As much as I like my Breville JE98XL juicer it’s had a few issues. The main is a little triangular piece on the feeder that has broken 3 times now. I’ve had this juicer 18 months and it’s broken 3 times. I have no idea what purpose that little piece serves, if any. The first time it broke my husband ordered me a replacement shoot, worried that it might break again leaving me with plastic in my juice (which, he worried, could hurt me). The second time it broke I called Breville and the customer support person was very nice and arranged to send me a replacement free of charge. She suggested that I make sure that I’m operating the juicer at the right speed for the right item of produce (higher speed for harder/firmer items). Then it broke again a couple of weeks ago. This last time it broke I was juicing Ginger on high-speed. It not only broke that little piece but the whole machine “popped” and it ended up breaking a piece off the pitcher, as well. After that we started talking about replacing the whole machine.
So Sunday when I was in Big Lots and noticed that they had the Omega BMJ330 for just $99, I decided it was worth a closer look. I checked online and read reviews, watched some videos comparing the two and they seemed pretty close overall. The Amazon price for both machines is identical, however the Omega also comes with a 10 year warranty (something none of the others include). Of course, I’ve seen Tommy Boy and that line will always pop into my head when I’m comparing warranties. The reality is that if you have a great product a warranty won’t matter (in which case, why not throw it in there anyway?). I decided to go ahead and buy the Omega and try it out.
I tried it first yesterday and my first disappointment was with the lack of a pitcher. You definitely need to use a larger glass/pitcher than what you intend to juice. I started off with a cup the size of my usual juice but with air blowing in and just the overage on juice I over-spilled before I was halfway finished. That alone told me that it was likely the Omega did juice better. That combined with the extremely dry texture of the pulp.
So, this morning I decided to do a side-by-side test and I did it on video. So, you get to actually see the results (and me). Check it out:
I didn’t show it on the video but the pulp from the Omega was about 3/4 to 1/2 what the Breville put out (and a lot drier feeling). I would also like to point out that the materials of the Omega just FEEL sturdier. The bowl is actually stainless steel (rather than plastic). Overall, I’m leaning towards to the Omega as a better juicer than the Breville. Time will tell for sure, but with a 10 year warranty, it should have plenty of time to prove itself. The biggest drawback I’m finding is the lack of a pitcher (and honestly a lidded pitcher is a MUST for any juicer, IMO).