Here is my Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer review. In my quest to become healthier I’ve been reading, watching and listening trying to find the easiest way to get the most bang for my effort so to speak. This is the best juicer on the market in my humble opinion. Okay I’ll admit it, I’m lazy. Anytime I find a shortcut to get something I want I’ll take it. While there are no magic pills involved when it comes to becoming healthier one of the bits of information that kept popping up time and again was how powerful and almost instantaneous the benefits of juicing were for the human body. So with that information in hand I went looking for the perfect juicer on my path to a healthier me. And I think I’ve found it.
J8006 Best Features
The Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer is a all-in-one juicer that gives me fresh fruit and vegetable juice almost instantly. The Omega company has always come up with unique juicers over the years and this masticating juicer is fit for all purposes. I can use it to extract fruit and vegetable juice. This includes leafy greens and wheatgrass, too. You can also process food for babies and even geriatric patients. This I have not tried so I can’t vouch for that.
My research also revealed that this masticating juicer will extrude pasta, bread sticks and also grind coffee beans and boneless meat. When you read the above feature explanation you may be confused about the word extrude. Some people think that this word means to “smash up” or to do something with a violent force. However, the Webster dictionary defines the verb extrude as “to shape.”
That is exactly what happens when you use the pasta accessories with the Omega J8006 juicer. It shapes the pasta into different shapes depending on whatever type of nozzle you select. The different pasta nozzles are able to make the different shapes for linguini, spaghetti, or bread sticks. All of these various pasta nozzles are included when you purchase this amazingly, well constructed juicer.
Advantages of Extruding Pasta
During my review I learned about the extrusion process of pasta. It was interesting to note that this type of process offers several advantages as opposed to the conventional process. First, after cooking it will produce a product that only requires a re-dehydration before eating. Second, it will allow you to include many non-traditional ingredients into the pasta dough such as vegetables, corn, rice, or soft wheat. Extruded Pasta can also be dried much quicker than traditional methods.
Another advantage when using the extrusion system for mixing pasta is that it will provide an irreversible, homogeneous, bonded dispersion of every ingredient added. This will guarantee the uniformity of all the mixed ingredients. It also will allow for minor ingredients to react and promote any desirable physical or chemical modifications of the protein and starch fractions of all raw ingredients.
Some of the above information may seem a bit too scientific for many people but you can rest assured that when you use the extrusion process when making pasta, it will result in the freshest and best tasting pasta that your taste buds can imagine. Again I haven’t tried this. I use mine simply to make a variety of healthy and tasty juices.
There are a number of features that are very important when it comes to juicing. Ignoring these could make your juicing experience a disastrous one resulting in giving up almost before you get started. Here are some of features that this juicer has that make it one of the best on the market.
Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer Extraction Process
The Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer utilizes a dual stage mechanism. This has been done to implicate the human chewing system so that you get exactly the kind of pulp that you can gulp down easily. With a single gear that produces low levels of foam, you can expect the smoothest of juices from this juicer. The slow speed of the juicer limits the froth and also offers foam preventing oxidation. I found this to be a great feature because it allows me to make a larger quantity of my favorite juices and store them in the fridge for the coming days, up to 3. Only drawback to this is I sometimes find my juice has been consumed by a family member who “just isn’t sure about this juicing thing”.
When I put my favorite vegetable or fruit into the juicer I know I am going to get every last ounce of nutrient squeezed from them. This procedure involves first crushing the product. Then they are pressed very tightly so that all the juice can be extracted from them. The juice is then passed down the funnel and into the container and the pulp is squeezed further in this funnel while it is separated automatically. With the unique crushing and pressing process, it is able to yield a higher quantity of juice and produce drier pulp. Do not confuse it with a grinding machine because it does not work that way. There is also an auto-pulp ejection feature so that the pulp gets ejected even when the juicing is in process. This hassle-free procedure is very helpful for those who need instant access to fresh juice.
