The Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain should really be labelled the Smart Breville since it is fitted with a smart chip that adapts the performance of the motor in relation to the food you are juicing.
Is Technology up to making the perfect Juice yet?
If we are almost ready for the robotic revolution then we should start to expect to see appliances taking on a whole new approach too. I’m not saying that the BJE510XL is a robot, but with its multi-speed selector and its smart technology, it seems the future is nearly upon us!
It is also rated quite highly on Amazon, with a 4.5-star average, putting it into my high performing juicer to offer great value for money at around $150.
Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain Review
Let’s look at some of the pros and cons to the BJE510XL:
Breville BJE510XL Juicer Pros
- Easy cleaning – Its simple design and dishwasher safe components make clean up easy.
- Giant Pulp Catcher – The 3 Liter pulp catcher is easy to remove and empty and allows for plenty of juicing
- Large feeding tube – 3 inches is wide enough to put many foods in whole.
- Premium Grade Materials – From the Stainless steel outer and cutting blades to the stainless steel mesh filter
- Fast juicing action – Centrifugal juicers are the fastest type of juicers, and the Breville BJE510XL has a 900-watt motor and an aggressive cutting design.
- BPA Free – None found here so your food is not left contaminated!
- Performance and Price – At under $150 and near-commercial grade, it’s a great balance.
Breville BJE510XL Juicer Cons
- Noise Level – While the juicer is actually a bit quieter than many of the juicers in its performance level, it still does make a good deal of noise. Users who are familiar with juicing on other models should find the noise about average, but users who have never juiced before may be surprised at how loud centrifugal juicers are.
- Poor performance on greens – While it does have adjustable speed settings that make it fairly versatile, the BJE510XL still uses centrifugal juicing action. This type of juicing action is fast, cheap, and easy to clean, and perfect for most fruits and vegetables, but it underperforms with specific types of finer greens, especially wheatgrass.
- Weight – The BJE510XL offers industrial juicing performance, but unfortunately, it also carries an industrial weight. At almost 15 pounds, it’s fairly heavy for a home juicer.
By now you should be aware of what a centrifugal and masticating juicer are (Read our article Masticating vs Centrifugal if not), so you will be aware that the noise will be loud when juicing. If you’re a wheatgrass juice fanatic too, you’ll probably want to buy a masticating juicer.
Masticating juicers are typically slower and more expensive but they do produce higher yields if you are juicing wheatgrass or similar foods leafy greens.
The Finer Details
The Breville BJE510XL works well for most fruits and vegetables, including carrots, apples, kale, spinach, and standard juicing fare. Like we mentioned in the “cons” section, users also frequently report that the Breville BJE510XL struggles to extract large amounts of juice from fine greens, but some users report it works well enough to get by.
The BJE510XL is also fitted with a safety bar and an overload protection switch so that it isn’t damaged should you shove too much into the juicer at one time.
What makes this juicer great though is the LCD on the side, showing which of the 5 speeds you should choose to match the type of juice you are making. Then the juicer will carry out its work accordingly even after you have selected your speed, with its variable speed drive, chopping and juicing your foods.
The BJE510XL has been noted as occasionally spitting out whole veg without being juiced. You’ll find that when you look through the pulp that some may require a second pass through the juicer to extract more nutrients and juice. This is more an issue with centrifugal juicers than the Breville as the spinning cutters may spin the food out into the pulp waste too quickly.
I think it is always a bonus to have dishwasher safe materials, though I am more a fan of washing by hand to ensure there is nothing left for bacteria to grow on. The PRO TIP is to wash the juicer immediately after you finish juicing and it will certainly last. There have been a few reviews which have noted that the plastic does colour with certain food (i.e. Tumeric root), but that can be cleaned again afterwards.
I also mentioned the size of this juicer, and although compact, it is heavy. The cord wraps away neatly too, but don’t expect to be lifting this juicer in and out of the cupboard, so find a happy place for it to live on your sideboard for all those tasty juices you’ll be making.
I am also sure you have read the articles on oxidation and the frothy juices Centrifugal Juicers make. The BJE510XL does have a froth separator so you should get less froth, but that doesn’t stop your juice from meeting a lot of air. So it is recommended that you drink your juice that same day or freeze it. (PRO TIP here is to make ice cubes or freeze your juice for drinking later on in the week, allowing them to thaw during the day!)
The BJE510XL comes with the standard cut off and safety arm to keep you and your juicer safe. That way it won’t be overload and damage the 900-watt motor.
Finally, in the box, you will also find that it has a cleaning brush and scraper combination to help with the mesh cleaning. Always soak the mesh a little while before you start cleaning so you don’t damage the fine mesh though.
The Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain is an excellent choice for the serious juicer or juicing family who isn’t quite ready for a fully commercial grade masticating juicer. It juices quickly and has a proven track record of performance and durability. We’d recommend it for someone looking for outstanding juicing performance for under $200.
I would love to hear from you. Have you owned one before, what was your experience? If you are deciding on a new juicer, what are you thinking about choosing? Oh, and of course, thanks for stopping by.