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Can I Use My Blendtec Blender in Other Countries?

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Can I use my Blendtec blender in other countries

The Blendtec Designer Series and Total Blender Classic are made for use only in the US and Canada.

I have a good friend who purchased a Blendtec Total Blender Classic several months ago. He loves it and wanted to take it with him when he moved to England so that he could continue to enjoy perfectly blended green smoothies, nut butters, and milk shakes. He asked me if he’d have any problems using his blender in England. Unfortunately, like a lot of other appliances, blenders that are built for the US market won’t work in many other countries around the world, including England. This is primarily due to differences in the power transmission systems.

Power systems used around the world can be lumped into two broad categories: 120-volt and 240-volt systems. In addition to the different voltages, countries often differ in power frequency (50–60 hertz, this usually doesn’t affect our blenders) and the type of plugs needed for the wall socket (there are at least 13 different types of plugs used around the world!).

Blendtec HP3A blender

The Blendtec HP3A is made for use in countries outside the US and Canada.

The motors that we use in our blenders are designed to operate at specific voltages. So, a blender built for the US market has a motor that operates correctly only when powered with 120 volts. A blender that will be used in England needs a motor that operates correctly at 240 volts, as well as a plug that fits into the electrical outlets in the country. Without replacing the motor and plug, a blender built for the US market will not function correctly in England. And, any changes made to adapt the blender to a different power transmission system will void the warranty.

Various devices can convert voltage and electricity currents. For example, transformers can convert 240 volts to 120 volts and power inverters can convert 12-volt direct current (DC) to 120-volt alternating current (AC). Though these devices can be used safely with low-power appliances, the devices usually can’t provide the power Blendtec blenders require or the waveforms necessary for our blender electronics to function correctly. We don’t recommend using these devices with our blenders; doing so will void the warranty.

Machine that tests different volts for Blendtec motors

We use ol’ Bertha here to provide different voltages as we test various motors.

So, while my friend’s blender works great in the US, it won’t work for him in England. The good news is that we currently ship blenders to nearly 90 countries worldwide (including England), so he is covered. Wherever you are, we probably have a blender that will work in your location!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

115 thoughts on “Can I Use My Blendtec Blender in Other Countries?

  1. Craig Barlow

    Hi Paul Faerber

    Nice topic and write up, I read with interest.
    However I wanted to point out a small editing mistake in the second paragraph.
    It reads: Power systems used around the world can be lumped into two broad categories: 1200-volt and 240-volt systems.
    I believe you meant to say “120-volt and 240-volt systems” ? a simple mistake in editing, but I’m trying my luck to see if I am worthy of a free Blendtec® Twister™ jar???

    With
    Best Regards & Cheekyness!
    Craig Barlow

    P.S. The cost of Total Blender here in Europe is simply ridiculous, more than double what the American market charges. I am an electronics engineer and seriously considered the 240-volt to 120-volt transformer/rheostat option, but then decided that the Total Blender was such a classy piece of engineering that my modifications would have been crude in comparison. So I saved my olde English Pennies and paid the full price of £552 (US$825) so far she has been worth every penny saved, I’m a happy customer and recommend your products to friends and family :-)

    Reply
    1. Paul Faerber Post author

      Craig,

      Thanks for noticing the typo! It should be fixed now. A 1200-volt blender would be something to see! I’m glad that you have been enjoying your blender!

      Regards,

      Paul

      Reply
  2. bez

    Hi Paul

    Thx for great information and products. I have used my friends Blendtec HPA3 for a while its a great product. Im going for a holidays to the states and was thinking to buy a blendtec, but as u mentioned i doesnt work in Europe/Sweden, but you also mentioned that the HPA3 are made for other countries outside USA/Canada, so i f i buy blendtec HPA3 would it be possible to use in Sweden?

    best regards
    bez

    Reply
    1. Paul Faerber Post author

      Bez,

      Thanks for the comments, and for the interest in Blendtec. Unfortunately, we only sell international blenders through in-country distributors. The price from these distributors is higher than what is advertised here in the US, in part due to the fact that the machine is 220V instead of 120V, but also since the dealer has to raise the price to cover shipping and VAT. However, by purchasing through the in-country dealer, that dealer will honor the warranty and will be able to service it if anything goes wrong. In your case, the in country dealer is below:

      Company Name: Barkonsult
      Contact Name: Jan Lövgren
      Address: Martendalsvagen 2H
      Stockholm
      Tel: (46) 8644-6040
      Fax: (46) 8644-8310
      Email: jan.lovgren@barkonsult.se

      Reply
  3. Sorin

    Hi,
    Do You have a country dealer in Romania? You can publish the contact data here?
    Thank You very much!
    P.S. I love my Blendtec!

    Reply
  4. Katherine

    Hi there Paul,

    I am an American expat living currently living in London. I was hoping you could help me out with finding an authorized dealers here in the UK? Also, is a 220v Designer Series blender offered here in the UK, or just the Total Blender? I have only been able to find mention of the Total being available in the UK.

    Also, are refurbished UK versions of Blendtecs ever available?

    Thanks in advance!

    Katherine

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  5. Sam

    It’s unbelievable that the same blender abroad costs twice the amount. Please could someone explain the real reason behind this pricing difference? Other US products are sold at a price comparable to what one would pay in the US with a very slight premium added. It wouldn’t be considered usual to pay double for a Macbook Pro for example. A lot of my electronic gear works with either voltage – why is the Total Blender different and why is the price jump so big?

    Reply
    1. Kelli Farley

      Sam,
      The motor technology used in Blendtec blenders is optimized for a specific voltage and therefore will not operate correctly at other voltages. International pricing includes additional shipping and duty fees, these add to the final cost of the product.

      Reply
  6. jonina

    Dear Paul, please advise if I can purchase a 220V Total Blender from Blendtec in the US and bring it back with me to Europe (or Israel to be more precise)?
    thank you,
    Jonina

    Reply
    1. Kelli Farley

      Jonina,
      Unfortunately Blendtec does not sell 220V blenders in the United States, they are only available through Blendtec’s network of international dealers.

      Reply
    1. Champion

      I am also okay to get a 220V blender in US and take to India myself ( that might help to keep the cost low )

      Reply
  7. Kirk Dunkirk

    1. I can understand USA Blendtec products not working as-is in places such as Europe or Australia, but it seems like they should work in west Japan, right? The plugs are the same, voltage is 100v and operates at 60hz.

    2. One reason I want a Blendtec is for their great reliability. I understand that regional distributors honor the warranty, but how can small local distributor modify an original Blendtec product with a different motor and expect to offer the same durability?

    Reply
    1. Kelli Farley

      Hi Kirk,
      To answer your questions:
      1. Blendtec products built for the USA will operate correctly in the Japan.
      2. We provide all the training, parts and tools necessary for our distributors to repair our products. As long as they are a Blendtec authorized distributor, they are capable of servicing Blendtec products to factory specifications.

      I hope that helps.

      Reply
  8. Gunnar

    I too made the mistake and bought a Blendtec blender in the US, convinced (!) that I would be able to use it in Sweden where I live with transformers etc. Well, I should have paid more attention during science class … The blender is useless here.

    Blendtec is available for purchase in Sweden, but I must say that your pricing policy leaves a lot to desire. The cheapest price I have been able to source is about USD 930 which I find ridiculous. You sell them at Cosco for about USD 350 and even though you need to build them differently for European use, I don’t think it justifies paying 165% more. You have a great potential in Europe, but at the moment, your pricing policy limits it.

    Reply
    1. Kelli Farley

      Hi Gunnar,
      Thank you for sharing your experience. The reason for the higher prices in Europe is due to the additional costs for exporting. Extra costs, such as: taxes, shipping costs, duties, other government fees and regulations and the extra cost to convert our blenders from 120v to 240v all factor in to the price of blenders that our sold in Europe and other countries. Based on these factors, the dealer then sets the final price.

      Reply
  9. Leslie

    How about the east of Japan? I checked that the voltage is 100v but operates at 50Hz there. Will it also function well there?

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  10. Cortney

    Thank you very much for this information, Paul.

    As I am back and forth from the US and Europe, I’d like to understand if it is possible to purchase the Blendtec HP3A in the US for use also over in Europe.
    I contacted the Blendtec office, and they told me that the Blendtec HP3A can only be purchased in Europe by a local distributor??
    Since it costs almost double, I was hoping there might be a better way.
    Any advice is much appreciated.

    Thanks again!

    Reply
    1. Kelli Farley

      Hi Cortney,
      Unfortunately, we don’t make a dual voltage blender. You would need separate blenders for when you’re in the US and when you’re in Europe.

      The reason for the higher prices through local distributors in Europe is due to additional costs, such as taxes, shipping costs, duties, other government fees and regulations and the extra cost to convert our blenders from 120v to 240v all factor in to the price of blenders that our sold in Europe and other countries. Based on these factors, the dealer then sets the final price.

      Reply
  11. Martin Engelke

    Hi Paul,
    I’m from Germany and want to buy a Blender from the Designer Series but I’ve never seen a 220V version of these great blender. Can you pls let me know whether a 220V version of them are built/available in general and if yes, from where could I buy it.
    Many thanks.
    Martin

    Reply
    1. Kelli Farley

      Hi Martin.
      Unfortunately we don’t have our Designer Series available in a 220v. This is something we are working on and hoping to expand into other countries, but we have no ETA. I hope that helps.

      Reply
  12. Jolaug

    Hi Paul.
    I currently live in the states, but I am going home to Georgia in a few months.
    Can I buy a 220V Blender in the United States to take it home with me?
    Thank you for your response.
    Sincerely Jolaug

    Reply
    1. Kelli Farley

      Hi Jolaug,
      Unfortunately, we don’t sell 220v blenders in the U.S. You will have to purchase one from our dealer in Turkey. I’ve e-mailed you their contact information for reference. Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Reply
    1. Kelli Farley

      Unforutnately, we don’t have a list available on our site at this time. If there’s a specific country you’re looking for please let us know by sending an e-mail to residential@blendtec.com. We can then let you know if we have a dealer in that country and can send you their contact information.

      Reply
  13. Sascha

    Hi Paul,
    I live in Germany. The power voltage here is 240V.
    Do you offer the Blendtec Stealth for 240V or are you planning to do so?
    I am very fond of the idea of noise reduction!

    Reply
  14. Indian Buyer

    You are missing a big market, As you are aware most of Indians are vegeterian and they would love to have this product in India, Consider making the 220v device.

    Thanks

    Reply
  15. Alistair Leaver

    I live in the UK and make a ton of green juice every week (almost literally!). I would love to get a Blendtec to do this job but it leaves too sour a taste in my mouth to know that for £240 I could get a Blendtec Total with two containers in the U.S. whilst in the UK I have to spend min £520 for the same product. I know, I know shipping, taxes, converting the motors, etc. But I don’t believe this warrants the mark up… At present it just doesn’t make sense (unless one has a considerable disposable income) to invest. As I can see there are plenty of Europeans in my position – get cracking into the European market before Vitamix does first!

    Reply
    1. Karol

      Hi,
      do you know if I purchase it at costco UK, will the warranty be honored in Poland (BTW which company is your official Polish reseller – eujuicers.pl or primulator.pl ?)? I’d love to buy a blender, but the price in Poland is ridiculous.

      Reply
      1. Kelli Farley

        Hi Karol,
        The warranty would not be honored in Poland as the machine is being purchased in the UK, so the warranty only covers the UK. Our dealer in Poland is Primulator.

        Reply
  16. Gary

    Hello Kelli / Paul,

    I haven’t read all above, but it seems that there is no blender available for the german Power Supply System? (what can’t be as its used by McDonalds, etc) If so, could I buy it in the UK? Then I’d just have to change the plug wouldn’t I? I know that would void warrenty but it should not harm the Blender as the Power Supply System is the same, shouldnt it?

    Kind Regards,
    Gary

    Reply
    1. Kelli Farley

      Hi Gary,
      Thanks for you comment. We do offer our HP3A blender, our international version of the Total Blender, through our dealer in Germany. I’m going to go ahead and e-mail you their contact information so that you can get in touch with them about purchasing a blender. I don’t suggest purchasing one through the UK and changing the plug. Like you said, it will void the warranty, but it will also be harder to service the blender if you ever experience any problems with it.
      I hope that helps.

      Reply
  17. Elina

    Hello,

    Is it possible to find a Total blender in Europe/Belgium, Germany, France, The Nederlands? Not the HP3A version of it but the real Total blender? I don’t like the HP3A control panel, like the Total blender’s panel much better.

    Best regards,

    Elina

    Reply
  18. Agne

    I would love to get your Designer Series Blendec (I need 220v). Are you planing to sell it anytime soon or is it better for me to buy Total Classic? I would also like to ask, whether you know any internet sites in Europe, where I could get your Blendec for the best price (dealers from Lithuania sell them for double price).

    Reply
    1. Kelli Farley

      Hi Agne,
      We don’t had an ETA of when our Designer Series will be available in 220v. Our HP3A is our international version of the Total Blender. It is best to buy the blender from a dealer in the country where you reside; that way if it ever needs to be serviced, they will be able to do that for you.

      Reply
  19. Rohit

    Hi Kelli,
    You replied a previous comment for buying a Blendtec Blender in India. My mom was visiting us for 3 months and she is now addicted to the capabilities of the Blendtec. Can you please send me details so I can get her, her favorite new appliance :)

    Reply
  20. Agnes

    Hi, I bought my Blendtec in Costco UK, as you suggested above. After 5 months of use the blade in the four side jar became loose, and I noticed bits of black plastic (bearing?) in my blend. The advice in troubleshooting section of Owner’s Manual is: “contact your Blendtec service center”. How can I find it?

    Reply
  21. Nath

    Hi,

    I have bought a blendtec blender from U.S. And I can’t send it back.

    If I get a 220 to 120 V transformer with a power rating of 3000 W. Will it work in India.

    The motor specs says 120 V – 1560 W – 50/60 Hz. So if I can get an input of 120 V and 50 Hz. it should work. Isn’t it.

    What would be the downside.

    Also, can you send me the details of your Dealer in India.

    Reply
    1. Kelli Farley

      Hi Nath,
      When any type of adapter or transformer is used on our blenders, it alters the sign waves so they are no longer the same. This will affect how the blender works. It can affect it in many ways…It may not work at all, it may work fine for a little while then die, or it will change the way the speeds or the cycles work. Basically you will not experience the true performance of a Blendtec and the warranty will be void. For best performance and warranty purposes it is best to use a machine built with the correct power requirements for your country. I will send you our dealer information in separate e-mail.

      I hope that helps answer your questions.

      Reply
  22. Amit

    Hi Kelli,

    Can you please email me the dealer info in India. My parents used Blendtec when they were here in US and loved it. So they would like to purchase one that meets Indian requirements.

    Thanks
    Amit

    Reply
    1. Kelli Farley

      Hi Craig,
      The voltage on UK and Singapore blenders is the same, but the plug if different. If you were to buy the UK Blendtec and use it in Singapore, it would most likely damage the blender and your warranty would be void. If you’re interested, I can send you our dealers information in Singapore. Just e-mail residential@blendtec.com, and I’ll send it your way.

      Reply
  23. Linda

    I saw in Amazon we can buy Blendtec HP3A. Would you think if we buy it here in US and bring it to China, it can be properly used in China?
    Please send me the dealer information in China. Thanks.

    Reply
  24. Lucian

    Before reading your post, I made the mistake to ask a friend who had a short trip to usa to buy a Total Blender Classic Certified Refurbished for me. I live in Europe… :)
    When I receive the blender, I realise that I cannot use it. Please tell me what are my options.
    Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Kelli Farley

      Hi Lucian,
      You can try to sell the blender on Amazon or another online site. I can send you the info or our dealer nearest you so you can see what blenders that have for purchase.
      Unfortunately, there’s not much else we can do.

      Reply
  25. Kajal Das

    Hi
    Can you please provide the dealers contact information to purchase Blendtec high end products in India?
    Thank you so much

    Reply
  26. Sierra

    Hi, I live in Japan and want to purchase a Blendtec, if I buy one in the US will it run properly here, or will it slightly lag? (Japan is 100v) Also are there Blendtec dealers in Japan? and if so are those blenders made specifically for the Japanese voltage?

    Reply
  27. Justin Becker

    I made the mistake of having my Blendtec shipped out to me in Thailand. I incorrectly assumed that I could just get a converter and didn’t consider the power needed for the motor. I’m wondering if it is worth trying to use a converter anyway as I probably will not ship it back to the States. Is it just a matter of the warany being voided or will my blender definately not work using a converter?
    Thanks,
    Justin

    Reply
  28. Jasko

    Hi

    I need 2x blendtec Q Series for my juice bar in Denmark.
    Can you recommend a dealer for me?

    Thanks in advance

    Reply
  29. Ioannis

    I also would like to comment here that my Blendteck ICB3 on it label specifications is written 120V 50-60Hz 1500W. It says it can be used between 50-60 Hz . So my question is why i can not use it with 50 Hz even it is written on its label that can be used between 50-60Hz.

    Cheers

    Ioannis

    Reply
    1. Kelli Farley

      If your product states that it can be used between 50-60Hz, there will be no issues. The power frequency differs in countries, but it typically doesn’t affect our blenders or other products.

      Reply
  30. Jen V. van der Heijde

    Hi Paul,

    My husband and I are based in the Philippines and are looking to purchase a Blendtec machine here that we could later take to the Netherlands. Thanks for the information about Blendtec HP3A!

    Hi Kelli,

    Kindly email me your Philippine country dealer’s contact information. Thank you.

    Best,
    Jen

    Reply
  31. Andy

    Hi. Does the 220V version, of the Total Blender that we have in Europe, have the same speed as the US version? I’m asking because speed (rpm) specs that I can find on the web are contradictory. Could you please confirm what is the maximum speed of the European version? Thank you.

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  32. Andy

    I’ve just ordered my Total Blender 220V from Costco UK for £350 with 2 jars (hasn’t arrived yet!). The same combo (in 110V) works out £340 from Amazon.com after shipping and taxes. Blendtec doesn’t cost double in Europe as many may think and £10 in the difference is definitely not worth it loosing the 8 years warranty or the hassle of using converters. Thumbs up to Costco/Blendtec for finally giving us the Total at a competitive price! Can’t wait for mine to arrive.

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  33. Linda

    Right now online we can see they sell Blendtec HP3a in the USA. You said HP3a has 120v. Do you think if we buy a HP3a in the USA and can it be used properly in China?
    The price of it in China is too much higher than the one sold here.

    Reply
  34. Sima

    Hi,

    First of all I want to thank you for you for shareing this infromation.

    I have a question. I’m living in Canada and I want to buy a blendtec 220 v for mom who lives in Iran. Is there any way I can buy 220 v blendtec in Canada or USA? I love my blendtec and I’m sure my mom will love it too.
    Thanks

    Reply
  35. Aks

    Hello Paul-
    Do you have a blendtec dealer in India?
    I want to gift one to my mum; she loved the one we are using.
    Thanks
    Aks

    Reply
  36. JAVIER ORTIZ DE ARTINANO

    Hi,

    A friend of mine brought me to Spain from the US the Blendtec Total Blender ES3. Unfortunately, I cannot return it. It has 1560watt, if I use a 120/240 transformer up to 2000watt, it should work right?

    Thanks

    Reply
  37. Mathieu Nguyen

    Hi Paul,

    The UK version of the Total blender is 240v. Can I use it in another country which has 220v & 50Hz?

    Thanks much,
    Mathieu

    Reply
  38. Barbara

    Hi, where can i purchase a blendtec blender in Spain (I assume that the 220 volt version remains unavailable in the US)?

    Also, can the 220 volt version be used in the US, I understand the reverse is not possible (i.e., using the US version in Europe).

    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Kelli Farley

      GERMANY
      Company Name: Market Grounds GMBh & Co
      Contact Name: Michael Nissen
      Address: Holzdamm 28-32
      20099 Hamburg
      Germany
      Tel:+ (49) (0) 40 8090300-30
      Fax: +(49) (0) 40 8090300-99
      Email: mn@market-grounds.com

      SWITZERLAND
      Company Name: Plüss & Partners
      Contact Name: Valerie Plüss
      Address: Kehlhofstrasse 4
      8003 Zürich
      Tel: (41) 44-462-35-50
      Fax: (41) 4-461-27-53

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  39. Ryan Liang

    Hello there Kelli,

    I just want to know that had a Blendtec Q series which brought from US with 120v.
    I understand that I can’t use in Malaysia with 220v.

    I can use a power converter / transformer to convert the 220v to 120v and I change the plug ?
    If yes, will the blender works perfectly ?

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Thank you .

    -Ryan Liang-

    Reply
  40. Stela

    Hi,

    Is the Blendtec Stealth available in Romania? Can you please post the authorized dealer in Romania?

    Thank you!

    Reply

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