your Total Blender does not run itself

Y’all know I am madly in love with the BlendTec Total Blender.  It’s not just an appliance, not just a blender . . . it’s really my best friend.   Okay, I’m getting carried away, but I do spend more time with my Total Blender than I do my best friends, I think.

Today I was helping in the 3rd grade for Rome Day, gorgeous sunny day in Utah after a crazy-snowy month.   Another volunteer  mom came up and said she reads my site/blog and had questions about buying a Total Blender.   She said, “I’ve just been waiting to buy it because I’m afraid I won’t use it.”

My friend Cheryl said this same thing to me a year or two ago before taking the plunge.   I lent her my backup machine to try it out.   But this is what I told her.   It’s not going to jump off the counter and conk you on the head till you use it.   It won’t make a peep.   You have to actually put stuff in it every day and push the buttons to start the blade turning.

That said, I think that when you buy something that hurts a little (requires a financial sacrifice), maybe you even had to save for a while and cut expenses in another area, you make a commitment.   You have a higher probability of succeeding.   Incidentally, that’s how Jenny Craig and other diet centers make their money–the fact that once you plunk down a chunk of change, you are more likely to follow through with the commitment to lose weight.

I hope your turbo blender isn’t just SITTING ON THE COUNTER.   Tell me . . . IS IT?!?!

Those of you using it DAILY, what-all do you do with it?

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  1. I use my blendtec for everything. GS everyday plus all the other raw food that I make. It is the most used piece of equipment in my kitchen. I would be lost without it! I grind in it, make all kinds of purees and soups, dressings, sauces, desserts & much more! I love my blendtec and would be totally lost without it!

  2. My husband bought me one as an early Mother’s Day gift. I was already in the market for a wheat grinder so this was a good option for me as the good wheat grinders seemed to be in the $300 price range. I use mine DAILY for smoothies and grinding wheat. Also, my son’s birthday was last Saturday and in lieu of an unhealthy birthday cake, we made healthier rice milk milkshakes in the Blendtec. They were tasty!!

  3. My husband had a big knot in his throat when we decided to get one. But it is the most used appliance in our kitchen. We use it two or three times a day! We love it. We use it to blend up whole food waffle mixes, ice-cream, soups, daily green and ‘pink’ smoothies. My 5 year old son loves it. He can’t wait to get home and make his fruit smoothie snack. My daughter loves making almond milk with it. We have just made potato leek soup in it two nights ago and it came out wonderful. I use it as a mixer, an ice-cream maker, a smoothie maker, to grind flaxseeds for onion bread…..I LOVE IT!

  4. Oh…salad dressing, sorbets, grinding grain, you can do EVERYTHING in it. The only thing it can’t do is turn itself on! Hee! Hee!

  5. ”You have to actually put stuff in it every day and push the buttons to start the blade turning.”

    This made me laugh out loud!

    I’ve had a Blendtec for a little less than a year, and my use-count is somewhere around 450. You can do the math, that’s every day, sometimes more than once.

    I make an amazing green smoothie every morning, which has singlehandedly made the Blendtec worth the price, for me. I also use my machine to make raw nut meal, fresh hummus, vegan pesto, and various other random concoctions. The other day I made whole wheat pancake batter in it.

    One of my quick dinner Blendtec inventions involves pureeing a stalk of celery, a tomato, a carrot, half an onion and some garlic, then tossing the resulting mash in a pot with a can of lentils and a little soy sauce. Instant homemade lentil soup made with fresh ingredients!

    If my Blendtec broke today- which I’ve never heard of happening, by the way- I would order another one on the spot. It really is the best blender in the world.

  6. I’ve had mine since November and the count is over 600, although I usually use 2 cycles to finish a giant pitcher of green/pink/brown?frozen smoothie and I have purchased one for each of my 2 married kids and they use it daily too. I love that the jar is square at the top so that if the smoothie is real thick and cold I can still pour it in small mouth glasses or jars without making a mess. My husband likes the smoothies and dressings as well. Nut butters are difficult although I have had easier times with skinless raw peanut butter and also with cashew butter. No added oil needed, but it is harder for raw almond butter without oil. I had purchased some sproutable almonds from California that were Aldrich variety. They are so almondy that the butter or nut milk tastes as if there was almond extract in it. Yummm!

