When it came to finding the best juicer I did it all wrong. I was working long hours and getting run down. I knew I needed to eat better and do some exercise but my stress levels were compounded by my long work hours and I was losing sight of what was important.
Finally, I made a decision. I decided juicing was a quick and easy way to get more nutrition. I was right about the nutrition but when it came to buying a juicer I went about it all wrong…
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…Of course, I didn’t do any research (because I didn’t have the time) and I walked into a store and trusted the advice of the rather inexperienced salesperson. He was well-meaning but I’m guessing I was an easy target for a quick sale. So, I ended up spending over $200 on a juicer that didn’t suit my needs.
I needed the best juicer that was easy to use and easy to clean before work in the mornings. I needed it to cope with vegetables like beets and turmeric but I also needed the option of juicing leafy greens without actually blending the whole leaf like in a blender.
When I parted with my well-earned money at that store, I didn’t really understand what it was that I’d be using my juicer for. I should’ve done my homework.
Luckily I now have the juicer I need. Learn from my mistake and get the right juicer for yourself. Here are some tips on how to get the best juicer machine, the one you need.
I love my Breville Juice Fountain and I’m not sure how I ever lived without one. I now get healthy nutrients naturally, not through a synthetic vitamin pill. I’m convinced I absorb vitamins much better this way. And it tastes great! I hope you have as much success with your juicer as I’ve had with mine over the years.
Quick Links to Info on this Page
- Breville Juice Fountain Reviews…
- 1. Breville Juice Fountain Compact BJE200XL Review
- 2. Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL Review
- ⇒ Compare: Breville Juice Fountain Compact BJE200XL vs Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL
- 3. Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL Review
- ⇒ Compare: Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL vs Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL and Breville Juice Fountain Compact BJE200XL
- 4. Breville Juice Fountain Cold BJE430SIL Review
- ⇒ Compare: Breville Juice Fountain Cold BJE430SIL vs Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL
- The Verdict
Breville Juice Fountain Reviews…
1. Breville Juice Fountain Compact BJE200XL Review
This is one of the most popular Breville Juice Fountain models. You’ll love the compact size of it. The pulp collector is contained within the center of the unit rather than on the side and this saves space on your counter. The Breville Juice Fountain Compact BJE200XL comes with a pitcher (27oz./800mL) which connects perfectly to the hole where the juice comes out. This means all the juice goes into the pitcher and there are no splashes of juice flying out of the juicer as it operates.
The Pros – Breville Compact BJE200XL
- Small footprint on your counter – about 9 inches
- Powerful 700 watt juicer that can handle vegetables, fruits and greens
- Wide 3-inch feeding chute big enough for whole fruits like oranges or apples
- Easy to take apart with only 4 parts – pulp collection container, stainless steel micro-mesh filter, pulp container lid/feed chute, food pusher
- The Breville user manual says that the juice pitcher is dishwasher safe. However, I noticed that some people have mentioned in reviews that they have had problems with their pitcher melting in the dishwasher. Personally, I just hand wash my juicer straight after using it because it is so quick and easy and then it’s ready to juice later in the day.
- Easy to clean if you clean the filter straight after use (it comes with a specific cleaning brush)
- Cord wrap in base of unit
- The pitcher pours smoothly and keeps any froth separate from the juice while pouring. It holds 800mL of juice.
The Cons – Breville Compact BJE200XL
- If you’re juicing soft fruit you may get a spray of juice coming out of the food chute if not covered with the food pusher or your hand
- Only one speed so some leafy greens may end up going through and not juicing properly (this can be avoided if you wrap the greens together and feed them very slowly into the feed chute
- Small slices of hard vegetables like carrots may end up in the pulp collector, not juiced, because of a small gap between the food chute and the shredding blades.
- Because of the compact design the pulp container doesn’t hold as much pulp as the larger juicers. It holds 50oz./1.5L. This is not a disadvantage if you’re only juicing for one or two people. However, if you’re juicing for a family you may want to consider a larger Breville Juice Fountain. Of course, you do have the option to just empty the pulp out more often while juicing larger quantities.
