Omega is the top brand of masticating juicers on the market.
The company makes a wide range of slow juicers, with a top motor speed of 83 RPM. Most Omegas fall into the Nutrition Center family, which are versatile kitchen appliances that you can use to make all sorts of other homemade goodies in addition to making juice. They also make a few vertical masticating juicers in the VERT series.
The Omega line provides lots of options for affordable masticating juicers with many versatile features. They’re great for more health- and budget-conscious buyers who are looking to get into juicing for the first time.
However, Omega juicers can be somewhat confusing for people who are starting out. You probably have a few questions right off the bat: why do all these nutrition center models look the same? What’s with these vertical juicers, and why are they more expensive?
We’ll sort out all the answers for you! In our special guide to Omega juicers, we’ve put together in-depth reviews of 3 great Omega juicers.
We chose our recommendations based on their ease of use, versatility and user ratings. We’ve chosen models to fit a range of budgets and lifestyles, to help you find the juicer that’s best for you!
In our in-depth reviews of each juicer, we’ll take you through all the important features and specs, and break down what all the technical info means in juicing terms.
After the reviews, we’ve put together a handy guide to shopping for an Omega juicer. It lays out a few important things to think about as you compare Omega juicers to each other and to the competition.
Best on a Budget
J8004 Nutrition Center
Our Reviews of the Best Omega Juicers
1. Omega J8004 Nutrition Center
This older Nutrition Center model continues to be a popular standby, even years after it came out.
We like it as an affordable alternative to the newer Nutrition Center models. It has nearly all the same features, at 2/3 the price!
It’s the first generation of the Nutrition Center series to have a GE-built auger, and it comes with a soft fruit attachment that Omega left off the more recent J8005-6 models!
Even though the J8004 is an older model, it has all the basic features of the Nutrition Center Series. The slow auger pushes produce against a cone-shaped juicing screen, after which the pulp gets pressed one more time for maximum extraction. This is Omega’s dual-stage juicing system. Previous buyers said it leaves very dry pulp, even compared to other masticating juicers!
The pulp ejection system is also automatic, which makes feeding the J8004 a lot less labor-intensive than other models.
At 80 rpm, this is a true slow juicer. The auger spins just enough to keep things moving, without introducing any foam or heat into your juice. The J8004 is powered by a low-speed motor with a gear-reduction system. This creates a full 2HP of torque power in the juicing chamber!
This was the first Nutrition Center model to include the GE Ultem auger, which is a big upgrade on the plastic compounds Omega used in older models. This material is meant to last 8X longer than other composites!
This older Nutrition Center is actually more versatile than the more recent J8005 and J8006 models when it comes to juicing soft fruits! It has a special juicing head for soft juicy fruits which make other masticating juicers struggle. The J8004 is the most affordable option for this feature, since the next model that includes multiple settings costs more.
It also includes all the same attachments as the more recent J8005 and J8006 models. The J8004 comes with a food processor attachment, a homogenizer “blank” for making nut butters, pastes, and baby food, and a grinder feature for processing your own spices and flours.
It’s easy to clean, thanks to the 4-part design. Most of the housing will rinse clean, and the pulp screen comes with a brush for scrubbing the trickiest bits of pulp from the holes.
It’s not BPA-free. This might be a concern for more health-conscious buyers. Omega juicers starting with the NC800 are BPA-free, but none of the J series juicers are. That’s one of the downsides about buying an older model juicer.
It’s not exactly a looker. The white finish is more prone to staining and discoloration over time than the chrome finish on the newer Omega juicers.
While the design isn’t unsteady, it’s not as firm or ergonomic as the design of the newer Nutrition Center models like the NC900. If you’re pushing lots of carrots through, it will shudder somewhat. Omega recommends putting a towel down on the counter to keep thing still.
It’s covered by a 10-year warranty. That would ordinarily be a big “Pro,” but the newer Omega models have 15 years of coverage.
The NC900 is Omega’s new flagship model.
The J8006 is still Omega’s best-selling juicer, but we’re recommending the NC900 because it includes some major upgrades for about the same price.
