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Blendtec - Designer 650 Blender - Stainless Steel

Model: D650SC3207A1A-A1AP1DSKU: 5896903

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Design, Power, Versatility, and Yummy Results!

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    pauldar
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    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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful blender with solid performance

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    optimummind
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    ======= Summary ======= The Blendtec Designer Series 8-speed blender is a powerful, versatile, and serious blending machine. ======= Design ======= With its simple black and stainless steel design, the Blendtec D650S is a serious-looking machine with a touch of modern elegance. Located atop the hefty and solid blender base is a LCD touchscreen that offers easy-to-use controls. Six one-touch preprogrammed blender options are offered - Smoothie, Ice Crush, Whole juice, Ice Cream, Batters, and Mixed drinks. There is also a Pulse function as well as a "touch slider" that you can use to adjust the blending speed (eight different speed levels). The flatness of this touch control area makes cleaning very simple and easy. The 36-oz blending cup fits into the base effortlessly as does the cap on top. Ergonomicaly speaking, I experienced no annoyances. Everything is just well-built, solid, and all the components fit perfectly together. A seamless experience is the result. ======= Performance ======= Our household is a big fan of organic fruit & vegetable juices, smoothies, and ice cream. We consume typical beverages such as strawberry & banana smoothies, apple & carrot juice, and other combinations of fruit & vegetable drinks (celery, kale, pineapple, orange, etc). Compared to ALL the other blenders we've owned in the past and use today, the Blendtec D650S performed the best. The liquid consistency, texture, and mixture proportions were spot-on and our drinks tasted and felt like they were blended by pros at Jamba Juice. It is not surprising when you read the specs of the Blendtec machine - a 1,560 W commerical-grade motor, powerful stainless steel blades, and 3.0 peak HP. Here is a short video I shot of the Blendtec D650S in action making a strawberry-banana smoothie: https://youtu.be/Hu2qfpn0HvU This thing is blending monster. It is a bit loud but that's the price one pays for POWER and superior blending performance & consistency. :D ======= Nice Extras ======= The 8-year warranty is really nice. And it is Made in the USA. Not many appliance makers will stand by their products for this long. The long warranty gives me a nice feeling of assurance that I'll get to enjoy the blender for many long years and I'm hoping it to be a faithful kitchen companion. Another nice touch is a little recipe pamphlet that Blendtec provided in the box. Even nicer is their website that provides hundreds of more (https://www.blendtec.com/recipes). It is exciting how this powerful blender opened up so many new recipes that I can now try that I couldn't before with lesser blenders from the past. ======= So, is it any good? Is it a good buy? ======= Yes and Yes~! What using the Blendtec D650S has taught me is that you really get what you pay for. Get something cheaper and less powerful and you'll get less performance, consistency, less warranty, less support, and more frequent purchases. If you get something more expensive but powerful from a trusted brand such as Blendtec, then you'll experience less frustration, the blending will be satisfactory and complete on the first try, and even more variety of different recipes can be experimented with and will be opened up to you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    High-class from a professional-grade blender

