Breville Juice Fountain Cold BJE430SIL Review
The Breville Juice Fountain Cold is a moderately priced centrifugal juicer that we are happy to recommend. The convenience of juicing directly into a juice jug that has a seal-and-store lid with integrated foam filter gives Breville an edge in convenience over most other juicers. Its quiet motor and lower risk of juice oxidation make it surprisingly stiff competition against more expensive masticating juicers.
Juicing has been one of the most popular ways to begin a healthier lifestyle for decades. People who juice regularly report having improved energy and the ability to maintain a healthy weight more easily. Fresh juice is a delicious way to introduce healthy new flavors to everyone in the family, from health-seeking adults, suspicious teens and even picky kids. Juicing is an easy addition to a typical diet while you upgrade the less than healthy foods in your family’s refrigerator and pantry.
In order to give you our best review of this product, we immersed ourselves in the world of this juicer. While doing our research, we read hundreds of good, bad and indifferent reviews as well as the reviews on other retailers’ websites. We also watched dozens of YouTube videos of owners sharing their experience with this juicer. Here we break down our impressions and give you our bottom line.
All About the Breville Juice Fountain Cold BJE430SIL
The Breville Juice Fountain Cold is a centrifugal juicer that has Breville’s own patented Cold Spin Technology. Breville claims that this prevents heat from being transferred to the juice, which reduces the risk of juice oxidation and preserves the nutrients in your fruits and vegetables.
The fine mesh filter basket and cutters are stainless steel. They can be hand washed with the included cleaning brush and are also top-rack dishwasher safe. The top cover is not dishwasher safe, but its integrated feed chute is an impressive three inches wide, allowing for much less prep work. The food pusher is dishwasher safe. The filter bowl surround is also top-rack dishwasher safe. It is BPA-free, as is all of this juicer’s plastic.
The Breville Juice Fountain Cold juices fruits and vegetables directly into a juice jug by way of a nozzle that fits into the side of the pitcher. There is a downspout nozzle included if you’d prefer juicing into a glass. The juice jug lid has two positions. The closed position allows you to keep your juice fresh in the refrigerator for up to three days. The pouring position makes use of an integrated foam separator that keeps the foam in the pitcher.
The motor base boasts an impressive 850 watts of power that still keeps the heat transferred to your juice to less than 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. The motor runs at 6,500 revolutions per minute at low speed and 13,000 revolutions per minute at high speed. The motor base’s interlocking handle prevents accidental operation, and an LED light will turn from green to red if the motor gets overloaded. If the motor begins to overheat, then the juicer will turn itself off automatically.
Centrifugal juicers are available at much lower prices, as well as much higher prices. Lower priced juicers often struggle with a large amount of heat transferred to the juice as well as soggy pulp or pulpy juice. When purchasing a juicer for the first time, many people choose one of these low-priced options and don’t juice for very long because of the poor juice quality that they experience.
We believe that a good juicer is an investment. A good juicer will extract a maximum amount of juice from your produce, provide quality juice and will be easy to use and clean. Investing in a good juicer is an investment in the health of your entire family.
|Breville BJE430SIL Specifications|
|Motor||6500 RPM (Low Speed) / 13000 RPM (High Speed) / 850 Watts|
|Dimensions||14.5" x 10.5" x 17.6"|
Our Breville Juice Fountain Cold BJE430SIL Review
The Breville Juice Fountain Cold is an impressive centrifugal juicer at this price point. The juice quality is smooth, with very little pulp. We weren’t able to locate any reviews that specifically addressed oxidation. This leads us to believe that there is a significant improvement in oxidation potential over similar centrifugal juicers. Foam production seems to be similar to the amount produced by other centrifugal juicers. The juice jug lid’s integrated foam separator works well at keeping the foam in the jug and out of your glass.
Breville has improved the noise level on this juicer. It’s surprisingly quiet at low speed. At high speed, it’s comparable to the noise level of a blender when making a smoothie. When watching video reviews, we saw that owners were able to talk at a comfortable level and juice at the same time without having to strain to be heard over the juicer. On the other hand, some owners said that this juicer was still too loud. But compared to other entry-level juicers like the Mueller Austria Juicer Ultra, which has a lowest speed of 12000 RPM, it is much quieter.
You should be aware that there are a large number of complaints regarding the poor juice yield and wet pulp produced by this juicer. We were expecting to see mushy, dripping pulp while watching YouTube review videos due to the frequency of this complaint. We were relieved to see dry pulp with no pools of liquid in the pulp buckets. We believe that many of the owners who wrote reviews that expressed displeasure in this area had previous experience with expensive masticating juicers, which produce extremely dry pulp. Other frustrated owners may have been struggling with a clogged filter basket, which is known to cause wet pulp and low juice yield in all centrifugal juicers.
