Blendtec Designer Series

Blendtec Blender Review

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Review Overview

Value for Money
Performance
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Blends Everything Smoothly?
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Summary : Recommended over the Vitamix. This is an awesome blender that is great for everything from green smoothies to soups, nut milks, salsas/sauces, and so much more. Has a "futuristic" design and pre-programmed buttons so you can press and walk away letting the blender do the work.

User Rating: 3.7 ( 28 votes)
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**Blendtec Promo**

Blendtec is currently doing a promo where you will get over $100 off their refurbished Total Blender Classic with the WildSide Jar. This means you will only pay $279.95 instead of the normal $384.95. They will also ship it to you for free.

So if you have been on the fence about purchasing a new Blendtec and the price has been a factor, now is the time to buy one. They literally never lower the price this much and I’m not sure how long it will last or if they will offer this again.

Click Here to be taken to their site where you can take advantage of the promotion (make sure you use this link to get free shipping).


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Blendtec recently launched their new Designer Series Wildside blender and I must say, I am very excited about this new model. Today I will be writing my Blendtec review on this new Designer Series model which in my opinion is their best blender to-date. It replaces the old Total Blender by adding a very cool new design and some new features, but keeps all of the specs that we have grown to love from Blendtec such as the extremely powerful motor and various blending cycles. So let’s get started!

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Features of the Blendtec Designer Series Blender

  • Powerful 1560 watt, 3 peak horsepower motor.
  • Futuristic-looking touchscreen interface with 6 pre-programmed buttons, and a touch-slider that allows you to manually adjust the speed.
  • Wet and dry blending capabilities, and both can be done in the same jar.
  • BPA-Free Wildside square jar made of Triton polyester that helps to push the ingredients into the blades for constant blending action.
  • Patented two-prong stainless steel wingtip blades.
  • 7 year warranty that covers everything from the motor to the blades and jar.
  • Great for making green smoothies, crushing ice, and making tons of other recipes like soups, salsas, sauces, nut milks, nut butters, and much more.

What All Comes in Your Blendtec Designer Series Package?

  • Designer series motor base in your choice of several colors.
  • 88 oz. Wildside jar (BPA-Free).
  • Vented lid.
  • Awesome recipe book with over 200 different recipes in it.
  • Owner’s manual showing you how to best use your new Blendtec.
  • Registration card to register for your 7-year warranty.

The Motor Base

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The base of the Blendtec Designer Series is probably the coolest thing I have ever seen on a blender. A reviewer in one of the Amazon reviews said that it’s like the iPhone of blenders, and I think that’s a very accurate way to describe it. The whole interface is a touch-screen which not only looks awesome, but is very simple to operate.

First, you have 6 pre-programmed buttons that allow you to choose what you’re making, press the appropriate button, and walk away letting the blender do all the work. It will automatically speed up and slow down to the speeds required to blend your ingredients to the perfect consistency. Then when the cycle completes, it will automatically shut off. The big number in the middle tells you how much time is left on the blending cycle.

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For those who like more manual control, there’s a touch-slider that allows you to just slide your finger across the screen to adjust the speed.

The motor itself is a 1560 watt, 3-peak horsepower motor that has tremendous blending power, as I’m sure you can imagine. There’s really no ingredients that this Blendtec won’t be able to handle. To handle such power, the Designer Series also has a revolutionary air-flow system that helps to keep the motor cool. A cooler motor means it will last much longer and you never have to worry about it burning out on you.

Color Options

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You have 4 color options with the Blendtec Designer Series. They all look really nice in any kitchen:

  • Black
  • Red
  • Cream
  • Silver (NEW, see below)

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Containers and Lid

Blendtec Wildside Jar

The Designer Series comes with an 88 oz., BPA-Free, Wildside Jar that is made of Triton polyester. The size of this jar is a nice improvement over their old FourSide jar which is only 64 oz. The Wildside Jar also adds a fifth side which creates an even better blending vortex, further helping the ingredients to be pushed down into the blades more continuously. This design is why you don’t have to use a tamper with the Blendtec, like you do with the Vitamix.

Even with the bigger size jar, it’s still short enough to where you can fit the entire blender underneath your cabinets. The increased capacity doesn’t add much more “bulk” to the overall size which I really like. It’s also still very lightweight too.

Along the side of the jar, there are measurements that go all the way to 36 oz. so you can easily measure your ingredients right in the jar without having to use a separate measuring cup. It shows measurements for both ounces and cups.

The handle is an ergonomic design that is comfortable to hold in your hand and allows 3-way pouring out of any corner of the jar.

