Breville BJE200XL Juice Fountain Compact Review: Good Entry-Level Juicer
We think the Breville BJE200XL Juice Fountain Compact is the perfect juicer for beginners. It is a well-built centrifugal juicer that can quickly separate the juice from your favorite fruits and vegetables. Its compact size is what makes it attractive – it offers a good balance between price and quality, and it is a good choice for anyone who wants to make juicing part of their daily routine without a lot of fuss.
Many of us want to live a healthy lifestyle. We want enough energy to accomplish our daily tasks and not feel worn down by the end of the day. Our busy life poses a challenge in regards to eating a balanced diet with enough servings of fruits and vegetables. Not to mention, foods with added sugars and GMOs are readily available for you to grab from supermarket shelves. Fortunately, a juicer can be an easy and efficient way to incorporate healthy drinks with delicious natural ingredients. Juicing will add to your diet the vitamins and minerals your body craves, in a way that is easy and quick to consume.
We took a look at the Breville BJE200XL, a compact juicer that could be a great addition to any countertop. This review was written while researching the personal experiences of those who have used the Breville Juice Fountain Compact. We compiled reviews and user comments within this article to give you an overall and fair picture of the product. You will have the opportunity to read about the pros and cons of the Breville BJE200XL, and decide whether it is the best compact juicer for your specific needs.
All About the Breville BJE200XL Juice Fountain Compact
There are many types of juicers out there, but if you are looking for one that is smaller than some of the other options and reasonably priced, the Breville Compact might be the right choice for you. The unit measures 10 by 10.5 by 16 inches, which makes it easy to fit on a counter or store out of sight.
The exterior is sleek and silver to match any kitchen décor. There is only one switch to operate the machine so you can simply begin juicing with the flip of a switch. Even the plug is designed to be efficient with a handy cord wrap in the base of the unit.
Furthermore, a heavy-duty 700-watt motor operates at 13,000 RPM to quickly juice your choice of fruit, veggies, or mix of both.
The Breville Juice Fountain is a compact, but powerful juicer with a centered knife blade assembly. The durable blades easily grind skin and rind from fruit and vegetables. Additionally, the centrifugal force of the blade ensures that the pulp is pushed into the 1.6-quart pulp container while the juice is pulled outward.
An extra-large, centered feed tube has a stainless-steel micro-mesh filter that keeps the pulp out of the juice. Whole fruits can be added, but they need to be on the smaller side since the chute is three inches across. Many competing juicers take up more space in your kitchen and still have the same size feed chute.
The included 25 fluid ounce mug separates the froth from the juice and the container itself holds pulp from about six cups of juice. After juicing, the pulp from the fruit and vegetables will be somewhat dry, because the juicer extracts much of the juice. Note that it will be less efficient than if you used a higher-end masticating juicers like the Omega NC800, which would leave the pulp even dryer.
A safety arm keeps all the parts secure while the juicer is running, and the pusher efficiently moves your fruit and veggies down the chute.
Many of the parts on the juicer are top-shelf dishwasher safe or are easily cleaned by hand. A handy cleaning brush is included to remove the pulp from the strainer. Since there are only three pieces to assemble, the juicer can be ready in a moment’s notice.
|Breville BJE200XL Specifications|
|Motor||14000 RPM / 700W|
|Dimensions||10" x 10.5" x 16"|
Our Breville BJE200XL Juice Fountain Compact Review
We found the Breville Compact Juice Fountain to be an efficient centrifugal juicer that is a great buy for both the beginning or experienced juicer. The main advantage this juicer has over others is its compact size. It can be stored on the counter and doesn’t take up much space.
Like some other centrifugal juicers like the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth, the 3″ food chute can accommodate whole pieces of fruit, which helps lessen the preparation time required to make juice. Furthermore, it is extremely easy to use because there is only one button to start the juicing process. The powerful motor can process a variety of fruits and vegetables, which is great if you are trying to include additional healthy foods into your diet without a lot of prep work.
