Blendtec Classic Blender

Last updated date: January 16, 2019

DWYM Score
7.6

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We looked at the top 1 Countertop Blenders and dug through the reviews from 6 of the most popular review sites including Good Housekeeping, CNET, BestReviews, Consumer Reports, Healthy Easy Smoothie, Blender Reviewer and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Countertop Blender you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 59 expert reviews, the Blendtec Blendtec Classic Blender placed 11th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 16, 2019:
Checkout The Best Countertop Blender for a detailed review of all the top countertop blenders.

Expert Summarized Score
7.6
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
1,865 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Excellent at making frozen drinks and grinding coffee beans. Can blend ingredients with ice to make a frozen dessert. Comes with preprogrammed settings, including one for ice crushing. As the blender runs, a built-in digital timer counts up the time. The jar can be positioned for left- or right-handed people. It's very easy to pour the blended ingredients out of the jar. The blade is not removable, eliminating a step before using and before and after cleaning. The smooth controls are easy to use and are crevice-free for easy cleanup. Dishwasher-safe. Comes with a spiral-bound recipe book and DVD
- Good Housekeeping
The Blendtec Designer Series WildSide Blender can juice, grind, mix, and blend with the best of 'em. It is, in fact, among the best of 'em.
- CNET
Sturdy and durable but not cumbersome to take out and use. Specially designed jar allows ingredients to blend evenly. Presets allow for one-touch operation. Its not as tall as other blenders so its easy to find space for it under kitchen cabinets. Backed by an impressive warranty.
- BestReviews
Icy drinks performance was excellent. Puree performance was excellent. Ice Crush performance was very good.
- Consumer Reports
Saves time: pre programmed settings; quicker setup due to non-removable blades. Easy and quick cleaning. BPA, baby-safe plastic jar is light and easy to handle and pour. Jar is dishwasher-safe, top rack only. Comprehensive recipe book and DVD. Sleek and stylish design. Turns ice into snow effortlessly (ice crushing guarantee). Can also make soups in under 5 minutes, dressings, nut milks, nut butters, yogurt, soups, sauces, marinades, dips, spreads, salsas, batters and juices. Lifetime warranty on the blade, 8 years on the motor base
- Healthy Easy Smoothie
Powerful 3 peak horsepower 1,560-watt motor. 6 preprogrammed cycles for batters, smoothies, whole juice, hot soups, ice crush, and ice cream. 10 speeds. Pulse function. Very efficient for blending, grinding, mixing, pureeing. Can blend virtually anything. Low profile BPA-free WildSide jar. Vented Gripper lids. Digital touchpad controls. Durable and stable device. Can be cleaned easily. Auto shutoff. 8-year warranty. 30-day money back guarantee.
- Blender Reviewer
What experts didn't like
The manual is not particularly helpful. The controls are confusing, as you touch any programmed pad to stop operation. Too fast and powerful to use for chopping. Cannot make a hot beverage, soup, or sauce that is hot enough to be palatable. Very noisy during use. There's no cord storage
- Good Housekeeping
The thing costs $454 and it really works best with larger serving sizes. In other words, you better be prepared to make a ton of food to justify this purchase.
- CNET
Some users mentioned that the lightweight blender moved quite a bit when in use.
- BestReviews
Did not pass ice durability test.
- Consumer Reports
Noisy during use. No cord storage. Relatively high price -certified refurbished units are much better value. Jar gets scratched easily if using abrasives to clean (not necessary)
- Healthy Easy Smoothie
Noisy. No tamper. More expensive than many other blenders.
- Blender Reviewer

From The Manufacturer

Let’s talk about time for a moment, it’s the one thing in life that is given equally to everyone. Regardless of our circumstances, jobs, or family commitments we all have exactly 24 hours to use each day. Time is precious and fleeting. It will not wait for any of us to use it up or share with others. Cooking meals and cleaning dishes takes effort and a lot of time. Day-after-day meals need to be made, and then the cleanup begins. It’s a necessary part of life. Blendtec blenders significantly reduce meal prep time and cleanup. When you buy a Blendtec blender you’re not only buying the world’s most advanced blender, you’re also buying yourself more time. How can a blender give you more time? It comes down to technology and design. Our advanced technology and jar design create a vortex, which pulls food towards the blade instead of pushing it to the sides of the jar like our competitors. With Blendtec jars, you won’t waste time tending your blends with a tamper to get all the ingredients down into the blades, and no tamper means one less thing to clean when you’re done. Blendtec blenders can also heat your food during the blend cycle. For instance, if you want soup for dinner, a Blendtec blender can blend it up and heat it up at the same time so it’s ready to serve straight from the blender jar. No need to heat your soup in a pan. Can your old blender do that? No pan and no additional heating time means less cleanup. Not only can Blendtec blenders heat your food, they can also make ice cream. Actual ice cream can be made with the exact same blender that makes soup. Drinks, appetizers, main courses, and desserts can all be made with the same blender using the same jar. The time it takes to make each course could be measured in seconds not minutes or hours. Cleanup for an entire multi-course meal could be as simple as pushing the pre-programmed, self-cleaning button to wash a single jar, and just like that, you’ll be done.There is a reason that having the world's most technologically advanced blender is worth every penny, it gives you more time to focus on life and the people who matter to you.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Vitamix 750 Blender
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 8
2. Vitamix 5200 Blender
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
3. KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
4. Ninja Mega Kitchen System Blender/Food Processor
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 2
5. Ninja Professional Blender
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 5
6. Oster Pro Blender
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Ninja Nutri Pro 900 Blender
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
8. Dash Chef Series 64 Blender
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 2
9. Nutri Ninja Countertop Blender
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 3
10. Cleanblend Commercial Blender
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 3
11. Blendtec Classic Blender
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 6
12. Cuisinart Peak Hurricane Pro Blender
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 5

An Overview On Countertop Blenders

From shakes to smoothies and beyond, a blender can become one of your most prized appliances. If you’re determined to get healthier, a blender can become an essential tool, helping you make nutrient-rich smoothies. But it’s also great for blending margaritas for your summer pool parties or making shakes for the kids.

There’s no shortage of criteria to consider when you’re shopping for your next blender. Durability is important, but you also want to make sure it can handle every challenge you send its way. If you plan to make frozen drinks, for instance, you’ll need a blender that can easily crush ice into small bits. But a blender with a motor strong enough to tackle those tasks comes with a few downsides as well.

One issue is noise. Some blenders are quieter than others, but the ones that get high marks for tackling every challenge are often the loudest. You’ll also pay a premium for the blenders that can handle a wide range of recipes. But there are blenders that are less expensive and also capable of making the drinks and shakes you’ll enjoy most often.

When you aren’t making tasty concoctions, you’ll need to store your blender. If you have a gigantic kitchen, you may have counter space to store it in a corner somewhere. But most homeowners want to tuck it away. It’s important to pay close attention to size and weight to make sure it will be easy to slip under the counter when it’s not in use.

Of course, even as you’re considering all of those things, you’ll probably still be concerned about price. Some blenders may seem to have a hefty price tag but once you read everything it will do, you’ll decide it’s well worth it. It can help to be honest from the start about the types of recipes you’ll make with your blender. By cutting out luxuries like mixing cake batter, you may be able to save money.

DYWM Fun Fact

It all started with the Waring blender. In 1936, musician and bandleader Fred Waring came up with a brilliant idea for a new kitchen appliance. Looking for a way to prepare the healthy meals and snacks he needed for his ulcer, he met an entrepreneur named Frederick Osius, who happened to be looking for a use for a motor he’d invented. Eager to create a device to help Waring, the inventor went home and worked on his blender until it hit the market in 1937. The original Waring blender sold for $29.75, with Fred Waring as its promoter. There was an earlier type of blender that was much more expensive and far less popular called an Osterizer, and it sold in Wisconsin starting in the ’20s.

The Countertop Blender Buying Guide

  • It’s hard to beat the Vitamix line of blenders, assuming you’re willing to pay a much higher price for a professional-grade blender. Both the Vitamix 750 and 5200 can expertly handle any task you send their way, whether you’re blending sorbets, ice cream, or frozen drinks.
  • One thing that puts the Vitamix 750 above the 5200 is the five preprogrammed settings. It also has pulse mode, while the 5200 does not.
  • The secret to powerful blending is in the motor. The Vitamix 750 comes with a 2.2 horsepower motor, while the Vitamix 5200 has a 2 horsepower motor. Although the Oster Pro Blender’s motor isn’t quite as strong, it can hold its own against other blenders that are much more expensive. The KitchenAid’s 5-speed blender has a sufficient motor to handle smoothies and basic chopping, but it can burn out if you work it too hard.
  • Another consideration when choosing a blender is recipe availability. The Vitamix and KitchenAid blenders come with a few recipes, but you can also find blender recipes specific to those brands online. Although you can always pull up general recipes that work with any blender, it’s nice to have some that are customized to the appliance you own.
  • If you want to store your blender under the counter when not in use, the Vitamix 750 and Oster Pro are likely the best options. Both have low-profile pitchers that make it easy to slide into shorter shelves.
  • Clean-up time is an important consideration as well. The Vitamix blenders aren’t dishwasher safe, so plan on handwashing after every use. However, the KitchenAid blender is dishwasher safe. The control panel on the KitchenAid is also designed to be easy to clean.
  • You don’t want to wake the entire house up just to make a breakfast smoothie. For a less noisy option, consider the Oster Pro Blender, which is among the quieter in its range. The Vitamix blenders, although extremely powerful, are also very loud.