As far as speed and quantity are concerned, 5 minutes of juicing will get you about 2 cups, which is about 50% longer than with the common centrifugal extractor. This is not really because of the slower masticating juicing process itself, but rather to the narrow (1.5 “) feeding chute.
For example, you can’t juice a whole apple all at once, you have to cut it down into pieces and juice every piece separately. However, the speed isn’t of much concern as long as you get the most nutrients and juice out of your (expensive) organic produce, especially that the faster and easier clean-up makes up for it.
On the flip side, the pulp that comes out of the Omega 8006 juicer is surprisingly dry, one of the driest pulps you’ll get from a juicer. The yield is particularly higher compared to many of the centrifugal extractors you might use. Even if you put the pulp in a press, it will be difficult to get another ounce out of it.
When it comes to the nutrients, this juicer is supposedly a great improvement from the typical centrifugal extractor, although I can neither confirm nor deny this scientific claim. The 80 RMP slow masticating auger doesn’t generate heat compared to fast rotating blades. There’s also no metal contact with the juice which prevents ionization.
This extractor also introduces far less air to the juice compared to high RPM centrifugal juicers, which reduces oxidation. So from a scientific and nutritionist point of view, the juice extracted by this machine is supposedly the highest in enzymes and nutrients value. The one thing I can confirm though- this juicer produces very little foam.
Now, one of the things I really like about this extractor is how peaceful and quiet it is compared to centrifugal ones. Because the speed this motor runs at is very slow, the only sound it produces is the crunching and crushing of your veggies and fruits, which gives you a rather satisfying feeling.
Omega 8004/8006 Vs. 8003/8005
The Omega 8006/8004 has a previous model called the 8005 in the chrome version and the 8003 in standard white. The power of the motor is identical and they both run at the same speed (80 RPM) However, there are some major differences:
The housing: The 8006/8004 has a built-in handle while the 8005/8003 has a flip up handle.
Power switch: With the older version, the switch is on the top of the unit whereas with the newer version the switch is located on the back side of the machine.
The reason for this is that with the older version sometimes you could have problems where the switch would get wet when juicing and then get water inside of the switch (which would damage the machine). This has been nicely resolved with the 8006/8004 model.
The auger: This is a huge difference and makes the upgrade all worth it. The 8004/8006 comes with a black GE Ultem auger, which is 8 times stronger while the 8003/8005 comes with a white melamine auger, which is less hard and tends to stain over time.
Juice and pulp containers: The collection bowls you receive with the new 8006/8004 are twice larger. This might not seem important now but when you start juicing you’ll greatly appreciate the difference.
Warranty: The Omega 8004/8006 has an extended warranty of 15 years instead of 10 years for the 8003/8005 model.
Some Tips When Using The Omega Juicer
- One of the most effective tips I could give you when juicing is to rotate and alternate hard fruits and vegetables such as celery, apples, leafy greens with softer produce such as grapes, lemon, cucumber, and nectarines.Don’t juice the same type of produce all at one. This will help give you a more thorough pressing of the pulp and help push through the soft produce down the feeding tube, which gives you a higher yield.As obvious as it might seem, you should only use the pusher that comes with the machine when juicing, and don’t use it upside down. Avoid using your fingers (it can be tempting) or sticking a knife down the chute. This could damage your machine, or worse, hurt you.
- When juicing leafy greens, it’s best to roll them up a little bit as they will feed more easily into the chute.
- You should never overfill or overfeed the chute, especially when juicing hard vegetables and fruit, the yield won’t be as high as when you let the machine do its job like it’s designed to.
- Unlike hard produce, juicy and soft foods like nectarines, cucumbers, oranges, or grapes need to be pushed down a little bit with the pusher to prevent jamming. Parsley also helps push everything through and “clean-out” the pulp in the auger.
- Finally, as mentioned in the manual, you shouldn’t use the Omega 8006 juicer more than 30 minutes at a time. Using it twice a day (but never exceeding 30 minutes or even half that amount of time for each use), and you should be fine.
What does it juice best, and what is it not ideal for?
This extractor is the best for juicing wheatgrass and leafy greens. So if you’re into green juicing and will often juice greens such as spinach, cabbage, kale, chard, collards, and wheatgrass, then you definitely need to pick this juicer. It’s also excellent at juicing celery and hard vegetables like beets and carrots.