Sage Spoonfuls Puree and Blend Review
Pros: Quality puree, easy to clean, inexpensive
Cons: Does not cook
Manufacturer: Sage Spoonfuls
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|Pros||Quality puree, easy to clean, inexpensive||Easy to use, excellent purees, large batches, easy to clean||Bowl scraper accessory, large quantity||Minimal, small in size, compact, lid included, easy to clean, inexpensive, portable||Portable, fairly easy to clean, low-cost, free from BPA and PVC|
|Cons||Does not cook||No cooking feature, not portable, takes up space||Bowl scraper accessory scratches bowl, plastic doesn't feel high quality, larger footprint on countertop||Below-average puree quality, small amounts, requires effort, lid may pop-off, staining||Does not grind all foods, blade is dull, liquid can leak, and grinds small quantities of food|
|Bottom Line||Simple, inexpensive, and versatile, this unit makes baby food in a snap||A top-notch blender that consistently creates smooth purees and offers enough capacity to produce large batches of baby food but takes up kitchen counter real estate||A food processor with smooth purees, but the bowl scraper leaves scratches on the plastic bowl||A travel-friendly, manual food maker that mashes, but does not puree like machines||A no-frills baby food maker that is good for those seeking portability at a low-cost|
|Rating Categories||Puree and Blend||NutriBullet Blender||Hamilton Beach...||OXO Tot Food Masher||Fresh Baby Food Mill|
|Puree Quality (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Health Safety (20%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (15%)|
|Specs||Puree and Blend||NutriBullet Blender||Hamilton Beach...||OXO Tot Food Masher||Fresh Baby Food Mill|
|Capacity||Not Listed for Food Processor, N/A for Immersion Blender||8 cups||10 cups
Manual states: 2 to 3 cup max for fruits and vegetables, .7 lb for meats
|Not Listed||1 Cup|
|Settings||Blend, Puree||Blend, Puree||Chop, Blend, Puree, Slice||Blend, Mash||Blend, Puree|
|Included Accessories||HomeMade Essentials Package Available with 1 Recipe Book, 6 Glass 4oz Storage Jars, 60 Labels, Immersion Blender with Food Processor Attachment and Pocket Guide||Tamper, Recipe Booklet||Reversible Slicing/Shredding Disc||Lid||None|
|Available Accessories||Sage Baby Eco Steamer, Sage Spoonfuls - Simple Recipes, Healthy Meals, Happy Babies; Sage Spoonfuls Pocket Guide, Assorted Storage Jars, Pouches, Snackie and Munchie Bag Sets||Yes||Crinkle Cut/Fine Shred Disc||None||None|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Sage Spoonfuls was founded by a mom of four, Liza Huber. Liza was inspired to create Sage Spoonfuls so parents could have a convenient way to provide healthy food for their babies. Sage Spoonfuls helps provide nutritional fresh foods on a daily basis.
The Sage Spoonfuls earned one of the highest scores in the puree quality metric. Puree quality includes consistent and smooth food blends without large chunks that could cause problems for younger babies.
The Sage Spoonfuls creates smooth purees with minimal effort for most of the foods we tested.
The Sage comes with two different blades that help ensure that foods of all types can be blended with ease. It may take a quick glance at the manual to determine which blade to use, but using the right blade helps ensure a nice puree.
The Sage has some difficulty with roughage like kale and spinach, but most of the food makers we tested struggled to make nice purees of these food items. It also struggles with chunky peaches and skins on peas and blueberries.
Despite those challenges, it did puree some chicken, where other competitors in the review only shredded it. Plus, the consistency for most foods is smooth enough for a baby's first foods, and with the leftover remains, you can save for when your baby has been managing smooth purees with ease.
Ease of Use
When looking at ease of use, the Sage Spoonfuls earned one of the highest scores. For this metric, we consider how intuitive a product is to use out of the box without the manual and whether or not it takes a significant amount of prep work or time to create food for your baby.
This product is very easy to use with minimal settings and no cooking options. This blender has two settings for puree speed and can be used right out of the box without the manual indicating a very intuitive interface.
While the Sage comes with several parts, very few are needed for each batch creation. Food is prepared quickly, but the motor on the blender shouldn't be used for longer than 15-30 seconds continuously without a break. We do wish the puree time was longer, and we aren't a fan of counting while blending, but in general, it isn't hard to do, and it gets the job done. Parents can choose between the dedicated immersion blender or the food processor bowl.
Health and Safety
The Sage Spoonfuls earned a near-perfect score in this metric. For health and safety, we considered concerns over plastic and parts that were hard to see or clean that might harbor mold, bacteria, or rust. We also considered moving blades and potential burns.
The Sage is BPA, Phthalate, Lead, and PVC free, and we did not experience any non-food taste when using this product, even during the first use. The health factor goes up from there as it does not have a steam tank for mold, rust, and bacteria to grow. With no nooks or crannies for yuck to hide, this unit should remain a healthy option. Since this unit does not cook food, there are no concerns over burns related to steam escape or transferring cooked food to a blending container.
Ease of Cleaning
The Sage earned a top score for ease of cleaning. This metric considers the number of parts and time required for proper cleaning.
The Sage has some dishwasher-safe parts, plus some handwash-only components. We think it is better and just as easy to hand wash all of the components, but if you are in a hurry, the food processor bowl and blade can be tucked into the dishwasher, while the immersion blending rod and food processor top will need hand washing. The manual doesn't indicate any regular or long-term maintenance cleaning for this product, unlike the steam products that require regular descaling and tank cleaning.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz