The Blendtec blender is a high performance blending machine comparable to the Vitamix blender as far as horsepower and durability. If you're someone who uses a blender on a frequent basis, you really should consider either one of these two comparable possibilities.
We have owned and operated both the Blendtec and Vitamix. First we had a Vitamix which we thoroughly enjoyed as our main blending device for over 10 years, then we purchased a Blendtec. Initially, we did this to provide a more compact travel option but found ourselves leaving it on the kitchen counter and using it for daily drinks.
We decided to sell our old TurboBlend Vitamix at that point and the Blendtec took over as our new main appliance.
While there are other more affordable alternatives to these to high quality blenders, we have found that many conventional models are not constructed for heavy duty wear and tear. What this means is that eventually, after several months or a year, parts and blades end up needing to be replaced or motors malfunction from overuse.
As far as blenders go, you basically get what you pay for!
Although we now use a NutriBullet for travel purposes, it really isn't practical in our opinion to use these units for repeated day-to-day long-term blending. These mid-range blenders do however work well for occasional use when making a morning smoothie or for lower intensity blending purposes.
However, for those of you who use your blender for all-day multipurpose blending, preparing many meals a day, it is best to own a quality device that can withstand high intensity use.
High end blenders are essential kitchen tools, offering superior motors and blades for blending and puréeing any number of hot or cold food items. They will completely pulverize and "predigest" all fibrous foods down to a smooth consistency and have no problem powdering even the toughest of tonic roots, herbs or mushrooms. We often use our Blendtec for grinding whole fo-ti roots, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, stevia leaf and large dense reishi mushrooms.
Daily shakes, smoothies and raw energy soups, of course, blend up in seconds to provide a predigested easy to assimilate meal.
These types of blenders are also ideal for making an assortment of pâtés, dressings, sauces, desserts and always come in handy when preparing certain foods for the dehydrator. Likewise, they are also convenient for milling your own flours or making a wide range of seed and nut butters.
You can even use these units as alternatives to juicers as they completely purée all fruits and vegetables, which can then be further strained using a nut milk bag.
Blendtec blenders come in several different household models according to budget and blending needs. To date, as of 2016, these are the current selections available from the manufacturer, although older models may still be available from some retailers.
Each blender comes with the motor base, BPA-free plastic jar with vented Gripper™ lid and a Blending 101 quick-start guide with recipes. Warranty covers the motor base and jar only.
Blendtec's are made in the USA with the main headquarters based in Orem, Utah.
Three Main Categories Include:
1) Classic 575 ($419.95) - Features a touchpad interface, 5 incremental speeds + pulse, a molded plastic finish, pre-programmed cycles, illuminated LCD timer and an 8-year warranty. It comes in the following colors: black, poppy, caribbean, orchid, polar white and slate grey.
2) Designer 650 ($449.95) - Features total control slider interface with 8 speeds plus pulse. With the simple touch or sliding of your finger, blending speed it easy to control. It has an 8-Year Warranty and comes in silver and black.
3) Professional 750 ($599.95) - Features an illuminated one-touch, push-button interface, 6 pre-programmed cycles, 10 speeds + pulse, molded stand, cast metal base and an 8-year warranty. It comes in the following colors: black.
4) Professional 800 ($1099.95) - Features an illuminated capacitive touch interface, 6 pre-programmed cycles, 11-speed capacitive touch slider + pulse, a sealed sound enclosure for quiet blending, WildSide+ jar, a molded plastic finish and an 10-year warranty. It comes in the following colors: black.
One of the great things about this company is that they also offer "renewed and refurbished" blenders that have been thoroughly inspected, repaired, and restored. They
are not units that were returned due to malfunctioning, but are simply blenders that did not pass factory inspection and need to be repaired in some way.
A bonus to purchasing a certified refurbished blender is that they are also backed by a 7-year warranty.
These are essentially like new blenders and, for those on a blender-spending budget; they are a great deal with warranty included. Usually refurbished units are about $100 off the original asking price.
Refurbished models are available here on the Blendtec website. Prices and model availability may be subject to change.
Blendtec currently (2016) has seven jar options that will fit on any Blendtec blender base (with exception to the Blendtec mixer units). Jars, when purchased separately, come with their own 3-year warranty. They are made from impact-resistant, BPA-free copolyester.
Blendtec also offers a mill and mixer model as well as a number of accessories.
There are countless websites and videos demonstrating the pros and cons of Blendtec blenders versus Vitamix blenders.
However, one thing that needs to be taken into account when comparing these two top high end machines is that you are reading up-to-date information on the subject.
This is due to the fact that, as competitors, these two companies tend to upgrade their models with new features and design improvements. This, over the years, has occurred in response to the numerous reviews on both types, as a way to be compliant with consumer needs and demands.
Therefore "reviewed design disadvantages" outlined on a number of websites are often out-of-date with current product lines changes.
Two classic past examples of this include: