Breville BJB840XL Juice and Blend Dual-Purpose Juicer and Blender
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- Interchangeable die-cast base for the juicer and blender attachments
- 3" extra wide chute processes whole fruits and vegetables without precutting
- Hemisphere Blade & Bowl technology which hugs the base of the jug to eliminate food traps
- 5 variable speeds for each appliance
- Overload protection
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Simple-to-use, space-saving machine lets you create nutritious smoothies, blended drinks and more with 100% fresh juice. Die-Cast Metal construction, commercial precision and intuitive controls—ultra-durable kitchen electrics from Breville are designed to last. Interchangeable juicer and blender attachments combine two kitchen essentials in one powerful unit. Blender features five variable speeds with ice-crush, smoothie and pulse settings; Hemisphere Blade and Bowl Technology to eliminate food traps; plus a large 51-oz. glass pitcher that resists scratching and chipping. Five-speed juicer features extra-wide feed chute and 40-oz. jug with froth separator. Attachment parts are dishwasher safe. Juicer is 13¼" x 8¼" x 17" with a 1000 watt motor; Blender is 8¼" x 8¼" x 18" with a 1200-watt motor.
Top Customer Reviews
My husband and I watched the documentary Fat Sick and Nearly Dead and decided we were ready to make changes. I had been eyeing another Breville juicer way before seeing the doc, but after we decided we were going to go for it I started to do some serious research on machines and models. Beginning on the Breville site, we watched videos of the different models in action, then read reviews across the web and finally decided on the Juice and Blend.
Convincing my husband to pay extra for the blender was not easy but our house is on it's third stand alone blender this year, and our current one was on it's last legs when we were shopping for the juicer. We realized that by getting the J&B we would have two quality machines in one. I make smoothies regularly for my kids, that way I know that even if they don't/won't eat the best breakfasts that they've all had a greek yoghurt and fresh fruit smoothie to get them started in the morning.
When the Breville arrived we were EXCITED!!! We started our juicing immediately!! Kale, carrots, beets, spinach, watercress, peppers, sweet potato, celery, cucumbers etc etc etc. AWESOME!! The machine was easy to use and easy to clean--thanks to the nylon brush included by Breville. Juicing for the two of us I had to remember to empty the pulp container several times so that the vegetable flakes did not back up into the juicer. The blender is as powerful as the juicer. Quality parts throughout. I just completed a 15 day juice fast, joined the online reboot community and lost 20lbs. My hands and feet stopped swelling in the night and overall I feel really great! My husband did the juice fast for 28 days, lost 40lbs and the most significant difference for me is that he no longer snores. We have fresh grapefruit and orange juice to start our mornings, and the kids now prefer real fresh juice smoothies without the yoghurt. The machine is a monster and worth every penny. It was and is a great investment for a healthier lfe!
****Updated - October 21, 2011*****
Thought that I'd post an update for our three month anniversary!!
We are now juicing once a day and making smoothies in the blender a few times a week and The Juice and Blend is still the same
powerful machine as when it first arrived. I absolutely love both the juicer and blender.The difference the juicer has made in our lives is incredible, I cannot stress this enough. Beyond both of our expectations! The blender is the best that I have ever had the opportunity to use, quality materials, large, powerful. I have not had a problem even blending frozen fruit.
Cleaning/staining: I was prepared for stains on the Breville due to juicing beets, carrots, greens etc but did not have a problem until my husband starting making his own juices. When I juice, I immediately pour the freshly made juice into a stainless steel thermos with a tight seal cap then I empty the pulp container by removing the plastic grocery bag that I've used to line and catch the pulp then I rinse all pieces to remove the majority of the vegetable flakes and pop everything into a clean sink with hot soapy water. I always start by cleaning the screen blade bowl, holding it upside down to drizzle dish soap completely around the screen then I use the nylon brush in a circular motion going over both the in and outer side, rinse it off and it looks like new! (I use Ivory dish soap, little to no fragrance, like the clean). This is really the only piece that requires anything other than a quick wipe in soapy water and rinse----unless of course you let everything sit. AHEM! Side eye at my spouse! After my husband started making his own juices, the juice jug and juicer cover with feeder tube quickly developed a permanent 'fog' and the screen is not the same color as when it arrived both of which I attribute to not cleaning or even rinsing the Breville immediately. However since I was ok with normal staining when we made this purchase, this is not a big deal, I just mention it as a heads up for anyone considering this machine.
