Breville Juicer Review

September 3, 2011 · 1 comment

My entry into the juicing world began yesterday as I unpacked and immediately put to use my new Breville BJE510XL Ikon 900-Watt Variable-Speed Juice Extractor that I bought on Amazon last week. I had finished watching the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead but had no luck finding a solid Breville unit that I wanted at either Best Buy or Target, so I went ahead and got it on Amazon. Regular price was $249.99 but it is currently on sale for $199.99 (and you can get for $170.00 if you don’t mind buying from a third-party).

My new Breville arrived a few days ago and it’s been sitting around taunting me to get started so a couple of days ago after work I stopped and bought a bunch of veggies, and yesterday I cracked it open and put it to the test for this Breville Juicer Review.

Breville Juicer

Unpacking was simple, the unit is mostly already put together in the box, surrounded by solid packing foam. The instructions were very easy and the first step in the process was to take everything apart to give it a good first wash. I almost just skipped this step but I figured I would need to learn how to take apart to clean anyway so I might as well do it now when there isn’t pulp and juice over everything.

After the wash I put everything back together, and I was pleased at the feeling of quality in this Breville unit. I had done some reading online to confirm Breville was a good brand (it’s also what they use on Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead) but of course you never really know until you start to use something. This unit has a solid feel of quality about it.

There are some recipes in the user guide and I also had bought a book on juicing but I just threw caution to the wind and guessed at a recipe – how bad could it be? I used 4 carrots, 4 stalks of celery, a green apple and a half a lemon.

This unit has a knob in front that controls the speed of the blade (this is a multi-speed unit which goes from 6500rpm to 12,500rpm). I washed and then chopped the veggies into smaller pieces (I wasn’t sure about leaving the rind on the lemon so I did remove it first), and then after turning on the Rolls Royce Airplane Engine Breville Juicer (yes, it’s a little loud, in fact afterwards I found my poor dog huddled in the basement!) I proceeded to feed all the veggies into the unit, quickly turning out about 32 ounces of juice. Because of how many carrots I used it was very orange.

I was a little hesitant on my first sip but I was pleasantly surprised that it actually tasted pretty good! I convinced my 14 year-old son to try it and he thought it “wasn’t bad” which is about as positive a review from him as I would have expected.

Cleanup was simple, and while this time I just did everything by hand the components are dishwasher-safe so I’ll probably go that route next time.

I don’t know for how long I will be able to continue with the juicing, but so far after giving this Breville Juicer a try I would say the chances are looking good I might just be doing this for awhile.

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Diana - Scale Junkie September 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Breville…I lust all things Breville. I’d juice if I had one of these.

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