The auger used in the Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer is super strong and one of the most durable in the market. It is what keeps the juicer together. After the huge success of the J8004 model, the manufacturers decided to keep the same auger in the J8006 model because of its sheer capacity. This auger is 8 times stronger than any other plastic and hence gives a sturdy build to the juicer. The auger is the part of the juicer that resembles a large drill bit. The auger is used to squeeze the fruits or vegetables instead of shredding them with blades like a centrifugal juicer. A high-quality auger is important because it will determine how much juice is extracted by the appliance. The Omega J8006 has one of the highest extraction percentages on the market making it one of the best augers.
The Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer is equipped with a powerful gear reduction facility that is equal to the work output of a 2 HP motor. In my review process I saw some individuals lamenting the slow speed of the juicer which only turns at 80 revolutions per minute (rpm). This actually is what makes the juicer stand out and improves the quality of the final product. This slow gear reduction improves the performance of the juicer helping it crush the fruits and vegetables to a level where there are no extracts left from them.
Speed options/Setting options
With an 80 rpm speed, this slow speed juicer is an absolute masterpiece when it comes to squeezing all the juice from the fruits and vegetables. The low speed along with the masticating style gives a pure and natural taste while keeping the essential vitamins and nutrients intact in the juice.
What It Will Handle
I had many questions before I began my research as to what types of fruits, vegetables and other products the juicer could actually handle. Here is what I found to be true.
-It can efficiently juice both hard and soft vegetables and fruits extracting every last bit of nutritional value while retaining the purest color of the respective fruits and vegetables.
-The Omega J8006 juicer also claims that the machine comes with a homogenizer that can make natural baby food, nut butter, and fresh frozen desserts. Again I have not used this feature but in doing some more research discovered the following. A slow cold press or masticating process for making nut butters, baby food, and frozen treats is highly preferred over any of the centrifugal models. The reason for this is that a low speed juicer will not create harmful heat that can destroy various delicate enzymes and nutrients that are beneficial and present in fresh foods.
When it comes to making nut butters, it should also be noted that you can make your own low-sodium, all-natural nut butters and spreads with almost any type of nut including the more common nut butters from peanuts, hazelnuts, or almonds. However, you should also consider other less obvious choices such as cashews, pistachios, or macadamia nuts. The Omega J8006 juicer makes it easy to make these delicious spreads as you can see with many of the positive YouTube videos. For example, watch the ones uploaded by Erik Summer-making almond butter or Rubi Ruiz-home made peanut butter.
This very versatile machine also has excellent reviews for making many healthy frozen treats. For example, a review by Emily Waltman mentioned that she loves to make frozen sorbets. In fact, the first time she tried the machine for a frozen treat she made 3 different sorbets. One of the sorbets that she made included frozen strawberries, bananas, peaches, berries, and frozen coconut milk. She was delighted at how fast and easy it was to make these tasty frozen treats.
There are many Youtube videos that you can enjoy watching about how to use the Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer to make delicious frozen treats including Delicious Fruit Sorbet, Banana Nice Cream, Banana Blueberry Ice Cream and many more. I have included some of these videos below. One guy I came cross talked about the benefits of making nutritious and delicious smoothies from frozen mangoes and bananas. He added the comment that these tasty frozen treats were easy to make and simply wonderful.
-There is a food processor attached to the system. It will chop down and mince red pepper, scallions, garlic and various other foods keeping their nutrition and natural flavors intact. It can also mince seasonings and herbs. I came across comments from other juicers who said they had made special diets for their kids with the easy mincing set-up.
I love spaghetti and there is a way to make it at home with this machine. It is a fantastic extruder of spaghetti, breadsticks, and linguini. There are pasta nozzles too that allow you to make your own home-made pasta.
You can also grind your own coffee beans with the machine although I just continue to buy my Folgers coffee in the store. You can also grind flour.
I grind fresh leafy veggies like spinach, cabbage, kale, wheatgrass, and other nutrient dense fruits and vegetables and have never had a problem.
One of the things that was a must for me was the ability to use my juicer with ease. Anyone in my family can attest to my aversion to gadgets. Any device I own that has a digital clock feature either blinks a continuous 12:00 or if in the rare occasion I have managed to set the time will be wrong half of the year because of daylight savings time. I’m happy to report with this juicer the settings are very easy to understand. The product does come with a user manual and you can check the various things that you can do with this juicer. There is only a single button on the Omega J8006 and that is the power button. Aside from this, there are no additional controls. Swapping between different functions is often a matter of changing the cone and nozzle on the appliance.
