Breville The Q Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Nov 11, 2020 at 09:14 am
Breville The Q Picture
8.5
Multi-Purpose
8.6
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
7.1
Ice Crushing
9.3
Soups
8.3
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1800 W

The Breville Q Blender is a full-size blender with a very versatile overall performance. It's well-built and it comes with lots of preset modes and speeds, making it easy to find the right setting for your blend. It's great for making almond butter, it makes an outstanding smoothie, and you can also use it to hot blend ingredients. Unfortunately, while it's decent for crushing ice, there are some unprocessed cubes left in the mix. However, it's easy to clean by hand, and you can also wash the jar, lid, and tamper in your dishwasher.

Our Verdict

8.5 Multi-Purpose

The Breville The Q Blender is amazing for multi-purpose use. This well-built, premium-looking blender has a versatile performance. It makes spreadable, smooth almond butter and silky, well-blended smoothies. You can even use this blender to blend hot ingredients for soups and purees. Thanks to its self-clean program, it's easy to clean, and its components are also dishwasher-safe. On the downside, while it's decent for crushing ice, there may be some unprocessed cubes left over.

Pros
  • Hot blends.
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Can blend fibrous ingredients like kale.
Cons
  • Crushes ice into a clumpy blend.
8.6 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Breville The Q Blender is excellent for smoothies and protein shakes. It's incredible for smoothies, as it makes a silky, smooth blend in about a minute. You can easily clean this blender using the self-clean program, or you can wash the components in your dishwasher. However, it struggles to crush ice, as it makes a clumpy blend with some unprocessed chunks.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Can blend fibrous ingredients like kale.
Cons
  • Crushes ice into a clumpy blend.
7.1 Ice Crushing

The Breville The Q Blender is decent for ice crushing. This well-built blender has an Auto Pulse mode that doubles as an Ice Crush preset. It makes bar-quality ice, but the mix is a bit clumpy, and some cubes may not be fully processed.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
Cons
  • Crushes ice into a clumpy blend.
9.3 Soups

The Breville The Q is fantastic for soups. You can use it to hot blend ingredients, and there's even a dedicated preset button for warming up cold soups. Overall, this blender is well-built, easy-to-clean, and capable of fully blending fibrous ingredients like kale into a smooth blend. However, when you're blending hot ingredients, you should only fill up the jar to the 40-ounce capacity line to avoid splashing.

Pros
  • Hot blends.
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Can blend fibrous ingredients like kale.
Cons
  • 40-oz capacity for hot ingredients.
8.3 Professional Use

The Breville The Q Blender is great for professional use. This blender has an impressive build quality, and it seems quite durable and sturdy. Its 68-ounce main jar is ideal for blending large quantities of food. It makes a smooth, spreadable almond butter as well as an outstanding, silky smoothie, and it's quite easy to clean. However, it struggles to crush ice, resulting in a clumpy blend with some unprocessed cubes.

Pros
  • Hot blends.
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Can blend fibrous ingredients like kale.
Cons
  • Crushes ice into a clumpy blend.
  • 8.5 Multi-Purpose
  • 8.6 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 7.1 Ice Crushing
  • 9.3 Soups
  • 8.3 Professional Use

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
18.1" (46.0 cm)
Width 8.2" (20.8 cm)
Depth 10.6" (26.9 cm)
Weight
12.1 lbs (5.5 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Breville Q Blender is a tall and bulky full-size blender. You can store it on your kitchen counter or in a tall cupboard, and you can even remove the main jar for easier storage.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Breville Q Blender is impressively well-built. It has a solid, sturdy metal base that doesn't move around a lot when you're blending. The buttons are easy to clean, and the materials feel durable. However, the main jar wobbles a bit when mounted.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
68.0 oz (2011.0 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The main jar has a large 68-ounce capacity, and there are measuring units painted on the side of the jar. According to the manual, you shouldn't exceed 40 ounces of liquid when you're hot blending. The jar is also dishwasher-safe.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
No

The Breville Q Blender doesn't come with an additional jar.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
4
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

There are four sharp blades fixed to the main jar. They have a serrated design, which can help cut through tougher ingredients. They're also dishwasher-safe for an easy clean-up.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The lid seals on the jar using friction. You can remove the center of the lid to use the tamper or to add ingredients while you're blending. There are measurement markings on the removable center part of the lid so you can also use it to measure out ingredients.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
Yes
Cord Length
5.6 ft (1.7 m)

The power cord should be long enough to reach most outlets. You can stow it away when it's not in use, which is convenient.

Design
In The Box

  • Motor base
  • Tamper
  • 68-ounce main jar
  • Blender lid with small access lid
  • Instruction book
  • Warranty paperwork

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
4000 RPM
Max Speed
20000 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
90.3 dB
On/Off Toggle
Yes

The Breville The Q comes with several preset modes, including a Pulse feature. The presets on the top row have set timers, and the blender counts down the time left for your blend. There's also a Power Trip Reset button on the bottom of the unit.

8.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 4 min
Texture
Smooth
Spreadability
Good
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Yes

The Breville The Q is great for almond butter. Using the Puree preset, it makes a smooth, slightly dry butter with some very small pieces of unprocessed nuts. You may need to stop the blender and use the tamper to push nuts from the side of the jar towards the blades.

9.0
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 1 min
Texture
Smooth

The Breville The Q is remarkable for smoothies. It makes a silky, well-blended smoothie in little time. There may be some small pieces of unprocessed kale in the mix, but it shouldn't be too noticeable.

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Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar

The Breville Q Blender doesn't come with an additional jar.

7.0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
3 min
Ice Quality
Bar Quality

This blender is decent for crushing ice. The Auto Pulse mode doubles as an ice crush preset, and it makes bar-quality ice. However, some of the cubes may not be fully processed, and the resulting mix is clumpy and sticks together. If you want a blender that's better at crushing ice, take a look at the Blendtec Designer 725.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
Yes
Self-Clean Program
Yes
Single Serve
No
Timer
Yes

The Breville Q Blender comes with lots of programs and modes. On the top row, there's an on/off toggle, Quick Cancel, Auto Pulse/Ice Crush, Smoothie, Green Smoothie, and Soup (Cold to Hot) buttons. On the bottom row, you can choose from Mix, Chop, Blend, Puree, and Mill. There's also a self-clean program and a timer that lets you know how long it takes to complete each of the preset modes.

9.5
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Simple

This blender is exceptionally easy to clean. You can run the 'Clean' preset with soap and warm water to clean up most messes, including stickier debris like almond butter. The main jar, lid, and tamper are also dishwasher-safe for an easier clean.

Ease Of Use
Extra Features
Hot Blending
Yes
Additional Jugs
No
Juicer Attachment
No
Food Processing Attachment
No
Heating Element
No
Noise Dome
No
Tamper
Yes
Vacuum Pump
No
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size
No

This blender doesn't have many extra features. However, it can hot blend, which is ideal for users who want to make soups and hot purees. There's also a tamper to help you push ingredients towards the blades. It doesn't have a heating element, but it can turn cold ingredients into a hot soup from the continuous motion of its blades when using its Soup (Cold to Hot) button.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Breville Q Blender comes in one color variant: Smoked Hickory. You can see the label for the model we tested here. In Europe, Breville has a partnership with Sage Appliances, and they market this blender under the Sage brand name in certain countries.

If you come across another variant of this blender, let us know in the discussion section below.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Breville Q Blender is a full-size model with a premium look and feel. It's quite versatile, and it makes an incredible smoothie and impressive almond butter. There are also lots of preset modes and speeds to help you find the right settings for your blend. However, it struggles to crush ice, and there are some unprocessed cubes left behind. If you're looking for more blenders, see our recommendations for the best blenders, the best blenders for smoothies, and the best blenders for crushing ice.

Vitamix A2500

The Vitamix A2500 is a better full-size blender than the Breville The Q. The Vitamix is better-built, and it makes smoother almond butter and less clumpy crushed ice. The Vitamix is also Bluetooth-compatible, so you can access additional preset modes using the Vitamix Perfect Blend app on your phone. However, the Breville comes with more presets on the control panel, including a crushed ice mode, which the Vitamix lacks.

KitchenAid Diamond

The Breville The Q is a better blender than the KitchenAid Diamond for most uses. The Breville is better-built, and it comes with a tamper. It makes a better smoothie, and it's much easier to clean by hand. However, the KitchenAid is better for crushing ice.

Ninja DUO

The Breville The Q is a better blender than the Ninja DUO for most uses. The Breville makes a better smoothie, and it's much easier to clean by hand. It also comes with an ice crush and self-clean modes, which the Ninja lacks. However, the Ninja does a better job crushing ice, and it comes with two additional personal jars.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770

The Breville The Q is a better blender than the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 for most uses. Unlike the Ninja, the Breville can hot blend, so you can use it to make soups and purees from warm ingredients. However, the Ninja is better for crushing ice, and it comes with two additional personal jars and a food processor attachment.

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