Juicing made easy
Jan 13, 2009
Review by celestialvoice
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Easy clean up, great juice, inexpensive, looks great, fast!
Cons:Could be noisy on HIGH.
The Bottom Line: It gives plenty of juice and clean up is really a breeze. Find cheaper bargains, it's worth it!
I was never a fan of home made juice because of these reasons: (1) They are hard to clean, (2) They are expensive , (3) I have to "prep" the fruits, (4) They don't look nice, (5) They are a waste of time. If you're like me, you might have the same concerns.
Recommend this product?
The Breville Juice Fountain completely changed my thoughts about juicing at home. I researched for almost 6 months before committing to buy a juicer. Amidst of all informercials about other juicers, I took a risk and a leap of faith and finally bought a Breville. It was one of my best decisions.
Looks: The Breville Juice Fountain Plus is very small; 18" across (with the pulp container and juice container attached) and 17" tall. It doesn't take very much space on the kitchen at all. It is also nice to look at. It blends well with any other "stainless steel" appliances that many homes have. I don't have stainless steel appliances but the Breville still gives some "decor" to my kitchen. The chrome-silverish look is fanciful. So, worry #4, out through the window!
Functionality: The Breville is small but packs a lot of power. I love apple-ginger-carrot juice and these three are hard fruits. The Breville juices them really easily as it offers dual speed motor (850 watts). Just choose the "High" speed option and the machine takes care of the rest. You can get a lot of juice from a 5 lb bag of carrots! The shute is large (3" in diameter) and yes, you CAN put a whole apple in! It fits 3-4 large carrots too. I use a small piece of ginger (around 1/2"), the Breville still juices it! So, basically the Breville took issue #3 from my list of NOT having a juicer. I use the "Low" speed option for fruits like grapes, oranges, and kiwi. This machine is also fast. I don't have to wait. I just pop in the fruits and they come out rapidly and clean like a stream from the spout. Why did I have worry #5 again??
Cleaning: If you notice, this ranked #1 in my reservations to owning a juicer. Again, the Breville trashed this weariness single handedly. The cleaning is in 3 easy steps. Pull down the lever that holds the main juicer, take the mesh out (attached to the blades), and use the provided brush to clean! Voila! Plus, they are also dishwasher safe. But since I use it regularly, I just wash the mesh myself. Now, I learned a trick. Instead of allowing the pulp to be mustered inside the pulp collector, I lined it first with a small plastic bag (from shopping). So, the pulp goes inside the bag instead of directly into the collector. After juicing, I just take the bag out and the pulp collector doesn't need any cleaning! Don't worry, the pulp is very dry that shows how much juice the Breville takes out every time.
Reliability and price: I've owned this sweet machine for more than a year now and it's still going strong. I juice EVERYDAY! Ginger has natural anti-inflammatory qualities so my knees have given me less problems. The only hindrance of juicing is the cost of fruits and vegetables. The cost ($149.00) is really minimal compared to what it does. So, worry #2, is a goner!
The only issue I have with this machine is the sound that it produces during HIGH. It could be quiter but it doesn't bother me. A friend of mine moved into a new house and I bought one for her and she loves it! It's the best house-warming gift that she received.
Basically, this is one of my best appliances in the kitchen. I stopped buying store made orange/apple/carrot juice. I can also choose organic fruits I want to. It is a must have for juice enthusiasts and the price that you pay will be compensated much sooner than you think.
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