Last week, I became the proud owner of a Blendtec Designer 725. I’d been eyeing a new blender for the past 6 or 8 months, after realizing that my little Oster-that-could just couldn’t anymore. Not that it broke, but it just wasn’t cutting it in the smoothie department. Literally. Big chunks of frozen fruit came glopping out of the bowl and that was after having to shake the bowl violently several times while blending in order to get the blade to move any of the ingredients around at all. It was just time. Especially since my kids and I love our smoothies.
I had a rough time trying to decide between a Vitamix and a Blendtec, hearing awesome things about both, and in the end, the Blendtec won out.
Last Saturday morning was the unboxing.
My first impressions before even plugging it in:
1) Damn, this thing is heavy! No stashing this under the counter like I thought. Nope, this baby is going to sit right here on my counter all the time.
2) Wow, pretty! But no buttons? Hmmm….let’s take a quick look at the manual.
3) Anything with its own cleaning cycle earns a star and place in my heart.
I thought a smoothie test was in order so I set out to make one with some OJ, frozen strawberries and a frozen banana, Greek yogurt, and some protein powder.
Then I turned the thing on. When the blender started “talking” to me with nice phrases like, “Let’s get to know each other” I knew I had a winner and that this would be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. (And, one that will last a lifetime, if any of the reviews are to be believed.) My fears about no buttons were alleviated when the Blendtec took me through an on-screen tutorial.
So far, I’ve blended about 3 smoothies and an extra large batch of the hummus that we have in our fridge at all times, and can I just say that I am so happy that I don’t have to drag out my food processor for that anymore. I love you, Cuisinart, but I don’t relish cleaning all your parts each time I use you. When you get your own cleaning cycle, we’ll talk.
After all my blending, I finally powered the Blendtec down and was pleasantly surprised yet again when my new little friend bid me a fond farewell with the message, “See you next time!” I actually turned the machine on and then off again 3 more times just to see if the message would change each time. It did.
What can I say, I’m easily amused.
In the meantime, I’m hoarding juice and smoothie recipes like they’re going out of style. So, if you have a favorite (especially ones that hide veggies in them!) please let me know in the comments!