  7. eww ew what a fun game—I was a tiny bit worried i wouldn’t use mine–but LOVE it–I use it multiple times a day (though I am trying less since the blade is lose and is making noise—I am going to walk in get a new container next wed when we move to ut for 6 weeks)–

    ‘ve had mine since early feb and my count is 380- whatever that equates to.

    hot pink breakfast smoothie

    green smoothies

    salad dressings

    flax seed

    once a week- GF sprouted buckwheat pancakes (LOVE that recipe btw–the only one I’ve been able to find that we like that is buckwheat)

    making frozen fruit blended “desserts”



    any soups or marinara sauces I make I want to puree

    making quinoa and millet flour for muffins

  8. I’ve had my BlendTec for 4 months and it has almost 800 uses on it. I makes green smoothies daily for me and my family. It has become my best friend too. I’ve done other things but 95% of what it is used for is green smoothies.

  9. Love the Blendtec…use it daily for green smoothies (yum yum…btw, always freeze your bananas- it DEFINITELY adds the best smooth texture!). I grind my coffee in it, have tried wheat (too coarse – anyone have suggestions??) and tried soup. Really really really like it. But I have to confess, I use earplugs. It is LOUD according to my contractor husband. And this is after calling Blendtec and asking them about it… BUT, would I give it up? Nope.=) OH yes, it makes GREAT guacamole!!

  10. Love it!! Have had my Blendtec since Xmas. Use it everyday for my breakfast green smoothie. Sometimes I use it again at night to make a smoothie snack. I ve used it for ice cream, soups, sauces. I love it. LOVE having smoothe smoothies without chunks of ice or fruit or anything in it. Blends everything perfectly together. Once I got over the cost of it, it was fine. Sadly, I bought before I found Robins site. But it has been a great machine in improving my health, eating habits and lab results. Thank you Blendtec and Thank you Robin!!

    Jenny in Nyc

  11. After doing extra jobs for six months I was finally able to get one (just last Friday). The counter says 6. I wondered what that meant but now I know. It is a truly amazing machine! I love it so much!!! At first I was afraid of breaking it (after breaking 3 other blenders) but it just takes whatever you give it. Definitely worth the price. I can’t believe I bought a dehydrator before the Blendtec. How did I live without it?

  12. We love our BlendTec! My husband and I saved for several months last summer to make this purchase and comment frequently on how much we love our blender! (now that is not something I am used to saying). If you add up all the money that you have spent on junky blenders in the past that were frustrating, inadaquate and a drag to use, it probably would cover the cost of a BlendTec.

    Plus, (and Robyn, you don’t mention this often!) they have the coolest videos on YouTube: You gotta watch these they are hysterical. (just go to YouTube and search “will it blend” if the link doesn’t work.

  13. I was wondering what your opinion was on the “difference” between the Blend-Tech blender and the Vita-Mix Blender? Why do you seem to favor the Blend-Tech over the Vita-Mixer. It seems one or the other does just about the same thing.

  14. I was ready to buy a Blendtec and then looked at the reviews on Costco. Someone compared Blendtec and Vita-Mix and really liked the Vita-Mix better. I think the primary complaint was the Blendtec got too hot. They showed pictures of bread using both machines. I’m gluten intolerant so the bread part doesn’t really matter.

    I’m now back to being confused.

  15. I am another BlendTec lover from Phoenix, Arizona due to Robin’s website. I was trying to make green smoothies in my other blender which I burned up. Now that I have a BlendTec I am in heaven. The buttermilk pancakes with blueberry syrup out of the cookbook are fantastic!!!!! Margaritas are amazing!!!! Of course, the green smoothies are awesome and so easy to make and the blender is soooo easy to clean!!!! Thanks Robin, I’m so glad that I didn’t get a vita-mix!!!!!

  16. I’ve been a daily user for over two years now and I LOVE my Blendtec!!! I do green smoothies for the kids and I every morning before we head out. They are now 6, 4, and almost two and they all love their smoothies. I’m a big fan of kale, so, that always goes in…parsley, a little kefir, bananas, berries, flax seeds, hemp…..sometimes a little cinnamon and vanilla. It’s great for raw soups, too!

  17. Hi Robyn,

    I’ve been juicing off and on for 25 years plus, and really like my Breville juicer that we got last year. Couldn’t find a retailer in Ottawa, and finally ordered the Blendtec blender on-line about a month ago after reading your endorsement and getting a recommendation from a friend. Just last week, we replaced both of our garage doors and the two new doors combined have less than half the horsepower of the blender. I think that’s a riot.