The NC900 bests the J8006 with multiple juicing settings for added versatility, a more ergonomic design, and a more stable auger. We think it offers the best value for the money of the recent Nutrition Center models!
The NC900 uses the same GE Ultem material as the J8004 in its auger. However, the newer models have redesigned auger mount systems, which lessen the wobble in the auger shaft. That had caused auger wear and pulp screen damage for buyers of some of the older models.
The body has been completely redesigned. While the NC900 has the same horizontal setup and built-in handle as the J series, the new angled legs help spread the weight on your counter to keep the juicer grounded as you work. As you’ll see in videos of the older Nutrition Centers working, they tended to get a bit rickety under stress.
Our favorite improvement is the wider feed chute. This allows you to work more quickly, and to fit in slightly larger chunks of produce. It’s going to save you time and effort, and makes the NC900 less frustrating than older models.
There are 5 juicing settings. The J8006, Omega’s best-selling Nutrition Center, has only one. The NC900 restores and improves upon the versatility of the older J8004 because it’s better at juicing soft fruit, greens, and other tricky produce.
It comes with all the accessories we loved about the older Nutrition Centers. There’s the food processor, grinder, homogenizer, and the same set of pasta nozzles.
The warranty is a full 1/3 longer than the J8004’s, at 15 years of coverage.
Overall, previous buyers who had used the older J-series juicers and had upgraded to the NC900 said the redesign was an overall success!
It takes up more counter space than the older models. While the wider footprint provides better stability, it’s not ideal for cramped counters or small cabinets.
There’s no instructional booklet to speak of. Aside from basic info, Omega doesn’t provide any materials for getting to know your new juicer, or recipes to get you started. There’s also no troubleshooting section. We think that’s a disappointment, especially for new juicers. Thankfully, the online community is full of recipes and advice for people who are just getting started.
Some people still had issues with auger wobble, even with the redesigned mount system.
A few previous buyers were disappointed with the quality, given that this is a higher-end Omega. All the parts are plastic, and a few previous buyers wrote that they expected things to feel sturdier. Of course, any broken parts would be covered by the warranty. However, we understand the disappointment, given that high-end centrifugal juicers are mostly metal.
3. Omega VERT
The VERT is Omega’s solution for people who want the nutritional benefits of a masticating juicer with some of the ease of use of a centrifugal juicer.
It uses a special auger setup to pull produce in and eliminate some of the grunt work we normally think of with masticating juicers. It’s spins even more slowly than the Nutrition Center, and breaks down pulp more thoroughly for even higher yields.
The vertical setup allows the auger and pulp screen to fit more closely together. This helps the juicer break down pulp more effectively, so that you’ll have richer juice and even less waste! Previous buyers said their juice is smooth but full, because more of the pulp has been broken down to a more palatable texture. The juice looks cloudier, but it’s not something you’d want to strain–it’s just less watery than juice from other machines.
The tighter fit with the auger and screen makes the VERT a better choice for making green juices, or juicing wheatgrass. You’ll be getting even higher yields than with the Nutrition Center series! Previous buyers said they were very impressed with how much juice they were getting from greens with the VERT over other models they had owned previously.
The dual-stage auger helps pull produce in, so you don’t have to do as much work forcing it into the feed tube. The auger and gravity work together to help you out. This makes the VERT a lot easier to use, and is a bit more forgiving if you aren’t used to using a masticating juicer.
The redesigned motor runs at half the speed of the horizontal Nutrition Center models, topping out at just 43 RPM. That completely prevents any oxidation, foaming, or heat damage to your juice. Previous buyers said they couldn’t see any foam whatsoever!
There’s an easy reverse function for clearing clogs and jams.
The VERT features the same automatic pulp ejection and double-stage juicing system as the Nutrition Center models. There’s also a smart self-cleaning wiper feature which keeps the pulp screen clear as you work. That’s a big plus over the horizontal models, since the pulp screen is the most temperamental part of a masticating juicer.
It’s very, very quiet.
It’s expensive. The VERT is priced more than the J8004. Omega’s vertical juicers are more expensive than the Nutrition Center series, as a rule.
