Take a guess – what was the first thing we made after bringing home our Blendtec 18 months ago?
Did anyone guess “smoothie?”
*insert annoying buzzer sound here*
Nope. Wrong answer.
The first thing we made in our Blendtec was…..
Totally NOT glamorous, I know, but what can I say?! Mr. Crumbs had a craving for banana chocolate chip muffins and we had a new toy.
We did eventually make smoothies though, among other things, and we’ve definitely given the Four Side Jar a run for its money.
At one time we considered investing in the Wild Side Jar, but we weren’t sure if it was worth $100 on top of the pretty penny Mr. Crumbs had already paid for the blender itself. So we ended up saying no at the time, thinking we’d re-evaluate if what we had ever disappointed us, or if we felt the need – not want – to have a different jar.
Long story short, our Blendtec and Four-Side Jar are so awesome that we never revisited that conversation. I can count on one hand the number of times we had to make a batch of something so big that it required us to split it in half and using the jar twice. And I don’t think I’d even use half of my fingers.
[This is part 2 of my Blendtec review. Read part 1 HERE]
But there’s this saying… you don’t know what you’re missing when you don’t have it… 😉
When Blendtec said “yes” to sponsoring a giveaway for the launch of High Protein, No Powder, I was over the moon.
So imagine my surprise (and my level of hysteria) when they said they were sending me a Wild Side Jar to test out for you guys too?! Seriously, I could have fainted.
The Four Side Jar is totally awesome all by itself (hence our reason not to buy another), but I knew that being able to test this jar would REALLY show you guys how great the Blendtec is and help me better express my love for this machine.
So let’s get started, shall we?
Capacity & Time
The Four Side Jar holds nearly two quarts of liquid (almost 64 oz). In less than 4 minutes (one to blend, three to pour kefir and rough chop produce), I can make two days worth of smoothies in one single blend, split them up between two old spaghetti jars and call breakfast for Mr. Crumbs done.
Here’s my usual smoothie routine:
- Monday Morning – blend for Monday and Tuesday
- Tuesday Night – blend for Wednesday and Thursday
- Thursday Night – blend for Friday and Saturday
That means it takes a total of 12 minutes to make six days worth of smoothies for one person.
The Wild Side Jar has this really neat fifth side that expands the capacity of the jar to nearly 90 ounces. That means that instead of two days of smoothies, I can make TWO extra days worth of smoothies for no extra effort.
So my NEW smoothie routine is this:
- Monday Morning – blend for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
- Wednesday Night – blend for Thursday, Friday and Saturday
With the Wild Side Jar, it only takes 8 minutes for six days worth of breakfasts!
Or it could only 5 minutes to make soup for two nights of dinner.
Or 3 minutes to make enough salsa to last an entire month.
Now before you think I’m this huge stickler and planning every single day by the minute – I’m not. But you can’t tell me it makes you happy when it takes FOREVER to get something really simple done. Like folding fitted sheets so that they lay flat.
Or folding a bazillion cloth napkins so that it doesn’t look like you just threw a mountain of laundry in your closet.
And you mama’s with kids eating soft finger foods know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. Chopping up peaches or bananas or avocados or spiral noodles into tiny bite-size, non-chokeable pieces is time-consuming and there’s no getting around it.
Now if they can only make a machine for that…
If there’s ever a contraption or device that speeds up the time it takes to do something, I’m all over it. The Wild Side Jar does just that.
See that pitcher of smoothie at the very top of the post? That’s the Wild Side Jar. And see all these fruits and vegetables?
Minus another big leaf of kale and another handful of grapes, this is roughly what I was able to fit inside the Wild Side Jar. I could have fit more – you can see there’s room still left at the top of the jar – but I was running out of produce to take pictures of. That’s my fault, not a defect of the blender. 😉
- three bananas
- four oranges
- two apples
- 4 big leaves of kale
- 2 full cups of grapes
That’s a lot of produce friends! And here’s what Mr. Crumbs was able to take to work:
72 ounces of smoothies to cover three days worth of breakfast. Oh. Yeah. Efficiency homemaking at its finest!
Size & Weight
One of the reasons we did NOT buy the competitor’s blender is because nearly every review we read said it was too tall to fit under kitchen cabinets. We saw with our own eyes too how big they really are, both in a demonstration and in my own sister-in-law’s kitchen. Living in California with limited storage space as it is, this was a HUGE deal breaker for us.
Get this – the ENTIRE Blendtec machine, both base and jars, fit entire underneath our kitchen cabinets. With room to spare!
Every single jar fits on the same base too, so you don’t have to worry about multiple bases for multiple jars. This might sound kinda “duh” to some of you, but believe it or not, there are machines that WOULD require a different base to accommodate the larger sized jar.
Another plus is that the Blendtec is incredibly light. As I mentioned, space in the kitchen is limited. While we can store the Blendtec on the kitchen counter (and we just might do this nifty little built-in idea if/when real estate in California is affordable, lol), we keep it in a lower cupboard underneath one of the counters.
Pulling it out and setting up the super light 1.5 lb base is NEVER a problem. The “other machine” weighs a hefty 10 lbs. I don’t mind lifting a 10 lb baby on a daily basis, but a blender?! That’s just a bit too heavy for me. And if I’m honest, “too heavy” or “too inconvenient” usually translates to “I won’t use it.”
Design & Usability
Blendtec makes a pretty good looking machine, dontcha think? I thought my own Classic model was WAY nicer than the competitors at the time, but now that one of you lucky readers will take home the Designer Series… well, I’m kinda jealous! It’s just so PRETTY!
The fact that it’s SUPER user friendly just makes it all the more good looking too. There are these cute little buttons that completely take the guess work out of anything you want to make. Mixing batters?
Making a smoothie?
Craving a hot bowl of soup?
Each button is designed to give you EXACTLY what you’re looking for. The soup button gives a longer blend time to heat up the soup, so your soup is actually warm (and hot in some cases) and ready to go.
The ice cream button knows you’ve got ice in there, so it varies the blending time so that all the ice gets pulled to the bottom and chopped accordingly. (Because there’s not supposed to be ice in ice cream.)
Basically these buttons are the epitome of “user-friendly.” I absolutely LOVE making whatever is that I want to make, hitting a single button and the job getting done right the first time. This is INVALUABLE to me.
If by some chance you’re making something that doesn’t have a button, Blendtec still offers variable speed buttons and a pulse button. Simply press “up” to increase the speed, “down” to decrease the speed or “pulse” if so desired. Easy peasy.
You know, it’s really easy for me to go on and on and gush about the Blendtec.
Because I bought one.
And I think I’ve mentioned before that if there was a fire in my house the first kitchen gadget I’d grab is my Blendtec. I wasn’t kidding.
I’ve got more cool stuff to share with you on the Blendtec, but I’m going to give this next feature it’s own post. It’s just as cool as the Wild Side Jar and deserves its own spot light too.
Stay tuned! Part 3 of my Blendtec review comes soon!!
Do you own a Blendtec? If so, what’s your favorite feature? If not, what do you like most about it?
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