Blendtec Commercial Blenders Buyers' Guide
Tom Dickson, the founder and CEO of Blendtec, has been tinkering with blenders since the 1970s, and his drive for constant improvement has resulted in some of the strongest, most durable commercial blenders available. His 'Will it Blend' YouTube marketing campaign went viral in 2007 and features him using a Blendtec blender to pulverize items like rakes, glass marbles, iPhones, and golf balls to demonstrate the product's strength. We're going to break down the differences between each Blendtec commercial blender to help you find the right one for your foodservice operation.
While the blades that come with different jars vary in size, they all have one major design trait in common: they are blunt. While it may seem counterintuitive, the blunt blade actually allows the blender to work faster, as it is much stronger than a blade with a thin, brittle point. The blunt blade crushes and pulverizes ingredients instead of having to slice through them, resulting in a faster blend and more even consistency.
Blendtec blades are as much as 80 percent thicker than most competitors' blades and are made out of cold-forged steel, making them as much as 10 times stronger. In addition to the strength of the blade itself, the drive socket is made out of metal and will never need to be replaced, unlike less-durable models which use plastic drive sockets. The drive socket connects the blade to the powerful blender motor to spin the blade at more than 300 miles per hour to achieve the smooth blend you need.
Blendtec Blender Jar Types
There are three basic jar types, but each is compatible with every Blendtec commercial blender, enabling you to keep different jars on hand for different blending needs. All the jars are made of Eastman Tritan copolyester1, a BPA-free plastic known for its strength and glass-like clarity. This plastic is also lightweight, making the jars easy to handle for dispensing and cleaning. Each jar is designed to direct food down into the blade, eliminating the need for a plunger.
- Fourside Jar: As its name suggests, this jar features a four-sided design that tapers slightly to the bottom, working with gravity to force ingredients down into the path of the blade. This jar can hold 75 ounces, but it's recommended that it not be filled past the 32-ounce line, the maximum measurement marked on the jar. These jars are available in a standard clear version or in several colors to help prevent cross-contamination.
- WildSide+ Jar: The WildSide+ jar is designed with a fifth side, two vertical baffles, and a larger blade for faster blending. This jar design is available in two sizes: 90 ounces (recommended max fill of 36 ounces) and a 46-ounce mini version (recommended max fill of 24 ounces). Measurements on the WildSide+ jars are marked in ounces and milliliters. These are available in several colors to help prevent cross-contamination and to aid in organization.
- Twister Jar: This is the newest jar in the Blendtec blender lineup. It's made for processing especially thick mixes such as nut butters and hummus. The lid has tines that extend down into the jar, so as the blender runs, you can twist the lid to scrape the sides, moving the mix back toward the blade and ensuring a consistent blend. This jar is available in two sizes: 37 ounces (can hold as many as 16 ounces of product) and 28 ounces (can hold a maximum 12 ounces of product). The smaller version is ideal for mixing the toughest ingredients in small, easy-to-process batches. Both sizes come with a Blendtec spatula to help remove thick blends from the jar.
While Twister jars have specialized lids, there are several lids to choose from for WildSide+ and Fourside jars. The Vented Gripper lid allows you to add ingredients without removing the lid and is not an airtight seal, allowing steam to escape when blending hot liquids and thus preventing the buildup of potentially problematic pressure. Hard and soft lids are also available. Both can work under sound enclosures, but only the hard lid is available in colors other than black to help with an allergen program. For quickly rinsing jars in between batches, consider adding a Blendtec Rapid Rinse Station to your order, which allows you to rinse jars in as few as 7 seconds and has room to store jars when they are not being used.
Blendtec Commercial Blenders
Whether you need a commercial blender for making drinks, prepping food, or a little of both, Blendtec has a blender for you. Budget-minded buyers may consider the EZ-600 or Chef-600, which feature easy-to-operate controls, while those who need premium performance and maximum output may prefer the Connoisseur 825 or the Stealth 875 with sound enclosures and programmable cycles. Some models are available in a variety of colors for front-of-house use. For customers who need to create high volumes of blended frozen drinks, Blendtec also offers several drink blender systems with built-in ice hoppers that dispense ice directly into blender jars for each batch of smoothies or frozen cocktails.
|EZ 600||Connoisseur 825||Chef 600||Chef 775||Stealth 875|
|Designed For||Beverages||Beverages||Food prep||Beverages and food prep||Beverages and food prep|
|Batches per day||60||150||60||100||200|
|Controls||Touch Pad||Touch Pad||Touch Pad||Capacitive Touch Screen||Capacitive Touch Screen|
|Sound Level||Medium to high||Low||Medium||Medium||Very low|
- Tritan Overview. Eastman. Accessed May 2016.