Blendtec Total Blender vs Classic 575, 570 vs Designer 600, 625, 725 Review

Our Blendtec Total Blender vs Classic 575, 570, 600, 625, 725 comparison will help you choose the right blender for you. This guide seeks to answer all these questions and then some.

Blendtec total blender vs classic 575, 570 vs Designer 600, 625, 725

In the well-known world of blenders, Blendtec has a solid reputation as a high-tech brand of powerful blenders. From the Classic series to the more high-end Designer collection. Blendtec blenders have become the Rolls-Royces and Porsches of the blender industry. But is there some truth to the hype and fame surrounding these blenders? Do they give good value for money spent? Are they truly top of the line and easy to use as lots of users claim? This guide seeks to answer all these questions and then some.

​Blendtec Total Blender vs Classic 575, 570 vs Designer 600, 625, 725

Blendtec vs Classic

Appearance and Construction

Blendtec total vs Classic

Blendtec Total Blender

Blendtec blenders are synonymous with great design and aesthetic appearances. They have a sleek and modern look and are able to enhance the décor of your kitchen whether they are being used or not. Due to their compact build, they can fit on most kitchen countertops. This accessibility ensuring ease of use and increased accessibility.

One of the distinct design features of Blendtec blenders is the absence of knobs or dials. This eliminates the accumulation of dirt, debris, and food particles in crevices. The end result is a blender that can is easily cleaned up without any extra fuss or effort on your part.

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The quality of these blenders is not just in their excellent design. These blenders are also constructed from the best materials. This makes them durable, reliable and capable of spanning a long period of use. A prime example of this is the construction and design of their blades.

Like most top-notch blenders in the market, the blade material is stainless steel. But that’s where the similarity ends. For one, the blades are much thicker and stronger. In other words, their cutting and grinding ability is second to none.

Surprisingly, the blades are not sharp. Instead you’ll find blunted blades for safety purposes. This way, cleaning hazards such as finger cuts rarely occur when using these blenders. Blendtec users can clean their blenders without fear of injury during the process.

The spinning speeds of both blenders are pretty impressive. They re capable of blending virtually anything. Lots of users praise Blendtec blenders because they can breakdown fruits, greens and other vegetables. This high performance ensures users get the most nutrition from their foods.

Color

The standard appearance of blenders, regardless of the brand, is usually a blending jar sitting on a base. For the Blendtec blenders, this base houses the engine and the control panel. While the jar is transparent, the base comes in different colors depending on the model purchased.

Blendtec 575 Blender

For the Blendtec Total Blender, you can get the base in either a Red, White or Black color scheme. But, the base of the Classic 575 is available in six different colors. Those colors include: Black, Orchid, Poppy, Caribbean, Polar White, and Slate Grey. The variety of color options for the 575 blender means that you can find a color to compliment your kitchen décor.

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Blending Jar Design

A large number of blenders in the market come with a glass jar. Like everything made from glass, these jars are prone to cracks and eventual breakage. Not so with Blendtec blenders. They replace the usual glass jar for a more practical plastic jar design. For health reasons, these jars are BPA-free. That is, they do not contain the chemical Bisphenol A usually used in making plastics. This makes Blendtec plastic jars completely safe to use with no adverse effect to health.

There are three different Blendtec blending jars available: FourSide, WildSide and WildSide Plus. And all three are made from BPA-free plastic. The FourSide is the first blending jar produced by Blendtec. Up until a few years ago it was the standard or basic jar sold with every Blendtec model in the market. The name ‘FourSide’ is basically an homage to the unique four-sided design of the jar. It has only four sides, making it square in shape. Compared to the other two Blendtec jars, the FourSide or Basic jar is the smallest of the three with a volume of 32 ounces. As a result, it is an ideal choice when it comes to batch-blending, dry blending, or blending of small food items.

A few years ago, the WildSide succeeded the FourSide as Blendtec’s number one blending jar. Unlike the FourSide jar, it comes with five sides: the four sides of its predecessor plus a narrow fifth ‘wild’ side, thus its name ‘WildSide’. Larger than the FourSide, the “WildSide” has increased volume and capacity. This is perfect for blending larger items within a shorter period of time. The general consensus from users is that the large capacity of the WildSide does not take away from its blending ability. The blades found in the WildSide jar are also of a much larger diameter than those in the FourSide jar. Ultimately, the WildSide jar replaced the FourSide. All Blendtec models produced thereafter featured the five-sided jar instead of the square pitcher.

