If you’re looking for a quality masticating juicer, Omega is the top-rated brand on the market. While Breville and Jack Lalanne are the most popular choices for centrifugal juicers, it’s Omega juicers like the J8004, J8006, and NC800 and NC900 that are top dog when it comes to masticating juicers. You’ll find that the Omega NC900 HDC is an excellent option to consider for a slow juicer.
Omega has been producing high-quality juicers for over 30 years, so it’s no surprise that their appliances are some of the highest rated around. Sure, they still have the occasional kink or flaw (as you’ll see below), but overall they’re a great choice due to their reliability, durability and efficient design.
While the Omega J8006 is my go-to juicer, I’ve found the NC900HDC to be a very good juicer. After reading through thousands of Omega NC900HDC reviews and testing it for myself, I’ve learned that this juicer has a few pros that make it worthy to be a competitor for my favorite juicer. It’s a bit of a pricier choice, but between the wide feeder tube, the stainless steel exterior, and the upgraded Omega NC900HDC parts, it’s a juicer that gets the job done.
One of my favorite things about this juicer is the fact that it can chop through hard and soft produce easily, but I don’t have to cut the produce into such small pieces. The extra wide feeder tube gives it a very competitive edge over the Omega J8004 and J8006 in my opinion, as this means it takes me less work to make a cup of juice. The juicer may be priced a bit higher than my go-to, but it’s worth the lower muss and fuss.
The Omega NC900HDC is a slow juicer, also known as a masticating juicer. While a centrifugal (fast) juicer uses blades to slice through the produce, a slow or masticating juicer uses an auger to crush the produce. This produces far less friction, which means less heat to degrade the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals in your fruits and veggies.
Though the speed on this juicer is slow (just 80 RPM), the motor is powerful enough to crush just about any produce you feed it: hard, soft or high in fiber.
The beauty of the horizontal design is that it gives you better access to the auger. The produce feeds right into the auger, and the 2 HP motor will crush the produce easily. You’ll have plenty of power to make juice with just about any type of produce you want.
Juicer style Slow/masticating juicer
Weight 13 pounds
Motor Power 2 HP
Auger RPMs 80
2-Stage Juicing Yes
Size 14-1/2 by 6-1/2 by 15-1/2 inches
Warranty 15 years
UL- and cUL approved Yes
BPA, or Bisphenol-A, is a toxin commonly found in plastic products. Thankfully, this Omega juicer is made with a stainless steel exterior and BPA-free plastic internal components. The highly durable Ultem auger is made without BPA, as are the collection bins and the other plastic parts that make up the juicer. You run zero risk of exposure to BPA when juicing with the NC900HDC.
The Omega NC900HDC is created to be a complete juicing system, hence the name “nutrition center.” The box comes with all the Omega NC900 parts you’ll need to build your juicer, including the various attachment pieces. The Omega NC900 manual will teach you how to assemble the juicer in a few minutes.
Note: The Omega NC900 auger is exactly the same one used for the Omega J8006/J8004 juicers. The Omega NC900 replacement parts are often interchangeable with other horizontal Omega juicers.
One of the great things about this juicer is that it’s fairly easy to assemble. Crack open the Omega NC900HDC manual, and you’ll find a simple step-by-step guide on how to put it together. Of course, to make your life easier, I’ll show you how to assemble the juicer right out of the box:
This Omega juicer is built to be a solid, durable machine. If you’ve assembled it correctly, there will be no wobble or rattling as you make juice. The motor will cause some vibration, but the low RPMs of the motor produces far less vibration than you’d get from a blender or centrifugal juicer. The result is a juicer that sits on your countertop with little risk of slipping around or getting damaged.
If you’re considering an Omega juicer, you’re making a smart choice. The range of Omega juicer models are excellent, and offer a wide range of choices. While the Omega NC900HDC is among the best of the best, there are a few other models worth considering.
Let’s take a look at some of the alternatives to the Omega NC900HDC — both slow masticating and fast centrifugal juicers:
The Omega NC900HDC has a wider feeder chute than the J8006, and it has a much sleeker, more modern design. While the J8006 is the “flagship model” that has made Omega famous, it’s actually the older of the two models. However, in this case, older means more reliable, less prone to clogs and a slightly more affordable price.
