What Is the Omega J8006 Nutrition System Juicer?
The Omega J8006 Nutrition System Juicer was one of those early juicer machines that’s still around today. In many respects it’s considered a classic.
It was introduced in 2008 with a 15-year warranty and quickly began getting rave reviews.
This is a single auger masticating juicer with a chrome finish so looks great left out on your countertop.
It does its job well so given the year it was introduced it can be difficult to criticize.
Years have passed since it came on the market and it has since been upgraded with newer models. Because of this, you should only consider buying this juicer if you see it on sale with a huge discount. Otherwise, I would look at the Omega NC800HD.
The J8006 Nutrition System is great at:
- juicing vegetables, especially leafy greens that centrifugal juicers are unable to cope with
- juicing fruit, especially hard fruit like apples
- frozen desserts
- nut butters
- pasta and soy milk extruders included
- grinds and minces
Table of Contents
- What Is the Omega J8006 Nutrition System Juicer?
- Video Overview
- Product Details and Usage
- Should I Buy the Omega NC800HD Nutrition System Juicer?
Product Details and Usage
|Application||Home & Personal Use|
|Juice Shelf Life||72 Hours|
|Build||Plastic and Plastic|
|Chute Size||1.5 Inches (Round)|
|Motor||80 RPM, 2 Horsepower|
|Best for Juicing||Hard Produce, Leafy Greens, Wheatgrass, Frozen Fruit, Soaked Nuts|
Notable Product Features
- 150-watt, 2-horsepower motor rotates the single auger at 80 RPM, producing high-quality juice with minimal oxidation
- Comes as standard with multiple attachments for making a variety of food recipes
- Chrome finish looks great
- Very convenient handle built into main body of machine
- 15-year warranty on entire machine illustrates Omega’s faith in their products
Build Quality and Design
There is little arguing that the Omega J8006 Nutrition System Juicer is a solid machine. It’s heavy, robust and its chrome finish makes it stand out with its eye-catching design, even after many years since it was first introduced.
It has a classic horizontal design which you’ll be familiar with although it does have that narrow feeding chute that was typical when these types of juicers first became popular. The build clocks in at:
- 6.5 inches wide (16.5cm)
- 15.5 inches tall (39.4cm)
- 14.5 inches deep (36.8)
- 13 pounds (6 kilograms)
A major drawback for me, and I will confidently guess for you too, is this unit isn’t BPA-free. So, if this is something you look out for, look for the successor the Omega NC800HD which is BPA-free, has a larger chute, and has more durable quality materials.
You get two similar looking containers with this unit, one is for the juice, the other for the pulp which is expelled at the end.
The juice container also comes with a mesh lid that the juice has to filter through before dripping down.
Keep an eye on this while juicing as sometimes this may get clogged and the juice will stop flowing. Just keep something like a table-spoon handy and if it looks like you need to stir it, doing so will release the juice to flow through the mesh.
The chute compared to more modern juicers is small at 1.5 inches in diameter and of a round shape as opposed to oval.
This means you should pre-cut all your produce before turning the machine on and cut it quite small as well.
Now that we have the luxury of wider chutes, this does feel cumbersome and quite inconvenient.
In the box you’ll find:
- main unit
- a standard juicing screen and also a ‘blank’ cone for making things like sorbets
- feeding chute
- selection of nozzles for making pasta, breadsticks and such
- a brush for cleaning the mesh filters – it’s imperative you use this
- various leaflets
Despite its drawbacks, if you happen to see this juicer on sale at a real bargain I would consider buying it, but only if you aren’t concerned about it not being BPA-free.
It’s a solid machine and very well built. The sort of design and build you could argue will last a ‘lifetime’.
Omega are one of the best manufacturers of juicers and it really doesn’t seem to matter what you buy from them, you’re always going to come home with a quality product.
How Long Is the Warranty?
Omega stand by their machines and the J8006 Nutrition System Juicer comes with a 15-year warranty on all its parts.
Compared to so many other products you buy nowadays, this is brilliant.
Juice Quality and Yield
Being a masticating juicer, the juice quality and yield is high. Even though all juice is always best consumed straight away, you could happily store the juice for up to 72 hours.
The unit has a 150-watt motor which turns the auger at 80 RPM at 2 horsepower.
These are pretty standard numbers for good horizontal masticating juicers.
The real point is, even though this juicer model is many years old, today’s juicers are either the same or not that different within this range.
Rest assured the quality of your juice will be very high.
A very important tip for using masticating juicers, as mentioned in our reviews, is if you want to juice kale and apple for example, then you should not use all the kale leaves at once and then all the pieces of apple.
You should alternate between the two, a piece of kale then a piece of apple and so on.
You should also finish with the fruit or vegetable that juices the most easily.
So in our case with the kale and apple, the last thing you should choose would be a piece of apple as that will push through any remaining pieces of kale.
There is a knack to all of this and as with all masticating juicers, it’s a good idea to learn about them to get the best out of your machine.
The Omega J8006 Nutrition System Juicer isn’t great at ripe soft fruit and you end up getting a thick purée which can begin to clog up the feeding tube if you do a lot at the same time.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t juice them, it just means, once again, you should alternate between ripe fruit and something a bit harder, like an apple.
Before turning the machine on, make sure all your fruit and vegetables are prepared, so washed and precut, as this will save time during the juicing process.
Ultimately, if you are looking for mainly green juices, consisting largely of kale, leafy greens, wheatgrass and sprouts etc. then this type of juicer is what you are looking for.
Performance and Noise
As with most masticating juicers, the revolutions per minute is 80 RPM which means noise levels are low and you won’t wake up the neighbors.
Juicing will typically take you approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
As I mentioned, you’ll immediately know this is a quality machine, so the performance is fantastic.
Is it Easy to Use?
This certainly isn’t rocket science so I’m not going to tell you it’s complicated. However, the Omega J8006 Nutrition System Juicer may not be as straightforward as other juicers, simply because others do less.
There are various attachments because it not only juices but it also makes sorbets and pasta!
Here’s a really good video that covers putting everything together:
Is it Easy to Clean?
Despite all the components, the Omega J8006 Nutrition System Juicer is very easy to clean.
You certainly can put the parts in a dishwasher although personally I prefer washing them by hand.
The main reason is, if you clean the juicer straight away you’ll not have any dried or sticky bits of food as they will rinse straight off.
You should pay particular attention to the filter screen and make sure you use the supplied brush to get it as clean as possible.
This is imperative not just for helping the machine last as long as possible but also for the quality of your juice!
Should I Buy the Omega NC800HD Nutrition System Juicer?
If you are new to juicing altogether, I recommend you research vertical juicers. I would say they are more user-friendly generally.
Should you buy the Omega J8006 Nutrition System Juicer? I’ll be totally honest with you and as you can guess if you have made it this far, I would say, probably not.
Is there anything wrong with the machine? No, there certainly isn’t.
People are still buying it today which is remarkable. There aren’t many products on the market you can say the same about.
I just feel if you’re into juicing, then you are into health, and in that case this juicer not being BPA-free is probably going to matter to you.
When it was made, it wasn’t such a big issue that it is today and Omega now have BPA-free machines.
They have upgraded this machine not only using BPA-free materials but also using harder and more durable materials.
Omega is an amazing brand and probably one of the top juicer brands in the world, if not the best. I would just buy a newer model, such as the Omega NC800HD.