    I haven’t done anything adventurous with the blender but we use it two or three times a day for smoothies. I haven’t tried the recipes on the net or in the Blendtec recipe book. I have been using my favourite juicing recipes to make smoothies and loving the results. I always enjoyed carrot apple parsley celery ginger spinach, by far my favourite juice recipe for years. But now, by adding kale, cucumber, avocado and yogurt and starting with a glug of apple cider, I can’t imagine there is a better green smoothie recipe anywhere.

    I burned up our last blender with protein shakes that I like after exercising. But as I read about flaxseed, or hemp hearts or wheat germ or chia seeds I keep changing the recipe by adding ingredients and I am now up to 6 dry ingredients plus capsules, plus a banana, frozen berries and yogurt. Wonderful results with the Blendtec.

    The only problem I am having is judging the texture since I never use a recipe. That blender is so powerful it will liquefy almost anything, but even though you can see the contents vortexing away you still might have to shovel it rather than drink it when you’re done, particulary if you add psyllium or chia seeds that tend to thicken or set after a few minutes. I just have to get used to adding enough liquid to start – O.J., apple juice or green tea.

    But yes, absolutely, I am a believer. That blender never gets put away and we’ll be getting a couple more as gifts for our kids.

    Best regards from Ottawa,


    p.s. anybody want to buy a juicer?

  18. I have a Vita-Mix Blender and I love it. I don’t think I would ever own anything different, although I have never tried the Blend-Tech.

  19. Both Blend-Tec & Vitamix are super & can do the same. After weighing the options, I chose the Blend-Tech because:

    1) Didn’t want a stick to keep pushing items down

    2) Only need 1 blade to do both food & grain – You have to buy a separate grain blade container for Vitamix which is also plastic

    3) Fits under my cabinets

    4) Higher horse power

    5) Got a special 7 year warranty

  20. LOVE THE MACHINE! I use it for the daily green smoothie, to blend fruit into my kefir, to grind my wheat, to make ice cream, to make dips, sauces and soups–and to gaze upon happily in the kitchen when I’ve had a rough day!

  21. I try to limit my carb intake, so I don’t make as many smoothies as I would like but sometimes I have a fruit smoothie anyway.

    My favorite low carb: 1/2 large, peeled cucumber, 1 head romaine lettuce, 1/2 yellow pepper, 2 cups water, some ice and your favorite non-sugar sweetner. If you are supposed to eat 10 fruits and veggies a day, this is a great start.

    My 2 favorite who cares about the carbs smoothies:

    1 batch double espresso, 2 bananas, 2 large spoonfuls peanut butter, your favorite sweetener, 2 cups your favorite milk and some ice. 2 servings of better than anything you can get at Starbucks. (you can also put cocoa powder in with it!)

    About 3/4 cup dried dates, 2 bananas or apples, 2 cups milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla and some ice. You may want sweetener, but the dates are pretty sweet. You will need at least 2 long smoothie cycles to get the dates to grind up small enough. You will have to use the large diameter straws. this one has a high sugar content, so I only have it as a reward-treat. 2 servings.

    10 months – cycles 343

  22. These recipes sound wonderful. It is a little frustrating to hear individuals make “potato Leak Soup, rice milk shakes, whole wheat pancake batter, guacamole” and not share the quantities of what they used and how to make it.

    How do I find out from these wonderful creative individuals or connect with them to see if they want to share how they did it? Would appreciate your help: Tonya, Christine, Nicole, and Karen.

    Love and blessings,


  23. I have asked the same question regarding your preference of the Blend Tech over the Vita Mix. Hasn’t been answered yet.

  24. Here’s my answer:

    It’s my 7 reasons why I choose BlendTec over VitaMix. In response to one of the comments here, I disagree with the review you read at Costco. Both machines will occasionally overheat if you abuse the tar out of them doing classes and video demos and just generally spinning them senseless like I do . . .

    The difference for me has been that I’ve had to send my burned-up machine into VitaMix SEVERAL times (because it dies, never to be revived until they refurbish the motor), whereas the BlendTec will time out until it cools down. I’ve never had to have my BlendTec serviced.

  25. 2-1/2 years and count is at 2347! LOVE my blendtec. My husband wondered why I needed a $300 blender, but he let me get it because I paid for it by selling junk in the basement. And now he loves it as much as I do. I want to get my kids blendtecs as a graduation presents when they’re old enough so they have a quick easy way to eat healthily.

  26. I bought a Blend Tec wheat grinder last year as part of my food storage. Had I known about the Blend Tec Blender, I would have purchased that instead. So, now I have a wheat grinder that is packed away under the counter, and have burned up two regular blenders. I wish I had known then what I know now!

