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Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite Review

Price:   $300 List | $289.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to clean, good hard produce yield, great juice quality
Cons:  Expensive, subpar juice yield with leafy greens
Bottom line:  The Juice Fountain Elite looks a little nicer than the standard model, but costs a lot more and performs about the same
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Manufacturer:   Breville

Our Verdict

Earning the same score as the standard Breville Juice Fountain — an Editors' Choice award winner — the Breville Juice Fountain Elite is undeniably a fantastic juicer. It has a larger motor, larger pulp container, and is constructed of higher-end materials — titanium instead of stainless steel, stainless steel instead of heavy-grade polymer. However, we did not find these improvements to lead to a noticeable performance improvement in our tests. This, coupled with a price that is almost double, makes it hard to give this product an award, but it is an excellent juicer and is a great option for someone who is willing to pay top dollar for the sleekest and most stylish kitchen appliances.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
David Wise and Austin Palmer

Last Updated:
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November 8, 2017

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Earning the same score as the JE98EXL Juice Fountain, the Juice Fountain Elite didn't perform exactly the same. The Elite did a little better than the standard model at juicing soft produce, like cucumbers, celery, apples, and oranges, but slightly worse at juicing leafy greens, like kale or spinach. The Elite did do a bit better than the Aicok, doing a much better job at juicing both hard and soft produce. However, the Aicok has a definite edge over both Breville models at extracting juice from leafy greens.

The stylish Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite.
The stylish Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite.

Performance Comparison


To determine which of these products is worthy of an award, we bought the best models available and pitted them head-to-head in over a dozen different tests, spread over five weighted rating metrics. The sections below detail the performance of the Juice Fountain Elite and its score in each metric.

Juice Quality is the most important metric of our review.
Juice Quality is the most important metric of our review.

Juice Quality


Meriting the most weight out of any of the metrics, our Juice Quality metric is responsible for 40% of the total score for each juicer. We used three different recipes to test out each juicer, scoring each product on the taste and quality of the different juice cocktails produced. The Breville Juice Fountain Elite did very well, earning a 7 out of 10 for its performance. The chart below shows how the Elite compared to the rest of the products in the group.


The Breville Elite did quite well in our first test — a beet juice recipe known as "Can't Beet It" that also contains apples, carrots, celery, cucumbers, and ginger root — matching the performance of the Omega Nutrition Center. The finished drink was very smooth in texture and had an overall pleasant taste, with no distinct flavors overwhelming the rest.

The green juice produced by the Elite was well blended and had a more neutral taste.
The green juice produced by the Elite was well blended and had a more neutral taste.

For the second test, we made a juice cocktail consisting of romaine lettuce, apples, and oranges, as well as celery and cucumbers. The Elite performed a little worse, creating a blend that was a little more watery than we would have liked. The flavor was quite neutral, even bordering on bland, making the drink much less palatable than the very flavorful mixture produced by the Omega. The texture of the Breville's drink was very smooth, with no pulp at all.

The Juice Fountain Elite had a great texture and consistency  but flavors were a little dampened.
The Juice Fountain Elite had a great texture and consistency, but flavors were a little dampened.

For the final test of this metric, we made a recipe referred to as the "Sunset Blend", made up of sweet potatoes, orange, carrot, beets, and apples. The Juice Fountain Elite finished out this metric with a strong showing, creating a smooth and creamy beverage. However, while it did have excellent consistency, the flavor was a little more muted than some of the over drinks produced.

The Breville Juice Fountain Elite is one of the best at juicing soft produce.
The Breville Juice Fountain Elite is one of the best at juicing soft produce.

Soft Produce


For our next metric, comprising 20% of the total score, we looked at the yield and quality of the juice produced when using soft produce. We used apple, orange, cucumbers, and celery to evaluate each juicer, with the Breville Juice Fountain Elite earning a 7 out of 10 for its stellar performance and tying for the top spot, as shown in the following chart.


The Elite did an excellent job when tasked with juicing cucumbers, generating a well above average yield of juice that had only trace amounts of pulp. There also was only a mild amount of foam produced. For our next test, the Elite didn't do quite as well, only delivering an average showing when juicing celery. Again, the juice had essentially zero pulp and only a moderate amount of foam, but the amount of juice generated was right in line with the average of the group.

