Okay, I know my site is about supplements but I also know that many people here like to eat well and some drink smoothies and even juice regularly. Honestly, I didn’t think I'd ever start juicing. I always knew there were benefits but I just didn't want to take the time to do it. I've changed my mind. I’ve found a juicer that’s not only easy to clean but also makes juice fast. Here is my review of the Breville Juicer and I’ve also included the juice recipe I drink practically every day. I've also tried to answer questions about juicing too just in case anyone else is wondering about this and having a hard time finding an honest answer.
What's The Best Juicer?
For those who may not up to speed with juicing (I wasn't when I started looking into this) there are basically 2 different types of juicers out there:
1. Cold press juicers. Also called masticating juicers.
2. Centrifugal juicers
The Brevelle juicer is a centrifugal juicer. This means the juice is extracted when the food hits the juice extractor disk which spins a a high rate of speed.
Masticating / cold press juicers basically grind/chew up the food. These tend to be slower than centrifugal juicers and they don't make as much noise. An example of a cold press juicer is the Omega J8006. I know people who have these juicers and love them. For me, however they were too slow and a little messy.
People often debate as to which type is best. Those who like cold press juicers (like the Omega) often say they are best for preserving the enzymes and other nutrients in the food. They say that centrifugal juicers (like the Breville), heat the food up a bit, thus destroying the enzymes and other nutrients.
I've looked into this stuff and I can say this about it:
1. I've never seen a study comparing enzyme or nutrient content in juice made with different types of juicers. If anyone has please share it and I'll update this review.
2. I'm skeptical if the enzymes in food can make it through the digestion process in the body. If I'm right, then all this talk about enzymes being destroyed by centrifugal juicers is pointless.
3. In the Breville juicer I have, the juice comes out at basically the same temp as when it was in the refrigerator. So, even if enzymes do survive the juicing process, they are likely the same as in cold-press juicers.
As I was writing this, I became curious about how cold the extracted juice came out. So, I made some juice with the recipe I share below, and put a digital thermometer in the juice after I poured it in the glass.
As you can see from the picture, the temperature was too low for the thermometer to read. The glass was also cold to the touch, which is another reason I don't think there is a difference in the type of juice between centrifugal juicers and cold-press juicers. I think in the end, it all comes down to which you like best.
Why I Picked The Breville Juicer
I didn't start juicing to “cleanse” my body but rather as a way to get more plant nutrients that I might not be getting. I’ve had my Vitamix for over 12 years. It’s a fantastic machine and gets used pretty much every day. The only thing is there are some foods I don't put in it because their taste overpowers everything else.
Since I don’t like tomatoes, they are not something I eat a lot of even though I know they have a lot of phytonutrients that I may be missing.
For example, I once tried to make my own “V8 Juice.” That didn’t work out too well because the tomatoes were the only thing I tasted. Also, while I know fiber is good for us, but sometime I just wanted to juice a bunch of veggies minus the pulp/fiber to get a bigger “shot” of phytonutrients.
A few months ago I saw a documentary called Fat Sick and Nearly Dead which told the story of a guy who lost a lot of weight juicing. While it was an interesting movie, it was the juicer that I noticed the most. Whatever this guy put in the juicer, the juice shot right out immediately! I've never seen a juicer do that before.
I did some digging and discovered that the Juicer used in the movie was the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor – and that’s what I bought. It’s model 800JEXIL.
Here is an summary of why I picked the Breville juicer over the others on the market. I'll try also to answer questions you may have. If I missed any questions, leave a comment below and I'll do my best to answer them.
How Fast Does It Juice?
The model I have is called the Juice Fountain because it’s almost like a soda fountain – the juice shoots out of the machine as soon as you put fruits or veggies in to it. When I saw it, I called it “The Vitamix of Juicers” because it juiced fruits and veggies so quick.
How Powerful Is The Motor?
The motor is 1000 watts and has 2 speeds: low and high. I put it on high for everything and it has no trouble juicing whatever I toss into it. When it's on high, the motor moves at 13,000 revolutions per minute. When its on low, it moves at 6,500 RPM.
Is It Loud?
Yes, the Breville juicer is loud. I'd say its about the same noise level as my Vitamix. For what I use it for -see my recipe below – its only on for about 30 seconds at the most, so I don't even think of the noise anymore. For what its worth, none of my neighbors have said they hear it either – and I've asked them.
The Juice Jug
The Breville JE95XL (Juice Fountain Plus) Juice Jug is what collects the juice that you make. It’s made of plastic and can hold 1.1 quarts. It’s unique in that its designed to separate the froth from the juice. That’s a selling point for me as I don’t like the froth. If you pour pretty much everything into the glass, you may see a little froth but its not much.
Is There Pulp?
I've made juice that contained carrots, pears, spinach, celery, red cabbage, kale, beats and more. I've never seen any pulp or chucks in the juice Iv'e made.
