Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Review: Juicer from Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

If you’ve watched the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, this is the juicer that Joe Cross used in that documentary.

It’s a documentary of one man who was able to transform his body in just 60 days. And you’ll see this juicer in that movie.

Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Review

Now let’s have a close look at the juicer in the documentary – the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain. It’s one of Amazon’s bestselling juicers right now.

Let’s find out in this review what makes it good. And learn about potential issues.

The first thing you’ll notice is a lovely silver/black finish that will look great on most kitchens and the wide 3” feed chute.

If you want something easy to use, powerful and can make a lot of juice in a short period, please consider this juicer

Features at a glance

  • Has a two speed setting – low (6,500rpm) for soft fruit and veggies and high (12,000rpm) for harder stuff
  • 850-watt motor
  • 3.3” wide feed chute with cutting knife – less pre-cutting needed
  • 1.1-liter juice jug with froth separator
  • 2.5-liter pulp catcher
  • Has a safety lock mechanism that prevents the juicer from turning on without it being fastened correctly
  • Stainless steel cutting disk and basket
  • Body is made from heavy grade polymer

The good:

  • The two-speed setting gives some flexibility
  • Wide 3” round feed chute means less chopping
  • Large pulp and juice catcher allows you to make big batches
  • Juices very fast
  • Easy to clean

The Bad:

  • Fast spinning cutting disc sucks in a lot of air that oxidizes juice fast
  • Only comes with a 1-year warranty
  • Noisy
  • Does struggle with leafy greens

What to expect from the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain?

I love juicers with wide feed chutes because you don’t need to spend as much time chopping.

For stuff like granny smith apples, lemons or oranges, you don’t need to pre-cut them, same with leafy greens.

Breville JE98XL Features

A technique to get the most out of leafy greens

Experts recommend that to get the most out of leafy greens in a centrifugal juicer, you’ll need to roll it tight and sandwich it between something hard like an apple.

Saves time

This juicer is excellent for people who don’t have much time to spare for juicing.

Wide feed chute

The wide feed chute allows folks to put in whole apples and oranges without pre-cutting them.

Don’t forget to remove the skin of oranges or you’ll end up with bitter tasting juice.

Here’s a demo…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f11lWuRxL-U

It has a two speed setting – low and high for hard and soft ingredients.

Breville recommends the low setting (6,500rpm) to be used when softer fruits and veggies like kale or oranges and high setting (12,000rpm) on harder stuff like carrot or beet.

Those are just recommendations you can experiment and see which setting works best on what type of produce.

This juicer will work best on

Fruit as well as hard, fibrous veggies like beet, carrot, celery, etcetera.

This juicer can extract from leafy greens, but it won’t be as efficient. The cutting disc in these types of juicers need mass to “bite” on, and leafy greens don’t have lots of mass. So you’ll need to do the rolling technique to create that mass.

Experts recommend rolling leafy greens or wrapping stuff collard greens around smaller leaves like spinach, so there is enough mass for the cutting blades to chew on for better yield.

Here’s a demo on how the juicer will perform…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU4jLm0YoRI

If you’re looking to juice a lot of leafy greens though, consider something like the Omega or Samson juicer.

How long can you store juice?

Not very long, juices extracted with this type of machine need to be consumed after juicing it.

If you want to store it, don’t let it exceed a day but let me warn you that there is a high risk of spoilage and food poisoning if you do.

How much preparation is needed?

As you can see in the two videos above, there isn’t much prep work needed unless you’ll juice large stuff like pineapple.

Just stuff everything in the feed chute and use the pusher to push everything down.

People with busy schedules who don’t have too much time on their hands to chop and prepare will love this because you just feed everything inside the chute and turn the machine on.

It’s straightforward to use.

How much juice can it extract?

It is very efficient in juicing fruit and hard vegetables but will struggle on leafy greens because it lacks density for the cutting disk to bite on and shred.

To give you an idea of how much it extracts on a mix of vegetables and fruit watch this video…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm5BzBKv97k

If you’ll notice it nearly filled up the 1.2-liter juice jug which is pretty good, but most of the ingredients in they put in the recipe are fruit.

Is it hard to clean up?

Nope, this juicer only has a few moving parts, so it is very easy to clean.

The hardest part (as with all juicers) is the mesh screen, but fortunately, Breville was kind enough to include a cleaning brush to make this task easier.

Remember to clean the juicer after using, so pulp doesn’t dry up into a nightmarish cleaning job.

Here’s one trick that many juice bars use.

Put a plastic bag on the pulp catcher so that when it fills up, you pick up the bag and throw it away.

This is dishwasher safe but only on the top rack. Juice cover isn’t dishwasher safe though.

