Comprehensive Blendtec Designer 725 Review

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Blendtec Designer 725 with Wildside+ Jar

Blendtec takes it to the next level with the introduction of their new Designer 725 Blender. By far one of the best blenders we have seen and used, this revolutionary model is an upgraded version of their previous Designer model: with more power, more features, more stability AND quieter blending! For those wise enough to buy this one it’ll easily be the most technologically advanced piece of food preparation equipment you own.

With its classic stainless steel sleek look, the 725 draws the eye, becoming the focal point of any kitchen. The physics with which its uncomplicated gadgetry operates virtually eliminates meal production time, giving you the freedom to make all the necessary positive changes to your health regimen, without any of the massive time commitments.

The 725’s design and versatility are unparalleled and its presentation flawless, demonstrating yet again Blendtec’s commitment to providing you with the proper tool to make your dreams of healthy eating, and thus healthy living, a realistic goal that you can actually achieve.

Blendtec Designer 725 – COST

As many of you know, I always like to start my blender reviews with one of the most important factors of any buying decision – cost. About the only “con” of buying a powerful commercial grade blender is the high cost. The Designer 725 is the top of the line blender in Blendtec’s newest series of advanced blenders, and the cost proves it at $649. The higher-than-their-other Designer blender cost is attributed to more power & advanced features that the other models don’t have. Is it worth it? Read on!

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I do firmly believe  that you can’t put a price tag on your health – and the investment you make in you and your families health will actually SAVE you a ton of money! Not only on the cost of making delicious and healthy recipes at home instead of eating out or buying processed *crap*, but also on what you may save in medical bills years down the road. Now let’s get to the nitty gritty. :)

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Blendtec Designer 725 – DESIGN

Power: The 725’s 3.4 peak horsepower motor utilizes 1,725 watts. You REALLY do not need any more power than this. Compared to the old Designer model (which you can buy refurbished for only $379) which was 1560 watts/3 peak horsepower – this is a huge upgrade.

Speed Capacity: A really great feature that the Blendtec Designer 725 has that most of their other models don’t, is a super advanced 100 speed touch slider. This gives you a lot more control with one hundred speeds, all at the slide of a finger. You can go back and forth sliding from low to high, but you can also baaarely move your finger, and more precisely control the speed. It even tells you which speed to use for stirring, chopping, mixing, blending, or pureeing on the digital screen. At speed 100, the blade is spinning 29,512 Revolutions Per Minute (RPM)!

Size: The 725 is 15 inches tall and weighs in at nine pounds, which is nearly two pounds heavier than other designer models, providing greater support and stability for tougher blends such as lots of frozen fruit or ice (think ice cream and mostly frozen fruit green smoothies!). This was the ONE issue we had with the old Designer model – on an uneven surface such as a tiled kitchen – if there was a ton of frozen ingredients the blender might “bounce” or “travel” along your countertop. The heavier footprint of the Designer 725 solves this issue. :)

Blendtec Designer 725 – CONTROLS & USER FRIENDLINESS 

The most comprehensive Bledtec Designer 725 Review @BlenderBabesBlendtec’s Designer 725 is an efficient health-giving wonder. Utilizing the most versatile preprogrammed settings on the market, nutritious meals can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. And with Blendtec’s extensive and user-friendly manual, all of its functions are super easy to learn and a life-changing pleasure to use. :) Everything is programmed on the ultramodern touchscreen! The preprogrammed automatic settings include the previous (and most used) Smoothie, Whole Juice, Hot Soup and Ice Cream Settings, as well as the newer and more desired settings of Salsa and (importantly!) a CLEAN setting! Their other models do not have this settings, however this easy self cleaning can still be accomplished by blending or pulsing with hot water and a drop of dish soap. But with the Designer 725, you get a specific and made for setting. A small example of how Blendtec listens to the desires of their customers!