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    nickcal
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    For quite some time, I’ve enjoyed the “Will it blend?” Videos on YouTube. These videos feature Blendtec blenders and the founder of the company proving they can destroy just about anything because of how powerful they are. About a week ago, I finally got my chance to try out one of these wonderful machines. The Blendtec 650s from the Designer series product line arrived in a branded product box. I was surprised to find that the blender only comes packaged with the motor base, jar, lid, and instruction manuals. I thought it would have more accessories than that. Even though it was properly padded with styrofoam, be sure to handle the box with care as it is quite a heavy kitchen utility device. Setting it up is very easy. You simply plug in the motor base to power and set the jar with the lid on top of it. Then, you blend. I was surprised to find that there was no locking mechanism on this model. When I set the jar on the base, it just sits there unassisted. I did hold it in place while it blended, but found it odd that there was no lock for it. The lid has a small opening in the center of it for adding ingredients while blending. Many blenders have this feature, but I was surprised to find that this one is vented. It does have a cover that snaps into place, but there are small slots along the sides that allow airflow into the jar. I didn’t have any issues with the jar contents being flung around while blending. Even though the founder of Blendtec likes to push his machines to their limits, I decided to take a much more conservative approach to my testing process. I made a simple ice cream-based smoothie with fruit instead of trying to blend an Apple product. Using the measurement marks along the side of the jar, I added 4 ounces of milk, three scoops of vanilla ice cream (maybe about a cup and a half), 4 strawberries, and a whole banana. As far as prep goes, I did pull the stems from the strawberries and cut them into chunks. I realized after I had cut them up that it wasn’t really necessary given the power of the Blendtec. After adding the milk, ice cream, ice, and strawberries, I broke the banana in half, after peeling it of course, and dropped it into the jar. The Blendtec has a very simple display with icons to show you what you are blending. Each one of these buttons is associated with a set of time and speed that is already programmed into the blender. You can still operate it manually, but Blendtec makes blending very simple with these pre-programmed button options. Once I set the jar on the motor base, I selected the option for Smoothie and hit start. It immediately started blending and I noticed that because the Blendtec is so powerful, that the jar did start moving around on the base a bit. So, I put my hand on the top to steady it. The ingredients were blended for 60 seconds and then I poured it into glasses. The fruit was completely mixed into the ice cream mixture and only the flavors were added. I am very impressed by the Blendtec blender. Not too long before it entered our household, I was able to test out a Ninja blender as well. The biggest difference in the two machines is that the Blendtec relies heavily on its power to mix the ingredients because its blade is not sharpened. The Ninja, on the other hand, does have a very sharp blade. Both powerhouse blenders have a place - for me, I choose the Blendtec.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Power, Beauty and Easy to Use but not Quiet

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    I look for a few specific features in a good blender: * Powerful * Easy to control * Easy to clean * Quiet This Blendtec Designer Series blender meets 3 of these 4 desired features. 1. Powerful - this thing has some serious muscle! While the blade doesn’t look really sharp, it does the job quite well. I followed the included recipe to make Tortilla Soup by dropping in various ingredients and not going out of my way to pre-cut them up. This blender made quick work of turning the large chunks of vegetables into hot soup in only a few short minutes. Bravo and check one required feature off the list. 2. Easy to control - the touch panel has pre-programmed buttons for things like soup and smoothies. One press of the respective icon starts the blender doing what it needs to do. The touch-enabled slider control makes it easy to select a specific speed and the timer display lets you know how long it’s been running. Another bonus for the Blendtec. 3. Easy to clean - I’m a neat freak and prefer appliances that are easy to clean after use. They thought of a ton of nice touches like drain holes in the handle and the bottom of the provided WildSide+ container. The touch-enabled control panel is also easy to wipe clean. There are even easy to access hand holds on the bottom sides to make it easy to pick up and put away the base. My only complaint here is that captive (non-removable) cord doesn’t have any storage or wrap, so you just have to bundle it up with the provided Velcro tie and let the cord bundle flop around the back. 4. Quiet - here’s where the substantial power from feature 1 above conflicts with the desire for a quiet appliance. The Blendtec’s power is great but it’s also quite noisy. The splines of the container shaft match great with the motor housing, but there’s a bit of noise generated while in operation. This is by no means a dealbreaker, but if you’re looking for a blender with power and quiet operation, you might want to look elsewhere. Overall, this Blendtec blender is a substantial piece of kitchen appliance gadgetry. It’s attractive to look at and matches the look of stainless steel appliances that you may already have in your kitchen. It’s also easy to use, easy to clean and has more than enough power to chop up whatever you put in it… as long as you don’t plan on carrying on a normal conversation with someone nearby.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEAST of a Blender - Go Get One!

