Blendtecs seem like amazing little machines. Compact, modern, stylish, and computer controlled. Not to mention ruthlessly efficient at making commercial grade smoothies. They’re also expensive. Is it really worth its price tag? I find out in my Blendtec reviews, where I review the Blendtec Total Blender.
Note: All Blendtecs perform equally. They use exactly the same motor, components, power supply, blade units, and blend to an equal standard. The only differences are in the warranty length, buttons and button functions, and design.
I’ll explain the differences between models at the end of my Blendtec reviews, and help you select the right one for you.
Blendtec Total Blender
First up in my Blendtec reviews: the Total Blender’s advantages.
+ It actually makes smoothies
When you buy a blender, you expect your smoothies to come out like the ones you’ve had from a shop. A blender’s a blender, right? Why would you expect any differently? The problem is, this never happens.
Cheaper blenders struggle, giving you a much rougher smoothie with huge clumps of fiber, chunks of ginger, pieces of pear skin etc.
Thankfully, the Blendtec Total Blender doesn’t suffer from this problem.
On paper, Blendtecs are the most powerful blender you can buy for home use (see complete specs above). In real life, it produces a very smooth smoothie. Along with rival brand Vitamix, it’s the best performing home blender.
+ Modern, compact design
At a height of 15.25 inches, it is short enough to fit beneath your kitchen cabinets (although you might want to check first to be sure). It looks nicer in your kitchen, and makes you more likely to use it since it’s always in sight.
It has very sleek, modern looks to go with it, featuring a digital display.
+ It’s smart
The biggest difference between Blendtec and other blenders – it’s computer controlled. One of the things it does is turn itself off. Start it, set the speed (it has 10 speeds), and it will stay on for one cycle before turning itself off (a standard cycle is 50 seconds). This is great if you’re preparing other things as well.
It also has 6 pre-programmed blend cycles, depending on what you’re making – smoothies, juice, dips, soups, ice and ice cream. Just press it and walk away, and it will run through different speeds and pauses until complete.
+ Large Jar
This is the ‘Wildside’ model. What is Wildside? Wildside is what Blendtec call their larger, 90 oz jars. It doesn’t add any height to the unit – it’s just wider.
When you spend this much on an appliance, you want to know it will last. Thankfully, the warranty on this model is a full 7 years.
Be careful with other models though – others have 3 year warranties. At the end of my Blendtec reviews I will list the ones with the 7 year warranty only.
And finally in my Blendtec reviews. the disadvantages.
It’s a blender, so it’s noisy. There’s just no escaping this fact – it’s the same with all blenders.
Home blenders simply aren’t up to the task of producing smoothies like you’ve had from a shop. They don’t have the power and build of a commercial blender.
The Blendtec is the most powerful blender available for home use, and this kind of engineering, power and design isn’t cheap. It’s pricey because it’s an expensive machine to put together.
Blendtec Reviews: Conclusion
To sum up my Blendtec reviews: the Blendtec is the most powerful blender you can buy for home use.
If you want commercial grade smoothies, something compact to fit in your kitchen, and you love fiddling with gadgets, get the Blendtec Turbo Blender.
- Save money on the Blendtec Total Blender here.
Blendtec Reviews: Other Blendtec Models
As I mentioned at the start of my Blendtec reviews, the various Blendtec models can trap you if you’re not careful. Their model names are almost identical, and if you’re not careful you could be caught out with either a tiny 3 year warranty, an old model, or without the functions you wanted. Here are my recommended models.
These exact versions below all have 7 year warranties, and are discounted.
Blendtec Total Blender Classic (as reviewed, use above links)
Blendtec HP3A Blender (Programmable)
- Black (here)
Additionally, this one is programmable – you can set up to 4 of your own custom blending cycles. This is an older model.
Blendtec Designer Series (Touch Interface)
- Black (here)
What’s the difference between the Total Blender and the Designer Series? The Designer Series has a modern interface – a capacitive touch panel. When off, it’s just a shiny black surface. But once switched on with a touch, it comes to life with illuminated controls and icons. Very slick.
Another benefit of this is it’s easy to clean – just wipe a damp cloth over it and you’re back to its original shine. Take a closer look here.
Blendtec Professional Series (Both Jars + Mountable)
- Black (here)
The Professional Series has the additional benefit of being suitable for mounting in your kitchen. You can have it fitted into your counter, just like your hobs are. You can, of course, choose not to mount it and it still looks great.