Six Preprogrammed Custom Cycles Include:
  • Smoothie
  • Whole Juice
  • Hot Soup
  • Salsa
  • Ice Cream
  • Clean

When using any of its six preprogrammed cycles, the blender, like any good sous-chef, tells you what cycle you have chosen on the digital screen and counts down the blend time for that cycle, and it shuts off automatically when the time reaches zero — giving you the opportunity to pick a setting and clean up the kitchen. By the time the cycle is done, you’re ready to go!

“Add 10”

Additional seconds can also be added in increments of 10 to each preprogrammed blend. You can add time right away or as your blending. Simply touch the corresponding setting once for 10 more seconds of blending… twice for 20 seconds… and so on for up to an additional 90 seconds – just so your delicious creations are blended exactly the way you want them. We especially use this feature when making a whole food juice recipes or soups!

100 Speed Capacitive Touch Slider for Manual Control

The Blendtec Designer 725’s futuristic touchscreen is a marvel of innovation, efficiency, and power. Featuring a 100-Speed Capacitive Touch Slider, the control panel has no dials, switches or buttons. To speed blends up simply slide your finger to the right, vice versa to slow it down. Trying to just barely increase the speed? Roll your finger, yes, we said roll, your finger to the right or left for a slight and very precise adjustment

Need a few, or even a lot of extra jolts of power to thoroughly mix those thicker blends? No matter what speed you’re using hit the Multi-Speed Pulse button as many times as you feel are necessary—the 725’s powerful motor handles it all.

And gone are the days of cleaning that bacteria-ridden gunk building up around an antiquated blender’s switches and buttons. The 725’s sleek, ultramodern touchscreen is flat, smooth, and cleaned in one fell swipe.

Blendtec Designer 725 – BLENDING CONTAINERS/JARS

Containers: A DISHWASHER SAFE, five-sided BPA-free copolyster 90 ounce Wildside+ Jar comes with the 725. Used for larger and faster blends, its extra side and vertical ridges allow ingredients to hit two additional surfaces. Accelerating the blend toward the blades like this eliminates the need for a tamper. (yahoo!!!) The jar is 9.5 inches tall, bringing the total height of the 725 to 15 inches once assembled, which fits perfectly underneath your kitchen counter or easily in any cupboard. The jar is marked (in easy to read black!) with easy measuring volume units in ounces and cups on one side, and ml and cl on the other side.

The Designer 725 is compatible with ALL Blendtec Jars, so if you want to get a Fourside Jar for average sized blends, or to use specifically for grinding, or if you want the Twister Jar for thicker blends like nut butters or fruit & vegetables purees like homemade organic baby food, it won’t be a problem! Both the Wildside+ Jar and Fourside Jar can blend hot, cold, wet, and dry with the same jar/blade. The Twister Jar is not really used for grinding dry goods such as flax seeds or wheat berries, but we have used it to grind almonds into flour. We mostly use it for cold (ice creams) and wet ingredients.

Blendtec container options include:
The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabes•”2 qt” 64 oz. FourSide Jar – container
•”3 qt” 90 oz. Wildside+ Jar – largest capacity with bigger 4 inch blade
Twister Jar – a new smaller container used for smaller amounts and thicker dishes/purees
Mini-Twister Jar – (not pictured -> ) half the size of the standard Twister Jar – used for really small amounts and thicker dishes/purees (we prefer the standard sized Twister Jar)

BLADE: Designed for faster, superior blends as well as for safety, all Blendtec Jar’s come with a single blade that is blunt — as opposed to sharp. It easily pulverizes your entire blend’s ingredients, allows you to get everything out without waste, as well as makes it much easier and safer to clean. This unique blade is also 80 percent thicker and 10 times stronger than competitor blades, such as a Vitamix or Oster blade.

