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I bought my Blendtec Designer Series Wildside directly from the company, and I have used it every day since I got it…most days I use it multiple times! (This has been going on for 4 months thus far). This is the most used kitchen appliance in my home, and it is literally one of my favorite possessions. Here is my full personal review:
Arrival and packaging
The package arrived just a few days after I ordered it, and it was shipped UPS Ground. I love UPS, because you can go to ups.com, and set up preferences in your account for how its delivered (I’m usually away from my home during the day, so I have them deliver packages without signature. This saves me from delays. But I digress.)
The package came in a sturdy, white shipping box.
Everything was packed tightly and securely, with ample padding and extra cardboard to prevent shifting during shipment. This really shows that Blendtec cares about their products from manufacturing to delivery.
Contents – What’s in the Box
The package comes with everything you need, and nothing more: manual (click here to download), Fresh Blends recipe and care book, wildside jar, vented gripper lid, base/motor, and warranty card. The Blendtec Designer Series Warranty covers parts and labor for manufacturer defects, for regular use, for 7 years (There’s also an extended 3 year warranty that would extend the total warranty to 10 years).
The Fresh Blends book is awesome; it features over 200 pages of recipes for beverages, breakfast and brunch, sauces, spreads, marinades, soups, meal ideas, grains, desserts, kid creations, raw, and more. That’ll keep you busy for a while.
The Blendtec Wildside Jar is genius! It’s BPA free, patented, and has a fifth side for improving the blending performance immensely. It prevents “cavitation”: that’s where an air pocket forms above the blade and hinders the smooth blending motion. The wildside jar holds up to 36 fluid ounces, with a full volume of 90 fluid ounces.
The super-wide, 4” wing tip blade, while not super-sharp to the touch, is deceptively strong. It will pulverize pretty much any edible material you throw in there (and even inedible materials, just see Will it Blend? On Youtube.)
The Touch Pad Interface
Ok, obviously this is the COOLEST feature of the whole Blendtec Designer Series Wildside, and it’s one of the most innovative features in kitchen appliances in a long time! You can tell it’s been inspired by the touch interfaces made famous by Apple’s iPhone and iPad. This Touchpad couldn’t be more intuitive; it’s easy to understand, super-easy to operate, and very, very smooth. It also makes cleaning a breeze! Remember all those “other” blenders, where gunk can easily get stuck in between all those bulky buttons? Well, no more of that, now that you’ve got the Touchpad!
You can select one of the presets, represented by image icons: Batters, Ice Crush, Smoothie, Ice Cream, Whole Juice, or Soups. OR, you can use the slider at the bottom to manually adjust the speed of the blade. Pretty awesome! You’ll get the hang of the different settings pretty quickly, depending on what kinds of ingredients you’re using. Obviously, if you’re using a lot of ice, fruit and hard veggies, you could try the Whole Juice setting – it’ll liquefy just about anything! Or, if you’re just some superfood powders with coconut milk, for instance, you can just use the slider and take it up to the 2nd notch or so, leave it for about 8 seconds, then hit the ‘X’. A little experimenting with this goes a long way, and you’ll get a really good feel for what setting is the best for your different smoothies and other creations.
For those of you into the Tech Specs, the motor boasts 13 amps, and 1,560 watts of power! It’s Blendtec’s commercial strength motor, the most powerful one they make available for home use. The motor uses a Direct Drive, which helps cut down on vibration – very important for a motor blending at that speed. It also helps it stay reliable, as the drive socket never has to be replaced!
My First Blend
Eager to try my new favorite appliance, I grabbed some fruits, veggies and a couple of superfood supplements and just decided to throw them all together and see what came out: ½ red bell pepper, 2 apple slices, a few handfuls of frozen strawberries, ½ sweet potato, a few stalks of celery, a few carrots, Superior Reds powder, Barlean’s Omega Swirl, some water, and a few cubes of ice.
I didn’t really know what to expect, to I hit the “Whole Juice” button on the Touch Pad, hung out and watched, and in about a half minute I had three glasses full of a surprisingly delicious outcome. I shared them with my wife, and with my mom and mother-in-law, who were visiting. The response was positive, so I was inspired to try more concoctions. Four months later, I’m still just scratching the surface in experimenting with recipes that the Blendtec Designer Series Wildside is capable of making delicious in a unique and convenient way.
The cleanup was even easier and quicker than I expected. I simply rinsed, added about 1 ½ cups of warm water, a drop of dish soap, put the lid back on, put the blender on the base, hit the “Pulse” button for about 5 seconds, remove and rinse again. I’ve been doing that each time I’ve used my Blendtec, and no matter what strange combinations I’ve thrown in there (olive oil and garlic anyone?), after cleaning, it’s never retained any smells or stains. Brilliant! If you ever need to clean the base and touch pad interface, a simple damp cloth gets the job done.
Travelling with your Blendtec
I’ve taken my Blendtec with me almost every time I’ve travelled. It’s not too big and not too heavy, whether you’re flying, or just driving to a hotel for a couple of nights.
The Blendtec Designer Series is Worth the Investment!
There’s a lot of things we can (and do) spend money on that make little or no significant positive impact in our lives. While $500 may sound like a lot for a blender at first, you’ll quickly realize that the value goes far beyond that as you start using it, and start trying different recipe ideas that you see on Blendtec’s Pinterest and elsewhere. I truly believe that the best tangible investments you can make into yourself and your family’s lives, are health-related investments. With a Blendtec Designer Series Wildside, you can get the maximum nutritional benefit from fruits and veggies in a very convenient form, and everyone knows we need more of those every day, no matter how healthy we eat!
Here’s to Your Health!
By Aaron Hughes
Blendtec Designer Series Wildside - Tech Specs
- 13 Amps
- 1560 Watts
- 8 lbs (actual)
- 13 lbs (including shipping)
- Actual Dimensions: 9.25” Deep x 7” Wide x 15” Tall
- Shipping Dimensions: 16” x 10” x 16”
- Direct Drive Motor
- Capacitive Touch User Interface
- Solid State Electronics
- Available in Champagne Metallic
By Aaron Hughes