- Easy to assemble
- Wide mouth 3 in. feeding chute requires very little food preparation before juicing
- Durability matches its price point – it’s more durable than less expensive juicers
- Poor performance juicing hard produce such as carrots and celery
- Introduces copious amounts of pulp into the juice when juicing such types of produce (hard produce)
- Difficult to clean because of its cheap stainless steel finish and matte plastic trim pieces
- Difficult to use because of its multi-speed functionality and confusing LCD display
|Ease of Use||2.5|
All category scores are out of 5.
- 1 Assembly
- 2 Procedure
- 3 Difficulty
- 4 Food Preparation
- 5 Performance
- 6 Juicing Performance Summary and Score
- 7 Cleaning
- 8 Dishwasher Safe Parts
- 9 Ease of Use
- 10 Manual Quality
- 11 Versatility
- 12 Durability
- 13 Warranty
- 14 Summary and Score
- 15 Value
- 16 The BJE510XL Compared to Other Breville Juicers
- Food pusher
- Feed chute
- Juicer cover
- Filter basket
- Filter bowl
- Motor base (or “body”)
- Juice container
- Pulp container
The Juice Fountain Multi-Speed (BJE510XL) is assembled in much the same way as every other centrifugal juicer we tested. First, the filter bowl and filter basket are each placed on the motor base. The filter bowl rests on the outside perimeter of the motor base while the filter basket is fitted to the motor coupling located at the center of the motor base. Next, the juicer cover is placed on top of the filter bowl. The final part that needs to be fitted to the main assembly is the pulp container. It is simply placed underneath the part of the juicer cover that extends from the main body of the juicer. Everything is then “locked” into place by lifting the safety locking arm from its initial horizontal position to a vertical position in which it clamps down on the top of the juicer cover. Note that the locking arm can be set to this vertical position before the pulp container is fitted to the main assembly. In other words, these two steps are interchangeable. You can either fit the pulp container first (as we just described) or put the juicer’s safety locking arm in a “locked” vertical position first. Finally, the food pusher should be placed inside the juicer’s feeding chute and the included juice container should be placed underneath the juicer’s juice spout. This completes assembly.
One additional part included with the BJE510XL that is not included with most other centrifugal juicers we tested, is a removable rubber nozzle that fits onto the juicer’s juice outlet. The nozzle is designed in such a way that it directs juice coming out of the juice outlet in a straight downward direction. Normally, juice exits the juicer at a high velocity and at an angle through the juice outlet. This juice then “sprays” over a large area on the inside wall of the included juice container. The juice container has a large diameter and is fitted with a lid to prevent this spray from creating a mess on your kitchen countertop. By fitting the included rubber nozzle to the juice outlet, the juice exiting the juicer is redirected in a straight downward direction, which doesn’t necessarily reduce the velocity of the juice, but does reduce the diameter of the juice “spray”, allowing the user to collect juice in a glass or cup.
The difficulty with which we assembled the Juice Fountain Multi-Speed during testing mirrored that of every other easy-to-assemble centrifugal juicer we tested. Because there is such little variance in the parts used to assemble this specific type of juicer and the way in which they’re fitted together, there is also very little variance in the difficulty of fitting together those same parts. What we can tell you, is that assembling a centrifugal juicer such as the Multi-Speed is generally a little bit easier than assembling a slow juicer. So, if you’re comparing this juicer to any of the slow juicers we’ve tested, know that assembling the BJE510XL is slightly easier than assembling a typical slow juicer.
Preparing produce for juicing with the Multi-Speed is a non-issue as most produce does not need to prepared for juicing with this juicer. We juiced five different fruits and vegetables of varying shapes and sizes when we tested the BJE510XL’s performance. Only one of those fruits and vegetables required any cutting at all before it could fit into the juicer’s 3-inch diameter feeding chute. We juiced rather large sized Red Delicious apples which required that we cut them into quarters before they could be juiced. Cutting them into halves wouldn’t have been sufficient as doing so would have kept their large diameter intact. By cutting them into quarters we cut the diameter of the apple pieces in half. At half-diameter the apple pieces fit into the juicer’s feeding chute quite easily.
As we mentioned above, the BJE510XL’s feeding chute was measured to be 3 inches in diameter. Since feeding chute size is the primary factor dictating food preparation requirements, you can get a good idea of how such requirements compare between different juicers by comparing the size of their feeding chutes. The tables below show feeding chute size for some of the most popular juicers we tested in addition to food preparation requirements for each juicer.
Most Centrifugal Juicers
|Fruit/Veg.||Size of Cuts||Time to Cut||Avg. Time to Cut|
|Oranges||no cutting required|
|Grapes||no cutting required|
|Carrots||no cutting required|
|Celery||no cutting required|
|Chute Size||3″ diameter|
|Fruit/Veg.||Size of Cuts||Time to Cut||Avg. Time to Cut|
|Grapes||no cutting required|
|Carrots||1″ to 2″ pieces||53||50|
|Celery||1″ to 2″ pieces||59||66|
|Chute Size||1.5″ diameter|
|Fruit/Veg.||Size of Cuts||Time to Cut||Avg. Time to Cut|
|Grapes||no cutting required|
|Carrots||no cutting required|
|Celery||1″ to 2″ pieces||54||66|
|Chute Size||1.5″ by 2.5″|
Note: All times are in seconds. For an explanation of “time to cut” vs. “avg. time to cut” see here.
There are several important points to be made based on the data shown above. First, note how most centrifugal juicers have the same sized feeding chute as the Multi-Speed (3″) and how all of their food preparation requirements are exactly the same. Second, note how the slow juicers in the tables above have much smaller diameter feeding chutes and much more extensive food preparation requirements. Finally, note the additional time that such requirements add to the overall juicing experience.
In order to test the BJE510XL’s performance we used it to juice 1 lb. each of five different fruits and vegetables. The fruits and vegetables used for testing were carefully selected to each be unique in size, shape, and consistency. Because the BJE510XL is a multi-speed juicer and for the sake of giving it to the best chance to succeed and produce maximum yields, we made sure to set it to the speed recommended by its manual for each individual fruit or vegetable. For example, the juicer’s manual recommends that it be set to speed 3 for juicing peeled oranges. Thus, when juicing oranges, we made sure to set the juicer to speed 3.
After collecting and weighing the initial “out of juicer” yield we poured the same yield through a sieve into a measuring cup. This new yield is what we refer to as “after sieve” yield in the tables and discussions that follow. The same sieve was used for all tests for all juicers, to ensure that we could use after sieve yield as the best means to compare yields between different juicers. Out of juicer yield often varies according to how much pulp the juicer allows into the extracted juice. Juicers with greater out of juicer yields are not necessarily extracting more juice. They may simply be introducing more pulp into the juice. Since most of the pulp content of out of juicer yields was collected in the standard sieve we used for testing, after sieve yields represents a virtually pulp-free juice. Thus, if you want to compare the actual juice yields of different juicers, focus on after sieve yields instead of out of juicer yields.
Tabled Juicing Performance Test Results
After sieve celery juice yield being measured.
Juicing Performance Summary and Score
We tested five different Breville centrifugal juicers for review. The BJE510XL was the only Breville juicer we tested that did not consistently outperform juicers from other manufacturers in those same tests. The Multi-Speed garnered below average results in two tests, average results in another two tests, and above average results in only one test. The other Breville centrifugal juicers we tested garnered above average results in at least four of the five tests.
The Multi-Speed garnered below average results juicing carrots and celery and average results juicing oranges and grapes. Its only above average result was for juicing apples. However, its apple juice after sieve yield was still only good for last place among the five Breville centrifugal juicers we tested for review.
Its below average results are especially concerning because they are not even close to average. They are, in fact, far below average. The Multi-Speed’s after sieve carrot juice yield of only 6 oz. was the lowest yield recorded in the same test among the 17 centrifugal juicers we tested for review. Compare this result to the 10+ oz. extracted in the same test by the Breville Juice Fountain Compact, Plus, and Elite. Almost equally disappointing is the Multi-Speed’s after sieve celery juice yield of only 10.3 oz., a yield almost 3 oz. less than what was extracted in the same test by the Juice Fountain Compact, Plus, and Duo.
