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Tool Review
Blendtec Total Blender
Designer Series
Blendtec Total Blender Designer Series
The Swiss Army Knife of Blenders
The new Blendtec Total Blender Design Series offers a control panel that feels and looks like my iPad and iPhone screens. The ease and response of the controls is the first feature that is noticed upon plugging in the machine. The simplicity of the new design leaves me breathless and excited. Like the first time you touched your iPad or iPhone screen, that's how it feels to begin using the new Designer Series Blendtec. The sleek design cleans up even faster than the previous model . The size and height of the entire unit fits on the countertop with plenty of clearance under our kitchen cabinetry.


                
The New Blendtec Total Blender Designer Series Video


Green Smoothie Test
Green SmoothieThe real test for the any high-speed blender is the ease of blending a GREEN SMOOTHIE. I filled a jar with the ingredients in my recipe, pressed the Smoothie Icon, and in 60 seconds I have a jar filled with an emerald colored drink. The Green Smoothie is creamy smooth, flavorful, and packed full of raw whole nutrition! And the new size of the Wildside Jar provides a larger capacity, 90 fluid ounces vs the old jar at 64 ounces. This larger capacity is the same as the Vitamix CIA Professional Series.

Creamy Bean Sauces
In my Croquette recipes, I use cooked beans and pureed them in the Cuisinart Food Processor or use the Bamix Immersion Blender. But when I used the Blendtec Total Blender, the beans were totally smooth on the tongue like a fine strained gourmet sauce. I only had to add water to make it the consistency I desired.




Frozen Desserts

Still experimenting...

Instant Hot Soups
Still experimenting...

The One Thing I Won’t Blend...
... is my iPhone 5. But if you are into that sort of thing, check out these demonstrations to see the “power of the Blendtec Total Blender force.”

An Overview of the Blendtec Total Blender Designer Series
Amps and Horsepower
Blendtec’s Total Blender has been tested and certified at slightly over 3 PHP which stands for Peak Horsepower. A peak horsepower test is done on an electrical bench without any load applied to the motor shaft as it rotates. Blendtec has tried to get away from using horsepower in their literature because it is not a reliable number when comparing one product to another, because each manufacturer may arrive at the number by different means. But the competition does still use it, so my readers will still want to know what the Total Blender’s Amps and Horsepower are as a basis for comparison.

Here is an excerpt from an article which talks about the ambiguity in the numbers which are used to compare electrical products:
 
"Amps and horsepower are misleading," agrees Chris Webber, vice president of merchandising for Lowe's. "Unfortunately, the industry has trained both pros and DIYers to think that amps and horsepower are meaningful ratings."

When asked about the numbers they report, representatives for nearly every manufacturer of professional-grade power tools agreed there is seldom a relation between one manufacturer's numbers and another's, rendering the specifications virtually useless as a basis for comparison. The one exception may be a corded power tool's amp rating, which is tested to Underwriters Laboratories standards. This UL listing is an electrical safety standard required for all products powered by electric motors, but it has nothing to do with power output. View Entire Article

One of the best things Blendtec has done to show how their numbers are reliable and really do add up and make their Total Blender the best one available is the Will It Blend videos. By demonstrating how the Total Blender grinds up marbles, an iPhone, rake handles, golf balls, and lots of other things, it visually demonstrates how powerful it really is. Notice that the competition has not followed suit and done something similar. That’s because any other machine on the market couldn’t stand up under the extreme tests that Blendtec put theirs through. The Total Blender is really a “system” which combines some key elements to produce the best blending possible.


          Blendtec User Guide PDF
Blendtec Total Blender Designer Series Owner's Manual and User Guide PDF


1,560 Watt of POWER
Our commercial-grade motor is the most-powerful motor available for home use. It’s the only motor strong enough to drive the aggressive blade in our high-performance jar, so you don’t need a messy plunger.

Finely-Balanced Direct Drive
The Blendtec Total Blender Designer Series provides a precision-machined socket that connects directly to the motor, resulting in a finely-balanced motor assembly. This reduces vibration and noise, which is critical for the motor speeds. It also increases reliability, because the socket never needs to be replaced (unlike most other blenders).

Keep cool, Live Longer
Blendtec’s expert engineering team invented a revolutionary new air-flow design that keeps the blender cooler. A cooler motor means longer life.

