As a lover of healthful, tasty, fruit smoothies and, home-made vegetable soups I was excited to receive this complimentary Blendtec Designer 650s for review. Out of the box and on to my counter I was pleased that it fit under my cabinets. This is a big plus since I plan to use this blender a lot and want it conveniently stored on my countertop, where I can get at it. It is a very attractive, eye-catching, kitchen appliance with its two-tone contrasting stainless steel and black base. Since all my major kitchen appliances are both stainless steel and black, the Blendtec Designer 650s is a perfect compliment. YooHoo!
What's In The Box:
* Wildside + Jar & Lid
* Recipe Book and Starter Guide – Featuring blender basics and a limited number of recipes for Smoothies, Frozen Treats, Hot Soups, Juices, and Dips & Dressings.
* Owner's Manual and User Guide – Detailed instructions, drawings, and illustrations for the safe and successful operation of your Blendtec Blender.
Wildside + Jar Features:
** Constructed of Eastman Tritan Copolyester – Impact resistant, shatterproof, tough, and durable plastic, which is much lighter then glass construction and stays sparkling clear.
** Jar Capacity - Total capacity is 90 ounces. Clearly visible, graduated markings on two sides; up to 36 ounces and, or, 4 cups on one side, and, 105 centiliters, and, or, 1,100 milliliters, on the other.
** BPA Free Plastic – Is not manufactured with any bisphenol compounds, A (BPA) or bisphenol S (BPS.
** Easy Open, Gripper Lid – Made of rubber for sealing liquids with removable center opening for adding ingredients or, to vent vapor from hot liquids. The lid must be held ON any time you are blending. It does not lock into position, just fits securely enough not to leak.
** Dishwasher Safe - Manufacturer recommends top rack only. However, the jar can be easily cleaned with warm water and a drop of dish washing liquid by installing the top lid and using the 'Pulse' cycle for 5 seconds.
** Blends Hot Liquids – Manufacturer recommends avoiding blending very hot and boiling liquids above 212 F because it could damage the lower seals of the jar. In fact they recommend to never put anything hotter in the jar then tap water to begin with, especially if you are making hot soup. The friction of the blades will make the liquid soup even hotter.
** Stainless Steel Blender Blades – Strong, cold-forged, patented wing-tip blades, corrosion resistant and designed for heavy use. The blunt, blade design efficiently blends your ingredients as they fall into the front of the blades for greater pulverizing power. The blades are installed and sealed at the factory – you cannot remove them. They consist of permanently lubricated ball bearings encased in a rubber, shock absorbing mount.
** Ergonomic Design – Handle is designed for easy-pouring from any one of three corners of this lightweight jar. Including lid the entire jar assembly weighs approximately 3 pounds.
** Vertical Interior Jar Ridges – These two interior, protruding, vertical ridges actually disrupt the blending pattern, which allows for faster and smoother blending.
** Efficient Jar Design – Eliminates air pockets in thick and cold ingredients by preventing cavitation. The jar design shifts the vortex of the ingredients in front of the blades at all times.
Base Unit Features:
** Power Base Unit – 1,560 watt motor with three prong heavy-duty, 48” appliance cord.
** Attractive Base – Contrasting stainless steel and black design.
** Non-Skid Base – There is a non-slip, rubberized material on the base of the unit to keep it from, sliding, walking, or moving during the blending process.
** Touch Screen Controls – At the top of the base towards the front is the touch screen, which lights up when unit is turned ON, and, or, any of the pre-programmed blending cycles is pressed ON, and, or, the Pulse Cycle is depressed, and, or, the slider is used to manually control the blending process.
** LED Info Center – Initially, when the unit is first turned ON, for three seconds, the LED Info Center will display a cycle count of the total number of cycles the blender has run. After that, it display the number of seconds left for each pre-programmed cycle you select for blending.
** Automatic Cycles – There are six automatic blending cycles: Batters, Ice Crush, Smoothies, Ice Cream, Juice, and Soups. Each of these cycles has been pre-programmed for variable speed settings, which change through that particular blending cycle. The variable speed settings allow time for your ingredients to be drawn down into the vortex of the blender blades for greater uniformity. The blender automatically shuts OFF when the cycle is finished.
** Pulse Cycle – Any blending process that requires just a few seconds can be done through depressing the Pulse Cycle. It can mix, chop, mince, froth, or whip in just seconds. You must depress the Pulse Cycle t keep in in operation – release when finished.
** Slider Control – You can manually control the speed of your blender. Increase, decrease, or vary the speed to get your desired results. I grind my own coffee blends from whole roasted Colombian and roasted Jamaican mountain-grown beans using the Slider. YUMMY!
** Other Icon Displays – There is a warning Temperature Icon, which will glow when the blender motor unit is overheated. A Touch Error Icon, which glows when you have touched more then one sensor for operation. A warning Phone Icon, which will glow when you are alerted to call a Blendtec Service Representative. A Stop Button (X), which will stop the blender immediately.
** Warranty – Limited warranty for eight full years. NOTE – You must retain your original proof of purchase.
Here are some of the 'goodies' I made after a whole week of using this blender: Tangerine Smoothies, combination of Cantaloupe and Honey Dew Mellon fruit juice, grinded roasted coffee beans into my own personal blends, made Butternut Squash, and Asparagus soups, and ground up two pounds of Pork Shoulder and two pounds of Chuck Steak to freeze for making chili later on. I love this Blendtec Designer 650s. Its power, versatility, ease-of-use, and especially, the uniform consistency of well-blended ingredients regardless of how thick, fibrous, or hard is what makes this a 'must-have' blender for my kitchen. Did I mention how easy it is to clean? WooHoo!
It is not inexpensive, but when you see what this blender can replace, it is a bargain. I no longer need my worn-out coffee grinder, my dated juicer, my electric ice cream maker, and will probably no longer need my hand-crank, meat grinder as this Blendtec does all of these functions, and, exceptionally well.
I highly recommend the purchase of this Blendtec Designer 650s for yourself, family member or friend, who loves to cook and enjoys healthful benefits from the use of this kitchen appliance. It would make a great gift for newlyweds, and even for Grandma and Grandpa too.