Still happy and satisfied customers!!
Highly recommend for those looking to fill both those roles in one unit.
Juicing: 3 stars. I purchased this product mainly to use as a juicer, as the other similar Breville juicers seemed to be unavailable, even on Breville's own website. Maybe they have been discontinued. At any rate, the juicing performance is disappointing. I've been making a green vegetable juice consisting usually of kale, parsley, celery, cucumber and apples, and a red vegetable juice made of tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots and scallions. Although the powerful motor allows the vegetables to be pushed through very quickly, a surprising amount of the produce ends up in the pulp bin. Along with finely ground fibers, there are also inch-size chunks of apple, big chunks of celery, large pieces of kale leaves, a lot of the parsley, etc. With the red juice, large pieces of tomato and long pieces of scallion end up in the bin. In both cases the pulp is fairly wet, and if I go to the trouble of putting it back through the juicer a second time, more juice can be obtained, although most of the pulp just shoots straight into the bin. And it's usually too much hassle to bother with trying to re-juice the pulp. The instruction manual has a chart listing the recommended speed settings for various fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens are not mentioned on the chart, and it makes me wonder if this machine was simply not designed to juice this type of produce. I've experimented with various settings, as well as trying to wedge the greens between other items such as apples, but nothing has worked very well. This machine just doesn't do a good job juicing greens. As for the other types of produce, I've followed the recommended settings, as well as experimenting with other settings, but have not found a way to obtain a more complete juicing. The manual also suggests pushing produce through more slowly if you're getting big pieces going in the pulp bin, but I have not found this to help much. Since I go to some lengths to find high quality organic produce (not to mention the cost), it's disappointing to have so much of it go to waste in this machine.
Blender: 4 stars. It's a blender, nothing special. Works well. The container is large and holds a good amount. It is also made of a very heavy glass and may be difficult for some people to handle because of the weight.
Construction: 5 stars. This machine seems very solidly built. Both the juicer and blender operate smoothly on full power. Both components lock onto the base, a very desirable feature. This is the first blender I've used that doesn't risk flying off its base when full of liquid and operating at high speed. The motor is powerful, yet surprisingly quiet. All the main parts fit together well and are disassembled easily. The solid construction seems to be this machine's greatest strength.
Cleaning: 3 stars. In addition to the parts being easily disassembled, they are easily cleaned with a hot water rinse. The surfaces are smooth and easily release food particles. If you're using the machine multiple times per day, you'll appreciate the relatively simple cleanup. The exception is the strainer basket which needs some elbow grease to clean with the supplied brush. And you will want to get it completely clean after each use, because the instructions for cleaning the strainer of dried on particles are not simple. My biggest gripe with regards to cleanup is the sheer number of large components you have to wash each time. There are at least seven or eight pieces to wash, and they fill up an entire drying rack. Also inconvenient is the fact that about a third of the pulp from a juicing doesn't go into the pulp bin at all, but sticks to the underside of the plastic component above the bin. Pulp needs to be cleaned from multiple components.
One last comment on Breville's claim that you can put whole apples in this juicer. The actual size of the feed tube is approximately 2 3/4". That will take only the smallest whole apples, which you don't typically find in stores. I've found that your average medium sized apple still needs to be cut into quarters.
In conclusion, this is a very well made machine that nevertheless suffers from some design flaws. It follows the same basic design as old fashioned juicers and suffers from similar flaws. To get better juicing performance I'd want to see a machine that really gets all the juice that can be extracted, leaving only dry pulp. For easier cleanup I'd want a machine with far fewer components. This would probably require a company like Breville to really rethink the design of a juicer. My reason for giving it an overall three stars, in spite of the excellent construction, is because its main function, that of juicing, is not more than average in my opinion.
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