- Exceptionally high quality superior grade stainless steel construction
- Because of its stainless steel construction, it’s easier to clean and more durable than most other centrifugal juicers
- The best centrifugal juicer for users looking to purchase a juicer that produces virtually-pulp free juice right out of the juicer
- A top tier performer in all but one of our performance tests
- Not taking into account its price, it may be the best centrifugal juicer we tested overall
- Poor performance juicing grapes
- Heavy because of its stainless steel construction
- Not a very good value – we don’t feel its high price is justified and that there are better options available at its price point
|Ease of Use||4.5|
All category scores are out of 5.
Table of Contents
- food pusher
- feed chute
- juicer cover
- filter basket
- filter bowl
- motor base (body)
- juice container
- froth separator (part of the juice container’s lid)
- pulp container
Assembling the Juice Fountain Elite (model no. 800JEXL) takes about half a minute to do from start to finish. To begin assembly, the filter bowl should be placed onto the motor base. There is a large groove in the motor base into which the juice spout extending from the bottom of the filter bowl fits into place. This ensures that the filter bowl is placed on the motor base in the correct orientation. Second, the filter basket should be placed inside of the filter bowl and fitted onto the motor coupling extending from the top of the motor base through the center of the filter bowl. The filter bowl is similar to a tire or doughnut in that it has a hole at its center. This allows the motor coupling to extend from the top of the motor base through the center of the filter bowl. Third, the juicer cover should be fitted to the top of the filter bowl. It should be fitted so that the side of the cover that extends away from the main body of the juicer is on the side opposite to the juice spout. Fourth, the pulp container should be placed underneath this part of the cover that extends from the main body of the juicer. Fifth, the safety locking arm should be pulled up from an initial horizontal position to a vertical position in which it hooks onto the top of the cover and pushes down on all parts underneath the cover, securing them in place. As a final step, the food pusher can be placed into the feeding chute and the included juice container can be placed underneath the juice spout. Note that this final step is not required for assembly. The juicer can be operated without having the food pusher fitted inside the feeding chute to begin juicing and without using the included juice container (a glass or other container can be used to collect juice although the included container is recommended to be used to reduce spilling of the juice as it exits the juicer).
The 800JEXL is just as easy to assemble as every other centrifugal juicer with the same design. And there are many, many such juicers on the market. The Breville Juice Fountain Plus, Multi-Speed, Cold, and Duo are some examples. There are also juicers by other brands that feature this exact same design as well. All feature the same filter bowl, filter basket, cover, pulp container, and safety locking arm design with very slight variations. As such they all are assembled exactly the same way.
Compared to juicers that do not feature this design, which for the most part includes juicers that are categorized as slow or masticating juicers, centrifugal juicers such as the Juice Fountain Elite are generally easier to assemble than those other juicers. Slow juicers generally have a more complex design which results in their being a bit more difficult to assemble and their taking a bit longer to assemble. This is especially true for vertical masticating and twin gear juicers. In any case, assembly of a typical centrifugal juicer such as the Juice Fountain Elite is as easy as it gets for juicer assembly – like other juicers of the same type and design it earns a perfect 5 out of 5 in the category.
Speaking of slow juicers, such juicers normally also require much more food preparation than what is required for a typical centrifugal juicer such as the Juice Fountain Elite. Slow juicers require that users consider such factors as juicer type and produce type in addition to chute size when evaluating just how much preparation (cutting) is required before juicing a particular type of produce. For example, celery stalks can easily fit into a masticating juicer’s feeding chute just the same as they easily fit into a typical centrifugal juicer’s feeding chute. However, when juicing celery stalks with a masticating juicer the user needs to be aware that juicing celery without cutting it first can cause the juicer’s auger to jam as fibrous strands of celery can wrap around its slowly rotating auger. Such considerations need not be made for a centrifugal juicer such as the 800JEXL, as its much faster rotating filter basket absolutely decimates any produce it comes into contact with – there’s no risk of jamming a centrifugal juicer’s filter basket no matter what type of produce you’re juicing.
