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Blendtec Designer Series Blender, WildSide Jar - Black
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- Commercial-quality 1,560-watt countertop blender with 3 peak horsepower direct-drive motor
- The control surface features illuminated, easy to read, universal icons that enable effortless selection of our signature blend cycles
- BPA-free Triton Polyester jar with patented cold-forged wingtip blades
- Includes Wild Side blending jar; secure-fitting vented lid; user guide and recipe book with more than 230 great tasting recipes
- 7-year manufacturer warranty
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|Item Dimensions||15 x 9.25 x 7 in||8 x 7 x 15.5 in||7 x 8 x 15 in||12 x 9.25 x 16.38 in||7 x 9.25 x 15.5 in||9.1 x 9.1 x 9.1 in|
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Blendtec Designer Series Blender
Blendtec is pleased to introduce the Designer Series blender. It has been engineered to bring a whole new level of beauty and functionality to the high-end blender category, without compromising the famous power and efficiency of our Total Blender Classic.
ANATOMY OF BLENDTEC DESIGNER SERIES BLENDERS
DURABILITY • PERFORMANCE
That metal thing on your blender base that spins the blade? That’s a socket. Machined for a precision fit with the motor shaft, it efficiently transfers power to the blade. This steel-on-steel attachment results in lower vibration, reduced noise and increased reliability.
THE RIGHT BEARINGS
Many blenders avoid using ball bearings to drive down cost. Blendtec uses custom designed carbon-steel sealed ball bearings. This reduces friction, diminishes noise and increases the life of the motor.
PERFORMANCE • DURABILITY
COOLER HEADS PREVAIL
Your Blendtec is engineered to keep itself cool. But in the unlikely event the motor does start to heat up too much, its computer brain will shut down the machine until it cools. Keeping it safe, sound and ready to blend your next masterpiece.
Certain ingredients blend better at slower speeds. A Blendtec blender carefully monitors and adjusts its power to deliver the speed you want. And if you manage to stop the blade, your Blendtec blender will shut down – protecting your valuable investment.
DURABILITY • PERFORMANCE
STAINLESS STEEL – THE PROFESSIONAL’S CHOICE
Blendtec’s ultra-hard stainless steel blades are cold-forged and tuned for heavy use. is allows them to be stronger and resist corrosion much better than lesser blades.
SINGLE BLADE, MANY ADVANTAGES
Blendtec’s patented vertical wingtips and precision angles are engineered for ultimate efficiency. The distinct single-blade design allows your ingredients to fall easily in front of the blades.
DURABILITY • SAFETY
POWER FOR THE PEOPLE
The most powerful motor available for home blenders is at the heart of your Blendtec experience. More power means easier blending of the most stubborn ingredients.
Be assured that even a blender as powerful as a Blendtec blender is ETL certified, which means it meets national safety standards.
DESIGN • SIMPLICITY
TALK TO ME
The digital display tells you just how long to wait until your blend is done. It also keeps track of your usage. As you reach 99…999…9,999 blend cycles and beyond, you’ll know that you chose the right blender!
PERFORMANCE • DURABILITY • SAFETY
NO DETAIL TOO SMALL
Even the smallest parts in a Blendtec product have received big attention from our engineers.
DESIGN • PERFORMANCE
BETTER AIRFLOW, LONGER LIFE
The blender housing creates the most efficient, effective airflow possible.* Drawing cool air first through the electronics and then through the motor, the airflow design keeps things cool and extends the life of your blender.
A unique rubber foot* helps your blender stay put. It also prevents outgoing hot air from mixing with incoming cool air, further reducing operating temperature and increasing the life of your blender.
KEEPING THINGS IN PLACE
Every Blendtec jar features a square base that fits snugly over the square blending platform, creating a large stable base that prevents the jar from moving or rotating.
All Blendtec consumer jars work perfectly with all Blendtec consumer blenders. Mix and match to your heart's desire!
GET YOUR CONTROL FREAK ON
A capacitive touch control* slider makes your blender perform to your every whim. A single touch shifts the motor to the precise speed you want.
Top customer reviews
Let me just say this review comes down to personal preferences and what you are willing to compromise on as both blenders are very good. You cannot go wrong with either blender. Both do the job just as well as the other.
Pro's vs the Vitamix:
- Design. I have always put a high value on form. Depending on the gap, I will sacrifice some functionality just to get the better looking product in my opinion. The Blendtec Designer Series is certainly a good looker. The design of it is also part of the reason why I went with the Designer Series instead of the Total Blender Classic. I got the black model so when everything is off and unplugged, the Blendtec just blends in. The motor base is rounder giving it a smooth look. Where the Vitamix 5200 motor base has sharp edges and is squarer looking. It stands out on the counter. So a win for the Blendtec.
- Controls. I just love the touchscreen controls. Another reason I went with the Designer over the Total Blender Classic. The touch controls enhance the design of the motor base as referenced above when everything is turned off. When the controls are on, they are bright and sharp looking. The touch controls are responsive with no lag. As soon as you press the mode, the motor turns on and does its job. I love it over physical buttons. How a person uses a Blendtec differs from the Vitamix. It's hotly debated and up to personal preferences. The Blendtec relies mostly on its automated modes for blending your food. The benefit of that is you can simply hit the smoothie button and walk away. It will go through the smoothie mode starting out slow to draw the ingredients into the blade and slowly progress to a higher speed to turn rice milk, an orange, a banana, and frozen strawberries into a smoothie and stop when done. The Vitamix is all manual control where you start on Variable 1 and work yourself all the way to high depending on the recipe you're using. While this gives a person more control over the blending process, it does require the user to be more watchful when blending. For my uses, I prefer the Blendtec's automated modes. It does provide a slider for manual control and a pulse button.
- Jar. The Blendtec's Wildside jar has a fifth side that is stated to help prevent cavitation. While I don't have the Fourside jar to compare it to, I haven't needed to stop the blender and mess with the ingredients in order to get them to blend. The Wildside jar is a square in shape leaving a nice wide bottom near the two blades. This combined with the two dull blades makes things a lot easier. I have made pretzel/pizza dough (same recipe) with the Blendtec. After allowing the dough to rise, the dull blades and the wide bottom made it easy to get all the dough out of the jar without worrying about cutting myself on the blades and trying to get everything out of the jar and not wasting anything. Where the Vitamix jar is a more traditional round design that narrows, as you get closer to the sharp 4 blades. When making peanut butter, it is a pain in the neck to get everything that is below the blades out of the jar. Have to take a spoon and take it out constantly moving the blades to get as much peanut butter out of the jar.
- Cleaning. It's not a big win for the Blendtec as both machines are easy to clean. Just put about 2-3 cups of warm water and a dash of dish soap in the jars and let the machine do the cleaning. But, it goes back to the jars design. When making thicker things like peanut butter and dough that tend to stick to the jar, the wider bottom and dull blades make it easier to rinse out the Wildside jar. Where you have to again work around the sharp blades at the narrow bottom of the Vitamix jar.
- Size. The Blendtec is able to be stored under the cabinets with the jar still on the motor base. The Vitamix can't store with the jar on the motor base.
Cons vs. Vitamix
- Consistency. Like cleaning, for me it's not a huge win for the Vitamix. But, the sharp blades do have a benefit over the dull blades. The frozen strawberries from Costco can be huge. And sometimes just running the smoothie cycle on the Blendtec leaves 1-2 small pieces of strawberry in the smoothie (nothing a few more seconds wouldn't solve). A lot of the times it will be completely smooth. But, I guess it depends on how many of the huge frozen strawberries find their way into the smoothie I make for the day. So a small win for the Vitamix there.
- Lid design. Not a huge negative for me, but I do like the Vitamix lid design a bit better. It doesn't get as much splatter on it than the Blendtec's. Making it easier to remove without worrying about getting the contents of the jar over the counter, etc.
The washes between the two blenders.
- Noise. Both of these machines are loud, but they are very tolerable. In my opinion the Vitamix is a bit louder, but there is so little difference between the two. It shouldn't be a deciding point between them.
- Out of the box readiness. This all comes down to what you plan to do with the blenders. If you plan to do nut butters more, the Vitamix is ready to do it out of the box with the tamper. The Blendtec either requires you to stop the machine to push the nuts into the middle of the jar so it can be blended or have to spend the money on the Twister Jar. From videos I have seen it does a good job making nut butters. On the other hand, if you want to do grains, the Blendtec is better suited for them out of the box (just as long as you don't mind cosmetic damage from the grains marking up the jar). The Vitamix requires the dry grains container, which has a different blade design better suited for grains. Where the standard jars blade will be damaged over time grinding them up.
I prefer the Blendtec Designer Series to the Vitamix 5200. But, it doesn't mean the Blendtec is the better blender. As stated above, it all comes down to personal preferences and where you are willing to compromise on. For me, the Blendtec came out to be the winner. But, you can't go wrong with either blender.
Update 10/13: I'm still loving the blender. Been making smoothies almost every day for breakfast. Also used it to make baked potato soup( blendtec recipe and delicious) and other meal ideas. I did get the Twister jar to make peanut butter. Twisting the top in my opinion is easier than using the tamper with the Vitamix. Also, I like the texture/consistency of the peanut butter using the blendtec and twister jar over the Vitamix.
After several weeks of investigation and 'stewing' about the choice I chose this one over the Vitamix for one reason only--it fits under my kitchen cabinets and the Vitamix would not. In all of my investigations it was clear that both Vitamix and Blendtec were excellent vendors so the choice really did come down the height comparison, in other words, a personal choice. I am sure I would be equally happy with a Vitamix as a blender.
I have had this blender, WildSide Jar, and the larger Twister Jar for about a month now. All I can say is WOW!
I have tried numerous recipes...salsa, almond butter, fruit smoothies, milk shakes, omelets, etc. from the Blendtec web site and also from the general internet. All have come out extremely well.
I've even gotten brave enough to try using it in situations where a blender might not normally be considered and have been pleased with the results.
In all of my blending I have never had it 'bounce around' as others have reported. It is on the loud side though not harmfully so.
All in all, my experience has echoed that of other positive reviews.
I bought this unit last week, it came in 2 days. Once opened the box, everything is organized neatly. I can't wait to give a try, I've had several blenders before, this is definitely the most expensive one, however, it turned out to be a nightmare - the touch screen doesn't work at all, the icons on the touch screen just randomly lighted up and down, it doesn't respond my touch at all. I attached several pictures, you can see the funny controls.
The manual seem not mentioning anything about this at all. Amazon is shipping a replacement to me right now, will update if it's still not working.
Updated on 08/24/2015, changed from 1 star to 4 stars
5 stars for the replacement, it has been more than one month, it worked swimmingly. I like the simple control, the most frequent function I used is "smoothie", it is pre-programed, just one tap, job is done! Minus 1 star, as I wished I should have got a working unit at the first time.
Worth mentioning that Amazon shipped the replacement instantly, even before I mailed the disfunctioning one back.