Selecting the best Breville juicer is not an easy task. Coming from Down Under, they’re all so good looking and abundantly appealing… so how do you pick THE ONE that will best serve you? Breville see themselves as “food thinkers” who seize inspiration from their food insights to innovate and “create simple moments of brilliance”, as they so humbly put it. Their small appliances have been extremely well received – their juice fountains in particular. Let’s find out if these Aussies can truly deliver, shall we?
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Breville Juicer Common Features
All Breville juicers benefit from clever innovations aimed at making juicing easier:
* large circular feed tube able to process whole fruit (double tube for Big Squeeze);
* direct central feed system for maximum juice extraction and lesser noise and vibration;
* centered dual knife blade assembly for greater stability;
* Nutri Disc, an ultra-sharp stainless steel or titanium reinforced cutting disc in a stainless steel juicing basket with Italian micro mesh filter (40,000 filtering pores) capable of extracting up to 30% more juice and 40% more vitamins and minerals than other machines;
* BPA-free materials coming in contact with food;
* safety locking arm prevents juicer from operating if cover is not locked into place;
* overload protection prevents over-heating and automatically shuts down the machine in case of overload;
* easy cord storage with Breville Assist plug;
* easy cleaning: all parts can be washed on the top shelf of the dishwasher except for the Nutri Disc and the food pusher;
* warranty: all models come with a 1-year warranty, except for the Big Squeeze (10-year).
Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL
The Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor distinguishes itself by a larger feeder tube (3.3″/8.2cm D). Its heavy grade polymer body houses an 850-watt motor and features dual speed control: Low (6,500rpm) and High (12,000rpm).
The Breville juicer Plus is the most affordable of all Breville’s full-sized models and offers a good entry point into the world of juicing. This JE98XL juicer measures 19.625″H x 11.25″W x 13.875″D and comes with a 1.1qt/1L juice jug with froth separator as well as a 2.6qt/2.5L pulp container.
Pros & Cons
The Plus is one of the most reviewed of these famous juice fountains, even with its 850-watt motor and smaller juice jug and pulp containers. The choice of two settings in order to help extract the most juice out of a wide range of produce is a definite plus: one reviewer boasts that it takes only one minute to produce enough juice for four people, with an additional 2-3 minutes for cleanup. Sure, the slightly larger 3.3″ chute helps, but only marginally.
Breville Juice Fountain Cold Series
It is well known that the heat from juicing fresh produce can damage vitamins and minerals. Breville’s innovative Cold Spin Technology allows for juice to be extracted as cold as cold press juice with less than 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit temperature transfer (based on independent laboratory tests done by the Australian Government National Measurement Institute and commissioned by Breville, comparing Breville juicers versus slow/masticating juicers versus high speed blenders).
An Italian micro-mesh filter ensures insignificant temperature increase which, according to Breville, results in juice getting extracted just as cold as cold press and masticating slow juicers can produce. Unlike high-speed blenders which can take up to a minute, juice can now be created in a fraction of a second.
Four innovations are introduced with the Breville Cold Juice Fountain series:
* an extra-large feeder tube allows for whole fruit and vegetables to be juiced without pre-cutting, saving time and reducing cleanup;
* a unique elevated juicing system which allows the juice to flow up through a nozzle and into a 70oz (2L) Seal & Store juice jug with sealing lid & froth separator perfect for a large family – or simply store the surplus in the door of your refrigerator for up to 3 days;
* a 3.6qt (3.4L) extra-large pulp container;
* Overloaded Protection LED.
Juice less often, plus save time on preparation and cleanup: it is now easier to keep healthy!
Sporting a 850-watt motor and featuring an extra-large 3” (7.62cm) feeding tube together with dual control for High (13,000rpm) or Low speed (6,500rpm), Breville BJE430SIL The Juice Fountain Cold measures 17″H x 9″W x 14.5″D. The Breville BJE430SIL has gained in popularity which might explain the appearance of two extra models, the Cold Plus and Cold XL, which both feature an extra-wide 3.5” (8.89cm) chute and their pulp container relocated to the back of the unit in order to save counter space.
With its 1,000-watt motor, extra-wide 3.5” (8.89cm) chute and variable 2 speed settings (Low, High), the Breville BJE530BSS1BUS1 the Juice Fountain Cold Plus Countertop Centrifugal Juicer features a custom designed juice nozzle which allows you to juice directly into a glass; the unit measures 17.6″H x 8.6″W x 13.1″D.
Boasting a 1,200-watt motor and variable speed settings (Quiet, Fast, Boost), the Breville Juice Fountain Cold XL BJE830BSS measures 19.7″H x 7.9″W x 15.7″D. Early risers might be interested to know that juicing on the Quiet setting reduces noise by 40%, while the Fast setting lets you extract juice up to five times faster than a ‘cold press’.
