The Juice Fountain Plus (Breville JE98XL) Review
Drinking freshly squeezed juice from fruits and vegetables is hugely beneficial for you, however, buying them from a store or juicing shop can prove very costly especially when it is on a daily basis. That’s why buying your own juicer will save you a whole load of bucks and also bring you so much joy in making it all yourself.
Today we’ll be reviewing one of the most popular juicers on the market, the Breville JE98XL (or sometimes known as the Juice Fountain Plus), and letting you know the ins and outs of what makes this juicer so in demand.
850 Watt Dual Speed Motor
The Breville JE98XL is equipped with a solid 850-watt motor which is heavy-duty enough to last you for years regardless of what kinds of fruit and vegetables you may be juicing.
The overall construction of the juicer itself is very sturdy and will be able to last you through all your juicing endeavors without decreasing in quality. The cutting disk is made from stainless steel and so is the mesh filter basket and will be able to withstand all the fruits and vegetables that you may throw at it.
The plastic components of this juicer are BPA-free so you can be reassured that there won’t be any chemical toxins leaching your fresh juices.
The juicer is easy to take apart and reassemble when you’re done using it, so even if you’ve never used an appliance like this before, you won’t have much to worry about. There is a detailed instruction manual included to help you know what component does what and also how to work the juicer efficiently.
Safety Locking Arm
The safety locking arm feature is in place to stop the juicer which stops the juicer from operating if the arm is not in place, this is great for ensuring that no accidents happen in your kitchen.
Overload Protection LED
The juicer features an overload protection LED to help notify you when you’re putting too much into your juicer at once.
There have been instances that once this LED goes red, you won’t be able to use the juicer anymore and Breville has admitted that this is a common fault that occurs with this model.
So it’s best to take it slow and steady with the JE98XL so you don’t overload it.
Dishwasher Safe Parts
The components of the juicer are easy to clean as they can all be removed quickly after you’re finished. The juicer comes with a cleaning brush to help scrub off tougher bits that have stuck to the parts. We recommend washing your parts straight away after juicing this will make it easier to get off.
The parts that are removable on the juicer can also be put in the dishwasher to make the cleaning up process extra quick and easy for you. However, the base of the juicer cannot be put in the dishwasher.
When the juicer is all assembled, it may be slightly too chunky to store in some kitchen cupboards, but you could always remove the larger components to comfortably fit it in. It’s not the smallest of appliances so will take up some room on your kitchen counters.
High Capacity Juice Jug
The juicer comes with a 34 oz. juice jug to collect all your juiced vegetables, this will enable you to juice a larger amount at one time without having to constantly change over the juice jug.
The jug is implemented with a handle and also an easy to pour spout so you can transfer your fresh juice into glasses to serve to all your friends and family. The lid of the jug also has a built-in froth separator to make sure what you’re drinking in your glass is froth-free.
There is also a pulp collector connected to the juicer to collect all the leftover pulp from your fruits and vegetables. The pulp collector can also be lined with a plastic bag to help clean up afterward much easier for you.
The pulp collector container is pretty large so will be able to hold a lot of the leftover pulp from big batches of juicing before it needs emptying again.
Extra-wide 3-inch Chute
The Breville JE98XL is equipped with an extra-wide 3-inch chute so you can insert some vegetables into the juicer whole. This saves you the preparation time of having to cut and dice all your ingredients up beforehand ready to juice them.
2 Speed Electronic Control
Implemented with a 2-speed electric motor, this juicer is enabled to juice both hard and soft fruits and vegetables so you can switch up your juice combinations whenever you want.
The high speed (14,000 RPM) is used for more solid fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots. The lower speed (6500 RPM) is used for softer fruits and vegetables like melon, oranges, and leafy greens.
Mid to High-Level Noise
The noise levels that this juicer produces are around the mid to high-level range, it’s definitely not quiet but also not so offensive that you dread using the juicer. If you find that the juicer is starting to make some alarmingly loud noises then you’ve probably run yourself into some problems.
If you’re after a quiet or silent juicer, then this Breville JE98XL will not be for you. That being said, we haven’t yet come across a silent juicer on our adventures so far, so if you manage to find one before we do then do let us know.
What Foods Can Breville JE98XL Juice?
This juicer would not be recommended if you’re wanting to juice leafy greens like kale, spinach, or wheatgrass. The leaves tend to get shredded and not juice and end up getting stuck to the wall of the hopper. You can get a small capacity of juice out of leafy greens whilst juicing at low speed, but you won’t be able to get the full amount.
How Well Does The Breville JE98XL Juice?
You’ll get some decent juice yield from this juicer which will leave a semi-dry pulp. However, this is a centrifugal juicer so it’s built for speed and efficiency, which will, in turn, decrease the quality of your juice.
The high speed causes the juice to heat up and oxidize, which then destroys some of the beneficial nutrients of your fruits and vegetables. This is why juice from a centrifugal juicer like the Breville JE98XL comes out frothy.
However, if you’re a beginner at juicing, you probably won’t even be able to taste the difference and you’ll be more than satisfied with the yield and quality that your juicer produces.
If you are new to juicing, then you’ll be glad to know that Breville has included some tasty recipes to get you started in the manual provided with the juicer. The handful of recipes will be enough to get you started and will give you some inspiration of what kinds of fruits and vegetables pair well together.
- Two speeds controls for whatever you’re blending
- Made from BPA-free plastic so no toxins will leach into your juice
- Juices your fruits and vegetables quickly
- Large chute so reduces preparation time for juicing
- Parts are dishwasher safe so cleaning up is made quicker and easier
- It creates more pulp than some other juicers so there is more wastage
- The motor is really powerful and makes the juice splatter everywhere
- Doesn’t juice leafy greens very well
Overall, this is a good quality juicer and we can see why it’s remained so popular in the juicing community.
We’d recommend this Breville JE98XL for those looking to get into juicing for the first time as it’s easy to operate, reliable motor and high capacity jug and collector make it perfect for trying out all different recipes until you find your favorite one.
If you’re experienced in the art of juicing, then this may be a little too simplistic for you and you’ll probably want something that has a higher juice yield and also something that produces high-quality juice, more so like a masticating juicer.