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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
info Accessories Cookbook
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User Reviews - Blendtec Designer Series Wildside
User Reviews
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5.0
3 years later: a long-term perspective
9/23/2014
Pros
Easy To Clean
Powerful
Programs - Walk Away
Stable
Cons
Loud
Best Uses
Drinks
Comment:
We have owned our Blendtec Wildside for almost 3.5 years. Today I called customer support for the first time. As others have commented, the seal on the bearings went out, and the blade got wobbly. There was oily black dust/liquid on the base. 3 YEARS later. We have over 1200 cycles on the motor. This is not a 'sunday drive' appliance, but has been under daily use. The biggest reason I rate this product today is because I spent a total of 10 minutes on a call with Margo - an empowered CSR, and I have a warranty replacement on its way with no questions asked. Service like this is unheard of, and a company who warrants its product for 7 years deserves my utmost respect. WELL.DONE.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Forget CR - SEE USER RATINGS
9/12/2014
Pros
Easy To Clean
Good Pitcher
Powerful
Precise Control
Stable
The Most Powerful Of All
Cons
Loud
Best Uses
Cooking
Crushing Ice
Drinks
Industrial Strength
Large Kitchen
Small Kitchen
Comment:
READ THE USER REVIEWS! BlendTec mixers are very much better than the CR Rating indicates. <br /><br />There are two blenders that stand head and shoulders above the rest. They are VitaMix and BlendTec. Compared to these two brands, virtually all the others are cheap junk. <br /><br />The best value blender on the market is Blendtec. If you spend more money to get a premium model VitaMix with the same features as the BlendTec, it is quieter and I believe slightly better. If you don't mind having a basic model, the basic Vitamix is the way to go - assuming you don't mind that it won't fit under your kitchen cabinets. If you like the easier-to-clean, larger jars, and low-profile (and don't mind the loud, powerful motor), get the Blendtec. <br /><br />Of course cheap is usually a huge feature for CR reviewers and they tilt their reviews that way (which is fine as long as you understand that they seem to have a sliding scale based on price). The more an item costs, the tougher the review. I'm surprised that VitaMix managed a top rating. The Blendtec is the most powerful blender and it is built to last. The Ninja blender is like a Shark vacuum. Nice features, looks good on paper, and built to NOT last. <br /><br />PS: I have no affiliation with either Vitamix or Blendtec. I just appreciate products made the way they were made fifty years ago.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Best Blender Ever
7/18/2014
Pros
Auto Blend Cycles
Easy Controls
Easy To Clean
Fits Under Cabinets
Powerful
Will Blend Anything
Cons
Loud
Best Uses
Basically Everything
Comment:
My Blendtec is the most versatile appliance ever, it replaces any need for a stand mixer or food processor. I make everything in my blendtec from smoothies, soup, hummus, breadcrumbs and even cookie dough and it's the simplest thing. It's a breeze 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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