This is John Kohler with DiscountJuicers.com.
Today, I have another exciting episode for you. It’s time for another juice-off. I
love my juice-offs and the juice-offs are where I compare two juicers, side by side,
using the same amount, exact, of produce, so that you guys can see the yield. After
all, yield is just one factor—one criteria—that you may want to consider when buying a juicer.
So first, what I’m going to do is actually talk about each of the juicers separately,
and then, we’re going to go ahead and actually get into the juice-off. So, what we’re going
to juice today are two pounds of carrots. They have been pre-washed. I have topped and
bottomed them. They both weigh 32 ounces, so that’s two pounds.
Now, we have two juicers here. We have the Omega 8004 juicer on this side. Now, that’s
the same as the 8006. The 8006 is the chrome-plated, plastic version. And then, we have the good,
old Champion juicer on this side. I think, first, let’s talk about the Champion.
Now, the Champion is the only juicer that I know of that is still made in the good,
old U.S.A.—made in Lodi, California by a company that’s been around since 1950. They
originally got their start by making plastic baskets. Plastic baskets—say that five times
quick. Plastic baskets, plastic baskets…that’s why they’re called Plastaket. In 1955, they
started making the world’s first Champion juicer and, since that time, the design had
barely changed. They have a few, new safety features—that I will talk about in a minute—but
otherwise, they work pretty much the same as back then.
So, this style machine is what I call a masticating juicer—masticating means chew—and how
this juicer works, it works by chewing. It literally chews the food, so you don’t have
to. It has a fast-spinning blade that spins at 1725 rpm’s—that’s revolutions per
minute. That’s fairly quick, but a lot slower than many of the centrifugal juicers on the
market today. Let’s go ahead and open this up and show
you how it works. Basically, inside the machine, here, is a little auger with little teeth
on it. These teeth are stainless steel. They run at 1725 rpm and as you put the produce
in, what happens is, the produce gets shredded. As the produce is shredded, it releases the
juice, which then drops out the bottom of the machine and the pulp comes out the front
of the machine. Now, the important thing to remember on the
Champion juicer—it does have a stainless steel motor shaft and you do need to lube
this up with some coconut oil, or other oil, after every use. Otherwise, it will rust and
your cutting blade will get stuck on the machine, which is not a happy sight. Then, literally,
you just have to pry it off. So, keep your Champion juicer oiled and when you’re done
using it, wash it and dry it on the dry rack. Make sure it’s fully dry before you put
it back on there because, if it’s a little bit wet, that’s when this cutter will get
stuck on to your shaft, there. Only other pieces with the Champion are…you
got a funnel piece and then, you got the main cutter-body—the main juicer-body here—and
then, you got the juicing screen. So, the juicing screen—this is the standard, small-hole
screen on the Champion. All right, let’s go ahead and move this
aside so you guys can see the way to assemble it. It’s very simple to assemble. Basically,
you’re just going to put the…a cutter on one side has a slot in it, so you’re
just going to roll that on. If it doesn’t go in, just keep rotating this until it does
roll on. The next step is, we’re going to go ahead and take the main body and put it
upside-down. This is going to make it easier to assemble the machine. Next, you’re going
to take this screen—put that on, right there. Then, you’re going to take this part, here.
This is the funnel part that directs the juice down into your collection cup. Now, one of
the new features it does have—it has this grate, so you can’t stick your fingers up
in there. Then, the other thing that is very important
to remember is on this piece, here. On the newer Champions, there’s a magnet in here
and this magnet is held in with some glue and, if the glue comes out and the magnet
falls out, then this will not engage the switch inside and your machine will not turn on.
So, always, when assembling, make sure this is properly in place and that the magnet is
inside, if the machine is not coming on. Next, we’re going to go ahead and slide
this down and now it’s fully assembled. Now, what we’re going to do is, simply rotate
this all the way around and put it into place. There’s no screws or anything to turn to
get this running. It’s nice and simple. Then, we’re going to put the funnel on the
top and you, finally, have your pusher. Now, you never want to push anything into
the juicer with anything other than the pusher, there. It may cause damage to something and
never put your hands in—and, if you are juicing with children, make sure you supervise
them. In general, the size of this, whole, is actually fairly large. So, we can’t fit
our hands in there, but a child definitely could. So, once again, 1725 works by masticating—grinds
up, chews up your produce, spits out the pulp in the front, the juice comes out the bottom.
Next, let’s go ahead and talk about the Omega 8004. This one works a little bit differently.
This one is called the…You know, while Omega may call it a masticating juicer, it doesn’t
really work by chewing. I would call it more of a single-gear press, or single-auger-press
style, because what happens is, you put the produce in there…and what happens is, you’ve
got this gear… Let’s go ahead and take the Champion out,
here. Now, see, this one is a gear with no teeth on it. This one actually has the teeth
and they’re sharp, but that’s stainless steel. How this one works is, you put the
produce in there and, what happens is, it takes chunks of the produce off. As the auger
rotates—and this 8004 has the Ultem auger, which is eight times harder than previous
models—it actually gets worked down the auger. Then, what happens is, the space gets
compressed more and more, until, literally, it squeezes the juice out.
So, in the initial crush, juice comes out the bottom—stage one—and then, finally,
as the juice gets over to here, the juice is then wrung out, on stage two. That’s
pretty much how this works. Once again, the juice comes out the bottom and the pulp comes
out the front. Now, because the Omega 8004 runs at a low 80 rpm’s—or revolutions
per minute—its multitude is slower than the Champion and it’s also a little bit
quieter. Another thing to mention is that every juicer
works a little bit differently, based on the different kinds of produce you’re juicing.
So, I know, many of you ladies out there may have a pair of shoes to go to work in, a pair
to go to the beach in, a pair to go running or hiking in. You know, you have different
shoes for different tasks, much like guys might have different screwdrivers for unscrewing
one of those square-slot bits, or the Phillips, or the straight-slot. You know, I have different
juicers that are going to juice…you know, use a different juicer for each, specific,
different kind of produce item. So, in general, the single-auger style machines—they
really do well at the leafy greens. They just are really the best at juicing them. The Champion,
on the other hand—it may work best with things like hard vegetables and firm fruits.
On the leafy greens, it doesn’t do so well, although it will juice them. On the wheatgrass—it,
literally, won’t juice the wheatgrass. The Omega 8004 will juice the wheatgrass without
any attachments and will juice leafy greens better than the Champion.
Now, to rectify this, Champion did come out with a leafy greens attachment. So, be sure
to check out their video on the leafy greens attachment and how it works. In my opinion
and based on my testing, I’d still rather have the Omega 8004 or 8006 to juice the leafy
greens, if that’s what I really want to juice, instead of buying the Champion with
the greens attachment because it just doesn’t quite get the same yield and is a little more
challenging to use than the Omega 8004, which is a single-step process.
Let’s go ahead and assemble this up really quick. Now, the one thing I do want to mention
is the feed-shoot size. Let’s go ahead and put this Champion back together, here. Now,
the feed-shoot size on both machines are just a little bit different. As you can see, the
one on the Omega 8004 is significantly smaller than the Champion. So, what does that mean?
That means you’re going to have to cut up the produce into smaller pieces to feed it
in. You know, that is a pro and a con, on some levels. So, today, I didn’t pre-cut
the carrots and some of the carrots I’m going to have to cut smaller, so that they’ll
fit into the Omega 8004. Now, the Omega 8004 is made in South Korea.
I have visited the factory there and they’ve been making a version of this machine since
about the ‘90s. So, this machine, as I mentioned before, was made since 1955 and they haven’t
really changed the design since then. So, one of the things I like to mention to people
is, just like that American car from 1959…I mean, I wasn’t around then, but one of my
earliest cars was a 1968 Chevy Impala. When I had the Chevy Impala, you know, that thing
was built like a tank. You could roll over like the little foreign cars and they would
just go forever. It’s just a machine, man and that’s how I like to say with the Champion
juicer. I mean, this is probably the most durable juicer. If you’re out in the middle
of an island somewhere and you can’t get parts, get the Champion because guess what?
It’s probably never going to break on you. This machine, also, does have a ten-year warranty
on all the parts and a three-year warranty on the machine, with a one-year warranty on
the cutting blade. Now, the cutting blade on the Champion will wear out over time. Depending
on how much you use it, it may wear out in as little as two years or as many as ten years.
Once again, it depends on how much you use it. Once the cutting blade gets dull, then
the machine just does not perform as well as it used to.
…much like the cars made in the 1950s and the 1960s. They’re built like tanks and,
you know, the technology in the Champion—it pretty much hasn’t been improved. So, imagine
driving a Chevy Impala. I mean, they’re built like tanks and, if anybody rolled in
you, you’d probably be safe, but you know what? They don’t have air-bags, and some
of them don’t have seat belts, and they don’t have ABS, and they don’t have all
these new features that some of the newer cars of today have.
That’s kind of like the Omega juicer, over here. You know, it’s been updated. It’s
a juicer of the 1990s that has gone through several different revisions and stages, along
the way, and this is the latest revision that, frankly, works the best. So, there’s a pro
and con to every machine and that’s just my opinions on both these machines.
So, on the Omega, it has a 15 year warranty, which is probably the longest warranty in
the juicing industry, but, in my opinion, it’s definitely not as durable as the Champion.
I mean, this thing—it’s made out of solid metal. It’s painted metal and, much like
your car, it has a nice automotive-style finish. Hopefully, nobody will get mad at you and
put a key-scratch in your Champion juicer. The Omega, on this side, is all plastic—plastic
casing, plastic housing. At present time, the Champion juicer does come in the white-painted
and black-painted. In the near future, hopefully, Champion will probably have a plastic casing.
That being said, get your Champion now if you want the solid metal with the paint because
that may be disappearing one of these days. On the Omega, it just comes in the plastic
casing. It comes in a white plastic or a chrome-plated plastic—that’s the 8006. This, once again,
is the 8004. So, I think that’s pretty much it as to the run-down on the machines. I guess,
next, we’re going to get into the juicing. So, now, we’re going to get into the juicing.
Now, we’re going to go ahead and move both of these scales over, so you can kind of see
the apparatus, and where the juice is coming out, and what not. Let’s go ahead and move
this guy over here. What I’m going to do is, we’re going to go ahead and juice in
the Champion juicer, first. Now, with the Champion juicer, it is running
at a fast speed. You don’t want to put things in too slowly. If you put things in too slowly,
it may create, actually, some heat on the housing, here. Another reason why your housing
may start to heat up is if your cutting blade is dull and there’s more friction than there
should be. That being said, some amount of warmth is normal with the Champion juicer
because that’s how it works. At no point, in all the testing that I’ve done and the
many years I’ve used the Champion, will it heat your juice above 118°, which is where
it starts to degrade the enzymes. So, let’s go ahead and turn this machine
on. I always like to feed the carrots in, the small side down and to feed that in. Check
it out. The juice is coming right out and we don’t even see any pulp yet. I’m going
to go ahead and feed this next carrot in and I’m not having to cut these carrots, even
though there’s a nice, large diameter. There’s the pulp coming out of the Champion. Let’s
go ahead and push this back in there. Now, one of the things you may notice on the Champion
is that pulp tends to come up the feed-shoot. So, you constantly need to use the pusher
to keep things pushed down, into the Champion. So, as you can see, this is going nice and
simply, and very quick. Now, we are juicing in the Champion juicer today. Besides just
juicing, they also have a homogenizing blank. This is the machine that’s best for making
the banana ice cream because it fluffs it up. All right, we just got a few more carrots
to juice in the Champion. This thing really is cranking up and juicing those carrots right
up. As you can see, the pulp’s coming out this side and working pretty good. All right,
that’s pretty much it. So, we’re all done juicing in the Champion. Pulp comes out the
front. Juice comes out the bottom. We’re all set.
Next, let’s go for the Omega 8004. Turn that machine on. I’m going to grab one carrot
at a time—got to check the dimensions to make sure each carrot fits before it gets
stuck in the feed shoot. This one works a little bit different. You know, it’s a bit
quieter. It works by chunking off a piece of the carrot while it’s juicing it. As
you can see, the pulp, once again, is coming out the front and the juice is coming out
the bottom. Let’s go ahead and check the carrot size.
Then, we’re going to go ahead and feed that in. On some levels, the Omega juicer is almost
self-feeding. This will not happen on the Champion, but, at some point, you do need
to use the pusher to push things in. So, I personally, like the Omega juicer more than
the Champion just because it runs at a lower rpm and will preserve more of the nutrition.
