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Blendtec Designer Series Wildside blender

This Blendtec blender was very good in overall performance, and has

  • touchpad controls
  • plastic jar
  • 4.5 cup capacity
  • 15 claimed speeds
  • Dishwasher safe
  • a 7 yr warranty.


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-alcoholic pina coladas are determined using assorted sieve sizes. 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 weight, etc.

Puree: How well the blender pureed raw ingredients into a soup.


Personal blender attachment Personal blender attachment A smaller blender jar/cup with own blade assembly. The performance of the personal blender can be found in the Personal Blenders category
Accessories Accessories Additional items either found in box or on the model.
recipe book


Glass jar Glass jar Heavy and stable, can be put in the dishwasher, and don't get cloudy or stained.
Plastic jar Plastic jar Lighter and easier to handle than glass, but that makes them more likely to wobble or tip over.
Stainless-steel jar Stainless-steel jar Stylish, sturdy, lighter than glass, and often dishwasher-safe, but you can't see the contents.
Wattage Wattage How many watts each blender consumes. Some were converted from horse power or amps to watts.
Capacity Capacity Capacity of the blender jar in cups
Speeds Speeds The number of speed settings the model has.
Weight (lbs.) Weight Weight of the jar, lid and base.
Pulse Pulse Identifies that the blender has a pulse feature, which provides the user with greater control during use and prevents overblending.
Removable blade Removable blade A blade that can be removed makes cleaning easier.
Controls Controls Indicates the type of controls the blender has.
Height (in.) Height The height of the blender.
Jar weight (lbs.) Jar weight Weight of the jar and lid.
Dimensions (in.) Dimensions The footprint of the blender
7 x 10.4