The lid is a really cool design as well. There’s a plug in the center that serves 2 functions: You can remove it while blending to add more ingredients without having to take the whole lid off, and it also functions as a vent for when you’re processing hot liquids like soup.

You also have the option to add the new Twister Jar which is very useful for blending thicker ingredients. It allows you to easily scrape the ingredients off the side of the blender and push them right back into the blades, all by turning the handle on the top. You never even have to turn the blender off. Here’s the Twister Jar below:

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The Blades

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The blade in the Blendtec Wildside Jar is made of cold-forged stainless steel. It’s a “wing-tip” blade which is much different than most blades you see on other blenders. With the new jar, they have increased the size of the blade to 4 inches. In the previous FourSide jar, it was only 3 inches. The increased size equates to even more blending power in this jar.

One of the big differences between the blade in the Blendtec and the blades in the Vitamix, is with the Blendtec you don’t need 2 separate containers for different types of blending which is a really nice benefit. In the Vitamix, they make a “dry blade” and a “wet blade” depending on what you’re blending. With the Blendtec though, you can make everything in the same jar (although to be fair, Blendtec’s Twister Jar does make blending thicker ingredients a bit easier than if you tried to make them in the Wildside Jar, so you may find yourself buying 2 containers with either blender anyway).

Size

Here are the size specs for the Blendtec Designer Series with the jar attached:

  • 7 inches wide.
  • 15 inches tall – The jar is 9.5 inches in height, so the base is only about 5.5 inches tall.
  • 9.5 inches deep.
  • Weighs only 8 pounds.

In my opinion, Blendtec did a great job at taking a very high powered blender and giving it an 88 oz. jar, while still keeping it lightweight and short enough to fit under your cabinets. That is one of the things you will hear people point out when talking about the Vitamix VS the Blendtec, is that the Vitamix is a little more bulky and with their standard 64 oz. container, you won’t be able to fit it under most cabinets because the whole machine will just be too tall. To me it’s not an issue as I use a Vitamix too, but if you are interested in being able to store your blender under cabinets, it’s something to keep in mind.

Recipe Book

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Every Blendtec purchase comes with a recipe book to help you get started with your new machine. The book features over 230 different recipes for all sorts of items. Here is some of what you can make in your new Blendtec with the help of this recipe book:

  • Fruit smoothies and green smoothies
  • Nut milks
  • Nut butters
  • Soups (you can even cook your soup right in the Blendtec – just let it run for a few minutes and it will start to heat it up for you.)
  • Salsas
  • Sauces
  • Baby food
  • Frozen drinks
  • Desserts
  • Bread dough
  • And more

Warranty

Every Blendtec comes with a full 7-year warranty on the whole machine. This covers everything from the jar to the blades and the motor. 7 years is a long time and if a company is willing to guarantee their product for at least that long, to me that shows it was built to last.

Noise

There is no getting away from the fact that with a blender this powerful, it is also going to be a little louder than your standard blenders are. Blendtec has improved the noise level on their machines over the years, but it’s still going to be loud when you have it at full speed.

It’s not something that is going to hurt your ears or anything while using it, but you may just want to keep the noise level in mind if people are sleeping or trying to watch TV in the room next to you. If you’re downstairs in the kitchen though and people are upstairs, the noise probably won’t disturb them much.

How Smooth Does it Really Blend Your Ingredients?

When people say that the Blendtec makes your ingredients extremely smooth, they aren’t lying. I’ve honestly never experienced anything like it with any other standard blender I have used.

The best part to me is that the Blendtec makes it really easy to incorporate more greens into your diet by making green smoothies. With regular blenders, they leave chunks of greens in the smoothies and it’s kinda gross to try and choke them down. You won’t have that problem with the Blendtec though. Except for the fact that the color of the smoothies will be different, you won’t even know you’re drinking spinach or kale or whatever other greens you want to blend up.

I wasted so much time and money trying out cheaper blenders before finally giving in and spending the money on a Blendtec Designer Series. In hindsight, I should have bought the Blendtec from the beginning.

What is the Blendtec Unable to Make?

There is one thing that the Blendtec advertises itself as, but that it’s not built for and that’s juicing. Juicing and blending are 2 completely different things, and as such they require 2 completely different machines. You will never be able to make smoothies in a juicer just like you can’t use a blender for juicing.

Juicing extracts JUST the juice from the fruits and vegetables and discards all of the fiber and pulp. Blending on the other hand pulverizes the entire fruit or vegetable so you’re still getting the fiber. They each have their own benefits and uses. I personally do both. I usually do 1 juice per day using my Omega J8006 juicer and then I do 1-2 smoothies per day using either my Blendtec or Vitamix (don’t ask why I own both, I guess I’m just a little obsessive lol and I love both blenders).

