September 18th, 2012

{Review and Amazing Giveaway} Blendtec Blender Makes a Perfect Blend

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Groovy Green Livin Blendtec Blender review

I’m not one to read directions when I get a new kitchen appliance.  Just ask my husband. He’ll tell you that I dive right in to try to figure it out and if it’s not intuitive I generally give up. Take for example my fancy schmancy food processor and blender, both of which have been sitting in the back left corner of my kitchen cabinet for a good 15 years accumulating dust. I tried and then I gave up. There were far too many bells and whistles that required attaching, swapping and cleaning.

Smoothies have always been a family favorite. My blender never quite did the trick. The smoothies were lumpy and really couldn’t be called smoothies. Complaints from the peanut gallery were coming left, right and center. I just stopped making them.

Blendtec to the rescue

Over the past year or so I’ve had my eye on a new blender. I was looking for something that could handle my smoothie and pureed soup obsession without a 300 page instruction manual and all those extra annoying pieces.

Thanks to the kind folks at Blendtec Blenders I received a new blender to try out. This is not an ordinary blender. This thing can handle anything and everything-the blade is unbelievable. My smoothies are now lump free.

Experimenting with Blendtec

My son had an important role in our first Blendtec creation. He had to look through the extensive recipe book to pick out what we would make. The only requirement was finding a recipe that called for ingredients that were already in the house. He chose Berried Up to Here which is a blend of frozen strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and apple juice.

Groovy Green Livin smoothie recipe

I used organic fruit and added a little spinach when he wasn’t looking.

Groovy Green Livin my son using Blendtec Blender

Overall the recipe was very simple and very delicious.

Groovy Green Livin Smoothie Mugs

How do you like my Groovy Green Livin mugs? The recipe book that comes with the blender is fantastic. Recipes are designated as gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, low-sodium and more.

I’ve only tapped the surface with this amazing blender. There are so many things I plan to test out. On the top of my list is making my own almond milk, apple spice muffins and Popeye’s Ice Cream which has a little spinach in it. If only I had this when my kids were infants-you can even make your own baby food!

Easy to use

I admit I didn’t read the manual, but the Blendtec blender is incredibly easy to use. When I make a smoothie I hit the “smoothie” button and it turns on and off automatically, blending for just the right amount of time. There are buttons for juicing, ice cream and many other things. There is also the ability to manually adjust the time and speed.

There’s a simple trick to blending

I learned quickly that the liquids go in first, followed by any soft solids and then frozen ingredients and ice go in last.

Cleaning is a breeze

It takes under a minute to clean out the blender. To clean I just add a cup of warm water to the blender and press pulse for about 5 seconds, rinse and all done!

It’s on my counter

I don’t put very much out on my counters in my kitchen. Take a look at this video and you’ll see that it’s pretty sparse in my kitchen.  This blender is on my counter and is going to stay there-that says a lot about the blender. I use it all the time so it needs to be in accessible spot. Plus the groovy red color is pretty stylin’.

What I don’t like

I was surprised that the top piece of the blender is made from plastic. The plastic is BPA-free, but many of you know that I’m not a fan of plastic especially when it comes in contact with food. I did a little research and discovered that Blendtec’s main competitor, Vitamix, is also made from plastic.

Extra bonus

I was also sent the Blendtec Twister Jar to try out. This innovative jar is designed to blend your thickest recipes such as: Nut Butters, Hummus, Baby Food, Dips, Thick Shakes, Dressings and more! It just pops right on top of the base. I’ll be making my own peanut butter very soon.

GIVEAWAY!

I’m so excited to offer this GIVEAWAY to all of you! Blendtec has graciously offered to give ONE Groovy Green Livin reader a Blendtec Blender and Twister Jar valued at $573.95!! Woot, woot!!  By entering your name and other information you acknowledge that you have read and are agreeing to our Official Rules. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was sent a Blendtec blender and Twister Jar for review. The opinions expressed in this review are my very own.

205 Responses to “{Review and Amazing Giveaway} Blendtec Blender Makes a Perfect Blend”

  1. I would love to have the white blender base.

  2. I would love a red blender base to match the walls of our kitchen 😉

  3. I would love to have this for part of our healthy eating evolution!! I have three boys 2,4 & 6 and they LOVE smoothies!

  4. This blender looks awesome. My kids love smoothies, and I’m excited to try some of these creative new recipes. Any color would work for me. Thank you!

  5. color does not really matter but black goes with everything.

  6. black would be lovely

  7. I love the red! But I would not be at all picky about color 🙂

  8. So the actual blender is glass, right? I also like pureed soups and do not want to put hot soup into a plastic blender. I’m not too worried about the lid because usually the food that splatters on it gets washed off, anyway. This blender looks freakin’ awesome to me. Don’t care about the color — I’m down with anything. 🙂

  9. I would love the red base. It will look awesome in my lime green kitchen 🙂

  10. Cool blender! I have wanted one for a loooong time!

  11. I’ve been saving up for one of these for a long time.

  12. Oh wow, I have been drooling over this blender for so so long! I’d love a black one!

  13. Love the designer series with the stainless steel, otherwise white!

  14. Love the black base!

  15. Black base please

  16. This sounds like just what I have been needxing.

  17. I’d love a stainless/silver one, or WHITE… but would take anything! Have wanted a Blendtec forever!!!

  18. I love the idea of an attachment that makes butters, also I love that it has buttons with the product you’re making (ie smoothie) and turns off when it’s just right.

  19. The colors are great! Nice way to brighten up your kitchen.
    But what I wouldn’t give for lump and bump free smoothies!

  20. I like the red!

  21. The red! 😀

  22. Stainless Steel or white (wish it came in blue it would go with my kitchen)

    I need a new blender and wanted to get a really good one

  23. Stainless or black would be my faves, but I wouldn’t turn this blender down based on color! Paint is cheap, make the kitchen match the blender!

  24. My daughter has been a vegetarian for about a year now. She doesn’t like vegetables. she eats very little fruit. Really!? She has mentioned making smoothies,maybe this would get her to drink her nutreints!

  25. Looks great. Love smoothies!

  26. Black really does go with almost anything =]

  27. I would love to have red!

  28. White. I actually have this exact blender (and I totally LOVE IT). Would love to be able to give one to my mother for the holidays.

  29. Our friend was just talking about this blender the other day — would SOOOOO love to have this in black!!!

  30. Black looks great to me! I love the ‘will it blend’ videos they have.

  31. Red! Doesn’t go with my decor or anything but I love the color. 🙂

  32. I would love to have this blender with the black base!!

  33. I love the red, but I think the black would look better in my kitchen 🙂

  34. I’d love a black one!!

  35. Hi Aviva, The blender is made from BPA-free plastic. I wrote about it in my review-I do wish that it was glass.

  36. Ooh! I would Love the black!

  37. I love my blendtec and twister jar!!!! The twister jar makes the best nut butters and coconut butter!!!

  38. oooh – what color? Tough decision. While I like the red, it will not go with my kitchen. Someday we’ll redo the kitchen … but I think I’ll go with black!

  39. I would love to have this blender, we frequently make smoothies! Mine are always lumpy and would love a good blender! Any color!!!

  40. I would love one of these blenders! We frequently make smoothies and our blender is terrible! Any color!

  41. I love the wine bottles in the background. We need a dacquari review!!

  42. I like the black.

  43. I didn’t realize you already had one! I want to hear what else you make. Excited for nut butters!

  44. RED!

  45. P.S. LOVE the mugs!!!!

  46. Would love to have a black one!

  47. Black!

  48. The mugs are awesome, (along with your phone cover)! I like the RED base the best. So pretty.

  49. I’d choose the red base.

  50. I would like the white base.

  51. I love the red but I would love all of them. And I want a GROOVY GREEN LIVIN MUG!!!

  52. How fun! Although I’d love some mugs, I’ll choose the red base.

  53. All my appliances are stainless steel and black so I would love the black. 🙂
    Susan

  54. Stainless steel or red would be fantastic!

  55. I would choose the classic black with silver face. I don’t know what my kitchen will look like when I purchase a house, so I want it to be neutral : ) I so want one of these : )

  56. I’ve been looking for a blender to replace the one my husband had in college! Black base.

  57. I think I’d love to have the red base. I’ve never had a red appliance; and it would look great on the counter. 🙂

  58. wow! I’ve been craving one of these…in black

  59. wow! I’ve been craving one of these…in black Deanna

  60. wow…i’ve been craving one of these in black. deanna

  61. wow! in black please. deanna

  62. The black would look great and it would stay out on my counter.

  63. I like the black one.

  64. I would love the Black Base!

  65. Red please, I am looking for a better blender too, like you I have a juice extractor that has too many parts, and my girl is in love with smoothies

  66. Black all the way!!

  67. I would love a red one

  68. I would choose the black one.

  69. This blender sounds amazing! I was looking to get my husband one for Xmas because his is so old and our smoothies are lumpy!!

  70. Either red or black.

  71. Our blender is so old and our smoothies come out lumpy too! This one sounds amazing and would love to surprise my husband with it.

  72. I’d go with basic black, although honestly you could give me one in chartruese zebra stripes and I would TAKE IT because I have heard so much about how great this blender is!

  73. Silver

  74. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these! 🙂

  75. I need this! My blender is not holding up to the green smoothie making either. I would love the simple black.

  76. I love the black!

  77. I would love red, naturally . . . but any color would be great!

  78. I would personally love the black one!

  79. I would love the black base. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  80. Great recipe! I hope I win!

  81. I love the red base color. But, red…black…steel – I’d be happy with any one of them 🙂

  82. I would love to have a black base.

  83. I would love the black!

  84. Oooh, the black base, thanks!

  85. Red! Also, I LOVE your mugs and want one! How do I buy one?

  86. This blender looks wonderful! Love the red – such a fun color for the kitchen. Fingers crossed 😀

  87. My husband has called me from Costco like 5 times standing in front of their demo telling me he wants to buy one of these. I always say no — too expensive. And I’m happy with my immersion blender. But WINNING one, well, I’d be happy to do that.

  88. I really want this to make fresh peanut butter!

  89. I would love the black!

  90. I would *love* a red one!!

  91. I’d pick the black base (and be thrilled beyond belief!) winterwrens at gmail dot com

  92. I could do some serious damage with that blender.

  93. Oh, I wanted the white or stainless one. Sorry. Was too excited and forgot to read the instructions.

  94. Black base for me.

  95. I’d go with black 🙂

  96. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this blender. We make smoothies all the time and fearing that my kitchen aid blended will give out one of these days. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the blendtec!

  97. I would choose black.

  98. I would pick the red blender base!
    Thank you!!

  99. I have been wanting one of these for years!! I would like the white or stainless one.

  100. White for me!

  101. Red!

  102. I’d love the RED Base, please!

    Terri P
    pr4gatheringroses AT gmail DOT com

  103. Red please!!! WE LOVE BLENDTEC!!

  104. I would love it in any color. My kitchen is red, white, stainless steel, and black. So, I’m just grateful to get one 🙂

  105. Red for me please!

  106. I’m simple, so the black works best for me.

  107. I have always wanted oneof these. I make smoothies for my kids before swim practices. I would love a stainless steel, or white. Thanks for such a great giveaway. I found your blog through wbz4 this morning!

  108. black, please!

  109. This would be a great thing to have so our family can eat even healthier. We would all enjoy using it in so many different ways. Black or red please – thanks!!!!

  110. black, please. btw, pick me, pick me, pick me!

  111. Should go with Black but would LOVE a red base!

  112. This blender looks amazing! Would be great for my family. I love the silver one!

  113. I would like the red base.
    Rafflecopter name: Hoa L.

  114. I like the black base, it would go with my appliances!

  115. Black would work.

  116. I would choose Red.

  117. I have been wanting one of these for SOOO long!

  118. I just saw where I’m supposed to say what color. I would choose red!

  119. I would like green.

  120. I have been wanting one of these for a long time. It would definitely have a permanent place on my kitchen counter (black or red would look nice) and be used all the time by me and my kids. It would be a welcome addition to our household and have so many positive benefits for our family in terms of what we eat.

  121. I would love to have a silver one!

  122. Would love, love, love the red!! Absolutely adore that old world cafe feeling for my kitchen

  123. Black would be great. It’s amazing how many veggies you can hide in a “fruit” smoothie!

  124. I’d love to have a red one!!

  125. black base please!

  126. I’d love the red one!

  127. I like the black one

  128. BLACK PLEASE

  129. i’d love the red base.

  130. I would love a black one!

  131. Definitely the black base.

  132. i like the black one thanks for this giveaway

  133. Black would match my kitchen!

  134. the black one would go nice in my home

  135. i could really use a good blender black would look nice with all my other kitchen stuff.
    Joshua Ramish recently posted..ibs mean No wheat anymore….well for a while.My Profile

  136. Sounds awesome!

  137. Definitely red!

  138. I wish I could use the fun red base but the black would match the rest of my appliances much better.

  139. I would love to have the black base, it would go with all my other appliances!

  140. red please

  141. I would love to make daily smoothies and nut butters!

  142. And I would love a black base.

  143. I LOVE Red!

  144. Black

  145. I would love to have this blender in stainless steel.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  146. I Like the Black..=D

  147. i would choose the red,thank you

  148. We make smoothies every day in our house and this would make the perfect blend. Would love to have the white base!

  149. white or red would match my kitchen

  150. I could definitely use a new blender, especially one that’s vastly superior to my current one.

  151. I love the sleekness of the black base!

  152. I would prefer the black base
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  153. I like the white base.

  154. I’d like the black base 🙂

  155. i like the red base it would match my kitchen decor

  156. I love the red base

  157. Black would go great with my kitchen!

  158. Black base would be my choice. Pick me please! 🙂

  159. These blenders look fantastic!

  160. I’d like the red base!

  161. Love the black base!
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  162. I’d love to win this rocking blender, and I’d use it daily 🙂

  163. Red would be fun!

  164. I like the black base.

  165. orange but red would be good… and wouldn’t turn down any color…

  166. How awesome!

  167. i love the white base

  168. I like the red!

  169. I’d love the white blender base!

  170. black

  171. I like the Black one..

  172. White but I’m not picky!

  173. I like stainless steel.

  174. All three colors are nice but I think black would be versatile.

  175. I would like the the red one.

  176. I would choose red! 🙂

  177. I like the red one and also a stainless steel would be great!

  178. I would choose the red base!!

  179. I’d choose the black base

  180. I;d pick red, for fun!

  181. black looks good to me!

  182. stainless steel

  183. love the red

  184. I would like the black base!
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  185. I would love it in Black! Thanks for an awesome giveaway.

  186. I make green smoothies every morning and my blender broke recently. I desperately need a new one, preferably with a black base, if I have to choose. Please help me out!

  187. Niiiiice! We need a new blender!

  188. would love this blender! my current blender is old and i will be needing to replace it soon

  189. My old Cuisinart blender is on it’s last legs… this would be an awesome upgrade.

  190. I would love to get the stainless steel!
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  191. Red! My wife’s favorite color!

  192. I would love to have a red base. My favorite color!!

  193. I’d let my momma pick but I like the red.
    Norleans Louisiana

  194. Everyone in my house loves smoothies and I have just started experimenting with homemade nut butters, so one of these would be awesome!

  195. I would love the red base!!

  196. Sounds like a blender that can do many things

  197. I would choose black 🙂

  198. I’d love the red!

  199. Red for sure! My favorite color!

  200. The red one is lovely!

  201. i love the black base to match my kitchen:)

  202. I would love the blender in black!

  203. I’d love the Black blender base.

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