Overall – Breville Juice Fountain Compact
The Breville Juice Fountain Compact BJE200XL is one of the best sellers out of all juicers for a reason. It is powerful yet it has a smaller footprint.
Ideal for smaller kitchens or for anyone who wants to save on space. With a cord wrap in the base of the unit it is easy to store in a cupboard.
This unit is suitable for people who want to juice often. Even if you juice once or twice per day, you don’t need to get a larger or higher powered juicer.
This one will do the job and do it well. In fact, if you’re juicing often then this Breville Juice Fountain Compact is ideal because it is so easy to pull apart and clean.
This Breville Juice Fountain Compact will serve you well for years to come.
2. Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL Review
This is an easy-to-use juicer with 850 watts of power. It can run at 12,000 RPM or at 6,500 RPM.
The pulp is ejected into a pulp collection container on the side of the juicer. This lets you empty the pulp easily. And the pulp collector holds 88oz./2.6 liters.
This Breville Juice Fountain Plus is easy to put together or take apart. This makes cleaning up easy. You really only need about 3 minutes to clean this. And it comes with its special easy-clean brush for the filter.
A tip for collecting the pulp…
With a separate pulp collector, this means you can place a plastic bag in the container and once you’re finished juicing you can pick it up and place in the trash for fast clean up. Some people even place the bag of pulp in the freezer so it can be used later for adding to stews, soups, muffins or making burgers.
This is a sturdy and powerful juicer. You’ll be able to juice carrots, apples or beetroots without any problem. And you won’t end up with juice on your counter. The food goes into the large 3-inch food chute easily without really needing to push it very much.
This juicer uses a Nutri Disc with stainless steel blades and a stainless steel mesh filter basket.
The cord can be wrapped around the feet of the juicer and clipped into position to hold it in place for easy storage.
Will the Breville Juice Fountain Plus juice leafy greens?
Like any centrifugal juicer you need to use good technique to juice leafy greens. Wrap the leafy greens together or place them in the food chute along with a juicy ingredient like apple or orange and slowly juice them together. The Breville Plus has two speeds so it copes with leafy greens better than a lot of other centrifugal juicers. You can definitely get a lot of green juice out of your leafy greens with the Breville Juice Fountn Plus.
The juice pitcher sits next to the juicer. It holds up to 30oz./1.0 liters. The lid includes a froth separator for pouring your juice.
All the parts on the Breville Plus, except for the mesh filter/blade and food pusher, are dishwasher safe.
⇒ Compare: Breville Juice Fountain Compact BJE200XL vs Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL
The Plus comes with two speeds to allow for soft or hard ingredients. This is an advantage over the Compact which only offers one speed. The Plus is therefore better for leafy greens (but the Compact still juice leafy greens if you really need to save space on your counter).
On the Plus the pulp ejector container is on the side of the Plus so it is easy to access but it takes up more room on your counter which may be a disadvantage compared to the Compact which collects the pulp inside the juicer so it has a smaller footprint.
If you want faster cleanup the Plus has the advantage of having a separate pulp collector so you can place a plastic bag in it and lift it out when you’re done juicing.
Pulp collector on the Plus is 88oz./2.6L and the pulp container on the Compact holds 50oz./1.5L.
The Compact is less expensive than the Plus. However, at the time of writing there was only about $20 difference so you really need to weigh the other factors.
The juice pitcher on the Compact fits neatly together with the hole where the juice comes out whereas on the Plus the juice pitcher is free to move on the counter as a result of the vibration while juicing. It’s easy to move the pitcher back into position on the Plus, but you will need to keep an eye on it.
The juice pitcher on the Plus is larger than the Compact. The Plus holds 30oz./1.0L of juice and the Compact holds 27oz./800mL.
3. Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL Review
The Breville Juice Fountain Elite is a more powerful juicer with a 1,000 watt motor. This juicer is made from die-cast steel housing with a brushed stainless appearance.
The large 3-inch food chute allows you to place whole apples, peeled whole oranges, carrots or tomatoes in the chute for juicing.
Is the Breville Juice Fountain Elite good for leafy greens?
