Omega NC900HDC Review 2020

Omega juicers have an amazing reputation for performance and durability, and they make some of the best masticating juicers money can buy.

One of its most popular appliances of recent years is the Omega NC900HDC. It’s a slow juicer, but does a remarkable job of squeezing every last drop of juice from whatever you feed it.

In my NC900HDC review, I’m taking a detailed look at what you can expect from the machine. Does it really live up to the hype?

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  • LONGER LASTING JUICES: Using a low speed of 80 RPMs results in minimal heat buildup and oxidation…
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dual Stage masticating extraction

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Omega NC900HDC Juicer Overview

The Omega NC900HDC can be thought of as the natural evolution of the Omega J8006 model.

It’s a sixth generation juicer that features a wider feed chute than before. That means you have to spend less time chopping your fruit and vegetables as part of the preparation phase.

All you need to do is give large pieces a rough chop, and then add them to the feed chute bit by bit.

There are five juice settings, each one designed for degrees of ingredient toughness. It’s a slow juicer by design, and once you’ve set it up the motor turns at 80 RPM to minimize heat build-up and oxidization.

It also features larger collection cups for the pulp and the juice, and a larger pressing screen area to ensure you get every last drop of juice.

Who’s It For?

The NC900HDC is ideal for those of you who want to extract every last drop of juice from their produce. Although the machine costs more than competing juicers, you will get more daily value out of the ingredients you buy.

Who’s It NOT For?

As this is a horizontal masticating juicer, you’re going to need quite a lot of countertop space to accommodate it. It’s not exactly lightweight either, so it’s not practical to store it away when not in use.

Pros

  • Great for juicing leafy greens and particularly tough ingredients.
  • Outstanding juice extraction, with barely a drop left in the dry pulp.
  • Superb build quality and durability.
  • Easy to use, clean and maintain.
  • Slow 80RPM motor minimizes both heat and oxidization during the juicing process.
  • Low noise levels.
  • All plastic parts that come into contact with ingredients are BPA-free.
  • 15 year warranty. Five years more than the previous Omega warranty!
  • Removable parts are dishwasher-safe (check the manual for qualifying items though).

Cons

  • While most design elements are sturdy and durable, some feel a little flimsy.
  • Requires much more countertop space than an equivalent vertical masticating juicer.
  • Slower than a centrifugal juicer, but no slower than any other masticating juicer.
  • Great for tough ingredients, can get clogged up with very soft fruits and vegetables.
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Omega NC900HDC Juicer Extractor and Nutrition…
  • INDUSTRY LEADING 15-YEAR WARRANTY covering parts and performance
  • LONGER LASTING JUICES: Using a low speed of 80 RPMs results in minimal heat buildup and oxidation…
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dual Stage masticating extraction

Design

First up, here are the main specs of the Omega NC900HDC. It’s worth checking the dimensions in particular here, as it’s quite an intimidating juicer:

  • Motor: 80 RPM / 2 Horsepower
  • Feed Chute Size: 2.0 x 1.5 inches
  • Noise Level: Low
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Dimensions: 6.5 (W) x 15.5 (H) x 14.5 (D) inches
  • Weight: 20 lbs

Any plastic parts that comes into contact with produce are BPA-free. The rest of the juicer is made from stainless steel with a chrome finish.

Motor

The Omega NC900HDC masticating juicer features a 150 Watts, 2 Horsepower motor that operates at 80 RPM.

This powers the auger which effectively drills through even very tough ingredients. It also has a pulp ejection feature to help minimize mess.

This slow but steady approach reduces heat generation during the juicing process, and also reduces oxidization.

The end result is a far superior juice. As it’s a large machine, you can make a big batch at any one time, and store it in the refrigerator. Expect a chilled shelf life of 72 hours if you’ve stored it correctly.

Auger

The NC900HDS uses something called an Ultem auger. According to Omega, this material is up to eight times stronger than that used on other juicers.

The auger takes care of the first stage of extraction, where the ingredient is turned into a pulp.

This machine is a dual stage juicer, however.

After the first juice extraction process, the pulp itself is then compressed further against a juicing screen. This means you get every last drop of juice from the ingredients.

The end result in the pulp chamber is an almost bone-dry husk! All the juice goes right where you want it, and waste is cut right down.

Controls

There are five different control settings on the NC900HDC, each of which is designed for a different kind of ingredient.

Here’s how you should use each setting:

  • 1-2: Soft fruits
  • 3-4: Tougher fruits and vegetables
  • 5: Leafy greens, wheatgrass, carrots and other tough ingredients.

It will take you a little practice to get the setting right for each ingredient, and also feed produce through at the correct pace to avoid blockages.