    I got sick late last year, went to the doctor, they did over $5,000 of tests and said nothing was wrong with me. Well, I consulted a friend that was a “health food nut”. She started me on green smoothies, and raw foods! I feel better than I have in years!! Thanks to the healthy folks out there!

  27. We bought our Vita-Mix Blender about 6 years ago, before we ever heard of the Blend-Tec Blender. I have loved our Vita Mix Blender and use it daily. We started on a Vegan/partially raw diet because we recently learned a plant based diet is much healthier. One of the recipes I serve company frequently is Cashew-Oatmeal Waffles topped with berries. Always get raves over them. No- oil, eggs, baking powder or milk. Just water, oatmeal, cashews, dates, vanilla and a dash of Celtic sea salt.

    I lost my youngest sister (she wasn’t 60 yet) to cancer last fall and she was one of my biggest critics. Unfortunately, if she had followed some of my suggestions, she might still be with us today.

    A couple of years ago I purchased a Wheat Grinder by Blend-Tec and that’s when I saw the Blend Tec Blender on u-tube. I liked what I saw and probably would have purchased the Blend Tec Blender if I hadn’t already had the Vita-Mix. I like the larger bottom and the fact that you don’t need the pusher when making smoothies.

    Robyn, I love all the information you send out. I haven’t actually purchased the recipes yet, but keep thinking I should do so soon. I have forwarded your emails to some of my family, but don’t know if they actually follow your advice. I certainly hope so. Please keep up the good work. In our busy lives sometimes it is hard to eat a healthy diet, but with the Blend Tec and Vita Mix Blenders it becomes a lot easier.

  28. I make/ promote almond milk,green & pink smoothies, 2 of my friends have purchased a blender and are pursuing raw food lifestyle just from sharing these marvelous foods.All told 6 people are embracing raw foods after taste samples from my blender. Also 3friends have tried and are sold on the positive benefits of eating chia seed. I use 5 teaspoons in a 20 oz. water bottle, and nurse it all day at work. I have tons of energy, no crash or jitters,

  29. I had a vita-mix for several years and loved it. My son now has a 14 month old daughter. Her mother doesn’t eat many fruits and vege’s, so I have given my son the vita-mix, so he can make healthy drinks for his daughter. I was in Costco one day and they were demonstrating the Blend Tec. I really liked the fact it can fit under the upper cabinets (my vita-mix was too tall), it has a timer and turns off by itself, the blades on the Blend Tec aren’t sharp when you wash it, you can do dry ingredients in it. I have only been using the Blend Tec for a week now, but am already up to #14. I use it at least twice a day for smoothies, green drinks, have made ice cream (I also have a champion juicer my brother-n-law gave me years ago) I use my champion when I don’t want pulp in my drinks and am doing a juice fast, and for ice cream, but I found the Blend Tec so much easier to use for the ice cream. So far the Blend Tec has been fabulous!!!

  30. I’m new reading this stuff and wanted to know:

    How do you get a Blendtech? What’s this cleansing process that you have to do before using it?

    Can anyone out there tell me the difference between soy milk and almond milk for kids? I know cow’s milk is not so great (China Study), but it’s not clear which milk we should be giving kids. My kids is mostly a milk drinker and I really need to know what I’m supposed to give her. Thanks.

  31. Hi Sara! this is the recipe for almond milk I made for my kids for years and they still ask for it sometimes.

    1 and a half cup raw almonds soak in cool water overnight. Next day bring just to a light boil on the stove, drain and pour into bowl of cold water. Pinch them to remove the skins. Put in blender with water to the same level as the almonds and puree till very smooth. Then add 2 or 3 cups of cold water and a few ice cubes and blend. We like to add 2 to 4 pitted dates when puree-ing the almonds if it’s just for drinking, leave dates out if it’s for cooking or cereal. Also we make it thick with less water and more ice and sometimes a dash of vanilla for an awesome shake that is a meal. Experiment with how much water for the way your kids like it best. Keeps a few days in fridge, but needs stirring. when the kids got older I stopped taking the skins off the almonds but they still need soaking, and a quick rinse with cold water. (boiling is what loosens the skins) Hope this helps you.

  32. I didn’t know I could be so excited about an appliance. I bought my blendtec just over a month ago, and use it every day. It was a big investment, but if it is the one thing that will help me eat healthy, it is worth it! I love to grind whole grains in it for bread. I’m fascinated watching it turn hard wheat into fine flour in less than 1 min!

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