What makes these results even more egregious is the fact that in order to juice both vegetables, the Multi-Speed was set to its highest speed setting, as recommended by the juicer’s user manual. Soft fruits will often require a speed setting anywhere from 1 to 3. Depending on which speed setting is selected yields can vary. Especially hard produce such as carrots and celery always should be juiced at the maximum speed setting of 5. Thus, no scenario exists in which we could have possibly juiced either carrots or celery at a lower speed setting and possibly obtained better yields.
If you’re still not convinced that the Multi-Speed is a poor choice if you’re looking to juice harder produce, consider the fact that its after sieve carrot juice yield of 6 oz. was 3.1 oz. less than its out of juicer yield juicing the same vegetable (carrots). This 3.1 oz. is equal to the weight of the pulpy puree we separated from the initial yield by pouring it through a sieve. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Take a look at the picture below showing the amount of this pulpy puree we collected in the sieve.
Needless to say, the thick pulpy carrot juice extracted by the Multi-Speed is not something most users will find appealing. Compare the amount of pulp (3.1 oz.) in the Multi-Speed’s out of juicer carrot juice to the 0 oz. of pulp collected when we poured the Juice Fountain Compact’s out of juicer carrot juice yield through a sieve and the 0.2 and 0.3 oz. of pulp collected when we did the same for the Juice Fountain Plus and Elite, respectively.
The Multi-Speed’s results in our carrot and celery juicing tests preclude us from recommending this juicer to anyone concerned about juicer yield and/or juicer performance (and who isn’t?). If you’re looking to purchase a juicer that can extract as much juice from a given quantity of produce as possible, look elsewhere. We give the Breville BJE510XL a well below average 2 out of 5 for overall performance.
Scrubbing the juicer’s filter basket clean is shown above.
Cleaning the BJE510XL was a fairly straightforward process. After testing the juicer’s performance on one countertop, we moved the whole juicer, fully assembled, to another countertop next to a sink in which we eventually cleaned all of the juicer’s parts. We started off cleaning loose parts that didn’t require any disassembly – the food pusher, juice container, and its lid. We then proceeded to clean parts that required actual disassembly. To begin we first moved the juicer’s safety locking arm from the locked vertical position back to an unlocked horizontal position. This allowed us to remove the juicer cover and the parts held in place underneath the cover – namely the filter bowl, filter basket, and pulp container. Each part was cleaned in the same order it was removed from the main assembly. So, we first cleaned the juicer cover, then the filter bowl, then the pulp container, and lastly we cleaned the filter basket. Cleaning the filter basket last allowed us to leave it in the sink to soak for a few minutes while we were cleaning the cover, filter bowl, and pulp container. The filter basket is by far the most difficult part to clean. Giving it a few minutes to soak in warm soapy water goes a long way in making cleaning it at least a little bit easier.
Cleaning Methods and Tools
To start the cleaning process, we first filled a sink about halfway with warm water. As we filled the sink with water we added a soap (a mild detergent) to the mix. To clean almost all of the juicer’s parts we first placed them in the warm soapy water (we also removed pulp from those parts that required it) before washing them clean with a microfiber cloth. Most parts were then rinsed under running water under the faucet before being placed on the counter on the other side of the sink on a dry towel to air dry.
The only part that required that we clean it with something other than a microfiber cloth was the filter basket. Breville includes the same specialized cleaning brush with all of the centrifugal juicers they sell. We used this cleaning brush to scrub the BJE510XL’s filter basket clean of accumulated pulp and juice stains.
Speaking of stains, there was one part of the Multi-Speed’s filter basket that we couldn’t scrub clean of stains. The plastic bottom piece of the filter basket (the part that is secured to the motor coupling on the motor base) has white arrows that are there to help users properly align the filter basket to the motor coupling during assembly. These white arrows stained orange (right after we juiced carrots) during testing. All five of the Breville centrifugal juicers we tested have the same white arrows on their filter baskets and we observed staining on all five of them during testing.
Other than the white arrows on the base of the juicer’s filter basket, most other parts that make up the BJE510XL’s assembly are of a color or material that is much more resistant to staining. Matte plastic trim pieces, the pulp container, and the food pusher are all grey in color, the juicer cover and filter bowl are clear, while the rest of the juicer’s parts are all made of stain resistant stainless steel. We did not observe any staining of these other parts during testing.
