The Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite is a powerful centrifugal juicer with many great features and very few drawbacks.
This mid-priced juicer is quite similar to the much more expensive Breville BJE820XL, although it does not feature a puree disc and offers slightly less power. In my opinion, the differences are negligible, making this cheaper option a fine choice for those on a budget.
That being said, different people require different things from their juicers. In this article, I will review the Breville Juice Fountain Elite. I will look at all of its positive qualities, special features, and drawbacks. I hope to help you decide if this is the right juicer for you – or at least help you narrow down your choices.
Extreme Style and Durability
The Juice Fountain Elite reminds me of a high-tech, extremely expensive cappuccino machine. Its futuristic style and brushed stainless steel exterior add a touch of industrial flare to any kitchen.
Additionally, the stainless steel exterior lends to the superior durability of this particular juicer. Unlike many plastic juicers, you will never need to worry that parts of the Elite will melt as you juice at high speeds and your motor grows warm.
Packs a Punch
Even more important than the appearance and durability of this juicer is its performance. The single most important factor in the performance of any centrifugal juicer is its motor. Since centrifugal juicers work by spinning blade discs to break down food and extract juices, it is important that the motor of this type of juicer is strong enough to handle the speeds at which the blade must move.
This particular juicer has two speed settings, distinguished by their ability to break down specific foods. The low speed is 6,500 rotations per minute (RPM), which is ideal for breaking down soft foods such as bananas and oranges. Harder foods such as pineapples and carrots can be broken down at the high speed of 13,000 RPM. Although I would worry if Breville had placed a 600 or 700-watt motor in the Juice Fountain Elite, I can rest easy knowing that they chose a 1000-watt motor, which is fully capable of handling the above-mentioned speeds.
Many of the special features included in the Juice Fountain Elite are based around convenience. For example, the large 3-inch wide feeder tube makes it easy to drop entire fruits and vegetables inside.
The large pulp container means that you will not have to stop in the middle of a task to empty it out. Also, optional juicer bags can be placed inside the pulp collector and folded over its edges, much like a garbage bag. When you have completed your juicing tasks, you simply lift the juicer bag out of the pulp collector and pitch it into your rubbish disposal. Talk about an easy clean up.
Another wonderful addition is the one-liter juice pitcher which features a built-in froth separator. You will not need to try to separate froth by skimming the top of your juice with a flat spoon (this is what I often do when working with a centrifugal juicer) – the juicer will do all the work for you.
A Smart Machine
This Breville juicer includes a special sensor which will shut the entire system down if it detects the possibility of the motor overheating or if it believes the machine has been overloaded with food. To disengage this ‘overload protection,’ simply unplug your Juice Fountain, allow it to cool, press the reset switch and then carry on.
Another awesome feature which relies on the intelligent design of this machine is its safety locking feature. Like many other Breville juicers, the Elite Juice Fountain will not run without the lid being firmly attached, and the lid will not open if the juicer is running.
A major drawback I found is that the juice spout appears to sit rather low, which will make it quite difficult to fit a juice pitcher beneath it. In fact, it appears as if you will have to make only one glassful at a time. This may be especially frustrating if you are trying to create an entire pitcher for your family or during a party you’re hosting.
I am also slightly put off by the fact that many less expensive juicers have multiple speed settings for different types of foods. Although I am happy to see at least two speed settings and do not believe that five or more speed settings are necessary, I do believe that at least three speeds would be nice to see on such an expensive centrifugal juicer. That way, you will be able to effectively and efficiently extract juice from medium density foods such as apples and pineapples without having to use the high speed setting, which is ideal for carrots and other hard, low-juice foods.
Although consumer reviews for the 800JEXL Juice Fountain are amazingly positive, a few core themes ran through the negative reviews I was able to find. Typical complaints for centrifugal juicers were the most common and included things like the juicer makes a lot of noise, and it takes a lot of fruits and vegetables to get small amounts of juice. One major complaint I found, which was not part of the typical complaints against centrifugal juicers, was that some people have had problems with the Juice Fountain Elite leaking. Not enough people reported this problem for me to be concerned that it is a major manufacturing issue – the majority of people did not experience this problem – but it is still something to be aware of.
As always, I would like to point out that if you are looking for high juice yields, absolutely no froth, and a juicer which easily breaks down leafy greens, there is no centrifugal juicer on the market which can satisfy your needs. Therefore, this juicer will not be the one for you.
However, if you are looking for a quick and easy juicing experience you are on the right track. Style, durability, and the high-efficiency motor of this Juice Fountain Elite are features that make it a top competitor in its price class among centrifugal juicers. Its additional safety and convenience features place it a step above much of the competition. Nothing is without its drawbacks, however, so it is important to keep in mind the drawbacks as outlined above.