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Blendtec Designer 725 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Dec 16, 2020 at 08:02 am
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7.0
Multi-Purpose
8.0
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
9.9
Ice Crushing
7.6
Soups
8.6
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1,800 W

The Blendtec Designer 725 is a full-size blender with several preset modes and a touch-sensitive bar that you can use to control the blending speed. It can crush ice into a snow-like consistency very quickly, so it's great for making big batches of your favorite frozen drinks. Unfortunately, it's not extremely versatile, since it makes mediocre almond butter and can't be used for hot blending. The main jar struggles to fully blend fibrous ingredients like kale, but it also comes with a smaller personal jar, which you can use for a more uniform, better-blended smoothie. It's also very easy to clean.

Our Verdict

7.0 Multi-Purpose

The Blendtec Designer 725 is decent for multi-purpose use. It can quickly crush ice into a snow-like consistency, and while it struggles to fully process leafy greens like kale in its main jar, you can make a decent smoothie in its included personal jar. Unfortunately, it makes passable, dry almond butter and can't be used for hot blending. On the upside, it has an outstanding, sturdy build quality, and is really easy to clean.

Pros
  • Very well-built and easy to clean.
  • Several preset modes and speed settings.
  • Quickly makes snow-like ice.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Main jar struggles to blend leafy greens.
  • Lid feels flimsy.
8.0 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Blendtec Designer 725 is very good for smoothies and protein shakes. Using the personal jar, it makes a cold, uniform but grainy smoothie. It has a fantastic build quality and does an amazing job of crushing ice. Unfortunately, if you use the main jar, it struggles to process leafy greens like kale, resulting in a foamy, sludgy smoothie after several minutes of blending. On the upside, it's really easy to clean.

Pros
  • Very well-built and easy to clean.
  • Several preset modes and speed settings.
  • Quickly makes snow-like ice.
Cons
  • May need to shake jar to incorporate ingredients.
  • Main jar struggles to blend leafy greens.
9.9 Ice Crushing

The Blendtec Designer 725 is exceptional at making crushed ice. It can make uniform, snow-like crushed ice with no unprocessed cubes in less than a minute, and has a fantastic, sturdy build quality.

Pros
  • Very well-built and easy to clean.
  • Several preset modes and speed settings.
  • Quickly makes snow-like ice.
Cons
  • Lid feels flimsy.
7.6 Soups

The Blendtec Designer 725 can't be used to blend hot ingredients, so it's not suitable for making soups.

8.6 Professional Use

The Blendtec Designer 725 is excellent for professional use. It has a fantastic, sturdy build quality, with a solid rubber and stainless-steel base. While it can't be used for hot blending, it's fantastic for ice crushing, as it can make snow-like ice in less than 30 seconds. It can also produce passable almond butter. Also, its main jar has a large capacity and it's very easy to clean with its self-cleaning mode.

Pros
  • Very well-built and easy to clean.
  • Several preset modes and speed settings.
  • Quickly makes snow-like ice.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Main jar struggles to blend leafy greens.
  • 7.0 Multi-Purpose
  • 8.0 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 9.9 Ice Crushing
  • 7.6 Soups
  • 8.6 Professional Use
  1. Updated Dec 16, 2020: Review published.
  2. Updated Dec 10, 2020: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
15.7" (40.0 cm)
Width 7.1" (18.0 cm)
Depth 9.4" (23.8 cm)
Weight
10.8 lbs (4.9 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Blendtec Designer 725 is a bit shorter than the Blendtec Classic 575, but it's still fairly bulky and best stored on your counter or in a spacious cupboard.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

This blender has an outstanding build quality. The base is made of rubber and stainless steel, with plastic feet to help it grip onto surfaces. Its gear and transmission are made of metal as well. The power cord is thick and feels heavy-duty, and there are vents on the bottom of the base to help with air circulation.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
90.0 oz (2,661.6 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Blendtec Designer 725's main jar is the 90-ounce WildSide+ Jar. It has a fifth side that's designed to push food towards the blades and allow it to blend frozen ingredients more efficiently. Even though the jar has a 90-ounce capacity, the manufacturer says that the volume of your ingredients after blending shouldn't be more than 36 ounces. The jar can be washed on the top rack of your dishwasher.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Capacity
24.0 oz (709.8 ml)
Weight
1.0 lbs (0.5 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Blendtec Designer 725 also comes with a personal jar, the 24-ounce GO Travel Bottle, which has its own removable blade assembly and plastic to-go lid. You can wash the jar and lid in the top rack of your dishwasher.

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

The Blendtec Designer 725 uses two thick, blunt blades with tips that point upwards. The blade assembly can't be removed from the jar, but you can put the jar and blades in the dishwasher.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The Blendtec Designer 725 has a two-part lid with a clear plastic cap in the middle that you can remove to add ingredients while blending. However, the cap feels loose and not very tightly secured to the main lid. The lid itself is held in place by friction, and since it's made of flexible plastic and feels flimsy, it doesn't seem very secure.

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

The Blendtec Designer 725 has a thick power cord that should be long enough to reach most nearby outlets. On the downside, there's no compartment to stow it away when you're not using it.

Design
In The Box

  • WildSide+ lid
  • 90oz WildSide+ jar
  • 34oz Blendtec GO bottle
  • Blendtec GO blade assembly
  • Blendtec GO lid
  • Blendtec GO How-To pamphlet
  • Owner's manual
  • Motor base

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
2,600 RPM
Max Speed
18,000 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
92.3 dB
On/Off Toggle
No

The Blendtec Designer 725 has buttons for eight pre-programmed modes as well as a touch-sensitive bar that you can slide your finger on to adjust the speed of the blender. Unfortunately, it's possible to accidentally turn the blender on with the touch-sensitive bar while the lid is off.

6.5
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 7 min
Texture
Crunchy
Spreadability
Ok
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Yes

The Blendtec Designer 725 makes okay almond butter. It's spreadable but dry, with some small, uniformly-sized unprocessed pieces. You may need to stop it every once in a while to scrape the sides of the jar to ensure that all of the nuts are caught by the blades, which can be a bit of a hassle. If you want a blender that performs better for this use, the Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 makes fantastic almond butter.

7.0
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Additional Jar
Preparation Time
< 4 min
Texture
Foamy and Grainy

The Blendtec Designer 725 makes a decent smoothie using its smaller personal jar. It processes ingredients like kale and frozen banana into a cold, uniform, but still grainy drink. Unfortunately, it takes a while, and you may need to remove the jar from the base and shake it a few times to ensure everything is caught by the blades.

5.0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 4 min
Texture
Foamy and Grainy

The Blendtec Designer 725 makes a poor smoothie in its main jar. The ingredients may not be blended at first using the smoothie preset, so you may need to use pulse mode at the beginning. The thick blades struggle to fully process leafy greens like kale even after several minutes, resulting in a foamy, sludgy smoothie.

10
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
0.5 min
Ice Quality
Snow Like

The Blendtec Designer 725 is incredible at making crushed ice. Using pulse mode, it can crush ice into a very even, snow-like consistency in less than a minute.

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

The Blendtec Designer 725 has several preset modes that are controlled with buttons: 'Smoothie', 'Dips', 'Whole Juice', 'Mixed Drinks', 'Hot Soup', 'Batters', 'Ice Cream', and 'Clean Blender'. It has a screen that displays which mode or setting you're using, as well as a stopwatch for manual blending and a countdown timer for the pre-programmed modes.

The manual says that you should run the blender for no more than five minutes straight. It also says you can't use it to blend ingredients that are already hot, but there's a "hot soup" preset that will warm up cold ingredients as they blend. The result won't be steaming hot, however.

9.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Simple

The Blendtec Designer 725 blender is remarkably easy to clean. You can take care of most messes by adding a bit of soap and warm water to the jar and running the 'Clean Blender' preset. It even works if you're blending sticky ingredients, but in that case, you may need to clean the lid manually with a sponge because it has small crevices that food can get stuck in.

Ease Of Use
Extra Features
Hot Blending
No
Additional Jugs
1 Personal Jug
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 Designer 725 comes with virtually no extra features, but it does include one personal jar with its own blade assembly and matching lid. The manual says it can't be used to blend hot ingredients, but has a "hot soup" preset that can warm up cold ones.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Blendtec Designer 725 is available in a few different colors and is sold on its own or in a bundle with an additional jar. We tested the Black variant that comes with a 34oz personal jar. You can see the label here. This variant is also available in another color, Gun Metal, which we expect our results to be valid for as well. It's also sometimes sold with a Twister Jar intended for making thicker blends like nut butter. However, we haven't tested that variant jar, and we don't how it performs versus the 34oz GO Travel Bottle personal jar.

