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Blendtec Designer Series Wildside
 
Approximate retail price:
$460
Summary: This Blendtec blender was Very Good in overall performance, and has
  • Touchpad controls
  • plastic jar
  • 4.5 cup capacity and
  • 14 claimed speeds
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Type: Full Size Blender
About - Blendtec Designer Series Wildside

The Blendtec Designer Series Wildside is part of the blender test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, blender models like the Designer Series Wildside are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Icy drinks (Smoothies):
Smoothness and thickness of non-alcholic pina coladas are determined using assorted size sieves. Blenders that do well for icy drinks also do well for smoothies.

Convenience:
Judgements on ease of cleaning and replacing blade; clarity of controls and jar markings; pouring ease; and jar balance, etc.

Puree:
How well the blender pureed soup.
About This Brand

Like Vita-Mix, this brand also offers a high-priced multifunction machine that acts as a blender and also produces dough, soups, and ice cream. It is sold online on Amazon.com and by specialty retailers. Price is $400.

Features & Specs - Blendtec Designer Series Wildside
info Glass jar No
info Plastic jar Yes
info Stainless-steel jar No
info Removable blade No
info Controls Touchpad
info Pulse Yes
info Jar weight (lbs.) 2
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User Reviews - Blendtec Designer Series Wildside
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
The Best of the Best
12/9/2013
Pros
Easy To Clean
Good Pitcher
Powerful
Precise Control
Runs Forever
Stable
Cons
a bit noisy
Best Uses
Cooking
Crushing Ice
Drinks
Large Kitchen
Peanut butter
Purée Soups
Small Kitchen
Smoothies
Thick Sauces
Comment:
I've used the Blendtec for years. I purchased my first one 13 years ago. I decided to purchase this new product. I gave the 13 year old Blendtec to my church and it is still running strong. They use it for blending smoothies as I did for years when my daughter was a toddler to her pre-teen years. Products that last 13 years are rare. It is noisy, but so is the Vitamix. The blender jars offered by Blendtec do the job from crushing ice to making peanut butter to making smoothies that have the thickness of a milkshake. Their customer service is great when I needed to replace a blender jar under warranty. No additional postage or handling costs or hassles. The Blender jars are easy to clean. Add a little dish soap, a small amount of water and press the soup button. All that is left is rinsing off the soap and hand drying the blender jar. I have no complaints.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
3.0
Wonderful blender but not durable
11/30/2013
Pros
Easy To Clean
Powerful
Precise Control
Stable
Cons
Poor Pitcher
Best Uses
Cooking
Drinks
Comment:
The base and motor on this thing is amazing! It powers through frozen berries, ice, veggies, etc. and liquifies them to almost baby food consistency. This makes it clean up easy, just rinse under the faucet < 30 sec. However, the pitcher broke after less than 6 months of use. It siezed up and there were plastic flakes on the counter. The plastic parts of the mechanism disintegrated and through friction and heat it seized up to my great disappointment. That pitcher costs $100. It should last many years but didn't last one. I wish I would have gotten a Vitamix instead. =/
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Outstanding Machine
9/13/2013
Pros
Easy To Clean
Good Pitcher
Powerful
Precise Control
Stable
Cons
Best Uses
Crushing Ice
Drinks
Green smoothies
Large Kitchen
Small Kitchen
Comment:
Use EVERYDAY for green smoothies. Heavy load, no tamping. Very easy to clean.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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