Is Breville Easy To Clean?
This was one the main reasons I bought this Juicer. I can clean my Breville juicer in about 1 minute. There are really only 3 things to clean (if you don’t count the juice jug or the gizmo to push the stuff into the juicer) and they come apart in under 5 seconds.
All 3 main pieces are top of the dishwasher safe although cleaning it by hand takes only about 1 minute. I like to clean the juicer as soon as I’m done so none of the food hardens on it.
The juicing disk filter –the middle thing in the picture above that actually extracts the juice – is made of titanium. Brevelle says it extracts 30% more juice and 40% more vitamins than other juicers (I didn’t see studies comparing juicers, so I’m taking their word for this). The juicing disk takes about 30 seconds to clean and they provide a cleaning brush to do this.
Some people online say don’t like the cleaning brush but I’ve had no problems with it. I just run the juicing disk under water while brushing the screen back and forth, kind of like brushing my teeth. It’s not a problem for me.
Is It Messy?
No. when I make juice the pulp shoots into the pulp container, which is located in the back of the machine, without making a mess.
Tip: I put a plastic bag inside the container to make it even easier to clean. That way when I’m done, all I do is pull the bag out of the pulp container and toss it in the trash. No cleaning needed. I plastic grocery bags or I grab a few extra plastic bags in the fruit and veggie section of the supermarket (shhh don't tell anybody 🙂 )
The plug of the Breville juicer is actually what surprised me the most. It has a hole in the middle to make it easy to remove from a wall socket. I know that doesn’t sound like much, I thought that was just the neatest innovation I've seen in a long time.
I think American companies could take a lesson from Breville on this unique design.
Who May Not Be Right For Juicing
Juicing may not be right for everybody. Juicing fruits and vegetables can increase the sugar content (and glycemic index) of the juice. This might raise blood sugar levels and as such, be a problem for diabetics. Fiber slows digestion but since juicing removes the fiber, its recommended that diabetics monitor blood sugar levels if they are going to do this, just to be safe. Adding more vegetables to juice might reduce the sugar content of the juice as veggies tend to have less sugar than fruits.
While it’s possible that juicing a lot can reduce daily fiber intake, I don't think this is a concern for most healthy people because healthy people likely consume foods that contain fiber.
My Juice Recipe
The Breville Juicer comes with a recipe book. I tried a few and they actually tasted pretty good. Then I started experimenting on my own. After playing around for a couple of months, I came up with this recipe (which may or may not be unique to me):
- 1 apple
- 3 tomatoes
- Handful of spinach
- 2-3 carrots
- 2 celery sticks
I like to add the tomatoes first then spinach and then the apple. I usually alternate between the celery and carrots.
This juice tastes good! I pour the juice into a glass with ice and let it chill for a minute while I wash the juicer. It only takes about 1.5 minutes to clean everything.
If I try to add tomatoes to my Vitamix, their taste overpowers everything else, but with the Breville juicer, I hardly taste them at all. I taste the carrots, apple and sometimes spinach (depending on how much spinach added). The more spinach I add, the more green the juice looks. The more carrots I add, the more orange the juice looks.
Breville Juicer vs. Vitamix
Both the Vitamixand the Breville juicer are good machines. As I said before, I LOVE my Vitamix. It gets used pretty much every morning to make the breakfast smoothie that I’ve previously discussed. Both are great machines that help people significantly increase fruit and vegetable intake. In the end, it comes down to what you like. The table below outlines some basic differences and similarities between both machines.
|Quicker absorption of nutrients||Slower absorption of nutrients|
|extracts fiber/pulp||Includes fiber/pulp|
|Increase fruit /veggie intake||Increase fruit/veggie intake|
|Not as satiating (due to less fiber)||More satiating (because of more fiber)|
|Lot's of nutrients||Lot's of nutrients|
|1 year warranty||7 year warranty|
Because I'm somewhat space limited in my kitchen, before I bought this, I wanted to make sure both were about the same size. In case you are the same way, here is a side by side comparison of both machines:
For me, juicing is not about cleansing the body. Our bodies are very good at cleansing themselves naturally. I started juicing simply because I wanted to add more fruits and veggies to my diet. I know some people like take fruit and veggie supplements (like Athletic Greens or Juice Plus) to do this and while I have no problems with that, all those different colored fruits and vegetables contain thousands of antioxidants -much more than we can hope to get from a pill.
I see it, the Breville Juicer helps us compliment other healthy things we are doing. Will juicing lead to dramatic weight loss like in that Fat Sick and Nearly Dead movie? Since most people probably won't take juicing to that extreme level, I'd say probably not. But eating / drinking more fruits and vegetables might help reduce cancer, heart disease and blood pressure. In the end, that's what I'm most concerned with.
Here are all the Breville Juicers on Amazon if you want to see what others are saying.