The Blendtec Total Blender Classic Combo is a classic model paired with the next generation, WildSide container. Its classic design works great in any kitchen and has been used in many famous restaurants and bars for years.
The Total Blender Classic was the first Blendtec built specifically for use in the home and was released to the public in 2004 after being very successful in commercial environments.
This counter-top blender stands 15” tall, is 7” wide by 8” deep and weighs in at 9 lbs. The package includes the Total Blender Classic Series motor base, which comes in one of three colors (red, black, or white), the famous WildSide jar, the Classic FourSide jar, 2 Vented Gripper™ lids, a recipe book and the owner’s manual. The Total Blender Classic Combo comes with a 7-year warranty, one of the best in the industry.
The WildSide and FourSide Jars
The five-sided design of the Wildside jar and the single-prong wingtip blade help creates a unique vortex pattern within the container that helps ingredients blend more evenly. Blendtec claims that you will not need a tamper with the Wildside container, but some users have complained that this is not the case, especially with thicker mixtures, like peanut butter.
The 96 oz container is made from a BPA-free co-polyester that can stand up to heavy use. The container has a large handle that is easy to grip and has very clear measurement markings. The Vented Gripper lid fits securely to the top to keep the mess in, has a removable center plug that allows ingredients to be added while blending, and vents to release pressure when blending hot liquids.
Unlike most of the containers included with Vitamix blenders, the WildSide can be used for both wet and dry mixes meaning that you will not need an additional container for grinding nuts, seeds or grains.
The Total Blender Classic Combo also comes with a 64 oz, Classic FourSide jar. This container is also capable of handling both wet and dry ingredients, making this package perfect for anyone looking to make larger recipes or grind flours. Having two containers is great if you are planning on blending spices or uncooked meats, to prevent cross contamination.
Washing the either container is simple too. All that you’ll need to do is fill the container up to about half way with warm water and a drop of dish-washing up liquid, set the motor to a full power setting and the container and blades will clean during the cycle. Just rinse out the soap and let it dry.
The motor in the Blendtec Total Blender Classic Combo base is a direct-drive configuration. This means that the shaft of the motor connects directly to the blade shaft so that there is no loss of power. The blade is capable of spinning at a maximum speed of 270 miles per hour or 28,000 revolutions per minute. Blendtec has engineered a hammer effect mode, controlled automatically by the microprocessor, which can detect obstructions and momentarily change the cycle so that the blade can power through the toughest of foods.
In certified testing, this blender has been measured at 3-peak horsepower. This is the maximum recorded horsepower that can be generated by this blender’s motor shaft. The motor itself rated at 1560 watts from 13 amps.
This model comes with the Smart Touch Tec-nology™ touchpad controls. The entire surface of the motor base is smooth as are all nine of the buttons. This helps make cleaning up any spills fast and easy, you simply just wipe it off with a wet towel, no need to scrub between gaps. There is one toggle switch on the back side of the motor base for the power.
There are buttons on the base for speed up, speed down, pulse and six pre-programmed settings.
- Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt
- Ice Crush/Milkshake
- Whole Juice
The computerised system automatically calculates speed changes throughout the cycle to make sure that your juices, smoothies and sauces are consistent every time you use the machine.
The Total Blender Classic Combo is a great choice for anyone with a larger family that would need to blend large amounts at one time. Having two containers is a great idea if you plan on using your blender to grind spices, as they tend to stain the container, or raw meats, to prevent cross contamination.
The price for the Total Blender Classic Combo is very reasonable. For only an additional $70, you can get the additional container, which is much less than if you were to buy the items separately.