Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL Review
Although the Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL doesn't draw quite as much user praise as the Breville Ikon BJE510XL, it's still a clear favorite for beginners and experienced juicers alike, who say it juices just about anything efficiently, is easy to use and is easier to clean than most juicers. The JE98XL is a good alternative if the price tag of the Breville BJE510XL is a little out of reach. If your budget is even tighter, you should consider the even less costly Breville Juice Fountain Compact BJE200XL as well.
The Breville JE98XL draws near-universal acclaim. Both experts and owners love its relatively quiet, but powerful and versatile juicing capability. Another positive is that it's fairly easy to clean. The Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL draws top marks for performance in one comparative expert review, and user reviewers agree that it's both powerful and versatile. Several reviews list foods the JE98XL juices easily, ranging from celery, kale, and spinach, to pineapples, papaya, oranges, mango, green peppers, melons and carrots. There are a few complaints from users about their trouble juicing softer foods, such as berries and spinach. A simple and easy solution for handling soft produce is using the juicer's lower speed.
Centrifugal juicers like the JE98XL are known to be usually pretty noisy, and a few owners do complain about how loud it is, but one expert source says that, all things considered, it's surprisingly quiet. It measures at only 82 decibels, or about as loud as a dishwasher.
The wide feed chute is popular with everyone. Experts and owners alike love the ease of juicing with the Breville JE98XL's 3-inch-wide feed chute. Small apples and large carrots fit down the chute without needing to be chopped first, which saves you plenty of prep time.
Users also say that the JE98XL is easy to disassemble and clean, especially if you put a plastic bag in the pulp container; that way cleanup is just as easy as lifting the bag out and there is no need to wash the pulp container. Most owners agree that the juicer is easy to use, easy to clean and easy to take apart.
The JE98XL draws praise from experts for having fewer crevices in which juice or pulp could lodge, and they agree the included cleaning brush is very helpful. However, a few users caution that if you don't clean the JE98XL right after use, a film can grow over the plastic. There are a couple of users who complain about a 5- to 10-minute cleanup time, but this is pretty standard for a home juicer. Users say the JE98XL is durable and stands up to frequent, long-term juicing. Owners have plenty of positive things to say about the durability of this juicer. The JE98XL seems to draw frequent juicers who often stop by user-review sites at least daily, sometimes more often, to report that the juicer's still going strong after months of frequent use.