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Blendtec - Which Should I Buy? - Model Comparison
Blendtec makes their blenders with commercial standards that deliver restaurant quality results, but they offer a lot of different models. Blendtec has engineered all of their blender jars to be so efficient that they do not require a tamper, no stopping your blend to scrape the sides and starting again. But which Blendtec is the best for you? The Classic vs Designer? Which one do you choose? We’re here to help you with that. We’re going to navigate through Blendtec’s line of high-power blenders. They’ve got 5 home models to choose from, let’s see what’s unique about each of them.
Key Features: 3HP Motor, Classic Physical Push Buttons
Great for: People wanting a dead simple blender with incredibly powerful motor
Coveted for its physical buttons that will work with wet fingers or disposable gloves, the Classic 575 still has its place in the modern kitchen. Unlike its brothers with a touch screen interface, the Classic 575 has tactile physical push buttons giving you quick control with audible feedback. Press the three horsepower motor blender’s buttons with wet fingers or gloved hands that will always be recognized with ease.
All Blendtec blenders have a cycle counter to keep track of how many smoothies, soups, desserts, and other foods you blend in your blender. Easily view this on the front of the blender to see how many times you’ve been pulverizing your foods with the three horsepower motor. That's about three to four times the normal power of an average budget blender. That powerful motor makes Blendtec's specially engineered jar push food up the sides and pull it back down to the blunt safety blade eliminating the need for a tamper and having to stop and start again.
The four preprogrammed cycles are dead simple. No having to guess which button does what, just press smoothie for a smoothie, or the 60 second or 90 second button that that long of a blend or just use the five speed manual blend setting to blend that tomato sauce or smash up homemade peanut butter.
4 Programmed cycles: Smoothie, 60-seconds, 90-seconds, Cleaning
Key Features: 3HP Motor, Touch Screen Interface
Great for: People wanting futuristic looking blender with modern, easy to use preset functions and fun color options
Step into the future with a touch screen interface with the Designer 625. Blend gourmet smoothies, creamy ice cream, salsa, and more with a futuristic, easy to clean touch screen. This blender features innovative designs, including a patented jar flow that pulls ingredients straight to the blade and eliminates the need for a tamper.
Choose from a variety of colors on the Designer 625, from a light blue sea mist, to a deep red pomegranate. See all your color options here.
The 625 includes the patented 5-sided WildSide blender jar. The fifth side of this Blendtec blender jar allows a high powered vortex to be created in the center that pulls all food items down into the blade for smooth consistency in fruits and food products. This means no having to stop and scrape the sides of the jar and then starting it up again. This is a frustration free smoothie machine.
The 625 is an upgrade from the Classic 575 with its capacitive touch screen interface. This model offers a modes 4 preprogrammed blend settings and 6 speed settings with pulse functionality. You still get the amazing three horsepower motor and 8 year warranty just like the other blenders in the Blendtec family.
4 Preprogrammed cycles: Smoothie, Frozen Treats, Whole Juice, Hot Soup
Key Features: 3HP Motor, +10 Second Button, Beautiful Designer Color Options
Great for: People wanting a sleek and futuristic looking blender with convenient +10 second function for easy blending
The true middle of the road blender with advanced features and plenty of power. Blendtec’s Designer 675 has a nice balance of five preprogrammed blend cycles with the awesome dedicated “Add 10” button that adds 10 more seconds at a press of a button. This is great if you see you smoothie or soup still has a couple of stubborn unblended chunks, simply press the "+10" button blend those chunks out with 10 more seconds of high-power blending.
Included with the 675 is the Wildeside Jar. Most blending jars are round or square, the Wildside Jar has a patented fifth side increases efficiency of blending frozen foods by up to 25%, and allows for larger, quicker blends. That's bigger batches of soup, smoother smoothies, and smaller pulp in your whole juices.
The 675 has eight speed settings to utilize on its capacitive touch slider with a pulse function for its three horsepower motor. Although less color options compared to the Classic 575 and Designer 625, the color choices are more sophisticated and have a nice sparkly glisten making this a nice blender to display on the counter.