So yeah, if you want to juice, then I would definitely recommend getting a juicer in addition to your Blendtec.

Clean Up

Cleaning is really simple with the Designer Series and only takes a minute or two. When you’re done using the blender, just add a few drops of dish soap and some hot water, run it on high for about 30 seconds, then rinse it out and you’re done. With stickier ingredients like nut butters for example, you may need to hand wash it still, but in most cases, it will clean itself.

Where to Buy

While you can purchase this blender from several places, I would strongly suggest buying it from the official Blendtec website (remember to use that link to get Free Shipping). When it comes to a purchase like this, I would prefer not to go through any 3rd parties and just go straight to the source. That way you know you’re getting the highest quality product along with the 7 year warranty.

Advantages and Disadvantages

As you can hopefully see, there are many advantages to using a Blendtec Blender. Here are a few of my favorite features of this device:

Pros

  • The Blendtec Blender has unbelievable power. Thanks to the 3 HP motor, patented Wildside jar, and the two-pronged blade, it can pulverize anything from nuts to ice and everything in between, which means I can make sauces, dips, soups, smoothies, desserts and frozen drinks with ease.
  • This blender is incredibly sturdy and comes with a nice 7-year warranty to back it up.
  • Very cool looking design and the pre-programmed buttons allow you to set and forget while you work on something else.
  • Blends at an unbelievably fast rate, so I can enjoy my blended concoctions in no time.
  • Everything comes out really smooth so you aren’t left with chunks in your smoothies.
  • Allows for healthier eating. There are so many more recipes you can make with a high powered blender like this one that you could never make with most other blenders.
  • It is very easy to clean. Just throw some warm water and dish-soap into the jar when you’re done, run the blender for about 30 seconds, and rinse.

While there are only a few cons and none of them should make you not want to purchase this awesome machine, I feel like they should still be mentioned:

Cons

  • It’s pretty noisy. As you can imagine, with such a powerful motor, this blender makes a good deal of noise. However, the noise factor is well worth the blending power.
  • As you probably already know, it is a bit costly. Depending on the model you purchase, you can expect to spend at least $400. It’s definitely worth the cost, but it’s still a nice chunk of change nonetheless.

Wrapping Up This Blendtec Review

The Blendtec Designer Series Blender is in my opinion one of the best blenders on the market. Thanks to this blender, not only can I make the best green smoothies I have ever had, but I can also make a variety of other foods including hot soups, hummus, nut milks, my own bread dough, and so much more. It truly makes healthy eating a whole lot easier, especially for you busy moms and dads out there. While the price may seem a bit high at first, trust me when I say it’s well worth it – you will get so much use out of this thing. Plus with the 7-year warranty, this blender is built to last.


32 comments

  1. Having had a couple of Blenders die after a very short time, reading about the great blending power and the way the motor is kept cool is really useful. Confirmed my decision to get one!

    • I know the feeling Sam. I burned out a handful of blenders in a very short time myself when I should have just went with one of these from the beginning. It would have saved a lot of time and frustration. You won’t be disappointed though, it’s a great purchase.

  2. Loved this review of the Blendtec Blender. I have been looking to purchase a new blender that doesn’t cost the earth and at the same time I wont have to throw away after a few months. Great info with everything that I needed to know.

    • Yeah you definitely won’t have to throw your Blendtec away after a few months. This thing will last many, many years. That’s why even though it’s more expensive than a standard blender, in the end it’s worth it because you will be able to keep it for so long. Not to mention all the awesome recipes you can make with the Blendtec that you can’t make with other blenders.

  3. Thank you for a very detailed and honest product review! I am looking into buying this model, so your review has helped me greaty making that final decision. I really loved your clear layout, your detailed opinions and the pros/cons you list. The summary helped me get a really clear picture on all the important points.

  4. This is a very helpful review. I’ve been looking for a new blender and definitely think I’m going to go with one of these now! I love all the different recipes you can make with it and that it’s good for green smoothies too.

  5. I love the color options on the blender and the design and functions definitely look like the best I’ve seen out there. I know you say that juicing is a separate function although I’ve seen other blenders that have juicer attachments. Any plans to make a juicing attachment in the future? For now I guess I’ll buy a separate juicer as you recommend.

    • Hey Sarah,

      The thing about juicing is it’s not really a matter of making a separate attachment for it. In order to “juice” something properly, the machine needs to have the ability to crush the ingredients to a point where it literally squeezes the juice apart from all of the fiber, skin, and pulp and you’re left with just the juice. With a blender, you’re simply liquefying the whole fruit or vegetable, including the skins, fiber, and pulp.

