The following is a guest article by Patrick Ray who gives some more insights into the subjects of selecting a Breville machine for your juicing needs.
Breville Juicer Reviews – Which Model is Best For You?
Breville Juicer Reviews – Which Model is Best For You?
Looking at individual Breville juicer reviews will give you a lot of information about each individual juicer that they manufacture. But what if you don’t know which one is best for you? After all, the prices range from $99 to $499. There’s obviously a difference between them! That’s where a comparison review steps in. In this article we’ll cover all seven of the Breville juicers and talk about what features they have in common and where they differ.
The Seven Breville Juicer Models are:
- Juice Fountain Compact BJE200XL at an msrp of $99.00
- Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL at an msrp of $149.00
- Ikon Multi-speed Juice Fountain BJE510XL at an msrp of $199.00
- Die-cast Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL at an msrp of $299.00
- Dual Disc Juice Processor BJE820XL at an msrp of $399.00
- The Juice and Blend BJB840XL at an msrp of $499.00
- Die Cast Citrus Press 800CPXL at an msrp of $189.00
All of these seven models are manufactured by the same company, Breville, an Australian manufacturer that has been in business since 1932. They are all quite similar except for the last one in the list, the die cast citrus press. We’ll cover that one real quick, since it is so different than the others.
The citrus press juicer is a hand powered press style juicer that juices only citrus; grapefruits, oranges, lemons, etc. It is made of die cast metal to hold up against the acidity of many citrus fruits. It also features a power assisted press, which makes it easier to extract the citrus juice, less muscle needed! The big detraction on numerous consumer juicer reviews is that there is a plastic part under the press that wears out under heavy use.
All right, now let’s cover the other six juicer reviews in this line. The first four in the list, the compact, the plus, the ikon and the elite are all home grade juicers. They are the models that most people will choose to purchase for home juicing.
They are all centrifugal style juicers (vs. masticating, twin gear, single gear, and auger styles). What this means in plain English is that they will juice fast (much faster than the other styles of juicers) but will also heat the juice more than those other types typically do. This is a concern only if you are very particular about your juice heat and enzyme retention. The more fresh juice is heated, the more it loses valuable health promoting enzymes. If this is a concern for you, consider another style of juicer from another manufacturer altogether.
The compact has a 750 watt motor, the plus an 850 watt motor, the ikon a 900 watt motor and the elite has a 1,000 watt motor. For industry standards with centrifugal style juicers, these are good. With centrifugal types, the higher the motor wattage the better.
The first two in the line, the compact and the plus, have a plastic housing in a silver satin finish that mimics stainless steel. The ikon makes the upgrade to stainless steel and the elite to die cast metal. All of the Breville juicers reviewed have a very attractive appearance, however that silver finish on the bottom two models will wear with age.
Other differences are the speed controls. The compact is a one speed juicer. The plus steps it up to 2 speeds, the ikon has a whopping 5 speeds, the elite has 2 speeds.
So between these four, which is the best juicer reviewed? The compact is a great buy for the casual juicer at a low $99. The plus at $149 is a pass due to consumer reports of motor burn-outs. The upgrade to the $199 ikon makes more sense. The elite at $299 and titanium cutting blades is heading into heavy duty juicer territory. It is for users who plan on doing extensive juicing. For most families the compact or the ikon will be perfect.
Now what about those other two juicers? The dual disc juice processor and the juice & blend are both juicer/blender combos. At $399 the dual disc features a durable die cast body, a 1200 watt motor, 5 speed juicing and titanium cutting discs. Just unveiled August 2010 is the $499 juice & blend. It differs from the dual disc in that there are two separate top mounts that can be attached to the motor base. One is a juicer and one is a blender. They are basically two separate machines that share a motor base. The juice and blend also features 5 speed settings and titanium cutting discs. These two are for serious juicing and smoothie making fans, or cooks who want the creme de la creme of appliances in their kitchen!
Patrick Ray is a Certified Nutritionist who write health articles for The Best Juicer Reviews website and Your Nutrition magazine. He is a health nut and regular imbiber of aloe, carrot, beet and ginger juice. He’s never met a tincture he couldn’t handle.
The Juicer I’m Using and Recommend
I recently upgraded my old juicer to Breville Juice JE98XL Fountain Plus. I’m really happy with it so far. By the way, it’s the same juicer that Joe Cross used in his 60 day fast in the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead documentary. (If you haven’t seen it already – you have to watch it. It will give you even more motivation to start juicing regularly).
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Also, read more about benefits of juicing and health cleanse juicing recipes on this Best Juicer Recipes and Juicing for Health Advice blog. Some of my favorite juicing recipes include Fresh V8 Juice Recipe, Watermelon-Grape Delight and Apricot-Mango Ambrosia. If you still don’t have a juicer and are considering getting one, read my review of my favorite juicing machine Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor.