Last updated on December 13th, 2018 by Garrick Dee
Omega is one of the best juicers right now thanks to the combination of quality, warranty and price.
It isn’t the cheapest extractor in the market. But when combine all the factors that make a great product, Omega has most of these points checked.
Which one of these models is the best?
That would depend on your needs. And today I’ll help you by enumerating 4 of the best omega juicers in the market.
I’ll be differentiating their features and what types of produce they work best with to help you make the right decision.
Our Pick: Omega VERT VSJ843QS (Square Version)
The VERT VSJ843 is the latest and arguably the best omega juicer in the market right now.
It boasts of having the slowest rotating motor in their product line at just 43 rpm.
Better auger design
It also introduced an improved auger design with two chopping blades instead of one found in the older VERT series.
These two blades does a better job “grabbing” fruits and vegetables as it is being fed through the chute. You will not need to use the pusher as much.
Other improvements include a finer strainer that will result in lesser pulp inside your juice. This means you won’t need to strain as much pulp as before.
John Kohler discuses the differences between the VSJ843 and the VRT…
The main differences include the auger, screen and motor.
In terms of oxidation, 43 rpm vs 80 rpm isn’t a lot. The slower speed translates to a more quiet operation for the VSJ843. It also has more screen area which means better yield but it’ll be harder to clean.
More free flowing
Also Omega removed the small hole under at the bottom of the screen which means one less choke point for the pulp and a better flow.
This design will less likely clog but you’d still need to chop fibrous stuff like celery.
Lastly, the VSJ843 was able to extract more juice with less foam thanks to larger screen area.
- A really slow juicer rotating at just 43 rpm
- Improved auger and tighter strainer tolerance will extract more juice
- Double blade auger allow this to have a better auto feeding feature
- Long 15 year warranty
- Very expensive
- It’ll be very hard to make pure wheatgrass shots using this
- You still need to chop fibrous greens like celery
It comes with a new juice bowl. You won’t find any gears underneath that older variants have. The new bowl utilizes the auger itself to spin the cleaning blades.
This feature allows a better flow for the pulp coming from the feed chute down to the pulp ejection port and there will be less chance of clogs.
Also if you look at the wiper blades you won’t find the small hole where the pulp goes through – again this improves flow. Instead Omega designed it to be totally tapered without any indentations at the bottom.
All these design improvements mean better efficiency and more extraction plus less pulp build-up inside the juice bowl. This equates to easy clean up at the end.
For Leafy Greens: Omega NC800
If you’re into juicing green leafy stuff or fibrous stuff like spinach, kale, celery or collard greens, there’s no better juicer in the market right now to do it efficiently than the Omega NC800.
In a lot of ways this machine is an Omega 8006 on steroids.
What do I mean?
Well everything is bigger – feed chute, auger, strainer and even the motor.
Plus it comes with one feature that allows it to extract even more juice from the old 8000 series juicers (around 25% more).
Omega calls this the adjustable end cap that basically allows you to adjust how much backpressure you want.
The more back pressure, the more yield. But you will have to push produce down harder through the feed chute – that’s the downside.
Comparing two Omega juicers
John Kohler compares the Omega NC800 vs VSJ843…
Surprisingly, the VSJ843 did squeeze out more juice from the collard greens which is an impressive feat. But you’ll have to note the extra step needed for this to happen which is a lot of chopping.
- Excellent yield especially from leafy greens
- Capable of making wheatgrass shots
- Very easy to assemble, disassemble and clean
- Larger feed chute means less precutting fruits
- 15 year warranty
- This is a very expensive juicer
- Large foot print
- Not as self-feeding as a vertical juicer so you will need to use the pusher a lot
When you combine all these features – the larger feed chute, larger auger, screen and long warranty the NC800 (and 900) is perhaps the best horizontal auger juicer in the market right now.
Not only will it make green juice, it can also make sorbets, baby food and grind coffee beans.
It basically doubles as your food processor so you really don’t need to buy one so in essence it saves you money.
The best part about the NC800 is the price, for the same amount of money you’ll pay of the 8006, you can buy the NC800.
Old Reliable: Omega 8006
If the Omega NC800 is too big for your kitchen then you can opt for the 8006 with its smaller foot print.
What I like about this machine is that it is very easy to use, unlike vertical auger juicers like the Omega VRT that has a steeper learning curve this machine almost has none.
Shallow learning curve
Once you know how to assemble and disassemble this, everything else comes naturally.
This machine is very easy to use. There’s no need to cut fibrous greens like celery. Just stuff leafy greens inside the feed chute and let it do the work.
Do you want a green juice with celery and kale?
No problem, just feed everything in stalk first and watch the auger crush it against the strainer and watch the green elixir flow from below.
- Very easy to use and clean
- Smaller footprint than the NC800
- Long 15 year warranty
- Great for making green juice
- Small feed chute means a lot of chopping (only when you’re juicing fruit)
- No adjustment knob
- Still expensive (if the price is too high for you budget please consider these options)
Some potential issues
If there is a downside, it’s the small feed tube which is a big reason why I didn’t rank this higher than the NC800.
At only 1.5 inches in diameter, you have to cut apples into eights just to fit it inside. And since this is a horizontal auger juicer you will need to use the pusher… a lot.
This can be an issue if you have joint issues like arthritis. But outside those issues this machine is a keeper if you ask me.
A Sleek VRT: Omega VRT400 HD
The Omega VRT400 used to be the flagship vertical juicer of Omega before the VSJ843 showed up.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider this.
One thing I like about this is the sleek design that is a lot smaller than the square shaped VSJ.
But unfortunately that’s the only feature that I like when you compare it to the other models here.
The features of the VRT400 are pretty standard in the world of vertical auger extractors – 80rpm auger, Ultem auger and strainer.
It also comes with a strainer that you’ll eventually need because this juicer will produce a pulpy juice.
I hope that Omega had lowered their price for the VRT400 in Amazon. But unfortunately it still remains at the $300 range which is a little bit too much when you consider the improvements made the VSJ843.
- Small footprint
- Long warranty (15 years)
- Comes with a strainer
- Has a juice stopper that prevents drips
- Juice that comes out has a lot of pulp – you will need a strainer when using this
- Steeper learning curve
In terms of quality, performance and warranty it is hard to beat the value that Omega brings to the table and if you’re in the market for one these are the best options out there.
To summarize, the latest Omega VERT VSJ843QS is the latest vertical slow juicer that comes with an improved auger and screen design that allows better flow of pulp. It’s also more than a hundred bucks more expensive than the Omega VRT.
Lastly, for those just looking for a basic slow juicer that won’t take up too much space, go with the Omega VRT.
If you’ve used any of these products, I’d like to hear your experiences about it in the comments section below.