One part on which we didn’t observe any staining but that can possibly stain over time is the juicer cover. On the top of the cover, around the feeding chute is a matte plastic grey trim piece with warnings that are written in white. It’s quite possible that these warnings could stain over time (should carrot juice or some other stain inducing juice spill onto this part of the cover while you’re juicing or cleaning the juicer).
Scratching and Smudging
A complaint we have with all of the centrifugal juicers we tested that have a clear plastic cover and filter bowl, is that these parts (when they are constructed using a clear plastic) are extremely susceptible to scratching and smudging as the juicer is cleaned repeatedly over time. We observed the same with the BJE510XL’s cover and filter bowl.
Both of these parts get extremely dirty during the juicing process. The cover gets hit with the pulp that sprays out of the filter bowl up and into the pulp container. The filter bowl is continuously hit with juice that sprays out of the filter bowl’s fine mesh.
Because they get so dirty, both parts need more than a rinse to clean them. The problem is that cleaning them with even the softest of soft cloths (we used a microfiber cloth) scratches the plastic surface of each part. The scratches are difficult to see from afar, but upon close inspection they are highly visible and detract from the overall appearance of the juicer. We find it unacceptable that these scratches occur, especially considering the fact that the juicer’s manual advised to wash all parts in “warm soapy water with a soft cloth” exactly the same way we did during testing.
Another issue we observed with these parts was smudging. We had to clean each juicer we tested multiple times during the same day in between each of our juicing performance tests. Sometimes we didn’t clean it quite as thoroughly as we could. When we did so (didn’t clean it very well) we observed smudging in several of the BJE510XL’s cover and filter bowl’s nooks and crannies. Is this something that occurs when the juicer is washed and dried with perfect technique? No. But should you want to juice often and don’t want to spend time meticulously inspecting each of these two parts after you clean them, be aware that it’s easy for soap residue to stay behind in each part’s many little corners and crevices.
Complaints Unique to the BJE510XL
Thus far, the complaints we’ve voiced regarding cleaning the Multi-Speed, are complaints common to a slew of other centrifugal juicers we tested. The Multi-Speed was certainly not the only centrifugal juicer we tested with white arrows on its filter basket or a clear plastic juicer cover and filter bowl.
One of the BJE510XL’s more unique features is its stainless steel body and feeding chute and even more unique are its many matte grey plastic trim pieces. Unfortunately, all of these unique features make the Multi-Speed even more difficult to clean and keep clean than it already is (because of its plastic bowl and cover). Let’s discuss its plastic trim pieces first. These trim pieces are difficult to clean because the matte grey plastic that they’re made of has the tendency to almost “absorb” any juice it comes into contact with. When these pieces get dirty (when juice get on them) they have to be wiped clean twice. Once with a cloth or a damp towel that has been dipped in a soapy water solution and a second time after the same cloth or damp towel (or another) has been dipped in clean pure water. The “soapy” cloth or towel is necessary because the juice that has been “absorbed” into these pieces cannot be removed otherwise. Cleaning these parts with a damp (with just water) cloth is not sufficient – when we did so the water in the cloth would simply mix with the juicy residue – it wasn’t able to remove the residue. When cleaning these parts we only used a damp (with water) cloth to remove the soap residue that was left behind by the “soapy” cloth. This raises another issue – it’s very difficult to remove the soap after it comes into contact with these same parts. Thus, the whole situation presents a bit of a catch 22. Either you don’t clean the plastic trim pieces with soap at all and then juice residue builds up on them over time. Or you do clean them with soap and the soap leaves a residue of its own.
The BJE510XL’s main body and feeding chute are not any easier to clean. Both have a stainless steel finish which, on the positive side, is much more scratch resistant than the plastic you’ll commonly find on these same components on less expensive centrifugal juicers on the market. The problem is that this stainless steel finish is just that – a finish. The stainless steel finish of these parts is absolutely not equivalent (in terms of quality) to the stainless steel that makes up the Juice Fountain Duo and Juice Fountain Elite’s many stainless steel parts. The Multi-Speed’s stainless steel body is extremely difficult to keep clean and smudge-free, unlike the truly stainless steel components of the Duo and Elite. The reason why its body is so difficult to clean and keep smudge-free is the same as reason it’s so difficult to keep its plastic trim pieces clean. The stainless steel finish cannot be cleaned with just a damp – with water – cloth alone. It has to be cleaned with a “soapy” cloth as well. Doing so leaves the same soapy residue that was left on the plastic trim pieces when we tried to clean them with a “soapy” cloth.
