If you arrived here to see my second best Juicer (My best is the Omega J8006), or you were just looking for a different perspective on the Breville JE98XL Fountain Plus, then settle in for a full breakdown of specs and opinions.
If you weren’t aware that there were two types of Juicers on the market, then you need to start by understanding that there are Masticating and Centrifugal Juicers. You can find out how Masticating Vs Centrifugal Juicers fair in my article. The Breville JE98XL is a centrifugal juicer and with that comes a whole host of different preferences.
For someone who is a bit busy, doesn’t mind waking the neighbours and wants a juicer that is dishwasher-safe (Obviously the parts and not the machine!), then the Breville JE98XL may just be your choice.
Let’s not get too hung up on the Masticating and Centrifugal dilemma for a moment and focus on the reason for choosing your first or next Juicer. I spent many weeks deliberating about which one was better before making my decision. There is a difference, but then there are payoffs that really need to be addressed too.
Does it deserve to be Second Best?
I think you will find it a very difficult decision to make. For me, it is a very close second due to the excellent benefit of using this juicer. It is speedy and I can just put everything in the dishwasher after I have finished, cutting my time right down. That’s something that my everyday machine really cannot offer me, and that’s why I find it hard to put this in second place.
I want a juicer that extracts the most about of nutrients, juice and enzymes as possible, but at the same time, I often need those few extra minutes in the morning to get up and out the door! You decide and let me know in the comments below what you think.
Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus Review
Let’s have a look at the Pros and Cons to the Breville JE98XL. Overall though, this juicer has received mostly positive reviews online.
Breville JE98XL Juicer Pros
- Large Feeding Tube – This is a dream! Most of the fruit and veg I put through this doesn’t even need to be chopped. It has a 3-inch wide mouth to stuff most of what you want to juice whole. That is saving me time right there. No pealing, no mess!
- Powerful Motor – The 850-watt motor is quite fast for the price. For a centrifugal juicer, speed is key as it spins the juice from the fruit and veg, and getting those juices out at a speed is really what matter!
- Good Value – Okay, I know it is a little crass to start talking about cost so early, but it needs to be mentioned that for around $150 this is great value for money and what you are getting. Many competing juicers cost far more and I should know!
- Easy to Use – The Breville JE98XL is user-friendly. It is ideal for any beginner in the juicing arts and it assembles and disassembles easily.
- Stainless Steel – Okay, it’s not 100% stainless steel. It still has a plastic funnel and outer shell, but the parts that matter are Stainless Steel. The blade is sharp and leaves no residue and with all that juicing it’s going to need to last.
Breville JE98XL Juicer Cons
- Not Good for Leafy Greens – If you are just getting into juicing, then knowing what you want to juice is important. This juicer will juice your fruits and veg well if they have a high juice content, but when it comes to those leafy greens like wheatgrass you are going to notice that it is a little less effective!
- Noisy – This is a huge issue for me. I live in an apartment and the noise is just a bit too loud for me and my neighbours. If I have an early start they certainly wouldn’t appreciate the loud volume but during the day its fine. My Slow masticating juicer is ideal for mornings.
- Not Multifunctional – Okay, not everyone is looking for a multifunctional juicer that can make peanut butter and pasta, so this is really only my preference, but it may be a consideration you want to take into account.
- Leaves Wet Pulp – This varies depending on how much you put through the juicer and what types of food is juiced but more than once the pulp has been left quite wet. I normally just put it back through again to extract more juice, but then it isn’t really saving me time if I do that over and over.
For me the speed wins the day, but I really cannot bear to waste my fresh produce and sometimes that’s what happens. Speed but more waste really is not an efficient enough payoff. I want the most amount of nutrients and juice I can extract from my food. It’s for my health after all!
The Finer Details
The Breville JE98XL is good at extracting juice from juicy fruits and veg, and I know if I put kale and apple together I also get the juice extracted from the Kale. So it does manage to do the job. It also has a safety lock arm, preventing injury and an overheating cutoff switch.
My Omega J8006 has a smallish juice collector but here the Breville wins the day. It is large enough to make a lot of juice, give it a stir and serve to the family. With a one-litre jug, that’s a good amount for a family home to enjoy some good fresh juice.
With the extra-wide 3-inch feeder chute creating an 8oz cup of juice takes as little as 5 seconds. Now that is speedy. The pulp collector is great too. It automatically spins it to the collector and easy enough to empty and use in other foods.
The JE98XL has a micro mesh filter to allow as much juice through without any of the pulp. It really works efficiently to draw out the vitamins and minerals from the fruit and veg. It’s great that it is stainless steel too! A cleaning brush is supplied along with the other accessories and they really help to keep the juicer clean.
Breville have made certain that their juicer appeals to everyone, including those with concerns about the use of BPA in food containers and tools. Since research is ongoing it is difficult to know what the outcome will be (you can read more about BPA here), but to know that Breville is not using it in this product is satisfying to know.
While we expect companies like Breville to make great lasting products, here I think, Breville lets us down. They only offer a one year warranty on their juicer and that is concerning. I think it should be extended to at least two years for the money you are outlaying for this juicer. There are extended plans, but why should we pay more for that privilege?
Who’s using this Juicer?
I bought this juicer as a beginner and it certainly helped me get accustomed to juicing fruits. I could create quick combinations and tasty drinks, but as I progressed I felt I was missing something which is why I bought my Omega. I still use this when I am in a rush but it is not my go-to juicer now that I am experimenting with different fruits and veg.
I would think if you are looking for a juicer that makes a quick juice from your oranges, apples and pineapple, or if you need that tomato cure in the morning then this really is ideal.
Overall, this is a great juicer for beginners. The Breville JE98XL indeed packs quite a punch if you’re looking for a juicer that is on the cheaper end but still high quality. While it does have some issues with leafy greens and isn’t the quietest machine on the market, it’s great if those aren’t any concerns. If you’re a juicing veteran and need your leafy greens, you may want to look elsewhere.
Let me know how you are getting on with yours if you purchased one. If you are thinking about getting one, there is a lot going for the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus, let me know what others you are comparing it within the comments below.