Disclosure: I received a refurbished Blendtec Designer Series Blender and Twister Jar gratis for the purpose of this review. All opinions, as always, are my own.
If you and I are friends in real life, then chances are I have gushed to you in person about the newest, beloved member of our family.
The things this 1 appliance can do — well, it’s like having another member of the family.
Since I received my Blendtec Designer Series Blender a little over a week ago, I have used it EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. Sometimes twice. The range of recipes and types of food that can be made with this single motor-driven hunk of metal and plastic = Mind Blown.
For example, here is a SMALL selection of recipes I’ve made with my Blendtec this week:
It looks like all of these took lots of laborious prepping, peeling, cooking, right?
With the exception of the 1 hour tomato roasting time for the tomato sauce (which is hands-off anyway), all of these dishes were whipped up in minutes. In some cases, like the green smoothie and the salsa, seconds.
Plus, I love that it is so easy to make healthful, whole food desserts and snacks – no preservatives, no junk. My kids ADORED the Choco Nut butter, which contains raw almonds, cocoa powder, and coconut oil. They saw it as a treat, and I saw it as a sugar-free, protein and fiber-filled snack to spread on apples or frozen bananas.
One night the kids were begging for dessert, so I threw two frozen bananas and a pinch of cocoa powder in the Blendtec, blended it for 20 seconds, and Voila! Banana-Chocolate Soft Serve.
It can’t be healthy, how much I love this thing. But you get the picture right?
Now, onto reality. This is a $450 blender. Plus the $120 twister jar for nut butters, hummus, and less liquid-y preparations.
Is the Blendtec Worth the Price??
Well, first, what do you get for what is potentially a car down payment?
- A 1560-watt commercial motor is no joke. It completely macerates anything it comes into contact with. This motor is actually more powerful than the Other Big Name Blender. In fact, my first batch of salsa turned into sauce because I hit the wrong button. Once I got the hang of the settings (and read the instructions, duh!), it was much easier to wield that power.
- Ability to replace other small appliances, including my beloved stick blender, ice cream maker, juicer, coffee grinder, meat grinder, stand mixer, food mill, baby food maker, grain mill, and in some cases, even a food processer. When you add up the cost of those items and compare it to the 1 Blendtec, the price doesn’t seem so formidable.
- It is short enough (while having a large, wide jar) to fit under a standard kitchen cabinet
- Pre-programmed cycles for smoothies, sauces, and whole food juice, as well as pulse functions. You can blend manually, or just “set it and forget it.” The less I have to think, the better.
- The Designer Series, which is what I have, has a touch-screen LED display which makes clean up of the base nearly instantaneous.
- Lifetime Warranty: The blade carries a lifetime warranty, so no worries about it becoming dull. The Designer Series and the WildSide jar carry a 7-year warranty, while the Twister jar carries a 3-year warranty since it’s a separately purchased item.
My bottom line: I got my Blendtec for free. Blendtec sent it to me, because I’m going to write about it. And I’m going to post all the above recipes that I made using my Blendtec over the next few months. But would I buy it myself?
The simple answer is yes. If I were in the market for a new blender, I would skip over the cheaper blenders and choose this high-quality machine. The biggest selling point for me is the fact that it can replace so many other appliances. I am always an advocate of quality over quantity. And I can’t argue with the high quality of my Blendtec.
Even if the ONLY thing you use it for is your daily green smoothie, the superior motor and blending capability would make the Blendtec worth the money. It is loud. A motor that large is not quiet, and my daughter puts her hands over her ears when I turn it on. But other than that, I am 100% pleased with my Blendtec.
Currently, the Blendtec Designer Series Blender, WildSide Jar – Black is $454.00 on Amazon, and that is the best price available. You can also check out the Amazon reviews, which are overwhelmingly positive. One reviewer even calls it “the iPhone of Blenders” — in this case, high praise. Speaking of iPhones, if you would like to actually see the Blendtec pulverize an iPhone, you can watch the Will It Blend? youtube videos.
iPhones aside, perhaps my favorite aspect of the Blendtec is that is motivates and inspires me to create whole food recipes, since it is genuinely fun and easy to use. Plus, when I make my own hummus, or baba ganoush, or almond butter, I KNOW exactly what is in it – no added sugar, no preservatives, only good, pure, REAL food.Pin It