Pros & Cons
All three models are quickly gaining traction. They are found easy to assemble, use and clean, and the safety features are particularly appreciated. The slightly larger feeder tube of the Cold Plus and XL makes it even faster to juice, while the reduced noise level of the Cold XL’s Quiet setting deserves special mention.
Breville Juice Fountain Compact BJE200XL
Equipped with a 700-watt motor and featuring one speed (14,000rpm) though plenty of power, this model collects pulp within its own footprint, saving extra counter space. It is well known that leafy greens such as kale, spinach and wheatgrass are best processed using a masticating juicer, so if you like green juicing, this may not be your best choice due to its lack of a low speed.
The Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor measures 16″H x 9.5″W x 9.5″D and comes with a 25oz (0.74L/800ml) juice jug with froth separator, as well as a 1.6qt/1.5L pulp container.
Pros & Cons
The Breville Compact juicer is a highly popular juicer with a very healthy number of enthusiastic supporters. People have found creative ways to bend their Compact to their will: for more efficient juicing, feed leafy greens slowly first, then add juicier fruit. Larger leaves like kale are better stacked and rolled together. Spinach or collard leaves are easier to juice if they are first stacked together and then wrapped inside a large kale leaf.
This model has an indisputable advantage: its small size means that the Breville juicer BJE200XL can easily reside on your counter top, unobtrusively reminding you that a healthy lifestyle is right at your fingertips whenever you wish.
However, since leafy greens are better processed at low speed, the Compact’s single speed (14,000rpm) is not ideal if you favor green juicing. Bearing in mind that high speed is for denser fruit and harder vegetables (and according to Breville’s Speed Selector table), the ideal produce for this model are apples, beets, Brussels sprouts, carrots, celery, fennel and hard pears.
Breville Big Squeeze BJS700
One common complaint about centrifugal juicers is that every drop of juice does not get extracted from your produce, leafy greens in particular. That is the compromise you make for the convenience of saving time and effort.
Masticating juicers are more efficient in that regard, but they require a lot of prepping, the juicing process itself is laborious, and cleanup alone often discourages people from continuing with their juicing. Many rabid juicing fans have battled for years with a masticating juicer before finally throwing in the towel and opting for convenience: either stop juicing, or continue with a centrifugal juicer.
Enter the Breville BJS700SIL Big Squeeze Slow Juicer. Designed to crush and squeeze instead of cutting, this slow juicer is a cross between centrifugal and masticating, making it faster and easier to extract healthier juice from a wider selection of produce right at home. The BJS700 Breville slow juicer measures 17.5″H x 10.8″W x 15″D and comes with a 10-year limited warranty.
Powered by an ultra quiet 240-watt motor, its screw and filter work in tandem to slowly extract the maximum quantity of juice from whole foods, including wheatgrass! Slow compression juicing retains more nutrients and produces a thicker juice with a little fiber and a smoother texture.
* 2 Feed Chutes: large for large soft fruit and vegetables; small for hard vegetables and leafy greens;
* Direction Control Forward/Reverse button for unclogging;
* Nutri Basket Filter for maximum yield and nutrients, easy cleaning;
* Spout Plug allows you to pre-mix your juice for a fuller flavor and texture before pouring;
* Quick Rinse Technology: spout plug allows you to fill up the mixing bowl and completely rinse out the machine in-between juices;
Pros & Cons
About half of users praise the blending power of this Breville slow juicer and find it easy to use, but many complain of particles getting trapped in some areas and proving hard to dislodge.
Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL
The Elite juicer is being DISCONTINUED. Introduced as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of juicers, the Breville 800JEXL also sports a heavy grade die-cast metal body housing a powerful 1,000-watt motor: a streamlined classic exterior with more than enough power to get the job done.
Position the dual switch on High (13,000rpm) to process hard fruit and vegetables, or on Low (6,500rpm) for softer produce – and expect up to 30% higher juice yield than traditional machines. The Breville Elite juicer measures 17″H x 13.5″W x 8.5″D and comes with a 1.1qt/1L juice jug with froth separator and a 3.2qt/3L extra-large pulp container.
Pros & Cons
Based on customer reviews, the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor is a winner. People who are seriously into juicing prefer a dedicated electric juicer that simply gets the job done quickly, efficiently and like a true expert. They fully understand the benefits of juicer versus blender, begging the question: does that make the Elite juicer a true ‘fountain of juice’?
There have been a few complaints about a little leakage sometimes occurring between the rim of the juicer and the cover of the filter. Pushing the food pusher down more slowly may help.
Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain Multi-Speed
The Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain Multi-Speed 900-Watt Juicer is being DISCONTINUED. Like the Duo, this juice fountain offers a choice of five speeds ranging from 6,500rpm to 12,500rpm intended to maximize juice yield based on produce softness or hardness. Its smart juicing system includes a built-in smart chip that adjusts power to the cutting disk for maximum efficiency. An interactive LCD display helps select the right speed each time.