With chute size being the only factor limiting what size produce you can fit into the Elite’s feeding chute, most types of produce can be juiced with the Elite without cutting them at all. We juiced five different fruits and vegetables when testing the Elite for this review – 1 lb. each of oranges, grapes, carrots, celery, and apples. Of those five fruits and vegetables only one required that we cut it before juicing it. We juiced very large Red Delicious apples which did not fit into the Elite’s 3 inch feeding chute whole. We needed to cut the apples into quarters before we could juice them. Doing so for 1 lb. of apples (the quantity of apples we juiced) took us about 20 seconds to do on average for all of the juicers we tested that required that apples be cut to quarters before they could be juiced. Thus, we were able to juice with the Elite after less than a minute of total preparation time (approx. 30 seconds assembly time plus approx. 20 seconds food preparation time). Compare this time to the 3+ minutes of total preparation time required for 12 of the 14 slow juicers we tested for review. Most slow juicers required that we cut oranges and even carrots and celery into smaller pieces before they could be juiced. Such was not the case for most centrifugal juicers, including the Juice Fountain Elite.
We juiced five different fruits and vegetables with the Juice Fountain Elite in order to test its performance. We were careful to select different types of produce that would each present a unique challenge to the juicer. We juiced 1 lb. each of oranges, grapes, carrots, celery, and apples. After juicing each fruit and vegetable we weighed the extracted juice and recorded this measured value as the “out of juicer yield”. We then poured this yield through a sieve and recorded that measured value as the “after sieve yield”. The same sieve was used for all tests, not only for the Elite but for all of the 30+ juicers we tested for review. As such, the after sieve yield represents a quantity of juice that has a certain pulp-free consistency that is consistent for all tests. For this reason, comparing after sieve yield is the best way to compare the yields of one juicer compared to another. Out of juicer yield can be greater for one juicer compared to another only because it contains more pulp. The same isn’t true for after sieve yield.
Juicing Performance Summary and Score
Test results for the Elite are somewhat of a mixed bag. Standouts are its performance in our grape juicing test and its performance in our apple juicing test. It performed very poorly juicing grapes. Its out of juicer grape juice yield of 10 oz. is the worst result among all 17 centrifugal juicers we tested for review. Even the approximately $40 Black and Decker JE2200B had a better result in this test with an out of juicer yield of 10.1 oz. The top performer in this test, the Jamba 67901 was able to garner an out of juicer grape juice yield of 13 oz. – 3 oz. more than the Elite. The Elite’s after sieve yield of 9.7 oz. in the same test was similarly disappointing. It was good for a tie for 13th best among the 17 centrifugal juicers we tested. On the positive side, the difference between the Elite’s out of juicer and after sieve yield in this test was only 0.3 oz. which means that its initial out of juicer yield was virtually pulp-free. This was not the case for the Jamba 67901 for which we collected 2.4 oz. of pulp in our grape juicing test. Its out of juicer yield of 13 oz. may have been best among the centrifugal juicers we tested but its after sieve yield of only 10.6 oz. dropped it down to 8th place among its 16 competitors.
In contrast to its performance in our grape juicing test, the Elite performed very well juicing apples. Its out of juicer yield of 11.9 oz. was only bested by the top performing Juice Fountain Compact for which we were able to obtain an out of juicer yield of 12.2 oz. in the same test. However, the Compact’s out of juicer yield had more pulp than that of the Elite’s and so the Elite’s after sieve yield was actually a better result than that of the Compact’s. The Elite garnered an after sieve yield of 11.4 oz. for juicing apples while the Compact garnered a slightly lower yield of 11.3 oz.
While not as impressive as its test results for juicing apples, the Elite garnered above average results for juicing oranges, carrots, and celery. Its after sieve yields for juicing oranges and carrots were good for 3rd place results in each test. Its after sieve yield for juicing celery was good for a 4th place finish among the 17 centrifugal juicers we tested for review.
In all tests, the Elite was able to obtain a virtually pulp-free out of juicer yield. We didn’t collect more than 0.5 oz. of pulp in even one test. If being able to obtain pulp-free juice right out of the juicer is important to you, then the Elite is by far the best option among all of the centrifugal juicers we tested for review. Overall, the 800JEXL earns a less than perfect score in the category (a 4.5 out of 5 for juicing performance) only because of its exceptionally poor performance juicing grapes.