The Elite comes with two speeds. You have the option of 13,000 RPM for harder vegetables or 6,500 RPM for softer fruits. The slower speed lets you get more juice out of leafy greens too. As mentioned above, if you bundle the leafy greens together or place them with fruit in the food chute you’ll get more juice out of them.
This juicer uses a Nutri Disc with titanium reinforced cutting blades and a stainless steel mesh filter basket. The titanium ensures that the blades stay sharper for longer on this juicer.
You may wonder whether there is a juice jug included…yes, the juice pitcher does come with the juicer and it holds 30oz./1.0L and sits on the side of the machine under the spout. The pitcher comes with a fitted lid also.
The Breville Juice Fountain Elite comes with a special cleaning brush for the filter. All parts, except for the mesh filter basket/blades and food pusher, can be washed on the top shelf of a dishwasher.
⇒ Compare: Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL vs Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL and Breville Juice Fountain Compact BJE200XL
The Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL is a step up, both in price and quality. Sure, it’s more expensive than the Breville Plus and the Breville Compact but there are differences to justify it.
The Elite is made with a steel casing. It has that brushed stainless look. The steel casing makes the Breville Elite durable and beautiful. The Plus and Compact are both plastic casings.
But please don’t let this turn you off the Plus of the Compact. Although plastic, the Breville Plus is made with a heavy grade polymer body, it’s strong. And the Compact is a sturdy plastic. None of these Breville juicers contain BPA plastic in contact with food or juice.
Do you juice a lot of hard vegetables?
If you are very hard on your juicer you may want to consider the Breville Elite over the Plus or the Compact simply because it has the titanium reinforced cutting blades. These blades will stay sharper for longer giving your juicer longevity.
Each Breville Juice Fountain has the 3-inch food chute making them all convenient for using whole apples or tomatoes. This saves you lots of time cutting fruit and veggies into small pieces.
The appearance of your juicer…
If you know you’re likely to handle the juicer with fruit juice on your hands you may be worried about fruit juice acid staining the plastic on your juicer. Occasionally these juicers can also splatter juice while operating if you push soft fruit through the chute too fast (this happens on most juicers if you don’t use them properly). If you’ve experienced a plastic juicer of any brand staining in the past, I would suggest you get the Breville Juice Fountain Elite with the steel casing. This will ensure you don’t end up with that stained plastic look in your kitchen.
I’m not saying that the Plus and Compact will definitely get stained. I haven’t experienced it myself but I did own a cheaper white plastic juicer in the past and it did stain from using darker colored fruit and vegetables like beet. Although, I have to admit, I was juicing in a very small kitchen back then which meant I would pick up the juicer multiple times to move it to get more counter space, so it wasn’t an ideal situation. But…if in doubt, get the Elite with the steel casing for peace of mind.
4. Breville Juice Fountain Cold BJE430SIL Review
Cold Press Juicers are usually defined to include both masticating juicers and triturating juicers (also known as twin gear juicers). Breville is trying to sell this model as a cold press juicer. But I like to think of it as a hybrid. It functions like a centrifugal juicer but it has new technology which means it transfers less than 1.8°F of heat to the juice. The advantage of this Cold Spin Technology is that it is quicker than a masticating juicer, a lot quicker.
If you are on a juice diet and you’re juicing more than once a day you may find it easier to use the Breville Cold juicer rather than a cold press juicer because it’s time-saving.
Biggest advantage of the Breville Cold juicer…
The juicer itself is fast but the most important thing is you don’t have to cut your vegetables and fruit into smaller pieces like you do with many of the masticating juicers. If you feel like you’re spending way too much time chopping up veggies for juicing, this could be the juicer for you.
Also a masticating cold press juice may take 20 – 30 minutes to juice your ingredients. This is a lot of time to dedicate to juicing. The Breville Cold juicer will juice your fruit or veg in 3 minutes.
It has a large 70oz./2.0L jug and the pulp is collected in a separate container. The jug comes with a lid to seal and store it on the door of your fridge. For easy cleaning you can pop a plastic bag over the pulp collector to simply lift and remove the pulp rather than washing the container. If you’re not using the pulp straight away, this lets you easily store it in the fridge or freezer in the plastic bag.