One of the finest features of the Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer is it works like a ninja. It produces very little noise while it operates and was designed this way. This has also increased the life of the juicer making it work for years without any disturbances.
Cleaning is very easy and it only takes a couple of minutes to clean the entire device. For cleaning purposes I separate the auger, the juicing stick, the strainer, and the pulp collector and it cleans up very quickly. This helps you to clean them up quickly. It comes with a brush which is used to clean the strainer. I use a sponge and some normal water to rinse and clean the other parts. Once they are clean I just can assemble them back into the machine and it’s ready for my next juicing experience.
Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer Accessories
This Juicer unit is an all-in-one system which does not require any additional accessories. Unfortunately, the Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer is not BPA-free. The main component of the juicer has poly-carbonate housing not the latest Eastman Tritan polymer. If you are expecting it to be BPA-free you would have to compromise on this small feature. It is important to understand that many juicers on the market do not come with all of the accessories that you will find with the Omega J8006.
Some of the accessories that you will find in each Omega J8006 box include 1 juice cone, 1 homogenizing cone, 5 nozzles, 1 juice bowl (plastic), 1 pulp bowl (plastic), and a cleaning brush. These parts are made with the highest quality materials and with normal use they will last you for years. However, it is good to know that if you ever destroy or lose any of your accessories parts you can easily replace them by going to the Omega website and ordering online.
What is Dry Pulp And Why Is It A Good Thing?
A portion of nutrients is left remaining in the pulp. If 77 percent of the vegetable is juiced, then you can assume you’re only getting 77 percent of the nutrients that vegetable had to offer. Many people simply throw that pulp away, but then both food and nutrients are wasted. A healthy and efficient alternative is to dehydrate and then powder the remaining pulp.
The process is simple and only requires a few tools. The first thing you’ll need is a dehydrator tray. After dehydrating the pulp in the tray you process it in a blender to create a dry pulp powder. The dried pulp isn’t necessarily healthier than the original pulp, but it can be used more easily. You can add it to bread dough, crackers, smoothies, sauces, and about anything else you can imagine. Instead of wasting pulp you’ve converted it into a simple tool for boosting the nutrients levels of your favorite foods.
Compared To Other Juicers How Well Does The Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer perform?
The Omega J8006 has no shortage of competition in the juicing department. And some of that competition is from big brands that have been in the business longer. Nonetheless, the Omega juicer reviews show it performs exceptionally well in comparison. In particular, it has a higher extraction percentage, better long-term consistency, greater durability, and increased ease-of-use when compared to many competing models.
Take the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus for example. It is a beloved juicer from one of the most well-known names in the market. However, it only has an extraction percentage of 66.4 percent. Meanwhile, the extraction percentage of the Omega J8006 is 76.8 percent. What is left is mostly pulp. Pulp isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but 23 percent remaining as pulp is much better than 33 percent.
How easy this model is to use and to clean is another important selling point in comparison to other models. The juicer uses very few parts and they are all dishwasher safe. And even if you prefer to clean by hand you’ll find that they are easy to work with. As for ease of use, there are very few buttons and the controls are very straightforward. It’s a considerable improvement over some juicers that require a technical manual to operate.
What Is It Made Of?
The Omega J8006 is made from a few different materials. Primarily, there is a chrome finish with a number of plastic or steel parts on the inside. The material of each part is chosen to allow for maximum durability as well as a stylish appearance.
Why Is Chrome A Good Material For A Juicer And Does That Impact Price?
Chrome has become an increasingly popular material for appliances over the past decade. In the past, stainless steel reigned supreme in the kitchen, but we’re now seeing shiny, lightweight chrome take the spotlight. There are a number of advantages that chrome offers, whether it’s for a juicer, a toaster, a microwave, or a kitchen chair.
The major advantage of chrome is its durability. In truth, it is not as durable as stainless steel, but it’s only a fraction of the weight. Aside from stainless steel, not much can compare to the durability of chrome. It also resistant to corrosion and displays significant luster.
