Centrifugal juicers uses blades that spin at a high rate of speed to pulverize fruits and hard vegetables like apples and pears, squeezing out the juice and discarding the pulp, rind or peel. This is the most popular type of juicer, but serious juicers often prefer a masticating juicer, because its slower, auger-style operation may preserve more nutrients.
While we normally like to avoid single-product love fests, this is one of the few times that simply isn't possible because the Breville Juice Fountain juicers hit all the high notes: Easy to assemble, use, disassemble and clean; with great performance that is quiet, versatile and durable.
Although we could have picked almost any model in the series, the Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL (*Est. $150) is our Best Reviewed juicer because of its highly reasonable price along with its generous, 1.1-quart-cup juice capacity. Some in the series are larger, some smaller, but reviewers say the JE98XL is a great appliance for the casual to serious juicer, as well as for any size family. It's clearly a better value than the Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL (Est. $300), which has nearly identical features at twice the price.
Users and professional testers say the JE98XL handles fruits and vegetables with equal ease. Its two speeds means it can wrangle tough items like leafy greens, or smooth softer fruits without turning them in a mushy mess. Reviewers love the wide, 3-inch food chute that cuts down on food prep. Its smooth, crevice-free surfaces make it easy to clean, and, as a bonus, most parts are dishwasher safe on the top rack. It gets the highest marks of any juicer we've seen for durability and owners say it's stable and sturdy even at top speed.
The other standout choice in the Juice Fountain Plus series is the Breville Juice Fountain Compact BJE200XL (Est. $100). It's a powerful performer in a smaller package than the JE98XL. It has only one speed and a slightly smaller juice-cup capacity (25 ounces), but it performs just as well as its bigger brothers and costs less than some smaller, citrus-only juicers. It's an excellent choice for a small kitchen or for servicing just one or two people.
If, for whatever reason, you don't want a Breville, the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro 67650 (Est. $60) and the Krups Juice Extractor ZY501D50 (Est. $130) both get some love from professional and user reviewers The Hamilton Beach model is one of the highest-rated juicers in a test from a well-respected professional testing organization, who give it a top pick for performance and ease of use. Performance includes juice generated from a given starting weight using carrots, apples, oranges and tomatoes. Users also like the results they get from the Hamilton Beach 67650, saying it's a great value for the price, easily powering through most fruits and vegetables. Most agree that it's not the best for leafy or tough vegetables, and that it produces a lot of foam over time, possibly due to dulling of the blades. However, for the price, and if you're not going to use it for challenging items, The 67650 is a great buy.
The Krups Juice Extractor also might not be the best for leafy vegetables, but reviewers love the modern design and the wide feed tube. It gets most of its complaints for its large footprint and a noisy, sometimes rattly operation. More than one owner said it tried to "walk" across the counter while in use. Reviews on ease of cleaning are mixed -- some say it takes much too long, while others say it's no more difficult than any juicer.
If you want to try juicing both fruits and vegetables and don't want to commit too much price-wise, the Hamilton Beach 67650 won't break the bank and you won't feel too bad if you change your mind or decide juicing isn't really your cup of tea. If you're already committed to juicing, we highly recommend that you go with a Breville Juice Fountain for the ultimate in short- and long-term performance and durability.