Sage Spoonfuls Puree and Blend Review
Pros: Quality puree, easy to clean, inexpensive
Cons: Does not cook
Manufacturer: Sage Spoonfuls
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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 baby. 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 the majority 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 baby's first foods, and the leftover remains can be saved for when the 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 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 thanks to the use of glass and stainless steel. 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. This unit is also cooking free, which means 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