A second major advantage of chrome is its appearance. It has a significantly shinier appearance than any other metal you’ll find on a juicer. The shiny surface does make it susceptible to fingerprints, but that can be managed with simple cleaning and maintenance. Chrome is surprisingly easy to clean, which makes it a great choice for any appliance.
The use of chrome on a juicer will impact the price slightly. Most juicers are built with primarily plastic enclosures. Plastic is slightly cheaper but far less durable. That means the initial investment in a chrome juicer will be higher, but it will last longer, thus saving money on repairs or replacements in the future.
How Often Can You Use The Juicer
There’s no limit to how often you can use the juicer, but the manual advises not to use the juicer for than 30 continuous minutes. This is considered a low-speed juicer at only 80RPM. The reduced speed of the engine improves the efficiency of the appliance and extends the lifespan of the motor. Once you’ve prepared a beverage you simply need to remove the pulp and you can prepare another one immediately.
Keep in mind that the more frequently you use the juicer the shorter the lifespan will be. It’s perfectly acceptable to use a juicer multiple times a day, but if you were to continually make juices one after another, then the motor would experience increased wear and tear. Luckily, AC motors have long lifespans, so you can expect to get decades of work out of your juicer if it is properly cared for.
As a final tip, you can extend the lifespan of your Omega juicer by properly chopping vegetables before juicing them. The Omega J8006 has a more narrow feed tube than most juicers so this will already be necessary in most cases. The life of the juicer is closely tied to the motor. By reducing the stress on the motor you will be able to use your juicer more often without wearing it down.
Does It Overheat?
Motors generate heat as they work. Overheating can be a serious problem for a juicer if not properly addressed. Luckily, the Omega J8006 is designed with overheating prevention in mind. It is highly unlikely that this model will overheat under normal operating conditions.
Many juicers suffer from overheating problems, but that is linked to the speed of their motors. There are juicers with motors that turn at 1000 rpm. Not only does that speed generate a significant amount of heat, but it’s also capable of destroying nutrients and enzymes stored in the fruits and vegetables.
In comparison, the Omega model only rotates at 80 rpm. This means there is very little heat produced during the process and that all of the nutrients in the vegetables are preserved. As an added benefit, it also greatly reduces the noise of the model. Finally, the reduced speed reduces the production of foam during the juicing process.
What Safety Features Are Built Into This Juicer?
The reduced speed of the motor is an inherent safety feature because it reduces the likelihood of overheating and the problems that come with it. There are also four stabilizing feet built onto the base of the juicer to prevent it from tipping over during operation. The juicer also includes an overheat sensor and a housing detector sensor.
The overheating sensor prevents operation when the system begins to overheat. This will prevent unnecessary damage to the juicer and eliminate the risk of a potential fire hazard. The housing sensor prevents the motor from running when the extracting housing is not connected to the unit. These are all standard safety features that you’ll find available with most high-end juicers.
Is It Easy to Store In A Cupboard Or On A Counter?
The Omega J8006 is not considered a compact unit, but it can still be stored in a cupboard with sufficient space. It has product dimensions of 14.5”x 6.5”x 15.5” and weighs 18 pounds. That makes it slightly larger than some alternative juicers, but still no larger than a standard toaster oven.
Most people choose to store their juicer out on the counter. The chrome finish gives the juicer a sleek and modern appearance that can complement the décor of most kitchens. And the stabilizing feet built onto the bottom help it maintain a sturdy grip while on the counter.
Are There Any Plastic Parts On This Juicer?
While the juicer has a chrome finish, there are still several plastic components used. The use of metal for all components would increase the price and weight without offering many benefits. The parts of the juicer that experience wear and tear are metal, as well as the exterior. The feet, feed tube, and extractor are all primarily plastic.
The combination of plastic and chrome components allows for an ideal weight-to-durability ratio. The juicer is still very lightweight but is also extremely durable. If chrome or plastic components were used more frequently, then this balance would shift. This is a common problem with juicers that are primarily plastic but have a short lifespan or with juicers that have unnecessary metal components that drastically increase the weight.
Are Replacement Parts Available?
There are replacement parts available from multiple sources. The most reliable way to secure replacement parts for the Omega J8006 is by checking the manufacturing website. If you prefer an alternative source, you can check with Amazon or eBay. Both Amazon and eBay frequently carry replacement parts for this model, though their prices may be slightly increased and there is no guarantee they will carry the part that you are looking for.
