Differences Between the Designer Series and Total Blender

designer series and total blender
Blendtec introduced the first Total Blender in 1996 (although it wasn’t called the Total Blender back then). This revolutionary machine was the first home blender to include blend cycles. Each of the six buttons was programmed with a unique blend cycle, but it wasn’t very clear which button was the right choice for a given blend (until you read the instruction manual, anyway). To address this issue, we replaced the numbers on the buttons with descriptive words, such as smoothie, ice crush, batters, and whole juice, making it much easier to determine which button to push. We also added speed up/down buttons to provide users with additional options. The Designer Series was developed with the idea of creating an ideal user experience. We brought together groups of people; placed them in a room with blenders and ingredients; and watched them make smoothies, designer series blendermilk shakes, and other recipes. We saw what worked and what didn’t. Then we used this information to develop the Designer Series. So what are the major differences between the Total Blender and the Designer Series? The first and most obvious difference is the industrial design. In talking to our customers, we realized that many people want to use our blenders to create healthier lifestyles. To do this, they need to use their blenders daily, sometimes many times a day, and leaving the blender on the countertop is a big convenience. We also found that people are more likely to leave a blender on the countertop if the blender fits underneath the cupboards and if the blender is beautiful. The Total Blender has always fit underneath kitchen cupboards, but the Designer Series is a definite improvement in style over the Total Blender! The Designer Series is a blender that I'm proud to display on my counter. The second area that we focused on is the user interface. We maintained all of the functions of the Total Blender but made them beautiful. Rather than using small text (which some people had a hard time reading), we developed intuitive icons to represent the blend cycles. We kept the ability to manually control the speed but also designed a slider control, making it possible to select any speed at any time with a single finger tap. Our new controls are capacitive touch, creating a control surface that is completely flat. Talk about easy to clean! The icons are backlit, and they disappear completely when not in use, leaving a beautiful, clean appearance. Total Classic BlenderThere are a lot of other small differences, including improved airflow for better cooling, better motor control, and additional colors and surface finishes so that you can select a unit that matches your kitchen. There are also some things we did not change. The Total Blender introduced commercial power to the realm of home blenders. Both the Total Blender and the Designer Series use the same motor and jars that are used in our commercial blenders. With the Designer Series, you get the same high-quality smoothie that you’ve come to expect from the Total Blender—you just do it with more style!  
*The WildSide jar is no longer available for purchase. Please check out our new and improved WildSide+ jar.
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  • Kelli Farley

    Hi Tabitha,
    All Blendtec blender models work great for making smoothie with fresh and frozen fruits and veggies. If you are not looking to break the bank, you should check out our refurbished models. They work just like a new one, and still come with a 7-year warranty.

  • Tabitha

    I just recently went to a Juice Bar and ordered a Super Food smoothie and really enjoyed it. The place was out of town so I can’t go everyday. I was wanting to know which blendtec blender would be the best to buy to make smoothies with fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables? They were using like the $1000.00 one at their shop and that’s a little out of my range…..please advise!

  • Kelli Farley

    Hi Patricia,
    You can learn more about both of these models here:
    http://www.blendtec.com/blenders/total-blender-classic-series-factory-reconditioned (This is a refurbished model, but if you find it new, it will have an 8-year warranty.)

  • Patricia

    Hello, I am trying to figure out which machine would be right for me … either the Blendtec Total Blender with WildSide Jar and Mini-Twister Jar …. or the Blendtec 475 Classic Blender. Assuming I purchase the mini-twister Jar …. IIs one of these blenders able to do more than the other? I do not know anyone who has a Blentec and can not seem to find the differences in these michines or any difference that one machine can do that the other can ntot … Help …. Please Help me if you can!

    I have broken my old blemder and desperately need another but am very confused on what to buy and really need this like … yesterday!

    Ms. Patty

  • Jon

    I was told by a passenger that her wife purchase a designer 625 at the airport / duty free area. Don’t remember which airport in Australia.

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