Juicing With JE98XL

My Breville JE98XL Review

This is a quick review of my Breville JE98XL which I bought from eBay. I bought it second hand and wasn’t expecting much since it only cost me $65 (including shipping). I went for this model because a friend of mine had seen it featured in a documentary about juicing called Fat Sick and Nearly Dead (2010).

My first impression of this juicer is that it had been well used but was still going strong (which was great since I didn’t want any hassle returning it through eBay). It still had the sticker on it and all the parts seemed in great condition although there were a few chips here and there from obvious use in the kitchen of the seller.

The Breville JE98XL Juicer

I’ve never really reviewed anything before so I will attempt to describe the JE98XL for those of you who aren’t into juicing yet. This is a centrifugal model which works by spinning around the fruits and vegetables at high speed. There is a sort of basket with a shredding disk on the bottom and a sieve part around the edges. The shredding disk rips the fruits and vegetables apart and the sieve part allows the juice to flow through and out into the juice jug via the spout. The pulp then eventually spins out and into the pulp bin.

One tip I should mention here before I continue with the review is to always line your pulp bin with a plastic grocery bag or one of those small trash bag liners. It saves you washing the pulp bin if you do it right and if the bag has no wholes (shopping bags sometimes do).

Anyway, this juicer has two speeds, fast (12,000 RPM) and slow (6,500 RPM). The idea here is that the slower speed is for softer fruits and vegetables so they don’t get spun out into the pulp bin before the JE98XL has had chance to extract the juice. The fast speed is needed for harder fruits and vegetables like carrots and apples.

The Breville JE98XL is a bit on the noisy side as all centrifugal juicers tend to be. It’s especially noticeable at the higher speed setting. I wouldn’t say it’s extremely loud but you probably wouldn’t want to juice first thing in the morning if people are trying to sleep. I have heard a friend’s juicer and it was much louder (I think he has a much cheaper Black and Decker model JE2200B).

The juice collected from the Breville JE98XL tastes really good and you can really taste the flavors. My friends Black and Decker juicer seems to obscure the flavors somewhat. Not really sure why that is but this juicer seems to make better tasting juice (perhaps that’s just me).

The pulp from this machine feels kind of damp. Not super wet but there’s definitely still some liquid contained in the pulp. That’s to be expected a little but from a centrifugal juicer. You can always put the pulp back through the juicer a second time and you will get some more juice this way. One thing I did notice during the review was that there was occasionally a weird vibration when juicing a lot of leafy greens. I think this was due to pulp getting stuck to the basket. As soon as the pulp got spun off into the pulp bin it stopped. Nothing major but work mentioning for all you folks thinking of buying this model (I’m sure there are far worse flaws with many other juicers).

That was my experience of reviewing the Breville JE98XL. If I had bought a brand new one it would have cost around $150. I’m not sure I would have felt like I had got value for money if I had paid the full retail price. I felt buying it second hand gave me a good deal and although I don’t have a warranty as such I covered it under an existing electrical goods breakdown insurance policy without any problems. So if it should break down I should get some form of compensation.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading my review. Please leave me comment below if you found this useful or if you bought or already own a JE98XL.

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Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Pro

Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Pro Review

The first thing you notice about the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Pro (PJP) is the stainless steel. It looks amazing! Not all Jack Lalanne juicers feature this all stainless steel design. Some models are all plastic and don’t feel as special. The construction also made cleanup a breeze but more about that later.

Another feature I like about this juicer is the cover release mechanism. It’s basically an arm that comes up to lock the cover in place. It makes accessing the juicer basket quick and simple. That’s useful if you have any issues with clogging or pulp buildup like I did on the Hamilton Beach 67608A.

Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Pro

This juicer like the Hamilton Beach 67608A has an extra large feed chute meaning less prep work is required. However there was one thing I noticed with the PJP that worried me. When juicing anything hard like carrots or collard greens the motor almost seemed to want to give up. The motor is definitely less powerful than the Hamilton Beach 67608A and Breville JE98XL (which has dual speed).

That’s not a deal breaker for me because it would get through the harder vegetables, it would just make it seem like an effort. No that’s not the deal breaker. The deal breaker came when I started juicing soft fruits and in particular blueberries. The spout where the juice comes out has handy feature where you can put the spout up to seal it. Useful if you want to switch juicer pitchers when making a large batch of juicer. Nice feature you might think but the design here is flawed because it clogs. The hole that is purposely small so that it can be sealed with a rubber seal attached to the juice spout can clog when juicing soft fruits. I would imagine this could happen with soft pears too although I didn’t try this. And that for me is a deal breaker. I had to keep poking a toothpick in the hole to release the juice.

Shame because I really liked some of the features of the juicer. It was also quite easy to clean given the stainless steel construction. Although there were a few trouble spots on the cover where pulp tried to hide, it was a fairly easy cleanup process.

Anyway, I would probably choose the Breville JE98XL as the best juicer so far. It’s also the most expensive so no surprises there really!

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Hamilton Beach 67608A Review

My Hamilton Beach 67608A Review

There are a number of reasons you might be drawn to buy a Hamilton Beach “Big Mouth” juicer. As the name suggests there is a large feed chute meaning some fruits and vegetables will fit right in without having to be chopped. You can juice whole apples if you want complete with the seeds. Okay, so that’s one reason for buying the Hamilton Beach 67608A. I should mention that there are many other juicers available with a large feed chute, so it’s by all means not a unique selling feature. The other reason you might buy this juicer is the price.


Hamilton Beach caters to the sub $100 juicer gang. Most of their juicers range between $50-$70 in price. You can pick them up cheaper on sale or second hand (not a good idea). The 67608A is a centrifugal model with a “powerful” 800 watt motor. So what do I think of it? Well it feels cheap and it doesn’t feel well constructed like say the Breville JE98XL does. Okay, that’s a more expensive juicer at $150 but it’s just a comparison. For the price (about $60 at the time of writing this), the Hamilton Beach 67608A excuses the cheap feel of the juicer.


So how does it do actually juicing? The answer is not bad (for the price). It’s a bit louder than the Breville JE98XL. The pulp is also a little wetter. That of course means less juice but only slightly. It powered through carrots, apples and celery. Not so much with kale though. It struggles with leafy greens as do all centrifugal but this model seemed to have more problems. The kale actually got stuck to the juicer basket and started to vibrate the machine. I quickly switched off and removed the cover to reveal the problem. Clumped together kale stuck to the side of the basket. Perhaps I won’t try juicing kale again with this juicer. That would be a deal breaker for me. I’d opt for the Breville JE98XL instead.

Hamilton Beach 67608A

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