Breville is one of the most innovative brands in small kitchen appliances and a well-known manufacturer of good-quality centrifugal juicers. It covers a wide range of centrifugal juice-extracting machines for all budgets and needs.
The JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus Juice Extractor is a non-expensive Breville juicer and is marketed as an entry-level centrifugal machine. The JE98XL model is a beast of a machine that could you juice one of the best juice yields for a variety of ingredients across all Breville centrifugal machines.
Let us have a good look at the highs and lows of the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus juicer before you decide if it will be an excellent addition to your kitchen counter.
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Despite the fact that the centrifugal juicers are not as versatile as masticating, they output a higher than masticating juicers yield for some of the ingredients. While the JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus excels at most of them, showing one of the best juice yield results for the range of products, the centrifugal Juicer is designed to juice. To be precise, the JE98XL Juice Fountain shows the following results:
- It extracts one of the top juice to yield results for firm vegetables like beets, carrots, ginger, and other roots juice;
- It also tops at juicing celery;
- It outputs not the best but still decent results juicing firm fruits like apples and pear juice;
- It also can juice citrus fruits with a decent result.
- Output average or lower than average results for juicing most of the soft veggies like cucumber, pineapple, grape, melon, and tomatoes,
- It is almost useless for juicing leafy greens. And not suitable at all for juicing wheatgrass.
Like all the centrifugal juicers, Breville tends to oxidize juice, and thus such a product must be consumed immediately.
Parts and Design
Starting with the design, The JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus motor unit is made of heavy-duty and durable polymer and has a nice silver finish to it.
The Juicer comes in three major parts: the machine itself, the pusher to push ingredients into the feeding chute, the juice collector, and the pulp container integrated into the body unit to minimize the machine footprint. The machine is constructed with the following part that must be assembled before use and dissembled for cleaning – Body Unit with Interlocking Safety Arm, Filter Bowl, Filter Basket (Nutri Disc), and Juicer Cover with an integrated Feeding System.
The motor embedded is powered with an 850W motor that spins the basket blades with a fast speed of 6,500 — 12,000 rpm and delivers exceptional performance extracting the maximum amount of juice from most of the products as indicated by the leftover dryer pulp.
We do not like the plastic motor-to-basket blade coupling, making the motor constriction not very durable.
Though the Juicers are equipped with a few safety features:
- For example, the safety Locking Arm prevents the Juicer from operating if the cover does not lock properly into place.
- The Overload Protection System does not allow overheating of this machine and automatically will shut off if it is overloaded.
Control Panel and Operation
The JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus is straightforward to operate. The Juicer is built with the facility to go at two speeds and is equipped with a metal switch with Low-Speed / Off /High-Speed functions.
The Low Speed is operated at 6500rpm and designed for processing softer fruits and veggies, while the High Speed operates at 12,000 Rand and is used for firmer fruits and vegetables.
Chute and Produce Feeding
LIKE MOST MODERN CENTRIFUGAL JUICERS, the JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus machine has a 3 inches round shape feed tube opening that is large and wide.
Therefore, lesser cutting of the ingredients is needed before juicing them. For example, the spout can take whole carrots and small to medium-sized beets without pre-cutting them. Likewise, there is no trouble feeding medium-sized apples or peeled orange into it, and no chopping is necessary.
The centrifugal Juicer’s wide chute allows you to feed ingredients very fast and save a lot of time usually spent on juicing.
The Breville filter bowl accommodates the filter basket and holds the juice and pulp before being ejected. The filter bowl thus features the juice outlet and pulp outlet. The bowl is made of transparent BPA-free plastic and does not have any measuring marks that indicate the juicing bowl’s capacity.
Juicing Basket/Filter Basket
The Breville JE98XL Juicer has typical for most centrifugal juicer filter baskets. It has titanium-reinforced stainless steel razor blades at the center of the shredding disc and stainless steel micro-mesh filter screen on the perimeter of the shredding disc.
The shredding disc cuts and chops the whole veggies, then the small shredded parts are centrifuged against a screen where the juice is strained via the filter while the pulp is “ejected” into a pulp collection container. The entire juicing process is fast and effortless, it does not jam even the firmest produce, and you almost do not need to use a pusher.
