It’s safe to say Omega is one of the highest-rated brands of juicers on the market. While Breville and JackLalanne are better known for their centrifugal (high-speed) juicers, most people think of Omega when they think of masticating (slow) juicers. The Omega J8006 and Omega J8004 masticating juicer are Amazon best-sellers and have more positive reviews than almost any other juicer.
For over 30 years, Omega has been producing quality juicers. When I started juicing a few years ago (back in 2013), I found that masticating juicers were the better option for me. I started with a Breville JE98X (which I still love today), but I still wanted to delve into the world of leafy greens.
Obviously, I looked at Omega’s juicers—both the Omega J8006 and Omega J8004 Nutrition Center. I’ve used the Omega J8006 daily (read my Omega J8006 review here) and come to love it. But if you want to save a few dollars on your juicer, the Omega J8004 is the lower-budget option to consider.
If you’re thinking of trying a slow juicer, this could be a good “starter” machine. It’s one of the more affordable slow juicers, but it doesn’t sacrifice quality for price. It produces quality juice, and the slow-juicing design protects the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes in your juice. This means your juices last longer.
I love using the Omega J8004 for juicing fruits and veggies, as it can chop its way through harder, more fibrous veggies (like carrots or kale) more efficiently than most slow juicers. With its 15-year warranty, it’s a product built to last.
I got my juicer on www.amazon.com for a very low price.
|Juicer style||Slow/masticating juicer|
|Motor Power||2 HP|
|Size||14-1/2 by 6-1/2 by 15-1/2 inches|
|UL- and cUL approved||Yes|
The Omega J8004 is, at its core, a juicer. However, it’s called the Omega J8004 Nutrition Center because it comes with parts to do more than juice make juice—you can also make pasta, minced meat, and even almond milk.
The Omega J8004 parts all come in the box. According to the Omega J8004 manual, you’ll find:
The parts are easily assembled. The Omega J8004 User Manual provides a clear, step-by-step guide for how to put together the juicer. To make it easier, I’ll show you how it’s done:
Pretty simple, all things considered. Just a couple of minutes of work, and you’ve got a fully-functional juicer. I like to call it a “plug and play” design.
One thing I love about the Omega J8004 is the fact that it’s a low-vibration machine. The low RPMs mean there’s no friction or wobble on the counter. When the parts are assembled correctly, the machine feels solid, built to last. The juicer sits securely on your kitchen counter, with no risk of sliding or moving around when you use it.
The Omega J8004 is one of Omega’s top models, but it’s not the only juicer to consider. The Omega J8006 is another top-quality option, and Omega has other types of juicers—both vertical and horizontal, masticating and centrifugal.
Note: If you want a larger feeder tube and sleeker design, look for the Omega juicers with “NC” in their name.
Let’s take a look at a few of Omega’s other juicers:
The Omega J8004 is one of Omega's top models. Omega J8004 and J8006 are in eternal competition to be the “top dog” of the Omega juicers. The only real difference between the two is the shell: the J8004 has a white plastic shell while the shell of the J8006 is stainless steel.
All the internal components are identical—same RPMs, same auger design, same high juice yield–so there’s virtually no difference in juicer function. You’ll pay about $40 less for the J8004, but the J8006 offers a slightly more durable exterior.
The J8003 is the older version of the J8004. The J8004 has a more modern design, a more powerful motor, and the durability issues plaguing the J8003 dealt with. It’s simply a more efficient machine than the J8003.
The J8007 is the upgraded version of the J8004, with only a few improvements to the original design:
However, very little else has changed (including the too-small feeder chute), and the price tag (which has gone up by close to $100).
All things considered, for the price, the J8004 offers better “bang for your buck”. It is currently available on Amazon for $256.95.
The Omega J8224 is identical to the J8004 in every way except one: the voltage.
The J8224 is the European version of the J8004, so it’s made with a 220V motor instead of the U.S. standard 110V motor. If you’re living in Europe, you want to buy the J8224 instead of the J8004.
Crack open the Omega J8004 manual, and you’ll see how easy it is to assemble and get started using this juicer. The owners manual comes with all the information about assembly and usage, and you can produce your first cup of juice within minutes of unpacking the box.
It took me a grand total of 20 minutes to unpack it, read the instructions, assemble it, and make a glorious cup of fresh orange juice.
One thing I noticed right away was the small feeder chute. I had to cut my oranges into smaller pieces to feed them into the juicer. It made the juicing process a bit more time-consuming. When I tried to make a green juice with multiple fruits and vegetables, I spent more time chopping than I did drinking.
I did—and do—love the fact that the juicer produces a drier pulp. This means there is less juice going to waste, and less clean-up to do. Which leads us to our next section…
One of the reasons I like the Omega J8004 (and J8006) juicer is that it’s so easy to clean—probably the easiest of any juicer I’ve used to date.
With many juicers, it can be annoying to have to disassemble, wash, rinse, and reassemble a juicer every time you use it. If you juice multiple times a day (like I do), you want something that’s designed for easy cleaning.
Many people ask, “Is the Omega J8004 dishwasher safe?” The answer is yes, but I prefer to do the Omega J8004 cleaning by hand.
I’ve found that hand-washing also increases the longevity of the juicer. Washing all the individual parts—the auger, the feed chute, the collection bins, and the juicing screen—with hot water is enough to get rid of any fruit/veggie residue left by my juicing. Once a month, I’ll soak it in soapy water overnight to ensure that it’s as clean as possible.
The noise, or lack thereof, is one of the reasons I started using masticating juicers. My roommates and girlfriend hated the loud noise of my centrifugal juicer, which I used in the morning before they rolled out of bed (I’m an early riser).
With the J8004, you get far less noise than you would using a centrifugal juicer. However, it’s one of the loudest of the masticating juicers. It’s not enough noise to irritate someone watching TV or playing video games next door, but it’s definitely going to wake up a light sleeper.
If you want to find the Omega J8004 best price, Amazon is the place to go. You’ll get it for around $40 cheaper than you would on the manufacturer’s website or at Best Buy, Walmart, or Bed, Bath, and and Beyond.
For those in Europe, Amazon UK has the J8224 available, as well as the J8004 available in 220V.
Refurbished appliances offer homeowners a chance to stay under-budget while getting “almost as good”-quality. Sadly, though the manufacturer claims to return them to factory standard, they’re never quite as good as brand new.
You can find a refurbished J8004 for as low as $150-$200, but it’s always better to buy brand new. You get better quality parts and internal components. Besides, with the 15-year warranty offered by Omega, you can easily replace or repair any part of your brand new juicer that shows sign of damage or wear.
Here are a few of my personal tips and tricks to help you make the most of the Omega J8004 juicer:
The Omega J8004 is one of the top-rated masticating juicers on the market. Aside from the J8006, there are only a few alternatives even worth considering.
The Breville BJS600XL has a 240-watt motor, which is more powerful than the Omega J8004’s 150-watt motor. The Breville also runs quieter, and the vertical design means it takes up less counter space than the Omega J8004.
However, it only comes with a 1-year warranty, and it costs as much as the J8006. It’s also made from painted plastic that looks good but isn’t as durable as the plastic used for the J8004 shell. For your money, the J8004 is a better option.
The Omega VRT350 is a vertical juicer, but it lacks the quality and durability of the J8004. As I tested it to write my review, I found the Omega VRT350 had a few problems with the ejection system and motor design. The juicer proved too “finicky” to be a truly good alternative to the J8004. The Omega VRT350 runs loud, can’t handle as much produce as the J8004, and generally falls short of the high quality standards that makes the J8004 one of my personal favorite juicers.
If you want a product built with good attention to detail, the Korean-designed Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer is an option worth considering. The single-auger vertical design leads to more effective masticating, and you’ll love the 3-inch wide feeder chute—makes for much faster juicing!
The machine runs quietly and is easy to assemble, disassemble, and clean. In fact, it’s an all-around awesome juicer, with only one thing that makes it not quite as good as the Omega J8004: the price tag. It’s nearly twice the price of the Omega J8004!
Probably the largest “problem” I’ve discovered with the Omega J8004 (and the J8006, for that matter) is the feeder chute. The small aperture forces me to cut up my fruits and veggies into chunks.
It doubles the prep-time for the juicing. Add to that the slow speed of the juicer, and it takes up to 10-15 minutes to make a single cup of juice. Not the best for people who want to get out the door in a hurry.
Here are a few other problems discovered by my friends and other users on Amazon:
When it comes to juicing, the Omega J8004 reigns supreme. After all, it’s not called a “juicer” for nothing. I’ve loved using the J8006 and J8004 for making all of my favorite juicer recipes, thanks to the durable design, user-friendly assembly, and reliability of the machine. Use it right, following the tips above, and you’ll easily get 5-10 years of use out of the J8004 without ever needing that 15-year warranty. The juicer is built to last!
The juicer handles most fruits and veggies with ease. I’ve found the yield is superb, and the pulp is much drier than with other centrifugal and masticating juicers. However, as mentioned above, you’ll want to alternate between hard and soft produce.
If you’re not careful, juicing exclusively hard or soft produce can damage the juicer. Years of juicing only hard veggies may end up bending or breaking the auger. The auger will turn softer fruits to mush, which won’t be strained and shunted off to the pulp collection container. Too much of this mush could place pressure on the interior of the juicer, increasing the risk of damage.
When making juice, try to mix it up. Use high-water, softer produce along with low-water, harder veggies and fruits. Use the “reverse” button to prevent clogs or jams in the juicer.
You’d do well to peel your citrus fruits—oranges, lemons, and grapefruits—before juicing them. The peel is very bitter, and can ruin the flavor of your juice. When juicing grapefruits, you can remove the mesocarp (the thick white layer between rind and sections) to reduce the bitterness.
However, this white flesh has a lot of nutrients, so you’ll be throwing away the best part. If you can handle a bit of bitterness, you’ll maintain a high quality of nutrition from the juice.
Wheatgrass and kale are two of the healthiest green veggies around, thanks to their high vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, and enzyme content. However, their high fiber content can make them tougher to juice.
Wheatgrass, in particular, is very stringy and tough. Try to juice too much at once, and the fiber could wrap around the auger and burn out the machine. To make wheatgrass, start out by juicing a carrot. This will help to build up pressure in the machine before you drop in the wheatgrass.
Work with a handful at a time, and give the juicer time to work. Work that reverse button if you hear the machine start to strain. Mix in high-water, softer produce between bunches of wheatgrass. You’ll need to run each handful of wheatgrass through the juicer twice to ensure you extract the maximum yield.
Kale isn’t as hard for the juicer to handle, but it has a VERY strong flavor that could ruin your juices. My advice: use kale for no more than 25% of your juice content. That way, you get all the nutritional benefits of kale, but without the over-strong flavor many people dislike. Add in softer fruits and veggies with your kale to prevent overworking the machine. Apples, celery, and cucumber can help to soften the flavor as well!
The Omega J8004 is called a “nutrition center” due to the fact that it can produce other foods:
If you’re going to make nut milk, make sure to soak the nuts for a minimum of 12 hours before juicing. Soaking them will soften them enough to grind/juice easily. Throw out the soaking water and use fresh water to make the nut milk. Work with about two cups of almonds at a time, and make sure to run the almonds through at least two or three times for maximum yield.
Making dough-based foods (pasta and breadsticks) in the Omega J8004 is a breeze. There are three nozzles you can use: round noodle nozzle, flat noodle nozzle, and bread stick nozzle. However, be warned: THOROUGHLY cleaning dough out of the juicer isn’t an easy task. You can easily spend 20-30 minutes scrubbing all the dough bits out of the parts. You’re better off using a pasta maker or food processor and keeping the Omega J8004 for juice.
With minced meat, you run the risk of contamination. Meat contains bacteria that can make you VERY sick. Those bacteria are very difficult to clean out of your juicer—you’ll have to soak it in hot water for 24 hours to be 100% sure it’s clean. If you’re not thoroughly cleaning the juicer, you run the risk of those bacteria getting into your raw fruit and veggie juices.
Once again, it’s safer to use a food processor or meat grinder to make minced meat.
For baby food, all you have to do is stew the fruits and veggies to soften them up. Let the food cool before running it through the juicer. You’ll want to scoop some of the fiber from the collection cup into the baby food, as that will make it easier on baby’s digestion.
If you’re looking for a quality juicer, the Omega J8006 and J8004 are both excellent options. I’ve fallen in love with the J8006 personally, but I understand wanting to save money on your appliances.
And that’s where the J8004 comes in! You get all the quality of the J8006 at a slightly lower price, and without the stainless steel shell. The J8004 is as good as it gets for the price, and you won’t regret the purchase.