Ever since watching Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead I’ve been considering investing in a good juicer. Fresh juice seemed like it would be a great way to incorporate more raw foods into my vegan diet.
After doing a bit of research on juicers I decided to purchase the Omega 8006 nutrition center. So far I’ve been very happy with the purchase.
In this post I’ll be discussing the features, benefits, and my personal experience with the 8006 juicer.
Omega 8006 Features
- Powerful commercial motor
- Low speed juicing at 80 RPMs (prevents foam, clogs, and heat)
- Auto pulp ejection for continuous juicing
- Two stage juicing system
- Can be used to grind nuts / grains
- Strong enough to juice wheet grass / pine needles
- 15 year warranty
The 8006 is a masticating juicer which means it operates using a single auger design. The auger crushes and compacts the food into small pieces before squeezing the juice from it.
These types of juicers are a bit more expensive but they are able to produce a higher juice yield from produce.
Inside the Box
The 8006 comes with several different parts and accessories, here is what you get:
- Auger assembly
- 2 Plastic collection bins
- Cleaning brush
- Juice sieve / strainer
- 6 Different nozzels
- Juicing screen and blank
- Funnel and Plunger
- Owners manual
Below is a closer look at the included nozzles. Omega includes a large and small version of the round, and flat pasta nozzles.
The other large round and rectangular ones can be used for homogenizing foods like frozen fruit. No nozzle attachment is needed when you’re extracting juice from produce.
Here is what the unit looks like once it’s fully assembled. The main part of the juicer is pretty heavy, it feels very solid and well built.
The housing is made of chrome which has a nice look to it. The Omega 8004 comes is available in white if you’re not into chrome.
Although the color isn’t the only thing that’s different about the 8004, it only has a 10 year warranty instead of 15 years of coverage like the 8006.
Testing The Juicer
For the first run of the juicer I decided to use some produce I had on hand which consisted of celery, kale, carrots, pineapple, and grapes. The 8006 made quick work of all of these items.
One thing I learned during the first trial run is that kale leafs (or other greens) go through the machine much easier if you roll them up first.
The juicer produced a very nice yield from the produce I used. One plate of mixed fruit and vegetables produced two tall glasses of juice.
There was very little foam in the juice, most likely due to the load speed the machine operates at. The pulp that was ejected from the machine was very dry indicating that all juice had been extracted.
One factor that I take into consideration about every appliance I purchase is how difficult it is to clean. Surprisingly the 8006 is pretty easy to clean, it only takes about 5 minutes in total.
The auger and it’s housing rinse clean pretty easily. The juicing plate takes the most work to get clean. Omega includes a toothbrush like brush to help remove plant fibers from the plate.
Price vs Benefits
The Omega 8006 juicer sells for $299 on Amazon. It’s definitely not the cheapest model available but I think the quality and versatility of the machine justifies the cost.
Omega backs the machine with an very nice 15 year warranty which is not something many juice makers offer. This is a great feature because you know that your investment is protected and you won’t have to worry about replacing the machine anytime soon.
I’m not a fan of buying an appliance for a single task since they take up valuable space in the kitchen but the 8006 does more than just make juice. There are several other great uses for this machine such as making frozen fruit sorbet, nut butter, or extruding pasta.
Overall I would highly recommend purchasing this juicer. It does a great job at making juice and other healthy raw vegan foods. I’ve found it to be very easy to set up and quick clean which in turn makes me look forward to using it through the week.
To get more ideas on how you can use the Omega Nutrition Center check out the RawFoods channel on Youtube.