Are There Any Additional Accessories You Can Buy To Go With This Juicer?
Most juicers do not come with additional accessories available. Those that do use accessories do so to emulate the functions already available with the Omega J8006. This model does not have additional accessories aside from those designed to replace existing parts. However, it has the ability to perform several additional functions without the need for extra accessories.
Some of the functions that are built into this Omega model include coffee grinding, converting nuts into butter, processing natural baby food, pasta extrusion, coffee grinding, and spice mincing. Thus, this unit can replace several appliances in the kitchen without the need for additional accessories. You can even use it to create dry pulp powder from the pulp produced when juicing vegetables. You will need a tray for dehydrating the pulp.
How Do You Get The Juice Into A Glass Or Pitcher?
Getting the juice into a glass is extremely simple. The juicer features a horizontal design with an exit for the juice that is close to the countertop. The height is just right for sliding a glass beneath the exit. The juice will leave the juicer into the glass without the risk of any serious splash back.
The disadvantage of this lower height is that it cannot pour directly into a pitcher. There is also no storage tank for the juice. Instead, you will need to allow the juice to exit into a glass and then pour that into a larger container if you want to save the juice for later.
The size of the juicer is 14.5 X 6.5 X 15.5 inches and it weighs 18 pounds. That’s a fairly small size for something that has so many capabilities.
It comes with a 15-year warranty and you can get in touch with the makers if there is anything wrong within these 15 years. Not much seems to go wrong with the Omega Juicer-a fraction of people have reported problems with the screen tearing and a few have expressed some dissatisfaction with being able to receive replacement parts in a timely manner.
Pros of the Omega J8006
In my final analysis the review of Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer shows has a host of features and benefits that make it the number one juicer. Here are some of the benefits:
-An automatic pulp ejection system.
-The dual stage juicing system.
-Low speed masticating system.
-Crushes the fruits and vegetables instead of shredding them.
– Makes very little sound while it is at work.
– Very easy to make pasta, spaghetti and baby food.
-You can clean the juicer very easily.
-15 year warranty.
Cons of the Omega J8006
There are hardly any major disadvantages of the J8006 model but the one thing I didn’t care for was all the extra things you can do with this juice. The Omega J8006 over delivers and if that is the worst thing that can be said about it the company must be doing something right.
-Acts as a branded food processor that many juicers do not need.
-Additional parts that come with this model that have nothing to do with juicing.
Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer Consumer Reviews
People who have already used this juicer are of the opinion that it is the best one out there. It is without a doubt the most comprehensive juicer ever and the quality of juice it produces is incomparable. Also, the style and chrome finish gives it a polished look. Moreover, with so many different features all put together in one single unit, it is a delight for homemakers and also for those who do not like to spend much time in the kitchen. There are customers who have decades of juicing experience and even they have said that they have not seen anything quite like the J8006 before. It is definitely a must-buy if you want to have the perfect juice without making too much of an effort.
Price – Is it worth the money?
If you want value for your money on a juicer you probably won’t go wrong with the Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer. It has got the right combination of quality and pricing. It fits the budget of an average user, you will be able to use it day in and day out without having to shell out stacks of bucks to own this masterpiece. The best thing is, it comes with a 15-year warranty. So, even if there is something wrong after a few years (there is hardly any chance of that happening), you can get it repaired for free. This is one of the many reasons that make it a product worth buying. Not only the warranty, the multiple functions of this juicer make it a valuable addition in your kitchen.
Juicers have been evolving for decades. Years ago, you could only find bulky, commercial juicers at very high prices. Today, juicers are more economical, aesthetic, and efficient. Omega juicers are one of the older companies that have been making juicers for a long time. There juicers are well-known for their quality construction and convenient, time-saving features.
For those who have waited a long time to get their hands on a genuine juicer, the Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer will not disappoint. Everything about this juicer is top-class. Your mornings will be so much better with fresh juice and your diet will be controlled too with all those leafy greens that you will be juicing and drinking every day from now on. You’d be hard pressed to find another juicer that offers a suite of features, operates quietly, and gives you the same value for your money.