What is it?
1560 watts! This thing is a beast. It’s one of the most powerful blenders on the market at the time of this review, and you can tell in the consistency of blending. It’s capable of many kitchen functions in addition to blending, including mixing bread dough, grinding nuts into butter, and making soft serve ice cream!
Compared to the second Blendtec model that we’ve reviewed, the Blendtec Total Blender, the difference is that the HP3A comes with 25 preprogrammed blending cycles while the Total Blender comes with only 6 preprogrammed cycles. Also, the default jars are different as well: this HP3A comes with the WildSide jar by default, which is a 90oz jar with a larger blade and additional side to help create a better blending vortex. The Total Blender, on the other hand, comes with the Fourside jar, which is a standard 64oz.
What we like:
We love the 90oz Wildside jar – you can make multiple smoothies in one go and stash the extra in the fridge. It’s also great if you’re ever cooking for a large gathering.
Another good thing about Blendtec blenders compared to Vitamix is that they’re not too tall to fit underneath kitchen cabinets. If that’s a potential issue for you, keep in mind that the Vitamix blenders will be too tall for standard cabinets.
The dull wingtip blades are a very nice addition as you don’t have to worry about cutting yourself while cleaning. Also, their jars are made of BPA-free Tritan copolyester for anyone concerned.
What we don’t:
While it’s not glass, the high quality of the Blendtec Tritan copolyester jar makes it hard to complain about. Also, if your previous blender did not have preprogrammed cycles, it make take a little time to get used to choosing a preprogrammed cycle for your blending needs, but that’s hardly something to complain about.
Probably the biggest complaint we had was that the Blendtec jars are one piece, blade attached, with no way to disassemble for cleaning. While the blade is dull so you can reach down into the jar, we still weren’t used to being unable to detach the two.
Some users have also complained that after daily use for multiple years, the seals on the jar start to go, forcing you to replace the jar. While the jar does carry a 2-3 year warranty, if you’re over that warranty, a new jar will cost ~$100.
Where’s it made?
Engineered and assembled in the USA (uses some international parts).
Should you buy it?
The Blendtec is simply a beast, and can be used as a blender, food processor, mixer, ice-cream maker, etc. all in one. It’s a top of the line blender; if you’re only planning on using it a few times a month, then it’s likely overkill, but if you’re looking for something that can withstand heavy-duty use and help with a myriad of recipes, this appliance is right up your alley.
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