The VSJ843 is a slow juicer just like the NC900HDC, but the difference lies in the design. The VSJ843 is a vertical juicer, meaning it is taller than it is long or wide. On the other hand, the Omega NC00 is a horizontal juicer, so it takes up more counter space. The VJS843 has also gotten an upgrade, and the latest models operate at 43 RPM — just over half the NC900’s speed. For those who want to totally minimize heat output to reduce nutrient degradation, the vertical juicer is a good option to consider.
The NC900 is the stainless steel twin to the Omega NC800, sort of how the Omega J8006 is the stainless steel twin to the J8004. However, the exterior is the only thing that is different between these two models. All of the internal components are identical, and both juicers function equally well.
Omega released the J8008 as an upgraded version of its J8006. A few of the bugs and kinks of the J8006 have been fixed, making this is a more modern juicer than the NC900. However, it still has the same narrow feeder chute that is the J8006’s main drawback. It’s also a more expensive alternative to the NC900.
The VRT400HDS is a vertical juicer, while the NC900 is a horizontal juicer. Both are masticating juicers, and they both have a wider feeder chute. The motor and RPMs are the same, but the only difference is the ease with which the auger chops the food. With the horizontal juicer, you have to push down using the plunger. With the vertical juicer, gravity does the work of pulling the produce down for you.
One of the great things about the NC900HDC is the fact that it’s so easy to assemble. As you saw in the step by step instructions above, it will take you just a few minutes to put it together. Plus, you’ll love the tips, tricks and additional information found in the owner’s manual — a handy resource to help you keep your juicer in top shape.
It took me about 15 minutes to unpack the juicer, assemble it and make my first cup of green juice. However, after a few days of use, I’d streamlined the process of assembly to under a minute. All things considered, it’s one of the simplest of the Omega juicers to assemble.
One of my favorite things about the NC900HDC — and most Omega juicers, for that matter — is the fact that it produces a very dry pulp. The dual-stage juicing action ensures that the maximum amount of liquid is extracted from the produce. The pulp left in the container is much drier than that produced by most centrifugal or non-Omega masticating juicers.
Most centrifugal juicers are a pain to clean, due to the many moving parts and sharp blades. With masticating juicers, you have fewer parts. Disassembly will take less than a minute, and you’ll find that it’s easy and safe to clean the juicer by hand.
I like to do my cleaning of the juicer parts by hand. It takes a few minutes to run the auger, strainer, plunger and other parts through hot water and soap. Using a sponge or scouring pad is enough to get all traces of fiber and food off the plastic. Plus, it extends the lifespan of the juicer.
Of course, the Omega NC900HDC parts are dishwasher-safe, so I like to run them through the dishwasher once every month or two. That way, I can be sure they are being thoroughly sterilized and are safe for use.
The NC900HDC is actually one of the quietest of the Omega juicers. It’s designed to operate quietly, and the low RPMs mean the motor doesn’t have to work as hard as a centrifugal juicer (up to 13,000 RPMs on some models). You’ll find that quiet enough to juice while someone is reading a book or watching TV next door. For those who juice first thing in the morning (like I do), it’s not going to wake up the rest of the house.
If you’re taking the step to buy the NC900HDC, I’d recommend Amazon as your first stop. Amazon’s retail price is close to 15 percent lower than the price on the Omega manufacturer’s website. You can find it at Bed, Bath, and Beyond or Best Buy, but you’ll end up paying closer to manufacturer prices. Your best choice is to shop on Amazon.
Note: If you’re looking for the Omega juicer NC900 220V model for use in Europe, you’re in luck: Omega does have the NC900HDC in 220-volt power (as of 2014), but it’s a bit harder to get your hands on. You may have to search on eBay or scroll through the manufacturer’s website to find the juicer in the right voltage.
For those who are looking to save money, buying the NC900HDC refurbished is an option to consider. You’ll get the high-quality appliance at a lower price.
