Blendtec Classic 575 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 08, 2020 at 08:37 am
Blendtec Classic 575 Picture
7.7
Multi-Purpose
6.7
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
8.9
Ice Crushing
7.7
Soups
7.8
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1560 W

The Blendtec Classic 575 with the WildSide+ jar is a full-size blender available in several bright colors and variants to fit your needs. It's able to process snow-like ice, which is excellent for mixed drinks and it's super easy to clean, especially as its Spoonula can get into crevices and pull out any food left behind. It also has five preset speeds as well as a timer. However, it doesn't always fully process food, and it can leave chunks behind. It also doesn't come with a personal-sized smoothie jar, which some may find limiting.

Our Verdict

7.7 Multi-Purpose

The Blendtec Classic 575 is good for multi-purpose use. It can quickly make snow-like ice, but it struggles a lot more to blend fibrous fruit and vegetables. It can hot blend, though, which is nice if you want to make a chunky soup. It's also decent at making almond butter, but it struggles to produce a smooth texture.

Pros
  • Outstandingly easy to clean.
  • Comes with Spoonula for scooping as much as possible from the jar.
  • Well-built design.
Cons
  • Doesn't fully process food and can leave medium-large sized chunks behind.
  • No individual-use jars.
6.7 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Blendtec Classic 575 is fair for smoothies and protein shakes. It struggles to process fibrous fruit and vegetables, producing a foamy and leafy blend. On the upside, if you like to put ice in your smoothies, it can easily process it into a snow-like texture. It also has a decent build quality and is very easy to clean.

Pros
  • Outstandingly easy to clean.
  • Well-built design.
Cons
  • Doesn't fully process food and can leave medium-large sized chunks behind.
  • No individual-use jars.
8.9 Ice Crushing

The Blendtec Classic 575 is excellent for ice crushing. It can quickly create snow-like ice that's perfect for any mixed drink. It also comes with a Spoonula utensil, so you can easily get all the ice out.

Pros
  • Well-built design.
Cons
7.7 Soups

The Blendtec Classic 575 is good for soups. It can hot blend and it's outstandingly easy to clean as it comes with a Spoonula utensil that lets you safely scoop out soup. However, it struggles to process fibrous food like kale well. It also doesn't come with personal-sized jars either, so you won't be able to blend soup to take with you on-the-go.

Pros
  • Outstandingly easy to clean.
  • Can blend hot food.
  • Comes with Spoonula for scooping as much as possible from the jar.
  • Well-built design.
Cons
  • Doesn't fully process food and can leave medium-large sized chunks behind.
7.8 Professional Use

The Blendtec Classic 575 is good for professional use. It's decently well-built and design features like grippy feet or a Spoonula help make blending easier. It can also hot blend and it produces snow-like ice. However, while it can process almonds into nut butter, it produces a crunchy spread. It has a hard time blending fibrous fruits and vegetables too, resulting in a leafy and foamy smoothie. On the upside, it's very easy to clean.

Pros
  • Outstandingly easy to clean.
  • Comes with Spoonula for scooping as much as possible from the jar.
  • Well-built design.
Cons
  • Doesn't fully process food and can leave medium-large sized chunks behind.
  • 7.7 Multi-Purpose
  • 6.7 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 8.9 Ice Crushing
  • 7.7 Soups
  • 7.8 Professional Use

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
15.2" (38.7 cm)
Width 7.3" (18.6 cm)
Depth 8.0" (20.3 cm)
Weight
7.6 lbs (3.5 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Blendtec Classic 575 is a less bulky blender than the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770, but its base still takes up some space on your counter or in your cupboard.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Blendtec 575 is decently well-built and its blade and motor assembly feel very solid. This variant comes with a 'Spoonula' or a hybrid spoon/spatula, which is designed to easily scoop out food from the uniquely shaped jar without damaging the blades. It also has grippy feet to keep the blender from moving around too much if you're blending something more intense like nuts or frozen bananas on high speed. However, some parts of the blender feel a little cheap such as the control panel and the display. The display cover even appears to be peeling off of our test unit, which doesn't look or feel nice. There's also an exposed circuit board on the underside of the base, which you can see through a vent.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
90.0 oz (2661.6 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The main jar of this blender is the WildSide+, which has a fifth side that is designed to slightly change the angle of the blending vortex so that you can better blend frozen ingredients. It has a maximum capacity of 90 oz; however, Blendtec recommends that the finished product doesn't exceed the 36 oz marking line on the jar. Regardless, it still holds a good amount of liquid in it, so you can make multiple smoothies in one go. The blade is also screwed directly into the jar, and while you can't remove it, the whole jar can be put in the dishwasher for an easy clean.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
No

The Blendtec 575 doesn't come with any additional jars. However, Blendtec sells a lot of different kinds of jars on their website, including a slightly smaller version of the WildSide+ jar that they call the FourSide jar.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Blunt
Blade Count
2
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Blendtec Classic 575 blender uses two non-removable blades in its jar, and you can put in the dishwasher.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The lid feels flexible and it has a removable section in the middle with vented shafts to allow steam to escape when blending hot food together.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
2.9 ft (0.9 m)

The Blendtec 575 has a power cord that should be long enough to reach an outlet on your counter. However, there isn't a stowaway compartment to hide the cable when you're not using it, which is a little disappointing.

Design
In The Box

  • Motor base
  • WildSide+ jar and lid
  • Owner's manual
  • Blendtec-patented Spoonula

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
4900 RPM
Max Speed
22200 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
99.8 dB
On/Off Toggle
Yes

The Blendtec Classic 575 has five preset speeds, plus a dedicated pulse button which is suited for blending more dense foods. However, it's extremely loud at max speed.