You guys are going to get to see the color of the juice difference in a second, to see
if there’s more or less oxidation that’s occurring with the juice. Now, I know, some
of you guys are probably thinking, “John, isn’t carrot juice high in sugar?” and
“I’m not supposed to have sugar and stuff.” You know, while it does have sugar, I think
that carrot juice is far better than drinking any soda, diet soda, or sugar-laden drink
because, not only does it have the sugar, but it also has a lot of phytochemicals and
phytonutrients that are good for us. All right, so see, I checked this one. It
doesn’t fit in there. So, if we fit it this way, it gets stuck. So, we’re going to go
ahead and take a knife and we’re just going to cut it up into smaller pieces, so that
it doesn’t get stuck. This is one of the down-sides of the smaller feed-shoot.
Now, once again, I want you guys to get the right juicer for your specific needs. If your
needs are carrots and you’re juicing only carrots, like I’m doing today, you’re
going to see the yield that each user gets, if the yield is one of the factors that is
important to you. Aside from the yield, other factors that might be important are the warranty,
where it’s made, for example—you know that Champion’s the only juicer still made
in the U.S.A., that I’m aware of. So if you have to support American company, that’s
great. You know, I’m all for that, but remember, this juicer may not juice the greens as well
as this machine. For me, I’m personally more about the performance
of the machine and how it performs. I want a machine that’s going to do the job I want,
on the produce I’m juicing the most. Nowadays, in this day and age, I tend to juice the greens
the most. I’m sitting here in my garden and, as you can see, we got some beautiful
tree colors behind me. Greens are the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet—the leafy
greens. The problem is, with the leafy greens and
also things like the carrots—they have a hard fiber, unlike the fruits that are very
easy to digest. The hard fiber makes it hard for our bodies to, literally, extract the
nutrients that are locked within the fiber. That’s why juicing is so beneficial because
the juicer, literally, separates the juice from the fiber and it’s the juice of the
fiber that feeds you. That’s what Jay Kordich taught me—formerly known as the Juice Man.
So, as you can see, the Omega 8004 is working very well on juicing the carrots. We got the
juice coming out the bottom, pulp coming out the front. That’s the last piece, there.
I did have to cut a few carrots to make them fit in. Once you’re done with any juicer,
I always recommend that you let it run for a second or two, to get all the juice out.
I also like to tip the juicer up to make sure there’s no extra drips in there. I got all
the juice out of that. Let’s go ahead and turn the Omega juicer off and shake this down
a little bit—get the drips out of there, as well.
All right, so, one of the things you guys may notice, if you’re perceptive or not,
is that each of these machines…Well, the Omega juicer didn’t leak over the table
too much, but on the Champion juicer…One of the challenges with it, is that they tend
to leak. So, this has leaked out of the seal here and then, just kind of went on to the
table, here. Now, that’s just a common problem with the Champion and that’s just how it
works. I mean, that’s how it’s designed and they haven’t really done anything to
change that. So, when it’s newer, it may leak less. When it gets older—like, I’ve
had this machine for many years now—it may leak a little bit more.
So, you can see here, we have the juices we’ve created. Now, each juicer may put more or
less pulp in the juice. So, to be fair on this comparison, we’re going to go ahead
and remove that pulp. So, we got two, equal, identical, anchor-hocking measuring cups,
each with a similar-sized strainer, to remove all the fiber—or to remove all the pulp.
Let’s go ahead and pour the Champion juice in there first. It has a nice, liquid consistency.
I’m seeing very little pulp in the strainer, here. There is a fair bit of foam in the Champion—in
the juice created by the Champion. So, let’s see if we…Most of what’s left in here
is now the foam. Next, we’re going to go ahead and pour the
Omega 8004 juice off. Now, we can check the consistency of that. Once again, that’s
a nice consistency and it looks like the strainer’s catching a fair bit more pulp than the Champion
juicer did. Let’s go ahead and pour the rest in. As you’ll notice, actually, there’s
virtually no foam created on the Omega 8004. Now, what is foam?
You can see, there was some pulp there, in the 8004, but there’s no foam. Now, what
is foam? Foam is just, basically, the juice that has air added to it. Now, I did mention
earlier that the Champion is really excellent for making what’s called banana ice cream—which,
in real terms, is actually, really 100% frozen banana sorbet. You take ripe bananas. You
freeze them. You put them through the machine with a blank plate, instead of the juicing
screen. It actually mushes it up and it comes out the front. It’s like that frozen yogurt-consistency—out
of the McDonald’s or the Dairy Queen you guys used to get when you were kids—but
this is the healthy version because it’s 100% bananas. You can add things like frozen
strawberries or frozen blueberries—even do frozen mangoes and frozen pineapple—and
it’s quite delicious. Now, the Champion works best at doing this
because it adds air—it injects air—so, it makes the ice cream or the sorbet coming
out nice and fluffy. Now, the Omega 8004 will also make the sorbet, but it’s more of a
hard-pack because it’s not adding the air. So, in the case of the sorbet, for the mouth
feel, it’s an excellent thing that it does add the air. For the juice, in my opinion,
it’s not so optimal because that extra air, being added to the juice, causes extra oxidation.
