Breville JE98XL Juice Extractor – Full Review
Looking for a way to transform fruits and vegetables into juice quickly? The Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus lets you make fresh juices in a matter of seconds. Designed to make healthy living more convenient, this juicer has a powerful 850-watt motor that makes short work of hard fruits and vegetables, quickly turning apples, parsnips, carrots, beets, and other natural delights into nutritious juices that feed your body and mind.
A good choice for people who are new to juicing, it works well on soft fruits and vegetables, and it has the ability to quickly extract the juice from greens like kale, spinach, and chard. With two speeds that make it simple to get as much nutrition as possible from each item you add, the Breville Juice Fountain Plus is equipped with a sharp cutting blade that fits on top of a fine mesh basket. Rotating at a high rate of speed, it quickly separates pulp from juice, then sends the juice into your glass or the included juice container.
Much faster than a masticating juicer and a bit quieter than some of the other centrifugal juicers on the market, the Breville Juice Fountain Plus features a three-inch wide chute. You can put small apples or pears into the machine whole, and you can easily add an entire carrot, cucumber, or zucchini. Juicers with smaller feed chutes force you to spend time cutting produce into little pieces before adding it to the machine, but this one lets you work quickly. Larger items need to be cut into just a few pieces to fit into the chute, and greens can be added in big handfuls to maximize contact with the blades.
Cleanup is not at all difficult. This machine comes with a special cleaning brush that makes it simple to get the fine fibers out of the screen, and many of its parts are dishwasher safe, although I find it’s just as easy to wash them by hand if you toss them into a sink full of soapy water right after juicing.
Like other Breville appliances, the Juice Fountain Plus is a handsome machine that you won’t mind leaving on the counter between uses. It has a silver-colored exterior that wipes clean quickly, and its footprint is small enough that it takes up just a little space, either displayed in the kitchen or tucked away in a cabinet. It is made with heavy components for safe, reliable operation and long-lasting durability.
These are just a few highlights. Read on for more information about the pros and cons that come with owning and operating the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus.
Two Speeds for Better Yield
Many juicers have just one speed, making it impossible to control the juicing action. The Breville Juice Fountain Plus has a low speed for softer fruits and vegetables and a high speed for harder ones, making it simpler to get as much juice as possible from the produce you process. While there are juicers with more speed options, they typically cost more than this model does. It’s a nice feature that positions the Juice Fountain Plus neatly between basic juicers and high-end models.
The pulp that comes from this juicer is wetter than what comes out of a masticating juicer. I personally like to use some of the pulp in quick breads, soups, and other recipes, so I don’t feel like this is a waste. Some reviewers have noted that this juicer “barely juices leafy greens,” but this is not at all the case in my experience. I am careful to mix them with other things so that they have some weight. I also soak them in water first so that they are heavy enough to go into the filter basket instead of just being chopped and sent into the waste collection basket. If you have some really dry greens like kale, be absolutely sure that you soak them first or you won’t get much juice. This is something I’ve found to be true for just about every juicer I have tried.
Wide Central Feed Chute Speeds Up the Juicing Process
Anyone who is familiar with juicing knows that the prep process can be time-consuming. The Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus addresses the issue by incorporating a three-inch wide central feed chute that easily accommodates things like whole apples, beets, carrots, pears, and cucumbers. Bigger items need to be cut down to size, but there’s no need to chop them into little one-inch chunks to get them into the juicer. Just wash your produce, give it one or two whacks with a knife if it’s something big, and put it into the chute. You save time, which means you are more likely to stick with your newfound juicing habit.
Some reviewers complain that items they put into the juicer fly up and out of the chute. I personally have not had this happen, but I am careful to use the food pusher to block the chute as directed in the instructions, so nothing comes up and out of the machine.
Many of the entry-level juicers I’ve seen don’t have BPA-free components. This one does. The juice container and all the other parts that come into contact with your food are BPA-free. This translates into fewer worries for you. Use organic produce to reduce chemical exposure even more.
Roomy Juice Jug with Froth Separator
Skim the froth off your juice before drinking it? There’s no need to do that. Same goes for transferring small quantities of juice into a larger pitcher to serve it. This juicer comes with a one-liter (34-ounce) juice jug that has a built-in froth separator. Just make your juice and pour it into glasses. The froth is left behind so you can enjoy pure, fresh-tasting juices.
