The Omega J8006 is a low speed juicer which is quite rightly called a “Nutrition Center” by Omega because its versatility extends beyond juicing, but more of that later in this review.
This is a quiet low speed juicer with a powerful electric motor. The power acts via a kind of screwing action on the veggies akin to biting and chewing and is totally different from the high speed grating action that occurs in the high speed centrifugal juicers.
The low speeds allow the juicing to be more thorough and to get more juice from your fruit and vegetables.
It means that the power of the motor is used not in whirling a blade around a high speed but in actually doing what we want – juicing!
It also gets much more juice from green leafy vegetables which are the most beneficial for people wanting to seriously upgrade their diet, their detox and their health.
Why Buy a Low Speed Juicer, Isn’t High Speed Better?
The low speed is understandable when you factor in the gearing of the electric motor which achieves the equivalent of 2 horsepower behind the slow “chewing” and grinding of the Auger spinning and juicing the fruit and vegetables you use.
The low speed also reduces to a minimum any heating that may happen in any fast movement and also reduces foaming and possible oxidation.
The last benefit of using a slow juicer or masticating juicer to use the juicer jargon, is the low noise it causes. This might be especially welcome if you are juicing in the morning and you don’t want to wake other people up with the noise of a high speed electric motor in your kitchen!
What’s it Made of – Plastic or Steel? Colour? Is it Toxin free?
Something that many people shopping for kitchen equipment are concerned about is the material in contact with the food. In the case of the Omega J8006 the “business end” of the juicer is the Auger and that is made of a specially hard plastic called “GE Ultem” which is claimed to be 8 times stronger than most other plastics.
Other visible parts of the juicer are made of plastic but is reported by users to durable and according to some, “built like a tank”.
Does my plastic leak?
Sounds like an odd question but some plastics have chemicals in them that can leak into the food they are in contact with.
With so many plastics in our life this can cause some problems so how can we reduce the risk of pollution from our plastics.
Avoiding all plastics is probably an overreaction. What we really need is to reduce the time spent in contact with our food.
So we can choose to store our foods in glass or ceramic or other containers. In particular we can avoid heating food in plastic containers so we can use Pyrex glassware instead.
With a juicer or food mixer that has a plastic bowl which is in contact with our fruit or juice for a few seconds as it is working the amount of any chemical leaching into the juice is too small to be significant in my view.
If we can source non plastic kitchen gadgets that may well be a good idea, otherwise, we can use non plastic storage containers and Pyrex for microwave cooking.
Is BPA a problem?
In particular, BPA, otherwise called “Bisphenol A”, has been implicated in many studies as an “endocrine disruptor” or “gender bender”.
What that means is that BPA functions in the body just like the female hormone estrogen and in larger amounts in the environment can act to change the sex of fish and other exposed animals. There is also evidence that having BPA in your bloodstream is linked to higher risk for clogged up arteries.
The real point of this is not whether BPA is bad for our health – we know that; the real point is whether we can still use it safely in kitchen equipment
This is controversial and of huge commercial and environmental significance.
Just how important this is depends on who you listen to!
According to the Wiki, “An analysis of the literature on bisphenol A leachate low-dose effects by vom Saal and Hughes published in August 2005 seems to have found a suggestive correlation between the source of funding and the conclusion drawn. Industry-funded studies tend to find no significant effects whereas government-funded studies tend to find significant effects ” My highlighting! More at the Wiki here http://is.gd/rffERg
I cannot find any reference to this on the Omega website or in any of their owner manuals. To me this suggests that the plastic they use may have BPA in it so how does this factor in to your assessment of this juicer?
John Kohler at Discount Juicers points out that we all use plastic containers in our kitchens; that most of us are OK with drinking mineral water out of plastic bottles and that we even bring organic food home in plastic bags!
Why then should we be overly concerned by our juice being in contact with our juicer for a few seconds as it is being produced?
The practical part of me agrees with his take on this and although it would be nice to have a plastic free kitchen and a plastic free world, this ain’t going to happen soon.
BPA is banned in Baby bottles but is still in the lining of canned food and even more surprisingly is present in small amounts in till receipts!
Virtually all juicers have some parts of them made of plastic. And the power of the nutrition and detox you get with a juicer is so much that the few seconds that the juice is in contact with the plastic is no real problem!
My final point on this is that just because a plastic is advertised as being “BPA free” this says nothing about the other varieties of Bisphenol such as bisphenol S or about the presence or absence of other potentially harmful materials.
We cannot allow ourselves to be too picky about the material of our juicers because we’d end up not buying one and not boosting our health which would be self-defeating.
How Kitchen Friendly is the Omega J8006 ?
No matter how much we want to improve our health and enjoy those juices our resolution may waver when it comes to a stack of difficult to clean parts of our juicer.
All experienced users agree that juicers need to be rinsed off straight after juicing because if you wait until later you will need to scrub the parts hard. The Auger (screw) has a special little brush that cleans it up real quick and many Omega J8006 users say that cleaning this juicer is a breeze and is definitely easier than cleaning a high speed juicer.
The J8006 is a horizontal model so it will take up a little more space on your counter top. In spite of that you may well find it handier to keep it permanently on the counter top for easy and frequent use.
When in use it is quiet – which is great for those of us who juice early in the morning or late at night!
Juices – what does it juice? Any other tricks?
No juicer will handle every fruit and every vegetable we could possibly use but this Omega does very well. As a masticating juicer we expect it to be good with green leafy vegetables and it is and it deals happily with hard veggies and fruits too.
What it also does it juice wheatgrass which is unusual for a juicer and essential for some detox systems.
I mentioned above that Omega call this a “Nutrition Center” and this is more than mere “marketing hype”.
With the Omega J8006 you can…
• turn almonds and other nuts into nut butters
• make fresh baby food from natural ingredients
• make pasta such as spaghetti, linguini, or breadsticks with the pasta nozzles ( the nozzle will not make the pasta dough!)
• And it will make noodles and has 2 nozzles just for noodles!
• And grind your coffee beans
• and even make your own flour
• and spices and
• mince herbs and garlic
Is that all ?
Whoops ! I nearly forgot the fresh frozen desserts you can make using the homogenizer nozzle. Yum!
Now you can see why Omega are keen to brand the J8006 as a “Nutrition Center”!
After the fun we get down to practical matters again.
Where goes the pulp?
Excuse the bad English. Where the pulp and fibre goes is important. Users of Juicers do not want a lot of pulp in their juices. If they did they could use a Smoothie maker and save a whole load of money. In low cost juicers the pulp typically is trapped in a trough around the high speed shredder. That means you have to stop every few minutes or every few fruit to take it apart and remove the fibre.
In higher cost juicers the pulp is dumped in a container that can be easily emptied without opening the whole mechanism and cleaning up. So you can juice continuously and just clean up at the end.
In the Omega J8006 the pulp is ejected continuously from the end of the Auger unit and the juice comes out the bottom into whatever container you have there – either using the supplied plastic or your own Pyrex or glass. Omega recommend that the machine is not run for more than 30 minutes at a time but this adds up to a huge amount of juice!
The pulp or fibre can easily be used in pies, soups, casseroles or salads depending exactly on the mix of veggies and fruit used. This is a better option than composting or just binning it!
This is a horizontal juicer so it takes up a little more space on the countertop than a vertical model and measures up at 14-1/2 by 6-1/2 by 15-1/2 inches so there are no problems fitting under wall cabinets.
Features – Major Bullet Points
In summary the Omega Nutrition Center is a …
• Low noise, low speed 80 rpm juicer
• Easy to use and easy to clean
• High juice yield with dry pulp into separate containers
• Great juicer for greens, carrots and beets
More than a juicer the Omega J8006 –
• Grinds coffee and flour,
• Makes nut butters and baby food
• Extrudes pasta – spaghetti, linguini and bread sticks
• Warranty: the 15 year warranty is the longest in the industry
Pros, Cons and Consumer Ratings
The Omega J8006 Nutrition Center is a very versatile and robust piece of kitchen equipment that may well want to leave out on the counter because it has so many uses. It has many enthusiastic reviews testifying to its ability to deal well with greens and wheatgrass. That seems to be the major strength of this juicer, rather than performing well with soft fruit which are probably best used to make smoothies.
Apart from that I can see no major flaw in the design. Yes I would like an all stainless steel or at least a plastic free construction but for me that is a “Wish” rather than a requirement. The only designs with no plastic are the manual grinders and the very high cost hydraulic press.
In summary the J8006 comes out as the best practical juicer on the market at present and it needs to be on your wish list if not your shortlist. Any features or weakness you feel I have ignored – then do please chime in and add your 2 cents in the comment section below. Is there a better juicer than this?
I checked all the major stores and outlets and found they were all price matching so I have put a link to Amazon below.