Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus Review 2019

Breville is a dominant brand in the centrifugal juicer market. Breville juicers are known for being durable, convenient, as well as fast and the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus is no exception. This is the third time I’ve taken a close look at this juicer and each time I’ve reviewed it, I’ve found that it’s a high-quality machine. If you’re looking for an affordable, sturdy, and no-nonsense juicer, then the Juice Fountain Plus might be perfect for you.

My experience with the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus

Breville JE98XL

The Juice Fountain Plus was my first juicer. After watching the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, I felt inspired to try a health reboot of my own. The documentary follows an Australian man, Joe Cross, as he attempts to transform his health with a 60-day juice fast. Joe uses the Breville Juice Fountain Plus every day during his fast, and it ends up being one of the stars of the documentary.

Impressed by the juicer’s reliability and speed, I did some research and found thousands of positive customer reviews. I decided to buy it for myself, and three years later, it’s still my go-to centrifugal juicer when I want a quick boost of vitamins and minerals.

Buy the Breville JE98XL Juicer here on Amazon

When I first got into juicing, the JE98XL fit my needs perfectly. It’s a centrifugal juicer, so it’s fast and easy to use. Centrifugal juicers are great for people who don’t want to spend a lot of time juicing. These juicers work very quickly — usually operating at several thousand revolutions per minute. They separate the juice from the pulp, and the result is smooth, pulp-free juice.

Breville JE98XL detail
The Juice Fountain Plus is powered by an 850-watts engine and can operate at two speeds. The dual-speed feature is good for maximizing the yield from different produce. The lower setting, 6,500 RPM, is best for softer fruits and veggies. The higher setting of 12,000 RPM is great for firmer ingredients.

If you’re planning to make a lot of juice in one go, the Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain Multi-Speed might be better for you than the JE98XL. A slightly more expensive machine, the Juice Fountain Multi-Speed has five-speed settings. These range from 6,500 RPM to 12,500 RPM and the LCD feedback screen helps to maximize juice extraction. It also has a three-litre pulp container, so you can make lots of juice before having to empty it.

It’s important to note that centrifugal juicers aren’t very efficient at juicing leafy greens. If you’re planning to juice lots of wheatgrass, spinach or kale, then a masticating juicer might be a better choice. The Omega j8006 is my personal favourite for getting maximum yield from leafy greens. But if speed and ease of use are more important to you, then the Breville JE98XL might be a perfect fit.

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Breville Juice Fountain Plus — Pros & Cons

What can I make with this juicer?

The Breville JE98XL juices most standard fruits and vegetables with ease, so you can try lots of combinations. If you need ideas, there are hundreds of juice recipes that you can use with the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus .

As the JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus is a centrifugal juicer, you’ll get the maximum yield when you use fruits and vegetables with a high water content. Apples, oranges and cucumbers are all for great for creating a base for your juice. The Breville JE98XL has an extra wide feed chute, so you can put whole apples and peeled oranges through it.

If you feed cucumber vertically through the feed chute, you won’t need to cut that up either. You can then make your juice more interesting by adding herbs, citrus fruits, ginger root and exotic fruits as well as assorted vegetables.

The Breville is not the best when it comes to juicing leafy greens, but there are a couple of tricks that’ll help you to get a higher yield. If you want to use kale, spinach or romaine lettuce, here are two things you can try: First of all, roll your leafy greens into a ball before pushing them into the feeder chute. This will ensure more juice and less waste.
The other trick is to push your greens and softer fruits through the chute with harder fruits and veggies, such as apples, beets or carrots. This will lessen the chances of leafy greens getting caught in the discs.

Does the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus make orange juice?

Yes, this machine juices oranges easily. It’s best to peel them first as orange peel tastes very bitter, but the high water content of oranges means you can make plenty of fresh orange juice quickly. Try adding some carrots or ginger root to make a delicious and healthy combination.

Can I juice leafy greens with my Breville?

As it’s a centrifugal juicer, the Breville JE98XL is not the most efficient juicer for tackling leafy greens. If you want to get the maximum yield from spinach and kale, then you’re better off buying a masticating juicer. But if you prefer the efficiency of the Breville JE98XL, then you can still juice leafy greens as long as you feed them through the chute correctly.

