Blendtec Blender Review

Blendtec Blender

Overall Impressions:

The Blendtec blender is a commercial quality blender with a powerful motor that can pulverize ice, liquefy things like spinach, kale and parsley for green smoothies, and turn raw vegetables into hot soup in minutes.

The Blendtec, model 621 TotalBlender, has pre-programmed cycles that eliminate a lot of guesswork, and when a cycle is done, the blender turns itself off, so you can leave it unattended. Since it's easy to use, you're likely to use it more often. The LCD display even keeps track of the number of uses, which means you can see value and health benefits rack up the more you use it.

In addition to blending, the Blendtec can grind coffee, turn grains into flour, juice whole fruit without wasting the nutrients in the pulp or skin, and replace your food processor.

Although expensive, you're never going to need to buy another blender, so in that sense, the TotalBlender is an economical, life-time investment.

About the Blendtec blender:

  • 1560-watt direct-drive motor - three times more powerful than regular blenders.
  • Six pre-programmed blend cycles, plus pulse, speed-up, and speed-down manual controls.
  • Smooth, digital touchpad control and LCD display.
  • 32 oz square polycarbonate jar with measurement markings.
  • Warranty: 3-years base; 1-year jar; lifetime on blade and couplings.

Things I like:

  • Great for green smoothies, fruit smoothies, making hot soup from raw vegetables, etc.
  • Pre-programmed blending cycles for most common uses.
  • Can be left unattended.
  • Better at juicing than juicer.
  • Fits under upper kitchen cabinets.
  • Large capacity/virtually indestructible polycarbonate jar.
  • Blades are part of jar and touchable - won't slice your fingers up.
  • It's really easy to clean.

Things I don't like:

  • The cost. This blender sells for about $400.
  • Can be loud on higher speeds.
  • The plastic base could be more attractive.

Background:

If you're going to be laying out $400 for blender, you want to know what you're getting.

I started shopping around for a blender after a friend lent me his copy of Green for Life and got me hooked on making green smoothies. Problem was, in a little over four months, I burned out the motor on two medium-priced blenders. I figured it was time to upgrade.

Blendtec TotalBlender

Design and Competition:

If you're reading this review, then you're probably in the market for a commercial quality blender, in which case you probably know that it comes down to this: the Vita-Mix or the Blendtec. After seeing a demo at a local big box retailer, I decided to go with the Blendtec, and I haven't regretted it.

As far as design goes, I like the size of the Blendtec better than the Vita-Mix, which is too tall to fit under my upper cabinets, and I like the fact that the Blendtec doesn't need a tamper to bring ingredients down to the blades because the action of the blades does this automatically. I also really like the way the lid fits. It just feels secure.

Getting back to the blades, they're part of the one-piece polycarbonate jar, and they're actually kind of dull, so you don't cut yourself if you touch them. It does seem kind of strange to think that the blades can crush ice or completely obliterate an avocado pit without being sharp, but the manual explains that it's the speed of the blades' rotation that does the real work, and the friction created from that speed can even turn raw vegetables into hot soup. There's a lifetime warranty on the blades, by the way.

The base of the TotalBlender is completely smooth and has a touchpad with six pre-programmed variable speed cycles for things like smoothies, ice cream, hot soup, and whole juices, along with pulse, speed-up, and speed-down settings.

Uses:

This blender is great at blending. At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, it's like no other blender I've ever owned. Where before I had burned out the motor on my two previous blenders making green smoothies, the Blendtec blender can liquefy spinach, kale, cilantro, or parsley without any struggle. You don't have to peel apples, remove the seeds from watermelon, or remove the core from pineapples. Just put everything in whole, hit the smoothie cycle, and the end product comes out completely smooth.

In addition to smoothies, I've also used the blender to make the tortilla soup from the recipe collection that came in the box with the blender, and my girlfriend has used it to make milkshakes and ice cream.

The manual also lists all the other things that you can do, like make baby food, knead bread dough, grind your own nut butters or coffee, and turn grains into flour.

Conclusion:

At $400, the Blendtec blender is a serious investment, and only you can decide it that investment makes sense for you. That said, if you're into green smoothies and raw food recipes, I recommend the Blendtec 621 TotalBlender.

For me, buying the Blendtec was an investment in my health, and it has paid back big dividends on that front. My diet has improved immensely, and as a result, I feel better and have more energy.

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