Nama Juicer Review
I've been looking for a new juicer for a couple of years and was almost about to buy an Omega juicer when I heard about the new Nama Vitality 5800 juicer from Fully Raw Kristina. I was excited to see that it was made by Joe Cross (the guy who made the juicing documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. After researching the Nama and watching a million demos, I took the plunge. Here's my objective review!
Juice from a Nama juicer genuinely tastes more flavorful.
When my Nama juicer arrived, the first thing I noticed was that the packaging was adorable. The second thing I noticed was that the juice actually tastes better than other juicers. I've been using a centrifugal juicer - and juice from a Nama has much more depth of flavors. The first juice I tried was celery juice, which normally tastes salty and a little bitter. In the Nama, I noticed a bunch more flavors... a little sweetness and earthiness. I've since tried apple, pear, pineapple, kale, spinach, wheatgrass, carrot, beet - and all taste amazing.
It's easy to clean.
This factor was the biggest for me. My centrifugal juicer was really tough to clean. Vegetable particles would get stuck in the filter, and there wasn't really an easy way to get all the parts into the sink. The Nama comes apart super easily into six different pieces, all can be easily hand-washed. Even with wheatgrass and celery, I've found the filter to be easy to clean. And most fruits/veggies don't even need to be scrubbed - the filter can just be quickly rinsed. Again, this was a really important factor for me, because there's nothing worse than spending tons of time cleaning after juicing. I can clean the Nama in about 5 minutes.
The juicing process is quick.
I wasn't sure if a cold press juicer would be quick - but it is. I can juice in 10-15 minutes, start to finish. The vegetables go in pretty quickly. The Nama sort of eats the food... you don't even have to push most things in, it kind of takes bites out of it and brings it in on its own. Many juicers require a good bit of muscle, but not the Nama.
It's a cold press juicer, which retains more nutrients.
I looked at all types of juicers - centrifugal, masticating, twin gear, cold press, etc. I ended up going with a cold press because there's no heat used in the process of juicing, which means that less oxidation happens and that leads to more nutritious (and more flavorful juices). To learn more about cold press juicers (and the oxidation process), check out this description from Good Nature.
It can handle wheatgrass, celery, and even nut milk.
This was also super important to me! If I'm spending hundreds of dollars on a juicer, I want it to be versatile. The Nama can make wheatgrass juice (yay!) AND it can make nut milk. I've already made almond milk, and it was awesome - and such a fun process of watching almonds be juiced! Nama also makes smoothies and sorbets - but I haven't tried this yet since I have a Vitamix and will probably keep using it for smoothies and sorbets. BUT it's cool that Nama can do it!
Here's what juicing celery looks like!