Features

The TOB-260N has an interior light to let you see the progress. This may seem like an insignificant thing but you would miss it if it was left out and not all toaster ovens have this feature.

While they are not the highest quality, this oven does come with some pans and baking accessories to help you get the most out of your cooking experience.

The crumb tray is also accessible from the front. This adds to the convenience of cleaning.

Almost Perfect

It is hard to find something that checks all of the boxes perfectly and this oven does have some minor issues that could be improved upon. One of the common complaints is its wide stance. If you have limited room on your kitchen counter then you should make sure you take some measurements to make sure this will fit.

As we mentioned earlier, the pans that come with this model are not of the highest quality and you will probably want to buy some better ones. This will add to your overall cost.

Cook Better For Your Family

A new year means a chance to start over and do things that will benefit yourself and your family. Cooking at home lets you control your ingredients and you can have a profound impact on the health of everyone in your home by ensuring that they eat complete and wholesome meals. The Cuisinart TOB-260N can help you achieve these goals by offering you a convenient and quick way to make healthy meals. Stick to your plan and your efforts will be rewarded.

Serious Runners Need A Serious Jogging Stroller

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If you are a competitive runner or just someone who takes their daily runs seriously, and you want to involve your children, then having a capable jogging stroller is a must have. Ideally, it should be comfortable, safe, easy to maneuver, allows you to keep your form, and simple to store. Luckily, there is a particular jogger that meets all of these requirements. The BOB Revolution Flex is an excellent option for serious runners who want to train with their family.

Working out with a jogging stroller requires some extra attention, but it can be worth it for both runner and passenger. Below are just some of the reasons that this jogger is a superb choice for active parents.

Adjustable Handlebar

This is perhaps the greatest advantages for runners. Being able to adjust the handlebars up or down to accommodate various heights allows different sized parents to keep their form while running at speed. This feature will help prevent injury and fatigue for Mom and Dad and ensure that they are able to run comfortably while maintaining control of the jogger. This aspect of the Revolution Flex jogger is something that gets the highest amount of praise from parents who love to run.

Design Quality

This stroller comes in a single or a double design, making it a good choice for families with more than one child they might need to accommodate. It also comes in various colors, giving the customer a choice that could add a little sense of style.

Accessories

Another nice feature is it has additional accessories available for purchase that would go nicely with the stroller. One of these is a handlebar console that attaches to hold things like keys or drinks, and even comes with a portable tire pump.

Easy Fold

Adding to the convenience, it folds for storage in a car or house and is compatible with car seats of the same brand. There are even many adjustable positions for the handlebar, making it a stroller that will pair well with people of many different heights.

Air Filled Tires

Many of the positive remarks about this stroller are the same from a variety of different customers. One of the most frequently referenced features is that the tires hold air and resist holes very well. This is can be a great note as there are many strollers out there with tires that fall off, puncture easily, or are a cheap plastic that do not work well on most surfaces.

Comfortable Ride

Perhaps the most important feedback is the comfort of the stroller for the little one that will be riding in it. Most of the comments spoke highly of the smooth ride their child had and the softness of the material contained in the seat. The seat is also quite padded for the child, making longer rides in the stroller more bearable and probably less of a hassle. Any parent knows those extra thirty minutes of being able to stay in the stroller can mean all the difference in the world, so comfort is important.

The smoothness of the ride is also good for the person pushing the stroller, making it easy to use and comfortable to jog with. Not having to worry about all those pesky bumps in the road when it comes to using this stroller can make the experience much more enjoyable.

Braking

On top of the smoothness of the ride, the brakes on the stroller are very easy to apply and lock nicely in place to ensure the safety of the little one. The brakes also release easily making it quick and simple to get back to your day’s errands. Many customers mentioned that the stroller is easy to put together as well, coming in few pieces that are self-explanatory to install.

Not Perfect

As with all products, there were a few negative comments. One of the common complaints for this product were that it is pretty heavy compared to other strollers, making it a little difficult to lift and put into a car.

Another complaint was the canopy being made to accommodate more for the storage aspect than the child riding in it, it can be noted as flimsy and not stay in place well.

The reclining feature on the stroller is also less than to be desired, not reclining much and being difficult to make it do so.

The last chief complaint of this product was the accessories. If someone wishes to buy the compatible car seat or accessories, they would need to be purchased separately and there is not an option to purchase together.

High End Jogger

Overall, the BOB Revolution Flex seems to be a good bang for your buck if some minor annoyances are able to be tolerated. All in all, the stroller that is bought should be comfortable and durable, and this seems like it’s up to the task. It seems to be built to last, a high quality stroller that would make a great gift for any family who is searching for a good product.

