The Breville RM-JE98XL 850-Watt Juice Fountain Plus appears to be a remarkable refurbished centrifugal juicer. In fact, I was quite surprised at the positive consumer reviews this particular juicer received. My personal impression of refurbished machinery (of any type) is that it substandard. It turns out that many people are quite happy with their purchases of this re-manufactured Breville juicer.
Although I have already given you a brief synopsis of my overall opinion of this juicer, I feel it may be necessary for you to read on. If you still have any skepticism about the quality of this refurbished piece, allow me an opportunity to argue in its favor. Also, even if you are able to overlook its refurbished status and you are thinking of purchasing this juicer, allow me to run through a few of its specifications and features to help you decide if this is the right juicer for you. After all, there are hundreds of juicers on the market today. You should make your decision with as much information as possible, not simply by reading my two-sentence opening statement. So, onward and upward, let’s get on with this article.
I have already mentioned that, despite being re-manufactured, the Breville RM-JE98XL has received considerably positive consumer reviews. In fact, when I look at the reviews given to this product by actual consumers, I see that the ratio of positive to negative feedback for this juicer is equitable to that of other, non-refurbished Breville juicers. Basically, this means that consumers are giving the same type feedback for this re-manufactured machine as they have given to other non-re-manufactured Breville juicers.
When the process is completed correctly, purchasing a refurbished product is a great way to get a top-of-the-line product for a middle-of-the-line price. Another part of the reason I surprisingly find myself recommending this refurbished juicer is the superior re-manufacturing process Breville puts its products through.
Many of the refurbished products I have found in the past were re-manufactured by secondary companies who replaced broken parts with whatever they could find – whether those parts actually belonged with the machine or not. Alternatively, Breville has completed this entire re-manufacturing process themselves.
Some companies perform substandard refurbish process by replacing broken parts with similar parts, but not the kinds of parts which the design originally called for. Breville, on the other hand, has replaced broken parts with matching pieces instead of simply choosing whatever looks similar. Additionally, they have deep-cleaned and thoroughly inspected each re-manufactured juicer before allowing it to leave the warehouse.
Mid-Level Motor May Malfunction
Interestingly, although the non-refurbished version of this juicer sells for nearly top-of-the-line prices, its motor is in no way a reflection of superiority in the world of juicers. As a quick side note, you should know that I wouldn’t recommend paying top dollar for this juicer, which is why I find the refurbished version to be so attractive.
The 850-watt motor included in this juicer can sufficiently handle the task of juicing at this juicer’s two speeds of 6500 and 12,000 RPM for short periods of time. In fact, I think you should be able to easily extract a few glasses worth of juice before worrying about the motor overheating. For comparison sake, I would say that a 600-watt motor could only handle creating one glass without taking a break, and that a 1000-watt motor could create an entire pitcher, if not more.
Sufficient Speed Settings
This Breville juicer offers two different speed settings. The high speed (12,000 RPM) is meant for breaking down hard foods such as carrots and celery. The low speed setting (6500 RPM) is ideal for juicing soft foods without completely destroying their enzymes or creating massive amounts of foam.
If you plan to juice medium-density fruits and vegetables such as apples and pineapples you will have to select either the low setting (which may have difficulties breaking them down and, thus, not extract much juice) or the high setting (which may obliterate their enzymes and create a lot of foam), since there is no medium setting.
Breville provides a few basic features which are unique to their juicing machines. First, the safety locking system ensures that the machine will not run if the lid is off and that once the machine is running the lid stays firmly in place. Second, the overload protection constantly monitors the temperature of the motor and shuts down the entire system if its senses that the motor may be on the verge of overheating.
Finally, Breville’s patented Nutri Disc stays cool during the juicing process to reduce the amount of heat transfer from the machine to the juice as the blades spin at high RPMs. This is important, because it is the heat produced by these high RPMs which is suspected of killing important enzymes in your food as it goes through the centrifugal juicing process.
Expanding upon the many extras included with this particular juicer would cause me to stretch this article to unfathomable lengths. I fear that I would lose your attention half-way through simply because the article would become so long. Suffice to say that the incredible extras include a three-inch feeding chute capable of devouring entire fruits and vegetables, a large 1-liter juice pitcher with an easy-pour spout, handle, measurement lines and built-in froth separator, a special cleaning brush designed for the mesh filter, and a very large pulp collector.
I would recommend this juicer to those who are looking to create one to three glasses of juice at a time. Larger quantities will risk overheating the motor. Luckily, Breville’s overload protection would kick in at that point to stop you from actually causing damage to the motor, but would still require that you take a break to allow the motor to cool. Who wants to have to take multiple breaks when trying to create a large pitcher of juice? Not me. If you are likely to create large pitchers or glasses of juice for multiple people, I would suggest selecting a juicer with a higher-wattage motor.
Also, the two speed settings are sufficient, but may leave you wanting more if you are someone who often creates juices with medium-density foods such as apples and pineapples.
Although upgraded features such as the Breville basics and multiple extras are tempting all on their own, especially at the reduced price associated with a refurbished product, I caution you to select your juicer on the basis of your needs rather than just to get the most bang for your buck.