Can I juice wheatgrass?

No, centrifugal juicers can’t extract the juice from wheatgrass. If you’re planning to juice wheatgrass regularly, you’d probably be better off buying the best masticating juicer you can afford. The Omega J8006 handles wheatgrass very well, as well as most other fruits and vegetables. If you have a bigger budget, the Super Angel 5500 is an excellent cold press juicer. It’s on the more expensive side, but it also produces a good yield from wheatgrass.

Does the Breville juice pineapples?

Yes, the higher speed setting on the JE98XL will efficiently juice pineapples. However, it’s best to peel them first. Peeling them will help to extend the life of the filter basket of the juicer. It might also be necessary to cut large pineapples in half, before feeding them through the chute.

Can I make nut milk with this juicer?

According to the manufacturer’s instructions, Breville does not recommend extracting nut milk with a centrifugal juicer, such as the Juice Fountain Plus. This is because the filter basket spins too quickly and the fine mesh filter screen isn’t suitable for processing nuts. If you want to make nut milk, a masticating or “slow” juicer might be a better choice for you. The BJS600XL Juice Fountain Crush is the only masticating juicer in the Breville range and can be used to make nut milk.

What can I do with pulp from my Breville juicer?

It’s understandable if you don’t want all of the leftover pulp from your juicing to go to waste. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to put the pulp to good use. Here are some ideas:

  • You can add pulp to soup to thicken it and add some extra fibre.
  • Add some pulp when you’re making your next smoothie.
  • Make a veggie broth by boiling the pulp with water, herbs and spices. Strain the broth before drinking.
  • You can add pulp to vegetarian burger recipes for added flavour and a nutritional boost.
  • If you’re not ready to use the pulp right away, put it into resealable bags and freeze it.

Juicer Type

The Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus is a centrifugal juicer. Centrifugal machines extract juice quickly through a rapid spinning action. The blades shred fruit and vegetables into a pulp, using centrifugal force. Juice is separated from the pulp, so the juice produced by a centrifugal juicer tends to be smooth and pulp-free. This speed and power can be a great thing, but there are a couple of downsides to centrifugal juicers.

One issue is the buildup of heat and oxidation during the juicing process. The higher RPM of centrifugal juicers, such as the Breville JE98XL, causes this heat and oxidation (foaming action) to occur. To put it simply, more nutrients are lost and juices from a centrifugal juicer should be consumed within 24 hours. Otherwise, you’ll notice that your juice will start to separate and turn brown.

If you want to preserve as many nutrients as possible, but keep the speed of a centrifugal juicer, the Breville BJE430sil Juice Fountain Cold might be a better choice for you. The Breville BJE430sil has Cold Spin Technology, so the quality of the juice is similar to that cold-pressed juice.
The second issue with centrifugal juicers is that they produce semi-dry pulp when juicing softer fruits and veggies. I usually run the pulp through my Breville Juice Fountain Plus a second time to extract more juice. I also make sure to bundle leafy greens between firmer ingredients. Whether the Breville JE98XL is the perfect juicer for you will depend on whether you value efficiency and ease of use over maximum juice yield and minimum nutrient loss.

Specs of the Breville JE98XL

Motor850 watts
MaterialsHeavy grade polymer
WeightLess than 15.0 lbs
Size13.2” x 16.5” x 18.2”
Feeder Chute
3” wide
Nutri Disc
Stainless steel
Juice Jug
34fl oz (1 litre)
Warranty1 year
Breville JE98XL Jug

The Breville JE98XL’s dimensions are approximately 13.2” x 16.5” x 18.2” and it weighs just under 15 pounds.. All parts of the Breville JE98XL that come into contact with ingredients or pulp are BPA-free. When your juicer arrives, you’ll find a comprehensive Breville JE98XL instruction manual in the box. Unfortunately, the Breville JE98XL’s warranty isn’t extensive — it comes with only a one-year limited warranty.

What’s in the Box?

  • The Breville JE98XL comes with an extra wide feed chute. At a width of three inches, the chute can fit whole apples, beets and peeled oranges. The wide chute makes juicing quick and easy.
  • You’ll also find the Breville JE98XL food pusher in the box. You can use the food pusher to push fruit and vegetables down the chute. Just remember that the food pusher is not dishwasher-safe.
  • The Breville JE98XL comes with a large pulp container with an integrated handle. The pulp container allows you to make large quantities of juice, and it’s BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.
  • You’ll also find the plastic top cover or juicer cover in the box. The juice cover clips into place on top of the motor unit and the pulp container.
  • The Breville JE98X Nutri Disc has stainless steel blades for fast cutting. There’s also a stainless-steel mesh filter basket for spinning out the pulp. The Breville JE98X filter basket is machine-washable, but if you don’t want to risk damaging the fine mesh, it’s best to soak it in warm, soapy water. You can then brush it gently to make sure it doesn’t get clogged.
  • On the side of the motor unit, there’s a switch with 3 positions. Set the speed to “low” when juicing soft fruits and vegetables and “high” when juicing harder fruits and vegetables.
  • You’ll also find a locking arm attached to the Breville JE98X. The juicer will not operate until you lock this into place over the juicer cover.
  • The JE98X pitcher or juice jug is a plastic, 1-litre jug. This comes with a froth separator.
  • Other accessories include the nylon bristle brush, which comes with the juicer. You can use the brush to clean the Nutri Disc, to make sure it doesn’t become clogged.
  • You’ll also find the Breville JE98X instruction manual in the box. You can download a PDF version of it from here.

Which Breville Juicer Should I Buy?

In this review, I am giving you lots of detailed information about the Breville JE98XL. But I’m sure you’ll wonder whether it’s the right juicer for you. In case you are wondering, here are a few other Breville models that might be worth considering. You can find detailed reviews of these juicers on

Breville BJE430sil Juice Fountain Cold

The Breville BJE430sil was developed to address the issue of oxidation that occurs during the centrifugal juicing process. As a result of oxidation, juices from centrifugal juicers need to be consumed within 24 hours. Oxidation can be a real headache for anyone who wants to juice in bulk and prep for a few days.

The Breville BJE430sil Juice Fountain Cold incorporates cold spin technology and an elevated juicing system, which can extend the life of juices for up to 72 hours. The quality is comparable to a cold-press juice. The Breville BJE430sil is similar to the Breville JE98XL in that it has two-speed settings — 6,500 RPM and 13,000 RPM. However, it’s still not great when it comes to juicing leafy greens.

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite

The Breville Juice Fountain Elite is an upgraded version of the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus, but the two are almost identical. The main difference is that the plastic of the Breville JE98XL has been replaced by stainless steel in the Breville 800JEXL.

If the appearance of your juicer is important to you, the sleeker Breville 800JEXL might appeal. It also features a higher speed setting of 13,000 RPM and a more powerful 1,000-watt motor. But considering its significantly lower price and almost identical features, the Breville JE98XL might be better for someone who’s new to juicing.

Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain Multi-Speed

A little more expensive than the Breville JE98XL, the BJE510XL has five speed settings. These range from 6,500 RPM to 12,500 RPM. These variable speeds help to maximize yield across a variety of fruit and vegetables. The Breville BJE510XL also comes with a larger pulp container, which can hold up to three litres of pulp. If you plan to make lots of juice all at once, or if you’re juicing for the whole family, this might be a good option for you.

Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain

The Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain is a small, but powerful, juicer. It comes with a 700-watt motor and it operates at 14,000 RPM. The Breville BJE200XL takes up very little counter space, so it’s perfect for someone who doesn’t want a big machine. It’s very efficient and it gets through standard fruits and vegetables easily.
The Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain is simple to use and it has a 2” inch wide chute, so whole fruits can be fed into it. Besides that, it’s very affordable and gets great reviews on Amazon. So if you’re looking for a compact and affordable juicer, this could be a great model for you. One downside is that the pulp is wetter than that of the Breville JE98XL. The leftover juice in the pulp is a result of the single speed setting processing ingredients very quickly.

