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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Breville Juice Fountain Compact BJE200XL Review

The Breville Juice Fountain is one of the best juicers (if not the best) in its price range on the market.  These juice machines are available for under $100 through many retailers, including Amazon. 
The first experience that I had with juicers is with a very cheap Juiceman Jr., which I purchased in the 1990s.  That juicer was okay for a starter juicer but not as powerful as I would've liked.  So, I sold it after a few years. 
When I was ready to get back into juicing, I wanted something economical, sturdy and powerful enough to withstand the rigors of regular use.  I knew that an industrial grade juicer wasn't necessary.  The options were narrowed down between a Jack LaLanne Stainless Steel Juicer and a Breville Juicer.  On the one hand, the Jack LaLanne Juicer had a beautiful finish, but numerous lukewarm customer reviews.  On the other hand, the Breville Juicer was not as aesthetically appealing as the Jack LaLanne Juicer, but it is highly functional.  The wise choice for me was the Breville Juicer.

Pros:
The Breville Juicer is powerful centrifugal juice machine with a, 700 watt motor, reaching speeds of up to 14,000 RPM. It does a great job of extracting juices from most fruits and vegetables, leaving behind fairly dry pulp.  I use it primarily to juice carrots, apples, pears, broccoli, celery, spinach, ginger root, kale, and citrus fruit.  Occasionally, a few chunks and bits slip through in the juicing process.  Most of the juiced ingredients, leave behind a dry pulp.  And, the fiber rich pulp doesn't have to go to waste.  Pulp can be used to prepare delicious and nutritious soups, pastries, and sauces.
I have used this juicer since 2012 and it is still performing quite well. It has never malfunctioned on me and has delivered on performance nearly every time.
It is compact and can be neatly tucked in a closet or under a cupboard. 
It’s easy to assemble and clean. The manufacturer includes a cleaning brush for the sieve, which also doubles as a spatula.
The Breville Juicer comes with a 1 year manufacturer's warranty. 

Cons:
It is loud as heck, which can be disturbing to others.
I don't know what it is, but whenever I juice grapefruits, a small amount of juice seeps down on the side of the juicer.  I am not sure if there are others who have that experience.  I tried reseating the basket securely and still have the same thing occur.  The seeping juice is a really minute amount, though.  But, it is a bit annoying that I can't figure out where it is coming from.  It only happens when I juice grapefruit. 

I have used the Breville juicer to juice apples, carrots, broccoli, kale, spinach, ginger, cucumbers and all sorts of other stuff.  You can't use this juicer for grasses (wheat grass, barley grass) and seeds.  A masticating juicer is more effective at extracting juice from these ingredients.
I think that the plastic parts aren't as durable as I would like.  Be careful that you don't drop them, as they may be damaged.  The replacement parts aren't cheap, either.
I will upgrade to other types of juicers when the Breville juicer wears out.  For now, this juice machine suits my needs wonderfully well.

Why Juice? The Benefits of Juicing
The USDA recommends that adults consume between 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables into the daily diet.  Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which have wonderful properties, like boosting the immune system, slowing the aging process and fighting disease.  Let’s take a step back and look at reality:  Can you imagine sitting down and actually chewing up 6-8 to servings of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis?  That would become very challenging and tiresome within a few days.  It is also very time consuming.  The process of juicing foods makes getting your daily servings more convenient.
I recommend purchasing some organic fruits and vegetables for juicing.  You don’t want to ingest all of those dangerous pesticides and chemical used in traditional farming.  Organic produce is very expensive so it may not be an option for some people.  You can purchase some produce cleaning solution and a produce cleaning brush and scrub the produce before juicing it.  Or, you may substitute the produce cleaning solution with a homemade lemon-vinegar-baking soda solution, diluted in distilled water.
Overall, I am very happy with the Breville juicer and recommend it to anyone as a starter juicer.

Additional info:

http://brevilleusasupport.com/bje200xl/

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