When it comes to centrifugal juicers, Breville is perhaps the most popular brand out there thanks to clever marketing and Joe Cross.
If you’re not familiar who Joe Cross is, I suggest you google “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”.
And watch the documentary in YouTube or NetFlix.
Prices range between $99 and $390 in Amazon.
These are expensive but quality is great with their high end variants having a stainless steel finish.
Breville specializes in making centrifugal extractors. And generally is a safe choice for a first time buyer looking for something that’s easy to use and clean.
We’ll look at the different options, features, price points and how they potentially fit inside your kitchen.
If you’ve set your mind on the Breville then read this section to see how to choose the right variant that will fit your needs.
Breville specializes in making centrifugal juicers. And they’re among the best in manufacturing such.
They have one slow juicer in their product line. But I would not recommend that because you can get better deals at lower prices with other brands so we’ll focus on their fast extractors.
How much are you willing to spend?
The first order of business is setting a cap on how much you want to spend. This will help narrow down your options to the ones you can afford.
Looking at Amazon, the cheapest Breville available would be the the BJE200XL – around $99.
All their juicers will roughly have the same amount of yield. The biggest difference would be size and power.
Higher end variants will have variable speed (up to 5 speeds) while the cheaper ones will have two speeds at most.
Another thing to look at would be the size of the juicer. If you have limited space inside your home then you’d have to pick a smaller variant that will take less space.
But if space isn’t an issue you can choose the biggest juicer you can afford.
Not great for leafy greens
Before committing to purchase a Breville or any centrifugal for that matter, I must warn you that this type of juicer will not be efficient when it comes to juicing leafy greens.
The product design itself make this impossible without the help of something hard like apply or carrot.
There are some techniques that you can use to get more out of leafy greens in a juicer like this. One would be staking it on top of one another and rolling it to create more mass.
When pushing it through the feed chute make sure to follow up with something hard like beet or apply to push it down towards the blade.
Breville only offers a 1 year warranty on all their juicers which is really a disappointment for me because there are other brands like Cuisinart that offer a longer coverage for less.
Fortunately, Amazon offers extended warranties of up to 4 years. So you can purchase these for added peace of mind.
Our Pick: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus
This is the exact same juicer that Joe Cross used in the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”. And when you buy this in Amazon it comes with the DVD for free.
This variant has 850 watts but there are 3 other options – 700, 1,000 and 1,200 watts. Choosing one will depend on how much you are willing to spend.
Remember that the bigger the motor, the more noise it’ll produce and if you’re juicing for just a few persons then save the hundred bucks or so and go with this.
It has a built-in pulp catch bin that holds can hold a lot of pulp. One technique that folks use in order to save time is placing a plastic bag inside the catch bin.
After extracting juice you won’t need to wash the container – just remove the plastic and throw it away.
There are two speed options – high and low. Breville recommends the low setting for juicing the soft stuff like oranges or strawberries and high for fibrous ingredients like carrot or celery.
Feed chute measures 3″ in diameter so unless you’re juicing a giant apple or watermelon, you don’t need to chop.
Budget Option: Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain
Most Breville juicers in this list cost more than $150 and if you don’t want to spend that much on a juicer then this would be your best option.
But don’t let its size fool you, even with “only” 700 watts the motor will have enough power for extraction.
The compact size has an advantage of fitting inside smaller kitchens and at just 16” tall – it’ll fit under most cabinets.
Like the JE98XL, this variant has a wide 3″ opening that minimizing prep time.
If there is a downside that would be the amount of juice it can extract. If you have a big family and make juice for more than 3, you may want to opt for a bigger juicer. But for singles or couples this is a great option.
One great thing about being compact is that it’s easy to clean. The pulp catcher is built-in under the cutting blades. It also comes with a 25 ounce jug with a froth separator.
Cold Juice: Breville BJE430SIL The Juice Fountain Cold
My biggest issue with a centrifugal juicer is the short shelf life of juice it extracts.
Since these machines utilize blades that spin several thousand rpm, it creates a lot of heat that oxidize juice.
It also sucks in air that add further accelerate juice degradation. So instead of storing it for up to 3 days, you can only store it for 24 hours max.
Breville says that the BJE430SIL utilizes a new technology that significantly reduces heat transfer from blade to juice.
It uses a micro-mesh filter that shields the juice from the friction created by the blade which lengthens that time you can store it – up to 3 days.
Powering this extractor is an 850 watt motor with 2 speeds –low and high. Low setting spins the blade up 6,500 rpm while the high setting spins it up to 13,000 rpm.
It also has a large 3.5 liter pulp catcher and a 70 ounce juice jug with froth separator. So this machine can make juice for up to 4 or 5 people.
The “Cold Spin” technology is a nice development but make sure to clean the micro-mesh filter thoroughly after every use to maintain performance.
Smoothie Maker: Breville BJE820XL Dual Disc
The BJE820XL is Breville’s latest juicer available right now. Not only will this extractor make juice, it comes with a second puree disk that Breville says is capable of making smoothies, baby food and sauces.
It has lots of power with 1,200 watts under the hood with 5 speeds to maximize yield from soft to hard fruits and veggies.
The multispeed feature also minimizes noise if you don’t need to utilize all the power.
It’s easy to clean because it has a stainless die cast finish that looks sleek.
Even with the huge 1,200 motor and 3.2 quart pulp container, Breville still managed to keep the height down to a manageable 17” so this will fit under the cabinet. Depth wise it takes a bit of space – around 9” worth of it but it should fit inside a standard sized kitchen.
There will be minimal chopping needed as well because it has a 3 inch feed chute.
If you have kids, the large 1.1 quart juice jug will be able to serve 3 to 5 kids. It has a puree disk that can make baby food and sauces so it adds an element of versatility.
Here’s a comparison between the Breville and Omega VRT…
Surprisingly Breville extracted more juice that the Omega. This feat in itself is impressive but at the expense of oxidation. Juice extracted by a Breville will last only 24 hours tops.
It did not taste as good as the juice from Omega so that’s something to think about when choosing between these two.
Breville is a great brand that prides itself in quality and to a certain extent innovation with the micro-mesh and dual blade system.
Despite being an older model, we feel that the JE98XL offers the best value for money because it still has enough power to do the job. It’s not the biggest or the most powerful but that’s not necessarily a bad thing because it’ll be less noisy.
If space is a concern then go with the BJE200XL because it has the smallest footprint. It only measures 16″ tall so it’ll fit even inside small kitchens. It’s also the cheapest of the 4 here.
The BJE430SIL claims to make juice that you can store for 3 days. But take it with a grain of salt because there’s lot of air still goes into the juice thanks to the fast spinning blades. And this can also lead to oxidation.
Lastly, the BJE820XL is their latest product and most expensive. It comes with two blades – a standard cutting blade and puree blade. The latter can make smoothies, baby food and sauces and makes this a versatile option. But it won’t be as good as a blender so don’t expect too much.
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