A few reviewers mentioned an excessive amount of pulp building up on the top cover over the filter basket when juicing a large amount of produce. This caused them to have to stop and clear off the pulp in the middle of juicing. This accumulation of pulp may have been the cause of leaking between the top cover and the pulp bucket that a few reviewers mentioned.
Juicing greens such as spinach, kale and wheatgrass can be difficult for centrifugal juicers. When viewing video reviews, owners who took the time to bundle greens into as tight a bunch as possible were able to get more juice out of delicate greens than we expected. On the other hand, if you plan to juice primarily greens and not many fruits and vegetables, you may want to consider investing in a masticating juicer like the Omega NC800 instead.
Cleaning the fine mesh filter of any centrifugal juicer is a frustrating endeavor, and this juicer is no exception. Although Breville includes a cleaning brush, some owners say that they can get better cleaning results after purchasing a stiffer brush. We also want to point out that even though the filter is dishwasher safe, handwashing is probably the best option. The high heat of a dishwasher may cause pulp particles to bake into the mesh filter, making it even more challenging to clean.
- Minimal Heat Transfer: A lower amount of heat transfer causes less oxidation, which keeps juice drinkable for a longer period of time.
- Juice Jug Lid: The ingenious design of the juice jug lid's foam separator makes a noticeable difference in improving juice quality.
- Large Pulp Bucket: Being able to juice a large amount of produce without having to empty the pulp bucket adds to the ease of use of this machine.
- Low Pulp: Keeping most pulp out of the finished juice makes for a more satisfying juicing experience.
- Juicing Greens: If your primary use for a juicer is juicing greens, then a masticating juicer might be a better choice.
- Leaking Pulp Bucket: While not a widespread complaint, you should be aware that a few owners stated that the pulp bucket leaks between the chute and the top of the bucket.
- Ineffective Cleaning Brush: Cleaning the fine mesh filter may be easier with a stiffer cleaning brush. You should be prepared to purchase a better brush if necessary.
What Owners Think
Owners give the Breville Juice Fountain Cold high marks in most areas and generally seem very happy with their purchase. Many complaints seem to be a result of comparing it to masticating juicers. Owners state that cleaning the filter is frustrating, but is no different than cleaning the filter of similar centrifugal juicers. Owners feel that the rest of the juicer is easy to clean. They are impressed by the quality of the juice and like being able to make a large amount of juice to keep in the refrigerator.
Owners Really Like
- Juice Texture and Quality: Many reviewers remarked that their juice was low in pulp and very smooth. Owners with realistic expectations of the amount of juice a centrifugal juicer can extract were happy with the juice quantity.
- Juice Jug: The ability to juice directly into the juice jug is a big hit with owners. The lid's integrated foam separator made the annoyance of foam production with centrifugal juicers a non-issue.
- Large Pulp Bucket: Not having to stop to empty the pulp bucket is a nice benefit and makes juicing quick work.
- Easy to Clean: Owners like that most of the unit is easy to clean, and some pieces are dishwasher safe.
- Quieter Motor: Although not as quiet as a masticating juicer, reviewers were generally impressed with the low noise level.
- Quicker Food Preparation: This is one of the areas where this juicer excels over masticating juicers. With a 3-inch chute, many fruits and vegetables can be processed whole.
- Affordability: Owners are happy with the cost of this juicer. Breville's improvements in this generation of juicers make it a serious competitor against much more expensive masticating juicers.
What Could Be Improved
- Wet Pulp and Poor Juice Yield: This appears to be an issue mainly for those comparing it to a masticating juicer. If you're considering purchasing this juicer after owning a masticating juicer, then you should be aware that you will notice a significant difference.
- Disappointing Output When Juicing Greens: Owner reviews are mixed when juicing greens. Again, this is an issue usually because of the comparison to masticating juicers. Centrifugal juicers such as this one can't compete with masticating juicers in this area.
- Pulp Accumulation: Some owners are irritated by the amount of pulp accumulation on the cover of the pulp bucket. There are also a few owners that mention the pulp bucket leaks where the bucket and the lid meet, which we feel may be caused by pulp accumulation on the lid.
- Cleaning the Fine Mesh Strainer: Other than comparing it to masticating juicers, this was the main complaint that we saw. A clogged filter is also the potential cause of many of the issues owners experience, including low juice yield, wet pulp, pulp accumulation and leaking at the pulp bucket.
The Breville Juice Fountain Cold is an entry-level centrifugal juicer for people who are committed to giving juicing a serious try. You should be aware that it won’t produce the same amount of juice as a masticating juicer and juicing greens may present a problem. When compared to other centrifugal juicers at this price point, Breville has made great strides by making changes that improve juice quality and reduce noise. They have also added convenience by extracting the juice directly into a large pitcher and providing an extra-large pulp bucket. All in all, we’re confident in recommending this juicer.