      They both have their place in the diet in my opinion. With juices, you’re getting a much higher concentration of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. And since there’s no fiber or pulp, your body can absorb it much easier. However, as we all know, we do need fiber in our diet too, which is why it’s a good idea to include smoothies that pulverize the whole food into a liquid so we can still get the fiber and skins along with the vitamins and antioxidants.

      When blenders advertise they have juicing attachments or that they are juicers, they aren’t necessarily lying, but it’s more of a marketing ploy in my opinion. Until there’s a machine that can somehow blend AND juice the way juicing is meant to be done, we will have to just stick to using 2 separate machines.

  6. The Blendtec is a great blender for making my morning smoothies. It is also a much better value than many of the other high end blenders I see out there. Definitely a must for wedding registries or gifts for my friends.

  7. Just came to post that this review swayed my opinion, and I went out and bought one. The quality is second to none, and I cant see even my ham-handedness breaking this one :)

  8. This Blendtec Blender is one of the – if not, THE most sophisticated blenders I’ve ever come across. It has a lot of these features that are seemingly-simple yet lacking from most of the blenders out in the general market.

    I love the cleaning aspect the most. This was one of those things that discouraged me from using my current blender more as it’s such a pain to clean. Thanks for the awesome review.

  9. Thank you so much for writing this. I did not know there were so many factors involved in blenders. This was very informative and aided in my decision on what blender to purchase.

  10. Excellent review with a lot of very good information. Based on this review I would not hesitate to purchase this blender.

  11. Thanks for a really nice, comprehensive review. I’m always on the lookout for great blenders because I love to cook and need a powerful one especially for making marinades and soups with a very smooth consistency. Lately I’m thinking of buying a new blender and, though I want to, I always end up deciding not to buy a Vitamix because it is just too expensive. Great to know that this product is just as good but costs a lot less.

    • Hey Elle,

      Actually, if you’re looking for something more cost efficient, I would recommend one of the refurbished Vitamixes. They end up being cheaper than any of the Blendtecs. For example, you can get a refurbished Vitamix 5200 for about $329 right now. The reconditioned Blendtecs run somewhere around $385 at this time.

      Hope that helps!

  12. Excellent review. Definitely going to sway my opinion when it comes time to change my blender. Thank you.

  13. Thanks for the post. I guess there’s no way to have a noiseless AND powerful blender.

  14. The base of this blender is the coolest I’ve ever seen. I’m definitely buying it!

  15. Prasaad Agbotakou-Bush

    I’m really interested in buying this blender not only because it looks fancy, but because it is highly developed in technology. It’s good that people are inventing high-tech products these days in the 21st century that way it’ll make our lives a lot easier, and at times even safer. But this product is very useful since I’m a COOKAHOLIC!!!!

  16. I’m really looking forward to buying this blender. Thanks for writing such an in-depth review.

  17. What an in depth review. I’ve been look at buying a blender for awhile, but this article has made me decide on the Blendtec Designer Series. I love the comparison to the iPhone. The touch-screen interface looks amazing.

  18. Your review was very in depth. This is a great blender. My mom owns it and she talks about it every time I call her.

  19. Quality in depth review. After a few times reading this i have decided to go ahead and purchase one. What i am really looking forward to is the functions it offers, i love making soups and also every morning i love a smoothie. Look forward to this arriving shortly.

  20. I love all the features of this blender, and would love to own it. I make a lot of smoothies for the kids and this would make that so much faster.

  21. This looks like a great blender, and I can’t wait to get one in my kitchen, it’s stylish and sounds so much better than my old one being able to concentrate on other tasks (and ending up with a smooth mixture) whilst my blender takes care of all the work sounds great. The user interface looks very easy to use and will be convenient can’t wait.Thanks for writing this review I have looked at a couple of blenders but this was the best by far.

  22. I Love the color Red.The color selection is so cool.Have to show this to my husband he might get me for Christmas.It’s always good to have a spare one in case I burn the other.

  23. Thanks for the “Pros and Cons” section of your review! I’ve looking for a blender for awhile since I’ve been thinking of eating raw. To do so, I do need a powerful blender and this one looks like a perfect fit!

  24. Great article. You really cover all the details thoroughly. I’m in the market for a new blender and this one sounds really impressive. I’ll be giving it extra through because of your review.

  25. I have used this product and it works great for me I would recommend this too anyone !

  26. This is probably the best blender I’ve ever used. It’s a pleasure having such a product in your kitchen, it makes my cooking experience much more productive and enjoyable.

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