Protecting Your Kids On The Way To The Restaurant

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We our a family restaurant and we just love it when we see Mom and Dad bring their little ones to dine with us. However, it is important to always say safe when travelling in the car, even to your local establishment. Most car accidents happen within 10 miles of the home, so even the shortest trip can present you with dangerous consequences. Making sure you children ride in a properly secure car seat is imperative no matter how brief they are in there.

With so many car seat options out there, it may seem overwhelming to make sure you get the perfect one for your family. So to help you make the right decision, here is some information about the different types of child safety seats for your family. This is something that we recently shared with some of our staff, hopefully it will help some of the new parents out there as well.

Infant Car Seats

These seats are meant for newborns to 1 year babies weighing a maximum of 22 pounds and 26 inches in length. They have an internal harness which safely straps your child to the carrier, which is snapped to a base secured to your car. This seat has to be installed in the car facing backwards.

Though you may be able to use this seat for only a few months, say 9 months or slightly longer based on the car seat model, it’s worth the money. They give a comfortable and snug fit to your baby’s body when compared to the larger convertible car seat.

Advantages:

  • You need not wake your baby when you get out of your car as you can carry your baby around in the seat.
  • Most infant seats fit into the grocery cart’s basket so you can safely transport your baby while you do your shopping.
  • Infant seats can snap into a compatible infant car seat frame or be used as a stroller.

Disadvantages

  • It can get tiring carrying your baby around in the car seat, as she/he’s heavy, and it gets even more difficult as he/she gains more weight.
  • Based on how fast your baby grows, you may be able to use this car seat for only 6 to 9 months.

Convertible Child Seats

These are the most popular type of safety seats for a number of reasons. One thing to keep in mind is that you do not have to buy the top rated convertible car seat in order to find something that will be both comfortable and secure for your little one. There are lots of quality options available no matter what type of budget you may be trying to keep.

These types of seats are meant for both infants and children up to 65 lbs. They are used rear-facing till your baby is a year old and weighs at least 20 pounds. The seat can be turned around to face forward and adjusted to accommodate an older child. They have no base to snap into as it attaches directly to your car through the car’s LATCH system. These are perhaps the most popular type of seat because their versatility gives parents the option to buy just one seat for the first few years. This is less of a hassle and more economical in the long run. These seats are typically heavier so moving them between different vehicles is a little bit more of a challenge, but it is worth it for a lot of parents.

There are several reputable manufacturers that make safe and reliable car seats, including convertible safety seats. Britax, Graco, Evenflo, Diona, and Recaro are just some of the brand names that you should look into. Britax makes some of the best models around and their Marathon line had been rated as the best convertible car seat of 2016. Now they did have a setback when some of their car seats were recalled because of a latch issue, but they were quick to inform parents and send out a quick fix for the problem.

Graco and Evenflo are great options for anyone on a tighter budget while Diona and Recaro make more high end models with plush materials and advanced safety features. Research is always the best option to find the perfect seat for your family.

Booster Seats

Once your child is 4 years old, or about 40 pounds heavy, he/she graduates to a booster seat and has to ride in it till a seat belt fits them properly. Booster seats correctly position a lap and shoulder belt on the child’s baby to prevent any possible injury to internal organs.

Once again, there are various booster seats to choose from. So here’s a brief intro to all of them.

Combination booster seat is a combined forward-facing car and booster seat. The difference here lies in using its harness straps for smaller children and then removing them to use the seat belt once the child is older or bigger. These seats are best for children who have outgrown the convertible car seat but aren’t ready for a traditional booster using the vehicle’s seat belt. The seat can be transformed into a regular booster seat when the child meets the required height and weight.

High back booster seat gives your child the height needed to safely use your vehicle’s seat belt. The seat’s lap and shoulder belt rests on the child’s strong hip and shoulder bones instead of their more susceptible soft internal organs. The seat’s high back protects your child’s neck from possible whiplash and also provides them with space to rest their head on either side while sleeping.

Backless booster seat also uses both the lap and shoulder belts to fasten your child. They are thus safer than the high back booster seats as your child sits against the vehicle seat. However they don’t provide any head or sleeping support to your child. They are more popular with older kids as they are less conspicuous than the high back seats.

All these booster seats provide your child with the necessary safety while in your car,. Their only disadvantage is that your child may resist using a safety seat for as long as required. The seats are meant for children aged 4-8 years, based on the seat’s model and the child’s height and weight.

Drive Safe

Just remember, there is no need to rush to the restaurant. It is easy to loose track of time and try to make up for it on the road, but no meal is so important that you put your family in jeopardy. Drive safe, drive slow, and get everyone there safely.