Breville BJS600XL Review

Breville BJS600XL Review 

Breville BJS600XL Summary

4.4 out of 5

The Breville BJS600XL is a masticating juicer that promises quite a lot. With plenty of consumer reviews across the board, we were rather excited to see just how effective the Breville BJS600XL is at extracting the most possible juice while allowing for an easy clean-up process.

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Breville BJS600XL Introduction

Breville has been known for high speed centrifugal juicers to date so why have they suddenly decided to bring out a slow speed masticating juicer? Well to quote Breville “… it maximizes the amount of nutrients in the juice …” Which is one of the reasons that slow speed masticating juicers are becoming more and more popular.

Breville could have gone on to add that juices extracted with masticating juicers extract more of the juice from fruits and vegetables than centrifugal juicers and, as there is no heat transfer from the high speeds, enzymes and vitamins are not destroyed. Additionally with slow speed extraction there is no or very little frothing of the juice. This avoids oxidization which makes the juice last up to 3 days in the refrigerator and stop the juice separating.

If you are new to masticating juicers, the slow speed refers to the speed of the system, not the speed at which it produces juice. A masticating juicer will produce as fast as the best of the centrifugal juicers but with a slower speed of operation. As an example of the efficiency in extracting juice, even from the toughest fruits or vegetables, the Breville BJS600XL produces very dry waste pulp.

For their venture in to slow speed masticating juicers Breville, rather than going for a totally new design, have used the masticating technology of Omega and revamped the Omega VRT 350, giving it a more powerful 240 watt motor (the VRT 350 has a 150 watt motor) and making some minor cosmetic changes to show that it is Breville and not Omega.

The end result is a very good example of a highly efficient slow speed masticating juicer that will juice everything that a centrifugal juicer will juice as well as juicing tough green leafy vegetables and even wheat grass.

Our Breville BJS600XL Review

The Breville BJS600XL is a vertical masticating juicer that takes up a great deal less counter space that the horizontal versions. The foot print of the Breville BJS600XL is only 7 inches x 8.5 inches and is 15.5 inches tall. It weighs in at 14 lbs. The Breville BJS600XL comes complete with a jug that is for the extracted juice and a second to catch the pulp that is automatically ejected as the fruit or vegetables are processed.

Breville BJS600XL Masticating Juicer

Both jugs are sized to fit neatly under the appropriate outlet spouts. There is also a brush for cleaning the filter. The non-brush end is shaped to allow the cleaning of small crevices on internal parts. The Breville BJS600XL is easy to assemble and take apart for to make cleaning quite straightforward. There is one control button that has a stop position, an on position and a reverse. The reverse is used when something that you are juicing gets stuck. It saves having to disassemble the juicer while you are operating it.

That being said the juiced seldom get stuck thanks to the powerful 240 watt motor but occasionally some fruits or vegetables with long fibers can get wound round the auger (the part that turns as crushes the juice out of the fruit or vegetables). The Breville BJS600XL does have a relatively small feed tube which means that what you are juicing needs to be to cut in to smaller chunks. For example an apple needs to be cut in to 1/8s to fit the feed tube. This is a minor inconvenience as to produce a similar amount of juice that a centrifugal juicer would make, less fruit or vegetables are needed with the Breville BJS600XL’s slow speed masticating system.

In fact a slow speed masticating juicer can produce as much as 25% more juice from a given volume than a centrifugal juicer can. Not only will the Breville BJS600XL extract more juice than centrifugal systems, the juice that it produces is of better quality. None of the vitamins, enzymes or nutrients are destroyed by the heat buildup that is found with centrifugal juicers but there is less foaming which means less oxidization making the juice store longer – up to 3 days in a refrigerator.

The Breville BJS600XL is also efficient at extracting juice from foods that a centrifugal type juicer will not even touch. With the slow speed masticating system the Breville BJS600XL can extract juice form tough foods like leafy green vegetables and even wheat grass. Although the instruction booklet does not mention it, the Breville BJS600XL is ideal for making nut butters. Other users of this juicer have tried it and it performs the same as similar juicers in that respect.

For some reason Breville are playing down the versatility of this juicer in other tasks it can do, and do very well. One can only speculate, possibly it may be to avoid damaging their main centrifugal juicing products market. Which is a shame as the Breville BJS600XL is actually a very good and efficient juicer.

Breville BJS600XL Specifications & Pros/Cons



Key Features

  • Slow speed masticating operation – produces more nutritious and longer lasting juice.
  • Can extract juice from even the toughest fruit and vegetables, such as wheat grass.
  • Very dry pulp automatically ejected.
  • 1 year warranty.
  • Very quiet operation.
  • Reverse option for freeing jammed foods.
  • Double strainer system.
  • Powerful 240 watt electric drive motor.
  • Easily assembled and taken apart for cleaning after use.
  • Vertical configuration has a smaller footprint than horizontal juicers, only 7 inches x 8.5 inches in the case of the Breville BJS600XL.
  • Small feed tube requires fruit and vegetables to be cut up before feeding in to the Breville BJS600XL.
  • Slow speed masticating juicer – operates at 80 RPM compared to 1,600 to 15,500 RPM for a centrifugal or rotary juicer. This means that there is no heat buildup in the juice and the Breville BJS600XL can operate for longer periods for batch juicing.
  • No foaming – this prevents the juice becoming oxidized which results in the juice staying fresh much longer, up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • Efficient juice extraction – the Breville BJS600XL can extract up to 25% more juice from a given amount of fruit or vegetables than a centrifugal juicer. The very dry pulp gives evidence of that.
  • Automatic pulp ejection system – as the juice is processed the waste pulp, which is very dry is automatically ejected in to the pulp jug.
  • Reverse mode – to enable jammed food stuffs to be easily freed when jams occur.
  • Small counter top footprint – the Breville BJS600XL only takes up 7 inches x 8.5 inches of counter space. It is 15.5 inches tall.
  • Able to juice wheat grass and tough leafy vegetables – the Breville BJS600XL has the ability to extract high yield of juice from even the toughest of fruits and vegetables.
  • Uprated motor power – the Breville BJS600XL has a powerful 240 watt motor to drive the juicing auger.

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Our Final Conclusion For The Breville BJS600XL

The Breville BJS600XL is a very good example of a slow speed masticating vertical juicer. It can extract juice from many fruits and vegetables that are usually quite difficult to process, items like leafy vegetables and wheat grass. It is very similar to the Omega VRT 350. The main difference, apart from minor cosmetic and branding alterations, seems to be that the Breville BJS600XL has a more powerful 240 watt motor.

The Breville BJS600XL is even made in the same factory in China as the Omega VRT 350. Without a doubt the Breville BJS600XL makes very high quality, nutritious juice very simply and efficiently, extracting up to 25% more juice than centrifugal juicers. It will also do many other tasks such as making nut butters but Breville seem reluctant to shout about its versatility.

If they have just chosen this model to fill a gap in their product range they have actually chosen rather well as this is a very good juicer that they can be proud of offering. Users certainly like the Breville BJS600XL giving it a very respectable 4.1 out of 5, from over 375 reviews. Of those reviewers 77% have rated it either good or very good.