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Blendtec Total Blender – White

Ever the innovative brand, Blendtec wasn’t satisfied with the WildSide jar. So, a few years later, it released an upgraded version of the WildSide jar known as WildSide Plus. Although the WildSide and WildSide Plus share the same build , the Plus is more efficient. This improved efficiency is due to a change to the inner ridges within the blender jar. Currently, as of the publishing of this article, any new Blendtec blender purchase comes with a WildSide Plus jar.

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Some users however still prefer the original square pitcher to the newer entrants for several reasons. For one, the square design of the FourSide jar ensures that food placed in it is forced down to the blade-level. This guarantees uniform movement and even blending as well as a good end product. The jar has a lighter weight when compared to its successors. Most users also claim that it is easy to pour food from the FourSide jar compared to the non-square ones. It is also way easier to use and clean. If you still want a basic square pitcher, you can buy one separately.

If you buy any Blendtec that comes with the FourSide jar or the WildSide jar, you’re either getting old stock or a used machine. Any new Blendtec blender purchased should come with the WildSide Plus jar. This, of course, is regardless of the model you get.

For users wanting the best of both worlds, you can get a combo package. This package usually includes the blender along with all Blendtec blending jars. This favors users who blend a lot as they have the ability to blend large quantities with the WildSide jars. While you can still cater to smaller blends with the FourSide jar. Even though Blendtec discontinued the combo you may come across stores offering this combo package.

Regardless of the jar design, all three have clear, delineated measurements on their sides. This enables users can know the exact quantity and volume of their blends. They also come with nice-looking lids that secure the jar’s content during use. The only downside to these plastic jars is that they scratch very easily. To combat this issue, Blendtec advises its customers to use only non-abrasive supplies to clean the jars. Soft cloth and paper towels are highly recommended.

Size and Weight

The Blendtec Total Blender and the Classic 575 are members of Blendtec’s Classic series. As such they are roughly the same size and weight. The slight difference in their dimensions is so little it’s practically negligible. Their small size makes storage a breeze and also ensures they don’t take up too much space. Due to their lightweight nature, you can easily move them from one place or point to another.

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Display and Controls

The base of both the Total Blender and the Classic 575 feature a digital control panel. This panel offers modern controls via push buttons.

The control panels of both blenders also feature a self-illuminated LCD screen. This screen shows the total number of blends carried out with the blender. A timer showing the time remaining for the current blending cycle to complete is also visible on the screen.

Blendtec 575 Blendtec – Carribean Blue

If you select a pre-programmed cycle, the timer shows the remaining time for the chosen cycle. If the blending settings are set by the user himself, then the timer displays how long a blend cycle has been running. This way, you can adjust the blending time to achieve your desired results.

Blending Cycles, Automatic Functions, and Manual Settings

These pre-programmed settings help the blenders achieve a satisfactory level of automation. Users can select any blending cycle via the designated button on the control panel. While the blender is doing its thing you can walk away do something else if needed. You do not have to baby sit it. And once the cycle is complete, the blender shuts off.

The Total Blender comes with 6 preprogrammed blending cycles. These include: Smoothie, Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt, Ice Crush/Milkshake, Soups/Syrups/Fondues, Sauces/Dips/Dressings/Batters, and Whole Juice. The Classic 575 has 4 preprogrammed cycles instead: Smoothie, 60 Seconds, 90 Seconds, and a Clean Cycle.

Automatic blend cycles no doubt make your life a lot easier. A lot of thought and testing has gone into them to make sure that you get good results every time. They cut guesswork and elimate hassle. You won’t have to worry about remembering the exact speed and time required to achieve a particular blending result.

While you can’t argue the advantages of the pre-programmed blending cycles. Blendtec also took into consideration users that love to experiment as well as users who prefer to customize their blends.

As a result, both the Total Blender and the Classic 575 come with manual settings to go with built-in cycles. While the automatic cycles save time and energy and give perfect results every time. The manual settings provide owners with the opportunity to explore their creativity.

Speed Options

The Total Blender comes with 10 speed options while the Classic 575 has just 5 speeds. Both blenders also come with a pulse button to provide a powerful surge of power when pressed.

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Motor and Power

A favorite among Blendtec blender users are the pre-programmed blending cycles. Users can choose from several options on the control panel to meet their blending needs.

Both blenders have a 3 HP (Peak Horsepower) direct-drive commercial-quality motor that offers an impressive amount of power. But, while the Total Blender’s motor supplies a maximum of 1,560 watts, the Classic 575’s comes with a wattage of 1,575. But even if you had them both to compare side-by-side, you wouldn’y notice the difference.

Slight power difference aside both blenders are capable of blending efficiently. Complaints of either blender not being able to handle the workload are few and far between, if not a rare occurrence.

Noise Level

Most blenders in the market are noisy when in use, and the Total Blender and the Classic 575 are not an exception. The high power rating of their motors accounts for the noise. But they are still quiet compared to lower-priced blenders in the market. In simple terms, they are powerful and loud, but the noise level is bearable.

Performance

A large number of users have praised these Blendtec blenders for their ability to blend virtually anything and give a smooth and uniformly-textured result in return. From smoothies to ice cubes, seeds, nuts, fruits, juices, soups, salsas, yogurts, ice cream, spreads, sauces, marinades, dressings, dips, batters, and even grains, these blenders are extremely versatile and can be used in preparing anything. These all-in-one machines blend food ingredients thoroughly and create a chunk-less and satisfying creamy consistency within a short period of time. They are built to last, making them extremely durable and capable of spanning years and years of use.

The only recurring complaint among users that could detract from the overall experience of using these blenders is the absence of a tamper in their design. When blending, food ingredients could sometimes get stuck, and this could make the blending process difficult to say the least. Since both Blendtec blenders lack this option, the next best thing would be to pick up the blending jar and shake it once or twice. The food particles should come unstuck.

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Despite this downside, the Blendtec Total Blender and Classic 575 have been touted by a significant number of users as appliances deserving of every dollar spent.

Accessories

On purchasing either blender, users would be gifted with a recipe book, owner’s manual and a quick-start user guide.

Ease of Cleaning

The design of both blenders encourages quick and easy cleaning: no knobs, dials or crevices where dirt can store up, the control panel can be easily wiped down with a cleaning cloth regularly, and the push buttons are fully sealed to avoid dirt buildup.

Instead of manually washing the interior of the jar after use, users can simply add an appropriate amount of warm water and dishwashing liquid into the jar, cover it up with the provided lid, and press the pulse button. The speed of the blade powerfully whirls the soapy combination within the jar for a thorough cleanse. All you have to do is rinse.

Warranty

Both the Blendtec Total Blender and the Classic 575 come with a warranty period of eight years. This warranty applies to every part of the blender.

Refurbished Models

Blendtec blenders can be quite pricey, especially when it comes to brand-new purchases. To cater to consumers on a budget and looking to save a bit of money, Blendtec offers some of its blenders as refurbished stock. A refurbished or reconditioned Blendtec model is a used blender whose worn out or damaged parts have been replaced with those that function properly. The machine as a whole is then reconditioned in the factory to look and function like a brand-new blender. Usually, refurbished Blendtec models cost less than their brand-new counterparts.

Refurbished models are sold by various retailers (online or otherwise) and can also be gotten from Blendtec’s website. The warranty period of these refurbished stock changes from time to time. There are days when the refurbished stock is offered with the same warranty conditions as the new model, and unsurprisingly, there are times when the warranty offered is less. Currently, all Blendtec refurbished stock come with a three-year warranty.

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The Classic 575 can be purchased brand new or as a refurbished stock. On the other hand, the Total Blender can only be gotten as a reconditioned or refurbished model. The reason for this is that the Total Blender was the first blender model made by Blendtec, and its production has been discontinued by the company. Thus, any Total Blender in the market right now is most likely not brand new, but rather a refurbished model that works just as fine as a new purchase.

Pros and Cons of the Blendtec Total Blender

Pros

  • Easy cleanup
  • Relatively quiet
  • Uses BPA-free plastic jars
  • Portable
  • Well-constructed and durable
  • Has more preprogrammed cycles than the Classic 575
  • Automatic shutoff
  • Greater number of speed options

Cons

  • Fewer color options
  • Smaller power capacity
  • No tamper
  • Plastic jar scratches easily
  • Only available as a refurbished model

Pros and Cons of the Blendtec Classic 575

Pros

  • More powerful
  • Increased color options
  • Portable
  • Relatively quiet
  • Well-constructed and durable
  • Easy cleanup
  • BPA-free plastic jars
  • Automatic shutoff
  • Available either as a brand-new purchase or refurbished stock

Cons

  • Lesser number of preprogrammed cycles
  • Plastic jar scratches easily
  • No tamper
  • Fewer speed options

Compared to the Classic 570

The Classic 570 is part of Blendtec’s Classic series of which the Total Blender and Classic 575 are famed members. As expected, it is similar in appearance and design to these aforementioned blenders. A plastic blending jar (either FourSide, WildSide or WildSide Plus, depending on the date of production of the stock purchased) is mounted on a cone-ish looking base. The base houses a 3 peak HP motor and also serves as the platform for the blender’s control panel.

If the three blenders are placed side by side and thoroughly examined, it becomes very obvious that the Classic 570 resembles the 575 more than it does the Total Blender. In fact, one can go as far as likening their resemblance to that of identical twins. They have exactly the same dimensions, making them complete equals in terms of size and weight.

In terms of functionality, the 570 is the simpler, less-featured version of the Classic 575. Instead of the four automatic blend cycles found in the 575, the 570 is designed with just two: Smoothie and Hot. Where the 575 has five different speed options, the 570 is designed with only three. It however has a pulse button that comes in very handy for cleanup purposes. Just like the Classic 575 and the Total Blender, the 570 is equipped with an illuminated LCD screen, display timer and push-button controls.

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If you’re interested in complementing or enhancing your kitchen décor with your intended Blendtec purchase, then the Classic 570 might not be such a great choice. It is available in only two color offerings: Black and Pomegranate (or Red).  Although designed with the same motor as the Total Blender and 575, the Classic 570 has a power of 1,570W.  This makes it more powerful than the Total Blender but slightly less powerful than the Classic 575. However, this is one exceptional situation where increased power doesn’t necessarily equal better performance. A significant number of customer reviews indicated that the 570 had frequent quality issues when compared to the more durable and reliable Total Blender.

The most distinguishing factor that truly sets the 570 apart from the other Blendtec models being compared is the fact that it can only be purchased exclusively from Costco. In other words, the Blendtec Classic 570 has a limited distribution. It is also not available as a refurbished or reconditioned model.

Just like the Total Blender and Classic 575, the Blendtec Classic 570 has no tamper to help push the blended content towards the blades which helps the blending process when food ingredients get stuck in the jar. It comes with a comprehensive warranty coverage of eight years.

Pros and Cons of the Blendtec Classic 570

Pros

  • Portable
  • Relatively quiet
  • Well-constructed
  • Easy cleanup
  • BPA-free plastic jars
  • Automatic shutoff

Cons

  • Plastic jar scratches easily
  • No tamper button
  • Reduced number of automatic blending cycles
  • Reduced color options
  • Reduced speed options
  • Not available as refurbished stock
  • Limited and exclusive distribution

Compared to the Designer 600

While the Classic series is Blendtec’s most popular collection, the Designer series is its most sophisticated, elegant, and stylish. The Blendtec Designer 600 embodies this concept in its aesthetics and functionality. While the jar design of the Designer series is the same as the Classic series, the design of the base is where the Designer models really shine through. Instead of the cone design of the Blendtec Classic models, the Designers’ base have a more rectangular outline. They are built to be sleeker, having a more modern appearance than the Classic models. Blendtec states that it wanted a blender that owners would be proud to display on their kitchen countertops, and it’s safe to say that they achieved that goal with the Designer series.

The Designer 600 has slightly larger size dimensions than the Total Blender and Classic 575. It also weighs more, making it less portable than the Classic models. It is available in two color options: Black and Pomegranate (or Red) and is designed with four preprogrammed blend cycles: Smoothie, 60 Seconds, 90 Seconds, and 180 Seconds. With a 3 peak horsepower motor, the Blendtec Designer 600 is equipped with the same blending power as the Total Blender: 1,560 watts.

The control panel or interface is another area where the Designer series excel. Instead of the push-buttons synonymous with the Classic models, the Blendtec Designer blenders come with a flat and intuitive touch screen control panel. This new and improved interface makes the Designer 600 easy to use and operate. The icons on the panel are back-lit, ensuring that they remain invisible when the blender is not in use. This gives a clean and uncluttered feel to the base, compared to the button-cluttered surface of the Classic models. The Designer series is even more easy to clean as there are no buttons that might impede or slow down the cleaning process. Rather, the flat surface of the panel makes it possible for users to quickly wipe down whenever the need arises.

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To adjust the speed manually, users of the Designer 600 only need to slide the screen either to the left or the right. The 600 has only six speed options along with the pulse setting. The screen also features a timer that counts down the time remaining for a selected blend cycle to run its course. Blendtec Designer series are designed with improved and optimized airflow to keep the blenders cool during use and by so doing, prevent overheating. This helps to extend the lifespan of the blenders.

Just like the Classic 570, the Designer 600 enjoys a warranty period of eight years, is exclusively sold by Costco, and is not available as a refurbished model.

Pros and Cons of the Blendtec Designer 600

Pros

  • Sleek and elegant
  • Relatively quiet
  • Well-constructed and durable
  • Automatic shutoff
  • Easy cleanup
  • BPA-free plastic jars
  • Touch screen control panel
  • Clean and uncluttered design
  • Optimized airflow for cooling purposes

Cons

  • Plastic jar scratches easily
  • No tamper
  • Reduced color options
  • Not available as refurbished stock
  • Limited and exclusive distribution
  • Larger and heavier than the Classic models
  • Smaller power capacity

Compared to the Designer 625

With seven colors, the Designer 625 is the Blendtec model with the largest range of color schemes. This makes it capable of complementing the décor of any kitchen. Those colors include: Black, Pomegranate (Red), Chartreuse, Sea Foam, Orchid, Slate Grey, and Polar White.

Blendtec 625 Blender

Having the sleek base design associated with the Designer models, the 625 is stunning, appealing, and a true high-end blender. It is similar in weight to the Designer 600 and is also designed with more depth capacity as the 600. In fact, the Designer 625 is best described as the non-exclusive 600. Compared to the 600’s exclusive sale from Costco, you can find the 625 anywhere Blendtec is sold.

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Pros and Cons of the Blendtec Designer 625

Pros

  • Increased color options
  • Sleek and elegant
  • Relatively quiet
  • Well-constructed and durable
  • Easy cleanup
  • BPA-free plastic jars
  • Touch screen control panel
  • Automatic shutoff
  • Clean and uncluttered design
  • Available as a refurbished stock
  • Unlimited distribution
  • Optimized airflow for cooling purposes

Cons

  • Plastic jar scratches easily
  • No tamper
  • Larger and heavier than the Classic models
  • Smaller power capacity

Compared to the Designer 725

Of all the Blendtec models being compared in this guide, the 725 is in a solidly impressive class of its own. Although it is part of the Designer series, it features some unique capabilities. One such distinctive feature is the inclusion of Blendtec’s SmartBlend technology. SmartBlend technology detects problems that may arise when the blender is in use. It then relays this information to the users and instructs them on how to fix such issues. It’s no wonder the 725 has earned the deserving title, if self-proclaimed, of ‘world’s smartest blender’.

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Just like every Designer model in the market, the 725 has an illuminated touch screen. It is backlit with easy-to-see icons, and has a handy timer display. As mentioned earlier, the Designer series also feature a speed touch slider. Users can access speed options on their blender model by sliding the screen left or right. But, the number of speed options available on all other Blendtec models pales in comparison to the 100 different speeds offered by the 725. This 100-speed touch slider is one of the 725’s most celebrated features. The blender is also designed to tell you which of these speeds is ideal for a specific blending activity.

Blendtec 725 Blender

The pulse feature of the 725 works at any speed, so users can add a surge of power at any speed during the blending process. The 725 is also equipped with the much-loved “Add 10” feature. This feature offers users the ability to increase a blend cycle by 10 seconds with a tap of the icon of the blend cycle currently running.

The 725 is the loudest of all the Blendtec models being compared. Its higher noise level can be attributed to the fact that it’s the most powerful blender. It has a 3.8 peak horsepower motor, offering users an impressive wattage of 1725 at a much higher current of 15amps.

This blender has seven automatic blend cycles. This is one of the highest numbers of pre-programmed blending cycles found in Blendtecs. These cycles include Smoothie, Salsa, Ice Cream, Whole Juice, Hot Soup and Clean.

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Apart from its superior edge in functionality, the Designer 725 also comes with lots of available color schemes. It features a unique metal die-cast finish and is available in three different color options: Stainless, Gunmetal, or, White. The 725 is also the heaviest of all the Blendtec models. as with all Blendtec models, the Designer 725 comes with a warranty coverage of eight years. It is also available as a factory-refurbished blender.

Pros and Cons of the Blendtec Designer 725

Pros

  • Features the SmartBlend technology
  • Sleek and elegant
  • Relatively quiet
  • Largest power capacity
  • Well-constructed and durable
  • Easy cleanup
  • BPA-free plastic jars
  • Increased number of preprogrammed blending cycles
  • Touch screen control panel
  • Automatic shutoff
  • Clean and uncluttered design
  • Available as a refurbished stock
  • Unlimited distribution
  • Has the highest number of speed options

Cons

  • Plastic jar scratches easily
  • No tamper
  • Larger and heavier than all other models
  • Loudest model

Summary

Choosing between these awesome blenders can be quite daunting. Based on our research, here is what we recommend: If you are not constrained by a budget, the Designer 725 is the best choice; it is feature-rich and extremely powerful. If the price of the 725 seems too high, then you can purchase a refurbished model. If the lesser warranty period of the refurbished stock bothers you, then the Designer 625, or even the Classic 575, is recommended in its place. The Total Blender (only available as refurbished) is currently the cheapest of the lot and still packs a mean punch. You can’t go wrong here, you’re choosing from the best of the best here.

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