The heavy grade polymer body houses a 900-watt motor. The Breville Juice Fountain Multi Speed measures 20.375″H x 10.75″W x 16.5″D and comes with a 1.1qt/1L juice jug with froth separator and an extra-large 3.2qt/3L pulp container. A detachable spout allows you to juice directly into a glass.
Pros & Cons
Buyers appreciate the versatility offered by the choice of speeds designed to optimize the amount of juice produced.
Breville Juice Fountain Duo BJE820XL
The Breville BJE820XL is being DISCONTINUED. Breville prides itself on using their food insights to bring innovations into the world of cooking. The realization that juicing is best for harder fruit and veggies – while blending works better for softer fruit and ice – prompted them to create the Breville juice fountain Duo juicer. This two-in-one countertop appliance measures 17″H x 13.5″W x 8.5″D and comes with a 1.1qt/1L juice jug with froth separator and a 3.2qt/3L extra-large pulp container.
The BJE820XL Juice Fountain Duo Dual Disc Juicer is the only model that allows you to juice AND puree, as it comes with two dedicated discs:
* the Nutri disc shreds harder foods and spins out the pulp;
* a stainless steel Puree disc processes soft produce for 100% fruit smoothies.
The Breville juicer BJE820XL is a clear choice if you enjoy smoothies, as this is the only model that comes with two dedicated discs, another clever innovation. Juice and blend in one and save countertop space – what’s there not to like?
Built for durability, the heavy grade die-cast metal body of the Duo houses an ultra quiet 1,200-watt motor, making the Breville BJE820XL their most powerful model. Commercial performance, designed for the home market.
Another unique feature is its five electronic variable speeds from 6,500rpm up to 13,000rpm intended to maximize juice yield no matter what you choose to juice – from soft fruit to harder fruit, vegetables to leafy greens.
Pros & Cons
Many have purchased a Duo after years of experimenting with other expensive juicers (including masticating ones) and were looking for something more user friendly. They are impressed with the fact that this machine juices in the blink of an eye without heating up their juices – even after hours of juicing – and for a fraction of the cost of comparable blenders they own.
They appreciate the heavy duty materials as well as the control they have over speed so they can adjust specifically for whatever produce they are juicing for maximum results. They particularly love the extra functionality they can get out of a single appliance. Aside from juicing, they enjoy making apple sauce, baby foods, even frozen banana ‘ice cream’. Some are happy to use a green superfood powder instead of leafy greens on a daily basis, or simply use their masticating juicer for a juice fast.
In 1932, Bill O’Brien and Harry Norville combined their names to form the Breville brand. First dedicated to making radios and mine detectors during the war, they switched their attention to small appliances post World War II and never looked back.
Their juice fountains have certainly played a huge role in their success, and for good reason. Through a series of innovations, Breville has addressed head on some issues inherent to the world of juicing with resulting greater juice extraction and higher vitamin and mineral retention than comparable machines, according to the company.
Let’s be clear: if you’re looking to extract every drop of juice out of your produce, a masticating juicer is what you need, but be prepared for a lot of preliminary prep – and cleanup is so tedious that many eventually give up on juicing altogether. Dreams of a healthier lifestyle go up in smoke.
But that doesn’t have to happen, because a Breville centrifugal juicer is a good compromise. Given the limitations of the centrifugal type of juicer, these juice fountains are hard to beat. Since the Juice Fountain was released in 1999, over 4 million units have been sold (the biggest seller in the world according to Breville). Looks to me like these boys truly know how to deliver!
1200: Cold XL BJE830BSS
1000: Cold Plus BJE530BSS
850: PlusJE98XL, Cold BJE430SIL
700: Compact BJE200XL
240: Big Squeeze BJS700
3 Speeds (Quiet, Fast, Boost): Cold XL BJE830BSS
2 Speeds (6,500 & 13,000rpm): Cold BJE430SIL, Cold Plus BJE530BSS
2 Speeds (6,500 & 12,000rpm): PlusJE98XL
1 Speed (14,000rpm): Compact BJE200XL, Big Squeeze BJS700
Feed Chute Size
3.5” (8.89 cm): Cold Plus BJE530BSS, Cold XL BJE830BSS
3.3″ (8.2cm): Plus JE98XL
3″ (7.6cm): all others
Juice Jug Capacity
70oz (2L): Cold Series
40.5oz (1.2L): Big Squeeze BJS700
1.1 quart (1L): Plus JE98XL
25oz (.74L): Compact BJE200XL
Pulp Container Capacity
3.6 quart (3.4L): Cold Series
2.6 quart (2.5L): Plus JE98XL
1.6 quart (1.5L): Compact BJE200XL, Big Squeeze BJS700