To clean the Elite it should first be disassembled in the exact reverse order in which it was assembled. The juicer can be disassembled completely before all of its parts are washed or it can be disassembled piecemeal so that parts are washed as they are removed from the main assembly. The latter strategy is the one we employed during testing. The food pusher, juice container, and its lid were washed first because they were loose parts that didn’t require any disassembly at all. We then removed and washed the juicer cover, followed by the pulp container, followed by the filter basket. The filter basket was washed last to allow it to soak in the sink (the sink was halfway filled with soapy water) before we scrubbed it clean.
The only “tools” you’ll need to clean the juicer are a microfiber cloth (or equivalent dish rag) and the included cleaning brush. The brush is uniquely “heavy duty” with thousands of thin but tough bristles that can withstand direct repeated contact with the filter basket’s sharp razor blades and “punch” through the thousands of tiny holes in its fine mesh perimeter. Standard cleaning brushes (such as those you can buy in a typical department store) will not work to clean the filter basket nearly as well as the included brush. It is therefore recommended that you take care to keep the included brush in a safe place so that you’ll be able to use it for the life of the juicer.
Staining and Scratching
The 800JEXL is mostly constructed using a very high grade stainless steel. This stainless steel is much easier to clean and much more scratch and stain resistant than the equivalent plastic parts of other juicers. Only a part of the Elite’s cover, the included juice container, and the juice container’s lid are constructed of plastic materials. These are also the first three parts that will stain and scratch with repeated use of the juicer. Staining is really not much of an issue as the cover only ever comes into contact with pulp. It never sees repeated contact with stain inducing juice. And the juice container and its lid can be replaced quite easily (either by replacing the part itself through the manufacturer or simply using your own glass container to collect juice). That being said, scratching is absolutely a concern for all three parts, especially the cover. We noticed very small scratches on the cover after washing it just a few times during testing. Note however, that this is not an issue unique to the 800JEXL.
Dishwasher Safe Parts
All of the juicer’s parts are dishwasher safe except for the food pusher. Note, however, that we do not recommend and neither did we wash any of its parts in a dishwasher during testing. A full list of reasons why recommend hand washing juicers can be found in our general buyer’s guide here.
Cleaning Summary and Overall Score
The Elite is much easier to clean than most other centrifugal juicers we tested, mostly because of its mostly stainless steel construction. Plastic parts have a tendency to smudge, scratch, and stain while stainless steel parts do not. The Elite also comes with a high quality cleaning brush that does a great job aiding the user in scrubbing the filter basket clean. Cleaning brush quality may seem like a small insignificant factor to consider when assessing overall cleaning difficulty but we can assure you that it absolutely is not. As we discuss here, whether a centrifugal juicer comes with a good quality cleaning brush goes a long way in making cleaning its most difficult to clean part – its filter basket – easy or very difficult to clean. All things considered we give the 800JEXL a well above average 4.5 out of 5 for cleaning difficulty. Its stainless steel construction and above average quality cleaning brush makes this juicer much easier to clean (and keep clean) than the vast majority of other centrifugal juicers on the market.
Ease of Use
In general, centrifugal juicers such as the Juice Fountain Elite are much easier to use than slow juicers, mostly because they require virtually no food preparation and they also do not require any special techniques for feeding produce into the juicer. To use the Elite you simply have to assemble it, turn it on, and start feeding fruits and vegetables into its feeding chute at any pace you like and by any method you’d like. To use a slow juicer you have to consider how the juicer’s design and the type of produce you’re juicing might affect how much, to what size, etc. you have to cut the produce before juicing it. And once you start juicing with a slow juicer you have to consider how the method by which you feed produce into the juicer might affect how well the juicer is able to process the produce. None of these considerations are required for juicing with a centrifugal juicer. The bottom line – if ease of use is very important to you then a centrifugal juicer such as the Elite is a far better choice than any slow juicer.
To compare the ease of using a certain centrifugal juicer (in this case the Elite) to the ease of using another centrifugal juicer (in this case the Elite’s competitors) is a bit more difficult than comparing the ease of using a centrifugal juicer to the ease of using a slow juicer. We have to dig a little bit deeper into some nuanced “juicer characteristics” before we can determine whether one centrifugal juicer is easier to use than another. Those characteristics relevant to a centrifugal juicer’s ease of use are discussed below.
