Blendtec Cycle Conversions

Blendtec Cycle Conversions

What if my blender doesn't have the Batters cycle? I don't see a Whole Juice button on my Blendtec - what speed should I use? If you have found yourself asking these questions, you are not alone.

Our Fresh Blends Recipe Book and many of the recipes on our website were created specifically for the Total Blender Classic Series, which has 6 preprogrammed blend cycles, manual speed up & speed down controls, and a pulse button. Since then, many new Blendtec models have been created and they don't all have the same options. However, they all have the same capabilities!

Blendtec cycle
Designer 725 Interface

We're working on creating a prettier conversion chart, but for now, use these instructions to convert blend cycles:

SMOOTHIE Blend on a Medium speed for 40-50 seconds.

SAUCES/DIPS/DRESSINGS/BATTERS Blend on a Medium to Medium-Low speed for 30 seconds. 

ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT Blend on a Low speed for 15 seconds, then blend on a Medium to Medium-High speed for 30 seconds.

WHOLE JUICE Blend on a Medium to Medium-High speed for 50-60 seconds.

SOUPS/SYRUPS/FONDUES Blend on a High speed for 90-180 seconds, blending longer for hotter soup.

CLEAN CYCLE Blend for 10-20 seconds, starting at a low speed and gradually increasing to a high speed, then decreasing again before stopping.

ICE CRUSH/MILKSHAKE Blend on a Medium to Medium-Low speed for 30-40 seconds.

Keep an eye on it as to not over- or under-blend.  

*These cycles are meant to be guides. You may want to blend less or more depending on the consistency you're looking for (and the ingredients you're using). Any questions? Ask us in the comments below. Happy blending!


  • Stacee

    I just purchased the Blendtec Total Blender Classic 2016 from Costco.
    I cannot figure out the + and – buttons. (speed up/down). When I press the Up button I get speed changes on the LCD display and it automatically speeds up and down. I have not found any instructions ANYWHERE on your website that walk me thru what the + and – is actually doing. Please explain. Everything else is fine. Stacee

  • Jessica Andreasen

    Hi Stacey, the + and – buttons are to increase and decrease speed (think low speed as 1 and high speed as 10 with multiple options in-between). This product guide is also available: If you have further questions, please give our customer service team a call at 1-800-748-5400.

  • Jessica Andreasen

    Hi Rob, we do recommend spinning the drive shaft on the bottom of the jar before loading your jar/placing the jar on the base. Sometimes it’s just a little bit off but that should do the trick! It’s also recommended because it helps keep the seal in good shape and prolongs the life of the jar. Hope that helps!

  • John

    I just purchased a Blendtec Designer 625.
    Can you please clear something up for me? Unlike the Blendtec Total blender or dare I say the Vitamix which both have a 1-10 speed feature,
    how does that apply o the 625 which states it’s speed goes from 1-6?
    Does this mean that the cheaper model (Total) goes all the way to 10 but this newer one only goes to 6?

  • Rob


    Occasionally I can’t put the wildside top onto the blender spindle…I have to either rotate the blades from the top or the spindle on the motor…sometimes several times…never had this kind of issue and have had commercial blenders before…is this supposed to happen?

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