So, let’s see…Let’s go ahead and take these guys off. As you can see, there’s
still—yes—some pulp created in the Omega that we did have to strain out, if you want
a virtually pulp-free juice. Now, let’s go ahead and check the yield. It looks like
the Champion made about one, almost one-and-a-half cups—like, a line or two under that. The
Omega made one-and-a-third cup. So, that’s not much difference. I’d say, maybe, made
one extra ounce on the Champion and that’s, maybe roughly, 10% more. So, yes, the Champion
did made more juice. So, now, what I want you to do…I don’t
know if you guys can see that. I don’t know if I can even see that. The color of the juice…so,
the color of the juice…So, what does the color of the juice mean? In the Champion marketing
material, it says, “The Champion makes a rich, deep, full-bodied, full-colored juice.”
In their opinion, that’s a good thing. In my opinion, why does the juice get darker?
Like, if you’d use apples, right—you’d use apples, you’d make the apple juice,
and it instantly starts turning brown, and it gets darker. That’s the oxidation occurring.
So, in my opinion, the darker color in the Champion is due to the oxidation. Introducing
more air with all the foam, all the air bubbles, causes the juice to change color quicker.
Does that mean it’s more nutritious? You know, in my opinion, it probably doesn’t.
It probably means it’s not quite as nutritious. Nonetheless, the Champion did produce more.
It actually worked simpler. It was easier to use. It did produce some more foam, or
more air, in the juice, but aside from that, I want to do a taste-test for you guys. So,
let’s go ahead and first taste the Champion juicer carrot. Mm…has that classic, carrot
juice taste. Next, let’s go ahead and taste the carrot
juice on the Omega 8004. Wow, it’s definitely hard to tell the difference, but there is
a difference between them. If I had to put that into words, which is quite difficult,
I’d say the 8004 juice tastes a little bit more hard and the juice from the Champion
juicer tastes a little bit more sweet. I don’t know why that is. These were the
same exact carrots I used—the Bunny Love brand, organic carrots—and if you are juicing
carrots, I highly encourage you guys to use the Bunny Love brand, organic carrots. They
are available at warehouse brand club stores, such as Costco, which is where I got these.
Those are the sweetest carrots, by far, to juice.
So, you easily saw, in this juice-off, the Champion juicer was the clear winner in yield.
Although, you know, with every juicer, there’s always pros and cons. If you were going to
buy the Champion juicer…like, you know, 80% leafy greens, I would probably rather
you guys, get the Omega. If you wanted to juice a lot of carrots and fruits, then the
Champion is probably going to do a better job than the Omega because it’s based on
the design. Another thing that we didn’t really talk
about today was the pulp. So, both these pulps are fairly dry—although the Champion pulp
seems like it’s a bit more wet to me—but with either of these, you can always take
the pulp and actually run it back through the machine again, to get a further extraction
and to get more juice out of that pulp. So, in any case, I hope you guys enjoyed this
juice-off today between the Champion and the Omega, juicing the carrots.
Once again, this result is only for the carrots. If juicing leafy greens, fruits, or other
things, the yield results may vary. Although, that being said, some of the things that I’ve
talked about in this video will hold true. This runs at a higher rpm, causes more oxidation,
but you’ll be done faster…has a wider feed-shoot, so you won’t have to cut as
much. With the Omega, you’ve got to pretty much push things in, it happens a lot slower,
oxidizes a lot less, and it doesn’t tend to juice the hard vegetables or the fruits
as well as, say, the Champion would, in my opinion.
Stay tuned for future episodes, where I do more juice-offs and have more in-depth comparison
videos. I have over 300 videos on YouTube already. So, be sure to check some of those,
if you haven’t already seen them. So, hopefully, you guys enjoyed this episode—learning about
the Champion and the Omega 8004. Once again, my name is John Kohler with DiscountJuicers.com.
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