The Elite crushed it when it came to cucumbers producing the highest yield and least amount of pulp and foam.
The Elite crushed it when it came to cucumbers producing the highest yield and least amount of pulp and foam.

The Elite's performance dropped below average when we tested out its abilities at juicing oranges, generating about 10 mL less juice than the average. The juice was still pulp free, but had about a half inch of foam on the top. The Elite's score rebounded in our final test for this metric, earning the top score overall at juicing apples. It created over 50 mL more juice than the average juicer and had basically no pulp. However, the juice did separate out relatively quickly and there was about a half inch of foam created.

The Juice Fountain Elite was 2nd best when it came to hard produce only to be beaten out by the Breville JE98XL.
The Juice Fountain Elite was 2nd best when it came to hard produce only to be beaten out by the Breville JE98XL.

Hard Produce


Our next metric, Hard Produce, also is responsible for 20% of the total score. We used carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets as are three test cases, again scoring the juice yield and quality for each product. The Breville Juice Fountain Elite did a fantastic job, earning an 8 out of 10 for its performance and finishing in the runner-up position overall for this metric, as shown in the chart below.


The Juice Fountain Elite again claimed the overall runner-up position in our carrot juicing test, creating substantially more juice than the average. There were only mild amounts of pulp and hardly any foam created.

The Elite had the 2nd highest yield of carrot juice and one of the lowest amount of pulp.
The Elite had the 2nd highest yield of carrot juice and one of the lowest amount of pulp.

This model struggled a little more with beets, but still generated a slightly higher than average amount of juice. Again, there was practically zero pulp created, but there was about a half inch of foam on the surface of the beet juice.

The Elite couldn't quite beat the JE98XL for beet juice.
The Elite couldn't quite beat the JE98XL for beet juice.

The Elite did bounce back in our final test, delivering a strong showing when juicing sweet potatoes, regaining the overall runner-up position right behind the Juice Fountain. It had a well above average yield, with only mild amounts of pulp and a small bit of foam.

The Elite had poor performance for leafy greens.
The Elite had poor performance for leafy greens.

Leafy Greens


Comprising 20% of the total score, our Leafy Greens metric utilizes the same criteria as the previous two. We used curly-leaf kale, wheatgrass, and spinach as our representative leafy greens for our tests, judging the performance of each product on each test independently. The Juice Fountain Elite definitely struggled with this metric, earning a 3 out of 10 and finishing near the bottom of the group, as shown below.


This product severely struggled in our first test: juicing wheatgrass. The Elite couldn't even manage to extract a single milliliter of juice, while the top performing product, the Omega created 5 mL of juice from the same amount of wheatgrass.

The Elite produced an almost unmeasurable amount of wheat grass juice  but at least it produced something unlike the Cuisinart.
The Elite produced an almost unmeasurable amount of wheat grass juice, but at least it produced something unlike the Cuisinart.

Unfortunately, the Elite floundered when it came to juicing kale, delivering about 10 mL less juice than the average. However, there was almost no foam produced. This poor performance carried over into our spinach test, with the Elite again yielding far less than the average amount of spinach juice produced and created a decent amount of foam.

The Breville juicers distinguished themselves as being particularly easy to clean.
The Breville juicers distinguished themselves as being particularly easy to clean.

Cleaning


For the final 15% of the score, we evaluated how much effort it took to clean out each product after using it. We rated the difficulty in cleaning each of the components by hand, as well as if they are dishwasher safe, and if there is a cleaning brush included. The Breville Juice Fountain Elite finished out with a solid performance, tying for the overall runner-up position with its 8 out of 10. The chart below shows how the rest of the products fared when it came to ease of cleaning.


The majority of the components are dishwasher-safe and none of them are too much work to clean by hand. All of the components are relatively smooth, with no areas that were prone to catching fruit and vegetable remnants. There is also an included cleaning tool that is quite high-quality and showed no signs of wear and tear after extensive use on our part.

Value


If you are looking for a value option, then you should definitely look elsewhere. There are other models that performed equivalently and cost substantially less.

Conclusion


The Breville Juice Fountain Elite is a top-of-the-line, premium option and is priced to suit. It performs quite well across the board, delivering a particularly notable performance in our Hard Produce and Cleaning metrics. It fell a little short at juicing leafy greens, as most centrifugal juicers do. However, it is still an awesome product, but you could definitely find a better value pick out there.
David Wise and Austin Palmer

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