What is the Best Juicer?
Unfortunately there may not be an absolute answer to the question, “What is the Best Juicer?” However, after owning an Omega centrifugal juicer for over twenty-five years, I can say that I would not recommend a centrifugal juicer. My Omega has never missed a beat mechanically, but when I see the many disadvantages to a centrifugal juicer, I would have to recommend an Omega 8003/8005 single-gear juicer to those wanting a versatile, reliable, reasonably-priced, well made juicer.
So why not a centrifugal juicer? Well, they are very loud, can literally walk off the counter if (when) they become unbalanced, they don’t juice leafy greens very well and they rotate at extremely high RPMs which can supposedly cause damage to the vegetables being juiced. Also, unless you juice very slowly with a centrifugal juicer you often times waste much of the juice as the pulp comes out wet. The pulp comes out dry from a single-gear juicer, letting you know that you’re getting every bit of juice from whatever you juice, including leafy greens.
So what are the advantages of a single-gear type juicer over a centrifugal type juicer? Well, you can look at all the problems with a centrifugal juicer and eliminate them when considering a single-gear juicer such as the Omega 8003/8005. So the single-gear juicers must be ridiculously priced then, right? Wrong, they are not that much more expensive than the centrifugal juicer that I purchased. As a matter of fact, I bought my juicer from a local health food store all those many years ago and paid almost as much as what you can purchase an Omega 8005 for today through Amazon.com! Although I can’t criticize the quality of my centrifugal juicer, a single-gear juicer rotating at 80RPMs, versus many thousands of RPMs, would surely have much less wear and tear also. Another thing that most people probably wouldn’t think about until after the fact is, because the centrifugal juicers rotate the cutting blade and basket at such a high speed there is often a lot of foam produced. Again, a single-gear juicer with it’s lowly 80RPMs produces no foam – it matters!
The Omega single-gear juicers are also great when it comes to cleaning. They can be disassembled and reassembled very quickly. Just a quick rinse with hot tap water is all the cleanup that is really necessary. My centrifugal juicer also boasts a quick and easy cleanup, but with all of the other advantages of a single-gear juicer, there’s really no comparison.
I mentioned the fact that my Omega centrifugal juicer doesn’t do leafy greens well. Sometimes I’ll get big pieces of leaf in the basket (after supposedly being juiced), in tact, including all the juice still inside. That is obviously a lot of waste.
When you look at the single-gear juicers, specifically the Omega 8003/8005, then any of the centrifugal type juicers and even a $2,000 Norwalk juicer it’s easy to see that the Omega single-gear juicers are very efficient, reasonably priced, easy to disassemble and reassemble, easy to clean, are extremely durable, very quiet and they won’t literally ‘walk’ off the counter like a centrifugal juicer will when it becomes unbalanced, which is often.
If all of the above features/advantages aren’t enough, the Omega 8003/8005 will also mince and chop seasoning, mince meat/fish and is a food mill. It also juices fruits really well.