The Juicer features a 34 fl. oz. /1000ml juice container with black graduations in ounces and ml and a removable froth separator. Like all centrifugal juicers, the Breville JE98XL tends to create a lot of froth when juicing. Thus, with the froth separator, the user can remove it or leave it as it is in the juice.
The machine also has unique centrifugal juicers that integrate with the Juicer to cover the pulp collection container, which will keep tidy all juicing processes and prevent the pulp from splashing around. The pulp container is quite large, with a capacity of 100 oz. /2850 ml. and built to fit a regular plastic grocery bag to catch all the pulp for a trouble-free cleanup (this proved nice).
Cleaning and Assembling/Disassembling
Assembling a centrifugal juicer is usually quite easy. First, place the filter bowl on the base unit, fit the filter basket on the motor coupling, fix the juicer cover on top of the pulp container, and lift the safety locking arm to a vertical locked position. Now it is ready to operate.
All the centrifugal juicers are quite laborious to clean compared to other juicer types because they produce a lot of mess during the operation and usually leave many residues on the juice cover and juicing bowl. Besides, Breville JE98XL Juicer has a large filter basket screen, which is the most laborious part to clean and usually takes about 3 min with a special brush that comes with the juicer set. Thus, the entire Breville JE98XL Juicer cleaning procedure may take up to 5–6 min altogether.
Fortunately, the stainless steel filter basket, juice jug, and lid are top-shelf dishwasher safe, while the juice cover and food pusher are not dishwashers safe. It should be mentioned that you better clean the filter basket manually or at least scrub the sticky fiber with a brush since the dishwasher will not do it efficiently.
Accessories and Replacement Parts
This Juicer does not have an optional attachment available. However, you can buy a replacement part from the manufacturer’s website.
LIKE MOST CENTRIFUGAL JUICERS, Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus Juicer is a loud machine. It releases approximately 75 dB of noise (similar to an average vacuum cleaner), and though it is safe for human health, it could still be disturbing for some people.
The Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus Juicer is covered under a one (1) year limited manufacturer’s warranty against manufacturing defects starting from the original date of purchase.
The manufacturer’s customer service is polite and quick to respond; however, it is not the best industry. The warranty card that comes with the set includes a list of online contact details, toll-free phone numbers, and physical addresses for contacting Breville USA and Canada.
- Motor Base with 850 Watts motor;
- Filter Bowl;
- Juicing / Filter Basket;
- Juicer Cover with Feed Chute;
- Juice Container;
- Pulp Collection Container
- Cleaning brush;
- Use a manual that also includes some recipes.
Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus Juicer is a large machine with a size of 13.2 x 16.5 x 18.2 and weighs 9.92 pounds; it will occupy a large space on your counter and will not fit under the standard kitchen cabinet.
However, it has a power cord that wraps around the bottom of the machine stopping the cable from potential hazards.
Pros and Cons
- Outputs one of the best juice yields across all centrifugal juicers models for most of the ingredients;
- Pretty robust and powerful;
- Great safety features;
- Two speeds – one for soft and the other for hard fruit/veggies
- The jug is handy for storing juice in the refrigerator subsequently;
- Froth separator – Practical inclusion to a jug to avoid too much froth;
- Consumes a reasonable amount of kitchen countertop;
- Might spray some of the pulp about, although it is designed to move into the pulp bin attached;
- Short warranty.
Breville markets the JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus juicer as a budget centrifugal juicer, and it does come at the budget price. However, it is still one of the best Breville juicers that shows even better results for some ingredients than the brand’s premium machines.
The Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus juicer is no doubt a great machine that excels at juicing celery and the most common firm fruits and veggies. Although this machine will not handle most soft fruit and vegetables well and is almost useless for juicing leafy greens or wheatgrass, it is a superb option if you juice quickly and without much effort most common produce.
Just remember, the juice it processes is highly oxidized and has a short shelf-life; thus, it must be consumed immediately. Besides, it is very noisy like the blenders, messy, produces rather wet pulp, and leaves many residuals inside the machine. It also has a very short 1‑year warranty and plastic motor coupling and is not as durable as slow juicers with much longer warranties.
Nevertheless, it has a very appealing price and delivers superb results for celery and beets, carrots, and other root ingredients.