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Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL Review

*Est. $150
Reviewed
July 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL

Best centrifugal juicer

Pros
  • Fast, powerful
  • Large feed chute
  • Quiet
  • Durable
Cons
  • Some leakage complaints

Bottom line

The Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL is a top-rated juicer by both experts and owners. However, it is just one is a series of great juicers in the Juice Fountain Plus series. Ranging in price from $100 to $400, all of the appliances in this series are top-rated by experts and owners for their performance and ease of use. There's also a model for every size kitchen and every level of juice enthusiast, from a commercial-grade dual machine to a space-saving compact design.

Breaking it down

Performance

Loved by all. The Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL draws top marks for performance in several comparative expert reviews, and user reviewers agree that it's both powerful and versatile. Owners say it easily handles even tough veggies like kale, celery and spinach, while its slower speeds quickly and efficiently juice softer fruits. Noise levels are lower than average, according to both professionals and owners. The only complaint we found about the JE98XL is that sometimes food leaks out the seal between the top and the bowl. Because of the rarity of this issue, it may be user error, but we saw enough comments to note them.

Ease of use

Every aspect is simple and straightforward. Experts and owners alike praise the ease of juicing with the Breville JE98XL's 3-inch-wide feed chute. Small apples and large carrots fit down the chute without needing to be chopped first, and larger fruits and vegetable can be cut into fairly large pieces, thus saving some prep time. Reviewers also say the juicer is easy to assemble, disassemble and clean. The JE98XL draws praise from experts for having mostly smooth surfaces, with fewer crevices in which juice or pulp could lodge, and they say the included cleaning brush does a good job. All components are dishwasher safe on the top rack except for the mesh filter basket, disc and food pusher.

Durability

A great choice for the serious juicer. The Breville JE98XL is a hit with frequent juicers (at least daily, sometimes more often), who often stop by user-review sites to report that the juicer's still going strong after months of frequent use. In spite of some who say they have leakage issues, most reviewers say there is still no leakage even after heavy use. A number of owners say they purchased the Breville after their more expensive juicer died, and that this model is better-constructed than even pricier models. It comes with a one-year warranty, and Breville gets good reviews for customer service.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Editors of ConsumerReports.org test and rate eight electric juicers, including the Breville Juice Fountain Elite, which is very similar to the Juice Fountain Plus, with just a few feature differences; performance and usage are comparable. Testing methodology includes performance, ease of use and noise. There are also a number of user reviews for this product.

Review: Juicers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine

The editors of Cook's Illustrated test six electric juicers, including the Breville JE98XL, and rate them in three categories (performance, ease of use and cleanup). Each unit receives a brief, but detailed review that includes pros and cons.

Review: Electric Juicers (Juice Extractors), Editors of Cook's Illustrated, September 2012

3. Good Housekeeping

Product testers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute name the Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL their top pick in juicers, saying it's very good at extracting juice even from challenging items and is easy to use. The Elite is very similar to the Plus, with just a few feature differences. Performance is virtually identical.

Review: Breville Juice Fountain Elite #800JEXL, Editors of Good Housekeeping, March 2013

4. Amazon.com

The Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL is one of the highest-rated juicers on Amazon.com, with an overall average of 4.5 stars out of 5 in nearly 2,000 reviews. The overwhelming majority of users say this is a great machine for the serious juicer, a high performer that is easy to use and clean and extracts copious amounts of juice.

Review: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2014

5. Macys.com

More than 195 owners review the Breville JE98XL juicer on Macy's website, and it earns a near-perfect rating of about 4.8 stars out of 5. About 95 percent say they would recommend this product to a friend. Most agree that it is the best juicer on the market for the price.

Review: Breville JE98XL 2-Speed Juice Fountain Juicer, Contributors to Macys.com, As of July 2014

6. BestBuy.com

In more than 275 reviews, the Breville JE98XL juicer receives an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5, making it one of the top-rated juicers at this site. Approximately 97 percent say they would recommend it to a friend. Most say it's a great machine for beginners to advance juice fans; complaints are scattered and there does not seem to be a consistent issue.

Review: Breville - Juice Fountain Plus Electric Juicer - Silver, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of July 2014

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