Pros:great price for a juicer that will juice everthing
Cons:some have better warranties
The Bottom Line: I love my Breville Juicer PLUS. It is so easy to clean up and make yummy drinks.
I decided I wanted to start juicing. My first juicer was the Breville Juice Fountain Model Number JE200XL for about $90 with 700 watts. After not using it for a while I brought it out again. Forgetting that the motor MUST be turned on first I started juicing and the motor died. It worked out well actually because I wanted a larger one for reasons you will read below. I bought the Breville Juice Fountain PLUS JE98XL, which is actually the name of this product.
I had initially bought the comparable Cuisinart. I believe what prompted my returning it was that we had luck with the Breville and we were told that the Breville’s pulp comes out dryer meaning I would be getting more juice. In any case they were both $150.00 so I went with Breville.
My Breville Juice Fountain Plus came with
~ A food pusher, which is a 3 ½-inch round (versus 3 on the original Breville) circular tube that pushes vegetables and fruits down the feed tube, which holds about 5 large carrots. I suppose if I could design a juicer myself I would make this opening a tad larger. It is hard to get any significant amount of leafy veggies down the shoot at one time. Breville calls this extra wide, which will take whole apples for example. That is true as long as they are on the smaller size. Most of my apples I do have to cut in half.
~ A dishwasher-safe stainless steel mesh filter basket
~ A plastic jug that holds 1.1 quarts of juice, which is larger than the original. I did save the original to have an extra one. There are measurements on the side of the jug, which has a large handle. The lid stays on while juicing preventing some splashing. Unlike my first one whose juice jug lid came off so I could get froth my PLUS’s juice jug actually has a piece of plastic called a froth separator. This truly works. When I pour from the juice jug the froth stays behind.
The jug can be stored in the refrigerator and is dishwasher safe. One thing I learned is that the lid will stay on while pouring the juice but as I get to the end of the juice if I do not hold onto the lid, the lid will come off. Yup, that was a mess. Juicers are not the neatest of kitchen equipment pieces and I think that is the nature of the beast. The Breville JE98XL is fairly neat.
~ I really like the safety lock arm. In order for the juicer to start this metal arm has to be lifted around the top of the juicer.
~ A dishwasher safe pulp container is an area in which the pulp collects. I love this in the PLUS. I can put a bag into this container (which is recommended) and the pulp goes into it rather than into a container, which then has to be emptied by hand. If you compost, this is a great way to get some material. A dishwasher safe juice cover sits on top of the pulp container.
~ A cord wrap goes under the base of the juice fountain so the cord is out of the way. It wraps around the feet and clips into position under the base.
A nylon bristle brush is used both to clean the basket and to clean the pulp. The handle of the brush is angled to take out the pulp really easily. This was another item I kept from my old juicer.
~ The plug has a finger hold so I don't have to put my fingers near the outlet.
~ It has two speeds: soft veggies and fruits are juiced on low; hard ones like carrots and beets are juiced on high. There is a speed selector table (kiwi- low; peeled pineapple – high) in the guidebook and some recipes.
The machine weighs in the ten pound range and measures 13-1/5 by 16-1/2 by 18-1/5 inches and has a one-year warranty. It has 850 watts. You will see that the Cuisinart has 1,000. Really I cannot compare these two because I have never used the Cuisinart. I do really like the Breville and they look almost identical.
Let's use it
This juicer is not difficult to use but if you have never put one together, read the instructions. The pieces have to go in the right order or the machine won’t work. The pulp container is the last to go on. My husband and I comment that the plastic feels a bit flimsy so we are easy on it and do not force anything.
The mesh filter basket easily goes in the motor base which sits on the juicer. I then put the lock over the machine, which fits into grooves on the cover. Next I slide the food pusher into the feed chute and put the juice jug under the spout of the Juice Fountain PLUS. I have to be careful to put the lid on the jug correctly and make sure it is securely under the spout so the juice comes out correctly.
I put in the plug and it is now time to juice. Of course I take out the food pusher! It is recommended that I not keep the motor on for more than 4 minutes at a time. This is fine because it gives me a chance to wash or peel in-between.
Much to my surprise there is very little if any splatter from the time I put on the motor, put in the veggies/fruit and push. I found the less expensive one to be much messier.
The Juice Fountain PLUS is very easy to clean. The most difficult piece is the basket and that's not difficult either. I use the brush that came with the Juicer and make sure I can see through the mesh so that no particles are left over.
It is not a silent machine by any machines. You will hear it and like my other one it makes a noise as the motor winds down.
Jo’s Final Thoughts
I love my Breville Juice Fountain PLUS. Although it may not last for years because of the amount of juicing I do, it will last me as long as any in this great price range. Don't forget 20% off at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
I highly recommend that you spend the $50.00 _ and go with one like this one in which you can put a bag unless you juice in small amounts or only once in awhile. You have no idea how much cleaning that saves!
The PLUS will handle everything. I have put in super hard beets, and soft tangerines. I have put in kale and celery. Everything gets juiced just right and I can put the jug in the refrigerator although I don’t. I like to shake it so I put it in a seal tight container.