One of the downfalls of the Breville Juice Fountain Compact is that it might have difficulty juicing tough or leafy greens, because it only has one speed. You should slowly feed leafy green produce through the chute to get the most juice. Some users recommended stacking the leaves before sending them down the chute. Otherwise, this 700-watt juice extractor will efficiently extract the juice from carrots, celery, apples, oranges, lemons, cucumbers, beets, ginger, and any other produce you might have available.
The holes on the filter basket are small so the pulp will be separated from the juice, but this also tends to make the basket difficult to clean, especially if it’s not cleaned immediately after juicing. Another issue while cleaning is the chute is difficult to get spotless because it acquires buildup. It is not uncommon for any type of juicer to become stained after repeated use, but it will not affect how the machine operates or how the juice tastes. Even though the cover, pulp container, filter basket and pitcher are dishwasher safe on the top shelf, some users prefer washing them by hand immediately after juicing to help prevent this.
Like any centrifugal juicers, it is loud to operate. It makes a sound like a small vacuum, which can be a problem if juicing in the morning when you’re trying to avoid waking up your loved ones. If noise is an important factor, we recommend you take a look at a masticating juicer like the Hurom HP Slow Juicer, which is however much more expensive. Alternatively, if all you want is a good glass of orange juice in the morning, the Gourmia EPJ100 citrus press is a good entry-level entry-level citrus press juicer.
Ultimately, we recommend the Breville Juice Fountain Compact for its compact size and ease of use. It will get the job done and produce a juice of quality that you can expect for an appliance in that price range.
- Compact size allows juicer to fit in smaller spaces and it won't take up much counter space
- Components are dishwasher-safe
- Reasonably priced
- Easy to use
- Mesh might be difficult to clean
- Operation is loud
- Produce waste must be scraped out of the container
What Owners Think
Owners of the Breville BJE200XL think that it is a great compact juice extractor for someone who is new to juicing and for those who juice daily. Essentially, it could make a thoughtful gift to anyone who is interested in becoming healthier, since they can easily include more fruits and vegetables in their diet.
Although it may not be the best juicer on the market, those who own the Breville Compact think that it is extremely easy to use and a great value for what it can accomplish. Most users were very satisfied with how powerful the machine is. Owners are impressed with the ease of feeding fruits and vegetables through the chute. The process is almost effortless and yields a good amount of juice for nearly any type of produce.
Many owners use the juicer multiple times a day and are very pleased with the juice output. On the flip side, there are foods that inherently do not make as much juice, but can still be used in the Breville BJE200XL. For example, some people were not satisfied with the results of juicing wheatgrass. Additionally, there are mixed reviews about how this juicer does with greens such as kale or lettuce. Some reviewers thought the machine worked fine with greens and others were not satisfied with the amount of juice. Overall, there are other juicers out there that will do a better job with juicing greens, like a masticating juicer.
Most owners of the Breville BJE200XL are very happy with how easy the machine is to clean and the minimal maintenance it requires. Some users recommended filling the sink up with dishwater before juicing so the pieces can immediately soak after they have been used because it helps cut down on any food stains.
Owners Really Like
- The motor is powerful and can juice many types of fruits and vegetables
- Since it is smaller in size, it can be left on the countertop and used daily
- It is easy to clean
What Could Be Improved
- Single speed makes it hard to juice leafy greens
- The gap between the shredding blades and food chute could be improved so that all the food is completely shredded
- Noise level is somewhat loud
This juicer is probably best for the beginner juicer, but would not be the best choice for someone who wants to juice a lot of leafy greens. There are more efficient juicers out there for getting the most juice from greens, but you will also pay a steeper price. It is a great juicer for anyone who wants to juice while saving space on the counter due to its compact size. Overall, the Breville Juice Fountain Compact is a good electric juicer and a great buy for the money.