See it in Action

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG0K5zoKJYA

What type of juicer is this?

Since it utilizes a high powered motor to spin the cutting disk at over 6,500rpm, this is a centrifugal juicer.

How long is the warranty?

This only comes with a 1-year warranty.

Is it BPA free?

Yes, all the parts are BPA free.

Noise

Surprisingly if you use the low setting which spins the disk at 6,500rpm, noise levels are tolerable.

The high setting is a different story. It’s very loud and very close to the noise levels of a powerful blender.

Voltage

Breville only has the 110-volt version of this juicer.

If you live outside North America and want to buy this, you’ll have to buy a voltage regulator to use this safely.

Dimension

  • 13.2” x 18.2” x 16.5” (width x height x depth)
  • Weighs around 14 pounds

Product Specification

ModelJE98XL Juice Fountain Plus
Feed chute size and shapeRound

3.3" in diameter
RPM
(revolutions per minute)
Low speed - 6,500rpm

High speed - 12,000rpm
Disc type Stainless steel
TypeCentrifugal juicer
Juice vegetables?
Juice fruits?
Cant it make nut butter?No
Can it make sorbet?No
Can it grind coffeeNo
Can it process foodNo
Dishwasher safe
Except for the juice cover
Warranty1 year
Voltage110/120-volts
Motor850 watts

The package includes

  • Motor base (850-watt motor) with interlocking safety arm and cord storage
  • Food pusher
  • Large capacity pulp container with 3” feed chute
  • Nutri disc stainless steel cutting disk and micro mesh filter
  • 1-liter juice jug with froth separator
  • Cleaning brush
  • Nylon bristle brush
  • Recipe booklet

 

Consumer Rating

The JE98XL juice fountain has earned over 2,000 reviews in Amazon alone and hundreds more in other shopping sites, which is a testament to the performance and quality of this juicer.

The Wall Street Journal Test Kitchen calls this the “best in show” in their roundup.

Great yield

If you are concerned about the yield of this, don’t be because a lot of consumers were very happy with the amount of juice this machine was able to extract.

Not so good for leafy greens

The weak point in terms of yield is the green leafy vegetables, but people have shared various techniques on how to improve it.

One tip shared is packing leafy greens over the top of each other and packing it inside the feed chute, adding a few pieces of apple on top of it then turning on the juicer.

People bought after watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Not surprisingly a lot of people bought this after watching the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.

Most of them are happy with the results, particularly how fast and easy it is to use and clean.

One mother said that she wouldn’t be able to use a slow juicer because of the amount of time it takes to prep all the ingredients. With this, she only needs to spend 5 minutes to prep and another 3 minutes to clean up.

Noise level is subjective

Even this juicer spins up to 12,000rpm noise does not seem to be an issue to some consumers.

They went as far as saying that in low speed this is quiet. But others cautioned not to use this early in the morning.

This is, in my opinion, is subjective, if you want an idea of how loud it is, just watched the videos I shared above.

Tends to splatter

Another complaint worth mentioning is the tendency of this juicer to splatter pulp out of the feed chute if you don’t cover it with your hands or pusher.

That’s why some have suggested that you put produce in first before turning it on rather than turning on the machine first before feeding stuff in.

Easy to clean

In terms of clean up, the consensus was it is easy because there were only a few parts to clean.

Overall, most of the consumers who like this juicer were busy individuals looking for something fast. And not require a lot of prep time. The ones who didn’t like it weren’t happy with the yield.

Where can I buy this?

You can buy this juicer from Amazon for less than $150. And it’ll be eligible for the free 2-day shipping if you join Prime. Warranty shouldn’t be a concern as well because Amazon sells extended warranties up to 4 years if you want extra peace of mind.

To Wrap Up

This juicer works best for busy moms or dads (also professionals) who don’t have enough time on their hands to chop up fruits and vegetables to fit in juicers with small feed chutes. That’s because the Juice Fountain has a generous 3.3” feed chute that will require very minimal pre-cutting.

The 850-watt motor that spins the cutting disk between 6,500 and 12,000 makes short work of most ingredients, but you’ll have to keep your hands or pusher on the feed chute so that it does not spit out pulp.

This juicer will do an excellent job on hard fruits and vegetables like apple, celery and carrots.

However, it will struggle with leafy greens like spinach and kale, if you want to buy this and still get a good yield from leafy greens make sure to pack a bunch of them together but even with this technique yield may still be not up to par with a slow juicer.

1 thought on “Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Review: Juicer from Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”

  1. This was a great review! I have had this juicer for a couple of years and just started using it again. I found this information to be very detailed and useful! Thank you!

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