There is a higher speed for harder vegetables like carrots and beets and a slower speed for softer fruits like cantaloupe, melons, cucumbers and leafy greens like spinach. This juicer is powerful enough to juice pineapple in large chunks with the rind left on. The higher speed is 13,000 RPM and the slower speed 6,500 RPM. The motor is 850 watt.
Despite being powerful, this is a relatively quiet juicer.
The pulp collector and the juice pitcher of the Breville Juice Fountain Cold can be placed in the dishwasher on the top shelf for easy cleaning.
Disadvantages of the Breville Cold…
One of the disadvantages of this model is that it seems to produce quite moist pulp compared to the other Breville Juice Fountain models. If you’re buying organic produce you don’t want to be wasting it. One solution is to run the pulp through the juicing machine again to extract more juice from it. This actually works quite well.
I like to use the pulp for other uses. I add it to the children’s dinner if it’s a casserole. And it’s good to use the pulp in soups to make them heartier. You can even make it into patties and bake them in the oven for healthy snacks. The juice pulp can also be added into smoothies in your blender.
If you’re the sort of person who needs a traditional slow press juicer, then this is not the one for you. However, if you’re getting impatient with your slow juicer and you’re looking for something a bit more practical to speed up your day, you’ll like the Breville Juice Fountain Cold.
⇒ Compare: Breville Juice Fountain Cold BJE430SIL vs Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL
If you’re concerned about the noise level of your juicer then the Breville Juice Fountain Cold is a better choice. The Breville Cold is a lot quieter than the Breville Elite. The Elite does have a more powerful motor of 1,000 watts compared to the Breville Cold with 850 watts of power. I’m guessing this may be the reason for the louder noise from the Elite.
The Breville Juice Fountain Elite seems to produce a dryer pulp. If you’re worried about getting more juice out of your ingredients this may be very important in making your buying decision. The Breville Cold seems to produce wetter pulp. Of course, this is all relative. We are comparing two high quality juicers here. All the Breville Juice Fountains do a good job at juicing. It’s really just a matter of what your priorities are when buying a juicer. If you’re obsessed with getting every ounce of juice out of your ingredients then you may be disappointed with the Breville Cold.
The Breville Juice Fountain Cold has a juice pitcher twice the size of the Breville Elite. This is really handy if you’re making juice for the family or if you want to keep the juice in the fridge for later. The pitcher with the Breville Cold is 70oz./2.0L and includes a fitted lid. The pitcher for Breville Elite is 30oz./1.0L and includes a lid too. Of course, you can transfer the juice to another jug if you need more but for many people it is great having the larger pitcher for convenience. The spout on the Breville Cold where the juice comes out is higher up than the Breville Elite to accommodate the taller pitcher.
You won’t go wrong purchasing any of the Breville Juice Fountains. These are very popular juicers and that’s because they’re high quality, they do a good job at juicing and they’re durable.
If you’re short on space in your kitchen definitely opt for the Breville Juice Fountain Compact BJE200XL. Even if you have a large kitchen and you just want a smaller juicer, then you’ll still be happy with the Breville Compact.
I also think the Breville Compact is ideal for anyone who is finding the thought of juicing a bit daunting. If you haven’t juiced before and you want to start for health reasons then I’d get the Breville Compact.
It is an easy juicer to use, clean and store. If you need to be lifting it to a shelf in your kitchen then the Compact is easier to move around because of it’s size and because the pulp collector is internal so there aren’t as many pieces.
What are my other options?
If you’re wanting to juice a lot of leafy green vegetables then you may want to go with one of the juicers with dual speed control. The slower speed lets you get more juice out of greens and it’s great for soft fruits too. The slow sped option is included on the Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL, Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL and the Breville Juice Fountain Cold BJE430SIL.
If you love a brushed stainless look in your kitchen you’ll want the Breville Juice Fountain Elite with its die cast steel casing. This is both beautiful and durable. The Elite is also the most powerful out of these juicers.
If you were thinking about a cold press juicer before you started looking at Breville juicers then you will probably be more interested in the Breville Juice Fountain Cold. This is a great choice if you need speed when juicing, but you’re also wanting cold press.
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