Breville Juicer Reviews??
Anyone have one? I'm thinking about getting one but need some more feedback (other than the 5 stars on Amazon). Thanks...
I have a Breville...
Hi, I have a Breville...& it does juice well..but here's my take....
It is quite tall , so when on my counter..takes up a lot of room.
It sort-of "vibrates" when juicing..as it is very powerful...
I have had it "spray" when I juice mangos.
It is easy to clean & run..just how much do you plan on juicing. When I bought it..I was juicing a lot-now I do green smoothies. I use mine 2-3 times a week.
I guess you have to think how often you will use it/vs what you want to spend. I had one those "cheap" Juiceman juicers from Wal-mart for years...& it is good for getting started.I do enjoy having the Breville...as I was able to pass the "juiceman" on to my cousin.
that's my input..hope it helps... :)
Ps. I bought my Breville last year...& just got my Vita-mix 2 weeks ago..I wish I would have gotten my Vita-Mix first.
I have been using my Breville for 5 months now. I love it! The wide chute makes it so convenient since you don't need to cut your fruits and veggies into small pieces. The motor is very powerful. It's easy to put the parts together. The clean up is easy too. I line the pulp bin with a plastic bag -- one less thing to clean. The basket is easy to clean too. I highly recommend it.
I agree with abigail, although I don't use mine anymore....gave it to my daughter's family, when we started juicing with the Green Str.
I was amazed by the Breville when I was at Alissa's house. She carries it on her website because it is her favorite after many years of juicing and the one she uses at home. It took her husband all of 10 minutes to make juice for 20 people. I watched him toss whole apples into the chute and ahhhh.....added it to my wish list!Its fabulous!
I have a Breville and I really am not impressed with it.
When it juices it leaves large chunks of fruit in the dispenser bit and it doesn't juice leaves.
I'd save your money.
I almost bought a Breville because it's touted as the worlds greatest juicer on my favorite fasting site. I read a lot of really bad reviews on it, however. I read that they break down quite easily (and frequently) and that if you should have something break on it, or have it stop functioning all together, their customer service is horrible. The warranty is only for a year (I think), so after that, you're out a juicer if it breaks.
I went on amazon and read reviews of all kinds of juicers, and the one I settled on is the Omega 8005. It is more expensive - $230 (at 877myjuicer.com) but it has a ten year warranty on all parts and labor, including the motor. So if something goes wrong in the next ten years, I've still got a juicer. It's well worth the extra $100. I read nothing but great reviews for this juicer on amazon - of which there were many.
I did a ton of reading before deciding which juicer to buy and the main thing that convinced me to get the Omega was that it's a masticating juicer, which means that the juicing is done by an action that more resembles chewing, rather than pulverizing. It turns at 80 RPM, which sounded impossible to me, but the more I read, I found out that it's best. These centrifugal juicers (like the Breville) that turn at 13,000 RPM or whatever it is...they're getting pretty hot, and in turn, they're heating your food and killing enzymes. The slower the juicer, the less heat that's being produced, and the less nutrients being killed.
The one downside to the Omega is that you do have to cut the foods into smaller pieces to push them through, as the chute is quite small. It consumes a little more of your time, but I personally think it's worth it. You can juice anything in it though. Leaves, stems, sprouts, soft fruits and veggies, hard ones. Anything will go through it rather easily. Apple peels can cause a clog sometimes, but to open it up and clean it out takes seconds, so it's not really a bother. The parts are all dishwasher safe. It comes with a sort of toothbrush looking thing that cleans out both screens very quickly and easily. It comes with different attachments so that you can make nut butters, pasta, applesauce, baby food, ice creams (even with the frozen bananas), and all sorts of other things. Very good machine. I'd recommend it to anyone.
I'd venture the guess that I probably know more about Breville Juice Fountain juicers than anyone else here, because I was perhaps the first person to sell them in the NYC area, and I've sold maybe a hundred of them personally and by recommendation. I've used all three models extensively, and I own and use one daily myself (The President of Breville USA personally gave me the one I'm using now because I am such such an enthusiastic fan of his juicers). It sits on my counter next to an Omega 8001, which I use for greens and wheatgrass. So ask me anything. :)
Here's what I like about a Breville Juice Fountain...
1. It's fast. These are the fastest consumer machine around for juicing hard and semi soft fruits and veggies, such as apples, carrots, ginger, etc. For one thing they have a huge feed chute, which takes whole apples and beets (small to medium size), whole bunches of carrots and giant cucumbers, all without having to cut them down (except to trim off roots and stems) And for another, they have bigger motors and run at higher RPM than most other centrifugal juicers. In a side by side comparison with an Acme Juicer, for many years the Gold Standard juicer for serious carrot/apple/ginger folks, the Breville made 4 times the juice in the same time. It literally pours juice out like a fountain, hence the name.
2. It's powerful. The motors are twice the power of most competivive machines, so they run faster and with more ease.
3. It's economical. You get more juice from a given amount of produce than you will from a lesser unit, like Juiceman or Jack LaLanne or Waring or Braun or LeQuippe. You can tell just by squeezing the pulp. It's much drier from the Breville than from those other machines, so more of the actual juice has been extracted for you to drink.
4. It's quick and easy to clean up. Well, relatively speaking, anyway. Honestly, all juicers are kind of a pain to clean, but the Breville has a clearly superior design here too. Slip the bail off the top, remove it... twist the body to pop off the metal shredder basket... and you're ready to wash. All the parts are rounded and open and easy to wash, with no tough corners to reach (such as say, the Waring). The included brush quickly scrubs out the shredder plate and filter basket. If you like, you can throw everything except the shredder/filter basket into the dishwasher, on the top shelf. And the parts are thick, and made of tough plastic, so they're durable. I'm constantly dropping them, and they just bounce.
A couple of tips... first, line the big pulp receptacle with a plastic produce bag before you start (like you would line a garbage can). This speeds clean up, plus the juicer runs so fast you'll be emptying it often, and this makes it easier.
Second, the brilliantly designed juice pitcher that comes with it has a removable pulp separator inside the front. If you like less pulp, keep it in. If you like less pulp, take it out.
Third, if you are juicing a lot, and juicing frequently, you can shortcut cleaning in between batches by just popping out the filter basket and washing it out.
Fourth, for optimum efficiency press down firmly on your produce, but not so hard the motor slows down a lot. (The newest $300 top o' the line model has a stainless steel exterior and a specially designed 1000 watt Italian motor that automatically adjusts its own speed for optimum power. Way cool looking, and even more efficient than the $150 models.)
Fifth, although citrus juice tastes sweetest when simply pressed (because the white pith is bitter) you can easily add a lemon or lime to your juice to give it some zip by cutting the entire peel off with a knife.
Any downsides? Yes, it is big and tall, and will not fit under most kitchen wall cabinets. And it is fairly noisy (as compared to, say, a coffee pot), but I think it is comparable to a vaccuum cleaner, and certainly much more acceptable than the buzzsaw of an Acme or a Ruby (the kind many juice bars use)
And finally, this type of juicer (centrifugal) is really not great at juicing greens or wheatgrass. An auger type (Omega 8003, Samson, GreenStar) is best for leafy greens. And though the auger types can do fruits and vegetables as well, they do have to be cut small enough to fit the feed chutes, and they are tediously slow compared to the Breville. So I use both.
Love, love, love,
- Shivananda Deva
In my experience that can happen with any brand of centrifigul juicer, and it simply means you are not pressing down hard enough with the plunger.
Originally Posted by Coco
When done properly, your pulp should be like moist sawdust.
Don't be timid with it. It's got the power to handle it.
And no centrifugal machines does greens well. That's not really what they are for, although I do occasionally toss in some parsley, balled up hard, and pressed down with an apple, or whatever.
Love, love, love,
- Shivananda Deva
We use our Breville every week day and are very pleased with it. Every morning my husband makes carrot/apple juice for the family and I make orange juice for our smoothies (I usually press valencias which are juicy but navels can't be pressed for juice efficiently so in the winter I use the Breville and in the summer use the Ojex).
I believe it's somewhat of a waste to juice green leafies anyway, so I use them whole in my smoothies and salads. So we never put green leafies through the juicer.
BTW our Breville fits fine under our cabinets, and we pull it out to juice and reassemble. Clean-up is very quick, and I've put all parts in the d/w with no problems whatsoever. I've even dropped the hopper (top piece) on our kitchen floor which is brick and it didn't break.
We had the motor die on us within the warantee time, Breville immediately e-mailed us a call tag and we shipped it back and within a week or so received a brand new Breville. So our personal experience with Breville's customer service was exceptional.
We used to have a Champion for years but it was heavy, bulky, drippy, heated up, and took up a lot of counter space. Plus the juice yield and quality was a lot lower than the Breville. It was easier and cleaner to make nut butters and banana ice cream in the food processor, so I sold the Champ after getting the Breville.
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That is such wonderful and in depth information Shivananda. We are lucky to have you here!! :)
Not to discredit you, as you obviously know what you're talking about... but I thought that was a "foam" separator? I really don't get any "pulp."
Originally Posted by Shivananda
Personally, I too, love my Breville, and have been using it for a couple of months. My only advice, make sure you truely have the top on securely so it doesn't move. I had mine on just a little crooked once, and ended up with essence of burnt plastic in my juice
I have a Breville Plus and I really like it. Very easy to clean and juices fast and beautifully. I actually recently had mine break, the motor stopped working but my experience with contacting Breville USA was fabulous. In no time I got a prepaid shipping label to print out and after they received my broken juicer I was shipped a brand new one. I was very pleased with how easy and fast it was to get a replacement. It was all done on the Breville USA website, didn't have to "talk" to anyone.
Ive used a breville for a year now and am very pleased with it.
Its a large item and tall but it works well and easy enough to clean.
No chopping required!
its also a reasonable price.
Hi, new here.
I know this is a dated thread. But out of the juicers mentioned here.. Which would be the best first juicer? I don't mind paying for quality.