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    BADog
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    Do you want a BEAST of a blender? Stop here, ADD TO CART, and save the rest of your day looking up blender information and making comparisons. This is THE best blender you will find at the consumer level. --PROS-- * This thing is a BEAST. It has a 3HP motor, tops in the consumer blending industry. It's basically a commercial grade blender. * The BEST THING - the VORTEX suction. YOU DON'T NEED A TAMPER! I currently have another branded blender (which hasn't Aided me in the Kitchen), and I'm constantly having to push the ingredients down to the bottom. With the Blendtec, no tamper is needed. Due to shape of the container and the design of the metal non-sharpened blades, everything is sucked down to the bottom. It's an engineering marvel really. It doesn't get any easier than this. * It will blend through anything thoroughly, though I haven't tried putting rocks in it yet. * Settings galore in order to make the perfect mix including a finger slider speed adjustment module. * The touch interface is awesome and extremely EASY TO CLEAN * Did I mention the blades are not sharp like some brands? No worries of cutting your fingers if you get to cleaning the bottom of the container. * The 8-YEAR WARRANTY. For close to $500, you expect greatness from a kitchen appliance such as this. They back up their product with 8 years of replacement/repair in the event the beast has issues. This is rarely seen anywhere in the kitchen appliance realm. * Some blenders bases move or rotate slightly when using - this one stays put. * The stainless look with LEDs look great on the counter top. It just LOOKS like it means business. * NO ICE CHUNKS. I have made about 10 pineapple smoothies so far and every single one has been creamy smooth. You won't have any ice chunks getting stuck in your straw. --CONS-- * Yeah, it's loud. It's a 3HP motor that has a job to do - and to do it well. Blenders typically make quite a bit of noise... if you want it done right, it's going to be a little louder. I'll sacrifice sound for a job done better than any other blender. * Manufacturer states you can dishwasher-clean this thing on the top rack. Problem: It won't fit on the top rack upside down in many cases. If this is a problem, you can put on the bottom rack; however, this could VOID the incredible warranty they offer. So get ready to fall in love if you have used other inferior branded blenders like I have. It's not even a fair fight. Power. 8-year warranty. Performance. You get it all. Stop reading and comparing.... once you get this thing, you'll be saying the same thing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerfully attractive blender

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    TECHBEENGOOD
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    BLENDTEC Model: DESIGNER 650s Are you looking for a blender that will match visually with a high end kitchen? The Blendtec has a luxury look and feel, with its heavy stainless steel cladding, disappearing seamless control panel, and crystal clear plastic jar, with stainless steel blade. The Blendtec has a typical footprint, but its slightly shorter, square jar requires less height, so it can actually be operated under many top cabinets. And, it’s a powerhouse blender, with an advertised 3 HP motor. There’s a colorful recipe book, describing drinks, salsa, soups, yogurt and smoothies. The control panel is smooth, and disappears with no seams or indicator other than one red power button on the upper right corner. Cleaning is never more than a wipe across the smooth control surface or the motor housing. When the power button is lightly pressed the entire control panel lights up with icons, revealing the various programmed blend patterns (batter, ice crush, smoothie, ice cream, whole juice, and soups). There’s a digital slider controlling the motor speed manually and a pulse button. There are also 3 error icons (overheating, button touch, service needed). It’s high tech, with none of the drama. Operation is shown in the short video we took. Fill the jar, set it on the motor housing (no twisting needed)., press power, then press your program. Watch the choreography. This is a powerful blender, not likely to be perturbed by any cooking project you want accomplished. While the manual makes no mention of keeping a hand on the top cap, I’d recommend it. Ice or firmer foods may result in an initial startup kick, which quickly settles. My standard smoothie is an assortment of fruits, some frozen. This blender looks like it’s completed the task at 30 seconds, but the program runs a full 60 seconds. Other programs run different lengths, but then, you can pulse or control speed and time all manually, very easily. This is a powerful and attractive appliance. I could easily imagine others will love this blender, but for the price. Of course, if you’re insisting on an elegant tabletop appliance, price won’t matter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Expensive - but powerful

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    I rely very heavily on my wife's opinion when it comes to what small kitchen appliances we have in our house. When she said she wanted a new Blendtec Blender, she did caution me about sticker shock. Thankfully I was prepared to see the $450 price point for this particular beast. The design of the blender is simple, elegant and minimalistic. There's no console or blending station set up, just a base and the blender cup. One flaw in the design is how to clean it - the cup states it's dishwasher safe in the top rack, but I don't know of a dishwasher that has a top rack tall enough to accomodate this. Our Bosch dishwasher certainly doesn't. My wife informed me about how Blendtecs are basically the powerhouses of the blender world and she was right. This thing took everything we threw at it! Ice - it blended that fine. Cake batter - did that too. Smoothies - no problem! That being said, this thing is $450 - that's an insane leap from the other blender that we were replacing. I'm happy to learn that Blendtec are rated as very reliable and have a reputation for lasting for a very long time. Since we wore out our old blender, I'm hoping that the cost-per-use on this will help me feel better over time. The pictures we posted were of before we started blending, because my wife informed me that Blendtecs are strong enough to shred electronics. Sorry, wasn't going to let my new iPhone X near that thing while it's on! This thing is loud too - but then again, what blender isn't? If you're a serious baker, cooker, etc - then you might want to look at the Blendtec. It's a beast. If you’re not into serious cooking though, you’d have to weigh the idea of paying nearly as much for a blender as you do for an iPad. If you’re a budget conscious shopper, then this isn’t the blender for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic blender!!

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    Telstar
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    The Blendtec - Designer Series 8-Speed Blender - Stainless is simply the best blender I've ever used. It is heavy enough to set firmly on the counter or table surface without moving while running at its highest speed. With its 36-oz pitcher in place, the whole unit is 16" high so it will fit under most overhead cabinets for temporary storage away from your workspace. The lid snaps down on the pitcher so that it is secure. Power? This thing has a 3HP 1560W commercial grade motor. It powers through meat or anything else you would put in a blender. It is exceedingly simple to operate and clean. The impressive blade unit is not removable from the pitcher, so there's no disassembling it to clean it and hoping you reassemble it correctly so that the pitcher doesn't leak when you next use it. You simply put a couple of drops of detergent in the pitcher with some water and pulse the blender as needed. It will swirl the contents up to the top of the pitcher as long as you run it. Then just rinse the pitcher and lid in hot water and set it aside to dry. The base has a digital screen in front of where the pitcher sets, and the rest of the base is wrapped in stainless steel. Just wipe the entire base off with a damp cloth, and you're done. This blender is by far the easiest blender to clean that I've ever used. On the control panel, it offers a digital slider for manual speed control - just touch the slider or slide your finger up or down the wide slider icon to the speed you want. In addition, it has the preset icons along with a power icon and alert icons for various situations. It has 6 presets: Batters to mix or whip batters, sauces, dips and dressing: Ice Crush to blend mixed drinks, milkshakes or to simply crush ice: Smoothie to blend your smoothies: Ice Cream to actually make ice cream: Whole Juice to make whole juice or green drinks: Soup to make hot soup (blade action actually heats the ingredients) or hot chocolate. These presets have been fashioned to run the blender at different speeds at different points in the blending process to obtain excellent results - just put your liquids in first, then the lighter solids above that and the heavy solids above that. The soup we made using the Soup preset was excellent! The Blendtec blender comes with a book to show you how to properly use your blender for smoothies, frozen treats, hot soups, juices and dips & dressings. More recipies are available at Blendtec.com. If you want a simple to operate blender that cleans easily and does a superb job blending, mixing, whipping or any other blender job, you will love the Blendtec - Designer Series 8-Speed Blender - Stainless.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful. Beautiful. Flawless.

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    CrysisComplex
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    Blendtec has delivered one amazing blender with the Designer 650s, Not only you get a great 8-year warranty but the item itself feels extremely premium. No, really it feels like you are touching the future with the touchpad and the Wildside crystal glass jar is awesome. Blendtec gives its signature design with the nice large jar showing off the huge blade inside to blend whatever you throw at it. Like many others, I've been using Vitamix for years and never thought I would look the other way but today I will have a whole different mindset to newer blenders. Placing the motor base down on the countertop it does not move and never displays flimsiness. Blending was super quick, easy, and powerful as you see the blades rip what you have inside. It has 6 pre-programmed blend cycles and they all work flawlessly. Smoothie, Frozen Treats, Whole Juice, Hot Soup, Batters, Mix Drinks, and Pulse are all here. I made a classic strawberry and banana smoothie just for a quick test and it was delightful. The Designer 650s also does a really good job of making a batter with ease giving the right consistency EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Crushing Ice is a breeze giving it just 35 seconds to rip it all up and it always comes out as perfect as you expect it to. The black rubber lid stays on tight and it has a useful purpose as well. You can vent food and add food without taking off the lid! amazing. When it comes to the actual blending you won't be disappointed. The touchpad itself is a beautiful and easy tech I happen to enjoy on the blender, it makes it so easy to clean and use the preprograms in the 650s. There are error icons on there as well so you never have to second guess what is going on. I think its a nice futuristic touch to this well designed stainless steel blender. Every time it lights up it just seems to impress me. There are some odd instructions about placing the jar in the dishwasher when clearly it won't fit, I too scratched my head over this as well but its no bother to just wash it out manually. The blender isn't super loud Blendtec made one of the most stable, impressive, and powerful blenders I've ever used. There is nothing like it I ever used before. Even made the ladies in my family a bit jealous that I have a Blendtec's Designer Series at all. I honestly can't give this more then 5 stars but if I could I would. This is a world class product that deserves all the rave reviews and well worth the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great blender with a couple of flaws