Dishwasher Safe Parts
All of the BJE510XL’s parts are dishwasher safe, except for the food pusher. We do not, however, recommend that you wash any of the juicer’s parts in the dishwasher for reasons we outline here.
Cleaning Summary and Overall Score
The bottom line is that the Multi-Speed’s “stainless steel” body and feeding chute and all of its grey plastic trim pieces are very difficult to clean, and because the finish and materials used for these components are unique to the Multi-Speed, the BJE510XL is unfortunately, uniquely difficult to clean overall. It was in fact, one of, if not the most difficult to clean (and keep clean) juicer we tested. We give it a well below average 2.5 out of 5 for cleaning difficulty.
Ease of Use
The BJE510XL is easier to use than any of the slow juicers we tested. Unlike a typical slow juicer, it doesn’t have any special food preparation requirements (simply cut produce to fit into the juicer’s feeding chute), nor does it require that you employ any special techniques for feeding produce into the juicer (simply place any produce you like into the feeding chute and press down with the food pusher at any speed you feel comfortable with).
The Juice Fountain Multi-Speed is, however, slightly more difficult to use than most other centrifugal juicers we tested. Compared to most other centrifugal juicers it’s more difficult to clean and it’s also more difficult to juice with. We’ve already discussed why it’s more difficult to clean. We discuss why it’s more difficult to juice with this juicer next.
Most of the centrifugal juicers we tested can be set to at least two different speeds – low speed and high speed. Low speed is used for juicing softer fruits such as oranges and grapes. High speed is used for juicing harder vegetables and fruits such as carrots, celery, and apples. Setting the speed for such juicers is fairly simple – simply make a judgment call whether a particular fruit or vegetable is soft or hard and set the speed accordingly. Some of the centrifugal juicers we tested have no speed settings at all. No matter what produce is juiced, these juicers always juice at the same maximum speed. Setting the speed for such juicers is a non-issue – there’s no speed setting to set. Other centrifugal juicers, such as the Juice Fountain Multi-Speed, can be set to as many as 5 different speeds. Because they can be set to so many different speeds, these juicers are typically the most difficult to use. Let us explain.
When you purchase the Multi-Speed you will also receive, in addition to the juicer and all of its parts, an accompanying user manual. The user manual contains a “speed selector table” that lists various produce and the “suggested speed” to set the juicer to, in order to juice each respective fruit or vegetable on the list. For example, the suggested speed for juicing apples is “5”. Thus, should you want to juice apples, you’ll need to set the juicer to speed 5. If you want to juice something else, you’d need to reference the table again, find the corresponding fruit or vegetable and speed, and then set the juicer’s speed accordingly.
This whole process of referencing the manual repeatedly while you’re juicing can become quite cumbersome (especially if you’re juicing a variety of different fruits and vegetables) and entails additional steps required for juicing with the Multi-Speed (in addition to referencing the manual you actually have to adjust the juicer’s speed each time you juice a different fruit or vegetable) that are not required when juicing with one speed or even two speed juicers (with two speed juicers you’ll have to set a speed but you won’t have to reference a manual repeatedly to do so). Sure, if you juice frequently and juice the same fruits and vegetables every time you juice you could rely on memory instead of the manual to set speeds, but in doing so you would be taking the risk of not juicing as efficiently as you could if what you remember was to be incorrect. Those users that juice infrequently won’t be able to rely on memory at all. They will always need to reference the juicer’s manual when juicing.
