Omega J8006 Review
The Omega J8006 Nutrition Center has been one of the best selling and top performing masticating juice extractors for years. It has proven to be a dependable juicer that continues to impress. With a powerful motor that spins at just 80RPM, the 8006 takes a slower and more efficient approach to juicing. With very high juice yields, quiet operation, and its ability to do more than just juice, this model has been a huge hit with users.
Even though newer models have been released by Omega, the J8006, along with its cousin, the J8004, continues to be a juicer worth considering as it has a long and proven track record. Owner ratings are still quite high, and as the price has dropped a bit with the release of newer models, it has become an even greater value.
Juicing Leafy Greens: This machine does a great job at getting high juice yields out of kale, cabbage, wheatgrass, and spinach without clogging.
Quiet Operation: The slower speeds at which it operates helps the J8006 run quiet, especially when compared to centrifugal juicers.
More Than Juicing: This unit also has the ability to make nut butters, baby food, pasta, almond milk, and more. It comes with 6 different nozzles and 2 screens.
Small Feed Chute: Fruits and vegetables must be cut up into smaller pieces in order to fit into the feed tube. This can add to prep time.
Speed: This is not the fastest juicer on the market. The added time needed to pre-cut foods will require some patience.
Pulpy Juice: This is a common complaint for masticating juicers. Running the juice through a strainer can help alleviate this for those who want a pulp-free juice.
80RPM Juicing: Slower juicing helps protect the nutrients in the juice from oxidation. This allows the juice to be stored cold for up to 72 hours. The powerful auger crushes and presses the juice out of the pulp to get high juice yields from a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. This method of juicing is also ideal for those that wish to juice a lot of leafy foods including wheatgrass.
Two Stage Juicing: As food is first dropped down the feed tube it is crushed allowing a certain amount of juice to pass through the first screen, the single auger then moves the pulp along where it is further squeezed with immense pressure to get the remaining juice. The pulp that is ejected from the machine should be rather dry.
Durable Auger: The auger is what does all of the work of the juicer. It is made from a material called ULTEM which is up to 8x stronger than other kinds of plastics. The strength of this part is what helps ensure years of reliable and efficient juicing.
More Than a Juicer: The reason this model is also labelled a “Nutrition Center” is that you can make a vast array of different healthy snacks and foods. With 6 different nozzles, the Omega J8006 is also able to make pasta, healthy baby food, almond and soy milk, and all natural peanut butter. The machine can also be used as a grinder and a mincer. The versatility of this model adds to its overall a value.
15 Year Warranty: Omega makes some of the best juicers in the world, and they stand by their products by offering robust warranties. Juice with the peace of mind knowing that the entire machine is covered should something ever break.
Being such a popular masticating juicer, there is a staggering amount of customer reviews on this model, most being quite positive. After reading through them it is clear to see which aspects of this juicer users really appreciate and what areas could use some improvement. Some of the more common of these include:
What Owners Like
Juice Yield: Overall juice yield is something that owners continue to rave about with the J8006. For leafy greens, including wheatgrass, this juicer produces some relatively dry pulp. If you are looking to juice a lot of cabbage, lettuce, or kale, this unit is worthy candidate.
Quiet: This juicer is not overly loud while operating. Quite a number of owners have mentioned that they are able to carry on a conversation just fine while juicing. Juicing early in the morning or late at night when others might be asleep is less of a concern with the J8006 for a lot of users.
Power: Another aspect that owners seem to like about this juicer is that it rarely clogs, if at all and that it is able to power through just about any type of food that is dropped into it. Some harder vegetables, like carrots, get better results when cut up into smaller pieces.
Clean Up: For the most part, owners like that cleaning up their J8006 is a relatively painless process. The parts that need to be washed are easy to take a part and rinse. There is an included brush to reach any tight areas.
Warranty: This is another aspect of all Omega juicers that get a ton of praise. The lengthy 15 year warranty on the Omega J8006 is a strong selling point for a number of owners, even if they never have to use it.
What Could Be Better
Size of Feed Chute: This is perhaps one of the biggest knocks on the J8006. The feed chute is not that wide and requires that fruits and veggies be sliced up into tiny bits in order to fit into the machine. This is something that adds to the overall juicing time.
Soft Foods: Some owners found that juicing softer foods would cause the pulp to get backed up into the machine. For optimal results with the J8006 it is best to alternate between hard and softer foods. The harder pulp will push the softer pulp along and prevent it from backing up. For doing straight fruit juices, like just pineapple juice, this juicer may not be the best option.
Speed: Even though the Omega J8006 is known as a “Slow Juicer”, and it is actually one of its features, some owners just did not care for the time needed to juice, especially those who had previous experience with a centrifugal juicer.
Power Button: This is more of a minor annoyance, but some owners found that the location of the power controls could be placed in an easier to reach location. Newer Omega models have relocated the controls.
The Omega 8006 has been on the market for years and it is still going strong today. With a solid track record with owners, this juicer has proven itself to be a great little machine. Solid juice yield with leafy vegetables, easy to use, well built, and versatile, the J8006 is worth consideration for anyone looking to get their first juicer. Despite some of its minor issues, this is still one of the best masticating juicers that you can buy. It gets very high ratings and recommendation rates and owners scores typically range in the mid to high 4’s out of 5 stars. It is still one of the top recommended Omega juicing machines on the market and it should stay there for some years to come.
This has been one of the top masticating juicers on the market for a number of years. Great at juicing leafy green vegetables with high juice yields on a variety of different types of produce. This juicer is well built and has proven to be a true workhorse. It is not the fastest juicer out there, and the small feed chute means extra time cutting food into smaller pieces, but it is quiet a dependable little machine.