Breville Juice Fountain JE900: My Review
Breville Juice Fountain JE900 Juice Extractor
Reasons I love this juice extractor... It's pretty powerful and super fast. The juice I've made with it tastes great (so much better than most store bought juice). It's good quality (I've had mine for a few years and still have no problems with it). And cleaning it is pretty easy.
But to be honest, there are a couple things I do not like. First, it is Loud. I feel like I should be wearing earplugs to protect my hearing when I use it. (See the youtube video I've included later on this page for a demonstration of how awesome the Breville Juice Fountain JE900 works...but also for an idea of how loud it can be.)
Second...it doesn't clean itself...go figure. This is probably the main reason I don't use it as often as I should. It's not that it's hard to clean, it's actually fairly easy. But unlike a lot of things that you can put off cleaning until later (like pots and pans and all that)...it's best to clean this fairly soon after using it, especially the metal mesh filter basket, so you don't get dried bits of pulp stuck in the fine mesh of the filter or to other parts. And you can't put the mesh filter in the dishwasher. So, now you know how lazy I am...that I let a little thing like this keep me away from making fresh, yummy juice on a regular basis.
Also, centrifugal juicers, like this one, are not that great at juicing leafy vegetables, which isn't a problem for me. But if you want to juice mostly things like wheatgrass, spinach, lettuce, parsley and other leafy herbs and vegetables, you'll probably want to look for a different kind of juicer (what are known as masticating juicers).
It's my understanding that there are some newer models such as the Breville JE98XL Plus that have some additional features, such as two speeds (that would be really nice), that have come out since the Breville JE900. But the Breville JE900 is the one that I own...and thus am familiar with so I thought I'd share what I know about it to anyone looking for a juicer. Plus, I'm not the only satisfied owner of this model. A quick glance at Amazon.com shows that (as of this writing) there are 350 reviews of the Breville Juice Fountain JE900 and most of those are five and four star reviews.
Some of the Breville Juice Fountain JE900 Features
Breville named this (and some of their other juicers) a "juice fountain" because its speed produces a fountain of continuous juice. Its powerful 600-watt motor makes so the micro-mesh filter spins at 14,500 revolutions per minute and can create a quart of juice in one minute, instead of juicing at a slow trickle like many other juicers. (Apparently most other juicers go about 5,000 rpms.)
The juicer has a 3-Inch wide feed tube, which means you don't have to do a lot of cutting and chopping food down to smaller sizes. You usually can put a whole apple or pear straight through. (Don't ever put your hand in the feeding tube. And be cautious if juicing with the help of your children.)
A lot of people don't like the froth that the juicer creates. If you are using the pitcher that comes with the juicer though it has a froth separator to help strain off the froth. The pitcher also comes with a lid so you can put it in the fridge.
The pulp container is large and you can use a plastic grocery bag to line it (I usually end up using the product bags to line it though) to make clean up easier. Just pull out the bag after juicing and throw it away.
While the mesh basket strainer shouldn't be put in a dishwasher and should be washed by hand, the other parts can go in the dishwasher. They usually are covered in a lot of pulp so I have to rinse them off well first and then put them in the dishwasher.
How to Make Cleaning a Breville Juice Fountain JE900 Juicer Easy
The Breville Juice Fountain JE900 is an electric, centrifugal juicer. One thing I discovered about it is that parts of it, especially the filter basket, often seemed stained, especially after juicing brightly colored vegetable such as carrots. But it wasn't long before I found the trick to removing that stain. If when cleaning the juicer you can't seem to remove the stains no matter what try the "secret" ingredient for a deep clean that will make cleaning the juicer easy.
Things you'll need:
* Scrub brush
* Dish washing soap
* Baking Soda (aka "secret ingredient")
1. Disassemble and clean the juicer as usual. Then take the filter basket or any other part of the juicer that needs extra cleaning and add a little bit of dish soap, maybe about a half teaspoon or so, to it.
2. Next sprinkle in a generous amount of baking soda to cover the part you are cleaning, such as inside the juicer's filter basket. You'll need approximately a half tablespoon or more of baking soda for the juicer's filter. (After a few times of doing this you'll probably find the right proportions that work for you.)
3. Add a little bit of water and use the scrub brush to start mixing the dish soap, baking soda, and water into a paste. Start scrubbing away. Feel free to add more of anymore soap, baking soda or water if you feel it's needed.
4. As you scrub you may notice the resulting foam may turn orange (or whatever color your basket was stained with), which really goes to show it's working. Keep scrubbing until you are satisfied with the results and rinse and set it in the dish drainer to dry. (If it's really "stained" you may wish to rinse and repeat the steps above.)
Tips & Warnings
* Read the care and cleaning instructions for the juicer.
* Clean the juicer and filter basket as soon as possible after juicing.
* Do not put filter basket in dishwasher.
* Since the filter basket also has the "grater" parts on it, be careful when scrubbing so you don't scrape your fingers and hands.
Breville Juice Fountain Video Review
Very entertaining video review of the Breville Juice Fountain. It shows how great of a juicer it is...and it also takes what I consider a drawback and turns into a plus...the noise.
Other Breville Juice Fountains
I really think my Breville JE900 Juice Fountain is great and so I really recommend it. But if I were in the market for a new juicer I'd be considering ones that have two speed settings instead of just one. So I am linking to not only the juicer that I own, but two more that I think I would like if I were ready to buy a new one.
(This is the Juice Fountian/Juice Extractor that I own and love.)
Breville JE900 at eBay
If you are looking for a bargain you may be able to find a used (or even new) Breville JE900 on eBay. But these deals don't always last long, so if you see one and know you want it, act on it quick.