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Top Omega Nutrition Center Masticating Juicers of 2017: Comparison Reviews and Rankings of the J8006, J8005, and J8004

Omega makes a wide variety of kitchen appliances. If you’ve been shopping for a juicer, you’ve almost certainly looked at an Omega.

While most other brands make mainly centrifugal juicers, Omega’s focus has been on masticating, “slow” juicers. They’re distinctive for their simple designs and excellent warranty coverage.

They offer masticating juicers from $200-400, in both vertical and horizontal designs. Most of Omega’s horizontal juicers look pretty similar.

However, there are some important differences among their offerings. We’ll help you sort out the differences, and understand what the different specs on each model mean in terms of actual juice results!
We chose three top models from Omega to compare. These are the most popular juicers offered by the company.

In our in-depth reviews, we’ll lay out all the important features of each model, and bring you a concise overview of what people are saying about these juicers online.

We’ll help you figure out whether these juicers are really worth your money, and narrow down which one will be perfect for you!

At the bottom of the page, we’ve put together a guide to help you shop for an Omega juicer. It gives you a few key things to think about as you shop, and lays out some useful comparisons to help you compare Omega juicers to the rest of the market.

Keep reading to find out more about the winners!

Best Seller

Omega J8006

Best Quality

Omega J8004

Best Value

Omega J8005

Best Omega Juicer Reviews

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Omega J8006

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Omega’s most popular offering is also Amazon’s top-selling masticating juicer. The J8006 is popular thanks to its super low-speed motor, high torque system, and versatile attachment set. It’s our favorite all-purpose masticating juicer from Omega.

Pros:

It’s super simple to use. With only 4 main parts, the Omega takes a lot of the hassle out of assembly and takedown. It’s also easy to clean after you’re done. The plastic parts rinse clean, while the pulp screen comes with a brush for scrubbing out the holes.

The motor runs at a super-slow 80 rpm, to minimize oxidation and prevent any heat damage to juice as you go.

Thanks to the slow speed and minimized oxidation, juice from the J8006 can last up to 72 hours without degradation! Most juice from centrifugal machines starts to turn bad after only a few hours.

GE’s special plastic compound used to make the auger is designed to last 8X as long as traditional materials. The auger design in the J8006 is also updated over the J8004/5. It has less wobble and play, which stops the auger from coming in contact with the pulp screen by accident (this was one complaint some users had with the older models).

It wastes very little juice. Previous buyers said that pulp comes out very dry. That’s thanks in large part to the dual-stage juicing system. After the produce is wrung out on the auger, it goes through a secondary pressing system to make sure no juice ends up in the pulp bin.

As for the juice itself, reviewers said it’s thick, full, and rich! They complimented its color, taste, and texture, saying it “appears bolder/brighter and without foam.”

This model comes with lots of attachments to help it live up to the “Nutrition Center” moniker. There are several nozzles for making homemade pasta with the auger. There’s also a food processor attachment for mincing, grinding, and chopping. The homogenizer attachment lets you make nut butters, pastes, and baby foods, with a special grinder head for coffee and spices.

The J8006-also has a few smart upgrades over the previous model (J8005). It has a bigger juice bowl, a bigger pulp bin, a built-in handle, and a cover over the base of the machine.

The J8006 is covered by a 15-year warranty. That wallops any competition from centrifugal juicers, and is pretty impressive among masticating models, as well (even other Omegas!). By contrast, the J8005 (older model) has only a 10-year warranty period.

Cons:

Previous buyers said that while the auger does hold up well, there’s an initial break-in period. They said that the cutting edges wore down a bit at first, then stayed the same.

The feed chute is fairly small. Of course, you’re not going to be able to fit large chunks through any masticating juicer. However, some previous buyers said the chute was smaller than other models they had used.

Reviewers had mixed experiences with Omega customer service. They said that in the case that they needed replacement parts, they found that these were often backordered.

It’s not the best choice for wheatgrass. Reviewers said that wheatgrass caused motor strain, and in some cases cracked plastic parts. That’s probably going to be the case with any plastic auger and pulp screen system. If you juice a lot of wheatgrass, we’d recommend buying a triturating juicer (see one here on our home page).


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Omega J8004

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The J8004 is a tried and tested commercial juicer with a great track record. We like it because it’s simple, no-nonsense, and provides many of the same basic features as the newer Omega models.

And because it’s an older model, it’s a lot more affordable. We’ve found that you’ll save about $50 versus the J8006.

Pros:

The J8004 is designed to be used commercially. Overall, it has much better reliability ratings from previous buyers than the J8005 and J8006.

It has the same simple, 4-part design as the J8006 and J8005. Previous buyers especially liked how easy the J8004 is to take apart and clean. One juicer wrote, “You could literally take it apart with your eyes closed. There are no tools and no tricks to taking it apart.”

The white plastic exterior gives it a classic look, like many older kitchen appliances you’ll be familiar with.

Under the hood, it’s fairly similar to the J8005 and J8006 as well, with an 80 rpm motor speed and gear reduction system. The drive system levels out to about 2HP, just like the other two machines.

Much like the J8006, there’s a GE Ultem auger, and a dual stage juicing system. This produces pulp that’s just as dry–and juice that’s just as rich–as the J8006.

It comes with many of the same attachments as the J8006, including several pasta nozzles, a homogenizer for making pastes and butters, and a food processor for grinding and chopping.

There’s also a special fruit juice nozzle, which isn’t included on the more expensive J8006. We particularly like the fruit juice attachment, since it addresses one of the main problems with masticating juicers. Usually, they don’t do well with very juicy fruit, like citrus or plums. The J8004 can handle those with no problem.

Cons:

Because the casing and other plastic parts are white, you’ll have to be careful to avoid staining. We’d recommend finishing each juicing session with a lemon. This does a lot of the cleaning work for you, and adds a nice zip to your batch of juice. It’ll also preserve the color of your juice for storage! As long as you rinse all the parts each time you juice, previous buyers said stains aren’t too much of an issue.

The one real flaw for this machine in terms of durability is the pulp screen/filter. This cone-shaped attachment is mainly made of plastic, with a smaller metal mesh section at the end. Several previous buyers wrote that the plastic segment cracked on their juicers after prolonged use.

It doesn’t come with the spice grinder attachment that comes with the J8006.

Some reviewers said that the auger had a fair amount of play, which allowed it to occasionally come in contact with the pulp screen. This could damage the auger over time. According to our research, this is an isolated issue.

The warranty is for 10 years, as opposed to the 15-year coverage on the J8006.


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Omega J8005

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The J8005 is nearly identical to the J8006, but sells for around the same price as the J8004. It’s an older model, but we think you’re getting pretty much the same quality as the J8006 for a good $50 cheaper.

Pros:

It’s exactly the same size as the J8006, and has the same outer body. This model has a chrome and black plastic finish, with a transparent juicing nozzle. It also comes with the same built-in handle for storage and disassembly.

Under the hood, it’s much the same story. The motor runs at the same 80 rpm as the other Nutrition Centers, for better enzyme content and minimized heat and oxidation damage.

Overall, buyers were very impressed by the motor and operation. One wrote, “This is a fantastic, quiet, sturdy juicer.”

Cleaning this model is just as easy as the other two. It has the same 4-part assembly and included pulp brush. One reviewer wrote, “I cannot tell you how nice it is cleaning this versus my Breville.”

This model comes with the same attachment set as the J8006. It also includes the coffee/spice/grain grinder attachment that’s missing from the J8004. Plus, you get the pasta nozzles, food processor, and homogenizer insert.

It’s just as efficient as the J8006. One reviewer who owned this model as well as a centrifugal juicer said that in his testing, the Omega saved 50% more juice from the pulp bin.

Cons:

Unlike the J8004, this model doesn’t come with the special fruit juicer attachment. While that’s not a huge loss, it does mean the J8005 won’t do quite as good a job on soft fruits and citrus. Previous buyers said it only has a harder time with lots of juicy fruits at once. We always recommend alternating textures when you juice.