The juicer’s LCD display does list the names of different produce and types of produce next to each speed (for easy reference so that you don’t have to use the manual) but these labels are far from sufficient and somewhat confusing when it comes to setting speeds correctly. For example, the LCD display lists the label “APPLE” 4th on the list of labels and setting the juicer to speed 4 illuminates the tab next to the “APPLE” label on the LCD display. We’ve already discussed how the manual lists speed 5, not speed 4 for apples. Similarly, the LCD display lists the label “CITRUS” 2nd on the list of labels and setting the juicer to speed 2 illuminates the tab next to the “CITRUS” label on the display. In this case the manual is more specific. For example, it lists speed 2 for nectarines, but speed 3 for oranges.
The Multi-Speed’s manual is of well above average quality. It covers everything you need to know about proper assembly, disassembly, and use and care of the juicer in just the right amount of detail – it’s detailed enough for you to be able to know exactly what to do while still being concise enough for you to able to read through instructions quickly and easily.
Weight, Power Cord Length, Juice and Pulp Containers
The table below lists the BJE510XL’s weight, the length of its power cord, and the measured volume of both its pulp and juice containers. It also lists the average values (Cent. Avg.) for each in the centrifugal juicer category (if available). As we explain in our general buyer’s guide, a juicer that’s light with a long power cord and large juice and pulp containers is easier to use than a juicer that has the opposite of these qualities.
|Assembled Weight||10 lb 10 oz||NA|
|Body Only Weight||7 lb 3.4 oz||NA|
|Power Cord Length||42 in.||41 in.|
|Juice Container Volume||48 oz.||34 oz.|
|Pulp Container Volume||98 oz.||73 oz.|
It’s this design that allows it to separate froth – the frothy part of the juice collected in the juice container should stay behind (in the top container) when it is poured into another container (the bottom container).
Ease of Use Summary and Score
The BJE510XL is more difficult to use than most other centrifugal juicers we tested for two reasons: for one, it’s more difficult to clean and two, it’s more difficult to actually juice with because of its multi-speed functionality. Its manual is of well above average quality, its actual weight is above average but not by much, its power cord length is average, and its juice and pulp containers are well above average in size. All things considered, we give the Multi-Speed a below average 2.5 out of 5 for ease of use.
The Multi-Speed receives the same below average marks in this category as almost every other centrifugal juicer we tested. For details see our general buyer’s guide.
Build Quality and Materials
Earlier in our review, when we discussed how difficult the Multi-Speed is to clean, we talked about how its body, feeding chute, and safety locking arm feature a stainless steel finish and how this stainless steel is of a substantially lesser quality than the stainless steel used for the construction of the more expensive Juice Fountain Elite and Juice Fountain Duo. We want to reiterate those thoughts here, as we feel it’s important for consumers to know that the Multi-Speed, at almost half the price of the Elite and less than half the price of the Duo, is, not surprisingly, nowhere close to the equivalent of those same juicers in terms of build quality and the quality of the materials used for its construction. Does this mean that the Multi-Speed’s build quality and the quality of the materials used for its construction are below average for the centrifugal juicer category? Absolutely not. They are in fact just about of the same quality that the juicer’s price would suggest. In other words, the BJE510XL’s build quality and the quality of the materials used for its construction are very similar to that of those juicers that retail for approximately the same price.
Breville is a trusted well-respected brand in the juicer industry. They are much more well-known for their centrifugal juicers (the Multi-Speed is one of six such juicers that Breville manufacturers) than for the one slow juicer that they manufacture.
Quality of Support
Breville is a highly professional company that takes pride in offering outstanding customer support. They offer various means of contact including a toll free number and an online ticketing system by which customers can make various types of inquiries via an online form. Breville also has an entire section of their website dedicated to support for specific products, including the BJE510XL. Each support page for each product lists all of the same information that can be found in the product’s included user manual, but in a webpage format that can be easily navigated online.
The Multi-Speed comes with exactly the same warranty (in length and coverage) as every other centrifugal juicer Breville manufacturers. The included warranty is only 1 year long but does cover all of the juicer’s parts. In addition, Breville will cover any and all shipping costs incurred to complete a warranty claim. They will email the customer a pre-paid shipping label and cover return shipping costs as well.