5 Preprogrammed cycles: Smoothie, Frozen Treats, Whole Juice, Hot Soup, Cleaning and Dedicated +10 Button
Key Features: Smartblend Technology, Achievement Reward System, Die-Cast Metal Body, 3.8HP Motor, Chef Austin's Top Pick
Great for: Blending enthusiast, home chefs creating blended masterpieces, and anyone wanting the smartest blender that offers ultimate precision
100 Speed Settings to Choose From
The touch control panel is the most advanced compared to all other Blendtec blender displays. Instead of just number counter LCD, it has a full digital display that will give you full messages. Easily use 6 of the preprogrammed blending cycles or use the precise 100 speed settings. Yes, you can modify the speed by one degree at a time, from 1-100, the smart LCD will also show you where you are stirring, chopping, mixing, or blending. Easily see where you can make the perfect chunky salsa or puree the silkiest potato and leek vichyssoise you'll ever have. Get restaurant quality food right in your home kitchen.
The Designer 725 is also the only blender with the Blender Rewards Program. Just like in video games, you can earn achievements just by using your blender. Trade in these achievements for gift cards, recipe books, and discounts straight from Blendtec!
The 725 also features their most powerful motor at 3.8 peak horsepower. That's one of the most powerful motors for the home market. This means no more frozen chunks in your smoothie, no ice rocks in your margarita, and finely ground whole wheat flour every time.
My favorite feature is the fun messages the Designer 725 says to you when you power on the machine and after you blend your smoothie. It’s a fun little touch that makes this blender. This along with the SmartBlend Technology and 3.8HP motor make the 725 my top pick out of all the Blendtec models.
6 Preprogrammed cycles: Smoothie, Salsa/Dips, Frozen Treats, Whole Juice, Hot Soup, Cleaning
Key Features: Stealth Technology Silencing Enclosure, 6 Preprogrammed Cycles,3.8HP Motor
Great for: Those not wanting to wake everyone up with their morning smoothie, people needing an ultra quiet blender, blending enthusiast, and home chefs
Blendtec’s most quiet blender with most powerful motor. The Professional 800 model’s most noticeable feature is it’s sleek sealed sound enclosure. It may not look like much, but the Stealth Technology the enclosure is engineered with makes this the most quiet full powered blender I’ve ever used. While blending, the noise is reduced down to where I can have a normal conversation with someone standing across from me. With the Professional 800, it’s industrial-strength power doesn’t require industrial-strength noise.
Speaking of power level, this blender’s is MAXIMUM. Blendtec stuck a 3.8 peak horsepower motor inside making this the absolute most powerful motor you will find in a blender anywhere. While the power level is maximum, the noise level is minimum which is something you can't find in many blenders. Gone are the days of your family waking up to song of the blender making your morning smoothie before work. The Pro 800 has 11 speed settings available on the capacitive touch slider and 6 preprogrammed food blending cycles, the most of all in the Blendtec home lineup.
Top: 6 Preprogrammed cycles: Mixing, Frozen Drinks, Smoothie, Frozen Treats, Whole Juice, Hot Soup
Bottom: 11 Speed Manual Slider
Chef Austin's Top Pick
I'd have to say out of all the models, the Blendtec Designer 725 is my Top Pick. This model has all the features I want in a blender: power, problem solving technology, and an advanced interactive display. The incredible power of a 3.8 peak horsepower motor is sure to break apart even whole nutmeg seeds. The SmartBlend technology is very helpful showing me when I have a problem blending something crazy out of my kitchen. I love that the advanced display talks to me and gives me rewards just for blending. All the greatest features from each blender is combined into this one and makes the Designer 725 my top pick.
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About the Author:
Chef Austin Merath is Everything Kitchen's Culinary Wizard, Kitchen-Gadget Reviewer, and New-Product Tester. He studied under chefs in College of the Ozarks' Culinary Program. It's his job to make sure you choose the kitchen tools that are right for you by testing the best we have to offer. When not cooking, Austin is tinkering with computers or exploring the Ozarks with his wife Amy. Click here for his full bio.