An honest review of the Blendtec Total Blender Classic with fourside jar I bought at Costco. Learn how Blendtec stands vs Vitamix! Learn a few of the 45+ ways you can use a Blendtec. Read my post on how to use your blender to make green smoothies.
Alright, folks. It’s about time I gave you a legit review of a Blendtec Blender. I’ve shared with you 45+ Ways to Use a High-Powered Blender. I’ve shared photos of my blender making green smoothies, chocolate waffles, snickerdoodle hummus, and more.
I daresay it’s my favorite kitchen appliance (but don’t tell my Kitchenaid). I use it ALL THE TIME. Even if I only use it for my daily morning smoothie, it would be worth it. I’ve never seen anything blend this well!
But more on that in a minute. First I want to tell you how we even ended up with this amazing blender.
Blendtec Total Blender Review
My Blendtec blender was a birthday present. Yep!
My husband is known for giving VERY practical gifts. He once gave his mom a vacuum for Christmas! I have received many great gifts from him over the years, but the Blendtec tops them all as far as longevity goes. I still use it every day!
Note: You have MANY options when it comes to buying a blender. The price ranges are enormous – I’ve seen blenders on sale during Black Friday for $10 and I’ve seen blenders for well over $1,000.
Growing up, my family had a blender like this one:
A classic Oster 10-speed Blender with a Plastic Jar. It runs about $44 on Amazon and has cool functions like “liquify” and “ice crush”…
Except my parents didn’t really use their blender much. In fact, I’m not sure if they used it, ever. It sat in a cabinet above the microwave, and the microwave was above the stove, and the stove was chest-high…
The perfect spot for something you don’t use very often, don’t you think?
I think I know why. This is also the same blender I had when I left for college, and it was awful. Nothing liquified and the ice certainly didn’t crush. In fact, I distinctly remember NOT making certain slushy drinks because I knew my blender couldn’t do it.
That’s why when my husband and I were making our wedding registry, I eyed this lovely addition:
An Oster 6-cup Glass Jar 2-speed Toggle Beehive Blender. It runs about $60 on Amazon and I picked this blender because it had just two speeds: low and high.
I figured, what’s the point of having all those other options and buttons if they didn’t work?
That blender held up well, made us plenty of strawberry daiquiris in our newlywed days and we even took it with us glamping one weekend (glamping = camping in a trailer with electricity).
Unfortunately, I dropped the glass jar while packing up to leave and it shattered into a zillion little pieces.
We were too broke to afford a new blender, and replacing the jar was just as expensive as replacing the entire blender. So we just did without for a LONG time.
When we moved to California, my stepmom was gracious to give us her old blender. It was very similar to the one my parents had, but this one didn’t have a lid.
Yes, you read that right. No lid.
We used a small dinner plate as a pseudo-lid for a long time, and that kind of worked… as long as you weren’t blending anything too liquidy, or you didn’t add too much to the jar at one time. If you did either of those, you weren’t making smoothies. You were making a mess.
And then one night, my husband and I were walking around Costco on a date (don’t all married couples shop at Costco on a date night?) when we saw a demonstration of this:
A Blendtec Total Blender Classic. This particular model isn’t available new anymore, but you can buy it refurbished on Amazon for about $190. We bought a new model from Costco for about $300 or so several years ago.
I didn’t know it at the time, but my husband had been wanting a blender that actually worked. He saw the “Will it Blend” video of a Blendtec blending an iPhone and was immediately sold. He was just waiting for my birthday to come so he could buy it for me (to use for him!).
I hadn’t seen the video myself, but I did watch the demonstration at Costco and that was enough for me. We picked black, brought it home, and haven’t looked back since!
(Random Fact: See the little screen in the front? It shows how many blends you have. We’re well past 3,000!)
Why Use a High-Powered Blender?
No, you don’t NEED a high-powered blender. You could get along just fine with an ordinary blender from Walmart or Target. You might spend $80 and never have to replace it in your lifetime. In fact, I’ve heard good things about the Ninja Professional Blender (although I’ve never used one myself) and it’s priced right at $80 on Amazon.
But I fear having to buy things over and over… The cost of buying a less expensive blender multiple times because it keeps breaking.
We owned 3 blenders in our first 2 years of marriage. If blender #3 (stepmom’s blender with no lid) wasn’t a hand-me-down, and we actually bought a blender to replace it, we would have spent a total of $190 right there on 3 not-super-great blenders.
This isn’t me telling you to run out and blow the budget by buying a high-powered blender. We said no to a lot of things, for a long time, in order to meet our financial goals.
Instead, this is me telling you to view your purchases as an investment. Don’t buy a new cheap blender just for the sake of having a blender. Find a used blender first (check Goodwill, thrift stores, garage sales, etc.), and then save up to INVEST in a high-powered blender. When you’re ready to buy, watch for sales and get the best deal you can.
Black Friday tends to have some of the best deals of the year, but in general, the best bang for your buck is the refurbished Blendtec. It’s about half the price of a new model but still comes with a 3-year warranty (new models come with an 8-year warranty).
Blendtec Review of Different Shapes of Jars
- The main jar for the Blendtec is the fourside jar (<– one word, not a typo). That not-round shape is one of the reasons the Blendtec works so well.
- The fourside jar holds two quarts of liquid. To put that in perspective, I can make two days’ worth of breakfast smoothies in four minutes. (Most of that time is adding the ingredients to the jar.)
- There’s also the massive wildside+ jar that holds 90 ounces! Talk about a time saver! I can make a double batch of banana bread muffins in just ONE BLEND. That’s 24 muffins, several days of breakfast, in under 5 minutes. (I don’t even have to turn the oats into flour first. I can add all the ingredients as is at one time!)
- They also sell a twister jar, which is smaller, round, and designed for thicker foods like our favorite hummus, vegan nacho cheese dip, or homemade nut butter. It comes with a special lid that you rotate as it blends, to keep the food moving in a downward direction.
- The twister jar is genius if you ask me. This was the last jar I got for my blender and I use it so often. My kids are super happy to eat beans when I use my blender to make cookie dough hummus or black bean brownies. I mean, can a mom be any happier?
(No, I’m not ashamed to admit that I have 4 jars!)
What is a Spectacula?
If the jar itself with its super cool twister lid weren’t enough, the Twister Jar also comes with a Spectacula.
Part spatula. Part spectacular. Totally ingenious.
Perhaps my excitement over a “special spatula” is a bit extreme, but hear me out:
- The other Blendtec jars are square (or mostly square like the Wild Side). You can take a normal, flat spatula and quickly scrape down the sides of the jar without much fuss or wasting ingredients.
- The Twister Jar is ROUND. Using a regular spatula to scrape the sides of this jar is kinda like trying to fit the wooden square block into the round hole of a preschool shape sorter toy.
It just doesn’t work.
Blendtec invented the Spectacula to rescue those recipe remnants stuck to the sides of their jar. Stranded food particles are wasted food in my frugal kitchen, so I greatly appreciate and personally thank the engineer that came up with this idea!
Review of Blendtec Blender Questions
Is Blendtec worth the money?
How long does the Blendtec Blender last?
How Big is the Blendtec Blender?
One of the reasons we did NOT buy the competitor’s blender is that 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 (she has a Vitamix).
At the time we first bought it, we were living in California with limited storage space, and this was a HUGE deal-breaker for us.
Get this – the ENTIRE Blendtec machine, both base and jars, fit entirely 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, 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.”
Review of the Blendtec Blender Design & Usability
Blendtec makes a pretty good-looking machine, right? I thought my own Classic model was WAY nicer than the competitors at the time, and now they have the Blendtec Designer Series that really adds a decorative element to your kitchen!
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 guesswork out of anything you want to make.
- Mixing muffins?
- → Hit “batters.”
- Making a smoothie?
- → Hit “smoothie.”
- Craving hot soup?
- → Hit “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 it 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.
Review of Blendtec Blender VS Vitamix VA Ninja
Ok, so you’ve heard me go on about the amazingness of the Blendtec high-powered blender. But how does it compare? I mentioned before that I’ve used several types of blenders. Most of which don’t fit the high-powered blender category.
- I have, however, been able to use a Vitamix in person on vacation. I really wasn’t impressed. I’m not sure if it was a Vitamix 5200 or from the Vitamix Ascent Series but it didn’t blend my green smoothie nearly as well as my Blendtec.
