Omega NC800 HDS 2019 Review

If you’re looking for a top-quality juicer, Omega is one of the brand names to consider. For close to 30 years they have been putting out high-quality products that have topped the best-selling appliance lists. If you’re like me and want only the best, take a look at Omega products. I did, and over my years of juicing I’ve never regretting buying an Omega juicer.

The Omega NC800 HDS is one of the best Omega juicers on the market. While it’s not quite on par with the Omega J8006 juicer (my go-to juicer), it’s still a very good appliance that delivers power, a high yield and reliability. There are a few issues I’ll address in my review below, but all in all it’s a solid choice for anyone looking for a new juicer.

Don’t worry: I’m not trying to sell you the Omega NC800 HDS. I’m just writing this review to share my experience using it. That way, when you think about buying a juicer, you know what to expect!

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This juicer is an entry-level, reliable appliance that looks great and complements any elegant kitchen décor. If looks matter, you’ll love this appliance: it’s definitely the most beautiful of all Omega juicers. In addition to its beauty, it’s a reliable juicer that can turn pretty much any fruit, veggie, or even leafy greens like kale and wheatgrass into juice. The yield is good, and there’s a 15-year warranty to back it up.

Omega NC800 Pros & Cons

Juicer Type: Slow/Masticating Juicer

The Omega NC800 is a slow, or masticating, juicer. This means that the juicer crushes the food using an auger rather than slicing it. The masticating juicer has a powerful motor that spins the auger at 80 RPM. This low RPM reduces the amount of friction generated during the crushing process. Less friction means less heat, which in turn means less breakdown of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants during juicing.

Note: Like the Omega NC800 cold press juicer, most Omega slow juicers run at 80 RPM. If you want a slower turning auger, some Hurom juicers operate at 40 RPM.

The Omega NC800 Nutrition Center is a horizontal juicer, which means it’s longer and wider than it is tall. Vertical juicers take up less counter space, but they don’t fit in more compact kitchens with less space between counter and cabinets. Horizontal juicers occupy more counter space, but are better for more compact kitchens.

The horizontal design doesn’t interfere with the power, though. You will have to push the produce down to feed it into the auger, but you’ll still get plenty of crushing power to turn fruits, veggies, leafy greens and even wheatgrass into juice.

Omega NC800 Specs & Features

Juicer styleSlow/masticating juicer
Weight13 pounds
Motor Power2 HP
Auger RPMs80
2-Stage JuicingYes
Size14-1/2 by 6-1/2 by 15-1/2 inches
Warranty15 years
UL- and cUL approvedYes

Is the Omega NC800 BPA-free?

Bisphenol-A is a toxin commonly found in plastic products, and it is known to cause endocrine problems. Thankfully, the Omega NC800 is built with durable plastic that is 100 percent BPA-free. There is zero risk of BPA exposure when using the Omega NC800.

What’s in the box? – Omega Juicer Parts

The Omega NC800 is designed to be a complete juicing system, one with all the pieces and attachments needed to turn your produce into juice. Open the box and you’ll find the attachments required to assemble your juicer. The Omega NC800 manual has all the instructions you need to put the juicer together.

Omega NC800 Parts:

  • Housing (motor) and built-in switch, handle and locking clip
  • Drum, funnel, blank and juicing screens, Ultem Auger, end cap and plunger
  • Cleaning brush
  • Sieve and two collection bowls
  • Round noodle nozzle, flat noodle nozzle and breadstick nozzle

Note: The Omega NC800 auger is the same one used for the Omega J8006/J8004 juicers. The Omega NC800 replacement parts are often interchangeable with other horizontal Omega juicers.

This is a beautifully easy machine to assemble. The owners’ manual comes with clear Omega NC800 instructions, so you’ll have no problem putting it together. Here’s how to assemble the juicer:

  • Step 1:
  • Insert the drum into the housing and turn the locking clip clockwise to lock it securely in place. Place the funnel onto the guide. This may require a little bit of practice but after a while you’ll know exactly where and how to place it.
  • Step 2:
  • To juice, insert the auger into the drum, followed by the juicing screen and the end cap. Turn the end cap counterclockwise. When it clicks into place, you’re ready to juice.
  • Step 3:
  • To mince, use the blank instead of the juicing screen. Click the end cap into place.
  • Step 4:
  • To make noodles or breadsticks, insert the nozzle of your choice — flat noodle, round noodle, or breadstick — between the blank and the end cap.
  • Step 5:
  • When juicing, place a few pieces of vegetables/fruits into the guide one at a time. Do not insert a spoon, fork or anything metal, but use the plunger to push down the produce gently. Make sure the juicer is switched off before removing, replacing or changing any parts.
  • If you’ve assembled the pieces correctly, there should be no wiggle or wobble when you juice. The parts all feel solid, as it’s a durable machine. The low RPMs of the Omega NC800 masticating juicer produces less vibration, so it’s unlikely to slip or slide off the counter.

Which Omega to buy?

Not sure you’re ready to commit to the Omega NC800? The good news is that Omega produces a lot of high quality models, so you’ve got plenty of choice: slow juicers like the J8004 or J8006, faster centrifugal juicers like the OMG500S or the Omega VSJ843.

Let’s take a look at a few of the Omega NC800’s main competitors:

Omega NC800 vs J8006

Omega j8006
There are two significant differences between the Omega NC800 and the J8006: first off, the Omega NC800 feeder chute is wider than the J8006, so there’s less prep work required to start juicing. Secondly, the exterior of the Omega NC800 is sleeker and more modern than the J8006. However, the J8006 is slightly more reliable and less prone to clogs.

Omega NC800 vs VSJ843

Both of these juicers are slow juicers, but the difference lies in the design. The Omega NC800 is a horizontal juicer (long and wide), while the VSJ843 is a vertical juicer (tall). The latest-model VJS843 also operates at 43 RPM, almost half the speed of the Omega NC800. This means it produces juice more slowly, but there is even less friction, heat and thus less oxidation of the juice.

Omega NC800 vs NC900

Just like the Omega J8006 is the stainless steel version of the J8006, so too the NC900 is the stainless steel version of the Omega NC800. Aside from the exterior (plastic vs. metal), there is no difference between the Omega NC800 and NC900.

Omega NC800 vs J8008

The J8008 is the updated version of the J8006, meaning a few of the older model’s kinks and flaws have been fixed. It still has a very narrow feeder chute, unlike the Omega NC800, but the upgraded auger is far stronger than the older one and the juicing process has a higher yield. However, the J8008 is pricier.

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Omega Juicer Assembly and Getting Started with your first juice

The Omega NC800 manual has everything you need to assemble the juicer. Thanks to my experience with the Omega J8006 juicer, I managed to put this together in 10 minutes on my first try. For some, it will take a bit of getting used to at first, but with practice, you can get the entire assembly down to a few minutes. This design also makes it much faster to take apart when it’s cleaning time.

The juicer also has a high yield, not to mention a low waste output. Run your produce through the juicer twice and you’ll have a very dry pulp.

Is Cleaning the Omega NC800 Easy?

I’m firmly of the opinion that a juicer needs to be cleaned after each use. Even just a basic rinsing of all the parts will reduce clogs and jams, as well as combat bacteria.

If you’re a heavy juicer like me, you want a machine that’s easy to take apart and clean multiple times per day. The design of the juicer makes cleaning a cinch. It takes a few minutes to break the juicer down into its four parts for cleaning: feeder chute, collection bins, screen and auger. While these parts are dishwasher-safe, I prefer to wash them by hand. Hot water does the trick for the collection bins, screen and feeder chute, though I’ll scrub the auger with a soft sponge and soap.

Omega NC800 – Noise level

Compared to other Omega slow juicers, the NC800 is a surprisingly quiet machine and is nowhere near as loud as, say, a blender. You can use the juicer without disturbing someone watching TV or sleeping next door. Definitely good for anyone who wants an early morning cup of juice.

Where to Buy Omega NC800

When looking to buy this Omega NC800 juicer, Amazon is the best place to go. Amazon offers the juicer at a lower price than retailers (like Bed, Bath, and Beyond or Kohl’s), even lower than the manufacturer, in fact. Compare the prices on the Omega NC800 manufacturer’s page and Omega NC800 Amazon pricing, and you’re paying about 10-20 percent less via Amazon.

Note: For people who live in Europe, Amazon UK carries the product in the correct voltage (220V).

Should I buy the NC800 Refurbished?

Many people looking to save money will opt for a refurbished appliance rather than paying full price for brand new. I’ve tried my share of refurbished juicers, and they don’t quite live up to the standard of straight out of the box appliances. Every time, I’ve found there is something wrong with the juicer, and it never works as well as it should.

Omega NC800 tips & tricks

  • Use the adjustable pressure cap on the drum to more effectively juice produce of different textures. For soft fruits, turn the pressure cap to a “1” or “2.” For leafy greens and harder produce, set the pressure cap to “5.”
  • Use the juice and pulp bowls only when making juice. If you use the food processing attachments, remove the bowls and process your food into another container. Doing this will reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
  • Be gentle when pushing down your produce. The wide feeder chute allows you to insert larger pieces, but don’t push too hard. Use the pusher to guide the fruit, rather than shove it against the auger. You’re not going to speed up the juicing process this way.
  • Ride that reverse button to avoid clogs. If you think your produce is getting stuck, press the reverse button two or three times to clear any blockages.
  • Don’t over-juice: running the juicer for more than 30 minutes strains the motor and increases the risk of damage. Give the juicer a break between batches.
  • Stick with juice. The Omega NC800 can make noodles, baby food, pasta, minced meat and even nut butter, but remember that it’s designed to be a juicer. You’re better off using a food processor for other foods and using the NC800 only for juice.

Alternatives to the Omega NC800 Nutrition Center

Let’s be clear: Omega juicers are the top of the line. If you want high-quality masticating juicers, you’re best off choosing from among Omega juicers: the J8006, J8008 or the VJS843. However, if you’re finding that Omega isn’t your brand of choice, there are a few other slow juicers you’d do well to consider:

Green Star Elite GSE-5000

In the battle of Omega NC800 vs Green Star Elite, it’s tough to find a clear winner. The Green Star Elite has a higher juice yield than the NC800, but a very narrow feeder chute. The GSE is better with leafy greens, while the Omega juicer handles hard and soft fruits more efficiently.

The unique design of the GSE twin-gear auger system makes it more efficient at juicing celery, kale and wheatgrass. However, the Omega has a longer warranty and is easier to clean. The Green Star Elite is also close to twice the price of the Omega NC800.

Tribest Slowstar SW-2000-B

Examine the Omega NC800 vs. the Slowstar juicer, and you get two very different juicers. This Omega juicer is horizontal in design, while the Slowstar is vertical. The Slowstar juicer operates at 47 RPM, so less heat and friction is produced.

The 200-watt motor is powerful enough to crush any hard and soft fruits, though it doesn’t perform as well with leafy greens. However, the double-edged Ultem auger masticates your produce more quickly. At $360, it’s a full $60 more than the NC800.

Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer

Breville BJS600XL
The motor on this juicer is more powerful than the Omega NC800 — 240 watts vs. 150 watts — and the auger operates at 80 RPM. The shell is made from the same BPA-free plastic, with a beautiful vertical design.

However, the feeder chute is smaller, on par with Omega’s J8006 and J8004. It takes more work to chop up produce for juicing with the Breville juicer. The price tag is also equal to the NC800, but user ratings show customer satisfaction isn’t quite up to Omega’s standard.

Are there any problems with the Omega NC800?

One of the main problems of other Omega juicers (like the J8006 or J8004) is the small feeder tube, but the NC800 solves this problem. This wider tube is one of the things that makes the NC800 one of my personal favorite juicers.

