If you’ve been shopping for a juicer, you’ve almost certainly looked at an Omega! They’re one of the biggest brands on the market.
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. Omega offers masticating juicers from $200-400 or so, in both vertical and horizontal designs.
They can be tricky to shop for, since most of Omega’s horizontal juicers look pretty similar. However, there are some important differences!
In this guide, we’ll help you navigate the options, and understand what practical differences there are between them! We chose our three models from Omega to compare. In our in-depth reviews, we’ll lay out all the important features of each model, and help you figure out which is most up your alley!
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!
We think Omega’s NC800HDC system is currently the best buy on the market. It’s not the most recent Omega model, but it’s nearly identical to the flagship NC900’s. That’s despite the fact that it’s significantly less expensive! So, unless you’re very attached to the 900’s chrome finish or “newness”, go for the NC800HDC.
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 NC800HDC 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 NC800HDC over the J-series models. 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 both looked and tasted more vibrant.
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.
This model also has a few key design improvements over the J-series models. It has a bigger juice bowl, a bigger pulp bin, a built-in handle, and a cover over the base of the machine. Most importantly, it features redesigned legs, which give you a much sturdier base than the old J8006. It’s a big difference, and given that the two models are priced pretty evenly, it makes the NC a no-brainer!
The NC800HDC 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, most J-series models have only a 10-year warranty period.
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).
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! This is the best Omega currently available for juicers on a tight budget. It offers tremendous value, and will last longer than other inexpensive options.
The J8004 is designed to be used commercially. Overall, it has much better reliability ratings than the other J-series Omega’s, especially the J8005 and J8003.
It has the same simple, 4-part design as the more recent J8006. We especially like how easy the J8004 is to take apart and clean. You don’t need any tools to do so, and the technique has a very minimal learning curve.
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. So, while it’s older, you’re getting just as much power as the more recent J-series models!
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’s
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 J-series models. 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.
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. You might have issues over extended use. Still, that’ll be covered by the warranty!
It doesn’t come with the spice grinder attachment that comes with the J8006 and the newer NC-series models.
Some buyers have reported that their augers had a fair amount of play, which allowed them 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, and it’s not something we’ve run into personally.
The warranty is for 10 years, as opposed to the 15-year coverage on the J8006 and newer NC-series models.
The NC900HDC is Omega’s latest flagship juicing system. It really lives up to the Nutrition Center name, with its plethora of accessories and functions. While there aren’t any substantial differences between this and the more affordable 800, the 900 is an absolute stunner visually. It’s definitely the best Omega offering to date.
It’s exactly the same size as the NC800HDC, and has the same outer body. This big difference is that this model has a chrome and black plastic finish, rather than the flat grey paint on the 800. Aside from that, the two are identical.
The 900 shares the 800’s wide, sturdy legs, and the built-in handle. It also has the same expanded feed chute, plus the 5 adjustable nozzle settings, which allow you to cater the system to different types of produce.
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. It produces the same high torque, and still measures out to about 2 HP when you factor in the gear system.
Overall, we’re very impressed by the 900, even if it’s not a substantial upgrade over the previous model. It’s a smooth, quiet, and sturdy juicer.
Cleaning this model is just as easy as the other two. It has the same 4-part assembly and included pulp brush. Most parts rinse clean.
This model comes with the same attachment set as the NC800HDC. 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. There are 6 nozzles total.
It’s the most efficient masticating juicer on the market. You can’t do better short of buying a triturating mode, which will probably cost twice the price!
Unlike the J8004, this model doesn’t come with the special fruit juicer attachment. You’ll have to use the nozzle adjustments to find the best setting. That’s fairly easy to do, though!
It’s the most expensive Omega on the market, and that’s despite having pretty identical features and specs to the NC800HDC. Unless you’re attached to the chrome finish on this one, you can get the same experience from the previous model.
The J8004 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.
Plus, it has a special soft fruit attachment that makes it better suited to handling citrus, pears, and tomatoes than the more recent J-series models. The J8004 also has a better reliability record than the 5/6, so it’s the best affordable choice for people who are going to be juicing a bunch of produce every day.
The NC800HDC is our top value pick, even if it's not the cheapest model here. It's around the same cost as the older J8006, but has a wildly better leg design and nozzle function. You can get a lot more performance out of the NC800HDC, and cut out the wobble that's the major flaw on the J-series. The NC-series' adjustable nozzles also add back in some of the versatility that Omega juicers after the J8004 have lacked. This model doesn't look as snazzy as the updated version, though.
Finally, the NC900HDC is our recommendation for people who want the best versatility and performance. It has all the same features and functionality as the NC800HDC, plus a fantastic finish. It’s the best Omega juicer on the market. Having said that, it's not significantly better than the NC800HDC, except in the looks department.
The J8006 is as popular as the J8004, and you’ll find it mentioned it pretty much every “best of” list for masticating juicers. It would be impossible to do a thorough buying guide without mentioning it! We haven’t recommended it in our main picks for a few reasons, though.
It’s not any more powerful than the J8004, even though it has an upgraded auger material. Likewise, it’s not as good as the newer NC-series models, even though it costs as much as they do. So, we think the NC800HDC offers a better value for about the same price. It’s more stable, in particular.
There’s still a lot of value here, though, since the J8006 comes with the same accessory set and extended warranty coverage as the NC-series. It also comes in lots of fun color options which you can’t get on the other Omega’s.
Having said all that, the high price this one still commands despite its being outdated make it feel like a lot less of a value than when we used to recommend it. Unless you’re really attached to having a colorful appliance, just buy the NC800HDC.
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.
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.