The Breville Juice Fountain Elite is Breville’s top of the line single function juicer. There are more expensive Breville juicers (the Juice & Blend, and the Juice Fountain Duo), but both of those models are dual function units that attempt to overcome the limitations pure centrifugal juicers have when compared to blenders or masticating juicers.
Breville built it’s juicing empire following the release of Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, a documentary about the health benefits of juicing. Some even say Breville was behind the movie because the juicer in the film and on the cover is the Juice Fountain Plus.
Breville is certainly good at marketing it’s products, which makes it even more important to conduct an unbiased review. All source material in conducting this review was gathered from independent 3rd party unbiased research. Also, the only reviews that were read were from verified purchases.
Juice Fountain Elite Features
The [easyazon_link identifier=”B0002VAFVG” locale=”US” tag=”kitchreview-20″ cart=”n”]Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite[/easyazon_link] is the sleeker cooler older brother of the Juice Fountain Plus. It’s the upgraded Juice Fountain Plus 2.0.
(Left: the upgraded “Elite” model on the right and the “Plus” model on the left.)
That means a lot of the key features that Breville prides itself on are maintained in the Elite model. For example the extra wide 3″ feed chute is the same. Only the Juice Fountain Elite features a titanium reinforced cutting disc, but both models have pretty much identical designs.
As far as major upgrades, the Juice Fountain Elite has houses a larger motor and a nearly 100% stainless steel construction.
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Standard Features (Comes with all Breville Centrifugal Juicers)
- 3″ Wide Feed Chute
- All plastic parts that come in contact with food are BPA free
- 1.1 quart Juice Jug with Froth Separator
- Easy to release power cord
- Italian made mesh filter basket with 40,00 pores
- “Low” and “high” settings (6,500 rpm & 13,000 rpm)
- Safety Locking Arm
Upgraded Features (Unique to the Juice Fountain Elite)
- Titanium reinforced stainless steel cutting blade (upgrade over pure stainless steel alone)
- 1,000 watt motor (150 watt upgrade)
- More sanitary, easier to clean all stainless steel motor housing, juice collector, and feed chute
- Larger pulp container (upgraded from 2.6 quarts to 3.2 quarts)
- “Smart Chip” monitors and prevents excess load on the electrical motor
- Overload reset switch
There are a lot of technical specification here. What is the significance of 6.500 and 13,000 rpms? Is that good? Compared to what? Does it need 1,000 watts? Have no fear! Each item above is explained fully below.
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The Juice Fountain Elite is a centrifugal juicer. Breville has made a name for itself by owning the centrifugal juicer market. They do manufacture one masticating juicer (the Juice Fountain Crush), but Breville specializes in centrifugal juicers.
Centrifugal vs Masticating Juicers
There is a lot of debate in the juicing world over which type of juicer is best. To understand the debate you have to know a bit about the key differences between centrifugal juicers and masticating juicers. The heart and soul of a centrifugal juicer is the filter basket/cutting disc. The filter basket/cutting disc (left), or “nutridisk” as Breville calls it, is really a 2-in-one tool.
Juice is produced by shredding produce against a fast spinning disc that has tiny blades on it (150 to be exact). “Fast” in this case means 6,500 or 13,000 revolutions per minute (RPMs). The centrifugal force (hence the name) of the spinning blades sends everything (juice and pulp) outward. If the filter is unclogged the juice flows through the filter and drops down into the juice collector. The pulp however flies up over the top edge of the filter and is directed toward the pulp collector. For a centrifugal juicer to work, the juice must pass through one of the 40,000 tiny holes and not up and over the basket.
Downsides of Centrifugal Juicer:
The shredding disc spins incredibly fast which does present some challenges. The faster the disc moves the more likely that juice may escape up over the sides of the basket reducing the juice yield. Also, fast spinning centrifugal juicers also may have a hard time juicing softer fruits and vegetables, such as berries or kale, because a chunk of produce needs to bear down against the spinning blades in order for it to produce juice. There are work arounds to this problem described below in the section Juicing Performance below.
Benefits of a Centrifugal Juicer:
The benefits of centrifugal style juicers are mostly speed and convenience. A centrifugal juicer can juice a whole apple in seconds whereas a typical masticating juicer requires a significant amount of chopping prior to juicing and is a bit slow to process food during juicing.
(For concerns over centrifugal juicers destroying living enzymes see “The Enzyme Debate” below.)
Motor & Speeds
The Elite model has an upgraded 1,000 watt motor vs the 850 watts of the JE98XL “Plus” model. The power supply requires 110v. The motor is described by the manufacturer as “heavy duty.” Our research indicates that the motor is Italian built and utilizes an inertia flywheel to resist changes in rotational speed.
