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Breville The Q Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Nov 11, 2020 at 09:14 am
Breville The Q Picture
9.3
Multi-Purpose
9.1
Smoothies (Single Serving)
9.6
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
9.6
Ice Crushing
9.6
Soups
9.2
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1,800 W
Hot Blending
Yes

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

9.3 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.
9.1 Smoothies (Single Serving)

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.
9.6 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
9.6 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.
9.6 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.
9.2 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.
  • 9.3 Multi-Purpose
  • 9.1 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 9.6 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 9.6 Ice Crushing
  • 9.6 Soups
  • 9.2 Professional Use
  1. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Feb 16, 2022: Retested 'Power Cord'. The length was updated from 1.7 m to 1.2 m.
  3. Updated Nov 11, 2020: Review published.
  4. Updated Nov 09, 2020: Early access published.

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.

9.5
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
68.0 oz (2,011 ml)
Additional Jar Capacity
N/A
Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
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
Two-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
3.9 ft (1.2 m)

Update 02/16/2022: The length of the power cord was originally recorded as 1.7 meters, but it was recently re-measured, and its actual length is 1.2 meters. The results have been updated with the correct value.

The power cord should be long enough to reach an outlet near your counter. 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
9.7
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
8.5
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
10

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.

9.9
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
9.5
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
10

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

9.9
Performance
Crushed Ice
Crushed Ice Preparation
9.5
Crushed Ice Texture
10

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 or the Blendtec Chef 600.

9.3
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
9.0
Nut Butter Texture
9.5

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.

7.3
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
92.2 dB
Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
4,000 RPM
Max Speed
20,000 RPM
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

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.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Controls And Programs
On/Off Switch
Yes
Speed Presets
5
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Programs
5
Blending Time Indicator
Yes
Programmable Timer
No

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.

8.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

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.

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 Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a bit better than the Breville The Q. It has a better build quality, offers a wider range of speed settings, and does a better job of processing small batches of fibrous ingredients, so it's more suitable for recipes like single-serve smoothies. On the other hand, the Βreville has a bigger capacity and is easier to clean by hand. Some may prefer it because it's much quieter when it's running and has automatic blending programs. 

Vitamix A3500

The Vitamix A3500 is better for most purposes than the Breville The Q. The Vitamix makes better-blended, more spreadable almond butter and snow-like crushed ice. It has a significantly better build quality and can be used to blend hot ingredients. On the other hand, the Breville is much easier to clean by hand.

Breville the Fresh & Furious

The Breville The Q is better than the Breville the Fresh & Furious. The Q is better built and has better performance when making almond butter, smoothies, and crushed ice. It can warm up cold ingredients and comes with a tamper for pushing ingredients towards the blades. Ηowever, the Fresh & Furious is quite a bit lighter and more compact, which some may prefer.

Vitamix 5200

The Vitamix 5200 is better than the Breville The Q. The Vitamix has a significantly better build quality and makes more spreadable almond butter as well as crushed ice with a better texture. It's also equipped with a speed dial that offers a bigger range of speed settings. However, the Breville has buttons for a few preset modes, including a dedicated pulse mode, which some may prefer. 

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.

Vitamix Explorian E520

The Vitamix Explorian E520 is slightly better than the Breville The Q. The Vitamix is better-built and has a speed dial that gives you more control over the blending speed. It's somewhat better for making nut butter. However, the Breville has the edge when it comes to ice-crushing. It's also much quieter when it's running and easier to clean by hand.

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.

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 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.

Blendtec Chef 600

The Breville The Q is better for most purposes than the Βlendtec Chef 600. The Βreville is much sturdier and does a much better job making smoothies and almond butter. The jar is dishwasher-safe and has a larger blending capacity as well. Ηowever, the Βlendtec is much better for crushing ice. It's also more compact and lighter.

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