New year, new you, and new blender or new juicer? Why choose when you can have the best of both? That’s what Sage claims its new 3X Bluicer Pro can give you.
It comes with both blending jug and juicer attachments, so you can make juices or smoothies by simply switching accessories.
You can also juice straight into the blending jug, opening up the possibility of making smoothies with fresh juice in them – handy for veg that don’t lend themselves well to smoothies, such as carrots, celery and beetroot.
And if you fancy yourself as a cocktail maker, Sage is keen to show you can make a range of frozen cocktails too.
But £370 is a big investment, especially when we’ve found Best Buy blenders and juicers for less than £50.
We’ve tried out the Bluicer at home to bring you our first impressions. Read our full Sage The 3X Bluicer Pro review to find out whether it’s worth splashing out on.
Sage 3X Bluicer Pro vs other juicers
We’ve seen some blenders with ‘juicing’ attachments before – essentially a mesh sieve that fits into the jug to separate the juice – but this is the real deal.
A juicer attachment fits onto the motor base instead of the blender jug and extracts juice – either directly into a glass or into the blending jug.
It’s a centrifugal, or ‘fast’, juicer. This means it shreds fruit and veg with high-speed spinning blades and uses centrifugal force to separate the juice from the pulp, flinging it through a very fine mesh.
This is different to a masticating, or ‘slow’ juicer, which crushes the fruit and veg slowly through a fine mesh to release the juice.
How it compares on features and spec
At £370, it’s a lot pricier than most centrifugal juicers, some of which you can get for as little as £30. It’s also big, even compare with other juicers.
Features-wise, it’s got the sort of extras you’d expect to see at this price, including an extra-wide 8.8cm feed chute, which means most fruit and veg can go in whole without the need for pre-chopping.
It also has 10 speed settings, compared with the usual two or three on rival juicers. It comes with a handy guide on which speed setting to use when juicing various fruits and vegetables to get the best results.
Sage also claims the Bluicer has ‘cold spin technology’ that prevents any temperature increase while juicing, and, it says, helps to preserve nutrients.
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Sage 3X Bluicer Pro vs other blenders
A 1,350W motor powers the 1.5 litre blender jug. That makes it as powerful as similarly-priced ‘power’ blenders from Blendtec, Philips, Tefal and Vitamix.
Four auto programs should take the guesswork out of blending a range of recipes, too. There are programs for ice crushing, dairy smoothies, green smoothies and frozen cocktails.
It also has an auto-clean function that will blend and pulse warm soapy water to make cleaning as simple as a quick rinse.
You can also get hold of a free ‘Vac Q’ vacuum blending accessory if you buy the Bluicer. This attaches to the lid of the jug and sucks out the air, so you can vacuum-blend smoothies. Sage claims it gives a smoother, bubble-free drink.
We tested the first vacuum blender against a regular blender when it first came out, and found that results were smoother. See our tryout of the Philips vacuum blender for more.
Not sure which you need? Read our blender, juicer or smoothie maker choosing guide, which has a handy quiz to help you decide
What can you make with a Bluicer?
Having a 2-in-1 blender and juicer could open up a wide range of recipe options.
Handily, you can combine the best of each to make the ultimate drink.
For example you can juice up some hard-to-blend veg, and add them to a smoothie to get more fibre – and include any dairy, nuts or other blender-friendly ingredients in the mix.
You could also use the freshly made juice, plus ice cubes crushed in the blender, to make icy drinks in summer – or frozen cocktails whenever the urge takes you.
However, it’s worth remembering that juice or a smoothie can only count as one of your five a day, and neither drink is as good for you as eating whole fruit and veg.
For more inspiration, check our guide to smoothie, protein shake and cocktail recipes.
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Cheap alternative blenders and juicers
Not keen to spend this much on one gadget? If you’ve got the space for two smaller ones, we’ve recently tested a range of cheaper blenders and juicers.
Click on the reviews to discover which ones we recommend.
- Lakeland Personal Blender and Smoothie Maker 61780, £40
- Russell Hobbs Easy Prep Jug Blender 22990, £44
- Tefal Blendforce Blender BL420840, £35