The motor has 2-speed motor – 6,500 and 13,000 rpms. The slow speed is an attempt to solve the performance problem caused when juicing softer high-water content produce (peeled oranges or tomatoes for example). The high speed provides the power to juice a pineapple with the rind on or make extremely quick work of apple.
Although the overwhelming majority of the comments are positive, some comments are that the high speed is too high and the low speed is too low. Subsequent models such as the Breville Ikon and Juice Fountain Duo have up to five speeds.
The motor comes with a built-in overload protection feature and reset button located on the bottom underneath the machine. This is an advanced feature not found in lower tier Breville models that means now you won’t have to return your juicer in the rare event an overload causes motor failure.
Juicing hard vegetables on the slow speed setting or juicing for more than five minutes will cause excess strain on the motor. When this happens the unit will automatically shut off. The instructions in the owner’s manual are to unplug the machine, wait for the unit to cool off and then press the reset button.
Speed Settings (From Owner’s Manual)
All the internal parts of the motor are serviceable by authorized dealers.
Parts & Functionality
The Juice Fountain Elite Comes with seven basic parts which are the base motor unit, the juice collector, the top cover, the food pusher, the pulp collector, the “nutridisk” cutting blades, and the juice jug. The unit also comes with a cleaning brush.
Assembly is a snap. The safety locking arm prevents the unit from operating unless the cover is securely locked into place.
The juice jug is the best container for collecting juice. However, it is specially shaped to get close to the unit in a way that a normal glass or jar can not (see picture on the left). Using another container could result in messy splatters.
The juicing jug does work flawlessly and has a feature to separate froth. This will only be a problem if you lose the juice jug or if it breaks. Replacement parts are available. Having said that, they are expensive! The juice collector (the top part with the spout) is $76.99, the top cover is $32.99, the nutridisk is $31,99, the juice jug and the food pusher are both $15.99, and the pulp collector is $9.99.
The replacement parts are available on Breville’s website (click here). The owner’s manual indicates that the nutridisk does need to be replaced. It has a 9 to 12 month lifespan depending on how often you juice.
One of the feature that Breville often brags about is the 3″ (7.6 cm) wide feed chute located at the top of the machine. This is even a patented feature that adds convenience to an already very fast machine. Not only does it juice fast (seconds) hardly any chopping or prep work is required at all. The wide feed chute accepts whole apples, tomatoes, or 3 to four carrots at a time depending on the size.
A customer once asked what is the advantage of the Juice Fountain Elite over the BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain that is 1/3 of the cost. The answer is simple. The cheaper model does not have its own external pulp collector. Instead of being ejected into a separate holding bin, the pulp piles up in the juice collector. Pulp builds up pretty fast. If you are juicing more than an apple or two, you must stop the juicer and clean out the juice collector. This makes the juicer become less efficient the juicer becomes.
A great feature that makes clean up a lot easier is placing a plastic grocery bag in the pulp collector before juicing. After juicing is done just throw the bag out or empty the contents into your compost pile.
In theory centrifugal juicers with an external pulp container can juice continuously, but the reality is that pulp builds up quickly inside the housing.
However, the Juice Fountain Elite does eject pulp with near 100% efficiency. This is absolutely no small feat! It doesn’t get talked about enough. Breville engineered the Juice Fountain models to eject pulp with semi-high efficiency so they can juice almost continuously. This is definitely not the case with all centrifugal juicers – even the ones with external pulp collectors.
Material & Construction
A huge benefit of the Juice Fountain Elite is the stainless steel construction. Stainless steel is easier to keep clean and more sanitary. In fact, many city health departments require all restaurants to use all stainless steel appliances because plastic can not be sterilized the way stainless steel can. Stainless steel is more durable and stylish as well. The top cover is a made from a combination of BPA free plastic and stainless steel. The top of the top cover is clear so you can see how much pulp is building up while you juice. Aside from the top part of the top cover (the feed chute is still stainless steel), all the other parts are 100% stainless steel.
Do not be fooled by other juicers that appear to be stainless steel. Some juicers, even Breville models, like the Juice Fountain Plus are gray to look metal but are really plastic. Others have a thin sheet of stainless steel facade applied around a plastic interior. The Juice Fountain Elite is 100% steel all through. It is not a veneer.
Blade / Juicing Technology
The “nutridisk” cutting blade and filter basket is the heart of this juicer. In order for the juicer to perform at all, the cutting blade and filter must do it’s job well. The blade portion has 150 cutting knives and is made from stainless steel and reinforced titanium. The filter mesh bowl has 40,000 holes and is a precision Italian manufactured device. It can be easily damaged and should be treated with care. It is important that the filter basket be kept clean between uses.
If the machine starts to perform poorly or if the pulp is wet (a sign of poor juice yield) then 9 times out of 10 the culprit is a clogged juice filter. Tiny bits of dried pulp can lodge in the mesh pores and prevent the juice from flowing freely. The manufacturer recommends several easy fixes. Soak the filter upside down (plastic coupling facing up) in a bowl of either vinegar, lemon, or soapy water then wash in the dishwasher. Also immediately clean the filter basket with the included nylon brush after each use.
As previously mentioned the filter basket cutting blade is not meant to be a permanent part. Specifically, it has a lifespan of 9 to 12 months and then needs to be replaced.
Note: that the spokesmodel in many Breville video demonstrations says the NutriDisc™ is not dishwasher safe but the owner’s manual confirms that it is safe. I also confirmed that it is safe on the top shelf with customer service.
The Juice Fountain Elite does come with in-unit cord storage. Rather than retract, the cord wraps around the feet and clips underneath for easy storage.
The unit requires 110v and works in both 2 and 3 prong outlets (American models).
Assembling the unit is extremely easy. Juicing is fairly straightforward. There are no complicated controls to master. There is a simple on/off switch and a high/low speed toggle. An over-ride reset button is at the bottom of the unit. Cleaning is covered in it’s own section below.
The video below demonstrates how easy the Juice Fountain Elite is to assemble.
Warning: The spokesmodel says all the dishwasher parts are safe, but the food pusher is NOT dishwasher safe. Also she says not to put the cutting disc/filter basket in the dishwasher, but this is incorrect. The owner’s manual clearly states it is dishwasher safe. This has also been confirmed with customer service.
Without getting into the debate of masticating “slow juicers” vs high speed centrifugal juicers, the Breville’s key advantage when it comes to actually making juice is it’s convenience and durable styling.
In terms of convenience the Juice Fountain Elite is extremely fast. You can juice a lot of produce in a short amount of time. The extra large 3″ mouth means that you will need to do a minimal amount of preparation. The powerful 13,000 rpm high setting means that pineapple can be juiced with the rind on. The draw back of this juicer is that it can not easily juice softer fruits and vegetables. There is a simple fix for this, which are covered one-by-one below.
Centrifugal juicers can not make nut butters period end of story. There really is no way around this. The Breville owner’s manual clearly states that the model is only designed for fruits and vegetables.
Soft Fruits & Berries
Soft fruits and berries (black berries for example) do represent a challenge. The owner’s manual does come with a juicing guide that states to juice soft fruits on the low speed setting (see above). Putting a small handful of berries in this juicer even at the low speed is not going to have a great result however I do have a solution that should work every time.
How to Juice Berries in The Breville Juice Fountain Elite
- Wrap the berries in a leaf (lettuce for example).
- Cut a large apple in half.
- Place the first half of the apple in the chute and push it half way through the feed chute (not all the way through).
- Place the berries wrapped in a leaf into the feed chute opening (because the apple is also in the feed chute, it should stop the berries from falling through).
- Place the second half of the apple on top of the berries. (This is so the food pusher can press down on the apple, which will in turn press down on the berries ensuring that all the berries are firmly pushed against the cutting disc).
- Push all of the ingredients slowly and steadily through the feed chute.
Why this works:
The food pusher, by design, can not extend all the way down to the cutting discs. Any food that easily escapes the small gap between the food pusher and the cutting disc will not be processed and juiced. As a result even harder items, such as apples, will juice all but the very last chunk. This often results in a loud thunking noise when the disc launches the last chunk of food against the inside of the juicer.
The same steps that work for berries can be applied to wheat grass with one additional step to yield even more juice. Simply follow the same steps above, but first soak the wheat grass in water. Doing so will allow the cutting discs to shred the wheatgrass more effectively resulting in more juice.
How to Juice Wheatgrass in The Breville Juice Fountain Elite
- Soak the wheatgrass in water for 15 to 30 minutes (as little as 1 minute will work in a rush).
- Wrap the wheatgrass in a leaf (lettuce for example).
- Cut a large apple in half.
- Place the first half of the apple in the chute and push it half way through the feed chute (not all the way through).
- Place the wheatgrass wrapped in a leaf into the feed chute opening (because the apple is also in the feed chute, it should stop the wheatgrass from falling through.)
- Place the second half of the apple on top. (This is so the food pusher can press down on the apple, which will in turn press down on the wheatgrass).