Alternatives to the Breville Juice Fountain Plus

Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Pro

The Jack Lalanne juicer is sleek and reliable. It operates quietly, which could be useful for people who plan to juice early in the mornings or late at night. The wide chute means that you won’t have to do a lot of prep before juicing.

An added bonus is the lifetime warranty, which is much more impressive than Breville’s limited one-year warranty. The Jack Lalanne only operates at 3,600 RPM and it takes longer to juice fruit and vegetables than the Breville JE98XL. It’s also worth noting that the Jack Lalanne juicer is built to North American standards and intended for use in the U.S. and Canada.

Omega 8006 Nutrition System Juicer

The Omega 8006 Nutrition System Juicer is a masticating juicer. Masticating juicers operate at a much slower rate, grinding plant fibres and extracting maximum nutrients and enzymes. The dual-stage juicing system of the Omega 8006 means that you won’t get the foam that results from oxidation. You’ll also be able to store juice for up to 72 hours, without worrying about degradation.

The Omega 8006 Nutrition System is a great choice for people who want to juice leafy greens, as it produces a much higher yield than centrifugal juicers. However, it is much slower and the narrow chute means more prep time. Still, it’s an excellent machine for anyone who takes juicing seriously.

Cuisinart CJE-1000

Made from die-cast and stainless steel, the Cuisinart CJE-1000 is a centrifugal juicer that’s easy to use. With a 1000-watt motor and five speed settings of up to 13,000 RPM, it’s a powerful machine. It also comes with a limited three-year warranty. However, the juice yield is lower than that of the Breville JE98XL. I have also found that the CJE-1000 produces a layer of foam whenever I juice with it.

Juicer Assembly and Getting Started with Your First Juice

You can assemble the Breville JE98XL very quickly. It only took me a few minutes to put together. The instructions in the manual are clear, and there are only a few parts to click into place.

Here’s what you need to do to set up your JE98XL:

  • Step 1
  • Before you use your Juice Fountain Plus for the first time, wash the filter bowl surround, filter basket, juicer cover, food pusher, pulp container, juice jug and lid in warm, soapy water. Dry them all thoroughly.
  • Step 2
  • Place the filter bowl surround on top of the motor base.
  • Step 3
  • Make sure the arrows on the Nutri Disc align with the arrows on the motor base and push down gently until the disc clicks into place.
  • Step 4
  • Place the juicer cover over the filter bowl surround, ensuring that it’s positioned over the Nutri Disc, before lowering into position.
  • Step 5
  • Next, you can lift the safety locking arm and lock it into the grooves on either side of the juicer cover.
  • Step 6
  • To slide the food pusher down the chute, make sure the grooves on the food pusher align with the small plastic lip near the top of the chute.
  • Step 7
  • Move the pulp container into position by tilting it a little.
  • Step 8
  • Put the juice jug under the spot on the right-side of the juicer. The lid prevents the juice from splattering. If you want to save on cleaning, you could put a glass underneath the spout.

Cleaning the Breville JE98XL

Cleaning a juicer can be a time-consuming task, particularly if you’re juicing more than once a day. When I was juice fasting, I found that washing up was the most annoying aspect of frequent juicing. But an advantage of centrifugal juicers is that they’re generally easy to clean, and this is definitely true of the Breville JE98XL. When you’ve finished juicing with your JE98XL, it’s best to rinse the parts immediately. There are only a few parts to clean, so this is very quick.

The juicer cover, filter bowl surround, pulp container, Nutri Disc, filter basket and juice jug are all dishwasher-safe (top shelf only). However, it’s best to be careful with the Nutri Disk and the filter basket. Although they’re dishwasher safe, these components are relatively delicate. To clean the filter basket carefully, soak it in warm, soapy water for approximately ten minutes. This stops the pores from becoming clogged. After that, you can brush it clean with light strokes of the nylon brush.

Noise Level

On its highest speed setting (12,000 RPM), the Breville JE98XL vibrates and makes quite a lot of noise. If you want to minimize the noise, juice at the lower speed setting. If noise is a problem for you, a less powerful juicer, such as a masticating juicer, might suit you better.
The Omega VSJ843, an upright masticating juicer, runs at the slowest speed currently available for juicers (43 RPM). It’s also whisper quiet, so if you’re concerned about bothering your housemates, this might be a great juicer for you. The Omega 8006 Nutrition System Masticating Juicer is also a quieter machine, as there are no rapidly spinning blades. You could also try the Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush, which has a 240-watt motor, so it’s much quieter than the Breville JE98XL.

Tips and Tricks

  • When making apple juice, add a small amount of fresh lemon juice to prevent discoloration.
  • Line the pulp container with a small bag to make cleaning up much easier.
  • If you’re using fruits with tough or inedible skins, like pineapples, melons or mangoes, remove the skin before juicing.
  • To prevent nutrient loss, store juice from your Breville JE98XL in the fridge and consume it within 24 hours.

Problems with the Breville JE98XL

My main concern with the Breville Juice Fountain Plus is its oxidizing effect. I’ve noticed that when I use it to juice, it often produces a layer of foam. I also dislike the fact that I’m unable to store juices for more than 24 hours in the refrigerator. If left for more than 24 hours, they begin to separate and turn brown.

This is however the case with all centrifugal juicers, not just the Breville JE98XL. I think that if you’re concerned about nutrient loss, or you want to store juice for up to 72 hours, the Breville BJE430sil Juice Fountain Cold might be a better choice. Alternatively, if you don’t mind sacrificing speed, try a masticating juicer, such as the Omega 8006.

Amazon customers have reported other issues, including technical malfunctions. Some customers have reported seeing the red “overheating” light after a minimal amount of juicing, but this has never happened to me. There are also a few complaints stating that the motor of the Breville JE98XL stopped working.

Other customers have reported that the Breville didn’t turn on and needed to be sent away for repairs. Unfortunately, if you have a similar problem, you may have to pay for repairs if it falls outside the one-year warranty. But complaints regarding technical issues are in the minority, and the Breville JE98KL has received mostly positive reviews.

Where Can I Buy It?

  • Amazon is one of the best places to purchase the Juice Fountain Plus
  • In Europe, the Breville range is sold under the name Sage by Heston Blumenthal. The Breville JE98XL is sold as the Nutri Juicer Plus under the European brand.
  • The best place to buy a Nutri Juicer Plus in the UK is from an e-retailer, such as UK Juicers, or a department store, such as John Lewis.
  • In Ireland, you can buy Sage juicers from the electrical store, Harvey Norman.

Breville JE98XL Replacement Parts

If you need to buy replacement parts for your Breville juicer, such as a food pusher or a filter basket, you can find these on Amazon.

Final Verdict and Recommendation

The JE98XL is a no-nonsense juicer that’s easy to assemble and even easier to use. I think it would be an ideal machine for someone who’s just getting into the juicing lifestyle. Besides having the excellent reputation of Breville behind it, the Juice Fountain Plus was the first juicer to hit the market featuring an extra wide feed chute.

This means there’s minimal prep time involved — you can feed whole apples, oranges, beets, and tomatoes through the chute. It produces a good yield and gets through most ingredients quickly, so you can try lots of juice combinations easily.

The dual-speed setting is simple to use – the lower setting works well with softer fruits and veggies, while the higher speed suits firmer produce, such as apples. It’s also very easy to clean and most of the components are dishwasher-safe. I’ve greatly enjoyed using my Breville JE98XL and it’s as fast and reliable now as it was when I first bought it three years ago.

For serious juicers or those who regularly juice leafy greens or wheatgrass, you might be better off purchasing a juicer that will give you a better yield from those ingredients. Masticating juicers, such as the Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush, are an excellent option. The slower speed means that you’ll get a much higher yield from leafy greens while reducing oxidation and retaining nutrients. You can store the juice from a masticating juicer for up to 72 hours, which is useful if you like to juice in bulk.
Nevertheless, the speed, efficiency and ease of the Breville JE98XL make it a great starter juicer. It’s very sturdy and if you look after it properly, it should last for a very long time.

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