The feed chute is fairly small. Some previous buyers had problems with carrots getting stuck. However, more experienced juicers chimed in with helpful tips on techniques to keep this from happening. We always recommend alternating produce textures, and making sure you give the juicer time to do its work!
Just as with the Nutrition Centers, there’s no proper instruction manual or recipe book.
Some previous buyers thought the motor seemed too weak. This didn’t seem to be an issue for many people, so we’re not concerned about the VERT being underpowered. After all, a motor that works this slowly can be a little strange to get used to at first.
Which Omega Juicer is Right for You?
We highly recommend the J8004 to buyers on a tighter budget. It has all the great functions of the more expensive Omega models, at a much lower price.
It’s also better than the midrange models at juicing soft fruit, with its special attachment. However, it doesn’t have as long a warranty or as ergonomic a design as the newer models.
If you want a juicer that is very versatile and can successfully do a variety of tasks, the NC900 is our top recommendation for you.
It’s even more adept than the J8004 at juicing greens and soft fruits, thanks to 5 different juicing settings.
It also includes all the attachments to use it as a food processor, grinder, homogenizer, and pasta maker. If you make lots of homemade foods, and don’t want to be limited in what you can juice, the NC900 is for you!
The VERT is the best choice for people who simply want the best juicer, without a lot of extra features. While you can’t use the VERT for nearly as many functions as the Nutrition Center models, it’s more efficient and more user-friendly as a juicer than either of the Nutrition Center models here.
It’s also the best choice for greens, since the pulp screen and auger fit more tightly than the horizontal model.
How to Shop for an Omega Juicer
Choose between horizontal and vertical setups:
Horizontal models are the most common, and they’re also the most affordable option.
They take a bit more work to feed produce through, since the augers don’t do a great job of pulling things in. However, they’re far more versatile than vertical juicers.
You can use Omega’s horizontal models for just about any task around the kitchen, from grinding spices and flours to processing salsas or making nut butters.
Omega’s vertical models are a bit easier to use. Gravity is on your side, and vertical augers draw produce in.
These models also do better at breaking down pulp, since the screen fits more tightly against the auger. This results in even less waste, and a fuller, richer juice.
However, vertical masticating juicers can cost a good $100 more than an equivalent horizontal model. They also can’t be used for much more than juicing and making nut milks.
Consider your budget:
Most Omega juicers are available for between $200 and $400. The newer models have more ergonomic designs, longer warranties, and sturdier augers.
However, most of the models in the Nutrition Center series have the same basic features. Each generation makes slight improvements which make the juicers ergonomic and more user-friendly.
If you’re looking to save money, you can buy an older J-series Nutrition Center with a lower price tag than the latest models. We wouldn’t recommend anything before the J8004, though, since those models have weaker, less durable augers.
The vertical models follow a similar pattern. The new models don’t have many additional features, only incremental improvements to the overall design.
Think about durability:
Newer Omega models are better on this front.
Nutrition Center juicers after the J8004 have a newer auger material, made by GE, which is supposed to last 8X longer than other plastics.
We think the most important difference in the newer NC800/900 models is the redesigned auger alignment system, which addresses the wobble that plagued many earlier Nutrition Centers. If the auger wobbles, it can come in contact with the pulp screen. That can mean the auger gets chipped, and the pulp screen gets bent or broken.
The newer Omega models also have longer warranties. While the early Nutrition Centers had 10-year warranties, the most recent few models have 15-year coverage. Again, the vertical models follow the same pattern–more warranty coverage, and better auger stability in the newer models.
Most of the Nutrition Center juicers have the same basic accessory set. The important exceptions are the early J8003, which has a soft fruit attachment, and the NC800/900 series (which bring it back). The popular J8005/6 models leave out the soft fruit attachments.
However, all the Nutrition Center models include pasta nozzles, a food processor cone, and a grinder/homogenizer attachment.
The VERT series juicers aren’t as versatile as the Nutrition Centers. They can be used to make nut milks, but that’s about it. They’re even more effective at juicing than the horizontal Omegas, but do sacrifice some versatility around the kitchen.