Sage Coffee Grinder
Sage Smart Grinder Pro Review
Sage Dose Control Pro Review

Sage Smart Grinder Pro

Sage Dose Control Pro

Are you thinking of buying a Sage Coffee Grinder? The Sage Smart Grinder Pro and the Dose Control Pro are the two Sage coffee grinders on the market. Read below our sage smart grinder pro review and our Sage Dose control review. We look at the two and make our recommendation. We also ask, is buying Sage worth it?

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Sage, who are they?

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Why I bought a Sage Grinder

Sage Coffee Grinder: a bit of background info

Sage is part of the Australian Breville Group and these grinders form part of a larger suite of kitchen products. I’m guessing Breville wasn’t a cool enough brand which is why Sage was created. Sage say they ‘Listen, Obsess, Innovate, Test, Refine, Design’ to produce ‘award winning kitchen appliances’. If you’re interested to know more check out the Sage website.   

Sage coffee machines are also endorsed (for a hefty fee undoubtedly!) by top chef Heston Blumenthal which means put all together it means is that any Sage coffee grinder is a pricey bit of kit. 

So, is what they say true and is it worth paying a premium price for a Sage coffee grinder?

A Comparison: The Sage Smart Grinder Pro and the Sage Dose Control Pro

Sage offer two stand-alone coffee grinders; the Smart Grinder Pro and the Dose Control Pro with the tag lines for both being ‘grind intelligently with Dosing IQ technology’ and ‘adjust in 1 second increments for control of your grind’ respectively. 

How do they compare? It can be difficult to see what the differences are so below I have put together a table with the key features for easy comparison.

Features

Dose Control Pro

Smart Grinder Pro

Review comments

Grind Settings (fine to coarse)

60

60

The range is good and in particular a good expresso grind can be produced. 

Dose Control

The length of the grind can be set in 1 second increments

The length of the grind can be set in 0.2 second increments. There are also two pre-set options for a 1 cup or 2 cup grind. 

The pre-set option on the Smart Grinder Pro is a bit pointless to me. The ability to control in 0.2 second increments is really useful though. 

Colour options

Silver

Brushed stainless steal or black truffle. 

Burr

Stainless steel conical

Stainless steel conical

I believe the mechanisms in both are identical. For more information see our short guide to burrs in our Coffee Grinders Guide

Dimensions (w/d/h)

20 x 25 x42 cm

15.2 x 21.6 x 39.2 cm

Hopper capacity

340g

450g

It’s useful to have the extra capacity. Both come with airtight hopper lid. 

Portafilter

50-54mm and 58mm

50-54mm and 58mm

R.R.P

£159.95

£199.95

The RRP is higher than you can get elsewhere. I found the cheapest to be Amazon, typically 10%-20% cheaper. 

Sage Smart Grinder Pro Review

I think you can see from the above table that basically the sage smart grinder pro is the better of the two machines. Essentially whatever the Sage Dose control pro can do the smart grinder pro can do better. Nonetheless I can see why some people may prefer the look of the smart grinder pro.

So, is the Smart Grinder worth the extra £40? Well for your money you essentially get extra control over the amount grind and a bigger hopper for your beans. I have seen nothing to suggest that the burrs or any other essential part of the grinders are any different. 

For me, I felt that getting the right amount of coffee into the portafilter was really important so paying an extra £40 to get much finer control over the dose quantity was worth it. I really do use the 0.2 second increments to get the right amount of coffee. Based on 3 coffees a day in my house this equates to an extra 1p a cup over 4 years – a bargain.

Sage Dose Control Pro Review

If you’ve jumped to this section, I need to come clean. I spent a long-time debating whether to buy the Dose Control Pro or the Smart Grinder and decided on the later. 

The fundamental reason is that everything the dose control can do the smart grinder can do too, if not better (see comparison table above). If you’re looking to save a few quid, then the dose control remains an excellent machine as many of the component parts are the same in both grinders.

Is buying Sage worth it?
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Why I bought a Sage Coffee Grinder!

The big question is of course are these grinders worth the money? Of all the home coffee grinders you can buy they are one of the most expensive on the market. If you want to know more about coffee grinders in general and what to look for when buying try reading our Guide to Coffee Grinders

Being honest, I do think they are marginally overpriced but despite this I still went and bought one! I thought I would share my reasons, some rational and others not.

  1. It costs very little over the life of the machine.
  2. I just like to have the best (or what’s perceived as the best).
  3. They look cool, especially the LED display.
  4. I love that the coffee grinds straight into the portafilter.
  5. Replacement parts, these are easy to get if you need them.
  6. Amazon reviews are amazing.
  7. I like the brand.