Hi Guys, today I’m reviewing the Blendtec Total Blender. Amazon LINK TO Blendtec Total Blender: http://amzn.to/1URLgQi It has a 3 Hp direct drive motor. It measures 7 by 8 by 15.5 inches and weighs about 10 pounds. The bpa free square jar holds 32 ounces. The 2 prong blade is ultra-hard stainless steel. The Blendtec blender comes with a user guide, dvd and recipe book.
The recipe book has about 200 recipes including Smoothies, Whole Juices, Milk alternatives, Coffee, Dips, Dressings, soups, meal ideas and even pet treats. The recipes also have nutrition information listed so it’s very thorough.You can grind dry ingredients like grains in the blendtec but it may cloud up the surface of the jar.
The touch pad has 6 pre-programmed blend cycles: Ice cream, ice crushing, soups, sauces, whole juice and smoothies. There is also a pulse button and two speed control buttons. The LCD information center indicates any failure conditions and the number of times a blend cycle button has been pressed. It’ll show an “overtemp” reading when the unit is overheating. The power switch is in the back of the base. The flexible rubber lid has a plastic insert that you can remove to add ingredients. The lid has a nice seal.
We’ll test the blender by making a few things from the Blendtec recipe book. We’ll make a berry banana smoothie, carrot juice and frozen mojito using three different pre-programmed blend cycles.
Let’s start with the smoothie. Place all the ingredients in the blender, put the lid on. Turn on the power switch in the back of the base. Place the blender on the base, there is no locking or turning so it’s very easy. Press the smoothie button and it will automatically shut off after 40 seconds. Each button runs for a specific amount of time and that’s listed in the user guide. If you want to stop the cycle, press any of the buttons on the lower row. The blender was stable and didn’t move around on the counter. It is loud as is most high powered blenders.
The speed buttons can be manually controlled. Press the speed button and go up to increase or down to decrease the speed. Once you find the speed you like, let go of the button and it will run at that speed automatically for 50 seconds and shut off after that.
If you want to chop or whip, use the pulse button. It’s like using a pulse button on a food processor, you have to hold it down for the machine to run. The machine will stop when you let go of the button.
To clean, add 1 cup of hot water and a drop of dishwashing liquid. Put the lid on, keep your hand on top and pulse for 5 seconds. Rinse with water. Dishwashing is not recommended. Unplug the base and wipe down with a damp cloth.
Overall, the Blendtec did a great job of blending everything we threw into it. You will be spending quite a bit of money on this blender but it does come with a 8 year warranty. If you like a blender with a computer and pre-programmed cycles, the Blendtec is a good choice for you. Hope this review was helpful. Thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe for more reviews.
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