Breville BJS600XL Review
The BJS600XL Juice Fountain Crush is a vertical masticating juicer and the only one of its kind in Breville’s line of juicers. In contrast to their fast and powerful juicing machines, this model offers a slower and quieter approach to juice extraction. It comes with a 240W motor that rotates at a more methodical 80 revolutions per minute. The slower speeds help protect the nutrients in the juice while also providing a quieter juicing experience.
While the response to Breville’s centrifugal juicers has been rather impressive, the BJS600XL has only seemed to have garnered a luke warm reception from owners. At the time of this review, the price on this model had dropped significantly. At a lower price point, this does become a slightly better value.
Leafy Vegetables: One of the weakness of Breville’s other juicers, this unit is able to get quite a better juice yield from kale, spinach, and similar type foods.
Noise: The slower operating speeds of a masticating juicer helps greatly reduce the overall noise of the machine.
Clean Up: This unit can be somewhat of a chore to get clean. This is one of the more common complaints from owners.
Smaller Feed Chute: The size of the opening on the feed chute requires fruits and vegetables to be cut up into small pieces in order to fit inside the machine.
Slower Juicing: Masticating juicers work by slowly squeezing and pressing the juice out of the pulp, rather than cutting and spinning at high speeds. The BJS600XL is equipped with a 240Watt motor that operates at just 80RPM. This helps reduce heat and air from getting into the juice and it improves overall juice quality.
Quiet Operation: If noise is a major concern then this type of juicer is what you need. Slower speed equates to less noise than their centrifugal counterparts.
Reverse Gear: Should anything become jammed in the auger and cause the machine to stall, simply use the reverse function to quickly unclog the auger.
Safety: To ensure safe operation, all parts must be securely locked into place in order for the machine to start.
Vertical Design: For those that do not want a juicer to take up a lot of room on your countertop, the BJS600XL’s upright stance is a convenient space saver.
The BJS600XL Juice Fountain Crush does get some decent reviews from owners overall, but there are some areas where this juicer comes up short. Some of the aspects of this model that get the most praise and the most complaints include:
What Owners Like
Quiet: This juicer gets a lot of positive feedback for how quiet it is during operation. This is one area that slow juicers have the advantage over faster centrifugal machines.
Juice Quality: The overall quality of the juice that comes out of this machine is also something that gets a fair amount of praise from users. The color and the taste of the juice is on par with other vertical juicers in its class.
Juice Yield: It may struggle with some types of fruits and veggies, but for the most part this unit does a very good job at separating the juice from the pulp. A lot of users mention how dry the pulp is after juicing, which is a good sign.
Upright Juicing: For tight kitchens and cramped countertops where space is at a premium, having an upright machine with a small footprint can be a huge plus. Users really like this aspect of the BJS600XL.
What Could Be Better
Clogging & Jamming: A number of users did not like how often this juicer would get jammed when juicing certain types of foods. Stringy foods, such as celery, need to be cut up into tiny pieces and be fed into the feed chute at a slower pace. Trying to feed too much into the juicer at once seems to cause problems for some users. This issue is not that uncommon for vertical masticating style juicers, but this model seems to get a bit more complaints in this area.
Pulp Production: Another complaint seen in a number of customer reviews is just how much pulp ends up in the juice. If you prefer a pulp-free product, you may have to add another step of straining the juice.
Cleaning: Getting this juicer and all of its part clean after use has proven to be quite a chore for a number of owners. The mesh screen gets pulp build up and it can be tedious to get completely clean. A fair amount of negative reviews for the BJS600XL deal with this issue.
The Breville BJS600XL Juice Fountain Crush is currently the company’s only masticating model. While their line of centrifugal juicers have been widely regarded as some of the best juicers on the market, this juicer seems to fall short of that standard. It does some things very well, like quiet operation, juice quality, and overall juice yield. However, it does have some minor issues. A tendency to clog and jam on certain types of foods, like carrots, celery and kale, and a somewhat time consuming cleaning process have really hurt its scores in customer ratings.
With the introduction of the latest generation vertical masticating juicers from other juicer makers like Omega and Kuvings, both of which have greatly improved their products, coupled with the mixed ratings of this model, have really sent the price of the BJS600XL down in recent months. At a lower starting price point this juicer is definitely more of a value.
The BJS600XL is Breville's attempt at a masticating offering that unfortunately does not measure up with their centrifugal juicers. At a lower starting price this juicer does offer good value.