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Comparing the CJE-1000 with Breville's JE200XL

Oct 17, 2011 (Updated Oct 17, 2011)
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Pros:Excellent juice quality, 5 speeds, superior pulp bin (relative to the Breville)

Cons:Priced higher than the Breville, not quite as elegant, marginally longer set-up/clean-up time

The Bottom Line:

At the end of the day, I would have to call this comparison a draw.  Both juicers are excellent and worth the asking price.


After extensively using the Breville JE200XL 700 Watt Juicer (see my review) for over two weeks straight, I had the luxury of testing out my brother's Cuisinart CJE-1000 1000 Watt Juicer side-by-side with my own.  He has owned his Cuisinart juicer for about four months ad uses it about once per day.  We decided to compare our juicers to see which one produced the better juice for the price.  While the word "best" is relative, I can at least report the results of the tests we ran and give some anecdotal support for my own opinions about the juicer and how it compares to my own.

I should note that we would not have even bothered with this test if the two juicers weren't in the same price range; more expensive juicers seem to beat less-expensive juicers hands-down (no surprises there).  However, when two products are priced within just $50 of each other, it's easy to want to know which one you would be better off spending your money on, and that was the basis of this project.

A few stats before we begin:

Though they are within the same general price range, the stats on these two juicers vary somewhat.  For starters, the Cuisinart has 1000 Watts of power and supports 5 different speeds, whereas the Breville is only 700 Watts and has only one speed.  This means that the Cuisinart has more flexibility and control over the juice output than the Breville, and with the Cuisinart you can select the appropriate speed for the vegetable/fruit that you are working with.

The Cuisinart has a bigger, more easily cleanable pulp bin which is accessible from the outside of the machine (you don't have to take off the top to get to it).  This makes clean-up and re-juicing the pulp slightly easier, and this particular piece of the machine cleans up easier than the Breville's.  On the other hand, the Breville has two fewer total components, and that translates to easier set-up and clean-up overall.  Despite these differences, they are both easy to set up and clean - I would simply have to give the edge to the Breville for its lower component count, though.

One point in favor of the Cuisinart, however, is its noise level.  Even at its highest speed, the Cuisinart makes about half as much operating noise as the Breville.  The Breville sounds like a vacuum when running, while the Cuisinart sounds like a purring kitten by comparison.  If you ever find yourself needing to juice late at night and you're living in an apartment, the Breville might just be loud enough for your neighbors to hear, but the same cannot be said about the Cuisinart.

The Comparison Test

In order to compare the two juicers, we set them up side-by-side on my kitchen counter and plugged them into the same outlet.  We separated an equal amount of fruits and vegetables so that we were sure to juice the same amount <i>and type</i> of produce in each juicer.  We juiced the following foods in each:

Kale
Carrots
Apples
Asian Pears
Lemon Cucumbers
White Nectarines

We ran both juicers at the same time and had one person manning each.  We were not specifically timing the process, due to our individual juicing speeds and preferences, but did notice that the Breville finished juicing all of the above items in less time than the Cuisinart.  I attribute this more to the fact that the Cuisinart's speed controls allow the machine to take the appropriate amount of time to juice various types of produce differently, which is actually a good thing.

After all produce had been juiced we compared the amount of juice output.  The Breville produced 23 oz. of juice to the Cuisinart's 16.  This was a significant difference and we had to wonder why the discrepancy.  We checked the pulp to get a feel for which was wetter - wetter pulp usually means that the juicer isn't operating as efficiently and that there is much more to be extracted from the produce.  We had no special device to measure the wetness of pulp, but both actually seemed to be pretty similar.  We decided to re-juice the pulp from both machines to find out where the re-juiced levels would stand.

Re-juicing the pulp from the Cuisinart proved simpler than the Breville thanks to the external pulp bin.  We simply had to detach it, dump the pulp into a bowl, re-attach the pulp bin, and then slowly scoop the pulp back into the operating juicer.  With the Breville we had to take the machine apart, scrape the pulp from around its circular bin and into a bowl, then put the machine back together and re-juice.  The points here would definitely go to the Cuisinart.

After all was said and done, we got an additional 4 oz. of pulp from the Breville, for a total of 27 oz., and 3 oz. from the Cuisinart for a total of 19 oz.  We were frankly floored at how much more juice we received from the Breville than the Cuisinart.

Next came the taste-test.  We each tasted the juice from both machines and compared their flavor and texture.  Surprisingly, despite the fact that we used the same amount and variety of veggies, there were very large differences in the taste of each.  The Breville made thicker juice (which we dubbed a "veggie shake") while the Cuisinart had more, well, juice-like juice.  Bingo - the difference in the amount of ounces was made clear!  Breville produced a greater number of ounces because its juice was thicker, which filled up more of the cup.  The Cuisinart's juice was lighter and essentially fit into a smaller space.  Mystery solved.  Incidentally, we preferred the taste of the juice that came from the Cuisinart.

Finally, we cleaned up the juicers and carefully considered how that process compared.  Because the Breville had fewer pieces it was quicker and easier to clean up than the Cuisinart, though we did stumble a bit on the Breville's pulp bin.  Unplugging the machine from the wall socket was made mildly simpler with the Breville thanks to that machine's handy finger hole on the power cord, which reduces the need to wiggle the plug to get it out of the socket (a minor benefit, but I appreciate Breville's attention to detail with their plugs).

Overall, we felt that the Breville was easier to set up and clean, and it certainly produced more (if thicker) juice.  Breville also juiced faster, but the Cuisinart took its time to do the job right for each and every different type of produce while the Breville simply chewed through everything we threw at it and spit it all out the other side.  The Cuisinart produced more satisfying juice, even if it appeared to be of a lower quantity.

The Bottom Line:

It's hard to go wrong with either juicer.  For $100 you can get the Breville JE200XL, with its elegant design and straight-forward approach to juicing, but for only $50 MSRP more you can get the Cuisinart CJE-1000 with its 5-speed efficiency.  Both have held up well over time and never seem to tire of having vegetables dumped into them.

If price is your main concern, I would recommend getting the Breville JE200XL over the Cuisinart CJE-1000.  It is a best-in-class ($100-range) juicer that works well for casual or steady juicing.  Though we preferred the juice made from the Cuisinart, the juice in the Breville was by no means terrible and it is both filling and satisfying.

If $50 isn't an issue, or you can get the Cuisinart below $150, it makes a strong case for spending the extra money.  We didn't find it as elegant, but it's practically just as simple to use and hardly any more difficult to clean.  It makes great juice that goes down smooth and offers more control than the Breville.

At the end of the day, I would have to call this comparison a draw.  Both juicers are excellent and worth the asking price.


Also check out my full review of the Breville JE200XL.


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 149.99

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