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    Before I even used the blender, I had issues. First, the instructions caution to not put hot liquids in the blender, but then has a setting and instructions for ‘hot’ soups. How does the manufacturer think you make soup? You cook ingredients and then put them in the blender hot. So, do I have to cool it completely, blend it and then reheat? My cheap Oster blender lets me go straight from pot to blender by leaving the lid off and covering with a dish towel. Then you read the cleaning instructions, which say the blender jar is dishwasher safe, but only on the top rack! Who has a dishwasher with a top rack tall enough for this jar? I am sure both of those issues are due to the jar being plastic. For the price of this blender, you can’t make the jar from glass? That said, it does a wicked good job on cold things. In fact, it doesn’t even need the amount of time it defaults to on the presents. I made a Strawberry-Banana smoothie. Put the strawberries in whole and chose the smoothie setting. I stopped it half-way through, after just 30 seconds. Not a single chunk. I did use ice cream, so perhaps the preset thinks you’re using ice cubes that take longer to chop up. I did also make soup out of leftover Thanksgiving roasted butternut squash. Just put the whole casserole (butternut squash, onions, blue cheese) in the blender – cold – with some chicken stock and chose the hot soup setting (still don’t get the ‘hot soup’ setting when they say don’t put anything hot in). Again, it took a fraction of the time to blend it all up and was smooth as silk. I’ll have to debate whether I want to test it out and make butternut squash soup the way I normally would, which would be to cook the squash in stock and put it in the blender hot. So, for blending performance, I give this machine very high marks. Great for cold beverages. But, the limitations and plastic jar make it not worth the price in my book.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Blender; You Get What You Pay For

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    I'd been wanting to invest in a "nicer" blender for awhile now and was torn between a Vitamix and Blendtec. Both seem like good choices, and we went Blendtec due to friends having one themselves, and glad this was the way we went. Firstly, I must say that, unless you actually plan to use the functions of a nicer blender (making flour, grinding coffee, creating great smoothies, juicing, making nut butters, making nut milks, hot soups created, etc) there is no point to buying a higher end blender. If you simply want great smoothies, one can get a solid blender elsewhere. However, if you like the idea of pretty much being able to do anything and everything with your blender, then the Designer Series is for you. PROS: This blender has performed marvelously for the past 3 weeks we've had it. It has enabled us to make great morning smoothies, milks, soups, juices, butters, and more. It has done the job for everything we've thrown at it, and never too loud in the process. It's exactly what we wanted in a blender so that is awesome. The jar is a whopping 96 fl oz, with measurements up to 36 fl oz (and the metric system is also included). No issues overheating, not grinding anything up, or anything of note. The LED touch screen looks great, and the dimensions of the blender leave a very small footprint on the counter (something the Vitamix can't use). Power cord is long enough, and the blender we bought was newly manufactured only a month ago. Easy to clean as well, with a cycle to do it for you too. CONS: Price; this will be the toughest thing for most to swallow. Best Buy just had a sale on these for $150 off, and at under $400, this is definitely a steal. It is worth it regardless, but watch for sales if needed. Contents: you only get the Wildside+ portion, nothing else, meaning any accessories are extra out of pocket (not that you need them, but they could be useful and companies such as Ninja provide plenty). OVERALL: A huge upgrade from our previous Ninja. So much power under the hood, and everything looks great as well. There are no signs of stopping and I'm ever glad we have this in our lives. We've been making healthier options overall, and feel great doing it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Smooth Blending by a Great Blender!