The Juice Fountain Elite, like the Juice Fountain Plus, is a two speed juicer. It can be set to a high speed for juicing difficult to juice harder produce such as carrots and celery or it can be set to a low speed for juicing softer produce such as oranges or grapes. One switch on the front of the juicer controls both settings. Flicking the switch upwards sets it to low speed and flicking the switch downwards sets it to high speed. After flicking the switch it always returns to a neutral centered position. One has to press the big red button next to the switch to turn the juicer off. The switch is labeled “SOFTER” and “LOW” on the top side and “HARDER” and “HIGH” on the bottom side. Experienced users will be able to set the juicer to the correct speed using past experience and these labels as a guide. For example, if such a user has juiced oranges using the Elite on several different occasions before and wants to juice oranges, the “SOFTER” label next to the “LOW” label should be sufficient for he or she to remember that oranges are a softer fruit and that the juicer should be set to the softer or low setting to juice them efficiently. Inexperienced users could either guess (this is not recommended) that oranges are a softer fruit and that the juicer should be set to the low setting to juice them or they can reference the “SPEED SELECTOR TABLE” in the juicer’s user manual. The table lists several different fruits and vegetables including oranges and the corresponding speed for juicing them.
Our opinion is that the less speeds a juicer has, the easier it is to use. Single speed juicers such as the Juice Fountain Compact are easier to use than two speed juicers such as the Elite and Plus which are in turn easier to use than five speed juicers such as the Juice Fountain Multi-Speed. This makes the Elite moderately easy to use. It’s easier to use the 5 speed juicers but not quite as easy to use as single speed juicers.
The 800JEXL comes with 79 page illustrated manual. The manual is available in both English and French. The Elite’s manual is very similar to and of the same quality as the manuals included with all of the other Breville juicers we tested for review. That is to say, it is of a very high quality. It is complete and comprehensive in its coverage of the different facets of proper use and care of the juicer. And it also includes various sections relative to juicer use that aren’t absolutely necessary for proper care and use of the juicer but which can be helpful for enthusiastic newcomers to the juicing lifestyle. Examples of such sections are its “TIPS ON JUICING” section and “FRUIT & VEGETABLE FACTS” section.
Weight, Power Cord Length, Juice and Pulp Containers
The Elite weighs 14 lb. 3.8 oz. fully assembled and the juicer body alone weighs 10 lb. 2 oz., making it the heaviest centrifugal juicer we tested for review. Most other centrifugal juicers we tested weighed well under 10 lb. fully assembled with a body weight ranging between 3 and 7 lb. The Elite and Duo were the two heaviest centrifugal juicers we tested and both are of stainless steel construction. Hence, the obvious conclusion to draw is that both weigh as much as they do because of their unique stainless steel construction. The Elite’s heavier than average weight does make it slightly more difficult to move around the kitchen such as when you move it in and out of storage or if you’re moving it from one counter to another fully assembled as we did during testing (we tested the juicer on one counter and then moved it to another fully assembled where we cleaned it).
The Elite comes with a 40 in. long power cord – ever so slightly shorter than the 41 in. average for the 17 centrifugal juicers we tested for review.
The last of the juicer’s characteristics of note in this section on ease of use are the volumes of its pulp container and juice container. Its pulp container was measured to have a volume of 108 oz. while its juice container was measured to have a maximum volume of 40 oz. Both of these values are well above average for this juicer type. For a full explanation describing why this information is relevant when assessing the juicer’s ease of use please see here.
Ease of Use Summary and Score
The Elite is easier to use than any slow juicer we tested. It is easier to use than most 5 speed juicers but not quite as easy to use as most single speed juicers such as the top rated Juice Fountain Compact. The Elite is heavy for a centrifugal juicer but it does come with only a slightly below average length power cord and well above average sized juice and pulp containers. All things considered it earns a respectable 4.5 out of 5 in the category.
Almost all of the centrifugal juicers we tested, including the Elite, receive the same below average 3 out of 5 score for versatility because they lack the versatility of multi-purpose slow juicers. The one exception in the centrifugal juicer category is the Juice Fountain Duo. It comes with a puree disc and insert for making smoothies. And while it isn’t quite as versatile as a typical slow juicer it is more versatile than most other centrifugal juicers on the market.
Versatility is a uniquely important consideration with regard to the Elite because it retails for such a high price. At the Elite’s retail price of approx. $300 it’s priced very similarly to several different highly rated slow juicers on the market. Versatility is not so much of a consideration for less expensive centrifugal options as slow juicers are unattainable at their price points. For example, the top rated Juice Fountain Compact retails for about $100. There’s not even one slow juicer we would recommend that comes anywhere close to this price point. The Compact not having the versatility of such juicers is therefore excusable at its price point.
Back to the Elite – it retails, as we just mentioned, for about $300. Its price is this high mostly because of its high quality stainless steel construction (more on that in just a bit as we discuss the juicer’s durability). The question then becomes, “is the Elite worth this higher price compared to less expensive centrifugal options solely because of its high quality stainless steel construction?”. In other words, “how does the Elite compare to less expensive centrifugal options and is what makes the Elite unique (its stainless steel construction and a few other minor features) enough of a reason to purchase it instead of those less expensive options?” Another question might be “are the Elite’s stainless steel construction and the benefits that accompany its centrifugal design (little to no food preparation, fast juicing, etc.) more important than the benefits that accompany a slow juicer’s design (improved versatility, better tasting juice, etc.)?”. The Elite is, after all, priced very similarly to slow juicers and so it’s not unnatural to want to compare its pros and cons to those juicers. We’ll answer all of the above questions later on in this review when we discuss this juicer’s value. For now, we simply want you to be aware of the fact that the Elite lacks the versatility of similarly priced slow juicers.
Build Quality and Materials
The Juice Fountain Elite and Juice Fountain Duo are both constructed of a heavy grade die-cast stainless steel. We observed the stainless steel used for the construction of both of these juicers to be of a distinctly higher quality than the stainless steel used as only a finish for less expensive “stainless steel” centrifugal juicers. The Juice Fountain Multi-Speed, for example, according to the manufacturer has a stainless steel body just the same as the Plus and Duo. However, we observed the stainless steel finish used for the body of the Multi-Speed to be nowhere close to the quality of the stainless steel bodies of both the Elite and Duo.
A More Resilient Filter Basket
All five Breville centrifugal juicers we tested (the Compact, Plus, Multi-Speed, Elite, and Duo) have nearly identical filter baskets, all of which are also made of stainless steel. While the stainless steel used for the construction of the filter basket is of the same quality for all five juicers, the Elite, Duo, and Multi-Speed have, in addition, a titanium reinforced cutting disc.
Better Quality Switches and a More Powerful Motor
Everything about the Elite screams quality. It truly is the “Rolls Royce of Juicers” just like the manufacturer claims that it is. Sure, the quality of its stainless steel parts is outstanding. But even ostensibly insignificant parts like the speed setting switch and the red “off” button are of an exceptionally high quality as well. In addition, the Elite features a beefy 1000-watt motor. While not as powerful and heavy duty as the Duo’s 1200-watt motor, the Elite’s motor still puts out 200 to 300 watts more power than what is typical for the average motor installed inside of a centrifugal juicer. The Juice Fountain Plus, for example, comes with an 850-watt motor and the Compact comes with only a 700-watt motor.
Brand Reputation and Quality of Support
Breville has a reputation for producing high quality high end kitchen appliances. For more information on our thoughts regarding this brand please see the relevant section (on brand reputation) of our Juice Fountain Compact review, where we take an in depth, almost philosophical look at Breville as a brand and the quality of the juicers they manufacture.
The Juice Fountain Elite comes with only a 1-year warranty. This is the exact same warranty that comes with all of Breville’s centrifugal juicers. For more information on how the Elite’s included warranty compares to those included with other juicers in the centrifugal juicer category and slow juicers please see the warranty section of this section of our general buyer’s guide.
Summary and Score
Our own observations and experience using this juicer lead us to believe that it is highly durable and highly reliable as well. Consumer reviews confirm our own observations as we noted almost no complaints regarding the juicer’s reliability or durability in our survey of such reviews online. This is especially impressive considering the fact that this juicer has been on the market for well over a decade as of the time of the publishing of this editorial review. Plenty of time has gone by for this particular model juicer to have broken down in one way or another and for consumers to have reported such occurrences online. As we mentioned earlier, we found very little such complaints online. The juicer’s well above average reliability makes us less critical of the short duration of the included warranty than we would be otherwise. We give the Elite a perfect 5 out of 5 in the category overall.
