Design Orientation and Appearance
Both the Omega J8006 and the Breville BJS600XL are masticating slow juicers. However, while the Omega J8006 is a horizontal masticating juicer, the Breville BJS600XL is of the vertical type. This difference in design styles is one of the biggest and most obvious disparity between the two juicers and undoubtedly, plays a huge role in their mode of operation and eventual satisfaction of the user’s juicing and storage needs.
Though different in design styles and orientation, both juicers are aesthetically appealing and would make a great addition to the kitchen countertop.
Various parts of both juicers are constructed from plastic materials, making some users question the long-term health effects of using these juicers. The plastic construction also raises some doubts as to the durability of these juicers, most especially the Breville BJS600XL as its exterior is noticeably made of plastic compared to the shiny and durable chrome-plated exterior of the Omega J8006. Apart from increased durability, the chrome covering protects the Omega J8006 from stains or discolorations caused by pigments in fruits and vegetables.
Both juicers are fitted with an auger and strainer made from GE Ultem, a material reputed to be eight times stronger than other plastics. This makes them able to easily crush and extract nutrients from extra hard fruits and vegetables.
The Omega J8006 can be had as a classic combination of chrome and black while the Breville BJS600XL is available in a silver color with bold touches of black.
The design and orientation of these juicers go a long way in determining the available storage options. Vertical masticating juicers, like the Breville BJS600XL, are quite compact in size and as such take up less space on the countertop or inside the cabinet. On the other hand, the horizontal design of the Omega J8006 makes it quite bulky and more difficult to store.
The Omega J8006 is heavier and sturdier than the Breville BJS600XL.
As masticating ‘slow’ juicers, both the Omega J8006 and Breville BJS600XL are designed to operate at a low speed of 80 RPM (Revolutions per Minute). This low speed ensures efficient extraction of juices from fruits and vegetables and eliminates frothiness during juicing. This way, juices can stay in the refrigerator for a longer period of time.
Both juicers are easy to assemble and their juicing or masticating processes are very similar. Fruits, vegetables, and other edibles to be juiced are placed in the feed chute. However, the chute is quite small, thus the items must be cut into smaller sizes so they can fit into the chute. While the Breville BJS600XL has an oval chute about 3 inches in size, the Omega J8006’s is half that size and round in shape. This means users of the Omega juicer would spend even more time slicing, cutting, and dicing the produce to be juiced.
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The design orientation of the juicers also come into play during the juicing process. For the Omega J8006, its horizontal layout requires users to exert a bit of effort in pushing the cut produce through the chute using the provided food pusher. The pull of gravity ensures that owners of the Breville juicer do not have to apply such effort to push the food down the vertical feed chute.
Both juicers make use of a dual-stage masticating process to achieve the highest nutrient-yield possible and avoid waste. In the first stage, the auger crushes the cut produce and this releases most of the juice in the produce. The crushed produce or pulp is then squeezed in the second stage to extract the remaining juice left. The dry pulp is automatically ejected to make room for the next set of produce to be juiced, thus ensuring a continuous juicing process.
The clogging or jamming of the auger while juicing is an inevitable occurrence, especially if the items placed into the chute are too large for smooth juicing. To combat this unpleasantness, both juicers are designed with a reverse button. Once this button is pressed, the auger reverses the direction of its movement, and in most cases, this dislodges the fruit or vegetable clogging the juicer.
A large percentage of users agree that both juicers are easy to clean at the end of the juicing process with clean-up taking only a few minutes. Users of the Omega J8006 have the additional benefit of the juicer parts and attachments being dishwasher-safe. The Breville BJS600XL, on the other hand, is not dishwasher-safe.
The Breville BJS600XL is fitted with a powerful motor of 240 watts. The Omega J8006 has a 2 HP condenser motor with a lower power rating of 150 watts.
Despite having a more powerful motor, the Breville BJS600XL is actually quieter than its less powerful counterpart. This can be attributed to the ultra-quiet design of the Breville motor, making it one of the quietest juicers in the market.
Both juicers have been praised by a large percentage of users for their unfailing ability to always produce nutrient-rich juice from most fruits and vegetables. The juices are neither frothy nor foamy, last longer in the refrigerator, and have the desired consistency.
However, the Omega J8006 has been cited as the better juicer when it comes to juicing greens and leafy vegetables such as kale, wheatgrass, and spinach simply because horizontal masticating juicers are more efficient at that particular task than their vertical counterparts.
The Omega J8006 is a versatile machine, being able to act as a juicer and a food processor. By virtue of pasta nozzles and other accessories included in the product’s packaging, the Omega J8006 can extrude noodles, spaghetti, and breadsticks, grind coffee beans and meat, produce nut butters from nuts, and make soy milk, frozen desserts and even soft baby food.
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The biggest complaint of the Breville juicer is its short warranty period. Breville offers users a one-year limited warranty on the Breville BJS600XL with the exception of the motor which gets a warranty coverage of 10 years. Users of the Omega J8006 enjoy a better and longer warranty period of 15 years on all parts of the juicer.
Pros and Cons of the Omega J8006
- Very quiet
- More durable
- Best for leafy greens and vegetables
- Longer and fuller warranty
- Dishwasher safe
- Fewer storage options
- Longer prep time
Pros and Cons of the Breville BJS600XL
- Easily stored
- Shorter prep time
- High juice yield
- Not dishwasher safe
- Strictly for juicing purposes
- Shorter warranty