I bought a juicer with a view to being able to make best use of a bountiful supply of fruit and vegetables from my increasingly productive garden. There was a 50% sale on that helped my choice but I chose the Breville Froojie Juice Fountain because it had an extra wide chute so that you didn’t have to spend time chopping everything up first and it was powerful enough to extract all the juice without too much waste. There are less expensive Juice Fountain models, but I chose this one because it had the ability to juice soft fruit as well.
I really like the set up for hard fruits and vegetables. You can put many items in whole without having to do any preparation. It easily and efficiently extracts the juice, leaving very dry crumbly remains. I have added greens in with other hard fruit and vegetables, just rolled up the leaves and put them in alongside the others rather than separately. Depending on what you put in and of course the end result you want, you can add the remains back in afterwards to add bulk and fibre. A friend tells me she uses it to make pumpkin soup: juice peeled pumpkin and then add the pulp back for a quick soup. Otherwise just put the pulp in your compost bin or worm farm.
Although the claim is that you can juice soft and hard fruit using the same device, there is in fact a separate blade and housing that you have to swap to for soft fruit so it is not as seamless as you might wish for but it is better than having to set up a totally different gadget. The result from the soft fruit juicer is pretty much as you would get from using a blender. If I was just wanting the juice from soft fruit alone, I would probably use my Nutribullet as it has much less to clean up afterwards. But if I was making a mixed fruit juice then the Juice Fountain does a good job. It is great fun trying different combinations.
Clean up is not too bad provided you have the discipline to do it straight away. I just rinse everything under the tap, using the brush that is provided particularly for the blade and mesh basket, and leave them to drain. If you leave it longer, things start to dry on and stick so you will need to use warm soapy water. You can also use a plastic bag to line the collection container and reduce the amount of clean up. All the parts can go in the dishwasher but it pretty much fills my Dishdrawer.
Final Verdict: a great versatile juicer that is big enough and strong enough to do a quick and effective job of juicing; and is relatively easy to clean up. If you don’t have lots of soft fruit or prefer smoothies, then I probably wouldn’t bother to get the Froojie model. But if you have lots of different fruit and want to make lots of juice – then this is the model for you.