Breville juicers dominate the centrifugal juicer market. Why? What makes Breville juicers special? Why should you buy a Breville juicer?
After testing and reviewing five of them we can list two major and three minor (more nuanced) reasons why Breville juicers are the most popular juicers on the market:
Major reasons why Breville juicers dominate the market
1. Build quality
The higher end Breville Juice Fountain Elite is perhaps the most well built centrifugal juicer we’ve tested. The juicer features a heavy grade die-cast stainless steel body, metal switches, and a powerful 1,000 watt motor.
There are plenty of juicers on the market that boast a stainless steel body. However, comparing those same juicers same by side with the Elite, it’s clear that the Breville is made of a much higher quality much heavier grade stainless steel. Most other juicers also feature plastic instead of metal switches and less powerful motors than the Elite.
Lower end Breville juicers are not as well made as the Elite but they’re still highly durable juicers with exceptional build quality.
Breville juicers tend to be just a little bit more expensive than the competition and this price difference can largely be attributed to their better build quality.
For example, the Juice Fountain Plus retails in the $150 range. This puts it into direct competition with models like the Cuisinart CJE-1000 and Jamba 67901. The biggest difference between the Breville and these other two juicers? Build quality. The Breville is simply the better built juicer made of higher quality parts and materials.
Another example is the Juice Fountain Compact. It retails in the $100 range. Its competitors are mostly found in the $50 to $80 range. The biggest difference between a high quality approx. $60 juicer like the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro and the approx. $100 Compact? Build quality and the quality of materials used for its construction. The Big Mouth Pro is made very cheaply with low quality plastics. The Breville’s build quality is clearly a cut above as its made of much higher grade polymers.
Breville juicers consistently get very high (juice) yields out of a given quantity of dry produce. The story goes like this: a consumer buys a Breville juicer. Takes it home. Juices with it. And is very happy with the yields he or she gets out of the juicer.
Not surprisingly, Breville juicers also did very well in our own juicing performance tests (albeit with one exception that we’ll discuss in just a bit).
The two standouts on the positive side of things were the Breville Compact and Plus.
The Compact obtained the best yields of any centrifugal juicer we tested. It even outperformed cold press juicers in many of our tests. It obtained terrific yields juicing citrus, grapes, celery, apples, and carrots. All of its yields were well above average for both the centrifugal and cold press juicer categories.
The Plus also did very well in our tests. It garnered well above average yields in all tests but one – our grape juicing test, in which it garnered a below average yield. Still, like the Compact, it garnered above average yields in most tests and also extracted a juice very low in pulp and foam right out of the juicer.
The only negative standout among the Breville juicers we tested was the Juice Foutain Multi-Speed. It garnered only average to below average yields in all of our tests and extracted a juice very high in pulp and foam. Note that this particular model Breville juicer has since been discontinued which makes the current Breville lineup 100% filled with top performers.
More nuanced reasons why Breville juicers are generally better juicers
1. Cleaning brush quality
There are a few more nuanced reasons why Breville juicers tend to outperform the competition in the juicer marketplace. These reasons don’t play as much of a role as the two factors listed above but they still could factor in to a lot of purchase decisions.
The first is cleaning brush quality. A centrifugal juicer’s filter basket does all the heavy lifting of processing produce – turning solid fruits and vegetables into juice. The filter basket is comprised of razor blades at its center and a fine sieve around its perimeter.
A special tool is necessary to properly clean the razor blades and still be able to scrub pulp out of the fine sieve of the filter basket. Hence why almost all centrifugal juicers ship with a cleaning brush.
Breville juicers come with the highest quality cleaning brush on the market. The same brush is included with all Breville centrifugal juicers. This brush makes cleaning the filter basket very easy. Many competitors ship with a much lower quality brush. This makes cleaning their filter baskets much more difficult, and in extreme cases, virtually impossible. See the cleaning difficulty section of our individual juicer reviews for a description of the cleaning brush included with each of the centrifugal juicers we’ve tested.
2. Warranty quality
Breville centrifugal juicers don’t come with very long warranties – they’re only good for one year. But what they lack in length they make up for in quality and ease of use.
Many juicers come with warranties that
- exclude certain parts
- require product registration with the manufacturer
- require that you pay to ship the juicer for repair/replacement
- require that you pay for return shipping
The warranty that comes with Breville centrifugal juicers covers all parts, has no additional requirements (like product registration within a certain time period after buying the juicer), and won’t cost you any shipping (either to Breville or back from Breville).
3. Manual quality
Breville juicers come with exceptionally high quality manuals. This may not sound like much of a benefit but consider how juicers
- have a unique design and can be difficult to assemble/disassemble for the first time
- may require specific cleaning instructions – e.g. which parts are dishwasher safe
- may require specific operating instruction – e.g. which fruits/veggies are safe to juice without peeling, which ones should be pitted, etc.
All of this information can certainly be deduced through trial and error or just by using common sense but it really does make a big difference, especially to first time buyers, to have a beautifully illustrated, well organized, and well written manual handy to reference when first using and cleaning their Breville juicer. Competitors tend to ship their juicers with very basic, often poorly written, and poorly illustrated manuals.
The Best Breville Juicers
#1 – Juice Fountain Compact
The Compact isn’t just the best Breville juicer we tested. It’s also the best juicer we tested.
The Compact was a top performer in all of our juicing yield tests, garnering well above average yields in all tests and always extracting a juice low in pulp and foam. These results were surprising considering the fact that the Compact retails for much less than other higher end Breville juicers like the Elite and the Plus. Still, the Compact outperformed those same juicers in all yield tests.
The Compact is also very easy to assemble, is easy to actually juice with, and is very easy to clean. Not to mention the fact that it comes with all of those Breville advantages we listed earlier (things like superior durability, a better cleaning brush, a better warranty, and a better manual).
#2 – Juice Fountain Plus
The Juice Foutain Plus would be the best centrifugal juicer on the market, if not for the Compact. The Plus also did very well in all of our yield tests and also extracts a juice low in pulp and foam. It’s also easy to juice with and very easy to clean. However, the Plus does retail for about $50 more than the Compact. This extra cost drops it down to the #2 recommendation in this list.
#3 – Juice Fountain Elite
The Elite is by far the most well built centrifugal juicer we tested. As we mentioned above, it’s made of a heavy grade die-cast stainless steel and comes equipped with a high wattage motor (1000 watts compared to the 700 watt motor in the Compact and the 850 watt motor in the Plus).
Its high durability will make a difference if you plan on keeping the juicer for a long time. It’s sure to outlast any other centrifugal juicer on the market, including the #1 and #2 recommended juicers above.
Its higher wattage motor is not much of an advantage for yields though, at least not according to our testing. Again, the 700 watt Compact garnered higher yields in all tests. Is it likely that a higher wattage beefier motor will last longer? Yes. But does it result in better performance – better yields? No.
The Elite is the #3 recommended option in this list for one reason – its durability. If you want the most durable centrifugal juicer on the market, the Elite is your best option.