Noise Levels

I wouldn’t say the Omega NC900HDC is particularly noisy – certainly not when compared with other juicers in its class.

By design, masticating juicers are significantly quieter than centrifugal juicers. If you’re upgrading from one of these then I think you’ll find the Omega NC900HDC a big improvement!

You’re certainly not going to wake the rest of the household with this thing. It’s quiet enough that you can continue a conversation while the juicer is in operation.

Juice Yield & Quality

There are two containers in this Omega juicer. The first juice container has a 34 ounce capacity, while the pulp container holds a maximum of 54 ounces of material.

The two stage juicing process works really hard to extract every last drop of juice from the pulp. It’s genuinely impressive stuff!

As I’ve mentioned already though it does take a little practice to get to grips with these things.

You need to juggle the time required to process the ingredients and feed them in at the right pace. You’ll also need to adjust the controls as you work with softer or harder ingredients.

It’s not the biggest learning curve in the world, but you shouldn’t expect perfect results the first time you use this juicer.

The NC900HDC handles hard ingredients like carrots and apple with very little fuss. Just go a little slower with softer fruits though, as these can clog up the juicing screen if you’re not careful.

I think when you’re on top of things though you’ll be very impressed by the yield of this juicer. There’s barely any moisture left in the pulp once the second pressing stage has finished.

You can also effectively use it as a food processing unit. If you want to make very natural homemade baby food, nut butters, ice cream or frozen desserts, this heavy duty machine can handle the lot.

Ease of Use

As with all masticating juicers there is a bit of a learning curve with the Omega NC900HDC.

At first glance, assembly might look quite intimidating, but I think you’ll be fine once you’ve done it two or three times.

Fortunately the instructions from Omega are very clear on this front. As long as you take your time on your first few juicing attempts I think even a beginner will find their feet quickly.

Once assembled, you only have to worry about three control options. There’s an on switch, an off switch, and a very useful reverse function button.

While you’re learning the ropes you might find yourself feeding the ingredients in a little too fast. This reverse button means you’ll often be able to clear any blockages, without having to disassemble any of the components.

Cleaning & Maintenance

I recommend cleaning your Omega juicer after each use. It doesn’t take long to disassemble, and you’ll get much better results if you start with a clean juicer each time!

Most of the parts can be put through the dishwasher. Everything else can be cleaned by hand using dish soap and warm water.

On that note it’s worth mentioning you also get a nylon cleaning brush with the Omega NC900HDC. Make sure you use this to easily scrub any pulp off the juicing screen.

Overall I would describe this as an easy to clean juicer, and one that benefits from a little gentle daily TLC.

Warranty

For many years now Omega has offered a generous 10 Year Warranty on its juicers.

In the case of the NC900HDC, that warranty now stands at an enormous 15 years.

I think that speaks volumes about the quality of the machine, and Omega’s customer service team has a good reputation for meeting its obligations.

Verdict

The Omega NC900HDC is a particularly versatile masticating juicer.

Based on my review I think it’s best suited to those who have some experience using simple centrifugal juicers, and want to upgrade to something that packs a bigger punch.

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Omega NC900HDC Juicer Extractor and Nutrition…
  • INDUSTRY LEADING 15-YEAR WARRANTY covering parts and performance
  • LONGER LASTING JUICES: Using a low speed of 80 RPMs results in minimal heat buildup and oxidation…
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dual Stage masticating extraction

In terms of assembly and operation, it will take you a little while to master this juicer. Once you’ve got the feed speed just right for the ingredients in front of you though, you’ll find yourself with an impressive juice yield.

It’s not a cheap masticating juicer by any means, but it does represent a very good investment for the long run. The 15 year warranty speaks volumes in my opinion, and you’ll suffer less wastage from the ingredients you use as well.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Finally, to wrap up my review of the Omega NC900HDC juicer, I wanted to answer some of the common questions people have about this masticating juicer.

Which Setting Should I Use For Different Produce?

The strength of the setting you pick is directly related to the toughness of the ingredient.

Omega recommends using 1/2 for soft fruit, 3-4 for tough fruit and vegetables and 5 for the roughest produce.

If you’re using a lot of leafy greens, for example, go for the highest setting. Extracting juice from them is quite hard work, so the machine needs to give a little more oomph

Is The Omega NC900HDC Juicer Dishwasher-Safe?

Many parts of this Omega juicer are indeed dishwasher-safe. Check the manufacturer’s manual carefully after buying, and don’t wash anything in the top rack that you shouldn’t!

Omega NC800HDS vs 900HDC

The difference between the NC800HDS and the 900HDC is purely cosmetic. The latter machine has an improved design overall, and so I wouldn’t let this influence your choice too much.

John Bedford

John Bedford

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