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An ok juicer with a few flaws
March 24, 2013
I really like this juicer, but it has a few things it doesn't do well.
First, the good stuff: The juicer is quieter than I was lead to believe by other reviewers. It doesn't sound like a jet engine revving for takeoff. On most fruits and veggies, it extracts a great deal of juice (more than you would expect). Cleaning it is a breeze, especially if you have a high pressure sprayer at your sink. The plug is a marvel of engineering: the finger hole makes it easy to unplug, and one isn't tempted to grab the cord and yank.
Celery, carrots, beets, broccoli, cabbage, peppers, tomatoes, parsnips, cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash, strawberries, pineapple, melons, lemons, limes, oranges, apples, pears, grapes: all produce a ton of juice.
The juicer is fast as well. It takes longer to prep the foods to be juiced than it does to actually juice them.
The pulp bin is easily lined with the bags you put produce in at the grocery store. If you juice a lot, you will appreciate the time you save lining that bin with one of those plastic bags.
The pitcher does a FAIR job of removing pulp.
Now, the not-so-good:
This juicer produces a LOT of foam. Compared to my Omega 1000 centrifugal, the Breville makes three times as much.
Kale, garlic, parsley, ginger, arugula: these produce very little juice in this juicer. In the Omega, one clove of garlic would strongly flavor a juice. With the Breville, it takes 4 to get the same result, and the cloves must be surrounded by something (like a big wad of greens) or they just get spit into the pulp bin. Ginger isn't much better: it takes 3X as much to achieve the same effect as in the Omega. Leafy greens such as parsley and kale don't do as well in the Breville as they do in the Omega, producing half the amount of juice.
HOWEVER, if you REALLY want to get the most juice out of those leafy greens, you need a masticating, low rpm juicer like our Green Power Gold twin gear. You will pay almost 3X as much for that juicer, and the Breville beats it hands down on soft fruit and even hard fruits and veggies. I am not comparing the Breville to the Green Power. That wouldn't be a fair comparison. It would be like saying that your Ferrari goes faster than my dump truck. True enough, but I can carry 3 ton of whatever in the dump truck, and you can't even fit a suitcase in the Ferrari. But compared to the Omega, the Breville doesn't extract as much juice from kale, garlic, ginger and leafy greens. It does one thing WAY better than the Omega, though: you don't need to stop halfway through juicing to empty the pulp from the juicer, install a new filter and finish juicing. The Breville's pulp ejector makes it easy to overlook the decreased juice on some food types.
Cleaning the juicer is easy if you perform that task immediately after juicing, before enjoying the juice. And as I mentioned, having a high-pressure sprayer attached to your sink is a godsend. The combination of the sprayer and the included brush makes cleaning the shredder/strainer basket a snap. First, spray the entire screen from the outside. Then, scrub the inside, one section at a time under running water with the brush. Finally, rinse from the outside one more time with the sprayer and everything will be clean.
Last complaint: the warranty. One year is a JOKE. Every other quality juicer has a warranty of 10, 12 or 15 years. I almost didn't buy the Breville because of their one year warranty. As it is, I purchased a warranty from Square Trade to cover the juicer for 5 years. That shouldn't have been necessary.
I hope this helps your decision-making process. I would definitely purchase this juicer again. The positives outweigh the minor annoyances my a wide margin. It's really a great machine.
UPDATE 8/15 Am I ever glad I purchased the Square Trade warranty on this juicer. A few days ago, while juicing, I noticed that the juicer was running at a much slower than usual rpm. I looked at the display on the front of the machine, and it indicated "1" (out of 5) for speed. I turned the control all the way up, and the display went to "2" with a barely perceptible increase in rpm. I shut it down, let it cool off, restarted it, and it wouldn't go above "1."
I contacted Square Trade, and they sent be a shipping label to return the juicer to them. And they are refunding the full purchase price of the juicer to me.
Now, I happened to have an 80 rpm, low speed Omega juicer I bought as a backup. I opened the package, assembled it, and began using that. And what a difference. It's quiet, it extracts close to 50% more juice from the same amount of produce than the Breville, and the pulp it extracts is DRY. Pulp from the Breville is WET. I will NOT be buying another Breville. The Omega also carries a 10 year warranty, so no Square Trade warranty is necessary,
I took another star off my review of the Breville, because a quality juicer should not break in 3 years. And as I previously stated, their one year warranty is a JOKE. My best advice is this: if you buy this Breville, also buy the longest Square Trade warranty you can get along with it. If your juicer breaks, you will be glad you did.