Blendtec Total Blender New Wildside Jar
Blendtec Total Blender New Wildside Jar

The Patented Square Jar Gets Another SIDE

The Total Blender’s new Wildside jar design helps create a more powerful blending vortex inside the jar which helps to move food around and force it down to the level of the blade where it can make contact and be efficiently pulverized.

The square design with the fifth side takes blending to the extreme!

Now approved for home use on all 13 AMP Blendtec residential blenders!

Large capacity, BPA-free, Wildside Jar has a 4" blade and easy-open vented gripper lid



Wildside Jar Features

Patented 5-sided jar produces a better blending vortex

Single-prong tuned wingtip blade

Easy-to-read jar markings up to 36 ounces (with a total volume of 90 fluid ounces)

Shorter and half the weight of other jars with comparable volume

Durable BPA-free material will stand up to heavy use

Ergonomic design allows for easy 3-way pouring

Easy-open gripper lid allows ingredients to be added through center opening and vents pressure when blending hot liquids

Nearly 4" blade

Dimensions: 7" x 7" x 9.5" (18 x 18 x 24 cm)

Compatible with the Blendtec Home and Total blenders

Warranty: 3 Years - [US and Canada only]

Blender Heights

NEW Contemporary Design
With a weight of 8 pounds and dimensions: 15”H x 9.25”W x7”D, the Blendtec Total Blender Designer Series will fit any standard countertop with overhead kitchen cabinets. This means the Total Blender can sit on the countertop for everyday use. The weight and size also means that packing for travel is compact and light weight.

Programmed Settings or Manual Settings
With 6 pre-programmed buttons that alternate from high and low pulls ingredients down into the "blending vortex" centrifugally so that everything is pulverized evenly without using a tamper. The timed program settings allows me to walk away while my smoothie, soup or sauce is being created. If I have a small item to blend, I can use the slide panel touch pad to slow down or speed up the machine for whatever texture I’m trying to achieve for a recipe.

Blendtec Total Blender Designer Series Touch Pad
TotalControl™ User Touch Pad Controls
The revolutionary new Touch Pad and Slider interface gives me absolute control over my blender’s speed and works like my iPhone and iPad screens. Precise touch sensors give me every bit of control I desire. I simple touch anywhere on the slider to jump right to any pre-programmed control or simply slide my finger up and down to fine tune the blend speed. And the smooth surface of the control panel means clean-up is fast and easy if I drip anything.

Blendtec Total Blender Designer Series Buttons
The Pre-Programmed Touch Pad Icons include:
POWER
PULSE
TOTAL CONTROL SLIDER STRIP
1 - Batters
2 - Ice Crush
3 - Smoothie
4 - Ice Cream
5 - Whole Juice
6 - Soups

Wet or Dry Blending
Both wet and dry blending is done in ONE jar when using the Blendtec Total Blender Designer Series... the Vitamix requires a second jar just for dry grinding of flours or seeds. For me, I think you still need two jars if you plan on doing a lot of grain grinding. Otherwise, getting a Wildside Jar totally dry between uses will be a pain. Yes, you could, but having one dry jar and one wet jar means I'm always ready for any recipe.

Blendtec Total Blender Twister Jar
NEW Twister Jar - A Must HAVE
Blendtec's newest innovation, the Twister Jar, is designed to blend your thickest recipes such as: Nut Butters, Hummus, Baby Food, Dips, Thick Shakes, Dressings and more! Best of all, it's compatible with ALL Blendtec Home Blenders.

BUY the Twister Jar for the Blendtec Total Blender Designer Series.

Twister Jar on the NEW Blendtec Total Blender Designer Series
The Blendtec Total Blender Designer Series Fitted with the Twist Jar

To use, simply add ingredients and twist the lid counter-clockwise while the blend cycle is running. This twisting motion forces the ingredients from the sides of the jar back into the blade, achieving a perfect blend every time. A  special shaped spatula is include that is engineered specifically for the Twister. This spatula the perfect length and shape to get nearly every morsel of your thick recipe out of the jar. Blendtec really listened to our feedback!

