Omega is such a respected brand in the juicing market. They started almost 30 years ago, and have earned a reputation for delivering quality, reliable products. When I started my juicing habit in 2013 it was only natural I looked at this brand and its flagship juicer the Omega j8006.
It’s become my go-to juicer ever since (I got it at a discount on www.amazon.com back in the day), although there are some drawbacks to this juicer which I want to discuss in this 2016 review. While I do like the juicer, I don’t want to sell you anything. I’m writing this review from my three years of using this juicer almost daily, and I hope you can learn something from it.
I think this could be the perfect machine if you’re looking to move off of centrifugal juicing more towards slow juicers to retain more nutrients in your juices and store them for a bit longer in the fridge.
The Omega j8006 juices most fruits and vegetables flawlessly, and you’ll get a good yield from leafy greens such as kale and wheatgrass. And you’ll get a whopping 15-year warranty. Still interested? Let’s dive into the pros and cons…
The Omega j8006 is a so-called single auger horizontal masticating slow juicer, but masticating juicer is fine. There you have it. What you need to know is that it’ll run at very low RPM (revolutions per minute). That’s why it’s called a slow juicer. At around 80 RPM the Omega is already pretty slow. If you want an even slower one, you would have to buy one of the Hurom juicers. Those operate at around 40 RPM.
Horizontal means that it will take up less space in height, so it fits well beneath all kitchen countertops. You still have to feed the juicer from above, though, so you need some space to insert produce and use the plunger to push it into the auger. Vertical juicers have a larger auger and a larger screen and take up more height. So make sure to check your kitchen before you buy and think about where you’d like your juicer to sit.
|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 j8006 is a complete juicing system, and it has everything you need to turn your fruits and veggies into juice. When you open the box, you’ll find all the pieces you need. According to the Omega j8006 manual, each box comes with:
The parts are easily assembled. All you have to do is follow the instructions in the Omega J8006 User Manual, but I’ll show you how I do it:
Insert the drum into the housing and turn the locking clip clockwise to lock it securely in place. Place the funnel onto the guide. This may require a little bit of practice but after a while you’ll know exactly where and how to place it.
To juice, insert the auger into the drum, followed by the juicing screen and the end cap. Turn the end cap counterclockwise. When it clicks into place, you’re ready to juice.
To mince, use the blank instead of the juicing screen. Click the end cap into place.
To make noodles or breadsticks, insert the nozzle of your choice—flat noodle, round noodle, or breadstick—between the blank and the end cap.
When juicing, place a few pieces of vegetables/fruits into the guide one at a time. DO NOT insert a spoon, for, or anything metal, but use the plunger to push down the produce gently. Make sure the juicer is switched off before removing, replacing, or changing any parts.
The machine and its parts feel solid and durable. When connected properly, there is no wiggle or wobble. The Omega J8006 sits squarely on the counter, and it generates very little friction or vibration courtesy of the low-RPM motor.
Not sure the J8006 is the juicer for you? Omega produces other models, such as the OMG500S or the Omega VSJ843, both of which are excellent quality juicers. However, they’re both centrifugal juicers (meaning high-speed) while the J8006 is a masticating juicer (low speed). When it comes to masticating juicers, the Omega J8006 is definitely one of the best of the Omega line. However, there are newer models starting with the letters “NC”. They have a larger feeding tube and a modern design.
But, for argument’s sake, let’s take a look at a few of the other models of masticating juicers competing for “top dog” spot:
The J8006 is just the upgraded version of the J8005. The design has been improved, the durability issues affecting the J8005 addressed, and the function upgraded. The overall look and operation remain exactly the same, but it just runs better than its older brother.
The J8006 is identical to the J8004 in all ways but two: the exterior and the price.
Where the J8004 has a white plastic shell, the j8006 has a beautiful black and chrome exterior. The J8006 is also $40 more expensive, but all you’re paying for is the appearance. The motor, RPMs, durability, and features are the same.
The Omega j8008 is the upgraded version of the j8006. A few improvements have been made in the later model:
A few upgrades, but they definitely help to enhance the usefulness of the J8006.
The J8226 is the European version of the J8006. If you live in Europe and want to buy the J8006, you have to search for the J8226 instead. The only thing that changes (aside from the model number) is the voltage. While the J8006 runs at the U.S. standard 110V, the J8226 runs at the European standard 220V.
Any Omega J8006 demonstration video will show you the juicer is designed to be user-friendly and simple to operate. The smaller-than-average feeder chute means you have to cut up your fruits and veggies. However, the juicer wastes less produce than others, so you get more juice per fruit/veggie.
Assembly is a cinch. Right out of the box, you’ll find it’s easy to put together and start using right away. It took me no more than 15 minutes to set it up, plug it in, and make a cup of juice the first day it arrived. Obviously, now that I’ve gotten more experienced with the Omega, assembly is even faster.
Cleaning a juicer can be a tedious task, especially if it’s not dishwasher safe. If you’re juicing once or even twice per day like me, you need a machine that is fast to clean. I’ve used many juicers and for this website I tried over 20 different models. It’s fairly safe to say that the Omega j8006 is probably the easiest to clean.
It’s broken down into four parts: the feed chute, the screen, the auger, and the collection bins. Hot water is enough to clean everything but the auger. It’s best to clean the juicer after every use, as that will prevent the build-up of residue on the machine (which could spoil the flavor of your juices).
Personally, I do not place the juicer into the dishwasher every time I juice. I think it helps the longevity if I just rinse it with warm water and a little bit of soap. Once every so often, maybe monthly, I soak all the parts for a day or so in a water bath to remove juice pulp and other residues that may remain somewhere on the juicing screen. The Omega j8006 is dishwasher safe, though.
