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Blendtec Designer 625 with WildSide Jar, Pomegranate
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- Beautiful, powerful, and easy to use, the Blendtec Designer 625 Blender with WildSide Tritan Jar is the "Swiss Army Knife" of blenders making great smoothies, mixing bread, grinding coffee, and more Control panel features illuminated, universal icons
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|Color||Pomegranate||Black||Black||Black||Black - FourSide Jar|
|Item Dimensions||8 x 7 x 8 in||15 x 9.25 x 7 in||7 x 8 x 15 in||7 x 8 x 15 in||8 x 7 x 15.5 in|
|Item Weight||14 lbs||8 lbs||7 lbs||7.28 lbs||7.28 lbs|
1625 watt, 3.0 peak horsepower motor Illuminated, capacitive touch interface Preprogrammed cycles: Smoothie, Ice Cream, Whole Juice, Hot Soup 6-speed capacitive touch slider + Pulse Illuminated timer displays remaining time on blends
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after 255 blends (according to the LCD counter) this blender is dying. It makes a grinding noise, and and will only blend at 50% speed. I called in to Blendtec. they had me go through some trouble shooting. It has a defective blender jar. The shaft has a slight wobble in it. And evidently there is material damage to the blender motor as well. They agreed to send me a new blender at no cost to me. They gave me a few options. I could use their return label and send my old blender back to them and they would inspect it and send me out a brand new one, or they would send me out a factory reconditioned one and I could put mine in that box and send it back with their return label. Both options no cost to me. I elected to go the reconditioned route for two reasons. I figured the reconditioned unit would be extensively tested for quality control, and the reconditioned route was faster. We use our blendtec on a daily basis, so down time needs to be minimal.
I placed the order on 8-19. It did not leave their shipping facility until 8-23, and it arrived to me on 8-29. I did ask about upgrading my 4 side jar. They let me upgrade to the wild side+ jar for $20, since they were replacing my 4 side jar under warranty anyway. They were running a promotion for a free twister jar with any blendtec blender purchase, but they would not honor that deal with the warranty replacement. Oh well, can't blame a guy for trying.
If this Designer 625 does not hold up, I will probably request an upgrade to a higher model. I have to admit, I am a little disappointed that this blender died after only a few months of use, especially considering the brand reputation. But the customer service was exceptional. My full original warranty is still in effect.
So I can not complain too much, unless this happens multiple times. I will keep this review updated.
"and PIE!!!!!!" Yes, you can lose a bunch of weight and still eat some pie. Portion size and frequency matter. But when you have pie, it should be worth it.
I just made the best pie crust ever in my Blendtec! I have used food processors in the past. I have also used my Kitchenaid mixer. But I just made the flakiest pie crust ever made in my Blendtec. But better than that, was the ease of cleaning. Just a little waater and a drop of soap, and wham bam, CLEAN!!
SO I used 1 and 1/2 cups of flour, 1 stick of frozen butter (cut in 1/4 inch slices), and some salt) throw the flour in first, and then salt, and then butter. Then I shake it a little to coat the butter in the flour so it does not get that initial stick to the sides of my 4 side jar. Next, simply pulse the 625 until you have an oatmeal consistency with pea size chunks of butter remaining in the flour. DONT over blend this mixture. Very cold chunks of butter are what make the crust flaky.
Next pour the mixture in a cold bowl, and use a measuring cup filled with ice. Put 1/4 cup of water in the measuring cup. Let the water stand for 30 seconds or so. Then add the 1/4 cup of flash cooled water to the flour mixture. Use a fork, and gently move the flour mixture around allowing it to soak up the water. Then gently draw the flour mixture into a ball with your fork. NEVER touch the mixture with your hands. Warmth will hurt your flakiness. Once the mixture is in a formed pile, cover and let stand in the fridge. The moisture will wick through the mixture and even out somewhat, while it is standing and cooling further. The mixture needs to be well cooled prior to working, so you do not melt the butter while rolling the dough. REMEMBER, cold butter chunks, melting into the crust during baking = flaky pie crust.
I sue the cooling time to make my pie filling. That takes 20 minutes or so. In my case the crust was sufficiently cooled for rolling.
Now just roll your dough out on a well floured work space. (NOT OVER THE DISHWASHER, that counter space can be very warm).
Make your pie as usual and enjoy!!
Below find a photo of the last slice of this pie. Also note it was very quiet in our house while the pie was consumed. unfortunately, it was all gone in one sitting, I guess the crew enjoyed it.
after a few weeks of blending I have discovered a money saving tip.
This thing does such an amazing job of blending whole fruits, I have discovered how to recycle foods.
My children love fruit, Yay right!! Well because they are kids they are fussy. They like sliced apples, and they like the "grass" free strawberries. Well did you know there is nutrition, and flavor in those unused apple cores that we normally throw in the trash. there is also nutrition in the "grass" on strawberries. My brilliant wife throws all the unused (for recycle) apple cores, and strawberry grass, (I call it edible compost) in to a covered container. We then throw it in the Blendtech when we make smoothies. Since we are not allowed to have a compost bin in our neighborhood, these would otherwise go in the trash. So we get to have some high quality fillers for "free" in our smoothies. When you spend for organic, every little bit counts.
In fact, if you like apples, I suggest you only blend the cores, and eat and enjoy the fruit of the apple. As for the strawberry "grass" I never thought of eating it until I saw the Blendtech video saying leave it on for the added nutrition. But I did always use it for a strawberry handle.
Also squirt some lemon juice in your next fruit smoothie, if you like jolly ranchers. It will give your fruit smoothie that Jolly rancher bite. Yuuum, love it!!!! So do the kiddos.
One other note, as the father of a family of 6, When I made family smoothies in the old Ninjas, It was a real process. I did not like Ninja smoothies made in the big container. It did not fully process the smoothie, but it also introduced a lot of air into the smoothie. Making it more of a whip, than a smoothie. I was actually concerned about this effect with the Blendtech, since the Blendtec is not a sealed container. With the ninja, I would use the individual cups, which blend upside down, so they are sealed form air. They blended well enough, but were limited in size of ingredients. That method also required making multiple smoothies for the whole family. This was a time consuming process.
With Blendtec, and my beloved 625, I just throw the ingredients in there in the proper order (that does matter to some degree) Heavy stuff on top. And I can make a smoothie for the whole clan, in about 60 seconds. It is perfect, easy, and fast. I love that. Wish I had bought one years ago. Although I may not have been able to get the Designer 625, which happens to be a beautiful tech gadget.
Well happy blending! Read my full original review below.
I'll add tips and updates from time to time.
So I have owned three Ninja kitchen systems over the last 2.5 years. I also lost a bunch of weight over that time frame by using protein smoothies at 2 meals and eating very sensibly the other meal and snacks. I currently weigh 215. See before and after photos below. Before is October 2009 after is April 2016.
You can read some of my other reviews on protein powders, to see which ones I like. I have bought most of them right here on Amazon. I love subscribe and save.
Clearly based on my burn up rate, the Ninja was not built for this semi commercial use. Their reps even told me a such when calling in for warranty repair.
They kindly comped my the second blender as a one time customer satisfaction deal, 6 months after the purchase of my first Ninja.
The comped blender started having problems 9 months in, so I grabbed a new model during a black Friday deal. Unfortunately just a year into that blender we were back to square 0, with no means to make smoothies. So I started looking around for higher end ninjas.
I came across vitamix.
I was sold after watching the first few videos.
Those things looked amazing.
I sort of liked the old school look as well. But after 3 years of eating smoothies, I have found a well used blender stays on the counter. You either are not putting it away, or you are not using it.
So Vitamix has a solution, albeit a very expensive one. To get the Vitamix that fits under the cabinet on the counter it gets rather spendy. So I started looking around.
Then low and behold, I find that Blendtec is made in the USA, ding! Has an amazing 8 year warranty, ding ding!! Has fantastic reviews, ding ding ding!!! Blendtech prices are great, comparatively, and they fit under the counter.
Now admittedly, I have only used the Blendtec 4 times. My ice cream did not turn out all that great (user error). But the smoothies are the best I have ever made.
I used to have to use the ninja individual cups for smoothies. They seemed to blend better and they did not churn a bunch of air in to the smoothie ( the ninja big blender jar puts a lot of air in a smoothie, when you chop it enough to get it to resemble a smoothie). I do not like drinking cool whip foam.
When I make smoothies, I make one for my beautiful wife, one for my youngest two kids to share, and one for my self.
As you can imagine, it was a job building all those smoothies in the Ninja individual cups.
Well the Blendtec is great for a family smoothie. Throw all the stuff in, with frozen stuff on top. Hit the smoothie button and in mere seconds you have possibly the best, and easiest smoothie you have ever eaten. Not too foamy, and perfectly blended! After 3 years of ninja blending, I will have to get my proportions down for the single batch, as opposed to 3. But batch 1.0 was great, maybe a tad to wet. Again user error. I did not go to Blendtec's site for a recipe. I figured after years of smoothie making I knew what I was doing. I did get close, but I will change a few things. This blender is just so much more capable, it does not need all the water a Ninja does.
I come home from work to have lunch with my family. I love to serve my wife when I get a chance, as she takes such good care of our 4 children and myself. Making 1 amazing smoothie quickly, is a real time saver, so I can actually enjoy the company of my family while at home for 45 minutes or so. Did I mention I love this machine.
After paying for two, and messing with 3 Ninjas over the last couple of years, this Blendtec was a no brainer for my family.
I look forward to learning all this machine can do, and making many great meals. Oh, and I will share it with my wife, as it was actually her moms day gift. Yes, ladies, she asked for a blender. Well maybe not this blender. But when the last Ninja broke she did say she really missed the lunch time smoothies. So I felt like she asked for a blender, and I got her the best one I could find. It does not hurt that the seafoam (turquois) is her favorite color, and the color of her beautiful eyes!!
If you are on the fence about a blender, and this fits your budget, you will not regret this purchase, If your situation is similar to mine.
I hope to be reviewing the wildside plus jar, and the twister jar in the near future. But I am a Dave Ramsey fan. So those purchases will have to be budgeted.
You can be sure I will have them eventually, and I will post reviews. This blender is so attractive, I am contemplating a video review, when our kitchen reno is completed.
I hope you found this review helpful. If so, let me know. If not, let me know why.
So I blew it making ice cream for the first time. I tried to use heavy cream, and regular ice. I just could not get a solid enough consistency. Now I know why. You just can not put much liquid in, if you want the thick, turn the jar upside down type of ice cream. SO yesterday I made strawberry sorbet for my family for breakfast.
two big handfuls of Frozen strawberries
6 oz of Pom juice (love the measuring cup on the side of the Blendtec jar!! no extra dishes to wash from prep work)
two big handfuls of spinach
3 scoops of Orgain vanilla protein (next time I will use two, or maybe just hemp hearts or something that wont add flavor)
3/4 cup of whole oats
splash of cream
the blender started on low as one would expect. I heard the familiar grinding a bouncing that even my ninja did.
Then this puppy grabbed another gear. (something my ninja's never could do) It took off like a nuclear powered funny car. My 2 year old daughter ran to her momma for protection.
but a few seconds later I could see the thick sorbet swirling around in the jar. I knew I nailed it this time.
When the ice cream setting completed its cycle, I turned it over and it was perfect. no sorbet came out of the upside down jar. I had to revel in my victory for my entire family.
they loved the frozen treat. It did scoop nicely, all though it was very soft. So I put it in the fridge while everyone was finishing getting ready. In 10 minutes they had a perfectly formed scoop of high protein sorbet. Everyone loved it. I am redeemed!
Next time I make ice cream. Ill freeze a tray of cream, and a tray of milk. Then Ill use a splash of cream for consistency.
No where in the same ballpark as a sub $300 blender. Crushes ice and smoothies like nothing. Worth the money in my opinion.
I love this blender! Totally worth it and the color is adorable
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