The Twister Jar includes:
Twister Jar with easy to read jar markings
Twister Lid with patent pending scraper tines
Customized 12.75" (32.38cm) Blendtec Spatula
Patented wingtip blade

Twister Jar Specifications
Compatible with all Blendtec Home Blender Motors
Total Volume: ~32 Ounces (0.9 liters)
Package Dimensions: 5.5" x 5.5" x 12" (13.9cm x 13.9 cm x 30.48cm)
Actual Weight: 1.5 lbs. (0.68kg)
Shipping Weight: 2 lbs. (0.9kg)
3-year Warranty [US and Canada Only]
HOME USE ONLY-COMMERCIAL USE WILL VOID WARRANTY
Warranty: 3 Years

Warranty
The Blendtec Total Blender Designer Series carries a warranty of 3 years on the Motor and Base. This is shorter than the 7 years offered by Vitamix, but all the other advantages does not deter me from recommending the Total Blender.

Cost
The total cost for the Blendtec Total Blender is $454.95 if you purchase it from Blendtec and $119 for the Twister Jar.
Total Cost: $573.95.

If you purchase a Vita-Mix, you will pay $529 and you’ll need another $144 dry blade container if you grind dry ingredients. (See my comparison chart below.)
Total Cost: $673.00.

The Bottom Line
Purchasing a high speed blender is really a subjective personal choice, height, cost, power, design, and what you plan to do with it. Tamper pusher or no pusher... try to see them in action at stores or fairs. I don't think you'll be disappointed with the Total Blender Designer Series WildSide (Champagne Metallic) or the VitaMix CIA Professional Series or 5200.

BUY The Total Blender Designer Series WildSide (Champagne Metallic)

Blenders Blendtec
Total Blender Designer
Series
Blendtec
Total Blender
Vitamix CIA Professional
Series
Horsepower 3 Peak HP 3 Peak HP 2 Peak HP
Weight 8 lbs. 6.8 lbs. 10.9 lbs.
Under Cupboard Height 15" 15.5" 20.5"
Dimensions 15" High
7" Wide
9.25" Deep
15.5" High
7" Wide
8" Deep
20.5" High
7.25" Wide
8.75" Deep
Speeds 6 Programs
Assorted Levels
10 Variable
Amps 13 amps 13 amps 11.5 amps
Watts 1560 1500 1200
Automatic Shutoff Yes Yes No
Programmable Cycles Pre-Programmed
and Manual Slider
Yes No
Computer Control Yes Yes No
Sealed Control Panel Yes Yes No
Jar
Wet/Dry Use
Wildside Patented 5-sided
Wet/Dry in one
4" Stainless Steel Blade
4-sided
Wet/Dry in one
Need 2 Jars: One for Wet & One for Dry
Jar Size 90 fluid ounces 64 fluid ounces 64 fluid ounces
Jar Lid Large Opening Tiny Opening Large Opening
Jar Material BPA-Free Lexan
Polycarbonate
Eastman Tritan Copolyester
Break Resistant Jar Yes Yes Yes
Extra Jar Cost $99 - Wildside

$119 - Twister Jar Thick Blending
extra jar $59 dry blade version $144
Jar Clean Up Very Easy Easy Semi-Difficult
Stainless Steel Blade Yes Yes Yes
Jar Warranty 3 years 3 year 7 years
Base Cleaning Totally Smooth iPad Surface
Easy to Clean
Flat Smooth Surface
Easy to Clean
Knobs Collect
Debris
Harder to Clean
Blade Style 2 prong
Easy to Remove
Food & Clean
2 prong
Easy to Remove
Food & Clean
4 prong
Hard to Remove
Food & Clean
Tamper Included Not Required Not Required Yes
Cord Storage Velcro Loop No Yes
Ease of Use Easy Easy Easy
Loudness Less Loud Loud Very Loud
User Control Capacitive Touch User Interface 6 One-Touch Buttons
Plus Variable High/Low
High/Low Variable
Warranty 7 years 7 years 7 years
Warranty on Coupling & Blade Coupling Lifetime
Blade No
Lifetime 5 years
NSF Approved Yes Yes No
Colors Available Champagne Metallic Black or White Black, White or Red
Book/Manual Included Included Included
Makes Nut/Seed Butter Perfectly Perfectly Great
Grinds Flax and other seeds Yes Yes Yes
Breads/Dough Yes Yes Yes
Fruits and Vegetables Yes Yes Yes
Retail Value 499.95 $454.95 $529
Shipping/Tax

free
shipping

free
shipping
NONE
Total Cost 477.05 $424.41 $498.95
BUY BUY the Blendtec Designer Series Blender Wildside with Twister Jar, Champagne

BUY the Blendtec Signature Series Blender with Wildside Jar, Black

BUY the Vitamix CIA Professional Blender





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