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Blendtec Review

Blendtec Review

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I’m a frugal living blogger. My job is to give an overall sense of being smart with your money. So, when I had the opportunity to do a review and giveaway of the Blendtec Blender (a $500 appliance), I spent months trying to decide how to approach this topic with you…and here is what I decided:

Just because you are frugal with your money, doesn’t mean you cannot have nice things. Being frugal and being cheap are two different things. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – being frugal is being smart with the resources God has given you…using them wisely. It doesn’t mean you make do with the cheapest version of stuff for your entire life. Sure, that might be something that has to happen for a season…that’s when you’re being smart. But to choose cheap things when you can SAVE FOR QUALITY isn’t usually the better option.

Buying Quality Appliances

We aren’t spendthrifts. We drive used cars. We don’t have cable. We don’t go to the movies. We don’t take lavish vacations…but we like nice appliances. So, how do we make this work with our frugal lifestyle? I’ll tell you:

  1. We research the options and decide what we want.
  2. We become familiar with the prices and start looking around.
  3. We save up the money.
  4. We take our time purchasing an item: we don’t buy immediately.
  5. We watch for sales and look for coupons. We scour Craigslist. We look in the classifieds. We place “wanted” ads. We contact the company and ask about refurbs or scratch-and-dent/open box buys.
  6. When we are ready and have the cash in hand, we purchase the best option within our budget.

Blendtec Review

I knew from months of looking around and researching that I wanted a Blendtec Blender. I talked to friends. I watched videos on You Tube. I made sure it was what I wanted – and then I saved up the money. I had it. I was going to purchase – but we contacted Blendtec about doing a review and GIVEAWAY so I could bless another reader. I love blessing y’all. :-)

Prior, I had a Kitchen Aid blender. While it got the job done, it was very lacking on a few things: it didn’t blend up ice well, it didn’t blend up anything remotely hard, and it would randomly leak out of the bottom…kinda like my 11 month old. When I got my Blendtec, I was in pure heaven – more exciting than getting a car from The Price Is Right.

I can say without a doubt that Blendtec Blenders are the way to go. It hasn’t disappointed me in ANY way. It will blend up anything – even iPhones. Since I’ve already dropped my phone in the toilet, I’m pretty sure it’s only a matter of time before I also drop my phone in the blender. I already blended up an entire plastic spoon in there – accidentally. Yes, an ENTIRE PLASTIC SPOON. Does your blender do that?

Blendtec Review

The Blendtec will do anything you can do in your blender and your food processor – plus MORE. It will chop, shred, puree, make smoothies, make ice cream, whisk, and even grind grain. It will chop ice and it will never talk back to you and ask you “why?”

Saving on Blendtec Blenders

So, what are the best ways to get a good deal on a Blendtec? I’ll tell you:

  1. Look on Craigslist and scour yard sales. Yes, this is possible. I’ve had a few friends find them this way and for CHEAP.
  2. Call around to places that carry them and ask for open box buys. We have purchased a few things that were open box buys – who needs the box? (Don’t tell Annie I said that.)
  3. Buy a refurbished Blendtec directly from them. Nothing is wrong with the product – it’s just been fixed if it had an issue. We buy refurbs all the time – my computer is a refurb.
  4. Can’t find it? Save up and purchase it new. Notice I said SAVE UP. Do not buy it on credit.

Blendtec Review

Pros of owning a Blendtec

  1. It does everything in one place. You won’t need a blender, food processor and grain mill. The Blendtec is one appliance that does it all.
  2. It makes life in the kitchen easier. I literally use my Blendtec about 5-10 times a day. I use it to make smoothies, breadcrumbs, butter, chop vegetables, make flour, puree soup, and eat plastic spoons.
  3. It’s the best. It rocks. It’s fun.
  4. It is SO easy to clean! It just swishes clean in the sink or easily wipes down. You don’t have to take the bottom off or take out the blade like with a food processor or most other blenders.

Cons of owning a Blendtec

  1. It’s loud. Really. The first time you use it, you’ll think it’s about to take flight.
  2. It’s expensive. Yes, I know it’s a lot of money – about the cost of a cheap refrigerator. But, does Stacy, the queen of “always order water because it’s free,” think it’s worth the money? Yes I do – and it says a lot that I had already saved the money to purchase one before I got one to review.
  3. Your friends are all jealous and won’t come to visit unless they need to blend.

I have several friends who own a Blendtec and they all agree. It’s worth the money and yes it really is the BEST blender out there. 10 out of 10 smoothies agree.

Blendtec Review

So, let me summarize and then I’ll show you a short video of me making a smoothie so you can see how loud it is, how easy it is to use, and how fast the cleanup is. Then you can ENTER TO WIN a BLENDTEC below. :-)

  1. Blendtec is the best blender on the market.
  2. It’s expensive.
  3. It’s possible to save up and purchase one without credit.
  4. It takes the place of several other appliances.
  5. Do not buy things on credit.
  6. It rocks and I love it.
  7. Do not buy things on credit.

Here is the link for my Freezer Smoothie Packs if you are interested.

Enter below to win a black Factory Conditioned Designer Series Blendtec plus a Twister Jar of your own! Prize is valued at $544. This giveaway is open to US residents only and will run until Thursday, August 15th at midnight EST.

***If you are unable to see the Rafflecopter widget, please use another browser. The widget does work, but it’s ornery sometimes.***

I was not paid for this Blendtec Review and Giveaway. I was sent the same Blendtec and Twister Jar that I am also giving away. All opinions are my own and I am not an affiliate with Blendtec…and yes, Big Brother made me say it. I think y’all know where I stand. 😉

GIVEAWAY ENDED

*This post was shared at Wednesday Whatsits at White Lights on Wednesday.



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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.

  • Linda

    wow! This is an awesome giveaway thanks! I was just thinking of getting a food processor and an immersion blender too but after watching the video it might be better to get the blendtec because it does the same thing in one unit. I would love to win this!!!

    • Stacy

      YES!!! Forgo both of those and get ONE thing..more counter space. :-)

  • Stacy

    Maybe you’ll win! Or find one at a yard sale!

    • Trisha Eldridge Gilkerson

      Maybe I will win… but doubtful I’ll find one at a yard sale since I rarely get to them anymore. Dragging 4 children (two of which are 2 years old) along with me has caused yard sales to lose a bit of their appeal.

      • Stacy

        Girl, I totally get that – I used to be a yard sale MASTER…now I pass them by because I think “I’d rather take a beating than get my kids out in that.”

  • Stacy

    After watching and reading and talking to people, we decided that Blendtec was the best option. :-) And sorry about the Canada thing…that was their rule. :-(

  • Stacy

    Yes, it does a great job with juice! It has a juice setting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtWbdyWQAak
    And yep, you can reuse the cheesecloth. Easy peasy. http://www.stacymakescents.com/cleaning-and-reusing-cheesecloth

  • Stacy

    :-)

  • Stacy

    YEAH! Blendtec all the way, baby!

  • Stacy

    There is a Rafflecopter entry form at the bottom. If you don’t see it, you might need to use a different internet browser. :-)

  • Stacy

    Fine by me! :-)

  • Stacy

    I don’t have any experience with Nutriblast. I do know that the Nutribullet seems to make people happy – until they have a Blendtec. LOL

  • Stacy

    I’m glad you agree. :-)

  • Stacy

    LOL LOL

  • Stacy

    I don’t have a Vitamix – but I’ve talked to friends who have used both and they prefer the Blendtec. :-)

  • Stacy

    What a wonderful thing to say! Thank you!

  • Cynthia

    Very cool!

    • Stacy

      Yes indeedy!

  • Stacy

    This also comes with the Twister jar!!! :-)

  • Stacy

    Once a day? Girl…blend more. LOL

  • Stacy

    I watched videos and read blogs – and I talked to friends who had used both. The general consensus was that Blendtec was a better product and easier to use. So we went with that. :-)

  • Kim O.

    I have seen the Blendtec and the other high powered blender in action and the Blendtec really impressed me with it’s power and ease of use.

    • Stacy

      Yeah buddy – it eats everything…even pool cues.

  • Kathy

    I have a Blendtec on my wish list and was so excited to see your review and give away.

    • Stacy

      I bet your wish list is kickin’ awesome!

  • Suzanne

    I’m sad it’s not open to Canadians :(

    • Stacy

      :-( So sorry….that was a rule set by Blendtec.

  • Jenny

    I would love one of these to make my own flours in!

    • Stacy

      YEAH! :-) Thanks for entering!

  • Jenny

    You do NOT have to use the plunger for everything on the Vitamix. You make smoothies fine without it. When you go to put frozen fruit in without liquids, you will need to use it since there are no liquids to pull it down into the blades. This is for making ice cream and sorbet. The Blentec does make flour in the same container as to where the Vitamix you will need to purchase an expensive jar for that.

    • Stacy

      Yes! I love that it only has one needed canister. The Twister jar is just a fun extra. :-)

  • Nicole H

    I currently have a Ninja blender and love it. but I do realize that there are better products out there. I am wondering how Blendtec compares with Vitamix…. anybody know? Thanks for the giveaway Stacy! I Love that you are trying to help others live more frugally and naturally.

    • Stacy

      Well, from talking to a few friends here and there, it seems that Blendtec is usually preferred. I think there are multiple canisters with Vitamix, but you can do it all in one canister with the Blentec.

  • karen peachey

    I am just getting to the point where I really need a good blender!! My bullet is just not doing it for the FSF & big boy smoothies. Was just looking up the VitaMix yesterday. Now I’ll cross my fingers for this Blentec! It looks like it could change my world as I know it & make my THM life sooo much easier! lol
    ps I had no idea you had such a cute southern accent!! =)

    • Stacy

      Oh yes – life is much easier in the kitchen since I got my Blendtec…I can’t even begin to tell you how much. I just used it for dinner to make cauli rice. AWESOME…my favorite way to make it.
      What accent? 😉

  • Stacy

    I haven’t used it for that – because I have a Nutrimill…but I do use it for oat flour and it works great. Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XczOrf3f9M

  • Stacy

    We are always on the hunt for refurbs and scratch-and-dent!

  • Stacy
  • Stacy

    That is a GREAT deal!

  • Stacy

    I used mine three times today. :-) That’s kinda low for me.

  • Stacy

    Doing a post on dehydrators this month too! :-)

  • Stacy

    Once a day? Gosh…you’re slacking. 😉

  • Stacy

    Thanks for entering!

  • Stacy

    Yes – one appliance that does the work of several – I like my counter space. :-)

  • Dorothy Mullet

    This is really neat. I love your site and hope I have time this winter to really read it. I think I’m frugal but you have given a new meaning to the word with your ideas here. Thanks.

    • Stacy

      LOL Thank you….I think? :-)

  • Melanie Courtney

    I have had the Blendtec on my wish list for a while now. I told my hubby that it could be my Christmas and Bday gift wrapped into one….for the next 10 years if need be lol! I had done my research as well and found that the Blendtec got great reviews and is said to be a bit shorter than the Vita therefore sitting on counter and under the top cabinets easier. I am currently using my Magic Bullet (as seen on tv..lol) but have found that it just doesnt do the job when adding ice to any of the recipes. It has also started leaking some. I was just at WM the other day and priced the Ninja thinking it was still more in my budget but now after reading your review I think it would be wise to just set aside some money each month until I can buy the better choice, the BLENDTEC!! I will wait to see if I am the lucky winner before I do so though 😉 Thank you for sharing with us your experience an your expertise <3

    • Stacy

      Yes – go big or go home. Ha, ha! Saving up makes it so much more worth it though….doesn’t it?

  • Maria Paz

    I don’t live in the U.S but I have a U.S Address where the item can be shipped, can I participate?? As a suggestion I think you should open the contest worldwide, and for those outside the U.S you can give a gift card with the price amount.

    • Stacy

      The contest rules were not set by me….it was guidelines set by Blendtec. I have to go with what my sponsors say since they’re providing the items. :-) But yes, if you have a US mailing address, that’s just fine with us. :-)

  • Carissa Jensen

    I want a Blendtec blender SO much! Our Bosch blender was just destroyed (stripped bottom) a few days ago, and having a Blendtec would be pure heaven!

    • Stacy

      Wow – Bosch is really nice too!

  • Laurel

    I would just about kill (nicely…. humanely…) for a Blendtec! 😉

    • Stacy

      Ha, ha!

  • Ramona

    Would love to win this Blendtec. I use my blender everyday now that I am a THMer!

    • Stacy

      I use mine like CRAZY!

  • Stacy

    Great minds!

  • Stacy

    :-)

  • Stacy

    I know how that is….

  • Stacy

    You’re welcome!

  • Stacy

    It doesn’t fit under the counter?! DEAL BREAKER!

  • Stacy

    You’re welcome!

  • Stacy

    It’s REALLY STINKING LOUD…but worth it. :-) It’s all those horses in there.

  • Stacy
  • Nina

    I use my blender daily , smoothies and FSF’s……….would love to win this one.

    • Stacy

      Oh how I love FSFs!

  • Stacy

    The blades in it are different than in a normal blender. Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO16WF9j9dM

    • SherriLW

      Cool, Thanks! I was making the coffee FSF and my blender smelled hot, so it won’t be long until I need a new one!

      • Stacy

        Yeah – hot is not good.

  • Kathy

    Hi Stacy,
    I love your blog, thank you for the excellent review & videos of the Blendtec blender! I’ve burned up a couple regular blenders grinding nuts & tough veggies into smoothies over the years until I finally saved enough to pay cash for a Vitamix. I would love to win the Blendtec to be able to compare them, and to have dueling smoothie machines going! lol

    • Stacy

      Blendtec…hands down. 😉

  • Bragan

    Thank you for doing this giveaway! This is so generous of you, Stacy!

    • Stacy

      Generous of Blendtec. I’m so excited!!!

  • Michelle

    This blender looks amazing! Would be great for breakfast smoothies for my kids in the morning

    • Stacy

      Yeah!!! It makes some fab smoothies!

  • Faith

    wow. I would Love to win the Blendtec! I currently use my cheap food processor for everything THM and it doesnt cut it with the smoothies. I have 5 entries in so here’s hoping :)

    • Stacy

      Girl….a frappa just doesn’t work right in a food processor…I know, I tried. Ha! :-)

  • http://www.walkinginlightblog.com/ Debbie Lund

    Entered! If I win, it’s going to my sister. She needs a good blender, and I’m already blessed with mine. :)

    • Stacy

      What a good sister you are!

  • Singingcricket

    I’m just trying to transition into the THM lifestyle. Kinda overwhelmed with all the ingredients necessary to create their authentic recipes…. (because I want to do it ALL RIGHT NOW) .. : ) but we’re taking it a little at a time. This Blendtec sounds like a dream come true! Creating some of the wonderful smoothies I’ve been reading about would really help motivate my children into this new mindset! My health has been poor, am menopausal and on tons of meds each morning. Stacy, you’ll never know how appreciative we are. You have changed our lives in a blessed way! I’ve been praying He would throw me a lifeline toward a healthy future instead of the downward spiral of the past few years. You are my angel! Thanks so very much!

    • Stacy

      I’m so glad to hear you’ve found THM!!! :-)

  • Stephanie

    Wow, you ARE a girl after my own heart!!

    • Stacy

      :-)

  • Melissa

    Hi Stacy, I just entered, then I realized it was for USA only :( I’m in Canada. I think I’ll start saving my pennies. Thanks for the great review, and now I’m finally subscribed to your blog (not to worry though, I always read without the subscription). Have a Happy Thursday!! Melissa

    • Stacy

      Melissa, I’m sorry about that. :-( It was a rule set by Blendtec. I”m glad you subscribed though!

  • Sarah Bridwell

    Super exciting!!! I could never afford to buy one of these on my own :(

    • Stacy

      Yes you could!!!! :-) Save up and keep an eye out for a DEAL!

  • http://www.houseofworshippers.com/ Michelle @ House of Worshipper

    I have been eyeing the Blentec for awhile now- my Oster just isn’t cutting it anymore LOL- awesome review!

    • Stacy

      I hear the old Osters were the best blenders EVER.

  • Jessica Payne

    Thank you for this giveaway Stacy!!! I am a fellow THM and I could really use a new blender! What a blessing that would be. :)

    • Stacy

      Yes, it would! Your Frapps will never be the same again. :-)

  • melissa

    “….and eat plastic spoons” Made totally laugh out loud.

    • Stacy

      True story.

  • Chi Chi

    I want to grind flour without having to buy a grinder JUST to grind flour, know what I mean? So, this could be a major money saver. :)

    • Stacy

      You betcha!

  • jennifer

    Love it and love your crockpot recipes! I am saving for one with a timer. Life is hectic. :)

    • Stacy

      I have a timer in my head…but sometimes it forgets that it’s on and it burns stuff. Stinkin’ timer.

  • Sharon Hanners

    Thanks so much for offering this blender to us!!

    • Stacy

      Thanks for entering! And thanks to BLENDTEC!

  • Linda

    I’ve tried to sign up for the BladeTec give away, when I click on the link it takes me to a sign in page. Do I have to have a Rafflecoper account?

    • Stacy

      No – you should be able to sign in with Facebook or your email address. Could you try a different browser?

  • Rebecca

    Awesome Blender!

    • Stacy

      Yes indeed!

  • Elizabeth

    ohhhh I just feel a win coming!

    • Stacy

      LOL

  • Jennifer

    Congrats to Tiffany!

    • Stacy

      Yes!

  • Melissa Warren

    I assume since I didn’t get an email it wasn’t ME, Melissa that won LOL I was soooooooo hoping to win this thing!

    • Stacy

      :-0 Guess not – she already replied.

      • Melissa Warren

        Lol well my cash budget allowed for me to order a Ninja, so I’ll just save up the cash for a Blendtec and pray I find a great deal while I use the Ninja :) congratulations to my namesake :)

        • Stacy

          I like how you think.