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    The instinctive touch controls let you choose from eight speeds including a pulse function to handle everything from juicing to grinding meat, and the smooth seamless motor base with sealed touch area make it easy to clean - just wipe. The Blendtec Designer blender has a 1500W, 3 HP (almost 3 times the power of my last blender) motor for commercial-capable strength provides reliable power for all of its blending chores. The heavy base makes for as stable and as quite of operation as is feasible. The 36-oz. blending cup/pitcher (medium-sized, robust, durable, and see-through makes it easy to blend smoothies and other drinks. The touch area has illuminated easy-to-read icons that allow you to effortlessly select blend cycles and it also incorporates the pulse function on the panel. Blending frozen fruit and ice is flawless - no plunger needed. The 1500W commercial grade motor is strong enough to drive the aggressive blade so you don't need a messy plunger. It incorporates a state-of-the-art touch slider, touch it anywhere to jump to any speed, and slide your finger to fine-tune your blend. This Blendtec blender has a precision balanced direct drive and motor assembly. The precision-machined socket connects directly to the motor, resulting in both reduced vibration and noise. The innovative airflow design keeps the blender cooler. A cooler motor means a longer life (it has an eight-year warranty). The blender fits easily under most cabinetry. Great Blender at a reasonable price!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good for heavy and frequent users

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    This is a good blender that is a huge upgrade to most average blenders on the market. The high-end blender market has come down to two dominating brands and it really comes down to what you're looking for out of your blender. The biggest advantage of this Blendtec Blender is the safe blade which allows you to clean thoroughly without slicing up your hand. Pros: Clean Look Touch Screen Illuminated Easy-clean Safe-touch blade Easy storage Pre-programmed functions Setup is quick and easy, just need to clean the jar and wipe the base. I've owned a comparable blender so it was nice to have something to compare this blender's performance to. I first used the program functions to make a smoothie and then to make margaritas. I was happy the ice was crushed evenly and the motor did not heat up the blade so I did not have to stress over the Ice melting. The smoothies came out good but I think it will take more practice to figure out what order to add ingredients since the consistency was not uniform as like in my other blender, but overall it did well with that. I also made salsa in the blender using the touch slider. It took a little practice getting the setting right, but my salsa came out better than ever without uneven chunks or the "frothing" effect. The blender has illuminated touch which I was hesitant about, but has worked flawlessly so far. It makes it much more hygienic and very easy to clean. It's definitely heavy but not too bulky. Cons: Programs not perfect Takes longer/more effort than similar blenders There's not much to complain about this blender, especially if this is your first high-end blender. You definitely want to consider what you want out of your blender and what you'll be using it for most of the time. The program settings aren't that great in my opinion. It's probably more in your best interest to use the manual setting. However, it comes down to personal preference. I did feel that it was not as powerful or took more time than similar blenders. All in all, this is an excellent blender.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BlendTec Designer 650 Series Blender

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    So I’ve been testing out the BlendTec Designer 650 Series blender for the last couple of days and its been simply amazing. First off, the design quality of the blender is top notch in my opinion, something I’ve not seen in other blenders. Inside the box is the solid base of the blender, the blender jar with lid, and the usual documentation (owner’s manual and a receipt book of BlendTec Favorites). Starting with the base, there’s some serious heft to it. Meaning its build quality is solid. Once you clear space on your countertop or wherever you plan on sitting it, it’ll be a good idea to leave it there unless of course you don’t mind lifting it all the time, LOL. The BlendTec Designer 650 blender is touch screen, which I’ve only seen another blender with touch screen on its base. After getting everything setup, and plugged in, the display screen lit up showing the power button in the top right corner of the display screen. After touching the power button, the rest of the display lights up. At this point you simply select one of the 6 settings by touch which mode you want to blend in, starting from batters to soup. Below the 6 settings is a slider that allows you to control the speed of the blender. To the left of the 6 blend modes is an X to cancel whatever you are blending at any given time. So far, I’ve only used the Smoothie setting in my testings each morning to make my morning smoothies and protein shakes before starting my day. It has been really easy to use and blend in about 30 to 40 seconds. After mixing my protein shakes cleanup was really easy, a quick rinse and its good. The ice cream setting will be a hit with the kids once we start using it more often. The blender is also great for wet/dry grinding as well as wet/dry chopping. In my couple days of use, its been pretty amazing. And its not really all that loud either. I’ve had cheaper lower quality blenders that are really loud and tend to move if not holding the lid down on the jar. This blender is very solid and I would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Makes amazing Smoothies with the push of a button