7.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 6 min
Texture
Crunchy
Spreadability
Good
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Yes

The Blendtec 575 is satisfactory at making almond butter. As it struggles to fully process the almonds, it makes a crunchy, gritty spread. Some of the almonds can also get stuck beneath the blade and need to be manually mixed back in, which is a bit of a pain. If you want a full-sized blender that's better at making almond butter, take a look at the KitchenAid K400.

5.5
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 3 min
Texture
Foamy and Leafy

This blender whips up a disappointing smoothie. It doesn't process fibrous leafy greens like kale well, and as a result, it leaves behind medium-sized chunks instead of liquifying them. It also struggles to fully blend frozen fruit such as bananas. Even though there's a dedicated smoothie preset, you may get better, more drinkable results using it on high speed. If you're looking for a blender that can make a better smoothie in less time, check out the NutriBullet Blender Combo or the Ninja DUO.

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Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar

The Blendtec 575 doesn't come with an additional jar.

9.0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
0.5 min
Ice Quality
Snow Like

The ice crushing performance of the Blendtec Classic 575 blender is outstanding, and is well-suited for making slushed cocktails on a hot day. It can easily make snow-like ice quickly and evenly.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
No
Self-Clean Program
Yes
Single Serve
No
Timer
Yes

The Blendtec 575 has a self-clean function as well as a dedicated smoothie cycle mode. You can also adjust the blend cycle's timer. By default, each of the speed settings runs for 50 seconds, and then the blender stops. However, you can raise the duration of the cycle to 60 or 90 seconds, but you won't be able to control its speed during these cycles.

9.5
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Simple

The Blendtec Classic 575 is amazingly easy to clean. You can easily reach below the blades to get to any remaining pulp or gunk or you can put the whole jar with the blades into the dishwasher. If you're making something a little more messy like almond butter or soup, the included Spoonula can help you scoop everything out of the jar, making it even easier to clean.

Ease Of Use
Extra Features
Hot Blending
Yes
Additional Jugs
No
Juicer Attachment
No
Food Processing Attachment
No
Heating Element
No
Noise Dome
No
Tamper
No
Vacuum Pump
No
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size
No

The Blendtec 575 can blend hot food, which is great if you want a smoother consistency from your roasted vegetable soup. It also comes with a Spoonula, which is a cross between a spoon and a spatula that's designed to effectively scoop everything out of the jar so you waste as little food as possible.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Blendtec Classic 575 comes in a couple of variants with different accessories. We tested the black Spoonula variant, but there's also a white Spoonula variant and a black variant that comes with a recipe book. You can also purchase the blender separately, and it comes in several different colors such as caribbean blue and poppy red which can help add a splash of color to your kitchen. We expect all of these variants to perform similarly to our test unit.

Keep in mind that there are also two blender jar variants available: the FourSide jar and the WildSide+ jar. The FourSide jar is the original jar by Blendtec. It holds up to 32 oz, and you may find some Blendtec Classic 575s with this jar. The newer models come with the WildSide+ jar, which can hold up to 36 oz and is designed for blending frozen ingredients better and in a shorter time. We tested the variant with the WildSide+ jar, but your results may vary if you're using the FourSide jar.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Blendtec Classic 575 is a full-size blender that can add a splash of color to your kitchen thanks to their several color variants. Unlike other full-sized blenders like the Ninja DUO, it can process hot food like roasted vegetables into soup and it's amazingly easy to clean. There are also a few variants that come with a Spoonula, which can help you scoop out food left behind. However, it struggles a bit with fibrous fruits and vegetables like kale, which doesn't produce the best-textured smoothie.

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a significantly better multi-purpose blender than the Blendtec Classic 575. The Vitamix is much better built, and its performance producing almond butter, smoothies, and crushed ice beats the Blendtec by less time and with a smoother consistency. The Vitamix also has a speed dial, which some users may prefer, and it's better suited for processing hot foods. However, the Blendtec is easier to clean and it comes with a Spoonula for getting the most out of your blends.

KitchenAid K400

The KitchenAid K400 is a better multi-purpose blender than the Blendtec Classic 575. The KitchenAid feels better built and it's able to process almond butter and smoothies quicker and with a better texture. It also has a speed dial, which gives you a bit more control, and it's not as loud at max speed as the Blendtec. However, the Blendtec is easier to clean and it can produce snow-like ice. It also has an on/off toggle, which is handy.

Vitamix 5200

The Vitamix 5200 is a better full-size blender for multi-purpose use than the Blendtec Classic 575. The Vitamix has a significantly better build quality and produces almond butter as well as smoothies with a better texture in less time. It also uses a speed dial so you have a bit more control over your blending speed. However, the Blendtec is easier to clean. 

NutriBullet Blender Combo

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is better for making smoothies than the Blendtec Classic 575. The NutriBullet feels better built, it comes with two personal jars so you can take your drinks with you on-the-go, and it produces a significantly better smoothie in less time. It's also much better for making soups. However, the Blendtec is easier to clean.

Ninja DUO

The Ninja DUO is a better blender for making smoothies than the Blendtec Classic 575. The Ninja makes silky smoothies in less time, it can produce smoother almond butter, and its crushed ice is very fine and snow-like. It also comes with a personal blending jar so you can quickly take your blend with you on-the-go. However, if you're looking for something more versatile, the Blendtec is better built, it can process hot food, and it's way easier to clean difficult from it. It also comes in several bright colors to better suit your kitchen decor.

Ninja Smart Screen

The Blendtec Classic 575 is a better blender than the Ninja Smart Screen if you're looking to do some hot blends. The Blendtec also has a 2-part lid that allows you to add some ingredients mid mix. On the other hand, if you're looking for a blender for smoothies or almond butter, the Ninja is a better option, even though it's not the best. However, the Ninja is outstanding when it comes to crushing ice down to snow-like quality.

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