What Is the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite?
The Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite is a gorgeous 2-speed centrifugal juicer from Breville.
They created this beauty with the intention of packing the raw power of expensive commercial juicers into an affordable machine for those who just want a home-use juicer that packs a punch.
Truth be told, this is one of those kitchen appliances you’ll want to keep out on the table to show off.
So, let’s get right into the nitty-gritty!
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Product Details and Usage
|Application||Home & Personal Use|
|Juice Shelf Life||24 Hours|
|Build||Plastic (BPA Free)|
|Chute Size||3 Inches (Round)|
|Motor||2-Speed Settings (6.500 & 13.000 RPM)|
|Best for Juicing||Hard Produce|
Notable Product Features
- 1000-watt motor with 2-speed control, rotating the cutting disc between 6.500 and 13.000 RPM
- 3-inch extra wide feed chute fits most produce without pre-cutting, reducing preparation time
- 35.2 oz. juicer container and 102.4 oz. pulp collector
- All plastic parts coming in contact with food are BPA-free
- Locking arm ensures juice cover is locked in place
- 1-year limited warranty for the motor
Build Quality and Design
I’ll say it again: This juicer is gorgeous!
The housing and filter bowl is constructed of die-cast steel. The removal parts are made of either stainless steel (micro mesh filter), reinforced titanium (Nutri Disc) or BPA-free plastic (juicer cover, juice container, pulp collector, food pusher).
It has a very sturdy and solid appearance and feels like an appliance that’ll last many years to come.
When fully assembled (with juice container and food pusher in place), the juicer clocks in at:
- 16 inches wide (40.6 cm)
- 17 inches tall (43.2 cm)
- 9 inches deep (22.9 cm)
Along with the juicer, you’ll get a 35.2 fl. oz. juice container with a foam separator as well as a 102.4 oz. pulp collector. Both these items should be large enough for you to make juice for 2 people without interruption.
The juicer’s flow spout has been designed to fit inside the juice container. With the juice container’s lid in place, all this will help prevent splashing when the juice rushes into the container.
Now, because the juice exits the flow spout with a lot of force, it means you HAVE to use the Breville juice container, otherwise, you’ll end up with the splashing mentioned before.
The flow spout and container design disappoint me in two areas:
- the flow spout has no seal or lid to prevent dripping when the juice container is removed, so you always have to place a cup or small bowl beneath
- the flow spout’s placement inside the juice container prevents you from making full use of the container’s capacity
The feed chute is 7 inches tall and 3 inches wide, which will save you lots of time since, in most cases, it’ll easily fit both lengthy and bulky produce without any pre-cutting.
As for the size of the juicer as a whole, one thing you’ll need to know is that the Breville Juice Fountain Elite is quite large and will require a lot of kitchen countertop space.
So if you’re already struggling with space, you might have to get a more compact unit like the Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain.
Juice Quality and Yield
The Breville Juice Fountain Elite is undoubtedly powerful and you’ll really notice this when juicing hard and bulky produce such as:
With hard produce, you’ll get a decent amount of extraction and dry pulp. Barely any pulp will be in your juice.
Outside the hard produce department, though, you might not be too impressed.
With leafy greens and soft produce, I’ve come across multiple reviewers highlighting two important things to be aware of about this juicer:
- it’s prone to wasting quite a bit of your produce by not being able to extract the juice efficiently, producing wet pulp (mainly soft fruits)
- because of how fast the cutting disc rotates and shreds, it actually ends up tossing larger bits and pieces into the pulp collector without processing them (mainly leafy greens, baby greens, kale, etc.)
And this is regardless of the speed setting you use.
So if you’re looking to juice things like grapes, peaches, plums, tomatoes, kiwi, and leafy greens, the Breville Juice Fountain Elite, or centrifugal juicers in general, is not going to be your best choice. Masticating or twin gear type juicers are a much better fit for these kinds of produce.
A few tips you can follow to get the most of your produce include:
- juice leafy greens on low-speed setting only
- roll up kale leaves into bundles and fill the whole feed chute before using the food pusher; then begin pushing it down with slight force
- roll up smaller greens inside large leafy greens (like romaine lettuce) then put them through the juicer
- if just juicing large leafy greens, you should wrap them around hard produce like carrots, cucumber, parsnip, etc.
Provided you’ve chosen a palatable combination of ingredients, you’ll end up with a great tasting and good quality juice. Thanks to the micro mesh’s 40,000 filtering pores, your juice will be smooth.
Most of the time you’ll get a lot of foam floating on your juice but that’s where the juice container’s built-in foam separator comes in very handy.
Performance and Noise
This machine is super fast and will quickly shred anything you put into it, especially hard produce.
But at the same time, it’s also very loud in use, so it’s not an ideal juicer for use on mornings or late evenings if you’re living in an apartment with poor noise isolation and you have grumpy neighbors.
You also won’t get away with turning it on and not waking up anyone who’s asleep.
It has a 2-speed toggle switch (low/high) and a red button for switching off when you’re done. The two-speed settings spin the cutting disc at 6,500 (low) and 13,000 (high) RPM respectively.
If the juicer is overburdened, it has an automatic overheat protection mechanism to switch itself off. Just let it cool down for 30 minutes.
Is It Easy to Use?
This juicer is really easy to use. Assembling and disassembling removable parts is a cinch and takes a matter of seconds.
If you’re completely new to juicing, you’ll get the hang of using this machine on your first try.
Here’s a video on how to disassemble, assemble and use the Breville Juice Fountain Elite:
Is It Easy to Clean?
Cleaning the juicer is also straightforward. Usually, the piece that people have the most trouble with is the micro mesh filter which does require a bit of technique to clean properly.
I’ve also seen several users saying because of how rapid the Nutri Disk spins, you should be ready to follow up with the food pusher immediately after you drop produce (especially greens) into the feed chute.
Otherwise, the juicer can end up flinging bits and pieces back out through the feed chute, causing a mess on your table, walls, floor, etc., which will increase cleaning time.
My tips for you are:
- Before you start juicing, line the pulp collector with a plastic bag so you can simply remove the bag when finished and the collector remains clean
- Always start cleaning your juicer immediately after you finish using it to avoid the bits and pieces drying up and sticking
- Avoid brushing or scrubbing the Nutri Disc blades as it’ll wear them down quickly (hence why you should clean immediately so you can simply rinse and wipe)
If you have a dishwasher, most of the parts are dishwasher safe (low temperature, on top rack), including:
- Juicer cover
- Juice container
- Pulp Collector
- Stainless steel Nutri Disc
The food pusher is NOT dishwasher safe and will be damaged.
Here’s a video on how to clean the Juice Fountain Elite:
Should I Buy the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite?
If you’re in the market for a centrifugal juicer that yields good quality juice with little to no pulp content, I’d say give the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite a go.
It’s beautiful, sturdy, and gives the impression that it’ll last a long time with care.
Its high-speed performance and raw power do seem like a double-edged sword.
On one hand, it rapidly shreds and processes hard produce, but on the flip side:
- the rotation speed can cause a mess if you’re not quick enough with the food pusher
- bits and pieces are tossed into the pulp container, wasting produce
- the force of which the juice exits out of the flow spout means you can’t use a different juice container without a lot of splashing
Also, I suggest you only get this juicer if you’re going to juice mainly hard and bulky produce as this is where you’ll get the most bang for your money.
With all that aside, this is a user-friendly and easy-to-clean appliance that’ll look great on your countertop.