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    This is an impressive blender. Whenever you buy a blender, and regardless of you end up getting this one or not, you should be looking for the most power, stable motor and base you can afford in your budget, and a square pitcher with a fixed blades (as in one that doesn't unscrew). This is the most expensive blender I have ever used and does meet all of those requirements. I do also own a Vita-Mix 5200 and if you're interested in the TL;DR -- I still prefer the Vita-Mix to this product. The GOOD: Design meets all the basic requirements I stated for reliable blending. Aesthetics: This is the only blender I have ever used that is both pretty enough to stay on my counter and powerful/reliable enough to use every day. Push Button: I was surprised at how well this works. Just load up your recipe and push the button and the blender will auto-shut off when you beverage/soup is ready. If you follow your recipes this feature works PERFECTLY and gives great smoothies every time. The design of the pitcher makes for easy clean up -- I find hand washing and drying to be easy due to the wide base and blade design. The BAD (or I didn't like): My Vita-Mix is dishwasher safe, bottom rack -- this is not. It means every time I decide to use this is going to be hand washed. The Vita-Mix uses rubber legs to grip the bottom of the pitcher which this has smooth plastic for. As a result the pitcher will jump off the base slightly every time it starts up while it feel much more stable on that competitor. For my personal preference, I really like the ability to change speeds as you blend by using a variable dial. The 8 speed pre-sets seemed to work for everything I've tried, but it's a little hands-off and I can see many situations where more speed control would be preferable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great blender? But is it really worth it?

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    The Blendtec Designer Series 8-Speed Blender is a VERY impressive blender. But at a price of almost 300-400 dollars is it REALLY worth the price difference compared to other brands? I asked myself this question while putting this blender through its tests. I must say, the blender itself is very well made and the fact that it has an 8 year warranty gives me great peace of mind. But for the price point I'm not so sure it's really worth it. I think they could include a little bit better quality mixing container. Compared to the Ninja pro blender I already have in the house I think the top lid is pretty cheap. The ninja came with a lock on lid and a spoon to help loosen things if need be. Now I must say that I think the Blendtec is much more powerful, so maybe it doesn't need a spoon but for what I really use it for which is mostly milkshakes and smoothies I believe both are comparable. I think the difference could be grinding up a huge amount of items that could possibly overwhelm the Ninja. I think the Blendtec is a fantastic blender and the smoothies I've made so far have been creamy and delicious. But I always wonder why with some of the company's pre made settings that they insist on blending something for so long. For example the smoothie setting is 60 seconds. After about 15-20 i would consider it to be completely blended and anything else is overkill. Not sure if they're thinking you are making smoothies for 6, but it seems like a lot of unnecessary blending. Luckily you can manually do whatever you like, but sometimes i feel like companies try to overcomplicate the blending process. I think this blender is great and I can't wait to use the recipes they include and really explore this blender more. But for me I probably would save your money and get a comparable blender at about half the price and add in an additional item like an espresso machine or something!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very powerful

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    All I can say is WOW, have never used a blender like this one. My wife and I are amazed at how much power this one has. We tried some ice as our first test using the crushed ice setting and filling the pitcher about half way. It only took about half the time the auto setting showed and the ice came out like powdered sugar it was so fine, simply amazed by that. Then we tried a smoothie in it using one Mango, a Banana, half a Fuji Apple, some Pineapple Juice and good handful of ice, using the Smoothie setting it finished it in no time and it came out perfectly smooth, no chunks at all and was nice and thick. Sound wise, it's a blender, so it's going to be noisy, but it's not as loud as the Ninja we have. I've used other blenders in the past and have a Ninja also, it's no were near as powerful as this. The touch panel is nice, and clean, no buttons that you will have to clean around if you spill anything on it. There are 6 pre programmed settings, a slider so you can pick between 8 different speeds, and a pulse setting. We haven't had a lot of time to see what all we can do with it but so far we are very impressed with it. Cleanup of the pitcher was simple and everything rinsed right out, you can't remove the blades "at least as far at I can tell" so you have to be careful about cleaning around them. I do wish they would lift out like the Ninja but there are only two blades and very simple to get around them due to the size of the pitcher. It's also nice to see that it has a 8 year warranty, so the company must expect this to last a lot longer than your average blender, that's also reflected in the price as it's quite a bit higher than the Ninja but the build quality feels a lot better too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent blender!

