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Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor Review

breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-wattsBreville 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 the non-expensive Breville juicer and 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 a good addition to your kitchen counter.

Functionality

Although 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 produce the centrifugal juicer is designed to juice. To be precise the JE98XL Juice Fountain show the following results:

  • It extracts one of the top juice yield results for the firm vegetables like beets, carrots, ginger, and other roots juice;
  • It also tops at juicing celery;
  • It outputs not the best but still decent result 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.

Breville like all the centrifugal juicers tends to oxidize juice and thus such 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 namely the machine itself, the pusher to push ingredients into the feeding chute, the juice collector, and the pulp container that is integrated into the body unit for minimizing the machine footprint. The machine is constructed with the following part that must be assembled before the use and dissembled for cleaning – Body Unit with Interlocking Safety Arm, Filter Bowl, Filter Basket (Nutri Disc), Juicer Cover with an integrated Feeding System.

Base Unit

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. 

What we do not like is the plastic motor to basket blade coupling which makes the motor constriction not very durable.

Though the Juicers equipped with few safety features:

  • The Safely Locking Arm that prevents the juicer from operating if the cover does not lock properly into place.
  • The Overload Protection System does not allow overheating this machine and automatically will shut off if it is overloaded.

Control Panel and Operation

The JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus is straight forward to operate. The juicer is built with the facility to go at two speeds and equipped with the metal switch that has a 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 is used for firmer fruits and vegetables.  

Chute and Produce Feeding

The JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus machine like most of the modern centrifugal juicers 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. The spout can take whole carrots and small to medium size beets without the need of pre-cutting them. It is no trouble feeding medium size apples or peeled orange into it and no chopping is necessary.

The centrifugal juicers wide chute allows you to feed ingredients very fast and save a lot of time usually spent on juicing.

Filter/Juicing Bowl

The Breville filter bowl accommodates the filter basket and holds the juice and pulp before they ejected out. 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 capacity of the juicing bowl.

Juicing Basket/Filter Basket

The Breville JE98XL Juicer has the typical for the majority of the centrifugal juicer filter basket. It has the 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 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.

Containers

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 with or leave as it is in the juice.

The machine also has a unique for the centrifugal juicers an integrated with the juicer cover the pulp collection container that will keep tidy all juicing process 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 trouble-free clean up (this proved nice).

Cleaning and Assembling/Disassembling

Assembling a centrifugal juicer is usually quite easy. First, place the filter bowl on the base unit, then 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 compare to other juicers type because they produce a lot of mess during the operation and usually leave a lot of 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. 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 though that you better clean the filter basket manually 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.

Noise

Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus Juicer is a loud machine like most of the centrifugal juicers. It releases approximately 75 dB noise (similar to an average vacuum cleaner) and though it is a safe level for human health still could be disturbing for some people.

Warranty

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 manufacture customer service is polite and quick to respond, however, is not the best in the 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.

Set Includes

  • Motor Base with 850 Watts motor;
  • Filter Bowl;
  • Juicing / Filter Basket;
  • Juicer Cover with Feed Chute;
  • Juice Container;
  • Pulp Collection Container
  • Pusher;
  • Cleaning brush;
  • Use a manual that also includes some recipes.

Dimensions

Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus Juicer is the large machine with the size of 13.2 x 16.5 x 18.2 and weighs of 9.92 pounds it will occupy a large space at 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 cable to potential hazards.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • 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 other for hard fruit/veggies
  • The jug is handy for storing juice in refrigerator subsequently;
  • Froth separator – Practical inclusion to a jug for avoiding too much froth;

Cons:

  • 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.

Price

The JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus juicer is marketed by Breville as a budget centrifugal juicer and it does come at the budget price. Still, it is one of the best Breville juicers that shows even better results for some ingredients than the brand’s premium machines.

Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus Juice Extractor, via Amazon

Summary

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 well most of the soft fruit and vegetable and almost useless for the juicing leafy greens or wheatgrass, it is a superb option if you to 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 similar to the blenders, very messy, produces rather wet pulp, and leaves a lot of residuals inside of the machine. It also has a very short 1-year warranty, plastic motor coupling, and is not very durable as slow juicers that have much longer warranties.

Nevertheless, it has a very appealing price and delivers superb results for celery and beets, carrots, and other roots ingredients.

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