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Blendtec Total Blender Review

Let me start this by saying Blendtec has earned a lifelong customer in me.  I bought a refurbished model which came with a 7-year warranty…highest in the industry! When my hubby got really serious about wanting to lose 50lbs, 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 Review

The Blendtec Total Blender Classic is user-friendly.  It is made to press a button and walk away (cause it will scare the babies if you hold them near the counter 😉  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 blendtec.com for about $100 less than their non refurbished models.

Twister jar with two lids. One for small smoothie batches, one for thick mixing.

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.

Pros:

  1. Powerful.
  2. Base can mix and match with all the Blendtec jars.
  3. Uniformly blends pretty much anything, even nuts in smoothies.
  4. 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.
  5. Perfect for making baby food.
  6. 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.
  7. the actual blade is not sharp, so, you will never cut your hand if washing in the sink.
  8. 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.
  9. BPA free
  10. 15 inches tall, it fits under any standard counter, unlike most of the popular Vitamix models which stand at 21.5 inches.

Cons:

  1. Pretty loud. Scares the babies 🙂 Thankfully I can press a button and walk away. Totally buying their quietest model when I can afford someday! But…that model is the most expensive 😉
  2. Takes a little bit of time to look at the manual and see which setting would work best for what you want to make.
  3. The rubber seal can go bad on the jar, in which case, Blendtec will send a new one for free.
  4. The jar can cloud if you use it to make your own flours from grain.
  5. If you do return it, they do not pay for return shipping.
  6. Being the highest quality blender in the industry along with Vitamix, it is pricey.

You can order your blender from Blentec here.

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:

  1. Do not overfill, or your machine will work too hard and have problems.
  2. 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.
  3. Always add liquids first, then solids, then frozen solids for easiest blending.
  4. 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!

Banana: 1/2

Nectarine: 1

Spinach: Large handful(around 1 cup)

Grapes: One handful(15-20)

Strawberries: 5 or 6

Pear: 1/2

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.

 

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6 thoughts on “Blendtec Total Blender Review

  1. It is just amazing to see all the technology and functionality that goes into building a high quality blender. The one I use at home only has a knob that allows you to switch between speeds.

    The Blendtec is certainly a product that is worth mentioning. To me, the 8 years warranty is really a selling point. And to think that they also cover parts such as the rubber seal, really puts a customer’s mind at ease!

    1. I would love to see what others have made in their blendtec as well! If you ever decide to buy one but are unsure of the price, buy a refurb. When you buy directly from the company as well they offer payment plans. Thanks for your input

  2. I haven’t tried the blendtek but I’ve been using the vitamix for years and all I know is that a powerful blender is crucial to a healthy diet. Baby food is a great idea, all natural! Another favorite of mine is making ice cream with frozen bananas, great for the Paleo diet. Do you have any idea how the blendtek compares to the vitamix?

    1. Hi Vanessa,

      Glad you enjoy blending! I have heard great things about the vitamix as well. The differences I can state are: 1. Vitamix has a 5 year refurbished warranty, where as Blendtec has 7 year. 2. Vitamix is a taller model at 21.5 inches, which does not fit under every counter (their newest model now is 17 inches but its the most pricey model) and Blendtec fits under a standard counter at 15 inches. 3. Vitamix has 2 peak horse power motor, Blendtec has 3 hp (but as you know 2 hp is plenty for blending most anything). 4. Vitamix have models with no preprogramming, 3 or 5 preprogrammed buttons, where as Blendtec has 6 preprogrammed buttons plus a pulse button on their cheapest model which users find very helpful. 5. Vitamix blade can become dull over time and need replaced, where as Blendtec blade comes dull and should never need that. Vitamix lid requires and comes with a tamper to press food down, and Blendtec does not need that to blend. It is more of a push and walk away model. When it comes to actual performance, both are stellar.

  3. Hi,
    Wow, I thought the blender I was using was great but your warranty is a lot more than mine. Luckily I haven’t had any issues with mine. Does yours advertise that it extracts 95% of nutrients out of foods? Does it come with just the blender? No extra cups to take to go?

    What is the cost for this blender?

    Thanks,
    Sofia

    1. Hi Sofia,

      Yes, the Blendtec warranty is the best in the industry! I have not seen any advertisement about it extracting 95% of nutrients. When you purchase a Blendtec through Blendtec.com, it comes with the motor base, one blender jar, lid, and recipe book (no cups for on the go travel like you asked). All accessories are available separately if you choose you later would like another jar to try. Blendtec charges $279 for their refurbished total blender which I have reviewed here, and if you get the Wildside jar which I highly recommend, add $20. Amazon and many other third party places offer other combo deals and refurbs including multiple jars and accessories, so shop around, but know that is the lowest possible price directly from the company. Also, if you are possibly going to buy from a third party, call Blendtec to make sure they are a registered Blendtec retailer, or you may not get that slammin warranty. Hope this helps! Liz

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