Blendtec Total Classic Original blender is probably one of the most powerful, versatile and trustworthy blenders on the market.
Before buying one, let’s make sure we know what’s in it for us. As we all know, there’s always manufacturer’s claims that present this picture perfect product. And then there’s an actual users experience that is a real picture of the product.
Today, we are going to look into users experience for the Blendtec Total Classic Original blender.
To make your decision easier, I will go through most common and important pros, cons and facts that Blendtec users, including me have encountered.
Facts and Specifications for Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender
- 6 pre-programmed cycles: smoothie, batters, soup, whole juice, ice cream, and ice crush,
- 1-touch buttons easy blending cycles,
- a pulse button, and 10 speed manual control with the ability to achieve a variety of textures,
- a self-cleaning cycle,
- stainless-steel forged blade that is dull (not sharp), with wings,
- BPA-free four-sided jar is a 75 ounce volume jar with 32 ounce blending capacity,
- 8 year warranty,
- electrical ratings: Volts 120, Hz 50-60, amp 13, cord: feet 35inches/3 feet.
The first thing you notice when you turn it on is that it is LOUD. It is loud, but it’s just as loud as any other blender. Blenders are loud; that’s the part of a deal. The noisiest part usually at the beginning of the cycle when it is blending frozen fruit.
Wildside or Fourside?
It depends on how much you want to blend at once. Wildside holds more.
Wildside holds 90oz and Fourside holds 75oz. The Wildside is a little wider, and it’s extra ‘side’ helps with blending efficiency because of the extra volume.
How Well Does it Blend?
Next thing you notice is the sheer power this machine has. It can be an overkill for some basic blending, but at least it will blend. Anything.
Follow the directions to put wet/liquid ingredients in first, then the chunky things and ice on top. It makes very consistent blends – no strawberry or carrot chunks.
However, if you overfill the jar the blender has trouble with too much frozens, so do not overfill it and try to use a mix of frozen and fresh items. If you intend to blend frozens, there is a special jar designed for that.
Another thing that can happen if you overfill it is spewing and no vortex. Although jar is 75 ounce (for Fourside jar) it is meant to make 32 ounces, which is roughly 3 – 4 glasses of smoothie.
Lastly, because the blender is so powerful, you have to take a second and fasten the lid properly. On the four sides of the lid are little lips that slide onto the jar to keep it in place.
Can it Make an Ice Cream?
It will make everything that a melted ice-cream is. I will not freeze it because it doesn’t have a cooling function. You can make an ice cream mix in the blender and then freeze it. It’s the same as making smoothie; put ingredients in, choose an ice cream cycle, pour the mix in a bowl, put in freezer for cca 8 hrs, take out, blend again briefly. Voila.
What About Seeds, Nuts and That?
I did blend peanuts into peanut butter and had to stop because the butter was stuck on the jar walls.
My knowledge of Physics tell me this is to be expected: if you use sticky ingredients, it will stick. No matter what type of blender you have. When this happen, poke the sides with a spatula a couple of times to get the butter to move so that more nuts could be ground. It is simple and easy, just use a long spoon, or spatula and remember to always turn off the blender first.
If you’re big on thick dips, spreads and thicker blends in general (the ones that don’t really have that much liquid) there is a solution to tackle the problem. You can get an additional jar that was specifically designed for blending thick stuff – the same one as for frozens.
Is It Easy to Clean and Dishwasher Safe?
The jar and lid are dishwasher safe.
There is also a self-cleaning button that works unexpectedly well, just make sure to always clean it right away otherwise things get stuck on and it isn’t pretty. Sometimes you’ll need to use a sponge to get some seeds off, specially around and under the blade.
With a self-cleaning cycle, I usually add a bit of soap, warm water and turn it on. It worked well for smoothies, milkshakes, soups and ice. The self-cleaning program did not work that well if I was blending seeds or more greasy ingredients.
Does it Chop? Can I Use It As a Food Processor?
Blender is not meant to chop or slice.
You can pulse with it, which would chew up vegetables lightly. To do that, keep it on low, pressing the ^ button only once. That way it does not liquefy everything until I want it to.
Another way to “chop” with blender is to use the so called “wet chop”: add your ingredient and fill up with water, then pulse. When you’re happy with the chop, strain the water out.
In my experience “wet chop” does not give an even chop, but it does not liquefy either.
It probably won’t replace your food processor because it was made for making shakes, smoothies, batters, dips, dressings, etc.
Can I Use It For Juicing?
Unlike a juicer, the whole piece of fruit or vegetable is used. You can definitely make healthy, fruity drinks with a blender, just add more water to the mix and pill an orange first.
How Does It Compare to Vitamix?
Both of them are powerful, versatile and worth of every penny. Both perform great and make good, consistent, smooth blends.
The Vitamix is better at blending thick frozen smoothies because it has the temper to push contents down into the blades. However, the Vitamix makes most liquid smoothies very frothy compared to the Blendtec, which is not a good thing.
Blendtec does offer a small twister jar for very thick smoothies and nut butters. Vitamix has a manual blending controls while Blendtec has pre-programmed controls.
Another difference is Vitamix has a round jar while Blendtec has a square jar. Round jar is better for thicker blends while a square one is better for more liquid blends like soups, smoothies, shakes, etc.
Blendtec is much smaller than Vitamix.
The next difference between the two is the blade. Vitamix has a sharp blade that blends with chopping. Blendtec has a dull blade that pulverizes.
And lastly, there is a difference in price. Vitamix is more expensive than Blendtec.
After buying your Blendtec you should register the blender was on the Blendtec website. It’s easy, simply find the serial number on the bottom of the blender and fill out a form. Amazon is one of their registered stores, so the warranty is effective for 8 years and remember to buy from registered stores only.
The Jury Has Spoken
If you want to blend, than Blendtec Total Classic Original blender is a great way to go. It does have some downsides, like buying an extra jar for thick blends but as far as I’m aware, there is no magic, all-in-one blender. Yet.
Blender makes a very good addition to the kitchen for someone who wants to incorporate more fiber, fruits and veggies into their diet. Although it cannot replace every kitchen appliance, it has the capability to replace some of them and free some space on the counter or under it.
I think the blender’s 6 pre-programmed cycles are a great indicator is this is a blender for you. If you’re into making smoothies or baby food, like creamy soups, enjoy whole juices, ice cream..then yes, you found you new kitchen toy. I say toy because you will find yourself playing with the recipes, and then admit to you family and friends that you might be developing an addiction.
You are seriously looking into Blendtec blender because you’re not new to the blending scene. Either you have a blender, love it, but unfortunately it isn’t up to all sorts of blending you need. Or you are looking to start blending and want to buy The One blender that will have your back and clearly, you did the research which one to get.
My advice: get it.
Skip dinning out for a weekend or two and get yourself a blender. It will save you time, improve your health and get your creative juices flowing – quiet literally.
It really comes down to your creativity and imagination what you will make in it.
>>> To get yourself a shiny new toy, click here.
>>> If you enjoy making thick dips and spreads, here is their Twister Jar (37 oz) .
>>> And if you want to make big batches of blends for the entire family here is a Wildside Jar (90 oz).
I wish you all a happy, healthy blending!!
P.S.: Read about Vitamix Professional series 750 blender
I hope you found the information that is useful to you and that you will enjoy experimenting with your blender. If you have any questions, want to share your experience or just chat on this topic, write a comment below. I’d love to hear your point of view!
Till next time,