Blendtec has earned a lifelong customer in me. I bought a refurbished Blendtec Total Blender Classic model which came with a 7-year warranty…highest in the industry! When my hubby got really serious about wanting to lose weight, we bought a Blendtec for smoothies, but now use it for SO many things! I make baby food, pancake batter, salad dressing, blended hot soups, bean dip, margaritas, whipping cream, smoothies, and chopped nuts. So now you know that I like it, but I’ll explain in this Blendtec Total Blender review the pros and cons of this machine.
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Blendtec Total Blender Classic Model Review
The Blendtec Total Blender Classic is user-friendly. It is made to press a button and walk away, however I keep a hand on the lid as I’m always worried it will pop off somehow.
The base has 6 preset buttons, a pulse button, and speed up or down buttons. It comes with the least expensive jar called FourSide Jar, but I have tried that and ended upgrading to the WildSide jar.
I had the option at checkout to do that with my refurb which has a small 5th side on one corner that makes a HUGE difference on how smooth everything blends and puts less stress on the motor. It sells for around $130 new, or it’s $20 extra when you are purchasing with the base (highly recommend!).
There are many Blendtec models with more bells and whistles, but I can personally applaud the least expensive model, the “Blendtec Total Blender Classic”. Get it refurbished like I did from directly from Blendtec for about $100 less than their non refurbished models.
The Twister or the Wildside Jar
The Twister jar is Blendtec’s newer mini jar that is perfect for small or thick batches, such as nut butters. If you are going for cheap, get a blender with just the Wildside jar.
But, if you plan on doing very small batches or super thick batches, the Twister jar is made for that and blends better without forming air pockets or overworking the motor for thick batches. For small batches, the Wildside jar can just have a hard time engaging the food with the blade. This is annoying say, for blending just one pear for baby food. If you can afford it, both Wildside and Twister jars are worth it.
Speaking of small jars, I’m drooling over the WildSide mini! It is the perfect size for single batch smoothies or salad dressings, similar size to the Twister jar but not made for thick substances like the Twister.
- Base can mix and match with all the Blendtec jars.
- Uniformly blends pretty much anything, even nuts in smoothies.
- Amazing 8 year warranty that they stick behind (7 for refurbished). **Note, I am not sure how the warranty works when purchased from 3rd party sellers. The company states it stands behind the warranty from “approved sellers”, so you may call and ask because that is a huge deal. But, directly from Blendtec you will get the warranty for sure.
- Perfect for making baby food.
- 5 interchangeable jar possibilities. I recommend the “Wildside jar”, a standard beginner jar, which is a huge improvement from their original “4 side jar”. I really noticed the difference between the Wildside and the 4 side jar. Wildside has a wider jar base, with an extra 5th side, and a larger blade, and is more quiet. It hands down blends faster, smoother, with less effort than the 4 side jar.
- the actual blade is not sharp, so, you will never cut your hand if washing in the sink.
- Washing is So easy, Blendtec calls it “self cleaning”. Add a bit of hot water and a squirt of soap. Blend for a few seconds, and wa-la! Dishwasher safe as well.
- BPA free
- 15 inches tall, it fits under any standard counter, unlike most of the popular Vitamix models which stand at 21.5 inches.
- Pretty loud. Scares the babies 🙂 Thankfully I can press a button and walk away, assuming the lid is on ALL the way. Totally buying their quietest model when I can afford someday! But…that model is the most expensive 😉
- Takes a little bit of time to look at the manual and see which setting would work best for what you want to make.
- The rubber seal can go bad on the jar, in which case, Blendtec will send a new one for free.
- The jar can cloud if you use it to make your own flours from grain.
- If you do return it, they do not pay for return shipping.
- Being the highest quality blender in the industry along with Vitamix, it is pricey.
My Blendtec Customer Service rating: 5-star
Within about two months I had a problem with some smoking/rubber smell, and it was unusually loud. I called customer service with my serial number handy, they found the problem (ended up being the rubber seal on the container was smoking, not the motor), and they sent me a new one with no shipping charge.
They also allowed me to upgrade to the “Wildside” jar for $20, which I should have just done when I bought it because its waaaay better than the FourSide jar. (If I had to buy the WildSide jar separately new it would be $129.95, so this was MUCH appreciated).
I did not have to send mine back, which most companies would make you do and pay for. If it was a motor problem however, their website states you have to send it in.
A few things to be aware of:
- Do not overfill, or your machine will work too hard and have problems.
- If you have not used it in a few days or more, twist the metal piece in the bottom of the container that sits in the motor a few times. Blendtec has this cool thing called a self-lubricating seal which somehow magically keeps it working smoothly when it spins or the machine is used.
- Always add liquids first, then solids, then frozen solids for easiest blending.
- Occasionally with thick things/lots of frozen items an air cavity may form around the blade, forcing you to turn off the machine and move the contents to the blade. This is most common with thick, small, or frozen items, and the Twister jar was invented for this very problem.
Recipe from my picture above!
Spinach: Large handful(around 1 cup)
Grapes: One handful(15-20)
Strawberries: 5 or 6
Flax seed: 1 Tbsp
Ice cubes: 6 or 7
water or juice: 1/2 cup
Serves: about 25 oz blended
I’d love to know any questions you have or your favorite blender recipe! Leave a comment below.