THE LID: Unlike instructions when blending hot soups with a “regular” blender, there’s no need to leave the lid off and cover with a towel when you own a Blendtec! An easy-to-open, vented gripper lid allows you to add ingredients to your blend through a removable central opening, which in addition to being much safer, also allows for the extra pressure produced when blending hot liquids to properly disperse (they have indeed thought of everything!). We almost always decide to add a superfood boost, such as chia seeds – or a few more ice cubes – after we’ve started blending. You just remove the center piece, drop in your additions, and replace!

Blendtec Designer 725 – PERFORMANCE

The most comprehensive Bledtec Designer 725 Review @BlenderBabesSMOOTHIE MAKING

If you’re looking for the best smoothie maker, you can’t go wrong with any Blendtec! Simply touch the Smoothie Cycle to blend a smoothie. The ultramodern touchscreen of the Designer 725 displays a 40 second countdown clock, which will stop automatically once it reaches zero. I have literally made thousands of smoothies over the years with my Blendtec, starting with my first one – the Total Blender Classic. With that blender, if I was making a smoothie that is heavy on the frozen fruit ingredients – I would sometimes use the smoothie setting twice. Now, with the Designer 725, I can now add seconds due to the “Add 10″ feature. I LOVE THIS! I’m sure you will too. :)

JUICING

I often get asked if a Blendtec is a “juicer”. With its 3.4 peak horsepower motor, the Blendtec Designer 725 is powerful enough to pulverize the cell walls of any fruit or vegetable, turning whole fibers into easily drinkable and digestible tiny pieces. Though not an actual juice extractor, which typically requires 3X more produce and uses only a portion of the entire fruit and/or vegetable, the Blendtec Designer 725 utilizes EVERYTHING!  Known as a “whole food juice” you get ALL the life-enhancing juiciness from ALL the nutrients—including and especially the fiber.

For example, blending grapes this way makes all the powerful antioxidants found in their seeds and skin available to you, which are usually just thrown away… and those fibrously tough pineapple cores – which contain anti-inflammatory bromelain… Within moments they’re turned into yet another one of your easily digestible, nutritiously fiber-rich juice ingredients.

To make a whole food juice with your Blendtec, use the Whole Juice setting. Make sure to add ice or use a frozen ingredient – this will prevent heating the ingredients and killing valuable enzymes – as well as make your juice cold and ready to drink! Try some of our whole food juice recipes or if you’re looking to cleanse or lose weight, try Blender Babes’ FREE Juice detox.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Certain illnesses and digestive diseases require that one suffering from such ailment(s) only drink highly-concentrated, vitamin- and mineral-rich extracted juice without the fiber, or anything else the body may have trouble digesting.

SOUP

The most comprehensive Bledtec Designer 725 Review @BlenderBabesOne of the most incredible things about commercial blenders is that they’re powerful enough to HEAT SOUP. Utilizing the friction of its rapidly spinning blade, the Designer 725‘s 3.4 horsepower motor whips up raw soup in less than a minute—and super hot ones in just a few!

Once your ingredients have been added, simply touch the Hot Soup cycle to blend any kind of deliciously hot soup. The ultramodern touchscreen will countdown from 90 seconds, however with the Designer 725 you can add up to 90 more seconds right away using the “Add 10″ feature – to blend your soup for 3 minutes, making it nice and hot right inside the jar!

And when you’ve blended your soup just the way you want it and have removed the lid, be sure to remove the lid carefully, as steam will literally billow out of the top!

IMPORTANT NOTE: It’s incredibly healthier to prepare fresh soup at home rather than eat the canned variety. Commercially processed soups typically have three-year shelf lives because they’re loaded with sodium and toxic preservatives. We feature an ever-increasing and delicious array of healthy soup recipes to get you started, though our most popular and easy to prepare is our hearty CHUNKY TORTILLA SOUP!

CHOPPING

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The Designer 725 can perform Dry chopping, which is perfect for quickly chopping veggies in a pinch instead of hand chopping, or creating fine parmesan pieces to top pasta dishes. I use this the most when I’m making a quick vegetable frittata in the morning.

The Designer 725 also performs Wet Chopping, which uses water to assist in circulating ingredients within the jar. Blendtec’s “Blending 101” handbook recommends using leftover wet chopping liquid for smoothies, sauces or soups. Personally, I’ve only used wet chopping for cabbage when making slaw or raw sauerkraut - I’ve never saved the liquid for later use. That said, I never saved the pulp from my old juicer and used it to make bread/muffins either. :p To each their own!

Out of all the capabilities of the Designer 725, and other Blendtec blenders – chopping is NOT what it does best – due to the blunt rather than sharp blade. That said, the Designer 725 DOES chop better than the other models, since it has much more control over the manual speed.

GRINDING 
The most comprehensive Bledtec Designer 725 Review @BlenderBabesGrains & Seeds

The Blendtec Designer 725easily breaks down whole grains to make oatmeal, baked goods and breads—without the need of a separate grinding container! You will use your manual speeds to grind grains and seeds to super fine consistencies OR you can use the Pulse option which will allow you to grind grains to your preferred degree. For example – if you want to make sure your coffee beans are super course, you may want to pulse instead of manually blend. :)

Meat

Raw meats utilize the 725’s grinding capabilities, further showcasing yet another facet of this revolutionary machine’s versatility. You grind meat by simply using the Pulse feature. Check out our Blendtec vs Vitamix meat grinding review to learn how to use this awesome feature for everything from healthy chicken meatballs to Alton Brown’s healthy breakfast sausage.

MIXING & KNEADING—that’s Right!

breadGone are those arduous days when you’d have to blend wet ingredients separately from your dry ones, then mix the two together by hand…

The Blendtec Designer 725 can actually Knead wet and dry ingredients into dough!

Its thick blunted blades blend wet and dry ingredients into a doughy ball—again, WITHOUT needing a separate grinding container! Creating batters, cakes and cookies, along with quick and yeast breads without needing to purchase a separate bread maker!

ICE CREAM

The most comprehensive Bledtec Designer 725 Review @BlenderBabesAnd now, for arguably the Blendtec Designer 725’s sweetest feature…

The ability to make ice cream!

Simply use the Ice Cream cycle and in less than a minute you’ll be enjoying your very own homemade, fabulously fresh and healthy ice creams, sorbets, frozen yogurts and much more.

CLEAN UP

One of the new features of Blendtec Designer 725 is its specific self cleaning setting (yup that’s right, this revitalizing machine can even clean itself ;). To start this awesome feature simply add a cup of water and a drop of dish soap to the jar, secure it to the blender base, and touch Clean cycle. This fires up a 10-second pulse which thoroughly cleans the jar; all you have to do is rinse it out beneath your facet’s warm running water—all of which is in stark contrast to the vast majority of other blenders, whose separate blades, gaskets and jars must be painstakingly taken apart in order to properly clean.

Blendtec Designer 725 – BLENDTEC REWARDS

Blendtec even offers its clients rewards for accomplishing health goals, which it measures in blending milestones. The 725 tallies how many blends it’s completed, providing its owner with rewards codes once specific goals are reached. These can then be redeemed online or via a mobile app for recipe books, gift cards, kitchen utensils, jar discounts and much much more. 

Blendtec Designer 725 – WARRANTY & DURABILITY

And as if all the preceding wasn’t enough, the Blendtec Designer 725 comes with an eight-year full use warranty (far longer than Vitamix or Oster). And compared with the typical one- or two- year warranties that accompany regular blenders (you know, those sad dated models that seem like they’re designed to burn out), well… they, don’t compare at all.

And when combined with Blendtec’s superior quality construction, and the fact that you’ll still be using this remarkable invention two decades down the line with nary a hint of a problem—making the decision the buy a 725 is one of the smartest investments you can make.

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    • Leslie Williams says

      Hi Prasert and welcome to Blender Babes! The voltage on these in the US is 110v, so you would have to use an adaptor to use it in a 220v situation. Just so you know, using an adaptor voids the warranty, so be careful! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  1. Charity says

    I’d probably try a green smoothie first, just to see if I notice a difference (reduced time to get it blended just right?). There are so many things I want to try…like making my own peanut butter, which I have yet to try.

  2. Anonymous says

    I have a different blendtec model than this, but I dig it. I have to say the ability to turn your ingredients into a creamy smoothie every time is awesome. Had a ninja. No offense to them, it was good for the price, but it had to go. Blendtec is just sick. No grit people! Love the programs. My only problem is cavitation every now and then. I'm trying to get those ratios down.

  3. Azenette Russell says

    So many choices! I think I'd try the ice cream first! Healthy ice cream will definitely make a difference in my household.

  4. Azenette Russell says

    So many choices! I think I'd try the ice cream first! Healthy ice cream will definitely make a difference in my household.

  5. Paul says

    Hi Guys!

    I’m pleased to hear more info regarding this blender. But very contrasting reviews are coming out from the mainstream blogging sites. Cnet have given this a one and half star review because their gasket shredding on the WildSide+ jar and Slinky Studio have given it a raving five star review. I asked Slinky Studio in the comments whether they had experienced the gasket shredding issue Cnet have experienced and they got straight back to me and said after their 725 had done 300 blends they hadn’t. So could anyone who owns this blender let me know what they also think? I’m on the fence at the moment.

    The Reviews:
    Slinky Studio – http://www.slinkystudio.info/reviews/2014/5/22/blendtec-designer-725-blender-review.html
    Cnet – http://www.cnet.com/products/blendtec-designer-725/

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hi Paul,
      We totally understand your concern, and had seen the cnet review as well recently and it has inspired us to work on another blender review answering this question. This only happened in the cnet tests when the 725 had been running on high for 6 minutes, with a very thick, hard product to blend. Both Vitamix and Blendtec do not recommend blending for more than 6 minutes. We have heard issues with the gasket shredding from both Blendtec and Vitamix blender owners when these high powered turbo blenders are run for long periods of time. Vitamix instructions tell you to stop the machine to protect form overheating in 6 to 7 minutes (i.e. soup). Blendtec says the same – and they also created a special Twister Jar that was made specifically for thick blends, such as nut butters – and Blendtec flat out recommends this. Bottom line – the Designer 725 is a truly remarkable blender – we like having more power, control, and especially the ability to add time to pre-programmed automatic blends. We haven’t had any problems in our use or testing with this machine – however we always use the twister jar for our nut butters these days since it is by far a superior jar for making thick blends. We don’t think you will be disappointed with it… HOPE THAT HELPS! HAPPY BLENDING!

  6. Shannon Richards says

    I would make my husband and I a smoothie. Banana’s, honey, cinnamon, almond milk, and strawberry yogurt.

  7. Tom H. says

    I think the first thing I’d blend is all the vegetables typically juiced to gain the benefit of the whole foods and that fiber that’s normally lost in juicing.

  8. Shaleen says

    I would make ice cream or soup! Or ice cream soup, I don’t care, either way I’m sure it’ll be delishious! =P

  9. Annabel Gray says

    I would make a smooth, creamy smoothie because my current smoothie cant do the same! And it would consist of kale, spinach, pineapple and oranges! Yum!

  10. Judi Peterson says

    I've been considering buying a Blendtec for awhile now. Just hadn't decided which model I wanted. Looking forward to drinking green smoothies I don't have to chew!

  11. Deana Moraes says

    The first thing I would make is a Green Smoothie for breakfast and then I want to try the African Sweet Potato Soup!

  12. Dan L says

    first thing i’d make would probably be a fruit smoothie — type of fruit depending on what fruit looks good at the market (or I have canned mangoes and canned lychees if none of the fruit at the market looks appealing)

  13. Susan Buckley says

    Have wanted a Blentec for so long. It would be great to win one. I want to get started with smoothies. Would be fun discovering all I could do with it.