The Omega J8006 Nutrition Center is one of my favorite masticating juicers I have researched in preparing this website. I have given my fair share of negative reviews and am usually quite judgmental of any shortcomings in my appliances, so being labeled as my favorite is a fairly large accomplishment for the Omega. Still, there is one major disappointing factor weighing against my own purchase of this juicer. As we work our way through this review, you will see all of the wonderful qualities of the Omega and why I believe them to be such wonderful qualities. You will also come to understand its one major downfall.
I am so excited to finally get to write about a masticating juicer! Of course, you are unaware of the order in which I have written these reviews, but suffice to say that I have written a few about centrifugal juicers before getting to write this particular masticating juicer review. I am excited because I am a fan of masticating juicers.
I am a little embarrassed to say that I do not currently own a juicer of any type, but please trust that I have used many people’s juicers in the past and that I have spent considerable time researching the topic. In the end, I have come to the conclusion that my favorite type of juicer is a masticating juicer and one of my favorite masticating juicers is the Omega J8006.
Slow and Steady
Like most masticating juicers, the Omega works at very low speeds, slowly grinding food through its inner auger system. Although this takes much longer than the process used by centrifugal juicers, it will ensure that you get the most juice possible out of your food and with little to no foam. Foam is a major concern people have about centrifugal juicers. It can be messy and takes time away from enjoying your juice as you try to remove it from the top of your glass. The slow speeds of any masticating juicer suppress foam development.
This slower process also keeps your juice cool. Centrifugal juicers create heat as their blades spin at incredibly high rates. It is this heat which is suspected of destroying the nutrient-rich enzymes in foods. Thanks to the slower process utilized by the Omega, neither heat nor enzyme destruction will be of concern.
Masticating juicers have the ability to create not only juices, but also many other types of foods. Not a fan of the preservatives used in many baby foods and put off by the price of organic baby foods? Don’t worry – you can make your own baby food with this Omega juicer. Just take some of your baby’s favorite foods or some of your left overs, chop them into pieces, and watch this juicer do the rest.
Enjoy a nice cool treat on hot summer days? You are in luck – the Omega Nutrition Center easily creates an assortment of sorbet varieties. Soy milk and nut milk are also easy to make with this masticating juicer.
One of my favorite features is the special nozzles which can be attached to the spout of the Nutrition Center, allowing you to create pastas of different shapes and varieties.
Easy to Clean
Another great quality of this juicer is that it comes apart for easy cleaning. No more fiddling around with oversized cleaning brushes, trying to get them to fit into the tight spaces of your old juicer. You can simply click apart the pieces of this juicer, place the non-electrical components in the dishwasher, clean the exposed non-removable pieces, then click them all back together.
Reviews from those who have purchased and used the Nutrition Center on a regular basis have been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, I wasn’t able to find any major complaints about this juicer’s ability to perform its job correctly without fail. Everything breaks down over time and use, however; invincible electronics simply do not exist – at least not yet. The only major complaint I was able to find about the Omega was that when parts break or wear down over time, consumers have had incredible difficulty locating replacement parts.
This may seem like a small problem and you may think, “Well, this juicer works well and is capable of some pretty cool things. Who cares if it’s hard to get a hold of the company?”. However, everything breaks down over time, and purchasing replacement parts is much more cost-friendly than purchasing an entirely new juicer.
Although this masticating juicer is much more expensive than its centrifugal counterparts, I believe it makes up for that difference in price with the simple fact that it creates much less food waste. In essence, it eventually pays for itself since you will not need to buy as much food to create the exact same amount of juice. Above and beyond, it places itself ahead of even many other masticating juicers in that it can easily create many other types of food thanks to its special nozzle attachments.