Breville warranties do not sell Breville juicers. Breville juicers sell because they work well and they last. If you’re looking to purchase a juicer with a long warranty our recommendation is that you look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a juicer that comes with an especially long warranty we recommend a slow juicer from Omega, Tribest, or Kuvings. Slow juicers manufactured by these companies typically come with at least a 10-year warranty. If you’re looking for a centrifugal juicer with a longer warranty, we recommend the Cuisinart CJE-1000. Its warranty is 3 years long – longer than any other warranty for any other centrifugal juicer we tested.
Summary and Score
The Multi-Speed’s build quality and the quality of its materials are typical for a juicer at its price point. Breville is a well-known trusted brand that offers outstanding customer support but fails to provide really good long warranties. Taking all of these facts into account we give the BJE510XL a 4.5 out of 5 for durability.
The Juice Fountain Multi-Speed retails for approximately $180. At this price it’s approximately $80 more expensive than the top rated Juice Fountain Compact, $30 more expensive than the two-speed Plus, and about $120 less expensive than the stainless steel Elite.
Long Term Cost
In addition to the cost of the juicer itself, another cost that greatly impacts the overall cost of juicing is the cost of produce. And the cost of produce is directly related to a juicer’s performance. For more information on how we evaluate different juicers and determine how their performance impacts produce cost please see here. For now, simply understand that better juicer performance equates to lower produce cost.
The BJE510XL garnered less than impressive results in most of our juicing performance tests. As such, you will need to buy a greater quantity of produce to make the same amount of juice with the BJE510XL than you would for better performing juicers such as the Juice Fountain Compact and Elite. Having to buy a greater quantity of produce equates to a higher cost to juice. It is primarily for this reason that the BJE510XL rates poorly in this category. It earns a 2.5 out of 5 for value.
The BJE510XL Compared to Other Breville Juicers
The Multi-Speed finds itself in an interesting position in Breville’s centrifugal juicer lineup. It’s far more expensive than the Compact, slightly more expensive than the Plus, and far less expensive than both the Duo and the Elite. Let’s compare it to the juicer that it’s only about $30 more expensive than first – the Juice Fountain Plus.
Compared to the Plus
There are only two reasons you might want to spend slightly more and get the Multi-Speed instead of the Plus. The first is the Multi-Speed’s stainless steel finish and the second is the three additional speeds it provides compared to the Plus. We already discussed at length in this review how the Multi-Speed’s stainless steel finish leaves a lot to be desired in terms of both quality and how easy it is to clean (it’s not a very high quality and it’s very difficult to clean). We also discussed how its five speeds makes the juicer more difficult to use (it’s likely that you’ll need to reference the manual to set speeds correctly) than those juicers with one or two speeds (like the Plus). What we didn’t discuss is how multi-speed functionality does absolutely nothing to improve the juicer’s performance. Our test data shows no correlation between the number of speeds a particular juicer can be set to and the yields it is able to obtain. The juicer that performed the best in our tests was the Juice Fountain Compact, a juicer that only runs at one maximum speed. Our recommendation, if you’re torn between these two juicers specifically, is that you go with the Plus over the Multi-Speed. The Plus is less expensive and actually looks much better after a few uses (and cleanings).
Compared to the Compact
The Compact retails for about $80 less than the Multi-Speed. It also outperformed the Multi-Speed in all of our juicing performance tests. Why then, would you possibly want to purchase the Multi-Speed instead? The only reasons we can give are the same reasons we give why you might want to buy the Plus over the Compact at the end of our Plus review which you can find here. Those reasons summarized here are that the Plus and the Multi-Speed have higher wattage motors (it can be argued that a higher wattage motor will last longer than a lower wattage motor), larger juice containers, and are slightly better built and of better quality parts than the Compact (they are slightly more durable).
Compared to the Elite and Duo
There really is no reason you would want to purchase the Multi-Speed instead of these two juicers other than price. But keep in mind that while the Multi-Speed does cost substantially less initially (when you buy the juicer), it will not cost less than either the Elite or the Duo over time (because both are better performing than the Multi-Speed and that greater performance equates to a lower long term cost of produce as we discuss here). If you’re looking to purchase a stainless steel centrifugal juicer, it is our strong recommendation that you purchase either the Elite or Duo instead of the Multi-Speed. The former juicers’ parts are made of high quality durable stainless steel while the latter juicer’s parts are made with a much lower quality much more difficult to clean stainless steel finish.