Main jar Additional jar Color
90oz WildSide+ Jar

None

Black

90oz WildSide+Jar None Gun Metal
90oz WildSide+Jar

None

Stainless Steel/Whiteโ€‹
90oz WildSide+Jar

34oz GO Travel Bottle personal jar

Blackโ€‹

90oz WildSide+Jar

34oz GO Travel Bottle personal jar

Gun metal

90oz WildSide+Jar

37oz Twister Jar

Gun metal
96oz WildSide+Jar 24oz Twister Jar

Black

If someone comes across another variant of this blender that's different from ours, let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Blendtec Designer 725 is a full-size blender with outstanding build quality. It's fantastic at crushing ice and has preset modes as well as a touch-sensitive bar so you can fine-tune its blending speed. It's also very easy to clean even if you're blending sticky ingredients. However, it's not as versatile as some other blenders, because it can't hot blend and makes mediocre almond butter. Also check out our recommendations for the best blenders for crushing ice, the best full-size blenders, and the best blenders for frozen drinks.

Vitamix A3500

The Vitamix A3500 is a better blender than the Blendtec Designer 725 for most uses. The Vitamix produces a much better smoothie, can hot blend, and makes significantly smoother almond butter much more quickly. On the other hand, the Blendtec comes with a personal jar and to-go lid and is easier to clean.

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 and the Blendtec Designer 725 have different strengths, and you may prefer either depending on your needs. The Vitamix can blend hot ingredients. It comes with a tamper and makes better-blended smoothies and smoother, more spreadable almond butter. On the other hand, the Blendtec's main jar has a larger capacity. It's easier to clean by hand, makes crushed ice with a better texture, and unlike the Vitamix, also comes with a smaller personal jar and matching to-go lid. 

Vitamix A2300

The Vitamix A2300 is better for most purposes than the Blendtec Designer 725. The Vitamix can hot blend and does a much better job of making smoothies and almond butter. However, the Blendtec makes crushed ice with a better texture. It also comes with a personal jar and a to-go lid in addition to its main pitcher. 
 

Vitamix 5300

The Vitamix 5300 is better than the Blendtec Designer 725 for most purposes. The Vitamix makes smoother, more spreadable almond butter and blends decent smoothies more quickly. It comes with a tamper, and you can use it to blend hot ingredients. On the other hand, the Blendtec's main jar has a bigger capacity, and it also comes with a personal jar with a matching to-go lid.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770

The Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 is a better blender than the Blendtec Designer 725. The Ninja can produce smooth, spreadable almond butter and a uniform, silky smoothie. Also, it comes with two personal jars and a food processing attachment. The Blendtec has a better build quality and several settings and modes, including a self-cleaning cycle.

Vitamix 7500

The Vitamix 7500 is a better blender than the Blendtec Designer 725. The Vitamix makes more spreadable almond butter and a much better smoothie. It's also suitable for hot blending and has a significantly better build quality. On the other hand, the Blendtec is easier to clean, comes with an additional jar, and has several preset modes.

Vitamix 5200

The Vitamix 5200 is better for most purposes than the Blendtec Designer 725. The Vitamix makes smoother, more spreadable almond butter and better-blended smoothies. You can also use it for hot blending. On the other hand, the Blendtec's main jar has a bigger 90-ounce capacity. Its controls include eight preset modes, and it comes with a 34-ounce personal jar and matching to-go lid.

Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is a better blender than the Blendtec Designer 725. The Ninja makes significantly better smoothies, much better almond butter, and comes with more additional jars. On the other hand, the Blendtec has a much better build quality. Also, while neither can blend hot ingredients, the Blendtec has a Hot Soup preset meant to warm up cold ingredients.

Blendtec Classic 575

The Blendtec Designer 725 is a better blender than the Blendtec Classic 575 for most uses. The Designer 725 has a much better build quality, makes a more uniform smoothie, and is better at crushing ice. Nevertheless, the Classic 575 can produce more spreadable almond butter and can be used for hot blending.

Vitamix A2500

The Vitamix A2500 is a better blender than the Blendtec Designer 725 for most purposes. It comes with a tamper, can be used for hot blending, and makes much better almond butter and smoothies. On the other hand, the Blendtec takes less time to make snow-like crushed ice. It also comes with a 24-ounce personal jar with a to-go lid, which makes it better-suited for blending single-serve drinks.

KitchenAid K400

The KitchenAid K400 and the Blendtec Designer 725 have different strengths, and you may prefer either one depending on your preferences. The Blendtec has a much better build quality, its main jar has a bigger capacity, and it comes with a personal jar with a matching to-go lid. It’s easier to clean when you’re working with sticky ingredients and makes crushed ice with a better texture. On the other hand, the KitchenAid can be used for hot blending. It’s also much better for making smoothies and almond butter.

Vitamix A3300

The Vitamix A3300 is better for most purposes than the Blendtec Designer 725. The Vitamix can be used to blend hot ingredients. It makes smoother, more spreadable almond butter and silkier smoothies. On the other hand, the Blendtec comes with a personal jar with a matching to-go lid in addition to its larger main jar. 

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