Omega J8006 Review: Make Delicious Juice at an Affordable Price
If you’re like me then you do a lot of research before you buy something. Before I bought my first juicer I must have looked over a hundred different ones. Everything from professional juicers to the famous Jack Lalanne Power Juicer. Eventually, I choose the product you’re about to read in this Omega J8006 review.
After over 2 years of use—here is my Omega J8006 review.
Omega J8006 Review
This is easily the most popular masticating juicer on the market today. It is widely talked about and in the last several years grown in popularity along with masticating juicers in general. Masticating juicers use an auger to compress and extract the juice from plants. This is much different from a centrifugal juicer that grinds your veggies to a pulp and spins them to extract the juice. There are pros and cons to both methods, but for this Omega J8006 review we will focus on the masticating method.
First, let’s review the main features. Then, what I like and dislike about it.
The main feature of the Omega is that it is a masticating juicer. This sets it apart from almost all other juicers out there, which are typically centrifugal. Here are some features that are unique to them.
Masticating juicers produce a higher yield, I’ve seen some comparisons as high as 30% more juice than a centrifugal. In the long run that adds up! This is especially true when it comes to expensive leafy greens. If you plan on juicing high amounts of Kale, Wheatgrass, Spinach and other leafy greens you want a masticating juicer.
Since the Omega juicers use a low RPM motor to compress the produce they don’t produce nearly as much foam. This is important if you are storing your juice. Foam is usually regarded as an indication of how much you are oxidizing your juice. The more oxidization the more your juice and important enzymes will break down. Think of how an apple browns when you cut it and leave it out for a while.
With a lower RPM motor, you also get a reduction in noise. Masticating juicers are typically very quiet, the Omega is no exception. You won’t wake your neighbor up with the sound of a loud grinder just to make a simple juice.
Lower RPM’s also means less friction and lower temperatures. This is great for preserving the natural state of the juice as it is being extracted from the produce. Like oxidization, heat can also break down your juice. When it breaks down, it doesn’t last as long—making it less ideal for storage.
Increased yield, reduced noise, and better quality juice come at a price. Masticating juicers are slow. This is my biggest knock on them in general. A juice that might take 2 minutes to make with a centrifugal juicer will take 7-10 minutes to make with a masticating juicer. This is why you never see them used in health food stores or juice bars.
Luckily the masticating method lends itself to better storage. I typically juice in bulk and store several juices in mason jars in the fridge for later in the week. This helps to compensate for the lack of speed, but the juice is not fresh. Although some might argue an un-fresh masticated juice is better than a fresh centrifugal juice.
Features of the Omega J8006 Juicer
Now let’s cover some features that are specific to the Omega J8006.
- A 15-year warranty—Omega is famous for fantastic customer support. They proudly back their products, which is great if something breaks.
- 2HP Motor—This thing will chew up carrots like it’s nothing. I can hardly ever get the motor to strain and believe me, I’ve tried. If it can fit it into the downspout this thing will juice it.
- Fit and Finish—The overall quality of the construction is high. Specifically with the auger itself. The J8006 has an 8x stronger auger than it’s predecessor—the J8005.
- Versatility—The J8006 comes with a variety of attachments that make this machine extremely versatile. You can make fresh pasta, grind coffee and spices, mince produce, make nut butter, baby food, and even frozen sorbet. This is a nice added bonus. The attachments are easy to use and most of them work well.
- Easy to Clean—This is a big one for me. I’m a firm believer that if something is too much of a pain in the ass to use, you won’t use it. Thankfully, this juicer only has 4 pieces that attach to the motor. The hardest part is brushing out the screen which literally takes 30 seconds with the provided brush. Everything else is a simple rinse and dry, making it perfect to juice at home.
The drawbacks I’d give in this Omega J8006 review are simple. It’s slow and heavy. The Omega runs at 80 RPM, which is average for a masticating juicer. It also weighs 13lbs. This isn’t an issue if you leave it out on your counter top but it’s something to note.
One thing I haven’t touched on yet is the price. Masticating juicers are more expensive than centrifugal juicers. A centrifugal juicer starts at $40. But for a good quality one, you can expect to pay around $100.
The Omega J8006 brand new will cost you $299.
However, you can pick up a used one through Amazon for between $179-$229. I personally bought mine brand new. Keep in mind the extra yield you get out of each juice will add up and pay back the Omega within the first year.
Even less if you heavily juice leafy greens.
After a full Omega J8006 review it was the clear choice for me. The extra yield, versatility, and quality you get with this juicer are unmatched. It is a one time purchase that will pay you back after the first year, and give you invaluable health benefits in the long run.
What your experience with juicing? Let me know in the comments below.