- Push all of the ingredients slowly and steadily through the feed chute.
Leafy Greens (Kale)
The same steps described above to juice items such as Kale with the exception that Leafy Greens can also be bunched up in a fairly large wad so a bottom “stopper” apple is not needed. It is also extremely helpful to soak the greens in water first. This results in a much better juice yield. I think this is because dry greens are just smeared and rubbed by the cutting disc and then quickly ejected by the fast spinning before any juice can be extracted.
How to Juice Leafy Greens in The Breville Juice Fountain Elite
- Soak the greens in water for for a few minutes (as little as a dunk will work in a rush).
- Wad the greens into a ball. Use more than one leaf if necessary to do this. Make sure the ball is big enough so it doesn’t fall through the feed chute, but instead requires you to use the food pusher to push it through. Do not make the wad so big that it is too tight.
- Place the wad of greens in the feed chute and push them half way through.
- Place an piece of produce (an apple for example) on top.
- Push all of the ingredients slowly through the feed chute.
Final Note on Juicing Performance:
Pulp is often a key indicator of how efficient a juicer is performing. If the pulp is wet that means the filter basket is clogged and needs to be cleaned. The owner’s manual has very clear instructions how to clean a clogged filter basket.
Our research shows the Juice Fountain Elite makes very dry pulp. If however the pulp does become wet, the likely culprit is a clogged mesh filter basket.
The Enzyme Debate
There has been some debate that the fast moving disc in a centrifugal juicer heats up and thereby kills living enzymes in the fruit or vegetable being juiced. Breville has conducted its own research in this area, but we are looking for unbiased research.
The truth is there several key ingredients in juice besides living enzymes. Fruits and vegetables contain purified water, vitamins & minerals, fiber, carbohydrates, phytonutrients, and even protein. Independent studies have been done and all types of juicers do result in juice that is slightly warmer than the original produce. However these same studies show that the spinning cutting blades in centrifugal juicers end up cooler than after juicing that before. Why is that? Because most of the produce put into the juicer originally was refrigerated. The end result is that the juice from a centrifugal juicer was heated up at most 10 or 11 degrees fahrenheit. That is not nearly warm enough to kill enzymes. There is no substance behind the heat and enzyme discussion.
However, the true culprit to juicing nutrition is oxidation. Oxidation is much more harmful to the nutritional value of juice than 10 degrees of heat. Oxidation destroys vital nutrients and is what causes an apple to turn brown after you cut it. All juicers have an oxidizing effect on juice but some juicer do oxidize less. The Juice Fountain Elite is not the worst offender when it comes to oxidation but it is higher up on the list than say a single auger juicer. Where there is froth there is oxidation. The Juice Fountain Elite certainly does create some froth. The easiest way to over come the problem of oxidation is to drink juice immediately after it is made!
Final Verdict: Is juice from a Juice Fountain Elite more nutritious than store-bought pasteurized juice? Absolutely. Store-bought juice has had enough heat to kill living enyzmes. Store-bought juice is really not in the same ball park as juice made with a juicer. If you are in a pinch and don’t have time to juice, it is better to drink water than to drink even “healthy” store-bought juices.
Is Juice made with the Juice Fountain Elite less nutritious than juice from another type of juicer. Perhaps a little, but probably not enough to offset the desirable factors such as convenience that the Juice Fountain Elite provides.
The healthiest juice is made with organic fruits and vegetables that are kept refrigerated until you are ready to juice them.
Pro Tip: Drink your juice immediately after it is made to minimize the effects of oxidation.
The top cover is easily removed and washed out under a faucet. There are some hard to reach crevices in the top cover but the end of the provided nylon brush is a scraper specifically designed to get into these crevices.
The top cover is the only plastic part that comes into contact with food besides the food pusher, therefore it is very important to clean it immediately in order to avoid food stains from juicing product such as carrots. If an item does become stained, the instruction manual states to soak the item in a solution of 10% lemon water.
When it comes to cleaning there are 2 important things to remember. First, it is best to clean the unit immediately after using it for several reasons. It will be much easier to clean, it will prevent rust, and it will prevent color staining.
Second, it is important to thoroughly clean the mesh filter basket before pulp has a chance to dry into pores. Dried pulp is what clogs the filter basket. If the filter basket becomes clogged it will keep the juicer from yielding juice efficiently.
All the parts are dishwasher safe except the food pusher and of course the base motor unit. Otherwise the filter basket/disc, juice collector, top cover, and juicing jug are all perfectly dishwasher safe. The spokemodel in the Breville manufacturer’s video often says not to put the filter/disc in the dishwasher but the owner’s manual confirms that it is dishwasher safe. To be sure, I called the company and they did confirm that the disc was dishwasher safe.
