The Breville BJE820XL is a powerful 1200 Watt Centrifugal Juicer. It is by far the most powerful out of all the Breville XL models, narrowly beating out the 800JEXL model released a few months earlier.
This juicer has been on the market since early 2010 and at full price, it still retails for an impressive 600 dollars, though when it is on offer, on amazon for example, it will be available for approximately 350 dollars, which, while still not cheap, isn’t the price of a small used car.
This Breville Juicer is definitely worth its money-if you are looking for a high-quality centrifugal juicer that works the ingredients gently. It is especially good at (separately) treating hard and soft foods. It comes with two separate discs, one of which ideal for pureeing soft foods, whereas the other one can deal with hard things like apples. Both can be used to make 100% fruit smoothies. While it is advisable to cut apart the fruits before insertion, this juicer can handle full size fruits as it has a 3 inch feeding tube, allowing the user to fit in all but a watermelon (and who would puree a melon anyway?)
The only downside here is that it doesn’t handle frozen foods very well-it is powerful enough to handle, for example, frozen berries, however much of it will get stuck on the cutting blades, delivering a very pulp-y and clotted result rather than a smooth shake. It is much better to simply thaw the foods before putting them in the juicer.
Hint: You may also be interested in checking out the Breville JE98XL!
The technical details!
If you are curious as to what the BJ820XL has under its hood, so to speak, you won’t be disappointed. This machine is made of die-cast metal-making it more resilient and durable than some 90 odd percent of juicers out there. It operates at 5 speed levels in between 6,500rpm (revolutions per minute) and 13,000rpm. The jug can handle up to 1.2 litres of finished product, whereas the separate pulp container can handle up to 3kg-so making smoothies for the entire family and the neighbours at once is not a problem.
This machine also has a nice safety feature-unless the lid is properly and securely fastened, it absolutely won’t operate, thereby eliminating the risk of needing to clean fruit puree off the ceiling. This juicer model is also widely praised for its noise and energy efficient operation as well as its built in safety features.
Specifically, it will not only automatically shut off if it overheats or is continuously used for extended periods of time (upwards of an hour), it can also handle overloading.
As for the dimensions, this is not a small or light machine, weighing in at just under 15 pounds and measuring 9 by 14 by 17 inches, so it will most likely need its own designated shelf when in storage.
What else is there to know?
The Breville BJ820XL is super easy to clean, once the top is removed, all the inner parts (which by the way are all metal) can be removed and cleaned in just a few minutes. In general, the whole process takes maybe 4 minutes, and the parts can even be put in a dishwasher. Dis- and re-assembly are easy, and the parts come with small number imprints, so it is entirely impossible to get the order wrong when reassembling it.
Unlike many other juicer models, the cleaning process is neither long-winded, nor complicated…that alone very nearly justifies the hefty price tag!
To sum it up…
Of all the Breville models, this is perhaps the least known, however by far the most powerful one! At full price, this 600 dollar juicer is a fairly big investment-though it can usually be got cheaper on, for example, amazon.
The Breville BJ820XL is a rather sizeable machine, weighing 15 pounds, and comes with a few spare/replacement parts, like a second disk used to puree softer foods. It can also handle hard foods like crisp apples, which, can (but shouldn’t) be fed into the feed chute all at once.
It does not handle frozen foods well, however it makes up for that in delivering extra-smooth results when dealing with softer foods thanks to its 5 speeds varying from 6,500rpm to 13,000rpm.