Lately I’ve noticed Breville has been upping their juicer image, with a new range of stainless steel housed juicers looking shiny and new in the kitchen catalogues. I thought it would be time to check out what they’ve got to offer, because even though I prefer a masticating juicer, it’s nice to see what’s on the market, plus I am quite fond of our Breville steam iron (yes, a man who knows how to iron his own shirts! now don’t you want to marry me? but sorry I’m taken!) and our trusty Breville toaster, which has been chugging (or should I say popping) away for many years now. Many companies that sell through department stores (as Breville do) will have a tendency to make one appliance this month and a new appliance the next, all with variations of the same theme, not a lot of quality and definitely no chance of obtaining a spare part if one breaks down the line. But thankfully with Breville, you get high quality, well-thought-out design, replacement parts can be ordered and of course because the machines are popular, if you ever do need replacement parts that aren’t available, chances are you can find a second-hand one on eBay that will have the parts on it that you need, still in perfect working order.
So I’ll do an overview for you today, and run through all the Breville juicers and what the pros and cons of a Breville juicer are.
The Breville Juice Fountain Compact:
There is the Breville Juice Fountain Compact, sure to impress as it has many people already. Delighted reviews from new customers who have bought this machine saying just how powerful, fast, well-put-together and effective it is at extracting juice from raw fruits and vegetables. Of course since it’s a centrifugal juicer, it won’t be able to juice leafy greens very well – spinach and wheatgrass and the like still need to be juiced with a masticating or auger juicer – but it apparently does a very fine job of getting juice out and leaving a pretty dry pulp behind, when you juice such things as carrots, celery, apples and citrus. (For citrus though, check out the Breville Die-Cast Citrus Press, a specially-made citrus juicing machine by the same company – I will cover this unique juicer in a moment.) The Breville Juice Fountain Compact is also compact, as it says – for those with small kitchens, or with a small bench area in their kitchen (or the requirement to store the juicer in a cupboard under the bench or the sink) this Compact Juicer is quite ideal. As with all centrifugal juicers the drum of the upright juicer machine stands fairly tall and the chute then comes out of the top. So the Compact is a model that has shrunk these heights a bit without compromising on power or effectiveness. It will make a cup of juice in 5 seconds! As a fast juicer for one person, say a single person living a full-time job or a student living in a shared housing arrangement or student accomodation, this would be ideal.
The Juice Fountain Plus is the next step up from the Compact. A finely put together juicer, looking very professional with its heavy duty polymer casing and all-stainless-steel parts inside. A froth separator comes with the machine as does a dual speed motor flick-switch to choose whether you want a fast setting for juicing hard fruits and vegetables like beets and carrots, or a slower RPM for softer fruits such as mango or melon. This machine has the ability to extract some juice from leafy greens. It is easy to assemble and has a little more kick than its Compact counterpart, for those who can afford the space and the small extra expense.
The Breville Die-Cast Citrus Press:
Innovative Quadra-Fin™ cone maximizes extraction of all citrus fruits, from limes to grapefruits. Makes juicing easy with innovative active-arm press — a power-assisted lever that makes it effortless to press fruits. Acid-resistant die-cast cone ensures a lifetime of fresh citrus. If all you want is citrus juice, you would be happy with this solid little machine from Breville.
The Breville Ikon Multi-Speed Juice Fountain:
The Breville Ikon Juicer has a wide range of speeds to run at. For maximising juice output and minimising pulp waste, this juicer is smart and will adjust its motor speed for you according to what you put in. The filter is an easy to clean stainless steel micromesh and the housing and inner parts are in stainless steel. The model looks sturdy, fairly minimalist and the chute positioned over the middle of the cutting disk (which is inside the drum) for the maximum juicing power and effectiveness. Not many centrifugal juicers have this design, but it really does make sense. Cleanup is very fast compared to other brands of centrifugal juicers.
The Breville Die-Cast Juice Fountain Elite:
This juicer really ups the professionalism in its looks and its power. The heavy grade die-cast metal body means business, as does the titanium cutting disk. (Titanium is an extremely strong and light weight metal.) All the exceptional basics you expect from a high-quality centrifugal juicer but with more muscle.
The Breville Dual Disc Juice Processor:
All the quality of the above juicers, yet with the added advantage of being able to make purees as well as juice recipes. All-fruit smoothies, healthy dips, sauces, soups and sorbets can all be processed with the Breville Dual Disc Juice Processor. The cutting blades on the cutting disks are reinforced with titanium, ensuring exceptionally lifespan for this machine. An electronic 5-speed dial puts you in full control of juicing speed and power, allowing you to extract the highest juice yield from your raw ingredients. A juicer that can handle everything from soft, squashy raspberries, to the chunkiest, crispest apple!
All up, the Breville Juicer range covers everything you could want in centrifugal juicers. An excellent design, bettering many other brands with the chute located right on top of the spinning disk/s thus eliminating the potential for getting the machine off-balance as the fruit and vegetables hit the spinning blade. The housing is easy to clean and there are no awkward nooks and crannies to be found on any of the machines. The chute is 3″ wide allowing almost all apples and even large root vegetables down whole – less chopping = less time in the kitchen – more free time for you to relax and enjoy the taste of real, homemade and healthy juice. The catchment piece for the pulp is large enough to not need changing every ten seconds as with some centrifugal juicers! The juice spout or catchment is well-placed, leaving no room for accident juice spills onto the floor as I have seen with some juicer.
If you are wondering about cons of the Breville Juicer, none really seem to stand out. The only thing I would be considering is that centrifugal juicers are only one half of the juicer world. Check out the auger juicer, or masticating juicer to see some really different styles of juicing innovation and quality, especially if you need a machine that works as a wheatgrass juicer – you need a different type of mechanism, as will be explained.
However, if you are definitely after a centrifugal juicer machine, this may be the best bet so far that I’ve seen. It actually rates better than the Jack LaLanne, in many cases, although it does not have the widespread TV coverage that Jacks Juicer has. Any juice is better than no juice, so if you were able to buy one of these machines and get started making fresh raw juice ASAP, you would be doing your health and your family’s health a huge favour. Nobody started juicing through procrastination alone, so if you are thinking about getting one of these juicers, I say go for it! No better time to get a Breville Juicer than today!