Attention to Detail
The Elite is well a constructed juicer. Items such as the cord being intentionally short to prevent accidents, the stainless steel material, and titanium reinforced cutting blades are all evidence of a well made product.
Manufacturer & Customer Service
Breville makes excellent juicers for the general public, which is of course most people. This is a top of the line juicer for the common household. Most hardcore juicing enthusiasts will opt for a masticating juicer, but that type of juicer is much more labor intensive to use.
Breville as a company has sophisticated products that appeal to the general public and look great on a kitchen shelf. There is not a better looking juicer out there to have in your kitchen. Slick marketing campaigns go along with their sheik products, which is fine, because the products are high quality as well.
A lot of people comment that if they are going to pay over $200 for a juicer they want it to be perfect. Again, these people are usually part of the general public and not hard core juicers. It is not uncommon for a hydraulic press or single auger juicer to cost over $2,000.
It is funny to read comments that state breville is “taking jobs away from Americans” because the juicers are made in China. Breville is an Australian company so they are really not taking jobs away from America.
There is some anecdotal evidence in my research that the manufacturing process may be slightly inconsistent. Every once in a while someone will report a very odd defect in their newly purchased Breville juicer. Most often these reports seem like one-off manufacturing inconsistencies. Save your receipt and utilize your merchant’s return policy. The Amazon policy allows you to get a refund, return, or even exchange the product for another product (the exchange more often applies to gifts that are still new in the box).
Another solution to this problem is to purchase the item at a store you trust so you can easily return the item in person for a new one. I suggest Bed Bath and Beyond because they have a no questions asked return policy and with a coupon you can purchase the item for as cheap or cheaper than you could on Amazon.
Breville’s warranty for the Juice Fountain Elite is not as strong as say Vitamix’s warranty. The Juice Fountain Elite carries a 1 year limited manufacturer warranty with a 3 year motor warranty. The warranty specifically states,
Your Breville® product is covered by a one-year limited warranty from the date of purchase.
Should your Breville product have a defect in product material or workmanship within the first year of purchase, Breville will arrange to have your original product returned to us, and will deliver an identical or comparable replacement to you, free of charge. https://www.brevilleusa.com/warranty/
If you would like, you can purchase Amazon’s optional 3 year warranty. To go even further protection you can purchase the warranty with a credit card that doubles the warranty. For example purchasing the Amazon extended 3 year warranty with the Advanta Platinum Mastercard gives you a 6 year warranty.
Size & Dimensions
One comment stated that the Juice Fountain Elite was “huge” and took up the entire counter in the kitchen of his small NYC apartment. I went to look at the unit in person in stores to verify if this is true. The unit is pictured next to the Breville Ikon Juicer. It is large but it is not the mammoth size we were expecting. With the pulp collector attached it does take up nearly as much of a foot print as a small microwave.
Pictured above: Juice Fountain Elite next to a Breville Ikon Juicer. Note the cans of cleanser for scale. These cans are the same size as a can of Comet or Bon Ami.
The height may present a problem especially for storage. However, the entire unit can easily be disassembled to eliminate this problem.
Dimensions: 13.5″ wide x 17″ high x 8.5″ deep
Weight: approximately 15 pounds with a 20 pound shipping weight.
Customer reviews for this product are overwhelmingly positive. There are some outlying “mystery” defects that surface from time to time which I cover in the last paragraphs of the section Manufacturer & Customer Service. If you think you have received a defective unit, return it for a refund. Those that did return their unit usually report receiving one that operated normally.
Pros & Cons
The Juice Fountain Elite is a top shelf centrifugal juicer. It is one of the most stylish and best looking juicers on the market. Stainless steel adds a commercial grade feel and sense of quality to the unit. The Juice Fountain Elite is one of the most convenient, easy to use and fast juicers. Clean up is simple. You can juice a complete glass carrots, apples, celery, and cucumber without having to do any chopping at all meaning the entire process would literally only take seconds.
Being a top of the line juicer in its category, the Juice Fountain Elite is one of the more expensive centrifugal juicers on the market. Also being a centrifugal juicer it does not efficiently juice softer fruits and vegetables, but solutions to this problem are described in the Juicing Performance section above. Like it’s predecessor the Juice Fountain Plus, the Elite model only has 2 speeds (high and low). Lastly, the cutting disc/mesh filter unit needs to be replaced about once per year.
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Manufacturing retail price is $299, but often the unit can be purchased cheaper online and/or by using store discounts. A popular discount is store-wide Bed Bath and Beyond discount.
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