If you buy a refurbished NC900HDC juicer, you may not get the 15-year warranty that’s included with the brand new juicers. You’ll pay maybe $50 or so less for a refurbished juicer, but you miss out on the high quality. It’s better to buy brand new — it’s the only way to ensure you’re getting proper durability and reliability from your appliance.
If you’re not sure the NC900 is the juicer for you, I’d highly recommend any of the other Omega juicer models. While the J8006 is my personal favorite and the one I’ve found to be most reliable, you can always opt for the more budget-friendly J8004, the space-efficient VRT400, or even the upgraded J8008. I’ve found that few other juicer brands can compete with the quality and durability of Omega’s masticating juicers.
That being said, I have two alternatives you may want to consider:
The Slowstar is a vertical juicer, so it will take up less counter space. If you’ve got a kitchen with plenty of space between counter and cabinets, this is a good juicer to consider.
The 200-watt motor operates at a stately 43 RPM, meaning a lot less friction (and degradation of nutrients). This juicer isn’t as powerful as the NC900, though, it does have a durable double-edged Ultem auger, but it’s not as efficient as crushing very hard and high-fiber produce. It’s also more expensive than the NC900.
If you’re looking for a juicer outside the Omega line, this Breville model is one of the best alternatives. It has a lot more motor power than the NC900, and you’ll find that it can crush just about any produce you feed into it. However, the narrow feeding tube and the plastic exterior are definitely cons you need to factor into your evaluation.
The price tag on the Breville is a bit lower than the NC900, but enough to make it the better choice? In my opinion, I’d rate the NC900 a little higher.
Here’s a sad truth: no appliance, no matter how well-designed, will be completely free of problems or flaws. While the NC900 corrects the J8006 problem of the narrow feeding tube and has a stainless steel exterior much more durable than the NC800, it still has a few problems of its own to deal with.
Some of the Omega NC900 problems include:
The Omega NC900HDC is one of my personal favorite masticating juicers, and one of the best on the market. I’ve found that when it comes to juicing fruits, veggies, and grasses, only the J8006 is a better option. The durability and versatility of the NC900HDC makes it a top contender among all the masticating juicers.
I’ve found that mixing hard and soft produce makes for a much better juice yield, as well as a lower risk of clogs. Thanks to the low RPMs, you can make your own high quality juice at home. The juice will last for up to 72 hours in your fridge. All in all, when it comes to juice, there are few Omega juicers I’d recommend more highly.
Like most Omega juicers, the NC900HDC comes with the noodle nozzles you need to make your own fresh pasta. To make noodles, you’ll have to whip up the dough in a bowl then add it into the juicer slowly enough that you don’t overstrain the motor.
Making nut butters (almond, peanut, hazelnut, etc.) is possible with the NC900HDC. The Ultem auger is tough enough to crush the nuts for butter, though be careful not to do too much at one time. Nuts are hard, and you run the risk of jamming the juicer or chipping the auger.
Both apple sauce and baby food are very soft — perhaps a bit too soft for the NC900HDC. This juicer is designed to crush the juice from raw fruits and veggies. If you add stewed apples into the juicer, you run the risk of clogging the filter with the mushy fruit. Even with the adjustment knob, you’re better off using a blender or food processor to make apple sauce and baby food.
The durable Ultem auger is more than capable of grinding whole coffee beans into a fine powder. You can use your NC900HDC as a coffee grinder in a pinch. The slow crushing speed will produce far less heat, so less of the polyphenols and oils in the coffee will be damaged.
I love homemade ice cream and sorbet, and I love using my Omega juicers to turn frozen fruits into delicious, creamy treats. The auger can more than handle frozen fruits, though I’d recommend letting your produce thaw out for a few minutes before crushing. Not only will the slight defrosting reduce the risk of damage to your juicer, but you get a much creamier, smoother texture.
As a lifelong Omega juicer user, I can tell you that the NC900HDC is definitely one of the best options on the market. I love the wide feeder tube, the stainless steel body, and the upgraded, modern design. It’s sleek, curvaceous and fits in well with any modern kitchen décor.