First impressions really are important, don’t you think?
At the very first glance, the very first touch, you’ll immediately sense that there’s something special about the Breville Super Q Blender.
Unloading it for the first time from the box, you’ll be impressed, perhaps taken by surprise, with the weighted, sturdy material of the pitcher, with the sleek, minimalist style of the base, and with the thoughtful designs of the additional accessories.
But first impressions aren’t everything – and Breville knows this.
Besides being a beautifully designed appliance, The Super Q Blender is an ultra-powerful machine intended for more than just blending up silky smoothies.
With a motor reaching speeds of up to 186 mph, and a whopping 68-ounce pitcher, this machine can grind spices, mill grains, pulverize nuts into creamy butter, mix up thick doughs and batters, and chop raw veggies, among many other tasks.
And with an on-the-go personal blender cup included with your purchase, you can make and pack your pre-work morning smoothies faster than you can say, “Where are my keys?”
In this review, Foodal will go over all of the essential features of the Breville Super Q, breaking down the details of all of the parts and accessories. Before you purchase your next appliance, get all the info you need right now about this model – this may be the right one for you!
Breaking It Down
Starting with the base, we’ll review each major feature of the Breville Super Q, and how it contributes to making this appliance an essential in any home kitchen.
The Super Q Blender, available from Breville
With the container attached to the base, the dimensions are 8.25 by 10.5 by 18 inches.
The sleek, brushed stainless steel base is a beauty, designed with a powerful motor and easy-to-use control system. Let’s take a closer look at the specifics:
The 1800-watt, 120-volt motor has high velocity power combined with high torque. With this heavy-duty system, the blades can reach speeds up to 186 miles per hour.
Noise Suppression Technology
An often glossed over complaint, the noise from many blenders is… LOUD! Loud enough to wake up sleeping companions, annoy studying roomies, and disturb the otherwise peaceful ambiance of your living space.
The fan and motor technology of this particular model are designed to suppress the noise level significantly, so Breville attests.
While it is a little quieter compared to other brands and models I’ve tested, it’s still loud. It is a high-powered blender, after all. Crushing rock-hard almonds and ice still is noisy. Understandably so.
The base has a simple and straightforward control panel, with an on/off button, pause/cancel button, clean button, timer button, 5 preset settings, and a speed dial. The LCD indicator screen clearly displays the operations.
Five Preset Programs
For anyone who sleepily makes smoothies first thing in the morning, the one-touch programs will be super useful – there’s no need to think, and no need to be fully awake while you’re making your favorite combo of fruit, milk, and yogurt. In addition to the smoothie settings, there are several other preset programs to help you make some blended basics.
The preset programs are self-explanatory – 5 selections that are set with specific times and speeds to produce the results you want, every time.
- Pulse/Ice Crush: Evenly chop foods or crush ice.
- Smoothie: Designed specifically for dairy-based smoothies to combine and aerate ingredients for a smooth, creamy texture.
- Green Smoothie: A higher speed breaks down the tough fibers of whole fruits and vegetables for a smooth beverage.
- Frozen Dessert: A higher speed blends frozen ingredients that can be scooped and served (examples: ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbets).
- Soup: Transforms cold or room temperature ingredients into hot and creamy soups, starting with a high speed and ending with a slow stir to remove any air bubbles.
Manual Speed Control
In addition to the preset programs, you can also manually operate the speed and time with a speed control dial. There are a total of 12 speed settings (13, if you include the pause setting) with increasing speed increments indicated by both visual bars and written speed styles on the LCD indicator screen. These 12 settings offer a helpful guide to produce exactly what you want to make, without any guesswork:
- Pause: 1 bar
- Stir: 2-3 bars
- Mix: 4-5 bars
- Chop: 6-7 bars
- Blend: 8-9 bars
- Puree: 10-11 bars
- Mill: 12-13 bars
There is also a timer that’s set for these manual operations – it can run for a total of 6 minutes for the large jug, or 30 seconds for the personal blending cup before the machine automatically stops.
The pitcher, or jug portion of the Breville Super Q has the blade attached to the bottom of the pitcher and a large handle. It also includes a two-part lid.
The 68-ounce container (that’s 8 1/2 cups!) is made from a BPA-free copolyester material. It is impact resistant, shatter proof, and dishwasher safe. It is designed to withstand extreme use from harder ingredients like ice, frozen fruit, and nuts.
The 4 surgical stainless steel blades are contoured to the base of the jug for maximum cutting power and processing results.
The strong blades are able to breeze through liquid-free recipes like nut butters and heavier mixtures like cookie and pasta doughs (which are all included in the Simply SuperBlending recipe book that comes with the product – more details on that later!).
Lid with Inner Measuring Cup
The lid is also made of the same material as the jug, with the addition of a rubber rim lining the exterior of the lid for ultimate suctioning power. It has finger hole on one corner to help remove the lid from the top.
The middle of the lid is designed with a removable inner measuring cup – the opening is useful to add any additional ingredients while the motor is running, and provides ventilation for steam. The cup itself can hold 2 fluid ounces.
The main container and lid are certainly not the only stars of your purchase. This model comes with a team of helpful accessories.
These aren’t just cheap afterthoughts, readers.
Each accessory is designed thoughtfully – the materials are high quality, and they feel extremely durable. They were made with the intention that you’ll be using these along with the main container on a daily basis.
With a dark gray plastic handle and silicone head, the scraper is a thin spatula designed to push food down from the walls, or for removing ingredients after blending.
Use the scraper by removing the inner cap of the lid and pushing the it through the opening.
The dark gray plastic tamper pushes thick foods down directly towards the blades. It is helpful with making frozen desserts, nut butters, and doughs.
Use the tamper as you do the scraper – remove the inner cap of the lid and push the tamper through the opening.
Personal Blender Cup and Lid
You’ll love this included accessory: a personal blender cup, with a travel lid. Busy bees, rejoice! Made with the same BPA-free copolyester material as the main jug, this 24-ounce cup is impact resistant, shatter proof, and dishwasher safe.
The cup is connected to a separate blade system for use, which then attaches directly to the motor base. Fill the cup with your ingredients before attaching the blade system. Once the blade system is firm and snug, you can then attach it to the motor base to make perfectly portioned smoothies for your next on-the-go meal.
The Reading Materials
The instruction book will be your personal spirit guide as you go on countless of blending adventures – don’t throw it out!
(But if you do toss it away inadvertently in the excitement of unwrapping your new appliance, a digital version is available online as well!)
I guarantee that you will use this manual on multiple occasions to reference the visual guides, component explanations, safety warnings, and helpful tips. Plus, there’s an amazing blending chart guide for various ingredients, troubleshooting tips, and cleaning instructions as well.
If you need a starting point to explore the creative range of foods you can make in your new blender, Breville offers a colorful recipe book called Simply SuperBlending. A shiny new copy is included with your purchase.
Smoothies, dressings, doughs, batters, flours, butters, sauces, soups, ice creams – you can make them all with this versatile high-powered blender, with the help of this recipe book. Each recipe provides clear instructions, and the appropriate controls and speeds to use.
Warranty and Returns
Breville offers a 10-year limited product warranty for this appliance. If you buy it directly from the company website, you may be eligible to return your appliance to Breville within 30 days from receipt of shipment if you run into any issues.
More information on the warranty and the return policy can be found on the company’s website.
Care and Cleaning
Immediately after using your blender, you can use the Clean button to remove most of the ingredients from the container walls and blades.
According to Breville’s instructions, add 4 cups of warm, soapy water to the jug before pressing the button.
Afterwards, you can more thoroughly clean by hand, or place the items in the dishwasher.
The jug, personal cup, personal blade system, tamper, scraper, and all lids can be washed in the dishwasher on a standard wash cycle.
The jug can be placed on the bottom rack of the dishwasher. However, the personal cup, personal blade system, and all of the lids should only be placed on the top rack.
Take note – While Breville makes the claim that the copolyester material of the container stays clear after hundreds of uses and cycles in the dishwasher, the company warns that dry milling harder ingredients (like spices, nuts, sugar, coffee, and whole grains) will cause scratching and clouding inside the container. This will not negatively affect the performance of the container or blender, but is simply an aesthetic setback.
We’ll have to get back to you on the clarity after we’ve used ours a couple hundred times! Shouldn’t take long…
Make Super Recipes with the Super Q
If you’ve read any of our other blender reviews, you know what to look for in a superior machine. Durability, versatility, power, and simplicity are among the top requirements for a quality appliance in this category. The Breville Super Q Blender ticks all of the boxes.
This blender is durable – the strong, heavy materials will be able to withstand countless recipes and trips to the dishwasher.
It’s versatile – there are 12 speed settings, 5 preset buttons, and a separate personal blender accessory. You can make a variety of recipes, all with the same machine.
It’s powerful – the 1800-watt motor can reach a speed of 186 mph. It can pulverize hard nuts and ice, and can mix up thick doughs and batters.
And incredibly important – it is super simple to use!
So, what do you think of this option for your next blender? If you like making single-serving smoothies before a busy day, and love experimenting with from-scratch recipes like ice creams, nut butters, and home-milled spices and flours, this is one of the top appliances to buy!
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About Nikki Cervone
Nikki Cervone is a full-time cheesemonger and specialty foods buyer living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she's not nibbling on her favorite cheeses or testing a batch of cupcakes, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga, wine, hiking, singing in the shower, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.