Which Omega Juicer is Perfect for You?

The J8005 is a great choice for budget buyers. It provides all the key benefits of a masticating juicer, at the price of a centrifugal juicer. Even though it’s a frugal purchase, you’re not skimping on any features. You’ll be able to make pasta, sauces, nut butters and more. How’s that for a bargain?

If you’re going to be juicing more fruits than vegetables, we strongly recommend getting the J8004. It has a special soft fruit attachment that makes it better suited to handling citrus, pears, and tomatoes than the other Nutrition Centers. The J8004 also has a better reliability record than the other two, so it’s the best choice for people who are going to be juicing a bunch of produce every day.

Finally, the J8006 is our recommendation for people who want the best versatility and performance. It has the longest warranty coverage of any Omega juicer, as well as key updates to the auger and motor setup. It’s the best Omega juicer on the market.



Honorary Mention

Omega VRT330

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The VRT 330 modifies Omega’s popular masticating juicer design for a vertical format.

The motor in this model works at the same slow 330 rpm, and has the same dual stage juicing system.

The key benefit of the vertical setup is that you don’t have to do quite as much prep work, and won’t have to do quite as much grunt work pushing produce through the auger!

The smaller footprint also allows the VRT 330 to fit more easily in your kitchen.

One smart feature we love about this model is the automatic cleaning function for the pulp screen. It keeps things moving through without you having to stop to clean the screen frequently.

While it doesn’t have the versatility of the Nutrition Centers, the VRT 330 is a great choice for people who want the nutritional benefits of a masticating juicer with some of the convenience and ease of use of a centrifugal juicer.

How to Shop for an Omega Juicer

Consider your budget:

Most Omega juicers are available within a fairly similar price range, about $200-300. They’re all fairly similar in design, but have a few differences in gear systems, auger designs, and attachment sets.

Basically, the design gets a little more refined with each generation. The most expensive Omega juicers have better balance in the auger shaft, harder plastics in the body, and better gear systems for increased torque.

However, the basic function is the same throughout the line. There aren’t a lot of flashy extra features.

Know what you’re getting:

Omega juicers are all masticating juicers. That means you’ll have to have different expectations than you would have with a centrifugal model.

These juicers will work more slowly, and require prep work. However, they’ll yield better juice and waste less in the process.

We found that a lot of the mixed reviews for these juicers were due to people having poor expectations of what a masticating juicer would be like.

We found many complaints that it was a pain to clean the pulp screen, it was annoying to cut up produce in advance, and so forth. While these are all par for the course with a masticating juicer, they’ll come as a disappointment to someone’s who’s looking for a low-maintenance, zippy centrifugal juicer.

Consider durability:

All Omega juicers are made primarily from plastic. If you’re a hardcore juicer, you might run into some durability problems after a couple years. We recommend something a bit more heavy-duty for these buyers.

Think about the long term:

Omega’s warranty coverage is pretty remarkable at first glance. The minimum warranty period the company offers is 10 years, and some of their newer models come with 15 years of coverage. That’s better than most other juicers on the market.

There are a few catches, though. After the first year of ownership, there’s a flat service fee of $10 per repair. In researching consumer reviews, we found that the company was bought out around 2010, and the new parent company started earning poorer customer service ratings.

We’ve found that the company still provides warranty coverage, but with some delays in shipping replacement parts and such.

Choose a model based on your juicing habits:

If you’re going to be juicing a lot of produce every day, you’ll want to get one of the newer models. Their augers are better aligned, which means that the auger and pulp screen will both last longer under hard use. These models also come with longer warranty coverage.

If you’ll be juicing lots of soft fruit and citrus, you’ll want a masticating juicer with a specific soft fruit attachment.

If you’re in more of a hurry, or want to do less prep work, you might want to take another look at the vertical model. It’ll give you the same efficiency and power as the horizontal juicers, but is better suited to people who don’t want to dedicate hours a day to juicing.

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