Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Review
Pros: Excellent at juicing hard produce, easy to clean, great juice quality
Cons: Substandard at juicing leafy greens, lackluster soft produce performance
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Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain
$149.95 at Amazon
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|Pros||Excellent at juicing hard produce, easy to clean, great juice quality||Extremely easy to clean, great at juicing leafy greens||Strong motor is good for juicing hard produce, large pulp container, custom scrubber eases cleaning||Inexpensive, decently easy to clean, good juice quality||Dual-speed, good with soft produce, good juice quality|
|Cons||Substandard at juicing leafy greens, lackluster soft produce performance||Subpar at juicing hard and soft produce||Minute yields with leafy greens, juice can be gritty and foamy||Average juice yield||So-so with carrots, beets, struggles with leafy greens|
|Bottom Line||This machine earns our praise for delivering an excellent performance at juicing hard produce||While this isn't the best product overall, it is the best option for juicing leafy greens on a budget||A premium model with a strong motor that is excellent at juicing hard produce||A solid juicer with a very reasonable price tag, this represents one of the best values in our review||If you are looking for a solid all-around appliance that won't break the bank, we think this is a good option|
|Rating Categories||Breville JE98XL Jui...||Aicok Slow Masticat...||Hamilton Beach Big...||Hamilton Beach 6760...||Mueller Ultra-Juice...|
|Juice Quality (25%)|
|Soft Produce (20%)|
|Hard Produce (20%)|
|Leafy Greens (20%)|
|Specs||Breville JE98XL Jui...||Aicok Slow Masticat...||Hamilton Beach Big...||Hamilton Beach 6760...||Mueller Ultra-Juice...|
|Warranty||1 Year||2 Year||3 year||3 year||2 Year|
|Dimensions||9" x 16" x 17"||17.1" x 13.1" x 8.9"||14.5" x 14.5" x 9"||14.4"1 x 7.8" x 11.46"||16" x 8.1" x 16"|
|Dishwasher Safe?||Yes, most parts||Yes||Yes||Yes||Filter blade|
Our Analysis and Test Results
We found the Breville Juice Fountain to perform essentially on the same level as the Juice Fountain Elite. The Elite version handled soft produce better, but this base version was better with hard produce and leafy greens — and costs about half as much.
This metric comprises the largest portion of the overall score for each juicer in our review. We used three different juice blends to judge performance, rating the quality, taste, and texture of each drink produced.
The Juice Fountain delivered an above-average performance in our first evaluation, a primarily beet juice blend that also included apples, carrots, ginger root, celery, and cucumbers. We found the juice produced to be extremely flavorful, with a consistent taste throughout the drink. It also had a great texture and consistency, being very smooth throughout, though a fair bit of foam was produced.
The Juice Fountain performed about the same in our second test, an orange, apple, and romaine lettuce juice blend. The final product was very smooth with no pulp and minimal foam, but the citrus taste from the orange proved to be slightly overwhelming and much more prevalent than in other models.
We used a drink known as the sunset blend for our final assessment, made up of apples, beetroot, carrots, oranges, and sweet potatoes. Again, the Juice Fountain did very well, tying for the top spot overall. The juice cocktail was highly flavorful, with a smooth and creamy texture that was very consistent throughout.
For our second metric, we looked at the proficiency of each product at juicing soft produce, using oranges, apples, cucumbers, and celery as our sample types. We based scores for this metric on the yield from each type of fruit or veggie and the amount of foam and pulp produced.
The Juice Fountain started off with a good performance in our cucumber test. This model produced about 200mL of juice — above the average amount of 188mL. In addition, the juice was almost completely devoid of pulp and only had a tiny bit of foam.
Moving on to celery, the performance of the Juice Fountain dropped a bit, but it still produced an average yield compared to the other models. There were moderate amounts of foam, and the juice separated out quite rapidly, but there again was hardly any pulp. Performance again declined with orange juice, with a slightly less-than-average yield. However, this model again did an excellent job of producing juice without pulp. The less pulp a juice has, the longer it will last, a benefit for those who like to make a lot at once to have several days worth on hand.
Redemption was found when we moved to apple juice. The Juice Fountain did exceptionally well here, earning the top score of the whole group. It produced 230mL of juice — well above the average amount of 172.5mL. Again there was no pulp, though there was about a half-inch of foam, and the apple juice separated relatively quickly. This occurred with most of the centrifugal juicers.
Next, we moved on to hard produce, using carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets, and again judging each juicer on the yield and quality of the juice produced. This is where the Juice Fountain was top dog, delivering an excellent performance and claiming the top spot.
The Juice Fountain delivered an unmatched performance at juicing carrots, yielding far more juice than the average amount. There was only a tiny bit of foam and no pulp whatsoever. If you're someone who loves to put carrots in all your juices, this is the model to buy.
This superb performance was carried into our beet juice test, with the Juice Fountain earning another top spot. It again produced much more juice than the average with no pulp. There was a bit of foam, but only about 0.75". For sweet potatoes, this juicer yielded about 50mL more than average with minuscule amounts of pulp and a small amount of foam. Are you starting to see a trend here?
This metric was assessed much the same as the prior two metrics, with scores based on juice yield and quality. We used curly leaf kale, spinach, and wheatgrass as our sample leafy greens. Unfortunately, the Juice Fountain had a mediocre showing in this category.
Throughout our testing, wheatgrass proved to be very telling, with some models barely able to produce a few drops. The Juice Fountain didn't do particularly well with this test, though it still made a few milliliters of juice. The average for our test group was 2.5mL from 12 grams of wheatgrass, and the maximum output was 5mL. This model squeezed out 1.5mL total.
The Fountain performed relatively the same at juicing kale, creating about 10mL less juice than the average. However, it didn't create a ton of foam. For the last test in this metric, spinach, performance improved a bit. This juicer had a slightly higher than average juice yield, but that juice had a little foam on the surface of the liquid.
For our final metric, we judged the difficulty in cleaning out each juicer. The Juice Fountain scored quite well, tying for a runner-up position.
The majority of the components for this juicer are safe to clean in the dishwasher, immediately earning this product some points. The discs are quite easy to clean, as are the lid, strainer bowl, and pulp container. None of these parts have areas that trap food or cause any extra difficulty in cleaning. The Juice Fountain also includes a quality cleaning brush.
This juicer is actually quite a decent value, providing excellent performance at a substantially lower price than many other top models.
The Breville Juice Fountain is a top-notch juicer that only had some minor deficiencies when it came to juicing leafy greens. It did reasonably well in the rest of our rating metrics, making it an excellent choice if you want a premium juicer but are still shopping on a budget.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer