Blendtec HPA-621-25 Home Blender HP3A with WildSide Jar, Black
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- Commercial-quality 1,560-watt countertop blender with 3 peak horsepower direct-drive motor
- 25 preprogrammed blending cycles; digital touchpad controls; auto shutoff
- BPA-free Tritan Copolyester jar with patented cold-forged wingtip blades
- Includes WildSide blending jar; secure-fitting vented lid; user guide and recipe book with more than 230 great tasting recipes
- 7-year manufacturer warranty
- Commercial strength electronic blender can be recessed into a counter-top
- 30 pre-programmed blend cycles; white-on-blue LED read-out
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Blendtec Total Classic Series Blenders
Eliminate the need for other appliances—
at a fraction of the cost.
The Total Blender Classic is the all-in-one appliance that makes smoothies, fresh juice, ice cream, milk shakes, cappuccinos, margaritas, soups, sauces, bread dough, dressings, salsas and more! It replaces up to 9 other appliances with 1 fast, easy-to-use machine. This package includes the new precision–tuned 4" blade in the large, nearly 3-quart, BPA-free WildSide jar. The new large blade and large jar combination powers through tougher blending tasks and larger recipes with ease—and in less time.
ANATOMY OF A BLENDER
FORGET THE WRIST WORKOUT
Blendtec's extra-strong jar material is exceptionally light. So the only thing you need to worry about lifting is your next delicious blend.
HARD CARBON BRUSHES
You didn't know that motors have brushes, did you? They do. And they can wear out quickly. Unless they're made of electrographitic carbon, like in a Blendtec blender. Then they'll last a very, very long time.
STAINLESS STEEL – THE PROFESSIONAL'S CHOICE
Blendtec's ultra-hard stainless steel blades are cold-forged and tuned for heavy use. This 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.
THE FIGHT AGAINST FRICTION
Friction is the nemesis of all high-powered equipment. Ball bearings reduce friction so you can blend faster and quieter. It's all surrounded by a rubber mount that absorbs the shock produced by blending ice and frozen fruit.
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.
DOES YOUR BLENDER—HAVE A BRAIN?
Most blenders are dumb. It's pretty much "go" and "stop," with a few speeds in between. But a Blendtec looks after itself – monitoring everything from speed to operating temperature to motor safety. All while ?flawlessly executing pre-programmed blend cycles.
NO DETAIL TOO SMALL
Even the smallest parts in a Blendtec product have received big attention from our engineers.
Blade assembly nut
Round and smooth for easy cleaning—and—permanently attached at the factory – adding to jar safety.
Sonically welded into the jar for extra strength and durability.
SEE IT, USE IT
Out of sight, out of mind? Forget it. Blendtec's small size and low profile mean you can store your blender in plain sight right where you can use it most — on your countertop.
We've done all the trial and error so you don't have to. Pre-programmed blend cycles let you craft perfect food creations with just one touch – from your very first try.
Each Blendtec blender comes with the Fresh Blends recipe book. Each of its 200+ recipes delivers delicious results using blend cycles of 90 seconds or less!
Anyone who wants the power of a commercial grade blender for home use can simply place this Connoisseur on the kitchen counter (it fits under most upper cabinets) and crush ice to their heart's content. Those who blend smoothies or soups for a living can recess the flat top of the blender motor into a counter for fast use and easy clean-up. (Instructions are included for installation.) With state-of-the-art electronics and a white-on-blue LED panel, this 1500-watt, 3-horsepower Blendtec blender showcases 30 pre-programmed blend cycles with timed blends and changing blade speeds, everything the home chef or juice bar owner needs.
Designed with almost perfectly vertical sides, the Connoisseur base features a top-facing keypad with four numbered buttons that correspond to different blend cycles along with two buttons labeled 'S' for speed and 'P' for pulse. Pressing the 'S' button ramps the motor up; releasing the button sets the desired speed at which the blender then will run for 50 seconds. Eighteen of the 30 preprogrammed cycles vary the blade speeds to draw food into the vortex, while twelve remain fixed. A switch on the lower front turns the blender on and off, while the LED panel above it indicates which cycle is operating and counts down how many seconds remain (and also warns of overloading).
For measuring on the go, the square, 64-ounce polycarbonate jar has graduated markings for up to five cups on one side and 32 ounces on another. The flexible lid presses in snugly and removes quickly by pulling on any of the four corner tabs; a central plug with a small airhole in the middle can be popped out of the lid to let steam escape when blending hot liquids. Included with the blender are instructions for use and a spiral-bound, 112-page recipe book. The jar, dishwasher-safe only on the top rack, is covered against leakage or breakage for one year. Blendtec covers the motor with a three-year warranty against defects, while the jar blade and the motor base drive socket are covered by a lifetime warranty.--Ann Bieri
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1) No need for a plunger with the Blendtec. Maybe I'm just lazy, but I hated the thought of having to stand over my blender and plunge the food down. To be fair though, I think with the more expensive versions, a plunger may not be needed.
2) The 96 oz. container and 4" 2 prong blade on the Blendtec. I figured this would be easier to clean than the Vitamix.
3) The Blendtec is shorter and will fit under most cabinets, the Vitamix is taller and therefore will not fit under most cabinets. Being short on cabinet space, it was important to me to be able to push my blender under the cabinet where it could stay "out" but not be in my way.
4) I liked that with the Blendtec, you could do wet or dry in the same container; from what I understand, Vitamix has separate containers for wet and dry.
5) This reason is a bit cheesy, but I thought the Blendtec was more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. If it's going to sit on my counter all the time, I want it to be pretty! :)
So far, I could not be happier!! Yes, for some tougher things like whole frozen strawberries, you have to run the smoothie cycle 2x. That's still ONLY 46 seconds. (and much faster than my old one that took many minutes) The texture is smooth, no chunks, no bits of spinach, perfect. This thing is ridiculously easy to clean. Compared to my older blender that a bunch of parts that you had to take apart, the Blendtec is a breeze to clean. Yes, it is loud. It's a blender. All blenders are loud. My Blendtec is no louder than my old one (a Waring Pro) and it blends 100x better.
Again, I think both brands are probably equally awesome and if you look at the features and figure out which one will fit your needs best, you'll no doubt be happy. I love my Blendtec and will recommend it to everyone.
One more thing, the recipe book that comes with the Blendtec is impressive. It's not the typical 30 page pamphlet that you get with most appliances. It is spiral bound with beautiful pictures and lots of good recipes. There are 10 sections with recipes for Appetizers (Dips, Jams, Salsas, Spreads); Beverages (Cocktails, Coffee, Milkshakes, Milk Substitutes, Smoothies, Whole Juices); Breakfast (Batters, Syrups); Breads (Bread Batters, Bread Dough); Soups; Fondues; Sauces; Salad Dressings; Pureed Foods; Desserts (Cakes, Ice Cream, Pies, Puddings, Miscellaneous Desserts).
Overall it's a very fine blender. Tons of preprogrammed blend cycles, and they are the ones you are most likely to use. I read and watched a lot of reviews before purchasing this and basically everything people have said about blendtec has been true. It's very nice to have that much blending power on my counter. It breezes through ice and anything else I put in there. The blade is not sharp but is very heavy duty. And it only has two prongs. This makes it much easier to clean than blenders with four sharp blades. Ease of cleaning is a huge plus for this blender. One thing you don't hear much is that unlike other blenders, the blade is permanently attached to the container. You don't take it off for cleaning. Since cleaning is super easy I guess this is fine but I was a bit surprised. On the plus side, this means it will never leak out the bottom because you put the blade or gasket in wrong.
Ok so now what's with my comment about the container. I watched some videos where people blended large things like oranges and of course this wildside container with 4 inch blades did much better than the old fourside container. However, there are two downsides to the new wildside container in my mind:
1. When you blend a small quantity it may not cover the blade by much and is likely to get flung all over. The other, smaller container is narrower at the bottom so it gets fuller faster. Not a big issue, and really this is the flipside of having a large container in the first place. It is pretty neat that it is so wide on the bottom you never need to poke stuff down and generally don't need to cut things up.
2. The base does not know whether you are using a wildside or fourside container. I believe the programs and speeds were set up for the fourside. When you spin a 4 inch blade at the same speed as a 3 inch blade you get a lot more power. But more is not always better. On some settings this thing really spins fast and flings the food all over and up, which can prevent the food from coming down on top of the blade. I suspect that if they were designing a base specifically for this more powerful 4 inch blade, they would have turned the speeds down a little. Of course you can manually choose lower speeds no problem, but I feel like the built-in programs use too high a velocity. Sometimes I find it not blending stuff well and it's not because of too little power/speed. It's because of too much.
Don't get me wrong. This is an extraordinary blender, but when you pay the super premium price for it and then shell out the extra to get the new and improved container, you sort of expect it to perform basically perfectly. My suspicion about the old container being better is just a suspicion. I don't have the experience of using the old jar, so take it for what it's worth.
By the way, like everyone says, this unit is frighteningly loud when it's working hard. I think that fact is well-known, but I'd like to emphasize it again. This blender can wake up sleeping kids on the other side of the house very easily. :)
The blending ability of this unit is really something else. You can totally throw carrots in a smoothie and not have major chunks of carrot in the resulting drink. I find that very impressive.
I had to ding it 1 star because Blendtec advertises this thing as a great food processor also, and I had hoped to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. In fact, it is a terrible food processor; it has sufficient power, but the gap between the blades and the bottom is too large, so your dry food just gets gunked up below the blade, making for an inconsistent, difficult to remove mess.
This blade design creates the perfect vortex when blending beverages however, and this monster will pulverize anything with sufficient liquid into an amazingly thick and smooth concoction.
Sometimes I have nightmares that it is going to sneak up my stairs at night and try to blend my leg.