Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite Review
Pros: Easy to clean, good hard produce yield, great juice quality
Cons: Expensive, subpar juice yield with leafy greens
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Our Analysis and Test Results
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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, finishing in the runner-up position overall for this metric.
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.
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 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.
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, finishing near the bottom of the group.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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