Breville Juice Fountain Elite: Review and buying guide
The Breville Juice Fountain Elite juicer is the fastest, most efficient, and easiest to clean juicer on the market today.
I’m sure you’ve probably seen those T.V. infomercials where a well-known celebrity or chef demonstrates a juice machine. I saw one recently and was intrigued as I watched the presenter put all kinds of different fruits and vegetables into the chute, and saw a gush of fresh juice come pouring out of the spout. The juice looked absolutely delicious! I wanted one! I was just about ready to order when…
My rational thought returned before I could get out my credit card and make the call!
Now, admittedly, I’m not one who makes impulse buys from infomercial ads on T.V. But this product really caught my interest this time. The juice machine I saw on T.V. looked like a good one to me, but honestly, I didn’t really know anything about juicer machines so how was I to know whether it was a good product or not?
I was determined to learn more!
I decided to do some online research to check out what’s on the market. I like to get my information together, and weigh all the different factors so I can decide for myself what product gives the best “bang for the buck.”
After reading several reviews, descriptions, and comparisons of various juicers, I soon discovered that the juicer I saw on T.V. was o.k., and generally did what it claimed to do.
But I found several others that were even better, and my research unexpectedly led me to a completely different brand of juicer that seemed to be at the top of its class.
This manufacturer is Breville, a name I was unfamiliar with. I learned that Breville has been around for many years and is a leading maker of small appliances, including several different models of juice extractor machines.
One model in particular caught my eye and appeared to be exactly what I was looking for – the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor. In this review, I am going to give you some reasons why I think this juice machine is one of the best models on the market at any price.
Breville Juice Fountain Elite Juicer Review
The Breville Juice Fountain Elite Juicer is a no-nonsense, dual-speed fountain juicer.
The first ever juicer to process whole fruits and vegetables without the need for peeling, slicing or cutting.
It was the first juicer that was equipped with a wide 3-inch round feed tube which is located right at the center of the juicer directly over the cutter. This provides strength and excellent balance to process large quantities of whole fruits and vegetables fast and easy. And thus minimizing preparation time by eliminating the need to peel or slice the produce.
The Breville Juice Fountain Elite juicer is powered by a 1000 watt Italian made juicing motor that you can set to run slow at 6,500 RPM or at 13,000 RPM which is about three times faster than other juicers. This motor is regulated with a built-in smart-chip that automatically adjust its speed and power released to the blades depending on the juicing load.
Its patented stabilizing knife and dual action blade assembly grounds pulp into smaller particles that gives higher yield than other juicers and since all parts on the inside of the juicer are made from robust stainless steel, you’re sure that your fruits, vegetables and even your liquid juice doesn’t pass through or even touch any plastic component.
The metal foundation is heavy-duty Die Cast which is NOT like other pressed metals; Die Cast molds molten stainless steel into shape under intense heat which results to ultimate durability, performance, and outstanding work of art.
On the inside, this Breville Fountain juicer features a titanium-plated cutting-disc which has 115 individual knives that grinds pulps into atoms and a stainless steel micromesh filter with 40,000 well-precision tiny filtering pores that are invisible to human eyes. Hard fruits are easily crushed into this stainless steel micromesh filter in a “g-force” effect to squeeze out as much juice as possible that result to superior juice yield.
And at 13,000 RPM, you can juice an 8 oz glass of juice in less than 5 seconds. Its cutting disc is so powerful that you can process large pineapple chunks without removing the rind.
The Breville Juice Fountain Elite juicer is considered by users as one of the easiest to clean juicers as you’ll only have four main parts to clean that you can easily disassemble and reassemble. All four parts are dishwasher safe but even if you don’t have a dishwasher, manual cleaning is still a no-hassle, fast and easy process.
Breville Juice Fountain Elite Juicer Quick View Of Features
- 1000-watt juicer with 2 speed control settings, high (13,000 RPM) and low (6,500 RPM)
- Die-cast stainless steel housing; stainless-steel micromesh filter; titanium-plated cutting disk
- Circular 3-inch feed tube accommodates whole fruits and vegetables
- Pulp Container, 1 L Juicing Pitcher, and manual/recipe book included; dishwasher-safe parts
- Measures 8 by 9 by 19 inches
- Only four main parts to clean
- Cost may be high but worth the investment
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Here are some things you should consider when looking for a juicer:
- Quality of Juice
- How fast it can make juice.
- The size of the feed tube
- How much juice it extracts/how dry is the pulp
- How loud it is
- Kinds of produce it can juice
- How easy it is to clean
- How hard it is to assemble and disassemble.
- Quality of construction
- Length of Warranty
Let’s look at these more closely, one-by-one.
Quality of the Juice
The consensus of most users is that the quality of juice is very good! Some users reported that the juice tastes as good as or better than that from juice bars. Because the Breville extracts juice so efficiently, there is very little pulp in the juice. Some users report some froth or foam, but it didn’t seem to be a big problem for most people. Skimming it off the top or stirring the froth into the juice seems to get rid of it quickly.
How fast it can make juice?
If you’re like most people, you have a very busy life, and you probably don’t want to spend too much time waiting on your machine to do its thing. A juicer should be able to extract juice quickly and efficiently and not easily jam or plug up. You need a juicer that will be a time saver, not a time-waster.
However, the speed of extraction does not necessarily correlate to the number of rpms (rotations per minute). For example, a so-called “slow juicer” with very low rpms may be just as quick at extracting juice as a high rpm device. Much of it depends on the design and power of the device.
So how does the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain stack up?
