Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender, 10-Speed

Last updated date: October 26, 2020

DWYM Score

9.2

Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender, 10-Speed

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We looked at the top Countertop Blenders and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Countertop Blender you should buy.

Editor's Note October 26, 2020:
Checkout The Best Countertop Blender for a detailed review of all the top countertop blenders.

Overall Take

This countertop blender's control panel is extremely easy to use. It features six pre-programmed functions, plus pulse and speed controls. The 75-ounce volume jar has a 32-ounce blending capacity, so you'll be able to create large batches for all of your family members.


In our analysis of 66 expert reviews, the Blendtec Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender, 10-Speed placed 3rd when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

7.5
6 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.8
1,865 user 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

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 your budget. 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.

The Countertop Blender Buying Guide

  • It’s hard to beat the Vitamix line of blenders, assuming you’re willing to pay for a professional-grade blender. The Vitamix 5200 Blender can expertly handle any task you send its way, whether you’re blending sorbets, ice cream, or frozen drinks.
  • Some Vitamix models have five pre-programmed settings. They also have a pulse mode, while other blender models do not.
  • The secret to powerful blending is in the motor. The Vitamix 5200 has a 2 horsepower motor. Although the Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender, 10-Speed’s motor isn’t quite as strong, it can hold its own against other blenders that are much more expensive. Keep in mind that some 5-speed blenders have a sufficient motor to handle smoothies and basic chopping, but they can burn out if you work them too hard.
  • Another consideration when choosing a blender is recipe availability. The Vitamix blenders come with a few recipes, but you can also find blender recipes specific to that brand 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 Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender, 10-Speed 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. The Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender, 10-Speed actually has a self-cleaning feature, which is quite handy.
  • You don’t want to wake the entire house up just to make a breakfast smoothie. Look for a countertop blender that is known for being less noisy.