If you are in search of a top-quality centrifugal juicer, you need not look any further. The Breville Juice Fountain Plus, while slightly more expensive than many other centrifugal juicers, will outperform many similar juicers on the market today. If you are unsure of what it is you are looking for, you need not worry, because this article intends to review the Juice Fountain Plus in such a way as to assist you in figuring out if it will meet your needs.
Strong and Fast
The Breville JE98XL features a powerful 850-watt motor designed to handle almost anything you throw at it. For comparison sake, allow me to explain a little bit about wattage when it comes to juicer motors. Lower-end juicers often feature 400 to 600-watt motors. High-end masticating juicers often feature 900 or 1000-watt motors. Centrifugal juicers like the Juice Fountain Plus work much differently than masticating juicers, which means they do not require as strong of a motor.
Regardless of the type of juicer you choose to purchase, any 400 to 600-watt motor isn’t likely to last very long or handle large loads of difficult-to-process foods. If you are confused about the differences between centrifugal and masticating juicers or motors with different wattages, head over to my informational pages for more details.
The 850 watt motor of the Breville will easily handle everyday use. Whereas some 400-watt and 600-watt motors become overheated and break down with heavy usage, you should be able to use your Juice Fountain Plus multiple times a day with little problem. Some 400 and 600-watt centrifugal juicers have a very difficult time breaking down hard foods such as carrots and cucumbers. The rotating slicer simply cannot gather enough energy to break through their tough compositions. The 850-watt motor will provide the strength necessary for breaking down these foods without sacrificing the speed offered by a centrifugal juicer. In fact, this particular juicer can create up to 8 ounces of juice in just 5 seconds.
This juicer offers you the choice of two speeds: 12,000 RPM and 6,500 RPM. The 12,000 RPM setting is best used for breaking down hard foods such as carrots and apples. It is necessary for the blade to spin rather quickly to make its way through these foods. Softer foods, such as bananas and strawberries can easily be broken down at the slower, quieter 6,500 RPM setting.
Feed It Whole Apples
Something I love about this juicer is that you can easily slide a small to medium-sized apple into its 3-inch feeder tube. You will not need to spend extra time cutting up your food into small pieces. You will not need to spend extra time cleaning up the mess you made while chopping up your food. Simply drop it in and turn it on.
For Your Safety
The JE98XL has two very important safety features designed to protect you from harm and from breaking your juicer. Firstly, it features a safety locking arm which prevents the juicer from turning on without its cover. It also has special sensors built in to its motor which will disable your juicer if the motor begins to overheat. Personally, I have on more than one occasion sniffed my small kitchen appliances for signs that they were overheating. Like you, I work hard for my money and do not intend to spend more of it fixing broken and worn-out motors.
Overheating shouldn’t be too much of a problem, considering that the 850-watt motor is designed to handle difficult foods and extended use. Still, it is nice to have such a feature just in case; you will not need to worry that your motor is overheating.
All The Extras
Since the Breville Juice Fountain Plus is more expensive than many other centrifugal juicers, it is nice to know that it contains some special extras intended to make your life easier. I like to call these kinds of extra features “convenience” features. They are not necessary and really do not make much of a difference in terms of the juicer’s performance, but they will make a difference in your busy life.
A major complaint many people have about juicers is that you often have to stop what you’re doing to empty the pulp collector. This juicer’s large external pulp collector will allow you to create large batches of juice without having to stop. Also, you can easily wrap this juicer’s electrical cord around its feet and clip it into place so that you do not need to worry about it getting in the way. As someone whose cupboard shelves are actually metal grates, this feature is very important to me. There are few things more annoying in my kitchen than having to fight with cords which fall between the cracks and tangle themselves around the Lazy Susan.
A major consumer concern relating to most centrifugal juicers is linked to food enzymes. People often worry that the high speeds at which the blades spin create aa high heat that breaks down the enzymes of food, thus making it lose a lot of its nutritional value. The Juice Fountain Plus features a patented “Nutri Disc” which is designed to maintain low temperatures and preserve food enzymes.
In my research I was able to find a fair number of consumer reviews. Of those reviews, I was happy to see that only a small percentage was negative. The most common complaint was that the pulp was often rather wet. Ideally, pulp should be dry. The purpose of a juicer is to remove as much liquid as possible from food. Wet pulp means that a considerable amount of juice has been left behind. Unfortunately, wet pulp is simply ‘par for the course’ when it comes to centrifugal juicers.