Compared to a centrifugal (fast) juicer, the Omega J8006 is whisper-quiet. However, for a slow juicer, it’s one of the noisiest models on the market. Still, the high-powered motor does not generate enough noise to irritate someone watching TV next door.
The best place to buy the Omega J8006 is directly on the Amazon page. You’ll find the price on Amazon is lower than other websites (Bed, Bath, and Beyond or Best Buy), or even the manufacturer’s website.
For those in Europe, Amazon UK has the product available in the correct voltage (220V).
Refurbished electronics tend to be “hit and miss”. While the manufacturer claims to return them to “factory standard”, there is almost always something wrong—problems that crop up well before they should.
The J8006 is no exception. While a refurbished J8006 is cheaper than brand new, you’re better off paying a bit more. Not only do you get an appliance you can be sure is functioning properly, but you also get a 15-year warranty to back you up in case of any problems.
The Omega J8006 is one of the highest-rated masticating juicers around, and there are few outside the Omega line that can compete with it. The only slow juicer worthy to compete (in the same price range) with the Omega J8006 is the Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer.
The ultra-quiet juicer has a 240-watt motor comparable in power to the Omega J8006, a similarly-sized feeder chute, and an auger that spins at 80 RPM.
However, the shell is made from painted plastic rather than durable chrome, and the price tag is the same as the J8006. It lacks the durability that makes the J8006 the best of the slow juicers.
The Gourmia GSJ-200 Masticating Slow Juicer is a lower-budget option. Generally, it costs 1/3 the price of the Omega J8006. It’s a lot taller than the Omega J8006 but not as wide. Its sleek red plastic exterior is beautiful, though not as durable as the chrome shell of the J8006.
It may not have the same durability and reliable operation as the J8006, but it works well, turns your produce into juice at a steady rate, and is much cheaper.
One “problem” I’ve found with the Omega juicer is the small feeding tube. It is smaller than with most juicers, especially compared to centrifugal juicers. So, there is a lot of cutting, slicing and dicing.
A few problems found by my friends and fellow users on Amazon include:
First and foremost, you’re here because you’re looking for a juicer that can extract the juice from vegetables and fruits the best way possible. So naturally, fruits and vegetables will be first on your list when shopping for a juicer. I’ve created hundreds of juicer recipes that you can use with the Omega j8006.
Overall, the Omega juicer doesn’t have a problem with most fruits and vegetables. In fact, many times the yield is superb, especially if you compare it to centrifugal juicers out there. It works even better if you stick to some tips I reveal in this review, that will yield more juice. And more juice means, you save money in the long run. I’m not talking about 3 months, rather 5+ years. Because that’s how long you’ll use the Omega j8006, or even longer as it comes with a 15-year warranty.
Obviously, the more water a fruit or a vegetable contains, the more yield you’ll get out of it and the better the juice will hydrate your body. I love to juice cucumbers, pineapple, apples and oranges because it’ll give you a great base for your juices.
I know you’ve all heard about the benefits of leafy greens, kale being the front-runner and by far the most popular. The omega juicers juices kale well, the pulp will still be a little wet and kale naturally doesn’t have as much yield as you may like. Also, it tastes very strong, so you never want to add more than one shot to your juices anyway.
When juicing leafy greens or celery with the Omega, any Omega, make sure to rotate the produce with a vegetable that contains a lot of water. That way you maximize the output because it’ll “un-block” the juicers from time to time.
In short, the Omega works great with everyday produce you can buy from your local supermarket, or better yet, farmers market. You’ll be out of luck with berries, for example, they’ll just mush together in the tube without giving you much yield at all.
Oh, I hear that a lot. Almond milk is very popular and rightfully so: it’s delicious and healthy at the same time. So, yes, the Omega juicers can make almond milk. Of course, it’s not as easy as stuffing almonds up the chute. Also, almonds tend to be a little expensive, so maybe it’s not something you can or want to do every day, especially if you buy organic.
In any case, you need to soak the almonds in water for about 12 hours; that’s what softens them up a little and make them store a little bit of the water.
Throw away the soaked almond water and use fresh (purified) water when juicing them. It is totally up to you how many almonds you use: if you like your almond milk a little thicker, use more. I think a good starting point is about two cups of almonds.
Use a large spoon and add the almonds together with a little bit of water into the Omega j8006. That will already give you some good milk. But here a trick what I like to do:
I always run the pulp twice through my juicer with the remaining water; that makes the milk tastier and thicker. If you like a little bit of sweetness you could add some dates to your almonds. Sometimes for a special treat, I like to add some vanilla extract.
You can store the milk for 2 or 3 days in the fridge.
Using the Omega J8006 for apple juice
Apples are one of the best fruits to juice. They have a high yield; you can use the pulp for baking later and they can add a great taste to even the greenest juices or smoothies. The trick with apples is that you should avoid using too many because they do have a high fructose content. That’s a type of sugar you have to be aware of when juicing fruits, and this is one of the reasons I established the 80/20 Rule of Juicing: 80% of the produce should come from veggies and only 20% from fruit.
The Omega j8006 juices apples perfectly, under one condition: they have to be rather hard apples. Soft apples will clog the juicer quickly, and it all gets a little mushy inside it. Therefore, you won’t get as much yield from it as you may like. I always juice every bit of an apple apart from the stalks. Those are quite bitter.
Now, the Omega juicer has a small feeding tube, so you need to plan some time for preparing your apples, slicing them up so, they fit the chute. I don’t mind a little cutting, but it can be a bit tedious if you’re not a morning person and need your juice quickly before heading to work. A big mouth juicer like the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer would be better suited for you. It fits whole apples without a problem and produces a nice yield, too.