This super-powerful 2,400W blender not only blitzes smoothies and sauces, but the competition too…

Sage The Super Q

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$549 / £599, amazon.comsageappliances.com

Pros:

  • Powerful 2,400W motor
  • Manual control options
  • Large 2L jug and personal cup

Cons:

  • Most expensive blender on test
  • No heating element for soup setting

Power: 5/5
Blending: 4.5/5
Crushing: 4.5/5
OVERALL: 4.5/5

It’s expensive and takes up a lot of worktop real estate, but there’s no denying the quality of The Super Q blender from Sage (Breville in the US). It’s versatile, well made, easy to use, stylish looking and ferociously powerful. Take a quick browse through the Sage recipe booklet to appreciate everything this blender can do. This thing’s capable of making gluten-free flour and cashew nut butter, not to mention smoothies, soups, sauces, ice creams and cocktails. See how Sage’s The Super Q compares to the other best blenders.

Sage has been doing superb things in the small appliance sector for a number of years now. The Super Q is by no means its first ‘Best Buy’, and its toasters, kettles, coffee machines and the rest of its blender range are well worth a look. If your budget simply can’t stretch, the 1,300W Fresh & Furious blender is a brilliant budget compromise at £199.

Sage The Super Q features

But that pales in comparison to The Super Q, which has 2,400W of power capable of spinning the ingeniously shaped blades at up to 300km/h. The curved blades pull ingredients in to reduce them to the tiniest particles. And thanks to the curve in the blade and the base of the jug, the chopped ingredients are also pushed up, helping to maintain an even temperature. All this takes place in the large heavy-duty 67.6oz / 2-litre plastic jug that has a stable base and robust clip-on lid. It’s quieter than I expected, although not as quiet as the Vitamix for peaceful pulverising.

There’s also a 23.6oz / 700ml personal blending cup with a sip lid and a blade attachment, plus a handy spatula. Suffice to say, the blender can whizz, pulp and blitz any smoothie ingredient. And I had zero issues adding ice, nuts and spinach to my mixes. If you’re a green smoothie devotee, or Michelin Star chef, you may also be interested in the Vac Q vacuum attachment, which sits on top of the blender and sucks out air bubbles, reducing oxidation. It’s a total luxury, but does eliminate any unappealing browning, producing the most vibrant green results.

Sage The Super Q control

The base knows which jug you’ve attached, and the controls are nicely labelled, with a large display showing blending time. I really liked the manual control dial, though, as it highlighted whether I was stirring, mixing, chopping, blending, pureeing or milling. It’s a great learning tool. The smoothie setting lasts 45 seconds (green smoothies 50 seconds), and rarely did I ever need any longer. The milling setting was phenomenally fast, turning peanuts and almonds into dust in 15 seconds. 

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As for the soup setting, this is possibly the only weak aspect of the machine. It certainly works, but unlike most dedicated soup makers it doesn’t have a heating element, instead relying on the blades to generate the heat. As such, you’ll need to pre-cook hard ingredients like potatoes and squash. I made a tasty bean, pepper and tomato soup, and it was served hot from the jug, but it did take five minutes of noisy blending. A nice extra to have, but not a game changer.