However, like all appliances, it’s not without its problems. Some of the Omega NC800 problems include:

  • Trouble with soft foods. Apples, peaches, guavas, and ripe pears tend to back up in the machine, turning almost into a sort of mush. Mixing hard and soft produce reduces the risk of clogs. However, for those who want only fruit juice, there’s a higher risk of blockages.
  • Problematic end cap. The adjustable end cap gives you greater control over the juicer, but it can be challenging to learn how to use it. If you don’t adjust it just right, there’s a chance of clogs. Most users find it takes a bit of trial and error to get it just right.
  • Leaking. A number of users have complaints about the NC800 leaking from the joint between the body and the retaining nut. The gasket tends to wear out quickly and allows liquid to drip through.
  • Too much pulp. For those who like 100 percent pulp-free juice, the Omega NC800 may not be the best choice. It allows more pulp into the juice (which is healthier, but not everyone likes pulp).

What Can I Make With The NC800 Juicer?

I’m willing to bet that you’re reading this review because you want to know what the NC800 can do in terms of extracting juice from fruits and veggies. You may be interested in the other features (noodles, breadsticks, nut butters, etc.), but the juicing is what matters most.

If you’re like me, someone who loves to find new and creative juicing recipes, the juicing power of the appliance is foremost on your mind. As we’ve seen above, the NC800 can handle most fruits and veggies with ease. While you may need to mix soft and hard fruits to avoid clogs, the wide feeder chute reduces the amount of time expended on making juices.

The yield of Omega's NC800 is above average, and it produces a higher quality juice than most centrifugal and masticating juicers. The tips and tricks above will help you to extend the lifespan of your juicer. If you use it right, you’ll never need to use your warranty.

When juicing fruits and veggies, remember that high-water produce has a higher juice yield. For example, carrots are harder and higher in fiber than cucumbers, so you’ll get more juice from cucumbers. Pineapples, apples, pears, oranges and cucumbers make great bases for your juice thanks to their high water content.

The Omega NC800 can turn almost any fruits and veggies into juice, though be careful when using berries. Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries will just mush up and stain the juicer without producing a whole lot of juice.

Can the Omega NC800 Make Pasta?

Thanks to the two noodle attachments (round and flat), you can turn out your own fresh pasta. You’ll need to make the dough in a separate bowl and feed it into the juicer. You’ll also have to remove the end cap and replace it with the right attachment.

Make sure to clean the juicer when you’re done. Flour hardens when it dries, and it could damage the auger and internal components. Take the juicer apart and give it a thorough soaking and scrubbing after using it to make noodles.

Can the Omega NC800 Make Nut Butter?

The NC800 is great for making peanut and almond butters, though the output is very slow. The plastic auger is durable enough to pulverize the nuts, but there’s also a higher chance of damaging it. I recommend that you use a food processor to make nut butter. Stainless steel food processor blades can turn raw nuts into butter more easily and with less damage risk. Plus, there are fewer heat-sensitive nutrients, so there’s no need to use the slow juicer for nut butters.

Can the Omega NC800 Make Apple Sauce and Baby Food?

Using the Omega NC800 to make apple sauce or baby food isn’t the best idea. The juicer has a hard time with too-soft produce, including stewed fruits and veggies. You’re more likely to make a mess and clog the juicer. In fact, if you’re not careful, the build-up of mushed produce in the juicer can do serious damage.

Can the Omega NC800 Grind Coffee?

The Omega NC800 is strong enough to grind coffee, and you’ll get a very fine ground (fine enough for cappuccino or espresso makers). Watch this YouTube video to see the juicer in action. One thing you need to know is that the oils in the coffee beans will cling to the plastic auger and internal components. You have to give it a very thorough washing, else your next few batches of juice will have a distinct coffee flavor.

Using the Omega NC800 for Ice Cream and Sorbet

I love making sorbet and ice cream using my Omega juicer, but it’s not actual ice cream. Really, it’s just frozen fruit (I love bananas, but you can use pineapples, apples, oranges or mangoes) run through the juicer.

In Conclusion

The Omega NC800 is a juicer that lives up to the Omega reputation for high quality. It’s a durable, reliable masticating juicer that can chew through almost any produce and deliver an excellent yield.

It’s not the best of Omega’s juicers–that honor goes to the J8004 and J8006–but it’s a good option for those who want a more user-friendly design. Thanks to the extra wide feeder tube, you can save yourself a lot of prep time. It’s pricey, but worth it!

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