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May

Nama J3 Review – Good As the J2?

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Looking for a great juicer in a small package? Love the Nama J2 but want something that takes up less counterspace? Searching for a travel juicer that actually works well? The new Nama J3 is all of those things and more! In this Nama J3 review, I’ve put this compact batch juicer to the test. Read on to see what I found out!

What’s In This Article?

Quick Nama J3 Review

Small But Mighty!
4.7

The Nama J3 takes all the J2's greatness and puts it in a smaller package. Its compact size makes it perfect for small kitchens and travelers without losing a lick of power! The J3 makes 16 oz per hopper fill, perfect for single-servings and wellness shots. If a small but mighty juicer is what you're looking for, you've found it!

  • Compact Design
  • Hands-Free Juicing
  • Quick, High Quality Juice
  • Minimal Chopping
  • Simple to Use
  • Easy Cleaning
  • 15-Year Warranty
  • Not Designed for High Volume Juicing
  • Can't Make Sorbet
  • Making Nut Milk is Slow
  • Hopper Lid Non-Detachable
Small But Mighty!
4.7

The Nama J3 takes all the J2's greatness and puts it in a smaller package. Its compact size makes it perfect for small kitchens and travelers without losing a lick of power! The J3 makes 16 oz per hopper fill, perfect for single-servings and wellness shots. If a small but mighty juicer is what you're looking for, you've found it!

  • Compact Design
  • Hands-Free Juicing
  • Quick, High Quality Juice
  • Minimal Chopping
  • Simple to Use
  • Easy Cleaning
  • 15-Year Warranty
  • Not Designed for High Volume Juicing
  • Can't Make Sorbet
  • Making Nut Milk is Slow
  • Hopper Lid Non-Detachable

Watch My J3 Review Video

Nama J3 – J2’s Mini-Me

My Nama J3 review dives deep into what makes the J3 unique and how it compares to its big brother, the Nama J2.

The Nama J3 offers all the technology and convenience of the J2, putting it in a smaller package for people with limited counter space. It’s perfect for making small batches, single-serve juices, and wellness shots. Lightweight and compact, it also makes for the ideal travel juicer.

Let’s look at how it compares to its juicer inspiration, the Nama J2:

How are the J3 and J2 Similar?

The Nama J2 and J3 share key similarities, making the J3 just as powerful a juicer as its now-famous predecessor.

Learn about how Nama J2 and Nama J3 are similar.
  • Quick, High-Quality Cold-Press Juice – The J3 motor is just as powerful as the J2’s, delivering the same nutrient-dense juice with equal speed and quality.
  • Hands-Free Operation – Their hands-free operation sets both juicers apart from much of the competition. This technology allows you to load the juicer, close the lid, and walk away while it juices. The two key components that make this possible are:
Nama J3 hands-free ingredient hopper and auto-cutting blade makes for quick and easy juicing with almost no prep needed.
  • Large Hopper Opening – The large opening allows you to load up ingredients for an entire recipe all at once. Then, the hinged lid and auto-shut-off trigger allow you to reload the hopper easily. It also makes juicing otherwise challenging ingredients like leafy greens and herbs a snap by simply inserting handfuls as needed.
  • Hopper Processing Blade – The auto-cutting blade inside the hopper takes all those pre-loaded ingredients and chops them without you having to do any prep. If the ingredients fit inside the hopper, the J3 will juice them. Whole beets, apples, chunks of cucumber, knobs of ginger, and handfuls of greens can all go in without you needing to chop them into small pieces.
  • Simple Assembly & Cleaning – The hopper assembly goes together and comes apart quickly and easily, making both cleaning and storage simple. The innovative hinged pulp outlet on both juicers is another key to making these juicers easy to clean.
The Nama J3 is designed with a limited number of parts for easy assembly and quick cleaning.
  • Runs Quiet – Compared to so many other juicers on the market, both the J3 and J2 are quiet even when juicing the toughest ingredients.
  • 15-Year Warranty – Nama backs all their juicers with a 15-year stem-to-stern warranty, covering all parts.
  • Makes Smoothies & Plant-Based Milk – Both juicers can make smoothies using the smoothie screen, as well as nut and seed milk.

How are the J3 and J2 Different?

While they share much of the same technology, the J3 differs in these significant ways:

There are a few key differences between the Nama J3 and J2, like its size and juice yield, as well as some hopper changes.
  • Yields 16 vs 30 oz of Juice per Hopper Fill – Designed to be a smaller version of the J2, the Nama J3 makes about half the volume of juice per go. This makes it perfect for single-servings.
  • Smaller and Lighter – By design, the Nama J3 is significantly smaller and lighter than the J2. This allows those with limited kitchen counter and cabinet space to have a high-performing juicer that doesn’t take up nearly as much valuable real estate. Its smaller stature also makes it excellent for traveling.
The hopper on the J3 is markedly smaller, by design, at 34 oz versus 70 oz on the J2.
  • Half-Sized Hopper – True to the purpose of its design, the hopper is smaller on the J3 than the J2, at 34 oz vs 70 oz. This results in 16 oz being your maximum juice volume per hopper fill, which is great for making single servings and wellness shots.
  • No Hole in the Lid – Nama’s engineers had to eliminate the hole when making the J3 more compact. If you want to make more than a single serving, all you need to do is pop open the lid, and the juicer will stop automatically. Then, add more ingredients, close the lid, and it will start juicing again.
There is no hole in the lid of the J3 hopper, meaning you need to pop it open to load more ingredients. But with it's auto-shut off mechanism, that makes it safe to do and easy to resume once you close the lid.
  • Lid is Non-Detachable – This makes cleaning the hopper a little less convenient, but being smaller it doesn’t make much difference.
  • Will Not Make Sorbet – The J2’s sorbet attachment doesn’t fit in the J3’s smaller hopper, so for now you can’t make sorbet or nice cream in the J3.

How Does the Nama J3 Perform?

As with any new juicer that hits my kitchen counter, I ran the toughest ingredients known to cause problems with many juicer machines through the J3 to see how it performed.

Those ingredients are:

  • Carrots
  • Ginger
  • Beets
  • Celery

I put those ingredients in whole or as large of pieces as would fit in the hopper to give the J3 the maximum stress testing. How did it handle them? LIKE A CHAMP!

Juice Feaster ran the J3 through his tough ingredients test to see how this compact juicer handled a challenge. It passed with flying colors!

Thanks to its powerful motor and auto-cutting blade, just like the J2, the Nama J3 chewed through those tough ingredients like butter and produced great juice yields from each one.

Watch my video to see how well the Nama J3 handed them, proving that just by being smaller doesn’t mean it lost any of J2’s power.

What I Don’t Like About the Nama J3

As with any juicer, there are a couple of things I don’t like about the Nama J3.

  • Making Nut Milk Is Slow – When making plant-based milk in any juicer, you must alternate smaller amounts of nuts or seeds with equally small portions of water. However, since the J3’s lid doesn’t have a hole, you have to open and close the lid, stopping the juicing process multiple times. It takes more time this way, but it still works.
  • No Sorbet Attachment – It would be great to have a J3-sized sorbet attachment. It’s not a deal-breaker, and hopefully, they’ll release one in the future.
  • Non-Removable Lid – Again with the hopper being significantly smaller, it’s not a big deal to have a non-detachable lid. But it would be nice if it did.

Which Nama Juicer is Right for You?

If you’re trying to decide which of the Nama juicers is right for you, here’s an easy way to decide:

Learn which of the three top Nama Juicers is right for you! The J3, J2, or C2.
J3J2C2
How much juice do you make per hopper fill?16 oz Single Serving30 oz or more*30 oz or more*
Do you want to use less counter space?YesNoNo
Do you want to travel with your juicer?YesNoNo
Do you want to batch juice?NoYes*Yes*
Do you want to make sorbet?NoYes**Yes**
Do you want to make smoothies, soups, and sauces?NoNoYes
Check PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
* 50 oz with optional large hopper, ** batch juicing and sorbet accessories available for purchase

My Verdict on the Nama J3

It’s safe to say the Nama J3 is a small but mighty version of the Nama J2, which I already love. It performs just as well as the J2 and opens up high-quality juicing for those who like to make single juice servings, have tiny kitchens, or who travel.

After putting the J3 to the test, I absolutely recommend it! I’ll definitely be using mine whenever I want to make a quick juice or head out of town!

Have you used the Nama J3? Do you plan on purchasing one? Any questions about it? Let us know in the comments! 

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About the Author

Brett leads the Juicer Test Kitchen. Utilizing his 25 years in the juice production and formulation industry, he brings you expert information on the wide world of juicing. From hands-on juicer reviews, tasty juice recipes, and real-world insights, he helps you get the most out of your juicing experience.

Brett not only has a career background in the juice world, but he is also a lifelong juicing advocate who has personally transformed and maintained his health using the magical powers of juicing and raw living foods.

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