The Breville JE95XL Juice Fountain Plus like all of the other Breville juicers we've reviewed, wins hands down in terms of speed, performance and good looks. However this model, unlike the pricier models in their line has a flaw that just can't be overlooked. Read on to find out what we've discovered about the Breville Juice Fountain Plus...
Type: Centrifugal 2 speed
Motor: 850 Watt
Casing: Silver Plastic
Huge Chute: Large 3 inch chute for less chopping and prep time
Looks: Sexy silver color and modern design
Speed: Get an 8 ounce glass of juice in 5 seconds!!!
Motor: Many reports of motor failures
Customer Service: People report slow customer service response time
Replacement Parts: Replacement parts are a bit pricey
Juice Yield: For a juicer in this price range, the juice yield per pound isn't the highest
The Breville JE95XL Juice Fountain Plus juicer, like all of the Breville models, makes juicing a quick process. It's 850 watt motor has a juice output of 8 ounces in five seconds.
Compared to other juicers, that speed of juice extraction is amazingly fast. The end result? Less time spent juicing, more time enjoying your juice!
The JE95XL Juice Fountain Plus, like all of the other Breville juicers has an oversized 3 inch wide feed chute.
With the largest feed chute on the market, it means much less time spent prepping your fruits and veggies. Once again, it's an innovative time-saver for modern kitchens.
The aspect to love about a Breville juicer, this one included, is the minimal time spent chopping.
Unlike most other juicers, you can send two to three carrots down at a time. Small sized apples can be juiced whole with no chopping at all. Larger produce needs minimal chopping compared to other machines.
Clean up is a breeze as well. The parts are dishwasher safe and it comes with a brush for cleaning the micro-screen filter.
Based on ease of use and clean up time, the Breville Juice Fountain Plus juicer gets our maximum of a 5 lime rating.
Performance is another matter. Unlike the higher end Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL, the lower priced JE95XL has a hard time handling a variety of produce.
With an 850 watt motor and 2 speed settings, this doesn't seem likely, but unfortunately it is. Where the Elite handles soft pulpy fruits with ease, this model has a hard time extracting all of the juice. Users must resort to tricks (common in many juicer models) of alternating soft pulpy fruits with harder ones, otherwise too much juice ends up in the pulp bin.
Greens are the same. Yes technically it can do all greens except wheatgrass. However, very little juice is extracted unless one alternates between the soft leafy greens and harder root vegetables. While this is common in many, many juicers, it is something that the higher end Breville models handle with ease. The JE95XL's inability to do so takes away from some of the "convenience factor" commonly associated with a Breville juicer.
Even with standard hard produce like apples, carrots and beets, the Juice Fountain Plus seems to falter just a little, with louder motor sounds indicating the motor is straining.
Juice yield for this model is similar to the other Brevilles, not as good as a slow single gear or twin gear juicer, but better than any bargain basement priced model.
Overall, the Breville JE95XL Juice Fountain Plus is lacking in the performance department. We give it a lowly two limes out of five possible for our performance review rating system.
This is where the Breville JE95XL Juice Fountain Plus really shows it's inferiority. Breville, with a long history of providing quality kitchen products, should have done some more testing on this model before releasing it for sale.
The housing and individual parts all appear to be of decent quality.It's the motor that has issues. How much of an issue? A big one. There have been reports of motor burn-out after just one glass of juice! Not just individual lemons that got sent out either. Quite a few people have found their motor to "overheat" under common usage.
With only a 1 year guarantee on the motor, there are too many users who have found their motors failing before that year is up. How many people? This quote came from a consumer review on Amazon. She said this in reference to asking Breville customer service how many people experienced motor issues as she did:
"I asked how many of these die like mine did and they said 5%!"
Here are a few other quotes from users:
"I loved this product the first 2 uses I got, but then on the 3rd use it just stopped working..."
"The juicer died on the second glass of juice."
"After using it about 10 times in 2 weeks (on oranges, apples, cabbage, carrots) the engine gave in."
"This juicer was great until the motor went out 5 months after I got it."
These are only a few reports of burned motors that we discovered, but for brevity, we decided to only a highlight a few. So how widespread is this problem? It appears to be close to 1 in 20. Those are some pretty high gambling odds when it comes to a $150 purchase.
The problem appears to be that the motors on this model heat up frequently. Once they've overheated, a simple reset button could reset the circuit breaker. However, the model does not have a reset button. Additionally, the fuse is soldered into the juicer circuit breaker board, so a simple switch-out is not possible.
One option, if you experience this problem is to take the Juice Fountain Plus to a small-appliance repair shop and have them exchange the soldered fuse for a removable one, or take it one step further and have them install a reset button as well.
By doing this you can overcome the flaw in its design, however who wants to baby their juicer along in this way? Not most modern families!
Due to this design flaw we give the Breville JE95XL Juice Fountain Plus our lowest rating possible for durability a one lime out of five lime review.
The Breville JE95XL Juice Fountain Plus is too flawed for us to recommend to anyone. Does this mean all Breville juicers are bad? Definately not! In fact we've given the next level up in their models, the Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL one of our rarely handed out Top Choice Awards.
Our recommendation if you are considering the JE95XL is to skip on the purchase. Save your $150 and go with a base model bargain basement brand that can be picked up for $30 to $50. Or spend a little more for Breville's higher end line of Juice Fountains that have staying power and durability.
Our final verdict? One lime out of five!!!
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