Well, it’s fast…it’s real fast! Here’s why:
Inside each Breville Juice Fountain you’ll find a powerful two-speed 1000 watt, 1-1/3 horsepower motor. In high-speed mode the juicer spins the cutting disc at a blazing fast 13,000 RPMs. This is about 3 times faster than most of the other juicers machines on the market.
High speed is good for harder fruits and vegetables such as apples, beets and carrots. At this speed, the Breville JEXL Juice Fountain can make an eight ounce glass of juice from whole apples in less than five seconds. A liter of juice can be extracted in one minute or less.
The low speed mode spins at a relatively quiet 6500 rpms, which is still fast compared to competitor juicers. Low speed is perfect for softer fruits such as melons, and oranges, and leafy green vegetables such kale and spinach.
The size of the feeding tube
Another factor that affects how fast you can make juice is the size of the tube for feeding the produce into the juicer.
The Breville has a very large 3 inch wide tube that can accept whole vegetables and fruit without having to cut them into smaller pieces. The patented design centers the feed tube directly over the cutter, providing the strength to process large quantities of fruit and vegetables instantly.
It’s huge when compared to most other juice extractors, and it’s a real time saver.If you’ve ever had the misfortune of using a juicer with a small tube, you have some idea of how long it takes to cut up your produce small enough to fit in the tube.
You may still need to cut large produce, but you won’t have to cut it as small as you would with most other types of juicers.
How Much Juice Does it Extract/How Dry is the Pulp?
The Breville juicer uses centrifugal force to efficiently squeeze out nearly every last drop of juice. This results in a fibrous pulp that is extremely dry.
Here’s how it works in a nutshell. The high speed motor spins the titanium cutting disc at 13000 rpms and flings the pulp against the stainless steel micro-mesh filter at high velocity to extract as much of the juice as possible. The juice goes through the stainless steel micromesh filter, into the froth separator and then the juice container. The pulp is separated from the juice and enters the pulp bin.
How does this benefit you the user? It saves you money! The high extraction efficiency saves you money by minimizing product waste and squeezing as much as possible out of your fruit and vegetables.
How Loud Is It?
One disadvantage of most centrifugal juicers is that they can be pretty noisy. In promotional material, the JEXL800 Juice Fountain is described as “whisper quiet” but I believe many people will find it somewhat louder than a whisper.
However, by centrifugal standards, the Breville is not overly loud, and some people say it is reasonably quiet, especially at the low speed setting
Kinds of produce it can juice
The Breville can juice nearly every kind of fruit and vegetables you put into it. Soft and hard fruit, all kinds of vegetables, and leafy greens prove to be no problem, and can be juiced easily.
For best results in juicing some leafy greens, herbs, sprouts, and wheatgrass, you can wrap them together into a tight bundle or juice them in the middle of a combination of other ingredients on low speed.
When juicing both soft and hard textured produce at the same time, first juice the softer textured ingredients on low speed, then use the high speed setting for the harder ingredients.
How Easy is it to Disassemble and Clean?
Users report that disassembling the unit after juicing is a snap. There are no screws to mess with, and excluding the stainless steel base, only a few pieces, which can be taken apart quickly for easy washing. Washable parts include the filter bowl, micromesh filter basket, the top juicer cover, pulp container and juice pitcher.
Cleaning up is simple, quick and easy. Breville has done a great job designing parts with fewer food traps so you can hand wash the parts in hot soapy water in just a few minutes.
If you don’t feel like washing it by hand – no problem! All parts (except for the electrical base) can be washed safely in the top rack of the dishwasher.One note on this: although parts are dishwasher safe, Breville recommends cleaning the micromesh filter by hand with the supplied brush.
Of course, the main electrical base should not be immersed in water and should only be cleaned by hand with a sponge or cloth.
What’s the benefit for you? A very fast hassle-free cleanup that saves you time and eliminates frustration.
Quality of Construction
The Breville 800jexl Juice Fountain Elite is designed to last for years of reliable service. It is solidly constructed of durable die-cast stainless steel motor housing, a stainless steel micromesh filter, and cutting disc that is titanium-plated.
The powerful 1000 watt Italian built motor provides the power to juice any fruit and vegetables you put into it without jamming or plugging up. The Safety Locking Arm locks the juicer cover securely into place.
It also comes with a 100 fluid ounce Pulp container, 1 liter juicing pitcher, and user manual that includes some juice recipes.
Breville warrants for one year from the date of purchase that the Breville Juice Fountain Elite is free of defects in material and workmanship.
What Others are Saying about the Juice Fountain
A number of consumer review sites and have rated this model in the top of its class. There are also hundreds of very positive reviews from many users on the Breville website, Amazon.com, and other sites.
As you might expect from any best selling product, there are a few complaints from users.
The relatively few complaints were varied and didn’t center on any one thing. Some thought the machine was too big, bulky or heavy; others felt it was too loud.
A few people complained that it was hard to clean, the pulp was too wet, or it was too messy. Others complained about the customer service.
Overall though, the reviews were overwhelming positive, and far outweighed the few negative reviews. For example, for every person who thought the juicer was too big, there were many others who felt the size was just about right for a tabletop appliance. And those who complained of the noise were far outnumbered by consumers who thought it was quieter than competitor centrifugal juicers models.
The Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain is a solid performing model that provides great value for the money. We give the Breville Juice Fountain a big “thumbs up,” and recommend it as a “Best Buy.”
At the current discounted price, the 800 JEXL provides terrific value for anyone who wants to get serious about juicing.
Where can you buy the Breville Juice Fountain Elite?
The Breville Juicer is available from many online retailers, but I’ve found that Amazon.comconsistently has the lowest price. When you consider the free “Super Saver Shipping” option, or the free 2nd Day shipping available to Prime members, Amazon has the very best deal online.