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    I had my reservations about this blender when I was reading online about how some Blendtec blenders' pitchers would shred its rubber gasket over time but this model doesn't have the rubber. It's all metal (from what I can tell). The pitcher is light while feeling solid. The base of the blender itself (where the motor is) feels very solid and heavy enough to minimize vibration. Grooves underneath its left and right sides make it easy to lift and move around the table. I do have a concern about the touch controls possibly failing at some point since there's no physical buttons. Otherwise, the touch controls are great and responsive. The buttons are backlit with a high contrast bright white over the black panel and very easy to see. Operation is a breeze with the preset buttons, although I wish they had the buttons labeled with text as well instead of just simple black&white pictures. It may take a while for some to get used to what button does what using just the pictures (e.g. cocktail glass=crushed ice). You can blend unattended since you can set the timer to whatever you like. There is also the standard pulse button as well. There is also a manual speed control slider. This thing is powerful! Blends everything I throw at it with ease. The smoothies I made had a nice thick texture to it. It's easily to clean since the pitcher is really wide and square. The blades are thick but also dull, making it safe to clean any tough residue that the standard cleaning won't get rid of. I think the thing I was most surprised about though was the sound. I was bracing myself for a really loud blender, but when I actually used it, I found it quieter than my 900 Watts Nutri Ninja Pro. Maybe I haven't used it long enough, but I found no evidence of overheating when I used it. Overall, I'm pleasantly impressed and love this blender.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    expensive but wow

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    the good - as mr. darth sidious himself would say…”unlimited powerrrrrr!!!”. seriously…this thing feels like you could mix concrete with it. i’ve been using a vitamix for awhile, as i do like my frosty mixed beverages, and it does just fine. this blendtec is on a whole new level. the individual programs are especially nice - you can of course just blend manually, but what are we, cavemen? i push the appropriate icon on the touchscreen, and it does this 35 second program to perfectly crush the ice - medium, then fast, then back to medium, all on its own. no little “ice rocks” left over afterwards…perfectly smooth, bar-like consistency. -volume (sound) - maybe 20% quieter than other blenders i’ve used. certainly not quiet, but a definite improvement. -volume (capacity) - big pitcher for lots of previously mentioned frosty beverages. -stability - i’ve seen other higher powered blenders rotate a bit on the counter if they’re on a slicker surface. this one stays put. the bad -price - this will eliminate it from contention for quiet a few i’m sure. only time will tell if the cost is justified. overall -definitely a bit on the pricey side, all in all a very good blender. the programs make it super convenient to start blending your drink and multitask while it does its thing. all in all, very happy with this blender. hope it lasts long enough to justify its price point.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top Multi Use Blender

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    giper54
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    If you are serious about your blending, this blender is worth its price. This is the heavier, larger version and if you blend on an uneven surface or you blend with a lot of frozen food stops the blender from bouncing and moving like other blenders. This is a blender for those who can't boil water. The blender uses SmartBlend technology that senses and id's potential problems. I don't know how it does it but it blends a little bit differently when I blend up Chia seeds or a smoothie so that the bits are truly to a minimum and superfine for the Chia. This blender is the absolute best for blending/grinding seeds and nuts to a superfine powder. Works great for nuts and seeds to turn it into different types of flowers. This blender, for me, makes the best smoothies. I use 4 cups of kale, a lemon, cup of blueberries, 5 large strawberries and it is the consistency is super smooth and not chunky. I put it in a thermos and with a simple stir later on in the day, the smoothie goes back to being smooth and chunk free. The blender comes with 6 preprogrammed cycles + 10, Smoothie, ice cream, Whole Juice, Soup and a clean cycle. It cycle comes with a count down timer and the cycles work well with different items too. The capacitive touch slider acts as a multi speed pulse for 8 different speeds. I love that feature for when I am making a vegetable based soup, so much easier than cutting everything up. We also own a Blendtec blender that is close to 8 years old and still works great. We use it at least twice a day. We did have to have it repaired and replaced and it was super easy and the replacement unit was shipped quickly. The customer service and warranty is also top notch. If you blend everyday and use a blender with your everyday cooking, this is a perfect blender for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend