Both Breville Plus JE98XL and Breville Elite 800JEXL come from a reputable brand known to produce quality kitchen equipment. The two juicers although almost identical, have some differences that set them apart. On its introduction to the market, the Fountain Plus was a success and thus the manufacturer built on its success by introducing an improved version, the Fountain Elite. Considering the close association between the two juicers, making a choice between them can be a difficult task to a buyer. This article closely analyses the two products and draws out their similarities and differences to help users understand which suits their needs better.
Overview of Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL vs Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL
Breville JE98XL Juicer
Rating: 4.4 of 5
Dimensions: 13.2 x 16.5 x 18.2 Inches
Weight: 13.2 Pounds
Warranty: 1 Years
Speed: 12,000 RPM or 6,500 RPM
Motor: 850 Watts
Breville 800JEXL Juicer
Rating: 4.6 of 5
Dimensions: 17 x 11 x 20 Inches
Weight: 14.6 Pounds
Warranty: 1 Years
Speed: 13,000 RPM or 6,500 RPM
Motor: 1000 Watts
Type of Juicer
Both juicers rely on centrifugal force to extract juice from fruits. The juicers chop up fruits and vegetables with a flat cutting blade and then simultaneously spin the produce at high speeds to separate juice from pulp. Moreover, because of this common feature, both juicers are ideal for making high amounts of juice but only if it is to be consumed within the same day. The high speeds associated with centrifugal force makes the machines operate faster but again allow oxidation to take place and thus juices cannot be stored for long.
The Breville Plus and Breville Elite both have a 3 inches extra-wide circular feeding chute that can easily accommodate large chunks of fruits. This feature minimises preparation time in both juicers as there is no need to cut ingredients into very small pieces.
To ensure efficiency, the juicers come with centred dual knife blade assembly with stabilizing knife to chop the ingredients before they are juiced. This means that it is not necessary to cut your ingredients as long as they can fit through the feeding chute as the dual-knife assembly will take over that task instead.
When it comes to cleaning, the effort required to clean either of the juicers is somehow the same, although users say that the materials used in construction make the Elite version much easier to clean. Both juicers come with a cleaning brush and all parts except for the mesh filter basket/Nutri Disc and food pusher can be easily cleaned on the top shelf of the dishwasher.
Additionally, both juicers have dual, high and low speed settings for hard and soft ingredients. The high speed is ideal for dense and tough ingredients while the low speed is recommended for softer ingredients.
To ensure safety of the user and longevity of the products, Breville uses the same safety features on both the Fountain Plus and Fountain Elite Juicers. Both juicers have the power cord wrap around into position at the bottom of the units to reduce countertop footprint. This feature also makes storage for both juicers beat. To avoid messes is a safety locking arm on both juicers that ensures that the machines do not operate when the cover is not locked into place. All plastic parts in both juicers are BPA free to ensure good health. Finally, there is an overload protection feature on the juicers that prevents over-heating. The feature automatically shuts off the machines when there seems to be an overload.
Although both juicers are ranked as heavy duty machines, the Breville Elite comes with a more powerful motor compared to the Breville Plus. Fountain Elite has a 1000watt motor that gives it power to tackle different types of ingredients. The 1000watt motor makes it capable of running at a low speed of 6,500rpm and high speeds of up to 13,000rpm. The fountain Plus on the other hand has a 850 watt motor with low speeds of 6,500rpm and high speeds of 12,00rpm. Nevertheless, even with the difference in motor power the two juicers tend to handle most fruits in a similar fashion.
The biggest difference between the two juicing machines is the materials used in construction. Breville Plus being the first juicer to be made featured a heavy grade polymer body with stainless steel micromesh filter and stainless steel cutting disk. However, to create a heavy-duty juicer that changed on the Fountain Elite juicer. Fountain Elite features heavy grade die-cast metal body, titanium and stainless steel cutting discs, as well a engineering grade polymers.
Design and Style
The design and style of both juicers does not vary greatly but the different materials give them different appeals. While the Fountain Plus appears strong and reliable, the stainless steel gives the Fountain Elite a bold and sleek look. When you compare the juice jug, you notice that the Fountain Plus has an advantage over the improved version. It has a cut-out space that allows you neatly fit in any container of choice under the spout. Fountain Elite on the other hand can only accommodate the provided jug as it lacks the cut-out space.
Another slight difference observed is that the Fountain Plus pulp container can only accommodate 2.5 litres of pulp while that of the Elite version holds up to 3 litres. This means that when preparing large amount of juice the Plus version pulp container may demand to be emptied more frequently compared to the Elite version.
When budget is an issue of concern but you still want a powerful juicer with great performance, then the Fountain Plus makes a great buy. It is ideal for occasional users and is capable of efficiently fulfilling the juicing needs of a large family. However, when what you are after is a workhorse to fulfil large-scale juice preparation, the Elite version is your best choice. The juicer can be used for commercial applications thanks to its quality choice of materials that makes it strong and durable. The powerful motor ensures you get excellent results and the larger pulp container minimises interference during juice preparation.
Overall, both juicers produce satisfying juice yields and juice quality within very short periods. With the wide feeding chutes, you do not have to spend a lot of time preparing the ingredients, but you simply put them into the juicer and in a matter of time, you will be enjoying your favourite, healthy and great-tasting freshly made juice.