My longterm review of the TB series Blendtech blender
I’d like to give a brief overview of what I use this blender for. To start with, a Blendtech blender is a high-end blender, sort of similar to a Cuisinart. This is important to know from the start since I will be talking about a blender that is around $300. That’s a lot of money, no doubt about it. Especially when you can go to Costco and get a decent blender for around $100. But we are talking about a huge difference in power and useage. Your average blender is used to make basic smoothies or mixed drinks. You throw some ice cream and a few different types of berries into a normal blender and work the ingredients around with a spoon while you blend on a spam cycle. For most people this will be fine, but for those of us that need to mixed heavier items (especially leafy greens) a better blender is a must.
I started blending leafy greens (spinach and kale mostly) a few years back and just used a regular Black and Decker mini blender to make my smoothies. This would consist of mixing the protein shake mixture (I’m into Visalus at the moment) with 1% milk, a banana, and spinach or kale. It would work, but it was a slow process as the kale and spinach really started to bog down the blender. A small blender just doesn’t have the horsepower to mix this concoction as fast as I like. Add to it that you constantly have to tamper the mixture around in order to get it to blend. And by constantly I mean I would spin the blade for a second or two, open the cap, tamper the mix around and spin it again. If the leafy stuff was thick enough it would jam the motor. No joke. Well, time for an upgrade.
I’ll spare you the boring details about the other blenders I tried and will cut to the point; the Blendtech blender is far and away the best blender I’ve ever used. I even like it better then a second hand Cuisinart I bought (and promptly sold on Craigslist) after I had owned the Blendtech blender for half a year (I bought the Cuisinart because it was a steal, and I actually ended up making money on it when I sold it). The Blendtech blender is a 3 horsepower model, which is a lot of power for a non-commercial blender. There are two things I really like about the blender:
- The vortex the blender makes will suck down anything I’ve put into it. Bananas, kale, spinach, any kind of berry, even pineapple. No problems at all.
- I rarely, and I mean rarely, have to tamper the mixture when I’m blending. It’s brute power overcomes just about any resistance.
I really love this blender. I’ve read on some review forums how people have had issues with the top seal eroding after a year of use or so. To be honest, I only use the Blendtec blender about three times per week so maybe I dont put as much wear and tear on it as others, but so far I’ve had no issues with any of the seals.
That being said, there is only one complaint and I’m not sure I should even be complaining about it; the noise. It’s loud. Not ear drum breaking loud, but it’s a loud machine. To be fair it is a 3 horsepower motor so it’s not going to be whisper quiet no matter how much you want it to be. If I had to compare it to anything I’d say it’s about as loud as my garbage disposal. To most people I’m sure it’s not a huge issue since the power of the Blendtech blender outweighs the noise, but I have to be honest about it.
To sum it all up you cannot go wrong if you go with the Blendtech blender, especially the TB series. It’s not cheap but if you look on Amazon you’ll find I sometimes see them on sale for around $350. One more thing, make sure to get the extended warranty on this. I think I spend thirty dollars for my warranty but when you’re spending good money for a kitchen appliance you might as well protect your investment. Like I said, I havent had a prboem with mine but it gives me piece of mind to know that the blender is covered for the next 5 years just in case theres a problem.