Fast to Assemble and Disassemble
While you might want to leave your juicer set up on the countertop to encourage more use, you’ll also be glad to know that it is easy to set up and break down for cleanup and storage. All the pieces fit together intuitively, and the user’s manual provides concise instructions for safe operation. The bail-style latch adds safety, as it has to be in place before the machine will come on. To disassemble, all you need to do is unlatch it and un-stack the components.
Quick and Easy Clean-Up
The Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain has several components that can go into the top rack of your dishwasher. The nutri-disc, food pusher, and mesh filter need to be washed by hand, and the motorized base simply needs to be wiped off with a paper towel. I often opt to wash the clear plastic parts by hand rather than putting them in the dishwasher, as this takes just a few seconds. Like other juicers and kitchen appliances, cleanup is much easier when you take care of it before any residue has the opportunity to dry.
Some other reviewers have complained that it takes some serious scrubbing to get the filter basket clean, but I’ve discovered that simple dish soap is the magic ingredient. Just apply a small amount to the included cleaning brush and scrub the outer surface of the filter basket, then rinse it. Rinse your brush, apply a little more soap, and scrub the inner surface of the basket, then rinse again. Repeat if you have to, but this method causes the soap bubbles to lift all the tiny particles out of the mesh so it gets squeaky clean. I usually take care of cleanup before I drink my juice, as it is so much quicker. When I don’t do cleanup right away I at least toss all the washable juicer parts into a sink full of hot soapy water so that nothing dries.
If the scrubbing sounds like a problem, just keep in mind that the fine mesh in the filter is what’s responsible for providing you with a very smooth, drinkable juice. In my opinion, a bit of scrubbing by hand is a perfectly acceptable tradeoff for a lovely glass of juice.
The parts that are dishwasher safe are susceptible to getting water spots unless they are dried right after the dishwasher cycle stops. Even if you use the automatic dry feature on your dishwasher, you’re likely to find that there are some spots where water collects and that can leave residue behind. I recommend using a soft, absorbent chamois-style towel to dry these components as soon as you take them out of the dishwasher, particularly if you are keeping your juicer on the kitchen counter. This will keep everything looking its best.
Frequently Asked Questions
“Is this the juicer Joe Cross uses in Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead?”
Yes, this is the same one.
“Do you have to take the seeds out of fruit before putting it into the juicer?”
That depends on the fruit. Things with small seeds, like pears and apples and blackberries can go in seeds and all. Stone fruits with hard pits, i.e. peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and cherries, need to have their seeds taken out first or your juicer will be damaged.
“Can you use this juicer on citrus?”
Yes, you can do citrus in this juicer. I have found that the slower speed does a better job of extracting the juice from citrus.
“Can I use this machine for juicing wheatgrass?”
Wheatgrass is one of the few things you cannot juice with this unit. If you plan to juice wheatgrass, you would be best off investing in a small hand-powered juicer specifically for extracting wheatgrass juice and then add the resulting liquid to the other juices you make.
“Can I put sprouts and leafy greens into this juicer?”
Yes. According to the manufacturer, the most efficient way to do this is to wrap them up in a tight bundle before pushing them through. This will result in the maximum amount of juice. It’s also recommended that you use low speed when processing leafy greens.
“Can I make a smoothie with this juicer?”
No, it’s designed for juicing only. You can easily transform your juices into smoothies by tossing them into a blender with a banana, some frozen berries, some ice, etc.
“Can I make nut milks (like cashew or almond milk) with this juicer?”
There are a few juicers that are suitable for making nut milks, but this is not one of them. If you want to make a lot of nut milk, think about getting a soymilk maker instead. This particular machine is only for extracting juices from fresh fruits and vegetables.
“Can I use this juicer overseas, or will I need a step down converter?”
This juicer has a standard plug that fits American outlets, so you will need a converter to get it to work elsewhere.
The Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor offers good value for the price. It does everything the manufacturer claims it will do, and it has the ability to extract juice from a huge variety of fruits and vegetables. While you do have to do some scrubbing to keep it clean, the tradeoff is a smooth, enjoyable drink that makes the expenditure of a little “elbow grease” worthwhile. As many parts can go into the dishwasher, and as this machine quickly transforms large chunks of fruit and veg into juice, it gets top marks for convenience. The pulp is a bit wetter than what comes out of more expensive machines, but you can easily avoid waste by using your pulp to add nutrition to other foods. If you are looking for a value-priced juicer that does a good job, this is one to consider.
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