Blendtec Designer Series Review


Blendtec has taken their Total Blender to the next level with the release of the Blendtec Designer Series.

“The Blendtec Designer Series has been engineered to bring a whole new level of beauty and functionality to the high-end blender category, without compromising the famous power and efficiency of our Total Blender Classic Series. The sleek shape, vibrant interface and tasteful hues will beautify your home”

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What’s the Same?

How is the Blendtec Designer Series similar to the, now named, Total Blender Classic Series? Primarily it is important to note that the motor technology is the same. Drawing 1560 Watts at 13 Amps, the Designer Series blender functions the same as the Classic Series with respect to power and performance. It even comes packaged with the same WildSide Jar that comes standard with the Classic WildSide blender.Blendtec Designer Series ButtonsThe program features also have remained the same. While the Total Blender Designer Series does have pretty icons, it continues to offer essentially the same built-in 6 program cycles as the Classic Series: Smoothie, Ice Cream, Ice Crush, Whole Juice, Soups and Batters.

What’s the Difference?

Design: The main difference between the Blendtec Designer Series and the Total Blender Classic lies primarily in the user control pad redesign. The Blendtec Designer Series has completely done away with push buttons and now features a touch screen much like an Apple iPhone or iPad.

Control: In addition to the touch icons provided for using the program cycles, the control pad includes a touch slider interface allowing you to adjust to any speed by sliding your finger left to right or to jump to any speed by touching anywhere on the slider. Also in its redesign, the Blendtec Designer Series introduces a new air-flow design that keeps the motor running cooler. This results in a longer lasting motor.

Noise and Color: Lastly, aside from the obvious change in shape the new Champagne Metallic color, the defining difference is that Blendtec has claimed to have engineered “the quietest blender [they've] ever built for home use”. Whether or not that just means it is the same “quietness” as the Classic Series blenders remains to be seen as Blendtec has not provided any data to compare noise levels and we have not yet had the opportunity to determine if it is any quieter than their other blenders.

Conclusion?

As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The new look is different and you are either going to like it or not. The nice thing they were able to do in its redesign is keep the height the same low profile as the Classic Series that Blendtec is know for. The touch pad is very sleek and pretty eye candy but after a little getting used to, it does offer a better way to use a Blendtec. I foresee this slowly becoming adopted as a “norm” for high-performance blender interface.

Unfortunately, there has been no improvement in the program cycles. I would have loved to see some programming options added to the Designer Series, much like how the Blendtec HP3A Series has 25 programs to choose from.

At $499.95, the bottom line is, if you like the new look and champagne color, you will be paying $25 more for the new control interface and “quieter” operation than if you were to purchase a Blendtec Classic Series WildSide or a Blendtec HP3A WildSide for $474.95.

*UPDATE*
The Blendtec Designer Series is now available in colors Black, Red and Cream. The best price we’ve found is $434 for a FourSide and $454 for the WildSide. Get it » here with free shipping!

How does the Blendtec Designer Series compare to a Vitamix?
See our » Blendtec vs Vitamix review

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