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.