- I know some people swear by their Vitamix (even Starbucks switched to a specially designed Vitamix blender!), but I really didn’t like it.
- Personally, I do not have much experience with the Ninja blender. They advertise a powerful motor and it is a competition to the Blendtec. The price point on a Ninja is lower than the Blendtec or Vitamix and sometimes that can be telling in the long-term functionality of a product.
My review of the Blendtec Blender, after using a variety of blenders, is best for smoothies. I use mine daily for so many recipes.
Where to Buy a Blendtec Blender?
Are you interested in purchasing a Blendtec Blender after reading my review? I bought the Blendtec Total Classic from Costco ages ago. They still carry it and it comes with the Wildside and the Twister Jar.
If you don’t want to buy from Costco or don’t have a membership, you can buy it from Amazon.
They have it new or refurbished and you can buy each of the jars separately if you need a second (or third or fourth!) jar.
- Blendtec Total Classic with Wildside Jar
- Blendtec Refurbished with Wildside Jar
- Fourside Jar
- Wildside Jar
- Twister Jar
Overall, my review of the Blendtec blender is quite positive. I’ve used it for YEARS. It’s featured in many of my blog recipes. I even take it on vacation with me.
If you’re in the market for a new blender or are saving up to buy a high-quality kitchen appliance. I vote for Blendtec!
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My father recently got a Vitamix Ascent Series blender and while quieter than my Blendtec, I was not really impressed with its blending capability. It took a lot of tries with the tamper to get cucumber pieces to blend, while in my Blendtec it wouldn’t have been an issue. It’s also so much harder to clean with the different grooves in the Vitamix jar! I love the smooth sides of the Blendtec. I can see why it’s the choice of the Pioneer Woman on Food Network, haha 🙂
I too have a Blendtec. I purchased mine 3 years or so ago at Costco.
I enjoy a green smoothie to start everyday. I do find I blend my ingredients on high first and then I add the frozen items (ice or fruit) and use the Smoothie button. I use nuts and coffee beans in my morning smoothie and this ensures there are no hard pieces.
I love it. I just checked and I have 6012 clocked on mine. NO issues at all.
Previously I had 2 Ninjas. Both lasted about 2 years (again with daily use). After the second one stopped breaking up ice, I decided I would try a more expensive brand with a stronger motor.
Both Blendtec and Vitamix are on sale at Costco from time to time. Blendtec was a little more affordable so I decided to give it a try. I am very happy with it and would buy another.
A Friend of mine has both brands, one at home and one at their condo. She likes both.
Enjoy a great day!
Joan from Cambridge On.
SJ - Team Crumbs
Thank you for sharing your experience Joan! Super helpful for others 🙂
Little Joe KomaGawa
I own a BlendTec refurbished, classic from Amazon. I have had it for 5 months and use italmost everyday. It is absolutely the most important applliance in my kitchen. I have on”t to fastest left to right, yes? So it seems that carrots or some plant symbol is next to the fastest, that is 2nd from the right end button, yes? I listen and watch, but I honestly can’t tell any difference in the blender speeds! I am always making the same smoothie: carrots, apples, banana, and soy milk/vegetable juice. Sometimes I add lettuce or cabbage.
Kyare - Team Crumbs
As long as you get the consistency you want that is what is important.
After 6 1/2 years of use my Blendtec jar started making grinding noises. I contacted the company and they replaced it no problem. They even paid the shipping to Canada. I have used the vitamix on a daily basis in a restaurant setting. Its an awesome blender too but I like my Blendtec better and after they honoured their warranty so readily, it is the only one I will ever own.
Laurie is so right about Blendtec customer support.
Easy to talk to, quick to acknowledge a problem, and no hassle about making it right.
The first time I called for support was because of a new noise coming from the refurbished base. The service representative listened to it over the phone for all of one second and declared he was sending a replacement. He suggested checking if the blade in the original jar was starting to jam. Turns out it was and he sent a replacement jar too.
Wouldn’t you know it, the replacement jar had a defective blade. The service representative had never seen this defect before (it shouldn’t have been possible) and was forwarding a report to manufacturing. Also sending me a new jar.
Blendtec stands by their product.