Earlier in this review we talked about how the Elite retails for about $300 and how it is very similarly priced to highly rated slow juicers at this price point. At approximately $300 it’s less expensive than top rated vertical masticating juicers such as the Kuvings B6000 (retailing for approx. $400) or top rated twin gear juicers such as the Tribest Green Star Elite (retailing for approx. $500), but it is just as expensive as well reviewed horizontal masticating options such as the Omega NC800 or J8006 (both retailing for approx. $300). Because the Elite is similarly priced to these slow juicers the question arises, “should you go ahead and purchase the Elite (a centrifugal juicer) or should you consider buying a slow juicer instead?”. Our answer to this question is simple. It is our strong recommendation that you forego purchasing the Elite and buy a slow juicer instead, should you be looking to spend upwards of $300 on a juicer. We simply do not see the benefit in buying a top-of-the-line centrifugal juicer such as the Elite instead of buying even a mid-tier slow juicer. Should you read through our general buyer’s guide, the reasoning behind this opinion will become quite obvious.
Earlier in the review we also posed a question similar to “How does the Elite compare to other centrifugal juicers and is it worth purchasing this juicer as expensive as it is instead of other juicers of the same type that retail for less?”. Here is our response: The Elite is sold at the at the price point that it is because it is marketed by Breville as being a luxury juicer. From our perspective, its priced as expensively as it is for only one reason – its exceptionally high quality stainless steel construction. This stainless steel construction makes it easier to clean and more durable than the vast majority of other centrifugal juicers on the market. Do these benefits justify the fact that it’s 2 to 6 times more expensive than most other centrifugal juicers we tested – about 3 times more expensive than the Juice Fountain Compact or twice as expensive as the Juice Fountain Plus? In our opinion it does not. However, if you are looking to purchase a centrifugal juicer and want the best quality and most durable centrifugal juicer money can buy, the Elite certainly fits the bill and is more than a viable option.
Long Term Cost
In addition to buying the juicer itself, you will have to buy produce before you can start juicing. Produce cost is directly related to juicer performance as we discuss in detail here. In short, the greater the performance of the juicer (the greater the yield per quantity of produce), the less produce needs to be purchased to make the same amount of juice. The less produce that needs to be purchased the lower the cost of produce for juicing. If juicer A requires 20 oz. of produce to make 10 oz. of juice while juicer B requires only 15 oz. of produce to make 10 oz. of juice then juicer B is clearly the better long term value as buying 15 oz. of produce each time you want to make 10 oz. of juice costs less than buying 20 oz. of produce each time you want to make the same volume of juice.
The 800JEXL was a top performer in most of our juicing performance tests and therefore its long term cost is less than those other juicers that did not perform as well in our juicing performance tests. This savings in long term cost offsets its higher initial cost compared to other juicers that retail for less (have a lower initial cost) but garner lower yields (have a higher long term cost). That being said, the Elite did not perform better than the Juice Fountain Compact, a juicer that’s also much less expensive. It is therefore neither a better initial value nor a better long term value than the Compact.
The Elite suffers from an inherent problem that it or its manufacturer can do nothing about – it’s an overpriced centrifugal juicer. The quality of materials and workmanship that goes into the production of this juicer is so high that it pushes its price point way beyond what we believe is reasonable for a centrifugal juicer. Sure, it’s of exceptionally high quality but it’s still a centrifugal juicer. As we harp about in our general buyer’s guide one of the only reasons to purchase a centrifugal juicer instead of a slow juicer is because a centrifugal juicer can be purchased at a much lower price. Our top rated centrifugal juicer, the Juice Fountain Compact retails for only about $100. Our top rated affordable slow juicer, the Omega NC800 retails for more than $300. If you want to buy a juicer and don’t have $300 to spend we recommend the Compact. If you do have $300 to spend we recommend that you purchase the NC800, not the Juice Fountain Elite. The only circumstance under which you should purchase this juicer (the Elite) is if you value the benefits of having a centrifugal juicer (fast assembly, little to no food preparation time, fast juicing) and want the best quality (most durable, easy to clean, etc.) centrifugal juicer money can buy. If this describes what you’re looking for then the Elite is the juicer for you.