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Anatomy of a Blender, Part 1


As a marketing writer at Blendtec, my job is to help convey the incredible advantages offered by our blenders. The nice thing is that with their design, ease of use and sheer power, the machines pretty much speak for themselves—and make my job simple.

But when you see a Blendtec blender in action, it’s only half the story. Every single component has been designed, redesigned, sweated over, tested, retested and put through the most rigorous paces you could imagine. And every smallest detail has a specific purpose and story of its own.

I’m pleased to present Anatomy of a Blender—a little series that tells a bit about some of the lesser-known features and functions of the world’s best blenders.

Feature #1: Curves in All the Right Places

Blendtec jar drain holes

Drain holes help your Blendtec jar dry completely.

When you set out your Blendtec jar to dry, you’ll get some extra help from gravity. Its curved bottom and drain holes make air-drying much more effective, which extends the life of your jar.



Feature #2: Spend Time Blending, Not Cleaning

Easy to clean

Just a wipe or two and your Blendtec blender looks good as new.

Blendtec blenders are smooth all around—from the sides of the housing to the electronic controls. So cleanup is as simple as a wipe or two. Plus, control areas are sealed and protected from liquids.



Be on the lookout for other interesting Know Your Anatomy tidbits in later posts.

Is there something you’ve noticed about your Blendtec blender that makes your experience just a little bit better? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook!

(8) Comments on “Anatomy of a Blender, Part 1

  • Bruce,
    I am a woodturner and am trying to make small plastic granules (about the size of a BB) from a plastic like Plexiglass to epoxy in my turnings for a colorful accent. I can cast small rods of Plexiglass or epoxy (about 1/2″ diameter X 6″ long) but need a way to grind them to BB size. After seeing the videos on I wonder if a BlendTec blender is a solution.

    My question is whether this will damage the blender, and if so, is the damaged part replaceable? Any thoughts from BlendTec would be appreciated.


    • Bruce Carlson Post author

      Hi Dave, thanks for the interesting question!

      I checked with one of our engineers who has experimented doing the exact thing you’re talking about. First, please note that blending anything outside the realm of foodstuffs will voice any Blendtec warranty. That said, the engineer mentioned that while blending Plexiglass shouldn’t harm the blender motor, it will definitely cause abrasions to the jar and, if blended long enough, cause enough friction and heat to compromise the jar’s integrity. The jar is manufactured as a single piece and has no replacement parts.

      He also mentioned that in his experience Plexiglass does not blend in a uniform manner. His results indicate that rather than ending up with small BB-sized pellets, instead you would get a combination of dust and non-uniform chunks of very different sizes.

      I hope this helps!


      • Brent Peterson

        I know this is way off topic for a blender website, but what Dave is looking to do would probably best be done with a rock tumbler like what is used to polish semi-precious stones. Cut the plastic rod down to pellet-sized cylinders then throw them in with an abrasive to round down the edges.

  • Brent Peterson

    We just got our Total Blender last week and are very impressed so far. When we were shopping around to replace our now-dead Ninja, a salesperson at a dealer for the well-regarded brand “V” blenders was dissing the Blendtec jar for being cheaply made – pointing to the V’s beefy rubber handle and the elaborate lid. Having had a week to work with the WildSide jar, I see that it’s simple, sturdy and very serviceable. It’s a snap to clean and I don’t have to mop trapped water out of any nooks and crannies. I really like the lid, too – easy on and off and again, very sturdy. I haven’t had to put any of it in the dishwasher but it’s nice to know that’s an option if necessary – something I wouldn’t be able to do with brand V.

  • Bob

    I’ve been having a “discussion” with my better half.

    We have a Blendtec TotalBlender. It has a nice-looking white-on-blue display that provides interesting information, such as the number of times the blender has been started.

    Our discussion is around how much electrical energy is used by the blender’s display. One of us says that leaving the blender plugged in and turned on all of the time costs a little bit of energy, while the other of us says that the energy is worth worrying about.

    Can you tell us how much energy (in kilowatt hours) our blender consumes by leaving the blender plugged in – even when it’s not being used?


    • Jessica Andreasen

      Our blenders consume less than .0005kwh per hour which would be less than 4.38Kkwh per year in standby mode (blender plugged in, switch on). Hopefully this settles the debate!

  • Ron Tanner

    Why does my blender get smoothie stains on the outside of the inner rim of the bottom base mount every time I use it? Is that somehow an effect of the drain holes?

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