This was a pleasure to read and tickled my heart. Like the other comment I’m surprised you haven’t encountered or mentioned the leaky jar. I love mine but was very disappointed when the jar developed a leak and slightly overwhelmed by the thought of diy fixing it. My blender was refurbished and I thought the leak was me somehow or the jar somehow retaining water that was collecting in the base. Not until it got really bad did I realize the jar was leaking. I still absolutely love this blender and it’s one of va the best investments I’ve made. We used them in the Cafe I worked at as well and that is what made me look into them.
I like how the Blendtec motor works. But I am disappointed how the jar looks so dirty and cloudy just after a few uses.
Also the replacement jars are so expensive! Plastic is easy to crack. My jar is leaking from the blade area, that means the gasket has some problem. I have not used it more than 50 times and I am not willing to spend in the vicinity of $100.00 to replace the plastic jar!
Since you have used it only 50 times, their8-year warranty should cover that. They will no doubt send you a replacement jar for nothing… I would sure check!
Unfortunately it looks like the 8 year warranty is now only 1 year.
If it’s still under the 8 year warranty, Blendtec will replace free of charge. I had
the same gasket problem. I love my Blendtec and mine is still clear and odorless.
Hi, I also bought my Blendtec years ago at Costco and use it everyday for smoothies. I have added two other jars and love the roasted red pepper hummus among other things. I did notice, however, that you avoided mentioning the noise factor and also what I call the unacceptable appearance of the jar after many uses. Although, I love most things about this blender, I would have to think twice about buying another for that reason. I would love to find a cure for the jar as it is embarrassing to use it with other people.
Spot on review!! We love our Blendtec as well! My in laws have a Vitamix and the thing that gets me, is that they constantly have to use this “rod” or “pole” of some sort in order to jam the contents of their smoothie to the bottom of the container for it to actually blend. Not the case with my Blendtec – where I just hit a button and go.
I know Vitamix redesigned their jars to eliminate this problem, but they alienated a large portion of their customer base, as their new jars are not compatible with their old design. They basically want you to spend another $400 to buy it all over again! Additionally, I was told from a Blendtec rep that Vitamix copied off of Blendtec’s jars and were being sued for copyright infringement. I don’t know if this is true or not.
I like the weight of the Vitamix, but my experience with the Blendtec has been far superior than those I know with a Vitamix.
Regarding Ninja’s: they burn out quickly. Both myself and sisters lasted less than a year.
I appreciate you sharing this with us, Mary Katherine!
Thank you for this post, Tiffany. I am just now seeing it. In case you haven’t checked it out, what Mary Katherine said above is true. I have been aware of it for some time: back in September of 2012 Blentec was awarded $24 million for deliberate copyright infringement. It’s all on the Internet. I gave my Vitamix to my sister several years ago. They are probably much better now, but I hated it back then. I also returned the Ninja that I bought–didn’t like those extra blades and it wouldn’t blend up the organic eggshells I like to blend. I truly love my Blentec!
I don’t think you can fairly compare the vitamix or ninja to the blendtec since you have very little experience using either. I don’t think those comparisons should be a part of this review. I love my vitamix. It’s amazing and sits out on our counter all the time. I can’t say it’s better than a blendtec though since I haven’t used one.
I’ve actually used the Vitamix several times, Mindy. My sister-in-law has one and we visit regularly. Every time I use it, I’m just not impressed. I’m glad you enjoy yours though!
I have the same Blendtec blender as you and love it! I also use mine daily for smoothies. I clean my jar regularly but am considering buying a new one because the jar looks dirty and has a funky smell. I make a really large smoothie with a full 32 Oz cup of ice. Should i get another 4-side, a Wild side, or the twister jar? The twister jar may be too small for my big smoothies. Thanks!
Hi Genna! For a 32 oz smoothie, I’d go with the Wild side. It has a larger capacity!
I have owned my blendtec for over 10 years now. It has really worked pretty well until now. The bearing finally gave out. What really turns me off about blendtec is the 100 dollar or more cost for the replacement. They give you no option to be able to just repair the jar. Truly that is bait and switch. I think I am going to find another blender because their replacement parts are a rip off.
Kyare - Team Crumbs
Greg, I see why that would be annoying but 10 years is a very long time for the blender to work.